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Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Our Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. Journey through the regions of Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Vatnajökull glacier in the west to the Vatnajökull glacier in the southeast.
Duration: 8 Days
Upon arrival at at the airport, you will take an individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.
After breakfast, meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events. 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
The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“ just 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. Travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. Depending on road and weather conditions, 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. In the evening. head out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
Today, you will 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! Continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as you 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.
After, 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 reaching 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.
After breakfast, travel along the South coast. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center, learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Further east, visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country.
In the afternoon, take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. You will spend the next two nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.
Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. Travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded.
In the afternoon, visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. In the evening, enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program.
From Kirkjubæjarklaustur, head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where you will make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west, you will reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain.
In the afternoon, return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening, soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by an Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant and followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
After breakfast, individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.
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Small group departures (departing Tuesdays) are a maximum of 16 persons and large group departures (departing Fridays & Sundays) are a maximum of 45 persons. The minimum age is 8 years. Hotels are subject to change due to availability.
Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
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