Chasing the Northern Lights

This Northern Lights Exploration series is designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. Head to the countryside: from the regions of Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west to the Vatnajökull glacier in the southeast. Let’s go on a search for the Aurora Borealis, away from the big city lights. Come join us on the once in a lifetime adventure.

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  • Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
  • Visit a traditional shark farm, 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

Day 1: ICELAND AHOY!
Individual transfer from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We offer your ideas about how you can explore the capital city on your own, about its colours and nuances.  

 

Day 2: REYKJAVIK CITY EXPLORATION & BORGARFJÖRÐUR SAGA VALLEY
At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then we head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 litres 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. We spend two nights in Borgarnes, West Iceland. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

 

Day 3: SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & FJORD CRUISE 
The Snæfellsnes 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, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, we 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 mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

 

Day 4: GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL TASTE & ICELANDIC HORSES
Today we 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! We continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we 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. On we 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 we reach 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.

 

Day 5: NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO

Today we travel to the South coast. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center, we learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Further east we visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts 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 we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

 

Day 6: SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we 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 we 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. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

 

Day 7: SOUTH SHORE, REYKJAVÍK & BLUE LAGOON
From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we 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 very impressive. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon we 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 we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by an Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn Hotel and followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night.

 

Day 8:  REYKJAVÍK DEPARTURE: Homeward bound!

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport. Leave Iceland with a bag full of memories.

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 1.585 km (983 miles) 

Please note that this is a Seat-in-coach tour with 16/45 pax.

WHAT: Chasing the Northern Lights 

WHEN: Up to Mid April (8 Days / 7 Nights)

WHERE: Reykjavik-Borgarnes-Snæfellsnes Peninsula-Grundarfjörður-Gullfoss-Eyjafjallajökull-

Jökulsárlón-Vik-Reykjavik

HOW MUCH: Rs 151,310 per person on double/triple share | Rs 190,310 on single share + 5% GST

 

Terms and Conditions, Cancellation Policy

By signing up for the trip, you agree to our terms and conditions which can be accessed here.

Note: The above is a general cancellation policy and the same is subject to change depending on the travel date, the destination, the package, terms and conditions of third party suppliers and the services booked and paid for.

Inclusions:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English speaking guide
  • 7-nights accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels including breakfast
    • Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza for first and last night
    • West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (2 nights)
    • South Iceland: Fosshotel Hekla (1 night)
    • Vatnajökull Region: Hotel Laki near Kirkjubæjarklaustur (2 nights)
  • Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including light lunch
  • Visit traditional shark curing farm
  • Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
  • Visit Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Visit multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
  • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner at Northern Light Inn Hotel
  • Northern Lights Academy program during 6 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film, guided Northern Lights searches and midnight refreshments
  • Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flashlight that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night.

 

Exclusions:

  • Flight from Mumbai to Reykjavik and return
  • Additional activities you may undertake at the location
  • Entrance fees at parks, monuments etc. unless specifically included
  • Meals not mentioned.
  • Local transport within the city
  • Personal expenses such as beverages, tips etc.
  • Any costs arising from flight delays, change in weather conditions, strikes etc. which are beyond our control
  • Visa charges and processing
  • Travel insurance
  • What is not mentioned in “Inclusions”

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