• Fly from London to Keflavik and transfer to your hotel in south Iceland. Later on this, and all other evenings, if conditions allow, we’ll hope for a sighting of the northern lights.
    • Accommodation: Near Hveragerði, 3-nights on full board basis.
    • Over the next two days we will explore the valleys and rivers of southern Iceland, searching for Barrow’s goldeneye, which we hope to find on ice-free pools and lakes. We’ll also visit the hot springs at Geysir and see the glacial falls of Gullfoss, and travel along the south coast to search for the different species of gull that overwinter here.
    • We will also investigate the rocky coasts looking for harlequin ducks and hope to record both Atlantic grey and common seals, too, as well as cetaceans offshore.
    • We travel to Þingvellir, a national park, which is historically important as the site of the old Viking parliament. We continue our journey along the shores of Hvalfjör_ur before heading for the south coast of the magnificent Snæfellsnes peninsula.
    • Accommodation: Snæfellsnes, 2-nights on full board basis.
    • We will spend a full day exploring Snæfellsnes and searching for white-tailed eagles and orca. At this time of year the whales often come close inshore and we hope for some good land based views. Depending on the weather it may be possible to take a boat trip as well (weather dependent and payable locally, cost around £45).
  1. Day 6 Travel via Borgarnes to Reykjavik and fly back to the UK.

All prices are per person and include:

  • Services of the naturalist leader
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Guided activities

Accommodation

On our winter trip we stay in small but comfortable hotels or guesthouses. All rooms are en suite.

In Snæfellsnes, we stay at a guesthouse in a dark area, to maximise our chance of seeing the aurora borealis.

Meals

All main meals are included.

Birds

We expect to see several different species of wildfowl, including harlequin duck, and lots of gulls, including the Iceland gull. Inland we should encounter ptarmigans in their white winter plumage, and there is a chance of a white-tailed eagle.

  • Glaucous gull
  • Snow buntings
  • Barrow’s goldeneye
  • Gyrfalcon

Mammals

Marine mammals are high on our agenda, and we will look for whales, particularly orca, from the land. If weather permits we may take a boat trip to see them close up.

  • Orca
  • Minke
  • Humpback
  • Atlantic grey seal

Scenery

Iceland’s dynamic geology, remarkable landscapes and magnificent fjords give rise to fascinating and beautiful scenery, and on this trip we learn about Iceland’s dramatic volcanic geology.

If the weather permits we hope to see displays of the aurora boralis, or northern lights,

Walking

On the main trip we walk no more than five kilometres in total on any one day, and the maximum distance walked on a single walk is slightly over three kilometres.

The terrain is mostly level, but may be rough underfoot with sharp lava, stout walking boots are recommended.

Boat trips

Our tour does not contain any scheduled boat trips. However, subject to weather conditions, it may be possible to take an optional boat trip from Snæfellsnes, payable locally.

Flights

Price includes return scheduled flights London – Kevlavik – London.

Ground transport

Ground transport is in specially equipped 4 wheel drive vehicles, adapted for winter in Iceland and driven by the tour leader.

  1. March 2014
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