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Aurora borealis - the Northern Lights 7 nights
7 nights, October - April
Aurora borealis - the Northern Lights 7 nights

AURORA BOREALIS-NORTHERN LIGHTS IN ICELAND
7 NIGHTS, 8 DAYS IN OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, FEBRUARY AND MARCH

If you want to see the Northern Lights, this is the trip for you.  In order to see them, you need a dark sky, and that only occurs in winter.  The best chances are in clear and crispy cold weather.   Obviously, you can see the Northern Lights much better if there is not too much artificial light around you.  That’s why we planned this trip in such a way, that you stay in small hotels, far from villages, towns, greenhouses and other such things with a lot of lights.  During the day you make lovely excursions and visit lots of beautiful spots, and in the evening you can hunt for the Northern Lights.  If you are lucky, you only need to look out of your window!  But when you travel through Iceland in the winter, you have to be prepared for all kinds of adventure.  There can be snow, you can experience a blizzard or the roads can be very slippery.  Obviously, it can also be beautiful clear weather with only a little frost.  But in any case we always advise our guests to rent a 4x4 vehicle for this trip.

* IN PRINCIPLE IT IS POSSIBLE TO MAKE THIS TRIP IN DECEMBER OR JANUARY   AS WELL, BUT SINCE MANY HOTELS ARE CLOSED IN THAT PERIOD WE CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS STAY IN THE BEST LOCATIONS TO SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS. 

Highlights

(all depending on the weather and the road conditions!)

  • Borgarfjörður with Hraunfossar waterfalls and Iceland's largest hot spring
  • Snæfellsnes peninsula with Arnarstapi’s bird cliffs and basalt formations and Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Iceland's most famous highlights: the hot spring area of ​​Geysir and the waterfall Gullfoss
  • Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament
  • The capital Reykjavík
  • The Blue Lagoon, a warm blue lake where you can relax and soak
  • And much more....

Practical information

  • This trip can be made all year around, but in order to see the Northern Lights you will have to come in winter!   The trip is designed particularly for the months October-November-February-March, but can also be booked in December and January, possibly with some deviations in the overnight locations.
  • The trip takes 8 days and 7 nights, but can be prolonged or shortened according to your own wishes.
  • In the winter, we always advice a 4x4 vehicle.
  • You drive from 120 up to 200 miles per day, with a total of ca. 800 miles during the week.
  • Twice, you stay two nights in the same hotel, so you do not have to pack your suitcases every day!
  • You can get an idea of the prices in the table here below, but apart from that it is easiest to just ask us for an offer, because the prices for this trip vary a little bit from the normal prices that our calculator works with.
LOW SEASON = 1.10.2015 – 30.4.2015 & 1.10-2015-31.12.2015
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DAY 1
Day 1: KEFLAVÍK–BLUE LAGOON-REYKJAVÍK
After you arrive at Keflavík airport, you will pick up your rental car. If you arrive during the day, you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon, filled with natural, mineral-rich hot water. After a refreshing swim surrounded by the lunar landscape of lava fields and a geothermal plant, you drive to Reykjavík, where you will stay overnight.  If your flight arrives late in the evening you will drive straight to your accommodation, but they you can visit the Blue Lagoon on your last day instead.
DAY 2
Day 2: BORGARFJÖRÐUR-SNÆFELSNES/MÝRAR
You can start with spending some time in the capital.  In the city, you can walk down the old town street full of boutiques and restaurants or visit one of the many galleries and museums.  Don’t forget to visit Hallgrímskirkja Church and Perlan, where a revolving restaurant sits on top of the city’s hot water tanks offering a fantastic view over the city. There are also two shopping malls, a botanical garden in a lovely park, a small zoo (with mostly domestic animals), wonderful outdoor, year-round swimming pools, a world class spa, bowling alleys, fitness centers, and many other things to do. It is also possible to book a whale-watching tour out of Reykjavík or even go fishing.  But then you drive out of town, to the province of Borgarfjörður, where you can visit some amazing sights! First, make a stop at the summer resort of Húsafell, where you can have a swim in a lovely, geothermal heated swimming pool. Next, visit the fantastic and mysterious waterfalls Hraunfossar where a whole row of small waterfalls tumble out of the lava, into a passing river.  Then you should take some time to explore the village Reykholt, where you can see the 13th century "hot pot" built by historian Snorri Sturluson. Finally, visit Deildartunguhver which is Iceland’s largest hot spring, producing 180 l of near boiling water per minute.  Next, the trip goes via Borgarnes, where you can visit the Settlement Museum, to Mýrar or Snæfellsnes for overnight.
DAY 3
Day 3: SNÆFELLSNES
Today, you make a trip around Snæfellsnes peninsula.  First, the tour goes west along the south shore of the peninsula until you arrive at Arnarstapi bird cliffs. A walk here is strongly recommended, because of the lovely basalt formations, as well as the numerous nesting birds, such as kittiwakes and arctic terns. At the tip of the peninsula, there are many picturesque places to stop, such as Þúfubjarg bird cliff (this involves a short walk away from the main road) and Djúpalónssandur beach where a rocky path brings you down to an impressive black beach. On a clear day, you might get a nice view of Snæfellsjökull glacier, an old volcano surrounded by lava fields. Afterwards, you drive along the north side of the peninsula through various fishing villages, such as Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður and Stykkishólmur. In Stykkishólmur, it is possible to take an optional boat trip on Breiðafjörður Fjord, enjoying the rich bird-life, lovely basalt formations, and scallops that are caught fresh during the trip.  At the end of the day, dive back to your hotel.
 
DAY 4
Day 4: SNÆFELLSNES/MÝRAR-ÞINGVELLIR-GEYSIR
Depending on the road conditions and the weather, you can drive either through the tunnel underneath the fjord Hvalfjörður, or around the fjord.  Possibly you can visit Þingvellir National Park, where the ancient outdoor parliament was founded in 930. This area is also very interesting from a geological point of view, since it’s situated on top of the mid-Atlantic ridge where two of earth’s tectonic plates slowly drift apart.  Because of this, you can hike down into a fissure (named Almannagjá) created between the two plates. After exploring this magnificent spot, you drive to Laugarvatn and then the tour continues on to the Geysir hot spring area with its famous spouting Strokkur and a great number of bubbling, steaming, boiling springs.  You stay overnight in this area.
 
DAY 5
Day 5:  GULLFOSS-SELJALANDSFOSS-EYJAFJÖLL 
In the morning, you will visit one of the most beautiful, and certainly the most famous waterfall in Iceland.  From there you drive south to the coast until you reach the circle road.  Now you drive east and you can have a look around in the villages of Hella and Hvolsvöllur.  Your next stop is at Seljalandsfoss, a lovely waterfall which is very special: you can walk behind it – if you don’t mind getting wet!  From here, you continue a bit further until you arrive to your hotel, at the roots of the Eyjafjöll mountains.
 
DAY 6
Day 6  SOUTH SHORE
Today you can visit many of the beautiful spots along the south shore. First, you should visit Skógar folk museum, a fantastic exhibit of old artifacts and other handicraft.   Also, you will see Skógafoss, a beautiful 60m high waterfall!  Next you can perhaps drive to the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull to get an up close view of the ice.   From here you continue to visit the black beach in the village of Vík.   If the roads are good and you have time and energy, you could even drive from here via Kirkjubæjarklaustur to the National Park of Skaftafell and on to the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón.   This, however, is a very long trip, so you should only embark on it when the weather forecast is all right!  Finally you return to your hotel
DAY 7
Day 7: EYJAFJÖLL-VOGAR
Today you drive back to the capital, and from there to the small village of Vogar.  You can choose whether you want to spend more time in Reykjavík, or prefer to drive along the peninsula of Reykjanes, where you might be able to visit the solfataras at Krísuvík.   From there you would continue to the fishing village of Grindavík, where you will find a nice museum about fisheries.  This trip also gives you the opportunity to visit the Blue Lagoon, if you have not done so on your first day.    The last night is usually spent in Vogar, where you can drive out of the village in a few minutes to try for the last time to spot the Northern Lights along the coast.  Note: if you have an afternoon flight on the next day, you can also stay overnight in Reykjavík, and drive via the Reykjanes peninsula to the airport on day 8.
 
DAY 8
Dag 8:  KEFLAVÍK AIRPORT
Today you drive back to Keflavik airport for your flight back home.    If you have an afternoon flight, you might like to drive around the Reykjanes peninsula on your way to the airport.
 
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