Iceland

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Chase the Northern Lights

From $4283 per person

Escorted, 8 Days/7 Nights
Select dates; October, 2017 - March, 2018

Do you want to see the Northern Lights? Then get out of the city and chase the Northern Lights in 3 different ways – on foot, by boat and by coach. During the day we explore natural wonders in a land of fire and ice. Winter fun activities include a glacier hike, bathing in the Blue Lagoon, walking in a lava field, entering Iceland’s longest ice cave, a snowmobile tour on the glacier and northern lights expeditions with torches. This is simple an amazing small group program to explore Iceland during the winter

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Dates:
2017: October 10 & 17, November 7 & 14.  
2018: January 30, February 13, March 13 & 27.

Day 1, Tue: Welcome to Iceland (50 km/31 miles)

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavik where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own as well as   dinner suggestions!

Day 2, Wed: Blue Lagoon, Light Houses & Northern Lights hunt (220 km/136 miles)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide 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. We continue to the Reykjanes folk & maritime museum, located in a natural paradise, showing items which were essential for the livelihood on both land and sea. Next door to the museum are two beautiful light houses, surrounded by amazing ocean view. During the two hours journey to West Iceland our expert tour guide provides you with information about the Northern Lights and teaches you how to take photos of this natural phenomenon. Stay 2 nights Icelandair Hotel Hamar, near Borgarnes in West Iceland. After a 2-course dinner, join a torch walk into the darkness, soak in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs and check if the Northern Lights are visible. These spectacular sky-light shows are also known as the Aurora Borealis and are frequently seen in Iceland from September through April on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colors of Northern Lights but sometimes there are considerable color variations. They are ephemeral, however, sightings are not guaranteed.

Day 3, Thu: Ice Cave Exploration & Borgarfjordur Saga (170 km/106 miles)

Today we take you by bus and an 8-wheel drive monster truck to Langjokull glacier, Iceland’s second largest glacier, for a once in a lifetime adventure deep inside one of the world’s largest man made ice caverns. The caverns are composed of an extensive system of tunnels and chambers that stretch close to 300 meters into the solid ice cap towards a breath taking natural ice cave at the heart of the glacier. Making your way inside the glacier you are able to explore various nooks and chambers and see a huge ice crevasse. As you walk further along the tunnel, the ice gets older and its color gradually changes from white to deep-blue. We also explore Borgarfjordur which is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling - 97° Celsius. 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. In the evening, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by relaxing in the geothermal outdoor hot tubs and a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Day 4, Fri: Golden Circle & Snowmobile Tour (180 km/111 miles)

Today we travel along the Hvalfjordur fjord and reach Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We continue to the Golden Circle route. On we travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita river and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. After a simple Icelandic lunch we join a snowmobile tour (two persons sharing a snowmobile) on the nearby Langjokull glacier. Afterwards we go to see the Geysir geothermal fields - we will see a steam rising from the Strokkur geysir 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 Gullfoss, a small countryside hotel in South Iceland. Tonight, we look out for northern lights from the hotel garden and experience the true Viking winter wonderland amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Day 5, Sat: Kerid Volcano and Glacier Hike (230 km/143 miles)

Today, we take you out along the South coast. The first stop is at the explosion crater called Kerid which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheater. We continue to Skogafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon we take you on a glacier walk. The Solheimajokull glacier tongue extends from the great Myrdalsjokull 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 Solheimajokull 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. Stay 2 nights Icelandair Vik in South Iceland. After a 2-course dinner, join a torch walk to the black lava beach and look out if the auroras are across the sky.

Day 6, Sun: Vatnajokull National Park & Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon (400 km/248 miles)

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. A long drive brings us to Jokulsarlon, 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. 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.

Day 7, Mon: South Shore, Reykjavik, Gourmet Dinner & Northern Lights Boat Tour (200 km/230 miles)

From Vik we travel to Reynisfjara, a black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the 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 dinner at Perlan Panorama restaurant, 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 8, Tue: Departure (50 km/31 miles)

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavik Airport for your flight.

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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.

NOTE: Minimum age is 10. No Children's discount available.

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Single Supplement: available, if interested, please inquire.

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.

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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