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A trip to see the elusive Aurora Borealis is at the top of many a bucket list while Reykjavik is must-see city destination. Now you can tick both of these dream trips off your list with a cheap Icelandair Northern Lights package.
The airline is offering a three-night Northern Lights Winter Special to the Icelandic capital from just £275 per person.
For that you get return flights to Iceland and three nights B&B at the four-star Grandi or Midgardur hotel in Reykjavik (one of the coolest cities in the world IMO). Also included is a 3.5 hour Northern Lights Tour with Reykjavik Excursions.
Less than £300 for a minibreak to see the Aurora Borealis is a snip, but there are a few catches.
The special deal must be booked before 17 March, so you don’t have long to make your mind up.
And the Northern Lights Winter Special is only available for travel between October this year and next January. Winter is the best time to see the Aurora Borealis but I’m told that one of the best times to catch them in Iceland is April, the driest month.
Also, Reykjavik might not be the best place in Iceland to see the Northern Lights. While the Northern Lights Tour will take you from the city into more remote areas with less light pollution, the first stop is only an hour from the city.
The tour organisers point out that sightings of the Northern Lights aren’t guaranteed. They do offer free repeat trips, but that might not help if you’re only in Iceland for three nights.
Also, the tours are sometimes cancelled at short notice if the weather isn’t suitable.
The longer you stay in Iceland and the more remote you are, the more you’ll increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. It might be worth paying a bit extra and spending an extra few nights on an Icelandic farm.
If not, then £275 for three nights in Reykjavik is an absolute bargain and the city’s well worth visiting for its many other attractions. There’s lots to see and do in and around Reykjavik.
Is it risky booking now for next winter?
Who knows what will happen over the next few months, but if you can’t travel Icelandair will allow you to cancel up to seven days before your flight and receive a voucher valid for three years.
You could wait till closer to the time to book, but the chances are the prices will rise.
If you do decide to go for it, pay with a credit card for extra financial protection and remember to take out travel insurance as soon as you’ve booked. Read our guide to the Best Covid Travel Insurance.