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Iceland & the Arctic Winter 2015/16

NORTHERN LIGHTS | ICELAND | GREENLAND | FINLAND | NORWAY | LAPLAND


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The Northern Lights

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Hotel Stracta Short Break

6 Iceland

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Minniborgir Cottage Break

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Reykjavík

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Iceland Group Tours

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Reykjavík Excursions

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Northern Lights Explorer

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The Blue Lagoon

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Land of the Northern Lights

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Boat Tours

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Winter Wellness & Aurora

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Superjeep Excursions

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Iceland Northern Lights Hunt

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Active Excursions

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Northern Lights Deluxe

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Coach Excursions

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Iceland Aurora Circle

Reykjavík Hotels

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Hidden Powers & Aurora

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West Iceland Wonders

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Hotels Best Western & Centrum

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Radisson1919 & Saga

50 Greenland

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Icelandair Marina & Hilton Nordica

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Winter Wilderness & Aurora

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Hotels Apotek & Borg

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Northern Lights in Ilulissat

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Hotels Cabin & Klettur

54 Finland

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CenterHotels Plaza & Arnarhvoll

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Alda Hotel & Reykjavík Residence

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Lapland Winter Escape

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Black Pearl & Reykjavík4you Apartments

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Lapland Igloo & Ice Hotel

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Lapland Wilderness Escape

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Santa’s Aurora Short Break

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Lapland Log Cabin Break

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Santa Claus City Break

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Arctic Riverside Retreat

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Finland Frozen Hell

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South Iceland Winter Break

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Superjeep Winter Break

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North Iceland Highlights

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North Iceland Aurora

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Iceland Fly-Drives

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Orcas & Auroras

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Iceland South & West

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Hotel Ranga Short Break

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Reykjavík & Hotel Ranga

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Hotel Grímsborgir Short Break

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Arctic Panorama Lodge

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Tromsø Short Break

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Tromsø & Spitsbergen

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Spitsbergen Polar Nights

Reykjavík & Hotel Grímsborgir

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Important Information

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Hotel ION Short Break

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Booking Conditions

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Icelandair Aurora Road Trip


Ask the Experts Welcome to our Arctic Winter brochure - a collection of Regent’s favourite hotels, 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 or relax in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, our team of well-travelled Specialists can create the ideal winter holiday for you. For over 40 years Regent have been organising holidays to this incredible region so there’s no one who knows Iceland and the Arctic like we do. Call us on 020 7666 1290 and speak to an Expert for travel advice and inspiration.

40 Year History

Specialist Knowledge

Regent Holidays were among the first UK tour operators to start sending travellers to Iceland back in 1975 and we’re excited to be celebrating our 40th anniversary this year. In a country as unspoilt as this, many of our much-loved natural highlights have remained unchanged, but with new restaurants and experiences being unveiled each year, there’s always something different to see and do on every visit. Follow us on Facebook to find out how we’re celebrating our 40th year.

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 Iceland and 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 (10417) 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 which means that we are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct.

Cover image: Photographing the Northern lights at Jökulsárlón, Iceland © ARCTIC IMAGES / Alamy

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Experience the

Northern Lights From late autumn to early spring the northern skies come alive with the flickering neon lights of the aurora borealis – the elusive northern lights which captivate both travellers and scientists alike. Caused by the collision of energetic charged particles with atoms in the high altitude atmosphere, the result is a magical light show and once-in-a lifetime travel experience.

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3 Northern Lights over Lake Mývatn

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Where and When to See the

Northern Lights For the best chance of seeing the northern lights travel late September to early April, between the autumn and spring equinoxes, when long nights prevail in the northern skies. As a natural phenomenon, 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.

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Iceland

Finland

Best for: Outdoor enthusiasts Accommodation: City centre hotels & countryside retreats

Best for: Adventure-seeking families Accommodation: Glass igloos, ice rooms & familyfriendly hotels

With the whole country located within the all-important northern lights oval, Iceland affords superb opportunities to witness the aurora. A land of volcanic and geothermal treasures, Iceland’s natural wonders 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.

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, Finland’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

Norway

Best for: Wilderness explorers Accommodation: Modern hotels on the edge of the world

Best for: Arctic adventures Accommodation: Wilderness lodges & urban stays

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 head or skull. Witness the spectacle of legends 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. Ilulissat’s northerly location 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle means that chances of seeing nature’s light show are extremely high.

For the best chance of seeing the northern lights in Norway, travel inside the Arctic Circle to the far north of the country – or further still to the Svalbard archipelago located halfway between the mainland and the North Pole. During the dark Polar Nights between late November and late January, when the sun remains below the horizon, the northern lights can be seen both day and night. Explore the moonlit landscape by snowmobile or husky sled as the aurora paints ribbons of colour in the night sky.

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How to Photograph the Northern Lights The ability to open the shutter for long periods of time is vital when it comes to photographing auroral displays - a DSLR camera and tripod will provide the best results. In manual mode, open the aperture to f/2.8 (or as wide as it will go) and adjust the lens to focus at infinity. Depending on the movement of the celestial lights, an exposure of between five and thirty seconds will be required - test a range of exposures to find the ideal setting. In cold conditions camera batteries do not last as long – Regent recommends packing at least one spare.

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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 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.

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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

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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. For dinner with a view, head to the famous Perlan restaurant whose glass dome is a landmark on the city skyline. Tuck into Icelandic specialities while the top floor restaurant slowly revolves every two hours revealing a full 360° view of the city and surrounding mountains.

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, dancing and one of the largest fireworks displays in the world. Travel on our three-night New Year’s Eve break and follow the fantastic end of year 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 You’ll find a wonderful selection of Reykjavík hotels, excursions and activities on the following pages. 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. Ask one of our dedicated Iceland Specialists about four-nights-for-theprice-of-three special offers for travel during the winter months. www.regentholidays.co.uk | Talk to an Iceland Travel Specialist on 020 7666 1290

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The Blue Lagoon Located only 20 minutes 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 over 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 pre-booking is required. Ask your Regent Iceland Specialist to book your Blue Lagoon excursion from Reykjavík, departing at 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 4.15pm or 6.15pm.

Blue Lagoon Standard Price from £55 Includes pick up at Reykjavík hotel, return bus transfer and entrance to the Blue Lagoon.

Blue Lagoon Comfort Price from £66 Includes pick up at Reykjavík hotel, return bus transfer, entrance to the Blue Lagoon, use of a towel, drink from the Blue Café or in-water Lagoon Bar, trial pack of Blue Lagoon skin care products and algae mask (self applied).

Blue Lagoon Premium Price from £80 Includes pick up at Reykjavík hotel, return bus transfer, entrance to the Blue Lagoon, use of a towel, bathrobe and slippers, drink from the Blue Café or in-water Lagoon Bar, trial pack of Blue Lagoon skin care products, algae mask (self applied) and complimentary glass of sparkling wine if eating at LAVA Restaurant. Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist about arrival / departure transfers via the Blue Lagoon. (The Lagoon may be very busy at these times.) Please note that the Blue Lagoon will be temporarily closed from the 5th – 21st January 2016 whilst they extend and update the facilities.

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Reykjavík Excursions

Humpback Whale Breaching

Boat Tours With more than 20 different types of cetacean being recorded, whale watching in Iceland is amongst the best in the world.

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In the winter months, herring and capelin attract humpback whales, killer 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.

2015 Adult Child (7-15) Child (0-6)

£54 £27 FREE

2016 Adult Child (7-15) Child (0-6)

£58 £29 FREE

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

Oct - 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 point out where 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 onboard café.

Mid-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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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 dinner and a welcome drink at the fabulous Kopar restaurant, 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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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 geysers and dramatic glaciers.

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In 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 £199

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 £109 Snowmobiling £120 (Based on two persons per skidoo) Prices are per adult. Children under 12 travel half price when travelling with two full paying adults. (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, Wed, Fri, Sun 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, enjoy breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean, and admire vast panoramas of the ever-changing glacier flood plains and dramatic black sand beaches.

15 Sep – 15 Apr, daily 3-4 hours departing after 8pm Leave the bright lights of Reykjavík and head out into the surrounding mountains to search for the incredible aurora in the remote, lunar-like landscape, on this offthe-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, Tue, Thu, Sat 8-9 hours departing at 8.30am Enjoy the highlights 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 32m crevasse and visit the Geysir geothermal field to witness Strokkur geyser erupting into the sky.

Tailor-made Tours

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South Coast Adventure £209

Discover the highlights of Iceland 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 four-day break exploring the natural highlights of South Iceland. Ask a Regent Iceland specialist for a tailor-made quote.

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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 Excursions

Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier

Active Excursions Embark on an active excursion for the opportunity to experience some of Iceland’s most geologically important sights close-up. 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 horse back from Íshestar Riding Centre. The lava caves of the Blue Mountains are a hidden underground world which tell the story of the country’s past volcanic activity, while the Silfra fissure is one of the most impressive freshwater dive sights in the world. No previous experience is required to join an active excursion and all specialist equipment is provided.

Glacier Hike & Ice Climbing 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, sink holes 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.

Prices from Glacier Hike & Ice Climbing £143 Lava Caving & Snorkelling £165 Lava Horse Riding Tour £59 Minimum age for the Glacier Hike is 14 and minimum shoe size 3. Minimum age for the Snorkelling & Lava Caving is 14 and minimum height 4ft 9in. Prices are per person and include return hotel transfers, specialist guides and equipment.

Lava Caving & Snorkelling

Lava Horse Riding Tour

Year-round, daily 8 hours departing at 9am Start the adventure with caving in the perfect lava tubes found in Leiðarendi cave in the Blue Mountains and see the magical rock formations left behind in the last volcanic eruption. In the afternoon enjoy snorkelling in the crystal clear water of Silfra fissure, a rift between the North American and Eurasian plates, with world class visibility of around 80 metres.

Year-round, daily 3 hours (1.5 riding) various departures Ideal for beginners as well as more experienced riders, this scenic ride uses excellent paths through lava fields and along the beautiful green hillsides that surround the Íshestar Riding Centre. Experience the impressive tölt - a smooth four-beat gait – which is the speciality of the Icelandic horse, on this popular riding tour.

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Winter

Coach Excursions With complimentary pick-up from your Reykjavík hotel, the highlights 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. Admire Iceland’s famous ‘Golden Falls’ on the Golden Circle, walk along a 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.

Prices from Northern Lights Mystery £36 Northern Lights Deluxe £78 Classic Golden Circle £53 Golden Circle Express £50 South Coast & Ice Hike £122 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 14 years old and there is no discount for teenagers.

Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist to put together the perfect package for your Reykjavík city break.

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Northern Lights Mystery

Northern Lights Deluxe

Classic Golden Circle

15 Sep - 15 Apr, daily 3-5 hours departing at 7pm/8pm/9pm Head out into the night in search of the dancing neon lights of the aurora borealis. Leave the 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.

15 Oct - 15 Mar, daily 6-8 hours departing at 7.30pm Experience the magical northern lights on a special extended tour which allows additional time for aurora viewing. Travel in comfort on a luxury coach with reclining seats and extra legroom, and enjoy complimentary hot drinks and blankets to keep warm. Departure subject to weather conditions.

Year-round, daily 8.5 hours departing at 8.30am & 10.30am Our most popular excursion, travel to Þingvellir National Park, where the North American and Eurasian continental plates drift apart, get up close to powerful Gullfoss waterfall and see Strokkur geyser erupt twenty metres into the air. Visit Skálholt church, seat of religious and political power for 800 years.

Golden Circle Express

South Coast & Ice Hike

Year-round, daily 6 hours departing at 1.30pm 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 amidst hissing steam vents, sulphurous mud pots and erupting geysers.

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. A short hike on the ancient ice of Sólheimajökull glacier is a tour highlight.

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Reykjavík Excursions

Geysir Geothermal Fields

Game of Thrones

Gourmet Golden Circle

Year-round, Tue, Thu, Sat 6 hours departing at 1pm Discover nature’s film set on this tour of locations from the Game of Thrones series. With expert commentary throughout, visit the stomping ground of the White Walkers at Þingvellir National Park and walk around the Settlement Era Viking Lodge in Þjórsárdalur Valley where many scenes where shot.

1 Sep - 14 May, Sat 8-9 hours departing at 9.30am Combine the scenic highlights of the Golden Circle with sampling delicious local specialities along the route. Stop for lunch at Efsti dalur farm, sample sweet tomatoes and mouth-watering chutneys at Friðheimar geothermal greenhouse and enjoy a traditional sweet treat at Íslenski Bærinn Turf House.

Reykjavík Sightseeing Year-round, daily 2.5 hours departing at 9am Discover the highlights of greater Reykjavík on this comprehensive city tour. Take in 360-degree views from the hilltop Perlan, 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.

Prices from Game of Thrones £53 Gourmet Golden Circle £128 adult £95 child (under 11) Reykjavík Sightseeing £31 Reykjavík & Golden Circle £73 Lagoon & Golden Circle £70* Lava Caves & Blue Lagoon £74* Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon £45* Prices are per adult. Children 11 and under travel FREE, children 12-17 travel HALF PRICE. *Price excludes Blue Lagoon entrance fee. Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist about Standard, Comfort, Premium or Luxury packages from £32pp.

Reykjavík & Golden Circle

Lagoon & Golden Circle

Year-round, daily 10 hours departing at 9am Combine the highlights of Reykjavík with the natural wonders of the Golden Circle. In the morning discover Hallgrímskirkja church, admire views from the Perlan and visit the town of Hafnarfjörður, where mythical hidden people are said to reside. In the afternoon, erupting geysers and a thundering double waterfall await.

Year-round, daily 10 hours departing at 9am Experience Iceland’s top natural attractions in one day. Spend the morning relaxing in the healing geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, renowned for its mineralrich white silica mud, before joining an afternoon excursion to historic Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal fields and powerful Gullfoss waterfall.

Lava Caves & Blue Lagoon

Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon

Year-round, Sat, Sun Flexible return, departing at 1pm For a unique view of the country’s volcanic geology, head underground on this afternoon adventure which showcases the spectacular subterranean world of Iceland’s lava tube caves. In the early evening, continue to the Blue Lagoon to soak in the milky-blue waters which are said to have rejuvenating qualities.

Year-round, daily Flexible return, departing at 9am Discover the highlights of the world’s northern-most capital, including the presidential residence at Bessastaðir, the town of Hafnarfjörður, the Perlan viewing platform, and Hallgrímskirkja church. In the afternoon transfer to the famous Blue Lagoon to relax in the natural spa situated in a black lava field.

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3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHH

3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

Best Western Hotel Reykjavík

Hotel Reykjavík Centrum

The Best Western Hotel Reykjavík is a quiet, modern hotel located just a few minutes’ walk from Laugavegur shopping street and known locally for its friendly, attentive service.

Located on Adalstraeti, one of the city’s oldest streets, the Hotel Reykjavík Centrum comprises three colourful 18th century-style buildings offering a traditional Icelandic feel, and as the name suggests, the hotel boasts a central location in the heart of the capital.

The hotel has 85 comfortable and 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 with a sitting area and bathroom downstairs and bedroom upstairs. The hotel also has a brand new wing, built on what was Reykjavík’s first brewery, containing six Character rooms influenced by their beer-making history. Enjoy a drink at the hotel bar and cocktail lounge before dining in downtown Reykjavík where a wonderful array of restaurants can be found just ten minutes’ walk away from the hotel. For a quick bite before your northern lights excursion, Harry’s Oriental Restaurant and Cafe next door to the hotel mixes Icelandic and Filipino cuisine for a truly unique dining experience.

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The hotel has 89 elegantly decorated and comfortable rooms equipped with free wifi and satellite television. Deluxe rooms offer an extra level of comfort, while the junior suite is spread over two levels with a downstairs living room and balcony. The hotel also has four bright and cosy Nordic-style studio apartments which can be rented for a weekend stay or longer Reykjavík break. Funky Fjalakötturinn restaurant serves gastro-style food in chic surroundings, and at Uppsalir bar and café, guests can enjoy light refreshments relaxing by the fireplace in winter, or outside on the terrace on warm summer evenings. A fascinating exhibition centre under the hotel displays the oldest architectural remains in Iceland dating from around 870 AD.

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per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

SPECIAL OFFER: Book 3 nights and get a 4th night free between 1 Nov 2015 & 29 Feb 2016. (Excluding 5 - 7 Nov & 30 Dec - 2 Jan.)

SPECIAL OFFER: Book 3 nights and get a 4th night free between 1 Nov 2015 & 29 Feb 2016. (Excluding 5 - 7 Nov & 30 Dec - 2 Jan.)

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3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel

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 including the Art Museum, cathedral and harbour with its Sculpture & Shore Walking Trail are only minutes away.

Located in a quiet area of the city next to the National Museum of Iceland, the highlights of downtown Reykjavík are just a 20 minute walk or short bus ride away from the Saga.

The hotel’s 88 modern studio-concept rooms all feature free wireless internet 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.

With 209 rooms overlooking the city, sea or university, guests can expect modern furnishing with free wireless internet, mini bar and satellite television as standard. Junior Suites feature maritime or Scandinavian design and include a spacious lounge area, while the Lazytown Family Suite will keep kids entertained with original props from the show decorating the room. All guests have access to the on-site Mecca Spa and Health Centre with its Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.

The cosy 1919 Lounge is the perfect place for a pre-dinner drink, serving creative cocktails, fine wines, cold beers and local spirits; watch the world go by from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Simple dishes made with local ingredients are on the menu at the 1919 Restaurant. Enjoy à la carte dining or tasty tapas in the evening, while the Super Breakfast Buffet is the ideal way to prepare for a busy day of sightseeing.

With panoramic views over the city, award-winning Grillið Restaurant creates mouth-watering Icelandic dishes. We recommend booking a three, four or seven course tasting menu with wine selected by the sommelier. For a more casual dining experience opt for lunch or dinner in cosy Restaurant Skrudur. The hotel’s Super Breakfast Buffet is a great way to start the day - Regent recommends the fresh fruit bar.

Prices from £620

Prices from £540

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers SPECIAL OFFER: Book 3 nights and get a 4th night free between 1 Oct 2015 & 30 Apr 2016 (excluding 29 Dec - 2 Jan)

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3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Marina

Hilton Reykjavík Nordica

A unique hotel in the up and coming harbour district, the Marina is characterised by its colourful modern design which embraces the building’s maritime past. With the ships of the dry dock just outside the front door and the bars and restaurants of the 101 district just a few steps away, this hotel is truly at the heart of the city.

One of the city’s most prestigious hotels, the Hilton Nordica is situated in the new quarter of Reykjavík, within walking distance of the city centre. Close by is Laugardalur Park, a popular recreation area with an open-air geothermally heated swimming pool, skating rink and zoo.

The fashionable Slipp bar is a favourite with locals and hotel guests alike, and often plays host to events including live Icelandic music. Do as the locals do and enjoy the lively atmosphere with a colourful cocktail and tasty sharing platter. Standard rooms are simple and stylish with a maritime-inspired twist, whilst an upgrade to a Deluxe room offers additional space as well as stunning views over the North Atlantic. For families, opt for a 4 or 6 person Studio where children will delight in the quirky bunk bed design, or for those looking to push the boat out, the spectacular suites offer wonderful mountain views combined with chic seating area, luxurious bathroom and comfortable connecting bedrooms.

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The hotel’s award-winning VOX Restaurant offers a five-star gourmet menu at one end, and bistro-style cuisine at the other, with menus based on new Nordic cuisine. In the evening perhaps relax at VOX Bar with a cocktail before your northern lights excursion. The Hilton Nordica has 250 guest rooms, all decorated in a classic style and fitted with the latest technology. For the best views, upgrade to a Guest Room Plus, Suite or Executive room. Guests staying on the Executive floor and Suites also have complimentary access to the Executive Lounge with panoramic views over Reykjavík, as well as to the Spa. Make use of the wonderful steam baths, log cabin sauna and spacious gym, and enjoy a complimentary hot tub head and shoulder massage.

Prices from £595

Prices from £630

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

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3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

Apotek Hotel

Hotel Borg

Opened in December 2014, the Apotek is a brand new high-end boutique hotel in the heart of Reykjavík. The historic building formerly housed the Reykjavíkurapótek pharmacy and was designed in 1917 by Guðjón Samúelsson, a former State Architect who built some of the most celebrated buildings in Iceland including Hallgrímskirkja church.

The sleek and stylish Borg is a grand art deco hotel in the heart of Reykjavík. Overlooking Austurvöllur Square - the location of the Icelandic parliament and the city’s cathedral - this 1930s landmark is surrounded by bustling cafés and historical buildings, and is within easy walking distance of a huge variety of galleries and restaurants.

The hotel’s 45 rooms and suites have a sleek, contemporary feel, with urban-style bathrooms and flat-screen televisions. Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist about upgrading to the marvellous three-floor Tower Suite.

A charming mix of art deco elegance and modern style, all 56 rooms have custom-made furniture, period black and white bathrooms with heated marble floors, flat-screen satellite television and high-speed internet connections. For an extra touch of luxury, ask a Regent Iceland Specialist about upgrading to a superior room or suite, where Bang & Olufsen flat-screen televisions and luxurious Hastens beds are among the high quality additions. The two-floor Tower Suite, which often accommodates visiting celebrities, boasts a magnificent 360° view of Reykjavík.

Due to the prime city centre location, the hotel’s restaurant and bar have a wonderful atmosphere, and Reykjavík’s shops, galleries and attractions are all close by - stroll five minutes north to the colourful harbour with views over the mountains, or head south on foot for five minutes along the lake shore to the Icelandic National Gallery. Just 200 metres east is the renowned Fish Market restaurant - one of Regent’s favourite places to dine in the capital.

The hotel’s Silfur restaurant serves the best of Nordic cuisine in opulent surroundings. Expect a unique take on traditional dishes and exceptional service.

Prices from £715

Prices from £715

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

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3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHH

3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHH

Hotel Cabin

Hotel Klettur

Located along Faxaflói Bay’s scenic waterfront promenade, Hotel Cabin offers travellers a great budget option just a twenty minute coastal walk, or a short bus ride, from downtown Reykjavík. The hotel’s 250 clean and comfortable rooms, all with televisions and private bathrooms, are divided into compact Standards, larger Deluxes and Superiors which offer excellent views of the harbour from the 7th floor.

Situated on a quiet street, just two minutes’ walk from Laugavegur shopping street, Hotel Klettur is a modest, clean and comfortable hotel that takes its name from a rock bursting through the wall – rumoured to be left in situ due to Icelandic superstition surrounding elves and their rocky dwellings.

The hotel’s buffet-style Saladbar is open for lunch and dinner, offering a healthy mix of hot and cold dishes, soups and a variety of freshly baked breads. In the evening relax with a drink at the lobby bar before your northern lights excursion.

The hotel has 86 clean and bright rooms, all with private bathrooms, refrigerators, flat screen televisions and free internet access. Upgrading to a Deluxe room means either a sea view or a private balcony with a wonderful view over the city. Be sure to fill up on the buffet-style continental breakfast before a busy day of sightseeing.

Just a five minute walk from Hotel Cabin is the geothermal Laugardalslaug swimming pool. Whatever the weather, naturally heated outdoor pools are very much a part of Icelandic culture and Laugardalslaug is a popular local hangout. Regent highly recommends a dip here - entrance is just a few pounds and the steaming hot tubs are a welcome tonic on a cold winter’s day.

Try a traditional Icelandic beer at the hotel bar, open 5pm – 10pm every evening, before making use of the great city centre location to dine out in some of Reykjavík’s most popular restaurants. Regent recommends nearby Potturinn og Pannan – the Pot and Pan restaurant – for good value traditional Icelandic fare with a relaxed atmosphere.

Prices from £495

Prices from £520

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

SPECIAL OFFER: Book 3 nights and get a 4th night free between 1 Nov 2015 & 31 Mar 2016 (excluding 5 - 7 Nov & 30 Dec - 2 Jan)

SPECIAL OFFER: Book 3 nights and get a 4th night free between 1 Nov 2015 & 31 Mar 2016 (excluding 5 - 7 Nov & 30 Dec - 2 Jan)

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3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHH

3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

CenterHotel Plaza

CenterHotel Arnarhvoll

Located on Ingólfstorg Square in Reykjavík’s Old Town, the CenterHotel Plaza offers value for money with a city centre location. For travellers visiting in December, the square hosts the annual Christmas Market complete with log cabins and twinkling lights. Pick up some traditional Icelandic festive treats including homemade sweets, roasted almonds and hand-made crafts.

Located near the north waterfront, opposite the Harpa Concert Hall and close to Reykjavík’s main shopping street, this chic Nordic-design hotel provides a stylish base from which to explore the capital.

The Plaza’s 184 comfortable bedrooms offer bright modern décor with contemporary oak furnishings. Each room has its own en-suite shower, free high-speed internet connection, flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar. Within a few minutes walk of the hotel are Parliament House, City Hall, the National Cathedral and the historic harbour area, where winter whale watching excursions and northern lights boat tours depart. After a busy day exploring Reykjavík and its surrounds, perhaps indulge in a local Reyka Vodka at the hotel’s Plaza Bar, its floor-to-ceiling windows and modern fire pits keeping guests cosy in the winter months.

Each of the hotel’s 104 guestrooms mixes cool greys and chromes with a splash of bright colour and Scandinavian furniture. All rooms have their own private bathroom, free high speed internet connection, flat screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar. To relax and re-energize, the hotel also offers a candle-lit Jacuzzi, Turkish bath and Finnish sauna at a small additional cost. From the eighth floor Sky Lounge and Bar, picture windows provide spectacular views of the bay and Mt Esja. Watch the sun set with a happy hour beer or wine before your northern lights excursion, or grab a light bite from the bistro-style menu. The popular Sky Brunch is served every day from 11.30am until 4pm. For a more substantial meal, perhaps make use of the CenterHotel 20% guest discount and dine at wonderful Isafold Bistro in the nearby CenterHotel Thingholt.

Prices from £515

Prices from £530

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

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3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

Alda Hotel

Reykjavík Residence

For those who like to be at the heart of the action, the boutique Alda Hotel is located on Reykjavík’s main shopping street, Laugavegur, surrounded by cafés, restaurants, galleries and shops.

A home away from home, Reykjavík Residence is a brand new apartment hotel in the fashionable 101 district. Within 300 metres, travellers can explore the old Reykjavík harbour, Hallgrímskirkja Church, Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur shopping streets and the quirky Kolaportið flea market, open on Saturdays and Sundays.

Each of the 65 rooms has a feel of urban cool and all feature free high speed Wi-Fi, Samsung HDTV and tea and coffee making facilities. The bathrooms offer a walk-in shower with rainfall showerhead, complimentary toiletries and bathrobes on request. Upgrade to a Deluxe or Attic Room for access to the balcony with views over the city or mountains. The Suite and Family Rooms provide spacious accommodation for two adults and two children. The hotel’s Barber Bar is a popular local hangout, serving wine, draught beer, spirits and cocktails. Buy a snack from the 24/7 Grab-n-Go station or head out onto Laugavegur for dinner at one of the many downtown restaurants just steps away. After a bit of overindulging, the ground floor Fitness Centre offers top-of-the-range exercise equipment and a sauna.

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Each of the seventeen apartments is comfortably furnished in a bright, modern style. Standard apartments boast a generous living and dining area, bedroom with double or twin beds, shower room, kitchenette with fridge, stove, microwave and coffee maker, high-definition flat screen TV and DVD, iPod docking station and free Wi-Fi. A daily maid service helps to keep each apartment spotless, and breakfast is delivered to the room every morning. The spacious two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments are ideal for families, and also feature a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. Extra beds and baby cots are available, making the three-bedroom apartment suitable for up to eight people.

Prices from £635

Prices from £595

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers Two-bedroom apartment from £565pp based on four people sharing Three-bedroom apartment from £540pp based on six people sharing

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3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHHH

3 NIGHT CITY BREAK | HHH

Black Pearl Apartments

Reykjavik4you Apartments

Opened in 2013, the luxurious Black Pearl Apartments are a first class option for families and couples alike. Each of the bright and spacious Suites features heated marble flooring, ultra-modern furnishings, LCD Smart TV in the living room and bedroom, daily maid service and city-view balcony. An in-suite breakfast can be delivered to your fridge and there is the option to have an à la carte meal prepared in your own kitchen by a top Icelandic chef.

Reykjavik4you Apartments make for a modern and stylish base in the centre of the capital. Fully furnished, each apartment boasts contemporary furniture, wooden flooring, king size bed, television with DVD player, iPod docking station, coffee machine and free Wi-Fi, and also includes a daily cleaning service.

Standard Suites can fit two to four adults, or two adults and two to four children. All Standard Suites have a cosy, spacious living room with dining area and terrace, and a fully-equipped kitchen with Nespresso coffee machine. Upgrade to a Deluxe Suite, or a two bedroom Deluxe for more space, or the fabulous Penthouse Suite, which sleeps up to six. Centrally located in the heart of downtown Reykjavík, just moments from the historic harbour, the capital’s cafés and restaurants are just a stone’s throw from these excellent apartments. With private indoor parking, why not hire a car to explore the surrounding natural wonders.

Choose to dine out at one of the many restaurants nearby such as the Seafood Grill on Skólavörðustígur just three minutes’ walk from the apartments, or pick up ingredients from the local grocery store just around the corner and make use of the fully-equipped kitchen. Spacious one room Studio apartments bring together the sleeping, sitting and cooking facilities in one space. Two-bedroom apartments sleep up to four people and enjoy separate sleeping and kitchen/ living areas, while the larger two-bedroom Deluxe apartments can comfortably sleep up to six people, with two sofa beds in the living room, and also include a Jacuzzi in the bathroom. (Deluxe apartments are located on Laugavegur shopping street.)

Prices from £795

Prices from £610

per person based on four people sharing a Standard Suite Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

per person twin-share Price includes economy class flights with Icelandair, 3 nights B&B accommodation & airport transfers

Upgrade to a Deluxe Family two-bedroom Suite from £180pp

Two-bedroom apartment from £515pp based on four people sharing Two-bedroom Deluxe apartment from £500pp based on six people sharing

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Northern Lights Over Reykjavík

South Iceland Winter Break From October to March Iceland’s skies come alive with the incredible northern lights. Go in search of this magical phenomenon plus experience 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 Specialist 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 and discover the highlights of greater Reykjavík. Take in 360-degree views from the hilltop Perlan, 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 Mystery coach tour to search for the aurora away from the bright lights of the city. (B)

Day 4 Golden Circle | Embark on 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 powerful 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 coach

Day 5 Reykjavík to the UK | Transfer to the

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Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided excursions

Seasonality

Oct-Mar

Prices from

£665 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers and sightseeing tours Based on Hotel Cabin. Ask an Iceland Specialist about upgrading to the Radisson Blu Saga from £45pp.


Off-Road Adventure

Superjeep Winter Break Based in vibrant 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 the challenge of Iceland’s 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 volcanic beaches of the spectacular south.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Iceland Specialist for more details 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 Blue Lagoon to 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, an algae mask (self applied in the water) and trial samples of the spa’s most popular skincare products. 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)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Mar

Prices from

£1330 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers and Superjeep tours Price based on accommodation at the 4-star Hotel Centrum.

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

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North Iceland Highlights Discover the incredible volcanic landscape of North Iceland on this short winter break. Visit the waterfall of the Gods, see calderas and craters, explore the fumarole fields of Namaskard, and relax in the geothermal waters of Mývatn Nature Baths. Just south of the Arctic Circle, Mývatn is the ideal place to search for the northern lights dancing over the moon-like landscape.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Iceland Specialist for more information Day 1 Reykjavík to Akureyri | Take a 45 minute flight to Akureyri from Reykjavík domestic airport and enjoy a guided tour of the North Iceland capital. Drive through the Old Town with its impressive church, head into the valleys to visit a traditional Icelandic farm and travel into the hills for superb views over the city and fjord. Spend the evening at leisure in Akureyri. If conditions are optimal, consider an optional northern lights tour after dark. Day 2 Akureyri to Lake Mývatn | Travel across volcanic North Iceland, stopping at Goðafoss – the waterfall of the Gods. Visit Dimmuborgir, a lava labyrinth formed around 2,300 years ago, and travel over the Namaskard mountain pass to Krafla caldera. Visit the explosion crater of Viti and explore the fumarole fields of Namaskard where ground water is heated by an underground magma intrusion. End the tour with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths. After dark take a stroll to search for the aurora reflecting over the icy lake. (B)

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second (optional) visit to the Nature Baths, before heading out in search of the northern lights. (B) Day 4 Lake Mývatn to Akureyri | Make use of a free morning to take an optional excursion in the Mývatn area. Perhaps take a Superjeep tour to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, or if conditions permit, try cross-country skiing, snowshoe hiking or snowmobiling. Return to Akureyri by bus and spend the evening at leisure in the northern capital. (B) Day 5 Akureyri to Reykjavík | Fly back to Reykjavík or ask a Regent Iceland Specialist about adding extra time in Akureyri. The nearby ski slopes of Mt.Hliðarfjall offer good possibilities for snowboarding or alpine and cross-country skiing from December to April. (B)

Day 3 Husavik | Enjoy a day tour to the picturesque fishing village of Húsavik. En route discover the hydroelectric power station on beautiful Laxá River and visit the old turf farm and folk museum at Grenjaðarstaður. Continue to Húsavik and visit the fascinating Whale Museum which houses impressive skeletons of the giants found in local waters. Return to Mývatn and perhaps consider a

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Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided excursions

Seasonality

Sep-Apr

Prices from

£1020 per person

Includes domestic flights, accommodation, transfers and sightseeing tours


North Iceland Aurora The perfect extension to any Reykjavík city break, discover a unique landscape of volcanic craters and steaming fumaroles on this short adventure in North Iceland. Travel through mountain passes and across lava fields to gain an insight into the region’s fiery geology, and in the evening, join a northern lights tour to search for the celestial phenomenon dancing across the night sky.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Iceland Specialist for more information Day 1 Reykjavík to Akureyri | Take a 45 minute flight to Akureyri from Reykjavík domestic airport and transfer to the hotel for two nights. Spend the afternoon exploring the capital of North Iceland at leisure, perhaps visiting the famous church which looks out over the Old Town. After dinner join a northern lights tour and travel into the countryside, away from the bright lights of the city, to search for the magical aurora borealis painting ribbons of colour across the night sky.

field to Krafla caldera and the explosion crater of Viti. Formed in 1734 by a five-year eruption, the giant crater is 300 metres wide. Explore the solfatara field of Námaskarð and enjoy a short walk around the fumaroles and mud pits. Continue to Mývatn Nature Baths for an optional soak in the silky-smooth geothermal water before returning to Akureyri. If you did not see the northern lights on the previous evening, another opportunity to search for the aurora is offered. (B)

Day 2 Lake Mývatn | Enjoy a full day coach tour to some of North Iceland’s most incredible geological wonders. Stop at Goðafoss waterfall, famed for its dramatic beauty as well as its historic part in Iceland’s conversion to Christianity. Travel through Reykjadalur valley to Dimmuborgir, a lava labyrinth of magnificent basaltic pillars and lava sculptures. Continue through the lava

Day 3 Akureyri to Reykjavík | Transfer to Akureyri airport for the return flight to Reykjavík. Consider booking a late afternoon or evening flight to allow free time to take part in optional activities. Perhaps try husky sledging or ice-fishing, or take an excursion to The Christmas House for a festive end to the holiday. Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist to prebook optional excursions. (B)

Tour duration

3 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided excursions

Seasonality

Sep-Apr

Prices from

£585 per person

Includes domestic flights, accommodation, transfers and sightseeing tours

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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 past mountains, volcanoes and waterfalls, and allow amble 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 Grand Vitara to best handle Iceland’s quiet winter roads. An SUV known for its offroad capabilities, the Grand 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. Ask an Iceland Specialist to put an itinerary together for you.

Story to tell Jane Slade

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 Whales 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 in the fjords of West Iceland on a winter boat tour.

Suggested Itinerary Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist 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 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 skinrepairing and anti-aging 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, sink holes 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 Reykjavík to the UK | Return the hire car to the airport and fly back to the UK. (B) (50km)

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Holiday duration 8 days Holiday type Fly-Drive Unguided Seasonality

Nov – early Apr

Prices from

£1065 per person

Includes flights, car hire and accommodation Regent recommends a 4WD vehicle for Iceland’s winter road conditions. Upgrade to P-class Suzuki Grand Vitara from £145pp


Iceland Fly-Drives

Northern Lights over Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Iceland South & West Combine the incredible volcanic landscape of Snæfellsnes Peninsula with the natural wonders of South Iceland on this comprehensive fly-drive adventure. Take to Iceland’s quiet roads and discover volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and fjords at your own pace. Stop at hidden gems like the Secret Lagoon and don’t miss an opportunity to search for the ethereal northern lights surrounded by mountains.

Suggested Itinerary Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist to tailor-make this itinerary Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive at Keflavík airport and collect the hire car. Drive along the south coast of Reykjanes Peninsula to the famous Blue Lagoon. Pre-book a relaxing spa experience in the mineral-rich waters or continue the journey to the hot spring town of Hveragerði, where pillars of steam rise from the ground. (80km) Day 2 Hveragerði to Skaftafell | Drive to Skaftafell National Park, stopping en route to explore South Iceland’s incredible natural attractions. Perhaps make time to visit the Eyjafjallajökul Visitor Centre to learn about the infamous active volcano or discover the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. In the evening head out to search for the magical northern lights surrounded by mountains. (B) (325km) Day 3 Skaftafell National Park | Explore Skaftafell National Park, part of the larger Vatnajökull National Park and home to Europe’s largest glacier. Admire the stunning mountainscape before visiting Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where huge icebergs float in the glacier-fed lake. Reflections of the aurora borealis in the icy waters are picture-perfect. (B) (120km)

Day 4 Skaftafell to Flúðir | Drive back along the south coast, perhaps stopping in Vík, Iceland’s southern-most village, to stroll on the volcanic black sand beach. Continue to

rural Flúðir, where a dip in the nearby Secret Lagoon as the northern lights dance overhead is highly recommended. (B) (285km) Day 5 Flúðir to Borgarnes | Travel west and stop to explore the natural wonders of the Golden Circle. Drive between magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, the hot springs of Geysir and UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park. Arrive in the small town of Borgarnes on the edge of a West Iceland peninsula and head out to search for the northern lights flickering over the fjord. (B) (205km) Day 6 Snæfellsnes Peninsula | Journey through the countryside to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, dominated by towering Snæfellsjökull volcano. Discover the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur and perhaps take an optional boat tour in Breiðafjörður bay. Make the most of a final night in West Iceland to search for the elusive aurora after dark. (B) (305km)

Holiday duration 8 days Holiday type Fly-Drive Unguided Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£975 per person

Includes flights, car hire and accommodation Regent recommends a 4WD vehicle for Iceland’s winter road conditions. Upgrade to P-class Suzuki Grand Vitara from £145pp

Day 7 Borgarnes to Reykjavík | Travel back to Reykjavík and spend the day exploring the capital. Wander around the historic harbour where it’s possible to take a winter whale watching boat tour or perhaps drive to Perlan for panoramic views of the city and the mountains beyond. (B) (75km) Day 8 Reykjavík to the UK | Return the hire car to the airport before the return flight to the UK. (B) (50km) Please note: km stated on each itinerary day = approximate driving distance covered that day.

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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 cosy hotel is the perfect spot for a romantic winter honeymoon where 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 high quality 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.

The hotel offers 51 well-appointed, cosy rooms. The 24 en-suite Standard rooms have views over the river or Mt Hekla and feature flatscreen TV, minibar and free wifi, 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.

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Holiday duration 5 days Holiday type

Fly-Drive Unguided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£815 per person

Includes flights, 4WD car hire and accommodation Ask an Iceland Specialist about upgrading to a Deluxe room from £26pp per night.


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 in to 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 Specialist 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 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 | Perhaps consider driving to Iceland’s southernmost village Vík, where the 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) Day 4 Rangá | Choose to drive to the Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre to learn about 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) Day 6 Reykjavík | Perhaps join a winter whale watching boat tour on this free day in Iceland’s capital, or for those without sea legs, visit the new Whales of Iceland Museum where lifesize models of the sea giants hang overhead.

Holiday duration 8/9 days Holiday type Fly-Drive Unguided Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£1095 per person

Includes flights, 4WD car hire and accommodation. Ask an Iceland Specialist about upgrading to Deluxe rooms from £120pp.

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 Reykjavík to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B) Day 9 SPECIAL OFFER | Enjoy an additional free night at the Hotel Centrum from 1 November to 29 December 2015 and 3 January to 29 February 2016, subject to availability. Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist for more details.

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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 picturesque surroundings, beautifully decorated rooms and 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-year-old 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

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.

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Holiday duration 5 days Holiday type

Fly-Drive Unguided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£995 per person

Includes flights, 4WD car hire and accommodation Ask an Iceland Specialist about upgrading to a two bedroom apartment from £195pp.


Iceland Fly-Drives

Waterfall in Þingvellir National Park

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 Specialist to tailor-make this itinerary Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Collect the hire car at Keflavík International Airport and drive to Hotel Grímsborgir at the heart of the Golden Circle. After the ninety-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 ninety 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 sixty 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 for the elusive aurora borealis on the last evening in rural South Iceland. (B) Day 5 Grímsnes to Reykjavík | Depart Grímsnes and make the journey back to Reykjavík, perhaps stopping on the way 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

£1375 per person

Includes flights, 4WD car hire and accommodation. Ask an Iceland Specialist about upgrading to a two-bedroom apartment from £275pp. Price per person based on four people travelling from £1135.

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 Reykjavík to the UK | Drive to Keflavík International Airport and return the hire car before the return flight to the UK. (B)

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Hotel ION

Hotel ION Short Break The ION is a contemporary, luxury hotel just outside the UNESCO-protected Þingvellir National Park – an ideal location for exploring the natural wonders of the Golden Circle as well as the Hengill volcanic area and river Öxará. Less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavík, the hotel’s Northern Lights Bar with its floor-to-ceiling windows is the perfect place to catch a performance of the winter light show.

The Hotel For more information, visit our website Perched on the edge of Mt. Hengill overlooking Þingvellir Lake, this stylish Scandi-chic hotel draws inspiration from the nature by which it is surrounded, with its living wall of Icelandic flora, organic fairtrade bed linen and 10 metre geothermally-heated outdoor relaxation pool. All 46 modern guest rooms feature organic linen and towels, satellite television, private bathroom with environmentally responsible water-saving shower, as well as luxurious cosmetics from Sóley Organic made with handpicked Icelandic herbs. Our price includes an upgrade to a Deluxe room with the additions of floor-to-ceiling windows, fairtrade bathrobes, underfloor heating, minibar, coffee machine and free access to the onsite Lava Spa. The hotel’s Silfra Restaurant offers seasonal, contemporary Nordic cuisine with an emphasis on sustainable, farm-fresh produce

cooked slowly for added flavour. The chef uses traditional Icelandic ingredients to create modern dishes such as freshly caught Arctic char from Þingvallavatn served with pickles or the unique crème brûlée made with thick and creamy Icelandic Skyr. After dinner, head to the comfy Northern Lights Bar for coffee or perhaps try one of the many microbrewed Icelandic beers on offer while enjoying views over Þingvellir Lake. With numerous hiking trails surrounding the hotel and adventures such as snorkelling in Silfra rift or lava caving in the National Park (see page 13) on the doorstep, the Lava Spa is the perfect place to relax tired muscles at the end of a busy day exploring. Soak in the warm waters of the outdoor hot pool, unwind in the sauna or book a soothing massage or spa treatment to revive body and soul.

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Holiday duration 4 days Holiday type

Fly-Drive Unguided

Seasonality

Year-round

Prices from

£945 per person

Includes flights, 4WD car hire and accommodation


Iceland Fly-Drives

Winter at Skógafoss Waterfall

Icelandair Aurora Road Trip Discover thundering waterfalls and secret lagoons on this South Iceland fly-drive holiday. Drive between the Golden Circle and the dramatic south coast where immense glaciers and volcanic black sand beaches await. With accommodation at Icelandair’s top 4-star hotels, evenings can be spent enjoying fresh local produce at the excellent in-house restaurants or relaxing in outdoor hot tubs as the celestial northern lights dance overhead.

Suggested Itinerary Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist to tailor-make this itinerary Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive at Keflavík International Airport, collect the hire car and drive to the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura for a two night stay. Relax after the journey with a dip in the hotel’s indoor geothermal swimming pool (additional charge), or dine at the hotel’s Satt Restaurant serving wonderful dishes with ingredients sourced from the best local farmers and fishermen.

Day 5 Flúðir to Vík | Drive to Iceland’s rugged south coast, perhaps visiting Þórsmörk Nature Reserve or the sixty metre-high Skógafoss waterfall en route. Stop to walk on the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara before arriving in Vík, Iceland’s southernmost village where the pounding Atlantic surf has carved a dramatic coastline. Check in at the Icelandair Hotel Vik for two nights. (B)

Day 2 Reykjavík | Enjoy a free day to explore Iceland’s compact capital. Perhaps stroll down Laugavegur shopping street, stopping for a warming hot chocolate at one of the many cafés, or head to Perlan for wonderful views of the city and surrounding mountains from the revolving restaurant. (B)

Day 6 Vík | Choose to explore the village or make use of the hire car to discover the highlights of the south shore. Just over a two hour drive away is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a visual spectacle where huge chunks of ice calve from the glacier and crash into the lagoon below. Return to the Icelandair Hotel Vik and perhaps dine at the hotel’s Restaurant Berg with fabulous views towards the Reynisdrangar Pillars. (B)

Day 3 Reykjavík to Flúðir | Begin the journey into the heart of Iceland’s spectacular countryside. Drive between the trio of natural wonders known as the Golden Circle - Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the bubbling springs of Geysir - before arriving at the Icelandair Hotel Fludir. After dark, head to the hotel’s outdoor geothermal hot tubs and watch for the northern lights overhead. (B) Day 4 Flúðir | Take to the road and explore the surrounding area. Perhaps visit the nearby Secret Lagoon where it’s possible to watch ‘Little Geysir’ erupt every few minutes from the steaming waters of the natural pool. Return to the Icelandair Hotel Fludir and relax with a drink from the outdoor bar as day turns to night. (B)

Holiday duration 8 days Holiday type Fly-Drive Unguided Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£1130 per person

Includes flights, 4WD car hire and accommodation.

Day 7 Vík to Reykjavík | Make the return journey to Reykjavík, perhaps stopping at Friðheimar to learn about the geothermal greenhouses, and to try some of the delicious local produce. Check in to the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura for the final night. (B) Day 8 Reykjavík to the UK | Travel back to the Reykjanes peninsula. A visit to the region’s famous Blue Lagoon (pre-booking advised) is highly recommended - relax in the geothermal spa renowned for its rejuvenating white silica mud. Return the hire car at the airport before the return flight to the UK. (B)

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Northern Lights over Stracta Hotel

Hotel Stracta Short Break An hour and a half from Reykjavík, just beyond the small village of Hella, Stracta Hotel is the ideal base for exploring South Iceland. Opened in 2014 by Premiership footballer Hermann Hreiðarsson and his father, this modern hotel combines minimalist Nordic design with a passion for being ‘next door to nature’. Head to the outdoor hot tubs after dark to watch for the mystical northern lights.

The Hotel For more information, visit our website Newly opened in the summer of 2014, this 122room hotel is at the heart of South Iceland’s most spectacular natural attractions. From Restaurant Garður, infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano and its active neighbour Mt. Hekla can be viewed whilst enjoying a three-course evening buffet, created using the freshest of local ingredients. Standard rooms are bright and modern with Scandinavian-style furniture, private bathrooms, televisions and free Wi-Fi. Upgrade to a Superior room for a more spacious footprint and larger bathroom. For families, a Studio 1 apartment makes the ideal self-catering living space. Sleeping four to six people, each two-bedroom cottage has a kitchenette, living room with sofa-bed and private hot tub. Pick up one of the hotel’s great lunch boxes for a busy day of sightseeing. The volcanic

black sand beaches of Vík are just fifty miles away, whilst gushing Seljalandsfoss waterfall can be reached in under half an hour. Take a day to drive between the natural wonders of the Golden Circle or travel a little over three hours to spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and walk between stranded icebergs. The hotel also offers trips to local farms as well as optional activities such as Superjeep tours on Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano responsible for the 2010 ash cloud. In the winter months, take an invigorating dash to one of the hotel’s outdoor saunas or hot tubs. On a clear night, while away the evening in the warm waters, keeping an eye on the night sky for flashes of green light. The hotel also offers an introduction to fine whisky tasting to warm the cockles on cold winter evenings.

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Holiday duration 4 days Holiday type

Fly-Drive Unguided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£620 per person

Includes flights, 4WD car hire and accommodation Ask an Iceland Specialist about upgrading to a Superior room from £65 per person. A Studio 1 apartment costs from £650 per person based on four people sharing.


Iceland Fly-Drives

Reynisfjara Beach, South Iceland

Minniborgir Cottage Break This collection of 21 wooden chalets is located around 45 miles from Reykjavík and 11 miles from the small village of Laugarvatn. Situated within Iceland’s Golden Circle, it is a perfect base from which to explore many of the main south-west highlights. This is a great place for northern light spotting as there is no nearby light pollution, so take a walk in the area, stay close to your cottage or relax in one of the hot tubs.

The Cottages For more information, visit our website There are 4 different types of cottages available to rent from 1 or 2 bedroom smaller chalets up to larger cottages and one big luxurious cottage that sleeps 9 people.

A children’s playground is a few minutes away.

We have based our prices on the larger 80sqm cottages and have included linen/towels. There are 7 of these and they can be rented for any duration. The cottages are heated by thermal energy and are well insulated so are a great choice for an Icelandic winter self-catering break. Each cottage has an open plan kitchen, diner and living room area. There are 2 double bedrooms on the ground floor (one bedroom has an additional small single bunk bed) and 2 double beds on the mezzanine level in the attic. Therefore these cottages can sleep 8 people and are ideal for two families. The cottages also have a washing machine, two TVs, DVD player and free Wi-Fi, as well as their own private hot tub and gas BBQ.

During the winter months be sure to include a visit to the Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths, only fifteen minutes’ drive away from the Minniborgir Cottages. This is an ideal place to warm up after a day’s busy winter sightseeing as the spa is open until 9pm from October to March. Unwind in the warm geothermal pools and natural steam rooms. The baths vary in depth, size and temperature and the steam rooms built over natural hot springs have been used for this purpose since 1929. Fontana Spa is located by picturesque Lake Laugarvatn and so spectacular views can be enjoyed from the sauna or the pools. The restaurant at the spa also serves a delicious lunch and dinner buffet daily.

The staff are very friendly and always willing to help out and offer any advice if needed or arrange local excursions.

Holiday duration 4 days Holiday type Fly-Drive Unguided Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£699 per person

Based on 2 persons sharing, includes flights, 4WD car hire and accommodation. £530pp based on 4 persons sharing £495pp based on 6 persons sharing

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Group Tours The Inside Story For those who like a holiday 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 day has been planned to include all the highlights along the way. With frequent stops en route, you’ll discover the history and geology of the ever-changing landscape with the help of your local guide, sharing wonderful experiences along the way with a group of like-minded people. All of our winter tours are designed with aurora hunting in mind, and many include special talks and presentations to help you better understand the natural phenomenon and the myths and legends surrounding it. Don’t forget to pack plenty of warm layers including hats and gloves for rural walks after dark. A DSLR camera and tripod are also recommended for capturing the best shots of the northern lights using a long shutter speed. More 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 Experience the best of Iceland’s winter wonders on this popular group tour, specially designed to uncover the highlights of the South West whilst maximising the chances of witnessing the elusive aurora borealis. Discover waterfalls, geysers, icebergs, glaciers and lava fields, before heading out after dark to search for the northern lights in the stillness of the Icelandic countryside.

Departure Dates 2015 Fridays 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Oct 6, 13, 20 & 27 Nov 4 Dec Sundays 27 Sep 11 & 25 Oct 8, 22 & 29 Nov

Itinerary Contact an Iceland Specialist for more information and tour 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 Reykholt | 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 Hraunfossa 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 charming 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). En route back to the hotel stop in Borgarnes for a dip in the town’s geothermal swimming pool. Once darkness falls, head outside to await nature’s light show from the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. (B,L)

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Day 4 Reykholt to Hekla | Explore historic Þingvellir National Park, visit thundering Gullfoss waterfall and continue onwards to the Geysir geothermal fields, where powerful Strokkur geyser erupts into the air every few minutes. Discover the hot springs and bubbling mud pools before visiting a geothermal greenhouse. Finally, step into the darkness to chase the northern lights or enjoy

the scene from a relaxing hot tub. (B) Day 5 Hekla to Skaftafell | Travel along the south coast and learn about living next to an active volcano at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre. Discover sixty metrewide 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) Day 7 Skaftafell to Reykjavík | Discover the impressive Eldhraun lava field and visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where those who wish can walk the trail that goes behind the fall. 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 Reykjavík to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

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2016 Fridays 15, 22 & 29 Jan 5, 12, 19 & 26 Feb 4, 11, 18 & 25 Mar 1 Apr Sundays 10 & 24 Jan 7 & 21 Feb 6 & 20 Mar 3 Apr

Tour duration

8 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Seasonality

Sep-Apr

Group size  Max 45. Please note we also operate this tour with smaller groups (max 14) please contact us for details. Prices from

£1280 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel by coach and sightseeing tours


Iceland Group Tours

Sixty Metre-High Skógafoss Waterfall

Land of the Northern Lights Experience Iceland at its most spectacular - both during the day and after dark - on this concise coach tour. See dazzling glaciers, snow-clad mountains, giant lava fields and steaming hot springs. Bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, travel in the shadow of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, see Strokkur geyser erupt twenty metres into the air and, on a clear night, go in search of the incredible northern lights.

Itinerary Contact an Iceland Specialist for more information and tour 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 hotel, away from the light pollution of the big towns. 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 dramatic south coast, stopping en route at the infamous active volcano that lies beneath Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Discover Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where those who wish can walk along a trail behind the sheet of water, and take a stroll on the black lava beach at Reynisfjara, where the dramatic cliffs have been carved by the formidable Atlantic. In the

Departure Dates 2015 Tuesdays 29 Sep 6, 13, & 27 Oct 3, 10, 17 & 24 Nov 1 & 29 Dec Thursdays 1, 8, 22 & 29 Oct 5, 12, 19 & 26 Nov 3 &10 Dec

2016 Tuesdays 12, 19 & 26 Jan 2, 9, 16 & 23 Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 Mar 5 Apr Thursdays 14, 21 & 28 Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25 Feb 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Mar 7 Apr

afternoon continue to Skógafoss waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, and step back in time at a folk museum where the collection of artifacts gives an insight into the country’s past. In the evening enjoy a presentation about the northern lights and, if the sky is clear, look out overhead for the magical aurora. (B) Day 4 The Golden Circle | Visit a farm 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 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

Sep-Apr

Group size

Max 45

Prices from

£759 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel by coach and sightseeing tours.

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

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Soak in the Geothermal Waters of the Blue Lagoon

Winter Wellness & Aurora Combine Iceland’s natural wonders, including mighty waterfalls, exploding geysers and, if conditions are optimal, the magical northern lights, with the chance to pamper yourself. Soak in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, where the white silica mud is said to have anti-aging properties, and take advantage of the Riverside Spa at Hotel Selfoss with its steam room, sauna, hot pool and rainwater showers.

Departure Dates 2015 Sundays 8, 15, 22 & 29 Nov 6 & 13 Dec

2016 Sundays 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 Jan 7, 14, 21 & 28 Feb 6, 13 & 20 Mar

Itinerary Contact an Iceland Specialist for more information and tour availability Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive in Reykjavík and transfer to the Reykjavík Lights Hotel, a comfortable, modern hotel with views over the surrounding mountains. Each room in the hotel is unique and linked to a specific day in the ancient Icelandic calendar. After checking in, perhaps make use of free time to take a short walk to Laugardalur outdoor activity park with Iceland’s largest outdoor thermal pool, or head into the city to experience the many shops, cafés, restaurants, museums and bars. Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist about booking a northern lights evening excursion by coach or Superjeep.

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Day 2 Golden Circle | Leaving Reykjavík behind, discover the natural wonders of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. Start at Þingvellir National Park, the site of a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and the original home of Iceland’s historic first parliament, the Althing. Next, visit thundering Gulfoss waterfall where the Hvítá River rushes southward over a wide curved three-step staircase, before discovering the third wonder Geysir geothermal area where Strokkur geyser erupts into the air every few minutes. Travel to the 4-star Hotel Selfoss and check in for two nights. Located on the banks of the Ölfusá river, the town of Selfoss is the ideal base to explore South Iceland’s natural attractions. Once darkness falls, head outside to search for the northern lights dancing across the night sky. (B)

Day 3 South Coast | Continue along the southern coast and visit Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls before heading to the Eyjafjalljökull Information Centre to learn about living in the shadow of an active volcano. This ice-capped stratovolcano was the site of the infamous 2010 eruptions. Return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at leisure, making use of included entry to the hotel’s Riverside Spa. With a fire and ice theme, the relaxing spa area features a steam room, sauna, hot pool, rainwater showers, relaxation room, lounge and bar. After dinner, don’t miss another opportunity to head out in search of the mysterious aurora. (B) Day 4 Blue Lagoon | Travel back to the Reykjanes peninsula, past the Krýsuvík geothermal area, to the famous Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal waters. The natural minerals of the lagoon including white silica mud are said to have skin-repairing and antiaging properties. Unwinding in the sauna and steam baths which are carved into the lava rock is all part of the Blue Lagoon experience. Suitably relaxed, return to Reykjavík and embark on a tour of the city’s main attractions, including Hallgrímskirkja Church, the Perlan, Hofdi House, Reykjavík City Hall and the Harpa Concert centre. (B) Day 5 Reykjavík to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Talk to an Iceland Travel Specialist on 020 7666 1290 | www.regentholidays.co.uk

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Seasonality

Nov-Mar

Group size

Max 28

Prices from

£875 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel by coach, sightseeing tours and Blue Lagoon & Riverside Spa entry.


Iceland Group Tours

Sunset at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Iceland Northern Lights Hunt Experience Iceland’s incredible Golden Circle and volcanic south coast on this fully escorted winter coach tour. See active volcanoes, immense glaciers, icy waterfalls, black beaches and erupting geysers. Relax in the healing geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon and stay in a remote countryside location – the perfect spot to hunt for the incredible northern lights away from the bright city lights.

Departure Dates 2015 Thursdays 15, 22 & 29 Oct 12, 19 & 26 Nov 3, 10 & 17 Dec

2016 Thursdays 14, 21 & 28 Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25 Feb

Itinerary Contact an Iceland Specialist for more information and tour availability Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive in Iceland and take the airport shuttle service to the hotel for an overnight stay. Be sure to inform the reception staff if you would like to be woken up for any northern lights sightings. Day 2 Golden Circle | Discover the trio of natural wonders that make up Iceland’s Golden Circle. Begin at historic Þingvellir National Park where the forces of the Great Atlantic Rift are clearly visible. Continue to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 metres into the Hvita River, before spending time at the Geysir geothermal fields where active Strokkur erupts every few minutes. Visit a farm which breeds Icelandic horses, a breed that has remained pure for over 1,000 years and is known for its unique gait. Drive to Vík, Iceland’s southern-most village, and check in to the country guesthouse for two nights. In the evening enjoy a presentation about the northern lights before heading out into the darkness to search for the natural phenomenon in the night sky. (B) Day 3 Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon | Head east along the southern shore to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a natural wonderland where huge chunks of ice break away from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and tumble into the lagoon before heading out to sea. The lagoon is filled with fish that drift in from the sea and, in the winter months, seals gather in large numbers to catch their supper. Continue

to Skaftafell National Park which contains around half of Europe’s largest Ice Cap, Vatnajökull, and whose landscape has been formed by thousands of years of ice, fire and water. If conditions are optimal for aurora hunting, head out into the rural surrounds and await the flickering neon lights. (B) Day 4 South Shore & Blue Lagoon | Travel along the south coast to the volcanic black beaches of Reynisfjara, where the impressive offshore towers of basalt rock are a reminder of the once-extensive cliff line. See the three rock stacks rising from the sea - Skessudrangar, Landdrangar and Langhamrar - which according to local folklore were once trolls who were turned to stone. Continue to Skógafoss Waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland at 60 metres high, and onwards to Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre located at the foot of the infamous volcano responsible for the 2010 ash cloud. Discover picturesque Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, one of the most famous in Iceland where those who wish can walk behind the cascade. Finally, end the day relaxing in the mineral-rich waters of the famous Blue Lagoon before heading back to the capital. Be sure to plaster the white silica mud over face and body for the full Blue Lagoon experience. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Seasonality

Oct-Feb

Group size

Max 45

Prices from

£960 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel by coach and sightseeing tours.

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

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Northern Lights at Reykjanes Peninsula

Northern Lights Deluxe Discover South Iceland in style on this exclusive small group tour. See waterfalls, geysers and volcanoes, feel the force of nature beneath your feet on a gentle glacier hike, relax in the healing waters of two geothermal spas and enjoy delicious gourmet meals along the way. After dark, learn about the mysterious aurora borealis before heading out into the night to await the celestial swirls of light.

Departure Dates 2015 Sundays 4 & 18 Oct 1 & 15 Nov

2016 Sundays 17 & 31 Jan 7, 14, 21 & 28 Feb 6, 13, 20 & 27 Mar 3 Apr

Itinerary Contact an Iceland Specialist for more information and tour availability Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive in Iceland and transfer to the Icelandair Hotel Marina in Reykjavík’s historic harbour district. Perhaps start the holiday with a drink at the hotel’s fashionable Slipp bar or head out to explore the capital. Day 2 Reykjavík to Grímsnes | Begin with a guided city tour of Reykjavík, including the Hallgrímskirkja church tower which offers incredible panoramic views across the city, and learn about Icelandic cheese and local skyr whilst enjoying a delicious lunch in a cheese school buttery. Depart for Þingvellir National Park, stopping at the Fontana Geothermal Baths for a relaxing dip. Arrive at the boutique Hotel Grímsborgir (see page 34) and check in for three nights. After a gourmet three-course dinner, learn about the northern lights and how to photograph them before heading out into the darkness to await the phenomenon from the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. (B,L,D)

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Day 3 Golden Circle & Coast | Discover the natural wonders of the Golden Circle including mighty Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir geothermal fields and Kerið volcanic crater lake. Meet a local to find out about living in a land of geothermal activity and taste geothermally-boiled eggs in Hveragerði. Travel to the coast, discovering colourful fishing villages and historic buildings, and tasting local produce en route including shark meat, dried fish and the local schnapps,

Brennivín. Dine on langoustine at a coastal restaurant before heading outside to search for the elusive aurora borealis. (B,D) Day 4 Volcanoes & Glaciers | Travel along the south coast, stopping at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, before visiting the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre to learn about living next to an active volcano. In the afternoon choose between a three-hour guided walk on a nearby glacier (suitable for beginners) or continuing the coach tour to the volcanic black sand beaches of the south coast. In the evening, enjoy another excellent three-course dinner at Hotel Grímsborgir and watch a video presentation about the northern lights before stepping outside to await the ethereal light show. (B,D) Day 5 Grímsnes to Reykjanes Peninsula | Travel west to the Reykjanes peninsula, characterised by its hot springs, moon-like landscapes and lighthouses. Learn about the story of the Viking expansion at a Viking ship and history museum and enjoy a delicious seafood feast. In the afternoon visit the famous Blue Lagoon and enjoy the Comfort Experience package which includes a drink from the in-water bar and a volcano scrub or algae mask. Check in to the nearby Northern Light Inn and enjoy a delicious local lamb meal. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Reykjavík to the UK | Transfer to the airport for the return flight to the UK. (B)

Talk to an Iceland Travel Specialist on 020 7666 1290 | www.regentholidays.co.uk

Tour duration

6 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Group size

Max 14

Prices from

£1865 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel by coach, meals as specified, sightseeing tours and entrance to the Fontana Spa and Blue Lagoon.


Iceland Group Tours

Eskifjörður, East Fjords

Iceland Aurora Circle Travel North, South and East on this comprehensive winter tour that combines aurora hunting with Iceland’s incredible natural wonders. Discover otherworldly lava fields, soaring waterfalls, deep fjords, black sand beaches, tower volcanoes and bubbling hot springs. Dine with a northern lights photographer and meet the locals of the remote East Fjords to hear about their lives in this isolated part of the country.

Departure Dates 2015 Sundays 4 & 18 Oct 1 Nov

2016 Sundays 14, 21 & 28 Feb 6, 13, 20 & 27 Mar

Itinerary Contact an Iceland Specialist for more information and tour availability Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Fly to Iceland and transfer to the hotel in Reykjavík for an overnight stay. Day 2 Reykjavík to Mývatn | Fly north to Akureyri and drive to Godafoss - a spectacular waterfall on a glacial river. Continue to Lake Mývatn, created by a large basaltic lava eruption some 2,300 years ago, and walk around the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd and Dimmuborgir. After dinner relax in the geothermal waters of Mývatn Nature Baths where, if conditions are favourable, it may be possible to see the aurora overhead. (B,D) Day 3 Mývatn to East Iceland | Visit Sigurgeir’s Bird Museum before travelling to the hot spring area of Námaskarð known for its bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Continue through the remote highlands, looking out for wild reindeer, to East Iceland and overnight close to Lake Lögurinn, the perfect rural setting to search for the elusive northern lights. (B,L,D) Day 4 East Fjords | Travel past isolated fishing villages to the small town of Eskifjörður. Visit the Maritime Museum and seafarers’ lodge before continuing to the small village of Fáskrúðsfjörður, a hub for French fishermen in the 19th century. Stay in the former French hospital and dine with a local aurora photographer before heading to her secret northern lights viewing spot. (B,D)

Day 5 East Fjords to Vatnajökull National Park | Travel through the dramatic landscapes and tiny fishing villages of the East Fjords before reaching Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Continue to spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and take a stroll along the black sand beach amidst the stranded icebergs. In the evening make use of the rural setting to search for the northern lights dancing across the night sky. (B,D) Day 6 South Coast | Travel across the Laki lava field, past mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Discover Reynisfjara’s black sand beach, visit impressive Skógafoss waterfall and stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre to learn about living next to an active volcano. In the evening, the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs are the ideal place to relax and await the magical northern lights. (B,D) Day 7 Golden Circle | Make the journey back to Reykjavík, stopping at the impressive sights of the Golden Circle. Discover hot springs and bubbling mud pools at the Geysir geothermal fields, admire thundering Gullfoss waterfall and visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once back in Reykjavík, enjoy a city sightseeing tour of the world’s northern-most capital. Perhaps choose to dine out at one of Reykjavík’s many great restaurants on the final night. (B)

Tour duration

8 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Seasonality

Oct-Mar

Group size

Max 30

Prices from

£1750 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel by coach and sightseeing tours.

Day 8 Reykjavík to 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 winter wonders of South Iceland 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, search for the ethereal northern lights in the stillness of the remote Icelandic countryside.

Departure Dates 2015 Thursdays 15, 22 & 29 Oct 5, 12,19 & 26 Nov 3 & 10 Dec

2016 Thursdays 14, 21 & 28 Jan 4, 11, 18 & 25 Feb 3, 10, 17 & 31 Mar 7 Apr

Itinerary Contact an Iceland Specialist for more information and tour availability Day 1 Fly to Reykjavík | Arrive in Iceland and transfer to the hotel. Make use of a free evening in the world’s northern-most capital. Perhaps choose to dine at one of the many restaurants in the fashionable 101 district or simply relax at the hotel’s Soley Natura Spa. Day 2 Golden Circle | Visit the fascinating Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavík before travelling to Þingvellir National Park where the ancient parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. 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. Sample geothermallybaked hot spring bread and eggs, along with Icelandic herring and schnapps. Travel on to thundering Gullfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country, before checking in at the countryside hotel in the small village of Flúðir. After dark, head outside in search of the celestial northern lights in the winter sky. (B)

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Day 3 Flúðir to Kirkjubæjarklaustur | Explore the region surrounding infamous Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano responsible for the 2010 ash cloud. Visit an innovative Icelandic farm before travelling along the dramatic south coast to the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. 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 outside for another opportunity to search for the aurora borealis. (B) Day 4 Skaftafell National Park | Explore Skaftafell National Park, 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) Day 5 Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Reykjavík | Travel to the geothermal village of Hveragerði where greenhouses are heated by hot water from nearby springs, stopping en route at a 12th century Lutheran church known locally as the miracle church. Travel 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 Reykjavík to UK | Transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK. (B)

Talk to an Iceland Travel Specialist on 020 7666 1290 | www.regentholidays.co.uk

Tour duration

6 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Group size

Max 35

Prices from

£940 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel by coach and sightseeing tours


Iceland Group Tours

Northern Lights, Snæfellsnes Peninsula

West Iceland Wonders Search for the ethereal northern lights above the fishing villages and fjords of West Iceland on this winter coach tour. Experience the natural wonders of this dramatic region - discover Europe’s most powerful hot spring, sample delicious freshly caught scallops on a fjord boat tour and travel in the shadow of the mighty stratovolcano made famous by novelist Jules Verne in Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Departure Dates 2015 Wednesdays 28 Oct 11 & 25 Nov 9 Dec

2016 Wednesdays 27 Jan 3, 10 & 24 Feb 2, 9 & 16 Mar 6 Apr

Itinerary Contact an Iceland Specialist for more information and tour 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, take in spectacular views from the top of a lighthouse and learn about Iceland’s folklore at Fossatún Troll Gardens. 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, 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) 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. Weather permitting, visit the pretty fishing village of Grundarfjörður with its impressive coastline framed by mountains. Jutting out into the bay is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt Kirkjufell. Travel back to

Borgarnes for another chance to search for the elusive aurora borealis. (B) Day 4 Borgarnes to Hveragerði | Head south to discover the natural wonders of the Golden Circle. See Gullfoss waterfall tumble down a deep meandering gorge, see active Strokkur spout water twenty metres into the air at the Geysir geothermal field and visit Þingvellir, an historic National Park situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Stop at Erpsstadir dairy farm and sample delicious local skyr, an organic yogurt that has been enjoyed in Iceland since Viking times. Continue to the hot spring town of Hveragerði and check in to the hotel. In the evening, enjoy a performance at Fákasel Icelandic Horse Theatre. (B) 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 35

Prices from

£960 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers, travel by coach and sightseeing tours.

Day 6 Reykjavík to 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% 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.

Towns and villages are linked only by sea or air, so travel like a local and take a dog sledge journey through the Kangerlussuaq wilderness, or head out into the Arctic waters by boat and cruise between fjords, mountains, islands and icebergs, keeping an eye out for whales and seals. Our Greenland Travel Specialists can tailor-make your very own Arctic adventure, including ice fjord cruising and scenic flights, whale watching, dog sledging and even visiting a local home to gain an insight into life in the least densely populated country in the world.

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Greenland’s Immense Ice Cap

Winter Wilderness & Aurora Greenland’s only inland town is one of the best places in the country to experience the northern lights, with over 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 Specialist for the full range of optional excursions. Day 1 Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq | Fly direct from Denmark’s capital to the Greenlandic settlement of Kangerlussuaq, home to just 600 residents. On arrival, meet with the local guide and transfer 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. Ask a Regent Greenland specialist about booking an optional northern lights tour and head out into the wilderness with a knowledgeable local guide in search of the natural phenomenon. Day 2 Kangerlussuaq | With three full days to explore at leisure, we recommend booking excursions in advance to make the most of your time in Kangerlussuaq. Perhaps begin with an orientation city tour and learn about the history of the settlement and the former American base, Bluie West-8. From early January to late March the best way to experience the icy wilderness is by sledge. Wrap up warm and travel as the Inuits have done for centuries on an optional two hour husky sledging adventure. (B)

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country. Drive along 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) Day 4 Kangerlussuaq | To gain a better sense of the scale of Greenland’s ice sheet, perhaps choose to take an optional 25 minute scenic flight over the colossal inland Ice Cap. Fly at low altitude in a comfortable 5-seater aircraft where every seat is a window seat, and keep an eye out for Musk Oxen roaming the wilderness below. Don’t miss a final opportunity to search for the magical northern lights after dark. (B) Day 5 Fly to Copenhagen | Fly back to the Danish capital. Ask your Regent Specialist about adding a city break in Copenhagen. (B)

Day 3 Kangerlussuaq | Kangerlussuaq’s inland location means that it is just a short drive to Greenland’s immense Ice Cap. Consider booking an optional excursion to this mighty sheet of ice that covers around 85% of the

Talk to a Greenland Travel Specialist on 020 7666 1290 | www.regentholidays.co.uk

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional excursions

Seasonality

Thursdays from 29 Oct 2015 to 2 Apr 2016

Prices from

£1135 per person

Includes flights from Copenhagen, transfers, accommodation & breakfast.


Greenland Holidays

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 Specialist for the full range of optional excursions. Day 1 Reykjavík to Ilulissat | Fly to Ilulissat from Reykjavík Domestic Airport 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 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 2 Ilulissat | Ask your Regent Greenland specialist about optional excursions available on this free day. Perhaps choose to take a scenic flight over the ice fjord where a bird’s eye view provides an incredible insight into the scale of the ice below or take a boat trip through the ice-strewn waters to remote Rodebay. This small Inuit settlement, also known as Oqaitsuth, has a local population of around 40 people who are dependent on fishing and hunting. The excursion includes a guided walk and lunch at the old trading station. In the evening perhaps enjoy dinner at Restaurant Ulo before heading out into the winter night to await the aurora. (B)

Day 3 Ilulissat | Ask your Regent Greenland specialist about optional excursions available on this free day. Perhaps join a cruise between the enormous icebergs that tower 100 metres above sea level or embark on an invigorating dog sledging adventure across the neverending white landscape. There are around 3,500 working sledge dogs in Ilulissat, which transport locals and tourists alike in the winter months. It’s also possible to explore the icy wilderness by snowmobile, discovering the scale of the backcountry as the low sun illuminates the landscape. After dinner, a final opportunity to scour the night sky for the northern lights should not be missed. (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 time in Iceland. (B)

Tour duration

4 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional excursions

Seasonality

Saturdays from 27 Feb to 2 April 2016

Prices from

£1540 per person

Includes flights from Reykjavík, accommodation, transfers & meals as specified.

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Welcome to

Finland A vast country with a tip to toe length of over 1,000 kilometres, Finland is divided into four distinct regions. The country’s northernmost province of Lapland is an Arctic playground where it’s possible to explore the twinkling landscape by dog sled, reindeer sleigh or snowmobile. Best known as being the official hometown of Santa Claus, the regional capital of Rovaniemi, located on the Arctic Circle, makes for a magical family holiday. Known locally as ‘fox fires’, according to Sami legend the northern lights are caused by a fox running across the Arctic fells lighting up the sky with sparks flying from its tail. In Finnish Lapland, nature’s light show can be seen on roughly 200 nights a year - experience aurora hunting by snowmobile or husky sled, or stay warm in a glassceilinged igloo and watch the flickering ribbons of colour from the comfort of your own bed.

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Glass Igloos at Kakslauttanen

Lapland Winter Escape Home to Lapland’s only Igloo village, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort lies high above the Arctic Circle in the heart of Finnish Lapland. Spend three wintry nights in this enchanting location and pre-book optional guided excursions to explore the snowy wilderness – perhaps take part in an adventure safari by snowmobile, reindeer or husky or head out onto frozen Lake Inari for a spot of ice fishing.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Specialist for more information Day 1 UK to Ivalo | Fly to Ivalo via Helsinki and transfer to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort for three nights. Check in to the secluded log cabin and relax by the open fire. Day 2 Aurora Borealis | Perhaps embark on an optional two or four hour snowmobiling excursion through the snowy forest, and enjoy lunch cooked on an open fire. After dark, head out into the Arctic wilderness in search of the incredible aurora borealis, which is normally visible every other night between September and March. Maybe even view nature’s light show from a reindeer-driven sledge. (B) Day 3 Lake Inari | Pre-book optional excursions to get the most out of this free day. Perhaps discover the beauty of Lapland on an exhilarating husky safari. Steer your own team of energised dogs through Lapland’s snowy forests, choosing your tour length from just a

short 15 minute ride up to a full-on overnight adventure. Or why not try some ice fishing on frozen Lake Inari? Dangle a line through a bored hole and take the catch of the day back to the restaurant to be prepared by the chef for dinner. (B) Day 4 Ivalo to UK | Transfer to Ivalo airport for the flight back to the UK via Helsinki. Speak to a Regent Specialist to add on a city break in Finland’s capital. (B) Igloo Add-on No trip to Kakslauttanen would be complete without a night spent in one of the world famous glass igloos. Drift off to sleep below the northern lights on a remote controlled reclining bed, gazing through the glass roof at the night sky above. Ask a Regent Finland Specialist to upgrade your stay.

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Holiday duration 4 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional Excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Apr

Prices from

£935 per person

Includes flights, accommodation and transfers


Lapland Igloo & Ice Hotel For the ultimate Arctic experience, travel to Finnish Lapland and spend two nights in a glass igloo and one night in a hotel room carved from ice. Watch the northern lights paint ribbons of colour across the sky from the glass-ceilinged igloo, enjoy an extrachilled drink at the Ice Gallery bar and take part in exhilarating winter activities from snowmobiling to husky sledging.

Itinerary Ask a Regent Finland Specialist to pre-book optional excursions Day 1 Travel to Levi | Fly to Kittilä via Helsinki and transfer to Levi. Spend two nights in a Golden Crown glass igloo, located on the edge of a fell and surrounded by nature. Each glass-ceilinged igloo has a fully-equipped kitchenette, shower and toilet. At the centre of each is a motorised double bed from which you can watch the northern lights dancing across the night sky. Upgrade to a Premium Igloo for uninterrupted panoramic views across the snowy fell. Day 2 Levi | The flat area surrounding the fell is ideal for activities such as cross-country skiing, dog sledging and snowmobiling. Make use of a free day to take part in exhilarating winter activities and perhaps take an evening northern lights snowmobile safari before retreating to the igloo to drift off under the starry night sky. Ask a Regent Finland Specialist to pre-book optional activities. (B)

Day 4 Levi | Perhaps pay an optional visit to the Luvattumaa River Spa before checking out. The natural spa’s hot and cold open-air baths, traditional sauna and ice sauna are the perfect way to rejuvenate body and soul. Transfer to the Hullo Poro (Crazy Reindeer) Hotel in the centre of Levi and spend the day at leisure. Perhaps take an optional ice fishing safari, travelling by snowmobile to a private fishing lake and drilling into the ice to fish for rainbow trout. Don’t miss a final opportunity to search for the ethereal northern lights after dark. For an end-of-holiday treat, Regent recommends the legendary Lapland à la carte restaurant, Valkea Vaadin, in Levin Tori square, where Nordic game and fresh local fish are served in atmospheric Lappish style. (B) Day 5 Levi to the UK | Transfer to Kittilä airport for the return flight to the UK via Helsinki. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Apr

Prices from

£1249 per person

Includes flights, accommodation and transfers

Day 3 Ice Hotel | Check in to the Levi Ice Gallery for an overnight stay in an ice room. Each year the impressive snow castle is newly built for winter. Discover the fairytale snow hotel, snow chapel, ice bar and ice art gallery, and perhaps enjoy dinner by the fire in the Lappish Hut restaurant before snuggling into sleeping bags for a sub-zero night. Each magical ice room is individually decorated with ice sculptures, snow reliefs and lights. (B)

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Aerial View of Hotel Taivaanvlkeat

Lapland Wilderness Escape Enjoy a short winter break at Hotel Taivaanvalkeat, at the heart of Finnish Lapland. Located eight kilometres from Levi on the banks of the Ounasjoki River, Hotel Taivaanvalkeat offers luxury log cabin-style accommodation in the tranquil countryside. Simply unwind surrounded by nature or opt to explore the winter landscape by reindeer sledge or snowmobile.

The Hotel For more information, visit our website Located in Köngäs village, eight kilometres from the ski resort of Levi, Hotel Taivaanvalkeat is a boutique log-cabin style hotel in the middle of the Lapland wilderness. Each of the thirteen guestrooms is a cosy retreat with its own private bathroom, and guests can socialise in the hotel’s charming television room. Private groups can hire Revontulikota, a two-storey traditional Lappish hut especially designed for observing the northern lights. Enjoy a delicious dinner by the open fire and admire the twinkling stars and aurora displays from the windows upstairs. Choose to simply relax in the calm of the rural surrounds or ask a Regent Finland Specialist to pre-book optional winter activities from nearby Levi. Take a snowmobile safari to a reindeer or husky farm to learn about the

animals which play such an important role in local life, or head out after dark on an exhilarating snowmobile ride in search of the northern lights in the Lappish wilderness. Perhaps opt for a husky safari, travelling fifteen kilometres by dog sledge to the Levi Ice Gallery to admire the fairytale ice hotel and ice sculpture gallery, or enjoy a snow-shoeing and ice-fishing experience. A renowned ski resort, Levi also boasts 230 kilometres of maintained cross-country skiing routes and eighteen kilometres of winter walking routes. For the true Finnish experience, relax in Hotel Taivaanvalkeat’s spacious sauna by the river after a tiring day on the slopes, and head out after dark to search for the magical aurora borealis in the quiet wilderness.

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Holiday duration 5 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Unguided

Seasonality

Dec-Apr

Prices from

£770 per person

Includes flights, transfers and accommodation


Santa’s Aurora Arctic View Glass Room

Santa’s Aurora Short Break Located in the middle of Finnish Lapland, only ninety minutes from the Arctic Circle, Luosto is a ski and Arctic safari resort in the heart of the national forest. Stay at Santa’s Aurora Hotel, spending two nights in a cosy room with its own sauna and two nights in a unique glass dome with uninterrupted skyward views. Authentic husky sled and reindeer sleigh rides are a holiday highlight.

Itinerary Ask a Regent Iceland Specialist to tailor-make this itinerary Day 1 Fly to Rovaniemi | Fly to Rovaniemi via Helsinki and transfer to Luosto, a journey of around one and a half hours. Check in to Santa’s Hotel Aurora for two nights in a Standard room. Each of the beautifully furnished cosy rooms has it own sauna for relaxing after a busy day of winter activities. In northern Lapland the aurora borealis can be seen on around 200 nights of the year, and normally appears just before midnight. Each room has an aurora alarm phone to wake guests for late night northern lights displays. Day 2 Luosto | Take part in optional winter activities on this free day in Luosto. Perhaps join an exhilarating snowmobile safari into the Lappish wilderness, travelling across frozen swamps and through forests covered with snow, or enjoy a husky safari and travel by traditional sled. In the evening, head to the hotel restaurant and enjoy Nordic fare from the lava stone grill. (B)

Day 4 Luosto | Enjoy optional winter activities on the last day in Luosto. Perhaps embark on a snowshoe hike in the national park, try crosscountry skiing on one of the many nearby trails or head into the wilderness for a spot of ice fishing. Ask a Regent Finland Specialist to prebook optional activities. In the evening enjoy a final night in the wonderful glass room with uninterrupted skyward views. (B) Day 5 Luosto to the UK | Transfer to Rovaniemi, capital of Lapland. Time permitting, perhaps pay a visit to Santa Claus at his official home before the return flight to the UK via Helsinki. At this festive village of twinkling lights and winter cheer, children and the young at heart can meet Santa himself and discover the post room where elves sort through Christmas letters from around the worlds. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Apr

Prices from

£1130 per person

Includes flights, accommodation and transfers

Day 3 Luosto | Check in to a Santa’s Aurora Arctic View room for two nights. With glass walls and ceilings, these unique pods are designed in the style of a traditional Lappish hut. Make use of a free day to take an optional excursion to a reindeer farm or enjoy a memorable reindeer sleigh ride through snowy forests. In the evening retreat to the glass Arctic View room and watch the night sky for celestial auroral displays. (B)

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Lappish Log Cabin in Luosto

Lapland Log Cabin Break With over 120 log cabins in Luosto in northern Lapland, these self-catering properties make ideal Arctic holiday homes for adventure-seeking families. Spend days exploring the snowy Lappish landscape by husky sled, reindeer sleigh, snowmobile or cross-country skis and head out after dark in search of ‘fox fires’ – the local name for the northern lights sweeping their tails across the night sky.

The Cabins For more information, visit our website Located in the ski and Arctic safari resort of Luosto, these individual log cabins can be reached in around an hour and a half from Rovaniemi, capital of Lapland. For the ultimate family experience, Regent recommends a trip to Rovaniemi to visit Santa Claus in his official home before transferring to Luosto. Scattered around the village, each of the 120 log cottages is built according to traditional style and made of local kelo wood. Offering accommodation for couples up to groups of twelve people, no two huts are the same. Each comes complete with a fully-equipped kitchen, cosy fireplace, sauna and television. Cabins with a washing machine or drying cabinet can be requested with a Regent Finland Specialist. For those who wish to have a break from the kitchen, professional chefs from nearby Restaurant Kerttuli offer guests

the opportunity to taste Lappish gastronomic delights with a fully catered service. Opportunities to explore this Arctic adventure playground are plentiful. Visit one of Luosto’s two reindeer farms to learn about reindeer husbandry, or opt for a thrilling sleigh ride through the snowy wilderness. The Arctic Husky Farm is just ten minutes from Luosto and offers the chance to meet the dogs or travel through the wilderness on an exhilarating dog sled safari. Explore the glittering landscape by snowmobile, or head out after dark on an aurora hunting snowmobile adventure. For Arctic adrenaline junkies, perhaps try ice climbing up a frozen waterfall or for the ultimate Finnish experience follow a hot sauna with a swim in a frozen lake.

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Holiday duration 7 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Apr

Prices from

£695 per person

Includes flights, transfers and accommodation (Based on 4 sharing)


Santa Claus in Rovaniemi, Lapland

Santa Claus City Break Newly opened, the Arctic Light Hotel is a luxurious, centrally-located hotel in the Lapland capital, Rovaniemi. Located right on the Arctic Circle, explore the Lappish landscape on a snowmobile, reindeer sleigh or even mushing your own husky sled. No visit to Rovaniemi would be complete without a magical visit to Santa Claus’ official home where children can meet the man in person.

The Hotel For more information, visit our website Opened in April 2015, the Arctic Light Hotel is a brand new contemporary hotel, housed in the former Rovaniemi City Hall building, with 57 individually styled rooms and suites. Magic Rooms feature a bathroom with walkin rain shower, 40” flat-screen television, Nespresso coffee machine, minibar and free Wi-Fi, and have space for up to two additional beds. Upgrade to an Arctic Room for a separate cosy lounge area and king size bed, or an even larger family-friendly Polar Room with lounge, kitchenette and space for up to three additional beds. The hotel also boasts five unique Aurora Rooms with wonderful sky-view windows designed with aurora hunting in mind. The hotel’s Arctic Boulevard restaurant uses local ingredients from the ocean and forest. On the menu, which changes with

each season, expect to find game from the forests and fells, fish and seafood from the Lapland lakes and Arctic Ocean, and wild berries, herbs and local vegetables. Diners can choose between three separate areas Arctic Boulevard, Arctic Winter Garden and Chef’s Table. Explore the Arctic wonderland on exciting optional excursions. Choose to travel across the snowy landscape by reindeer sleigh, husky sled or snowmobile - ask a Regent Finland Specialist about special family safaris on snowmobiles suitable for children. The highlight of any holiday in Rovaniemi is a visit to Santa Claus’ official home. Meet the man in red, visit the post office where cheerful elves post Father Christmas’ letters and explore magical Santa Park where Christmas dreams are brought to life.

Holiday duration 4 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Apr

Prices from

£579 per person

Includes flights, transfers and accommodation

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Arctic Riverside Retreat Relax in traditional Finnish log cabin accommodation in the heart of Finnish Lapland surrounded by the frozen rapids of River Raudanjoki. Travel across the snowy wilderness by snowmobile, reindeer sleigh and husky sled, go in search of the northern lights, and hike the large and diverse network of wintry trails on this ultimate Arctic escape. Enjoy meals served by an open fire before relaxing in your very own riverside cabin.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Specialist for more information Day 1 Fly to Rovaniemi | Fly to Rovaniemi via Helsinki, meet your local guide and transfer to a riverside house for three nights. After dark follow the natural light provided by the snow reflection, stars and moon on an enchanting snowshoe hike in search of the northern lights. Cross a walking bridge which leads to a river island and admire frozen rapids below. Relax in the wintry atmosphere whilst frying sausages on an open fire before heading back to the Arctic Wilderness Lodge for a heart-warming dinner. (D) Day 2 Snowmobile, Reindeer & Husky Safari | Enjoy breakfast at the lodge before heading out for a day of snow filled fun. Weave between the forest trees on a snowmobile, steer your very own sleigh pulled by reindeer, experience an exhilarating husky safari through the Arctic wilderness before clicking

into tandem skis and making the most of the snowy sliding hills. Spend time exploring Santa Claus Village, a great chance to pick up some Finnish souvenirs and meet Santa Claus himself. (B,D) Day 3 Finnish sauna | Spend the day at leisure. Perhaps explore the Arctic Circle hiking area or learn the art of ice fishing in the frozen rivers, rapids, lakes and ponds just a short drive away. Ask a Regent Finland Specialist to pre-book optional activities. In the evening relax at the riverside sauna. If you’re brave enough embrace the Finnish sauna ritual of jumping in the snow. Snack on grilled sausages sauna side and smother yourself in organic body scrub for a special treat. (B,L,D) Day 4 Rovaniemi to UK | Transfer to Rovaniemi airport for the return flight to the UK via Helsinki. (B)

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Holiday duration 4 days Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided excursions

Seasonality

Dec-Mar

Prices from

ÂŁ949 per person

Includes flights, transfers, excursions and accommodation. (Based on 4 sharing) These prices are for the Riverside House apartments each with 2 twin rooms. For family prices and other accommodation options contact a Regent Finland specialist.


Winter War Battle Conditions

Finland Frozen Hell Join this Regent Holidays exclusive small group tour and discover Finland’s Winter War battle sites. Named after the American writer William R. Trotter’s novel of the same name, our Frozen Hell tour allows you to experience the authentic battle sites of the 1939-1940 war following the Soviet Union’s invasion of Finland, delving into the military history of Suomussalmi and Kuhmo.

Itinerary Speak to a Regent Finland Specialist for more information Day 1 Travel to Suomussalmi | Fly to Kajaani via Helsinki and transfer by coach to Suomussalmi. The Battle of Suomussalmi was fought from around December 7th 1939 to January 8th 1940 and the outcome was a major Finnish victory against vastly superior forces. Explore the local area, including the beautiful promenade on the shore of Lake Kiantajärvi, Jätkänpuisto (Lumberjack) Park and the statue of Ilmari “Iki” Kianto. In the evening relax in a Finnish Sauna after dinner. (D) Day 2 Raate Road | The Battle of Raate Road took place at the beginning of January 1940, with the Finns ambushing the Soviet 44th Rifle Division en route to Suomussalmi. The outnumbered Finnish 9th Division stopped and decisively defeated the Soviet forces. Learn about the most significant battles from a local guide with expertise in the military history of the Raate area, walking alongside renovated dugouts, trenches, armaments and monuments. Lunch at the Raatteen Portti (Raate Gate) Winter War Museum and stroll around the museum’s excellent exhibitions. In the afternoon visit the impressive Winter War memorial with its three-hectare field of stones and the Avara Syli (Spacious Embrace) memorial. Transfer back to Suomussalmi, stopping in the village of Karhulanvaara to see the Liekki (Flame) monument designed by Alvar Aalto - a tribute to the Finnish soldiers of the Winter War. (B,L,D)

Day 3 Suomussalmi to Kuhmo | Transfer to Kuhmo, stopping en route at the FinnishRussian border crossing point of Vartius. During the Winter War the town of Kuhmo was bombarded 48 times, with ground battles taking place as close as ten kilometres from the centre of town. In the afternoon join a guided tour of the Kuhmo Winter War Museum, which brings to life the hardships of the Finnish and Soviet soldiers. The museum also houses a model of the Luelahti encirclement battle and two models of Soviet planes. (B,L,D) Day 4 Kuhmo | Embark on a full day guided tour of Kuhmo’s most important Winter War sites. Learn about the military history of the Saunajärvi and Lammasperä battlefronts and discover numerous restored field fortifications such as machine gun stations, tank traps, defence lines, dugouts, trenches and armaments. (B,L,D)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Group Tour Fully Guided

Departure

5 Nov 2015

Prices from

£1285 per person

Includes flights, accommodation, transfers, meals as specified and sightseeing with an English speaking guide.

Day 5 Kuhmo to UK | Visit the ruins of Kajaani castle, built at the beginning of the 17th century as an administrational centre which would secure the north-eastern part of the Swedish empire. The remote wilderness castle also served as a place of exile for political prisoners, the most famous being the historian Johannes Messenius. Continue to Kajaani airport for the return flight to the UK via Helsinki. (B)

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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 choice for a wilderness break. Choose to explore the snowy landscape around Tromsø, northern Norway’s Arctic capital, or travel to the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago, Spitsbergen, situated midway between continental Norway and the North Pole. The North Atlantic Current moderates Spitsbergens’s temperatures, particularly during winter, giving it up to 20°c higher winter temperature than similar latitudes in Russia and Canada. The best places to see the northern lights are above the Arctic Circle, in northern Norway or Svalbard. 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 dancing across the sky day or night. Exploring the moonlit landscape by snowmobile or husky sledge at this special time of year is a magical experience.

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View from the Arctic Panorama Lodge

Arctic Panorama Lodge Located at the heart of Northern Norway’s fjords, the remote Arctic Panorama Lodge is a superb boutique retreat, surrounded by mountains reflecting in the Arctic Ocean. On a short break at this island lodge, choose to simply relax in the quiet of the wilderness or to book optional excursions to explore the snow-covered landscape. After dark, watch for the northern lights from the lodge’s panoramic windows.

Itinerary Ask a Regent Norway Specialist to pre-book optional excursions Day 1 Fly to Tromsø | Fly to Tromsø direct from London Gatwick and transfer to the Arctic Panorama Lodge for a three night stay. A remote 4-star retreat, the lodge has six cosy double rooms with en suite bathrooms, a fully licensed bar and a common room with a roaring fire and large panoramic windows facing the fjord and mountains. Day 2 Uløya Island | Relax in the common room or pre-book optional activities to explore the surrounding wilderness. Perhaps choose an exhilarating three or five hour husky safari. Drive your own team of dogs across the Arctic tundra or sit back in the sled and let an experienced guide take the reins. It is also possible to enjoy this excursion after dark as the magical northern lights dance overhead. (B) Day 3 Uløya Island | Embark on another optional adventure, perhaps choosing to

explore the Arctic landscape by snowmobile. Drive yourself or sit as a passenger with an experienced guide and enjoy incredible views of the Lyngen Alps and surrounding fjords. Alternatively opt for a snowshoe trekking experience and walk to a bivouac for incredible views over the surrounding islands. In the evening perhaps relax with a drink from the bar in front of the panoramic windows and await the northern lights. (B) Day 4 Uløya Island to UK | Spend the final day relaxing in the quiet of the Arctic wilderness or pre-book an optional excursion. Perhaps choose to take a boat trip to the Lyngen Alps. Travel on a 29-foot cabin cruiser with a skipper-guide and admire views of the surrounding mountains bathed in blue light. In the evening transfer to the airport for the direct flight back to London Gatwick. (B)

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Tour duration

4 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional excursions

Seasonality

Oct-Apr

Prices from

£695 per person

Includes flights, accommodation and transfers


Tromsø Winter Panorama

Tromsø Short Break Gateway to the Arctic, Norway’s northernmost hub is a lively, cultural city surrounded by mountains, fjords and islands. Enjoy a four-night break at the Radisson Blu Tromsø and choose from a range of optional excursions in order to explore the surrounding Arctic wonderland. One of the best places in the world to see the northern lights, an evening Aurora Safari is a holiday highlight.

Itinerary Ask a Regent Norway Specialist to pre-book optional excursions Day 1 Fly to Tromsø | Fly to Norway and check in to the Radisson Blu Tromsø for four nights. Offering views of the majestic mountains and the waterfront, the Radisson provides the ideal base for Arctic adventure. After a day of husky sledging or cross-country skiing, retreat to the hotel’s sauna to unwind with views of the Arctic Cathedral and Tromsø fjord. Day 2 Tromsø Aurora Safari | Spend a free day exploring Tromsø. 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%. (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 Tromsø | Spend the final 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. (B) Day 5 Tromsø | Travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK. (B)

Tour duration

5 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Optional excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Mar

Prices from

£695 per person

Includes flights, accommodation and Aurora 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 Specialist for more information Day 1 Fly to Tromsø | Fly to Norway and check in to the Radisson Blu Tromsø for three nights. Offering views of the majestic mountains and the waterfront, the Radisson provides the ideal base for Arctic adventure. Perhaps enjoy a Mack beer from the world’s northernmost brewery at the hotel’s Rorbua 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%. (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 Dog Sledding | 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 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 Spitsbergen 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)

Talk to a Norway Travel Specialist on 020 7666 1290 | www.regentholidays.co.uk

Tour duration

8 days

Holiday type

Tailor-made Guided excursions

Seasonality

Nov-Jan

Prices from

£1855 per person

Includes flights, Tromsø transfers, accommodation and excursions


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 Specialist 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.

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 2 Dog Sledging | 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 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 3 Polar Night Safari | While the sun is hidden beneath the horizon, embark on an atmospheric snowmobile journey through

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-Jan

Prices from

£1145 per person

Includes accommodation, transfers and excursions Ask a Regent Norway Specialist about 5-day Polar Night breaks in Longyearbyen from February to April, and explore the landscape by husky and snowmobile in the blue twilight.

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Booking Conditions Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully. They contain important information about your holiday contract. 1. CONTRACT Your contract is with Western and Oriental Travel 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 When you buy a holiday package from us, The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 require us to provide security for the monies that you pay for the package holidays booked from this brochure and ensure that your money is refunded or that you are repatriated in the unlikely event of our insolvency (for all UK citizens, except residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). We are holders of Civil Aviation Authority ATOL licence 10417, which will protect any holiday package including a flight, except for residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, as described in the paragraph above. If the holiday you buy from us is an ATOL-protected air holiday package you will receive a confirmation invoice from us (or via our authorised agent through which you booked) confirming your arrangements and your protection under our Air Travel Organiser’s Licence number 10417. If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, 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. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the CAA will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any money you have paid to us for an advance booking. For further information, visit the ATOL website at www.atol.org.uk. 3. ABTA We are a Member of ABTA, membership number Y1152. We are obliged to maintain a high standard of service to you by ABTA’s Code of Conduct. We can also offer you an arbitration scheme for the resolution of disputes arising out of, or in connection with this contract. Further information on the Code and arbitration can be found on ABTA’s website. The arbitration scheme is arranged by ABTA and administered independently by IDRS, part of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. It provides for a simple and inexpensive method of arbitration on documents alone with restricted liability on you in respect of costs. Full details will be provided on request or can be obtained from the ABTA website. The scheme does not apply to claims for an amount greater than £5,000 per person. There is also a limit of £25,000 per booking. Neither does it apply to claims which are solely in respect of physical injury or illness or their consequences. The scheme can however deal with compensation claims which include an element of minor injury or illness subject to a limit of £1,000 on the amount the arbitrator can award per person in respect of this element. The application for arbitration and Statement of Claim must be received by IDRS within nine months of the date of return from the holiday. Outside this time limit arbitration under the Scheme may still be available if the company agrees, but the ABTA Code does not require such agreement. For injury and illness claims, you may like to use the ABTA/Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Mediation Procedure. This is a voluntary scheme and requires us to agree for mediation to go ahead. The aim is to help you resolve your dispute in a quick and cost effective way. Details on request or from www.abta.com 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 money paid to a travel agent will be held by the agent on our behalf. 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 a 1.98% levy will be charged, and a 2.5% levy will be charged for Amex. 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. Western and Oriental Travel Limited 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 Up to 56 days 55-43 Days 42-31 Days 30 Days or less

Cancellation charge as percentage of total holiday price when cancellation notice received Forfeit deposit 50% 75% 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) AMENDMENTS 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 in advance but are not obliged to do so and no compensation is payable. If the change is material (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.

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Days before departure Compensation per person 57 Nil 56-29 £40 28-15 £50 14-0 £70 (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. 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. (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, technical or maintenance 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, of 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. Prices in this brochure were calculated at the exchange rate of £1 = ISK 195, £1 = €1.25 and £1 = USD 1.45. 9. OUR RESPONSIBILITIES TO YOU We take care to ensure that all 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 (subject to below) 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 representatives or the supplier as soon as possible to give us the maximum opportunity to rectify it. Any unresolved complaints must be notified to us in writing within 30 days of your return. 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. 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. 16. JURISDICTION This contract is governed by English Law and is subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. 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 Western and Oriental Travel Ltd. Should you not wish to receive such literature please advise us in writing. 18. UK FOREIGN OFFICE ADVICE ON OVERSEAS TRAVEL It is now assumed that British citizens are at risk of terrorism, be it in the UK or when travelling overseas. History has shown us these attacks can either be spontaneous or premeditated. For your guidance we suggest you visit the website of the Foreign Office on: www.fco.gov.uk or tel: 0845 850 2829. The website is regularly updated and provides you with country-specific information, including advice on terrorism and general matters on health and safety. 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, number 07558669 4 Red Lion Court, Alexandra Road, Hounslow, TW3 1JS © Western and Oriental Travel Limited All rights reserved. Date of issue April 2015


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ICELANDAIR

– A TRULY ICELANDIC TRAVEL EXPERIENCE

Reykjavik I New York I Boston I Orlando I Minneapolis/St. Paul I Washington D.C. I Halifax Toronto I Seattle I Denver I Anchorager I Edmonton I Vancouver I New destination: Chicago When you fly on Icelandair you will enjoy our unique brand of Icelandic hospitality and comfort. Our Boeing 757 aircraft feature special touches from the latest Icelandic music to cosy leather seating with interactive in-flight entertainment systems designed to make the short flight to Iceland fly by. In addition, you can choose from three classes of service: Economy Class, Economy Comfort Class or Saga Class. Icelandair serves the UK with flights from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow. Our flights provide onwards connections to destinations in the USA and Canada. We look forward to welcoming you onboard.


ARCTIC CIRCLE

LOG CABINS

ICELAND ROMANTIC BREAKS

GEYSER

VOLCANO SNOWMOBILING SHORT BREAK

GLASS IGLOOS

BLUE LAGOON

REYKJAVÍK

HUSKY SLEDGING

ADVENTURE WATERFALLS WINTER

FINLAND

AURORA BOREALIS RURAL RETREATS

FLY-DRIVE

LAPLAND ICE HOTELS

GOLDEN CIRCLE

REINDEER

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FJORD

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GLACIER

TROMSØ

SAUNA

NORTHERN LIGHTS

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