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North Iceland Aurora Escape (8 Days)

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North Iceland Aurora Escape (8 Days)

 
Winter Adventure Close to the Arctic Circle

 

Experience the Arctic North! This tour takes you on an exploration of West and North Iceland, known for its winter adventures in a veritable nature paradise. Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths, join a snowshoe walk in a lava labyrinth, climb a volcano crater, travel along scenic fjord routes where you can almost touch the Arctic Circle. Do you want to go to places where most people do not go in the winter time? Are you looking for some unique but not arduous outdoor activities and a chance to search for the Northern Lights that appear in high latitudes when the skies are clear? During the past winters, this tour had up to 100% Aurora viewing success. Well, perhaps you are ready to take the North Iceland Aurora Escape!

Highlights and Experiences:

Visit places where most other tour groups do not go in the winter time
Very high chances to see Northern Lights; statistics show up to 100% Aurora viewing success during past seasons
Snowshoe hike (or hike if no snow) in a lava labyrinth
Soak in the mineral-rich waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths
Spend two nights in Reykjavik and 5 nights in North Iceland
Stay one night in the new Hotel Siglufjörður, almost at the Arctic Circle
Some days offer slow travel and a bit of free time for own explorations or relaxation
A lot of museums, unique cultural visits, and culinary experiences included
5 evenings of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for Northern Lights
Small group travel with maximum 16 people

Tour Code: GJ-22

Winter Adventure Close to the Arctic Circle
Day 1, TUE: WELCOME to ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

The Flybus shuttle brings travellers from Keflavík International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award-winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb, and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hot dog and pizza too!

Day 2, WED: VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (400 km/248 mls)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide and travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. We visit a natural history & seal museum and further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri. We travel along scenic fjords and over several challenging mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Depending on the weather there is a short excursion into the darkness to hunt the Aurora Borealis.

 

Day 3, THU: AKUREYRI, CHRISTMAS GARDEN & GODAFOSS WATERFALL (120 km/75 mls)

Start the day with exploring Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city on your own. There are some excellent local museums and a great geothermal swimming pool. After lunch, we travel to the Christmas Garden, a small museum, and shop where you find countless items connected to Icelandic Christmas traditions. Next stop is Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Mývatn, a winter wonderland, where we stay for three nights. Join an evening lecture about Northern Lights and don't miss the chance to search for the magical auroras after dinner.

Day 4, FRI: EXPLORE LAKE MÝVATN & RELAX IN GEOTHERMAL NATURE BATHS (80 km/50 mls)

Lake Mývatn is known for its geological wonders and active bird life, but also for having Iceland's coldest temperatures. We take an easy walk through the bizarre lava formations and landscape with great views of the lake, bird life and trees. Later we explore the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We taste traditional dark bread baked underground in the geothermal heat. After an early dinner, we take a relaxing soak at Lake Mývatn Nature Baths and get ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights.

Day 5, SAT: SEARCH FOR THE TROLLS & SNOW ADVENTURES (30 km/19 mls)

This morning we go for a snowshoe trip (or a regular hike if there is no snow) through the lava formations of Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore the many pseudocraters or walk along the lake shores. Also available is an optional tour on cross-country skis or snowmobiles. The trail depends on the snow conditions and the number of participants. Winter clothing, hat and gloves are required. In the evening enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. After a delicious dinner, don't forget to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights.

Day 6, SUN: BIRDS & ICELAND'S NORTHERNMOST TOWN (190 km/118 mls)

We visit the Lake Mývatn bird museum and travel via Akureyri to Dalvík, where we stop at a local brewery and taste one of Iceland's micro-beers. In the afternoon we drive along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord which offers a fantastic mountain panorama and we explore Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Along the way, we stop at a deserted fjord valley that even most Icelanders have not yet seen. In the afternoon we reach Siglufjörður, Iceland's northernmost town, known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. In Siglufjörður we visit the herring museum, the largest seafaring and industrial museum in the country. We overnight at the beautifully located Hotel Siglo which offers spectacular geothermal hot tubs built into the local fjord.

Day 7, MON: HISTORY, DESIGN & HORSES IN SKAGAFJÖRÐUR (420 km/261 mls)

We travel back along amazing fjord landscape to Skagafjörður, the valley of horses and home of many ancient farms. Enjoy a guided tour through the only tannery in Europe which makes fish leather. In the afternoon we visit the folk museum and turf farm at Glaumbær. Later we stop for coffee & cake at a horse farm, where we learn about the history and the unique gaits of Icelandic horses. We reach Reykjavík depending on weather and road conditions between 18:00-20:00 where you stay one night in Iceland's capital.

Day 8, TUE: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

NOTE: Subject to your flight schedule there is little time to see and explore Reykjavik. If you are interested to see Iceland's capital, the famous Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle Route, we recommend adding extra nights in Reykjavík.

DAILY DRIVING: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.240 km (769 miles) which is an average of 207 km (128 miles) per day. You spend about 3 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic, and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days, such as day 2 and day 7.

CHANGE OF PROGRAM: 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.

 

  Price:- From Euro 3,290 per person. Please contact us for departure dates and availability 

 

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