Arctic Powers and Northern Lights

Explore the vast north
8 days
Oct - Mar
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The north of Iceland has its own mysterious Arctic atmosphere and treasures. This vast area of Iceland has some of the country’s most majestic wilderness regions and intriguing natural wonders. On this tour you will visit Akureyri, Godafoss Waterfall, Husavik, Tjornes, Asbyrgi Canyon,  Raufarhofn Village, Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, Skagafjordur, Fjord Troll Peninsula and Eyjafjordur Fjord. In these remote towns there is plenty of opportunity for seeking the northern lights!  

Day 1: Arrival in North Iceland
On arrival at Akureyri airport, make your own way to your hotel. The town, less than 50 kilometres from the Arctic Circle, is a colourful city, easy to walk around, with a wide range of shops, restaurants, galleries and museums.We suggest a visit to the local heated swimming pool, one of the best in Iceland, where the soothing variety of geothermal hot tubs and steam rooms is a perfect way to relax! Overnight in Akureyri.

Day 2: Akureyri - Godafoss Waterfall - Husavik - Northern Lights
Meet your guide and fellow travellers this morning, then enjoy a short guided tour of Akureyri before heading onwards to discover incredible North Iceland. Drive through beautiful alpine scenery en route to Godafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods). Here glacial water thunders around the surrounding lava to create a beautiful half-circle shaped cascade. Continue on to the cosy town of Husavik on the edge of the Arctic circle, known as the “whale watching capital of Europe”. Time at leisure - walk around the village, along the colourful harbour front, visit an art gallery and explore the Húsavík Whale Museum. After dinner, board  a traditional Icelandic oak boat and enjoy the sounds and sights of the evening while hunting for the Northern Lights, without any  interference from the town lights. During the trip, the experienced crew will tell fascinating stories about the Northern Lights and provide information about the area’s landscape, while serving an evening snack of home-made soup and bread. Warm overalls are provided and there is a hot tub on board for adventurous guests to try, so don´t forget your swimsuits. 2 night stay in Húsavík. (please note that the hot tub will not be available if the weather and sailing conditions are not ideal.)

Day 3: Husavik - Tjornes - Asbyrgi Canyon - Raufarhofn Village - Husavik
Drive around the fossil-rich Tjornes peninsula to the northernmost edge of Vatnajokull National Park. This section of Iceland’s largest national park is home to Asbyrgi, a canyon carved by a long glacial river. Take some time to explore this remarkable horseshoe-shaped canyon, which Vikings believed to be a hoof print left by Sleipnir, Odin’s eight legged flying horse from Norse mythology. A distinctive feature of the canyon is a rock formation known as “Eyja” (the Island). Continue past remote northern villages that skirt the edge of the Arctic Circle. Near remote Raufarhöfn village, the colossal Arctic Henge is gradually being constructed. This stone solar calendar is based on the Old Norse religion, Asatru and has many references from the ancient myths. Return to Húsavík where the rest of the day is free.

Day 4: Husavik - Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve - Akureyri
Today we travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland that includes the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. Some of the most bizarre attractions in the region are the bubbling mud pits and vibrant colours of Hverarond geothermal area. Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano that created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region of amazing landscapes, where peaceful white snow magically accentuates black lava. Top off this amazing Myvatn visit with a relaxing soak in the geothermal Nature Baths, before continuing to Akureyri via a scenic road. Today if road and weather conditions permit, we will also visit the majestic Dettifoss waterfall. 2 night stay in the Akureyri area.

Day 5: Day in Akureyri
Today is yours to enjoy more of the lovely Akureyri and Eyjafjordur areas at your leisure. Visit the museums and shops, or try some optional winter fun- there is skiing or snowboarding in the nearby Hlidarfjall Ski area, just a short cab ride from town, or you can enjoy ice skating at the popular town Skate Hall. 

Day 6: History and Heritage in Skagafjordur Fjord
Today explore Skagafjordur Fjord, where steep mountains and valleys contain some of Iceland’s richest historical traditions. Drive past the jagged peaks of the Drangafjall Mountains en route to a unique “community” of three neighbouring farms who have preserved centuries-old farming traditions. You’ll see a reconstructed turf horse stable and learn about how vital Icelandic horses were to Iceland’s survival, meet Viking-age breeds of Icelandic sheep and goats and view beautiful farm handicrafts created from natural local materials. You’ll also hear about how modern life is on farms so close to the Arctic. Then discover nine centuries of Icelandic history at Holar, an ancient bishopric, university and cultural centre in a beautiful mountain setting. Walk around and discover a collection of original and recreated historical buildings, including Iceland’s oldest stone church and a replica of a 13th century wooden house, and get a glimpse of Viking age literature and culture. Enjoy a lunch buffet here, featuring locally-sourced ingredients then head north along the fjord, enjoying the vast mountains and views of the Arctic Ocean. Keep an eye out for the legendary Saga Island, Drangey. Arrive in Siglufjordur, considered by many Icelanders to be Iceland’s prettiest town. The rest of the day is free and tonight, if the skies are clear, you might see beautiful auroras shimmering over the fjord. Overnight stay in Siglufjordur.

Day 7: Troll Peninsula - Eyjafjordur Fjord - Akureyri
Discover the lively history of 20th century Siglufjordur at the award-winning Herring-Era Museum. You will see how a “gold rush” of herring helped modernise Iceland. Then a scenic drive along the Troll Peninsula and its views of steep mountains and black sand coast- the surreal rock formations make it easy to see how the peninsula got its name. Drive through three mountain tunnels and pass through colourful fishing villages, and in Eyjafjordur (Island Fjord), visit a family-owned fishing plant that produces gourmet salt fish (bacalao) and cured shark.  This afternoon visit the village of Arskogssandur and its craft microbrewery, Kaldi, hear the interesting story of how a local couple started the brewery and take a tour the facility and enjoy a sample of the excellent beer. Arrive in Akureyri in the late afternoon.  Overnight stay in Akureyri.

Day 8: Departure
End of arrangements after breakfast. 

Departures 2017: October 07, 14, 21 and 28; November 04, 11 and 25

Departures 2018: February 17 and 24; March 03, 10 and 17

Includes: 7 nights at hotels in North Iceland, breakfast daily, 3 lunches (days 3, 6 and 7), 5 days guided coach tour (days 2-4 and days 6-7), entrance fee to the Whale Museum of Husavik, Northern Lights Exploration Sailing Tour from Husavik (including late night hot soup and bread), entrance fee and towel rental at Myvatn Nature Baths, visit to traditional North Iceland farming community, admission Herring-era museum in Siglufjordur, visit to a family owned gourmet bacalao workshop, tour of a craft microbrewery and a taste of beer.

Excludes:  airport transfers, optional activities.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2678.00
Single AUD$ 3385.00

Includes: 7 nights at hotels in North Iceland, breakfast daily, 3 lunches (days 3, 6 and 7), 5 days guided coach tour (days 2-4 and days 6-7), entrance fee to the Whale Museum of Husavik, Northern Lights Exploration Sailing Tour from Husavik (including late night hot soup and bread), entrance fee and towel rental at Myvatn Nature Baths, visit to traditional North Iceland farming community, admission Herring-era museum in Siglufjordur, visit to a family owned gourmet bacalao workshop, tour of a craft microbrewery and a taste of beer.

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