Iceland Aurora Travel

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From $755 USD
October 21, 2018 - March 24, 2019
6 Days / 0 Nights

Iceland Aurora Travel, 5-day budget tour, search for Northern Lights, visit the Blue Lagoon and South Coast, waterfalls, geyser, volcano and National Park.

Overview

Jump aboard this budget-friendly, multi-day escorted bus tour to the southwest region of Iceland. Enjoy waterfalls, volcano craters, lava fields, hot springs, geysers and a national park. The tour includes some light walks in a winter wonderland and hunting for the magical Northern Lights. Choose from a selection of optional excursions and activities, such as a visit to the Blue Lagoon and a guided tour to South Iceland with or without a glacier hike.

Operation

October 21, 2018 - March 24, 2019

Departure

Sunday to Thursday
October 21, 2018
March 24, 2019
Tuesday to Saturday
November 13, 2018
December 18, 2018
February 2, 2019

Price

  • from $755 per person in double room
  • from $995 single room
  • from $755 per person in triple room

* Early booking discount of 10% on departures:
September 2018 - April 2019
For new bookings only, subject to availability

Included

  • Fully escorted 4-day bus tour
  • English speaking guide
  • 4-nights accommodation in tourist-class hotels
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • 8-hour Golden Circle tour with an English speaking guide or driver guide, day 2
  • 2-hour Reykjavik city tour with an English speaking guide or driver guide, day 4
  • Guided transfers Reykjavik-Hotel Borealis-Reykjavik
  • Two evenings of Northern Lights search in the countryside
  • Admission to Kerid volcano crater
  • Northern Lights educational material
  • 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
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Group size: Maximum group size 40 persons
  • Tour start: Arrival in Iceland on Sundays and Tuesdays. Guided bus tour starts on Mondays and Wednesdays at 09:00
  • Tour end: The guided tour ends on Wednesdays and Fridays in Reykjavik. Departure from Iceland is on Thursdays and Saturdays
  • * Please inquire about our favorable airfares on Icelandair!

Tour Options

Additional nights in Reykjavik
Optional excursions:
Visit to the Blue Lagoon
South Coast Tour with or without a glacier hike

Day 1 WELCOME to ICELAND - REYKJAVIK

Sunday or Tuesday
Arrival day and individual transfer to Reykjavik. There are at least two different transportation companies at Keflavik airport where transfer tickets can be purchased on arrival in Iceland, with frequent departures to Reykjavik offering drop-off at the hotel or a nearby bus stop. There are taxis too. Overnight at Hotel Cabin. (50 km/31 mi)

Hotel Cabin***+

Day 2 GOLDEN CIRCLE - NORTHERN LIGHTS (B)

Monday or Wednesday
At 09:00 meet your tour guide and fellow group members. Today, we visit three of South Iceland's most famous spots: Gullfoss waterfall, Geyser hot springs, and Thingvellir National Park. We start with a stop at a local supermarket in the "geothermal-town" of Hveragerdi, where you can shop for some typical Icelandic goodies. Hveragerdi is built above a hot-spring field and the town is thriving by the geothermal heat. Horticulture, local swimming pool, the bakery and other businesses harness the natural green energy as one of their foundations.

We continue to the explosion crater Kerid, filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheater. Gullfoss, "the Golden Falls", is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita river and attracts tourists and travelers all year.

You see the steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant and has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Next stop is the ancient Geysir hot spring.

Viking Parliament area of Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Thingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures make evident the rifting of the earth's crust. Before reaching the hotel, our guide explains the science of the Northern Lights and give you practical tips how to photograph the Northern Lights. The next two nights are spent at Hotel Borealis, located in the countryside of South Iceland, away from light pollution and set in a peaceful surrounding ideal for searching for the Northern Lights. Your tour guide and the hotel staff show you the best spots on the hotel property where you might see the mystical Northern Lights, also called Aurora Borealis. (230 km/143 mi)

Hotel Borealis****

Day 3 LEISURE DAY - NORTHERN LIGHTS HUNT (B)

Tuesday or Thursday

Leisure day with time to relax in the hotel's hot tub and enjoy the fresh clean air of Iceland's tranquil countryside. A short walk takes you to Yrafoss waterfall or uphill to a beautiful viewpoint. If you prefer to be a bit more active, we offer two optional guided excursions.

Optional Tour 1: SOUTH ICELAND TOUR, about 300 km round trip

Explore the region near the active volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Visit the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 65 meters high and plunges from the mountain. Next, we stop at one Iceland's most impressive waterfalls, the 62-meter high Skogafoss waterfall. The tour continues further south where you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vik.

The South Iceland Tour can be booked in advance or on the spot with the guide on day 2. Price for the optional South Iceland Tour is EUR 115 / ISK 14.000. Payment is due with our tour guide in Icelandic Krona, Visa or MasterCard.

Optional Tour 2: SOUTH ICELAND TOUR WITH GLACIER HIKE, about 260 km round trip

Explore the region near the active volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull. Visit the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 65 meters high and plunges from the mountain. Next, we stop at one Iceland's most impressive waterfalls, the 62-meter high Skogafoss waterfall. Those group members that selected the tour including the glacier hike will head to the Solheimajökull glacier tongue, which 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 thoroughly shaped by the glacier. On this fun, safe and easy to moderate glacier walk you get to 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 behavior 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 ax, which is provided for glacier walk tours. The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories. 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. The minimum age for the glacier hike is 10 years. You need to bring warm clothing, rain gear, and hiking boots. The glacier hike can be booked in advance or on the spot with the guide on day 2. The price for the South Iceland Tour with glacier hike is EUR 210 / ISK 26.000. Payment is due with our tour guide in Icelandic Krona, Visa or MasterCard.

In the evening there is a film presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night sky is cloudless, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colors, patterns, and sizes. The grounds of Hotel Borealis are extensive and dark and offer you an excellent location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there could be Northern Lights". (300 km/186 mi)

Hotel Borealis****

Day 4 REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR -  OPTIONAL BLUE LAGOON (B)

Wednesday or Friday

Today, we return to Reykjavik and show the group highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. We see the charming city center, the Parliament, the harbor and Hallgrimskirkja Church, whose steeple is a landmark. We pass Harpa Concert Hall and visit the Pearl, a remarkable building, and viewpoint (optional admission to panorama terrace). The city tour ends around 1 pm at the hotel. Overnight in Reykjavik.

The afternoon is free at leisure, to explore Iceland's capital on your own, or do a bit of shopping before going home. You might consider visiting museums, galleries, and exhibitions, such as the fantastic Whales of Iceland exhibition, consisting of 23 man-made life size models of various whale species found in Icelandic waters. At the Perlan Museum, you can walk through a unique indoor ice cave which is a replica of an ice tunnel dug straight through a glacier. Admission fees to museums can be purchased on the spot.

Optional Tour 3: BLUE LAGOON

Afternoon bus transfer & entrance fee. Stay at the Blue Lagoon for 2,5 hours. The Blue Lagoon tour needs to be booked latest 8 days before arrival in Iceland to secure space at the Blue Lagoon. Price EUR 115 / ISK 14.000 per person including comfort package at the Blue Lagoon. Payment is due in advance. (95 km / 59 mi)

Hotel Cabin***+

 

Day 5 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Thursday or Saturday

Departure and individual transfer to Keflavík airport. There are at least two different transportation companies and taxis that offer frequent trips with pick-up from hotels or nearby bus-stops.

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be canceled 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.

NORTHERN LIGHTS: This program includes during 2 evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided searches at spots that are likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. The countryside accommodation in this program offers a Northern Lights wake-up call for guests that register for that special service at the reception. The tour is dependent on weather, and therefore Northern Lights 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 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 will make you comfortable while you patiently await this truly outstanding light show. For the best photos, we recommend using a tripod.

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