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  • New tour 2019/2020

8 days - Small Group tour exploring the best of Western, Southern & Southeast Iceland in search of the Northern Lights

Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Northern Lights Exploration is designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. Head to the countryside: from the regions of Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west to the Vatnajökull glacier in the south-east.

Discover the Golden Circle, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Black lava beach. Climb a volcano, embark on a fjord cruise, meet Icelandic horses on a farm, see turf farmsteads and churches. Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier from mid-November to mid-March & optional Northern Lights by boat cruise from Reykjavík.

Highlights include

  • Track record of 85-98% chance of seeing the Northern Lights
  • See amazing Icelandic landscapes mixed with soft adventure and cultural experiences during the day
  • Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
  • Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living with volcanoes
  • See Icelandic horses, taste freshly baked hot spring bread and enjoy a fjord cruise
  • Six evenings Northern Lights Academy
  • Small group, maximum 16 people
Day 1
Welcome to Iceland
Day 2
Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjordur Saga Valley
Day 3
Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Fjord Cruise
Day 4
Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horse
Day 5
Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
Day 6
Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier including Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach
Day 7
South Shore, Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon
Day 8
Departure day
Start/End Place
Reykjavik, Iceland tours
Country Visited
Iceland tours
Duration
8 Days
Group Size
2 - 16
Code
NLEX01

Details

Transportation

Small coach (max 16 people on tour)

Included
  • 7 nights accommodation at comfort class hotels
  • 6 days escorted bus tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide
  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fjords cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including light lunch (day 3)
  • Visit traditional shark curing farm
  • Hot spring Tasting with geothermal cooked bread & eggs
  • Visit Icelandic horse stable & geothermal greenhouse
  • Visit Lava Exhibition Center
  • Skógar folk museum & turf houses
  • Entrance with towel to Blue Lagoon
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner at local restaurant (day 7)
  • Northern Lights program
Not Included
  • Any private expenses
  • Any additional services
  • All meals not listed under "included"

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik International airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night.

Accommodation
March-April 2019: Centerhotel Plaza September 2019 - March 2020: Hotel Klettur
Restaurants
Fiskmarkaðurinn

Day 2 - Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjordur Saga Valley

At 09:00 meet your tour guide at the hotel. You will start the day with a short tour of the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Then you head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. You get a chance to climb the Grábrók 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 Northern Lights. After dinner, you step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Day 3 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Fjord Cruise

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, is located just out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. You travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl – the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Light lunch included today.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Lunch
Accommodation
Icelandairhotel Hamar

Day 4 - Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horse

Today you travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what they do with all those sheep! After, you continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You travel the Golden Circle route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. After, you travel admire the double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before you reach the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
March - April 2019: Fosshotel Hekla September 2019 - March 2020: Hotel Eldhestar

Day 5 - Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Today you travel along the South coast. At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, you learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east, you visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses. 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. You spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
March - April 2019: Fosshotel Nupar September 2019 - March 2020: Hotel Klaustur

Day 6 - Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier including Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. You travel 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, so-called Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon, you 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 soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Ligghts shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th:
The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total – nearly 30-minute drive by 4×4 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 explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00 and will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour, while the rest of the group continues the official tour program. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the official tour programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are included for all group members.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Accommodation
March - April 2019: Fosshotel Nupar September 2019 - March 2020: Hotel Klaustur

Day 7 - South Shore, Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur you head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where you make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west, you reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon you return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland’s capital on your own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening, you get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. After an Icelandic farewell dinner at a local restaurant, you go on one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight you reach Reykjavík for one last night.

Meals
1 Breakfast
1 Dinner
Accommodation
March - April 2019: Centerhotel Plaza September 2019 - March 2020: Hotel Klettur

Day 8 - Departure day

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport.

Meals
1 Breakfast
Dates & Prices

Prices are FROM prices per person. Single supplement mandatory when in single room.
Tour departs on Tuesdays, contact us for available departures.

Dates
Valid From
Valid To
Price
Status
Accommodation
12 Mar 2019
9 Apr 2019
12 Mar 2019
9 Apr 2019
AUD 4,930
Available
Standard
17 Sep 2019
7 Apr 2020
17 Sep 2019
7 Apr 2020
AUD 4,457
Available
Standard
17 Sep 2019
20 Apr 2020
17 Sep 2019
20 Apr 2020
AUD 5,132
On request
Extra for Single

Important Information

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.

Accommodations are subject to change.

Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age.

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