Northern Lights Exploration Tour - WINTER TOUR 2023 - 2024

Northern Lights Exploration Tour - WINTER TOUR 2023 - 2024

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Explore the best of Western, Southern & Southeast Iceland in the wintertime: discover the Golden Circle, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Black lava beach. Climb a volcano, learn about Iceland’s earliest days at a Settlement Center, meet Icelandic horses, see turf farmsteads and churches. There is an optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier from October-April (weather permitting) and an optional Northern Lights by boat cruise from Reykjavík. Our Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, most nights are spent in the darkness away from light pollution.

Highlights and Experiences:
• Track record of 85-98% chance of seeing the Northern Lights
• See amazing Icelandic landscapes mixed with soft adventure and cultural experiences during the day
• Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
• Visit the Settlement Center in Borgarnes
• Descend 35m underground into Vatnshellir cave situated under Snæfellsnesjökull glacier
• Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living with volcanos
• See Icelandic horses and taste freshly baked hot spring bread
• Five evenings Northern Lights Academy
• Program offered in two group sizes: maximum 16 or 40 persons
• Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier for departures between November 15th and March 15

• Regular departures (maximum 40 people) on Fridays
• Small group departures (maximum 16 people) on Tuesdays

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AVAILABLE:
September 3 to April 11

DURATION:
8 days / 7 nights

TOUR ID:
GG06

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Included

    Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
    6 days escorted bus tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide
    7-nights accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels including breakfast
    1x lunch
    Visit the Settlement Center in Borgarnes
    Guided tour into Vatnshellir cave
    Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
    Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
    Visit Lava Exhibition Center
    Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
    Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
    Northern Lights program

Not Included

    Any private expenses
    Any additional services
    All meals not listed under "included"
    Single supplement (mandatory when in single room)

Itinerary

Day 1. WELCOME to ICELAND.


Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik International airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night.

Dinner is on your own.
(50 km/31 mi)

Day 2. REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR & BORGARFJÖRÐUR SAGA VALLEY


At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Then we head west. We stop in Borgarnes and learn about Iceland’s earliest days at the Settlement Center. Next we head to Borgarfjörður, known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. Get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
(245 km/152 mi)

Day 3. SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & LAVA CAVE


The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. Visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. One of the most photographed and famous mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell, can be seen jutting out into the bay. Visit Arnarstapi and Hellnar before experiencing the area from below, inside Vatnshellir cave. We take you 35 meters underground and about 200 meters into the lava tube under the glacier Snæfellsjökull! On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Breakfast & Lunch included. Dinner on your own.
(300 km/186 mi)

Day 4. GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL TASTE & ICELANDIC HORSES


Travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Travel the Golden Circle route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring. On we travel to double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before reaching the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights in the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
(260km / 162mi)

Day 5. NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO


Today we travel along the South coast. At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east we visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland’s past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We spend two nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
(225km / 140mi)

Day 6. VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER & GLACIER INCLUDING GLACIER LAGOON AND DIAMOND BEACH


Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the amazing site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach, the so-called Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky

Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between October-April (weather permitting)
The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total – a 30-minute drive by 4×4 vehicle from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and 5-15 minutes hike (one-way). You spend about one hour inside the ice cave. You need good hiking boots, warm clothing that keeps you dry from the dripping water in the ice cave. Minimum age is 10 years old. The ice cave tour can be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon and will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour, while the rest of the group continues the official tour program. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the official tour programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are included for all group members.
Price per person ISK 23.000.-

Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
(200km / 125mi)

Day 7. SOUTH SHORE & BLUE LAGOON


From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is awe-inspiring. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. We reach Reykjavík around dinner time for one last night.

Breakfast included. Lunch & dinner is on your own.
(365km / 227mi)
The Blue Lagoon visit is in the afternoon. Tour ends around 7pm.

Day 8. DEPARTURE HOME


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

Breakfast included.
(50 km/31 mls)

Tour Dates

February 20, 2024 English Small Group
February 23, 2024 English Standard Group
February 27, 2024 English Sold out Small Group
March 01, 2024 English Standard Group
March 05, 2024 English Sold out Small Group
March 08, 2024 English Standard Group
March 12, 2024 English Sold out Small Group
March 15, 2024 English Standard Group
March 19, 2024 English Small Group
March 22, 2024 English Standard Group
March 26, 2024 English Small Group
March 29, 2024 English Standard Group
April 02, 2024 English Small Group
April 05, 2024 English Standard Group
September 03, 2024 English Small Group
September 06, 2024 English Standard Group
September 10, 2024 English Small Group
September 13, 2024 English Standard Group
September 17, 2024 English Small Group
September 20, 2024 English Standard Group
September 24, 2024 English Small Group
September 27, 2024 English Standard Group
October 01, 2024 English Small Group
October 04, 2024 English Standard Group
October 08, 2024 English Small Group
October 11, 2024 English Standard Group
October 15, 2024 English Small Group
October 18, 2024 English Standard Group
October 22, 2024 English Small Group
October 25, 2024 English Standard Group
October 29, 2024 English Small Group
November 01, 2024 English Standard Group
November 05, 2024 English Small Group
November 08, 2024 English Standard Group
November 12, 2024 English Small Group
November 15, 2024 English Standard Group
November 19, 2024 English Small Group
November 22, 2024 English Standard Group
November 26, 2024 English Small Group
November 29, 2024 English Standard Group
December 03, 2024 English Small Group
December 06, 2024 English Standard Group
December 10, 2024 English Small Group
December 13, 2024 English Standard Group
January 03, 2025 English Standard Group
January 07, 2025 English Small Group
January 10, 2025 English Standard Group
January 14, 2025 English Small Group
January 17, 2025 English Standard Group
January 21, 2025 English Small Group
January 24, 2025 English Standard Group
January 28, 2025 English Small Group
January 31, 2025 English Standard Group
February 04, 2025 English Small Group
February 07, 2025 English Standard Group
February 11, 2025 English Small Group
February 14, 2025 English Standard Group
February 18, 2025 English Small Group
February 21, 2025 English Standard Group
February 25, 2025 English Small Group
February 28, 2025 English Standard Group
March 04, 2025 English Small Group
March 07, 2025 English Standard Group
March 11, 2025 English Small Group
March 14, 2025 English Standard Group
March 18, 2025 English Small Group
March 21, 2025 English Standard Group
March 25, 2025 English Small Group
March 28, 2025 English Standard Group
April 01, 2025 English Small Group
April 04, 2025 English Standard Group
April 08, 2025 English Small Group
April 11, 2025 English Standard Group

Price Information

November 03, 2023 - April 05, 2024:
Twin room per person (Standard Group max 40 persons) 275651 ISK (2008 USD)
Single room per person (Standard Group max 40 persons) 312900 ISK (2279 USD)
Twin room per person (Small Group max 16 persons) 375480 ISK (2735 USD)
Single room per person (Small Group max 16 persons) 449980 ISK (3277 USD)
September 03, 2024 - September 27, 2024:
Twin room per person (Standard Group max 40 persons) 378460 ISK (2756 USD)
Single room per person (Standard Group max 40 persons) 536400 ISK (3906 USD)
Twin room per person (Small Group max 16 persons) 491700 ISK (3581 USD)
Single room per person (Small Group max 16 persons) 651129 ISK (4742 USD)
October 01, 2024 - October 29, 2024:
Twin room per person (Standard Group max 40 persons) 324819 ISK (2366 USD)
Single room per person (Standard Group max 40 persons) 430609 ISK (3136 USD)
Twin room per person (Small Group max 16 persons) 436570 ISK (3179 USD)
Single room per person (Small Group max 16 persons) 543850 ISK (3961 USD)
November 01, 2024 - April 11, 2025:
Twin room per person (Standard Group max 40 persons) 303960 ISK (2214 USD)
Single room per person (Standard Group max 40 persons) 391870 ISK (2854 USD)
Twin room per person (Small Group max 16 persons) 415709 ISK (3028 USD)
Single room per person (Small Group max 16 persons) 503619 ISK (3668 USD)

Payments & Terms

20% Deposit
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.
A cancellation fee of 50% applies for bookings cancelled 14-28 days prior to tour start.
No refund is possible for cancellations less than 14 days before departure, or for no shows, and for a tour begun but not completed.
CHILDREN DISCOUNT: 20% discount for children 8-11 years of age if sharing room with parents. Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age. Triple rooms are double rooms with extra bed and ideal for two adults and one child.

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

DEPARTURES: From September to April

DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights

LANGUAGES: English

GROUP SIZE:
- Standard group: maximum 40 people
- Small group: maximum 16 people
- Minimum group size: 5 people

Min Age: 8+
Minimum age for Ice Cave tour is 10+.

Complementaries:
• Entrance fees
• Free Wi-Fi on the bus
• Use of crampons for shoes
• Use of flashlight

Additional Services:
• Extra night in Reykjavik before/after the tour - on request
• Upgrade for private airport transfer - on request
• Optional ice cave visit October-April (weather permitting)

Dinner: Dinner is on your own.

ACCOMMODATION 2023-2024: Comfort tourist-class hotels (subject to change)

Reykjavik: Hótel Klettur or similar
West Iceland: Hotel Hamar or similar (2 nights)
South Iceland: Landhotel in Hella area or similar (1 night)
Vatnajökull Region: Fosshótel Núpar or similar (2 nights).
Note that the hotel list is subject to change.
Note that most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

*This tour is not suitable for young children.

PAYMENT:
A non refundable deposit of 20%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 2 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 8 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.

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