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Northern Lights Explorer in Iceland 2014-2015


from £995 pp - 8 days / 7 nights


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Our new Northern Lights Exploration Tour is designed to include a lot of Iceland and aims to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In addition to 7 nights' accommodation with breakfast, the program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy – with 6 evenings of presentations, lectures and guided tours at spots likely to offer a glimpse of the Northern Lights. This is a fully escorted coach tour with guaranteed departures from September to April which can help you experience the winter at its most Icelandic – both during the day and after dark, as you head to the countryside in West and South-east Iceland, exploring the regions from Snæfellsnes peninsula to Vatnajökull glacier to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the city lights. 

Package price is £995 per person based on availability and two people sharing a double or twin room. Single supplement is £160 per person.

* Supplement for small group tours (max 14 travellers) is £ 480 per person

2014/2015 departure dates:

Departure Return Departure Return
28 Sep 05 Oct 11 Jan 18 Jan
03 Oct 10 Oct 16 Jan 23 Jan
07 Oct* 14 Oct*
20 Jan* 27 Jan*
10 Oct 17 Oct 23 Jan 30 Jan
12 Oct 19 Oct 25 Jan 01 Feb
17 Oct 24 Oct 30 Jan 06 Feb
21 Oct* 28 Oct* 03 Feb* 10 Feb*
24 Oct 31 Oct 06 Feb 13 Feb
26 Oct 02 Nov 08 Feb 15 Feb
31 Oct 07 Nov 13 Feb 20 Feb
04 Nov* 11 Nov* 17 Feb* 24 Feb*
07 Nov 14 Nov 20 Feb 27 Feb
09 Nov 16 Nov 22 Feb 01 Mar
14 Nov 21 Nov 27 Feb 06 Mar
18 Nov* 25 Nov* 03 Mar* 10 Mar*
21 Nov 28 Nov 06 Mar 13 Mar
23 Nov 30 Nov 08 Mar 15 Mar
28 Nov 05 Dec 13 Mar 20 Mar
30 Nov 07 Dec 17 Mar* 24 Mar*
02 Dec* 09 Dec* 20 Mar 27 Mar
05 Dec 12 Dec 22 Mar 29 Mar
    27 Mar 03 Apr
    31 Mar* 06 Apr*
    03 Apr 10 Apr


05 Apr 12 Apr

* Small groups with 14 persons maximum per group

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Package includes


  • Direct flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by a shuttle bus
  • Fully escorted 6 day coach tour with an English speaking guide
  • 7 nights' accommodation in 3 star hotels and country guesthouses including breakfast
  • Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including lunch
  • Visit to traditional shark curing farm
  • Hot spring tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs 
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables and geothermal greenhouse 
  • Visit with multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center 
  • Entrance fee to Skógar Folk Museum and Turf Houses
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon 
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner at Northern Light Inn 
  • Northern Lights Academy program with 6 evenings of lectures, presentations, guided searches and midnight refreshments

Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik

Upon arrival in Reykjavik, Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you‘ll spend the night. We‘ll provide some ideas to help you explore Iceland's capital on your own. 
Accommodation at the centrally located 3 star Fosshótel Lind or similar.
Day 2: Reykjavik City Tour and Borgarfjörður Saga Valley
Meet your tour guide and start with a Reykjavík city tourwhere you’ll see some highlights of Iceland’s capital. Then you‘ll head west. Your first stop will be at an Icelandic wool outlet store (just to see what they do with all those sheep!). The Borgarfjörður valley is known as the Saga valley of West Iceland because many important historical events took place there. You‘ll get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater. You‘ll get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling -- 97°celsius. Nearby, Hraunfossaris a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a one kilometer wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby, with it‘s own tragic tale. You‘ll spend two nights in Reykholt, West Iceland. The afternoon will include a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner there will be a guided walk in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea. 
Accommodation at the Fosshótel Reykholt, West Iceland.  
Day 3: Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Fjord Cruise 
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula (the “peninsula of the snowy mountain“ in Icelandic) juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. You‘ll travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a lunch cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. Afterwards you can stroll around the sheltered harbor which provides a good place for fishing vessels to anchor, and then explore this charming town with its many old wooden houses. A uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits you at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. As you head back to Reykholt you‘ll travel through lava fields and along the oceanwhere you’ll have classic Icelandic photo ops. On the way there will be a stop in Borgarnes where you can either visit the Icelandic Settlement Center museum, or the local geothermal swimming pool. Naturally, once darkness falls, you’ll be out and about chasing the Northern Lights and soaking in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.
Accommodation at the Fosshótel Reykholt, West Iceland.  
Day 4: Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste and Icelandic Horses 
Today you’ll travel along the scenic shores of Hvalfjörður fjord and turn inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a stop at the park, you‘ll continue to Gullfoss – “golden falls“ a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river, and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. You‘ll see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. Here there are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools including the original geyser, which is now dormant, but which has been replaced by Strokkur („the Churn“) which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. When you get to Geysir, the chef of the Restaurant Geysir will take you to the geothermal areas were you can taste freshly baked hot spring bread, served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs, and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. In the afternoon, you‘ll learn about the Icelandic horse and it‘s history and special qualities, and also visit a geothermal greenhouse, before reaching your accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland. 
Accommodation at the Hotel Hekla, South Iceland.  
Day 5: Natural Wonders Of South Iceland and Eyjafjallajökull Volcano 
Today will take you out along the south coast. You‘ll start at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There‘s a trail that goes behind the fall which is interesting – if you are prepared to get wet! Further east you‘ll stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center to learn about living next to a glacier and active volcano. Skógafoss waterfall is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. It‘s near one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well turf-built houses. Spend 2 nights in Vatnajökull National Park, next to Europe’s largest glacier. Evening bustour to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. If the Northern Lights are visible it will be picture perfect! 
Accommodation at the Fosshótel Skaftafell, Vatnajökull Region.
Day 6: Skaftafell National Park and Vatnajökull Glacier 
Today’s program is all glaciers, ice and icebergs. You‘ll visit the tiny turf church at Hof and continue to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Plenty of free time to enjoy and explore the extraordinary sights, perhaps see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. You‘ll have the afternoon at the park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers, and the largest National Park in Europe. Tonight enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quite location or you may miss out one more chance seeing the Northern Lights shimmer and dance across the night sky. 
Accommodation at the Fosshótel Skaftafell, Vatnajökull Region.
Day 7: South Shore, Lava Beaches, Coastal Villages and Blue Lagoon 
As you head back west, you‘ll stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur to see basalt columns known as the Kirkjugólf (church floor). These are the tops of basalt columns and it looks like a tiled floor- similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. Next stop is at the pretty Systrafoss waterfall, and then on to the black lava beaches near Vík, where even in winter birds nest in the high cliffs. You‘ll visit the coastal villages in South Iceland, many with old wooden houses and fascinating coastal scenery. You‘ll return to Reykjavik for one last night. In the evening you‘ll get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by a traditional Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn and followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. 
Accommodation at the centrally located 3 star Fosshótel Lind or similar. 
Day 8: Departure from Reykjavik
Breakfasts at the hotel. Transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airporDay 1: Arrival in Reykjavik

Upon arrival in Reykjavik, Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you‘ll spend the night. We‘ll provide some ideas to help you explore Iceland's capital on your own.
Accommodation at the centrally located 3 star Fosshótel Lind or similar.

Day 2: Reykjavik City Tour and Borgarfjörður Saga Valley

Meet your tour guide and start with a Reykjavík city tour during which you’ll see some highlights of Iceland’s capital. Then you‘ll head west. Your first stop will be at an Icelandic wool outlet store (just to see what they do with all those sheep!). The Borgarfjörður valley is known as the Saga valley of West Iceland because many important historical events took place there. You‘ll get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater. You‘ll get warmed up at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, which produces 180 litres of water that's almost boiling per second, at 97°celsius. Nearby, Hraunfossaris: a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a one kilometer wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby, with its own tragic tale. You‘ll spend two nights in Reykholt, West Iceland. The afternoon will include a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, there will be a guided walk in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.
Accommodation at the Fosshótel Reykholt, West Iceland. 

Day 3: Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Fjord Cruise

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula (the “peninsula of the snowy mountain“ in Icelandic) juts out from Iceland’s west coast like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. You‘ll travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a lunch cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. Afterwards you can stroll around the sheltered harbor, which provides a good place for fishing vessels to anchor, and then explore this charming town with its many old wooden houses. A uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits you at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl -  fermented shark. As you head back to Reykholt, you‘ll travel through lava fields and along the ocean where you’ll have classic Icelandic photo opportunities. On the way, there will be a stop in Borgarnes, where you can either visit the Icelandic Settlement Center museum, or the local geothermal swimming pool. Naturally, once darkness falls, you’ll be out and about chasing the Northern Lights and soaking in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. 
Accommodation at the Fosshótel Reykholt, West Iceland.  

Day 4: Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste and Icelandic Horses

Today you’ll travel along the scenic shores of Hvalfjörður fjord before going inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a stop at the park, you‘ll continue to Gullfoss, the “Golden Falls“- a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. You‘ll see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. Here there are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools including the original geyser, which is now dormant, but which has been replaced by Strokkur („the Churn“) which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. When you get to Geysir, the chef of the Restaurant Geysir will take you to the geothermal areas were you can taste freshly baked hot spring bread, served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, served very cold – nearly freezing. In the afternoon, you‘ll learn about the Icelandic horse and its history and special qualities, and also visit a geothermal greenhouse, before reaching your accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.
Accommodation at the Hotel Hekla, South Iceland.  

Day 5: Natural Wonders of South Iceland and Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Today will take you out along the south coast. You‘ll start at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There‘s a trail that goes behind the fall which provides a brilliant experience – if you are prepared to get wet! Further east you‘ll stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre to learn about living next to a glacier and active volcano. Skógafoss waterfall is 60 metres high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. It‘s near one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well turf-built houses. Spend 2 nights in Vatnajökull National Park, next to Europe’s largest glacier. Evening bus tour to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. If the Northern Lights are visible, it should be picture perfect!
Accommodation at the Fosshótel Skaftafell, Vatnajökull Region. 

Day 6: Skaftafell National Park and Vatnajökull Glacier

Today’s program is all glaciers, ice and icebergs. You‘ll visit the tiny turf church at Hof and continue to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. There's plenty of free time to enjoy and explore the extraordinary sights, perhaps even to see seals swimming in the Arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach, where large icebergs get stranded. You‘ll have the afternoon at the park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometres and the largest National Park in Europe. Tonight enjoy a video presentation about the Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location or you may miss another chance to see the Northern Lights shimmer and dance across the night sky.
Accommodation at the Fosshótel Skaftafell, Vatnajökull Region. 

Day 7: South Shore, Lava Beaches, Coastal Villages and Blue Lagoon

As you head back west, you‘ll stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur to see basalt columns known as the Kirkjugólf (church floor). These are the tops of basalt columns and it looks like a tiled floor- similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. Next stop is at the pretty Systrafoss waterfall, and then on to the black lava beaches near Vík, where even in winter birds nest in the high cliffs. You‘ll visit the coastal villages in South Iceland, many with old wooden houses and fascinating coastal scenery. You‘ll return to Reykjavik for one last night. In the evening you‘ll get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by a traditional Icelandic dinner at the Northern Lights Inn and followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. 
Accommodation at the centrally located 3 star Fosshótel Lind or similar.

Day 8: Departure from Reykjavik

Breakfasts at the hotel. Transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport.

Fosshotel Lind

Reykjavik, Iceland - 3 stars
Fosshotel Lind: this friendly hotel, centrally located, is less than a minutes walk from the city's main shopping street and one of it's main bus stations, and is also a short stroll from the Reykjavik Municipal Art Museum.

Fosshotel Reykholt

Reykholt, Iceland - 3 stars
Fosshotel Reykholt is a romantic country hotel based in the historical place of Reykholt. It was the home to the greatest Saga writer, Snorre Sturlison and contains a lot of history to inspire you to investigate the cultural heritage of Iceland further in this relaxing environment.

Hekla Hotel

Brjánstaðir, Iceland - 3 stars
Hekla Hotel is situated close to Mt Hekla in South Iceland and is surrounded by some of the country’s most stunning sights and there are plenty of activities like Dogsledding, Hiking, Fishing, Kayaking, Snowmobiling, seeing Northern Lights ( Aurora Borealis ).

  • Photo by Iceland Tours
  • Photo by Edith and Gerald Woodhouse
  • Blue Lagoon by Visit Iceland
  • Photo by Visit Iceland
  • Photo by Iceland Tours
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  • Photo by Iceland Tours
  • Photo by Iceland Tours
  • Photo by Visit Reykjavik

October 2012
Overall rating: (5/5)

Hi Daina, Well we are home and just about recovered from what I can only describe as a fantastic holiday. The Northern Light Explorer Tour to Iceland was an unbelievable success and I would thoroughly recommend to all. Firstly I would like to thank yourself as a representative of Baltic Travel. Booking was easy, you gave clear, concise instructions and help where we needed it, including tips on what we may need to take with us etc. The logistics of the holiday were perfect. The tour operator that you use were perfect, extremely professional, reliable and most helpful. We had a wonderful guide (Anna), who moved the itinerary around to ensure we had the most enjoyment out of the holiday. We had a totally mixed group from all over the world, of all ages and I am sure that a lot of new friends for life were made. We have already spread the word amongst family, friends and work colleagues of what a fantastic experience we have had and thoroughly recommend to all.
Many Thanks
Martin and Penny

Visas

For your holidays to Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland or Ukraine, you will not need a visa if you have a valid passport from any EU country, Australia, Canada, USA, Japan (there are more, so check with us to make sure). Please note that your passport should be valid for at least six months after the date of your return.

However, if you plan to travel to Russia, you will need a visa, which we can help organise for you.

Will I see the Northern Lights?

Please scroll down to see the specifics for the country you wish to visit:

Iceland:
The Northern Lights are in the Northern sky from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natures wonders, it’s ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone. But it’s worth it to be patient. Because they’re a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside, while looking for them. It’s best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await this truly amazing event. The Northern Lights can be pretty spectacular, and for the best photos we recommend using a tripod. Much of Iceland offers a very a good chance to see the Northern Lights when conditions are right. Remember – the Northern Lights are natural phenomena, not guaranteed, but appreciated all the more for their elusive qualities.

Norway:
Northern Norway is one of the world's best places to experience the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). In Northern Norway, Northern Lights occur in up to 90% of every clear night in the period from late September to late March. Most Northern Lights occur in the time span from 6pm to slightly after midnight, with an absolute peak at around 10-11pm. 

In Norway, the area north of the Arctic Circle is prime aurora territory. The various destinations in the High North have a distinct personality, and are well worth exploring. Major places in Northern Norway are Tromsø, Kirkenes, Alta, Bodø, Lofoten and Vesterålen Islands and Svalbard.

Finland:
The best place to see the Northern Lights in Finland is in the Northern Lapland region, which is almost entirely located within the realm of the Arctic Circle. During the dark winter months here, when the sun rarely peaks its head over the horizon, you can expect to see the Finland Northern Lights with regularity, and other peak seasons include February through March and September through October. The most common colours of the Northern Lights are greenish-yellow and red.

The Finnish term for the Northern Lights, Revontulet, meaning fox fire, comes from an old tale where the fox was believed to swish its bushy tail on the snowy fell landscapes, throwing sparks into the air.

As mentioned, Lapland is the best place to see the Finland Aurora Borealis, with the Kilpisjarvi area offering the most abundant opportunities. The best time of the day to see the Finland Northern Lights is between 9 pm and 11:30 pm, though they are certainly not restricted to this time frame.

Sweden:
In Northern Sweden, the Northern Lights usually occur during the winter months through late March or early April, but they can be spotted as early as September in the Northernmost parts. Your best chance of catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights is on cold winter nights when the sky is clear and cloudless. You need to be away from city lights, which dilute the effects of these natural phenomena, so head out into the countryside. On clear nights, the Northern Lights can be visible from most locations in Swedish Lapland, occurring between 6 pm to and 2 am, with the strongest shows happening between 10 pm and 11 pm. For those willing to brave the cold on winter nights, here are some of the best locations in Swedish Lapland for viewing these phenomena:

Abisko National Park
Abisko National Park, a couple of kilometers north of Kiruna, is a prime location for viewing the Northen Lights. The scientifically proven “blue hole” — a patch of sky over the Torneträsk lake that usually remains clear despite overcast weather in surrounding areas — gives Abisko its own micro-climate, which is suitable for catching the lights.

Jukkasjärvi and the Torne Valley
Not only does the village of Jukkasjärvi (population roughly 541) boast the world’s first ice hotel (rebuilt ever year from Torne River ice), it’s also one of the best regions to view the Northern Lights. ICEHOTEL organizes guided tours for guests which takes the to the Esrange Space Center located 30 minutes from Kiruna. You can dine at a wilderness camp and get the chance to scan the Arctic winter sky for aurora borealis.

Other regions in Swedish Lapland
As mentioned earlier, if weather conditions are just right (clear, dark, cold, and cloudless), you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights from any location within subarctic and arctic Sweden — even close to larger towns such as Luleå, Jokkmokk, Arvidsjaur, and Gällivare.

Greenland:
The northern lights - or Aurora Borealis as it is officially known - actually occur all year round, but cannot be seen during the summer months in Greenland due to the midnight sun. The phenomenon is often seen around midnight and is best experienced on a dark, clear night in the period from September to the beginning of April. If you are travelling during this period, you can see the Northern Lights from anywhere in the country, whilst in South Greenland the northern lights can be seen from as early as the end of August.

 

Insurance

Travel insurance is required and also advisable. If you do not have a valid policy, please check our Insurance link on the bottom of our homepage. Our recommended partner is Essential Travel, who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Language

You will be able to communicate quite well with the locals, as most people in the service industry are quite adept at speaking English. If English doesn't work, then try Russian (if you can), or German. The further you go from the major cities, the less English you will hear. However, do not let the language barrier keep you from exploring the beauty of the country side. We can always arrange English speaking guides to accompany you wherever you wish to go.

The Estonian language is similar to Finnish and is unrelated to Latvian, Lithuanian or Russian. Latvian and Lithuanian are two of the oldest languages, with roots traceable to Sanskrit. This makes them quite challenging to learn, but attempting a few words will put a smile on the local faces. Russians use the Cyrillic alphabet, so reading street signs and tube maps will be a challenge in St Petersburg .

Car Rental

You can rent a car, as long as you have a valid EU or international driver's license. Most cars will have manual transmission.

Currency

You can get local currency from ATMs at the airport where you land or in the major cities. Be aware that your bank will charge you a service fee and exchange rate fee for the transaction, but this is likely to be less than exchanging money in the UK before you depart. Please note that in Russia exchange bureau's and banks will not except Scottish bank notes.

We suggest choosing the right credit card for spending abroad. Most credit cards will have an additional cost (about 3%) to the bank exchange rates. You can avoid it by obtaining a specialist overseas card that does not add this % and will give you good exchange rates that are better than money exchange bureau rates. 

Credit cards charge you interest rates, but some debit cards (bank account cards) could have fees that could add up to £ 1.50 every time you spend.

We recommend checking with your bank what fees/interest rates will be applied to your card when using it abroad in order to make an educated decision on what card to use.

Most restaurants and shops will take credit/debit cards like Visa and Mastercard, however, many places will not accept AMEX. 

Traveller's cheques are difficult to cash, so we recommend not to use them.

Airport or ferry terminals in most cases will have the worst money exchange rates, so if you must get it from the airport, pre-order money for pick-up to get a better rate.

The local currencies are (alphabetic order):

Denmark - Danish Kroner
Estonia - Euro
Finland - Euro
Greenland - Danish Kroner
Iceland - Icelandic Kroner
Latvia - Euro
Lithuania - Lithuanian Litas
Norway - Norwegian Kroner
Poland - Polish Zloty
Russia - Russian Ruble
Sweden - Swedish Kroner
Ukraine - Hryvnia

Restaurants

Dining opportunities are plenty, from ethnic to exotic. We would suggest you to try some national dishes and get a real taste of the region. Note that most traditional dishes contain meat and are fairly heavy, but very tasty.

Reservations in advance are recommended for up-market restaurants, especially for Friday and Saturday evenings.

Tipping - many of the up-market establishments will let you know how good their service is by including it on the bill. Rounding up the bill is usually sufficient, unless you feel your server deserves an extra bit of recognition.

Transportation

Railway mostly serves domestic routes and is used as an easy and quick way to get from the capital to major cities of the country. There are some international routes, like to Moscow and St. Petersburg, but time spent on the way will be quite long.

Buses are one of the most convenient ways to travel between the Baltic States. Eurolines will get you between Riga, Vilnius and Tallinn. One way tickets will cost £ 15 - £ 20 and approximate travel time is 5 hours between the cities. Ticket reservations in advance are recommended.

Taxis are the quickest and most convenient way of travelling round the city. You'll find them located close to the main hotels. Usually it's quite easy to catch a taxi on the street, however, it's much better and safer to order one by phone. Taxi costs in all of the Baltic countries and Poland are approximately the same and a ride in the centre of the city will cost you approx £ 5 - £ 7.  Taxis in Finland and Russia are considerably more expensive.  It is always a good idea to get your hotel to book a taxi for you and ask approximately how much the trip will cost before you get in.

We would not recommend you to take public transportation within the city, as it's usually crowded and it may cause you unnecessary anxiety about where to stop.

Mobile Phones

There are several mobile operators in each Baltic country, the Nordics ( Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland incl. Iceland and Greenland as well as Poland, Ukraine and Russia.  If you have an international connection, there shouldn't be any problems with your incoming and outgoing calls.

In case your phone doesn't work, please check in the local mobilephone shops and you can buy Calling cards etc. or ask in your hotel, they should be able to advise you too.

Internet Access

Internet access is available at Internet Cafés, which mostly are located in the central part of the city. Most hotels have internet access.

Postal Services

Stamps are available in the post offices and in most newspaper kiosks. Approximate price for a stamp to European Union countries will vary but between appx. £ 0.30 to £ 0.70. You'll see post boxes on the streets or you can ask hotel representative to send your post card, they'll gladly help you.

Emergency Numbers

Emergency telephone number for the police, ambulance services or fire department in Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and Poland - 112.

Greenland uses 911 and for mobile phones only 112.

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8 days / 7 nights from £995 pp

Price includes:

  • Direct flights from London Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh or Glasgow
  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by a shuttle bus
  • Fully escorted 6 day coach tour with an English speaking guide
  • 7 nights' accommodation in 3 star hotels and country guesthouses including breakfast
  • Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including lunch
  • Visit to traditional shark curing farm
  • Hot spring tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs 
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables and geothermal greenhouse 
  • Visit with multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center 
  • Entrance fee to Skógar Folk Museum and Turf Houses
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon 
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner at Northern Light Inn 
  • Northern Lights Academy program with 6 evenings of lectures, presentations, guided searches and midnight refreshments

This tour is in Iceland and is a Guided Tour, Winter Holiday, Northern Lights, Activity Holiday, Family Holiday and Solo Traveller


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Iceland is the perfect place to enjoy a winter trip full of adventure, icy landscapes, glaciers, volcanoes and the chance to see the elusive Northern Lights. This unique island in the North Atlantic has extensive volcanic and geothermal activity. Geologically speaking, Iceland is one of the youngest countries in the world since it only began to rise from the North Atlantic seabed about 25 million years ago. It is the product of ongoing volcanic eruptions.

5 days / 4 nights   From £695 pp