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Iceland Northern Lights Exploration

8 days
7 nights

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Nov 2018 - Apr 2019
$ 2,465.00 (double occupancy(including breakfast))
$ 2,465.00 (triple occupancy(including breakfast))
$ 3,115.00 (single occupancy(including breakfast))

20% discount for children 8-11 years of age if sharing room with parents

Dates:

Nov 02, 2018 - Nov 09, 2018 
Nov 04, 2018 - Nov 11, 2018 
Nov 11, 2018 - Nov 18, 2018 
Nov 18, 2018 - Nov 25, 2018 
Nov 23, 2018 - Nov 30, 2018 
Nov 30, 2018 - Dec 07, 2018 
Dec 09, 2018 - Dec 16, 2018 
Jan 04, 2019 - Jan 11, 2019 
Jan 06, 2019 - Jan 13, 2019 
Jan 11, 2019 - Jan 18, 2019 
Jan 13, 2019 - Jan 20, 2019 
Jan 18, 2019 - Jan 25, 2019 
Jan 20, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019 
Feb 01, 2019 - Feb 08, 2019 
Feb 08, 2019 - Feb 15, 2019 
Feb 17, 2019 - Feb 24, 2019 
Feb 22, 2019 - Mar 01, 2019 
Mar 01, 2019 - Mar 08, 2019 
Mar 03, 2019 - Mar 10, 2019 
Mar 15, 2019 - Mar 22, 2019 
Mar 17, 2019 - Mar 24, 2019 
Mar 22, 2019 - Mar 29, 2019 
Mar 24, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019 
Mar 29, 2019 - Apr 05, 2019 
Mar 31, 2019 - Apr 07, 2019 
Apr 05, 2019 - Apr 12, 2019 
Apr 07, 2019 - Apr 14, 2019 
Apr 12, 2019 - Apr 19, 2019 
Apr 14, 2019 - Apr 21, 2019 
Apr 19, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019 
Apr 21, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019 
Apr 26, 2019 - May 03, 2019 
Apr 28, 2019 - May 05, 2019 

Hotels:

  • Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza for first and last night for Sunday-Sunday and Tuesday-Tuesday tours
  • Reykjavik: Fosshotel Raudará for first and last night for Friday-Friday tours
  • Reykjavik: Fosshotel Lind for first and last night for Thursday-Thursday tours
  • West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (2 nights)
  • South Iceland: Fosshotel Hekla (1 night)
  • Vatnajökull Region: Fosshotel Núpar near Kirkjubæjarklaustur (2 nights) Note that the hotel list is subject to change.

Included:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide or driver-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 during 6 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film, guided Northern Lights searches and midnight refreshments
  • 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

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
  • New: Thursday departures are guided in Mandarin

Aurora Statistics:

30.09.-07.10.16 1x strong, 1x medium, 1x weak
07.10.-14.10.16 2x weak, 1x strong
14.10.-21.10.16 1x strong, 2x medium
21.10.-28.10.16 unfortunately no northern lights
28.10.-04.11.16 1x strong, 1x weak
04.11.-11.11.16 2x weak, 1x strong
11.11.-18.11.16 2x strong, 3x weak
18.11.-25.11.16 2x weak, 2x strong
25.11.-02.12.16 1x weak
02.12.-09.12.16 1x weak, 1x strong
13.01.-20.01.17 3x strong
20.01.-27.01.17 2x weak, 1x medium
27.01.-03.02.17 1x strong, 1x medium, 1x weak
03.02.-10.02.17 3x weak, 1x strong
01.02.-08.02.17 1x medium, 1x weak
10.02.-17.02.17 2x strong, 1x medium, 1x weak
17.02.-24.02.17 unfortunately no northern lights
22.02.-01.03.17 1x medium, 1x weak
24.02.-03.03.17 1x medium, 1x weak
03.03.-10.03.17 1x weak
10.03.-17.03.17 1x strong, 2x weak
17.03.-24.03.17 1x weak, 1x strong
15.03.-22.03.17 1x strong, 1x medium, 1x weak
24.03.-31.03.17 1x strong, 1x medium
31.03.-07.04.17 3x weak to medium

Itinerary:

This has been one of the most popular Iceland Northern Lights tours for the past two winters!

You experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Our Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include a lot of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In addition to 7 nights of accommodations with breakfast, the program includes our special 6 night Northern Lights Academy that is a combination of evening presentations, lectures, a movie, and guided searches of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. This is a fully escorted bus tour with guaranteed departures from September to April which can help you experience the winter at its most Icelandic. Both during the day and after dark, as you head to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, you will explore the regions from the Snæfellsnes peninsula to the Vatnajökull glacier to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city 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.

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. 

Day 3  : Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Fjord Cruise (155 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 travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather condtions, 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 mountain in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips of 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. 

Day 4  : Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horses (136 mi)

Today you will travel along the scenic shores of the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! We continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. After a stop at the park, you will continue to Gullfoss “the golden falls,“ a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river, and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. You can see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you 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 minute intervals.  Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. When you get to Geysir, the chef of the Restaurant Geysir takes you to the geothermal areas were you can taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs, and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. In the afternoon, you will learn about the Icelandic horse and its history and special qualities, and also visit a geothermal greenhouse before reaching your accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Day 5  : Natural Wonders Of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano (136 mi)

Today, we wil travel along the South coast. Our first stop is at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center where you will learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Further east we will visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well 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 beach in South Iceland. We will spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in complete darkness and ideal for a Northern Lights search.

Day 6  : Skaftafell National Park & Vatnajökull Glacier (174 mi)

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice, and icebergs. We will travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We will explore this extraordinary site and perhaps see some seals swimming in the arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we will visit the tiny turf church at Hof. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers, and the largest National Park in Europe. In this area we find Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Tonight you can enjoy a movie presentation about Northern Lights as a 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 just miss out on one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

New: Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th
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 melt water 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. 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.

Day 7  : South Shore, Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon (230 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.

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:  45 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.