Iceland

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Ready, Get Set, Chase the Aurora

From $4498* Per Person

Escorted, 8 Days/7 Nights
Select dates: Nov 7, 2017, Jan 6, Feb 27, Mar 13 & 27, Apr 3, 2018

Do you want to see the Northern Lights? Then get out of the city and join us on our Aurora Chaser Tour! We provide you with the best conditions to chase the Northern Lights in 3 different ways – on foot, by boat, and by bus. During the day, explore natural wonders in a land of fire and ice. Winter fun activities include a glacier hike in South Iceland, 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. We travel to West Iceland, tour the Golden Circle and the amazing South shore route. Visit Vatnajokull national park and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. You see classic Icelandic highlights but your guide will unveil many hidden secrets of an Icelandic winter wonderland, while the long evenings are dedicated to the Northern Lights.

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Dates:  Nov 7, 2017, Jan 6, Feb 27, Mar 13 & 27, Apr 3, 2018

Day 1: WELCOME TO ICELAND

The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavik International airport to your hotel in Reykjavik where you spend the first night in Iceland. Ideas will be provided - how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own today.

Day 2: BLUE LAGOON, LIGHT HOUSES & AURORA HUNT (220 km/136 mls)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide and explore the Reykjanes peninsula with its many unusual geological features and moon-like landscapes. Stop for 3 hours at the famous Blue Lagoon for a soak in its warm geothermal water. 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. 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.

Accommodation at Hotel Hamar

Day 3: ICE CAVE EXPLORATION & BORGARFJORDUR SAGA VALLEY (170 km/106 mls)

Today we take you by bus and an 8-wheel drive monster truck to Langjökull 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 Borgarfjörður 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.

Accommodation at Hotel Hamar

Day 4:  GOLDEN CIRCLE & SNOWMOBILE TOUR (180 km/111 mls)

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 at Gullfoss Cafe, we join a snowmobile tour (two persons sharing a snowmobile) on the nearby Langjokull glacier. Afterwards, we go to see the Geysir geothermal fields - see a steam rising from the Strokkur geyser as you 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. Check into your small countryside hotel in South Iceland. Tonight, look out for northern lights from the hotel garden and experience the true Viking winter wonderland amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Accommodation at Hotel Gullfoss

Day 5: KERID VOLCANO AND GLACIER HIKE (230 km/143 mls)

Today, travel out along the South coast. The first stop is the explosion crater called Kerid which is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheater. 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 ax 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. The minimum age for the glacier hike is 10 years. You need to bring warm clothing, rain gear, and hiking boots. After a 2-course dinner, join a torch walk to the black lava beach and look out if the auroras are across the sky.

Accommodation at Icelandair Vik Hotel

Day 6: VATNAJOKULL NATIONAL PARK & JOKULSARLON GLACIER LAGOON (400 km/248 mls)

Today's program is all about glaciers, ice, and icebergs. A long drive brings us 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 where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we spend time at Europe's second-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.

Accommodation at Icelandair Vik Hotel

Day 7: SOUTH SHORE, REYKJAVIK, GOURMET DINNER & NORTHERN LIGHTS BOAT TOUR (200 km/230 mls)

From Vík, 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 Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant with a panoramic view in Reykjavik, followed by a 2-3 hours Northern Lights hunt by boat to escape from the city lights. Around midnight, return to the city for your last night.

Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Natura


Day 8: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

OR stay an extra night or 2! Please inquire.

Your Trip Includes the Following:

Single Supplement from: $564

Note - The small print is the big print:

MILEAGE: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 1.400 km (868 miles) which is an average of 234 km (145 miles) per day. You spend about 3,5 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic, and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

WEATHER: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be canceled 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.

NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the natural attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot when entering any of these natural sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at present and are subject to change.
 
NORTHERN LIGHTS: This program includes during 6 evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided searches at spots that are likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. All countryside accommodation in this program offer a Northern Lights wake up call for guests that register for that special service at the reception. The tour is dependent on weather, and therefore Northern Lights sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you patiently await this truly outstanding light show. For the best photos, we recommend using a tripod.

GROUP SIZE: Maximum Group size is 20.

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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