Arctic Powers

Escorted Tour and Northern LightsIceland

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From $1,860 USD
May 14 - September 10, 2019
5 Days / 4 Nights

Arctic Powers features North Iceland, with majestic wilderness, intriguing natural wonders, and dramatic fjords. Visit Akureyri and Myvatn Nature baths.

Overview

Arctic Powers features North Iceland’s hidden powers, enhanced by its mysterious Arctic location, with some of the country's most majestic wilderness and intriguing natural wonders. Many historical events have happened here, preserved in Sagas and folklore. Explore glacial waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, snow-capped lava formations, and dramatic fjords. Swim in the Myvatn Nature baths, enjoy a perfect blend of Iceland's natural power and serenity.

Operation

May 14 - September 10, 2019

Departure

May 14
June 4, 18
July 9, 23
August 6, 20
September 10

Price

  • May 2019
  • from $1,860 per person in double room
  • from $2,275 single room
  • June - August 2019
  • from $2,185 per person in double room
  • from $2,835 single room

Included

  • 2 nights Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura or similar, private facilities
  • 2 nights countryside hotel with private facilities
  • Breakfast buffet daily (except arrival day)
  • Round-trip airport transfers between Reykjavik hotel and Reykjavik airport (day 2 and 4)
  • Round-trip flights between Reykjavik and Akureyri, including taxes
  • Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 4
  • Two-course dinner (day 2)
  • Entrance fee and towel rental at Myvatn Nature Baths (day 2)
  • Admission to Herring-Era Maritime Museum in Siglufjördur, including taste of herring and rye bread (day 3)
  • Visit to microbrewery and beer sampling (day 3)

Value Added: Northern Lights wake-up call at hotel in Myvatn on day 2 if Northern Lights spotted during your stay (varies based on hotel used in the tour)

Not Included

  • International and domestic air fare
  • Transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik hotel
  • Swimsuit at Myvatn Nature Baths (rentals available)
  • Dinners except for day 2
  • Beverages, snacks, and lunches unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time is usually 14:00)
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Please note

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum group size: 36

Tour Options

  • Additional hotel nights in Reykjavik
  • Optional excursions

Day 1 ARRIVAL TO REYKJAVIK

Important: If you have added extra nights in Akureyri before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard "Arctic Powers" itinerary.

Today is open for your activities. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. One possible suggestion might be to visit the Blue Lagoon on your way from the airport (bookings must be made in advance). Overnight in Reykjavik. No meals are included.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00.

Highlights: The Sun Voyager | Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | Reykjavik City Hall

Optional: Private airport transfer | Airport transfer with Flybus Plus | Private Airport Transfer via the Blue Lagoon | Airport transfer with a stop at the Blue Lagoon

Day 2 AKUREYRI - GODAFOSS - MYVATN NATURE RESERVE (B, D)

Active Geothermal Area – Surreal Volcanic Landscapes – Basalt Citadels – Relaxing Hot Springs

Breakfast at your hotel. Assisted transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for early morning Air Iceland Connect flight to Akureyri. If the skies are clear, you’ll get great views of Iceland's interior wilderness. Meet your local guide at Akureyri Airport and start on your North Iceland exploration!

The day begins with a 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. 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 colours of Namaskard geothermal area.

Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano that created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region. Myvatn's fantastical landscapes have made it a filming location for the popular HBO Game of Thrones series, as well as several Hollywood movies. Top off your amazing Myvatn visit with a relaxing soak in the geothermal Nature Baths before overnight at your hotel.

Dinner and overnight in Lake Myvatn area. The hotel is in an ideal location to view northern lights, and if conditions are right tonight your group will go on a brief walk near the hotel to catch a glimpse. Approximate distance: 141km / 88miles

Highlights: Myvatn | Dimmuborgir | Hverfjall | Krafla | Myvatn Nature Baths | Godafoss

Day 3 MYVATN - EYJAFJÖRDUR - SIGLUFJÖRDUR - AKUREYRI (B)

Mountain and Fjord Views – Historical Town – Award-Winning Museum – Icelandic Craft Beer Heritage

Breakfast at your hotel. Head along scenic roads to beautiful Eyjafjördur, Iceland's longest fjord, and then onto the Trollaskagi (Troll Peninsula). Known as the "Icelandic Alps", Trollaskagi offers some of the highest mountains in Iceland; the views of steep mountains plunging to the black-sand coastline are breath-taking. The surreal rock formations make it easy to see how the peninsula got its name. Drive through three mountain tunnels and pass through colourful fishing villages.

Visit Siglufjördur, a town with beautifully-preserved historical buildings set in a scenic fjord. After lunch (on your own), visit the award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. Many Icelandic historians believe it was Siglufjördur's herring "gold rush" of the early 20th century that helped bring modernization to Iceland. At the museum, you will be introduced to the history of the herring fishing industry and be invited to explore the museum’s three buildings before sampling traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps.

Next, take a closer look at Eyjafjördur Fjord, where you'll visit Kaldi, Iceland’s first microbrewery. You will see how this craft beer is made and learn about the interesting history of the company. You will also get to taste some of the locally brewed beer.

The day ends in Akureyri, the beautiful northern town that has become internationally popular as a winter recreation destination. After a brief tour of the town, check into your hotel. Dinner is on your own at one of Akureyri's many restaurants. Overnight in Akureyri.  Approximate distance: 260km / 161mi

Highlights: The Herring Era Museum | Siglufjördur | Akureyri | Trollaskagi - Troll Peninsula

Day 4 AKUREYRI - REYKJAVIK (B)

Open Day to enjoy Akureyri and surroundings

Breakfast at hotel in the morning. Today is open for you to enjoy Akureyri and surroundings. Though small in population the "capital of North Iceland" has a lively culture and outdoor recreation scene. You'll find activities to suit all interests. Enjoy exploring the museums, galleries and cafes. If you like outdoor fun, visit the nearby Hlidarfjall resort, just minutes away by cab, or take a swim in the geothermal pool complex. A variety of fun day tours is available from horseback riding to whale watching. Iceland Travel can assist you with booking day tours.

Later, you'll be transferred to the airport for your late afternoon/early evening flight to Reykjavik. Group transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the evening is open for your own activities. Dinner is on your own. Overnight in Reykjavik. 
Approximate distance: 150km / 93mi

Highlights: Akureyri | Akureyri Folk Museum | Nonni House | Kjarnaskogur

Optional: Akureyri Food Walk | Horses and Heritage (from Akureyri) | Whale Watching (from Akureyri) | Soaking In The Beer Bath Spa

Day 5 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Breakfast at hotel. On your own, transfer to Keflavik International Airport for your flight. Transfers are not included, but we will be happy to book them for you. We recommend departing your hotel no later than 3-4 hours before your flight.

Highlights: Reykjavik

Optional: Private airport transfer | Airport transfer with Flybus Plus | Airport transfer with a stop at the Blue Lagoon

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