That lucky old sun that keeps rolling around heaven all day is feeling particularly perky this year, which according to scientists, means that the active solar cycle is going to light up your life with a Northern Lights display we haven’t seen the likes of in more than a decade.
And, with a vantage point just outside of the Arctic Circle, the coolest place to view this super hot light show is Iceland. As a result, there’s a variety of tour opportunities and hotel offerings to provide the best birds eye view of this 2012 phenomenon.
Seeing the Sights For only $65 pp, your clients can enjoy a 3-hour Northern Lights Hunt on Sea tour with Special Tours. Guests will be picked up from their hotel for their evening cruise, departing from Reykjavik’s Old Harbor. From the ship they’ll take in sights of the mountainous terrain surrounding the city, as well as the colorful swirls above. Hot drinks and warm clothing to wear on board are also provided. For more information, visit specialtours.is.
Active adventurers might enjoy the Golden Circle & Magical Nights tour with Icelandic Mountain Guides. This tour takes hikers through the “Golden Circle” of natural wonders—Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Strokkur geysers, and Gullfoss waterfall. Also included in the trip is a visit to Fontana geothermal spa with hot spring bathing, dinner, and the chance to see the Northern Lights. Rates start at $254 pp. For more information, visit mountainguides.is.
Places to Rest Let your clients unwind at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik, where they’ll have access to an assortment of activities and amenities. Featuring Grillid restaurant, Skrudur contemporary garden restaurant, onsite hair salon and barber shop, Mecca Spa with lava massages, facials and manicures, and WiFi throughout. Nearby the hotel are a range of activities including horseback riding, golf, shopping and boating opportunities. The Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik is offering 10 percent discounts on select room bookings, starting at $125 dbl. For more information, visit radissonblu.com.
Another option is the Hotel Borg in Reykjavik’s citycenter, just across from the Icelandic parliament and cathedral. It’s also within walking distance from a variety of restaurants, art galleries, and specialty and souvenir shops. The 56-room property also features the Silfur restaurant, serving up traditional Icelandic cuisine. Rates start at $195 dlb, $153 sgl. For more information, visit hotelborg.is.
Doing It All Your clients’ airfare, hotel and tour is combined in the Iceland Northern Lights & Glacier Walk package from IcelandAir. Available through March 26, the package includes a guided walking glacier tour, dinner tour, luxurious spa visit and a tour to search out the Northern Lights, as well as hotel stay and roundtrip airfare from Boston, New York (JFK), Seattle or Washington DC (IAD). Rates start at $767 pp. For more information, visit icelandair.us.
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