Arctic Powers and Northern Lights - 8 Days

North Iceland has its own version of hidden powers enhanced by its mysterious Arctic location. This vast area of Iceland has some of the country’s most majestic wilderness and intriguing natural wonders

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:07 October - 24 March
Duration:8 Days/7 Nights
Departure:Details
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Arctic Powers and Northern Lights - 8 Days

 

North Iceland has its own version of hidden powers enhanced by its mysterious Arctic location. This vast area of Iceland has some of the country’s most majestic wilderness and intriguing natural wonders. Many important historical events have happened here as well, now preserved in Sagas and folklore. Enjoy thundering glacial waterfalls, bizarre volcanic landscapes, snow-capped lava formations and the vast canyon beauty of Vatnajokull National Park. Travel through some of Iceland’s most dramatic and beautiful fjords. Visit historical family farms and see how people live so close to the Arctic. Sample locally-crafted food and drink. Step back in time in charming communities with beautifully-preserved buildings and a trove of local legends. Add in traveling the coastline near the Arctic Circle, hot springs bathing in the Myvatn Nature baths and a northern lights hunt for a perfect blend of Iceland’s natural power and serenity.

Short on time but long to see North Iceland? This trip can be divided into two separate versions, Northern Aurora Escape and Arctic Powers and Northern Lights.

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 Reykjavík 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 participants

Highlights:

• View the Mid-Atlantic ridge dividing Europe from North America and Europe in North Iceland
• Experience the beauty and might of Godafoss Waterfall
• Hunt for Northern Lights by sea in a beautiful oak boat.
• Enjoy the friendly ambience and historical charm of three northern towns
• Walk among the dark lava citadels of Dimmuborgir
• View primordial bubbling mud pots and steam fields at colourful Namaskard Pass.
• Feel the silent power of Asbyrgi Canyon in northern Vatnajokull National Park
• Relax in the hot spring waters of Myvatn Nature Baths
• Discover Old Norse Mythology at the new Arctic Henge near the Arctic Circle
• 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

Included

• 5 day guided coach tour from day 2 to day 4 and again from day 6 to day 7
• 7 nights at hotels in North Iceland, including breakfast (except arrival day)
• 3 lunches (day 3, 6 and 7)
• Entrance fee to the Whale Museum of Husavik (day 2)
• Northern Lights Exploration Sailing Tour from Husavik (including late night hot soup and bread) (day 2)
• Entrance fee and towel rental at Myvatn Nature Baths (day 4)
• Visit to traditional North Iceland farming community (day 6)
• Admission to award-winning Herring-era museum in Siglufjordur (day 7)
• Visit to a family owned gourmet bacalao workshop (day 7)
• Tour to a craft microbrewery and a taste of beer (day 7)


Not included:
• International and domestic airfare
• Airport/hotel transfers in Akureyri (can be booked with Iceland Travel)
• Swimsuit at Mvvatn Nature Baths (rentals available)
• Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
• 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

Map

 
 

Day 1: Arrival in North Iceland

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.

Please note that early check-in is guaranteed.  Most hotels start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm)

Overnight in Akureyri. No meals included.

 

Highlights:

Akureyri
 

Day 2: Akureyri - Godafoss Waterfall - Husavik - Northern Lights

Approximate distance: ca120km / 75miles

Godafoss, Waterfall of the Gods – Whale Museum - Evening Northern Lights Boat Trip

Breakfast at your hotel. The day begins with a short tour of Akureyri before heading onwards to discover incredible North Iceland. Drive through beautiful alpine scenery en route to Godafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods). Here glacial water thunders around surrounding lava to create a beautiful half-circle shaped cascade. Continue on to the cosy town Husavik on the edge of Arctic. Known as the “whale watching capital of Europe”, Husavik is a great base to explore Northeast Iceland’s natural wonders. Enjoy an easy-going walk around the village, connecting you to local ambiance. Walk along the colourful harbour and tour the Húsavík Whale Museum focusing on Icelandic whales. A number of real whale skeletons are on display, including the largest mammal on the planet: the Blue Whale.

After dinner embark on a traditional Icelandic oak boat and enjoy the sounds of nature while hunting for Northern Lights without the disturbance from town lights. During the trip, the experienced crew will tell stories about the Northern Lights and provide information about the area’s landscape while serving an evening snack of home-made soup and bread. All guests will be provided with warm overalls to make sure everybody stays warm. To make the tour even better, there is a hot tub* on board for adventurous guests to try, so don´t forget your swimsuits.

*Please note that the hot tub will not be available if the weather and sailing conditions are not ideal

Overnight stay in Húsavík. Dinner is on your own.

 
 

Day 3: Husavik - Tjornes - Asbyrgi Canyon - Raufarhofn Village - Husavik

Approximate distance: ca270km / 168miles

Fossil-Rich Peninsula – Iceland’s Largest National Park - Horseshoe-Shaped Canyon – Arctic Henge

Breakfast at hotel. Drive around the fossil-rich Tjornes peninsula to the northernmost edge of Vatnajokull National Park. This section of Iceland’s largest national park is home to Asbyrgi, a canyon created by massive glacial flooding during the last Ice Age.  Take some time to explore this remarkable horseshoe-shaped canyon, which Vikings believed to be a hoof-print left by Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged flying horse from Norse mythology. A distinctive feature of the canyon is a rock formation known as “Eyja” (the Island).

Continue your trip, passing remote northern villages that skirt the edge of the Arctic Circle. Near remote Raufarhöfn village, the colossal Arctic Henge is gradually being constructed. This stone solar calendar is based on the Old Norse religion, Asatru and has many references from the ancient Voluspa.

Return to Húsavík. The rest of the day open to enjoy Husavik. The lively town has interesting museums, and you can enjoy activities such as seasonal whale watching, beach horseback riding and swimming in the geothermal public pool. Hopefully, weather conditions will allow you to view northern lights tonight!

Overnight stay in Husavik. Dinner is on your own.

 
 

Day 4: Husavik - Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve - Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca150km / 93miles

Active Geothermal Area – Volcanic Landscapes– Basalt Citadels – Relaxing Hot Spring Spa

Breakfast at your hotel. Ahead is a fully-packed day of wildly-varying landscapes. Travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland that includes the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and Laxa Salmon River. Some of the most bizarre attractions in the region are the bubbling mud pits and vibrant colours of Hverarond geothermal area. Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano who created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region. Amazing landscapes, where peaceful white snow magically accentuates black lava. Top off an amazing Myvatn visit with a relaxing soak in the geothermal Nature Baths before continuing to Akureyri via a scenic road.

Note: If road and weather conditions permit, the tour will also visit majestic Dettifoss waterfall.

Overnight stay in the Akureyri area. Dinner is on your own.

 
 

Day 5: Day in Akureyri

Breakfast at your hotel. Today is yours to enjoy more of the lovely Akureyri and Eyjafjordur area. Perhaps you’ll visit museums and shops in this lively town. Perhaps you’ll try some fun skiing or snowboarding in the nearby Hlíðarfjall Ski area, just a short cab ride from town, or enjoy ice skating at the popular Skate Hall. Or simply relax with a local treatment or a visit to the town’s famous geothermal pool. Maybe you’ll book a day tour to try whale watching, snowmobiling, horseback riding or buggy riding. Iceland Travel has plenty of North Iceland suggestions, and we can help you book a day tour. And don’t forget that you can join a Northern Lights hunt tour on this evening!

Overnight stay in the Akureyri area. Dinner is on your own.

 
 

Day 6: 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 7: Troll Peninsula - Eyjafjordur Fjord - Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca80km / 50miles

Award-Winning Museum – Breathtaking Mountain and Coast 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 8: Departure

Breakfast at hotel. On your own, transfer to Akureyri airport for your flight to Keflavik International Airport or Reykjavík

 
 

Prices per person winter 2017/2018

EUR Double Single
1.October 2017 - 30.April 2018 1525 1928

Children rate

  • Children 6-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

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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Economy self-drive holiday

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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Superior self-drive holiday

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.

 

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