Icelandic Norhtner Lights Odyssey

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This small group tour led by an expert guide travels through the scenic west and along the spectacular south shore. Aurora watching is the prime focus and as the itinerary covers a lot of ground, most of it rural, your chances of sightings are maximised. In fact, this trip has a 85-98% track record of seeing the northern lights.

  • Stay in countryside locations, ideal for spotting the aurora borealisSee the natural treasures of Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle routeExplore Snaefellsnes and cruise on Breidafjordur fjordExperience the ice wonders of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoonSee the black-sand beaches and waterfalls on the South CoastTake a dip in the naturally-heated waters of the Blue Lagoon
  • Stay in countryside locations, ideal for spotting the aurora borealis
  • See the natural treasures of Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle route
  • Explore Snaefellsnes and cruise on Breidafjordur fjord
  • Experience the ice wonders of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
  • See the black-sand beaches and waterfalls on the South Coast
  • Take a dip in the naturally-heated waters of the Blue Lagoon
  • Iceland
Tour Types
  • Escorted
Day 1

Day 1: Keflavik - Reykjavik. After your transfer check in at your hotel for your overnight in the capital. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore or relax as you wish, or even take part in an optional excursion (at additional cost). Two nights at Hotel Klettur.

Day 2

Day 2: explore Borgarfjordur. After breakfast meet your guide at 09:00 in your hotel reception. Start the day with a city tour of Reykjavik before heading west to Borgarfjordur also known as Saga Valley. Along the way you get a chance to climb the Grabrok volcano crater and visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Stop and marvel at Hraunfossar waterfall, a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field and then onwards to Barnafoss. In the evening enjoy a lecture on the northern lights.

Day 3

Day 3: Reykjavik - Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkisholmur for a cruise in the Breidafjordur fjord. After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits at Bjarnarhofn, where they make Hakarl – the famous fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, visit the fishing village of Grundarfjordur and Mt. Kirkjufell - one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide will give you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras. Once darkness falls head out to the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Day 4

Day 4: Snaefellsnes - Golden Circle - Hveragerdi. After enjoying the scenic Hvalfjordur fjord, the first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what is made from all that wool. Then continue to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and part of the Golden Circle route. Continue to Geysir geothermal fields to see Strokkur erupt then stop at Restaurant Geysir to taste some freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring.Then its onwards to see two-tiered waterfall, Gullfoss. In the afternoon you will find out more about the unique Icelandic horse and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Arrive at your accommodation in a rural location and enjoy and evening in anticipation of the aurora, perhaps from the hotel's hot tubs. Overnight at Hotel Eldhestar

Day 5

Day 5: Hveragerdi - Kirkjubaejarklaustur. Spend the day exploring the south coast. Stop at the Lava Centre and learn about the geology of the island and its active volcanoes. Travelling further east visit one of Iceland’s folk museums and then it is onwards to the 60 metre high Skogafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon take a stroll on the black sand beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara. Spend the next two nights at Hotel Klaustur

Day 6

Day 6: explore Jokulsarlon and Vatnajokull National Park. The day is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. The first stop of the day is Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon with waters dotted with icebergs which calve from the surrounding Breidamerkurjokull glacier. On the adjacent black sand beach, aptly nicknamed 'Diamond Beach', are small icebergs thrown back by the ocean. In the afternoon visit the tiny turf church in Hof and spend some time at Europe’s largest national park which is home to Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the northern lights. There is an opportunity to take part in an Ice Cave Tour available between November 15th and March 15th (optional and payable locally).

Day 7

Day 7: Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Reykjavik. Depart Kirkjubaejarklaustur and head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vik with its impressive black lava beaches, pounding waves and high bird cliffs. Continuing west, stop at Seljalandsfoss which plunges from the mountain at the head of Thorsmork valley. Return to Reykjavik and enjoy a couple of hours exploring Iceland’s capital at leisure. In the evening enjoy a relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon and after an Icelandic farewell dinner at a local restaurant, head out one last time to seek the elusive aurora. Around midnight return back to Reykjavik. Overnight at Hotel Klettur

Day 8

Day 8: depart Iceland. Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your flight home.

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroomAll breakfastsCruise on Breidafjordur fjord with light lunchVisit traditional shark curing farmHot spring tasting with geothermal cooked bread & eggsVisit to Lava Exhibition CentreSkogar folk museum & turf housesTraditional Icelandic dinner at local restaurantEntrance to Blue Lagoon including towelServices of driver/guide24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holidayNo surcharge guaranteeFull financial protection
  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Cruise on Breidafjordur fjord with light lunch
  • Visit traditional shark curing farm
  • Hot spring tasting with geothermal cooked bread & eggs
  • Visit to Lava Exhibition Centre
  • Skogar folk museum & turf houses
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner at local restaurant
  • Entrance to Blue Lagoon including towel
  • Services of driver/guide
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Dates Price Single Availability
05-Jan-2021 for 7 Nights On Request Visit Website
19-Jan-2021 for 7 Nights On Request Visit Website
02-Feb-2021 for 7 Nights On Request Visit Website
16-Feb-2021 for 7 Nights On Request Visit Website
02-Mar-2021 for 7 Nights On Request Visit Website
16-Mar-2021 for 7 Nights On Request Visit Website
30-Mar-2021 for 7 Nights On Request Visit Website

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