LB18 - Northern Lights Exploration 2020 - 2021
Guided Bus Tour

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Season: (SEP 18 to APR 4)
Duration: (8 days, 7 nights)
Price: (See below)
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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, embark on a fjord cruise, 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. 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 6 out of 7 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 a traditional shark farmer, turf farmsteads and churches
• Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living with volcanos
• See Icelandic horses, taste freshly baked hot spring bread and enjoy a fjord cruise
• Five evenings Northern Lights Academy
• Program offered in two group sizes: maximum 16 or 45 persons
• Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier for departures between November 15th and March 15

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
• 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 – “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip:

• 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
• Depending on road and weather conditions, you will 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
• The drive back takes you through an amazing landscape of lava fields, mountains and sea views
• 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 at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what they do with all those sheep!
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

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

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 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.

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

The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total – nearly 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 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 finalised 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 210) per person; subject to change. Payment is due with the ice cave tour operator on day 6 in Icelandic Krona – cash or card. 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 programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are included for all group members.

Day 7. South Shore, Reykjavík & 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


September 18, 2020 - April 04, 2021
- Per person in a twin/triple room (Larger Group max 45 persons): 263057 ISK
- Per person in a single room (Larger Group max 45 persons): 336839 ISK
- Per person in a twin/triple room (Smaller Group max 16 persons): 351275 ISK
- Per person in a single room (Smaller Group max 16 persons): 425060 ISK

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Season: (SEP 18 to APR 4)
Duration: (8 days, 7 nights)
Price: (See above)
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