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Northern Lights in Style

6 days
5 nights

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Per person in USD:
$ 3,360.00 (A - double occupancy 6 days/ 5 nights program)
$ 3,845.00 (A - single occupancy 6 days/ 5 nights program)
$ 4,420.00 (A - double occupancy 8 days/ 7 nights program)
$ 5,210.00 (A - single occupancy 8 days/ 7 nights program)
$ 3,730.00 (B - double occupancy 6 days/ 5 nights program)
$ 4,430.00 (B - single occupancy 6 days/ 5 nights program)
$ 4,865.00 (B - double occupancy 8 days/ 7 nights program)
$ 5,950.00 (B - single occupancy 8 days/ 7 nights program)

season A - October 2016 - April 2017
season B - October 2017 - April 2018

Dates:

Feb 26, 2017 - Mar 03, 2017 
Feb 26, 2017 - Mar 05, 2017 
Mar 05, 2017 - Mar 10, 2017 
Mar 05, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017 
Mar 12, 2017 - Mar 17, 2017 
Mar 12, 2017 - Mar 19, 2017 
Mar 19, 2017 - Mar 24, 2017 
Mar 19, 2017 - Mar 26, 2017 
Mar 26, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017 
Mar 26, 2017 - Apr 02, 2017 
Apr 02, 2017 - Apr 07, 2017 
Apr 02, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017 
-  Fall 2017 - Winter 2018
Oct 08, 2017 - Oct 13, 2017 
Oct 08, 2017 - Oct 15, 2017 
Oct 22, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017 
Oct 22, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 
Nov 05, 2017 - Nov 10, 2017 
Nov 05, 2017 - Nov 12, 2017 
Nov 19, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 
Nov 19, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 
Jan 14, 2018 - Jan 19, 2018 
Jan 14, 2018 - Jan 21, 2018 
Jan 28, 2018 - Feb 04, 2018 
Jan 28, 2018 - Feb 06, 2018 
Feb 04, 2018 - Feb 09, 2018 
Feb 04, 2018 - Feb 11, 2018 
Feb 11, 2018 - Feb 16, 2018 
Feb 11, 2018 - Feb 18, 2018 
Feb 18, 2018 - Feb 23, 2018 
Feb 18, 2018 - Feb 25, 2018 
Feb 25, 2018 - Mar 02, 2018 
Feb 25, 2018 - Mar 04, 2018 
Mar 04, 2018 - Mar 09, 2018 
Mar 04, 2018 - Mar 11, 2018 
Feb 11, 2018 - Feb 16, 2018 
Feb 11, 2018 - Feb 18, 2018 
Feb 18, 2018 - Feb 23, 2018 
Feb 18, 2018 - Feb 25, 2018 
Mar 25, 2018 - Mar 30, 2018 
Mar 25, 2018 - Apr 01, 2018 
Apr 01, 2018 - Apr 06, 2018 
Apr 01, 2018 - Apr 08, 2018 

Hotels:

Icelandair Hotel Marina in downtown Reykjavík / Deluxe rooms

Luxury Country Hotel Grímsborgir in South Iceland.
The hotel is built in a village set up, with different buildings including villas, hotel  and restaurant. Note that it is about 2 minutes walk from the guest rooms to the restaurant where breakfast and dinner is served. Possibility for bus transport if weather conditions are not favorable for the short and refreshing walk. Grímsborgir Hotel offers geothermal outdoor hot tubs. 

Northern Light Inn Hotel at the Blue Lagoon for the 6 days / 5 nights program. Next day there is a hotel shuttle to Keflavik Airport, about a 20 minute drive.

Included:

Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS
Fully escorted 4-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide and 2 seats per person on the bus
5-nights accommodation in first-class hotels (see list below) including breakfast
The 6 days / 5 nights program includes 5x breakfast, 2x lunch and 4x 3-course dinner 
The 8 days / 7 nights program includes 7x breakfast, 2x lunch, 1x picnic lunch and 4x 3-course dinner
Welcome cocktail at Hotel Grímsborgir and Northern Lights Cocktail at Hotel Northern Light Inn
Entrance to observation tower at Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík
Visit and seminar at cheese & skyr school in Reykjavík
Entrance with towel at Fontana steam baths
Entrance to Kerið volcano crater
Meet the locals and guided tour in Hveragerði including egg boiling and hot steam bread tasting
Meet the locals and private tour at folk museum and historic church in South Iceland
Shark meat, dried fish and Brennivin (Black death) schnapps tasting
Visit to multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
Especially designed glacier hike for beginners
Entrance to Viking Ship and History Museum
Experience package at Blue Lagoon that includes entrance fee, towel, bathrobe, a drink of your choice and a volcano scrub or an algae mask
Northern Lights program during 4 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights and midnight refreshments
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

Highlights & Experience:

WHY IS THIS TOUR SPECIAL:

Maximum group size is 16 people
2 seats per person on the bus 
Group size on Northern Lights fjord cruise depends on size of boat and final amount of bookings.
Group size on super-jeep tour is from 1-12 persons, depending on size of jeep used and final amount of bookings.
For the super-jeep tour there is only 1 seat per person included.

HIGHLIGHTS & EXPERIENCES:
First class hotel accommodation
Country hotels that are located far from city light disturbances
Relax at Fontana Steam Baths
Comfort experience at the geothermal Blue Lagoon
Local shark meat, dried fish and Brennivin (Black Death) schnapps tasting
Langoustine dinner at a seashore restaurant
Specialty crab feast and gourmet dining
Seminar at Icelandic cheese & skyr school including light lunch
Boil egg in a hot spring and taste hot steam baked bread
Special glacier hike for beginners
Meat the locals and learn about living with geo-powers
Visit to Viking Ship & History Museum
Private tour at a local folk museum
Travel in a tour bus offering 2 seats per person
Educational Northern Lights program and guided Northern Lights hunts
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.
Northern Lights fjord cruise on the 2-night extension
Super jeep adventure into the highlands and on top of a glittering glacier on the 2 night extension

Aurora Statistics:

19.10.-24.10.14 1x medium
02.11.-07.11.14  
16.11.-21.11.14 1x medium
18.01.-23.01.15 1x medium
15.02.-20.02.15 1x strong + 1x medium
22.02.-27.02.15 Unfortunately no northern lights
01.03.-06.03.15 1x medium
15.03.-20.03.15 1x strong + 1x medium

Itinerary:

Experience Iceland Northern Lights tour in style with our small group program

With the Northern Lights in Style we offer you an exclusive escorted bus tour. You stay in first class hotels and travel in a group of maximum 14 persons. The tour is available as a 6-day or 8-day program. You experience unspoiled nature, geological wonders, cultural and culinary treats and a variety of soft adventures and activities during the day. At night you search for the Northern Lights: a mysterious, multi-coloured curtain of light swirling through the sky with a wondrous glow.

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 14 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.

Day 1  : Sunday - WELCOME to ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

Welcome! Iceland Northern Lights tour begins today. 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 deluxe room. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. 

Day 2  : Monday - 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  : Tuesday - 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  : Wednesday - 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. 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  : Thursday - 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. The 6 days / 5 nights program ends with an overnight and breakfast at Hotel Northern Light Inn. 

The group members for the 8 days / 7 nights program return to Reykjavík before midnight for a 3-night stay in a deluxe room at the Icelandair Hotel Marina, located in the center of Reykjavík. 

Day 6  : Friday - DEPARTURE HOME (23 km/14 mls)

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. 

EXTENSION ITINERARY FOR THE 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS PROGRAM 

REYKJAVIK LEISURE DAY & NORTHERN LIGHTS FJORD CRUISE 
When you book the extension program, you get the chance to sleep out on day 6, enjoy a leisure day for exploring Iceland's capital, visit museums, do some shopping, spa treatments or go on an optional whale watching tour. Our schedule for tonight is a Northern Lights hunt by boat to escape from the city lights. A Northern Lights tour on the sea is an amazing experience. We sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and look out for the aurora borealis on the North-Atlantic ocean by having beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background which is something you won't forget. The tour takes 2,5 - 3 hours, departing from Reykjavik's old harbour by viewing the beautiful coastline of Iceland's capital on the way out to search for the Northern Lights. 

Day 7  : Saturday - SUPERJEEP TOUR TO EXPLORE HIGHLANDS, GLACIERS, CAVES AND FJORDS (350 km/217 mls)

Today we explore West Iceland on a full day super-jeep adventure. The stunning scenery includes the ice of the great Langjökull glacier and the fire of one of the country's most active geothermal areas. This is Iceland in a nutshell. The tour takes 8 - 9 hours and includes the following highlights: Kaldidalur highland track, Langjökull & Eiríksjökull glaciers, Surtshellir caves, Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls, Reykholt cultural site, Deildartunguhver hot springs and Hvalfjörður fjord. This is a true super-jeep adventure with spectacular landscapes. Before heading back to Reykjavík, we stop at one of Iceland's micro-breweries, Steðji, where we enjoy a guided tour through the brewery as well as tasting the products. Overnight is at Icelandair Hotel Marina in Reykjavík. 

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

Today is your last day. We hope you've enjoyed your Iceland tour! Depending on your flight schedule, you may have some time to explore Reykjavík a bit more before taking the Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

 

Daily driving:  total mileage without airport transfer from day 2-5 is about 850 km (527 miles) which is an average of 212 km (132 miles) per day, about 3 hours per day will be spent on the bus. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

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.

Notes:

This program includes during 4 evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided searches at spots that are likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights.

All countryside hotels in this program offer a Northern Lights  wake up call for guests that register for that special service at the hotel reception.

This tour series is designed to spend 4 evenings in the countryside to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights.

The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natural wonders, the Northern Lights are 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). But it is worth the patience which is much 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 patiently this truly outstanding light show. For the best photos we recommend using a tripod.