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Arctic Powers And Northern Lights - 4 Days

4 days
3 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

$ 860.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,070.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

-  2017
Oct 07, 2017 - Oct 10, 2017 
Oct 14, 2017 - Oct 17, 2017 
Oct 21, 2017 - Oct 24, 2017 
Oct 28, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 
Nov 04, 2017 - Nov 07, 2017 
Nov 11, 2017 - Nov 14, 2017 
Nov 25, 2017 - Nov 28, 2017 
-  2018
Feb 17, 2018 - Feb 20, 2018 
Feb 24, 2018 - Feb 27, 2018 
Mar 03, 2018 - Mar 06, 2018 
Mar 10, 2018 - Mar 13, 2018 
Feb 17, 2018 - Feb 20, 2018 

Included:

2 days guided coach tour from day 2 until day 3.
2 nights at a hotel in Akureyri, including breakfast.
1 night at a hotel in Siglufjordur, including breakfast.
2 lunches (day 2 and 3).
Visit to traditional North Iceland farming community (day 2).
Guided tour of historical Holar (day 2).
Admission to the award-winning Herring-era museum in Siglufjordur (day 3).
Visit to a family owned gourmet bacalao workshop (day 3).
Tour to a craft microbrewery and a taste of beer (day 3).

Not Included:

International and domestic airfare.
Airport/hotel transfers in Akureyri (can be booked with Iceland Travel).
Personal travel insurance (highly recommended).
Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel in Akureyri.
Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary.
Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time is usually 14:00 - 2pm).
Any service not specifically listed under "included".

Highlights & Experience:

Search for northern lights in the spectacular setting of Eyjafjordur Fjord.
Walk through nine centuries of Icelandic history in a world-famous cultural centre.
Visit a community of Icelandic farm families and meet their heirloom farm animals.
Travel through a serene region of alpine mountains and stunning coastline.
Tour small family-owned companies producing gourmet seafood and craft beer.
Visit the award-winning Herring Era historical museum in Siglufjordur.
Relax in a geothermal hot tub with lovely views of fjord and sea.
Stay in two excellent north Iceland towns, each with its own charm.

Itinerary:

Spend a short break in North Iceland’s fjords, perfect for pristine beauty, silence and aurora opportunities. You’ll stay in both Akureyri and the newly-popular Siglufjordur, two areas focusing on sparkling historical charm in a breath-taking setting. Explore the “Icelandic Alps”, a region of steep mountains and black-sand coastline. Step back in time in charming communities with beautifully-preserved buildings and a trove of local legends. Visit historical family farms and see how people live so close to the Arctic. Sample locally-crafted food and drink. You will be in a fantastic setting for northern lights, should the weather conditions co-operate!

Whether you are interested in visiting a romantic destination, discovering historical legends or simply savouring serene winter settings, this short northern escorted tour is a great winter getaway.

Day 1  : Arrival in North Iceland

Arrival in Akureyri airport. On your own, transfer to hotel in Akureyri (cabs available. Iceland Travel can also help book your Akureyri airport/hotel transfers). We suggest a visit to the local swimming pool, one of the best in Iceland. The soothing variety of geothermal hot tubs and steam rooms is a perfect way to shake off jet lag.

Please note that early check-in is guaranteed. Most hotels start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm)

Overnight in Akureyri. No meals included.

Day 2  : History and Heritage in Skagafjordur Fjord (168 mi)

Meet the Locals Farm Visit – Medieval History – Arctic Coast and Mountains- Geothermal Relaxation

Breakfast at your hotel. Today explore Skagafjordur Fjord, where steep mountains and valleys contain some of Iceland’s richest historical traditions. Drive past the jagged peaks of the Drangafjall Mountains en route to a unique “community” of three neighbouring farms who have preserved centuries-old farm traditions and enjoy sharing them with visitors. You’ll see a reconstructed turf horse stable and learn about how vital Icelandic horses were to Iceland’s survival. Meet Viking-age breeds of Icelandic sheep and goats. View beautiful farm handicrafts created from natural local materials. You’ll also hear about how modern life is on farms close to the Arctic.

Discover nine centuries of Icelandic history at Holar, an ancient bishopric, university and cultural centre in a beautiful mountain setting. Walk around and discover a collection of original and recreated historical buildings, including Iceland’s oldest stone church and a replica of a 13th century wooden house. Discover how Holar helped preserve Viking age literature and culture. Enjoy a lunch buffet here, featuring locally-sourced ingredients.

Head north along the fjord, enjoying the vast mountains and views of the Arctic Ocean. Keep an eye out for the legendary Saga Island, Drangey. Arrive in Siglufjordur, considered by many Icelanders to be Iceland’s prettiest town. The rest of the day is open to enjoy this town and its charming atmosphere. Dinner is on your own; the town has several excellent restaurants reflecting its seacoast heritage. Relax in the hotel’s lovely geothermal hot tubs and sauna. If the skies are clear, you might see beautiful auroras shimmering over the fjord.

Overnight stay in Siglufjordur. Dinner is on your own.

Day 3  : Troll Peninsula - Eyjafjordur Fjord - Akureyri (50 mi)

Award-Winning Museum – Breathtaking Mountain and Coastal Views – Visit to Local Gourmet Seafood Company- Family-owned Craft Brewery Tour

Breakfast at your hotel. Discover the lively history of 20th century Siglufjordur at the award-winning Herring-Era Museum. You will see how a “gold rush” of herring helped modernise Iceland. It is an excellent introduction to the area you’ll visit today. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Troll Peninsula and its views of steep mountains and black sand coast. The surreal rock formations make it easy to see how the peninsula got its name. Drive through three mountain tunnels and pass through colourful fishing villages. In Eyjafjordur (Island Fjord), visit a family-owned fishing plant that produces gourmet salt fish (bacalao) and cured shark. Enjoy some of the plant’s wares with a seafood lunch at a nearby restaurant.

A good lunch should be paired with a good drink. This afternoon visit the village of Arskogssandur and its craft microbrewery, Kaldi. You’ll hear the interesting story of how a local couple started the brewery. Take a tour the facility and enjoy a sample of the excellent beer.
Arrive in Akureyri in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the “capital of North Iceland.”

Overnight stay in Akureyri. Dinner is on your own.

Day 4  : Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. On your own, transfer to Akureyri airport for your flight back to Keflavik airport or Reykjavik. We hope your visit brings you many great memories of Iceland of the fabulous Arctic North.

Notes:

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants.
Maximum group size: 26.
*Northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.