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Price
From £2,945

Duration
7 Nights

Departures
Oct - March

Small fully guided tour. Are you ready to experience the power of unpredictable and challenging weather? Take on the North Iceland Northern Lights Challenge! A fantastic fully guided winter group tour. This experience is an ideal combination of sightseeing, Icelandic culture, soft adventures and hunting for the Northern Lights. Visit the Mývatn Geothermal Baths, join a snowy walk in a lava labyrinth, climb up a volcanic crater, explore beautiful waterfalls, travel along the scenic fjord routes and visit some facinating museums.

Realistic chance of catching the Northern Lights on this tour is 85-98%!!

Highlights

  • Experience the amazing North of Iceland
  • Visit geological wonders including Nature Baths, Hot Springs, Mud Pools and Aurora Borelialis
  • Visit small fishing villages like Dalvik as well as Akureyri the Capital of the North and Myvatn

TOUR ITINERARY - 7 NIGHTS

Day 1 - Tuesday - Welcome to Iceland (50 km/31 mls)
Departure from the UK - arrival at Keflavik Airport. Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you‘ll spend the night. Reykjavik is modern city and so much to do and see. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hot dog and pizza too!

Day 2 - Wednesday - Volcano Crater, Seals, Horses, Fjords & Mountains (400 km/248 mls)
At 9 am you will 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 build into the local fjord. In the evening, if weather permits, we take a little walk or drive to search for the Northern Lights.

Day 3 - Thursday - Icelands Northernmost Town (170 km/106 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.

Day 4 - Friday - Search for the Trolls & Snow Adventures (30 km/19 mls)
This morning we go for a snowshoe trip (or a normal 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. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore the many pseudo craters or walk along the lake shores. Also available is an optional tour on cross-country skis or snow-mobiles. In the evening we take a relaxing soak at Lake Mývatn Nature Baths and get ready to chase the elusive Northern Lights.

Day 5 - Saturday - Explore Lake Mývatn (50 km/31 mls)
Lake Mývatn is known for its geological wonders and active bird life, but also for having Iceland's coldest temperatures. We take an easy walk through the bizarre lava formations and landscape with great views to the lake, bird life and trees. Later we explore the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. 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, don't forget to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights

Day 6 - Sunday - Birds, Christmas Garden & The Capital of North Iceland (120 km/75 mls)
We visit the Lake Mývatn bird museum and travel to Goðafoss "The Waterfalls Of The Gods". Next stop is the Christmas Garden, a small museum and shop where you find countless items connected to Icelandic Christmas traditions. The afternoon is free at leisure to explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland on your own. There are some excellent local museums and a great geothermal swimming pool. Depending on weather there is a short excursion into the darkness to hunt the Aurora Borealis.

Day 7 - Monday - History & Design in Skagafjörður (420 km/261 mls)
We travel back west over the mountains to Skagafjörður, the valley of horses and home of many ancient farms. We visit the folk museum and turf farm at Glaumbær. Enjoy a guided tour through the only tannery in Europe which makes fish leather. Later we stop for coffee & cake at a horse farm, where we learn about the history and the special gaits of Icelandic horses. We reach Reykjavík depending on weather and road conditions between 18:00 - 20:00 where you stay one night in Iceland's capital.

Day 8 - Tuesday - Departure Home (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by 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.

Travel distances: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.190 km (738 miles) which is an average of 200 km (124 miles) per day. You spend about 3 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days, such as day 2 and day 7.

Change of program: 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.

Departures: Tuesdays, Winter 2017-18
Group Size: Max 16 people

Winter 2017-18: From £2,945* per person based on 2 persons sharing a double/twin room or 3 persons sharing a triple room
Single room supplement from £465*

*Price is subject to availability

Included:
- Return flights from the UK including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- Bus transfer to and from Keflavik Airport
- Fully escorted 6 day coach tour with English or English & German speaking guide as per program
- 7 nights accommodation as listed above including breakfast
- 2x lunch, 3x dinner and 3x midnight refreshments
- Visit to natural history & seal museum
- Horse show, coffee & cake at local horse farm
- Visit to herring museum
- Visit to local micro beer brewery
- Hot steam baked bread tasting
- Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
- Snow shoe hike (or hike if no snow) in lava labyrinth
- Hot drink around open fire on hotel terrace
- Visit to Lake Mývatn bird museum and Visit to Christmas house & garden outside Akureyri
- Visit to Víðimýri turf church, Glaumbær folk museum & turf farm and tannery in Skagafjörður
- Northern Lights program with 5 evenings of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches.
- 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 the photo camera at night

Additional Fees:
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person (only applicable if flights are booked through All Iceland)
- Debit/credit card fees

Not included:
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Anything else not specifically listed under "this includes"


Departure Dates 2017/18:

10.10.-17.10.2017 06.02.-13.02.2018 06.03.-13.03.2018
24.10.-31.10.2017 13.02.-20.02.2018 13.03.-20.03.2018
07.11.-14.11.2017 20.02.-27.02.2018 20.03.-27.03.2018
21.11.-28.11.2017 27.02.-06.03.2018 27.03.-03.04.2018

Northern Lights: The Northern Lights are visible in the northern sky from September through April when the sky is clear and free of clouds. The tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. Like many natural wonders, it is an ephemeral spectacle – the Northern Lights 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 this truly outstanding event.


Accommodation 2017/18 (subject to change)

Reykjavík Lights or similar for first and last night
Hótel Sigló in Siglufjörður1 nights
Hótel Sel in Mývatn 3 nights
Hótel Kea in Akureyri 1 night


FLIGHT OPTIONS


Why book with All Iceland?

All Iceland is a UK based travel company that specialises in Iceland
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Our office is staffed and run by Icelanders, we promise intimate local knowledge from where to stay to places to eat and the hidden gems that you will not find in tourist guides. We will help you get the holiday you want and we can adapt this package. Book through us and your holiday will also be fully ATOL and ABTA protected. Travel with confidence! 


Contact us and we can help you:

- to stay longer and discover more, this package can be extended -
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- to book this package with or without flights -

All Iceland cooperates with all the airlines that fly to Iceland, Icelandair, Wow air, easyJet and British Airways. We can assist you to find the optimal flight package. The airlines fly to Keflavik International airport.

Icelandair operates flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Icelandair offers 3 classes, Economy, Economy Comfort and Saga Business Class.
WOW Air operates flights from London Gatwick, Dublin and Bristol 
EasyJet offers flights from London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh.
British Airways offers flights from London Heathrow

We can provide a package with or without flights. When enquiring about a specific holiday package, let us know what airport you prefer to fly from.

Air Iceland
offers Domestic flights between Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Akureyri, Egilsstaðir, Ísafjörður, Vopnafjörður, Grímsey and Þórshöfn.
Fugfélagið Ernir offers Domestic flights to Vestmannaeyjar, Höfn, Húsavík, Bíldudalur and Gjögur.


 

All Iceland offers holiday packages to Greenland and Faroe Islands in addition to Iceland. We work with the following airlines that offer flights to these destinations.

Atlantic Airways offers flights from Edinburgh to Faroe Islands
Air Greenland offers flights from Copenhagen to Greenland
Air Iceland offers flights from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Faroe Islands and Greenland

Icelandair, British Airways, Wow Air, EasyJet

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