Citylife Iceland Trip
ICELAND – THE LAND OF FIRE & ICE
Citylife is organising the famous Icelandic Easter break trip.
One of the most beautiful natural phenomena in the world, the Northern Lights captivates with its spell-binding show of emerald hues and swirling lights above one of the most magical landscapes on earth. At Secret Escapes, we’ve made it easier to chase this unmissable bucket-list experience by creating exclusive adventure that showcase the best of what Iceland has to offer – the Northern Lights is just the tip of the iceberg.
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Citylife is your #1 provider of international events, activities and trips in the UK. Every weekend we gather young internationals in order to explore the United Kingdom together on our popular Citylife trips.
Everyone is welcome on our trips as discovering places as a unique community of young people is important to us.
★ When: Monday 08/04/2020 until Friday 12/04/2020
★ Where: 5 Days & 4 Nights in Iceland
★ Meeting Point: Free Pick up at Keflavík airport – Reykjavík
★ Open for: Everyone is welcome! Students, PhD students, interns, Au pairs, travellers or young professionals. Join with friends or alone. The trip is also perfect to meet new people!
✓ 5 days & 4 nights
✓ All on land Iceland transportation included
✓ Accommodation Included, you share the room usually only with a few other people.
✓ 4 x Breakfasts
✓ Airport Transfers, Keflavík airport – Reykjavík
✓ Local guide throughout the trip
✓ The Golden Circle
✓ Reykjavík City tour
✓ Entrance to Perlan viewing platform
✓ Visit of the South Coast
✓ Optional Blue Lagoon visit
✓ Visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls
✓ The South Coast
✓ Free Wifi
✓ Simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes if
Wednesday 8th April
Arrival – Transfer Keflavík airport – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavík
Our group will be picked up at Keflavik International Airport. It is only a 20 minutes’ drive passing the town of Keflavik and a large lava field before we reach the accommodation.
There will be arrivals throughout the day, so if you’re fortunate enough to arrive early you’ll have the chance to get some extra free time to explore Reykjavik.
Thursday 9th April
The Classic Golden Circle
By a scenic route we reach Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park (1930) and UNESCO World Heritage Site (2004). We stroll around the country’s most sacred site, home of the oldest existing national parliament in the world, the Alþingi, and major events in the history of Iceland. Thingvellir is a place of fascinating natural beauty, a spectacular geological vista, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right by Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. The Mid-Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is forming as Iceland is being pulled apart by tectonic forces. Here the North-American and the Eurasian continental plates drift apart by 19mm (3⁄4”) a year and a rift valley is forming. Next we drive to the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss – the Golden falls – perhaps the most beautiful in the country. Here the glacial river of Hvítá (white river) tumbles 32 meters (105 ft.) in a double cascade. After an optional lunch stop we explore the active geothermal area of Haukadalur which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur, and many other hot springs. Most active nowadays is Strokkur, erupting hot water and steam to elevation of 25 metres (82 ft) every 5-7 minutes. Then we drive on to Skálholt, an ancient bishopric, and for centuries the spiritual and educational heart of Iceland. We pass the greenhouse town of Hveragerði and continue over the mountain pass Hellisheiði, an area with large lava fields and steaming valleys.
Meals: Breakfast included
Friday 10th April
Reykjavík City tour – Free for leisure in the afternoon / Optional Blue Lagoon Tour
City centre is a maze of narrow alleys framed with old timber houses from late 19th to early 20th centuries punctuated with more recent buildings. Reykjavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland (late 9th century) but became a town relatively recently, in 1786. We will learn about life in the city from the very beginning of settlement in Iceland to the present day. We stop by the church of Hallgrímskirkja and drive through the university district, past the Nordic house (Nordic cultural centre, designed by Alvar Aalto) and the National Museum. In the very city centre we stop by the City hall, which juts into the small lake of Tjörnin. Nearby are the Lutheran Cathedral (1847) and the House of Parliament (1881) and monuments to Jón Sigurðsson (19th century Independence hero) and also a sculpture of Skúli Magnússon, the father of the town itself. On the lake are many birds: many kinds of ducks, whooper swans and various seagulls and arctic terns (depending on season). We also drive by the harbour to observe fishing vessels of different sizes, whale hunters and whale watchers. In Reykjavík are many public works of art, mainly sculptures. Many of those are the work of Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982) whose home and workshop we will pass near the recreational area of Laugardalur. The latest addition to Reykjavík is the concert/conference hall of Harpan (the Harp) built on the northern waterfront of the town centre whose dramatic design captures and reflects the light of the city, ocean and sky with a thrilling effect.
(The routing of this city tour is subject to change)
You’ll have the chanceThe Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, a natural geothermal pool in the middle of a large and dramatic lava field and an oasis that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant. We stop for 11⁄2 – 2 hours for a refreshing bathe or a swim in the inviting, rejuvenating and pleasantly warm mineral-rich water (36°C-38°C/100-110°F), famed for its reputed healing properties. An indoor pool and geothermal sauna are also on the site. Bathing in this surreal environment is a unique experience no one should miss. The Blue Lagoon’s warm water and natural active ingredients like mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and escape the stress and strain of daily life. From the Blue Lagoon it takes about 45 minutes passing lava landscape and several suburbs before reaching Reykjavík, the northern most Capital city in the world.
Meals: Breakfast included
(optional)Blue Lagoon: £70
Saturday 11th April
The South Coast
We drive first over a lava plateau and then into the southern lowlands of Iceland. The route passes through some of the prettiest countryside in Iceland with fields, farms and villages towards the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers in South Iceland. Under Eyjafjallajökull is the volcano that erupted in the spring of 2010 and caused all the problems with air traffic over Europe. We reach Seljalandsfoss, a graceful ribbon-like waterfall, which drops from an overhanging lava cliff. It is possible to walk behind it, but do not expect to stay dry! We continue to the impressive Skógafoss waterfall (62m, 203 feet) and is among the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Then on to the viewof Sólheimajökull from a distance before we reach the beautifully sited village of Vík í Mýrdal, the southernmost village in Iceland (population 250). After lunch break we continue on to the volcanic black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Here are interesting caves and impressive rock formations, including columnar basalt. In summer birds nest in the cliffs, including puffins and fulmars. After a storm the spectacular high surf of the North Atlantic pounds the cliffs. From Reynisfjara you can enjoy stunning views of picturesque Dyrhólaey promontory, a 120m spur of rock and featuring natural arch, that stands in water deep enough to allow boats to pass through.
Meals: Breakfast included
Sunday 12th April
Departure – Transfer Reykjavík – Keflavík airport
The group will be dropped off at Keflavík Airport in time for their international flight.
Note: In rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary during programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities/day tours might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but Citylife UK will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
This is a meet us there trip! Please book your own flights to and from Keflavík airport – Reykjavík Our suggested flight dates are:
ARRIVAL: any time on 08/04/2020
DEPARTURE: any time on 12/04/2020
In case you want to arrive earlier in Iceland or stay longer you are obviously free to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the flight booking.
At the time of research we could find very affordable flights to Iceland from many UK airports!
Please remember: All flight prices from the UK will increase. Thus, we recommend to book your flights as early as possible!
We will always send you a detailled list of suggested equipment/items. In any case, you should always have a rain coat and appropriate foot wear! Also note that we are only away for 5 days, so a one piece of luggage should be enough.
No worries at all, Citylife is very experienced in the visa process and has already issued dozens of visas for our travellers. You will first need to book your trip ticket with us and we can then issue you a personalised visa letter. Please note that we can only issue the letter to you once your trip purchase has been made.
After this, please feel free to send us an email to email@example.com. Our experienced visa team is happy to support your application.
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April 8, 2020 - April 12, 2020
April 8, 2020 - April 12, 2020