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Arctic Powers and Northern Lights - 4 Days

Spend a short break in North Iceland’s fjords, perfect for pristine beauty, silence and aurora opportunities. You’ll stay in both Akureyri and the newly-popular Siglufjordur, two areas focusing on sparkling historical charm in a breathtaking setting.

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:11 October - 28 March
Duration:4 Days/3 Nights
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Arctic Powers and Northern Lights - 4 Days

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Spend a short break in North Iceland’s fjords, perfect for pristine beauty, silence and aurora opportunities. You’ll stay in both Akureyri and the newly-popular Siglufjordur, two areas focusing on sparkling historical charm in a breath-taking setting. Explore the “Icelandic Alps”, a region of steep mountains and black-sand coastline. Step back in time in charming communities with beautifully-preserved buildings and a trove of local legends. Visit historical family farms and see how people live so close to the Arctic. Sample locally-crafted food and drink. You will be in a fantastic setting for northern lights, should the weather conditions co-operate!

Whether you are interested in visiting a romantic destination, discovering historical legends or simply savouring serene winter settings, this short northern escorted tour is a great winter getaway.

Highlights:
• Search for northern lights in the spectacular setting of Eyjafjordur Fjord
• Walk through nine centuries of Icelandic history in a world-famous cultural centre
• Visit a community of Icelandic farm families and meet their heirloom farm animals
• Travel through a serene region of alpine mountains and stunning coastline
• Tour small family-owned companies producing gourmet seafood and craft beer
• Visit the award-winning Herring Era historical museum in Siglufjordur
• Relax in a geothermal hot tub with lovely views of fjord and sea
• Stay in two excellent north Iceland towns, each with its own charm


Take the New Direct Flights to North Iceland!

North Iceland just got closer to you! This trip is ideally scheduled to take advantage of Air Iceland’s new flights from Keflavik to Akureyri. Avoid the hassle of picking up your luggage and transferring between Keflavik and Reykjavik airports. Simply book an Icelandair/Air Iceland codeshare flight from an Icelandair North American or European gateway to Akureyri. Get both boarding passes when you check in, and your luggage will be checked in all the way to Akureyri! (Note: This package does not include flights).

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants

Maximum group size: 26

Important: Northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed

Included

• 2 days guided coach tour from day 2 until day 3
• 2 nights at a hotel in Akureyri, including breakfast
• 1 night at a hotel in Siglufjordur, including breakfast
• 2 lunches (day 2 and 3)
• Visit to traditional North Iceland farming community (day 2)
• Guided tour of historical Holar (day 2)
• Admission to the award-winning Herring-era museum in Siglufjordur (day 3)
• Visit to a family owned gourmet bacalao workshop (day 3)
• Tour to a craft microbrewery and a taste of beer (day 3)

Not Included:

• International and domestic airfare
• Airport/hotel transfers in Akureyri (can be booked with Iceland Travel)
• Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
• Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel in Akureyri
• Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
• Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time is usually 14:00 - 2pm)
• Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
07 October 2017English
14 October 2017English
21 October 2017English
28 October 2017English
04 November 2017French/English
11 November 2017English
25 November 2017English
17 February 2018French/English
24 February 2018English
03 March 2018French/English
10 March 2018English
17 March 2018French/English

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Day 1: Arrival and Northern Lights

Arrival in Akureyri airport. On your own, transfer to hotel in Akureyri (cabs available. Iceland Travel can also help book your Akureyri airport/hotel transfers). We suggest a visit to the local swimming pool, one of the best in Iceland. The soothing variety of geothermal hot tubs and steam rooms is a perfect way to shake off jet lag.

Overnight in Akureyri. No meals included.

 

Highlights:

Akureyri
 

Day 2: History and Heritage in Skagafjordur Fjord

Approximate distance: ca270km / 168miles

Meet the Locals Farm Visit – Medieval History – Arctic Coast and Mountains- Geothermal Relaxation


Breakfast at your hotel. Today explore Skagafjordur Fjord, where steep mountains and valleys contain some of Iceland’s richest historical traditions. Drive past the jagged peaks of the Drangafjall Mountains en route to a unique “community” of three neighbouring farms who have preserved centuries-old farm traditions and enjoy sharing them with visitors. You’ll see a reconstructed turf horse stable and learn about how vital Icelandic horses were to Iceland’s survival. Meet Viking-age breeds of Icelandic sheep and goats. View beautiful farm handicrafts created from natural local materials. You’ll also hear about how modern life is on farms close to the Arctic.

Discover nine centuries of Icelandic history at Holar, an ancient bishopric, university and cultural centre in a beautiful mountain setting. Walk around and discover a collection of original and recreated historical buildings, including Iceland’s oldest stone church and a replica of a 13th century wooden house. Discover how Holar helped preserve Viking age literature and culture. Enjoy a lunch buffet here, featuring locally-sourced ingredients.

Head north along the fjord, enjoying the vast mountains and views of the Arctic Ocean. Keep an eye out for the legendary Saga Island, Drangey. Arrive in Siglufjordur, considered by many Icelanders to be Iceland’s prettiest town. The rest of the day is open to enjoy this town and its charming atmosphere. Dinner is on your own; the town has several excellent restaurants reflecting its seacoast heritage. Relax in the hotel’s lovely geothermal hot tubs and sauna. If the skies are clear, you might see beautiful auroras shimmering over the fjord.

Overnight stay in Siglufjordur. Dinner is on your own.

 
 

Day 3: Troll Peninsula - Eyjafjordur Fjord - Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca80km / 50miles

Award-Winning Museum – Breathtaking Mountain and Coastal Views – Visit to Local Gourmet Seafood Company- Family-owned Craft Brewery Tour

Breakfast at your hotel. Discover the lively history of 20th century Siglufjordur at the award-winning Herring-Era Museum. You will see how a “gold rush” of herring helped modernise Iceland. It is an excellent introduction to the area you’ll visit today. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Troll Peninsula and its views of steep mountains and black sand coast. The surreal rock formations make it easy to see how the peninsula got its name. Drive through three mountain tunnels and pass through colourful fishing villages. In Eyjafjordur (Island Fjord), visit a family-owned fishing plant that produces gourmet salt fish (bacalao) and cured shark. Enjoy some of the plant’s wares with a seafood lunch at a nearby restaurant.

A good lunch should be paired with a good drink. This afternoon visit the village of Arskogssandur and its craft microbrewery, Kaldi. You’ll hear the interesting story of how a local couple started the brewery. Take a tour the facility and enjoy a sample of the excellent beer.
Arrive in Akureyri in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the “capital of North Iceland.” 

Overnight stay in Akureyri. Dinner is on your own.

 

Day 4: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. On your own, transfer to Akureyri airport for your flight back to Keflavik airport or Reykjavik. We hope your visit brings you many great memories of Iceland of the fabulous Arctic North.

Important: Northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

 
 

Prices per person winter 2017/2018

EUR Double Single
1.October 2017 - 30.April 2018 737 919


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

   

Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.