Northern Lights in the Westfjords

Escorted, Northern Lights
Small group tour, outdoor activities and relaxation in the remote Heydalur Valley
5 days
Sep - Mar
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Enjoy the perfect combination of refreshing outdoor activities and true relaxation in the remote setting of Iceland‘s beautiful Westfjords. Stay at the lovely Heydalur Guesthouse, enjoy local food, relax in the natural hot spring pool and let the locals guide you around the stunning scenery of the Westfjords. If the Aurora conditions are in your favour you may see magical displays of Northern Lights in the evenings, far from any light pollution. This tour is ideal for adventurous types - and a great value package with all transport, meals and activities included!

Day 1  Reykjavik - West Iceland and Heydalur Valley
Morning transfer from Reykjavik city through the beautiful landscapes of West Iceland to the secluded and peaceful Heydalur Valley in the Westfjords. Total travel time is 6-7 hrs including stops at several attractions en route; the Settlement Centre at Borgarnes for a peek into Iceland's Viking past and lunch, Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, Hraunfossar and Barnafossar falls and historic Reykholt. Afternoon arrival to Heydalur Valley. Heydalur Guesthouse offers private en-suite rooms with private entrance, private facilities in two separate farmhouses. The restaurant is renowned for its delicious, local food which is served in the converted barn. After dinner this evening, you can relax in the on-site natural hot spring pool. If the skies are clear you have the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights.

Days 2 – 4  Westfjords Excursions, Northern Lights Hunting
The programme for the next 3 days is flexible and depends on daily weather conditions and time of year. There will be opportunities for several guided tours and activities at the guide’s discretion such as:
-Guided hike to Drangajökull Glacier or snow-shoe hiking in Heydalur Valley.
-Guided ice-fishing tour to a nearby mountain lake and surroundings including the salt factory in Reykjanes, old Viking-age ruins in Vatnsfjörður and a look at Heydalur's private troll, Þrándur, along the way. Alternatively, in autumn, a kayak trip in the fjord or a horse riding tour along the river.
-Guided day tour to Ísafjörður town and surroundings including visits to the church, library, old town and viewing point over Ísafjörður, Hvítanes seal colony, the small folk museum Litli Bær in Skötufjörður, the Arctic Fox Centre in Súðavík and Ósvör Maritime Museum.
-Exploration of Heydalur and surroundings. Walk or just relax, perhaps bathe in the hot spring pool or enjoy the company of the resident pets and farm animals including an arctic fox!
-Every evening a dip in the natural hot spring pool followed by a northern lights hunt in the valley - or perhaps straight from the pool!

Day 5  Heydalur - Hólmavík – Reykjavík
The return transfer to Reykjavik city commences after breakfast. Visit the Icelandic Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft in Hólmavík en route for an insight into this fascinating part of Icelandic history and folklore. Arrival in Reykjavík around 16:00 hours.

2019 departures: 17 September;  03, 10, 15 October;  07, 28 November

2020 departures: 03, 30 January;  06, 14, 26 February;  12, 18 March  

Includes: 3 nights accommodation at Heydalur Guesthouse in a private room with private facilities; 4 x breakfasts; 4 x lunches; 4 x 3-course dinners; guided tours and activities (according to weather conditions); return Reykjavik city transfers; services of an English speaking guide (Day 1 - Day 5).

Excludes: accommodation in Reykjavik – please enquire.

Maximum group size: 12 persons.


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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2424.00

Includes: 3 nights accommodation at Heydalur Guesthouse in a private room with private facilities; 4 x breakfasts; 4 x lunches; 4 x 3-course dinners; guided tours and activities (according to weather conditions); return Reykjavik city transfers; services of an English speaking guide (Day 1 - Day 5).

Excludes: accommodation in Reykjavik – please enquire.