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Fire & Ice Northern Lights Trip

Break Available: Sept - April
3 Nights

Price Per Person: From £1,095 (Inc Flights)

Stay at Hotel Ranga renown for it’s Aurora sightings, excellent restaurant, Relaxing Hot Tubs and a high tech Observatory to observe the Northern Lights and Stars in detail.

You are spoilt with a choice of either a superb SuperJeep Adventure or a Secret Ice Cave to visit.

Experience the Golden Circle with it’s erupting Geyser, mini rift valley valley and thundering Gullfoss waterfall and finish with a Blue Lagoon bathe in the warm geothermal waters

Highlights

  • 2 nights at Hotel Ranga, famed for its Northern Lights sightings
  • Wake up Aurora Call at Hotel Ranga
  • Choice of a SuperJeep Adventure Tour or explore a Secret Ice Cave
  • Golden Circle with Pingvellir Rift Valley, Gullfoss Waterfall, Kerid Crater and Strokkur Geyser
  • 2 Chefs Choice Seasonal Dinners at Hotel Ranga
  • 1 night in the vibrant capital Reykjavik

Transfers and private options

Private Activities

Private SuperJeep Adventure Tours can be organised for those that wish to upgrade. Please advise at time of enquiry.

Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 

DAY 1
Fly to Reykjavik and drive to Hotel Ranga, Chefs Choice Dinner

DAY 1
Fly to Reykjavik and drive to Hotel Ranga, Chefs Choice Dinner

On arrival in Reykjavik, pick up your 4WD hire car and self-drive to Hotel Ranga in South Iceland. This is about a 2 hour trip on Iceland’s main road.

Hotel Ranga has an excellent reputation for Northern Lights sightings due to its location in a rural area with a higher frequency of clear nights, and sitting in one of the hot tubs watching the Northern Lights is a very special experience.

Hotel Ranga has recently built their own observatory and an expert, who is in there every night that the sky is cloud free, can teach you about the stars and the Northern Lights if they are out.

Tonight you will have the 3 course Chefs Choice menu which the chef chooses every morning based on the freshest seasonal ingredients.

Tonight be sure to use one of the outdoor hot tubs if the Northern Lights are out. Lying back in the warm waters, taking in South Iceland’s unique ambience whilst having the Aurora flash above you is one of life’s great experiences!

Alternatively Hotel Ranga has built their own first observatory a short stroll from the hotel in order to minimize light pollution.

On every cloud free night an expert, using 2 high quality 11 inch computerised telescopes, will be on hand to teach you about the stars and the Northern Lights if they are out. View amazing detail on Jupiter, see the rings of Saturn, and details on Mars. During the day you can observe the Sun, including sunspots in great detail and activity such as prominences and filaments.

Overnight at Hotel Ranga and hopefully see the Northern Lights. You may wish to increase your odds by adding on a Northern Lights Hunt tonight as an optional extra.

Sign up for the Aurora Wake Up Call and if the Northern Lights come out whilst you are asleep the hotel team will wake you so you don’t miss out!. Overnight at Hotel Ranga.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire
  • Northern Lights on top of the Glacier
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire

Hotel Ranga has an excellent reputation for Northern Lights Sightings due to its location in a rural area with a higher frequency of clear nights.

However we want to give you the very best chance possible so tonight you will be picked up for a 3 hour adventure to hunt out the Northern Lights with one of the local mountain guides.

In a specially adapted 4WD super jeep you will be taken inland off-road to the back of the famed Mount Helka to try and see if you can find the Northern Lights. This volcanic area is near Tindfjallajökul Glacier whose cooling effect creates clear skies critical for spotting the Northern Lights. This area also has very few artificial lights to spoil your viewing as many of the farms in the area were abandoned due to a previous volcanic eruption.

The beauty of this tour is that the guide will take you to the best area based on the forecast to see the Northern Lights and so give you the best chance of seeing them.

Stop for a warm up by a bonfire and a hot drink in a cave , or on the black volcanic beaches with a bonfire and a hot drink whilst your guide tells you about both the Northern Lights Phenomenon and some of the folklore and local superstitions!

Price per person: From £115

Aurora Borealis in Iceland
Aurora over black volcanic beaches in Iceland as seen on superjeep Aurora Hunt
Aurora Borealis over black beaches in Vik on SuperJeep tour in Iceland

Northern Lights on top of the Glacier

We are very excited with this new offer which we have worked up with our “local man” on the ground. Tonight he will take you up to 1600 M on top of the glacier on top of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in a SuperJeep to hunt the Northern Lights.

The glacier cools the air creating clear skies which is what you need for the Northern Lights giving you an excellent chance of seeing them ! Even if they don’t show you will have an incredible evening gazing at thousands of stars above you – crystal clear in the darkness. The snow reflects the moonlight and the tiny lights of the villages can be seen well below you.

This is a 4 hour trip as it will take you 90 mins each way as you climb in your superjeep up the steep volcano – an adventure in itself.

Price per person:  From £190

Northern Lights in Iceland
Aurora Borealis in Iceland
Northern lights as seen on super-jeep hunt ontop of the glacier in Iceland

DAY 2
Choice of Super Jeep Off Roading Adventure Tour or Visit the Secret Ice Cave

DAY 2
Choice of Super Jeep Off Roading Adventure Tour or Visit the Secret Ice Cave

After breakfast adventure out into the unique landscapes of South Iceland – probably the most dramatic Geography field trip you will ever experience!

We work only with local guides who are both passionate about their country and want to share their insights with you, and who are also trained as part of the mountain rescue team. They have fascinating stories to share about the volcanic eruption that occurred in 2010.

We continually receive fabulous feedback on this day from satisfied clients who enjoy this personalised, relaxed, guided day experience with enthusiastic local guides who are keen that you have an extra special experience.

SuperJeeps take up to 8 people but the norm is for 4 people for a very personal tour. Note this is in sharp contrast to the coach tours that are available through other companies, who also cannot access many of the areas we take you to.

Choose between the following adventures:

EITHER Eyjafjallajökull’s Volcano Tour

This tour will take you as close as is possible to the new large crater in Eyjafjallajökull Volcano from the 2010 eruption and to places where no hire car can go.

We drive up the slopes of the glacier in a highly equipped SuperJeep and on our way take in the astonishing view over the whole South coast of Iceland with it’s glaciers, and back across the Atlantic including the Westman-Islands.

This tour gives you the perfect glacier experience; an exciting SuperJeep drive in the snow, walk on the glacier and the magnificent view over the south. This is real adventure.

OR Þórsmörk Valley Tour

Your guide will take you up between the three glaciers; Myrdalsjokull, Eyjafjallojokull and Tindfjallojokull. In your specially adapted SuperJeep you will have the thrilling drive of fjording glacial rivers and driving across the floodplain to see the lasting effects and landscape changes following Eyjafjallajökull’s 2010 eruption.

You will be surrounded by an imposing mountain ridge and see spectacular landscapes. We describe it as like being in a production set from Lord of the Rings when they go to Mordur. You will see dramatic towering black volcanic cliffs.

Stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which you can walk behind and be mesmerised looking back through the falling water. If you wanted to see the “Raw Iceland” this is hard to beat!

OR Visit Secret Ice Cave

Take a SuperJeep to Vik in south Iceland (about 1¼hr) where you will go on a very old track that only SuperJeeps can cross in order to reach the Secret Ice Cave.

The ice cave, known as ‘The Secret Ice Cave’, and the glacier itself, present you with black, white, and blue ice that is over 800 years old! Inside the cave there are high walls of ice that have been sculpted by glacial water throughout the centuries. Water drips all around and the air is cold and fresh. Helmets (and crampons if conditions require) are supplied. The beauty of this cave is it is not visited by hundreds of people unlike some of the others which means they don’t have the magical atmosphere of this secret ice cave.

There are plenty of things to see on the way and back to Vik. The black volcanic beaches and dramatic basalt formations of Reynisdrangar with its famous archway. The dramatic and thundering Skogar Waterfall – one of the highest in Iceland at 60m and certainly worth a few photos! Finally everyone enjoys the stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall where you can walk behind and gaze out through the falling water. This tour takes about 5 hours.

Chefs Choice Seasonal Menu and overnight at Hotel Ranga. Remember to keep popping your head out to watch for the Aurora’s!

Why Hotel Ranga is a great base for a Northern Lights Trip

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DAY 3
Golden Circle including Pingvellir Rift Valley, Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur Geyser,

DAY 3
Golden Circle including Pingvellir Rift Valley, Gullfoss Waterfall and Strokkur Geyser,

Today is an early start so you can explore the “must see” Golden Circle at your own pace using your own 4WD vehicle. The day is packed full of surprising landscapes and Geological marvels.

You will walk in a dramatic mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss Waterfall which can totally freeze in winter, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 minutes.

We would also recommend you visit the spot where the first democratic parliament was established in 930 AD overlooking the stunning plains of Pingvellir.

Continue onto Reykjavik to overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast

See our local insider top tips when self driving in Iceland

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Northern Lights by Boat
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A la Carte Optional Extras

Northern Lights by Boat

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience. Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and see the Aurora Borealis out on the North Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background.

This 2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise includes warm overalls to wear, heated seating areas inside, expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights.

Price per person: From £80 

Spiral northern lights seen from the boat out of Reykjavik in Iceland
Northern Lights from boat in Iceland
Northern Lights over snow covered landscape from boat in Iceland

Day 4
Blue Lagoon, Fly Home

Day 4
Blue Lagoon, Fly Home

This morning self drive (@ 1 hour) to the Blue Lagoon.

The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s leading attraction Bathe in the warm bright blue waters which are particularly good for your skin, put Silica mud on your face or try out the Sauna and Steam rooms which are carved into the lava.

You can easily while away a couple of hours away and there is also a choice of restaurants with lovely views of the lagoon. We would also recommend the in-water massage treatments which are just heaven!

Onwards drive (20 minutes) to the airport for your flight home.

If this is not the perfect break for you then you might like to consider the Blue Lagoon Northern Lights Escape or the Iconic Northern Lights Break or give us a ring and we can tailor-make the perfect Aurora Holiday for you.

We have an extensive Northern Lights Information Hub if you need further information on anything from What are the Northern Lights? to Where can I see the Northern Lights? and when is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Hotel Ranga

Aurora over Hotel Ranga, Iceland
Double standard room at Hotel Ranga, Iceland
Double deluxe room at Hotel Ranga, Iceland
Hotel Ranga, Iceland

Hotel Ranga

Hotel Ranga offers luxury and relaxation in Iceland's countryside. There are 51 luxurious and cosy rooms in this serene setting without external lighting interference to spoil the Northern Lights. It is Iceland's only member of the "Special Hotels of the World", and is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Its gourmet restaurant has an excellent reputation offering typical Icelandic dishes, as well as a few unusual surprises. We would highly recommend you take a drink and sit in the outdoor hot tubs and watch the skies for the Northern Lights. A splendid way to pass the time.

Although there is never any guarantee, this is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Aurora Borealis.

Hotel Ranga also has the most incredible range of themed suites. Take your choice from 2 levels with the themes being Africa, Asia, North America, South America, Australia, Antarctica, Royal Suite

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Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum in Reykjavik Iceland
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum Standard Double room
Double deluxe room in Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Iceland
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Iceland

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is a relatively new hotel in the heart of the city, opened on April 1st 2005. It is located on one of Reykjavik’s oldest streets, Adalstraeti, right in the heart of Reykjavik in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764.

The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities, such as satellite TV, telephone, Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe and tea & coffee set. All rooms have ensuite bathroom with either a shower or a bath.

During its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.

 

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Optional Extras
Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire
Aurora Borealis in Iceland

Hotel Ranga has an excellent reputation for Northern Lights Sightings due to its location in a rural area with a higher frequency of clear nights.

However we want to give you the very best chance possible so tonight you will be picked up for a 3 hour adventure to hunt out the Northern Lights with one of the local mountain guides.

In a specially adapted 4WD super jeep you will be taken inland off-road to the back of the famed Mount Helka to try and see if you can find the Northern Lights. This volcanic area is near Tindfjallajökul Glacier whose cooling effect creates clear skies critical for spotting the Northern Lights. This area also has very few artificial lights to spoil your viewing as many of the farms in the area were abandoned due to a previous volcanic eruption.

The beauty of this tour is that the guide will take you to the best area based on the forecast to see the Northern Lights and so give you the best chance of seeing them.

Stop for a warm up by a bonfire and a hot drink in a cave , or on the black volcanic beaches with a bonfire and a hot drink whilst your guide tells you about both the Northern Lights Phenomenon and some of the folklore and local superstitions!

Price per person: From £115

Northern Lights on top of the Glacier
Northern Lights in Iceland

We are very excited with this new offer which we have worked up with our “local man” on the ground. Tonight he will take you up to 1600 M on top of the glacier on top of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in a SuperJeep to hunt the Northern Lights.

The glacier cools the air creating clear skies which is what you need for the Northern Lights giving you an excellent chance of seeing them ! Even if they don’t show you will have an incredible evening gazing at thousands of stars above you – crystal clear in the darkness. The snow reflects the moonlight and the tiny lights of the villages can be seen well below you.

This is a 4 hour trip as it will take you 90 mins each way as you climb in your superjeep up the steep volcano – an adventure in itself.

Price per person:  From £190

Northern Lights by Boat
Spiral northern lights seen from the boat out of Reykjavik in Iceland

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience. Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and see the Aurora Borealis out on the North Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background.

This 2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise includes warm overalls to wear, heated seating areas inside, expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights.

Price per person: From £80 

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Reviews & Feedback

Testimonials

Just to say that we returned from a very memorable trip, which was full on and varied. You even planned our trips around the weather. So around the golden circle the sun shone on Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most beautiful vistas I have seen. Hotel Ranga was an excellent place to stay, with the added bonus of brilliant cuisine. The whole trip was well planned so thank you to the team at weekend a la carte.

Jane

Had a fantastic 4 days in Iceland. Everything was planned for us and the guides made the most of the time we had. Unfortunately we didn't see the northern lights but that didn't ruin the holiday at all it would have been an extra bonus as we saw so many other beautiful sights. We are definitely going to return again. From the hotel to the organised trips we were looked after and made to feel more than a tourist. Thank you Iceland for all your hospitality.

Suzanne

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Price Per Person: From £1,095 (Inc Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights (from the UK) with one hold bag per person
  • 3 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotel Ranga, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum)
  • Either 1 Guided SuperJeep Adventure Tour or 1 Guided Visit to the Secret Ice Cave
  • 4WD Car Hire with one named driver
  • 2 Chefs Choice Seasonal Dinners at Hotel Ranga

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