ICELAND AURORA TRAVEL; new budget-friendly tour

from EUR 555

It’s no secret that Iceland has been blessed by a vast variety of landscapes and scenery, where every turn brings another ‘wow’ moment. This trip takes you to gushing waterfalls, eerie lava fields, spouting geysers and colorful volcano craters. This budget-friendly Iceland program includes two evenings in pursuit of the Northern Lights.

Tour Code: GJ-23
  • Tour Availability: Sun & Tue
  • Seasons: December to April
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

Explore Gullfoss waterfall.jpgAffordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit

Jump aboard this budget-friendly, multi-day escorted bus tour, and experience the southwest region of Iceland. No matter where you travel in the so-called Land of Fire and Ice, you are always bound to see something new, unique, and completely out of this world. On this trip, we take you to 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. In addition, you can 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.

Highlights and Experiences:

  • Bucket list nature: waterfalls, geyser, hot springs, lava fields, volcano craters, and glaciers
  • Bucket list northern lights: two evenings are spent to look for the magical auroras
  • 2 nights in Reykjavík, 2 nights in South Iceland
  • Good value for money
  • Optional: Visit to the Blue Lagoon and South Coast Tour with or without a glacier hike
Tour Code: GJ-23

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ICELAND AURORA TRAVEL; new 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 Fosshotel Raudará, in the center of Reykjavík.

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 the explosion crater Kerið, which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheater. Gullfoss, "the golden falls", is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá 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 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 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 roundtrip

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 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. Price for the optional South Iceland Tour is 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 roundtrip

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 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 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 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 only be booked with the guide on day 2. The price for the South Iceland Tour with glacier hike is 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".

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 center, the Parliament, the harbor and Hallgrímskirkja 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 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. We recommend booking at least 8 days before arrival in Iceland to secure space at the Blue Lagoon. Price ISK 10.000 per person. Payment is due with our tour guide in Icelandic Krona, Visa or MasterCard.

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.

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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.

 

Tour Code: GJ-23

DEPARTURES: From December 2017 to April 2018

TOUR DATES: Sunday to Thursday and Tuesday to Saturday

DURATION: 5 days / 4 nights

MEALS: 4x breakfast

LANGUAGES: English 

GROUP SIZE WINTER 2017-2018: Maximum group size: 40 persons

ICELAND AURORA TRAVEL - Winter 2017-2018: English guided tours: Sunday to Thursday
Code Tour Date Availability Code Tour Date Availability Code Tour Date Availability
23-171217 17.12.-21.12.17 not available 23-140118 14.01.-18.01.18 yes 23-210118 21.01.-25.01.18 yes
23-280118 28.01.-01.02.18 yes 23-110218 11.02.-15.02.18 sold out 23-250218 25.02.-01.03.18 yes
23-180318 18.03.-22.03.18 yes 23-010418 01.04.-05.04.18 yes 23-080418 08.04.-12.04.18 yes
ICELAND AURORA TRAVEL - Winter 2017-2018: English guided tours: Tuesday to Saturday
Code Tour Date Availability Code Tour Date Availability Code Tour Date Availability
23-051217 05.12.-09.12.17 sold out 23-121217 12.12.-16.12.17 not available 23-191217 19.12.-23.12.17 yes
23-090118 09.01.-13.01.18 yes 23-160118 16.01.-20.01.18 yes 23-230118 23.01.-27.01.18 yes
23-300118 30.01.-03.02.18 yes 23-130218 13.02.-17.02.18 yes 23-200218 20.02.-24.02.18 yes
23-270218 27.02.-03.03.18 yes 23-060318 06.03.-10.03.18 yes 23-130318 13.03.-17.03.18 yes
23-200318 20.03.-24.03.18 yes 23-270318 27.03.-31.03.18 sold out 23-030418 03.04.-07.04.18 yes
23-100418 10.04.-14.04.18 yes

NOTE:

  • Tours listed with "on request" are operated but have only 1-2 rooms available or unsold rooms had been returned to hotels.
  • Note that there is limited daylight, about 5-6 hours, for departures mid-November to End of January. For your information, the shortest daylight in Iceland is on the 21st of December, about 4 hours.
Tour Code: GJ-23

ICELAND AURORA TRAVEL - PRICE PER PERSON IN EUR

December 2017 - April 2018
in a Twin, Double or Triple* room     EUR 555    in a Single room      EUR 830  

*Triple room on request

NOTE: Most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms

CHILDREN DISCOUNT: Not available. Minimum age 10 years.

Included:

  • 4-nights accommodation in 3-star 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: 3-star hotels – in rooms with shower/wc. The following accommodations are used (subject to change):
Reykjavík: Fosshotel Raudara (2 night)
South Iceland: Hotel Borealis (2 nights)

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.
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CHANGE OF PROGRAM: 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.
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BOOKINGS & FURTHER INFORMATION: Either via our international tour operator network or directly by email gjtravel@gjtravel.is 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.
Tour Code: GJ-23