This relaxing five-night vacation package, including four nights in Iceland and one night for your non-stop flight from North America, brings you to not only the beautiful region of North Iceland and the charming, lively town of Akureyri, but also to Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital city. North Iceland offers diverse options for those who want to combine relaxation with fun and excitement in a veritable paradise of nature. Voted as a Lonely Planet Top 20 destination for 2013, North Iceland offers hot springs, waterfalls, volcanic wonderlands and some of Iceland's best northern lights viewing. Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland, is an ideal sightseeing destination where nature meets culture. The town of 17,500 inhabitants boasts botanical gardens, a playhouse, concert hall, galleries, lively pubs and shops. In addition to its culture, Akureyri is an excellent base for countless outdoor winter activities to suit everyone’s taste, such as downhill and cross country skiing, snowmobiling, horse trekking, super Jeep excursions and a skating rink. The town also offers one of the finest geothermal outdoor swimming pools in Iceland, a spa-like facility located just steps from the Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.
Information on things to do in North Iceland can be found here.
Vacation Package Options
Package 1: Two nights in Akureyri and a minimum of two nights in Reykjavik. Booking up to six nights in Reykjavik is a possibility by selecting a longer length of package during the booking process. To book, click on the gold "Book Now" button above.
Package 2: Three nights in Akureyri and a minimum of two nights in Reykjavik. Booking up to six nights in Reykjavik is a possibility by selecting a longer length of package during the booking process. You can also use the package drop down menu on the right side of the page by selecting your departure details.
Once booked, you will receive two emails. One containing your electronic air ticket, and the other your package Booking Confirmation and general information. Approximately three weeks later, you will receive additional information containing specific details about your travel arrangements from the Icelandair IHUSA Confirmation email box.
1 Northern Lights over Akureyri 2 Akureyri in the winter evening 3 Cultural house, Akureyri 4 Icelandair Hotel Akureyri 5 Northern lights in North Iceland 6 Akureyri winterscape 7 Skiing at Hlidarfjall ski area 8 Bautinn, a popular Icelandic-style bistro in downtown Akureyri
All starting prices listed below are per person, based on availability, and departing from Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
EXTRA NIGHTS DOUBLE
EXTRA NIGHTS SINGLE
PACKAGE 1 - TWO NIGHTS IN AKUREYRI, TWO NIGHTS IN REYKJAVIK
October 1 - 31, 2015
November 1 - December 15, 2015 & January 6 - April 26, 2016
PACKAGE 2 - THREE NIGHTS IN AKUREYRI, TWO NIGHTS IN REYKJAVIK
October 1 - 31, 2015
November 1 - December 15, 2015 & January 6 - April 26, 2016
Denver International Airport (DEN), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Chicago (ORD) departures from an additional $11 per person round-trip
Seattle (SEA) departures from an additional $55 per person round-trip
Day 2 Early morning arrival in Iceland. Use the service information from your confirmation for the Flybus airport transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is open for your own activities. Perhaps you'll use your admission to the Soley Spa and relax in the soothing geothermal pool, hot tub and steam rooms. You can also take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary city bus tickets and visit Old Town Reykjavik (bus stop just outside hotel) to take in some of the capital's many restaurants, galleries and museums. For a great panorama view of the city, check out the Pearl building, just a short walk from the Natura hotel. You might also consider an evening northern lights tour, afternoon horseback riding, cooking classes or other activities. You can find ideas here.
Day 3 Start the morning with a Scandinavian buffet breakfast, included as part of your hotel stay, then transfer on your own to Reykjavik's domestic airport for your 45-minute morning flight on Air Iceland to Akureyri, the “Capital” of North Iceland. The airport is located about a five minute drive from the hotel, with a cab ride running about $20 (subject to change). Upon arrival at Akureyri domestic airport, you’ll be met by a guide who will drive you to your hotel for check-in, and where you'll receive a free admission to the nearby city geothermal pool, considered by many Icelanders to be one of the nation's finest. The hotel also offers a Happy Hour 2-for-1 special for package participants on selected drinks, as well as a ten percent discount on dinner at the Aurora Restaurant. Please note the restaurant discount does not apply to drinks during dinner.
The rest of your day is open to enjoy Akureyri, a town of charming buildings cradled within the magnificent Eyjafjordur Fjord. Though small in size, Akureyri is vibrant and lively, offering many museums, restaurants and pubs. The town's year-round botanical gardens are an interesting feature, as well as the spa-like geothermal swimming pool. In the evening, be sure to get to the hotel lobby no later than 10:00pm for your northern lights sightseeing tour. The quest for the elusive Aurora Borealis lights and its unbelievable displays of color, light and texture will take you to the mystical country or into the mountains, away from city lights and sounds. It’s like waking up in a fairy-tale full of mystery and magic. The exact route taken depends on that evening's weather and road conditions. Please note the northern lights are visible from September through April but can only be seen on a clear night. If northern lights sightings are not possible, another tour activity will be planned by the tour operator. These may include visits to historic sites in North Iceland where you will learn about Icelandic ghost stories. If a northern lights tour is cancelled due to weather, you can also opt to upgrade to another day tour for a small extra fee. Alternatives will be provided by the tour operator at the hotel desk.
Day 4 Head down for breakfast at your hotel, followed by the entire day which is open for your own activities. Perhaps you’ll visit some museums in Akureyri, try skiing in nearby Hlidarfall ski area, or you might book one of the optional tours available through the tour operator (bookable once you have in Iceland). These are excellent ways to experience the fun, adventure, history, and culture of North Iceland.
Day 5 Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, then transfer to Akureyri airport for your morning Air Iceland flight back to Reykjavik. Once you have arrived back in the capital, the transfer to Reykjavik Natura Hotel is on your own, followed by the rest of the day which is open for your own fun and activities in Reykjavik. Be sure to visit the hotel’s tour desk to set up transfers back to Keflavik airport the following day.
Day 6 After breakfast, your last morning is open for your own activities, followed by your transfer (remember to book on your own) to Keflavik airport for your late afternoon departure to North America. Extra nights: If you choose the package with three nights in Akureyri, that extra day will be open for your own activities. If you have added extra nights to your package, these extra days will be in Reykjavik after you visit Akureyri, and are also open for your own activities.
Note: The tour operator has the right to substitute hotels with similar quality hotels if conditions require it.
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
The completely renovated four-star Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura embodies the spirit of Reykjavik, and with priority check-in from 10:00am, guests are able to begin exploring the city next door to nature even sooner. Early check-in is available to travelers arriving on overnight flights from North America October 1 - April 30 on Icelandair Fly & Hotel packages; normal check-in is 2pm. The Natura offers 220 rooms featuring private bath & shower with hair dryer, as well as telephone, radio, satellite TV, and internet access available for purchase. With the many themed rooms, you can also choose to experience one of the many natural elements of Iceland, from moss, glacier, northern lights, volcano, geothermal or natural water rooms.
The Soley Natura Spa is an on-premises high class facility featuring Iceland's only indoor hotel geothermal swimming pool, and with the use of the guest discount, the Finnish saunas, fitness facilities, spa treatments, beauty salon and hair dresser are also available to enjoy. Afterwards, visit the friendly Satt restaurant emphasizes honest, healthy, and delicious Icelandic food, serving you only the very best of what our surrounding local suppliers have to offer each season.
With the unique proximity to Reykjavik’s wooded areas of Oskjuhlid Hill, guests of the Icelandair Reykjavik Natura Hotel (ISO 14001-certified as a green hotel) can take advantage of the walking & cycling paths to explore the surrounding lava and seacoast landscapes, see a man-made geyser, and take a dip in a warmed lagoon of the North Atlantic or soak in a relaxing thermal hot tub at the Nautholsvik thermal beach (activities operate May - August). The Natura is also located next to the famous landmark The Pearl, with its revolving restaurant, and a balcony allowing for panoramic views over Reykjavik. The Natura is also close to the excitement of Reykjavik’s historical city center. While reachable in less than 30 minutes by foot, you can also arrive there in just a few minutes by bus using the bus stop located close to the hotel (free city bus passes are offered for guests to visit the Old Town section).
Other special services include free storytelling on Thursday nights, complimentary Icelandic themed movies in the hotel cinema, and a tour desk. During the summer bicycle rental is available for exploring the city’s many scenic bike paths, and with it‘s location next to the city small domestic airport, our younger guests will enjoy spotting propeller planes as they come in to land!
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
The new, friendly Icelandair Hotel Akureyri and its magnificent view is tastefully decorated throughout its 63 bright, sunny rooms and inviting facilities. While in town, visitors can not only enjoy the nearby natural wonders and some of Iceland´s best skiing, but also the cultural life in the capital of the North. The area around the hotel includes the town’s geothermal swimming pool located just across the street, and the center of Akureyri is only a short walk away. The hotel itself features a garden that is eminently cozy during winter and summer, an open fireplace to sit by and enjoy the midnight sun or the northern lights, and Aurora, a first-class restaurant and bar. The hotel rooms all come with private bathroom facilities, as well as available amenities including wireless internet (minimum fee), flat-screen TV, hairdryer, telephone, coffee and tea set.
ICELANDIC TOURIST BOARD HOTEL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
Five star | ***** All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, movie channel, radio, desk and safe compartment. Luxurious interior decor & furnishings, including bathrobes at each bedside. Room & turndown service, a restaurant and laundry services are available, as well as an indoor swimming pool and/or exercise facilities.
Four star | **** All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, movie channel, radio and desk. There is room service, a restaurant and laundry services available.
Three star | *** All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, TV, radio and desk. There is a breakfast room and service counter to buy snacks and small items.
Two star | ** Bar & dining room facilities (including breakfast), public telephone access and 24 hour check-in available. Rooms may be equipped with a private bathroom, but this is not a condition.
More information on the Tourist Board Hotel Classification System can be found here.
Round-trip Economy Class air transportation on Icelandair from Boston (BOS), New York (JFK), Newark (EWR), and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). Departures also available from Denver International Airport (DEN), Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) and Chicago (ORD) from additional $11 per person round-trip; and Seattle (SEA) from an additional $55 per person round-trip
The northern lights are spectacular and Iceland is the ideal place to search for this natural phenomenon. Sightings are most likely in the evening hours during the months of September to March. NASA predicts that this winter the northern lights will be their most intense in over a decade. To read more check out this article from The Telegraph here.