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Northern Lights Around Reykjavik

6 days
5 nights

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Per person:

$ 2,275.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,700.00 (single occupancy)
$ 3,060.00 (double occupancy NY*)
$ 3,890.00 (single occupancy NY*)

*for New Year 30.12.17-04.01.18

Dates:

Daily during the following periods:
Oct 01 - May 01 on Sundays and Tuesdays

Hotels:

Reykjavík: Fosshotel Raudara (3 night)
South Iceland: Hotel Borealis (2 nights)

Included:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 4-day bus tour with an English speaking guide
  • 5-nights accommodation in 3 star hotels including breakfast
  • 3x light lunch (day 2, 3 and 4)
  • 3x 3-course dinner (day 2, 3 and 5) 
  • 2x midnight refreshments
  • Entrance fee to Arbaer open-air museum
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon, Secret Lagoon and local public swimming pool
  • Whale watching cruise from Reykjavik (if cancelled alternative program will be offered)
  • Admission to Kerið volcano crater
  • Visit to geothermal greenhouse and horse farm
  • Chocolate factory tour
  • Northern Lights program during 3 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
  • 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:

Bucket list nature: waterfalls, geyser, hot springs, lava fields, volcano craters and glaciers
Bucket list culinary: Viking restaurant, Icelandic hot dog, fish and lamb
Bucket list activity: whale watching, selfie with the horses, short hike, northern lights photography and chocolate tour
Bucket list Icelandic: geothermal bathing in Blue Lagoon, Secret Lagoon & public swimming pool
Optional: glacier hike

Itinerary:

Non-Stop Northern Lights Chase around Reykjavik on an exciting winter tour full of soft adventures, nature sightseeing, wellness and culinary experiences in Southwest Iceland. 

Day 1  : WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

Flybus shuttle from Keflavík airport to Reykjavik (no guide). Stay 1 night in the centre of Iceland’s capital. 

Day 2  : REYKJAVIK & WHALE WATCHING (100 km/62 mi)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. We visit the Arbær open-air museum where more than 20 buildings including an original turf-roof farmhouse and church give a sense of the architecture and way of life and lifestyles of the past in Reykjavík. We travel to the presidential site of Bessastaðir and have warm soup in a Viking themed restaurant. In the afternoon we go whale watching, an unmissable Icelandic experience where we might see minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises. Occasionally we spot other species including humpback whales, orcas and fin whales. We travel to South Iceland surrounded by lava fields and volcanic mountains and experience Iceland's pure thermal energy and take a dip in a public thermal pool. The next two nights are spent at Hotel Borealis, located in the countryside of South Iceland, away from light pollution, and set in a peaceful surrounding ideal for searching for the Northern Lights. After an Icelandic lamb dinner the hotel manager gives a short Northern Lights photography lecture and then shows you the best spot around the hotel where you might see the mystical Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis.

Day 3  : SOUTH ICELAND WITH OPTIONAL GLACIER HIKE (300 km/186 mi)

Today we head along the south coast and reach the area near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. We stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges from the mountain. Next we visit one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country; the 60 meter high Skógafoss waterfall. After a simple lunch, we offer an optional 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 will 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 will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe which are provided for glacier walk tours. The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories. 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. The glacier hike can only be booked with the guide on day 2. The price is ISK 15.000 (about EUR 120 per person). Payment is due in with the glacier hike company on day 3 Icelandic Krona - cash only!

If you booked the trip without the glacier hike, then the tour continues further south where you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík. In the evening there is presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes. The grounds of Hotel Borealis are very large and dark and offer you a good location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there could be Northern Lights".

Day 4  : SECRET LAGOON, HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE (210 km/130 mi)

In the morning we visit the explosion crater called Kerið which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheater. Our next stop is at the Secret Lagoon, a natural hot spring pool located on the Golden Circle Tour where you get the true Icelandic bathing experience. A tomato soup is served at Friðheimar, a geothermal greenhouse where we can take a selfie with Icelandic horses. We continue on to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. At the Geysir geothermal fields 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 minute intervals. We end the day at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a place where you move between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Stay 2 nights in Reykjavík, Iceland's capital.

Day 5  : REYKJAVÍK ACTIVE & BLUE LAGOON (200 km/124 mi)

Morning free at leisure. Explore Iceland's capital on your own, visit a local spa or go shopping the Viking style. In the afternoon we take you on an active journey through Reykjavík. First we take you on a refreshing walk along one of the city's black beaches and if you dare, you might want to dip your toes into the ice cold water. Next we tour a local chocolate factory and then we visit an Icelandic hot dog stand. In the evening we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, before having an Icelandic fish dinner in a small fishing village, followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night. 

Day 6  : DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer to Keflavík airport (no guide).