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Northern Lights Exploration - Small Group

8 days
7 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Per person in USD:
$ 2,580.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,955.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Oct 04, 2016 - Oct 11, 2016 
Oct 11, 2016 - Oct 18, 2016 
Oct 18, 2016 - Oct 25, 2016 
Oct 25, 2016 - Nov 01, 2016 
Nov 01, 2016 - Nov 08, 2016 
Nov 08, 2016 - Nov 15, 2016 
Nov 15, 2016 - Nov 22, 2016 
Nov 22, 2016 - Nov 29, 2016 
Nov 29, 2016 - Dec 06, 2016 
Dec 06, 2016 - Dec 13, 2016 
Jan 10, 2017 - Jan 17, 2017 
Jan 17, 2017 - Jan 24, 2017 
Jan 24, 2017 - Jan 31, 2017 
Jan 31, 2017 - Feb 07, 2017 
Feb 07, 2017 - Feb 14, 2017 
Feb 14, 2017 - Feb 21, 2017 
Feb 21, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017 
Feb 28, 2017 - Mar 07, 2017 
Mar 07, 2017 - Mar 14, 2017 
Mar 14, 2017 - Mar 21, 2017 
Mar 21, 2017 - Mar 28, 2017 
Mar 28, 2017 - Apr 04, 2017 
Apr 04, 2017 - Apr 11, 2017 

Hotels:

Hotels and Country Guesthouses
Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza first and last night
West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (2 nights)
South Iceland: Hotel Hekla (1 night)
Vatnajökull Region: Hotel Laki (2 nights)

Included:

Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS
Fully escorted 6 day coach tour with English & German speaking guide
7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels including breakfast
Fjord Cruise on Breidafjordur and light lunch in Stykkishólmur
Visit to traditional shark curing farm
Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread, and eggs
Vist to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
Visit with multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
Entrance fee to Skógar Folk Museum and Turf Houses
Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
Farewell dinner at Northern Light Inn
Northern Lights Academy program with 6 evenings of lectures, presentations, guided searches and midnight refrehsments.
Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night.
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 farewell dinner

Highlights & Experience:

HIGHLIGHTS & EXPERIENCES:

Climb a volcano crater 
Visit a traditional shark farmer 
Meet the locals in a geothermal swimming pool 
See waterfalls, lava fields, fjords, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, icebergs, black lava beaches 
Enjoy open spaces and high mountains 
Relax in the famous Blue Lagoon 
Learn about life next to the even more famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano 
Walk between two continental tectonic plates 
Explore fishing villages 
Visit turf farmsteads and churches 
See the highlights of Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík 
Meet Icelandic horses, taste freshly baked hot spring bread and enjoy a fjord cruise 
Northern Lights Academy program during 6 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film, guided searches and midnight refreshments.

NORTHERN LIGHTS PROGRAM:
This program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy – with 6 evenings of presentations, lectures and guided tours at spots likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to spend 6 evenings in the countryside to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, however the tour is dependent on weather, and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern sky from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natures wonders, it is ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). However, it is worth the patience required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await this truly outstanding event. The Northern Lights can be pretty spectacular, and for the best photos we recommend using a tripod. 

Aurora Statistics:

30.09.-07.10.12    1x strong, 1x medium, 1x weak
14.10.-21.10.12   1x strong, 2x medium
28.10.-04.11.12   1x strong, 1x weak
11.11.-18.11.12  2x strong, 3x weak
25.11.-02.12.12 1x weak 
13.01.-20.01.13  3x strong 
27.01.-03.02.13  1x strong, 1x medium, 1x weak
01.02.-08.02.13  1x medium, 1x weak
10.02.-17.02.13  2x strong, 1x medium, 1x weak
22.02.-01.03.13  1x medium, 1x weak
24.02.-03.03.13  1x medium, 1x weak
10.03.-17.03.13  1x strong, 2x weak
15.03.-22.03.13  1x strong, 1x medium, 1x weak
24.03.-31.03.13  1x strong, 1x medium
29.09.-06.10.13 1x strong + 1x medium + 1x weak
06.10.-13.10.13 2x strong + 1x medium 
18.10.-25.10.13  unfortunately no northern lights
25.10.-01.11.13  1x strong + 2x weak
01.11.-08.11.13  1x strong + 1x medium + 1x weak 
10.11.-17.11.13  unfortunately no northern lights 
17.11.-24.11.13  1x medium + 1x weak  
29.11.-06.12.13  2x strong + 1x medium + 1x weak 
12.01.-19.01.14  unfortunately no northern lights 
19.01.-26.01.14  1x strong + 1x weak
31.01.-07.02.14  2x medium + 2x weak 
09.02.-16.02.14  1x strong + 2x medium 
16.02.-23.02.14  2x strong + 1x weak 
28.02.-07.03.14  3x medium + 1x weak 
09.03.-16.03.14   1x medium 
16.03.-23.03.14  2x medium + 1x weak 
28.03.-04.04.14  1x strong 
28.09.-05.10.14  3x medium  + 2x weak 
03.10.-10.10.14  2x strong + 1x medium + 1x weak 
07.10.-14.10.14  1x strong + 1x medium + 1x weak 
12.10.-19.10.14  3x medium + 1x weak 
17.10.-24.10.14  2x strong + 1x medium 
21.10.-28.10.14  4x medium 
26.10.-02.11.14  1x medium + 2x weak 
31.10.-07.11.14  Unfortunately no northern lights 
04.11.-11.11.14 3x medium + 1x weak 
09.11.-16.11.14  1x strong + 1x medium 
16.11.-23.11.14 1x strong, 1x medium + 2x weak 
23.11.-30.11.14 1x medium + 4x weak
30.11.-07.12.14 2x medium + 1x weak
05.12.-12.12.14 2x strong
16.01.-23.01.15 1x medium + 1x weak
22.01.-29.01.15 1x strong, 1x medium + 2x weak
25.01.-01.02.15 1x strong, 1x medium + 1x weak
01.02.-08.02.15 3x medium
05.02.-12.02.15 1x weak
10.02.-17.02.15 1x strong + 1x weak
13.02.-20.02.15 1x strong + 1x weak
17.02.-24.02.15 2x strong
20.02.-27.02.15 unfortunately no northern lights
24.02.-03.03.15 1x strong + 1x weak
27.02.-06.03.15 2x strong, 1x medium + 1x weak
03.03.-10.03.15 1x strong + 2x weak
06.03.-13.03.15 1x strong + 1x medium
12.03.-19.03.15 1x strong + 1x weak
15.03.-22.03.15 2x strong
20.03.-27.03.15 2x medium + 2x weak
24.03.-31.03.15 1x strong + 1x medium
29.03.-05.04.15 1x medium
03.04.-10.04.15 1x strong
07.10.-14.10.12   2x weak, 1x strong
21.10.-28.10.12  unfortunately no northern lights 
04.11.-11.11.12  2x weak, 1x strong  
18.11.-25.11.12  2x weak, 2x strong 
02.12.-09.12.12  1x weak, 1x strong 
20.01.-27.01.13  2x weak, 1x medium 
03.02.-10.02.13  3x weak, 1x strong 
   
17.02.-24.02.13  unfortunately no northern lights  
   
03.03.-10.03.13  1x weak  
17.03.-24.03.13  1x weak, 1x strong 
   
31.03.-07.04.13  3x weak to medium 
04.10.-11.10.13  2x strong + 2x medium + 1x weak  
13.10.-20.10.13  1x strong + 1x medium 
20.10.-27.10.13  1x medium 
27.10.-03.11.13  1x strong + 1x medium + 2x weak 
03.11.-10.11.13  2x strong + 1x medium 
15.11.-22.11.13   1x medium 
24.11.-01.12.13  1x medium + 1x weak 
01.12.-08.12.13  1x weak 
17.01.-24.01.14  2x strong, 1x medium + 1x weak 
26.01.-02.02.14   unfortunately no northern lights 
02.02.-09.02.14  2x strong 
14.02.-21.02.14  1x strong + 3x medium 
23.02.-02.03.14  2x strong, 1x medium + 2x weak 
02.03.-09.03.14  1x medium + 1x weak 
14.03.-21.03.14  1x strong 
23.03.-30.03.14  unfortunately no northern lights 
30.03.-06.04.14  1x medium 
30.09.-07.10.14  1x weak
05.10.-12.10.14  1x medium + 2x weak 
10.10.-17.10.14  1x strong + 1x medium 
14.10.-21.10.14  3x strong 
19.10.-26.10.14  1x medium + 1x weak 
24.10.-31.10.14  1x strong + 2x weak 
28.10.-04.11.14  1x weak 
02.11.-09.11.14  2x strong + 1x medium + 1x weak
07.11.-14.11.14  2x medium + 1x weak 
14.11.-21.11.14  1x stong + 1x weak 
21.11.-28.11.14  3x strong + 2x weak
28.11.-05.12.14 3x strong
02.12.-09.12.14 2x strong + 1x medium
11.01.-18.01.15 2x medium + 1x weak
20.01.-27.01.15 2x medium
23.01.-30.01.15 1x strong, 2x medium + 1x weak
30.01.-06.02.15 1x medium +1 x weak
03.02.-10.02.15 unfortunately no northern lights
08.02.-15.02.15 1x strong + 1x medium
12.02.-19.02.15 1x strong + 1x medium
15.02.-22.02.15 1x strong + 1x medium
19.02.-26.02.15 2x medium
22.02.-01.03.15 1x weak
26.02.-05.03.15 1x strong + 2x medium
01.03.-08.03.15 1x strong
05.03.-12.03.15 1x medium + 2x weak
08.03.-15.03.15 unfortunately no northern lights
13.03.-20.03.15 1x strong + 1x weak
19.03.-26.03.15 1x medium + 1x weak
22.03.-29.03.15 1x strong, 1x medium + 1x weak
27.03.-03.04.15 1x medium + 2x weak
02.04.-09.04.15 unfortunately no northern lights
05.04.-12.04.15 1x strong + 1x medium

Itinerary:

Iceland Northern Lights Exploration tour is designed aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights

In addition to 7 nights of accommodations with breakfast, the program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy that is a combination of evening presentations, lectures, a movie, and guided searches of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. This is a fully escorted bus tour with guaranteed departures from September to April which can help you experience the winter at its most Icelandic. Both during the day and after dark, as you head to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, you explore the regions from the Snæfellsnes peninsula to the Vatnajökull glacier to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights. 

Day 1  : WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

Welcome to Iceland! Individual transfers to the hotel by FLYBUS are included.

Day 2  : REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR & BORGARFJÖRÐUR SAGA VALLEY (245 km/152 mls)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then we head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling - 97° Celsius. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. We spend two nights in Borgarnes, West Iceland. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea. 

Day 3  : SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & FJORD CRUISE (250 km/155 mls)

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“ juts out from Iceland’s 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. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather condtions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, 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 mountain in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips of 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’s outdoor hot tubs. 

Day 4  : GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL TASTE & ICELANDIC HORSES (220 km/136 mls)

Today you will travel along the scenic shores of the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! We continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a stop at the park, you will continue to Gullfoss “the golden falls,“ a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river, and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. You can see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There is 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 chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. When you get to Geysir, the chef of the Restaurant Geysir takes you to the geothermal areas were you can taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs, and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. In the afternoon, you will learn about the Icelandic horse and its history and special qualities, and also visit a geothermal greenhouse before reaching your accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Day 5  : NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO (220 km/136 mls)

Today, we wil travel along the South coast. Our first stop is at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center where you will learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Further east we will 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 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 we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. We will spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in complete darkness and ideal for a Northern Lights search.

Day 6  : SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER (280 km/174 mls)

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice, and icebergs. We will travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We will explore this extraordinary site and perhaps see some seals swimming in the arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we will visit the tiny turf church at Hof. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers, and the largest National Park in Europe. In this area we find Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Tonight you can enjoy a movie presentation about Northern Lights as a 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 just miss out on one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Day 7  : SOUTH SHORE, REYKJAVÍK & BLUE LAGOON (370 km/230 mls)

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we will head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vík, where we will make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There‘s a trail that goes behind the fall which is interesting – if you are prepared to get wet! In the afternoon you return to Reykjavik where you get about 2 hours of leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on your own, visit museums, do some shopping, or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening you get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by a traditional Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn Hotel and followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night.

Day 8  : DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)

Your tour of Iceland ends today. Individual transfers will take place via the Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

Notes:

ALL DEPARTURES ARE GUARANTEED!
GROUP SIZE:  16 people maximum

 

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 1.585 km / 962 miles which is an average of 265 km (164 miles) per day, about 3,5 hours per day will be spent on the bus. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

 

Extra costs for dinners to be paid at the hotels: Fixed 2-course dinners with fish, meat or vegetarian main courses are available at the hotels starting at ISK 6.000 (about EUR 45) per person per night. Note, that the country hotels do not offer a la carte meals and there are no other restaurants nearby. Paying for a 2-course dinner directly at the hotel is less expensive than to have it included in the tour package.

 

Note: In rare cases, 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 the tour operator will try to find reasonable alternatives where and when ever possible.