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Northern Lights Exploration
2018 – 8 days

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Take in the best of Iceland’s winter with the ORIGINAL Northern Lights program! ! These Northern Lights Exploration Tours include the highlights of Iceland and maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. A seven night stay with breakfast, PLUS our special six night Northern Lights Academy, a combination of evening presentations, lectures, film and guided searches for the the Northern Lights. Experience Icelandic winter as good as it gets. Heading to the countryside away from the big city lights; and going from Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west to the Vatnajökull glacier in the southeast. You’ll experience a lot of Iceland’s impressive sights.

Climb a volcano crater
See Europe’s largest glacier and icebergs in its lagoon
Visit a traditional shark farmer, turf farmsteads and churches
Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living next to Eyjafjallajökull volcano 
See Icelandic horses, taste freshly baked hot spring bread and cruise on a broad Icelandic fjord
Six evenings of Northern Lights Academy programs
This small group tour has a max of 16 travelers - also available with a larger group


Day 0: Monday Leave US on overnight flight to Iceland, for the small group tour. Larger group tours depart US on Thusday and Saturday

Day 1,Tueesday: Welcome to Iceland
The Flybus shuttle takes you from Keflavík International Airport to The Fosshotel Baron in Reykjavík where you spend your first and last night. We provide ideas how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own, dinner suggestions too!

Day 2 Wednesday Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjordur Saga Valley
At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Then it’s west to Borgarfjörður and the Saga valley. You’ll have a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and to warm up at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring through the layers of a wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. Two nights in Borgarnes, West Iceland. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, you can step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Day 3, Thursday Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Fjord Cruise
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula “the peninsula of the snowy mountain” juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. You travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch, a uniquely Icelandic “treat” awaits at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - fermented shark. Depending on road and weather condtions, visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with impressive geologhy. One of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell, is here. On the drive the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Once darkness falls, you’ll go out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Day 4, Friday Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horses
Today’s travel is along Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! Continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site on the Golden Circle route. You’ll see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as you approach. There are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant. It’s been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. The chef of the restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot springs bread, served with Icelandic butter, some geothermally boiled eggs and herring. It is best served with a small very cold glass of Geysir Schnapps. On you travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 100 feet into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before reaching your accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Day 5, Saturday South Iceland & Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
Today’s travel is along the South coast. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center you will learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Then it’s a visit to one of Iceland’s finest folk museums with an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is nearly 180 feet high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country.  In the afternoon you’ll take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara. The next 2 nights are near Kirkjubæjarklaustur near Vatnajökull National Park. Very dark and ideal for a Northern Lights search. 

Day 6, Sunday: Skaftafell National Park & Vatnajokull Glacier
Todays program is about glaciers, ice and icebergs. Travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, where you might see seals swimming in arctic waters. Explore the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Then visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, with 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. Don’t go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

New: Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th Experience a spectacular crystal ice cave in Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Beautiful caves of ice are formed by rivers of melt water during the summer time. It is dangerous to visit in the spring and summer due to a threat of collapse, bit its fine in the colder months. .The tour takes about 2,5 hours with 5-15 minutes hike (one-way). You need good hiking boots, warm clothing to keep you dry from the dripping water. Minimum age is 10 years old. The ice cave tour can only be booked with the guide on on day 2 of this tour. You will have to fill in and sign an order form, no cancelations. The price is 23000 Kronur (about $220) per person; subject to change. Payment is due to the ice cave tour operator on day 6 in Icelandic Krona – cash only! Meet the local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00 and you will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the of programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are included for all group members.

Day 7 Monday South shore, Reykjavik & Blue Lagoon
Crossing Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík with a photo stop. The black lava beach, high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. A stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain is next, giving you a chance to walk behind it - if you don’t mind getting wet. In the afternoon you’ll return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour break to explore Iceland’s capital on your own, visit museums, do some shopping or rest up all this touring. In the evening you’ll be taken for a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by an  Icelandic  dinner at a local restaurant followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight you’ll reach Reykjavík for one last night.

Day 8, Tuesday Leave for Home
Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to explore Reykjavík a bit more before taking the Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

Daily travel: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 1.585 km (983 miles) which is an average of 265 km (164 miles) per day. You spend about 3,5 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily itinerary. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

PRICES& DATES
For Small Group (16 Person) Tour

Price per Person
$4782 Single
$4226 Double
$4226 Triple

These Dates and Prices are for the 16 passenger small group tours. Other departures with 45 passengers are available with departure from US on Saturday and Thursday with lower prices. Call or Email for details.

Tour dates 2018

Depart Return
Monday Tuesday
Jan 8 Jan 16
Jan 15 Jan 23
Jan 29 Feb 6
Feb 5 Feb 13
Feb 12 Feb 20
Feb 19 Feb 26
Feb 26 Mar 6
Mar 5 Mar 13
Mar 12 Mar 20
Mar 19 Mar 27
Mar 26 April 3

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