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Northern Lights Exploration - Small Group

8 days
7 nights

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PER PERSON :

September 2020-April 2021
$ 2,585.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,130.00 (single occupancy)
$ 2,585.00 (triple occupancy)

Extra night in Reykjavík per room per night
$ 145.00 (single occupancy)
$ 170.00 (double occupancy)
$ 250.00 (triple occupancy)

CHILDREN DISCOUNT: 20% discount for children 2-11 yrs of age if sharing room with 2 adults. Triple rooms are actually double rooms with extra bed, ideal for 2 adults and 1 child.

Dates:

Oct 06, 2020 - Oct 13, 2020 
Oct 13, 2020 - Oct 20, 2020 
Oct 20, 2020 - Oct 27, 2020 
Nov 03, 2020 - Nov 10, 2020 
Nov 10, 2020 - Nov 17, 2020 
Nov 17, 2020 - Nov 24, 2020 
Nov 24, 2020 - Dec 01, 2020 
Dec 01, 2020 - Dec 08, 2020 
Jan 05, 2021 - Jan 12, 2021 
Jan 12, 2021 - Jan 19, 2021 
Jan 19, 2021 - Jan 26, 2021 
Jan 26, 2021 - Feb 02, 2021 
Feb 02, 2021 - Feb 09, 2021 
Feb 09, 2021 - Feb 16, 2020 
Feb 16, 2021 - Feb 23, 2021 
Feb 23, 2021 - Mar 02, 2021 
Mar 02, 2021 - Mar 09, 2021 
Mar 09, 2021 - Mar 16, 2021 
Mar 16, 2021 - Mar 23, 2021 
Feb 23, 2021 - Mar 02, 2021 
Mar 02, 2021 - Mar 09, 2021 
Mar 09, 2021 - Mar 16, 2021 
Mar 16, 2021 - Mar 23, 2021 
Mar 23, 2021 - Mar 30, 2021 
Mar 30, 2021 - Apr 06, 2021 

Hotels:

Reykjavik - Hotel Klettur(2 nights)
Borgarnes Icelandair Hotel Hamar(2 nights)
Hveragerdi - Hotel Eldhestar(1 night)
Fosshotel Núpar(2 nights)

Included:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • 7-nights accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels including breakfast
  • Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including light lunch (day 3)
  • Visit to traditional shark curing farm
  • Hot Spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Visit to multimedia presentation at the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center
  • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner at local restaurant (day 7)
  • Northern Lights Academy program
  • Use of winter & Northern Lights Explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flashlight that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night

Excludes:

  • Any private expenses
  • Any additional services
  • All meals not listed under "included"
  • Single supplement (mandatory when in single room)

Highlights & Experience:

  • Track record of 85-98% chance of seeing the Northern Lights
  • See amazing Icelandic landscapes mixed with soft adventure and cultural experiences during the day. Most nights we stay in the countryside, away from light pollution, in order to maximise the chances to see the Northern Lights
  • Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
  • Visit a traditional shark farmer, turf farmsteads and churches
  • Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living with volcanoes
  • See Icelandic horses, taste freshly baked hot spring bread and enjoy a fjord cruise
  • Six evenings Northern Lights Academy
  • Program offered in two group sizes: maximum 16 or 45 persons 
  • New: Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier for departures between November 15th and March 15

Optional Services:

Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th
The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total – nearly 30-minute drive by 4×4 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. The ice cave tour can only be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. You will have to fill in and sign an order form, once done a cancellation is not possible. Ice cave bookings have to be finalised with the guide by dinner time on day 2 of the tour. Bookings afterwards cannot be accommodated due to limited space. The price is ISK 23.000 (about EUR 210) per person; subject to change. Payment is due with the ice cave tour operator on day 6 in Icelandic Krona – cash only! The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00 and will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour, while the rest of the group continues the official tour program. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the official tour programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are included for all group members.

Itinerary:

BESTSELLER! 85-98% AURORA VIEWING SUCCESS

Iceland Northern Lights Exploration tour is designed to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights

Explore the best of Western, Southern & Southeast Iceland in the wintertime: discover the Golden Circle, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Black lava beach. Climb a volcano, embark on a fjord cruise, stop at a shark farmer, meet Icelandic horses on a farm, see turf farmsteads and churches. Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier from mid-November to mid-March & optional Northern Lights by boat cruise from Reykjavík. A bestseller with up to 98% chances of seeing the Northern Lights.

Day 1  : Welcome To Iceland (31 mi)

Your exciting tour of Iceland begins today! Individual transfers will take place by the Flybus shuttle from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you will spend the night. We can provide you with some ideas on how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Options: Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own.
Day 2  : Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjörður Saga Valley (152 mi)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then we head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling - 97° Celsius. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. We spend two nights in Borgarnes, West Iceland. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea. 

Options: Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
Day 3  : Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Fjord Cruise (134 mi)

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. We enjoy a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord and later a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl – the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Options: Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
Day 4  : Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horses (162 mi)

Today we travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what they do with all those sheep! We continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We travel the Golden Circle route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring. On we travel to double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before we reach the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights in the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Options: Landhotel in Hella, South Iceland. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
Day 5  : Natural Wonders Of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano (140 mi)

Today we travel along the South coast. At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, we learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east we visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We spend two nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

Options: Fosshotel Núpar, Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
Day 6  : Skaftafell National Park & Vatnajökull Glacier (122 mi)

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the amazing site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th
The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total – nearly 30-minute drive by 4×4 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. The ice cave tour can only be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. You will have to fill in and sign an order form, once done a cancellation is not possible. Ice cave bookings have to be finalised with the guide by dinner time on day 2 of the tour. Bookings afterwards cannot be accommodated due to limited space. The price is ISK 23.000 (about EUR 210) per person; subject to change. Payment is due with the ice cave tour operator on day 6 in Icelandic Krona – cash only! The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00 and will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour, while the rest of the group continues the official tour program. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the official tour programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are included for all group members.

Options: Fosshotel Núpar, Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
Day 7  : South Shore, Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon (233 mi)

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we will head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vík, where we will make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There‘s a trail that goes behind the fall which is interesting – if you are prepared to get wet! In the afternoon you return to Reykjavik where you get about 2 hours of leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on your own, visit museums, do some shopping, or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening you get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by a traditional Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn Hotel and followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night.

Options: Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík. Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own. (375km / 233mls) Blue Lagoon visit is in the afternoon. Tour ends around 7pm. Farewell dinner is excluded
Day 8  : Departure Home (31 mi)

Your tour of Iceland ends today. Individual transfers will take place via the Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

Notes:

ALL DEPARTURES ARE GUARANTEED!

GROUP SIZE:  16 people maximum

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 1.585 km (983 miles) which is an average of 265 km (164 miles) per day. You spend about 3,5 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

Extra costs for dinners to be paid at the hotels: Fixed 2-course dinners with fish, meat or vegetarian main courses are available at the hotels starting at $ 80 per person per night. Note, that the country hotels do not offer a la carte meals and there are no other restaurants nearby. Paying for a 2-course dinner directly at the hotel is less expensive than to have it included in the tour package.

Note: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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