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Northern Lights in Style

Northern Lights in Style | Scandinavian American World Tours

ESCORTED - 10 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

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Reykjavik | Þingvallavegur | Þorvaldseyri | Reykjanes Peninsula

Tour begins in Reykjavik on Sunday
10 Guaranteed Departures: October 07, 2018 - March 24, 2019
plus optional 2-night extension, see details below

A Few Notes About This Tour

Small, 16-person max group size! Enjoy an exquisite look at Iceland’s Northern Lights—in style and with an intimate group!

On the 2-night extension program, experience a Northern Lights fjord cruise as well as a super jeep adventure into the highlands—the view from the top of the glittering glacier is a must!

Northern Lights in Style is designed to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights while exploring as much of Iceland as possible. In addition to 5 nights of accommodations with breakfast, the program includes our special Northern Lights Academy with 4 evenings of presentations, lectures and guided tours at spots that are likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis.

This is a fully escorted coach tour (2 seats per person!) that can help you experience the winter at its most Icelandic. Both during the day and after dark, as you head to the countryside in West and Southeast Iceland, you will explore the regions from Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Vatnajökull Glacier to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights.

NORTHERN LIGHTS TOUR: This program includes a special 6-night Northern Lights Academy – 6 evenings of presentations, lectures, and guided tours at spots likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis. The tour is dependent on weather, and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. It’s best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats, and whatever else will make you comfortable while you await this truly outstanding event. For the best photos, we recommend using a tripod.

Highlights of this tour:

  • Small group (16 persons max) tour
  • First-class accommodations
  • Fontana steam baths and the Blue Lagoon
  • Langoustine dinner, crab feast, and gourmet dining
  • Cheese & Skyr school visit
  • Beginner's glacier hike
  • Meet the Locals: living with geopowers
  • Northern Lights Academy program with 4 evenings of lectures, presentations, guided searches, and midnight refreshments
  • 2-night extension only:
    • Northern Lights fjord cruise
    • Super jeep adventure into Iceland's highlands and the top of a glacier

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Iceland - Reykjavík

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík where you spend the night at a first-class hotel in a superior room. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital and obtain dinner on your own.

Icelandair Hotel Marina

Day 02: Reykjavik - Hallgrímskirkja Church - Cheese and Skyr School - Þingvellir National Park - Fontana Steam Baths - Northern Lights

After breakfast meet the tour guide and start the exclusive program with a two-hour Reykjavík city tour. Visit to the exceptional observation tower of the Hallgrímskirkja Church offering incredible panoramic views across the city. Learn about Icelandic cheese and the unique dairy product skyr while you have a lovely lunch in the local cheese school.

Depart for Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stop for a wellness retreat at the Fontana thermal baths. Stay 3 nights at a luxury country hotel in south Iceland.

After a gourmet dinner, our expert tour guide provides you with a seminar about the Northern Lights and teaches you how to take photos of this natural phenomenon. Step into the darkness, soak in the hotel's outdoor hot tubs and check if the Northern Lights are visible. These spectacular light shows are also known as the Aurora Borealis, and are frequently seen in Iceland from September through April on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colors of Northern Lights but sometimes there are considerable color variations. They are ephemeral; however, sightings are not guaranteed.

Hotel Grímsborgir

Day 03: Gullfoss Waterfall - Geysir Geothermal Fields - Kerið Crater - Meet the Locals - Langoustine Feast - Northern Lights Hunt

After breakfast today visit Gullfoss Waterfall and the nearby Geysir Geothermal Fields (near to Þingvallavegur), which contains a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The explosion crater called Kerið is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheater. Meet a local who tells us all about living in an earthquake active place with its geothermal powers and challenges. You get the opportunity to boil egg in a hot spring and taste bread baked with hot steam.

Travel to seashore villages with many old and colorful houses. During a private tour around a local folk museum and a historic wooden church, we’ll taste shark meat, dried fish, and Brennivín (Black Death) schnapps. After a nice langoustine dinner at a nearby seashore restaurant we go outside to watch out for the magical Northern Lights before returning to the hotel.

Hotel Grímsborgir

Day 04: South Coast - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - Skógafoss Waterfall - Optional Eyjafjallajökull Volcano and Glacier Hike (Novice Level) - Northern Lights Hunt

Today after breakfast we take you out along the south coast. Travel to the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center where we learn about geothermal activities and volcanoes. Next travel to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which plunges over the mountain and is considered one of Iceland's most photogenic waterfalls, before reaching nearby Skógafoss Waterfall—60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country.

You can choose between a guided walk that is especially organized for beginners on a nearby glacier (total walking time is about 3 hours), or continue the bus tour to explore a black lava beach with bird cliffs. After a gourmet dinner at your hotel, see a video presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program and look out to see if the auroras are across the sky.

Hotel Grímsborgir

Day 05: Reykjanes Peninsula - Viking Ship and History Museum - Crab Feast - Blue Lagoon

Explore the Reykjanes Peninsula and see the region’s many unusual geological features, hot springs, moon-like landscapes, bird cliffs, light houses and fishing villages. Visit the Viking Ship and History Museum, which tells the story about the Viking expansion across the North Atlantic.

After a unique seafood and crab feast we’ll visit the famous Blue Lagoon for a soak in its warm geothermal water. The comfort experience package includes the use of a towel and a bathrobe, a drink of your choice, and a volcano scrub or an algae mask.

Tonight you'll enjoy a fabulous cocktail and dinner at the panoramic Pearl restaurant followed by a Northern Lights tour if weather conditions are favorable. Afterward, the 6-day program ends with an overnight and breakfast.

Icelandair Hotel Marina

NOTE: Group members on the 8-day tour return to Hotel Marina in Reykjavik for the next 3 nights.

Day 06: Reykjavik - Northern Lights Fjord Cruise - Optional Whale Watching Tour

For those on the 6-day tour, your adventure ends today after breakfast. Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to visit the Blue Lagoon again or walk in the neighborhood of the Northern Light Inn Hotel before taking the airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

For those continuing on the extension tour (2 days), today is a leisure day after breakfast to explore Iceland's capital, visit museums, go shopping, enjoy spa treatments, or embark on an optional whale watching tour. Included is a 2-3 hour Northern Lights hunt by boat to escape from the city lights.

Return to your hotel in the evening.

Icelandair Hotel Marina

Day 07: Super Jeep Tour (Full Day) - Microbrewery - Hot Springs - Fjord

Explore west Iceland on a full day super-jeep tour: highland track, glaciers, lava caves, waterfalls, cultural site, hot springs, fjord, and a visit to a micro-beer brewery. This is a true adventure with spectacular landscapes!

Return to your hotel in Reykjavík.

Icelandair Hotel Marina

Day 08: Depart Iceland

Depending on your flight schedule, you may have time to explore Reykjavík a bit more before taking the Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

 

Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Arrival and departure transfers from airport via Flybus (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 4-day bus tour with English speaking guide and 2 seats per person on bus
  • Meals for the 7-day program: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 3-course dinners; Meals for the 8-day program: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 4 3-course dinners
  • Welcome cocktail at Hotel Grímsborgir and Northern Lights Cocktail at Hotel Northern Light Inn
  • Entrance to observation tower at Hallgrímskirkja Church, Reykjavík
  • Visit, lunch, and seminar at cheese and skyr school, Reykjavík
  • Entrance (towel included) at Fontana Steam Baths
  • Entrance to Kerið Volcano crater
  • Meet the Locals/Guided tour Hveragerði, including egg boiling and hot steamed bread tasting
  • Meet the Locals/Private folk museum and historic church tour in south Iceland
  • Dinner at the panoramic Pearl restaurant in Reykjavik (day 6)
  • Shark meat, dried fish, and Brennivín schnapps tasting
  • Visit to the new Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center
  • Custom-designed novice glacier hike
  • Entrance to the Viking Ship and History Museum
  • Experience package at the Blue Lagoon: entrance fee, towel, bathrobe, drink of your choice, and volcano scrub or algae mask
  • 4 nights’ Northern Lights program, including combination of lectures, presentations, film, guided Northern Lights searches, and midnight refreshments
  • Use of winter and Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow and ice gripper spikes for shoes, as well as a flashlight for walking in the dark/operating camera at night
  • 2-night extension additionally includes:
    • Northern lights fjord cruise
    • Full day super jeep adventure in west Iceland; includes beer tasting at local brewery

NOTE: Prices do not include airfare, extra beverages, extra items, or any services not listed in the program above. There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price, and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot when entering any of these sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment, and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.

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2018-19 STARTING PRICES | GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Departure Dates and Information: Base Tour
=Available =Closed =On Request

Tour dates & availability per 11/16/2018. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a 16-person max. tour. Guided bus tours start in Reykjavik on Mondays. Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.

Child discount available! Discount available upon request.


Land Only


Single
Supplement

October
07 & 21


$3817 p.p. twin


$703

November
04 & 18


$3817 p.p. twin


$703

January
13


$3817 p.p. twin


$703

February
24


$3817 p.p. twin


$703

March
10 & 24


$3817 p.p. twin


$703

Base + 2-Night Extension Tour


Sunday - Sunday


Sunday - Sunday

October
07 & 21


$4811 p.p. twin


$973

November
04 & 18


$4811 p.p. twin


$973

January
13


$4811 p.p. twin


$973

February
24


$4811 p.p. twin


$973

March
10 & 24


$4811 p.p. twin


$973

NOTE: In Reykjavik dinner is on your own: fine dining and a la carte dining are both available in Iceland's capital. Meals Day 3-6: most meals are included. Please let us know about any dietary requests or allergies at the moment of booking. Optional lunch stops include small country restaurants or roadside shops. Nature fees: some nature attractions in Iceland may charge an entrance fee during the trip (not included). These need to be paid by all tour members on the spot; locations, amount, and form of payment are subject to change.

ADDITIONAL NOTES FOR SMALL GROUPS: From day 3-6 there are 2 seats per person on the bus included. Northern Lights fjord cruise (2-day extension) group size depends on size of boat and final amount of bookings. Group size on super jeep tour is between 1-12 persons (depends on size of boat and final amount of bookings), 1 seat per person.

Tour Information

Tour Type:Escorted Tour / Winter and Northern Lights Tour / Small Group Tour
Price: from $3817
Duration:6 days
Cities Visited:Reykjavik - Þingvallavegur - Þorvaldseyri - Reykjanes Peninsula
Departures: January - February - March - April - October - November

Tour Map

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