Northern Lights Hunt

A 5 day tour in a winter wonderland where we visit the most famous places of Iceland and hunt for the Auroras. Accommodation included.

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Weekly during winter

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English and German: all departures

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Many thanks to Bettina our guide and Ivor our driver on a 3 day tour of Iceland with Snaeland Travel. They were totally amazing and Bettina was so knowledgeable about all things to do with Iceland. We had a wonderful time and thanks for taking us to so many wonderful places. They even managed to ensure that we had the most beautiful blue skies too!!!

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Main Description

This is a real adventure of a tour including such highlights as the famous Geysir hot spring area, the Glacier lagoon, beautiful waterfalls and much more. The tour is designed to maximize your chances of witnessing the amazing Northern Lights. We will stay in a hotel located in the countryside and the itinerary may be adjusted when an opportunity to witness the wonders of the Northern Lights arises. 

However, despite our long experience in leading groups, please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon that is very hard to predict, hence sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Included

  • Fully escorted 3 day tour with English and German speaking local guide
  • 2 night accommodation in Centerhotel Plaza rooms with breakfast
  • 2 night accommodation in Hotel Katla near Vik, standard rooms with breakfast
  •  Visit to Icelandic farm with horse stables and geothermal greenhouse
  • Entrance to the Lava Centre
  • Evening hunt for the Northern Lights one of the nights while staying in Vik (weather dependent)

Tips and Trivia

  • Bring your swimsuit, even if you don´t plan to swim. You might change your mind once you see the warm steaming lagoon!
  • Bring good shoes since  in winter many sites may be covered in snow as well as their paths.
  • Please stay on the paths for your own safety.
  • At Thingvellir you can virtually walk between the American and European continents
  • Did you know that the word "geyser" originates from the Icelandic Geysir?

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  • shared airport transfer one way.
  • private airport transfer one way (1-4 persons).
  • private airport transfer return (1-4 persons).

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Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Reykjavik

Check in to Centerhotel Plaza (transfer optional) . The hotel  is located in the heart of the old city centre of Reykjavik. Despite its location and the city lights, Northern Lights can often been seen there. The hotel offers wake-up service if the Northern Lights appear

Day 2
Golden Circle

​​We tour the renowned Golden Circle. Our first stop is Thingvellir where the forces of the Great Atlantic Rift are clearly visible. This is where the North American and European tectonic plates drift apart at a rate of 2-6 cm per year. Thingvellir is also the place where the ancient Icelandic parliament was established in 930. Then we head for the famous Geysir hot spring area, where Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes.

We also visit the Gullfoss (Golden) waterfall. After visiting these world famous sights we visit a local horse stable and a greenhouse. Then we drive through the landscapes of South Iceland we will visit the new lava centre in Hvolsvöllur . We then drive to our accommodation near the town of Vik, where we will stay for 2 nights at Hotel Katla. If weather permits we head for a Northern Lights hunt, the guide chooses the night with better prospects.​​

Day 3
Glacier lagoon

We head east, along the southern shore to the unique Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon. The lagoon developed around 60 years ago with continuing process of calving and falling of icebergs from the glacier tongue Breidamerkurjökull. Breidamerkurjökull is part Vatnajökull glacier. These icebergs are seen in two shades: One type in milky white, while the other type is in bright blue colour. This being caused by interplay of light and ice crystals. 

The lagoon is filled with fishes that drift in from the sea along with the tides. Seals gather in large numbers at the mouth of the lagoon to catch the fish during the winter. On the way back to Vik we also visit Skaftafell national park which is part of Vatnajökull national park. It contains some of the most prized natural sights of the country.

Day 4
Volcanoes and waterfalls

Driving along the southern coast we encounter highlights such as the waterfalls Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss as well as the glaciers and volcanoes of Myrdalsjökull/Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. The final highlight before getting back to Reykjavik is the spectacular Blue Lagoon. You have a choice of viewing the lagoon or enjoy soaking in the mineral rich water with its fine silica mud. In the late afternoon we arrive in Reykjavik, where we will stay in Centerhotel Plaza.

Day 5
Departure

Transfer from the hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport (optional) or prolong your stay and stay longer to enjoy the northernmost capital of the world and do some more tours.

Accommodation

Centerhotel Plaza
Centerhotel Plaza is located in the heart of Reykjavik close to the parliament and harbour.

At hotel Plaza you will find 200 bright and comfortable rooms and a spacious lobby area with hotel bar where you can relax after an eventful day in Reykjavik. Fully equipped meeting and conference facilities are available at Plaza. The hotel is ideal for business and leisure. Breakfast buffet is included and all rooms are equipped with a mini bar, telephone, flat screen TV, shower, hairdryer and wi-fi.

Hotel Katla
Hotel Katla is situated 5 km east of Vík i Mýrdal in the south of Iceland.

This countryside hotel offers spacious guest rooms in the beautiful surroundings of mountains, black sand beach and the Myrdalsjokull Glacier. Guests have free access an outdoor geothermal hot tub, great for relaxation. Hotel Katla offers 103 comfortable rooms,  Standard, Superior and Suites.

Cars

Small car

Perfect for two travellers and two bags. Accommodates up to 5 passengers and two bags.

Medium car

These vehicles are Ideal for families. Being both Comfortable and economic they are nice to drive. Accommodates up to 5 passengers and 4 bags.

Large car

SUVs can be better in snowy or icy conditions due to their 4 wheel drive. The size provided by us accommodates up to 5 passengers and 3 Bags.

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