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Northern Lights, Volcanoes and Glacier Lagoon

5 days
4 nights

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Dates

Rates:

PER PERSON IN USD:

Oct 2017 - Apr 2018
$ 1,310.00 (Double occupancy)
$ 1,600.00 (Single occupancy)

New Year Departure
$ 2,425.00 (Double occupancy)
$ 3,050.00 (Single occupancy)


Dates:

Oct 01, 2017 - Oct 05, 2017 call us
Oct 08, 2017 - Oct 12, 2017 
Oct 15, 2017 - Oct 19, 2017 
Oct 22, 2017 - Oct 26, 2017 call us
Oct 29, 2017 - Nov 02, 2017 call us
Nov 05, 2017 - Nov 09, 2017 call us
Nov 12, 2017 - Nov 16, 2017 call us
Nov 19, 2017 - Nov 23, 2017 call us
Nov 26, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017 
Dec 03, 2017 - Dec 07, 2017 
Dec 10, 2017 - Dec 14, 2017 
Dec 17, 2017 - Dec 21, 2017 
Dec 28, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018 
Jan 07, 2018 - Jan 11, 2018 
Jan 14, 2018 - Jan 18, 2018 
Jan 21, 2018 - Jan 25, 2018 
Dec 28, 2017 - Feb 01, 2018 New Year Departure
Feb 04, 2018 - Feb 08, 2018 
Feb 11, 2018 - Feb 15, 2018 
Feb 18, 2018 - Feb 22, 2018 
Feb 25, 2018 - Mar 01, 2018 
Mar 04, 2018 - Mar 08, 2018 
Mar 11, 2018 - Mar 15, 2018 
Mar 18, 2018 - Mar 22, 2018 
Mar 25, 2018 - Mar 29, 2018 
Apr 01, 2018 - Apr 05, 2018 
Apr 08, 2018 - Apr 12, 2018 

Hotels:

Accommodation is provided in simple but clean tourist-class hotels and cottages, in rooms with private facilities. The groups will stay at the following accommodations (subject to change):

  • Reykjavík: Fosshotel Baron first and last night 
  • South Iceland: Árhús Cottages, where 23 rooms with shower/wc are located in simple cottages in the large garden right on the river banks in the village of Hella. 
  • Southeast Iceland: Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon at Vatnajökull National Park

Included:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS 
  • Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
  • 4-nights accommodation in simple tourist-class hotels and cottages including breakfast
  • 2x 2-course dinner and 2x midnight refreshment on day 2 and 3
  • Entrance to Kerið volcano crater
  • Visit to a multi media presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík
  • Northern Lights program during 2 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:

This program includes during 2 evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided searches at spots that are likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. All countryside accommodation in this program offer a Northern Lights  wake up call for guests that register for that special service at the reception. The tour is dependent on weather and therefore Northern Lights sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you patiently await this truly outstanding  light show. For the best photos we recommend using a tripod.  

Aurora Statistics:

26.10.-30.10.14 2x weak
23.11.-27.01.14 1x strong + 1x weak
07.12.-11.12.14 unfortunately no northern lights
11.01.-15.01.15 1x strong
25.01.-29.01.15 1x strong
08.02.-12.02.15 1x weak
22.-26.02.15 1x weak
05.04.-09.04.15 unfortunatley no northern lights

Itinerary:

Northern Lights Tour in Winter is full of adventure, icy landscapes and the chance to see the elusive Northern Lights.

This unique island in the North Atlantic is one of the world's most sparsely populated countries and has extensive volcanic and geothermal activity. Geologically speaking, Iceland is one of the youngest countries in the world  since it only began to rise from the North Atlantic seabed about 25 million years ago. It is the product of volcanic eruptions that are still ongoing. On average, a volcano in Iceland erupts every five years, fortunately rarely where anyone lives.

Why not explore the land of fire and ice with guided visits to volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs and magnificent glaciers? During this tour you visit Iceland's most popular sites such as the Golden Circle route, the South coast and Vatnajökull national park. On route you see cascading waterfalls, smoking geysers, colourful volcano craters, a spectacular ice lagoon with floating icebergs and black lava beaches, all set against a backdrop of glistering glaciers and restless geology. Besides, there is always a thrilling potential for the night sky to be decorated with the jewels of the amazing aurora borealis. Imagine the excitement to search for the most spectacular - and natural - light show on earth. Cross your fingers for clear skies, wrap up warm, and don't forget your camera with a tripod when you try to catch sight of the Northern Lights in Iceland.

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

Welcome, your enticing tour of Iceland starts today! The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hotdog and pizza too! 

Day 2  : Monday - THE GOLDEN CIRCLE ROUTE (220 km/136 mls)

At 08:30 meet your tour guide and start the escorted tour program with short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at Reykjavik Volcano House documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðulháls in 2010, which caused millions of people to be stranded worldwide as thousands of flights were cancelled. These films give a good insight into the general geology and volcanology of Iceland. At the Volcano House you can experience a hands-on geological exhibition where you can examine various pieces of pumice, ash and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. Later on we depart Reykjavik for Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world was founded. This is one of Iceland's most fascinating places both geologically and for the role it plays in the country's history and sense of national identity. Thingvellir is also remarkable for reasons of natural science, as the site is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, and is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area make evident the rifting of the earth's crust.
Exploring the hot springs at Geysir is like watching a geography lesson in real life: natural springs bubbling away in the ground until the pressure becomes too much – and they explode in spectacular style. Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest of the geysers there. While Geysir no longer is active, Strokkur still spouts every 5 to 15 minutes to the delight of visitors. Next we travel to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river. Gullfoss is one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls. In the evening, you hear about the Northern Lights from your tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. We stay for one night in simple cottages in South Iceland. 

Day 3  : Tuesday - VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK & GLACIER LAGOON (385 km/239 mls)

A long drive brings us to a world of glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We 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. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers and it is 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 educational program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. We stay for one night at Fosshotel Núpar in the Vatnajökull region. 

Day 4  : Wednesda -: SOUTH COAST (305 km/189 mls)

Today, we head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vík where we make a photo stop. We take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. We pass the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull and continue to Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and belongs to the most impressive waterfalls in the country.  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 evening you return to Reykjavik for one last night. An optional Northern Lights bus tour or fjord cruise can be booked on the spot, if the weather conditions are ideal. We stay for one night in Iceland's capital.

Day 5  : Thursday - DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)

Your Iceland tour ends today. Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport. 

Daily driving: 
Total mileage without airport transfer is 910 km / 564 miles which is an average of 303 km (188 miles) per day, about 4 hours per day will be spent on the bus. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days. 

Note: In rare cases, change of itinerary might be necessary during winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case GJ-Travel will make every effort to find reasonable alternatives where and when ever possible but no refund can be given. 

HIGHLIGHTS and EXPERIENCES:

  • Golden Circle tour with Thingvellir national park, Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss waterfall and Kerið volcano crater
  • South coast with glaciers, waterfalls and lava beaches
  • Vatnajökull national park with Europe's largest glacier and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • 2-nights stay in the countryside, ideal for Northern Lights hunting
  • 2 evenings of lectures, presentations, film and guided Northern Lights searches
  • Visit to multi media presentation at the Volcano House in Reykjavík
  • Visit to Kerið volcano crater
  • Optional Northern Lights fjord cruise

Notes:

LANGUAGES: English only
MEALS: 7x breakfast and 2x 2-course dinner 
GROUP SIZE:   Maximum group size is 30 persons
INFORMATION REGARDING DINNERS & LUNCHES
In Reykjavik, the dinner is on your own. There are many restaurants for both fast food and a fine a la carte dining in Iceland's capital. In the countryside, a 2-course dinner is included. If you have any special diet requests or allergies, please let us know at the moment of your booking.
For lunch the group will either stop at road side shops or restaurants.