Northern Lights and Glacier Hike

Northern Lights and Glacier Hike– Iceland –3 days / 2 night, Reykjavik - Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - Svinafellsjökull glacierDuring this 2-day short break to Vatnajökull National Park, a place where the glacier dominates the landscape, with ice falling down between peaks into the Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. After the spectacle of ice and water we stop at our country guesthouse for dinner and search for the Northern Lights. Next day we go on a short and easy glacier walk on the Svinafellsjökull glacier; heading back to Reykjavik we visit Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

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Operation September 30, 2015 - April 7, 2016
Departure Wednesdays, 2015
September 30
October 7, 14, 28
November 4, 11, 18, 25
December 2

Wednesdays, 2016
January 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6

Thursdays, 2015
October 2, 9, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11

Thursdays, 2016
January 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 7
January 2, 4, 14, 18, 28
February 1, 11, 15, 25
March 1, 11, 15, 25, 29
April 8, 12
Price from $475 per person in double room
From $495 single room
from $475 per person in triple room
Included Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
2-nights budget accommodation, rooms with private facilities
Daily breakfast
Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
Entrance fee to Skogar Folk Museum and turf houses
Guided glacier hike in South Iceland
Ice gear (crampons and ice axes) and safety equipment
Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
Northern Lights program during 2 evenings with a
combination of lectures, presentations, film and
Guided searches for the Northern Lights and
Midnight refreshments
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
Not Included International airfare & airport taxes
Meals other than mentioned
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
Please Note Guided bus tour starts from Borgartun 34 in Reykjavik at 09:00
Guaranteed departures
Maximum group size is 40 persons
Tour Options Accommodation in Reykjavik before and after the tour
More Information Northern Lights and Glacier Hike map

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Day 1 REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR - BLUE LAGOON - REYKJANES PENINSULA (220 km/137 mi) Wednesday or Friday
09:00 departure from Borgartun 34, next door to Hotel Cabin. Meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then head out to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, we get to soak off our travels in the warm mineral waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Stay for two nights in simple cottages in South Iceland. Learn about the Northern Lights from our tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights.

Day 2 SOUTH ICELAND & GLACIER HIKE (150 km/93 mi) (B) Thursday or Saturday
Today we head along the south coast and reach the area near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. We stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges from the mountain. Next we visit Skogar Folk Museums, which contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country; the 60 meter high Skogafoss waterfall.

In the afternoon we take you on a glacier walk. The Solheimajökull glacier tongue extends from the great Myrdalsjökull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations shaped by the glacier. On this safe and easy to moderate glacier walk we explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses on the breath-taking Solheimajökull glacier. While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you will learn more about the behaviour of glaciers and their impact on nature. No technical requirements are needed for the tour as an experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe which are provided for all our glacier walk tours.
Duration of this activity is about 3 hours in total, about 90 minutes on the ice and about 30-40 min walk (one-way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge itself.
Minimum age for the glacier hike is 10 years.
Provided is: Guiding services, ice gear (crampons and ice axes) and safety equipment.
You bring: Warm clothing, rain gear and hiking boots.

In the evening there is another presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes. The grounds of Arhus Cottages are very large and dark, and offer you a good location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there are Northern Lights".

Day 3 HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE (210 km/130 mi) (B) In the morning you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Travel the Golden Circle route. See steam rising 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. Continue on to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. Head inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to Reykjavík. We offer two drop off locations: BSI bus station and Borgartún 34. An optional Northern Lights evening cruise can be booked while in destination, if the weather conditions are ideal.

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 630 km (391 mi) which is an average of 210 km (130 mi) per day. You spend about 3 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. This tour is suitable for children that are used to bus tours.

Note: In rare cases, a 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 no refund will be given, but GJ-Travel will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible. Should the glacier hike be cancelled due to weather, we automatically offer 1x 3-course dinner in South Iceland (day 2) and 1x lunch buffet at Hotel Geysir (day 3) as a compensation.

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