Next Door to Nature: Iceland's Northern Lights City Break

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
4 days
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Blue Lagoon entrance with bathing fee & towel, Silica mud mask and first drink of choice
  • Pearl Tour: Golden Circle Super Jeep & Snowmobile Tour
  • Northern Lights Guided Coach Tour

Short Description

Experience the thrill of snowmobiling across an Arctic glacier, and traveling in a specially modified Super Jeep vehicle to visit geothermal geysers, frozen waterfalls and unique volcanic formations. The Northern Lights beckon during a guided journey to learn their shimmering secrets. And no stop on your travels to Iceland is complete without a visit to the famed Blue Lagoon, where the geothermal waters offer exhilarating relaxation.

Your Super Jeep vehicle was originally a standard truck, SUV or van that was modified according to strict regulations in Iceland. It is basically a specially equipped 4x4 vehicle with very tall tires (36-46 inches), which was designed to be driven in demanding Icelandic terrains. This special vehicle enables you to travel to Iceland and experience more of the stunning scenery that can’t be accessed with traditional vehicles.

*Please note: The Blue Lagoon has a minimum age requirement of 2 years old.

**Please note:  Drivers need to present a valid driver’s license in order to drive a snowmobile (minimum age 17 years old). Two people share each snowmobile. Snowmobiling is dependent on snow layers.

Style Self-guided tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions Roundtrip air to/from trip start & all internal transport
Start City Reykjavik
End City Reykjavik

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Reykjavik!

Upon arrival at Keflavik Airport, you'll board the non-guided scheduled tour bus for a transfer to the Blue Lagoon, where you can choose to bathe in its rich mineral waters (bathing fee is included), or simply take a walk in the area. Soothed and relaxed, take the Flybus shuttle from the Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik city center, and check in at your hotel. The remainder of the day and evening are at leisure.

Those who are arriving with flights that do match the schedule for the transfer via the Blue Lagoon can use this transfer on their departure day instead.

Day 2 Reykjavik

Experience a day tour to remember, packed with action and nature's discoveries! Discover three of the most outstanding attractions in the South of Iceland on a fully guided 4x4 super jeep excursion, then ride a snowmobile on the country's second largest glacier. The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is one of Iceland's most significant historical sites, because it was there that Iceland's first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD.

From Thingvellir we head along mountain tracks toward the world-renowned geothermal area around Geysir hot spring, the one spouting hot spring on Earth after which all other spouting hot springs are named. From there we continue on to Gullfoss (the Golden waterfall) where your proximity to its edge is so close you can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face. Next we kick the action into higher gear to get even closer to Iceland's nature and go for a one-hour snowmobiling tour on Langjokull, Iceland's second largest glacier.

Day 3 Reykjavik

Enjoy the day at leisure, exploring the vibrant city of Reykjavik. Although the city is a metropolis in every sense, it's been carefully developed and crafted around a number of easily accessible recreational areas and country parks. With an extensive network of well-maintained footpaths winding through the city's numerous parks and nature reserves, you won't have to travel far to take a quick break from city life and explore nature.

This evening, you'll join a coach tour out of the city's bright lights, to hunt for the natural wonder of the Northern Lights, also known as Aurora Borealis. These are often seen dancing around in fantastic colors across the Arctic sky.

Day 4 Depart Reykjavik

Your Iceland adventure break comes to an end today! If you did not have the time to visit the Blue Lagoon upon arrival, you can enjoy a visit with your departure transfer. You'll depart from Reykjavik Airport.

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Honestly this is one of the first times I ever buy a package deal like this one and I was very impressed with how professional and well timed everything was. They had all of our paperwork and tickets ready, I can’t even think of one time where anything went wrong or was wrong, very nice people I will definitely buy another trip soon!
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Too many flight changes, so that was a nightmire. Lost luggage, wrong seats. Couldn't upgrade hotels.
So was adequate, but took away from the enjoyment
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We had an amazing time in Iceland

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We had an amazing time in Iceland. The excursions with our package were very good. We had one small issue and customer service worked it out. Very happy
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This company seems like the right choice based on price. BEWARE! DO NOT USE! They are not helpful prior to trip. They mislead you when you speak with customer service. We took a trip to Ireland and were told by customer service that the hotel was in Sligo and Cork after asking prior to our trip. When we arrived, the hotels were both over one hour out in very small towns. This is one hour to the city we were told we were going to by customer service and one hour back.

The rental car we got prior to trip with our package, we paid to upgrade to a larger car. Then we paid extra to have an automatic car. When we arrived, we were told that we could have paid much less by just doing it onsite at Dublin airport. The car rental was in shock for how much Great Value charged us for the car rental.

You can save a lot of money if you book this Ireland trip on your own. And save many headaches. The kicker to all of this is when I got home and tried to speak with customer service. The lady told me she could not do anything to help me. I must instead email a supervisor. I did have email communication with GVV and they were quite snappy and rude. They refused to help me in any way. I asked them to change their wording so that the next customer would not be misled like we were. I would NEVER recommend nor use this company. There are too many reputable tour groups out there.

Please don't waste your money on a company that does not care about you.

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In response to the reply that GVV gave to my negative review.

It is pleasing to see how quickly you can reply to a negative review. If only you were so quick to respond to my queries prior to my trip.

To begin, my review is public. However, it is NOT OK to include my name when replying to a review when the name was not included by me in my review of you.

Next, when responding to my review you must be truthful. For you to say: "We are not surprised to receive this review as we did not agree to your request for a cash refund in exchange for you not posting a negative review." is false. In my initial phone call to customer service I was told to tell you what I wanted. Since you never asked, in my email communication toy I stated "I will be happy to complete your survey with my negative concerns and complete multiple reviews on your company if you choose to not correct this grand misleading mistake. I do not want to receive a discount for a future trip. I believe some money back to me is fair due to the amount of gas money and time I lost for travel due to the poor locations of the hotels."

I did not say I was disappointed with the hotels in Cork and Sligo. I said I was angered that I was misled by customer service prior to my trip when they did not inform me the distance to the cities on the tour. I asked if they were centrally located and was told that they were. Again, when I arrived, I discovered that they were over two hours round trip, without traffic. My initial communication to you was to inform that this was misleading. Your company seemed to be defensive of my comments from the start.

I called customer service before the trip because you switched my hotel in Dublin. My original hotel was one 45 minutes away from the city. You switched me to a hotel that was in Dublin after finding the original hotel was unable to host us. The new hotel in the city was centrally located. Great news. But the closest parking garage was 3/4 mile away. Perhaps you could suggest a hotel in the future that has closer parking so that when your flight is at 7am one does not need to walk the streets of Dublin at 5am.

My complaint to you is the absolute disdain and lack of concern that you have for customers after the trip. Even after my trip was booked I was unsuccessful at receiving any positive support.

I do not want this communication to continue. You are trying to prove your point as I am mine. But keep in mind, you should not use the name of the consumer if they did not disclose first themselves. Please check
in house legal for affirmation. Also, please be accurate and truthful when disclosing your side.

Just as you had to get the last word to our email thread by sarcastically stating "dully noted".

Your lack of professionalism speaks volumes. Perhaps this is why you get so many complaints and low stars on your reviews.
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