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Northern Lights Exploration Small Group Tour

8 Days / 10 locations in Iceland

2021 Guaranteed Departures
September 21
October 05, 19
November 02, 16, 30
Prices From$2615 per Person Double
$490 Single Supplement
2022 Guaranteed Departures
January 11, 25
February 08, 22
March 08, 22
Prices From$2615 per Person Double
$490 Single Supplement
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Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Our Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights.

In addition to a seven-night stay with breakfast, this program includes our special six-night Northern Lights Academy, a combination of evening presentations, lectures, film and guided lookouts for the Aurora Borealis ‚Äď the Northern Lights. Experience Icelandic winter as good as it gets. Head to the countryside: from the regions of Sn√¶fellsnes Peninsula in the west to the Vatnaj√∂kull glacier in the south-east. Profit to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Reykjavik
Accommodation: Hotel Klettur

WELCOME to ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to a bus stop near your accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Overnight location:

Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík. Dinner are on your own. (50km / 31mls)

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Day 2     Reykjavik - Reykholt - Borgarnes
Accommodation: Hamar Hotel Borgarnes
Meals: Breakfast

REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR & BORGARFJ√ĖR√źUR SAGA VALLEY (245 km/152 mls)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland‚Äôs exciting capital. Then we head west. Borgarfj√∂r√įur is known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. Get a chance to climb the Gr√°br√≥k volcano crater and visit Deildartunguhver, Europe‚Äôs most powerful hot spring. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss ‚Äď the Children‚Äôs falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Overnight location:

Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.

 
Day 3     Reykholt - Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Meals: Breakfast

SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & FJORD CRUISE (250 km/155 mls)

The Sn√¶fellsnes Peninsula, ‚Äúthe peninsula of the snowy mountain‚Äú, juts out from Iceland‚Äôs west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. Visit the fishing village of Grundarfj√∂r√įur, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. Enjoy a whale watching tour in this beautiful scenery in the Brei√įafj√∂r√įur fjord where orcas chase herring and later a uniquely Icelandic ‚Äútreat‚Äú awaits at Bjarnarh√∂fn, where they make H√°karl ‚Äď the fermented shark. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel‚Äôs outdoor hot tubs.

Overnight location:

Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.

 
Day 4     Borgarnes - Gullfoss Waterfall - Hella
Accommodation: Land Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL TASTE & ICELANDIC HORSES

Travel along the Hvalfj√∂r√įur fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what they do with all those sheep! Continue inland to √ěingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel the Golden Circle route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring. On we travel to double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before reaching the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights in the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Overnight location:

Landhotel in Hella, South Iceland. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.

 
Day 5     Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Vatnajokull Glacier
Accommodation: Fosshotel Nupar
Meals: Breakfast

NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & VOLCANO CENTER (225km / 140mls)

Today we travel along the South coast. At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east we visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We spend two nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

Overnight location:

Fossh√≥tel N√ļpar, Kirkjub√¶jarklaustur. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own

 
Day 6     Skaftafell National Park - Vatnajokull Glacier
Meals: Breakfast

SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & VATNAJ√ĖKULL GLACIER (197km / 122mls)

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the amazing site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th

The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total ‚Äď a 30-minute drive by 4√ó4 vehicle from the J√∂kuls√°rl√≥n glacier lagoon and 5-15 minutes hike (one-way). You spend about one hour inside the ice cave. You need good hiking boots, warm clothing that keeps you dry from the dripping water in the ice cave. Minimum age is 10 years old. The ice cave tour can be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon and will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour, while the rest of the group continues the official tour program. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the official tour programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the J√∂kuls√°rl√≥n glacier lagoon are included for all group members.

Overnight location:

Fossh√≥tel N√ļpar, Kirkjub√¶jarklaustur. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own

 
Day 7     Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Blue Lagoon - Grindavik - Reykjavik
Accommodation: Hotel Klettur
Meals: Breakfast

SOUTH SHORE, REYKJAV√ćK & BLUE LAGOON

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is awe-inspiring. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. We reach Reykjavík around dinner time for one last night.

Overnight location:

Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own. (365km / 225mls)

The Blue Lagoon visit is in the afternoon. Tour ends around 7pm.

 
Day 8     Reykjavik

DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from a bus stop near your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

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Notes

This tour is with max 16 passengers.

Price Includes
Rountrip Flybus Plus Transfers Airport, Hotel, Airport
Fully Escorted Bus Tour With an English Speaking Guide
Visit to Traditional Shark Curing Farm .
Hot Spring Tasting With Geothermally Cooked Bread and Eggs
Visit to Icelandic Horse Stables & Geothermal Greenhouse
Visit to Multimedia Presentation at the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center
Entrance With Towel to Blue Lagoon
Northern Lights Academy Program During 6 Evening
Use of Winter & Northern Lights Explorer Equipment: Simple Non-Slip Snow &
Hotel Accommodation With Breakfast
Fjord Cruise on Brei√įafj√∂r√įur Fjord
GJT-0421