Europe Northern Lights Exploration & Christmas Markets

Join us for an unforgettable tour to search for the best aurora activities in Iceland & Finland, then explore the enchanting European Christmas markets from Prague to Budapest for festive vibes.

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Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey that seamlessly blends breathtaking natural wonders, exhilarating winter adventures, enchanting cultural experiences, and the magic of Christmas markets. Begin your adventure in Iceland, where you'll have multiple opportunities to chase the elusive Northern Lights while exploring stunning landscapes like the Golden Circle, Sólheimajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, and the iconic Blue Lagoon. Then, journey to Finland, where you'll partake in unique winter activities such as reindeer and husky safaris, and even have the chance to meet Santa Claus himself in Lapland, with even more opportunities to hunt the aurora borealis. Immerse yourself in the warmth of Finnish hospitality as you stay in cozy log cabins complete with your own personal sauna and a night in a glass igloo where you may even see the northern lights* dancing overhead from the comfort of your own bed. Next, explore the architectural wonders and festive Christmas markets of Eastern Europe, from the medieval charm of Prague and Ceský-Krumlov to the imperial grandeur of Vienna and Budapest. Indulge in local sweets, visit historic landmarks, and sample traditional treats at European Christmas markets, including the world's oldest Christmas market in Dresden. With a blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and holiday cheer, this unforgettable journey promises to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Package Inclusions:


Your Northern Lights Exploration & Christmas Markets package includes:
  • Economy flights from Australia* to Reykjavik, returning from Budapest
  • Economy flights between Reykjavik, Helsinki and Prague 
  • All transfers
  • 19 day tour to Iceland, Finland & European Christmas Markets from Prague to Budapest
  • Tour inclusions:
    - 9 Handpicked accommodations including Glass Igloo stay
    - 33 meals
    - 1 Choice on Tour Options
    - Pre-paid gratuities for the tours
Highlights of the tour:
Iceland : Reykjavik | Northern Light Cruise | Northern Lights Searches | Golden Circle | Thingvellir National Park | Gullfoss | Lava Exhibition Center | Vik | Seljalandsfoss | Skógar Museum | Skógafoss | Sólheimajökull Glacier | Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon | Blue Lagoon
Finland : Helsinki | Helsinki Cathedral | Lapland Region | Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort | Meet & Greet with Santa | Reindeer Safari |  Husky Safari | Northern Lights Searches | Finnish Sauna | Glass Igloo Accommodation 
European Christmas Markets : Prague's Christmas Markets | Prague Castle | Choice on Tour: Vltava Boat Tour or Jewish Hertitage Tour | Dresden's Christmas Markets | Ceský Krumlov | Vienna's Christmas Markets | Viennese Candy Workship | Train Ride to Bratislava | Budapest's Christmas Markets | Matthias Church | Fisherman's Bastion

Stays:
Iceland: Reykjavik (1n) | Vik (3n) | Reykjavik (1n)
Finland: Helsinki (2n) |  Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (Finnish log cabin with your own personal Finnish sauna) (2n) & Glass igloo (1n) | Helsinki (1n)
European Christmas Markets: Prague (3n) | Vienna (2n) | Budapest (2n)
*Travel date(s): 29 November 2025 - 17 December 2025

Northern Lights - Good chance of seeing the Northern Lights between the months of September and April but naturally there's never a guarantee with seeing the Northern Lights - that's nature


Solo Traveller : $23,499 per person



Experience the “land of fire and ice” and chase the aurora borealis across an ethereal wonderland. In the dark of the night, search for the northern lights as you drift along on an evening starlit cruise. Travel the “Golden Circle,” home to renowned natural wonders, and spend time at Thingvellir National Park, gaze at Gullfoss waterfall, and see the explosive geothermal fields at Geysir. Explore Skógar Museum and see traditional turf-built homes. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon. Spend your days surrounded by natural wonders and your nights in search of the elusive dancing lights.

Hunt for more elusive northern lights and discover fascinating Finland, “Daughter of the Baltic.” Come to know Finnish culture and history on a tour of Helsinki with a local expert. Savour the local cuisine in Helsinki’s restaurants. Experience rugged Lapland during a 3-night stay in the north of Finland. Overnight surrounded by wilderness in a glass igloo and a Finnish log cabin. Embark on a reindeer safari with a local herder. Mush your way to breakfast in a Finnish sleigh, and lead your own dog sled team. One dynamic experience follows another on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure through Finland.

Follow with a grand holiday adventure through the winter wonderland of the Imperial Cities of Central Europe – Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Tour the magnificent Prague Castle and explore its famous Christmas market at the Old Town Square. Experience the world's oldest Christmas market. In Vienna learn the secrets of confectionary at a candy workshop, delight in the Baroque marvels of the Schönbrunn Palace and indulge in dinner at the famous Marchfelderhof. Travel via train from Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia a historic gem. Experience the most famous Hungarian wine region visiting one of the best wine estates. Tour gorgeous Budapest, and explore its outdoor markets aglow with lights, where stalls of crafts and delicacies abound. Along the way, immerse yourself in festive Christmas markets, experience cultural traditions, sample local cuisine, and glimpse this region’s rich history.

Your Small Group Exploration Collette Tour includes:
  • 9 Handpicked Accommodations
  • 33 Meals
  • 1 Choice on Tour Options
Must-See inclusions:
  • Search for nature's dazzling display on a northern lights cruise in Reykjavík.
  • Venture out into the countryside outside of Vík for 3 nights in search of more aurora borealis sightings.
  • See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs.
  • Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon.
  • Tour Helsinki alongside a local expert.
  • Immerse yourself in the Arctic wilderness and learn about Sámi cultural traditions over the course of a 3-night stay in the north of Finland.
  • Explore Lapland in search of the northern lights.
  • Visit the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, a summer retreat of the Habsburg dynasty.
  • Discover Budapest’s iconic sights through the eyes of an expert.
  • Experience the world’s oldest Christmas market in lovely Dresden, Germany.
Cultural Experiences:
  • Experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir.
  • Explore Skógar Museum, covering all aspects of Icelandic life.
  • Learn about the volcanic nature of the island of Iceland during a visit to the Lava Exhibition Center.
  • Straddle two continents whilst exploring Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley.
  • Introduce yourself to majestic Lappish reindeer and meet Santa Claus himself.
  • Lead your very own dog sled team.
  • Spend the night in a glass igloo amid the Lappish wilderness.
  • Tour the majestic Prague Castle.
  • Visit 5 different countries filled with the holiday spirit.
  • Be whisked by train from Vienna to Bratislava.
Culinary Inclusions: 
  • Savour gourmet Icelandic cuisine at a popular local restaurant.
  • Indulge in Finnish and Lappish cuisine.
  • Sip warm berry juice, a Finnish winter tradition.
  • Learn the secrets of Viennese confectionary during a candy making demonstration.
  • Dine at the famous Marchfelderhof, an iconic restaurant with a rich Viennese tradition.
  • Experience the most famous Hungarian wine region visiting one of the best wine estates.




*Image credit to Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, Lapland, Finland

Upgrade Options

Wish to make your holiday even more enjoyable? Optional upgrades available below:

Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort - West Village:
Upgrade to Deluxe room additional $900 per person


Itinerary

Day 1 | 29NOV2025 Arrival  Reykjavík, Iceland - Tour Begins (B, D)
Welcome to Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík. Make yourself comfortable at your hotel before refueling with breakfast. This afternoon, get acquainted with old town Reykjavík on a walking tour 
with a local guide to see the harbour, city hall, the Parliament building, and the nearby cathedral dating back to 1796. Gather with your fellow travellers at a popular restaurant for dinner featuring 
Icelandic cuisine. This evening, take an adventurous northern lights cruise** and sail into the darkness of Faxaflói Bay in search of the aurora borealis.* 
Day 2 | 30NOV2025 Reykjavík - Golden Circle -Vik (B, D)
Travel the Golden Circle this morning to experience natural wonders, including the explosive Geysir thermal area and the double cascade Gullfoss waterfall. You’ll also experience the famous Thingvellir National Park, where you’ll stand upon the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In the afternoon, stop at the Lava Exhibition Centre and delve into Iceland’s past and present volcanic eruptions. Afterward, witness Seljalandsfoss, a rushing waterfall where you may walk behind the water for unique views from the inside out before continuing onto Vík. Drive, or venture on foot, into the stillness of rural Iceland in search of the northern lights. You’ll enjoy three nights of searching to increase your likelihood of catching a glimpse of these elusive lights.* 
Day 3 | 1DEC2025 Vik - Reynisfjara - Vík (B, D)
Begin your day with journey to Reynisfjara, a volcanic sandy beach surrounded by basalt formations and home to thousands of nesting sea birds. Look out over the natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey, a 
small peninsula of volcanic origin towering over the ocean. Next, visit the Skógar Museum and discover its turf-built homes and artefacts. Afterward, stand in awe before the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls. Cap off your day with a visit to Sólheimajökull Glacier, Iceland’s fourth largest glacier. After dinner, gaze at the sky in search of the northern lights.* 
Day 4 | 2DEC2025 Vik - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Vík (B, D)
This morning, travel through the area of Vatnäjökul National Park to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and marvel at all the floating icebergs. Explore this extraordinary landscape as you search for seals swimming in cold waters. Enjoy even more breathtaking scenery on your way back to Vik. After dinner, continue searching for the northern lights dancing across the night sky.* 
Day 5 | 3DEC2025 Vík - Blue Lagoon -Reykjavík (B, D)
Drive along the south shore towards the Reykjanes Peninsula. Known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, and numerous hot springs, the peninsula is home to the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the heart of a dramatic lava field. Return to Reykjavík for your farewell dinner and overnight stay. 
Day 6 | 4DEC2025 Reykjavík - Helsinki, Finland (B, D)
Depart Reykjavík for Helsinki. Hei Helsinki! Finland’s vibrant capital, where history converges with architectural style and combines with a laid-back vibe across beautiful islands and pristine public parks, welcomes you. This evening, gather with new friends for a welcome dinner in the city centre, taking a 20-minute stroll to a local restaurant. Hyvää ruokahalua! (bon appetit!) 
Day 7 | 5DEC2025 Helsinki (B)
Join a local expert for an engaging city tour. If Finland’s heart beats in Helsinki, then Helsinki’s core is in Senate Square, home of Helsinki Cathedral, the city’s most iconic building. Take a 90-minute walking tour of empiric-designed Tori Quarters before enjoying some free time in Market Square, the city’s famous international market. See the steel monument dedicated to the composer Sibelius. During your free time, explore more of Helsinki independently. 
Day 8 | 6DEC2025 Helsinki - Kakslauttanen - Northern Lights Search (B, L, D)
Escape to northernmost Finland’s winter wonderland on board a flight to Ivalo and magical Lapland. Like a storybook come to life, Lapland’s culture is steeped in myth and legend. Relish a sled ride with reindeer and unspoiled views of the northern lights.* At the remote Kakslauttanen Resort, spend two nights in your very own Finnish log cabin** indulging in your own personal Finnish sauna. Take the motor coach north towards Inari on a chase for the northern lights.* Stops along the pursuit allow you the chance to witness nature’s dazzling, electric light show.* 
Day 9 | 7DEC2025 Kakslauttanen - Santa Claus’ (B, D)
Home - Reindeer Safari - Northern Lights Hit the snow and mush yourself to breakfast aboard your own authentic Finnish sleigh. After a leisurely breakfast, meet Santa's Elves who will escort you to meet Santa Claus in his own home. Learn about Santa’s origins during a warm and friendly conversation at his house. After dinner, under the Arctic moonlight, a reindeer farmer introduces you to some friendly 
Lappish reindeer that will escort you on an exhilarating safari through remote Kakslauttanen. Gain insight into the importance of reindeer herding to the Sámi indigenous culture. Sip warm berry juice, a 
Finnish tradition, around an open fire, inside a Lappish Tepee in the surround of northern Finland’s wilderness as you continue the search for the elusive northern lights.* 
Day 10 | 8DEC2025 Kakslauttanen - Husky Safari - Northern Lights Search (B, D)
Breathe in the fresh Arctic air this morning and step into the role as leader of your own dog sled team. Zoom through the wilderness on a husky safari, driving your husky guides that are as fast as they are adorable. Spend some time getting to know these amazing dogs and learn about their different commands. You’ll also be introduced to the equipment you’ll need to experience this incredible Arctic adventure at its best. Enjoy your last night in the heart of the Lappish wilderness, nestled in your incredible and unique glass igloo.*** You may even see the northern lights* dancing overhead from the comfort of your own bed. 
Day 11 | 9DEC2025 Kakslauttanen - Helsinki (B, D)
Say goodbye to enchanting Lapland and fly back to Helsinki. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Explore the city’s central squares and get in tune with the latest Finnish trends at a collection of charming shops. Tonight, in downtown Helsinki, toast to grand adventures and new friends. 
Day 12 | 10DEC2025 Helsinki - Prague, Czech Republic (B, D)
Depart Helsinki and arrive in Prague, the "City of 100 Spires." Behold ancient landmarks and medieval architecture. This evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. 
Day 13 | 11DEC2025 Prague (B)
Feel the magic and wonder of Prague amid the holiday season. Your introduction to this fairy-tale city begins with a panoramic tour. Explore the “Castle District,” including the gothic St. Vitus Cathedral and the majestic Prague Castle. Then decide how to further explore Prague because it’s your choice! Learn more about the city’s Jewish heritage and visit Europe’s oldest active synagogue* on a heritage tour -OR- board a boat to see a different side of Prague on a Vltava River cruise. The remainder of your afternoon and evening is at leisure to take in the best Prague has to offer independently. Take in the iconic, statue-lined Charles Bridge, a picturesque structure stretching over the Vltava River, and don’t miss the famous Christmas market in Prague’s Old Town Square, where brightly decorated wooden huts are filled with the work of local artisans, and traditional food and drink are prepared right in front of you. 
Day 14 | 12DEC2025 Prague - Dresden, Germany -Prague, Czech Republic (B)
Travel to Dresden, Germany, known as “Florence on the Elbe.” Meet a local guide for a tour highlighting its’ baroque splendour and architectural treasures such as Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and the Royal Palace. Visit the world’s oldest Christmas market – the Striezelmarkt – which has been delighting travellers and locals alike since 1434. Take time to explore the stalls overflowing with ornaments, sample local sweets and get lunch on your own before returning to Prague later in the afternoon. 
Day 15 | 13DEC2025 Prague - Ceský Krumlov - Vienna, Austria (B, D)
Depart Prague and travel through the scenic countryside on your way to Vienna, Austria. En route, make a stop in the medieval town of Ceský-Krumlov. Lined with towering Baroque architecture, explore the quaint-preserved streets independently and have time for lunch on your own. Continue to the one-of-a-kind Marchfelderhof Restaurant, a favourite since the 1800s of locals, visitors, and the famous alike. Indulge in dinner at the iconic Viennese restaurant rich with tradition. Arrive in the grand city of Vienna, capital of Austria, aglow with holiday lights, and perhaps join your Tour Manager for an evening stroll. 
Day 16 | 14DEC2025 Vienna (B)
This morning, meet your local guide on a scenic bus ride and walking tour to Vienna’s city centre and behold the beautiful architecture, scenic parks, and gothic spires that fill the city. Learn more about Vienna’s sweet confectionary history when you visit a candy workshop where candies are still being made according to traditional recipes dating back over 150 years. An afternoon at leisure allows time to visit the Christkindlmarkt, perhaps the biggest and most famous in the city, at the neo-gothic Rathaus City Hall. Tonight, you may choose an option to explore the Christmas market and the interiors at the magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, together with a classical music performance at the famous Orangerie where the past comes alive.
Day 17 | 15DEC2025  Vienna - Bratislava, Slovakia - Budapest, Hungary (B, D) 
Hop aboard a train to Bratislava, the former Imperial capital of the Habsburg Empire. Enjoy free time to have lunch and explore some of the city’s 4,000-year-old history independently – don’t miss the charming Christmas markets! Continue through the Hungarian countryside to spend an afternoon at a beautiful rustic local restaurant preserving 200-years of typical Hungarian cultural and architectural traditions. Learn how to make traditional strudel before enjoying a typical Hungarian dinner. Later this evening, arrive in Budapest, the "Queen of the Danube" and your home for the next 2 nights. Enjoy the evening on your own or join your Tour Manager for an evening walk. 
Day 18 | 16DEC2025 Budapest (B, D)
Join a local expert for a panoramic tour of the city, where you’ll discover the incredible neo-gothic marvel of Matthias Church atop Buda Castle Hill, the Fisherman’s Bastion, the historic Old Buda and Gellert Hill, and the Parliament House. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore Budapest on your own. Perhaps you will visit the cosy Christmas market at St. Stephen’s Basilica with its ice rink and gorgeous tree, or head to the city’s largest market at Vörösmarty Square brimming with food and crafts stalls where local musicians often perform. This evening join your fellow travellers to toast the end of a festive trip at a farewell dinner. 
Day 19 | 17DEC2025 Budapest - Tour Ends (B)
Say goodbye to these regal cities as your tour comes to a close today. 
*Itinerary subject to change based on weather conditions and safety for guests*

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Terms and Conditions apply: All prices are quoted in Australian dollars, based on per person double occupancy unless stated otherwise, and inclusive of all taxes and discounts. All prices & itineraries are current as at 18MAY2024 & subject to change without notice. Prices are subject to change due to availability, currency fluctuations, fuel price, and tax increases. Price includes any stated bonus nights, upgrades & package savings, if applicable. All passports, visas, travel permits, and vaccinations are the responsibility of the travelling passenger to secure prior to travel. Airfares are out of date range with predicted cost and it's subject to change based on the airline airfare that releases 10 months prior to last flight segment, surcharge may apply for each individual flight components once flights are within date range, based in economy class from SYD/MEL/BNE/ADL/PER and are subject to the carriers' flight schedules and conditions, flights may not be direct. Please call us for prices from other airports. Travel packages advertised may include multiple products provided by several suppliers to provide a travel itinerary. Each component of the package will be treated independent of each other, and the specific terms & conditions of each product supplier will apply. Hotels may charge resort fees, or a security bond not included or mentioned in this package, payable direct upon check-in. Please note *Northern Lights is a natural event which means view of the Northern Lights is not guaranteed. 

Europe Northern Lights Exploration & Christmas Markets

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