Iceland

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Northern Lights Exploration

From $3650 Per Person 

Guided, 8 Days/7 nights
Dates: Tuesdays
In 2020 - February, March, September & October 
In 2021 - January, February & March

Winter of 2020 and 2021, discover the Golden Circle, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Black lava beaches. Climb a volcano, embark on a fjord cruise, stop at a shark farmer's, meet Icelandic horses, see turf farmsteads and churches. There is an optional ice cave tour at Vatnajokull glacier from mid-November to mid-March and an optional Northern Lights by boat cruise from Reykjavik. This tour includes the highlights of Iceland and aims to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights as most nights are spent in the darkness away from light pollution.

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Dates: Tuesdays
In 2020 - February, March, September & October
In 2021 - January, February & March

Day 1:  Arrival in Iceland

Upon arrival, travel by airport bus into downtown Reykjavik. Spend your day at leisure in the Icelandic capital. We recommend a visit to Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral, Perlan restaurant, or the famous hot dog stand Baejarins beztu pylsur (the name means "the best hotdog in town"!).

Accommodation at Hotel Klettur or similar

Day 2:  Reykjavik City Tour and Borgarfjordur Saga Valley

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Then, meet your guide who will show the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then head west; Borgarfjordur is known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. Get a chance to climb the Grabrok 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 the Northern Lights. After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a cup of hot chocolate or tea.

Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Hamar or similar

Day 3:  Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Fjord Cruise

The Snaefellsnes 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. Enjoy a cruise in the Breidafjordur fjord and later a uniquely Icelandic "treat" awaits you at Bjarnarhofn, where they make Hakarl - fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, visit the fishing village of Grundarfjordur, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay one of the most photographed mountains in all of Iceland rises, Mt. Kirkufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guides share practical tips for photographing the Aurora as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, return to the hotel garden to look for the Northern Lights and soak in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs.      

Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Hamar or similar

Day 4:  Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste, and Icelandic Horse

Today travel along the Hvalfjordur fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what they do with all those sheep! Continue inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot springs bread served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs, and herring. Travel on to the double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history, and visit a geothermal greenhouse before reaching your accommodations in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights in the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Accommodation at Landhotel in Hella or similar

Day 5:  Natural Wonders of South Iceland and Eyjafjallajokull Volcano

Travel along the South Coast. At the Lava and Volcano Exhibition Center, learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east, visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland's past, and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skogafoss 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 the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. Spend the next two nights near Kirkjubaejarklaustur in the Vatnajokull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for spotting the Northern Lights. 

Accommodation at Hotel Klaustur (winter 2020) or Fosshotel Nupar (winter 2021) or similar

Day 6:  Vatnajokull National Park and Glaciers, including Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Today's program is all about glaciers, ice, and icebergs. Travel to Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and explore this amazing place. Perhaps you'll see seals swimming in the arctic waters! Walk along the black sand beach, sometimes called the Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon 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 early in this remote and quiet location, or you may miss out on one more chance to see the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Accommodation at Hotel Klaustur (winter 2020) or Fosshotel Nupar (winter 2021) or similar

Day 7:  South Shore, Reykjavik, and Blue Lagoon

From Kirkjubaejarklaustur head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vik, where you have a chance to stop and take photos. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is awe inspiring. Further west, reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon, enjoy a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. Reach Reykjavik this evening around dinner time.

Accommodation at Hotel Klettur or similar. 

Day 8: Departure

Individual transfer by airport bus from your accommodations in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport.

OR stay an extra night! Please inquire!

NOTE! This itinerary is customizable. Call us for suggestions or click here for our Custom Trip Planning Form
Possible to extend with extra nights; rates on request

Single Supplement: From $835

Your Trip Includes the Following:

Accommodation at good tourist class hotels (3-4+ stars). If any of the quoted hotels are fully booked, we will find alternatives of equal standard. Half board possible at some hotels; rates on request.

Children: 8-11 years, in an extra bed 75% of adult price

Discount applies to direct/consumer bookings only. 

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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