From $3,125 USD
October 1, 2017 - March 25, 2018
8 Days / 7 Nights
Northern Lights around Iceland, 8-day tour to North, East and South Iceland. Hunt for Northern Lights, visit Vatnajokull and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.
Northern Lights around Iceland, an 8-day escorted winter escape to North, East and South Iceland. Join us for a circle tour around the country in pursuit of the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. Explore Akureyri, the capital of the north, Lake Myvatn and the East Fjords. Visit Vatnajokull glacier and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Discover Eyjafjallajokull volcano and Golden Circle classics. Enjoy bathing in hot springs and walking in volcanic landscapes.
October 1, 2017 - March 25, 2018
Groups with 30 persons maximum per group Sunday to Sunday October 1, 15, 29 November 5, 19 February 11, 18, 25 March 4, 11, 18, 25
- from $3,125 per person in double room
- from $3,735 single room
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
- Fully escorted 6-day bus tour
- English-speaking guide
- Domestic flight Reykjavik-Akureyri including airport taxes
- Airport transfer in Reykjavik
- 7-nights accommodation, in rooms with private shower/wc, and including breakfast
- 5x 2-course dinner
- 5x midnight refreshment on day 2-6
- 1x light lunch and coffee & cake en route on day 3
- Entrance with towel at Myvatn Nature Baths
- Visit to bird museum at Lake Myvatn
- Shark meat, dried fish and Brennivin schnapps tasting on day 4
- Meet the locals: entrance and tour at Maritime Museum and Randulf's sea-house in Eskifjordur
- Visit to Petra's stone & crystal collection
- Visit to Aurora museum and meet local Northern Lights photografer and Aurora hunter in East Iceland
- Multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Information Center
- Northern Lights program during 5 evenings
- Combination of lectures, presentations and film
- 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
- International airfare & airport taxes
- Additional optional Excursions
- Personal insurance / personal items
- $25 Service fee
- This is a non-escorted tour. Northern Lights and Lobster Tour is by Super Jeep and with experienced guide.
- The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.
- Additional nights in Reykjavik
- Additional optional excursions
Day 1 WELCOME to ICELAND - REYKJAVIK
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 hotdog and pizza too! (50 km/31 mi)
Day 2 CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND - LAKE MYVATN (B, D)
At 06:10 meet your tour guide and travel by air to Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. We explore this charming town of 17,000 inhabitants and travel to Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Myvatn which is known for its geological wonders, active bird life and being Iceland's winter wonderland, but also for having Iceland's coldest temperatures. We stop at bizarre lava formations, walk around pseudo craters and hike in a lava field at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles".
In the evening, join a lecture about Northern Lights, relax at Myvatn Nature Baths and get ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights. (140 km/87 mi)
Day 3 TRAVEL EAST (B, D)
We start the day at Myvatn bird museum and travel to the hot spring area of Namaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and a moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck with might spot an Arctic fox or see some reindeer. We stay at Hotel Hallormsstadur located in Iceland's largest forest. This setting is perfect for hunting the magical auroras. (220 km/137 mi)
Day 4 WALK IN THE WOODS - FISHING VILLAGES - MEET THE LOCALS (B, D)
After a walk through the Hallormsstadur arboretum we travel to Eskifjordur, a charming seaside village in the East Fjords. We visit the local maritime museum, take a private tour through a historic seaman's lodge and get the opportunity to taste locally produced shark meat, dried fish and Brennivin snaps. We visit the local Aurora museum where a local photographer and Aurora hunter shows us some amazing Northern Lights photos, tells us about personal Aurora encounters and if the weather conditions are suitable, leads us to a secret Northern Lights spot just outside the village. Overnight at Fosshotel East Fjords. (120 km/75 mi)
Day 5 FJORDS - GLACIER - ICE (B, D)
We start the day with a visit to Petra's incredible collection of stones and minerals. On we travel to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon we see Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier and we stop at Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We travel to the tiny turf church at Hof and continue through the largest national park in Europe. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. Overnight in the region. (385 km/239 mi)
Day 6 SOUTH COAST (B)
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field. We see sandy deserts, mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara and stop at Skogafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country.
At the Eyjafjallajokull Information Center we learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall. After dinner we enjoy a film presentation about Northern Lights which is part of the Northern Lights educational program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs. Overnight in South Iceland. (255 km/158 mi)
Day 7 GOLDEN CIRCLE (B)
We explore the Golden Circle sights: Geysir geothermal fields, Gullfoss waterfall and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavik, we show you highlights of the world's northernmost capital. Last stay in Reykjavik.
Day 8 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavik Airport.
Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.310 km (814 mi) which is an average of 219 km (135 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.
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.