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Iceland Aurora Packages

$
810
/ Person
Destination:
Iceland
Aurora Borealis (or The Northern Lights) is one of the most spectacular phenomena on earth – and Iceland offers perfect landscapes to enjoy the winter night scenery. Our Northern Lights ... moreSpecial offers an incredible opportunity to combine hunting for the Northern Lights with a range of fantastic winter activities and excursions into the Icelandic nature.

Highlights:

Northern Lights evening tour

Reykjavík in winter

Gullfoss waterfall

Lake Þingvallavatn and the Thingvellir national park

Geyser Strokkur

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Skógafoss waterfall

Reynisfjara

Views of glaciers
Day 1: Upon arrival to Keflavik international airport transfer to Reykjavik city by flybus shuttle. Check-in at the hotel where you stay for 3 nights. Free time until the evening.... more
At 21:00 be ready for your evening adventure: the Northern Lights tour! We drive out into the countryside to escape the city lights. The guides will decide the tour destination on the travel day, taking into account the aurora forecast as well as cloud cover to maximize the chances of spotting the magical northern lights. Depending on best option our destination may be Þingvellir national park at Lake Þingvallavatn, Reykjanes peninsula with its lava fields or Borgarfjörður area.
We recommend that you bring along warm clothes and sturdy shoes. A camera on tripod is also a good idea for this tour.

Day 2:
South Shore Adventure day tour.
We drive along the south coast of Iceland which has much to offer. The diverse landscapes range from vast farmlands, active volcanoes, glaciers and glacial rivers, waterfalls, black sandy beaches and bazalt rock rock formations. We stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, both of them are amazingly beautiful and receive their water directly from Eyjafjallajökull glacier that covers the top of the infamous volcano of the same name which disrupted the air traffic in Europe in 2010. We visiti the Reynisfjara black sandy beach where you will also discover impressive basalt rock formations (columnar basalt).
Vik village is a good place to enjoy lunch break. There, you can also visit the local wool factory before starting our drive back to Reykjavik. On the way we stop at Sólheimajökull glacier, an outlet originating from Mýrdalsjokull, Iceland's fourth largest glacier. There we take a short walk towards the glacier. This is one of the best examples about how fast glaciers melt due to the global warming (climate change). There is possibility to add a glacier hike or snowmobile ride to the tour (surcharge, needs to be pre-booked).

Day 3:
The Golden Circle day tour.
On this full day tour we visit the sights of great historical and geological interest:
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) national park - the site of the first parliament where many important events took place, among them are introduction of Christianity in year 1000 and declaration of Iceland's independence from the Danish kingdom in 1944.
At Þingvellir is also one of the best places where we can observe the plate tectonics at work and learn about the continental drift at the boundaries of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
The tour continues to the geysers where we take time to see the geyser Strokkur spout a coloum of superheated water high into the air (every 5-10 min.).
After lunch break we continue to another highlight of the day before we return to Reykjavik: Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden Waterfall) which drops in two cacades deep into the narrow gorge on the glacial Hvitá river.

Day 4:
Flybus transfer to Keflavik airport in time for your flight departure. If you flight is late afternoon it is possible to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon as part of your airport transfer (surcharge, needs to be pre-booked).

Package includes:
* Flybus transfers from/to Keflavik airport
* 3 nights accommodation in Reykjavik, sharing double/twin room with private facilities, including breakfast
* 1 Northern Lights evening guided tour from Reykjavik
* The Golden Circle day tour (with small groups)
* South Shore Adventure day tour (with small groups)

The tour can be combined with the North Iceland programme. Extra nights in Reykjavik can easily be added to the itinerary.

The itinerary may need to be adapted or changed depending upon prevailing weather/road conditions.

For the Northern lights forecast, please check this site for daily reports: http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora.

Please note: Aurora Borealis is a natural phenomenon dependent on weather and sightings cannot be guaranteed every night. Complimentary retry another evening if the northern lights are not seen on the tour on day 1.
$
57
/ Person
$
30
/ Child
Destination:
Iceland
No words can describe the feeling of observing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) - this is something that you have to experience yourself!
The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis can be visible on a clear winter night and will light up the sky with green colour, often with touches of pink around the edges and occasionally ... morea deep violet centre. This often dramatic display is caused by the collision of charged particles from the sun with the Earth's magnetic field.
We will drive into the countryside well away from the city lights in search of the Aurora Borealis. The route we take may depend on the weather and road conditions each time.

Bring with you: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.

In-Bus-Audio-Guide: We recommend that you bring your own headphones, simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones, with you or forgot to bring them, no worries we sell earphones on board.

Departures
15th August - 15th October at 22:00
16th October - 14th March 2018 at 21:00

Price per person: ISK 5.990,-
Teenagers 12-15 years: 2.995,-
Children 0-11 years: free

Included:

Free tour pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavík

Knowledgeable Northern Lights & Stars guide

Free use of astronomy binoculars on every tour

Free star map to learn about the sky above you, at that specific time in the year.

Learn the basics of Northern Lights photography on our smart tablets.

Free use of camera tripods, every tour has tripods that fit almost any camera or phone

Northern Lights Guarantee – see the lights or come again for free!

Free Wi-Fi and USB charger for each seat

In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages

For the Northern lights forecast, please check this site for daily reports: http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora
$
799
-
$
905
/ Person
Destination:
Iceland
Aurora Borealis (or The Northern Lights) is one of the most spectacular phenomena on earth – and Iceland offers perfect landscapes to enjoy the winter night scenery. Our Northern Lights ... moreSpecial offers an incredible opportunity to combine hunting for the Northern Lights with a range of fantastic winter activities and excursions into the Icelandic nature.

Highlights:

Northern Lights evening tour

Akureyri

Panoramic views of Eyjafjörður

Goðafoss waterfall

Lake Mývatn

Pseudocraters at Skútustaðir

Dimmuborgir lava maze

Hverir solfatara field at Námaskarð

Nature Baths
Day 1: Flight from Reykjavík to Akureyri. Local pick up from Akureyri airport and transfer to your choice of accommodation where you will stay for 2 nights. If you arrive in Akureyri ... moreon morning flight then you could fit in a short additional tour (needs to be pre-booked).
In the evening you join a 2/3-hour Northern Lights tour (starting at 21:30). During the tour we drive out into the countryside away from the city lights to hunt for the Northern Lights. There is nothing as impressive as a moonlit starry winter night with the Northern lights dancing in the sky. While observing this phenomenon we enjoy a light refreshment before returning to Akureyri.

Day 2: Lake Mývatn Winter Coach Tour, departing at 08:15. This winter tour to one of the most interesting spots in North Iceland focuses on the most attractive features of the Lake Mývatn area and its surroundings. The first stop is at Goðafoss waterfall, not only famous for its breathtaking beauty but also for its significant historic value related to the Christianisation of Iceland. From Goðafoss the tour continues through the valley of Reykjadalur to Skútustaðir in the Lake Mývatn district. Next stop is at Dimmuborgir, a lava labyrinth of magnificent basaltic pillars and lava sculptures. After a short walk in Dimmuborgir the tour continues through the lava field to Grjótagjá (road conditions permitting), which used to be a popular underground bathing cave among the locals before the Krafla Fires (1975-1984) when the water became too hot to bathe in. We continue east over the Námaskarð mountain pass to the Krafla caldera (road conditions permitting). Along the way we pass a 60- MW geothermal power station that partly supplies the town of Akureyri with electricity. Our destination is the explosion crater of Viti (Hell) but its formation marked the beginning of the great Myvatn Fires in 1724. From Viti there is a good view over the geothermal zone of Leirhnjukur and the lava field formed in the Krafla Fires. Next we explore the solfatara field of Hverir (Námaskarð) where ground water is heated by an underground magma intrusion. Sulphur deposits are brought to the surface and the area is characterized by a strong smell of sulphur. After a short walk around the fumaroles and mud pits we head for the final destination of the tour, the Mývatn Nature Baths, where visitors get the chance to bathe in the silky smooth geothermal water (entrance fee to the pool not included, to be paid on the spot). After the stop at the Nature Baths we drive back to Akureyri where estimated arrival time is around 17:00.

If you were unlucky and did not see the Northern Lights on your first evening, then you have a chance for another complimentary Northern Lights tour this evening (departure at 22:00).

Day 3: Transfer from your accommodation to Akureyri airport. If your flight departure is in the late afternoon or evening then you have a possibility for another optional tour (needs to be pre-booked).

Prices for basic package, per person, from:
Oct. 2017 - Apr. 2018

Option 1:
Hotel, double/twin room with private facilities, incl. breakfast
ISK 84.600

Option 2:
Studio Modern apt. for 2 persons, with private hot tub, self-catering
ISK 96.600

Option 3:
Studio Modern apt. for 2 persons, without hot tub, self-catering
ISK 84.400

Basic package includes:
* Flight Reykjavik-Akureyri-Reykjavik w/airport.taxes
* Arrival/departure transfers in Akureyri
* 2 nights accommodation, sharing double/twin room
* 1 Northern Lights evening guided tour from Akureyri
* Lake Mývatn guided coach tour

Info:
The tour can be combined with the South Iceland programme. Extra nights in Akureyri can easily be added to the itinerary.

The itinerary may need to be adapted or changed depending upon prevailing weather/road conditions.

For the Northern lights forecast, please check this site for daily reports: http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/aurora.

Akureyri has an excellent ski resort just 10-min. drive from the town centre. Ski slopes on Mt.Hliðarfjall offer good possibilities for alpine, cross-country skiing and snowboarding (late November/December-April). For further details on ski runs, opening times, and prices of rental and ski passes check out the offical website of the ski area: http://www.hlidarfjall.is/en.
Destination:
Iceland
By end August Iceland's summer is all but over. The days in September shorten, introducing a wide range of autumn colours and the fascinating Northern Lights.... more
We ride through dreamy valleys where flocks of cackeling geese are resting before their journey south. We ride up to the mountains where we meet the sheep that have been roaming around in total freedom the whole summer. Now it is almost time to bring them back to their home fields as the winter starts knocking on the door!
Day 1 Pick up in Akureyri (airport, bus station or hotel) in the late afternoon. A 30-minute drive will bring us to the farmhouse Grýtubakki the village of Grenivík. On the way you ... moremay enjoy the beautiful view of Eyjafjörður and the surrounding mountains.
Details about the next days' programme will be provided after dinner.

Day 2
After breakfast we catch the horses and saddle up. Every rider gets a suitable horse. Then we start the ride down to the Gljúfurá river and around the Höfði promontory with a superb view of the fjord and the Island of Hrísey. We continue to Grenivík, the little fishing village which is only a few km away from the farmhouse. From there we ride along the coast of Látraströnd. The North Sea is greeting us! We ride above steep cliffs, through lush meadows, clear brooks and impressive valleys. On the way we will across some ruins that will give us the feeling for the times past.
In this area the young horses of the farmers are spending the summer, but soon they will turn back to their home meadows, because the intensive autumn colours are early signs of the coming winter.
We ride back to the farm.
(approx. 4 – 5 hours in saddle). Coffee and cakes are waiting for us as a reward for the daily effort.
Dinner and overnight at Grýtubakki.

Day 3
Today we start on 2–day tour. We ride into the Fnjóskadalur valley which is split in two by the chrystal blue Fnjóská river. On both sides of the river there are mountains up to 1000 metres high. We ride along the southern part of the valley with babbling brooks, mossy hills and through little forrests of autumnal colours.
Cackeling geese are sitting in flocks at the river bank, preparing themselves for the journey to the South. They are going to spend the winter in warmer areas, but will be back to Iceland in spring when the sun starts to shine for longer hours.
We stay over night at Hjarðarholt farmhouse.
In the evening there will be possibility for a relaxing soax in the hot tub. We may be lucky to spot the Northern Lights!

Day 4
After breakfast we get the horses and start the ride back home on a higher way along the slopes of Mt.Draflastaðafjall. This route offers a great view over the Eyjafjörður fjord and the Fnjóskà river delta. On our way home we ride to Helguhóll - "The Holy Hill". Local people say there is a Viking ship full of gold buried under it. But the legend also says if anyone should try to get it all the churches that can be seen from the hill would burn down.
After the deserved coffee and cakes at Grýtubakki we drive to one of the most beautiful northern waterfalls - Goðafoss. The waterfall played an important role at the time of christianization of Iceland.
Dinner and overnight at Grýtubakki.

Day 5
Today we leave for the mountains. Our destination is the shepherds' hut Gil at the end of the Trölladalur valley. From the highest point of Leirdalsheiði we have a fantastic view over the Hvalvatnsfjörður fjord and the open sea of the North Atlantic.
After dinner we can enjoy a walk under stars and hope to spot the dancing northern lights. A wonderful experience far away from civilisation and all the electric lights of the cities.

Day 6
After breakfast we saddle up again and leave this beautiful space to ride home to our farmhouse Grýtubakki.
On the way we will see some of the thousands of sheep which have spent the summer months here on the pastures in the mountains. They are on their way back home, knowing that soon everything will be under snow.
Farewell dinner will be awaiting us after returning to the farmhouse Grýtubakki.

Day 7
After breakfast transfer to Akureyri.

Price includes:

Sleeping bag accommodation at Grýtubakki, Hjarðarholt and Gil mountain hut

Full board

Horseback riding as per programme, 1 horse per person

Sightseeing by bus as per programme

Pick up/drop off in Akureyri

Daily rides: 12 - 35 km
Riding level: Medium

Accommodation at Grýtubakki will be in small cottages around the farm (rooms with two to four beds), in the farm house (double and triple rooms) and in different accommodations during the tour (dormitory, rooms with several beds). Shared bathroom facilities per each cottage. One night will be spent at farm Hjarðarholt and another one in mountain hut.

What to bring
Please bring your own sleeping bag and towels.

Please note:
All the participants are required to use riding helmets. The helmets and rain clothes will be provided. Tours are based on a minimum number of guests. If there are less participants than we have the right to cancel the tour. In this case we try to offer an alternative solution/riding tour for the affected guests. We reserve the right to alter any itinerary in the guest’s best interest or for reasons of safety. It is advisable to have your own personal insurance when joining one of our riding tours. All tours are undertaken at the participants own risk. To protect the Icelandic horse from infectious diseases, visitors are asked to adopt strict bio security measures. Riding clothes and boots must be disinfected before you arrive, used riding equipments such as bridles, whips etc. may not be imported. We will send you the official disinfection instructions by request. Prepare for all kind of weather when travelling to Iceland. Bring warm clothes, gloves, ear band, warm jacket and good shoes!.

See the Aurora dance over Iceland