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Northern Lights Around Iceland

This winter adventure goes to North, East and South Iceland. Join us for a group tour around the country in pursuit of Northern Lights. Explore Akureyri, Lake Mývatn and the East Fjords. Visit Vatnajökull glacier and Jökulsárlón ice lagoon. Discover Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Golden Circle classics.

Duration: 7 Nights, Winter

Price: From $3,510 per person

Highlights

  • Circle tour around Iceland
  • Explore Akureyri, Lake Mývatn and the East Fjords
  • Visit Vatnajökull glacier and Jökulsárlón ice lagoon
  • Discover Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Golden Circle classics
  • Hot spring bathing and short walks in volcanic landscapes

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INCLUDED

- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
- Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
- Domestic flight Reykjavík-Akureyri including airport taxes and airport transfer in Reykjavík
- 7-nights accommodation, in rooms with private shower/wc, and including breakfast
- 5x 2-course dinner and 5x midnight refreshment on day 2-6
- 1x light lunch and coffee & cake en route on day 3
- Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
- Visit to bird museum at lake Mývatn
- Shark meat, dried fish and Brennivín schnapps tasting on day 4
- Meet the locals: entrance and tour at Maritime Museum and Randulf’s sea-house in Eskifjörður
- Visit to Petra’s stone & crystal collection
- Meet the locals: evening with the Northern Lights photographer Jónína Guðrún Óskarsdóttir
- Visit to a multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
- Northern Lights program during 5 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
- Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark
  and operating your photo camera at night

NOT INCLUDED

Flights to and from Iceland
Travel Insurance  ( Ask us for a Free Quote )

 

ACCOMMODATION Winter 2017-2018: A combination of simple and comfort tourist-class hotels, in rooms with shower/wc  Reykjavík: Fosshotel Baron for first and last night / Mývatn: Sel-Hotel Mývatn / East Iceland: Hotel Hallormsstaður and Fosshotel Fáskrúðsfjörður / Vatnajökull region: Fosshotel Núpar / South Iceland: Hotel Grímsborgir

Note that no triple rooms are available on this tours and that most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms.

Note that the hotel list is subject to change.

INFORMATION REGARDING DINNER AND LUNCHES: In Reykjavik, the dinner is on your own. There are many restaurants for both fast food and a fine a la carte dining in Iceland's capital. In the countryside hotels, a 2-course dinner is included. If you have any special diet requests or allergies, please let us know at the moment of your booking. For lunch the group stops at small country restaurants, road side shops or petrol station diners on route.

NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: This program includes during 5 evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided tours at spots that are likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. All countryside hotels in this program offer a Northern Lights wake up call for guests that register for that special service at the hotel reception. At some of the hotels this service is only offered until 02:00 or 03:00 in the morning. This tour series is designed to spend 5 evenings in the countryside to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, still the tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await patiently this truly outstanding light show. For the best photos we recommend using a tripod.

NOTE: In rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary during winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow following the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but we will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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Day 1, Sun:

Welcome to Iceland

The Flybus shuttle brings travelers from Keflavík International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hotdog and pizza too!

Driving distance: 50 km/31 mls

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Day 2, Mon:

The Capital of North Iceland & Lake Mývatn

At 07:45 meet your tour guide and travel by air to Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. We explore this charming town of 17,000 inhabitants and travel to Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Mývatn which is known for its geological wonders, active bird life and being Iceland's winter wonderland, but also for having Iceland's coldest temperatures. We stop at bizarre lava formations, walk around pseudo craters and hike in a lava field at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles". In the evening, join a lecture about Northern Lights, relax at Mývatn Nature Baths and get ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights.

Driving distance: 140 km/87 mls

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Day 3, Tue:

Travel East

We start the day at Mývatn bird museum and travel to the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and a moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see some reindeer. We stay at Hotel Hallormsstaður located in Iceland's largest forest. This setting is perfect for hunting the magical auroras.

Driving distance: 220 km/137 mls

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Day 4, Wed:

Walk in the Woods, Visit Fishing Villages & Meet the Locals

After a walk through the Hallormsstaður arboretum we travel to Eskifjörður, a charming seaside village in the East Fjords. We visit the local maritime museum, take a private tour through a historic seaman's lodge and get the opportunity to taste locally produced shark meat, dried fish and Brennivín snaps. The local photographer and Aurora hunter, Ms. Jónína Guðrún Óskarsdóttir, shows us some of her best Northern Lights photos, tells us about her Aurora encounters and if the weather conditions are suitable, leads us to her secret Northern Lights spot just outside the village. Overnight at Fosshotel East Fjords.

Driving distance: 120 km/75 mls

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Day 5, Thu:

Fjords, Glacier and Ice

We start the day with a visit to Petra's incredible collection of stones and minerals. On we travel to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon we see Vatnajökull, Europe's biggest glacier and we stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We travel to the tiny turf church at Hof and continue through the largest national park in Europe. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. Overnight in the region.

Driving distance: 385 km/239 mls

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Day 6, Fri:

South Coast

A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field. We see sandy deserts, mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara and stop at Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center we learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall. After dinner we enjoy a film presentation about Northern Lights which is part of the Northern Lights educational program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs. Overnight in South Iceland.

Driving distance: 255 km/158 mls

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Day 7, Sat:

Golden Circle

We explore the Golden Circle sights: Geysir geothermal fields, Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we show you highlights of the world's northernmost capital. Last stay in Reykjavík.

Driving distance: 190 km/118 mls

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Day 8, Sun:

Departure Home

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

Driving distance: 50 km/31 mls

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Note

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.310 km (814 miles) which is an average of 219 km (135 miles) per day. You spend about 3 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

In rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary during winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow following the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but we will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

 

Price is valid for all departures October 2017 to March 2018 - Price per person in Twin/ Double room: $3,513 / Per person in single room $4,201.

Note that no triple rooms are available on this tours and that most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms.

  • Oct 01 to Oct 08, 2017
  • Oct 15 to Oct 22, 2017
  • Oct 29 to Nov 05, 2017
  • Nov 05 to Nov 12, 2017
  • Nov 19 to Nov 26, 2017
  • Feb 11 to Feb 18, 2018
  • Feb 18 to Feb 25, 2018
  • Feb 25 to Mar 04, 2018
  • Mar 04 to Mar 11, 2018
  • Mar 11 to Mar 18, 2018
  • Mar 18 to Mar 25, 2018
  • Mar 25 to Apr 01,2018

- If you like to have more time to explore Reykjavik then we suggest adding additional nights in Iceland's capital.
- Note that there is limited day light, about 5-6 hours, between mid November to End of January. For your information the shortest day light in Iceland is on the 21st of December, about 4 hours.

TOUR START: Arrival in Iceland on Sundays and guided bus tour starts on Mondays at 07:45 with a domestic flight to Akureyri.

END OF TOUR: The guided tour ends on Saturdays between 16:00-18:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavík. Departure from Iceland is on Sundays.

DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights

MEALS: 7x breakfast, 1x light lunch and 5x 2-course dinner and 5x midnight refreshments

GROUP SIZE: Maximum group size is 30 persons

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Views from Northern Lights Around Iceland

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Highlights

  • Circle tour around Iceland
  • Explore Akureyri, Lake Mývatn and the East Fjords
  • Visit Vatnajökull glacier and Jökulsárlón ice lagoon
  • Discover Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Golden Circle classics
  • Hot spring bathing and short walks in volcanic landscapes

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