Northern Lights Exploration - Large group (max 45paxs)
8 days - Escorted Tour
Reykjavik – Borgarnes – Selfoss – Kirkjubaejarklaustur – Reykjavik
Inclusions: 3 hotel, Meals as specified, Fully escorted in ENGLISH ONLY, Hot Spring tasting with geothermally cooked bread, Guided tours: Reykjavik, Golden Circle and Vatnajökull National Park, Breiðafjörður Fjord cruise including lunch, Blue Lagoon entrance, Northern Lights Academy program (6 evenings) including presentations, film, guided Northern Lights searches and midnight refreshments, Transportation by air-conditioned coach, Arrival and departure Flybus shuttle bus transfers (first and last day only)
Standard Group Departure (maximum 45 passengers)
Note that most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms.Triple room on request
JAN 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31
FEB 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28
MAR 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
APR 3, 5
Maximum Group size 45 passengers
JAN 12, 19, 26, 31
FEB 16, 28
MAR 6, 13, 22, 29
Tour Itinerary (please click here)
DAY 1 REYKJAVIK
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Stay at: Hotel Klettur (3 star) for all tour departures
DAY 2 REYKJAVIK – BORGARNES
Explore Iceland’s exciting capital on a morning city tour. Afterwards your tour will travel west to explore Borgarfjörður, also known as the Saga Valley, where you will have the opportunity to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring. Also visit the waterfalls and lava field at Hraunfossar before arriving in Borgarnes for check in at your hotel. This evening is reserved for a lecture about the Northern Lights followed by a search for the Northern Lights. (B)
Stay at: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (3 star)
DAY 3 BORGARNES / SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
Discover the Snæfellsnes Peninsula which juts out from Iceland’s West Coast. See the rugged mountain range, lava fields, volcanic craters, sandy beaches and high cliffs. Arrive in Stykkishólmur for a Brjánslækur fjord scenic cruise and afterwards visit a traditional shark curing farm where they make Hákarl (fermented shark). On your return to Borgarnes your guide will share some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras and naturally once darkness falls you will be out on the hunt for the dancing lights. (B, L)
DAY 4 BORGARNES – THINGVELLIR – SELFOSS
Explore Iceland’s classic highlights on a journey around the famous Golden Circle. Start at Thingvellir National Park where the North American and European tectonic plates meet, followed by a visit to the iconic “Golden Falls” of Gulfoss and walk through the active geothermal area of Geysir where you will see Strokkur (The Churn), a geyser which erupts at regular intervals with its white column of boiling water reaching as high as 30m. The chef of Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before arriving at your hotel, near Selfoss in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness to search for the Northern Lights amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland. (B)
Stay at: Hotel Eldhestar (3 star)
DAY 5 SELFOSS – KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR
Travel along the South coast, stopping at the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, to learn about geology and active volcanoes. 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. Overnight at your hotel located near the Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, a wonderful location for chasing the Northern Lights. (B)
Stay at: Hotel Klaustur (3 star)
DAY 6 KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR / VATNAJÖKULL
Today’s exploration is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. Your first stop is Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, where you can explore this extraordinary site and maybe see seals swimming in arctic waters. There is also an opportunity to walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Afterwards, visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, Vatnajökull, which covers 14% of Iceland and home to Europe's largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights followed by a search of the Auroras in this remote and quiet region. (B)
New: Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th
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 melt water 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.
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.
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!
DAY 7 KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR – BLUE LAGOON – REYKJAVIK
This morning you will travel across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where you can stop for the perfect photo opportunity - the black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west you will see the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall before your return to Reykjavik. In the early evening it will be time for a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon followed by an Icelandic farewell dinner and one last nocturnal tour to seek the Northern Lights. (B, D)
Stay at: Hotel Klettur (3 star) for all tour departures
DAY 8 REYKJAVIK
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. (B)
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