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Northern Lights Exploration

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPLORATION  8 days / 7 nights voted best northern lights holiday

You experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Our Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include a lot of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In addition to 7 nights of accommodations with breakfast, the program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy that is a combination of evening presentations, lectures, a movie and guided searches of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. This is a fully escorted bus tour with guaranteed departures from September to April which can help you experience the winter at its most Icelandic. Both during the day and after dark, as you head to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, you explore the regions from the Snæfellsnes peninsula to the Vatnajökull glacier to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights.

Now booking for winter 2014 / 2015 from November through to April. Offer based on Flying from London Gatwick / Manchester / Bristol / Luton / Edinburgh / Birmingham / Glasgow / Heathrow + £100 other airports available with supplement. Gatwick Flight Depart times: 11.15, 19.40, 20.55 Return times: 07.00, 08.15, 15.35, 16.45. (Subject to change and availability) Important note this tour has limited availability and is subject to minimum numbers and suitbale weather conditions. In the event that the tour is cancelled due to unsuitable weather conditions or over subscribed ,minimum number are not reached the holiday is run as the alternative Northern Lights Explorer week which is a fixed base tour with 6 day tours including 2 Northern Lights Tours staying at The Aurora Hotel Laxnes for 7 nights. We reserve the right to make this itinerary change where this is deemed necessary. (See terms and conditions 2.7)

Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Our new Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include a lot of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In addition to 7 nights of accommodations with breakfast, the program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy – with 6 evenings of presentations, lectures and guided tours at spots likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. This is a fully escorted coach tour with guaranteed departures from September to April which can help you experience the winter at it‘s most Icelandic – both during the day and after dark, as you head to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, exploring the regions from Snæfellsnes peninsula to Vatnajökull glacier to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights.

 

 

NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPLORATION - 8 days / 7 nights

Day 1, Sunday: WELCOME to ICELAND
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you‘ll spend the night. We‘ll provide some ideas to help you explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Day 2, Monday: REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR & BORGARFJÖRÐUR SAGA VALLEY
Meet your tour guide and start with a Reykjavík city tour where you’ll see some highlights of Iceland’s capital. Then you‘ll head west. Your first stop will be at an Icelandic wool outlet store (just to see what they do with all those sheep!). The Borgarfjörður valley is known as the Saga valley of West Iceland because many important historical events took place there. You‘ll get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater. You‘ll get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling -- 97°celsius. Nearby, Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a one kilometer wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby, with it‘s own tragic tale. You‘ll spend two nights in Reykholt, West Iceland. The afternoon will include a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner there will be a guided walk in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Day 3, Tuesday: SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & FJORD CRUISE
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula (the “peninsula of the snowy mountain“ in Icelandic) 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. You‘ll travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a lunch cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. Afterwards you can stroll around the sheltered harbor which provides a good place for fishing vessels to anchor, and then explore this charming town with its many old wooden houses. A uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits you at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. As you head back to Reykholt you‘ll travel through lava fields and along the ocean where you’ll have classic Icelandic photo ops. On the way there will be a stop in Borgarnes where you can either visit the Icelandic Settlement Center museum, or the local geothermal swimming pool. Naturally, once darkness falls, you’ll be out and about chasing the Northern Lights and soaking in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Day 4, Wednesday: GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL TASTE & ICELANDIC HORSES
Today you’ll travel along the scenic shores of Hvalfjörður fjord and turn inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a stop at the park, you‘ll continue to Gullfoss – “golden falls“ a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river, and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. You‘ll see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. Here there are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools including the original geyser, which is now dormant, but which has been replaced by Strokkur („the Churn“) which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. When you get to Geysir, the chef of the Restaurant Geysir will take you to the geothermal areas were you can 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. In the afternoon, you‘ll learn about the Icelandic horse and it‘s history and special qualities, and also visit a geothermal greenhouse, before reaching your 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.

Day 5, Thursday: NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO
Today will take you out along the south coast. You‘ll start at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There‘s a trail that goes behind the fall which is interesting – if you are prepared to get wet! Further east you‘ll stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center to learn about living next to a glacier and active volcano. Skógafoss waterfall is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. It‘s near one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well turf-built houses. Spend 2 nights in Vatnajökull National Park, next to Europe’s largest glacier. Evening bus tour to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. If the Northern Lights are visible it will be picture perfect!

Day 6, Friday: SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER
Today’s program is all glaciers, ice and icebergs. You‘ll visit the tiny turf church at Hof and continue to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Plenty of free time to enjoy and explore the extraordinary sights, perhaps see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. You‘ll have the afternoon at the park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers, and the largest National Park in Europe. Tonight enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quite location or you may miss out one more chance seeing the Northern Lights shimmer and dance across the night sky.

Day 7, Saturday: SOUTH SHORE, LAVA BEACHES, COASTAL VILLAGES & BLUE LAGOON
As you head back west, you‘ll stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur to see basalt columns known as the Kirkjugólf (church floor). These are the tops of basalt columns and it looks like a tiled floor- similar to the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. Next stop is at the pretty Systrafoss waterfall, and then on to the black lava beaches near Vík, where even in winter birds nest in the high cliffs. You‘ll visit the coastal villages in South Iceland, many with old wooden houses and fascinating coastal scenery. You‘ll return to Reykjavik for one last night. 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 followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights.

Day 8, Sunday: DEPARTURE HOME
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport.

This tour is subject to sufficient numbers being reached and when this minimum limit is not reached the holiday is run as the closest  equivalent alternative which is the Northern Lights Explorer Week. We reserve the right to make this itinerary change where this is deemed necessary.  ( see details ). Important note this tour has limited availability and is subject to minimum numbers. In the event that the tour is over sunscribed or minimum number are not reached the holiday is run as the Northern Lights Explorer week which is a fixed base with 6 day tours including 2 Northern Lights Tours staying at The Aurora Hotel Laxnes for 7 nights. (see terms and conditions 2.7)

What You'll Do

  • Climb a volcano crater 
  • Visit a traditional shark farmer 
  • Meet the locals in a geothermal swimming pool 
  • See waterfalls, lava fields, fjords, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, icebergs, black lava beaches 
  • Enjoy open spaces and high mountains 
  • Relax in the famous Blue Lagoon 
  • Learn about life next to the even more famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano 
  • Walk between two continental tectonic plates 
  • Explore fishing villages 
  • Visit turf farmsteads and churches 
  • See the highlights of Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík 
  • Meet Icelandic horses, taste freshly baked hot spring bread and enjoy a fjord cruise 
  • Northern Lights Academy program during 6 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film, guided searches and midnight refreshments.

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Prices

Adults in Double/Twin Rooms from £1699.00 each

Adults in Single Occupancy Rooms from £1999.00 each

Children sharing room with parents from £999.00 each

Infants sharing room with parents from £50.00 each

Duration 7 nights

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