(8 days/7 nights)Northern.lights.2.feb.2016

Tour code: WT6

£2431 (double/twin/triple room), £2907 (single room)

We recommend a triple room for 2 adults travelling with a child

Prices are per person, excluding flights

 

Explore North, East and South Iceland in pursuit of the magical Northern Lights on this group tour (maximum 30 people) from one of our Icelandic partners.

DAY 1 (Sun): WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km)
Transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavík International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík for your first night. Depending on your arrival time, we can offer suggestions on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.

DAY 2 (Mon): THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND & LAKE MÝVATN (140 km)
winter myvatn north lake geologyAt 07:45, meet your tour guide and travel by air to Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland, and take a tour of this charming town of 18,000 inhabitants.  You then travel to Goðafos (the “Waterfall of the Gods”) and on to Lake Mývatn, known for its geological wonders, varied bird life – and for having Iceland’s coldest temperatures! You will explore bizarre lava formations, walk around pseudo craters and hike in a lava field at Dimmuborgir (the “Dark Castles”). Your hotel for the night is the Sel-Hotel Mývatn.  In the evening, join a talk about the Northern Lights, relax at Mývatn Nature Baths and prepare to chase the elusive Northern Lights.

DAY 3 (Tue): TRAVEL EAST (220 km)
northern lights 1Start the day at Mývatn bird museum and then travel to the hot spring area of Námaskarð, with its bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. You then head through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike landscapes to East Iceland. En route, you might be lucky enough to spot an Arctic fox or some reindeer. Tonight is spent at Hotel Hallormsstaður, located in Iceland’s largest forest, and a perfect setting for hunting the Aurora.

DAY 4 (Wed): WALK IN THE WOODS,  VISIT FISHING VILLAGES & MEET THE LOCALS (120 km)
After a walk through the Hallormsstaður arboretum, you travel to Eskifjörður, a charming seaside village in the East Fjords, to visit the local maritime museum, aurora exhibition and take a private tour through a typical seaman’s lodge and get the opportunity to taste locally produced shark meat and dried fish, washed down with Brennivín (“Black Death”) schnapps.  At the Aurora museum, meet a local photographer and if the weather conditions are favourable go to a secret Northern Lights hunting spot on the outskirts of the village.  Overnight at Fosshotel East Fjords.

DAY 5 (Thu): FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE (385 km)
icebergs lagoon geology south eastToday starts with a visit to a fascinating collection of stones and minerals before moving on to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Next you will encounter Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, and then Jökulsárlón, a stunning glacial lagoon filled with floating blue icebergs. After a visit to the tiny turf church at Hof, you continue through the largest national park in Europe to reach your stop for the night at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (or similar).

DAY 6 (Fri): SOUTH COAST (255 km)
snowy gulfoss 2 waterfall golden circleA beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits you today as you head across the Eldhraun lava field.  You will stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara and stop at Skógafoss which, at 60m high, is one of the country’s most impressive waterfalls. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre, you will learn about living next to a glacier and the active volcano which caused such disruption to international air travel in 2010.  Your final stop is at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, before you reach your hotel, the Grímsborgir (or similar), in South Iceland. After dinner, there will be a film presentation about the Northern Lights and the chance to keep an eye out for them while soaking in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

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DAY 7 (Sat): GOLDEN CIRCLE (190 km)
Today you follow the famous Golden Circle route,visiting: After a late breakfast, you follow the famous Golden Circle route, visiting Geysir geothermal park with its variety of hot springs and bubbling pools, Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”) – one of the most spectacular of Iceland’s many waterfalls and the Thingvellir National Park – a UNESCO world heritage site and location of the world’s first.  Returning to Reykjavík, you will be shown the sights of the world’s northernmost capital before spending you final night back at the Fosshotel Lind.

DAY 8 (Sun): DEPARTURE (50 km)
Transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport for your flight home.

Daily driving: The total distance covered on this tour (excluding airport transfers) is 1,310 km (814 miles), which is an average of 219 km per day. You will spend about three hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances.

Please note: In rare cases, a change of programme may be necessary should road and weather conditions make it impossible to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities may be cancelled. In this case, no refund will be given but your tour operator will try to find reasonable alternatives where possible.

Nature fees: It is possible that some of the natural sites visited on this tour may charge a small entrance fee. These are not included in the price and must be paid locally on the day.

INCLUDED:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfers by Flybus shuttle)
  • Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
  • Domestic flight between Reykjavík and Akureyri, including airport taxes and transfer in Reykjavík
  • 7-nights accommodation (with breakfast), in rooms with private shower and WC
  • 5x 2-course dinner and 5x midnight refreshment on Days 2-6
  • 1x light lunch and coffee & cake en route on Day 3
  • Entrance (with towel) at Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Visit to bird museum at Lake Mývatn
  • Shark meat, dried fish and Brennivín schnapps tasting on Day 4
  • Meet the locals: entrance and tour at Maritime Museum and Randulf’s sea-house in Eskifjörður
  • Visit to Petra’s stone & crystal collection
  • Meet the locals: evening with Northern Lights photographer
  • Visit to a multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Centre
  • A programme of talks, presentations, a film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
  • Use of simple, non-slip snow & ice grippers and a torch

DEPARTURES:

  • 1, 15, 29 October 2017
  • 5, 19 November 2017
  • No December departures
  • No January departures
  •  11, 18, 25 February 2018
  •  4, 11, 18, 25 March 2018
  • No April departures

To book, or to check availability, please contact us here

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