Aurora Explorer

Economical Winter touring in the South and West
5 Days
Dec - Apr
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On this short tour, enjoy the highlights of South and West Iceland, with visits to amazing landmarks including hot springs, waterfalls, volcano craters, lava fields, geysers and glaciers. There are also evening, Northern Lights hunts during your stay in the countryside. In addition, you can choose from a selection of optional excursions such as a visit to the Blue Lagoon and a guided, glacier hike. 

Day 1 Iceland Arrival
Coach transfer from Keflavik Airport to your hotel in Reykjavik. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Recently established as a haven for food lovers, Reykjavik has numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. There are also many wonderful museums including the National Museum which displays artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age and gives an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, or 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 are also worth visiting. 

Day 2 Reykjavik - South Iceland & Golden Circle
At 09:00hrs meet your guide and fellow travellers in the hotel, and depart Reykjavik. Today you will visit three of South Iceland's most famous attractions - Gullfoss Waterfall, Geyser hot spring area and Þingvellir National Park. We start with a stop at a local supermarket in the geothermal town of Hveragerði, which is built above a hot spring field. Here you can see and buy some typical Icelandic goodies. Continue to Kerið Volcano Crater, which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheatre. Next stop is Gullfoss (Golden Falls), a majestic double waterfall that tumbles 34m into the Hvítá River below. A visit to Geysir geothermal fields sees a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools, with steam pumping from the ground. The original geyser is now dormant and has been replaced by Strokkur (the Churn), which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Afterwards is the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Þingvellir plain is situated on the tectonic plate boundary where North America and Europe are slowly tearing away from each other. As a result, the plain is scarred by dramatic fissures, ponds and rivers, including the great Almannagjá rift. Continue to the hotel in South Iceland where you will spend the next two nights. Your guide will show you the best spots to search for the Northern Lights.

Day 3 South Iceland - Day at Leisure  
Enjoy the fresh, clean air of Iceland's tranquil countryside or relax in the hotel's hot tub. Perhaps take a short walk to Yrafoss Waterfall or uphill to a beautiful viewpoint. Alternatively, choose from two optional excursions. Note: these optional excursions can only be booked with your guide on Day 2 of the tour. 

South Iceland Tour - approx. 300km round trip - Explore the region near the active volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which is 65m high - you can actually walk behind it and through to the other side. The next stop is majestic Skógafoss waterfall with its impressive 60m drop. The tour then continues further south where you can stroll on a black lava beach and see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara, near Vík.

South Iceland Tour with Glacier Hike -  approx. 260km round trip - Touring the region near Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano, we will also visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, with it's 65m falls and pathway behind. After stopping at Skógafoss waterfall, head to Sólheimajökull glacier tongue, which extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull Glacier down to the sandy plains of Iceland's South Coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. On this fun, safe and easy-moderate glacier walk, you will explore a wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses. While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you will learn more about the behaviour of glaciers and their impact on nature. An experienced, glacier guide will teach you how to use the equipment (crampons and ice axe) which is provided for your glacier walk. You will spend around 90mins on the ice and around 30-40mins walking (one way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge itself. You will need to bring warm clothing, rain gear, and hiking boots.

This evening, see a film presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night sky is cloudless, you might also see the Aurora, swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes. The grounds of the hotel are extensive and the darkness offers an excellent location to search for the Lights if the weather conditions are suitable.  

Day 4 South Iceland - Reykjavik City Tour - Time At Leisure
Today we return to Reykjavik for a short tour of the city centre including Parliament, Hallgrimskirkja Church, Harpa Concert Hall and Reykjavik Harbour. A stop will also be made at Perlan - a remarkable building that offers a fantastic view of Iceland's capital city. The city tour ends at approx. 13:00hrs at your hotel.

The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. You may like to further explore the city or take an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon. (This excursion must be pre-booked and pre-paid, prior to your departure from Australia - please enquire). 

Day 5: Reykjavik Departure
Coach transfer from the hotel to Keflavik Airport. 

2018 departures: 09, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 Jan; 11, 13, 20, 25, 27 Feb; 06, 13, 18, 20, 27 Mar; 01, 03, 08, 10 Apr

Group size: Maximum 40 persons

Includes: Arrival & departure coach transfers; fully escorted 3 day coach tour with English-speaking guide, 4 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels including breakfast and private facilities; Reykjavík: Fosshotel Raudara or similar (2 nights), South Iceland: Hotel Borealis or similar (2 nights), 8hr Golden Circle tour (Day 2), 2hr Reykjavik city tour (Day 4), admission to Kerið Volcano Crater (Day 2), Northern Lights film presentation (Day 3), guided searches for the Northern Lights (Days 2, 3), use of Winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow/ice gripper spikes for shoes plus a torch.

Excludes: optional excursions: South Iceland tour or South Iceland tour with glacier walk (Day 3 - these can only be purchased locally), Blue Lagoon visit (Day 4 - must be pre-purchased/pre-paid in Australia).

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 920.00
Single AUD$ 1289.00

Includes: Arrival & departure coach transfers; fully escorted 3 day coach tour with English-speaking guide, 4 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels including breakfast and private facilities; Reykjavík: Fosshotel Raudara or similar (2 nights), South Iceland: Hotel Borealis or similar (2 nights), 8hr Golden Circle tour (Day 2), 2hr Reykjavik city tour (Day 4), admission to Kerið Volcano Crater (Day 2), Northern Lights film presentation (Day 3), guided searches for the Northern Lights (Days 2, 3), use of Winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow/ice gripper spikes for shoes plus a torch.

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