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Northern Lights Explorer


This guided tour is designed to maximize your chances of seeing the magical northern lights in various countryside settings of West and Southeast Iceland, from the Snæfellsnes peninsula to the Vatnajökull glacier. The program also includes a special “Northern Lights Academy” with six evenings of presentations and guided tours at spots far from city lights that are more likely to offer a glimpse of dazzling auroras.

Accommodation is provided in comfortable guesthouses or hotels and time on the road is kept to moderate levels each day.


  • Product: ISIGNL-04
  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Season: Sept - Apr
  • Departure: Fridays, Sundays
  • Price from: € 1699
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Included

  •  7 nights’ accommodation in comfortable tourist-class hotels and country guesthouses, includes breakfast
  •  Airport transfers by Flybus
  • Taxes and service fee
  • All transportation according to itinerary
  • Professional English speaking guide for 6 days
  • Fjord cruise at Breiðafjörður, includes lunch
  • Visit to traditional shark curing facilities
  • Hot springs tasting with geothermally-cooked food
  • Visit to horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Entrance to Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Centre, with multimedia presentation
  • Entrance to Skógar Folk Museum
  •  Entrance to Blue Lagoon, includes rent of towel
  • Dinner at Northern Light Inn
  • Northern Lights Academy program for 6 evenings, includes lectures, presentations, guided searches and light refreshments

Not included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals and entrance fees (unless otherwise stated)
  • Optional activities before or after guided tour
  • Personal travel insurance

Highlights

  • Reykjavik
  • Hraunfossar
  • Snæfellsnes
  • Þingvellir
  • Gullfoss
         
  • Geysir
  • Skógafoss
  • Vatnajökull
  • Jökulsárlón
  • Blue Lagoon


Day 1: Welcome to Iceland

Arrive at Keflavík Airport and then relax on the Flybus while being driven to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the city on your own terms.

Spend the night in Reykjavík.

Highlights

  • Reykjavik

Day 2: City Tour & Borgarfjörður

Meet your tour guide and begin the day with a sightseeing tour of Reykjavík. Then we head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling - 97° Celsius. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. We spend two nights in Borgarnes, West Iceland.

The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Spend the night in West Iceland.

Highlights

  • Reykjavik
  • Borgarfjörður
  • Grábrók
  • Deildartunguhver
  • Hraunfossar
  • Barnafossar

Day 3: Snæfellsnes & Fjord Cruise

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“ juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather condtions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell.

On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips of how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Spend another night in West Iceland.

Highlights

  • Snæfellsnes
  • Stykkishólmur
  • Breiðafjörður
  • Bjarnarhöfn
  • Borgarnes
  • Settlement Centre Museum

Day 4: Hot Springs & Icelandic Horses

Today we travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! We continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we 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. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing.

On we travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters 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 we reach the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Spend the night in Hekla area in South Iceland.

Highlights

  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir

Day 5: South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull

Today the expansive south coast beckons. Start by visiting the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can follow an interesting walking path behind the cascade. Further east you‘ll stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre to learn about life next to an active volcano. The Skógafoss waterfall is next, coming in at 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Nearby is an excellent folk museum with an outstanding collection of Icelandic artefacts along with a well-preserved turf farm that you can explore.

In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. We spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region.

Highlights

  • Eyjafjallajökull
  • Skógafoss
  • Vík

Day 6: Skaftafell & Vatnajökull Glacier

Today’s program is all glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacier lagoon filled with floating icebergs. There, you will have some free time to enjoy the extraordinary sights and perhaps even see curious seals swimming about. Be sure to walk along the beach, where stranded icebergs glisten and decorate the shoreline. In the afternoon we visit the tiny turf church at Hof. 

You‘ll then spend the afternoon at Vatnajökull National Park, which boasts Iceland’s highest mountains and an alpine environment as well as Europe's largest glacier. With an area of about 12,000 km2, it is the largest national park in Europe. At night, enjoy a video presentation about the northern lights as a part of the Northern Lights Academy program. And make sure not to go to bed too soon or you may miss out on one more chance of seeing the lights shimmer across the night sky.

Highlights

  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

Day 7: South Shore & Blue Lagoon

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vík, where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. In the afternoon you return to Reykjavik where you get about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on your own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. 

In the evening you‘ll get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by a traditional Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn and topped off with a final nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.

Highlights

  • Vík
  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Blue Lagoon

Day 8: Departure

Transfer by Flybus to Keflavík Airport in time for your check-in and departure flight. If your flight is in the afternoon, you have the morning free to explore more of the capital city and its many cafes, museums, shops and other attractions.

Thanks to our extensive network of trusted suppliers, we can accommodate travelers of all needs and interests according to location, group size and budget.

Our hand-picked selection of accommodations in Iceland includes hotels, guesthouses, hostels, farmhouse B&B, cottages and more. For our car rental packages, we‘ve selected what we consider the best value option of accommodation at each location.


Includes comfortable tourist-class (mostly 3-star range) hotels, farmhouses and well-appointed guesthouses. Rooms have private showers/WC. Breakfast is provided and included in the price. Most properties in this category have an on-site restaurant or dining facilities.

BOOKING INFORMATION

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If you do not find prices for your ideal room combination then please contact us with your requirements and full details of your party.

Children

  • Children age 0 – 2: Please contact travel agent for details.
  • Children age 3-11: Please contact travel agent for details.
  • Children age 12+: Full price

Rooms

  • 1 Person = Single room
  • 2 Sharing = One twin/double room
  • 3 Sharing = Triple room
  • 4 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms

Departures for 2016-2017 season

English guided tours: Standard groups with 45 persons maximum per group

Sunday to Sunday

  • 19.03.2017-26.03.2017
  • 02.04.2017-09.04.2017
  • 09.04.2017-16.04.2017

Friday to Friday

  • 31.03.2017-07.04.2017
  • 07.04.2017-14.04.2017

Departures for 2017-2018 season

English guided tours: Standard groups with 45 persons maximum per group

Sunday to Sunday

  • 01.10.-08.10.2017
  • 15.10.-22.10.2017
  • 29.10.-05.11.2017
  • 12.11.-19.11.2017
  • 26.11.-03.12.2017
  • 03.12.-10.12.2017
  • 07.01.-14.01.2018
  • 21.01.-28.01.2018
  • 04.02.-11.02.2018
  • 18.02.-25.02.2018
  • 04.03.-11.03.2018
  • 18.03.-25.03.2018
  • 01.04.-08.04.2018
  • 08.04.-15.04.2018

Friday to Friday

  • 06.10.-13.10.2017
  • 13.10.-20.10.2017
  • 20.10.-27.10.2017
  • 27.10.-03.11.2017
  • 03.11.-10.11.2017
  • 10.11.-17.11.2017
  • 17.11.-24.11.2017
  • 24.11.-01.12.2017
  • 01.12.-08.12.2017
  • 05.01.-12.01.2018
  • 12.01.-19.01.2018
  • 19.01.-26.01.2018
  • 26.01.-02.02.2018
  • 02.02.-09.02.2018
  • 09.02.-16.02.2018
  • 16.02.-23.02.2018
  • 23.02.-02.03.2018
  • 02.03.-09.03.2018
  • 09.03.-16.03.2018
  • 16.03.-23.03.2018
  • 23.03.-30.03.2018
  • 30.03.-06.04.2018
  • 06.04.-13.04.2018

Note: This tour is also operated in small groups (16 persons), for more information please contact us.

Other

• Maximum number of passengers is 45 persons
• The activity level of this tour is easy, and is suitable for all travelers.
• Warm outdoor clothing and footwear is required for this tour. See our Travel Guide for more information about weather in Iceland and what sort of clothing to bring. 
• Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary needs (vegan, food intolerances, etc.) and we will do our best to accommodate them.
• Please note that due to weather and road conditions, the itinerary may be subject to change.
• Extra costs for dinners to be paid at the hotels:  Fixed 2- or 3-course dinners with fish, meat or vegetarian main courses are available at the hotels starting at 30 EUR per person per night. Note, that the country hotels do not offer a la carte meal and there are no other dining options at the country hotels.
• Extra nights in Reykjavik can be added on request
• Travel insurance is highly recommended.
 
Please note: The best months to see the northern lights are October through April, with peak visibility from December through February. However, as it is a natural phenomenon, sightings cannot be guaranteed—even if your tour is operated. The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are the result of charged particles from solar flares colliding with the earth's atmosphere. They can only be viewed in the darkness of night when it's not overcast.

Booking and confirmation

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We recommend booking at least three weeks in advance.

Travel Documents

For all bookings, we provide the following travel documents:
  • Pro-forma and confirmation invoices
  • Booking overview with information about all your services in Iceland
  • Electronic vouchers for each of your services
  • Full itinerary

Delivery of travel documents

Travel documents will be delivered as follows:
  • At time of deposit payment: You will receive the pro-forma invoice by email
  • Within 30 days of deposit payment: You will receive the full itinerary by email
  • At time of full payment: You will receive the confirmation invoice and all vouchers by email

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