Winter in the northern hemisphere has its compensations, not least the celestial spectacle of the Northern Lights, a sight guaranteed to inspire gasps, oohs, aahs and similar profound expressions of admiration.
A trip to see the Northern Lights can supply memories to last a lifetime. Today’s Big Deal offers a winning combination of a Northern Lights tour and a four-night break in Iceland.
Distinctive, eerily beautiful and unforgettable, Iceland is a destination like nowhere on earth, known to many of us only through Bjork’s ecstatic whoops or the stunning wintry backdrops from Game of Thrones. This Big Deal offers a great opportunity to get more closely acquainted.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, flies you to Reykjavik, a quirky, stylish and fashion-conscious city surrounded by dramatic volcanic landscapes.
The Big Deal offers return flights with EasyJet from Edinburgh with luggage allowance, four nights B&B accommodation, based on two sharing, in the 3 star Hotel Cabin, and a three-hour Northern Lights tour.
The city breaks are for four nights, flying out from Edinburgh airport. All departures are on a Sunday. Dates available for this offer are:
January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
The 3 star Hotel Cabin is a popular and excellent value accommodation option just 20 minutes walk from downtown Reykjavik, with regular bus links. It is close to the ocean and handily situated for whale-watching excursions or visits to the thermal pools.
Comfortable, compact rooms have a contemporary feel with radio, telephone, TV and ensuite facilities. Standard rooms are 10 sqm, with twin beds only.
Early breakfast is available for guests who want to get a head start on their sightseeing.
Northern Lights Tour
The deal includes a guided bus tour to witness the Northern Lights, with commentary in English. The three-hour tours (ID RE62) depart at 19.30 or 21.00. Pick up is 30 minutes prior to departure.
Sightings are obviously subject to weather conditions, with no guarantees that the heavens will be obliging. Remember to dress warmly. The clue to Iceland’s climate is in the country’s name.
It’s not all about the Lights. Iceland is a country with a wealth of natural attractions. Optional extra tours include:
Whale watching trips from Reykjavik
A Blue Lagoon tour of one of Iceland’s most popular attractions
A South Shore Adventure tour through the dramatic coastal scenery
The Golden Circle & Fontana Wellness Tour taking in Gullfoss, Geysir and the Geothermal Baths, including some of those spectacular volcanic peaks you might recognise from Game of Thrones
The hotel is also within walking distance of the shops, trendy restaurants and distinctive clubs of Reykjavik, a city that has been fascinating visitors for decades.
The Hotel Cabin has proven popular with reviewers on TripAdvisor. Recent comments include the following:
‘Very friendly staff, room was nice and clean, situated 30 min walk from main shopping street.’
‘The hotel was just a short walk from the downtown area. The room was immaculate. The staff were very courteous. The breakfast bar was good with fresh fruit, yoghurt, hard boiled eggs, cereals, breads. I would stay at this hotel again.’
For anyone who thought Iceland was just a place to get cheap sausage rolls and a prawn ring, today’s Big Deal break will be a real eye-opener.
With an unforgettable Northern Lights tour and all the dramatic attractions of this unique destination, this four-night getaway to the beautiful north will be the highlight of your winter. It would make a perfect gift idea for Christmas.