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North Iceland Aurora Escape

2018 Departures
February 06, 13, 20, 27
March 06, 13, 20, 27
Prices From$3680 per Person Double
$620 Single Supplement
2017 Departures
October 10, 24
November 07, 21
Prices From$3680 per Person Double
$620 Single Supplement
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Experience the Arctic North! This tour takes you on an exploration of West and North Iceland, known for its winter adventures in a veritable nature paradise. Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths, join a snowshoe walk in a lava labyrinth, climb a volcano crater, travel along scenic fjord routes where you can almost touch the Arctic Circle. Do you want to go to places where most people do not go in the winter time? Are you looking for some very unique but not arduous outdoor activities and a chance to search for the Northern Lights that appear in high latitudes when the skies are clear? Well, perhaps you are ready to take the North Iceland Aurora Challenge!

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Reykjavik
Accommodation: Skuggi Kea Hotel

WELCOME to ICELAND

The Flybus shuttle brings travelers from Keflavík International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hotdog and pizza too! 

 
Day 2     Reykjavik - Borgarnes - Siglufjordur
Meals: Breakfast

VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (400 km/248 mls) 

Meet your tour guide and travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. We visit a natural history & seal museum and further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri. We travel along scenic fjords and over several challenging mountain passes until we reach Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northernmost town. We overnight at the new and beautifully located Hotel Siglo which offers spectacular geothermal hot tubs build into the local fjord. In the evening, if weather permits, we take a little walk or drive to search for the Northern Lights.

 
Day 3     Siglufjordur - Lake Myvatn
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

ICELAND'S NORTHERNMOST TOWN (170 km/106 mls) 

In the morning we explore Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northernmost town, known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. In Siglufjörður we visit the herring museum, the largest seafaring and industrial museum in the country. In the afternoon we drive along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord which offers an amazing mountain panorama and explore Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Along the way, we stop at a deserted fjord valley that even most Icelanders have not yet seen. Later we stop at a local brewery and taste one of Iceland's micro-beers. We continue to Lake Mývatn, a winter wonderland, where we stay for 3 nights. Join an evening lecture about Northern Lights and don't miss the chance to search for the magical auroras after dinner.

 
Day 4     Lake Myvatn
Accommodation: Sel Hotel Myvatn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

SEARCH FOR THE TROLLS & SNOW ADVENTURES (30 km/19 mls) 

This morning we go for a snowshoe trip (or a normal hike if there is no snow) through the lava formations of Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore the many pseudo craters or walk along the lake shores. Also available is an optional tour on cross-country skis or snow-mobiles. In the evening we take a relaxing soak at Lake Mývatn Nature Baths and get ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights.

 
Day 5     Lake Myvatn
Accommodation: Sel Hotel Myvatn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

EXPLORE LAKE MÝVATN (50 km/31 mls) 

Lake Mývatn is known for its geological wonders and active bird life, but also for having Iceland's coldest temperatures. We take an easy walk through the bizarre lava formations and landscape with great views to the lake, bird life and trees. Later we explore the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We taste traditional dark bread baked underground in the geothermal heat. In the evening enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. After a delicious dinner, don't forget to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights. 

 
Day 6     Lake Myvatn - Akureyri
Accommodation: Kea Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

BIRDS, CHRISTMAS GARDEN & THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND (120 km/75 mls) 

We visit the Lake Mývatn bird museum and travel to Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Next stop is the Christmas Garden, a small museum and shop where you find countless items connected to Icelandic Christmas traditions. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland on your own. There are some excellent local museums and a great geothermal swimming pool. Depending on weather there is a short excursion into the darkness to hunt the Aurora Borealis. 

 
Day 7     Skagafjordur - Reykjavik
Accommodation: Skuggi Kea Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

HISTORY, DESIGN & HORSES IN SKAGAFJÖRÐUR (420 km/261 mls) 

We travel back west over the mountains to Skagafjörður, the valley of horses and home of many ancient farms. We visit the folk museum and turf farm at Glaumbær. Enjoy a guided tour through the only tannery in Europe which makes fish leather. Later we stop for coffee & cake at a horse farm, where we learn about the history and the special gaits of Icelandic horses. We reach Reykjavík depending on weather and road conditions between 18:00-20:00 where you stay one night in Iceland's capital.  

 
Day 8     Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport.

 

Notes

Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.190 km (738 miles) which is an average of 200 km (124 miles) per day. You spend about 3 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days, such as day 2 and day 7.

NOTE: In rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary during winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but we will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change. 

Maximum 16 people.

In winter 2017/2018 season the first and last night at Keahotel Skuggi will be replaced by Keahotel Reykjavik Lights

Price Includes
All Transportation Mentioned in Itinerary
Daily Breakfast
Hotel Accommodation As I in Itinerary; Daily Breakfast
2X Light Lunch, 3X 3-Course Dinner and 3X Midnight Refreshments
Visit to Natural History & Seal Museum
Horse Show, Coffee & Cake at Local Horse Farm
Visit to Herring Museum and Local Micro Beer Brewery
Entrance With Towel at MýVatn Nature Baths
Snow Shoe Hike (or Hike if No Snow) in Lava Labyrinth
Visit to MýVatn Bird Museum
Price Does Not Include
 Optional Excursions
 Transatlantic Air
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