On this tour enjoy the best opportunities to seek the Northern Lights under the Arctic sky in different ways – on foot, by boat and coach. During the day explore natural wonders in this land of fire and ice, with fun winter fun activities including a glacier hike in South Iceland, bathing in the Blue Lagoon, walking in a lava field, and entering Iceland’s longest ice cave. Travel from Reykjavik to West Iceland, tour the Golden Circle and the amazing South shore, visit Vatnajökull national park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and more.
Maximum group size: 20 persons.
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Day 1: Iceland Arrival
Transfer by coach to your hotel in Reykjavík. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.
Day 2: Blue Lagoon, Light Houses & Aurora Hunt Walk
At 09:00 meet your guide and fellow travellers, and depart Reykjavik. We explore the Reykjanes peninsula, with its many unusual geological features and moon-like landscapes. Then a 3 hour stop at the famous Blue Lagoon, for a soak in its warm, aquamarine, geothermal waters.
Continue to the Reykjanes Folk & Maritime Museum, with exhibitions of items essential for livelihood on both land and sea. Next door to the museum are two beautiful light houses, surrounded by amazing ocean views. During the course of the day, your guide provides information about the Northern Lights and gives some tips on how to take photos of this amazing natural phenomenon. After dinner, join a torch walk into the darkness, then soak in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs and look up to check if the Northern Lights are visible. 2 nights near Borgarnes in West Iceland.
Day 3: Ice Cave Exploration & Borgarfjordur Saga Valley
Today experience Langjökull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier. This once in a lifetime adventure takes you deep inside one of the world's largest man made ice caverns, travelling in a special monster truck. An extensive system of tunnels and chambers stretches nearly 300 metres into the solid ice cap, towards a breath taking natural ice cave at the heart of the glacier. Making your way inside the glacier, you are able to explore various nooks and chambers and see a huge ice crevasse. As you go further along the tunnel, the ice gets older and its colour gradually changes from white to deep-blue.
After this truly unique adventure, we explore Borgarfjörður, known as the Saga valley because of the many important historical events which occured here and are told of in the old Icelandic Sagas. Then visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, which produces 180 litres per second of water that is nearly boiling - 97° Celsius.
Nearby is Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a 1 kilometre wide lava field, forming countless creeks and cascades, small and big, streaming out of the lava. From here, a track leads upstream to Barnafoss (the 'Children’s Falls'), with a footbridge you can cross for great views of the water, churning violently as it channels through the ravine below.
In the evening, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights, then relax in the geothermal outdoor hot tubs with a hot cup of chocolate or tea.
Day 4: Golden Circle and Snowmobiling Tour
Today we travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord, inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world, was first held. This is one of Iceland's most fascinating places, both geologically and for the role it plays in the country's history and sense of national identity. Thingvellir is also remarkable for reasons of natural science, as the site is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, and is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area provide clear physical evidence of the rifting of the earth's crust. Continuing on the Golden Circle route we travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 metres into the Hvítá River and is a beautiful sight.
After a simple Icelandic lunch we join a snowmobile tour (two persons sharing a snowmobile) on the nearby Langjokull Glacier. Afterwards we travel to the Geysir geothermal fields- you will see steam rising as we approach the 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 minutes intervals. Overnight and dinner in south Iceland.
Tonight, we look for the Northern Lights from the hotel garden and experience the true Viking winter wonderland admist the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.
Day 5: Kerid Volcano and Glacier Walk
Today, journey out along the South coast. The first stop is at the explosion crater called Kerið, which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheatre. We continue to Skógafoss waterfall, at 60 metres high one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country.
In the afternoon, enjoy the adventure of a glacier walk. The Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. On this fun, safe and easy glacier walk you get to explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses of the glacier. You are accompanied by an experienced glacier guide at all times. Then on to our accommodation. 2 nights in south Iceland. After dinner, join a torch walk to the black lava beach, and look out for any auroras across the sky.
Day 6: Vatnajokull National Park & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Today's programme is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. A long drive brings us to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, an extraordinary site and one where we may see seals swimming in the arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded.
In the afternoon we 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. Beware of not going to bed too soon or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.
Day 7: South Shore, Reykjavik, Farewell Dinner and Northern Lights Boat Tour
From Vík we travel to Reynisfjara, a black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves. Further west, we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik for a short city tour and some free time to explore Iceland's capital on your own.
Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner at a gourmet restaurant, followed by a 2-3 hours Northern Lights hunt by boat, to escape from the city lights. Around midnight we return to the hotel.
Day 8 Departure
Coach transfer from the hotel to Keflavík Airport.
14 and 28 March; 04 April; 10, 17 and 31 October; 07 and 14 November
Departures 2018: 16 and 30 January; 13 and 27 February; 13 and 27 March; 03 April
Maximum group size: 20 persons.
Includes: Arrival & departure airport transfer by coach; fully escorted 6-day bus tour with English speaking guide; 7 nights accommodation including breakfast; 1x lunch (day 4); 3x 2-course dinner (day 2, 4, 6) and 1 x 3-course farewell-dinner at a gourmet restaurant (day 7); 5x midnight refreshments; Entrance fee at Reykjanes folk & maritime museum; Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon geothermal baths; Monster truck tour and Ice Cave exploration on Langjökull glacier; 1 hour snowmobile tour (2 persons sharing the snowmobile); Glacier hike in South Iceland;Admission to Kerið volcano crater; Northern Lights boat tour; Northern Lights programme during 6 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.
Excludes: solo snowmobile supplement (purchased locally only)
Accommodation is in superior tourist-class hotels all with private facilities, as follows or similar: Reykjavík Icelandair Hotel Natura, first and last night; west Iceland Icelandair Hotel Hamar (2 nights); south Iceland Hotel Gullfoss (1 night) and Icelandair Hotel Vik (2 nights).
The spectacular sky-light shows known as the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis are frequently seen in Iceland from September through April, on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colours, but sometimes there are traces of red and blue also. The appearance of the Lights is of course at the discretion of Mother Nature, and sightings are not guaranteed.
Please note the itinerary may be subject to change at short notice due to weather conditions, causing certain outdoor excursions/ activities to be cancelled or modified. If so, your guide will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible, but the cost for any such cancelled or modified excursions/activities will not be refunded.
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Includes: Arrival & departure airport transfer by coach; fully escorted 6-day bus tour with English speaking guide; 7 nights accommodation including breakfast; 1x lunch (day 4); 3x 2-course dinner (day 2, 4, 6) and 1 x 3-course farewell-dinner at Perlan revolving panorama restaurant (day 7); 5x midnight refreshments; Entrance fee at Reykjanes folk & maritime museum; Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon and Fontana geothermal baths; Monster truck tour and Ice Cave exploration on Langjökull glacier; 1 hour snowmobile tour by night (2 persons sharing the snowmobile); Glacier hike in South Iceland;Admission to Kerið volcano crater; Northern Lights boat tour; Northern Lights programme during 6 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.
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