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Nature's Treasures And Northern Lights

5 days
4 nights

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PER PERSON :

Economy hotels
$ 1,005.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,205.00 (single occupancy)
Comfort hotels (Nov - Apr
$ 1,100.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,420.00 (single occupancy)

Economy cat. available only on Nov 9, Feb 8, Mar 1 and 15 departures

 

Dates:

Nov 30, 2018 - Dec 04, 2018 
Dec 07, 2018 - Dec 11, 2018 
Jan 25, 2019 - Jan 29, 2019 
Feb 01, 2019 - Feb 05, 2019 
Feb 08, 2019 - Feb 12, 2019 
Feb 15, 2019 - Feb 19, 2019 
Feb 22, 2019 - Feb 26, 2019 
Mar 01, 2019 - Mar 05, 2019 
Mar 08, 2019 - Mar 12, 2019 
Mar 15, 2019 - Mar 19, 2019 
Mar 22, 2019 - Mar 26, 2019 
Mar 29, 2019 - Apr 02, 2019 
Apr 05, 2019 - Apr 09, 2019 
Apr 12, 2019 - Apr 16, 2019 

Included:

  • 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 2 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 4
  • 2 * One-course dinners with coffee/tea (day 2, 3)
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening 
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on day 2 or 3 (use of flashlight, blanket and hot drink)
  • Entrance fee to the Aurora Centre in Reykjavik (day 2)
  • Entrance fee to the Akranes Museum Centre (day 2)
  • Krauma Geothermal Baths entrance fee and towel rental (day 2)
  • Boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting (day 3)
  • Visit to Fridheimar greenhouse and horse stable visit (day 4)

Also (Added Value):

  • Northern Lights “wake-up call” option during the night on day 2 and 3 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)

 

Highlights & Experience:

  • Hunt for the Northern Lights in optimal rural locations
  • Relax in the new Krauma Geothermal baths near Europe’s most powerful hot springs
  • Join a sailing tour on the island-studded Breidafjordur Bay, including a taste of "Viking Sushi"
  • Walk along the continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Visit the ever-changing landscapes Snaefellsjokull National Park with its mystical glacier
  • View Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland
  • Meet friendly and beautiful Icelandic horses at a local stable
  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants.

Itinerary:

Experience West Iceland's rich history and mystical landscape

Visit the natural treasures tucked along the coastline of Snaefellsnes. See the majestic Northern lights, Iceland is one of the best places to witness them. 

During this unforgettable guided tour you will be introduced to the best-known natural treasures that are tucked along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, famous for its mystical glacier and ties to the ancient Sagas.

Each day brings unique encounters with local traditions such as meeting our Viking horses, and enjoying homemade ice-cream at a dairy farm. Sample freshly caught seafood out at sea, walk among geological wonders of the Golden Circle and take in the magnificence of the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. At day’s end, relax in the Icelandic countryside for optimal viewing of Northern Lights.

Day 1  : Arrival in Iceland

Day at your leisure. Airport transfers and optional tours available upon request. Overnight in Reykjavík.

Options: Airport transfer
Day 2  : Reykjavik – Reykholt - Borgarnes

Reykjavik Sightseeing - Elven Folklore - Unique Watefall Duo 

Discover first-hand the colourful capital of Reykjavik with a sightseeing tour.  Catch the city’s energetic vibe through top visitor attractions like the visually stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Parliament on bustling Austurvollur Square, and enjoy panoramic views from the city’s main landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. Uncover a wonderful mix of old and new exploring the Scandinavian charms preserved in the colourful buildings of the old town Centre and the modernity of the trendy harbour district.

Depart Reykjavik and travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay).  Head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the local Museum Centre, which preserves a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits. Afterwards, climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline.

Head onwards to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Nourish your thirst for culture at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. The day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss.  Each waterfall has a mysterious secret to reveal.

Overnight in Borgarnes area.

Evening Northern Lights Hunt: Due to the location in West Iceland away from light pollution, your group is in a prime position to hunt for the luminescent green light show that Vikings believed were Valkyries riding across the sky.

Day 3  : Stykkisholmur - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Borgarnes

"Viking Sushi" Sailing - Snaefellsnes National Park & Glacier

After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur.  Here you´ll embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO nominee) to encounter thousands of tiny islands and experience “Viking Sushi,” a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters.

Along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula encounter secluded fishing villages like Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year-round population of less than ten residents. The picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savour the remote tranquility of Snaefellsnes National Park,  which exhibits an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano (last eruption: 250 AD). 

Dinner and overnight again in Borgarnes area.

Evening Northern Lights Hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavourable,  there is another hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and, preferably, no moon.

Day 4  : Thingvellir National Park – Gullfoss – Geysir - Reykjavik

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls

Iceland’s Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions, including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers.
Its centerpiece is Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930 which has become the world’s oldest ongoing parliament. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet.

During the day, visit Fridheimar, greenhouse and horse breeding farm, for an educational and interesting inter-action with the Icelandic horses and viewing how Icelandic farmers use the geothermal water for producing vegetables, even in winter time.

After an amazing journey, the road takes you to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Day 5  : Departure

Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight.  Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.  We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.

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Notes:

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants.
Maximum group size: 36 participants.

*Please note that northern lights are dependent on weather conditions.  Sightings cannot be guaranteed.