We Love —
- Reykjavik is 200 miles below the Arctic Circle, combining colourful buildings with creative people, eye-popping design and a fantastic atmosphere
- An incredible chance to embark on a whale watching boat tour and to witness the magnificence of the Secret Lagoon!
- Enjoy a 3 night stay at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis
Your Itinerary —
The rest of the day is open for your own activities. We suggest a walk in the Old Town area with galleries, museums, restaurants and pubs. A visit to one of the city´s geothermal swimming pools is a great way to shake off jetlag and a very Icelandic activity. It is also a great way to meet Icelanders. The Radisson Hotel Saga has a historic swimming pool within walking distance. Guests of the hotel can also use the Saga‘s hot tubs and steam room.
The boats are designed with whale watching in mind. They have a fantastic interior, large outside viewing decks and a safe family environment. The friendly guides, along with the captain and crew, point out where you can spot the whales. They will also provide interesting information about the different kinds of whales and seabirds you can expect to see. There is over 90% viewing success (if you don´t see whales today, you will get another tour for free). Whales and dolphins often spotted include minke whales, humpback whales, harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins. The tours have a special interactive and educational focus so people can discover more about the ocean wildlife.
Included: Guided Whale watching boat tour, one way transfer from hotel to tour start point.
Not Included: Transfer from Whale Watching Boat tour back to hotel (hotel is within walking distance, cabs plentiful).
Departures: Pick up at 8:00am from your hotel. Please be in the lobby.
Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours
Important: Please dress well for cold weather, as it gets cold at sea. Dress in layers and wear gloves, cap, and scarf and good, wind and waterproof outerwear. Please also wear good outdoor footwear. Please note: This tour is subject to weather conditions, and whale sightings cannot be guaranteed. If you do not see whales during the trip, or if the tour is cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions, you will be given a free ticket for the next day‘s tour.
Your package includes a visit to the new Whales of Iceland exhibition (open daily 10am-5pm), also located in the Old Harbour area- about a 14 minute easy walk from the Whale Watching departure area). This unique exhibit displays life-size replicas of various whale species found in the seas around Iceland. As you walk through the ocean-like exhibit, you will get an idea of the vast size of whales. You´ll also learn many interesting facts about whales with interactive displays through the museum.
On your own, transfer back to the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel. (The hotel is actually within walking distance of the Old Harbor, passing through some charming neighbourhoods). Overnight at your hotel in Reykjavík.
Enjoy an unguided transfer taking you through the beautiful scenery of South Iceland. Head to Flúðir, a town that uses the many hot springs of the area to grow organic vegetables year-round. The hot water also provides relaxation at one of Iceland‘s hidden treasures, the Gamla Lauginn, also known as the Secret Lagoon. This natural crystal-clear lagoon is one of the oldest natural geothermal pools in Iceland. It is surrounded by beautiful, active little geysers. One of them erupts every few minutes. Originally this natural pool was built in the 19th century to teach Icelanders in the rural area how to swim. Eventually a newer pool was built in Flúðir. The Secret Lagoon was upgraded to have modern changing rooms and facilities, but the original peaceful and down-to-earth atmosphere remains, along with the historical buildings.
The hot water temperature is 36-40°C (97 – 104°F), providing pleasant relaxation for your muscles. There are also walking paths located in the area around the Secret Lagoon. These take you past various geysers and bubbling hot springs so you can discover more about the area‘s geology. We advise taking a walk in the area before you change to go into the water. After relaxing in the area, you will be taken back to Reykjavík, arriving around 16:30 (4:30pm).
Included: Unguided transfer to the Secret Lagoon, admission to the Secret Lagoon and towel rental.
Departure: Daily at 12:00pm. Hotel pickup starts at 11:30am. Please be in front of the hotel.
Duration: 4.5 hours
Facilities: The Secret Lagoon has modern changing rooms with showers. There is also a bar and an area where people can purchase and eat sandwiches, snacks and other refreshments.
Day 4 (or 5 if extra night added) Departure. Breakfast at your hotel. FlyBus airport transfer to Keflavik airport for your flight home. Please be prepared to depart your hotel about 3 hours before your flight.
Important: Whale sightings are based on natural and weather conditions. There is no guarantee of sightings.
Your Hotel —
Stay in a Standard Room at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel on a Bed & Breakfast Basis.
Please note Iceland Travel has the right to substitute hotels with similar quality hotels if conditions require it.
Please note: the bed for the 3rd guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. This package is not recommended for children aged 5 and under.
When it comes to dining, you can choose from three sophisticated restaurants. The Super Breakfast Buffet in Sunnusalur is regarded as one of the city's best. In the cosy Skrudur, you will find fresh and tasty buffets for lunch and dinner. A dinner at the award winning signature restaurant Grillið is one you will not forget, thanks to the panoramic city views and traditional Icelandic ingredients.
In the centre of the hotel, Mimisbar & Lounge provides a stylish setting for meeting with friends for Icelandic beers and creative cocktails. Treat your mind, body and spirit to an indulgent spa treatment or unwind in the sauna, steam room and sea water jacuzzi at the Hotel Saga Spa. Hotel guests also enjoy complimentary access to the hotel's first class fitness centre.
Some services may incur additional charges, payable locally.
Your Journey —
Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.
Transfers: shared transfers are included as per itinerary.
Approximate time/distance between airport and hotel is 45 minutes/50.6km.