Northern Lights Around Iceland

8 Days

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Awe-inspiring, magical, breathtaking, spellbinding, mesmerizing”, these are a few of the words to describe the Aurora Borealis or - as they are more commonly called - the Northern Lights. In fact, no amount of words or, indeed, images could ever do real justice to the Aurora. It is one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular natural phenomena. This winter adventure goes to North, East and South Iceland. Join in for a group tour around the country in pursuit of Northern Lights.

Day 0 Saturday; Leave US on ovrnight flight from an Icelandair gateway.

Day 1 Sunday: Welcome to Iceland
The Flybus shuttle will take you from Keflavík International Airport to your hotel in Reykjavík - the Fosshotel Lind. 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 hotdog and pizza too!

Day 2, Monday: The Capital of the North and Lake Myvatn 
You’ll meet your tour guide and take a short plane ride north to Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. This charming town of 17,000 inhabitants will be explored before traveling to Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Then onto Lake Mývatn known for its geological wonders, active bird life and being Iceland’s winter wonderland - it also has Iceland’s coldest temperatures. There will be a stroll through the pseudo craters and the lava field at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”. In the evening, join a lecture about Northern Lights, and a chance to relax at Mývatn Nature Baths. Then get ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights.

Day 3, Tuesday: Traveling to the East
The day starts at the Mývatn bird museum and followed by a trip to the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Head through the uninhabited highlands and a moon like surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck you might spot an Arctic fox or see some reindeer. Overnight in remote East Iceland. After dinner, you can venture out to look for the magical auroras.

Day 4, Wednesday: Walk in the Woods, Visit Fishing Villages and Meet the Locals
You’ll be able to see some trees, as you explore Hallormsstaður arboretum before heading you to Eskifjörður, a charming seaside village in the East Fjords. Here you’ll visit the local maritime museum, take a private tour through a historic seaman’s lodge and get the opportunity to taste locally produced shark meat, dried fish and Brennivín snaps. Visit the local Aurora Museum in Faskrudsfjordur with all of its interesting information about the Northern Lights. After dinner you’ll go out to a secret Northern Lights viewing location -- if conditions look right.

Day 5, Thursday: Fjords, A Glacier and Ice
The day starts with a visit to Petra’s incredible collection of stones and minerals before heading out to admire the dramatic fjord landscape with its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon you’ll see Vatnajökull, Europe’s biggest glacier and enjoy a stop at the glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón Visit the tiny turf church at Hof and then through the largest national park in Europe. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. Overnight in the region.

Day 6, Friday; The South Coast
A beautiful drive filled many natural wonders awaits you today heading across the Eldhraun lava field. There are sandy deserts, mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls, the black sand beach at Reynisfjara, the Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center you will learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall. After dinner there’s a film presentation about Northern Lights which is part of the Northern Lights educational program. Then, of course, once darkness falls, head out to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. Overnight in South Iceland.

Day 7, Saturday: The Golden Circle

Explore the Golden Circle sights: Geysir geothermal fields, Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On your return to Reykjavík, you’ll see some of the highlights of the world’s northernmost capital. Last night in Reykjavík.

Day 8, Sunday: Depart for Home
You may have the morning free to relax, shop, enjoy the swimming pools or perhaps schedule a visit to the Blue Lagoon before heading to Keflavik Airport for your flight back home.


Prices per person 2018
Double $4226
Single $4782

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