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Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Hunt

Guided Winter Tour

Explore the Icelandic South Shore; waterfalls, volcanoes, glacial lagoon and black sand beaches. Icebergs, hot springs and volcanoes dominate Iceland's beautiful yet rugged landscape. On a guided coach tour, experience the hidden powers of the island including dramatic vistas of the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano and the breathtaking Glacial Lagoon. With several overnights in stunning rural locations, you’ll be perfectly situated to hunt for the magical Northern Lights. Iceland is one of the best places in the world to experience this majestic phenomenon.

Duration: 5 nights, Winter

Price: From $1,127 per person

Highlights

  • Walk along the continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO site)
  • Enjoy freshly baked “hot spring bread”
  • Discover the diverse nature along the South Coast of Iceland
  • Walk along the banks of the awe-inspiring iceberg Glacial Lagoon
  • Hunting for northern lights
  • Visit the world-renowned Blue Lagoon

Included
2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavík, including breakfast (except on arrival day)
3 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast
Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
3 x one-course local cuisine dinners with coffee/tea (days 2, 3, 4)
Entry to the Northern Lights Center in Reykjavík
Instructions and assistance for photographing Northern Lights (day 2)
Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread
Visit to the new Lava Center
Entry to Blue Lagoon including towel, silica mud mask, and one drink (day 5)
Northern Light guided hunt on foot one selected evening
Northern Lights hunting kit for guided hunt: flashlight, blanket, and a hot drink
Northern Lights “wake up call” option during the night (available at countryside hotels)
Blue Lagoon bathing fee + towel rental, mud mask and one drink.

Not Included:
Breakfast on arrival day
International airfare
Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
Airport transfers
Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (can be rented on site)
Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners not mentioned in "included"
Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Important:
Please note that northern lights are dependent on weather conditions. Sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Accommodation- Quality Hotel Category

This tour stays in hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of four and three star hotels. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels. Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 -  Fosshotel Reykjavik

Day 2 - Icelandair Hotel Fludir or Hotel Selfoss

Day 3 - Hotel Klaustur

Day 4 - Hotel Klaustur

Day 5 - Fosshotel Reykjavik

 

Accommodation- Comfort Hotel Category

This tour stays in hotels with private bathrooms, in standard hotels (approx. 3 stars). Most of the groups stay at the following hotels. Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 -  Fosshotel Raudara or Fosshotel Lind or Hotel Skuggi

Day 2 - Hotel Selfoss

Day 3 - Hotel Kria or Fosshotel Nupur

Day 4 - Hotel Kria or Fosshotel Nupur

Day 5 - Fosshotel Raudara or Fosshotel Lind or Hotel Skuggi

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Day 1: Arrival

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included but we can give assistance arranging this). If you are arriving early feel free to explore Iceland's capital and enjoy the many cafés and restaurants the city has to offer.

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Day 2: Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss

Northern Lights Centre - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls

Start the day by visiting the recently opened and fascinating Aurora Reykjavík Northern Lights Center for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights. Onward to Þingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world's oldest parliament was founded. This historical site is also an interesting geological landscape, as the North Atlantic Ridge, the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, runs through the national park. You will also have a chance to visit the famous Geysir, with bubbling pools and an erupting hot spring, called Strokkur. The Golden Circle is completed with Gullfoss, a majestic double waterfall, that plunges into the glacial river Hvítá. Stop at Skálholt, once the capital of Iceland in the Middle Ages. It is now the site of a beautiful traditional church and culture center. Drive to Laugarvatn Fontana where your group experiences a geothermal bakery first-hand and digs up bread that has been cooked underground. Sample the delicious bread, served hot from the ground and slathered with fresh Icelandic butter.

Dinner and the overnight stay are on the south coast area. If weather conditions are favorable, the guide may decide on a northern lights hunt, or on day 3 or 4.

Driving distance: 195km / 121 miles


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Day 3: South Shore - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

Waterfalls - Glacial Views - Black-Sand Beaches - Lava Centre

Drive along the south shore, a truly wonderful part of Iceland, particularly in the winter. You will pass many farms on the way, and you may spot some of the unique Icelandic horses in the fields. Visit the LAVA Center, an interactive and high quality presentation about the volcanic activity of the country, including an overview of the recent history of eruptions and earthquakes. On a clear day as you drive towards the next stops, you may see Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull, two of Iceland's most famous volcanoes, because of their recent eruptions (2000 and 2010 respectively). You will stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall first, where you can walk behind the curtain of water if the weather conditions are right, although you should be prepared to get wet! Then comes Skógafoss, a beautiful waterfall, definitely a 'must-see' of the south coast. As you pass Mýrdalsjökull you should be able to visit Reynisfjara beach, a magnificent black sand beach, where the currents can be particularly strong, so keep out of the water. Cross the lava field Eldhraun as you travel to Southeast Iceland, where you will dine and stay for the night.

Driving distance: 255km / 158 miles


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Day 4: Vatnajökull National Park - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Today you will cover the south east, with its glacial landscape. Vatnajökull National Park covers most of this area, as Europe's second largest national park, and Europe's largest glacier, with the park covering about 14% of Iceland. Drive over vast sandy plains created by the deposits from these glaciers to reach Jökulsárlón, meaning 'Glacial river lagoon'. The view here is truly astounding, with the icebergs floating around the deep glacial lagoon. These icebergs sometimes wash out to sea and some end up on the famously beautiful 'Diamond Beach', where the icebergs lie stranded on the black sand, glittering in the light like precious gems. Next you will see Svínafellsjökull, a glacial outlet from Vatnajökull, of truly outstanding beauty, and then the Skaftafell area, which used to be its own national park before joining with the Vatnajökull National Park. Here you will see many magnificent glaciers and mountains, before returning to the hotel for the night.

Driving distance: 205km / 127 miles


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Day 5: Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Greenhouse Village - Thundering Waves - Geothermal Lagoon

Enjoy the drive along the south coast once more, taking a slightly different route back to see some different scenery along the way to Hveragerði, a village located directly in the middle of a geothermal hot spring area, one of very few villages like this in the world. Hveragerði boasts many greenhouses, heated and powered by the hot water in the neighborhood, earning it the nickname of 'The Flower Village'. You will then travel along the south coast, with fantastic views of the sea waves, passing through a deserted community, that once was a flourishing center for the region. Then you will head to the Reykjanes peninsula, for a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon, and it is definitely popular for a reason, since these mineral rich waters have many healing properties. The group will then return to Reykjavík, where you may spend the evening as you wish, before the last night at a Reykjavík hotel.

Driving distance: 360km / 236 miles


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Day 6: Departure

Time to leave the Land of Fire and Ice; hopefully by day 6 you will have seen everything you hoped to and more! Transport to the airport is not included but please contact if you need help booking a transfer.

Departures 2019-20

Please note: prices are per person

Quality departures

For departures on: Nov 7   Feb 6, Mar 26 2020
Sharing double room: $1,127
Sharing triple room: $1,084
Single room: $1,472

For departures on: Dec 12 
Sharing double room: $1,180
Sharing triple room: $1,136
Single room: $1,538

Comfort departures

For departures on: Oct  17 and 31 
Sharing double room: $1,330
Sharing triple room: $1,248
Single room: $1,769

For departures on: Nov 14, 21, Dec 5 2019, Jan 9, 16, 30, Feb 4, 11, 13, 18, 20, Mar 3, 5, 10, 17, 19, Apr 2 2020
Sharing double room: $1,180
Sharing triple room: $1,136
Single room: $1,538

 

Dates may sell out without notice. Please contact Nordika Travel for availability before booking flights.


Children 6-11 years traveling with 2 adults and sharing 1 double room will receive 25% discount from the listed price, valid only for 1 child.
It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

Early bird 5% discount applies to bookings completed before September 15 2019, prices shown are the full prices, discount will be added upon booking

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Views from Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Hunt

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Highlights

  • Walk along the continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO site)
  • Enjoy freshly baked “hot spring bread”
  • Discover the diverse nature along the South Coast of Iceland
  • Walk along the banks of the awe-inspiring iceberg Glacial Lagoon
  • Hunting for northern lights
  • Visit the world-renowned Blue Lagoon

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