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 Nature’s Treasures & Northern Lights 6d/5n 26 Oct 2016 -
5 Apr 2017


Experience West Iceland's rich history and mystical landscape

During this unforgettable guided tour you will be introduced to the best-known natural treasures that are tucked along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, famous for its mystical glacier and ties to the ancient Sagas.

Each day brings unique encounters with local traditions, from tasting fermented shark, to meeting our Viking horses, and enjoying homemade skyr (a type of thick yogurt) at a dairy farm. Sample freshly caught seafood out at sea, walk among geological wonders of the Golden Circle and take in the magnificence of the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. At day’s end, relax in the Icelandic countryside for optimal viewing of Northern Lights.

Available: from 26. October 2016 - 5. April 2017

Highlights:

  •       Hunt for the Northern Lights in optimal rural locations
  •       Visit the world-renowned Blue Lagoon
  •       Join a sailing tour on Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO nominee), including a taste of "Viking Sushi"
  •       Walk along the continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  •       Visit Snaefellsjokull National Park with its mystical glacier made famous by a Jules Verne Novel
  •       Taste homemade 'skyr', yogurt and ice cream at local dairy farm
  •       Meet friendly and beautiful Icelandic horses at a local stable

Included:

  •       2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavík, including breakfast (except arrival day)
  •        3 nights at countryside hotels, including breakfast
  •        Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
  •        Northern lights video /DVD shown in the evening at your hotel
  •        Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
  •        Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 2 or 3 (blanket, hot cocoa/tea)
  •        Northern Lights “wake up call” option during the night (available at countryside hotel)
  •        Boat tour with Viking-sushi tasting
  •        Visit to an Icelandic farm and a taste of homemade "skyr" yogurt, ice cream and meat
  •        Visit to Fakasel horse riding center for a "horse theatre" performance, an amazing 45-minute multi-media experience in a unique environment
  •        Entrance fee to Museum Center in Akranes
  •        Blue lagoon bathing fee

 

PRICE PER PERSON

 

EUR                                          Double            Single

October 2016 – April 2017             709                  865


DEPARTURES and LANGUAGES 2016 - 2017

26 October 2016         English             Sold out

02 November 2016      English             Sold out 

09 November 2016      French              Sold out  

16 November 2016      English             Sold out  

23 November 2016      English             Sold out  

30 November 2016      English             Sold out  

07 December 2016      English             Sold out  

25 January 2017          English             Sold out  

25 January 2017          French             

01 February 2017         English          Sold out  

08 February 2017         English            Sold out  

08 February 2017         French

15 February 2017         English            Sold out  

22 February 2017         English            Sold out    

01 March 2017             French

08 March 2017             English            Sold out  

15 March 2017             English            Sold out  

22 March 2017             English

29 March 2017             English

05 April 2017                English

Itinerary:

 

DAY 1: Arrival in Iceland

Day free at leisure. Airport transfers & optional tours available upon request.

Overnight in Reykjavík.

DAY 2: Reykjavik – Reykholt - Borgarnes 

Discover first-hand the colorful capital of Reykjavik with a sightseeing tour.  Catch the city’s energetic vibe through top visitor attractions like the visually stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Parliament on bustling Austurvollur Square, and enjoy panoramic views from the city’s main landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. Uncover a wonderful mix of old and new exploring the Scandinavian charms preserved in the colorful buildings of the old town Centre and the modernity of the trendy harbor district.

Depart Reykjavik and travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay).  Head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the local Museum Centre, which preserves a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits. Afterwards, climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline.

Head onwards to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Nourish your thirst for culture at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. The day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss.  Each waterfall has a mysterious secret to reveal. Overnight in Borgarnes area.

Evening northern lights hunt: Due to the location in West Iceland away from light pollution, your group is in a prime position to hunt for the luminescent green light show that Vikings believed were Valkyries riding across the sky.

Overnight in Borgarnes area.

Included:

  •       Entrance fee to Museum Center in Akranes

DAY 3: Stykkishólmur – Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Borgarnes

After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur.  Here you´ll embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO) to encounter thousands of tiny islands and experience “Viking Sushi,” a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters.

Along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula encounter secluded fishing villages like Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year-round population of less than ten residents. The picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among c columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savor the remote tranquility of Snaefellsnes National Park,  which exhibits an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano (last eruption: 250 AD).  Overnight again in Borgarnes area.

Evening Northern Lights hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavorable, there is another hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis.

Included:

  •          Boat tour with Viking Sushi tasting

Overnight in Borgarnes area.

 

DAY 4: Thingvellir National Park – Gullfoss - Geysir

Iceland’s Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions, including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers.

Its centrepiece is Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930 which has become the world’s oldest ongoing parliament. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet.

Following the road through the fertile countryside, stop to enjoy some local flavors at Efstidalur dairy farm, which specializes in homemade skyr, an organic Greek-style yogurt that has been enjoyed as a breakfast staple and dessert treat in Iceland since Viking times.

The journey continues to Hveragerdi, the charming gateway town to South Iceland set in a highly active geothermal area where pillars of steam rise up from the ground year round. Hveragerdi has the largest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland; residents provide the country with much of its home-grown produce, including exotic papayas and bananas. In the evenings, the lighted greenhouses give the town of Hveragerdi a distinctive glow.  End your day by visting Fákasel Icelandic Horse Park to enjoy Legends of Sleipnir, a unique multi-media production showcasing the role Icelandic horses have influenced  the country‘s history and culture.  Afterwards you can go onto the stage to meet the equine actors.  

Included:

  •        Visit to an Icelandic farm and a taste of homemade skyr, ice cream and meat
  •        Visit to Fákasel horse park for a “horse theater” performance

Overnight in Hveragerdi area.

DAY 5: Reykjanes – Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

Traveling along the breathtaking seacoast of Reykjanes Peninsula, visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church widely believed to radiate special powers for increased luck and success. Although the church is typical of rural Iceland, it is built right into the coast with amazing views of the turbulent ocean waves meeting volcanic rocks and black sands. Look for a quaint set of painted elf houses nestled in the church grounds. Drive to Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon-like surroundings. Near the lake’s southern end lies Krýsuvík, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth’s crust and sulphurous steam rises from numerous geothermal vents. You can see numerous small hot springs, mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shoreline to stop by craggy cliffs rising sheer from the sea. Proceed to the town of Grindavík with its sizeable fishing fleet. After a lunch stop in Grindavík (lunch is on your own), head for the nearby Blue Lagoon.

End today‘s sightseeing with a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon.  Set in a black lava field, this geothermal spa is a lagoon filled with warm mineral-rich seawater that provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Iceland’s raw nature.

Bathe in the lagoon and enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a cozy steam-bath carved into a lava cave, and an energizing geothermal massage waterfall. Be on the lookout for white buckets located throughout the lagoon which contain the famous silica-mud.  Rub some of this onto your skin to soften it, an essential part of the Blue Lagoon spa experience.

Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure.

Included:

  •       Bathing fee to the Blue Lagoon

Overnight in Reykjavik.


DAY 6: Departure

Transfer to Keflavik International Airport not included.



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