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Northern Lights Exploration

Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! The Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include a lot of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In addition to 7 nights of accommodations with breakfast, the program includes six nights Northern Lights Academy – with 6 evenings of presentations, lectures and guided tours at spots likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. This is a fully escorted coach tour with guaranteed departures from September to April which can help you experience the winter at its most Icelandic – both during the day and after dark, as you head to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, exploring the regions from Snæfellsnes peninsula to Vatnajökull glacier to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights. This tour has been a best seller for the last 4 years.

Duration: 7 Nights, Winter

Price: From $2,321 per person

Highlights

  • Northern Lights Academy program with 6 evenings of lectures
  • See Waterfalls, Lava Fields, Fjords, Geysers
  • Hot Springs, Glaciers, Icebergs, Black Sand Beaches

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Included:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English or German-speaking guide
  • 7-nights accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels including breakfast
  • Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including light lunch (day 3)
  • Visit to traditional shark curing farm
  • Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Visit to multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
  • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner at Northern Light Inn Hotel (day 7)
  • Northern Lights Academy program during 6 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film, guided Northern Lights searches and midnight refreshments
  • 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 the US to Iceland
    Travel insurance (Ask us to send you a Free Quote)

 

EXTRA COSTS FOR DINNERS TO BE PAID AT THE HOTELS: Fixed 2-course dinners with fish, meat or vegetarian main courses are available at the hotels starting at ISK 6.000 (about EUR 45) per person per night. Note, that the country hotels do not offer a la carte meals and there are no other restaurants nearby. Paying for a 2-course dinner directly at the hotel is less expensive than to have it included in the tour package.

ACCOMMODATION WINTER 2016-2017: Comfort tourist-class hotels (subject to change)

  • Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza for first and last night
  • West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (2 nights)
  • South Iceland: Fosshotel Hekla (1 night)
  • Vatnajökull Region: Hotel Laki near Kirkjubæjarklaustur (2 nights)

Note that the hotel list is subject to change.

ACCOMMODATION WINTER 2017-2018: Comfort tourist-class hotels (subject to change)

  • Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza for first and last night for Friday-Friday tours
  • Reykjavik: Centerhotel Arnarhvoll for first and last night for Tuesday-Tuesday, Thursday-Thursday and Sunday-Sunday tours
  • West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (2 nights)
  • South Iceland: Fosshotel Hekla (1 night)
  • Vatnajökull Region: Fosshotel Núpar near Kirkjubæjarklaustur (2 nights)

Note that the hotel list is subject to change.

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of forces of nature apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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.

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 1.585 km (983 miles) which is an average of 265 km (164 miles) per day. You spend about 3,5 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.


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Tour is available as a small group program with 14 persons maximum per group and as a standard group program with 45 persons maximum per group.
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.


NORTHERN LIGHTS: This program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy – which means that during 6 evenings there is a combination of presentations, lectures, a movie and guided searches 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. The Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to spend 6 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.

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Day 1, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday:

WELCOME to ICELAND

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík, where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Driving distance: 50 km/31 mls

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Day 2, Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday:

REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR & BORGARFJÖRÐUR SAGA VALLEY

At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then we head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling - 97° Celsius. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. We spend two nights in Borgarnes, West Iceland. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Driving distance: 245 km/152 mls

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Day 3, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday:

SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & FJORD CRUISE

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“ juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips of how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Driving distance: 250 km/155 mls

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Day 4, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday or Monday:

GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL TASTE & ICELANDIC HORSES

Today we travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! We continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. On we travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before we reach the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Driving distance: 220 km/136 mls

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Day 5, Thursday, Saturday, Monday or Tuesday:

NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO

Today we travel along the South coast. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center we learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Further east we visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

 

Driving distance: 220 km/136 mls

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Day 6, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday:

SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. 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.

New: Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th

Experience a spectacular crystal ice cave in Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. It is like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral surrounded by millions of shades of blue. Deep under Iceland's massive Vatnajökull glacier, beautiful caves of ice are formed by rivers of melt water during the summer time. Too dangerous to visit in the spring and summer due to a threat of collapse, cold winter temperatures strengthen the ice and make exploration possible and safe to visit between November 15th and March 15th (subject to change). The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total - about 30 minute drive by 4x4 vehicle from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and 5-15 minutes hike (one-way). You spend about one hour inside the ice cave. You need good hiking boots, warm clothing that keeps you dry from the dripping water in the ice cave. Minimum age is 10 years old. The ice cave tour can only be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. You will have to fill in and sign an order form, once done a cancellation is not possible. Ice cave bookings have to be finalized with the guide by dinner time on day 2 of the tour. Bookings afterwards cannot be accommodated due to limited space. The price is ISK 23.000 (about EUR 192) per person. Payment is due with the ice cave tour operator on day 6 in Icelandic Krona – cash only! The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00 and will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour, while the rest of the group continues the official tour program. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the official tour program, as there is not time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is included for all group members.

Driving distance: 280 km/174 mls

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Day 7, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday:

SOUTH SHORE, REYKJAVÍK & BLUE LAGOON

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. There is a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers interesting views, if you are prepared to get wet! In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by an Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn Hotel and followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night.

Driving distance: 370 km/230 mls

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Day 8, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday:

DEPARTURE HOME

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

Driving distance: 50 km/31 mls

Price for all departures October 2017 - April 2018 for large groups with maximum 45 persons: Per person in double, twin and triple* room: $2,321/ Single room supplement: $614.


Price for all departures October 2017 - April 2018 for small groups with maximum 16 persons: Per person in double, twin and triple* room: $3,353/ Single room supplement: $614.

*Triple room on request.

 

 

DEPARTURES: From October 2017 to April 2018

Sunday to Sunday, Standard groups with 45 persons maximum per group

First and last night is at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll in Reykjavík

  • Oct 01-Oct 10 SOLD OUT / Oct 15-Oct 22 SOLD OUT / Oct 29-Nov 05 REQUEST / Nov 12-Nov 19 REQUEST/ Nov 26-Dec 03 REQUEST
  • Dec 03-Dec 10 REQUEST/ Jan 07-Jan 14 / Jan 21- Jan 28 / Feb 04-Feb 11 / Feb 18-Feb 25 
  • Mar 04-Mar 11 / Mar 18-Mar 25 / Apr 01-Apr 08 / Apr 08-Apr 15

 

Friday to Friday, Standard groups with 45 persons maximum per group

First and last night is at Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavík

  • Oct 06-Oct 13 SOLD OUT/ Oct 13-Oct 20 SOLD OUT/ Oct 20-Oct 27 SOLD OUT/ Oct 27-Nov 03 SOLD OUT/ Nov 03-Nov 10
  • Nov 10-Nov 17 REQUEST/ Nov 17-Nov 24 REQUEST/ Nov 24-Dec 01 REQUEST/ Dec 01-Dec 08 REQUEST/ Jan 05-Jan 12 
  • Jan 12-Jan 19 / Jan 19-Jan 26 SOLD OUT/ Jan 26-Feb 02 / Feb 02-Feb 09 / Feb 09-Feb 16
  • Feb 16-Feb 23 / Feb 23-Mar 02 / Mar 02-Mar 09 / Mar 09-Mar 16 / Mar 16-Mar 23
  • Mar 23-Mar 30 / Mar 30-Apr 06 / Apr 06-Apr 13 

 

Tuesday to Tuesday, Small groups with 16 persons maximum, but 2 seats per person in the bus

First and last night is at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll in Reykjavík

  • Oct 03-Oct 10 SOLD OUT/ Oct 10-Oct 17 SOLD OUT/ Oct 17-Oct 24 SOLD OUT/ Oct 24-Oct 31 SOLD OUT/ Oct 31-Nov 07 SOLD OUT/ Nov 07-Nov 14 SOLD OUT
  • Nov 14-Nov 21 REQUEST/ Nov 21-Nov 28 / Nov 28-Dec 05 / Dec 05-Dec 12 / Jan 09-Jan 16 / Jan 16-Jan 23
  • Jan 23-Jan 30 SOLD OUT/ Jan 30-Feb 06 / Feb 06-Feb 13 / Feb 13-Feb 20 / Feb 20-Feb 27 SOLD OUT/ Feb 27-Mar 06
  • Mar 06-Mar 13 / Mar 13-Mar 20 SOLD OUT/ Mar 20-Mar 27 / Mar 27-Apr 06 / Apr 03-Apr 10  

 

TOUR START: Arrival in Iceland on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Guided bus tour starts on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays or Saturdays at 09:00

END OF TOUR: The guided tour ends on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays around midnight for a last overnight in Reykjavík. Departure from Iceland is on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights

MEALS: 7x breakfast, 1x light lunch and 1x farewell dinner

LANGUAGES: English 

GROUP SIZE WINTER 2017-2018: Maximum group size: 16 or 45 persons

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Views from Northern Lights Exploration

  • Geysir in Iceland.JPG
  • Breidafjördur Fjord Cruise.JPG
  • Geysir hot spring.JPG
  • Gullfoss - wonders of ice.JPG
  • Glacier Lagoon (6).JPG
  • Exploring South Iceland.jpg
  • Lava beach Iceland.JPG
  • Jökulsárlón - glacial lagoon in Iceland.JPG
  • Northern Lights Iceland (20).JPG
  • Gullfoss.JPG
  • Northern lights in Iceland.JPG
  • Reykavik city center.JPG
  • NOrthern Lights Reykholt.JPG
  • Northern Lights - Aurora Borealis Iceland.JPG
  • Vatnajökull - Hof Turf Church.JPG
  • Reykjavik - Hallgrimskirkja.JPG

Highlights

  • Northern Lights Academy program with 6 evenings of lectures
  • See Waterfalls, Lava Fields, Fjords, Geysers
  • Hot Springs, Glaciers, Icebergs, Black Sand Beaches

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