Around an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, the friendly, ranch-style Hotel Ranga is in prime aurora country: clear horizons, big skies and no artificial light pollution. An aurora wake-up service ensures you never miss a sighting, while the hotel’s superb observatory has computerised telescopes for incredible night sky viewing. You can also gaze at the cosmos from outdoor hot tubs – or keep an eye on the northern lights through the picture windows of the restaurant while enjoying gourmet meals prepared using fresh local produce.
Day 1: arrive Iceland
The scenery on the Reykjanes peninsula is spectacular and dramatic. On this tour you will cross dramatic lava flows and witness steaming vents and bubbling mud pools at Krýsuvík, and will visit the fishing village of Grindavík. Continue further west to the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, see migratory birding cliffs, and walk across a bridge between two continents: at Sandvík, a small footbridge crosses a major fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Please note that this excursion is subject to minimum numbers (6 participants). At the end of the excursion, you will be dropped off at Keflavík airport unless otherwise agreed.
The guide will leave the group upon arrival at the hotel. The dining options for this evening vary but your guide and the reception staff will be able to make a recommendation should you wish. All dining options for this evening are payable locally.
Day 4: depart Iceland
On this exciting short break, you’ll spend a full day exploring the famous Golden Circle with its iconic trio of natural wonders: the twin-tiered waterfall of Gullfoss thundering into an ice-encrusted gorge, Geysir’s seething mud pits and Strokkur fountain geyser and Thingvellir’s fascinating history and plate tectonics.
On your third day, a visit to Reykjavik takes in the old town, with its cafés, greens and brightly painted wooden houses. A relaxing dip in the therapeutic, naturally heated waters of the Blue Lagoon is also included, followed by a night at the Northern Light Inn.
Arrive in Keflavik in the late afternoon. The group will then be transferred with their guide to Hotel Ranga for a two night stay on a half board basis (dinner will be a 3 course set menu). Please note that arrangements are usually made for participants to dine as a group.
Transfer to Keflavik for the flight back to the UK. If your flight is in the afternoon you may want to book an optional excursion to the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula (subject to minimum numbers).
View the northern lights in Iceland and a host of natural wonders staying at Hotel Ranga on a 3-night escorted holiday with Discover the World