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    8 days - Small Group tour exploring the best of Western, Southern & Southeast Iceland in search of the Northern Lights

    Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Northern Lights Exploration is designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. Head to the countryside: from the regions of Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west to the Vatnajökull glacier in the south-east.

    Discover the Golden Circle, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Black lava beach. Climb a volcano, enter a lava cave, meet Icelandic horses on a farm, see turf farmsteads and churches. Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier from mid-November to mid-March & optional Northern Lights by boat cruise from Reykjavík.

    Read more about the best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland.

    Highlights include

    • Track record of 85-98% chance of seeing the Northern Lights
    • See amazing Icelandic landscapes mixed with soft adventure and cultural experiences
      during the day
    • Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
    • Visit the Settlement Center in Borgarnes
    • Descend 35m underground into Vatnshellir cave situated under Snæfellsnesjökull
      glacier
    • Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living with volcanoes
    • See Icelandic horses and taste freshly baked hot spring bread
    • Five evenings Northern Lights Academy
    • Optional ice cave tour at Vatnajökull glacier for departures between October-April (weather permitting)
    • Small group, maximum 16 people
    • Optional supplement for passengers that require social distancing and more space on the bus. Passengers get two seats per person.
    Day 1
    Welcome to Iceland
    Day 2
    Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjordur Saga Valley
    Day 3
    Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Guided Cave Tour
    Day 4
    Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horse
    Day 5
    Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
    Day 6
    Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier including Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach
    Day 7
    South Shore, Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon
    Day 8
    Departure day
    Start/End Place
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Country Visited
    Iceland
    Duration
    8 Days
    Group Size
    2 - 16
    Travel Style
    Escorted Tour
    Suitability
    Moderate activities including city walking tours and no porterage
    Code
    50DN0615

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

    The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.

    Details

    Transportation

    Small coach (max 16 people on tour)

    Included
    • Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide or driver-guide
    • 7-night accommodation, in rooms with private shower/wc
    • Daily breakfast
    • Entry to the Settlement Center
    • Entry to Vatnshellir cave
    • Taste of freshly baked hot spring bread served with butter, boiled eggs and herring
    • Entry to Fridheimar Geothermal Greenhouse
    • Entry to Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center
    • Entry to Skogar Folk Museum
    • Parking fees
    • Free Wi-Fi on the bus
    • Use of crampons for shoes
    • Use of flashlight
    Not Included
    • Any private expenses
    • Any additional services
    • All meals not listed under "included"
    • Optional supplement for passengers that require social distancing and more space on the bus. Passengers get two seats per person.
    • Portage is not included - you will be responsible for carrying all your luggage.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland

    Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik International airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night.

    Accommodation
    Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík
    Restaurants
    Fiskmarkaðurinn

    Day 2 - Reykjavik City Tour & Borgarfjordur Saga Valley

    At 09:00 meet your tour guide at the hotel. You will start the day with a short tour of the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Then you head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. You get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. 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. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, you step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes.

    Day 3 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Guided Cave Tour

    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. Visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. One of the most photographed and famous mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell, can be seen jutting out into the bay. Visit Arnarstapi and Hellnar before experiencing the area from below, inside Vatnshellir cave. You will be taken 35 metres underground and about 200 meters into the lava tube under the glacier Snæfellsjökull! On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips on 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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes

    Day 4 - Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horse

    Today you travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what they do with all those sheep! After, you continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You travel the Golden Circle route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. After, you travel admire the double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before you 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.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Landhotel in Hella, South Iceland

    Day 5 - Natural Wonders of South Iceland & Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

    Today you travel along the South coast. At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, you learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east, you visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts 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, take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. You spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Fosshótel Núpar, Kirkjubæjarklaustur

    Day 6 - Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier including Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach

    Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. You 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, so-called Diamond beach, where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon, you 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 miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Ligghts shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Fosshótel Núpar, Kirkjubæjarklaustur

    Day 7 - South Shore, Reykjavík & Blue Lagoon

    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 awe-inspiring. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. We reach Reykjavík around dinner time for one last night.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík

    Day 8 - Departure day

    Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    Prices are FROM prices per person. Single supplement mandatory when in single room. All dates are guaranteed to depart.

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    2 Apr 2024
    9 Apr 2024
    2 Apr 2024
    9 Apr 2024
    AUD 4,383
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    2 Apr 2024
    9 Apr 2024
    AUD 870
    Available
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    3 Sep 2024
    10 Sep 2024
    3 Sep 2024
    10 Sep 2024
    AUD 5,739
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    10 Sep 2024
    3 Sep 2024
    10 Sep 2024
    AUD 1,861
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    17 Sep 2024
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    17 Sep 2024
    AUD 5,739
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    17 Sep 2024
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    AUD 1,861
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    AUD 5,739
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    AUD 1,861
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    AUD 5,739
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    1 Oct 2024
    AUD 1,861
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    AUD 5,096
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    AUD 1,253
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    AUD 5,096
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    AUD 1,253
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    AUD 5,096
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    AUD 1,253
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    AUD 5,096
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    AUD 1,253
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    AUD 5,096
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    AUD 4,852
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    AUD 1,027
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    AUD 1,027
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    Important Information

    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.

    Accommodations are subject to change.

    Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age. 20% discount for children 8-11 years of age if sharing room with 2 adults. Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age. Triple rooms are double rooms with an extra bed and ideal for two adults and one child.

    It is not possible to upgrade your accommodation on this tour. You can upgrade to a private transfer to and from the airport.

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