Northern Lights Exploration

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Cruise along fjords…see the Northern Lights…explore rugged mountains and more!

Days
8
Style
Coach
From
$2716

Northern Lights Exploration

See the best of Iceland on our most inclusive Northern Lights tour. Start and end in Rekyjavik, explore rugged mountain, snow capped volcanoes, bubbling geysers and black lava beaches. Cruise along fjords and taste fermented shark all whilst looking out for the spectacular Northern Lights!

 

Tour Highlights

  • Lava fields, black lava beaches and Seljalandsfoss waterfall

  • Borgarfjördur Valley: Home to volcanoes, waterfalls and Europe's most powerful hot springs

  • Eyjafjallajökull Glacier: Home to the famous eruption of April 2010 that halted international air travel for a week

  • Blue Lagoon: Relaxing in a natural geothermal spa surrounded by a lava field

  • Golden Circle: Geysir geothermal fields, Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur geyser, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Reykjavik: Capital of Iceland

Full Itinerary

Welcome to Iceland and the start of your Northern Lights adventure! Your transfer to your accommodation is by Flybus shuttle. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

 


Overnight: Reykjavik | Breakfast

City Tour & Hot Springs
Reykjavik – Borgarfjordur Valley – Borgarnes.

 

This morning we meet our tour guide and depart on a Reykjavik city tour exploring some of the highlights of Iceland’s capital.

The Borgarfjordur valley is known as the Saga valley of West Iceland because many important historical events took place there. You get a chance to climb the Grabrok volcano crater and warm up at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, producing 180 litres of nearly boiling water (97°c) per second!

Next we head to Hraunfossar, full of waterfalls that pour from beneath a kilometre-wide lava field.

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 the next two nights at Borgarnes in West Iceland. This afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights and after dinner we take a walk into the garden to search for the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.
Overnight: Borgarnes | Breakfast

Mountains & Lights
Borgarnes – Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Breidafjordur fjord cruise – Borgarnes.

Today we explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula which juts out from Iceland’s west coast. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a lunchtime cruise on the Breidafjördur fjord.

Afterwards we can stroll around the sheltered harbour exploring this charming town with its many old wooden houses. A uniquely Icelandic “treat “awaits you at our next stop, Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl – delicious fermented shark!

Today our guide gives us some practical tips of how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program.

Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out and about chasing the Northern Lights which is most pleasant while soaking in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.


Overnight: Borgarnes | Breakfast, Lunch

Golden Circle & Horses
Borgarnes – Golden Circle – Hella.

This morning we travel along the scenic shores of the Hvalfjörour fjord, stopping at an Icelandic wool outlet store before turning inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

After a stop at the park, we continue to Gullfoss “the golden falls“, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River. Look out for the steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. Here there is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools with the original geyser now dormant but Strokkur „the Churn“ very much still active with eruptions every 5-10 minutes. When we get to Geysir, we visit the restaurant and taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with delicious Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs, and local herring. This is best served with a small glass of ice cold (nearly frozen) Geysir Schnapps.

This afternoon, we learn about the history of the hardy Icelandic horse and the special qualities they possess. We also visit a geothermal greenhouse, before reaching our accommodation in South Iceland.

Tonight, we step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, which are best enjoyed from the comfort of the hot tub in the garden of the hotel amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.
Overnight: Selfoss | Breakfast

Black Lava Beach
Hella – Eyjafjallajökull – Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Today we travel along the South coast. Our first stop is at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre where we learn about how people live next to a glacier and an active volcano and the famous eruption of 2010.

Further east we visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts typical of Iceland’s past as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is the waterfall of Skógafoss which stands 60 meters tall and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland.

This afternoon we take a stroll along black lava beach and the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland.

We spend the next 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in complete darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.
Overnight: Kirkjubaejarklaustur | Breakfast

Vatnajökull NP
Kirkjubaejarklaustur – Jökulsárlón – Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. This morning we travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon which is filled with floating icebergs. Exploring this extraordinary site we keep an eye out for seals swimming in the freezing Arctic waters.

We then can walk along the black sandy beach where some large icebergs have gotten stranded.

This afternoon we visit the tiny turf church in the town of Hof before heading to the National Park. The Vatnajökull National Park covers about 12,000 square kilometres and is the largest National Park in Europe. Here we find Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier which the park is named after.

Alternatively we can take an optional Ice Cave tour (between Nov 15th and March 15th only) – see Trip Notes for more details.

Tonight we enjoy a movie presentation about the Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights Academy program before hopefully seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.
Overnight: Kirkjubaejarklaustur | Breakfast

Lava Fields & Lagoon
Kirkjubaejarklaustur – Vik – Reykjavík.

This morning we depart Kirkjubæjarklaustur and head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vik where we make a photo stop.

 

We take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland, Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. Those wishing to get a bit closer can take a trail that goes behind the falling water but be prepared to get wet!

In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik where we have a couple of hours to explore Iceland’s capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring.

This evening we head to the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak, followed by a traditional Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn Hotel and finishing off with one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights.

Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night.
Overnight: Reykjavik | Breakfast, Dinner

Today our Northern Lights Icelandic experience comes to an end with included FlyBus transfer to Keflavik Airport. .

Inclusions

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner. (traditional Icelandic dinner at Northern Light Inn Hotel)

Transport

  • Transportation in heated coaches with free Wi-Fi on board
  • Arrival and Departure Transfer with FlyBus from Keflavik Airport

Activities

  • Use of winter and Northern lights explorer equipment simple non-slip snow and ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flashlight that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating a photo camera at night
  • Fjord Cruise on Breidafjördur fjord including lunch
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Entrance into Skogar folk museum and turf houses
  • Northern Lights programme during 6 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights and midnight refreshments
  • Visit to traditional shark curing farm, tasting of geothermally cooked bread and eggs
  • Visit to multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
  • Entrance with towel into the Blue Lagoon

Exclusions

Insurance

  • Travel Insurance is mandatory for all Brave Women Travel tours. Please forward a copy of your signed policy to our office.

Transport

  • International Flights and Visas

Gratuities

  • Gratuity for your tour guide. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture

Optional Activities

ICELAND WHALE WATCHING $105

Reykjavik Old Harbour.

Starting in Reykjavik’s old harbour, your whale watching adventure is located right in the city centre. On this whale watching excursion you will be able to get up close to some of Iceland’s amazing wildlife. The focus is naturally on the giants of the sea and we hope to see Minke and Humpback Whales, Harbour Porpoises and White-Beaked Dolphins. However the tour is also a good way to see the city of Reykjavik from the coast.

The focus of these tours is comfort, unique experience and a personal service whilst keeping the environment protected and respected. The boats are manned by a highly skilled and friendly crew.

The boat is equipped with warm overalls for all passengers – they are warm enough to be able to stand out on the large viewing deck for the duration of the tour – however there is also plenty of warm seating areas inside where you can find refreshments and souvenirs to purchase. There is also complimentary Wi-Fi on board for all passengers.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
3 – 3.5 hour cruise on a whale watching cruise from Reykjavik Harbour
Warm overalls to wear during cruise
Complimentary Wi-Fi
Free ticket to try again if no whales are sighted

NORTHERN LIGHTS BY BOAT $105

Go in search of the magnificent Northern Lights by boat from Reykjavik harbour. Spend a few hours sailing out of the city on the lookout for the aurora borealis dancing over the North Atlantic ocean as you admire at the beautiful surrounding mountains and city lights all around. Expert guides on board will teach you how to spot them, the scientific facts behind them and tell you great tales and legends of the lights themselves.

The boat is easy to walk around, you’ll be provided with extra warm overalls for the challenging Icelandic weather, you can have a drink at the onboard bar and enjoy the complimentary Wi-Fi as you sail.

WHAT’S INCLUDED
2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise from Reykjavik old harbour

This tour is operated by
On The Go Tours

Departing: April 5, 2019

From: $2716 USD

Days: 8

Style: Coach

Physical Rating: +2 Light

At A Glance

  • Lava fields, black lava beaches and Seljalandsfoss waterfall

  • Borgarfjördur Valley: Home to volcanoes, waterfalls and Europe's most powerful hot springs

  • Eyjafjallajökull Glacier: Home to the famous eruption of April 2010 that halted international air travel for a week

  • Blue Lagoon: Relaxing in a natural geothermal spa surrounded by a lava field

  • Golden Circle: Geysir geothermal fields, Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur geyser, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • And more!

Oct 4/19 $2716
Apr 5/19 $3195
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