Northern Lights Exploration
Best Season: Oct – March
Northern Lights Exploration is designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. In addition to a seven night stay with breakfast, this program includes our special six night Northern Lights Academy, a combination of evening presentations, lectures, film and guided searches for the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. Experience Icelandic winter as good as it gets! Head to the countryside: from the regions of Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west to the Vatnajökull glacier in the southeast.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Soft
Group Size Small Group
- Visit a traditional shark farmer, turf farmsteads and churches
- Relax in the Blue Lagoon and learn about living next to Eyjafjallajökull volcano
- Climb a volcano crater and walk between two continental tectonic plates
- Type of Tour : Road Trip
- Grade : Soft
- Tour Duration : 07 Nights
- Ex-Destination : Reykjavik
- Reporting Time & Venue : 16:00 hrs at Keflavík Airport, Iceland
- Dispersal Time & Venue : 07:00 hrs from Reykjavík hotel
- Accommodation (Nights) : Hotel – 07
- Food Plan : 7 breakfast, 1 light lunch, 1 Night farewell dinner.
- Travel & Transport : Transfer from/to Airport in shared transport & sightseeing in private coach.
- Tour Cost on Double/Twin occupancy : Starting at EUR 1800/- per person
- 7 breakfast, 1 light lunch, 1 Night farewell dinner.
- Transfer from/to Airport in shared transport & sightseeing in private coach.
- English speaking guide.
- Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including light lunch
- Visit to traditional shark curing farm
- Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
- Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
- Visit to multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
- Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
- Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
- Traditional Icelandic dinner at Northern Light Inn Hotel.
- Goods & Service Tax as applicable.
- International Flight Fares
- Visa Fees (Quoted Separately)
- Transit Visa Fees (If Applicable)
- Drinks during included meals.
- Guide during the arrival & departure transfer.
- Extra fee if any due to early breakfast or grab & go.
- Nature pass or other unexpected costs for nature sights.
- Any expenses of personal nature such as mineral water, laundry, liquor, etc.
- Any kind of insurance such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
- Tips to hotel staff, driver, guide, etc.
- Any extra costs incurred due to extension/change of the itinerary because of natural calamities, flight delays, road blocks, vehicle breakdown, etc. factors beyond the control of “Countryside Adventure Holidays Pvt. Ltd.” and its associates.
- Items not specified in the above in “Cost Includes”.
Arrive at Iceland (Reykjavik Airport); Overnight stay at Reykjavik (50 km)
Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport we transfer to the accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. 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. Overnight stay at hotel in Reykjavík.
Reykjavik City tour and Borgarfjordur Saga valley
Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events. We get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water that is nearly boiling – 97° Celsius. 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 two nights in Borgarnes, West Iceland. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Snefellsnes Peninsula and Fjord Cruise
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. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch a uniquely Icelandic “treat“awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl – the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather condtions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes the guide gives you some practical tips of 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Golden Circle, Geothermal Taste & Icelandic Horses
Today we travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! We continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur ”the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. On we travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, before we 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. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Natural wonders of south Iceland & Eyjafjalljokull volcano
Today we travel along the South coast. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center we learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Further east we visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts 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 we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We spend 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in complete darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Skftafell National Park & Vatnajokull Glacier
We 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 where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon we 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 just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. Overnight stay at the hotel.
South Shore, Reykjavik & Skftafell National Park
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 very impressive. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. There is a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers interesting views, if you are prepared to get wet! In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik and have about 2-hour leisure time to explore Iceland’s capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by an Icelandic dinner at the Northern Light Inn Hotel and followed by one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík and Overnight stay at the hotel.
Transfer to Keflavík airport.
End of Arrangements…
Accommodation: 7 – night accommodation, in hotel rooms with private shower/wc
|Reykjavík||Center hotel Plaza or similar|
|West Iceland||Iceland air Hotel Hamar or Similar|
|South Iceland||Fosshotel Hekla or Similar|
|Vatnajökull Region||Hotel Laki near Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Similar|
- Passport & Visa Requirements:
For Indian Nationals:
- Passport with at least six months’ validity from the date of arrival back in India. If you do not have two blank pages to which a visa can be affixed, a new passport must be obtained before submitting your application.
- Fully completed application form appropriate to the type of visa with two original passport-size photographs.
- Applications are only accepted within 3 months of the requested date of arrival.
- The applicants must allow for a processing time of minimum 15 days. Excluding the VFS handling time back and forth to the Royal Danish Embassy.
- Colour photocopy of the valid passport (all pages of the passport) is required. If there are any valid visa for USA/UK/Canada/Australia and any Schengen visa (issued in last three years) in the old/cancelled passport than colour photocopy of those pages are also required.
Iceland’s climate is tempered by the Gulf Stream. Summers are mild and winters rather cold. The colourful Aurora Borealis(Northern Lights) are best seen between November and March. Winds can be strong and gusty at times and there is the occasional dust storm in the interior. Snow is not as common as the name of the country would seem to suggest and, in any case, does not lie for long in Reykjavík; it is only in northern Iceland that skiing conditions are reasonably certain. However, the weather is very changeable at all times of the year, and in Reykjavík there may be rain, sunshine, drizzle and snow in the same day. The air is clean and free of pollution.
The Icelandic winter is relatively mild for its latitude. The southerly lowlands of the island average around 0 °C (32 °F) in winter, while the highlands tend to average around −10 °C (14 °F). The lowest temperatures in the northern part of the island range from around −25 to −30 °C (−13 to −22 °F).