Northern Lights Exploration 2024 - 2025



85-98% AURORA VIEWING SUCCESS
Combine searching for the Northern Lights with a journey through some of the highlights of Icelandic nature. Discover the Golden Circle, the Snćfellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Black lava beaches. Climb a volcano, stop at a shark farmer, meet Icelandic horses, see turf farmsteads and churches. There is an optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier from mid-November to mid-March and an optional Northern Lights by boat cruise from Reykjavík. Our Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, as most nights are spent in the darkness away from light pollution.

Highlights and Experiences:

• Track record of 85-98% chance of seeing the Northern Lights
• See amazing Icelandic landscapes mixed with soft adventure and cultural experiences during the day
• Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
• Visit the Settlement Center in Borgarnes
• Descend 35m underground into Vatnshellir cave situated under Snćfellsnesjökull glacier
• Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living with volcanos
• See Icelandic horses and taste freshly baked hot spring bread
• Five evenings Northern Lights Academy
• Program offered in two group sizes: maximum 16 or 40 persons
• Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier for departures between November 15th and March 15

Overview

Map for Northern Lights Exploration 2024 - 2025 tour
  • Duration:8 days, 7 nights
  • Season:September 3 to April 11
  • Tour ID:LB18

Included

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • 6 days escorted bus tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide
  • 7-nights accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels including breakfast
  • 1x lunch
  • Visit the Settlement Center in Borgarnes
  • Guided tour into Vatnshellir cave
  • Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Visit Lava Exhibition Center
  • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Northern Lights program

Not Included

  • Any private expenses
  • Any additional services
  • All meals not listed under "included"
  • Single supplement (mandatory when in single room)

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival



Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik International airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night.


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
• 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 Icelandair Hotel Hamar
• The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights – 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 - Lava Cave



A day exploring some of the stunning Snćfellsnes Peninsula – “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip:

• Visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörđur, 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 mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell

• Visit Arnarstapi and Hellnar before experiencing the area from below, inside Vatnshellir cave. We take you 35 meters underground and about 200 meters into the lava tube under the glacier Snćfellsjökull!
• On the way back the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program
• 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
The first stop is 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
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 invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring
Gullfoss – Iceland's most famous waterfall thunders into the Hvítá river with a deafening roar
• 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. Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano



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

• At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, we learn about geology and active volcanoes.
Skógafoss waterfall – at 60 metres high one of Iceland's most famous waterfalls
• A visit to a folk museum – offering an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses
• In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland.

The next two nights near Kirkjubćjarklaustur in Vatnajökull National park region, , located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search


Day 6. Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier including Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach



Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice 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
• You can walk on the black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded
• Next – a visit at Hof, where there is a tiny turf church – a glimpse into the rural past
• Spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier
• At the end of the day you can enjoy a further film presentation about the Northern Lights, as part of the Northern Lights Academy program

Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between October-April (weather permitting)

The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total – a 30-minute drive by 4×4 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 be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon 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 programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are included for all group members.
Price per person ISK 23.000.


Day 7. South Shore & 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 across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is awe-inspiring
• Visit the picturesque waterfall Seljalandsfoss – there is a trail that takes you behind the waterfall if you don´t mind getting wet!
• In the afternoon you get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. We reach Reykjavík around dinner time for one last night.


Day 8. Departure



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


Tour Dates

September 03, 2024 English Small Group
September 06, 2024 English Standard Group
September 10, 2024 English Sold out Small Group
September 13, 2024 English Standard Group
September 17, 2024 English Small Group
September 20, 2024 English Standard Group
September 24, 2024 English Small Group
September 27, 2024 English Standard Group
October 01, 2024 English Small Group
October 04, 2024 English Standard Group
October 08, 2024 English Small Group
October 11, 2024 English Standard Group
October 15, 2024 English Small Group
October 18, 2024 English Standard Group
October 22, 2024 English Small Group
October 25, 2024 English Standard Group
October 29, 2024 English Small Group
November 01, 2024 English Standard Group
November 05, 2024 English Small Group
November 08, 2024 English Standard Group
November 12, 2024 English Small Group
November 15, 2024 English Standard Group
November 19, 2024 English Small Group
November 22, 2024 English Standard Group
November 26, 2024 English Small Group
November 29, 2024 English Standard Group
December 03, 2024 English Small Group
December 06, 2024 English Standard Group
December 10, 2024 English Small Group
December 13, 2024 English Standard Group
January 03, 2025 English Standard Group
January 07, 2025 English Small Group
January 10, 2025 English Standard Group
January 14, 2025 English Small Group
January 17, 2025 English Standard Group
January 21, 2025 English Small Group
January 24, 2025 English Standard Group
January 28, 2025 English Small Group
January 31, 2025 English Standard Group
February 04, 2025 English Small Group
February 07, 2025 English Standard Group
February 11, 2025 English Small Group
February 14, 2025 English Standard Group
February 18, 2025 English Small Group
February 21, 2025 English Standard Group
February 25, 2025 English Small Group
February 28, 2025 English Standard Group
March 04, 2025 English Small Group
March 07, 2025 English Standard Group
March 11, 2025 English Small Group
March 14, 2025 English Standard Group
March 18, 2025 English Small Group
March 21, 2025 English Standard Group
March 25, 2025 English Small Group
March 28, 2025 English Standard Group
April 01, 2025 English Small Group
April 04, 2025 English Standard Group
April 08, 2025 English Small Group
April 11, 2025 English Standard Group

Price Information

September 03, 2024 - September 27, 2024:
Per person in a twin room (Larger Group max 340 persons) 378460 ISK (2772 USD)
Per person in a single room (Larger Group max 40 persons) 536400 ISK (3928 USD)
Per person in a twin room (Small Group max 16 persons) 491700 ISK (3601 USD)
Per person in a single room (Small Group max 16 persons) 651129 ISK (4768 USD)
October 01, 2024 - October 29, 2024:
Per person in a twin room (Larger Group max 40 persons) 324819 ISK (2379 USD)
Per person in a single room (Larger Group max 40 persons) 430609 ISK (3153 USD)
Per person in a twin room (Small Group max 16 persons) 436570 ISK (3197 USD)
Per person in a single room (Small Group max 16 persons) 543850 ISK (3983 USD)
November 01, 2024 - April 11, 2025:
Per person in a twin room (Larger Group max 40 persons) 303960 ISK (2226 USD)
Per person in a single room (Larger Group max 40 persons) 391870 ISK (2870 USD)
Per person in a twin room (Small Group max 16 persons) 415709 ISK (3044 USD)
Per person in a single room (Small Group max 16 persons) 503619 ISK (3688 USD)

Payments & Terms

  • 20% Deposit
  • Cancellation:
  • A cancellation fee of 20% of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made from 4 to 8 weeks before departure.
  • A cancellation fee of 50% applies for bookings cancelled 14-28 days prior to tour start.
  • No refund is possible for cancellations less than 14 days before departure, or for no shows, and for a tour begun but not completed.
  • CHILDREN DISCOUNT: 20% discount for children 8-11 years of age if sharing room with parents. Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age. Triple rooms are double rooms with extra bed and ideal for two adults and one child.

Other Information

DEPARTURES: From September to April

DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights

LANGUAGES: English

GROUP SIZE:
- Standard group: maximum 40 people
- Small group: maximum 16 people
- Minimum group size: 5 people

Min Age: 8+
Minimum age for Ice Cave tour is 10+.

Complementaries:
Entrance fees
Free Wi-Fi on the bus
Use of ice crampons for shoes
Use of flashlight

Additional Services:
Extra night in Reykjavik before/after the tour - on request
Optional ice cave visit October-April (weather permitting)

Dinner: Dinner is on your own.

ACCOMMODATION 2023-2024: Comfort tourist-class hotels (subject to change)

Reykjavik: Hótel Klettur or similar
West Iceland: Hotel Hamar or similar (2 nights)
South Iceland: Landhotel in Hella area or similar (1 night)
Vatnajökull Region: Fosshótel Núpar or similar (2 nights).
Note that the hotel list is subject to change.
Note that most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms

NOTE: 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, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

*This tour is not suitable for young children.

PAYMENT:
A non refundable deposit of 20%, of the total package price should reach Iceland Road Trip within 2 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 8 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, Iceland Road Trip will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.
Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for Iceland Road Trip to ensure efficiency, including the passengers´ name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

INSURANCE:
To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

Highlights of the tour:

Hraunfossar Waterfalls
Deildartunguhver Hot Sprig
Borgarnes-Town
Stykkishólmur Town
Hvalfjörđur Fjord
Ţingvellir National Park
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area
Skógafoss Waterfall
Kirkjubćjarklaustur Town
Skaftafell
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Vík Town
The Blue Lagoon

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Photos

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