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Northern Lights Exploration

(12 Reviews)
BESTSELLER WINTER
From€1,775
BESTSELLER WINTER
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8 days / 7 nights
Availability : September - April
Keflavik International Airport
Keflavik International Airport
Min Age : 8+
Max People : 45
Tour Code

GJ-21

Explore the best of West & South Iceland
A winter bestseller group tour with up to 98% Northern Light sightings!

Discover the Golden Circle, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Black lava beaches. Climb a volcano, embark on a fjord cruise, stop at a shark farmer, meet Icelandic horses, see turf farmsteads and churches. There is an optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier from mid-November to mid-March and an optional Northern Lights by boat cruise from Reykjavík. Our Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, as 6 out of 7 nights are spent in the darkness away from light pollution.

Highlights & Experiences
  • Track record of 85-98% chance of seeing the Northern Lights
  • See amazing Icelandic landscapes mixed with soft adventure and cultural experiences during the day
  • Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
  • Visit a traditional shark farmer, turf farmsteads and churches
  • Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living with volcanoes
  • See Icelandic horses, taste freshly baked hot spring bread and enjoy a fjord cruise
  • Six evenings Northern Lights Academy
  • Program offered in two group sizes: maximum 16 or 45 persons
  • New: Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier for departures between November 15th and March 15th
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Iceland

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik International airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night.

Overnight location:
Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own. (50km / 31mls)

Day 2Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjordur Saga Valley

At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Then we head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Overnight location:
Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes. Breakfast included, dinner is on your own. (245km / 152mls)

Day 3Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Fjord Cruise

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl – the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Overnight location:
Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes. Breakfast & light lunch included. Dinner is on your own. (250km / 155mls)

Day 4Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horse

Today we travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what they do with all those sheep! We continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We travel the Golden Circle route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring. On we travel to double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before we reach the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Overnight location:
Hotel Eldhestar, Hveragerði. Breakfast included, dinner is on your own. (240km / 149mls)

Day 5Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Today we travel along the South coast. At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, we learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east we visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We spend two nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

19/20 – Overnight location:
Hotel Klaustur, Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Breakfast included, dinner is on your own. (197km / 123mls)

Day 6Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier including Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the amazing site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th
The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total – nearly 30-minute drive by 4×4 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. The ice cave tour can only be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. You will have to fill in and sign an order form, once done a cancellation is not possible. Ice cave bookings have to be finalised with the guide by dinner time on day 2 of the tour. Bookings afterwards cannot be accommodated due to limited space. The price is ISK 23.000 (about EUR 210) per person; subject to change. Payment is due with the ice cave tour operator on day 6 in Icelandic Krona – cash only! The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00 and will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour, while the rest of the group continues the official tour program. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the official tour programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are included for all group members.

Overnight location:
Hotel Klaustur, Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Breakfast included, dinner is on your own. (255km / 159mls)

Day 7South Shore, Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is awe-inspiring. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland’s capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening, we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. After an Icelandic farewell dinner at a local restaurant, we go on one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night.

Overnight location:
Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík. Breakfast & Farewell dinner included (350km / 218mls)

Day 8Departure Home

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport.

Breakfast included. (50km / 31mls)

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.

NOTE: Accommodations are subject to change.

Price & Details

Winter 2019/2020 | Price, inclusions & exclusions

EUR 1.775 per person (double/twin room, breakfast included)
EUR 2.160 per person (single room, breakfast included)

Price Includes
• 7 nights accommodation at comfort tourist-class hotels
• 6 days escorted bus tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide
• Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)
• Fjords cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including light lunch (day 3)
• Visit traditional shark curing farm
• Hot spring Tasting with geothermal cooked bread & eggs
• Visit Icelandic horse stable & geothermal greenhouse
• Visit Lava Exhibition Center
• Skógar folk museum & turf houses
• Entrance with towel to Blue Lagoon
• Traditional Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant (day 7)
• Northern Lights program

Price Excludes
• Any private expenses
• Any additional services
• All meals not listed under “included”
• Single supplement (mandatory when in a single room)

Complementaries
• Entrance fees
• Free Wi-Fi on the bus
• Use of ice grippers spikes for shoes
• Use of flashlight

Additional services
• Extra night in Reykjavik before/after the tour – on request
• Optional ice cave visit (mid-November to mid-March)

Children discount: 25% discount for children 8-11 years of age if sharing room with parents. Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age. Triple rooms are double rooms with extra bed and ideal for two adults and one child.

Start & End Location

Keflavik International Airport (Flybus shuttle)

Departure Time

09:00 on day 2 at Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík (subject to change)

Map

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Video
Northen Lights Exploration
by Alex T. on Youtube
Aurora Statistics

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Client from USA

Solo Traveller

Everything was excellent, program was fun, it was setup in a perfect way.

February 24, 2019

Client from Scantours

Solo Traveller

Everything was perfect, except we didn’t get to see the Northern Lights and the Ice cave =(

February 24, 2019

Client from Hanatour

Solo Traveller

Not bad, would definitely recommend to my fellow Singaporeans

February 17, 2019

Client from UK

Couple Traveller

Really excellent. Far outweighed our expectations. We enjoyed the variety. Events like the steam baked bread at Geyser and the opportunity to ear freshly caught shellfish while exploring the bay by boat made this trip so very special. Loved all the museums+exhibition stops, the horses, the photo opportunities. Enough time to look at everything, although would like to have seen more of the shark museum.

February 15, 2019

Client from Contrastravel

Solo Traveller

a bit too much program, sometimes less is more

February 12, 2019
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