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Icelandic Northern Lights

Exertion level: 
Easy
Iceland | 8 days
Trip code: 
EXIC
Trip Highlights: 
Northern Lights
Godafoss Waterfall
Nature Thermal Baths
Talks from an Astronomy Expert
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What's included: 

Transport - Private bus, internal flights

Accommodation - Hotels (7nts)

Meals - All breakfasts included

Trip Overview: 

This tour will take you to the awesome beauty of Northern Iceland with is snow covered volcanoes, ice encrusted waterfalls and lakes that are kept ice free by geothermal springs. In the winter of 2013/14 the Sun will be active and we’ll be perfectly placed to give a great chance of seeing the fabulous northern lights.

Itinerary: 
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Day
1

Fly to Reykjavik

Your transfer will be waiting for you at the airport. The route leads from Keflavík airport to Reykjavík for check-in at your accommodation. This evening you will be free to explore the city. The group leader will recommend and organise an optional group meal. Hotel Fron - 2 nights

Day
2
Reykjavik Sightseeing

Reykjavik Sightseeing

Reykjavík is a modern city with an excellent variety of restaurants, museums, galleries, cozy bars and coffee shops and a wonderful new concert hall on the Habour side, the Harpa. As the world's most northerly capital and the only city of any size in Iceland, Reykjavik is home to more than one third of Iceland's population but small enough to get to know well in just a few days. 

During your city tour you will see the old town centre and other sites including Höfði house which was the site of the 1986 Iceland Summit, the Harpa concert hall and Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark). This afternoon and evening you will be free to explore. (B)

Day
3

Akureyri and Lake Mývatn

This morning we will take the short flight to Akureyri where you will be met by our local guide.

On the way to the hotel, you will have a guided tour that will introduce you to the North of Iceland, only a few kilometres from the Arctic Circle. On the way you will stop at the beautiful waterfall Goðafoss, a wonderland for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. 

Lake Mývatn is surrounded by lava fields, volcanoes and mountains, with weird volcanic formations in Dimmuborgir (Dark Citadels), pseudocraters and underground caves with geothermal water (Grjótagjá).  After lunch at your hotel at Lake Mývatn you will visit Hverarönd mud pools with its steam jets and boiling sulphur pits, Dimmuborgir lava field.

Finishing back at your hotel which will be your base for the next 4 days. The hotel is in a remote region far away from street lights making it ideal for watching the skies for aurora.  Sel Hotel - 4 nights (B)

Day
4
Activities and Aurora

Activities and Aurora

You are free to enjoy a range of optional activities available in the area or simply enjoy this beautiful region.  

There are a number of walks that can be made from the hotel around the southern shores of the lake on which you can take in the pseudocraters and volcanic cones in the area.

Dinner will be available at the hotel at an additional cost, after which your astronomy guide will host a number of lectures and discussions related to the Aurora discussing both the science and mythology attached to them.  He will also be keeping an eye on the sky and if the Northern Lights appear will ensure we all head out to view their beauty. 

For those who want to finish the evening with some relaxation there is an outdoor hot tub from which you can also view the night sky. (B)

Day
5
Husavik and Nature Baths

Husavik and Nature Baths

You will be taken on a tour that introduces you to the locals. You look at hydro-electric power station, see time past at the old turf farm and folk museum at Grenjadarstadur. The drive to Husavik, a small fishing village, and have a visit at the Whale Museum. The tour gives you a great view on the Icelandic way of life, past and present. On the return you will stop off at the Mývatn nature bath for a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 meters. Containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal microorganisms, the waters are beneficial to skin and spirit alike.   

Aurora watching in the evening. (B)

Day
6
Activities and Aurora

Activities and Aurora

You are free to enjoy a range of optional activities available in the area or simply enjoy this beautiful region.  

There are a number of walks that can be made from the hotel around the southern shores of the lake on which you can take in the pseudocraters and volcanic cones in the area.

There are some interesting birds to see in the region including the Barrow’s Goldeneye which are present around the lake all year and Ptarmigan and Gyrfalcon which are often seen near the hotel.

Day
7

Transfer to Reykjavik

This morning we transfer back to Akureyri where the local guide will take you on a short city tour before taking you to the airport for your flight to Reykjavík where you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. Fron Hotel - 1 night (B)

Day
8

Fly home

For land only passengers your tour will end at the hotel. If you have booked a flight inclusive tour, you will be transferred to Keflavík International Airport in time for your return flight (B)

Video highlights

Lake Mývatn

Passing the beautiful waterfall Goðafoss to Lake Mývatn area, a wonderland for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. The Lake Mývatn is surrounded by lava fields, volcanoes and mountains, with weird volcanic formations in Dimmuborgir (Dark Citadels), pseudocraters and underground caves with geothermal water (Grjótagjá). A visit to Námaskarð with its steam jets and boiling sulphur pits. From the lake flows river Laxá, one of the world's great salmon rivers.

 

Viewing of the Aurora

From our hotel base near Lake Mývatn we will spend our evenings looking for the aurora borealis or Northern Lights accommpanied by an astronomy expert who will also give lectures about the aurora.

 

Optional activities

During your time at Lake Myvatn you will have the opportunity to take part in some optional activities. These include a super-jeep adventure on mountain roads and snow, snowmobiling across the snowy landscape, cross-country skiing through the countryside or various walks in the area.