Icelandic Northern Lights

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Duration: 8 days
Price: £1,499 GBP

 
 

 

 
Day 1
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.
Day 2
Reykjavik Sightseeing
Reykjavík is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries and theatres. As the world’s most northerly capital it is home to more than one third of Iceland’s population. This morning you take a guided city sightseeing tour covering the city from one end to the other. You will see the old town centre and other sites including Höfði house which was the site of the 1986 Iceland Summit, Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum, Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark) and Perlan. This afternoon and evening you will be free to explore.
Day 3
Akureyri and Lake Mývatn
This morning we will take the short flight to Akureyri where you will be met by our local guide.
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 Goðafoss, a wonderland for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. Lake Mývatn is surrounded by lava fields, volcanoes and mountains, with 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. Finishing back at your hotel which will be your base for the next 4 days. The hotel is in a remote region far away from street lights making it ideal for watching the skies for aurora.
Day 4
Activities and Aurora
You are free to enjoy a range of optional activities available in the area or simply enjoy this beautiful region.
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 all year. Dinner will be available at the hotel at an additional cost, after which Dr John Mason 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. For those who want to finish the evening with some relaxation there is an outdoor hot tub from which you can also view the night sky.

Day 5
Husavik and nature baths
You will be taken on a tour that introduces you to the locals. You look at hydro-electric power station, see time past at the old turf farm and folk museum at Grenjadarstadur. The drive to Husavik, a small fishing village, and have a visit at the Whale Museum. The tour gives you a great view on the Icelandic way of life, past and present. 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.

Day 6
Activities and Aurora
You are free to enjoy a range of optional activities available in the area or simply enjoy this beautiful region.
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 all year. Dinner will be available at the hotel at an additional cost, after which Dr John Mason 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. For those who want to finish the evening with some relaxation there is an outdoor hot tub from which you can also view the night sky.

Day 7
Transfer to Reykjavik
This morning we transfer back to Akureyri where the local guide will take you on a short city tour before taking you to the airport for your flight to Reykjavík where you will be transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 8
Fly home
For land only passengers your tour will end at the hotel. If you have booked a flight inclusive tour, you will be transferred to Keflavík International Airport in time for your return flight

For more information follow the link below to the Adventure Company.


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