Northern Lights
Northern Aurora Challenge
2018 – 8 days

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Experience the Arctic North! This tour takes you on an exploration of West and North Iceland, known for its winter adventures in a natural 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. Visit museums, unique cultural sights and special culinary adventures. You’ll spend 2 nights in Reykjavk, and 5 in Northern Iceland, with a small group of no more than 16 travelers. Top off most days with a presentation, film or lecture about some aspect of the Northern Lights, and then if the skies are right, head out an see them yourself!


Day 0: Monday Leave US on overnight flight to Iceland, for the small group tour. Larger group tours depart US on Thusday and Saturday

Day 1,Tueesday: WELCOME TO ICELAND
The Flybus shuttle will take you from Keflavík International Airport to your hotel 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 impressed by the number of interesting restaurants in Reykjavík. Award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb and wild game; but there are also fabulous Icelandic hotdogs and pizza too! 

Day 2 Wednesday VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS
Meet your tour guide and travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. Visit a natural history & seal museum and then stop at the turf church of Víðimýri. Travel along scenic fjords and over several challenging mountain passes until you reach Akkureyri, the capital of Northern Iceland. With good weather join an excursion into the darkness to see the Northern Lights.

Day 3, Thursday AKUREYRI, CHRISTMAS GARDEN AND GODAFOSS
Independent exploration of Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city. There are some excellent local museums, a lovely botanical garden and a great geothermal swimming pool. After lunch, visit the Christmas Garden, a small museum, featuring many Icelandic Christmas traditions. Next stop is Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Then on to Lake Mývatn, a winter wonderland, 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, Friday : EXPLORE LAKE MÝVATN & SOAK IN GEOTHERMAl BATHS 
Lake Mývatn is known for its geological wonders and active bird life, but also for having Iceland’s coldest temperatures. You’ll take an easy walk through the bizarre lava formations and landscape with great views to the lake, bird life and trees. Later you’ll explore the hot spring area of Námaskarð with its bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. You’ll sample traditional dark bread baked underground in the geothermal heat. In the evening enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights. After a delicious dinner, keep your eyes open for the Northern Lights. 

Day 5, Saturday SEARCH FOR THE TROLLS & SNOW ADVENTURES
This morning it’s a snowshoe trip (or a normal 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 to explore the many pseudo craters or walk along the lake shores. Also available is an optional tour on cross-country skis or snowmobiles. In the evening there’s a relaxing soak at Lake Mývatn Nature Baths and then get ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights.

Day 6, Sunday: BIRDS & ICELAND’S NORTHERNMOST TOWN
Today you’ll visit the Lake Mývatn bird museum and then travel to Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Then its on to Dalvík, for a stop at a local brewery and taste one of Iceland's micro-beers. In the afternoon there’s a beautiful drive along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord which offers a fantastic mountain panorama and the Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Along the way, there’s a stop at a deserted fjord valley that even most Icelanders have not yet seen. In the afternoon you’ll come to Siglufjörður, Iceland's northernmost town, known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic, with its herring museum, the largest seafaring and industrial museum in the country. You’ spend the night in the beautifully located Hotel Siglo which offers spectacular geothermal hot tubs built into the local fjord.

Day 7 Monday HISTORY, DESIGN & HORSES IN SKAGAFJÖRÐUR
Travel back west over the mountains 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. A visit to the folk museum and turf farm at Glaumbær is a highlight. Later at a stop for coffee & cake and a visit at a horse farm, to learn about the history and the special gaits of Icelandic horses. You will reach Reykjavík (depending on weather and road conditions) between 6 and 8 pm where you stay this last night in Iceland’s capital.   

Day 8, Tuesday Leave for Home
Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to explore Reykjavík a bit more before taking the Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

 

PRICES& DATES
Price per Person
$4371 Double
$5279 Single

Tour dates 2018

Depart Return
Mon Tues
Feb 5 Feb 13
Feb 12 Feb 20
Feb 19 Feb 27
Feb 26 Mar 6
Mar 5 Mar 13
Mar 12 Mar 20
Mar 19 Mar 27
Mar 26 Apr 3

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