Season:
Winter
Price from:
£ 2,145 p.p.
Duration:
8 days / 7 nights
Departure:
According to schedule

Guided Northern Lights tour

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Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! The Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include a lot of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In addition to 7 nights of accommodations with breakfast, the program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy with 6 evenings of presentations, lectures and guided tours at spots that are likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. This is a fully escorted coach tour with guaranteed departures from September to April which can help you experience the winter at its most Icelandic. Both during the day and after dark, as you head to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, you will explore the regions from Snaefellsnes peninsula to Vatnajökull glacier to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights.

Guided Northern Lights tour

Itinerary

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ARRIVAL

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Arrival in Keflavik airport. Transfer  to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you‘ll spend the night.
 

REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR & BORGARFJÖRDUR SAGA VALLEY

Horses in winter

In the morning at 09h00 you meet your guide and group and start with a sightseeing tour in the capital. After seeing the higlights of Reykjavik we head west. We go to Borgarfjörður, or the Saga valley as it is often called due it its rich history and important historical events. We have the chance to climb the volcanic crate Grábrók, visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring and see the beautiful Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls pouring from a wide and lush lava field.  In the afternoon there will be a lecture about the Northern lights for you to better understand this magnificent natural phenomenon. We spend two nights in West Iceland in the village of Borgarnes. We step in to the hotel garden after dinner to search for the Northern Lights and enjoy a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

 

SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA & FJORD CRUISE

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The Snæfellsnes Peninsula sticks out from Iceland’s west coast and is in many ways a miniature of the whole island. We travel along the peninsula to the Northern side where we find the charming fishing village of Stykkishólmur. We take a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord fromt he harbour in Stykkisholmur where whales are often spotted. After lunch we go to Bjarnarhofn where a unique Icelandic treat awaits us. Road and weather condition dependant we visit Grundarfjörður with its mpressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Here you will also find one of Iceland´s most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell. Returning to Borgarnes the guide gives you some tips of how to best photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Once darkness falls, we go out in the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights and for those who wish to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

 

GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL TASTE & ICELANDIC HORSES

Thingvellir in winter

We start the day travelling along the fjord Hvalfjordur.  We make out first stop at an Icelandic wool outlet store where you can see what they do with all the sheep! We head inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and part of the Golden Circle route which we travel today. After Þingvellir head to Haukadalur where we see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. The big and original geyser is now dormant but Strokkur "the Churn" erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We go for some treats where the chef of the Geysir restaurant invites us to try freshly baked hot spring bread with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. All this is best served with a small glass of very cold Geysir Schnapps, almost freezing. Next up is Gullfoss only few minutes away, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river name the Golden Waterfall in English. We will learn about the Icelandic horse in the afternoon, its special qualities and history and make a visit to a geothermal greenhouse, before we reach our accommodation in South Iceland. After dinner we step into the evening darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights.

NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO

Eyjafjallajokull volcano

Today we explore the South coast. We will make our first stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center where you learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. A little further east we visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums, Skogar. This museum contains a great collection of farm and domestic artifacts and turf-built houses. Nearby is the Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of Iceland´s most impressive waterfalls.  In the afternoon we towards Vik village and take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach. We spend the next two nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, an ideal dark location to search for Northern Lights search.
 

SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER

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Today is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to the picturesque Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, the black sandy beach below called the "Diamond" beach where you see stranded icebergs and sometimes seals. The Vatnajökull National Park is the largest National Park in Europ at about 12,000 square kilometres. Tonight will be a movie presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights Academy program. This remote and quiet location gives a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.
 

SOUTH SHORE, REYKJAVIK & BLUE LAGOON

The Blue Lagoon

We head across the Eldhraun lava field from Kirkjubaejarklaustur on our way to the village of Vík. We reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall further West which plunges over the mountain and tere‘s a trail that goes behind the fall which is interesting – be prepared to get a little wet! We return to Reykjavik in the afternoon where you get about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland's capital. In the evening we head to Reykjanes peninsula to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon surrounded by lavafields. After a relaxing bath we go for a traditional Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Back in Reykjavik around midnight for the lat night in Iceland.
 

DEPARTURE DAY

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Transfer from your hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavík airport for your flight back.




 

Please 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.

Package price per person £

Room Type September Oct- April
Single Room 2,755 2,630
Double Room 2,295 2,145

*EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: get a £ 100,- off per booking for 2020 travel packages, for bookings until 15/09/2019.

 

Tour code: 0319

Price includes

  • Return flights from the UK to Iceland incl. taxes
  • Return airport transfer to hotel in Iceland
  • Fully escorted 6 day coach tour with English speaking guide
  • 7 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels and country guesthouses including breakfast
  • Fjord Cruise on Breidafjord incl. lunch
  • Visit to traditional shark curing farm
  • Hot spring tasting with geothermally cooked bread and egg
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Lava centre exhibition
  • Entrance fee to Skogar Folk Museum and Turf Houses
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner at local restaurant
  • Northern Lights Academy program with 6 evenings of lectures, presentations, guided searches and midnight refreshments

Price excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals other than specified