Northern Lights Exploration
Northern Lights Exploration– Iceland –8 days / 7 nights, Reykjavik - Reykholt - Snæfellsnes -Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir - Seljalandsfoss - Eyjafjallajökull - Vatnajökull - Jökulsarlon - South Shore - Blue LagoonExperience the best of Iceland's winter! Our guided bestseller Northern Lights Exploration offers major highlights of Iceland and aims to maximize chances of seeing the magical Northern Lights. From the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, we explore the regions from Snæfellsnes peninsula to Vatnajökull glacier. Enjoy our special Northern Lights Academy, with 6 evening presentations, lectures and guided tours in search of the Northern Lights.
|Operation||September 30, 2016 - April 16, 2017
October 1 - April 15, 2018
|Departure||Standard groups, 45 persons maximum
Sunday - Sunday, 2016-2017
October 2, 16, 30 / November 13, 27 / December 4
January 8, 22 / February 5, 19 / March 19
April 2, 9
Sunday - Sunday, 2017-2018
October 1, 15, 29
November 12, 26
January 7, 21
February 4, 18
March 4, 18
April 1, 8
Friday - Friday, 2016-2017
September 30 / October 7, 14, 21, 28 / November 4, 11, 18, 25
December 2 / January 6, 13, 20, 27 / February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 / April 7
Tuesday - Tuesday, 2016 - 2017
Small groups with 16 persons maximum per group,
2 seats per person in the bus
October 4, 11, 18, 25 / November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6 / January 10, 17, 24, 31 / February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 7, 14, 21, 28 / April 4
|Price||Maximum group size 45 persons
from $1,925 per person in double room
from $2,335 single room
Maximum group size 16 persons
from $2,895 per person in double room
from $3,315 single room
|Included||Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle
6 days coach tour with English or German speaking guide
Fully escorted tour
7 nights Comfort tourist-class hotels (subject to change)
Fjord Cruise on Breidafjördur fjord, including lunch
1 Farewell dinner
Visit to shark curing farm
Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
Visit to Icelandic horse stables
Visit to geothermal greenhouse
Visit with multi-media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
Entrance fee to Skogar Folk Museum and Turf Houses
Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
Traditional Icelandic dinner at Northern Light Inn
Northern Lights Academy program:
6 evenings of lectures, presentations, film
Guided Northern Lights hunts
Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment:
simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes,
a flash light, helpful when walking in the dark
and when operating your photo camera at night
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
2-course dinner at country hotels
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Guaranteed departures.
Large groups with maximum 45 persons / Small groups with maximum 16 persons
Tour starts: Arrival in Iceland on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
Guided bus tour starts on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday at 09:00
Tour ends: The guided tour ends on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday around midnight for a last overnight in Reykjavik.
Departure from Iceland is on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday
The tour is offered in English with two group sizes: 14 or 45 persons
Great success - Trip of the year two years!
|Tour Options||Large (45 persons) or small group (16 persons) departures|
|More Information||Northern Lights Exploration map|
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Day 1 WELCOME to ICELAND Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night. We provide some ideas to help you explore Iceland's capital on your own. (50 km/31 mi)
Day 2 REYKJAVIK & BORGARFJÖRDUR SAGA VALLEY (B) Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday
At 09:00 meet your tour guide and start with a Reykjavik city tour where you'll see some highlights of Iceland's capital. Then we head west. Borgarfjördur is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Grabrok 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. (250 km/155 mi)
Day 3 SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & FJORD CRUISE (B, L) Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula (the "peninsula of the snowy mountain" in Icelandic) 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. Travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkisholmur for a cruise in the Breidafjördur fjord.
After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic "treat" awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hakarl - the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather condtions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfjördur, 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 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. (250 km/155 mi)
Day 4 GOLDEN CIRCLE - GEOTHERMAL AREA - ICELANDIC HORSES (B) Wednesday, Friday, Sunday or Monday
Today we travel along the Hvalfjördur fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep!
Continue inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we 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.
The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to 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. On to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita River, attracting tourists and travellers in summer and winter.
In the afternoon you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special 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, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland. (220 km/136 mi)
Day 5 SOUTH ICELAND - EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO (B) Thursday, Saturday, Monday or Tuesday
Today we travel along the South coast. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center we learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Further east we visit one of Iceland's finest Folk Museums. The Skogar museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses.
Nearby is Skogafoss 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 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in complete darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search. (220 km/136 mi)
Day 6 SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK - VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER (B) Friday, Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday
Today''s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsarlon, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy 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 just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.(280 km/174 mi)
Day 7 SOUTH SHORE - REYKJAVIK - BLUE LAGOON (B, D) Saturday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday
From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vik, where we 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 from the mountain. There is a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers interesting views, if you are prepared to get wet!
In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by an Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn Hotel and by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavik for one last night. (370 km/230 mls)
Day 8 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B) Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport. (50 km/31 mi)
Note that there is limited day light, about 5-6 hours, for departures mid November to End of January. The shortest day light in Iceland is on the 21st of December, about 4 hours.
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.
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.