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Northern Lights Short Break

Exertion level: 
Gentle
Iceland | 5 days
Trip code: 
EXIS
Trip Highlights: 
Lectures from our astronomy experts
See the dancing Northern Lights
Stunning landscape
Relax in the hot springs
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What's included: 

Astronomy - Talks and Northern Lights viewing with one of our astronomy experts.

Transport - Private bus, internal flights

Accommodation - Hotels (4nts)

Meals - All breakfasts included.

Trip Overview: 

Experience the wonderful Northern Iceland, you will be surrounded by snow covered volcanoes and waterfalls. Have a chance to relax in the geothermal hot springs and experience a super jeep adventure. As the sun's activity is high through 2013 and 2014, Lake Myvatn provides the perfect place to see the amazing northern lights. 

Itinerary: 
Day
1
Fly to Reykjavik

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 - 1 night

Day
2
Akureyri and Lake Mývatn

Akureyri and Lake Mývatn

This morning we will take the short flight of about 40 minutes from Reykjavik's Domestic Airport to the northern town of Akureyri where you will be met by our local guide and board a coach to Lake Myvatn.

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 of Goðafoss, a wonderland for nature enthusiasts and photographers. 

We proceed to Lake Mývatn and the Sel Hotel, our base for the next three days. After lunch at the hotel we will explore more of this fascinating region. The frozen surface of Lake Mývatn is surrounded by lava fields, volcanoes and mountains and during the afternoon we visit the 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.

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.  

Arriving back at the hotel your astronomy guide will give the first of a series of talks about the Northern Lights and other astronomical phenomena to prepare you for the first night's viewing. 

The hotel is in a remote region away from street lights making it ideal for watching the skies for aurora. Sel Hotel - 3 nights (B)

Day
3 to 4
Activities and Aurora

Activities and Aurora

The region around Lake Myvatn is as fascinating as it is beautiful and today you are free to explore the area or take part in a range of optional activities available.  

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 and Harlequin Duck which are present around the lake and rivers year round.    

Dinner will be available at the hotel at an additional cost, after which the astronomy expert 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. (B)

Day
5

Homeward Bound

This morning we take the coach back to Akureyri for your flight to Reykjavík. On arrival in Reykjavik, provided there is sufficient time before the international flight, we will have a short city tour and an opportunity to buy lunch before driving to the international airport for your flight home. 

For land only passengers your tour will end at the domestic airport in Reykjavik. (B)

Video highlights

Viewing of the Northern Lights

Accommpanied by one of our astronomy expects, you will view Northern lights from our hotel located on the shores of Lake Mývatn.  Each evening before dinner, our astronomy expert will provide a lecture about the aurora borealis and the sun before heading out under the dark skies to view the lights. 

Lake Mývatn

With the nearby pseudocraters and more distant flat topped mountains surrounding the frozen Lake Myvatn, our base in this remote corner of Iceland is simply stunning beautiful. Walking around the village and along the lake shore with snow covered vistas is a real joy.

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 Lake Mývatn, cross-country skiing through the Icelandic countryside and various city sightseeing tours of the area.

Please Note

Our departures in December 2013 and early January 2014 will be accommanied by our astronomy expert Dr John Mason. The departures in late January and February 2014 will be accompanied by David Phillips.