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Winter Wonders Safari


This guided tour takes you to West and North Iceland, offering an ideal blend of nature, culture and a bit of adventure. During the day you’ll relax in geothermal baths, hike around lava landscapes and volcanic craters, see powerful waterfalls up close and visit some unique museums. And by nightfall you’ll be treated to a special northern lights program, with educational presentations and guided excursions to see the mysterious aurora borealis.

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


  • Product: ISIGNL-08
  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Season: 10 Oct - 28 Mar
  • Price from: € 1220
  • Departure: Fridays

Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in comfortable tourist-class hotels and country guesthouses, includes breakfast
  • Half board (lunches or dinners), Day 2 – Day 7
  • Transportation by coach, Day 2 – Day 7
  • English or English and German-speaking professional tour guide, Day 2 – Day 7
  • Northern lights program, Day 2 – Day 6, includes 5 evenings of lectures, presentations, films and guided outdoor excursions with midnight refreshments
  • Entrance to a natural history and seal museum
  • Horse show at local farm, includes refreshments
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum in Siglufjörður
  • Visit to a local micro-brewery
  • Visit to hot springs, with freshly baked bread
  • Entrance to Mývatn Nature Baths, includes towel
  • Guided snowshoe tour or hike at Dimmuborgir
  • Hot drink around a fire pit at a hotel
  • Entrance to Bird Museum  in Lake Mývatn
  • Visit to the Christmas Garden near Akureyri
  • Visit to the Víðimýri turf church
  • Entrance to Glaumbær Folk Museum in Skagafjörður
  • Flybus transfers to/from Keflavík Airport 
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

    Highlights

    • Reykjavik
    • Grábrók
    • Akureyri
    • Eyjafjörður
    • Siglufjörður
             
    • Lake Mývatn
    • Námaskarð
    • Dimmuborgir
    • Goðafoss
    • Glaumbær


Day 1, Friday: Welcome to Iceland

Arrive at Keflavík Airport in Iceland and take the Flybus to your accommodation in Reykjavik. The rest of your day is free to explore the city centre on your own. Why not take a stroll down Laugavegur, the busy shopping street with a variety of restaurants, cozy coffee houses and boutiques or visit some of the interesting museums and small art galleries throughout the city. Or take a walk through the old harbour area and enjoy views of the ocean and distant mountains. 

Spend the night in Reykjavik.

Highlights

  • Reykjavik

Day 2, Saturday: Seals, Horses & Northern Lights

After meeting up with the tour guide and fellow travellers we’ll start our journey up north, taking a break in West Iceland to walk up the Grábrók volcanic crater. Further along the Ring Road, we’ll stop in a small fishing village to stroll around its old harbour and visit its natural history and seal museum. Then we'll stop at a horse farm to learn about the history and special gaits of the purebred Icelandic horse while enjoying some coffee and cakes. 

Then we travel along scenic fjords and over mountain passes until we arrive to Akureyri, the “Capital of North Iceland”. This charming town offers many nice options for dinner, which is on your own tonight. Later in the evening, depending on weather conditions, we’ll take a walk to search for the northern lights.

Spend the night in Akureyri.

Highlights

  • Grábrók
  • Seal Museum
  • Akureyri

Day 3, Sunday: Fjords, herring & local brews

Today our drive takes us along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, to the Tröllaskagi peninsula—named for the giant trolls that are said to be hiding from the sun. Crossing spectacular fjord landscapes and friendly fishing villages, we’ll have a stop in a picture-perfect valley before reaching Siglufjörður, known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. Here we will visit the town’s Herring Museum, which tells the tale of catching and processing these “silver darlings” in the olden days. 

Leaving Siglufjordur, we’ll make a stop at a local brewery to taste one of Iceland's many micro-beers. On arrival to our hotel in Lake Myvatn, a winter wonderland with great aurora viewing potential, we will have an evening lecture about northern lights and a chance to search for the magical lights after dinner. 

Spend the next three nights in Lake Myvatn.

Highlights

  • Eyjafjörður
  • Tröllaskagi
  • Siglufjörður
  • Herring Museum
  • Lake Mývatn

Day 4, Monday: Lunar landscapes & geothermal baths

Lake Mývatn is known for its unique ecosystem and geological wonders, especially for its bizarre lava formations and landscapes, which we will see in greater detail at Kálfaströnd followed by a walk around the Höfði peninsula, offering a great view to the lake and a variety of bird species. The afternoon promises more moonlike surfaces as we explore the Námaskarð hot springs area with its bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Here we have some time to take pictures and taste some traditional rúgbrauð (rye bread) baked underground in the geothermal heat. 

Later this evening we’ll relax in the mineral-rich geothermal waters of the Lake Mývatn Nature Baths, an experience sure to get us ready to chase more northern lights tonight! 

Note: Lunch and dinner are included in today’s activities.

Highlights

  • Námaskarð
  • Nature Baths

Day 5, Tuesday: Trolls & snowy adventures

The day begins with a refreshing snowshoe walk (or hike if no snow) in the lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir, “the dark castles”, where maybe we’ll get a glimpse at the trolls who are said to live there. Back at the hotel, we’ll warm up with some soup and then the afternoon is free for you to relax or stroll around the lake shore and pseudo craters. You also have the option of going on a guided cross-country skiing tour this afternoon. Beginners are welcome! The trail will depend on conditions and number of participants. 

In the evening our educational program resumes with a video presentation about the aurora borealis. Then after a delicious dinner, we’ll gather around an open fire on the hotel terrace to enjoy a hot drink while keeping an eye out for the northern lights. 

Note: Winter outerwear, hats and gloves are required for all outdoor activities today. Good hiking boots are also needed for the snowshoe/hiking tour. Snowshoes, poles, skis, ski shoes and expert guidance are provided on location.

Highlights

  • Snowshoe walk/hike
  • Dimmuborgir

Day 6, Wednesday: Birds, waterfalls & yuletide traditions

Today we’ll start a visit to the Bird Museum at Lake Mývatn, featuring over 80 local species in a well-organized exhibit arranged by its long-time owner Sigurgeir. Then we’ll head to Goðafoss, “the waterfalls of the gods”, an important spot in Iceland’s ancient history. Our next stop is the Christmas Garden, a small museum and shop with festive Icelandic Yuletide traditions on display, such as smoked legs of lamb hanging from the rafters, “leaf bread” and the 13 mischievous “Yule Lads”.

After arriving to Akureyri around noon, the afternoon is free for you to explore on your own. You can check out the local museums and the city’s nice thermal swimming pool, or—for more adventure—you can take part in an optional activity like horseback riding or skiing. Dinner is also up to you this evening, and you’ll find a number of cosy cafes and restaurants to tempt your taste buds. 

Spend the night in Akureyri.

Highlights

  • Bird Museum
  • Goðafoss
  • Christmas Garden
  • Akureyri

Day 7, Thursday: Turf houses & Icelandic design

Our journey today takes us over the mountains to Skagafjörður, home to many old buildings made of turf—a style of construction that used to be widespread in Iceland due to the island’s shortage of timber. Here we’ll visit the turf church of Víðimýri, which has been extensively restored to its original form from around the year 1000 A.D. We’ll also take a look at the folk museum and turf farm at Glaumbær, where the various buildings date back to the 18th- & 19th-centuries.

After the lunch break we’ll take a guided tour of a leather tannery and gift shop in Sauðárkrókur, the only of its kind in Europe that makes fish leather—a material that has recently caught the caught the attention of internationally-known fashion houses. Later on you will have some time to explore the fishing village of Sauðárkrókur at your leisure before we return to Reykjavík in the evening. 

Spend the last night in Reykjavik.

Highlights

  • Skagafjörður
  • Víðimýri church
  • Glaumbær
  • Sauðárkrókur
  • Reykjavík

Day 8, Friday: End the adventure

Today it’s time to head home after your winter adventure in Iceland. If your flight is in the afternoon, you can squeeze in a last-minute visit to one of the many museums, cafés or shops in the city. Individual transportation to Keflavik Airport is provided by Flybus according to your departure time.

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.

KEA Hotel Bjork

Reykjavik

Hotel Bjork is situated within a few minutes walk from Reykjavik city centre and the main shopping street...

Hotel KEA ****

Akureyri

Located in the heart of Akureyri, gateway to the rich natural splendor of northeast Iceland, Hotel Kea has been welcoming guests since 1944...  

Hotel Gigur

Lake Myvatn

Hotel Gigur is situated in one of Iceland's most popular and beautiful tourist attractions, on the southern shore of Lake Myvatn...

Availability of accommodation

Please note that although we have included specific accommodations within our holiday packages, these may be subject to change. If we are unable to obtain confirmation from the supplier we reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard or higher, and we will ensure that our clients are notified in advance of the departure date. If you do not accept the alternative offered, you must advise us in writing within seven days from the time you have received your full itinerary with details of all confirmed services and accommodations.

PRICES & BOOKING INFORMATION

All prices listed are per person and in Euros (EUR).
 
To check availability and prices of room combinations other than what is listed below, click book now. If you do not find prices for your ideal room combination then please contact us with your requirements and full details of your party.

PRICES: From 10 October 2014 to 28 March 2015

1 Adult 2 Adults 3 Adults 4 Adults
Price € 1420 € 1220 € 1320 € 1220

Please note: Rooms are max 2 persons occupancy, so for example if you have 3 people in your travelling party you will need one single room and one double room.

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 = N/A
  • 4 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms

Departures for 2014-2015 season

English guided tours
  • 10.10.2014-17.10.2014
  • 24.10.2014-31.10.2014
  • 07.11.2014-14.11.2014
  • 21.11.2014-28.11.2014
  • 06.02.2015-13.02.2015
  • 13.02.2015-20.02.2015
  • 20.02.2015-27.02.2015
  • 27.02.2015-06.03.2015
  • 06.03.2015-13.03.2015
  • 20.03.2015-27.03.2015

Other

• Maximum group size  is 40 persons
• Warm outdoor clothing is required for this tour. We recommend bringing insulated, waterproof footwear, as some attractions in this tour require some walking from the bus. See our Travel Guide for more information about weather in Iceland and what sort of clothing to bring. 
• In the event of poor weather conditions during the tour, the itinerary of the guided tour may need to be changed or certain outdoor activities may need to be cancelled. However, reasonable alternatives will be offered by the tour operator in such cases
• 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
• 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.

Northern Lights program:

This guided tour includes a special program during 5 evenings that cover the facts and folklore behind the northern lights with a mixture of presentations, lectures, films and guided excursions at spots likely to offer a glimpse of this amazing natural phenomenon. 

Please note that the evening excursions involve waiting outside, so patience and warm clothing are required. We recommend bringing plenty of warm layers and whatever else will make you comfortable. For the best photos, we recommend using a tripod. It is also good to know that the northern lights, or aurora borealis, are only visible in the darkness of night when the sky is free of clouds. Therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Booking and confirmation

After booking a holiday package with Icelandguest.com, you will be contacted by email within two working days by your designated travel consultant, who will assist with your booking and serve as your point of contact for any travel needs during your stay. The email will include the full name and direct contact information for your travel consultant along with information about your booking, payment and what to expect during your holiday.

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

Included

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in comfortable tourist-class hotels and country guesthouses, includes breakfast
  • Half board (lunches or dinners), Day 2 – Day 7
  • Transportation by coach, Day 2 – Day 7
  • English or English and German-speaking professional tour guide, Day 2 – Day 7
  • Northern lights program, Day 2 – Day 6, includes 5 evenings of lectures, presentations, films and guided outdoor excursions with midnight refreshments
  • Entrance to a natural history and seal museum
  • Horse show at local farm, includes refreshments
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum in Siglufjörður
  • Visit to a local micro-brewery
  • Visit to hot springs, with freshly baked bread
  • Entrance to Mývatn Nature Baths, includes towel
  • Guided snowshoe tour or hike at Dimmuborgir
  • Hot drink around a fire pit at a hotel
  • Entrance to Bird Museum  in Lake Mývatn
  • Visit to the Christmas Garden near Akureyri
  • Visit to the Víðimýri turf church
  • Entrance to Glaumbær Folk Museum in Skagafjörður
  • Flybus transfers to/from Keflavík Airport 
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

Not included

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