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Northern Lights in Comfort Tour

With the Northern Lights in Comfort Tour we offer you an exclusive escorted bus tour. You stay in first class hotels and travel in a group of maximum 16 persons. The tour is available as a 6-day or 8-day program. You experience unspoiled nature, geological wonders, cultural and culinary treats and a variety of soft adventures and activities during the day. At night you search for the Northern Lights: a mysterious, multi-colored curtain of light swirling through the sky with a wondrous glow.

Duration: 5 or 7 Nights, Winter

Price: From $3,980 per person

Highlights

  • Small group tour with maximum 16 persons
  • Wellness at Fontana steam baths and Blue Lagoon
  • Langoustine dinner, crab feast and gourmet dining
  • Visit to Cheese & Skyr school
  • Meet the locals and learn about living with geo-powers
  • Educational Northern Lights program and guided Aurora hunts

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Included:

- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
- Fully escorted 4-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide and 2 seats per person on the bus
- 5-nights accommodation in first-class hotels (see list below) including breakfast
- 2x lunch + 4x 3-course dinner including langoustine dinner and seafood & crab feast
- Welcome cocktail at Hotel Grímsborgir and Northern Lights Cocktail at Hotel Northern Light Inn
- Entrance to observation tower at Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík
- Visit and seminar at cheese & skyr school in Reykjavík
- Entrance with towel at Fontana steam baths
- Entrance to Kerið volcano crater
- Meet the locals and guided tour in Hveragerði including egg boiling and hot steam bread tasting
- Meet the locals and private tour at folk museum and historic church in South Iceland
- Shark meat, dried fish and Brennivin (Black death) schnapps tasting
- Visit to multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
- Especially designed glacier hike for beginners
- Entrance to Viking Ship and History Museum
- Experience package at Blue Lagoon that includes entrance fee, towel, bathrobe, a drink of your choice and a volcano scrub or an algae mask
- Northern Lights program during 4 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights 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

 

The 2-nights extension program includes additionally

  • Northern Lights fjord cruise
  • Super jeep adventure into the highlands and on top of a glittering glacier
  • 2-nights accommodation in first-class hotel including breakfast

Not Included:

- Flights to and from Iceland
- Travel Insurance ( Ask us to send you a Free Quote)

ACCOMMODATION: For this program we have selected first-class hotels.

  • Day 1: Icelandair Hotel Marina / Superior rooms
  • Day 2, 3, 4: Luxury Country Hotel Grímsborgir in South Iceland. The hotel is built in a village set up, with different buildings including villas, hotel and restaurant. Note that it is about 2 minutes walk from the guest rooms to the restaurant where breakfast and dinner is served. Possibility for bus transport if weather conditions are not favorable for the short and refreshing walk. Grímsborgir Hotel offers geothermal outdoor hot tubs.
  • Day 5: Northern Light Inn Hotel at the Blue Lagoon for the 6 days/5 nights program. Next day there is a hotel shuttle to Keflavik Airport, about a 20 minute drive.
  • Day 5, 6, 7: Icelandair Hotel Marina in downtown Reykjavík / Superior rooms for the 8 days/7 nights program

INFORMATION REGARDING DINNERS AND LUNCHES: In Reykjavik, the dinner is on your own. There are many restaurants both for fast food and a fine a la carte dining in Iceland's capital. From day 2-5 most meals are included. If you have any special diet requests or allergies, please let us know at the moment of your booking. Optional lunch stops are at road side diners or restaurants.

 

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 4 evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided searches for 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. This tour series is designed to spend 4 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 visible in the northern sky from September through April when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many natural wonders, it is an ephemeral spectacle – the Northern Lights 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 makes you comfortable while you await this truly outstanding event. 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 to follow 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

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík where you spend the night at the first-class hotel Icelandair Hotel Marina in a superior room. 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, MON:

Reykjavík, Cheese & Skyr School, National Park & Fontana Steam Baths

At 09:00 meet the tour guide and start the exclusive program with a two-hour Reykjavík city tour. Visit to the exceptional observation tower of the Hallgrímskirkja church offering incredible panoramic views across the city. Learn about Icelandic cheese and the unique dairy product skyr, whilst having a lovely lunch in a cheese school buttery. Depart for Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and stop for a wellness retreat at the Fontana thermal baths. Stay 3 nights in the luxury country hotel Grímsborgir in South Iceland. After a gourmet dinner, our expert tour guide provides you with a seminar about the Northern Lights and teaches you how to take photos of this natural phenomenon. Step into the darkness, soak in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs and check if the Northern Lights are visible. These spectacular sky-light shows are also known as the Aurora Borealis and are frequently seen in Iceland from September through April on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colors of Northern Lights but sometimes there are considerable color variations. They are ephemeral, however, sightings are not guaranteed.

Driving distance: (150 km/93 mls)

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Day 3, TUE:

Geothermal Power, Meet the Locals & Langoustine Feast

Visit Gullfoss waterfall and the nearby Geysir geothermal fields with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The explosion crater called Kerið is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheatre. Meet a local who tells us all about living in an earthquake active place with its geothermal powers and challenges. You get the opportunity to boil egg in a hot spring and taste bread baked with hot steam. Travel to seashore villages with many old and colourful houses. During a private tour around a local folk museum and a historic wooden church we taste shark meat, dried fish and Brennivín (Black Death) snaps. After a nice langoustine dinner at a nearby seashore restaurant we go outside to watch out for the magical Northern Lights before returning to the hotel.

Driving distance: (200 km/124 mls)

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Day 4, WED:

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano and Glacier Hike for Beginners

Today, we take you out along the South coast. Travel to Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain and stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center where we learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. You can choose between a guided walk that is especially organized for beginners on a nearby glacier (total walking time is about 3 hours), or continue the bus tour to explore a black lava beach with bird cliffs. After a gourmet dinner at Hotel Grímsborgir, see a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program and look out if the auroras are across the sky.

Driving distance: (280 km/174 mls)

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Day 5, THU:

Viking Ship, Crab Feast & Blue Lagoon

Explore the Reykjanes peninsula and see the region's many unusual geological features, hot springs, moon-like landscapes, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. Visit a Viking ship and history museum that tells the story about the Viking expansion across the North Atlantic. After a unique seafood & crab feast we visit the famous Blue Lagoon for a soak in its warm geothermal water. The comfort experience package includes the use of a towel and a bathrobe, a drink of your choice and a volcano scrub or an algae mask. Enjoy a delicious lamb dinner at the Northern Light Inn Hotel, where the 6-day program ends with an overnight and breakfast. The group members for the 8-day tour return to Icelandair Hotel Marina in Reykjavík for a 3-night stay.

Driving distance: (220 km/136 mls)

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Day 6, FRI: Extension Itinerary for the 8 Days / 7 Nights Program

Reykjavík Leisure Day & Northern Lights Fjord Cruise

Leisure day to explore Iceland's capital, visit museums, go shopping, spa treatments or an optional whale watching tour. Included is a 2-3 hour Northern Lights hunt by boat to escape from the city lights.

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Day 7, SAT:

Superjeep Tour to Explore The Highlands, Glaciers, Caves and Fjords

Explore West Iceland on a full day super-jeep tour: highland track, glaciers, lava caves, waterfalls, cultural site, hot springs, fjord and a visit to a micro-beer brewery. This is a true adventure with spectacular landscapes. Stay at Icelandair Hotel Marina in Reykjavík.

Driving distance: (350 km/217 mls)

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Day 8, SUN:

Departure Home

Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to explore Reykjavík a bit more before taking the Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

Driving distance: (50 km/31 mls)

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Daily Driving

Total mileage without airport transfer from day 2-5 is about 850 km (527 miles) which is an average of 212 km (132 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.

NOTE: In rare cases, a 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 no refund will be given, but we will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

Prices October 2017-April 2018

Price per person in a Twin or Triple room:  5 nights $3.980,    7 nights $5,096

Price per person in a Single room:               5 nights  $4.529,   7 nights $ 5.995

Departure dates:

Oct 2017:  22

Nov 2017: 5, 19

Jan 2018: 14, 28

Feb 2018: 4, 11, 18, 25

March 2018: 4, 11, 18, 25,

April 2018: 1

 

 

 

 

 

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Views from Northern Lights in Comfort Tour

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  • Horse show in South Iceland (2).jpg
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  • Seljalandsfoss (2).JPG
  • Sunrise in the winter.JPG
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  • Thingvellir National Park (8).JPG

Highlights

  • Small group tour with maximum 16 persons
  • Wellness at Fontana steam baths and Blue Lagoon
  • Langoustine dinner, crab feast and gourmet dining
  • Visit to Cheese & Skyr school
  • Meet the locals and learn about living with geo-powers
  • Educational Northern Lights program and guided Aurora hunts

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