Fred Holidays offers north Iceland for first time

Fred Holidays is offering a programme to north Iceland for the first time.

The product ranges from whale watching and geothermal hot springs to the chance to spot the Northern Lights and visit film locations for Game of Thrones.

The operator is offering direct charter flights with Niceair from London Stansted and Manchester to Akureyri, the gateway to arctic Iceland.

The new tailormade programme features three and four night winter and summer adventure itineraries, which take in waterfalls such as Godafoss and Detifoss; Lake Mytvan, the film set location for Game of Thrones and home of geothermal nature baths; the fishing village of Husavik, north Iceland’s whale watching capital and film location for the movie Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

General manager Simon Chambers said: “These new itineraries offer extensive opportunities to explore the lesser-known side of Iceland.

“New and returning visitors can experience plenty of adventure, natural and cultural wonders, an abundance of wildlife and some out-of-this-world experiences.”

In winter, opportunities include exploring the local area by snowmobile, taking a snowshoeing tour across lake Myvatn or skiing, while in summer, clients can visit Lofthellier Ice Cave or hike the Hverfjall Crater to see the sunrise.

Prices for this summer for a four-night Summer North Iceland Adventure start from £1,299, including return flights, overseas transfers, four-star accommodation, a whale watching safari, and Akureyri countryside and Forest Lagoon tour.

Prices for winter 2022 start from £969 for a three-night Winter North Iceland Adventure, including return flights, overseas transfers, four-star accommodation, a whale watching safari, Akureyri Northern Lights and Forest Lagoon tour.

The programme also includes the chance to see puffins in their natural habitat, go on an evening tour to see the Northern Lights, bird watching or visiting lava formations at Dimmuborgir,  home in winter to the Yule Lads, mischievous ‘Santa’ characters from Icelandic folklore.

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