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Arctic North & Northern Lights

From $4070 Per Person

Escorted, 8 Days/7 nights
Other select dates: November 6 & 20, 2017, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2018

Experience the Arctic North of Iceland. Explore West and North Iceland, known for its winter adventures in a veritable nature paradise. Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Myvatn Nature Baths, join a snowshoe walk in a lava labyrinth, climb a volcano crater, travel along scenic fjord routes where you can almost touch the Arctic Circle. Travel to Iceland for this 8 day tour and it is sure to leave a lasting impression for years to come.

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DEPARTURE DATES:
November 7 & 21, 2017
February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2018
March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2018

Day 1, Tue: Arrive Iceland

Arrival in Iceland. Non-guided transfer from Keflavik International Airport to downtown.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

Day 2, Wed:  Volcano crater, Seals, Fjords & Mountains (400 km/248 miles)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide and travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grabrok volcano crater. Visit a natural history & seal museum and further north we stop at the turf church of Vidimyri. Travel along scenic fjords and over several challenging mountain passes until you reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Depending on the weather there is a short excursion into the darkness to hunt the Aurora Borealis.

Accommodation in Akureyri

Day 3, Thur: Akureyri, Christmas Garden & Godafoss Waterfallv (120 km/75 miles)

Start the day with exploring Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city on your own. There are some excellent local museums and a great geothermal swimming pool. After lunch, travel to the Christmas Garden, a small museum, and shop where you find countless items connected to Icelandic Christmas traditions. Next stop is Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Continue to Lake Myvatn, a winter wonderland, where you stay for 3 nights. Join an evening lecture about Northern Lights and don't miss the chance to search for the magical auroras after dinner.


Accommodation at Lake Myvatn

Day 4, Fri: Explore Lake Myvatn & Relax in Geothermal Nature Baths  (80 km/50 mls)

Lake Myvatn is known for its geological wonders and active bird life, but also for having Iceland's coldest temperatures. We take an easy walk through the bizarre lava formations and landscape with great views of the lake, bird life and trees. Later we explore the hot spring area of Namaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We taste traditional dark bread baked underground in the geothermal heat. After an early dinner, we take a relaxing soak at Lake Myvatn Nature Baths and get ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights.

Accommodation at Lake Myvatn

Day 5, Sat: Search for the Trolls & Snow Adventures (30 km/19 mls)

This morning, go for a snowshoe trip (or a normal hike if there is no snow) through the lava formations of Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore the many pseudo craters or walk along the lake shores. Also available is an optional tour on cross-country skis or snowmobiles. The trail depends on the snow conditions and the number of participants. Winter clothing, hat and gloves are required. In the evening enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. After a delicious dinner, don't forget to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights.

Accommodation at Lake Myvatn

Day 6, Sun: Birds & Iceland's Northern Most Town (190 km/118 mls)

Visit the Lake Myvatn bird museum and travel via Akureyri to Dalvik, where we stop at a local brewery and taste one of Iceland's micro-beers. In the afternoon we drive along Eyjafjordur, Iceland's longest fjord which offers an amazing mountain panorama and we explore Trollaskagi Peninsula. Along the way, we stop at a deserted fjord valley that even most Icelanders have not yet seen. In the afternoon, reach Siglufjordur, Iceland's northernmost town, known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. In Siglufjordur visit the herring museum, the largest seafaring and industrial museum in the country. Overnight at the beautifully located Hotel Siglo which offers spectacular geothermal hot tubs built into the local fjord.

Accommodation at Hotel Siglo

Day 7, Mon:  History, Design & Horses in Skagafjordur  (420 km/261 mls)

Travel back along amazing fjord landscape to Skagafjordur, the valley of horses and home of many ancient farms. Enjoy a guided tour through the only tannery in Europe which makes fish leather. In the afternoon we visit the folk museum and turf farm at Glaumbaer. Later, stop for coffee & cake at a horse farm, and learn about the history and the special gaits of Icelandic horses. Reach Reykjavik this evening where you stay one night in Iceland's capital.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

Day 8, Tue: Depart Iceland

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavík Airport.

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Single Supplement from: $785

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This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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