Longer Tour Package - NORTH ICELAND AURORA CHALLENGE WINTER 2014/2015

GG09 - North Iceland Aurora Escape WINTER 2017 - 2018
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Season: October 9 to March 25
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Price: See here below.




Experience the Arctic! This new escorted tour takes you on an exploration of West and North Iceland, known as the land of winter adventures in a paradise of winter nature. A winter adventure in North Iceland is an unforgettable experience and this tour program is an ideal combination of sightseeing in northern nature, Icelandic culture, soft adventures and searching for northern lights. Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths, join a snowshoe walk, climb a volcanic crater, see waterfalls and visit some unique museums. We travel to the northernmost town in Iceland close to the Arctic circle. There’s plenty of action. Some walks in snow are required during this trip, as not all sights can be reached by bus if there is a lot of snow. As with any winter adventure in Iceland, conditions may sometimes require alternatives to the planned itinerary, - but that’s part of any Iceland adventure during winter!

Highlights and Experiences:

-Visit places where most other tour groups do not go in the winter time
-A lot of museums, special visits and culinary experiences included
-Snow shoe hike (or hike if no snow) in a lava labyrinth
-Soak in the mineral rich waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths
-Spend two nights in Reykjavik and 5 nights in North Iceland
-Stay at Iceland's northernmost town, almost at the Arctic Circle
-5 evenings of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for Northern Lights

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Day 1. WELCOME to ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by the public Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you‘ll spend the night. We‘ll provide some ideas to help you explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well!
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Day 2. VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (400 km/248 mls)

At 09:00 meet your tour guide and travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. We visit a natural history & seal museum and further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri. We travel along scenic fjords and over several challenging mountain passes until we reach Siglufjörður, Iceland's northernmost town. We overnight at the new and beautifully located Hotel Siglo which offers spectacular geothermal hot tubs built into the local fjord. In the evening, if weather permits, we take a little walk or drive to search for the Northern Lights.
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Day 3. ICELAND'S NORTHERNMOST TOWN (255 km/158 mls)

In the morning we explore Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northernmost town, known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. In Siglufjörður we visit the herring museum, the largest seafaring and industrial museum in the country. In the afternoon we drive along Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord which offers an amazing mountain panorama and explore Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Along the way, we stop at a deserted fjord valley that even most Icelanders have not yet seen. Later we stop at a local brewery and taste one of Iceland's micro-beers. We continue to Lake Mývatn, a winter wonderland, where we stay for 3 nights. Join an evening lecture about Northern Lights and don't miss the chance to search for the magical auroras after dinner.
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Day 4. SEARCH FOR THE TROLLS & SNOW ADVENTURES (50 km/31 mls)

This morning we go for a snowshoe trip in a lava labyrinth (or a hike if there is no snow) through the lava formations of Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. Good hiking boots, winter clothing, hat and gloves are required. Guidance, snowshoes and poles are included! Back at the hotel, enjoy some warm soup after your outdoor adventure. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore the many pseudo craters or walk along the lake shores. Or just relax and enjoy the wonderful light of a northern winter afternoon. In the afternoon you might join an optional tour on cross-country skis. The trail depends on the snow conditions and number of participants. Whether you are a beginning or experienced skier we find the right place to enjoy a true adventure in the winter wonderland by lake Mývatn. Winter clothing, hat and gloves are required. *Guidance, skis, shoes and poles are included! In the evening we take a relaxing soak at Lake Mývatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms and whose warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. This will get us revived to be ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights.

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Day 5. EXPLORE LAKE MÝVATN (30 km/19 mls)

Lake Mývatn is known for its geological wonders and active bird life, but also for having Iceland's coldest temperatures. There is a busy day planned, and we take in as much around as weather and road conditions allow us - it's a winter adventure after all. In the morning we take an easy walk through the bizarre lava formations and landscape at Kálfaströnd followed by a walk around the Höfði peninsula. There you can enjoy a great view to the lake, bird life and trees. A 2-course lunch is included today. In the afternoon we travel to the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We have some time to take pictures and see the Mývatn Nature Baths where we taste traditional dark bread baked underground in the geothermal heat.
In the evening enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. After a delicious dinner, join for a hot drink around an open fire and under the stars on the hotel terrace. Don't forget to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights.
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Day 6. BIRDS, CHRISTMAS GARDEN & THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND (120 km/75 mls)

We start the day with a visit at the Mývatn bird museum, where the original owner, Mr Sigurgeir had a passionate interest in Icelandic birds and today his museum has over 80 species, all in a well organized exhibit causing interest to people of all ages. Afterwards, we travel to an important spot in Iceland's history, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Next stop is the Christmas Garden, a small museum and shop where you find countless items connected to the festive season from all parts of the world. Of course, Icelandic Christmas traditions are given priority, such as legs of smoked lamb hanging from a beam and the decorative “leaf bread” in many patterns, as well as the Yuletide Lads and their parents, who play such an important role in the Icelandic Christmas celebrations. Quality handwork, crafted by many artists from all parts of the country deck the shelves, making this a place which appeals to all the family. We reach Akureyri around noon time. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore the capital of North Iceland on your own. There are some excellent local museums and a great geothermal swimming pool. Dinner on your own. Depending on weather there will be a short excursion into the darkness to hunt the Aurora Borealis..

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Day 7. HISTORY, DESIGN & HORSES IN SKAGAFJÖRÐUR (420 km/261 mls)

We travel back west over the mountains to Skagafjörður, known as the valley of horses, and home to many ancient farms. We visit the folk museum and turf farm at Glaumbær. The buildings of the farm date from slightly different periods in the 18th- & 19th-centuries. This style of the turf construction was universal in rural areas of Iceland until about 1900, when it was gradually replaced mainly by reinforced concrete, which is typical in most contemporary Icelandic construction today. Extensive turf construction evolved in Iceland owing to the acute shortage of large trees. A turf building, in districts of moderate rainfall, can last up to a century.
After the lunch break you experience leather and tanning in Sauðárkrókur, in the only tannery in Europe which makes fish leather. Enjoy a guided tour of the actual tannery, where fish-skin is expertly processed to make high-quality leather and where the tannery’s products by outstanding designers and craftspeople are offered for sale. Fish leather from Atlantic Leather has caught the imagination of internationally-known fashion houses and brands such as Prada, Dior and Nike. Later on we travel south and stop for coffee & cake at a horse farm, where we can also learn about the history and special gaits of the Icelandic horse .We reach Reykjavík around 18:00 where you stay one night in Iceland's capital.
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Day 8. DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by the public Flybus airport shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport.

Note: Subject to your flight schedule there is little time to see and explore Reykjavik. If you are interested to see Iceland's capital, the famous Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle Route, we recommending adding some extra nights in Reykjavík.
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Price:

October 10, 2017 - April 03, 2018
- Double / Twin or Triple room per person: 345000 ISK
- Single room per person: 403000 ISK

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Season: October 9 to March 25
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
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