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Arctic Powers - North of Iceland Tour

5 days
4 nights

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Dates

Rates:

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Per person:
November - April
$ 1,415.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,705.00 (single occupancy)
May
$ 1,740.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,125.00 (single occupancy)
June-August
$ 2,040.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,655.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Feb 18, 2019 - Feb 22, 2019 
Feb 25, 2019 - Mar 01, 2019 
Mar 11, 2019 - Mar 15, 2019 
Mar 25, 2018 - Mar 29, 2018 
Apr 01, 2019 - Apr 05, 2019 
May 14, 2019 - May 18, 2019 
Jun 04, 2019 - Jun 08, 2019 
Jun 18, 2019 - Jun 22, 2019 
Jul 09, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019 
Jul 23, 2018 - Jul 27, 2018 
Aug 06, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019 
Aug 20, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019 
Sep 10, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019 

Hotels:

This tour stays in hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of four and three star hotels.  Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.  Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 -  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura 

Day 2- Icelandair Hotel Myvatn

Day 3- Icelanldair Hotel Akureyri

Day 4-  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura 

Included:

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavík with private facilities, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 2 nights at countryside hotels with private facilities, including breakfast
  • Round-trip airport transfers between Reykjavik hotel and Reykjavik airport (day 2 and 4)
  • Round-trip flights between Reykjavik and Akureyri, including taxes
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 4
  • Two-course dinner  (day 2)
  • Admission to Myvatn Nature Baths and towel rental (Day 2)
  • Admission to Herring-Era Maritime Museum in Siglufjordur, including taste of herring and rye bread (day 3)
  • Visit to microbrewery and beer sampling (day 3)

 

Highlights & Experience:

  • View the Mid-Atlantic ridge dividing Europe from North America in North Iceland
  • Experience the beauty and might of Godafoss Waterfall
  • Walk among the dark lava citadels of Dimmuborgir
  • View primordial bubbling mud pots and steam fields at colourful Namaskard Pass.
  • Relax in the hot spring waters of Myvatn Nature Baths 
  • Travel through a serene region of alpine mountains and stunning coastline
  • Visit the award-winning Herring Era historical museum in Siglufjordur
  • Tour a family-owned craft microbrewery, the first of its kind in Iceland
  • Enjoy free time to explore Akureyri town’s vibrant culture

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Arrival in Reykjavik

Today is open for your activities. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. One possible suggestion might be to visit the Blue Lagoon on your way from the airport (bookings must be made in advance. 

Overnight in Reykjavik.  No meals are included.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price.  Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).  

Day 2  : Reykjavik - Akureyri – Godafoss Waterfall - Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve (88 mi)

Active Geothermal Area – Surreal Volcanic Landscapes– Basalt Citadels – Relaxing Hot Springs

Breakfast at your hotel.  Assisted transfer to Reykjavík Domestic Airport for early morning Air Iceland Connect flight to Akureyri.  If the skies are clear, you’ll get great views of Iceland’s interior wilderness.  Meet your local guide at Akureyri Airport and start on your North Iceland exploration!   The day begins with a drive through beautiful alpine scenery en route to Godafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods).  Here glacial water thunders around surrounding lava to create a beautiful half-circle shaped cascade.  Travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn  area, a geological wonderland that includes the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and Laxa Salmon River. Some of the most bizarre attractions in the region are the bubbling mud pits and vibrant colours of Namaskard geothermal area.  Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano that created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region.  Myvatn’ s fantastical landscapes have made it a filming location for the popular HBO Game of Thrones series, as well as several Hollywood movies.  Top off your amazing Myvatn visit with a relaxing soak in the geothermal Nature Baths before overnighting at your hotel. 

Dinner and overnight in Lake Mývatn area. The hotel is in an ideal location to view northern lights, and if conditions are right tonight your group will go on a brief walk near the hotel to catch a glimpse. 

Day 3  : Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve – Eyjafjordur – Trollaskagi – Siglufjordur - Akureyri (161 mi)

Mountain and Fjord Views – Historical Town – Award-Winning Museum – Icelandic Craft Beer Heritage

Breakfast at your hotel.  Head along scenic roads to beautiful Eyjafjordur, Iceland’s longest fjord, and then onto the Trollaskagi (Troll Peninsula).  Known as the “Icelandic Alps,” Trollaskagi offers some of the highest mountains in Iceland; the views of steep mountains plunging to the black-sand coastline are breath-taking. 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. Visit Siglufjordur, a town with beautifully-preserved historical buildings set in a scenic fjord.  After lunch (on your own), visit the award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum.  Many Icelandic historians believe it was Siglufjordur’ s herring “gold rush” of the early 20th century that helped bring modernisation to Iceland.   At the museum, you will be introduced to the history of the herring fishing industry and be invited to explore the museum’s three buildings before sampling traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps.   

Next, take a closer look at Eyjafjordur Fjord,  where you’ll visit Kaldi, Iceland’s first microbrewery.  You will see how this craft beer is made and learn about the interesting history of the company.  You will also get to taste some of the locally brewed beer, too. 

The day ends in Akureyri, the beautiful northern town that has become internationally popular as a winter recreation destination.  After a brief tour of the town, check into your hotel.  Dinner is on your own at one of Akureyri’ s many restaurants. 

Overnight in Akureyri.

 

Day 4  : Akureyri – Reykjavik (93 mi)

Breakfast at hotel in the morning.  Today is open for you to enjoy Akureyri and surroundings.  Though small in population the “capital of North Iceland” has a lively culture and outdoor recreation scene. You’ll find activities to suit all interests.  Enjoy exploring the museums, galleries and cafés. If you like outdoor fun, visit the nearby Hlidarfjall resort, just minutes away by cab, or take a swim in the geothermal pool complex.  A variety of fun day tours is available from horseback riding to whale watching.  Iceland Travel can assist you with booking day tours.

Later, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your late afternoon/early evening flight to Reykjavík. Group transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík.  The rest of the evening is open for your own activities.

Dinner is on your own.  Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 5  : Departure

Breakfast at hotel. On your own, transfer to Keflavik International Airport for your flight.  Transfers are not included, but Iceland Travel can book them for you.  We recommend departing your hotel no later than 3-4 hours before your flight.