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Land of northern lights
4 nights, most Thursdays from October to April
Land of northern lights

LAND OF NORTHERN LIGHTS WINTER GROUP TOUR 5 DAYS/4 NIGHTS

FROM OCTOBER 2017 UNTIL APRIL 2018 THERE ARE DEPARTUERS MOST TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS FOR THIS SHORT TRIP, THAT ENABLES YOU TO GET TO KNOW ICELAND IN WINTER AND HUNT FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS IN A VERY EASY WAY.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Blue Lagoon, a warm, blue lake where you can relax wonderfully
  • The capital city of Reykjavík
  • Iceland’s  most famous highlights: the hot spring area of Geysir and the waterfall Gullfoss
  • Skógar, where you will find the Skógafoss waterfall and the interesting Skógar Folk Museum
  • Icelandic horses and a geothermal greenhouse
  • Lots of information about the Northern Lights, and with a bit of luck: the Northern Lights themselves.


INCLUDED

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
  • 4-nights budget accommodation, in rooms with private shower/wc (see information below) or hotel upgrade option
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Northern Lights program during two evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights 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


NOT INCLUDED

  • Dinners
  • Lunches
  • Optional glacier hike or Northern Lights cruise.


DEPARTURE DAYS & TIMES

Most Tuesdays and Thursdays from early October to late April

 

PLACE OF DEPARTURE

You can depart from any airport of your choice, and on arrival you take the Flybus to the hotel in Reykjavík.
 

 

DURATION 

4 nights / 5 days

 

 

PRICES PRICES

De price without flights is as follows
Per person, in double room in hotel Cabin and Árhús  GBP 750
Supplement for single room GBP 140
Per person, in double room in hotel Plaza and Stracta  GBP  985
Supplement for single room GBP 480

The price for the flights must be added to these prices, and this varies from tour to tour.  It also depends on when you book, and from which airport you depart.  The earlier you book, the cheaper the flights are.  As a general guideline, the prices from the USK usually vary from  GBP 325 – GBP 500 per person.   The easiest way to find out the exact price, is to contact us for a fixed and .. price offer, by clicking on the SEND INQUIRY button, or sending us an e-mail to info@nordictravel.is.

 

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ACCOMMODATION:

For this program, we use budget accommodation to offer an attractive package price. You get great value for money. The first and last nights are at Hotel Cabin, in Reykjavík, offering rooms (10m2) with shower/wc, a restaurant, and a bar. The 2nd & 3rd nights are at Árhús Cabins in Hella, South Iceland, where 23 simple cottages with shower/wc are located in a large garden right on the river banks in the village of Hella. Árhús Cabins are popular with outdoor active guests and families travelling with children. All cottages are equipped with a small kitchenette and free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant on premises, and a public swimming pool and supermarket are within walking distance. 
The tours can be booked with a hotel upgrade option. In Reykjavik overnight will be at Centerhotel Plaza in downtown Reykjavík. In Hella overnight will be in 24m2 studio rooms with kitchenette at Stracta Hotel, which offers a restaurant, hot tubs, and sauna on its premises. It is a 10-minute walk (750 m) from Stracta Hotel to Árhús Cabins in Hella where the guide gives the Northern Lights lectures and presentations. The Northern Lights movie is also shown at Stracta Hotel.
 

NOTE REGARDING DINNERS:

Dinners are not included.  In Reykjavik, there are many restaurants for both fast food and fine a la carte dining in Iceland's capital. The Árhús Cabins and Stracta Hotel in South Iceland offer a limited a la carte menu with a selection of fish, meat and vegetarian as the main course. Lunch stops are made at small country restaurants or petrol station diners.  
 

NORTHERN LIGHTS: 

This program includes during two evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided Northern Lights searches in the garden of Árhús Cabins in Hella, South Iceland, about 10-minute walk from Stracta Hotel. Árhús Cabins and Stracta Hotel in South Iceland offer a Northern Lights wake-up call for guests that register for that particular service at the reception. The tour is dependent on weather, and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await patiently this truly outstanding event. For the best photos, we recommend using a tripod.

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DAY 1
Northern Lights

Day 1, TUE or THU: WELCOME TO ICELAND The Flybus shuttle brings travellers from Keflavík International Airport to Hotel Cabin and Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavík where you spend one night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. 

DAY 2
Blue Lagoon

Day 2, WED or FRI: REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR, THE BLUE LAGOON & REYKJANES PENINSULA At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then head out to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, lighthouses and fishing villages. By the end of the day, we get to soak off our travels in the warm mineral-rich waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. We stay for two nights in simple cottages in South Iceland. There is an option to upgrade to studio rooms at the Stracta Hotel in Hella. In the evening, we hear about the Northern Lights from our tour guide at Árhús Cabins. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights.

DAY 3
Skógar museum

Day 3, THU or SAT: SOUTH ICELAND WITH OPTIONAL GLACIER HIKE (200 km/124 mls)

Today we head along the south coast and reach the area near the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. We stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges from the mountain. Next, we visit Skógar folk museums, which contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country; the 60-meter high Skógafoss waterfall.
In the afternoon we offer an optional glacier walk. The Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends from the large Mýrdalsjökull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. On this fun, safe and easy to moderate glacier walk you get to explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses on the breath-taking Sólheimajökull glacier. While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you will learn more about the behaviour of glaciers and their impact on nature. No technical requirements are needed for the tour as an experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe which is provided for glacier walks. The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories. Duration of this activity is about 3 hours in total, about 90 minutes on the ice and about 30-40 min walk (one-way) from the parking lot to the glacier edge itself. The minimum age for the glacier hike is ten years. You need to bring warm clothing, rain gear and hiking boots. The glacier hike can only be booked with the guide on day 2. The special price for the Land of Northern Lights group members is about ISK 14.000 (about EUR 120 per person) instead of ISK 14.900 official rate; prices are subject to change. Payment is due with the glacier hike company on day 3 in Icelandic Krona - cash only!

If you booked the trip without the glacier hike, then the tour continues further south where you can stroll on the black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík. In the evening there is another presentation about the Northern Lights. If the night is clear, you might see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the heavens in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes. The grounds of Árhús Cabins and the Stracta Hotel in Hella are extensive and dark,  offering you an excellent location for Northern Lights search if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there could be Northern Lights".

DAY 4
Gullfoss

Day 4, FRI or SUN: HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE In the morning you learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Travel the Golden Circle route. See steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as you 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. Continue to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. Head inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before returning to Reykjavík for your last night, either at Hotel Cabin or Centerhotel Plaza. An optional Northern Lights evening cruise can be booked while in the destination if the weather conditions are ideal. 

DAY 5
Aurora borealis

Day 5, SAT or MON: DEPARTURE HOME Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your guesthouse/hotel accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

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