LB18 - Northern Lights Exploration 2018 - 2019
Guided Bus Tour

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Season: (SEP 14 to APR 5)
Duration: (8 days, 7 nights)
Price: (See below)
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85-98% AURORA VIEWING SUCCESS
Combine searching for the Northern Lights with a journey through some of the highlights of Icelandic nature. As you travel through a breath-taking landscape of glaciers, volcanoes, black beaches and hot springs, you will learn all about Aurora Borealis and visit the best places to experience it. Along with accommodation and breakfast, our special Northern Lights Academy provides you with presentations and lectures all about this dramatic natural phenomenon. Along the way you will be immersed in the unforgettable scenery of West and Southeast Iceland. From the Snćfellsnes peninsula to Vatnajökull National Park, you are guaranteed an ever changing landscape of stunning sights. Waterfalls, lava fields and incredible coastlines await, as you spend a week in the heart of the countryside. And every night you will have the chance of looking up and seeing the Northern Lights weave their colourful magic across the sky. This tour gives you the best chance of experiencing this wonder of nature, while enjoying an adventure in the heart of Icelandic nature.

Highlights and Experiences:

Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
Visit a traditional shark farmer, turf farmsteads and churches
Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living next to Eyjafjallajökull volcano
See Icelandic horses, taste freshly baked hot spring bread and enjoy a fjord cruise
Six evenings Northern Lights Academy
Program offered in two group sizes: maximum 14 or 45 persons

!SALE! 10 - 15% DISCOUNT FOR SPECIFIC DEPARTURE DATES – VALID FOR BOOKINGS MADE UNTIL DECEMBER 31th 2018! Please check the tour departure dates below to see which ones apply for the discount. The tour price will be corrected by us afterwards.
15% DISCOUNT FOR DEPARTURES IN:APRIL 2019.
10% DISCOUNT FOR DEPARTURES: NOVEMBER 2018, DECEMBER 2018, JANUARY 2019, FEBRUARY 2019 AND MARCH 2019.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

You will take the Flybus shuttle from Keflavík airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík for your first night. There is so much to do and see in the capital, and we can provide you with plenty of advice and suggestions.


Day 2. Reykjavík Sightseeing - Borgarfjörđur Saga Valley

Your winter journey through Iceland begins with the many attractions of the capital, before heading out into nature. The day runs as follows:

• First you will meet your guide and take a tour of some of Reykjavík's best attractions
• Then it is time to head out of town and into the incredible Icelandic landscape
• You will stop at a wool outlet store where they have characteristic Icelandic wool products
• Next it is on to the Borgarfjörđur valley – you will learn why the valley is strongly connected to the Sagas and Icelandic history
• Climbing up the Grábrók volcano crater you will see the effect of volcanic activity on the landscape
• You will also visit Deildartunguhver – Europe's most powerful hot spring
• And you will get to see the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls
• The day's journey ends with the first of two nights in Reykholt
• Along the way you will be given a lecture on Aurora Borealis – the incredible Northern Lights
• The day ends with a guided stroll where, if conditions are right, you may experience the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis in the night sky


Day 3. Snćfellsnes Peninsula and Fjord Cruise

A day exploring some of the stunning Snćfellsnes Peninsula – a world of raw mountains and peaceful coastlines reaching out from the West coast of Iceland:

• You will head for Stykkishólmur, a wonderfully picturesque fishing town where you can wonder around and take in the peaceful atmosphere and coastal views
• From Stykkishólmur you will also enjoy a fascinating boat cruise around the Breiđafjörđur fjord, with its many islands
• At Bjarnarhöfn, a classic taste of Iceland awaits the brave – it is your chance to try Iceland's notorious fermented shark
• The drive back takes you through an amazing landscape of lava fields, mountains and sea views
• The final stop is in Borgarnes – where you can choose between going for a bathe in the geothermal swimming pool or taking a look at the Icelandic Settlement Centre museum
• Again your day ends by heading out in search of the Northern Lights – or hoping they come to you as you relax in a hot tub under the stars


Day 4. The Golden Circle - Geothermal Taste - Icelandic Horses

Today is dedicated to the classic tour of Iceland's most famous destinations – the Golden Circle. You will get a special culinary treat using geothermal energy, as well as an insight into the unique qualities of the Icelandic horse. The schedule includes:

• A drive through the dramatic Hvalfjörđur fjord, with views across the water
Ţingvellir National Park – perhaps Iceland's most important historical area, it is full of geological and cultural interest – both as the site of the first parliament and the meeting point of two tectonic plates
Gullfoss – Iceland's most famous waterfall thunders into the Hvítá river with a deafening roar
Geysir - an otherworldly landscape of bubbling pools, hot springs and the geyser Strokkur, which erupts high into the air every few minutes
A special taste of geothermal cooking in a geothermal area – the chef of the Restaurant Geysir will give you a snack of eggs boiled with natural geothermal water, herring, and freshly baked spring bread with Icelandic butter – all washed down with a freezing glass of Geysir Schnapps
• An insight into the Icelandic horse – you will learn about the history of these distinctive animals and the unique five gaits that makes them special
• A visit to a geothermal greenhouse – geothermal energy is great for horticulture and heated greenhouses make an unusual sight in the bare landscape

As usual, your day ends by looking up into the dark skies and hoping the Northern Lights will show themselves. And you can always spend the time in a hot tub just enjoying the view.


Day 5. South Coast of Iceland

A packed day checking out the South coast's classic natural treasures: volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and icebergs. The highlights include:

Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre – where you can find all about the notorious eruption of 2010 and its effect on the locals and their landscape
Skógafoss waterfall – at 60 metres high one of Iceland's most famous waterfalls
• A visit to a folk museum – offering an insight into Iceland's rural past, with turf houses and various artifacts
• The first of two nights in near Kirkjubćjarklaustur in Vatnajökull National park region

As you head back to the hotel you have another chance to encounter the dramatic beauty of the Northern Lights.


Day 6. Skaftafell National Park - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

The journey turns to icy adventure as you explore a world of glaciers and icebergs:

• Your first stop is Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon – one of Iceland's most famous natural jewels, where icebergs of all sizes float in the freezing blue waters and sometimes seals appear
• Next – a visit at Hof, where there is a tiny turf church – a glimpse into the rural past
• The rest of the day is dedicated to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park – this breath-taking area is home to Iceland’s highest mountains and Europe's largest glacier.
• At the end of the day you can enjoy a further video presentation about the Northern Lights, as part of the Northern Lights Academy program

Before you go to sleep, you can step out into the peaceful darkness and search the heavens for the dancing colors of the Northern Lights.

New: Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th

Experience a spectacular crystal ice cave in Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. It is like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral surrounded by millions of shades of blue. Deep under Iceland's massive Vatnajökull glacier, beautiful caves of ice are formed by rivers of melt water during the summer time. Too dangerous to visit in the spring and summer due to a threat of collapse, cold winter temperatures strengthen the ice and make exploration possible and safe to visit between November 15th and March 15th (subject to change). The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total - about 30 minute drive by 4x4 vehicle from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and 5-15 minutes hike (one-way). You spend about one hour inside the ice cave. You need good hiking boots, warm clothing that keeps you dry from the dripping water in the ice cave. Minimum age is 10 years old. The ice cave tour can only be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. You will have to fill in and sign an order form, once done a cancellation is not possible. Ice cave bookings have to be finalized with the guide by dinner time on day 2 of the tour. Bookings afterwards cannot be accommodated due to limited space. The price is ISK 23.000 (about EUR 192) per person. Payment is due with the ice cave tour operator on day 6 in Icelandic Krona – cash only! The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00 and will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour, while the rest of the group continues the official tour program. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the official tour program, as there is not time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is included for all group members.


Day 7. Black Lava Beaches - Coastal Villages - Blue Lagoon

The last full day of your amazing journey reveals more natural treasures, ending in the world-famous geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. The day includes:

• Head to the impressive black lava beach at town of Vík for a photo stop
• Visit the picturesque waterfall Seljalandsfoss – there is a trail that takes you behind the waterfall if you don´t mind getting wet!
• As we arrive in Reykjavík you have about 2 hours leisure time to explore Iceland´s capital on your own.

In the evening it will be time to head to the Blue Lagoon. There you can enjoy a refreshing and energising dip in the famous mineral-rich waters, and perhaps opt for some additional treatments. After that you will be ready for dinner at a local restaurant in Grindavík or Sandgerđi.


Day 8. Departure

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport


Price:

September 14, 2018 - September 31, 2018
- Per person in a twin/triple room (Larger Group max 45 persons): 246000 ISK
- Per person in a single room (Larger Group max 45 persons): 321000 ISK
- Per person in a twin/triple room (Smaller Group max 16 persons): 338001 ISK
- Per person in a single room (Smaller Group max 16 persons): 416000 ISK

October 01, 2018 - April 07, 2019
- Per person in a twin/triple room (Larger Group max 45 persons): 226000 ISK
- Per person in a single room (Larger Group max 45 persons): 284000 ISK
- Per person in a twin/triple room (Smaller Group max 16 persons): 325000 ISK
- Per person in a single room (Smaller Group max 16 persons): 383000 ISK

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Season: (SEP 14 to APR 5)
Duration: (8 days, 7 nights)
Price: (See above)
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