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Land of Northern Lights

5 Days

2018
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During the day we explore Southwest Iceland, known for its natural wonders and cultural sights. See glittering glaciers, snow-clad mountains, giant lava fields, steaming hot springs and beautiful waterfalls. Bathe in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, walk on a black lava beach, visit Icelandic horses on their farm, photograph idyllic turf houses and travel close to the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. This short getaway to Iceland offers insight into Iceland’s nature and cultural life, with two nights in Iceland’s capital and two nights in South Iceland, an ideal location for the search for the Northern Lights. Also called Aurora Borealis, they are visible in the northern sky from September through April when the sky is clear and free of clouds.

Budget holiday offering excellent value for money
Must-see nature: the Golden Circle, the South Coast and the Blue Lagoon
Visit to Skógar folk museum with turf houses
2 night stay in South Iceland, ideal for Northern Lights hunting
2 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for Aurora Borealis
Optional Northern Lights fjord cruise (weather dependent) may be offered on day 4
Choice between budget and comfort hotels


Day 0:Mon or Wed:: Leave US on ovrnight flight from an Icelandair gateway.

Day 1,Tues or Thurs:: 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, Wed or Fri: Reykjavik City Tour, Blue Lagoon & the Reykjanes Peninsula 
At 9:00 meet your tour guide who will show you the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Then head out to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. At the end of the day, you get to soak off your travels in the warm mineral waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Spend the next two nights in simple cottages in South Iceland. In the evening you’ll hear about the Northern Lights from your tour guide at Árhús Cottages. Naturally, once darkness falls you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. 

Day 3, Thur or Sat: South Iceland 
Today you’ll travel along the south coast to reach the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. There is a short stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges from the mountain. There is a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers interesting views, if you are prepared to get wet! At the seaside, you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík. In the afternoon visit one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country; the 60 meter high Skógafoss waterfall. It is next to one of Iceland’s finest folk museums, which contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses.

In the afternoon there is an optional glacier walk. The Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends from the Mýrdalsjökull 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 glacier walk you get to explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses on the breath-taking Sólheimajökull glacier. While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you will learn more about the behaviourb of glaciers and their impact on nature. No technical requirements are needed for the tour as an experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment, - crampons and an ice axe. The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories. This lasts 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 itself. You must be at least 10 years old to join the glacier hike. Bring warm clothing, rain gear and hiking boots. The glacier hike can only be booked with the guide on day 2. The special price for the Land of Northern Lights group members is about ISK 14,000 (about $135 per person); prices are subject to change. Payment is due with the glacier hike company on day 3 in Icelandic Krona - cash only!

If you booked the trip without the glacier hike, then the tour continues further south where you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík. In the evening there is another presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colors, patterns and sizes. The grounds around the accomodations are very dark and offer a good location for Northern Lights if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of “maybe there are Northern Lights”.

Day 4, Fri or Sun; Horses & the Golden Circle Tour 
In the morning you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Then you’ll travel the Golden Circle route. See steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields 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 minute intervals. Continue on to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. Head inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to Reykjavík for your last night. An optional Northern Lights evening cruise can be booked if the weather conditions are ideal.

Day 5, Sat or Mon: Farewell Iceland
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your hotel accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

PRICES& DATES

Prices per person 2017-18
Budget
Double $2076
Single $2271

Comfort
Double $2384
Single $3029

Depart US - Return US
Monday — Saturday
Jan 8 - Jan 13
Jan 15 - Jan 20
Jan 22 - Jan 27
Jan 29 - Feb 3
Feb 5- Feb 10

Feb 12 - Feb 17
Feb 19 - Feb 24
Feb 26 - Mar 3
Mar 5 - Mar 10
Mar 12 - Mar 17
Mar 19 - Mar 24
Mar 26 - Mar 31
Apr 2 - Apr 7
Apr 9 - Apr 14

Depart US Return US
Wednesday — Monday
Dec 6 - Dec 11, 2017
Dec 13- Dec 18, 2017
Jan 3 - Jan 8
Jan 10 - Jan 15
Jan 17 - Jan 22
Jan 24 - Jan 29
Jan 31 - Feb 5
Feb 7 - Feb 12
Feb 14 - Feb 19
Feb 21 - Feb 26
Feb 28 - Mar 5
Mar 7 - Mar 12
Mar 14 - Mar 19
Mar 21 - Mar 26
Mar 28 - Apr 2
Apr 3 - Apr 9
Apr 11 - Apr 16

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