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Arctic Winter 2017/18

NORTHERN LIGHTS

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ICELAND

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GREENLAND

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FINLAND

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SWEDEN

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NORWAY


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The Northern Lights

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West Iceland Wonders

4 Iceland

34 Greenland

6 Reykjavík

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Aurora & Polar Circle Adventure

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Reykjavík Excursions

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Northern Lights in Ilulissat

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The Blue Lagoon

40 Finland

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Boat Tours

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Lapland Winter Escape

Coach Excursions

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Igloos & Auroras

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Active Excursions

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Arctic TreeHouse Hotel

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Superjeep Excursions

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Lakituvat Log Cabin Break

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Excursions by Air

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Lapland Boutique Break

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Reykjavík City Breaks

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Aurora Island Wellness Break

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South Iceland Winter Break

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Lapland Boutique City Break

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Superjeep Winter Break

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Nellim Wilderness Hotel

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Iceland Fly-Drives

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Glamping Under the Northern Lights

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Orcas & Auroras

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Northern Lights in Style

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Hotel Rangá Short Break

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Reykjavík & Hotel Rangá

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Hotel Grímsborgir Short Break

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Reykjavík & Hotel Grímsborgir

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Iceland Group Tours

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Northern Lights Explorer

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Land of the Northern Lights

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Hidden Powers & Aurora

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Northern Lights, Iceland Cover image: Godafoss aurora, Iceland © pete.lomchid / Getty Images

54 Norway 58

Tromsø Short Break

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Tromsø & Spitsbergen

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Spitsbergen Polar Nights

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Images of Vesterålen

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North Cape & Northern Lights

64 Sweden 68

Lapland Guesthouse Break

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Arthotel Country Escape

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Booking Conditions


Ask the Experts Welcome to our 2017/18 Arctic Winter brochure – a collection of Regent’s favourite hotels, in-depth group and tailor-made tours, and experiences designed with aurora hunting in mind. Whether you want to chase the mystical northern lights in a jeep designed for adventure, race across the icy wilderness on a sledge pulled by huskies, drift off to sleep in a cosy glass igloo under the stars or watch the northern lights from Iceland’s Secret Lagoon, our experienced team of Arctic Explorers can craft the perfect winter holiday for you. At Regent, we have been organising holidays to this incredible region for more than 40 years so there’s no one who knows Iceland and the Arctic like we do. Call us on 020 7666 1291 and speak to an expert for travel advice.

40 Years’ Experience

Specialist Knowledge

Regent Holidays were among the first UK tour operators to start sending travellers to Iceland back in 1975 and we’re proud to now have more than 40 years’ experience behind our Iceland portfolio. In a country as unspoilt as this, we’re pleased to see that many of our much-loved natural highlights have remained unchanged – but, with restaurants opening and thrilling experiences being unveiled each year, there’s always something new and different to see or do on every visit.

It’s important to get the most out of your holiday, whether it’s a three-night city break or a two-week fly-drive. Our Arctic experts travel frequently and extensively so that they can offer you expert advice on when to go, what to see and where to stay. Look out for their insider tips throughout this brochure, or go online to read their latest travel blogs.

Holidays Protected by ATOL Your financial protection is important to us, which is why we are fully bonded by ATOL. Our ATOL licence (2786) protects any Regent Holidays package that includes a flight, and ensures that your money would be refunded or that you would be repatriated in the unlikely event of our insolvency. We are also a member of ABTA (V2359) which means that we are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. All activities mentioned in the itineraries in our brochure and on our website are available, but the order in which these activities run could be subject to change locally.

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Where & when to see the

Northern Lights For the best chance of seeing the northern lights, travel between late September and early April, between the autumn and spring equinoxes, when long nights prevail in the northern skies. Renowned for their elusive character as much as their astounding beauty, sightings of the ethereal light show can never be guaranteed. However, Regent’s selection of winter tours and holidays have been carefully designed with aurora hunting in mind.

Iceland Best for: Outdoor enthusiasts City centre hotels & countryside retreats With the whole country located within the all-important northern lights oval, Iceland comfortably boasts superb opportunities to witness the aurora. A land of volcanic and geothermal treasures, Iceland’s natural wonders have plenty to keep travellers entertained during daylight hours. Maximise chances of seeing the northern lights by heading into the countryside away from bright city lights. Regent recommends a stay at one of South Iceland’s boutique retreats, where aurora hunters can relax in outdoor hot tubs as the northern lights dance overhead.

Finland Best for: Adventure-seeking families Glass igloos, ice rooms & family-friendly hotels

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In Finnish Lapland the northern lights are visible on around 200 nights of the year – almost every clear night between September and April. Never miss a chance to see them by staying in a glass-ceilinged igloo with uninterrupted skyward views. Ideal for families, Lapland’s resort towns offer countless opportunities to explore the Lappish landscape by husky sled or reindeer sleigh. For the ultimate Lapland experience, visit Santa’s official home in Rovaniemi before heading out on a northern lights snowmobile safari across the winter landscape.


Greenland Best for: Wilderness explorers Modern hotels on the edge of the world Ancient legend passed down by the Inuit people of Greenland says that the northern lights are the spirits of the dead playing football with a walrus skull. Whatever the reason, witness the astonishing spectacle in Greenland’s only inland town, Kangerlussuaq, which boasts 300 nights of clear sky a year, or travel to UNESCO-listed Ilulissat, where the northern lights swirl over icebergs as tall as skyscrapers. Located 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the chances of seeing nature’s greatest light show in Ilulissat are extremely high.

Norway Best for: Arctic adventurers Wilderness lodges & urban stays Travel into the Arctic Circle to the northern reaches of Norway, or even further to the Svalbard archipelago, for the best chance of seeing the northern lights. During the dark polar night period between late November and late January, the sun remains below the horizon and the aurora borealis can be seen both day and night. Take the opportunity in the Lofoten Islands to hike moonlit landscapes and snowmobile, husky sled, knit, horse ride or even play golf beneath the northern lights.

Sweden Best for: Seclusion seekers Woodland retreats & ice-sculpted suites Although sightings of the northern lights are impossible to guarantee, you’ll have the best chance in Abisko National Park at the world-famous Aurora Sky Station. Crowned by Lonely Planet in 2015 as the best place on Earth to see this natural phenomenon, Regent now offer tours which include evening visits to this exceptional viewing destination in the far north of the country. Jukkasjärvi, home to the spectacular ICEHOTEL, and the Torne Valley are also top of the list for aurora seekers. Regent recommend combining a night in an ice-sculpted suite with a stay at a boutique country retreat.

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Welcome to

Iceland

Teetering on the edge of the Arctic, only a three-hour flight from the UK, this staggeringly beautiful country is home to some of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Feel the power of immense waterfalls tumbling into mighty rivers, travel through dramatic landscapes crafted by thousands of years of volcanic activity, admire the beauty of the biggest ice cap outside of the poles or journey into the remote countryside for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the incredible northern lights dancing across the night sky.

Regent Holidays has been an Iceland specialist for more than 40 years. Contact one of our dedicated country experts for more information on our full range of short breaks, group tours, fly-drive packages and northern lights holidays.

Northern Lights, Iceland


Iceland TRAVEL KNOW-HOW Flight time from UK to Reykjavík: Approx 3 hours (direct) Time zone: GMT Capital: Reykjavík Language: Icelandic Currency: Icelandic Króna Population: 328,000 ICELAND IN NUMBERS

30 6 1,142 10 8 40 Active volcanic systems

Million litres of water in the Blue Lagoon

Years of Viking history

Percent of the country covered by glaciers

Months a year of northern lights activity

Museums taking part in the Winter Lights Festival

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Reykjavík The Inside Story The world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavík offers a thriving cultural scene with an abundance of first-class restaurants, stylish galleries and historic landmarks. But it’s the incredible natural wonders that surround Reykjavík which make it more than your average city break destination. Take a winter whale watching cruise from the historic harbour, discover the Golden Circle with its icy waterfalls and bubbling geysers, relax in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon as day turns to night or perhaps even opt for an exhilarating snowmobile adventure on Langjökull glacier. Unlike your average European city break destination, the winter months bring an extra reason to visit – the colourful aurora borealis, which lights up the northern skies from late September to early April. With the capital surrounded by snow-covered mountains, a Superjeep or coach tour will whisk you away from the bright city lights on a magical northern lights hunt after a busy day of sightseeing. Regent’s dedicated Iceland Specialists can put together the perfect Reykjavík city break package for you. We’ll recommend a hotel to suit your needs, arrange your flights and airport transfers and book your excursions in advance to make sure that you experience the best of the incredible natural attractions during your stay.

Story to tell Joanne Wheeler

Why I love Reykjavík I love strolling down Laugavegur in November and December, pottering in and out of the pretty wooden shops and galleries, and stopping for a hot chocolate to keep the cold at bay. Iceland is renowned for its beautiful wool and felt crafts and I always manage to come home with a unique Christmas gift or two.


Reykjavík

Regent Recommends Visit

Eat

Celebrate

With so many incredible natural wonders to explore, it would be easy to bypass the city streets of this compact capital. But to do so would be to miss out on the cultural and creative heart of the nation. Visit the National Centre for Cultural Heritage to discover some of the most important medieval manuscripts in the world, including many of the oldest Icelandic sagas, or to listen to a traditional recital by local musicians. The National Gallery of Iceland houses the country’s largest collection of works by major Icelandic artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, whilst the Harpa concert hall enjoys performances from the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and Icelandic Opera.

Surrounded by the pounding Atlantic Ocean, exceptional fresh fish dishes abound in Reykjavík’s top restaurants and hotels. Situated in the fashionable 101 area, Restaurant Fish Market is a Regent favourite. The restaurant buys directly from Iceland’s farmers and fishermen to guarantee sustainability and quality, and customers can watch the seasonal dishes being prepared in the open kitchen. Starting this winter, for every Iceland booking, you will receive your very own handy pocket-sized deck of cards showcasing our Specialists’ top brunch, lunch and dinner spots along with some of our favourite excursions and activities in and around the capital.

To keep their spirits high during the dark winter months, the people of Reykjavík look forward to a host of celebrations and festivals. Perhaps choose to travel in February when the capital welcomes the growing light with the Winter Lights Festival. Not to be missed are the New Year’s Eve celebrations where every family in the city comes out for an evening of music and dancing to watch one of the largest fireworks displays in the world. Travel on our three-night New Year’s Eve break and follow the fantastic end-ofyear spectacle with a New Year’s Day visit to the Blue Lagoon for a rejuvenating soak in the healing geothermal waters. Ask an Iceland Specialist for more details.

Reykjavík City Breaks With more than 40 years’ experience since our first foray into this magnificent country, Regent Holidays is a leading Iceland travel specialist. All of our city break prices shown include return flights in economy class with Icelandair from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow or Birmingham, all airport taxes, return airport transfers by the airport shuttle service and three nights’ accommodation with breakfast in a twin or double room at a Regent-recommended hotel.

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Reykjavík

Where to stay in Reykjavík Our Travel Specialists have chosen their TOP 10 places to stay in Iceland’s capital

4* Icelandair Reykjavík Marina “Just steps away from the bustling harbour side, this fun and funky hotel is home to Slippbariin - one of the hippest bars in the capital.” 4* Hotel Borg “Grand and elegant, this art deco establishment offers exceptional service. Lavish bedrooms, immaculate bathrooms and high-end entertainment systems await those looking for luxury. Unwind in the recently added spa and relaxation centre, complete with sauna, steam bath and treatment rooms.” 3* Centerhotel Plaza “Situated in the heart of the city right on the main central square, this functional 3-star hotel offers comfortable modern rooms and good service. After a day of sightseeing relax with a glass of wine at the hotel’s Plaza Bar and watch the world go by.” 3* Centerhotel Arnarhvoll “Perfect for those looking for a comfortable 4-star hotel right on the harbour, opt for a room with views over the bay and mountains and the glitzy Harpa concert hall.”

3* Reykjavík 4you Apartments “Your first choice for a family holiday. An excellent base to explore Reykjavík and beyond, these apartments have free parking and the staff cannot do enough for you!” 3* Hotel Leifur Eiriksson “You couldn’t ask for a better location with Hallgrimskirkja cathedral on your doorstep. The delicious waffles for breakfast and free hot drinks served all day add that little something extra.” 4* Hotel Reykjavík Centrum “Its name says it all. This beautiful halfwooden, half-glass hotel is centrally located, just a few minutes’ walk from the Marina and main shopping area. Visit the neighbouring restaurant, the Fish Market for one of the best dining experiences in Iceland.” 3* Fosshotel Raudara “This comfortable and friendly 3-star hotel is a great place to explore Reykjavík, situated only 150m from Laugavegur shopping street. The hearty breakfasts served are great for fuelling your Icelandic adventures.”

NOTABLE LANDMARKS 4*Hotel Alda “Taking pride of place on Laugavegur, one of Reykjavík’s busiest shopping streets, Hotel Alda is simple and stylish. The hotel has its own garden, roof-top terrace and chocolate store. Why not book a room with a balcony and sea views?” 4*Reykjavík Residence “A home away from home. These comfortable apartments are stocked with complimentary milk, juice, cereal and freshly baked bread, and the washer and dryers are lifesavers in the winter months.”

Harpa

Hallgrimskirkja cathedral Laugavegur street

Reykjavík harbour

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The Blue Lagoon Located only a 20-minute drive from Keflavík airport, and around 40 minutes from downtown Reykjavík, the Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s top attractions. Situated in the middle of a black lava field, the mineral-rich, geothermal seawater comes from holes as deep as 2,000 metres, filling the natural spa with its iconic bright blue water. Known for its healing and well-being qualities, the 37-39°C water is rich in active ingredients, including algae, natural minerals and the Blue Lagoon’s signature ingredient – white silica mud. Said to have skin-repairing and antiaging properties, do as the locals do and plaster it over your face and body for a rejuvenating skin tonic. Holding more than 6 million litres of water, there’s plenty of space in the natural spa for enjoying some quiet contemplation, relaxing with a Blue Lagoon cocktail, or indulging in an optional in-water massage. Our Iceland Specialists can arrange an excursion to the Blue Lagoon with either pick-up from your Reykjavík hotel, or as part of your arrival or departure transfer from/to Keflavík airport. What better way to soothe and refresh body and soul after your flight.

Blue Lagoon availability is limited and prebooking is required. Ask your Regent Iceland Specialist to book your Blue Lagoon excursion from Reykjavík, departing at at 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm. Talk to a Regent Iceland Specialist about transfers to and from your Reykjavík hotel and for prices.

Blue Lagoon Standard Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon and Silica Mud Mask.

Blue Lagoon Comfort Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, Silica Mud Mask, use of a towel, drink from the Blue Café or in-water Lagoon Bar and algae mask (self applied).

Blue Lagoon Premium Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, Silica Mud Mask, use of a towel, bathrobe and slippers, drink from the Blue Café or in-water Lagoon Bar, algae mask (self applied) and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine if eating at LAVA Restaurant (meal not included).

Blue Lagoon Luxury Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon, Silica Mud Mask, use of a towel, bathrobe and slippers, drink from the Blue Café or inwater Lagoon Bar, algae mask (self applied), a complimentary glass of sparkling wine if eating at LAVA Restaurant (meal not included), entrance to the Exclusive Lounge, spa journey product set, coffee/tea and fresh fruit. There are lockers at the Blue Lagoon to store personal items and a change of clothes, etc. but storage for suitcases is not included in the excursion price. Luggage can be stored at the service house near the car park and a fee of 500 ISK per bag is payable locally for this. Please note: the packages listed above may be subject to change by the Blue Lagoon without prior notice.


Reykjavík Excursions

Humpback Whale Breaching

Boat Tours With more than 20 different types of cetacean recorded in the country’s surrounding waters, whale watching in Iceland is among the best in the world. During the winter months, vast shoals of herring and capelin attract humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises to the waters of Faxaflói Bay. Depart Reykjavík Old Harbour on the Andrea, Iceland’s largest whale watching boat, for an educational and interactive whale watching tour. On clear winter evenings, sail away from the Reykjavík coastline in search of the aurora borealis over the North Atlantic Ocean. Unrestricted by roads, just fifteen to thirty minutes’ sailing time provides the perfect location to await the light show with the city lights as a glittering backdrop.

Winter Whale Watching

Northern Lights By Boat

Sep - Mar, daily 3 - 3.5 hours departing at 1pm Set sail in search of humpbacks, orcas and white-beaked dolphins on this winter whale watching tour. The friendly crew will guide you to the best places to spot the whales and enhance the experience with interesting facts about Iceland’s marine life. Warm floatable overalls are provided for your comfort and safety and hot drinks are available from the on-board café.

Sep - Mid-Apr, daily 2 - 2.5 hours departing at 9pm &10pm Wrap up in warm overalls for a northern lights hunt over the North Atlantic. Set sail from the downtown harbour and enjoy views back towards Reykjavík’s city lights and the surrounding mountains as you await the natural phenomenon. Knowledgeable guides provide an informative commentary as the lights dance overhead.

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2017-2018 Adult Child (7-15) Child (0-6)

£87 £44 FREE

Price includes pick-up and drop-off from most hotels and apartments in Reykjavik.

Our Promise Weather and sea conditions can be unpredictable during the winter months. Boat captains will make their decision to sail based on many years of experience, always keeping in mind passenger safety and comfort. If the northern lights boat tour is cancelled, but aurora conditions are favourable, we offer a replacement northern lights tour by bus, plus a chance to join the boat tour the next available day. If the tour does not operate by boat or bus during your stay due to weather conditions, we offer the opportunity to exchange your ticket for a winter whale watching tour or a delicious dinner at one of Reykjavik´s most popular restaurants, Kopar, close to the harbour. If you join the tour (by boat or bus) and there are no northern lights sightings, you will be offered another ticket to join the northern lights tour on the next available day. Sightings cannot be guaranteed when it comes to wild animals. If your whale watching tour does not sight a whale, we offer you a free ticket to join the boat tour again on the next available day.

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Winter

Coach Excursions

Northern Lights Mystery £48

Admire the famous ‘Golden Falls’ of the Golden Circle, take a stroll along a striking black-sand beach on the dramatic south coast, embark on the excursion of a lifetime in search of the aurora borealis or feel the full force of nature at your feet with a walking tour on the incredible Sólheimajökull glacier.

South Coast & Ice Hike £191

Speak to an Iceland Specialist to tailor-make the perfect excursion package to add to your Reykjavík city break.

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With complimentary pick-up from your Reykjavík hotel, the world-famous features of Iceland’s spectacular landscape are just a day trip away. Enjoying plenty of stops en route, you’ll discover Iceland’s nature, history and geology on our popular coach excursions to some of the country’s most wonderful sights.

Northern Lights Mystery

Reykjavík Sightseeing

25 Aug - 15 Apr, daily 3-5 hours departing at 8pm & 9pm Head out into the night in search of the dancing neon lights of the aurora borealis. Leave the civilisation and light pollution of Reykjavík behind and wrap up warm for a northern lights mystery tour, travelling to the best spots identified each day for aurora sightings. Departure subject to weather conditions.

Year-round, daily 3 hours departing at 9am & 2pm Discover all there is to see around greater Reykjavík on this comprehensive city tour. Discover Höfði House where the 1986 summit between Reagan and Gorbachev took place, see the famous Hallgrímskirkja church and tour the Old Town streets around the Parliament building.

Golden Circle Express

Secret Lagoon & Northern Lights

Year-round, daily 6 hours departing at 11am & 1pm Spend the morning at leisure before this excursion which visits scenic and historic Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall – where glacial melt water cascades down into the deep canyon – and the Geysir hot spring area. Walk amid hissing steam vents, sulphurous mud pots and erupting geysers.

15 Sep-15 Apr, daily 6 -7 hours departing at 6pm Combine a Northern Lights hunt and a relaxing open-air bath experience. Bathe in the geothermal waters of the Secret Lagoon and enjoy a buffet meal. Search for the elusive Northern Lights on your way back to Reykjavik.

Reykjavík Sightseeing £44 Classic Golden Circle £70 Golden Circle Express £64 Secret Lagoon & Northern Lights £144 Prices are per adult. Children 11 and under travel FREE, children 12-17 travel HALF PRICE. Excluding South Coast and Glacial Hike, where minimum age is 10 years old and there is no discount for teenagers.

Classic Golden Circle Year-round, daily 8 hours departing at 8.30am, 9.30am & 10.30am Join our most popular excursion to see where the North American and Eurasian continental plates drift apart. Travel in Þingvellir National Park, get up close to powerful Gullfoss waterfall and watch Strokkur geyser erupt twenty metres into the air. Visit Skálholt church, seat of religious and political power for 800 years.

South Coast & Ice Hike Year-round, daily 11 hours departing at 8.30am Discover the breathtaking sights of South Iceland on a journey to the volcanic coast. Walk behind magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall, take a stroll along Reynisfjara black-sand beach and travel in the shadow of an active volcano. Round off the tour by embarking on a short hike on the ancient ice of Sólheimajökull glacier.


Reykjavík Excursions

Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier

Active Excursions Get up close and personal with some of Iceland’s most geologically important sights with an active excursion. Attempt an ice wall climb on a glacier, snorkel between the North American and Eurasian continental plates, walk and crawl through incredible tube caves created by molten lava or explore the lava fields on horseback from Íshestar Riding Centre. Riddled with lava caves, the Blue Mountains hide an underground world which illustrates the country’s active volcanic history, while the Silfra fissure is one of the most impressive freshwater dive sites in the world. No previous experience is required to join an active excursion but a general fitness level is needed. All specialist equipment is provided.

Prices from Glacier Hike & Ice Climbing £214 Lava Caving & Snorkelling £214 Lava Horse Riding Tour £114 Glacier Snowmobile from Gullfoss £214 Minimum age for the Glacier Hike is 14 Minimum age for Lava Caving & Snorkelling is 12 Minimum age for the Lava Horse Riding is 8 Minimum age for the Glacier Snowmobile from Gullfoss is 8 Prices are per person and include return hotel transfers, specialist guides and equipment.

Lava Caving & Snorkelling Year-round, daily 8 hours departing at 9am Start the day’s adventure by caving through the perfect lava tubes found in Leiðarendi Cave or Gjábakkahellir in the Blue Mountains, looking for the rock formations. Later, don a dry suit to snorkel the crystal clear waters of Silfra fissure, a rift between the North American and Eurasian plates, with visibility of around 80m.

Glacier Hike & Ice Climbing

Glacier Snowmobile from Gullfoss

Year-round, daily 10 hours departing at 8.30am Journey to the frozen glacial tongue that is Sólheimajökull – a rugged, ever-changing hub of ancient frozen water. Explore the crevasseriddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges and stop at an ice wall to try climbing with ice axes. An experienced glacier guide is on hand throughout and all equipment is provided.

Year-round, daily Up to 4 hours departing at 12.15pm Starting at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, proceed to Langjökull glacier and arrive at the base camp. Set out on a breathtaking snowmobile tour on the glacier for one hour. Enjoy views of Eiríksjökull glacier, the highest mountain in west Iceland, the dome-shaped Hofsjökull glacier, and Kerlingafjöll mountain range.

Lava Horse Riding Tour Year-round, daily 4 hours (1.5 riding) departing at 10am & 2pm Catering for both beginners and more experienced riders, this scenic ride follows excellent paths through lava fields and snowy hillsides that surround the Íshestar Riding Centre. Experience the impressive tölt – a fourbeat gait which is the speciality of the Icelandic horse.

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Off-roading in Superjeeps

Superjeep Excursions Some of Iceland’s most spectacular scenery can be found only a short drive away from Reykjavík. Join a Superjeep full-day excursion and discover thundering waterfalls, powerful spouting geysers and vast, dramatic glaciers.

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During the winter months, no Reykjavík city break would be complete without an evening excursion in search of the incredible northern lights; get off-the-beaten -track to search for the natural phenomenon in a jeep designed for adventure.

The Golden Circle £235/£259

Modified with huge tyres to take on the mighty challenge of Icelandic terrain year-round, Superjeeps are all equipped with GPS and an experienced off-road driver behind the wheel to take you on an exhilarating journey into the heart of Iceland’s natural wonders.

Northern Lights Hunt £127/£170 Snowmobiling £160/£203 (Based on two persons per skidoo) Prices are per adult. Children under 12 travel half price when travelling with 1 adult (Minimum age 6 years.) SPECIAL OFFER Book the Golden Circle or South Coast Adventure and get the Northern Lights Hunt half price.

South Coast Adventure

Northern Lights Hunt

The Golden Circle

Year-round, daily 9-10 hours departing at 8.30am The south coast boasts some of Iceland’s most dramatic scenery. On this full-day tour, discover Urridafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, see Eyjafjallajökull, Gigjokull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Stop to enjoy breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean and admire vast panoramas of the everchanging glacier flood plains and dramatic black-sand beaches.

15 Sep – 15 Apr, daily 3-4 hours departing after 7.45pm Leave the bright lights of Reykjavík behind and head out into the surrounding mountains to search for the incredible aurora in the remote, lunar-like landscape, on this off-the-beaten-track adventure. Should you not see the northern lights on your first attempt, you will be offered the chance to join the excursion again for free on another evening during your stay.

Year-round, daily 8-9 hours departing at 8.30am Discover the most famous of South Iceland’s natural wonders on this full-day Golden Circle excursion. Discover Þingvellir National Park, where the first Icelandic parliament was established over 1,000 years ago, see mighty Gullfoss waterfall plunge into a 32-metre crevasse and visit the Geysir geothermal field to watch Strokkur geyser erupting into the sky.

Tailor-made Tours

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South Coast Adventure £248/£272

Pick your personal highlights of Iceland to see on your own private Superjeep adventure with personal driver-guide. Regent Holidays can tailor-make any type of private tour for your family or group, be it a full day excursion to the Golden Circle, or a five-day break exploring the natural highlights of South Iceland. Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist for a tailor-made quote.

Snowmobiling Golden Circle Optional Extra Experience the thrill of adventure by adding a one-hour snowmobiling tour to your Superjeep Golden Circle excursion. Warm, waterproof suits are provided for this exhilarating ride on Langjökull glacier under the low winter sun. Choose to ride alone or share the skidoo on this wilderness adventure.


Reykjavík City Breaks

Helicopter flight over geothermal field

Excursions by Air Iceland is home to a plethora of astounding natural landscapes. Scenery varies from vast ice caps and volcanic peaks to rugged lava flows and grassy countryside; whichever direction you set off in you’re always guaranteed an astonishing view. There’s only so much you can see, however, from ground-level. For the most spectacular sweeping vistas, add a dash of adrenaline to your holiday and take to the skies in a helicopter on an excursion by air. There’s no better way to realise the sheer size and scale of many of Iceland’s most-loved natural wonders. Watch as the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates drift apart in Þingvellir National Park and bathe in geothermal hot springs only reached by helicopter.

Prices from Volcanoes & Glaciers £1233 Geothermal Tour £453 Fire & Ice Tour £1143 Waterfalls & Valleys £635 Reykjavík Summit £290 Prices are per adult. Children aged 2 -11 receive a 25% discount. Prices may vary so please contact us for details.

Volcanoes & Glaciers

Geothermal Tour

2-2.5 hours Fly over Þórsmörk Nature Reserve and Fimmvörðuháls’s volcanic crater before circling the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano, whose eruption in 2010 became global news. Follow its glacier tongue, Gígjökull, catch a glimpse of Iceland’s most active volcano, Hekla, fly along the blacksand beaches of the south and fly over the Westman Islands.

50-60 minutes Witness Iceland’s raw energy first-hand and land in Hengill geothermal area named after Hengill volcano. Fly over one of the most active volcanic areas in Iceland, the Hellisheiði plateau, to see mosscovered lava, colourful basalt mountains and steaming hot springs. Get up close to hot springs and boiling mud pools and enjoy aerial views of Reykjavík.

Fire & Ice Tour

Waterfalls & Valleys

Reykjavík Summit

110-140 minutes This unique tour includes two landings, one on Þórisjökull glacier and one in Hengill geothermal area - a remote valley only accessible by helicopter. Other highlights include flying over Glymur waterfall Iceland’s highest waterfall, Þingvellir National Park within the Golden Circle and the chance to simply breathe in Iceland’s fresh air and views.

70-90 minutes Glide over Glymur for a spectacular view of one of Iceland’s highest waterfalls as you make your way to þingvellir National Park, where you’ll be able to grasp the vast scale of the tectonic plate movement. Land at Hengill volcano in the south-west of Iceland to take a dip in geothermal mud pots and natural hot springs that are only accessible by helicopter.

30-45 minutes This short trip introduces you to the bustling capital from a unique perspective, by lifting off from Reykjavík and touring the landscapes that surround the cityscape. Land on a nearby mountain summit to take in the outstanding panoramic views that span the ‘Smokey Bay’, steaming volcanic hillsides and the craggy coastline hugged by the Atlantic.

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Waterfall in þingvellir National Park

South Iceland Winter Break From October to early April Iceland’s skies famously come alive with the incredible northern lights. Combine searching for this magical phenomenon with experiencing the best of South Iceland’s natural wonders on this short winter break. Spend four nights in vibrant Reykjavik and enjoy guided coach excursions to the surrounding countryside, discovering waterfalls, geysers and the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Iceland Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive at Keflavík airport and transfer to Reykjavík for four nights. Evenings on this short break are free to dine at leisure. Perhaps splash out on a gourmet experience at Kopar restaurant or grab a hotdog with sweet mustard and crunchy onions from the famous Bæjarins Beztu cabin.

tour by minibus and discover the highlights of greater Reykjavík. See the famous Hallgrímskirkja church and tour the colourful Old Town streets around the Parliament building. The afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Perhaps visit Whales of Iceland at the historic harbour – the biggest whale exhibition in the world. (B)

Day 2 Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights | Spend the morning exploring the shops, galleries and cafés of Reykjavík at leisure before an afternoon excursion to the famous Blue Lagoon. Relax in the healing geothermal waters and apply the rejuvenating white silica mud to face and body. After dark, head out on a northern lights coach tour to search for the aurora away from the bright lights of the city. (B)

Day 4 Golden Circle | Take a coach excursion to Iceland’s most popular trio of natural wonders. Discover Þingvellir National Park where the North American and Eurasian continental plates drift apart, get up close to Gullfoss waterfall and see Strokkur geyser erupt twenty metres into the air. Visit Skálholt church, seat of religious and political power for 800 years, before returning to Reykjavík. (B)

Day 3 Reykjavík | Join a city sightseeing

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Day 5 Fly to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided excursions

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£895 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and sightseeing tours Based on accommodation at the Fosshotel Raudara.


Reykjavik City Breaks

Choose your accommodation

Ideal for winter honeymooners and adventure-seeking families alike, Reykjavík has a range of accommodation to choose from.

4* Hotel Centrum

4* Fosshotel Reykjavík

Located on Adalstraeti, one of the city’s oldest streests, the Hotel Reykjavík Centrum comprises three colourful 18th-century-style buildings offering a traditional Icelandic feel. The hotel has 89 elegantly decorated rooms equipped with free Wi-Fi and satellite television. The hotel also has four bright and cosy Nordic-style studio apartments which can be rented for a weekend stay or longer. Funky Fjalakötturinn restaurant serves gastro-style food in chic surroundings and, at Uppsalir bar and cafe, guests can enjoy light refreshments by a warming fire.

Centrally located in Reykjavík’s business district, you certainly won’t miss this hotel – Fosshotel is the largest in Iceland and it is strikingly designed with a sleek silver, cubic exterior. Opened in 2015, the hotel has 320 rooms spread over 16 floors, many of which offer magnificent views over the city and bay area. All guests benefit from gym access, free Wi-Fi and complimentary breakfast. Guests of the hotel can choose to visit the Beer Garden to sample some of Iceland’s finest draught beers or the elegantly designed Haus restaurant.

3* Fosshotel Raudara

3* Storm Hotel

This quiet, modern hotel is located just a few minutes’ walk from Laugavegur shopping street and it is locally known for its friendly, attentive service. The hotel has 79 spacious en-suite rooms equipped with satellite television and minibar. Triple and family rooms are also available, as well as upgrades to deluxe rooms or junior suites which are split over two levels. You can dine at one of the restaurants situated either side of the hotel – the cosy La Luna pizzeria housed in an old brewery or the intimate Harry’s Oriental restaurant and cafe.

A modern hotel situated in Reykjavík city centre boasting Nordic functionality, quality and style. The hotel has 93 Scandinavian-styled rooms decorated with soothing colours, nature-inspired textiles and photographs. You can pick from three room types: double room, double room with a balcony or a superior room. Every room has a sleek bathroom with walk-in shower, an ultra-comfortable luxury bed and complimentary Wi-Fi. A delicious buffet-style breakfast is served offering a wide selection.

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Off-Road Adventure

Superjeep Winter Break Based in the bustling capital, Reykjavík, embark on a series of exhilarating 4x4 excursions designed to get you to the heart of South Iceland’s natural wonders. Modified with huge tyres to take on Iceland’s challenging rugged terrain, Superjeeps are built for adventure. Get off-the-beaten-track and hunt for the mystical northern lights before discovering the waterfalls, geysers and black volcanic beaches of the spectacular south.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Iceland Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive in Iceland’s capital, take a private transfer to the hotel and check in for four nights. In the evening, head out on an exciting Northern Lights Superjeep hunt and travel into the mountains in search of the elusive aurora. Travelling by modified jeep allows you to get off-road and hunt for the phenomenon in the dark wilderness.

coast. Visit some of the areas most affected by the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, follow the trail behind beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, walk on black-sand beaches pounded by the Atlantic surf and visit the town of Hveragerdi where local produce is grown in row upon row of geothermally-heated greenhouses. (B)

Day 2 Reykjavík | Enjoy a free day to explore the world’s most northerly capital at leisure. Perhaps stroll down Laugavegur and shop for Icelandic woollen wear, head to Laugardalslaug outdoor swimming pool for a revitalising dip in the geothermal waters or visit the Northern Lights Centre to learn about the ancient legends and myths which surround the natural phenomenon. (B)

Day 5 Fly to the UK | Take a private transfer to the airport via the famous Blue Lagoon, known for its silica, minerals and algae, which give the water its vibrant blue colour. Enjoy a rejuvenating soak with the lagoon’s Experience Comfort package, which also includes a drink from the in-water bar, use of towel, a silica mud mask and an algae mask (self applied in the water). Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Day 3 Golden Circle | Join a Superjeep excursion exploring the trio of natural wonders collectively known as the Golden Circle. Discover icy Gullfoss waterfall, which tumbles down a deep meandering gorge and the nearby Geysir geothermal field where mighty Strokkur erupts twenty metres into the air. Continue to Þingvellir National Park, site of the world’s oldest parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Consider booking an optional hour-long glacier snowmobiling adventure as part of this tour. (B)

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Day 4 South Coast | Embark on a full-day Superjeep tour to Iceland’s magnificent south

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided excursions

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£1695 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and Superjeep tours Price based on accommodation at the 4-star Radisson Blu 1919.


Choose your accommodation

Ideal for winter honeymooners and adventure-seeking families alike, Reykjavík has a range of accommodation to choose from.

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4* Apotek Hotel Reykjavík

4* Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík

The Apotek Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel located in the very heart of Reykjavík´s shopping, entertainment and cultural district. The historical building formerly housed the pharmacy, Reykjavikur Apotek, and is widely considered to be one of the most remarkable buildings in Reykjavík. The hotel has 45 luxurious rooms including Superior and Deluxe rooms as well as Junior suites and a Tower suite.

This brand new contemporary hotel occupies six connected buildings overlooking Faxa Bay. The understated rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, flat screen television, minibar and Nespresso coffee machines. The rooms are styled in shades of ocean and volcanic rock and feature local art on the walls. A complimentary gourmet breakfast is served and other amenities include an industrial-chic cafe and fitness centre.

4* Radisson Blu 1919

4* Centerhotel Thingholt

Voted Iceland’s leading hotel for seven years in a row, the 1919 combines historic charm with the style and service you would expect from a Radisson. Situated in the fashionable 101 district, Reykjavík’s central attractions are only a few minutes away. The modern studio-concept rooms all feature free Wi-Fi and television with video-on-demand technology. Choose from Standard, Deluxe or Business rooms, or upgrade to a loft-style suite and enjoy the added luxuries of a king-sized bed, open sitting area, private jacuzzi and Nespresso coffee machine.

This centrally-located hotel offers beautifully decorated rooms, a restaurant a cosy atmosphere and quality service. The interior design is inspired by the Icelandic nature and is a great example of Icelandic contemporary design. The Thingholt has been nominated as the boutique hotel of the year by the World Travel Awards and voted as the best hotel in Reykjavík by the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards. Each room is equipped with a hairdryer, shower, safety deposit box, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and a minibar.

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Fly-Drives The Inside Story If you enjoy independent travel, a fly-drive holiday will give you the opportunity to discover Iceland’s natural beauty at your own pace. Take the famous Route 1, which circles the country, skirting mountains, volcanoes and waterfalls, and allow ample time to stop for photographs at every new natural wonder. Base yourself at one of the fabulous four-star rural retreats an hour or so from Reykjavík and take day trips to the Golden Circle and the volcanic south coast, or choose an itinerary which involves moving on every day or two, discovering a new part of the country with every journey. Regent Iceland maps are provided with every fly-drive holiday, showing where to find the country’s natural highlights. Opt for a 4x4 like the Suzuki Vitara to best handle Iceland’s quiet winter roads. An SUV known for its off-road capabilities, the Vitara is well equipped for the rugged Icelandic terrain. Remember to pack sunglasses to avoid being dazzled as the low winter sun drops over the horizon. The holidays featured on the following pages are an indicator of our most popular fly-drive packages. However, we can tailor-make an itinerary to suit your time frame, budget and interests. Speak to an Iceland Specialist to put an itinerary together for you.

Story to tell Laura Dinham

Why I love independent travel When you are travelling along Iceland’s empty winter roads there is barely a moment that you don’t want to get out and explore. As the road weaves between volcanoes and glaciers, and around the edges of narrow fjords and peninsulas, having your own car allows you to stop wherever you want to enjoy the incredible scenery.


Iceland Fly-Drives

Driving in Iceland

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Killer Whale in the Fjord

Orcas & Auroras Explore the landscapes of South and West Iceland by 4WD on this winter fly-drive adventure. Stay in remote countryside hotels and, as the evenings plunge the rugged landscapes into darkness, head out in search of the incredible aurora borealis. A holiday highlight is the opportunity to see beautiful yet deadly killer whales feeding on schools of herring in the fjords of West Iceland on a winter boat tour.

Suggested Itinerary Ask a Regent Iceland Explorer to tailor-make this itinerary Day 1 Fly to Reykjavik | Fly to Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, pick up the 4WD hire car and drive to the Blue Lagoon (entrance not included) to refresh body and soul after the flight. The iconic bright blue waters which fill the natural spa contain algae and silica mud, which are said to have skin-repairing and antiaging properties. Continue along the south coast of Reykjanes peninsula before turning off towards the natural wonders of the Golden Circle. Check in to the hotel near Þingvellir National Park for three nights. Away from the bright lights of nearby towns and villages, head out to search for the magical northern lights. (80km)

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Days 2 & 3 South Iceland | Spend two free days exploring the surrounding area. Regent recommends spending a full day discovering the Golden Circle. Start at nearby Þingvellir National Park, situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, before visiting dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the bubbling hot springs of the Geysir geothermal area. Perhaps spend the second free day driving to the south coast, where the Atlantic Ocean pounds the waters of the black-sand volcanic beaches, or choose a glacier hike to explore the crevasses, sinkholes and ice ridges of Sólheimajökull, an outlet of the larger Myrdalsjökull glacier. Don’t miss the opportunity to spend dark winter evenings searching for the aurora. (B)

Day 4 South to West Iceland | Drive towards the west of Iceland, stopping to admire Hraunfossar, small waterfalls and rapids which run through the lava, and Barnafoss waterfall, steeped in local legend. Continue to Snæfellsnes peninsula with its towering stratovolcano dominating the landscape. Check in to the hotel for two nights and head outside as the night draws in if conditions are optimal for aurora hunting. (B) (220km) Day 5 Killer Whale Boat Tour | Herring have chosen the waters around Grundarfjörður as their winter home, and never far behind this plentiful food source are vast numbers of killer whales. Embark on a winter boat tour of the fjord for the chance to get up close to the incredible orcas in their natural habitat and experience the frenzy of feeding time. (B) Day 6 West Iceland to Reykjavík | Drive to Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital. Back in civilisation, be sure to head out to enjoy the chic restaurants and bars of this vibrant city. (B) (175km) Day 7 Reykjavík | Enjoy a free day in the capital. Perhaps choose to peruse the boutique shops of Laugavegur, visit the National Museum of Iceland, admire views over the city from the revolving Perlan or even take a winter whale watching tour from the downtown harbour. (B) Day 8 Fly to the UK | Return the hire car to the airport and fly back to the UK. (B) (50km)

Holiday duration 8 days Holiday type

Fly-Drive

Seasonality

Oct – early Apr

Prices from

£1515 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified and car hire. Regent recommends a 4WD vehicle for Iceland’s winter road conditions. Upgrade to P-class Suzuki Vitara from £200pp


Iceland Fly-Drives

Selfoss Waterfall

Northern Lights in Style Discover the natural wonders of South and West Iceland on this deluxe winter minibreak. Staying in luxury countryside hotels, explore the other-worldly landscape of dramatic volcanoes, thundering waterfalls and creaking glaciers at your own pace. As night falls, lie back in the warm waters of a geothermal hot tub and keep watch over the winter skies for the flickering ribbons of the northern lights.

Suggested Itinerary Ask a Regent Iceland Explorer to tailor-make this itinerary Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Fly to Keflavík airport, collect the hire car and drive to the Blue Lagoon (entrance not included). Filled with six million litres of geothermal seawater, it is the silica and minerals that provide the lagoon’s renowned healing properties. Drive to Hotel Grímsborgir at the heart of the Golden Circle for a twonight stay in a Superior Room. After dark, retire to the outdoor hot tubs and watch the winter night sky for the magical aurora. (105km) Day 2 Golden Circle | Spend the day exploring the natural highlights of South Iceland, all within easy driving distance of the hotel. Just 15 kilometres to the south is Selfoss, a beautiful horseshoe waterfall on a powerful glacier river. To the north, the highlights of the Golden Circle await; visit the Geysir geothermal fields where lively Strokkur spouts water 100 feet into the air, and feel the power of Gullfoss waterfall where icy waters plummet into a deep canyon. After dark, search for the ethereal aurora away from any light pollution in this peaceful rural setting. (B) Day 3 Golden Circle to Húsafell | Head west and spend the day exploring, stopping at Þingvellir National Park to discover the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian plates. Or depart early to make the two-hour journey in time to catch the 12.30pm Into The Glacier tour (optional). This awesome excursion by specially modified

ice truck allows travellers the opportunity to walk through man-made ice tunnels and caves in Europe’s second largest glacier. Check in to Hotel Húsafell for a two-night stay in a Standard Room. (B) (135km) Day 4 Húsafell | Húsafell is an area rich in natural beauty. Choose to explore its nearby lava fields and glaciers or opt for a full-day trip to Snæfellsnes, a 90-kilometre-long peninsula crowned by Snæfellsjökull ice cap. Discover the dramatic volcanic peaks, traditional fishing villages, towering cliffs and beautiful fjords at your own pace, before returning to Húsafell for a dip in the hotel’s geothermal swimming pool. Make use of a final night in the countryside to hunt for the mystical northern lights. (B)

Holiday duration 6 days Holiday type

Fly-Drive

Seasonality

Oct – Apr

Prices from

£1755 per person

Includes flights, luxury accommodation, meals as specified and car hire (VW Polo or similar). Upgrade to a Suzuki Vitara from £170pp

Day 5 Húsafell to Reykjavík | Depart Húsafell, driving along the rugged west coast to Iceland’s vibrant capital. Enjoy free time in the city to explore the shops, galleries and museums, or perhaps head out on a winter whale watching safari in search of humpbacks and orcas. Check in to an Executive Room at the Hilton Reykjavík Nordica. (B) (130km) Day 6 Fly to the UK | Drive back to Keflavík airport for the return flight to the UK. (B) (50km)

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Hotel Rangá

Hotel Rangá Short Break Hotel Rangá is a 4-star countryside retreat in picturesque South Iceland. Just 80 minutes drive from Reykjavík, the remote location is ideal for exploring the natural wonders of the South or for simply relaxing in the serene surroundings. The hotel’s cosy interior and isolated location make it perfect for a romantic winter honeymoon – here couples can experience the magic of the northern lights from the outdoor geothermal hot tubs.

The Hotel For more information, visit our website Located on the banks of the famous salmon river, Eystri-Rangá, the hotel’s stunning setting affords incredible views of mountains and glaciers. Many of the country’s most extraordinary natural sights are within an hour’s drive: discover the active volcano Mt Hekla, explore the woodlands and glacial rivers of Þorsmörk nature reserve and tour the trio of Golden Circle wonders, including Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir National Park and the bubbling hot springs at Geysir. The hotel’s acclaimed gourmet restaurant has beautiful riverside views and serves highquality seasonal dishes inspired by modern Nordic cuisine, and of course the menu features the freshest salmon from the Rangá river. After dinner, relax at the bar with a local beer or head outside to one of the hotel’s hot tubs overlooking the river.

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The hotel offers 51 well-appointed, cosy rooms. The 24 en-suite Standard rooms have views over the river or Mt Hekla and feature flat screen TV, minibar and free Wi-Fi, while the 20 Deluxe rooms have an added level of comfort with king-sized beds and Jacuzzi bathtub. Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist about upgrading to one of the uniquely-designed Junior or Master Suites, decorated with exclusive artworks and furnishings inspired by the continents of the world. The Royal Master Suite boasts spectacular views of the river and Mt Hekla. The latest addition to the Rangá is a roll-off roof Astronomical Observatory, equipped with two high-quality 11-inch computerised telescopes which can be used to view amazing detail on Jupiter and see Cassini’s Division in the rings of Saturn.

Holiday duration 5 days Holiday type

Fly-Drive Unguided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£1075 per person

Includes flights, accommodation and 4WD car hire Ask an Iceland Specialist about upgrading to Deluxe rooms from £135pp


Iceland Fly-Drives

Winter at Hotel Rangá

Reykjavík & Hotel Rangá Combine time in Iceland’s quirky capital with four nights at a relaxing rural retreat. Drive yourself between the waterfalls, volcanoes and glaciers of South Iceland and spend evenings at the Rangá soaking in the hotel’s geothermal hot tubs as the northern lights dance overhead or tucking into delicious local fish dishes from the acclaimed restaurant. Back in Reykjavík, combine the cultural highlights with a winter whale watching safari.

Suggested Itinerary Ask a Regent Iceland Explorer to tailor-make this itinerary Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive in Iceland, collect the hire car and drive to Hotel Rangá for a four-night stay. Around a two-hour drive from the airport, the remote log-cabin-style retreat can be found just off Route 1, near the small town of Hella. After a day of travelling, perhaps relax in one of the hotel’s natural outdoor hot tubs, keeping an eye out for the aurora borealis flickering gently overhead. Day 2 Rangá | Head out in the hire car to explore some of Iceland’s most spectacular scenery. Perhaps start with the incredible natural wonders of the Golden Circle, including thundering Gullfoss waterfall, historic Þingvellir National Park and the bubbling hot springs at Geysir where mighty Strokkur erupts twenty metres into the air every few minutes. Active Mt Hekla and the glacial rivers of Þórsmörk are also within an hour’s drive. (B) Day 3 Rangá | Today perhaps you could consider driving to Iceland’s southernmost village, Vik, where the volcanic black-sand beaches make for spectacular coastal views. En route, be sure to stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where it is possible to walk behind the gushing torrent of water. In the evening, head out into the countryside surrounding the Rangá to search for the mysterious northern lights. (B)

how the 2010 eruption affected the residents of Þorvaldseyri, or head further afield, driving three hours along the south coast to the incredible floating icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. (B) Day 5 Rangá to Reykjavík | Drive back to Reykjavík, perhaps stopping at the hot spring town of Hveragerði en route, or driving via Flúðir to take a dip in the Secret Lagoon natural hot springs. Return the hire car in Reykjavík and check in to the Hotel Centrum for three nights. (B)

Holiday duration 8 days Holiday type Fly-Drive Unguided Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£1415 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified and 4WD car hire. Ask an Iceland Specialist about upgrading to Deluxe rooms from £260pp

Day 6 Reykjavík | Perhaps join a winter whale watching boat tour on this free day in Iceland’s capital. For those without sea legs, visit the new Whales of Iceland Museum where lifesize models of the sea giants hang overhead. (B) Day 7 Reykjavík | The shops, galleries and cafés of Laugavegur are just a short walk from the hotel and make for an enjoyable morning amble. In the afternoon, perhaps consider an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon to relax in the mineral-rich waters. (B) Day 8 Fly to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

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Day 4 Rangá | Choose to drive to the Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre to learn about

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Hotel Grímsborgir

Hotel Grímsborgir Short Break Located in Grímsnes next to Iceland’s largest freshwater river, the Grímsborgir is a collection of luxury country apartments at the heart of the Golden Circle route. Delight in the combination of picturesque surroundings, beautifully decorated rooms and a warm welcoming reception from the hotel’s owners, Olafur and Kristin. Opt for a sumptuous weekend break or stay for four nights to explore the wonders of South Iceland.

The Hotel For more information, visit our website Just a 45-minute drive from Reykjavík, the Grímsborgir is a haven of tranquillity set against a stunning South Icelandic backdrop. Travel just ten minutes to the 6,000-yearold volcanic crater,Kerið, take a 20-minute drive to Þingvellir National Park or journey for around an hour to reach mighty Gullfoss waterfall and lively Strokkur geyser. Housed in six stylish holiday homes, the hotel’s ten luxury apartments accommodate between four and nine people each and are therefore ideal for families and groups, as well as couples seeking a secluded romantic break. Depending on the room grade chosen, guests can expect a spacious, well-appointed apartment with kitchen, living room and dining area, as well as barbecue and private outdoor hot tub on the terrace, which overlooks the beautiful mountainous landscape. Ask a Regent Iceland

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Specialist about the different Studio and Deluxe apartments available. Seating up to 60 diners, the elegant Grímsborgir restaurant offers gourmet food and typical Icelandic dishes all prepared with fresh, local produce. With tasty traditional soups, delicious locally-sourced fish, meat and vegetarian options, plus indulgent cakes and desserts on the menu, booking a three-course meal during your stay is a must. All breads and pastries are freshly baked every day onsite, and the delicious hot or cold breakfast is the ideal way to start the day. Situated far from the light pollution of Iceland’s major towns, the Grímsborgir provides a wonderful winter setting to await a performance of the elusive aurora borealis; sit back in your hot tub under a clear night sky as the incredible neon lights dance overhead.

Holiday duration 5 days Holiday type

Fly-Drive Unguided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£1625 per person

Includes flights, accommodation and 4WD car hire Ask an Iceland Specialist about upgrading to a two-bedroom apartment from £395pp


Iceland Fly-Drives

Kerid Volcano Crater

Reykjavík & Hotel Grímsborgir Combine city and country on this luxury twin-centre holiday based in Reykjavík and remote Grímsnes in South Iceland. Stay in the heart of the Golden Circle region at the boutique Grímsborgir, perfectly positioned for exploring the natural wonders of the south, before returning to the capital for three nights of culture. After dark, keep a watch on the winter sky from the Grímsborgir’s outdoor geothermal hot tubs.

Suggested Itinerary Ask a Regent Iceland Explorer to tailor-make this itinerary Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Collect the hire car at Keflavík airport and drive to Hotel Grímsborgir at the heart of the Golden Circle. After the 90-minute drive, a soak in one of the outdoor geothermal hot tubs is always welcome. The hotel’s remote location provides the perfect spot to search for the northern lights on dark winter evenings. Day 2 Grímsnes | With the hotel located between Þingvellir National Park and the volcanic crater lake Kerið, driving between the geological wonders of the Golden Circle is the natural place to start exploring. Impressive Gullfoss waterfall and the exploding hot springs of Geysir complete the scenic loop. (B) Day 3 Grímsnes | Perhaps choose to embark on a journey of around 90- miles, along scenic Route 1, to the rugged south coast where Iceland’s southernmost village of Vík looks out over dramatic black-sand beaches. Be sure to stop en route at Skógafoss waterfall where the mist created by 60-metres of thundering water often produces beautiful rainbows. (B) Day 4 Grímsnes | On the last day in the countryside, perhaps relax in the scenic surrounds of the hotel and discover Iceland’s largest freshwater river, famed for its Arctic char and Atlantic salmon, or embark on an exciting journey to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The sight of the enormous icebergs drifting out towards the Atlantic is well worth the

four-hour drive. Take the opportunity to head out in search of the elusive aurora borealis on the last evening in rural South Iceland. (B) Day 5 Grímsnes to Reykjavík | Depart Grímsnes and journey back to Reykjavík, perhaps stopping at the hot spring town of Hveragerði, where geothermal heat is harnessed for horticulture. Check in at the Reykjavík Residence Hotel, a luxury apartment hotel in the heart of the city with ample parking. (B) Day 6 Reykjavík | Make use of a free day in the capital to explore the abundance of cultural attractions on foot. The historic harbour area, Hallgrímskirkja church, Parliament building and Laugavegur shopping street are all within 300 metres of the hotel. (B)

Holiday duration 8 days Holiday type Fly-Drive Unguided Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£2160 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified and 4WD car hire. Ask an Iceland Specialist about upgrading to a two-bedroom apartment from £550pp. Price per person based on four people travelling from £1765.

Day 7 Reykjavík | On the final day, perhaps opt for a drive out to Reykjanes peninsula, a diverse area of volcanic and geothermal activity, and the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level. Be sure to visit the area’s most famous attraction, the Blue Lagoon, situated in the middle of a black lava field. Pre-booking is highly recommended – ask a Regent Iceland Specialist for more details. (B) Day 8 Fly to the UK | Drive to Keflavík airport and return the hire car before the flight back to the UK. (B)

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Group Tours The Inside Story For those who like holidays without hassle, our group tours are designed to take all the stress out of your journey. With someone else at the wheel, you can sit back and watch the incredible winter scenery go by, knowing that your trip has been designed by an Iceland expert to include all the highlights along the way. With frequent stops en route, you’ll discover the fascinating history and geology of the ever-changing landscape with the help of your local guide and share wonderful experiences along the way with a group of like-minded people. The northern lights draw visitors to the Arctic Circle every year and, no matter whether you’ve seen them before or you’re experiencing them for the first time, the aurora borealis never fails to impress. All of our winter tours are designed with aurora hunting in mind, and many include talks or presentations to help you understand the natural phenomenon and learn of the myths and legends surrounding it. Pack plenty of warm layers, including hats and gloves for rural walks after dark. A DSLR camera using a long shutter speed and tripod are recommended for capturing the best shots. A wide range of detailed itineraries are available from your Regent Iceland Specialist, who can also advise on tour availability for your preferred departure dates.

Story to tell Shane Hosiene

Why I love group tours Travelling on a guided tour in Iceland is a bit like watching the best movie you’ll ever see. Around each turn, the widescreen windows reveal an epic panorama of wild steppe behind which rise immense glaciers and mighty volcanoes. Regular stops allow you to get to the heart of the action, whilst at the end of the day you can look forward to great food, convivial company and a comfortable bed.


Iceland Group Tours

Jรถkulsรกrlรณn Glacial Lagoon

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Aurora Borealis over Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Northern Lights Explorer Dive head first into a journey that uncovers Iceland’s greatest winter wonders, on a group tour specially designed to discover the natural highlights of the South West whilst also maximising your chances of witnessing the aurora borealis. By day, discover the sights of the Golden Circle route and by night, head out into the remote countryside for the best spots to watch the northern lights flicker.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Iceland Explorer for more information and to check availability Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive at Keflavík airport and transfer to Reykjavík. Enjoy some free time to explore Iceland’s capital. Day 2 Reykjavík to Borgarnes | Head west and take a stroll on the Grábrók volcano crater. Feel the heat at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and discover the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Later, attend a lecture about the northern lights and take a guided walk after dinner in search of the aurora. (B) Day 3 Snæfellsnes Peninsula | Travel to Snæfellsnes peninsula and discover the fishing town of Stykkishólmur before a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. Sample freshly caught scallops whilst sailing around this unique archipelago and visit Bjarnarhöfn, the region’s leading producer of hákarl (shark meat). In the afternoon, stop (weather conditions permitting) at the fishing village of Grundarfjordur. En route back to Borgarnes, learn some tips on how to photograph the northern lights from your guide. Head outside to await nature’s light show from the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. (B,L)

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Day 4 Golden Circle | Explore historic Þingvellir National Park. Visit the Geysir area, where powerful Strokkur geyser erupts, and discover hot springs and bubbling mud pools. Travel to thundering Gullfoss waterfall before visiting a geothermal greenhouse and an Icelandic horse stable. Finally, step into the

Departure Dates 2017 Fridays 6, 13, 20, 27 Oct 3, 10, 17, 24 Nov 1 Dec Sundays 1, 15, 29 Oct 12, 26 Nov 3 Dec

darkness to chase the northern lights or enjoy the scene from a relaxing hot tub. (B)

2018 Fridays 5, 12, 19, 26 Jan 2, 9, 16, 23 Feb 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Mar 6 Apr Sundays 7, 21 Jan 4, 18 Feb 4, 18 Mar 1, 8 Apr

Day 5 South Iceland | Travel along the south coast and visit the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre. Discover 60-metre-wide Skógafoss waterfall, visit a fascinating folk museum and take a stroll on the beach at Reynisfjara where white snow contrasts dramatically with volcanic black sand. Check in to the hotel in Vatnajökull National Park for two nights. (B) Day 6 Skaftafell National Park | Explore Skaftafell National Park, home to Europe’s largest glacier. Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is a highlight – see huge icebergs floating on the ice-cold waters and look out for playful seals*. In the evening enjoy a video presentation about the northern lights before heading outside where, if the skies are clear, the aurora may be visible dancing across the night sky. (B) *Optional Ice cave tour offered between 15 Nov to 15 Mar

Day 7 Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon | Discover the impressive Eldhraun lava field and visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall. In the afternoon, return to Reykjavík before an evening visit to the Blue Lagoon to relax in its mineral-rich waters. Enjoy a farewell dinner followed by one last nocturnal tour in search of the aurora borealis. (B,D) Day 8 Fly to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Tour duration

8 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Group size  Max 45. Please note we also operate this tour with smaller groups (max 16). Please contact us for details. Prices from

£2195 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers, travel by coach and sightseeing tours


Iceland Group Tours

Auror Borealis, South Iceland

Land of the Northern Lights Experience Iceland at its most spectacular, both during the day and after dark. Travel by coach to visit dazzling glaciers, bathe in the steaming, mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, pass the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, see Strokkur geyser erupt twenty metres into the air and, on a clear night, set off in search of the incredible northern lights. Speak to an Iceland Specialist about optional accommodation upgrades in Reykjavík and Hella.

Departure Dates 2017 Tuesdays 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 Nov 5, 12, 29 Dec Thursdays 5, 12, 19, 26 Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov 7, 14 Dec

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Iceland Explorer for more information and to check availability Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Fly to Keflavík airport and transfer to the hotel in Reykjavík for an overnight stay. Make use of a free evening in the capital to dine at one of the many restaurants, or eat like a local and try a hotdog from the world-famous Bæjarins Beztu. Day 2 Reykjavík to Reykjanes Peninsula | Explore the highlights of Iceland’s quirky capital on a city tour before travelling to Reykjanes peninsula, the island’s southwesterly extremity. Discover a landscape of hot springs, rugged mountains, colourful fishing villages and isolated lighthouses, and at the end of the day enjoy a relaxing soak in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon. Famed for the rejuvenating qualities of its white silica mud, no Iceland holiday is complete without a visit to this natural geothermal spa. Check in for two nights at a South Iceland countryside accommodation. In the evening, learn about the northern lights, and once darkness falls head outside in search of nature’s light show. (B)

Day 3 South Iceland | Travel along the south coast, stopping en route at the infamous active volcano that lies beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Unearth Seljalandsfoss waterfall, visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums to discover an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts typical of Iceland’s past and uncover the nearby Skogafoss waterfall. In the afternoon, perhaps embark on an optional

2018 Tuesdays 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Jan 6, 13, 20, 27 Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 Mar 3, 10 Apr Thursdays 4, 11, 18, 25 Jan 1, 8, 15, 22 Feb 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Mar 5, 12 Apr

easy glacier hike on the Solheimajokull glacier or take a stroll on the black lava beach at Reynisfjara, where cliffs have been carved by the Atlantic. In the evening enjoy a presentation about the northern lights and keep a lookout overhead as they may be visible in the night sky. (B) Day 4 The Golden Circle | Visit an Icelandic horse stable to learn about the Icelandic horse, a pure breed whose origins can be traced back to the settlement of the country in the 9th century. Continue to a geothermal greenhouse and discover one of the ways in which Icelanders harness the country’s geothermal energy. Before the tour comes to an end, visit the trio of natural wonders collectively known as the Golden Circle – see the hot springs and bubbling pools at Geysir where mighty Strokkur erupts every few minutes, admire the force of Gullfoss waterfall as it tumbles into the Hvítá river and travel inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian plates can be seen. Return to Reykjavík for an overnight stay. If conditions are optimal, consider booking an optional northern lights tour. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Group size

Max 40

Prices from

£1185 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers, travel by coach and sightseeing tours

Day 5 Fly to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

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Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Hidden Powers & Aurora Discover the natural wonders of South Iceland in winter on this six-day coach tour. Feel the power of three of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls, marvel at Europe’s largest ice cap, walk on volcanic black beaches pounded by the Atlantic and relax in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. After dark, venture into the still remote reaches of the Icelandic countryside to search for the ethereal northern lights.

Itinerary Speak to an Iceland Explorer for more information and to check availability Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive in Iceland and transfer to the hotel. Make use of a free evening in the world’s northernmost capital. Perhaps choose to dine at one of the many restaurants in the fashionable 101 district. Day 2 Golden Circle | Visit the Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavík before travelling to Þingvellir National Park. Sample geothermally baked hot spring bread and eggs, along with Icelandic herring and schnapps at Laugarvatn Fontana. Continue to the Geysir geothermal fields, complete with steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and famous Strokkur geyser, which erupts into the air every few minutes. Travel to thundering Gullfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country, before continuing to Skalholt. Check in at the countryside hotel in the south coast area. After dark, head outside in search of the celestial northern lights in the winter sky. (B,D)

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Day 3 Kirkjubæjarklaustur Area | Explore the region surrounding the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Visit the new Lava Centre and learn more about volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Travel along the south shore to the spectacular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Stroll on the volcanic black sands of Reynisfjara beach and see the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Check in to the remote countryside hotel in South Iceland for two nights, and at nightfall head

Departure Dates 2017 Tuesdays 10, 24 Oct 7, 14, 21 Nov 12 Dec Thursdays 5, 12, 19, 26 Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov 7 Dec

outside for another opportunity to search for the aurora borealis. (B,D) Day 4 Skaftafell National Park | Explore Skaftafell National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty dominated by Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull. Enjoy breathtaking views of the peaks and glaciers before visiting Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where giant icebergs calve from the glacier and crash into the lagoon before slowly drifting towards the Atlantic. View the photogenic ice sculptures from the shore and look out for seals in the bright blue waters. A final night in the countryside offers another opportunity to search for the aurora away from the light pollution of the city. (B,D) Day 5 Kirkjubæjarklaustur Area to Reykjavík | Travel to the geothermal village of Hveragerði where greenhouses are heated by hot water from nearby springs. Continue along the coast to Reykjanes peninsula for a rejuvenating soak in the world-famous Blue Lagoon. Renowned for their healing qualities, the mineral-rich waters are said to have anti-aging properties. Continue back to Reykjavík for a final night in the capital. (B) Day 6 Fly to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

2018 Tuesdays 9 Jan, 13 Feb 13 Mar 3 Apr Thursdays 11, 18, 25 Jan 1, 15, 22 Feb 1, 8, 22, 29 Mar 5 Apr

Tour duration

6 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Group size

Max 36

Prices from

£1420 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers, travel by coach and sightseeing tours


Iceland Group Tours

Northern Lights, Snæfellsnes Peninsula

West Iceland Wonders Explore the charming fishing villages and stunning fjord regions of West Iceland during the day, sampling freshly-caught scallops before looking to the skies at night for the northern lights on this winter coach tour. Then experience the natural wonders of the region, from Europe’s most powerful hot spring to the mighty stratovolcano made famous by novelist Jules Verne in Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Departure Dates 2017 Wednesdays 11, 18, 25 Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov 6 Dec

2018 Wednesdays 24 Jan 7, 14, 21, 28 Feb 7, 14, 28 Mar 4 Apr

Itinerary Speak to an Iceland Explorer for more information and to check availability Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive in Iceland’s capital and check in to the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure. Perhaps head to Laugavegur where the restaurants and bars are plentiful. Day 2 Reykjavík to Borgarnes | Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Iceland’s colourful capital before departing for the west coast. Visit the Akranes Museum Centre, which houses a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits, and take in spectacular views from the top of a lighthouse. Discover the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and stop in Reykholt, home of Icelandic saga writer Snorri Sturluson. Check in for two nights at the hotel in Borgarnes area, a small west-coast town located on the edge of a fjord. After dark, head into the winter night to search for the mystical northern lights. (B,D) Day 3 Snæfellsnes Peninsula | Travel to the West Iceland peninsula crowned by the impressive Snæfellsjökull ice cap. Discover the attractive fishing town of Stykkishólmur and sample freshly-caught scallops on a boat tour in Breiðafjörður fjord. Visit the fishing villages of Grundarfjörður and Hellnar. Continue to the picturesque village of Arnarstapi, which offers the chance to walk among columnar basalt rock formations. Travel back to Borgarnes area for another chance to search for the elusive aurora

borealis. (B,D) Day 4 Borgarnes to Hveragerði | Head south to discover the natural wonders of the Golden Circle. See the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, watch as the active Strokkur geyser spouts jets of water twenty metres into the air at the Geysir geothermal field and visit Þingvellir, a historic National Park situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Stop at Efstidalur dairy farm and sample delicious local skyr, an organic yogurt that has been enjoyed in Iceland since Viking times. Continue to Hveragerði, the city with the highest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland, and visit Friðheimar greenhouse and horse stable. Overnight in Hveragerði area. (B,D)

Day 5 Hveragerði to Reykjavík | Travel along the coastline of Reykjanes peninsula and stop at Strandarkirkja, a 12th century church popularly believed to be responsible for divine miracles. Discover Lake Kleifarvatn, set in moonlike surroundings, and Krýsuvík bubbling springs, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the Earth’s crust. Continue to the famous Blue Lagoon and take a dip in the healing geothermal waters, rich in active ingredients including white silica mud. In the evening travel back to Reykjavík for the final night. (B)

Tour duration

6 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Group size

Max 36

Prices from

£1490 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers, travel by coach and sightseeing tours

Day 6 Fly to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

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Welcome to

Greenland Straddling the Arctic Circle, Greenland is the world’s largest island, with inland ice covering 85 percent of the country. Starkly beautiful, with magnificent glaciers and an undulating icy expanse as far as the eye can see, this vast island is the homeland of the largest Inuit population in the world. With their fantastic ability to adapt to the severe climatic conditions and wild nature, they have survived where others found it impossible to live. Regent’s Greenland Travel Specialists can tailor-make your very own Arctic adventure, including ice fjord cruising, scenic flights, whale watching, dog sledding and even visiting a local home to gain an insight into life at the top of the world.


Greenland TRAVEL KNOW-HOW Flight time from UK to Ilulissat: Approx 6 hours (1 change) Time zone: West GMT -3 /East GMT -1 Capital: Nuuk Language: Greenlandic Currency: Danish Krone Population: Approx 56, 000 GREENLAND IN NUMBERS

20 5,000 15 80 3,500 250

Billion tonnes of ice calved from Sermeq Kujalleq annually

Years of Inuit settlement

Types of whale found in Greenlandic waters

Percent of the country covered by the inland ice cap

Husky dogs living in Ilulissat

People living in Kulusuk

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Greenland The Inside Story The least densely populated country in the world, Greenland is one of the last true wilderness destinations. The scale of nature here is almost incomprehensible, with 100-metre icebergs rising from the sea, an enormous ice cap containing ten per cent of the world’s fresh water and groaning glaciers moving as quickly as forty metres per day. Towns and villages are linked only by sea or air, so travel like a local and take a dog sled journey through the Kangerlussuaq wilderness, or embark on a boat trip into the Arctic waters around Illulisat and cruise between deep fjords and towering icebergs, keeping an eye out for whales and seals. Scenic flights over the incredible inland ice cap provide an insight into the scale of this colossal force of nature. While Greenland’s polar bears are hibernating in the winter months, it’s the magical northern lights that instead come out to play. With minimal ambient light from the island’s tiny towns and settlements, searching for the northern lights often means just stepping outside the door. Kangerlussuaq boasts more than 300 nights of clear sky a year, and a drive to the edge of the nearby ice cap provides the perfect setting and conditions for aurora hunting.

Story to tell Shane Hosiene

Why I love Greenland From Ilulissat, travel by boat to the edge of the spectacular Eqi glacier and if you are fortunate you may see and hear the immense crashing sound as icebergs are calved from the glacier. Watch the icebergs glide past houses, along the fjords and out to sea.


Greenland

Regent Recommends East Greenland

Inuit Culture

Scenic Flights

Simply arriving at Kulusuk airport gives you a sense of the adventure ahead. Located on a mountainous island in the least populated part of the country, just stepping outside the airport provides dramatic views of ice-filled fjords. Home to just 250 residents, the small settlement of Kulusuk is cut off by pack ice in the winter months, with locals relying on hunting and fishing to survive. Here, the only means of travel is by husky sled, and Regent can organise dogsled adventures ranging from day trips across the sea ice to Apusiaajik glacier to week-long expeditions travelling between fjords, mountains and remote settlements, overnighting in mountain huts beneath the northern lights.

Although evidence suggests that Greenland’s first inhabitants arrived some 4,500 years ago, it was the Thule people, arriving from Canada in the 10th century, who spread across the country bringing with them kayaks, harpoons and dogsleds. Around 80 per cent of Greenland’s population today are of Inuit descent, and their traditional way of life plays as much a part – if not more – than modernday Danish influences. Experience this culture first-hand on a boat trip from Ilulissat to the tiny settlement of Oqaitsut (Rodebay), where the population of just 40 inhabitants is entirely dependent on hunting and fishing. Ask your Regent Travel Specialist about cultural encounters in West Greenland.

The scale of Ilulissat’s icefjord, with its gigantic icebergs calved from the world’s fastest moving glacier, is nothing short of mind-blowing. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this mighty natural wonder is best viewed from the air where the magnitude of the towering blocks of ice can be fully grasped. Board a five-seater aircraft, where every seat is a window seat, and fly at low altitude towards the glacier wall. Getting as close as safety allows, feel the rumble of the glacier calving beneath you before heading towards the underwater moraine for breathtaking views of the colossal icebergs and their rooftop lakes. Ask a Regent Greenland Specialist about scenic flights designed with photography in mind.

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Greenland’s Immense Ice Cap

Aurora & Polar Circle Adventure Greenland’s only inland town is one of the best places in the country to experience the northern lights, with more than 300 nights of clear sky a year. A true wilderness destination, this short break in Kangerlussuaq provides the opportunity to experience nature at its most raw: reindeer and musk oxen call this region home and the mighty inland ice cap is just a few miles away.

Itinerary Speak to a Greenland Explorer for more information Day 1 Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq | Fly from Copenhagen direct to the Greenlandic settlement of Kangerlussuaq. On arrival meet with local guide and check in to Hotel Kangerlussuaq for four nights. A modern hotel with 70 rooms, Hotel Kangerlussuaq is a focal point for the small settlement, and its bar, restaurant and Café Isikkivik are a hub for tourists and locals alike. (D) Day 2 Kangerlussuaq | With three full days to explore, start with an orientation city tour and learn about the history of the settlement and the former American base, Bluie-West-8. There are a variety of optional excursions to enjoy as well: wrap up warm and travel as the Inuits have done for centuries on an optional two-hour husky sledging adventure. (D) Day 3 Kangerlussuaq | Kangerlussuaq’s inland location means that it is just a short drive to Greenland’s immense ice cap. Drive along

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mountain tracks through the spectacular Arctic landscape, passing former glacier valleys and the Arctic desert, along frozen rivers and over small passes, before stopping next to the 3-million-cubic-kilometre ice cap. (B, D)

Day 4 Kangerlussuaq | Have the day free in the town or book an optional excursion such as an Arctic Nature tour to try and see musk oxen and reindeer. In the evening, Kangerlussuaq is one of the best locations in the world to experience the aurora borealis. Head out with your guide, enjoy a tasty Greenlandic coffee and watch the display unfold above you. (B, D) Day 5 Fly to Copenhagen | Fly back to the Danish capital. Ask your Regent Explorer about adding a city break in Copenhagen. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality Prices from

Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays from 23 Nov 2017 to 27 Mar 2018 £1895 per person

Includes flights from Copenhagen, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions


Greenland

Winter on the Ice Fjord

Northern Lights in Ilulissat The only UNESCO-protected site in Greenland, Ilulissat boasts one of the world’s most productive glaciers: Sermeq Kujalleq calves around 46 cubic kilometres of ice every year, decorating the seas around the town with gigantic icebergs as tall as skyscrapers. Located 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the town’s northerly position also means that chances of seeing the northern lights are extremely high.

Itinerary Speak to a Greenland Explorer for more information Day 1 Reykjavík to Ilulissat | Fly from Reykjavík airport to Ilulissat. On arrival, meet a local guide and transfer to Hotel Arctic for three nights. Situated right on the edge of the Ilulissat ice fjord with stunning panoramic views, Hotel Arctic is the world’s most northerly 4-star hotel. Attend a welcome meeting before enjoying a walking tour, visiting the historic part of the town, including the buildings from the original Danish trading station. In the evening, the hotel’s Restaurant Ulo offers a gastronomic dining experience where fresh, contemporary dishes can be enjoyed whilst icebergs drift past. After dinner, be sure to wrap up warm to head outside in search of the northern lights. Right in the middle of the auroral footprint, with very little ambient light, chances of seeing the northern lights in West Greenland are high. (D)

Day 3 Ilulissat | Ask your Regent Greenland Specialist about optional excursions on this free day. Perhaps join a cruise between the enormous icebergs that tower 100 metres above sea level. It is also possible to explore the icy wilderness by snowmobile, discovering the scale of the backcountry as the low sun illuminates the landscape. After dinner, head out on snowshoes to scour the night sky for the northern lights. (B,D) Day 4 Ilulissat to Reykjavík | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Reykjavík. Continue onwards to the UK or ask your Regent Greenland Specialist about combining this holiday with a stay in Iceland. (B)

Tour duration

4 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Saturdays from 17 Feb to 27 Mar

Prices from

£2255 per person

Includes flights from Reykjavík, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions

Day 2 Ilulissat | Today put on your polar suit and enter into the Arctic wonderland with its icecovered fjords, low mountain passes and where icebergs rise like sculptures. Travel like the polar explorers of the past and travel by dogsled – this is a traditional Greenlandic experience and there are around 3,500 working sled dogs in Illulissat, which transport locals and tourists alike in the winter months. Speak to a Regent Greenland Specialist about alternative excursions such as a boat trip through the ice-strewn waters of remote Rodebay. (B, D)

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Welcome to

Finland Finland’s northernmost province of Lapland is an Arctic playground where the resident reindeers outnumber the people. Family memories are made here – visiting Santa Claus at his official home in Rovaniemi, staying in an ice hotel, mushing through the snow on a traditional dog sled or dashing through the glittering landscape on an adrenaline-packed snowmobile safari. With a winter that lasts around 200 days, the northern lights can be seen painting ribbons of colour across the sky from late August until mid-April. Wrap up warm and hunt for them on an evening reindeer sled safari or lie back in your glass-domed igloo and watch the starry night sky from the comfort of your own bed.


Finland TRAVEL KNOW-HOW Flight time from UK to Rovaniemi: Approx 3 hours Time zone: GMT +2 Capital: Helsinki Lapland’s Capital: Rovaniemi Language: Finnish + minority languages Currency: Euro Population: 5.4 million FINLAND IN NUMBERS

15 -5 140

Million letters received by Santa Claus since 1985

Degrees Celsius in the Arctic Snow Hotel, Rovaniemi

Miles of cross-country ski routes in Levi

34,500 200 2 Reindeers in Finnish Lapland

Aurora nights a year

Million saunas

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Finland The Inside Story Sitting directly on the Arctic Circle, Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland where every one of the 200 days of winter feels as festive as the last. Ideal for families, amenities are close to hand, from the bars and restaurants of the compact centre to the countless winter activities in the surrounding wilderness. Try your hand at mushing a husky sled or visit a reindeer farm and enjoy a sleigh ride through the snowy fells. Just a fifteen-minute transfer from the city, Santa Claus Village – official residence of the man in red – is a must for kids at any time of the year. For those looking for a more remote experience, fly further north to Ivalo or Kittilä where a short drive from the airport delivers unending Lappish wilderness. Here, isolation plays a part in providing the ideal conditions for aurora viewing, and the endless snow-covered landscapes are best explored by snowmobile or dog sled. Finnish Lapland has a wealth of unique accommodation, from glass igloos and thermally-heated tents to ice hotels and traditional log cabins. Regent recommends mixing and matching to make the most of your holiday. Perhaps follow a night in an ice room with a cosy hotel stay, or split your time between a glass igloo and log cabin.

Story to tell Emma Brown

Why I love Finland For me, travelling through snow-bound forests in Finnish Lapland on a sled pulled by husky dogs was unforgettable. The sound of their paws crunching on the snow was all I could hear as I sped across the Arctic landscape. It was such an exhilarating experience and something that the whole family can enjoy.


Finland

Regent Recommends Helsinki City Breaks

Husky Safari

Family Time

The Finnish capital is simply bursting with culture. Like other Scandinavian cities, it thrives around the clock, offering countless possibilities for sightseers and bon vivants alike. By day, admire Helsinki’s grand classical architecture, reflecting the city’s significant past, and discover innovative, modern buildings revealing its current optimism. By night, visit the opera or sample some of Helsinki’s numerous bars and bustling night cafés. No trip to Helsinki would be complete without relaxing in a proper Finnish sauna followed by a cold Lapin Kulta beer. Separated by only 30 miles of sea from Tallinn, why not spend a day sightseeing in Estonia’s medieval capital. Speak to a Regent Finland Specialist for details.

Husky dogs are perfectly suited to the conditions found in Finnish Lapland and have been used for centuries to pull sleds for hunting and travel. Renowned for speed and endurance, they were born to pull, so grab the reins and embark upon an exhilarating husky safari into the untouched wilderness of the Arctic with your own trusty team of dogs to guide you. Cross vast frozen lakes, charge through dense forest admiring the invariably beautiful landscapes, and appreciate the surrounding silence, broken only by the patter of paws and the sled gliding across the snow. Speak to a Regent Finland Specialist about overnight husky excursions or visit our website for more details.

Finnish Lapland is a magical place for children – a-once-in-a-lifetime family holiday where dreams are brought to life. Here, winter adventures are designed with children in mind, and husky sled and reindeer sleigh journeys are preceded by an opportunity to meet and feed the animals. Top of the list for children and big kids alike is a visit to Santa Claus Village on the outskirts of Rovaniemi. This enchanted Christmas theme park provides festive fun year-round with an opportunity to meet the man himself and hand-deliver Christmas wish lists. Add another element of family fun with a night in a snow hotel, glass-domed igloo or in a Christmas themed city centre hotel room.

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Glass Igloos, Kakslauttanen

Lapland Winter Escape Home to Finnish Lapland’s unique igloo village, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort lies high above the Arctic Circle in the heart of the Lappish wilderness. Spend three nights in this winter wonderland, exploring the glistening white landscapes by snowmobile or husky sled. After dark, search for the magical northern lights on a thrilling reindeer sled safari or from the comfort of your very own glass-domed igloo.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Ivalo | Fly to Ivalo and transfer to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. Check in to a secluded log cabin and spend the evening relaxing by the roaring fire or dining at one of the resort’s two Lappish restaurants. For those bold enough to brave the elements, head to one of Kakslauttanen’s five smoke saunas before jumping into the frozen river for a truly energising Finnish experience. Day 2 Kakslauttanen | Pre-book optional activities to explore the wilderness in true Lapland style. Take a snowmobile or snow tank adventure through the white forest, or opt for a more traditional method of transport with a thrilling ride on a husky or reindeer sled. After dark, hire skis or snowshoes and head out into the Arctic wilderness in search of the incredible aurora borealis – or perhaps book a night in one of the resort’s unique glass igloos

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and watch the starry night from the comfort of your reclining bed. (B) Day 3 Kakslauttanen | Try your hand at another winter adventure activity or fulfil childhood dreams with a visit to Santa’s home at Kakslauttanen’s festively-decked grotto, complete with elves and reindeer. Understandably, the man himself is pretty busy during the winter months – be sure to pre-book a Santa visit in advance. After dark, perhaps consider an evening reindeer sled safari or horseback ride in search of the swirling northern lights or relax in the warmth of the resort’s glass igloo bar. (B) Day 4 Fly to the UK | Transfer back to Ivalo airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Tour duration

4 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional Excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Apr

Prices from

£1255 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified and transfers


Choose your accommodation

Ideal for winter honeymooners and adventure-seeking families alike, Kakslauttanen has a range of accommodation to choose from.

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Glass Igloos

Kelo-Glass Igloos

Nestled between the snow-draped trees of the forest, these enchanting thermal-glass domes feature in almost every guide to the word’s best unique accommodation. Providing all the magic of sleeping under the night sky without braving the elements, each two-person igloo is a cosy, private stargazing capsule with its own reclining bed, toilet and hand basin. Only available during the aurora season, these all-glass pods are ideal for a romantic northern lights break. Hotel facilities including showers are just a short walk away. An extra children’s bed can be added to the dome on request.

Offering the best of both worlds, Kakslauttanen’s 16 Kelo-Glass Igloos combine the comforting warmth of a wooden cabin and the sensational skyward views of a glass igloo. Ideal for families, each cosy cabin sleeps up to six people and provides a winter home-away-from-home with its own private sauna, bathroom and kitchenette. Attached to each kelo-wood cabin is a glass igloo – take it in turns to sleep under the stars and keep watch for the northern lights flickering overhead. After a magical day exploring the surrounding winter wonderland, warm up in front of the cabin’s roaring log fire.

Log Cabins

Restaurant Aurora

Built from the huge kelo pines native to Finnish Lapland, each rustic wooden cabin can sleep up to four people, with one double bed and one set of bunk beds. Hidden amongst the Lappish trees, these snug little chalets are ideal for a digital detox, with a roaring log fire and private sauna taking the place of television and Wi-Fi. Each cabin is fully equipped with kitchenette and bathroom, making them the perfect retreat for families after a busy day on the snow. Upgrade to a larger cabin for an extra sofa bed and bathroom, or request the Queen Suite or Wedding Chamber for a special occasion.

New to Kakslauttanen’s West Village in 2015, Restaurant Aurora is a lively hang-out centred around a mesmerising salmon tank. This atmospheric dining space, crafted from colossal Finnish tree trunks, serves a wonderful selection of local Lappish cuisine as well as Asian specialities. Arctic-themed artworks and installations – many of which are created during the Arctic Art Week hosted by Kakslauttanen in the summer months – add to the restaurant’s quirky interior design. When it’s time to kick back with a cocktail or two, the glass igloo bar has views like no other place on Earth.

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Arctic Snow Hotel Glass Igloos

Igloos & Auroras Just 26 kilometres from Rovaniemi – Lapland’s winter capital – the Arctic Snow Hotel and its glass-roofed igloos are far enough away from the light pollution of the city to enjoy fabulous displays of the magical aurora borealis. Spend a night in an ice room, newly carved from snow and ice each winter, and spend days exploring the glittering landscape by husky sled or visiting Santa Claus at his official residence.

Itinerary Ask a Regent Finland Explorer to pre-book optional excursions Day 1 Fly to Rovaniemi | Fly to the capital of Finnish Lapland and transfer to the Arctic Snow Hotel for one night in an ice room. Newly built from snow and ice every winter, each room is carved with a unique design and every ice bed is covered with fur throws and warm, fleece-lined sleeping bags. Sit at ice tables and chairs in the hotel’s restaurant or chill out with a drink in an ice glass before an unforgettable night at this unique Lapland hotel. Day 2 Snow Hotel | Spend the day exploring the Lappish landscape by reindeer sleigh, husky sled or snowmobile – ask a Regent Lapland Specialist about special family safaris on snowmobiles suitable for children. Check in to one of the hotel’s Arctic Glass Igloos for a two-night stay. Located on the shores of Lehtojärvi lake, these cosy little pods have electrically-heated glass ceilings and their own private showers and toilets. Request

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the hotel’s aurora alarm and drift off safe in the knowledge that you will be woken if the northern lights appear overhead. (B) Day 3 Snow Hotel | The nearby town of Rovaniemi is the official home of Santa Claus, and the man himself can be visited every day of the year at the Santa Claus Village, which is located right on the Arctic Circle. Children and big kids alike will delight in a visit to this festive theme park. In the evening, perhaps keep watch for the northern lights from the bubbling waters of the hotel’s outdoor Jacuzzi or retire to your glass igloo to relax under the stars. (B) Day 4 Fly to the UK | Transfer to Rovaniemi airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Tour duration

4 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Mar

Prices from

£1035 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions.


Finland

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is the Grand Designs of Lapland holiday accommodation. Each private pod-suite, with its warm wooden interior and exclusive Scandinavian design, includes a glass feature-wall providing unlimited views of the glittering forest and winter skies. Enjoy a thoroughly Lappish experience with included snowmobiling, husky mushing and a sleigh ride through the Arctic wilderness with Santa’s reindeer.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Rovaniemi | Fly to Lapland’s capital and transfer to the Arctic TreeHouse Hotel. Set into the hillside of the snowy forest, the hotel’s über-cool pod-suites provide unending views of the landscape and northern skies through an elevated glass wall. Each suite features double or twin beds, an ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet, flat screen TV and Nespresso coffee machine. Ask a Regent Lapland Explorer about interconnecting family suites. A delicious dinner of continental and local cuisine is served at the hotel’s panoramic restaurant. (D)

Rovaniemi to explore Lapland’s winter capital. After dinner at the hotel restaurant, cosy up in your Arctic TreeHouse suite and watch the night sky for the magical aurora borealis. (B,D)

Day 2 Santa’s Reindeer Farm | Travel deep into the Arctic forest to Santa’s reindeer farm. Meet and feed the animals before wrapping up in blankets for a reindeer sleigh ride through the wintry landscape. In the afternoon perhaps catch the Santa Express bus into

Day 4 Snowmobile Safari | Kick-start the day with an adrenaline-pumping snowmobile safari through the Lappish countryside, travelling through crisp white snow and over ice-covered lakes. Transfer to Rovaniemi airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Day 3 Husky Safari | Meet Lapland’s lively huskies and learn about the art of mushing. Take the reins and drive your own team of dogs through the Arctic wilderness or sit back and enjoy the ride with an experienced musher at the helm. After dinner, perhaps rent skis or snowshoes and explore the pristine white landscapes, searching for a silent spot to look out for the northern lights overhead. (B,D)

Tour duration

4 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Mar

Prices from

£1980 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions

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Lakituvat Log Cabin

Lakituvat Log Cabin Break Based in a cosy wooden chalet atop the snowy Ounasvaara Fell overlooking Lapland’s capital, Rovaniemi, this short winter break is perfect for a family holiday. Search for the northern lights on a sleigh pulled by reindeer, dash through the snow-covered Lappish wilderness on a husky safari, try snowmobiling and visit the man in red at Santa’s Village.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Rovaniemi | Arrive in Rovaniemi, transfer to the your cosy log cabin and check in for a four-night stay. Day 2 Santa Claus Village & Snowmobile Safari | No visit to Finnish Lapland is complete without a visit to see Santa Claus and his trusted helpers. Head to beautifullypresented Santa Claus Village to meet Father Christmas, visit Santa’s Official Post Office, enjoy some festive shopping and why not stop here for lunch. In the afternoon, explore the landscape on an exhilarating snowmobile ride. Travel to a reindeer farm to meet a local reindeer herd. Here, settle back into a sleigh, experience a short reindeer sleigh ride, and take part in a ‘Crossing of the Arctic Circle’ ceremony before snowmobiling back to Rovaniemi. (B) Day 3 Husky Safari & Northern Lights | Today, learn about the traditional husky lifestyle and

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how these beautiful animals are cared for at a local husky farm before enjoying a two-hour exhilarating husky safari through the Arctic wilderness. In the afternoon, relax at leisure. Speak to a Finland Specialist about visiting the Arctic Snow Village, just 26 kilometres from Rovaniemi. Here, you can tour ice-sculpted rooms at the Snow Hotel, enjoy a drink in the Ice Bar and watch the northern lights from an outdoor Jacuzzi by booking a hot tub and sauna experience. Choose to eat a threecourse meal in one of two restaurants: the cosy Log restaurant or the extraordinary Ice restaurant. (B) Day 4 Fly to the UK | After breakfast, transfer to Rovaniemi airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Holiday duration 4 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Mar

Prices from

£1350 per adult £600 per child

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions. (Based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing)


Finland

Beana Laponia

Lapland Boutique Break Tucked away in a remote patch of Lappish wilderness, just a 45-minute drive from Rovaniemi, is Lapland’s first ‘adult only’ hotel, Beana Laponia. Bordering two picturesque Arctic rivers, this intimate hideaway has just 11 bespoke rooms, all elegantly designed. The warm and personable owners have more than 250 enthusiastic husky dogs, and a range of safaris start from the hotel along picturesque private trails.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Rovaniemi |Fly to Lapland’s capital and transfer to Beana Laponia for four nights. Each room is individually designed and comfortably furnished, and guests can benefit from the use of an outdoor hot tub for an evening soak under the stars. If the skies are clear, enjoy a snowshoeing trip for an unforgettable introduction to the traditional sport. Stop for hot drinks around a campfire under the watchful eye of the aurora borealis. (D) Day 2 Reindeer Farm & Husky Safari | Meet some of Lapland’s most famous inhabitants with a morning visit to a nearby reindeer farm, before getting to know the friendly faces at the core of the hotel’s activities on a two-hour husky safari. You’ll be taught the art of dog mushing in preparation for the day-long husky exploration of the local environment the following day. (B, L,D)

Day 3 Full-Day Husky Safari | Meet the sled dogs near the hotel, and embark upon a full-day husky safari. Spend the day rushing through the frozen landscapes stopping to enjoy lunch around a cosy campfire. Continue passing trees coated in soft white snow to the soundtrack of the dogs’ excitable panting breath and rhythmic footsteps. (B,L,D) Day 4 Snowmobile Safari | Pick up the pace and dash swiftly across the snow, exploring more of the enchanting Arctic environment from a snowmobile. Later, return to the hotel and perhaps make use of the toboggans and kick-sleds available to guests. Finally, relax and enjoy a private traditional Finnish sauna. (B,L,D)

Day 5 Fly to the UK | Transfer to Rovaniemi airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Holiday duration 5 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Mar

Prices from

£2325 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions

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Aurora Island, Vartiosaari

Aurora Island Wellness Break Situated on an island in the frozen River Kemijoki, Aurora Island feels like an escape to the remote Lappish wilderness, despite being just ten minutes’ drive from Rovaniemi. With the pristine Arctic nature at your fingertips, this is the perfect place to combine exhilarating winter excursions with relaxing wellness activities, including yoga and traditional Finnish sauna experiences.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Rovaniemi | Arrive in Lapland’s capital and transfer to Aurora Island for a three-night stay. In the afternoon, head out into the frozen landscape with an experienced guide to explore the snowy environment. Hike the forested hills that surround and overlook Rovaniemi and enjoy a tasty snack around a campfire before a serene hour-long yin yoga session. (L, D) Day 2 Husky Safari | After breakfast, travel to Sierijärvi to spend time at a local Siberian husky farm; home to nine husky dogs and a cat. More than just a husky sled ride, this three-hour excursion gives visitors the opportunity to get hands-on with the farm and experience elements of the traditional huskyrearing lifestyle. Play freely with the dogs and get to know their individual characters before helping to harness the huskies and try your hand at mushing. The sleigh holds two adults and two children, and the route crosses frozen lakes and dashes through snowy forests. Stop to rest and enjoy pancakes cooked over an open fire. In the evening, perhaps opt for a traditional Finnish sauna, which is available for guests to use on Aurora Island. (B, L,D)

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Day 3 Arctic Wellness Day | Step away from the stresses and strains of daily life and focus on reconnecting with nature on this Arctic wellness day. Head to the family’s remote

Sierituuli home retreat and spend the day leisurely enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Enjoy a 90-minute yin yoga class, relax in the lakefront wood-fired sauna and, for those who dare, opt for a refreshing lake swim. Take care of your mind and body and complete your wellness experience with a delicious homecooked meal made from local produce. (B,L,D) Day 4 Fly to the UK | Transfer to Rovaniemi airport for the return flight to the UK. Morning activities can be arranged depending on your flight schedule. (B)

Holiday duration 4 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Mar

Prices from

£1520 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions. (Based on 4 sharing)


Finland

Arctic Light Hotel, Rovaniemi

Lapland Boutique City Break Designed with couples in mind, this short break based at the luxurious Arctic Light Hotel in central Rovaniemi discovers the picturesque Arctic landscapes with exhilarating day and evening excursions. By day, dash through the snowy trails on a sleigh pulled by huskies and snowshoe to serene forest spots, and in the evenings, head out into the Lappish wilderness that surrounds Rovaniemi to seek out the dancing northern lights.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Rovaniemi | Fly to the capital of Finnish Lapland and transfer to the boutique Arctic Light Hotel for a three-night stay. Talk to a Regent Specialist about upgrading to a room with your own private sauna. Relax in your room before setting out to explore the snowy landscapes and forests that surround Rovaniemi on a guided wilderness snowshoe excursion. Your guide will find a serene place to stop for photo opportunities and you can warm yourself up with hot choclate. In the evening, perhaps try out one of the local restaurants in Rovaniemi for a traditional dinner. Day 2 Snowmobiling & Northern Lights | This morning, embark on an exhilarating snowmobile safari adventure into the Lappish nature. Master the art of driving a snowmobile and stop in the snowy surroundings to enjoy hot drinks and biscuits. Arrive back at your hotel and perhaps spend some time exploring the town of Rovaniemi or simply relax in the hotel. In the evening, head out into the surrounding nature in search of the northern lights, away from any light pollution. Your guide will drive through snowy landscapes to seek out the perfect spot to watch them. Enjoy a tasty Lappish picnic as the skies paint shades of green above you. (B,D)

Day 3 Husky Safari & Aurora Ice Floating | After breakfast, head out into the Lappish wilderness on a two-hour husky sleigh safari. Wrap up warm to dash through snowy trails, watching the Arctic nature rush by between stopping for breaks to soak in the views and take photos. In the evening, suit up into a warm rescue suit and dip yourself into an ice hole in a frozen lake to float under the aurora borealis for a truly Arctic experience. The rescue suits protect you from the cold Arctic waters and you stay comfortable and warm even in the 0-degree water! (B) Day 4 Fly to the UK | After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to the UK. (B)

Holiday duration 4 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Mar

Prices from

ÂŁ1380 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions

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Nellim Wilderness Hotel

Nellim Wilderness Hotel In the far north of Finnish Lapland, on the edge of beautiful Lake Inari, Nellim Wilderness Hotel is a remote retreat where snow-covered forests and frozen lakes provide the backdrop to the day’s adventures. Learn how to drive your own husky sled through the Lappish wilderness, snowshoe through glittering forest trails and search for the northern lights on a starlit snowmobile safari on this fully-inclusive short break.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Ivalo | Fly to Ivalo airport in Northern Lapland and transfer to Nellim Wilderness Hotel, located in the heart of the forest just a few kilometres from the Russian border. Enjoy a Lappish buffet dinner in the cosy wood-cabin restaurant before checking in to a Wilderness Room. Ask a Regent Finland Explorer about upgrading to a private Log Cabin with its own living space, kitchenette and sauna. (D) Day 2 Snowmobile Safari | Embark on a snowmobile safari through the glistening Finnish landscape, stopping to visit a local reindeer farm. Hand-feed the animals and learn more about this Arctic way of life before zipping back through the snowy forests. After dinner, travel to one of the hotel’s special Aurora Camps – remote viewing spots far away from any light pollution – to search for the swirling northern lights. (B,L,D)

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Day 3 Husky Safari | Learn how to mush a traditional dogsled before heading out with your own pack of huskies across the beautiful frozen waters of Lake Inari. After dinner, take to the snowmobiles once again for a starlit safari past lakes and forest, searching the northern skies for the magical aurora borealis. (B,L,D) Day 4 Snowshoe Trek | Don snowshoes and follow trails into the snow-draped forest, returning to the hotel to warm up in the sauna. Perhaps upgrade to an Aurora Bubble for the final night’s accommodation. These compact cabins topped with Perspex domes provide unending views of the northern skies from the comfort of your own bed. (B,L,D) Day 5 Fly to the UK | Transfer back to Ivalo airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Mar

Prices from

£1630 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions


Finland

Aurora dome

Glamping Under the Northern Lights Travel to the far north of Finnish Lapland and explore the remote region of Muonio by husky sled, reindeer sleigh and snowmobile on this fully inclusive short break. On the final evening, spend a night camping under the starry winter sky. This, of course, is no ordinary camping experience – luxury thermal tents provide a cosy base from which to lie back and watch for the incredible aurora.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Kittilä | Fly to Kittilä Airport in Finnish Lapland and transfer to Hotel Jeris on the edge of Pallas-Yllästunturi National Park. Collect warm winter clothing for the adventure ahead and check in to a cosy log cabin for three nights. Dinner is served in the hotel restaurant overlooking Lake Jerisjärvi. (D) Day 2 Husky & Reindeer Safari | Visit a nearby husky farm and meet some of the pups before heading off on a thrilling six-kilometre dogsled ride. After lunch in an ice restaurant, visit a local reindeer farm for a chance to feed the animals, and enjoy a short sleigh ride through the forest with a Lappish herder at the reins. After dinner at the hotel, relax by the fire or stroll outside to search for the northern lights overhead. (B,L,D) Day 3 Snowmobile Safari | Head out into the wilderness on snowmobiles for a heart-racing

adventure through the glittering landscape. After lunch, don snowshoes and spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful national park at leisure. The northern lights are seen almost every other clear night in Muonio, so be sure to head outside after dark. (B,L,D) Day 4 Glamping | Spend the day exploring the winter landscape at leisure before checking in to an Aurora Dome for the final night. Each igloo-shaped tent has a north-facing transparent side to ensure the best possible view of the starlit sky and ever-elusive northern lights. Light the log burner and snuggle under the blankets for a unique night of cosy glamping. (B,L,D) Day 5 Fly to the UK | Transfer back to Kittilä Airport for the return flight to the UK via Helsinki. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Mar

Prices from

£1495 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions Upgrade to a cabin with a private sauna from £70 per person

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Norway Welcome to

With a population of just five million inhabiting this vast landscape of fjords and mountains, Norway is the ideal location for a wilderness break. Choose to explore the snowy landscape around Tromsø – Northern Norway’s Arctic capital – or travel to Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, situated midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, for a northern lights expedition unlike any other.


Norway TRAVEL KNOW-HOW Flight time from UK to Tromsø Approx 3 ½  hours Time zone: GMT +1 Capital: Oslo Language: Norwegian Currency: Norwegian Krone Population: 5.1 million NORWAY IN NUMBERS

817 18 62 2,000 7 3,000 Miles from Svalbard to the North Pole

National Tourist Routes in Lofoten

Polar nights in Tromsø

Years of Sámi culture

Months a year of northern lights activity

Killer whales in the Norwegian and Barents seas

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Norway The Inside Story For the best chance of catching a display of the magical aurora borealis, head to Northern Norway, the region north of the Arctic Circle, or further north still to the remote Svalbard archipelago just 814 miles from the North Pole. Northern Norway’s Arctic capital, Tromsø, is a great place to start – a winter break in this vibrant city provides countless opportunities to explore the surrounding wilderness by husky sled, snowmobile or reindeer sleigh. It’s also one of the best places in the world to see the northern lights, boasting sightings on more than 90 percent of winter aurora safaris. For intrepid travellers, the remote island of Spitsbergen provides winter adventures of epic proportion. Travel in December and January to experience the incredible polar night when the sun never rises above the horizon and the aurora borealis can be seen day or night. Independent travellers will love the Lofoten Islands and neighbouring archipelago of Vesterålen, where steep, snow-covered mountains plunge into icy fjords, and traditional fishing villages paint splashes of red onto nature’s canvas. During the winter months, humpback whales and orcas are common sightings on boat safaris, whilst landbased explorers can experience the dramatic scenery on horseback or by snowshoe.

Story to tell Georgie James

Why I love Norway Exploring the stunning Lofoten archipelago was definitely my personal highlight and I will never forget watching the northern lights dance above the breathtaking mountains. The scenery here is simply out of this world. Rugged peaks plunge into glassy waters and many pretty fishing villages dot the islands that are all connected by road bridges and tunnels, making them very accessible.


Norway

Regent Recommends Spaceship Aurora

Svalbard Group Tour

Sámi Culture

Perfectly positioned in the heart of the fjords of Norway’s northern coast, Tromso is one of the best places in Norway to head out for a spot of whale watching; here you’re almost guaranteed a sighting of the ocean’s largest mammals. Between October and February, pods of orca, humpback and fin whale spend their days feeding on the plentiful herring fish stocks that occupy the coastal waters and the fjords. Whale watching excursions aboard the catamaran take around 90 minutes and, with whales feeding so close to the coast, the whole experience enjoys the dramatic fjord scenery. While out on the water, sightings of harbour porpoise, sea eagles and a vast array of sea birds are also common.

You can’t get much further north than Svalbard, Norway’s far-flung Arctic archipelago. New for 2018, Regent’s 5-day Polar Nights small group tour travels to Norway’s remote island of Spitsbergen to discover the magical twilight period as the sun starts to appear above the horizon once more. Based at the Radisson Blu in Longyearbyen, the world’s most northerly town, set off into the frozen wildernesses by snowcat and dogsled, spend an evening searching for the northern lights at remote Camp Barentz, learn the history of coal mining and Arctic exploration, and visit Svalbard Brewery to sample the world’s most northerly brewed beer. Visit our website for the detailed tour itinerary.

The Sámi are the northernmost indigenous people of Europe, with a population of around 100,000 across Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. In Northern Norway, where almost half the population resides, Sámi culture is enjoying something of a renaissance. Regent recommends a visit to Ingá Sámi Siida, a traditional farm on the Vesterålen island of Hinnøya, where Laila and Arild Inga offer a wonderful insight into their family’s reindeer farming heritage. Visitors can hand-feed tame reindeer before huddling around the cosy fireplace to hear folkloric tales and traditional Joik singing. A visit in winter is by appointment only, so ask a Regent Norway Specialist to include this cultural centre on your Vesterålen holiday.

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Tromsø

Tromsø Short Break Gateway to the Arctic, Norway’s northernmost hub is a lively, cultural city surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands. Enjoy a short break in Tromsø staying at the Clarion Edge, Clarion With, Thon Polar or Thon Tromsø and choose from a range of optional excursions in order to explore the surrounding Arctic wonderland. An evening Aurora Safari is one of the best experiences to see the northern lights.

Itinerary Ask a Regent Norway Explorer to pre-book optional excursions Day 1 Fly to Tromsø | Fly to Norway and check in to your choice of hotel for three nights. Offering views of the majestic mountains and the waterfront, Tromsø is an ideal base for Arctic adventure. After a day of husky sledging or cross-country skiing, head to one of the town’s many pubs – Tromsø prides itself for having more pubs per capita than any other Norwegian town. Day 2 Tromsø Aurora Safari | Spend a free day discovering Tromsø’s natural wonders on an optional excursion. Perhaps marvel at the icy wilderness whilst being pulled through fields by a herd of reindeer or join a whale watching boat tour to search for humpbacks and orcas, which come close to the coastline to feed during the winter season. Cross-country skiing excursions are also available for both novice and intermediate skiers.

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In the evening, embark on an Aurora Safari and travel through the Arctic wilderness to basecamp to enjoy a hot meal and campfire. Northern lights sightings here are exceptionally high, with a success rate of 93 percent. (B,D) Day 3 Tromsø | Make use of free time to take part in optional winter activities. Perhaps spend the morning at a husky farm to learn about how the working dogs are cared for, then embark on a husky safari and enjoy the thrill of riding through the snow-covered wilderness by sledge. Or opt to travel across the Arctic landscape by snowmobile, stopping to take photographs of the incredible winter scenery. Ask a Regent Norway Specialist about pre-booking optional excursions. (B) Day 4 Fly to the UK | Travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Tour duration

4 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional Excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Mar

Prices from

£665 per person*

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and Aurora Safari. * Based on Thon Hotel


Norway

Regent Recommends Surrounded by nature, Tromsø is the stepping-off point for unending Arctic adventure. Your Regent Norway Specialist can advise on the full range of optional activities, including our four favourites below. Winter is a busy time in Northern Norway and pre-booking is essential to guarantee a place on your chosen activities.

Husky Safari

Reindeer & Sámi Culture

Nov – Mar, daily 4-5 hours departing at 8:45am & 11:30am

Nov – Mar, daily 4-5 hours departing at 10am

Try your hand as a musher and enjoy the ride of a lifetime, dashing through the snow-covered mountains pulled by a team of working huskies. Choose to take in the Arctic sunrise on a morning adventure or chase the northern lights, gliding through remote landscapes as day becomes night. After getting kitted out in specialist winter gear, your guide will provide a lesson in driving the sled dog team, before quite literally handing you the reins. After a breathtaking winter wonderland journey of around fifteen kilometres, swap tales from the trails back at the kennels over a hot drink and a piece of home-made chocolate cake.

Get to know the local Sámi culture through several different activities. The Sámi people of northern Europe have travelled by reindeer sled for many centuries. This half-day cultural encounter, with members of a herding family provides an insight into their traditional way of life: visit a Sámi camp, home to around 200 reindeeer, and enjoy a very special 30-minute sled ride through the snow, pulled by one of the family’s working reindeer. Afterwards, join your Sámi guide in a lavvu (traditional herdsmen tent) to listen to folk tales and Joik singing around the campfire with a bowl of hot bidos soup.

Aurora Basecamp Safari Nov – Mar, daily 5-7 hours departing at 6.30pm More than 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the remote mountains and snowy plains surrounding Tromsø are some of the best places on Earth to see the mystical northern lights. Depending on weather conditions, head away from the bright lights of the city by comfortable coach to one of four basecamp locations best suited to catching a display of the ethereal light show. Each aurora basecamp has access to a warm shelter, campfire and toilet facilities, and experienced guides are on hand to offer photography tips on how to capture the moving ribbons of light – there are even tripods available for those long exposures.

Whale Watching by RIB Oct – Feb, daily 3-6 hours departing at 8.45am In the winter months, the icy waters around Northern Norway play host to some very special visitors, including killer whales, humpbacks and pilot whales. For those who like to be at the heart of the action, a whale watching safari by RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) is the best way to get up close and personal with the giants of the sea. Seating just ten passengers each, these small vessels provide an unbeatable viewing point at sea level, and often pique the interest of curious cetaceans, proving the closest of encounters. Wrap up warm and make sure your camera battery is fully charged for this incredible wildlife safari.

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Tromsø Winter Panorama

Tromsø & Spitsbergen Combine the highlights of Tromsø with Spitsbergen, the largest island of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, on this polar night adventure. Embark on an amazing northern lights safari, mush a team of huskies under the moonlight and cross the icy winter landscape by snowmobile. Evenings are spent swapping stories of Arctic adventure in the comfort of a Raddison Blu hotel.

Itinerary Contact a Regent Norway Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Tromsø | Fly to Norway and check in to the Clarion With for three nights. Offering views of the majestic mountains and the waterfront, the hotel provides the ideal base for Arctic adventure. Perhaps enjoy a Mack beer from the brewery’s own Ølhallen pub. Day 2 Tromsø Aurora Safari | Spend the day exploring Tromsø at leisure, perhaps visiting the Art Museum of Northern Norway or the Arctic cathedral. After dark, embark on an aurora adventure and head into the wilderness to search for the northern lights with a local guide. Aurora sightings at this remote location are as high as 93 percent. (B,D) Day 3 Tromsø | Make use of a free day to take part in optional winter activities. Perhaps enjoy a husky safari through the Norwegian wilderness or marvel at the glittering white scenery whilst being pulled across snowy fields on a reindeer sleigh. Ask a Regent Norway Specialist to pre-book optional activities. (B)

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Day 4 Fly to Spitsbergen | Fly to Svalbard Airport, transfer to Longyearbyen – the world’s most northerly town – and check in to the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel for four nights. Relax at the end of the day in the hotel’s sauna, enjoy Arctic fare in front of a roaring fire or

head out to search for the northern lights painting ribbons of colour across the night sky. (B) Day 5 Husky Safari | Mushing a team of dogs under the polar night is a unique and special experience. Embark on an exhilarating husky sledging adventure beneath the glittering moonlight, travelling across icy plains and past towering mountains. Keep an eye out for the incredible northern lights, which can be seen day or night at this magical time of year. (B) Day 6 Polar Night Snowmobile Safari | While the sun is hidden below the horizon, embark on an atmospheric snowmobile journey through the wilderness lit only by the polar night. Look out for reindeer and polar foxes, who call the snowy landscape home, and watch overhead for the ethereal aurora borealis flickering across the night sky. (B) Day 7 Northern Lights Safari | Take an exciting trip by snowcat and hunt for the aurora in the Spitsbergen wilderness. Drive through the frozen Advent valley and enjoy incredible views back towards the glittering lights of Longyearbyen. (B) Day 8 Fly to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK via Oslo. Ask a Regent Specialist about adding a city break in Norway’s capital. (B)

Tour duration

8 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Feb

Prices from

£1980 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions


Norway

Polar Night Snowcat Safari

Spitsbergen Polar Nights Located high in the Arctic Ocean, Spitsbergen is the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago in Northern Norway. Stay in the world’s most northerly town, Longyearbyen, and experience the incredible period of darkness when the sun remains at more than six degrees below the horizon. In this polar night period, aurora appearances are possible not just in the evening but throughout the day.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Norway Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Spitsbergen | Fly to Svalbard airport, transfer to Longyearbyen and check in to the Radisson Blu Polar Hotel for a fournight stay. Perhaps enjoy some traditional Arctic fare at the hotel’s Restaurant Nansen or grab a snack and drink at Barentz Pub & Spiseri. Day 2 Husky Safari | Embark on a breathtaking dog sledging adventure beneath the starry skies and glittering moonlight. Travel through snow-covered landscapes and icy plains, and enjoy the thrill of being pulled by husky dogs with only the moonlight as a guide. As the mountain ranges come into view, look for the northern lights dancing in the sky above. (B) Day 3 Polar Night Safari | While the sun is hidden beneath the horizon, embark on an atmospheric snowmobile journey through the wilderness, lit only by the polar night. Look out

for reindeer and polar foxes as they search for food in the snow, and warm up with hot drinks along the way. Chances of seeing the northern lights are heightened during the polar night period, so be sure to keep an eye out for the elusive aurora in the night sky. (B) Day 4 Snowcat Safari | Embark on an exciting trip by snowcat, a fully-tracked, enclosed vehicle designed for tackling the icy conditions. Hunt for the aurora away from the lights of Longyearbyen. Drive through the frozen Advent valley, making several stops en route to Hiorthhamn, an abandoned settlement on the northern bank of Adventfjord with spectacular views back towards Longyearbyen. (B) Day 5 Fly to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Feb

Prices from

£1595 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions

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View from Ringstad terrace

Images of Vesterålen The mountains and fjords of the Vesterålen archipelago in Northern Norway are a nature lovers’ paradise; by day, white-tailed eagles and seals compete for herring in the frozen waters and, by night, the northern lights swirl over towering snow-capped peaks and islets. On this tour designed with photography in mind, join guesthouse host and nature photographer, Ian Robins, on a wildlife discovery on the edge of the Atlantic.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Norway Explorer for more information

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Day 1 Fly to Evenes | Fly to Harstad/Narvik airport via Oslo. Transfer to Ringstad and check in to the House on the Seaward Side – a warm and welcoming traditional wooden guesthouse on the edge of the fjord, surrounded by islets and mountains. After dinner, meet the photographer for tips and hints on capturing the aurora before heading out on a northern lights hunt. (D)

Day 3 Snowshoe Panorama | Before sunrise is the best time to search for Norway’s elusive moose. Join the photographer and guide on an early-morning safari to search for the giant beasts before donning snowshoes for a trek to Vetten. Here, snow-covered panoramas from the top of the mountain are picture-perfect. After dinner, await the northern lights around an open fire. (B,L,D)

Day 2 Eagle Boat Safari | Enjoy a nature photography workshop, learning skills to capture wildlife and landscapes in the Arctic light, before joining the photographer in search of white-tailed eagles. Travel by boat through the fjords to an area where the giant birds swoop for herring in the icy waters. Whales, seals and sea otters are also regularly sighted. Venture out after dinner for another attempt to capture the flickering ribbons of the northern lights. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Vesterålen | Join a local guide on a half-day minibus tour of the archipelago, learning about life in this isolated part of Northern Norway. The sightseeing tour is specially designed to visit top viewpoints and photogenic locations. (B,L,D) Day 5 Fly to the UK | Transfer back to Harstad/Narvik airport for the flight to Oslo, and onwards to the UK. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Mar

Prices from

£1499 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions


Norway

Northern Lights over North Cape

North Cape & Northern Lights

Departure Dates 2018 14, 21 & 28 Jan 1 & 22 Feb

Travel north of the Arctic Circle to stand on the cliff edge at the northernmost tip of Europe. By day, discover Norway’s landscapes as you voyage through deep Arctic fjords, pass towering mountainous peaks and race through snowy landscapes on husky, snowmobile and reindeer safaris. By night, set off into the remote countryside in search of the elusive northern lights and opt to overnight in a snow hotel.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Norway Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Ivalo | Arrive in Ivalo, Finland, and transfer to Saariselkä. Spend a day at leisure before meeting your group and tour leader in the evening. (B) Day 2 Saariselkä | Spend a day at leisure or speak to a Regent Arctic Travel Specialist about booking optional activities. From reindeer, husky and snowmobile safaris to ice-fishing on frozen lakes, there’s plenty to entertain. This evening, embark on a northern lights hunt by sleigh. (B) Day 3 Inari & Karasjok | After breakfast, travel to Inari and visit Siida, the National Museum of the Finnish Sámi. Learn about traditional Sámi culture and explore some of the permanent exhibitions. Continue north-west before crossing the border into Norway to arrive at Karasjok, the Sámi capital and home of the Sámi parliament, Samediggi. (B,D) Day 4 Honningsvåg & North Cape | This morning head north and travel through North Cape tunnel to reach Magerøya Island and the North Cape itself. Here you will find the iconic globe sculpture and you can stand with your feet on the very edge of Northern Europe. (B,D) Day 5 Honningsvåg to Alta | Head south through the staggering 123-kilometre-long Porsanger Fjord, and on to Alta. Visit the Alta Museum to learn all about the local history

of the northern lights before enjoying a free afternoon to explore the town or book an excursion. This evening, we suggest upgrading your hotel room to a night at the Sorrisniva Igloo hotel, Norway’s largest and the world’s northernmost ice hotel. (B) Day 6 Alta to Tromsø | Head through scenic Arctic fjords before arriving in Tromsø, the former starting point for many North Pole expeditions. Enjoy free time to explore the ‘Paris of the north’ – perhaps climb aboard the Fjellheisen aerial tramway to ascend to a mountain-top viewpoint overlooking the city. In the evening, embark on a northern lights safari to search for the aurora borealis, which includes a light evening meal. (B,D) Day 7 Tromsø | Enjoy a day at leisure. From Tromsø it is possible to admire snow-covered scenery whilst being pulled by reindeer, set sail on a whale watching cruise on the open sea, or even try your hand at snowmobiling or cross country skiing. (B)

Tour duration

8 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Guided Excursions

Seasonality

Jan-Feb

Prices from

£2425 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions

Day 8 Fly to the UK | This morning, make your way to Tromsø airport for the flight to the UK. Ask a Regent Norway Specialist for details of the airport shuttle bus. (B)

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Sweden Welcome to

The landscapes of Sweden’s Arctic reaches change entirely with the seasons; temperatures settle at around -15°C during the dark, snowy winter while a sun that never sets in the summer months heats the days to balmy temperatures in the mid-twenties. Holidays to Swedish Lapland vary immensely too, and northern lights holidays dominate the winter months. New for this winter, we’ve introduced a selection of wholesome secluded escapes in the remote Swedish wilderness, as well as stays in the famous ICEHOTEL.


Sweden TRAVEL KNOW-HOW Flight time from UK to Swedish Lapland: Approx 5 hours (+1 stop) Time zone: GMT +1 Capital: Stockholm Language: Swedish Currency: Swedish Krona Population: 9.6 million SWEDEN IN NUMBERS

2,500

Blocks of ice harvested from Torne River each year to create the world-famous ICEHOTEL

413 97,500 1909

Years of Jokkmokk Winter Market (2018)

Lakes

Year Abisko National Park was established

40,000 7 Resident Sรกmi (approx)

Unique rooms in the trees at the Treehotel

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Sweden The Inside Story Sandwiched between Norway and Finland and covering an enormous 110,000 square kilometres, Swedish Lapland is characterised by endless forests of pine, snow covered fells and peaceful lakeside villages. Here the seasons, distances and climate have dictated a special way of life in which nature plays an important part for those who reside here. The original inhabitants of the north - the indigenous Sámi people – who have their own language, culture and customs have lived in the Arctic region for thousands of years. Today the Sámi population is estimated to be around 100,000 with up to around 40,000 residing in Sweden. Reindeer have been at the centre of Sámi culture for thousands of years and at Regent, we can organise trips for those wanting to gain an insight into reindeer herding and the Sami way of life. Swedish Lapland has some exceptional accommodation options; the world-renowned ICEHOTEL and Treehotel offer travellers the opportunity to spend nights in icesculpted rooms or eco-friendly treehouses, and isolated villages lend themselves to boutique retreats in the heart of the Lappish wilderness. Choose to combine your Swedish Lapland break with a stay in the country’s capital, Stockholm. Speak to a Regent Sweden Specialist for more information.

Story to tell Emma Jane Slade Brown

Why I love Sweden From beautiful Swedish country houses and luxury guesthouses to traditional Sámi tents, treehouses and ice-sculpted rooms at the world-famous ICEHOTEL, Sweden offers so many unique accommodation options that travellers really are spoilt for choice.


Sweden

Regent Recommends ICEHOTEL

Aurora Sky Station

Skiing

The small, remote village of Jukkasjärvi is home to one of Sweden’s most famous attractions: the spectacular ICEHOTEL. Created from huge blocks of ice harvested from the River Torne and a team of artists from around the world who come to turn their ideas into reality, ICEHOTEL is open to visitors from December to April. Exciting winter activities are available from dogsled tours to northern lights photography adventures. Choose to stay in an Ice Room or upgrade to an individually themed Art Suite for a night spent at -5°C, or opt for a night in a warm room at the onsite hotel. New for this winter, ICEHOTEL 365 offers guests Deluxe Suites and ICEBAR by ICEHOTEL.

In 2015, Lonely Planet named the Aurora Sky Station as the best place in the world to experience the northern lights. Located in Abisko National Park, some 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, the skies here are almost always clear due to the surrounding mountains and with no light pollution, visitors can experience perfect aurora viewing opportunites. Take time to stargaze as an open chair lift transports you to the Sky Station where at the top you can spend time in the viewing tower, explore the aurora exhibition or relax in the comfortabe café. Speak to a Regent Sweden Specialist to upgrade your visit to arrive early to enjoy a gourmet four-course dinner cooked by a professional chef.

Growing up in Sweden and skiing go hand in hand, and being outdoors is a natural part of the Swedish lifestyle. Riksgränsen is a popular ski resort in Swedish Lapland situated on the border with Norway. Unlike any other resort in Sweden, the slopes here remain open until the beginning of June and the chair lifts operate under the midnight sun. Take a short drive south to find Björkliden, a ski resort suitable for both beginners and experienced daredevils. Take your pick of 23 pistes or make your own tracks in the off-piste terrain whilst enjoying magnificent views over Lapporten valley. Combine days on the slopes with evenings spent searching for the northern lights. Speak to a Regent Specialist for more information.

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Northern Lights over Lapland Guesthouse

Lapland Guesthouse Break Sitting 150 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, in the small village of Kangos, Lapland Guesthouse offers guests charming accommodation, exceptional service and thrilling winter activities. Enjoy a truly authentic Lappish experience with included snowmobile, husky and northern lights excursions, delicious home-cooked meals and a guided tour of the spectacular ice-sculpted suites at the world-famous ICEHOTEL.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Sweden Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Kiruna | Depart London Heathrow and fly to Kiruna in Sweden via Stockholm. On arrival in Kiruna transfer to Lapland Guesthouse and check in for a fournight stay.

can drive your own team of dogs across the Arctic tundra or sit back in the sled and let an experienced guide take the reins. Return to Lapland Guesthouse in the afternoon and relax at leisure before dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 2 Snowshoe Trek & Northern Lights | Enjoy breakfast before embarking on a two-hour snowshoe trekking experience through the surrounding forest. Stop for a hot drink before making your way back to Lapland Guesthouse for lunch. In the evening, take part in a twohour northern lights excursion. Travel in a sleigh pulled by a snowmobile from Lapland Guesthouse. All warm clothing is supplied. Stop to enjoy a hot drink and a piece of homemade cake as you search remote viewing spots for the northern lights dancing overhead. (B,

Day 5 ICEHOTEL & Fly to the UK | After breakfast, check out of Lapland Guesthouse and transfer to the world-famous ICEHOTEL in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi. Enjoy a guided tour of the hotel where artists from around the world have designed spectacular ice-sculpted bedrooms and suites. After lunch transfer to Kiruna airport for your flight back to the UK via Stockholm. Speak to a Regent Specialist about spending a night in Sweden’s capital. (B,L,D)

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Day 3 Snowmobile Safari | Today enjoy a fourhour snowmobile excursion, stopping to visit a local reindeer farm. Hand-feed the animals before enjoying lunch, which will be prepared on an open fire. In the afternoon, why not opt for some time in the wood-heated sauna and Jacuzzi, which is open for guests to use between 4 and 7pm daily. (B,L,D)

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Day 4 Husky Safari | After breakfast, take a short transfer to a local husky farm. You will be given a warm snowsuit to wear. Meet your team of huskies and embark upon a four-hour husky safari including lunch. You

Holiday duration 5 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional Excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Mar

Prices from

£1750 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions. (Based on 2 sharing)


Sweden

Snowy Arthotel

Arthotel Country Escape Located close to Torn River at the border between Sweden and Finland, Arthotel is a collection of Swedish country houses that have been beautifully renovated to create comfortable accommodation in an area of stunning natural beauty. Stay at Wennberg House, where walking and ski trails lead from the door to the secluded forest and a private chef prepares home-cooked meals daily.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Sweden Explorer for more information Day 1 Fly to Rovaniemi | Depart London Gatwick and fly direct to Rovaniemi in Finland. On arrival, transfer to beautiful Wennberg House in Swedish Lapland and check in for a four-night stay. (L, D) Day 2 Day Tour to the Lookout Tower| After breakfast, embark on a cross-country ski excursion to a lookout tower located deep within the forest. A professional guide will be on hand to teach novice skiers and answer any questions about the nature and wild animals that you may come across. Stop for lunch, which will be cooked on an open fire, and enjoy the tranquillity of the surrounding wilderness before returning to Wennberg House for a delicious home-cooked meal. (B, L,D) Day 3 Ice-fishing & Sámi Culture Excursion | This morning, learn the art of ice-fishing at a nearby lake. If you’re lucky enough to catch a fish, you can cook it on an open fire. In the

afternoon, visit a Sámi family to learn about the unique flavours of traditional Sami food where wild berries and herbs have been used for centuries in culinary preparation. (B,L,D) Day 4 Dogsled Tour | This morning, experience a dogsled tour in the small village of Storträsk, 25 kilometres from Wennberg House. Over many years, the host, Helénè, has welcomed guests from all over the world and offers tailored personal service for small groups. Take the reins and drive your own team of dogs through the Arctic wilderness or sit back and enjoy the ride with an experienced musher at the helm. Enjoy hot coffee, cooked over an open fire, before returning to your accommodation for lunch. In the afternoon, relax in the private wood-heated sauna. (B,L,D) Day 5 Fly to the UK | Transfer to Rovaniemi for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Holiday duration 5 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional Excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Mar

Prices from

£2300 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, meals as specified, transfers and excursions. (Based on 2 sharing)

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The powerful Suzuki Vitara is the ideal SUV for tackling Iceland’s rugged terrain. Contact your Regent Iceland Specialist for our full range of 2WD and 4WD vehicles.


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Booking Conditions Regent specialises in holidays to unusual destinations, many of which remain relatively underdeveloped and without the facilities and services found in western European countries. We do our best to match expectations but we ask that clients accept that changes may occur which are outside of our control and that standards may differ to those that you are used to. We must point out that this kind of holiday carries a risk that accommodation, transportation schedules and other parts of the holiday may be subject to alterations beyond our control at short notice. Accommodation and transport may also be of a standard lower than you expect, despite our best efforts to promote them correctly. We regard this as part of the off-the-beaten-track travel experience, however we recognise that some holiday-makers would prefer a more conventional package holiday and we therefore ask that you consider this before booking a Regent holiday. Please read these Terms & Conditions carefully. They contain important information about your holiday contract. 1. CONTRACT Your contract is with ITC Travel Group Limited trading as Regent Holidays of 6th Floor, Colston Tower, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 4XE, referred to as “we” or “us” in this contract. A binding contract is only entered into when we issue a confirmation invoice. By contacting us or your travel agent to make a booking you accept that you have the authority to bind all members of your party to these terms and conditions. It is essential that you check the travel details on the confirmation invoice and inform us immediately of any errors. Your booking is also subject to the conditions of carriage of your chosen airline. 2. YOUR FINANCIAL PROTECTION We provide full financial protection for our package holidays, by way of our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 2786. When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong. We will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where we aren’t able do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable). If we are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme 3. ABTA We are a Member of ABTA, membership number V2359. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you ABTA’s scheme for the resolution of disputes which is approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute. If we can’t resolve your complaint, go to www.abta.com to use ABTA’s simple procedure. Further information on the Code and ABTA’s assistance in resolving disputes can be found on www.abta.com. You can also access the European Commission Online Dispute (ODR) Resolution platform at http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr/. This ODR platform is a means of registering your complaint with us; it will not determine how your complaint should be resolved 4. PAYMENT FOR YOUR HOLIDAY Your deposit is considered part payment towards your holiday. The exact deposit required shall be made clear at time of quotation/ booking. On occasion, full payment may be required to secure certain elements of your trip; if this does arise we shall inform you of this at time of booking. Deposits are non refundable and as such are a security towards confirming your holiday. Normally the balance and final payment should be made no less than eight weeks prior to departure. However, on occasion some components and/or destinations may require final payment no less than 90 days prior to departure, in which case you shall be informed of this at time of booking. If any balance remains unpaid, travel documentation will not be issued and we reserve the right to treat your booking as cancelled and apply the cancellation charges set out below. Final travel documents will normally be sent out approximately two weeks before departure. All monies you pay to the travel agent are held by them on behalf and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust at all times. This is subject to the agent’s obligation to pay it to us for so long as we do not fail. If we fail, any money held at that time by the agent, or subsequently accepted from you by him, is and continues to be held on behalf of and for the benefit of the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust without any obligation to pay that money to us. Payment must be in the currency of the invoice and you are responsible for bank charges. If you choose to pay the balance of your holiday by credit card, including Amex, a 1.5% levy will be charged. No charge is levied for payment by debit card. In some cases, quotations will be based on instant purchase, limited availability non-refundable airfares and full payment of the total holiday cost must be made at the time of booking. Full details will be given at the time of enquiry. 5. INFORMATION Whilst we make every effort to ensure that the information in our brochure is as accurate as possible, it is published many months before your holiday takes place. We reserve the right to make changes to the brochure and any information it contains. You will be informed of any material changes before booking. Regent Holidays are only responsible for information contained within our own publications and websites. We are specifically not responsible for third party information (from tourist boards and hotels, for example) contained in any other brochures or websites. 6. AMENDMENT AND CANCELLATION BY YOU (A) AMENDMENT We will do our best to assist you in altering your arrangements after booking but cannot guarantee that this will be possible. If alterations can be made you will be responsible for all extra charges and costs and we reserve the right to charge an administration fee per person plus any applicable charges levied by our suppliers. In some cases, flights cannot be changed after booking and the full cost of a new air ticket will be payable. We also reserve the right to treat any amendment less than eight weeks prior to departure as a cancellation and apply the cancellation charges set out below. (B) CANCELLATION All cancellations must be made in writing by the person who made the booking and are effective on the day we receive it. As we incur substantial costs and losses on a cancellation, we will apply the following cancellation charges based on payment/balance date of eight weeks prior to departure. For those bookings where additional amounts were paid in excess of the standard deposit at the time of booking or before the standard balance due date, these shall be considered non refundable. Number of days prior to departure cancellation charge as percentage of total holiday price when cancellation notice received Up to 56 days Forfeit deposit 55-43 days 50% 42-31 days 75% 30 days or less 100% Agents or third party organisations acting on our behalf are unable to amend or change the contract or terms and conditions within it. 7. AMENDMENT AND CANCELLATION BY US (A) AMENDMENT It is occasionally necessary for us to make changes to advertised products and services and we reserve the right to make such changes. In exceptional circumstances we may have to modify your holiday after booking. If the change is minor we will do our best to notify you or your travel agent in advance but are not obliged to do so and no compensation is payable. If the change is major (for example, a change of flight time by more than twelve hours, change of destination or to a lower standard of accommodation), we will notify you as soon as practically possible and offer you the choice of (i) accepting the alternative arrangements or (ii) arranging an alternative holiday with us or (iii) cancelling your holiday. Whichever option you choose, we will pay you compensation unless the change has been caused by force majeure or low bookings, as defined below. Days before departure compensation per person 57 or more Nil 56-29 £40 28-15 £50 14-0 £70

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(B) CHANGES DURING THE HOLIDAY If we are unable to provide a significant proportion of your holiday whilst you are away, suitable alternative arrangements will be made for you at no extra cost or, if we are unable to do so, you will be returned to your point of departure and given a pro-rata refund for any part of the holiday not received. In some cases we will also pay compensation (see above). This does not apply to minor changes in your accommodation, itinerary or transportation. (C) CANCELLATION BY US Whilst we hope we will never have to cancel your holiday, this does very occasionally happen and we reserve the right to do so. Should it be necessary to cancel your holiday, we will endeavour to offer alternative travel arrangements of equivalent or similar

standard, together with a price refund if appropriate. Alternatively we will provide a full and prompt refund. In some cases we will also pay compensation (see above). (D) FORCE MAJEURE Compensation will not be payable in any cases where an amendment, change or cancellation is due to “force majeure”, defined as unusual or unforeseeable events or circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which neither we nor our suppliers could avoid. These include, but are not limited to, war, threat of war, riot, civil disturbance or strife, terrorist activity (actual or threatened), industrial disputes, unavoidable technical problems with transport, machinery or equipment, power failure, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, drought, adverse weather conditions, levels of water in rivers, acts of God, closure of airports, changes of schedules or operational decisions of transport providers. (E) LOW BOOKINGS Compensation is not payable if a holiday or tour does not take place because a required minimum number of passengers to enable the holiday or tour to take place has not been reached and you were informed of that requirement at the time of booking. We will notify you at least eight weeks before departure if your holiday has not reached the minimum number and is therefore cancelled and where possible we will offer a similar holiday on a different date or an alternative holiday departing at or around the original date. 8. PRICES All prices advertised or quoted are per person based on sharing a twin/double room and are in pounds sterling unless otherwise shown and are subject to change, up or down, until the booking is concluded. After that, we will only increase the price in limited circumstances to reflect increases in transportation costs (including fuel and airfares), dues, government approved taxes (including VAT), both in the UK and overseas, fees chargeable for services (including landing taxes and embarkation and disembarkation and security fees at airports), Government action or exchange rate variation. If the surcharge would increase the cost of your holiday by 10% or more, you may cancel your holiday and receive a full refund. We will absorb the cost, and you will not be charged, for any increase equivalent to or up to 2% of the original price of your holiday (excluding amendment fees). No surcharges will be made within 30 days of departure. Should the price of your holiday go down due to the changes mentioned above, by more than 2% of your holiday cost, then any refund due will be paid to you. However, please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes have no impact on the price of your travel due to contractual and other protection in place. No surcharges will be made within 30 days of departure. Prices in our brochures were calculated at the exchange rate of £1 = ISK135, £1 = €1.11, £1 = USD1.3, £1 = RUB76 on 30th June 2017 9. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOU We take care to ensure that all those involved in the preparation and supply of your holiday maintain the highest standards. Please remember that the appropriate standards will be those prevalent in your destination, which may not be the same as developed international standards. We will pay reasonable compensation if the product supplied to you is not of the standard described or contracted for by you. This compensation will be limited (except in the case of death or injury) to no more than twice the holiday price of the person affected. Should you suffer injury, illness or death as a result of the proven fault of ourselves, our suppliers or their employees acting in the course of their employment, we will offer you compensation as would be paid in an English Court. If the incident relating to you or any member of your party being killed, injured or becoming ill during or as a result of, carriage by aircraft, ship, train or coach as part of the holiday arrangements organised by us, our liability to pay compensation is limited in accordance with the liability of the carrier/ service provider under any international convention which governs such services. Copies of these Conventions are available upon request. Our liability to you does not apply if: you or any member of your group is at fault: if the failure is the fault of someone else not connected with providing the services which form part of our holiday contract with you; the failure is due to any unusual or unexpected circumstances beyond our control, which we could not have avoided even if we had used all care possible; or the failure is due to any event which we or the supplier of any service could not help, expect or prevent. Any acceptance of liability is subject to you agreeing to assign to us your rights against any third party responsible for the events leading to your claim and to you affording us all necessary assistance in pursuing that claim. 10. COMPLAINTS If you have any complaint or problem whilst on holiday you must inform us, our ground agents or the supplier (i.e. the hotel) as soon as possible to give us the maximum opportunity to rectify it. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please follow this up within 28 days of your return home in writing. It is strongly recommended that you communicate any complaint to the supplier of the services locally. If you fail to follow this simple procedure, we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint whilst you are in the destination and this may affect your rights under this contract. 11. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND OTHER ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTATION It is your responsibility to ensure that all necessary passports are machine readable. You should also ensure that all necessary visas, international driving licences, vaccinations and other health documents are in order. All passports must have a validity of at least six months from your scheduled return date to the UK. You will generally need clear/clean pages for visas, as required, to be inserted. You must read all documentation that is supplied to you and ensure that all information contained within is correct. Failure to do so may incur amendment charges which are your responsibility. Some countries and airlines now require additional passenger information (API). We will inform you which countries require this information. This information is compulsory and is required by authorities. It is essential that all clients provide the API prior to travelling. Failure to provide this information may result in you being denied boarding for your flight. No refund will be permitted and any additional costs will be borne by the named clients. 12. TRAVEL INSURANCE Your holiday package with us does NOT include travel insurance and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have adequate insurance cover. In accordance with normal industry practice, we will require you to have adequate travel insurance to provide accident and medical cover before your holiday departs. Such insurance should ideally be valid from the date of booking, be valid throughout the holiday duration and financially cover any probable loss through cancellation, amendment, accident or health-related problems. You should ensure you are covered for all activities you are planning on your trip. It is your responsibility to take out adequate cover for all excursions and activities booked through us. This includes, but is not limited to, sledding, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, sleigh riding with reindeer/huskies, etc. 13. MEALS All pre-booked meals will be on a table d’hôte basis. Supplements can apply for à la carte items or restaurants. 14. SPECIAL REQUESTS Whilst we will endeavour to comply with any special requests such as airline seating, diets and room requirements, we can only do so on a “goodwill” basis. As these are usually only provided at the discretion of the relevant supplier, we cannot guarantee availability and cannot be held responsible if they are not provided. 15. EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES We are only responsible for excursions and activities sold by us prior to departure and which form part of your holiday contract. Should you purchase excursions in resort, your contract and any liability arising from it will be with the supplier directly. In all cases it is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for all activities you book through us or third parties. 16. JURISDICTION This contract is governed by English law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales. You may however choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland or Northern Ireland if you live there and wish to do so. 17. DATA PROTECTION POLICY In order for us to process your booking, we need to store and record your information, including data as supplied. This may include transfer of such information outside of the European Economic Area to parties involved in the arrangements of your holiday. Equally, we use such information for updating our mailing lists, for fraud prevention, market research and analysis and from time to time you may receive travel-related information from us or from another company from within the ITC Travel Group. Should you not wish to receive such literature please advise us in writing. 18. UK FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE ON OVERSEAS TRAVEL Whilst we will do our best to inform you of any relevant changes to the FCO Travel Advice (www.fco.gov.uk), it is up to you, and not the Company, to know what the FCO travel advice to a certain country, or region of a country, is and to be adequately insured to travel there. The Company accepts no liability if a) you decide to cancel a booking because of FCO advice or b) you are not adequately insured to travel. The Company will not normally cancel a trip simply because the FCO advise against travel. You are responsible for checking the Foreign Office advice, and any other sources available to you in regard to the safety of the countries and areas in which you will be travelling and to make your decisions accordingly. 19. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION In addition to these general booking conditions, specific relevant destination information may be contained within the individual brochures and website. Registered in England © ITC Travel Group Limited All rights reserved.


VATNAJÖKULL

THE WORLD’S FIRST GLACIER PLANE

Reykjavik I Anchorage I Boston I Chicago I Denver I Edmonton I Halifax I Minneapolis I Montreal I New York (JFK & Newark) I Seattle I Toronto I Orlando Portland I Vancouver I Washington D.C. NEW IN 2017 : Philadelphia I Tampa Bay

Icelandair serves the UK with direct flights to Iceland from 7 gateways: London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Aberdeen* and Belfast* with easy onwards connections to 18 North American destinations. We are pleased to welcome Vatnajökull to our fleet to celebrate our 80th year in aviation. Our brand new special livery aircraft is inspired by the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. No need to worry – the service on board will be as warm as always. We look forward to welcoming you on board.

+ icelandair.co.uk * Operated by Air Iceland Connect.


ARCTIC CIRCLE

LOG CABINS

ICELAND ROMANTIC BREAKS

GEYSER

VOLCANO SNOWMOBILING ICE FISHING

GLASS IGLOOS

BLUE LAGOON

REYKJAVÍK

HUSKY SLEDGING ABISKO

ADVENTURE WATERFALLS WINTER

ADVENTURE INUIT

SWEDEN

AURORA BOREALIS

FLY-DRIVE

KIRUNA ICE HOTELS

GOLDEN CIRCLE

REINDEER

NORWAY VESTERÅLEN SANTA CLAUS

FJORD

MOOSE SAFARI LOFOTEN ISLANDS ICE-BREAKER

Colston Tower, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 4XE Telephone: 020 7666 1291 Email: regent@regentholidays.co.uk www.regentholidays.co.uk Regent Holidays is part of ITC Travel Group Limited

GLACIER HIKING GROUP TOUR

TROMSØ

SAUNA

NORTHERN LIGHTS

ORCA

WHALE WATCHING

WILDERNESS

SUPERJEEP

GREENLAND

ICEBERG

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