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Northern Lights Aurora Challenge

Experience the Arctic North! This new escorted tour takes you on an exploration of West and North Iceland, known as the land of winter adventures in a veritable paradise of nature. Do you want to experience the power of unpredictable and challenging weather? Are you prepared for ferocious wind, snow and road conditions? Do you want to go to places where most people do not go in the winter time? Are you looking for some very unique but not arduous outdoor activities, some walks in the snow, and a chance to search for the northern lights that characteristically appear in high latitudes when the skies are clear? Well, perhaps you’re ready to take the North Iceland Aurora Challenge!

Duration: 7 Nights, Winter

Price: From $3,647 per person

Highlights

  • Experience the Arctic North!
  • Sightseeing in northern nature, Icelandic culture, soft adventures and searching for northern lights
  • Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths, join a snowshoe walk in a lava labyrinth, climb a volcano crater, explore waterfalls

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INCLUDED:
    Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS
    Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide as per program
    7-nights accommodation as listed below including breakfast
    2x lunch, 3x dinner and 3x midnight refreshments
    Visit to natural history & seal museum
    Horse show, coffee & cake at local horse farm
    Visit to herring museum
    Visit to local micro beer brewery
    Hot steam baked bread tasting
    Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
    Snow shoe hike (or hike if no snow) in lava labyrinth
    Visit to Mývatn bird museum
    Visit to Christmas house & garden near Akureyri
    Visit to Víðimýri turf church, Glaumbær folk museum & turf farm and tannery in Skagafjörður
    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

ACCOMMODATION
    Kea Hotel Skuggi  for first and last night
    Hotel Siglo (4 star) 1 night.
    Hotel Sel at lake Mývatn 3 nights

    Hotel Kea Akureyri 1 night. NOTE hotels are subject to change.

Daily driving:
Total mileage without airport transfer is about 1.275 km / 790 miles which is an average of 212 km (132 miles) per day, about 3 hours per day will be spent on the bus. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

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

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Day 1, TUE: 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 hot dog and pizza too!

Driving distance: 50 km/31 mls

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Day 2, WED: VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS

At 09:00 meet your tour guide and travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. We visit a natural history & seal museum and further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri. We travel along scenic fjords and over several challenging mountain passes until we reach Siglufjörður, Iceland's northernmost town. We overnight at the new and beautifully located Hotel Siglo which offers spectacular geothermal hot tubs built into the local fjord. In the evening, if weather permits, we take a little walk or drive to search for the Northern Lights.

Driving distance: 400 km/248 mls

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Day 3, THU: ICELAND'S NORTHERNMOST TOWN

In the morning we explore Siglufjörður, Iceland's northernmost town, known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. In Siglufjörður we visit the herring museum, the largest seafaring and industrial museum in the country. In the afternoon we drive along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord which offers an amazing mountain panorama and explore Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Along the way, we stop at a deserted fjord valley that even most Icelanders have not yet seen. Later we stop at a local brewery and taste one of Iceland's micro-beers. We continue to Lake Mývatn, a winter wonderland, where we stay for 3 nights. Join an evening lecture about Northern Lights and don't miss the chance to search for the magical auroras after dinner.

Driving distance: 170 km/106 mls

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Day 4, FRI: SEARCH FOR THE TROLLS & SNOW ADVENTURES

This morning we go for a snowshoe trip (or a normal hike if there is no snow) through the lava formations of Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore the many pseudo craters or walk along the lake shores. Also available is an optional tour on cross-country skis or snow-mobiles. The trail depends on the snow conditions and number of participants. Winter clothing, hat and gloves are required. In the evening we take a relaxing soak at Lake Mývatn Nature Baths and get ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights.

Driving distance: 30 km/19 mls

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Day 5, SAT: EXPLORE LAKE MÝVATN

Lake Mývatn is known for its geological wonders and active bird life, but also for having Iceland's coldest temperatures. We take an easy walk through the bizarre lava formations and landscape with great views to the lake, bird life and trees. Later we explore the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We taste traditional dark bread baked underground in the geothermal heat. In the evening enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. After a delicious dinner, don't forget to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights.

Driving distance: 50 km/31 mls

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Day 6, SUN: BIRDS, CHRISTMAS GARDEN & THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND

We visit the Lake Mývatn bird museum and travel to Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Next stop is the Christmas Garden, a small museum and shop where you find countless items connected to Icelandic Christmas traditions. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland on your own. There are some excellent local museums and a great geothermal swimming pool. Depending on weather there is a short excursion into the darkness to hunt the Aurora Borealis.

Driving distance: 120 km/75 mls

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Day 7, MON: HISTORY, DESIGN & HORSES IN SKAGAFJÖRÐUR

We travel back west over the mountains to Skagafjörður, the valley of horses and home of many ancient farms. We visit the folk museum and turf farm at Glaumbær. Enjoy a guided tour through the only tannery in Europe which makes fish leather. Later we stop for coffee & cake at a horse farm, where we learn about the history and the special gaits of Icelandic horses. We reach Reykjavík depending on weather and road conditions between 18:00-20:00 where you stay one night in Iceland's capital.

Driving distance: 420 km/261 mls

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Day 8, TUE: DEPARTURE HOME

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

Note: Subject to your flight schedule there is little time to see and explore Reykjavik. If you are interested to see Iceland's capital, the famous Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle Route, we recommending adding extra nights in Reykjavík.

Driving distance: 50 km/31 mls

TOUR START: Arrival in Iceland on Fridays and guided bus tour starts on Saturdays at 09:00
END OF TOUR: The guided tour ends on Thursdays around 18:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavík.
MEALS: 7x breakfast, 2x lunch at lake Mývatn and 3x dinner at lake Mývatn
GROUP SIZE: Maximum group size is 16 persons

The price is $3,647 per person sharing a double/triple room.  Single supplement is $595.

Tour Dates 2017:

 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/21

Tour Dates 2018:

2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27

 

TOUR START: Arrival in Iceland on Tuesdays and guided bus tour starts on Wednesdays at 09:00

END OF TOUR: The guided tour ends on Mondays around 18:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavík.
MEALS: 7x breakfast, 2x lunch at lake Mývatn and 3x dinner at lake Mývatn
GROUP SIZE: Maximum group size is 16 persons

If you like to have more time to explore Reykjavik, visit the Blue Lagoon or tour the Golden Circle, 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.

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Views from Northern Lights Aurora Challenge

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Highlights

  • Experience the Arctic North!
  • Sightseeing in northern nature, Icelandic culture, soft adventures and searching for northern lights
  • Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths, join a snowshoe walk in a lava labyrinth, climb a volcano crater, explore waterfalls

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