Northern Lights Exploration Tour - WINTER TOUR 2018 - 2019

Northern Lights Exploration Tour - WINTER TOUR 2018 - 2019

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Special offer 10 - 15% DISCOUNT FOR SPECIFIC DEPARTURE DATES

VALID FOR BOOKINGS MADE UNTIL DECEMBER 31th 2018! Please check the tour departure dates below to see which ones apply for the discount. The tour price will be corrected by us afterwards.

15% DISCOUNT FOR DEPARTURES IN: APRIL 2019.
10% DISCOUNT FOR DEPARTURES: NOVEMBER 2018, DECEMBER 2018, JANUARY 2019, FEBRUARY 2019 AND MARCH 2019.
85-98% AURORA VIEWING SUCCESS

Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Our Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In addition to a seven night stay with breakfast, this program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy, a combination of evening presentations, lectures, film and guided searches for the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. Experience Icelandic winter as good as it gets. Head to the countryside: from the regions of Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west to the Vatnajökull glacier in the southeast. Profit to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights.

Highlights and Experiences:

-Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
-Visit a traditional shark farmer, turf farmsteads and churches
-Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living next to Eyjafjallajökull volcano
-See Icelandic horses, taste freshly baked hot spring bread and enjoy a fjord cruise
-Six evenings Northern Lights Academy
-Program offered in two group sizes: maximum 16 or 45 persons

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AVAILABLE:
September 14 to April 5

DURATION:
8 days / 7 nights

TOUR ID:
GG06

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Included

    Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
    Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
    7-nights accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels including breakfast
    Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including light lunch
    Visit to traditional shark curing farm
    Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
    Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
    Visit to multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center (winter 17-18) or Lava Exhibition Center (winter 18-19)
    Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
    Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
    Traditional Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant on day 7
    Northern Lights Academy program during 6 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film, guided Northern Lights searches and midnight refreshments
    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

Not Included

    Any service not specificly listed under "included".
    Extra costs for dinners to be paid at the hotels: Fixed 2-course dinners with fish, meat or vegetarian main courses are available at the hotels starting at ISK 7.200 (about EUR 63) per person per night. Note, that the country hotels do not offer a la carte meals and there are no other restaurants nearby. Paying for a 2-course dinner directly at the hotel is less expensive than to have it included in the tour package.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday: WELCOME to ICELAND. (50 km/31 mls)


Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with some ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Day 2. REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR & BORGARFJÖRÐUR SAGA VALLEY (245 km/152 mls)


At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then we head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling - 97° Celsius. 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. We spend two nights in Borgarnes, West Iceland. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

Day 3. SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & FJORD CRUISE (250 km/155 mls)


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. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic “treat“ awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather condtions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips of 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.

Day 4. GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL TASTE & ICELANDIC HORSES (220 km/136 mls)


Today we travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! We continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. On we travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before we reach the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Day 5. NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO (220 km/136 mls)


Today we travel along the South coast. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center we learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Further east we visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts 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 we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in complete darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

Day 6. SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER - OPTIONAL ICE CAVING (280 km/174 mls)


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 extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy 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 just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

New: Optional Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th

Experience a spectacular crystal ice cave in Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. It is like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral surrounded by millions of shades of blue. Deep under Iceland's massive Vatnajökull glacier, beautiful caves of ice are formed by rivers of melt water during the summer time. Too dangerous to visit in the spring and summer due to a threat of collapse, cold winter temperatures strengthen the ice and make exploration possible and safe to visit between November 15th and March 15th (subject to change). The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total - about 30 minute drive by 4x4 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 only be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. You will have to fill in and sign an order form, once done a cancellation is not possible. Ice cave bookings have to be finalized with the guide by dinner time on day 2 of the tour. Bookings afterwards cannot be accommodated due to limited space. The price is ISK 23.000 (about EUR 190) per person. Payment is due with the ice cave tour operator on day 6 in Icelandic Krona – cash only! The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00 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 program, as there is not time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is included for all group members.

Day 7. SOUTH SHORE, REYKJAVÍK & BLUE LAGOON (370 km/230 mls)


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 very impressive. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. There is a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers interesting views, if you are prepared to get wet! In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by an Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn Hotel and followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night.

Day 8. Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)


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

Tour Dates

November 30, 2018 English Standard Group
December 09, 2018 English Standard Group
January 04, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
January 06, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
January 11, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
January 13, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
January 18, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
January 20, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
January 22, 2019 English Guaranteed Small Group
February 01, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
February 05, 2019 English Guaranteed Small Group
February 08, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
February 12, 2019 English Guaranteed Small Group
February 17, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
February 22, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
February 26, 2019 English Guaranteed Small Group
March 01, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
March 03, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
March 12, 2019 English Guaranteed Small Group
March 15, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
March 17, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
March 24, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
March 26, 2019 English Guaranteed Small Group
March 29, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
March 31, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group
April 02, 2019 English Guaranteed Small Group
April 05, 2019 English Guaranteed Standard Group

Price Information

September 14, 2018 - September 31, 2018:
Twin or triple room per person (Standard Group max 45 persons) 246000 ISK (1757 EUR)
Single room per person (Standard Group max 45 persons) 321000 ISK (2293 EUR)
Twin or triple room per person (Smaller Group max 16 persons) 338001 ISK (2414 EUR)
Single room per person (Smaller Group max 16 persons) 416000 ISK (2971 EUR)
October 01, 2018 - April 05, 2019:
Twin or triple room per person (Standard Group max 45 persons) 226000 ISK (1614 EUR)
Single room per person (Standard Group max 45 persons) 284000 ISK (2029 EUR)
Twin or triple room per person (Smaller Group max 16 persons) 325000 ISK (2321 EUR)
Single room per person (Smaller Group max 16 persons) 383000 ISK (2736 EUR)

Payments & Terms

Note that most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms
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. 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.
Prices for winter 2018-2019 to be announced

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

DEPARTURES: From September to April

TOUR START: Arrival in Iceland on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays. Guided bus tour starts on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays or Saturdays at 09:00

END OF TOUR: The guided tour ends on Saturdays, Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays around midnight for a last overnight in Reykjavík. Departure from Iceland is on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays.

DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights

MEALS: 7x breakfast, 1x light lunch and 1x farewell dinner

LANGUAGES: English

GROUP SIZE:
- Standard group: maximum 45 people
- Small group: maximum 16 people - but 2 seats per person in the bus

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

EXTRA COSTS FOR DINNERS TO BE PAID AT THE HOTELS: Fixed 2-course dinners with fish, meat or vegetarian main courses are available at the hotels starting at ISK 5.500 (about EUR 45) per person per night. Note, that the country hotels do not offer a la carte meals and there are no other restaurants nearby. Paying for a 2-course dinner directly at the hotel is less expensive than to have it included in the tour package.

ACCOMMODATION 2017-2018: Comfort tourist-class hotels (subject to change)

Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza or Centerhotel Arnarhvoll
West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (2 nights)
South Iceland: Fosshotel Hekla (1 night)
Vatnajökull Region: Fosshotel Nupar near Kirkjubæjarklaustur (2 nights).
Note that the hotel list is subject to change.

ACCOMMODATION 2018-2019: Comfort tourist-class hotels (subject to change)

Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza for first and last night for Sunday-Sunday and Tuesday-Tuesday tours
Reykjavik: Fosshotel Raudará for first and last night for Friday-Friday tours
Reykjavik: Fosshotel Lind for first and last night for Thursday-Thursday tours
West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (2 nights)
South Iceland: Fosshotel Hekla (1 night)
Vatnajökull Region: Fosshotel Núpar near Kirkjubæjarklaustur (2 nights) Note that the hotel list is subject to change.

NOTE: In rare cases, a 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 no refund will be given, but GJ-Travel will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

*This tour is not suitable for young children

NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.

NORTHERN LIGHTS:

This program includes a special six night Northern Lights Academy – which means that during 6 evenings there is a combination of presentations, lectures, a film and guided searches for the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. All countryside hotels in this program offer a Northern Lights wake up call for guests that register for that special service at the hotel reception. The Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to spend 6 evenings in the countryside to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, still the tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many of natural wonders, the Northern Lights are 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 is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else makes you comfortable while you await patiently this truly outstanding event. For the best photos we recommend using a tripod.
Note:
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 no refund will be given, but we will try the find reasonable alternatives where and when ever possible.

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.

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