From $1,075 USD
October 7, 2017 - March 24, 2018
5 Days / 4 Nights
Arctic Powers and Northern Lights visits North Iceland, Akureyri and Godafoss, Dimmuborgir, swim in Myvatn Nature Baths, hunt by boat for Northern Lights.
Arctic Powers and Northern Lights features North Iceland with its own version of Hidden Powers, enhanced by its Arctic location. Enjoy thundering glacial waterfalls, bizarre volcanic landscapes, snow-capped lava formations and the vast canyon of Vatnajokull National Park. Travel the coastline near the Arctic Circle, swim in the hot springs of Myvatn Nature baths. Hunt for Northern Lights, all a perfect blend of Iceland's natural power and serenity.
October 7, 2017 - March 24, 2018
Saturdays - Wednesdays, October 11, 18, 25, 2017 November 1, 8, 15, 29, 2017 February 21, 28, 2018 March 7, 14, 21, 2018
- from $1,075 per person in double room
- from $1,315 single room
- 2 nights Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura, private facilities
- 2 nights countryside hotel Fosshotel Husavik or similar
- Breakfast buffet daily
- 3 day guided coach tour from day 2 until day 4
- Entrance fee to the Whale Museum of Husavik (day 2)
- Northern Lights Exploration:
- Sailing Tour from Husavik, includes late night hot soup and bread (day 2)
- Entrance fee and towel rental at Myvatn Nature Baths (day 4)
- International and domestic air fare
- Airport/hotel transfers in Akureyri
- Swimsuit at Myvatn Nature Baths (rentals available)
- Meals other than mentioned in itinerary
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"
- $25 Service fee
- All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
- Maximum group size: 26
- Overnights in Reykjavik
- Optional excursions
- Tour also avaivalable in 4 days, from $885 per person in double
- Tour also avaivalable in 8 days, from $1,875 per person in double
Day 1 ARRIVAL TO AKUREYRI
Arrival in Akureyri airport. On your own, transfer to hotel in Akureyri (cabs available, we can also help book your Akureyri airport/hotel transfers).
We suggest a visit to the local swimming pool, one of the best in Iceland. The soothing variety of geothermal hot tubs and steam rooms is a perfect way to shake off jet lag. Overnight in Akureyri. No meals included.
Please note that early check-in is guaranteed. Most hotels start check-in around 14:00.
Day 2 AKUREYRI - GODAFOSS - HUSAVIK - AURORA (B)
Godafoss, Waterfall of the Gods - Whale Museum - Evening Northern Lights Boat Trip
Breakfast at your hotel. The day begins with a short tour of Akureyri before heading onwards to discover incredible North Iceland. Drive through beautiful alpine scenery en route to Godafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods). Here glacial water thunders around surrounding lava to create a beautiful half-circle shaped cascade. Continue on to the cozy town Husavik on the edge of Arctic. Known as the "whale watching capital of Europe", Husavik is a great base to explore Northeast Iceland's natural wonders. Enjoy an easy-going walk around the village, connecting you to local ambiance. Walk along the colorful harbor, visit an art gallery and tour the Husavik Whale Museum focusing on Icelandic whales. A number of real whale skeletons are on display, including the largest mammal on the planet: the Blue Whale.
After dinner embark on a traditional Icelandic oak boat and enjoy the sounds of nature while hunting for Northern Lights without the disturbance from town lights. During the trip, the experienced crew will tell stories about the Northern Lights and provide information about the area's landscape while serving an evening snack of home-made soup and bread. All guests will be provided with warm overalls to make sure everybody stays warm. To make the tour even better, there is a hot tub* on board for adventurous guests to try, so don't forget your swimsuits. Overnight stay in Husavik. Dinner is on your own.
Approximate distance: approx. 120km / 75miles
*Please note that the hot tub will not be available if the weather and sailing conditions are not ideal.
Day 3 HUSAVIK - TJÖRNES - ASBYRGI CANYON - HUSAVIK (B, L)
Fossil-Rich Peninsula - Iceland's Largest National Park - Horseshoe-Shaped Canyon - Arctic Henge
Breakfast at hotel. Drive around the fossil-rich Tjörnes peninsula to the northernmost edge of Vatnajökull National Park. This section of Iceland's largest national park is home to Asbyrgi, a canyon carved by a long glacial river. Take some time to explore this remarkable horseshoe-shaped canyon, which Vikings believed to be a hoof-print left by Sleipnir, Odin's eight-legged flying horse from Norse mythology. A distinctive feature of the canyon is a rock formation known as "Eyja" (the Island).
Continue your trip, passing remote northern villages that skirt the edge of the Arctic Circle. Near remote Raufarhofn village, the colossal Arctic Henge is gradually being constructed. This stone solar calendar is based on the Old Norse religion, Asatru and has many references from the ancient Voluspa.
Return to Husavik. The rest of the day open to enjoy Husavik. The lively town has interesting museums, and you can enjoy activities such as seasonal whale watching, beach horseback riding and swimming in the geothermal public pool. Hopefully, weather conditions will allow you to view northern lights tonight! Overnight stay in Husavik. Dinner is on your own.
Approximate distance: approx. 270km / 168miles
Day 4 HUSAVIK - LAKE MYVATN - AKUREYRI (B)
Active Geothermal Area – Volcanic Landscapes– Basalt Citadels – Relaxing Hot Spring Spa
Breakfast at your hotel. Ahead is a fully-packed day of wildly-varying landscapes. Travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland that includes the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and Laxa Salmon River. Some of the most bizarre attractions in the region are the bubbling mud pits and vibrant colors of Hverarond geothermal area. Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano who created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region. Amazing landscapes, where peaceful white snow magically accentuates black lava. Top off an amazing Myvatn visit with a relaxing soak in the geothermal Nature Baths before continuing to Akureyri via a scenic road.
Note: If road and weather conditions permit, the tour will also visit majestic Dettifoss waterfall. Overnight stay in the Akureyri area. Dinner is on your own.
Approximate distance: approx. 150km / 93miles
Day 5 DEPARTURE AKUREYRI (B)
Breakfast at hotel. On your own, transfer to Akureyri airport for your flight to Keflavik International Airport or Reykjavik.