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Auroras Glacier Adventures

6 days
5 nights

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Per person:

$ 2,950.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,950.00 (triple occupancy *)
$ 3,350.00 (single occupancy)

* Triple room on request

Dates:

Nov 13, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018 
Nov 27, 2018 - Dec 02, 2018 
Jan 23, 2019 - Jan 28, 2019 
Feb 27, 2019 - Mar 04, 2019 

Hotels:

ACCOMMODATION: tourist-class hotels, in rooms with shower/wc

  • Reykjavik: Hotel Cabin for first and last night
  • South Iceland: Hotel Hella (1 night)
  • Southeast Iceland: Hotel Skógar (2 nights)

Included:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 4-day bus tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
  • 5-nights accommodation in tourist-class hotels including breakfast
  • 3-course farewell-Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant with a panoramic view (day 5)
  • 3x midnight refreshments
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon geothermal baths
  • Entrance to the Blue Ice Cave in Vatnajökull
  • 1 hour snowmobile tour (2 persons sharing the snowmobile - if required snowmobile for solo use surcharge from ca. ISK 7.000 to be paid on spot)
  • Glacier hike in South Iceland
  • Northern Lights boat tour (no refund if cancelled - but bus tour offered if weather conditions are suitable)
  • Northern Lights program during 3 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
  • Use of simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flashlight that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating the photo camera at night for winter departures

Highlights & Experience:

  • Ice cave visit, glacier lagoon, glacier hike and snowmobile tour
  • Chasing the Northern Lights on foot, by bus and by boat (optional)
  • Golden Circle, South Coast, Reykjanes peninsula, Reykjavík, Vatnajökull National park
  • Guided aurora hunts and Northern Light education with lectures and movies
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Farewell dinner at Út í Bláinn panoramic restaurant in Perlan
  • Small group program with maximum 16 persons

Itinerary:

Do you want to experience all the activities and sceneries Icelandic glaciers can offer while looking for the Northern Lights ? Then join us on our Aurora Glacier Adventures tour! During the days, we take you to three glaciers in South and South East Iceland to do glacier hike, snowmobile tour, visit the glacier lagoon and explore a natural ice cave ! In the evenings, we provide you with the best conditions to chase the Northern Lights in 3 different ways – on foot, by boat, and by bus under the Arctic sky. 

Day 1  : Welcome To Iceland (31 mi)

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.

Day 2  : Golden Circle & Snowmobile Tour (111 mi)

9:00 Pick up from Hotel Cabin in Reykjavík. We head inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage. We travel the Golden Circle route. We travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. In the afternoon we join a snowmobile tour (two persons sharing a snowmobile) on the nearby Langjökull glacier. Afterwards we go to see Geysir geothermal fields, we will see a steam rising from Strokkur geyser as we 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 minutes intervals. Overnight and dinner is at Hotel Hella, a small countryside hotel in South Iceland. Tonight, we search for the elusive Northern Lights from the hotel garden and experience the true Viking winter wonderland amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Day 3  : South Coast And Glacier Hike (143 mi)

Today, we travel the South Coast to stop at the rocky plateau at Dyrhólaey, which rises dramatically Impressions from the surrounding plain. Then we take a walk at Reynisfjara, a black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves. We stop for lunch at Vík in Mýrdalur, which is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. According to folklore, two night-trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach. In the afternoon we take you on a glacier walk. The Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. On this fun, safe and easy to moderate glacier walk you get to explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses on the breath-taking Sólheimajökull glacier. While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you learn more about the behavior of glaciers and their impact on nature. No technical requirements are needed for the tour as an experienced glacier guide teaches you how to use basic glacier equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe which are provided for glacier walk tours. Duration of this activity is about 3 hours in total, about 90 minutes on the ice and about 30-40 min walk (one-way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge itself. Minimum age for the glacier hike is 10 years. You need to bring warm clothing, rain gear and hiking boots. After the hike, we head to the lovely village of Skógar where we stay 2 nights. There you will be able to experience the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the evening, after a 2-course dinner, join a torch walk near the waterfall and look out if the auroras are across the sky. The view of the Northern Lights above the Skógafoss waterfall is just breathtaking!

Day 4  : Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Cave (248 mi)

Today's program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. A long drive brings us to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we spend time at Europe's largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Experience a spectacular crystal ice cave in Europe‘s largest glacier, Vatnajökull.  It is like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral surrounded by millions of shades of blue. Deep under Iceland’s massive Vatnajökull glacier, beautiful caves of ice are formed by rivers of meltwater during the summer time. Too dangerous to visit in the spring and summer due to a threat of collapse, cold winter temperatures strengthen the ice and make exploration possible and safe to visit between November 15th and March 15th (subject to change). The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total - about 30 minute drive by 4x4 vehicle from the Jökulsárlón 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. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights educational program. Beware of not going to bed too soon or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. Night at Hotel Skógar.

Day 5  : Reykjanes, Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík & Gourmet Dinner (230 mi)

From Skógar we travel west to reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 65 meters high and plunges from the mountain. Then we drive further west and explore the Reykjanes peninsula with its many unusual geological features and moon-like landscapes. We stop for 3 hours at the famous Blue Lagoon for a soak in its warm geothermal water. In the late afternoon we return to Reykjavik for a short city tour and some leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. Farewell Icelandic dinner at Út í Bláinn restaurant in Perlan with a panoramic view, followed by a 2-3 hours Northern Lights hunt by boat to escape from the city lights. Around midnight we return to Icelandair Hotel Natura for one last night. 

Day 6  : Departure Home

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

Notes:

LANGUAGES: English only

Note: above hotel list is subject to change and most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin-bedded rooms.

GROUP SIZE:   Maximum group size is 16 persons

INFORMATION REGARDING DINNERS & LUNCHES
5x breakfast are included in the tour. There is also a 3-course farewell-Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant with a panoramic view (day 5). 3x midnight refreshments are also included. If you have any special diet requests or allergies, please let us know upon booking. There are many restaurants for both fast food and a fine a la carte dining in Reykjavík. In the countryside hotels dinner options are very limited.