iceland tour: Aurora Adventure

Escorted, Northern Lights
The major sights of Iceland's south & west plus some great adventures!
6 days
Nov, Jan & Feb
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Enjoy magnificent glaciers, waterfalls and scenery. Visit the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, explore an amazing Ice Cave, and enjoy an exciting  glacier walk and snowmobile ride. This action-packed tour is the perfect opportunity to combine the highlights of South Iceland with great winter activities, and evening hunts for the fabled Northern Lights.

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: Golden Circle & Snowmobile Tour 
This morning pick up from your hotel and depart Reykjavík. We head inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage on the Þingvellir plain, the tectonic plate boundary where the North American and European continents 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. We then travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 metres into the Hvítá River.

In the afternoon enjoy an exciting snowmobile ride, with 2 persons sharing each snowmobile, on the nearby Langjökull glacier. Then on to the Geysir geothermal fields, where you will see the steam rising from Strokkur geyser as we arrive. There are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools here- the original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts regularly at 5-10 minutes intervals.

Overnight and dinner tonight in South Iceland. Tonight, we search for the elusive Northern Lights from the hotel's garden, and experience a true Viking winter wonderland amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Day 3: South Coast And Glacier Walk  
Today, we travel the South Coast. Our first stop is at the rocky plateau of Dyrhólaey, which rises dramatically  from the surrounding plain. Then we take a walk at Reynisfjara, a black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves. Our next stop is Vík in Mýrdalur, the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland. Out to sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. According to folklore, 2 trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into these rugged stacks, which are clearly visible from the beach.

In the afternoon it's time for the glacier walk. The Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the south coast, an area of spectacular scenery with rugged and majestic rock formations shaped by the glacier. On this fun, safe and easy to moderate glacier walk,  you will  explore a wonderland of natural ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses, as well as learning about the behavior of glaciers and their impact on nature. Your fully qualified, expert guide will be with you at all times, and equipment is provided. The walk takes around 3 hours in total, with about 90 minutes on the ice and a 30-40 min walk (each way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge itself.

After the walk we head to the lovely village of Skógar, where we stay for 2 nights. From here we visit the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall,  which is at 62 metres high is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the evening after dinner, join a torch walk near the waterfall and look out to see if the auroras are across the sky. The view of the Northern Lights above the Skógafoss waterfall is just breathtaking!

Day 4: Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave 
Today is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We start with a visit to the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs, where we explore this extraordinary site and maybe see seals swimming in the arctic waters, and walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded.

In the afternoon we continue into Vatnajökull National Park, Europe's largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Experience a spectacular crystal ice cave inside Vatnajökull Glacier- an experience like standing under a frozen blue ocean, or in a frozen cathedral surrounded by millions of shades of blue. Deep under this massive glacier beautiful caves of ice are formed by rivers of meltwater during the summer. The excursion takes around 2.5 hours in total, with about one hour inside the ice cave. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights. 2nd overnight in Skógar.

Day 5: Reykjanes, Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík & Gourmet Farewell Dinner 
From Skógar we travel west to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 65 metres high and plunges from the mountain. Then we drive further west to explore the Reykjanes peninsula with its many unusual geological features and moon-like landscapes. We stop for 3 hours at the famous Blue Lagoon for a soak in its warm geothermal waters, then in the late afternoon we return to Reykjavik, where we enjoy a short city tour before checking in at our hotel. Time at leisure before we l meet for a farewell Icelandic dinner at Út í Bláinn restaurant in Perlan, with a panoramic view of the city. Then time for one final, late night Northern Lights hunt. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 6: Reykjavik Departure
Coach transfer from the hotel to Keflavik Airport and end of arrangements. 

Departures:  13 November and 27 November 2018; 23 January and 27 February 2019  

Group size: Maximum 16 persons

Includes: Arrival & departure airport/hotel coach transfers; 5 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels including breakfast and private facilities; Fully escorted 4-day coach tour Days 2-5; 3-course farewell-Icelandic dinner Day 5; entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon geothermal baths; entrance to the Blue Ice Cave in Vatnajökull Glacier; 1 hour snowmobile safari (2 persons sharing the snowmobile); guided glacier walk in South Iceland; Northern Lights programme for 3 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights; use of simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flashlight. 

Accommodation is at the following hotels or similar: Cabin Hotel in Reykjavík (2 nights); South Iceland: Hotel Hella (1 night); Southeast Iceland: Hotel Skógar (2 nights)

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3929.00
Single AUD$ 4458.00

Includes: Arrival & departure airport/hotel coach transfers; 5 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels including breakfast and private facilities; Fully escorted 4-day coach tour Days 2-5; 3-course farewell-Icelandic dinner Day 5; entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon geothermal baths; entrance to the Blue Ice Cave in Vatnajökull Glacier; 1 hour snowmobile safari (2 persons sharing the snowmobile); guided glacier walk in South Iceland; Northern Lights programme for 3 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights; use of simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flashlight. 

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