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Northern Lights in Style

Iceland

2018 Departures
January 14, 28
February 04, 11, 18, 25
March 04, 11, 18, 25
April 01
Prices From$3625 per Person Double
$686 Single Supplement
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The Northern Lights are one of nature’s great displays: a mysterious, multicolored show in which the night sky is suddenly lit up with a wondrous glow that twists and swirls like a heavenly lava lamp. Elusive and ethereal, it is one of the great, timeless thrills of travel; a beautiful, shifting dance of nocturnal rainbows that many viewers find a humbling and spiritually uplifting experience. The Northern Lights can only be seen at night but there is no need to worry about finding things to do during the day.

With the Northern Lights in Style we offer you an exclusive escorted bus tour. You experience unspoiled nature, geological wonders, cultural and culinary treats and a variety of soft adventures and activities during the day before going to hunt for the Northern Lights in Iceland at night. You stay in first class hotels, travel in a tour bus offering two seats per person and the group size is maximum 16 persons. The tour is available as a 6-day or 8-day program. Our expert tour guide provides you with a fact seminar about Northern Lights and teaches you how to take photos of them.

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Itinerary

 

WELCOME to ICELAND

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík where you spend the night at the first-class hotel Icelandair Hotel Marina in a superior room. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. 

 
Day 2     Reykjavik - Thingvellir - Laugarvatn
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

REYKJAVÍK, CHEESE & SKYR SCHOOL, NATIONAL PARK & FONTANA STEAM BATHS (150 km/93 mls)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide and start the exclusive escorted tour program with a two-hour city tour of the world's northern-most capital. The Hallgrímskirkja church is one of the crowning landmarks and star attractions of Reykjavík. Its iconic tower rises symmetrically and incrementally to a magnificent 74.5m peak. Our tour includes the visit to the exceptional observation tower of the Hallgrímskirkja church offering incredible panoramic views across the city. Then we learn about the history and culture of Icelandic cheese and the unique dairy product skyr, which tastes similar to yoghurt but it is actually strained cheese. You are able to taste a range of Icelandic cheeses and learn about the special qualities of the Icelandic dairy cow. Delve into Iceland’s cheese history and discover what cheese future lies ahead for this nation of people who have one of the highest consumption of cheese in the world ... and all this you learn whilst having a lovely lunch in a fabulous cheese school buttery.

Depart Reykjavik for Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and where the Althing, the oldest legislative assembly in the world was founded. This is one of Iceland's most fascinating places both geologically and for the role it plays in the country's history and sense of national identity. The last stop today is at the new thermal baths FONTANA in Laugarvatn, where healing geothermal heat simmers directly from the ground and the landscape is painted with beautiful mountain ranges. Laugarvatn FONTANA is a highlight of any wellness retreat in Iceland where you find three geothermally heated baths, a sauna, a warm sand beach, and access to the pristine waters of lake Laugarvatn. Wintertime makes the visit to the thermal baths even a warmer experience. We continue to the luxury country hotel Grímsborgir located in South Iceland, where you stay for three nights.

After a gourmet dinner, our expert tour guide provides you with a fact seminar about the Northern Lights and teaches you how to take photos of this natural phenomenon. After that we invite you to step into the darkness or soak in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs and check if the Northern Lights are visible. These spectacular sky-light shows are also known as the Aurora Borealis and are frequently seen in Iceland from September through April on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colors of Northern Lights but sometimes there are considerable color variations. They are ephemeral, however, sightings are not guaranteed.

 
Day 3     Laugarvatn - Gullfoss Waterfall - Hveragerdi
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

WATERFALLS, GEOTHERMAL POWER, MEET THE LOCALS & LANGOUSTINE FEAST (200 km/124 mls)

In the morning we visit Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travelers in summer and winter. Nearby are the Geysir geothermal fields with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. The next stop is at the nearly 3000 years old and 55 m deep explosion crater called Kerið that is filled with water, creating a lake whose steep circular slopes resemble an ancient amphitheatre.

In the greenhouse village of Hveragerði we meet a local man telling us all about living at an earthquake active place with different kind of geothermal powers and challenges. During a short and easy walk we visit hot springs and other natural wonders. You get the opportunity to boil egg in a hot spring and taste hot steam baked bread - one of the region's culinary specialties. We travel to the seashore villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki with many old and colorful houses. We stroll along the black sands at one of the local beaches. You are now invited to a private tour around a local folk museum and a historic wooden church in one of Iceland's prettiest coastal villages. If you like "local" then you get the opportunity to taste shark meat, dried fish and Brennivin (Black Death) schnapps. After a nice langoustine dinner at a nearby seashore restaurant we go outside to watch out for the magical Northern Lights before returning to the hotel.

 
Day 4     Eyjafallajokull - Skogar
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

EYJAFALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO AND GLACIER HIKE FOR BEGINNERS (280 km/174 mls)

Today, we take you out along the South coast. You start at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There‘s an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Further east we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. In the small village of Skógar we visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts typical of Iceland’s past as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Now you can choose between a guided walk that is especially organized for beginners on a nearby glacier, or continue the bus tour to explore a black lava beach with bird cliffs.

Gourmet dinner and overnight is at Hotel Grímsborgir. Tonight enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

 
Day 5     Reykjanes Peninsula
Accommodation: Northern Lights Inn
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

VIKING SHIP, LIGHT HOUSES, CRAB FEAST, MOON LANDSCAPES & BLUE LAGOON (220 km/136 mls)

The last full day of travel takes us to Reykjanes peninsula where we take the less traveled route and see the region’s many unusual geological features, hot springs, moon landscapes, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. Included is a visit to the Viking ship and history museum that tells the story about the Viking expansion across the North Atlantic. It will be topped off with a unique lunch as you take part in a seafood & crab feast. One of the highlights of this exclusive tour program is the visit to the famous Blue Lagoon for a soak in its warm geothermal water. The comfort experience package includes the use of a towel and a bathrobe, a drink of your choice and a volcano scrub or an algae mask. The whole group is invited to a farewell dinner with delicious lamb as the main course at the Hotel Northern Light Inn, an excellent location for a Northern Lights hunt. Overnight and breakfast at Hotel Northern Light Inn.

 
Day 6     Reykjanes Peninsula - Keflavik
Meals: Breakfast

Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some time to visit the Blue Lagoon again or do some walks in the neighborhood of the Hotel Northern Light Inn before taking the airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

 

Notes

Small group tour with maximum 16 persons

First Class Accommodation

Wellness at Fontana steam baths and Blue Lagoon

Langoustine dinner, crab feast and gourmet dining

Visit To Cheese & Skyr School
Glacier Hike For Beginners

Meet the locals and learn about living with geo-powers

Educational Northern Lights program and guided Aurora hunts

Price Includes
4 Dinners and 2 Lunches
Daily Breakfast
Keflavik Airport Transfers by Flybus
Use of Winter & Northern Lights Explorer Equipment: Simple Non-Slip Snow &
Excursions and Entrances As Per Itinerary
Welcome Cocktail at Hotel GríMsborgir and Northern Lights Cocktail at Hotel
Northern Lights Program During 4 Evenings With a Combination of Lectures, P
Fully Escorted 4-Day Bus Tour With an English-Speaking Guide and 2 Seats Pe
5-Nights Accommodation in First-Class Hotels
Experience Package at Blue Lagoon That Includes Entrance Fee, Towel, Bathro
Price Does Not Include
 Transatlantic Air
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