Journey beginning and ending at Reykjavik, Iceland
Available: 2019-03-12 to 2019-04-09 starting from $4845 AUD
Available: 2019-09-17 to 2020-04-07 starting from $4845 AUD
Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Northern Lights Exploration is designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. Head to the countryside: from the regions of Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west to the Vatnajökull glacier in the south-east.
Discover the Golden Circle, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Black lava beach. Climb a volcano, embark on a fjord cruise, meet Icelandic horses on a farm, see turf farmsteads and churches. Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier from mid-November to mid-March & optional Northern Lights by boat cruise from Reykjavík.
Day 1 – Welcome to Iceland
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik International airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night.
Day 2 – Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjordur Saga Valley
At 09:00 meet your tour guide at the hotel. You will start the day with a short tour of the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Then you head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. You 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, you step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.
Day 3 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Fjord Cruise
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, is located just out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. You 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, you are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.
Light lunch included today.
Day 4 – Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horse
Today you travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what they do with all those sheep! After, you continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You 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, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. After, you travel admire the double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before you 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.
Day 5 – Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
Today you travel along the South coast. At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, you learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east, you 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, take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. You spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.
Day 6 – Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier including Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach
Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. You travel 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, so-called Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon, you 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 Ligghts 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 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.
Day 7 – South Shore, Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon
From Kirkjubæjarklaustur you head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where you make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west, you reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon you return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland’s capital on your own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening, you get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. After an Icelandic farewell dinner at a local restaurant, you go on one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight you reach Reykjavík for one last night.
Day 8 – Departure day
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport.
- 7 nights accommodation at comfort 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 local restaurant (day 7)
- Northern Lights program
- Any private expenses
- Any additional services
- All meals not listed under "included"
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