AURORAS GLACIER ADVENTURES

from EUR 2360

Do you want to experience all the activities and sceneries Icelandic glaciers can offer while looking for the Northern Lights ? Then join us on our Aurora Glacier Adventures tour! During the days, we take you to three glaciers in South and South East Iceland to do glacier hike, snowmobile tour, visit the glacier lagoon and explore a natural ice cave ! In the evenings, we provide you with the best conditions to chase the Northern Lights in 3 different ways – on foot, by boat, and by bus under the Arctic sky. 

Tour Code: GJ-25
  • Tour Availability: Fri
  • Seasons: November to February
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

FOR WINTER 2018-2019 FULL OF HIGHLIGHTS & ACTIVITIES:

Come and see for yourself where Iceland gets its name from ! Explore our magnificent glaciers, visit our glacier lagoon, enter our Ice Cave, take a glacier hike and snowmobile with us !

Our newest action-packed tour is the perfect opportunity to combine the highlights of South Iceland with Glacier activities and northern lights search !

If you want to experience the best of Iceland off the beaten path, in a small group tour packed with outdoor activities and various opportunities to see the Northern Lights, then our Auroras Glacier Adventures program is perfect for you !

HIGHLIGHTS and EXPERIENCES:

  • Ice cave visit, glacier lagoon, glacier hike and snowmobile tour
  • Chasing the Northern Lights on foot, by bus and by boat (optional)
  • Golden Circle, South Coast, Reykjanes peninsula, Reykjavík, Vatnajökull National park
  • Guided aurora hunts and Northern Light education with lectures and movies
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Farewell dinner at Út í Bláinn panoramic restaurant in Perlan
  • Small group program with maximum 16 persons 
Tour Code: GJ-25

Day 1: WELCOME to ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to a bus stop near your accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Day 2: GOLDEN CIRCLE & SNOWMOBILE TOUR (180 km/111 mls)

9:00 Pick up from Hotel Cabin in Reykjavík. We head inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage. We travel the Golden Circle route. We travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. In the afternoon we join a snowmobile tour (two persons sharing a snowmobile) on the nearby Langjökull glacier. Afterwards we go to see Geysir geothermal fields, we will see a steam rising from Strokkur geyser as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minutes intervals. Overnight and dinner is at Hotel Hella, a small countryside hotel in South Iceland. Tonight, we search for the elusive Northern Lights from the hotel garden and experience the true Viking winter wonderland amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Day 3: SOUTH COAST AND GLACIER HIKE (230 km/143 mls)

Today, we travel the South Coast to stop at the rocky plateau at Dyrhólaey, which rises dramatically Impressions from the surrounding plain. Then we take a walk at Reynisfjara, a black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves. We stop for lunch at Vík in Mýrdalur, which is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. According to folklore, two night-trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach. In the afternoon we take you on a glacier walk. The Sólheimajökull glacier tongue 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 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 teaches you how to use basic glacier equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe which are provided for glacier walk tours. 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. Minimum age for the glacier hike is 10 years. You need to bring warm clothing, rain gear and hiking boots. After the hike, we head to the lovely village of Skógar where we stay 2 nights. There you will be able to experience the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the evening, after a 2-course dinner, join a torch walk near the waterfall and look out if the auroras are across the sky. The view of the Northern Lights above the Skógafoss waterfall is just breathtaking!

Day 4: VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK, JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON & ICE CAVE (400 km/248 mls)

Today's program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. A long drive brings us to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we spend time at Europe's largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Experience a spectacular crystal ice cave in Europe‘s largest glacier, Vatnajökull.  It is like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral surrounded by millions of shades of blue. Deep under Iceland’s massive Vatnajökull glacier, beautiful caves of ice are formed by rivers of meltwater during the summer time. Too dangerous to visit in the spring and summer due to a threat of collapse, cold winter temperatures strengthen the ice and make exploration possible and safe to visit between November 15th and March 15th (subject to change). The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total - about 30 minute drive by 4x4 vehicle from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and 5-15 minutes hike (one-way). You spend about one hour inside the ice cave. You need good hiking boots, warm clothing that keeps you dry from the dripping water in the ice cave. Minimum age is 10 years old. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights educational program. Beware of not going to bed too soon or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. Night at Hotel Skógar.

Day 5: REYKJANES, BLUE LAGOON, REYKJAVÍK & GOURMET DINNER (200 km/230 mls)

From Skógar we travel west to reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 65 meters high and plunges from the mountain. Then we drive further west and explore the Reykjanes peninsula with its many unusual geological features and moon-like landscapes. We stop for 3 hours at the famous Blue Lagoon for a soak in its warm geothermal water. In the late afternoon we return to Reykjavik for a short city tour and some leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. Farewell Icelandic dinner at Út í Bláinn restaurant in Perlan with a panoramic view, followed by a 2-3 hours Northern Lights hunt by boat to escape from the city lights. Around midnight we return to Icelandair Hotel Natura for one last night. 

Day 6: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from a bus stop near your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.
Tour Code: GJ-25

New glacier adventures program for Winter 2018-2019 !

2018 Departures
Tour Code From To Guided in  Chances to see Northern Lights Availability
GJ-25-131118 13.11.2018 18.11.2018 English only yes Yes
GJ-25-271118 27.11.2018 02.12.2019 English only yes Yes
GJ-25-230118 23.01.2018 28.01.2018 English only yes Yes
GJ-25-270218 27.02.2018 04.03.2018 English only yes Yes

Only 4 departures from November 2018 to March 2019 !

Tour Code: GJ-25

New small group program for winter 2018-2019 !

Price per person  October 18-March2019 
In double, twin and triple* room EUR 2.360 per person
In single rooms EUR 2.680 per person

* Triple room on request

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 16 persons

INCLUDED: 

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 4-day bus tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
  • 5-nights accommodation in tourist-class hotels including breakfast
  • 3-course farewell-Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant with a panoramic view (day 5)
  • 3x midnight refreshments
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon geothermal baths
  • Entrance to the Blue Ice Cave in Vatnajökull
  • 1 hour snowmobile tour (2 persons sharing the snowmobile - if required snowmobile for solo use surcharge from ca. ISK 7.000 to be paid on spot)
  • Glacier hike in South Iceland
  • Northern Lights boat tour (no refund if cancelled - but bus tour offered if weather conditions are suitable)
  • Northern Lights program during 3 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
  • Use of simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flashlight that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating the photo camera at night for winter departures

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.

DAILY DRIVING: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.110 km (732 miles) which is an average of 278 km (183 miles) per day. You spend about 3-4 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, such as day 4 and 5.

ACCOMMODATION: tourist-class hotels, in rooms with shower/wc

Reykjavik: Hotel Cabin for first and last night, Borgartún 32, Reykjavík / http://hotelcabin.is/  Phone +354-511 6030

South Iceland: Hotel Hella (1 night) / https://hotelhella.is/ Phone +354-487 7755

Southeast Iceland: Hotel Skógar (2 nights) / https://www.hotelskogar.is/  Phone (+354) 487 4880

Note: above hotel list is subject to change and most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin-bedded rooms.

MEALS INCLUDED: 5x breakfast are included in the tour and a 3-course farewell-dinner at a gourmet restaurant (day 5). 3x midnight refreshments are also included.

INFORMATION REGARDING DINNERS & LUNCHES: 5x breakfast are included in the tour. There is also a 3-course farewell-Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant with a panoramic view (day 5). 3x midnight refreshments are also included. If you have any special diet requests or allergies, please let us know upon booking. There are many restaurants for both fast food and a fine a la carte dining in Reykjavík. In the countryside hotels dinner options are very limited.

NATURE FEES:   There is a possibility that some of the nature 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 nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change. Entrance fee that is included in the tour is:

  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon geothermal baths
  • Entrance to the Blue Ice Cave in Vatnajökull
  • 1 hour snowmobile tour (2 persons sharing the snowmobile - if required snowmobile for solo use surcharge from ca. ISK 7.000 to be paid on spot)
  • Glacier hike in South Iceland

NORTHERN LIGHTS: On 4 evenings this program offers a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided searches for the northern lights in the garden of the hotels in the countryside. All countryside accommodation in this program offer 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.  

Tour Code: GJ-25