ICELAND AURORA TRAVEL: budget-friendly tour
Day 1, SUN or TUE: ARRIVAL DAY
Arrival day and individual transfer to Reykjavík. There are at least two different transportation companies at Keflavík airport where transfer tickets can be purchased on arrival in Iceland, with frequent departures to Reykjavík offering drop-off at the hotel or a nearby bus stop. There are taxis too. Overnight at Hotel Cabin.
Day 2, MON or WED: GOLDEN CIRCLE & NORTHERN LIGHTS (230 km/143 mls)
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 Þingvellir National Park. Besides the 3 highlights, we add a bit extra. We start with a stop at a local supermarket in the "geothermal-town" of Hveragerði, where you can see and shop some typical Icelandic goodies. Hveragerði 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 Kerið, a caldera with a crater lake on the bottom and which resembles an ancient amphitheatre. Gullfoss, "the golden falls", is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travellers 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 The original geyser is now dormant and has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals.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
Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Þingvellir 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 on 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.
Day 3, TUE or THU: LEISURE DAY & NORTHERN LIGHTS HUNT (300 km/186 mls)
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 Ýrafoss 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 of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls, the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall. The tour continues further south where you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík. 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 of Iceland's most impressive waterfalls, the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall. Those group members that selected the tour including the glacier hike will head to the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue, which extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull 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 Sólheimajökull glacier. While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you will learn more about the behaviour 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 axe, 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, colours, 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".
Day 4, WED or FRI: REYKJAVÍK CITY TOUR (95 km / 59 mls) & OPTIONAL BLUE LAGOON (98 km / 61 mls)
Today, we return to Reykjavík and show the group highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. We see the charming city centre, the Parliament, the harbour and Hallgrímskirkja Church, whose steeple is a landmark. We pass the 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 Reykjavík.
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.
Day 5, THU or SAT: DEPARTURE DAY
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 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.
ICELAND AURORA TRAVEL - PRICE PER PERSON IN EUR
|October 2018 - March 2019
|in a Twin, Double or Triple* room
||in a Single room
*Triple room on request
NOTE: Most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms
CHILDREN DISCOUNT: Not available. Minimum age 10 years.
- 4-nights accommodation in tourist-class hotels including breakfast
- 8-hour Golden Circle tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide on day 2
- 2-hour Reykjavík city tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide on day 4
- Guided transfers Reykjavík-Hotel Borealis-Reykjavík
- Two evenings of Northern Lights look out in the countryside
- Admission to Kerið volcano crater
- Northern Lights educational material
- Use of winter & Northern Lights Explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flashlight that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night
ACCOMMODATION IN ROOMS WITH PRIVATE SHOWER/WC:
Winter 2017-2018: Fosshotel Raudará in Reykjavík for first and last night & Hotel Borealis in South Iceland, 2 nights
Winter 2018-2019: Hotel Cabin in Reykjavík (room size 10m2) with shower/wc for first and last night & Hotel Borealis in South Iceland, 2 nights
(The above accommodation list is subject to change)
INFORMATION REGARDING DINNERS AND LUNCHES: In Reykjavik, the dinner is on your own. There are many restaurants for both fast food and fine a la carte dining in Iceland's capital. In the countryside, the hotel offers a small selection of day's special dinner menus. If you have any special diet requests or allergies, please let us know at the moment of your booking.
NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the natural attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot when entering any of these natural sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at present and are subject to change.
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.
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.
BOOKINGS & FURTHER INFORMATION:
Either via our international tour operator network
or directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we process your booking by personal email communication. We will send you a confirmation and invoice. Payment is due latest 4 weeks prior arrival. We accept international bank transfer, Visa or MasterCard. In general, there is a non-refundable booking fee/deposit of up to 20% to secure space on the tour. Once paid, we will send the vouchers and travel documents. Unfortunately, we do not offer an online booking engine for this tour.
CANCELLATION: A cancellation fee of 20% of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made from 4 to 8 weeks before departure. From 28 days until 8 days before departure, the fee is 50%. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 8 days before departure, or for no-shows, and a tour begun but not completed. The exchange of one arrangement for another must be agreed by us beforehand.