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Northern Lights Exploration - Small Group

8 days
7 nights

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PER PERSON :

September 2022 - April 2023
$ 2,560.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,050.00 (single occupancy)

September 2023
$ 3,460.00 (double occupancy)
$ 4,380.00 (single occupancy)
October 2023
$ 3,230.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,985.00 (single occupancy)

Nov '23 - Apr '24
$ 3,025.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,625.00 (single occupancy)
$ 255.00 (Optional Ice Cave Tour)

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:

Dec 06, 2022 - Dec 13, 2022 sold
Jan 03, 2023 - Jan 10, 2023 sold
Jan 17, 2023 - Jan 24, 2023 
Jan 31, 2023 - Feb 07, 2023 
Feb 14, 2023 - Feb 21, 2023 sold
Feb 28, 2023 - Mar 07, 2023 
Mar 07, 2023 - Mar 14, 2023 
Mar 14, 2023 - Mar 21, 2023 
Mar 21, 2023 - Mar 28, 2023 
Mar 28, 2023 - Apr 04, 2023 
Sep 12, 2023 - Sep 19, 2023 
Sep 26, 2023 - Oct 03, 2023 
Oct 10, 2023 - Oct 17, 2023 
Oct 24, 2023 - Oct 31, 2023 
Nov 07, 2023 - Nov 14, 2023 
Nov 21, 2023 - Nov 28, 2023 
Dec 05, 2023 - Dec 12, 2023 
Jan 02, 2024 - Jan 09, 2024 
Jan 16, 2024 - Jan 23, 2024 
Jan 30, 2024 - Feb 06, 2024 
Feb 13, 2024 - Feb 20, 2024 
Feb 27, 2024 - Mar 05, 2024 
Mar 12, 2024 - Mar 19, 2024 
Mar 26, 2024 - Apr 02, 2024 

Hotels:

Reykjavik - Hotel Klettur(2 nights)
Borgarnes -  Icelandair Hotel Hamar(2 nights)
Hella - Landhotel (1 night)
Fosshotel Núpar(2 nights)

Included:

• 7 nights accommodation at comfort tourist-class hotels
• 7x breakfast
• 6 days escorted bus tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide
• Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)
• Visit the Settlement Center in Borgarnes
• Guided tour into Vatnshellir cave
• Hot spring Tasting with geothermal cooked bread & eggs
• Visit Icelandic horse stable & geothermal greenhouse
• Visit Lava Exhibition Center
• Skógar folk museum & turf houses
• Entrance with towel to Blue Lagoon
• Northern Lights program

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
The activity lasts for about 2.5 hours in total, including a 30-minute drive in a 4x4 vehicle from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and a 10-minute walk, followed by an hour visit to the ice cave. You need sturdy hiking boots and thick gear that will keep you dry in the ice cave's drippy water. The minimum age is 10.
While the rest of the group continues the official tour itinerary, the ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00. There isn't enough time for everything, so the ice cave explorers will skip some of the scheduled activities, but everyone in the group will stop and visit the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

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. Overnight in Reykjavik. 

Day 2  : Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjörður Saga Valley (152 mi)

At 9:00 am, meet your guide in the hotel lobby and start the Reykjavik sightseeing tour.  Then head west towards Borgarnes. Learn about Iceland’s past at the Settlement Center. Then continue to Borgarfjörur, known as the Saga Valley due to the many historical events. Explore the Grábrók volcano crater and visit Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. Our next stop is Hraunfossar, which represents a series of waterfalls dropping from beneath a lava field; the most famous is Barnafoss, with its own sad history. In the afternoon, you will hear a lecture about the Northern Lights. After the dinner, step outside the hotel garden, and you might get lucky and see the Northern Lights. 

Overnight in Borgarnes (breakfast)

Day 3  : Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Lava Cave (186 mi)

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is often called "the peninsula of the snowy mountains." It stretches out from the west coast like an extended arm with a clenched fist. The island is a microcosm with a unique climate, nature, and landscape. A rugged mountain ridge runs its length. We will visit the fishing town of Grundarfjörður, with a stunning coastline and mountains, lakes, and waterfalls behind it. Kirkjufell, one of Iceland's most photographed and famous mountains, sticks out into the bay. We will visit Arnarstapi and Hellnar before exploring the area from below, inside Vatnsellir cave. We will descend 35 meters below the ground's surface and about 200 meters into the lava tube under the Snæfellsjokull glacier.

On our way back to Borgarnes, the guide will offer some advice on photographing the Northern Lights, which is part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Then, once the darkness falls, we will step outside the hotel to chase the Northern Lights and soak in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs.

 Overnight in Borgarnes (breakfast, lunch).

Day 4  : Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horses (162 mi)

Today we will travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. We will stop briefly at the Icelandic wool outlet store and check out all the wonderful Icelandic wool products! Then we keep going inland to Thingvellir National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site and important for its geology and history.

Later, we will explore the famous Golden Circle area and see the steam rising from the geothermal fields at Geysir. The chef at Restaurant Geysir invites you to try local bread that is freshly baked in hot springs and served with Icelandic butter, hard-boiled eggs, and herring. Our next stop is at Gullfoss, a double waterfall.

In the afternoon, we get to know the Icelandic horses, the history of this unique breed, and its distinctive features. We will visit a geothermal greenhouse to learn about growing tomatoes in Iceland. In the evening, we will step into the darkness to search for the elusive Northern Lights.

Overnight in Hella (breakfast)

Day 5  : Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano (140 mi)

Today we travel along the south coast. Learn about geology and active volcanoes at the Lava and Volcano Exhibition Center. Further east, we visit one of Iceland's most exciting folk museums. This museum has a great collection of farm and home items from Iceland's past and a few houses made of turf. Nearby is one of the most impressive in the country, a 60-meter-high Skógafoss waterfall. Stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs in the afternoon at Reynisfjara in south Iceland.

We will spend the next two nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for a Northern Lights search.

 Overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area (breakfast)

Day 6  : Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier, Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach (125 mi)

Today is dedicated to Iceland's magnificent icebergs and glaciers. We travel to the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in the morning, where there are icebergs floating nearby and seals enjoying the frigid waters. Stroll along Diamond Beach, which is surrounded by stranded icebergs and has black sand.

We spend the afternoon in Europe's biggest national park, home to Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine setting, Europe's biggest glacier, and the tiny turf church at Hof.

In this isolated and tranquil setting, take care not to fall asleep too early or you might miss the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing over the night sky.

Overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur (breakfast)

Options: Ice Cave Tour
Day 7  : South Shore, Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon (225 mi)

The Eldhraun lava field separates Kirkjubaejarklaustur from the settlement of Vik, where we head after breakfast. Enjoy the breathtaking views of lava fields and black sand beach with its towering bird cliffs and crashing surf.
We reach the tall and narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which descends from the mountain further to the west. We get to relax in the renowned Blue Lagoon in the afternoon.
We arrive in Reykjavik for our final night in the evening.

Overnight in Reykjavik (breakfast)

Day 8  : Departure (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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