Northern Delights: 5 days

Explore the north's wonderful natural treasures.
5 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, and Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve. Enjoy thundering glacial waterfalls, bizarre volcanic landscapes, snow-capped lava formations and the vast canyon beauty of Vatnajokull National Park. And 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: Departure
End of arrangements after breakfast. 

Departures 2017:

October 11, 18 and 25

November 01, 08, 15, 22 and 29

Departures 2018:

February 21 and 28

March 07, 14 and 21

Includes: 2 nights in hotel in Akureyri, 2 nights in hotel in Husavik, breakfast daily, 1 lunch (day 3), 3 days guided coach tour from (days 2-4), 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.

Excluded: airport transfers.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1533.00
Single AUD$ 1876.00

Includes: 2 nights in hotel in Akureyri, 2 nights in hotel in Husavik, breakfast daily, 1 lunch (day 3), 3 days guided coach tour from (days 2-4), 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.

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