Iceland and the Northern Lights
ICELAND | 9 Days | Reykjavik – Husafell – Hella – Reykjavik
This exclusive journey delivers you to the cool climes of northern Europe and the chance to see one of the world’s most stunning visual experiences – the Northern Lights. Best seen during the winter months when the temperatures are low and the night sky is clear and black, the Aurora Borealis lights up the sky in varying shades of green, pink and blue sending out an eerie otherworldly glow. Subject to weather conditions there are myriad opportunities outside Reykjavik of seeing this incredible phenomenon. Not only do the Northern Lights create great drama, but so too do the country’s incredible landscapes. On this journey you’ll see the highlights of Iceland’s southwest with its dramatic fjords, mountains, volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls and stay in intimate boutique properties which range from a log cabin style lodge to a sophisticated Art Deco city hotel and more. There’s also time to explore the compact and stylish capital, Reykjavik.
• An intimate group size of no more than 18 guests
• Geothermal lakes, volcanic craters, lava fields and hot springs
• Soak in the warm healing waters of The Blue Lagoon
• Farm to table inventive Icelandic cuisine
• Hike through an ice tunnel into the body of a glacier
• Snaefellsjokull glacier and volcano
• World Heritage Listed Thingvellir National Park
• The Golden Circle with its geysers and waterfalls
• Super jeep adventure into the rugged Thórsmörk valley
• Luxury boutique accommodation
Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik. Arrive into the Icelandic capital where you are met and transferred to the hotel. This evening meet your local host and fellow travellers for drinks and a briefing on the adventure ahead. Hotel Borg (Standard Room)
Day 2: Reykjanes Peninsula. Start your exploration of this fascinating destination with a visit to Reykjanesskagi, a small headland in the country’s far southwest. A region of intense geothermal activity, the dramatic, rugged landscape here features volcanic craters, caves, lava fields and hot springs. Highlights include Kleifarvatn Lake, the colourful sulphuric deposits of the Seltun geothermal area, the Krysuvikurbjarg cliffs and their abundant birdlife as well as the mineral-rich geothermal Blue Lagoon, whose waters are said to have wonderful healing qualities. Be sure to take a relaxing and rejuvenating dip in the warm milky white waters. Return to the capital with a welcome dinner tonight at Grillmarket where the produce comes from local farmers and the dishes created using smoke, fire and coal (B,L,D). Hotel Borg (Standard Room)
Day 3: Reykjavik – Husafell. This morning we head north to Hvalfjordur (whale fjord), the biggest in southwest Iceland, and Borgarfjordur where spectacular waterfalls including Glymur, Iceland’s highest, hot springs and a glacier are today’s highlights (B,L). Hotel Husafell (Standard Room)
Day 4: Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Today we head out to Snaefellsjokull, the glacier and volcano which inspired Jules Verne’s fictional Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The Snaefellsnes peninsula is a birdwatcher’s paradise with sandy beaches on one side, mountains on the other and the towering glacier above. See the black pebble beach of Djupalonssandur, once one of the most prolific fishing villages on the peninsula and now deserted. Evening at leisure (B,L). Hotel Husafell (Standard Room)
Day 5: Husafell – Thingvellir National Park – Hella. This morning visit Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjokull, and hike inside it via a manmade ice tunnel. Continue to Thingvellir National Park crossing the Kaldidalur Valley on the way. The World Heritage listed Thingvellir National Park is a geological phenomenon as well as having the oldest existing parliament in the world which first assembled there in 930 AD. Later today arrive at your hotel on Iceland’s south shore with the Atlantic Ocean on the right and mountains on the left. Dinner at leisure tonight (B,L). Hotel Ranga (Deluxe Room)
Day 6: Thórsmörk. Today is a dramatic adventure into the rugged Thórsmörk valley by super-jeep. Surrounded by high mountains, majestic glaciers and birch woods, it is a truly breathtaking part of the world and you’ll take some short hikes to explore the main attractions which include the crater glacier, Gigjokull, the narrow canyon of Stakkholtsgja and its beautiful waterfall plus the Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui waterfalls. Tonight is an authentic Icelandic dinner (B,L,D). Hotel Ranga (Deluxe Room)
Day 7: Golden Circle. Today is a tour of the Golden Circle, Iceland’s main attraction, with its incredible stunning landscapes, powerful geysers and extraordinary waterfalls including Gulfoss, Iceland‘s most famous which plummets 32 metres down to the canyon below (B,L,D). Hotel Ranga (Deluxe Room)
Day 8: Hella – Reykjavik. This morning leave the south shore and return to the country’s compact and stylish capital Reykjavik. A city tour is included visiting the 19th century Parliament House, Reykjavik Cathedral, the impressive steel and glass framed Harpa concert hall and the whimsical Hallgrimskirkja church which towers over the city. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore, shop, visit a local coffee house or relax at the hotel. This evening a farewell dinner is included at Sjavargrillid where you’ll enjoy inventive Icelandic fare at its best (B,D). Hotel Borg (Standard Room)
Day 9: Depart Reykjavik. Transfer to the airport for departure flight (B).
Important Note: Sighting of the Northern Lights is completely dependent on weather and atmospheric condition and therefore not guaranteed. Your experienced guide will be across the daily forecast and do all possible to ensure you see the phenomenon.
DATES & PRICING
12 – 20 October 2017
16 – 24 November 2017
Twin Share Per Person: $9,595
Single Supplement: $1,995
Allow us to provide you with a competitive international airfare for this journey.
A&K hosts are the best in the business. Each has an extensive knowledge and a singular ability to bring local attractions to life. These individuals are multilingual and well-travelled, each possessing a fascinating insight into the diverse attractions and cultural interactions present through the region. In Iceland, you may be accompanied by Jon Olafur, born in Nordfjordur in the east of Iceland, where his wanderlust first began while exploring the mountains around his home on foot. One of Iceland’s most experienced guides, Jon has been accompanying guests through Iceland for over 13 years and is passionate about showcasing the phenomenal landscapes and nature of his homeland.