North Iceland Aurora Escape

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From $3,585 USD
October 10, 2017 - March 27, 2018
8 Days / 7 Nights

Experience the Arctic North! An exploration of West and North Iceland with scenic fjords, Lake Myvatn, Siglufjordur, at night search for Northern Lights.

Overview

Experience the Arctic North! This tour offers an exploration of West and North Iceland, known for its winter adventures in a veritable nature paradise. Enjoy a relaxing visit and swim at the Myvatn Nature Baths, join a snowshoe walk in a lava labyrinth, climb a volcano crater, travel along scenic fjord routes, visit Iceland's northernmost town Siglufjordur. Enjoy outdoor activities and at night search for the Northern Lights in the clear Arctic sky.

Operation

October 10, 2017 - March 27, 2018

Departure

Group with 16 persons maximum Tuesday to Tuesday October 10, 24 November 7, 21 February 6, 13, 20, 27 March 6, 13, 20, 27

Price

  • from $3,585 per person in double room
  • from $4,195 single room
  • from $3,585 per person in triple room

Included

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 6-day bus tour
  • English-speaking guide as per program
  • 7-nights accommodation as per itinerary
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • 2x light lunch at Lake Myvatn
  • 3x 3-course dinner at Lake Myvatn
  • 3x midnight refreshments
  • Visit to natural History & Seal Museum
  • Horse show, coffee & cake at local horse farm
  • Visit to Herring Museum and local micro beer brewery
  • Hot steam baked bread tasting
  • Entrance with towel at Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Snow shoe hike (or hike if no snow) in lava labyrinth
  • Visit to Myvatn bird museum
  • Visit to Christmas house & garden near Akureyri
  • Visit to Vidimyri turf church,
  • Glaumbaer Folk Museum & turf farm and
  • Tannery in Skagafjordur
  • Northern Lights program during 5 evenings
  • 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

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport tax
  • Optional excursions
  • Meals other than mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Maximum group size: 16 persons
  • Comfort tourist-class hotels with private facilities
  • Tour start: Arrival in Iceland on Tuesdays and guided bus tour starts on Wednesdays at 09:00
  • Tour end: The guided tour ends on Mondays between 18:00-20:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavik. Departure from Iceland is on Tuesdays.
  • 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 no refund will be given, but the tour operator will try the find reasonable alternatives where and when ever possible.
  • Subject to your flight schedule there is little time to see and explore Reykjavik. If you are interested to see Iceland's capital, the famous Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle Route, we recommending adding some extra nights in Reykjavik.

Tour Options

  • Additional hotel nights in Reykjavik
  • Optional excursions

Day 1 WELCOME to ICELAND - REYKJAVIK

Tuesday
The Flybus shuttle brings travelers from Keflavik International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjavik 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 Reykjavik. 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 hot dog and pizza too! (50 km/31 mi)

Keahotel Reykjavik Lights

Day 2 VOLCANO CRATER - SEALS - FJORDS - MOUNTAINS (B)

Wednesday
At 09:00 meet your tour guide and travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grabrok volcano crater. We visit a natural history & seal museum and further north we stop at the turf church of Vidimyri. We travel along scenic fjords and over several challenging mountain passes until we reach Siglufjordur, Iceland's northernmost town. Overnight at the new and beautifully located Hotel Siglo, which offers spectacular geothermal hot tubs built into the local fjord. In the evening, if weather permits, we take a little walk or drive to search for the Northern Lights. (400 km/248 mi)

New Hotel Siglo

Day 3 ICELAND'S NORTHERNMOST TOWN (B, L, D)

Thursday
In the morning we explore Siglufjordur, Iceland's northernmost town, known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. In Siglufjordur we visit the herring museum, the largest seafaring and industrial museum in the country.

In the afternoon we drive along Eyjafjordur, Iceland's longest fjord which offers an amazing mountain panorama and explore Trollaskagi Peninsula. Along the way, we stop at a deserted fjord valley that even most Icelanders have not yet seen. Later we stop at a local brewery and taste one of Iceland's micro-beers.

Continue to Lake Myvatn, a winter wonderland, where we stay for 3 nights. Join an evening lecture about Northern Lights and don't miss the chance to search for the magical auroras after dinner. (170 km/106 mi)

Hotel Sel-Myvatn

Day 4 SEARCH FOR THE TROLLS - SNOW ADVENTURES (B, D)

Friday
This morning we go for a snowshoe trip (or a normal hike if there is no snow) through the lava formations of Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore the many pseudo craters or walk along the lake shores. Also available is an optional tour on cross-country skis or snow-mobiles. The trail depends on the snow conditions and number of participants. Winter clothing, hat and gloves are required. In the evening we take a relaxing soak at Lake Myvatn Nature Baths and get ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights. (30 km/19 mi)

Hotel Sel-Myvatn

Day 5 EXPLORE LAKE MYVATN (B, L, D)

Saturday
Lake Myvatn is known for its geological wonders and active bird life, but also for having Iceland's coldest temperatures. We take an easy walk through the bizarre lava formations and landscape with great views to the lake, bird life and trees. Later we explore the hot spring area of Namaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We taste traditional dark bread baked underground in the geothermal heat. In the evening enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. After a delicious dinner, don't forget to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights. (50 km/31 mi)

Hotel Sel-Myvatn

Day 6 BIRDS - CHRISTMAS GARDEN - THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND (B)

Sunday
We visit the Lake Myvatn bird museum and travel to Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Next stop is the Christmas Garden, a small museum and shop where you find countless items connected to Icelandic Christmas traditions. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland on your own. There are some excellent local museums and a great geothermal swimming pool. Depending on weather there is a short excursion into the darkness to hunt the Aurora Borealis. (120 km/75 mi)

Hotel Kea

Day 7 HISTORY - DESIGN - HORSES IN SKAGAFJORDUR (B)

Monday
We travel back west over the mountains to Skagafjordur, the valley of horses and home of many ancient farms. We visit the folk museum and turf farm at Glaumbaer. Enjoy a guided tour through the only tannery in Europe which makes fish leather. Later we stop for coffee & cake at a horse farm, where we learn about the history and the special gaits of Icelandic horses.

Reach Reykjavik depending on weather and road conditions between 18:00-20:00 where you stay one night in Iceland's capital. (420 km/261 mi)

Keahotel Reykjavik Lights

Day 8 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Tuesday
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport. (50 km/31 mi)

Note: Subject to your flight schedule there is little time to see and explore Reykjavik. If you are interested to see Iceland's capital, the famous Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle Route, we recommend adding extra nights in Reykjavik.

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.190 km (738 miles) which is an average of 200 km (124 miles) 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, such as day 2 and day 7.

Change of program; 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.

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.

Accommodations:
Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza for first and last night for Friday-Friday tours
Reykjavik: Centerhotel Arnarhvoll for first and last night for Tuesday-Tuesday, Thursday-Thursday and Sunday-Sunday tours
West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (2 nights)
South Iceland: Fosshotel Hekla (1 night)
Vatnajokull Region: Fosshotel Núpar near Kirkjubaejarklaustur (2 nights)
Note that the hotel list is subject to change

NORTHERN LIGHTS: This program includes a special six night Northern Lights Academy - which means that during 6 evenings there is a combination of presentations, lectures, a film and guided searches for the Aurora Borealis - the Northern Lights. All countryside hotels in this program offer a Northern Lights wake up call for guests that register for that special service at the hotel reception. The Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to spend 6 evenings in the countryside to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, still the tour is dependent on weather and therefore 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 of 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 makes you comfortable while you await patiently this truly outstanding event. For the best photos we recommend using a tripod.

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