North Iceland is Icelanders’ favourite winter activity destination. Discover why with this driving holiday.
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Experience a friendly maritime culture, beautiful harbor surroundings and great access to astonishing natural surroundings with a visit to Husavik fishing village
Experience a friendly maritime culture, beautiful harbor surroundings and great access to astonishing natural surroundings on an adventurous break to the small fishing village of Husavik.
Husavik, a fishing village of just over 2,230 residents, is a thriving center for the surrounding region. Surrounded by majestic snow-tipped mountains in a picturesque fjord, this charming village has gained an international reputation for excellent whale watching, which can be enjoyed for much of the year. Husavik is an ideal base to explore the breathtaking circle of natural wonders known as the Diamond Circle, including the marvellous volcanic wonderland of Lake Myvatn, the thundering waterfalls of Dettifoss, the horseshoe shaped Asbyrgi Canyon and the echoing crags of Hljodaklettar.
The beauty of the region comes alive in the winter months when the snow and light conditions bring out mystical shapes, and of course the mysterious northern lights which are best seen on cold and clear nights. Popular outdoor winter activities include downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowboarding. Winter temperatures can also be quite mild considering Husavik's proximity to the Arctic Circle (average temperatures around -2.75°F or 26°F), making it especially enjoyable to enjoy some geothermal bathing on a winter day at either the local swimming pool or the Nature Baths in Lake Myvatn.
Husavik is a small town offering much to do year-round with friendly restaurants featuring local produce, a geothermal swimming pool, hiking paths, and outdoor fun. For local culture there are several museums, including the famous Whale Museum -- Iceland's only museum of marine mammals-- and the new Explorers' Museum.
Note: Fosshotel Husavik is undergoing renovations during winter 2016, but this is designed not to affect guests during their stay
Daily departures except Wednesdays and Fridays. Closed out dates 21 -24 & 29 Dec 2016 and 11-13, 16 Apr 2017. No domestic flights on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
No passenger minimum required for this tour
• 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik with private bathrooms, including breakfast (except arrival day)
• 2 nights at Fosshotel Husavik or similar, including breakfast
• Round-trip flights Reykjavik - Husavik (excluding airport tax)
• Meet and greet at Husavik airport, and round-trip transfers between Husavik airport and your hotel
• Guided Husavik city orientation
Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
Welcome to Iceland! Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Transfer on own to Reykjavik.
The day is yours to rest and enjoy at your leisure. If your inbound flight is early in the day you have the chance of adding an interesting day tour or activity. Check-in at your hotel in Reykjavik is in the afternoon.
Overnight in Reykjavik
Day 2: Flight to Husavik
Flight to Husavik – Guided Introduction – Local Charm
Breakfast at your hotel. Morning is open to enjoy Reykjavik. On your own, transfer to the Eagle Air terminal at Reykjavik Domestic Airport (cabs plentiful). The terminal is located just behind the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura. Guests of the Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura can easily walk to the airport terminal.
Take a short flight to Husavik Airport. You will be met by a local guide who will drive you to town and take you for a short orientation.
There are many ways you can relax in Husavik. Walk along the colorful harbor seafront and breathe the fresh Atlantic breeze. Visit the charming wooden church that is the town´s symbol. Enjoy a dip in the geothermal swimming pool. Visit the new Exploration Museum, which commemorates the role Iceland has played in international exploration. Discover the Husavik Culture House with its maritime museum, natural history museum, folk museum, district archives and an art gallery.
The Husavik Whale Museum is an absolute must-see. It provides information on whale species, their evolution and biology, as well as the history of whaling in Iceland.
If the weather conditions are favorable, tonight you might see northern lights in the area. (The best time for northern lights viewing is mid September through mid April)
Overnight in Husavik.
Day 3: Arctic Discoveries
Breakfast at your hotel. Today is open for your own activities.
You might consider booking an optional day tour to visit one of the natural wonders of the Diamond Circle region. This might include a visit to Asbyrgi, a distinctive hoof-shaped cliff said to be made by Odinn´s eight-legged war horse Sleipnir. Or you might take in Dettifoss, the powerful waterfall, considered to be Europe´s mightiest, where part of the movie Prometheus was filmed. Or perhaps you´ll visit the marvelous Lake Myvatn area and its extraordinary geological marvels including a visit to the soothing Myvatn Nature Baths.
You could also board an oaken boat for whale watching in the beautiful Skjalfandi Bay (available in the fall and late winter). A horse farm just outside of Husavik offers horseback riding for all rider abilities on trails overlooking the sea.
Evening and overnight at the Fosshotel Husavik. If you are staying in Husavik between mid September and mid April, you might see the northern lights, weather permitting.
Day 4: Return to Reykjavik
Breakfast at hotel.
If your flight leaves in the afternoon/evening, you might want to book some optional tours or activities to enjoy in the Husavik area. Transfer to Husavik airport for your return flight to Reykjavik.
Transfer on your own to your hotel in Reykjavik.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 5: Departure
Please be ready to leave your hotel approximately three hours before the departure of your flight (transfer to airport is not included in the package price).
Please note: The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.
|Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura & Fosshotel Husavik||01.- 31.May & 16.- 30.Sept||730||965|
|Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura & Fosshotel Husavik||01.Jun - 15.Sept||845||1150|
|Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura & Fosshotel Husavik||01Oct - 30.Apr 17||635||794||620|
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