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See the world, differently
Your passion for travel hasn’t waned – if anything, over the past couple of years, it’s grown deeper. And your purpose of travelling has also become clearer: to make memories that last a lifetime.

Raw, beautiful, and untouched, few places on Earth feel quite as unique as Iceland. With the midnight sun in the summer and the Northern Lights in the winter, this Nordic island country works as a year-round destination for the traveler who seeks great adventure and deep relaxation all in one trip.

This itinerary was created by experts and is meant to inspire you. It is ready to be customized to suit your interests, tastes and budget so you can connect with local cultures and experience authentic travel on your own terms and departing whenever you choose. Journeys that are fully customized to your dreams and expectations, with your own expert private guides, in exceptional handpicked accommodations that always reflect your preferred style.

Inclusions
  • 6 night guided vacation
  • 6 night luxury accommodation
  • Roundtrip domestic flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri
  • Breakfast each morning at your hotel, plus any meals indicated in the itinerary
  • Private transfers from the airport
  • Personalized, tailor- made journeys and expert planning from our local guides
  • Private drivers and guides throughout the tour
  • One suitcase and one carry-on per person for trip transfers
  • 24/7 in-destination support from our local office
Valid until April 10, 2024 from $6834 per person
Rate is in USD – per person based on double occupancy

Tour is customizable. Please contact us for more details.
Note: Northern Lights is a natural phenomenon and sighting is not guaranteed.

Not Included:

  • International airfare and domestic airfare not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Visa(s)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas (unless noted)
  • Tips/Gratuities for services and experiences
  • Lunches, dinners and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), unless specified in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal charges such as laundry, phone calls, SIM cards or room service
  • Passport fees, immunization costs, and local departure taxes (when applicable)

Highlights
  • Visit Akureyri, Iceland’s “second city” and the gateway to its northern coast.
  • Marvel at the stunning spectacle of the Northern Lights as they dance across the night sky.
  • Soak up the natural splendor of Myvatn, a beautiful inland lake.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations on nature’s doorstep.

Day 1: REYKJAVIK

The Adventure Begins
Meet your private driver-guide and vehicle for an airport transfer. Along the way, your guide will make a stop at the world-famous Blue Lagoon, where you can enjoy the renowned healing properties as you soothe your soul in its mineral waters. A towel rental is included along with your admission. Afterward, for your added comfort, your English-speaking guide will help you with your hotel check-in, and take you through your travel documents.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

This evening, in a small group of no more than 19 participants, you’ll set out on a hunt for the magical display of color, light, and texture, known as the Aurora Borealis, or informally, the Northern Lights. You’ll begin with a brief introduction to the Northern Lights including some helpful photography tips, going through the basics on how to adjust your camera settings to capture any of the auroral activity you may see. You’ll head into the countryside or up to the mountains, away from the sounds and electric glow of the city, and into the dark, frozen, wintery night in hopes of spotting the aurora. The staggering spectacle of light has been likened to a symphony in the sky, shimmering and swelling in color and intensity, often bouncing along in a fluid motion that appears orchestrated. As a natural phenomenon, your ability to view the lights is always going to be dependent on sky conditions, though your guide will make every attempt to find the most favorable situation to see this unique show, only visible in the Northern Hemisphere.

Where you’ll be staying: Alda Hotel (Standard)

Blue Lagoon Northern Lights

Day 2: REYKJAVIK

A Bit of Time on Your Own
Take some time to explore Reykjavik at your leisure. Surrounded by sea, its waterfront paths are perfect for a leisurely stroll or some jogging. Catch beautiful views of Reykjavik’s landmark mountain, Mt. Esja, most visible from the northern waterfront. Admire the stark and modern City Hall, standing proudly on the shore of Reykjavik’s small central lake, Lake Tjornin. Built in the mid 20th century, the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church – the largest in all of Iceland – is Reykjavik’s main landmark structure, its peak visible from almost everywhere in the city. Out front you can spot an impressively intimidating sculpture of Leif Erikson, donated by the United States in recognition of the discovery of the New World by Norse explorers from Iceland. The stark white Hofdi House, built in 1909, might be one of the most beautiful buildings in all of Reykjavik. It is best known as the location for the historic 1986 summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, an event that effectively marked the end of the Cold War.

Where you’ll be staying: Alda Hotel (Standard)

Hallgrimskirkja Church

Day 3: REYKJAVIK TO AKUREYRI

The Journey Continues…
Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Board your direct flight from Reykjavik to Akureyki. Approximate travel time is 45 minutes.

Meet your private taxi for an airport transfer.

This evening, set out on a guided small group (max 15 guests) excursion, driving out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from the sounds and electric glow of the city, and into the dark, frozen, wintery night. You’re on a hunt for the magical display of color, light, and texture, known as the Aurora Borealis, or informally, the Northern Lights. The staggering spectacle of light has been likened to a symphony in the sky, shimmering and swelling in color and intensity, often bouncing along in a fluid motion that appears orchestrated. As a natural phenomenon, your ability to view the lights is always going to be weather dependent, though your guide will make every attempt to find the most favorable situation to see this unique show, only visible in the Northern Hemisphere.

Where you’ll be staying: Hotel Kea (Standard)

Hotel Kea Northern Lights

Day 4: AKUREYRI

Venture into the Outdoors
Along with a group of fellow adventurers (max 19 guests), set out today and discover the north’s scenic Lake Myvatn area. En route, stop at the Godafoss waterfall, considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Some even call the cascading wonder a miniature version of Niagara Falls. Continue on to Lake Myvatn, revered for its rich flora, fauna, and spectacular lava formations, including magnificent rock pillars near Hofdi on the southern shoreline. Explore the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar, boasting a panoramic view of the area. Visit the Grjotagja lava cave, the beauty of which was famously captured by Season 3 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Marvel at the geothermal might of the extraordinary Dimmuborgir Lava Fields and the bubbling Hverir Mud Pools, painted in sulfuric pastels. Stand in awe at the visible rift between the Eurasian and American Continents. This full-day adventure is rich in natural wonders and breathtaking scenery. Those wishing to lap up the warmth of Mývatn can visit the Mývatn Nature Baths (at additional cost) and soak up pure Icelandic majesty. Your day concludes with a transfer back to Akureyri.

Where you’ll be staying:Hotel Kea (Standard)

Grjotagja Cave

Day 5: AKUREYRI TO REYKJAVIK TO HUSAFELL

A Dazzling Drive
Meet your private taxi for an airport transfer.

Board your direct flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik. Approximate travel time is 45 minutes.

Meet your guide today for a private transfer to Husafell, while exploring the Silver Circle of Iceland. The Silver Circle area contains volcanic lava, waterfalls, glacial rivers, and hot springs and is also rich in Viking history and legends. You can visit Hraunfossar where water seems to burst through lava formations and nearby are the brilliantly-blue Barnafoss falls, Deildartunguhver is Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and many more. This day tour includes Borgarfjordur Fjord (an up and coming place to visit in Iceland), Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, Krauma Hot Baths, Hraunfossar Waterfalls, and Barnafoss Waterfall. Your tour ends upon arrival at your hotel in Husafell.

Set in the rural countryside of Iceland, Hotel Husafell offers guests the optimal Northern Lights viewing experience, right from their room. Upon check-in at the Hotel Husafell, sign up for a Northern Lights Wakeup Call, and the hotel staff will alert you when the lights are visible.

Where you’ll be staying: Hotel Husafell (Standard)

Hotel Husafell Deildartunguhver Geothermal Spring

Day 6: HUSAFELL

Explore with an Expert
Depart Husafell’s city center for a once-in-a-lifetime group excursion that will bring you to the untouched beauty and raw natural landscape of Langjokull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. Admire the glacial environment as you ascend the slopes of Langjokull in a specially-modified glacier vehicle, riding to the top of the 368 square-mile gargantuan which you’ll get to experience from both the outside, and the inside! Breaking into smaller groups, you’ll get to enter the man-made ice tunnels that were bored into Langjokull, giving you a unique opportunity to see the beautiful blue ice at the heart of an ice cap glacier. This takes glacier exploration to a whole new level with unique guide insights, and incredible photo opportunities. Afterward, you’ll return back to Husafell.

Set in the rural countryside of Iceland, Hotel Husafell offers guests the optimal Northern Lights viewing experience, right from their room. Upon check-in at the Hotel Husafell, sign up for a Northern Lights Wakeup Call, and the hotel staff will alert you when the lights are visible.

Where you’ll be staying: Hotel Husafell (Standard)

Ice Tunnel, Langjokull Glacier

Day 7: HUSAFELL TO KEFLAVIK

Pack Your Bags
Meet your private driver for an airport transfer. Approximate travel time is 2.5 hours.

Alda Hotel – Reykjavik

Situated in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, Alda Hotel (4*) is found on Laugavegur, a premier street in the capital’s vibrant shopping district. Steps away from many museums and restaurants, Alda Hotel is perfectly positioned for your stay in Reykjavik, while its well-situated guestrooms featuring Nordic design and modern amenities offer the perfect blend of both comfort and style. Whether you’re turning in for the night after a long day of exploring Iceland’s magnificent countryside, or resting in between visiting some the city sights literally just steps away from the property, guests at Alda Hotel can be guaranteed one thing – a thoroughly relaxing sleep.

Standard Room Alda Hotel


Hotel Kea – Akureyri

Located in the heart of Akureyri, gateway to the rich natural splendor of northeast Iceland, Hotel Kea (4*) has been welcoming guests since 1944 with the same high standards of elegance, quality, service and comfort which would be expected of one of Iceland’s most established hotels. Comfort, rest and relaxation come easily in all of the 104 guestrooms, equipped with modern amenities to ensure guests have a delightful stay. Múlaberg bistro & bar offers guests delicious meals made with the finest Icelandic ingredients, and one of the greatest selections of wines, spirits, and cocktails in the north of Iceland.

Hotel Kea standard Room

 

Hotel Husafell

Hotel Husafell (4*) is located in an area rich in history and extraordinary natural wonders. The hotel combines the comfort of a luxurious hotel with the spirit of exploration, while being proudly sustainable, using only 100% pure energy produced on-site. The 48 contemporary guestrooms are designed to be in harmony with the surrounding nature, offering breathtaking views, and decorated with paintings from Husafell’s world-renowned artist Páll Guðmundsson. Guests of Hotel Husafell receive free admission to its geothermal baths, for a relaxing float in wonderfully hot, fresh water, providing deep and nourishing relaxation. The hotel’s on-site restaurant offers seasonal menus where Icelandic ingredients are able to flourish in international cuisine.

Hotel Husafell Superior Deluxe Exterior Dining

Outdoor Pool Standard Room

Every journey begins with a conversation

We think care and curation make all the difference in the world. Understanding your travel vision is the first priority.

  • No fixed dates or schedules.
    Escape the tour bus crowds and explore on your own terms, departing and returning whenever you choose.
  • The freedom of flexibility
    Travel whenever you want, for as long as you want with the option to change your plans on the fly – even in-destination.
  • Tailor-made for you
    Mix relaxation, luxury and adventure as you wish with an itinerary designed to suit your preferred pace of travel.
  • Accommodating your every need
    Custom-made for every type of traveler, accessible and inclusive options ensure a comfortable and fulfilling experience.
Itineraries designed by well-traveled experts

Our Destination Experts are people with deep, local knowledge of the areas they represent, having lived, worked or traveled extensively throughout the region.

  • The best of each destination
    Our team travels regularly to source and individually vet each and every activity, accommodation and experience featured within our product offering. Your Destination Expert will help you discover these special restaurants, galleries and museums before they hit the guidebooks.
  • A single point of contact
    The Destination Expert who designs your personalized itinerary will keep in touch throughout your journey from planning to unpacking.
Local secrets unlocked

Cultivate a deeper understanding of your destination with one of our local, English-speaking, private guides by your side. Become immersed in local traditions, cuisines and customs as your guide reveals hidden gems.

  • Only the best will do
    Our exacting standards and vetting process in combination with a proprietary training program designed to reflect the expectations of North American travelers ensure access the finest local, private guides worldwide.
  • Specialist guides
    From historians and archeologists to culinary experts and world-class athletes, enhance the private-guided experience by opting for an excursion with a local expert.
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With our industry-leading, 24/7 support and operational expertise you’ll travel with peace of mind. Should hiccups occur, you can rest assured that our round-the-clock assistance is only a phone call away.

  • The moment you touch down
    Once you clear customs, we’re there for you and will take care of the rest. A Kensington Tours representative will meet you at the airport to start your personalized trip.
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    We stay in touch with you throughout your travels. If changes are necessary, you’ll receive live updates via the Kensington Tours app.
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    Anyone can book a vacation, but we’re in the business of turning travel aspirations into reality. If you’re not happy, just let us know and we’ll make it right.

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287