North Iceland Aurora Escape WINTER - 2018

Small groups

North Iceland Aurora Escape WINTER - 2018

Small groups



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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AVAILABLE:
October 9 to March 25

DURATION:
8 days / 7 nights

TOUR ID:
GG09

Included

Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS
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An escorted 6 day coach tour with English and German speaking guide (German guide only available on 21/11/2014 tour)
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7 nights accommodation as listed above including breakfast
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2x lunch, 3x dinner and 3x midnight refreshments
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Visit to natural history & seal museum
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Horse show, coffee & cake at local horse farm
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Visit to herring museum
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Visit to local micro beer brewery
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Hot steam baked bread tasting
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Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
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Snow shoe hike (or hike if no snow) in lava labyrinth
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Hot drink around open fire on hotel terrace
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Visit to Lake Mývatn bird museum
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Visit to Christmas house & garden outside Akureyri
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Visit to Víðimýri church, Glaumbær folk museum and tannery in Skagafjörður
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Northern Lights program with 5 evenings of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches.
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Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night.

Itinerary

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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Tour Dates

February 06, 2018 English Guaranteed
February 13, 2018 English Guaranteed
February 20, 2018 English Guaranteed
February 27, 2018 English Guaranteed
March 06, 2018 English Guaranteed
March 13, 2018 English Guaranteed
March 20, 2018 English Guaranteed
March 27, 2018 English Guaranteed
October 09, 2018 English
October 23, 2018 English
November 06, 2018 English
November 20, 2018 English
February 12, 2019 English
February 26, 2019 English
March 12, 2019 English
March 26, 2019 English

Price Information

October 10, 2017 - April 03, 2018:
Double / Twin or Triple room per person 345000 ISK (2740 EUR)
Single room per person 403000 ISK (3201 EUR)

Payments & Terms

20% Deposit
Prices for winter 2018-2019 to be announced
Cancellation:
A cancellation fee of 20% of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made from 4 to 8 weeks before departure. From 28 days until 8 days before departure, the fee is 50%. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 8 days before departure, or for no shows, and a tour begun but not completed. The exchange of one arrangement for another must be agreed by us beforehand.

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.


Change of program: In rare cases, change of itinerary might be necessary during winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case TOURIS will try the find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible, however no refund will be given.

DURATION:
8 days / 7 nights

TOUR START:
Arrival in Iceland on Fridays and guided coach tours starts on Saturdays at 09:00

LANGUAGES:
English only

ACCOMMODATION:
Reykjavík: KEAhotel Reykjavík Lights for first and last night
Siglufjörður: New Hotel Siglo (1 night)
Mývatn: Hotel Sel-Mývatn (3 nights)
Akureyri: Hotel Kea (1 night)

Note that the hotel list is subject to change.
Note that most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms.

MEALS:
7x breakfast, 2x lunch at Lake Mývatn and 3x dinner at Lake Mývatn

GROUP SIZE:
Guaranteed departures / Maximum group size: 16 Persons

CHILDREN DISCOUNT: Not available

NORTHERN LIGHTS:

This program includes 5 evenings of presentations, lectures, film and guided evening walks or excursions at spots likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. The tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern sky from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natures wonders, it’s 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’s worth the patience required. Because they’re a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside, while looking for them. It’s best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await this truly outstanding event. For the best photos we recommend using a tripod.

Payment:
A non refundable deposit of 20%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.
Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for TOURIS to ensure efficiency, including the passengers´ name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

Insurance:
To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.