Iceland Northern Lights

Iceland Northern Lights

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Iceland Northern Lights

5 Days Starting and ending in Reykjavik

Visiting: Reykjavík, Mýrdalsjökull, Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara Beach, Skógafoss, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Jökulsárlón, Skaftafell, Geysir, Gullfoss Falls, Þingvellir National Park

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

CZT

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

6 - 16

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

Activities:

Sightseeing, Walking

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Tour Overview

The Northern Lights can be dramatic, eruptive, fleeting and enigmatic. Never guaranteed, sightings rely on minimal light pollution, solar activity and clear skies. The key to any Aurora trip is enjoying the whole experience, regardless of what happens in the night sky. This is where Iceland comes into its own. Roaring waterfalls, icebergs littered on black volcanic sand and mighty volcanoes dotting the horizon. With a local guide on hand keen to show you 'their' Iceland, and alert to the prevailing conditions and the likelihood of a light show you will be well placed both literally and metaphorically, to see all that Iceland has to offer.





 



Highlights

  • A chance to see the Northern Lights in amazing landscapes

  • Glacier walking and the amazing Glacial Lagoon

  • Complete the Golden Triangle of Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir and Thingvellir N.P

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Reykjavik.

Location: Reykjavík

Accommodation: Hotel

Our tour begins at our hotel in Reykjavik in the late afternoon. Iceland’s

compact capital city is well worth exploring, and we strongly recommend a

couple of extra days before or after your tour. Two of the most striking

attractions are the Hallgrímskirkja Church; a fine example of expansionist

architecture with great views from the tower, and the beautiful Harpa

Concert Hall. The nearby old harbour is a great starting point to explore

the narrow streets of the old town.

Our trip begins with an evening briefing.This will usually be around 1830.

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Day 2 : Drive Along The South Coast Stopping At Seljalandsfoss And Skogafoss Waterfalls And Reynisfjara Volcanic Beach.

Location: Mýrdalsjökull, Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara Beach, Skógafoss, Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we leave Reykjavik driving east along the scenic southern highway. Our

first stop is Seljalandsfoss, a 60-metre high waterfall. Here we have the

chance to walk behind the cascade providing conditions are not too icy.

Suitable footwear is a must, however the leader also carries a selection of

ice grips that can be put over standard walking boots to increase grip in

slippery conditions. We continue on through starkly beautiful countryside to

an area badly affected by the 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull

volcano. 

We continue on along the coast visiting the Skógafoss Waterfall, that falls

in a 25-metre wide sheet in a single drop of 60 metres. There may also be

time to visit the nearby Skóga Museum (entrance payable locally) and see how

Icelanders of centuries past survived in this harsh environment. After lunch

our next stop is the black volcanic beach at Reynisfjara, with its salt caves

and towering columnar basalts. The final part of our journey takes us across

the black expanse of the Myrdalssandur floodplains, created by the river

which formed after the eruption of a volcano under the Mýrdalsjökull

Glacier.

Our hotel for the night is the Laki, located just outside the small village

of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.



Day 3 : Drive Across Skeidararsandur Floodplains To Skaftafell For Stop And Visit; On To Svinafellsjokull Outlet Glacier For Easy Glacier Walk. Drive To Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.

Location: Jökulsárlón, Skaftafell

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We set out today across the massive Skeidararsandur floodplains, created in a

similar fashion to those at Mydalssandur. These floods however only occurred

in 1996, and there is still little vegetation. We head to Svinafellsjokull,

an outlet of the glacier where we go for a short walk. We will be using

crampons and ice axes however the terrain is not challenging and even those

with no similar experience should pick it up quickly. The glacier offers some

fantastic photo opportunities, with its walls of brilliant blue ice,

thousands of years in the making. Please note under certain circumstances it

may be necessary to use Solhimajokull glacier in the south. This is an

equally enthralling experience.

We travel onwards to the beautiful Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, created in the

1950’s as the glacier retreated from the coastline, leaving a 300m deep,

20sq km lake littered with icebergs. On the beach we can walk amongst the

large chunks of ice washed up on the black volcanic sand, creating some

beautiful shapes and formations.

The drive back to the hotel is approximately 90 minutes (125km), plenty of

time to reflect on the day's adventures.



Day 4 : Drive Along The South Coast Passing Eyjafjallajokull Volcano; Visit Gullfoss Waterfall, Spouts At Geysir And Explore The Rift Valley At Thingvellir N.P.; On To Reykjavik.

Location: Geysir, Gullfoss Falls, Þingvellir National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

We make our way back along the south coast, travelling inland from Selfoss.

We stop for lunch at the restaurant in the Fridhheimar greenhouses. Here a

local family have set up a successful tomato producing farm harnessing the

geothermal power so abundantly available. 



From here we head on to visit the mighty Gulfoss Waterfall; one of

Europe’s most powerful. Hundreds of cubic tonnes of water a second pass

over the edge of the falls into the canyon below. We also visit Geysir, home

to the inimitable hot spouts. The most reliable eruption comes from Strokkur

and occurs every 5-10 minutes, firing jets of hot water and steam 30 metres

into the air, a spectacle not to be missed. 

Our final stop before returning to Reykjavik is Thingvellir National Park,

where the world’s first democratic parliament sat in 930AD. It was not

until 1798, that it moved to the capital. Thingvellir is also the site of the

rift valley marking the Mid Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and

Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart, causing an area of around 7km to

literally sink into the earth.



Day 5 : End Reykjavik.

Location: Reykjavík

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our trip ends with a Flybus transfer to Keflavik Airport. Your leader will

not accompany you on the Flybus, however you will be provided with a number

to call for assistance should it be needed.

Should you have time you may wish to spend time exploring Reykjavik, visiting

one of the local thermal pools or the Blue Lagoon (see extra expenses section

for details).

Alternatively you may wish to extend your stay and learn more about this

incredible country. Please ask our sales team about pre and post tour nights.



What's Included

  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  • Tour leader throughout

  • All breakfasts

  • All transport and listed activities

What's Not Included

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Travel insurance

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

Food


All breakfasts are included. There are a number of different lunch stops,
which we believe fit well with the itinerary such as the café near the
Skogafoss Waterfall, and the geothermal greenhouses at Friðheimar which
serves a menu based on its own produce, including the famous Friðheimar
Tomato Soup!
Whilst in the east of Iceland we will stop at local restaurants for dinner.
In Reykjavik there are plenty of restaurants to choose from catering for
all tastes and budgets. Traditional Icelandic dishes consist of salmon, cod,
lamb and puffin. Cafés in the old town are particularly cosy, packed with
comfy chairs, and antique furniture, with wonderful selections of coffees,
cakes and treats.

There will be vegetarian and vegan options available though in the east of
Iceland these may be more limited than in Reykjavik.

Accommodation

We aim to use hotels that provide good value for money (in Icelandic terms) along with a comfortable experience. In Reykjavik, we either stay at Hotel Klettur or Hotel Cabin, depending on availability.



Hotel Klettur







The property is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the main shopping street, Laugavegur, so it’s easy to enjoy the cafes, bars and restaurants of the capital. If you’d prefer to relax at the hotel, there’s a ground-floor bar serving Icelandic beers and cocktails (look out for the happy hour from 5pm to 8pm) and a games room with a pool table and Northern Lights selfie wall.



Hotel Cabin







Hotel Cabin offers the same standard of accommodation and facilities, but is approximately 2,625ft (800m) further from the city centre. It also has a bar serving Icelandic beers and cocktails (with a happy hour on draft beer from 4pm to 6pm).



Hotel Laki







Along the south coast, we stay at this 64-room hotel, which is situated in a perfect location to see the rugged landscape of Iceland, with pseudo craters dotting the view. Run by farmers-turned-hoteliers Salome and Horður, the property has a restaurant serving locally sourced and seasonal produce and you can enjoy your meal with views of Vatnajokull glacier.

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  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 16 years old people can go on this tour

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No visa required for British passport holders.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Iceland Northern Lights Feb 2016

Absolutely amazing all round. Had such a good time

Absolutely amazing all round. Had such a good time in the company of some lovely people that I really did not want to come back home. So much more to see and do. A little too much time on the bus and not enough for shopping but I can live with it. Iceland is a beautiful country.

Iceland Northern Lights

Excellent introduction to Iceland.

Excellent introduction to Iceland.

ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

Wow, what can I say, it was brilliant!!! My first

Wow, what can I say, it was brilliant!!! My first group holiday and I definately chose well.  Glacier trekking was awesome, we were lucky to have fantastic weather on this day, we also saw the iceberg lagoon and yes, later that evening we saw the Northern Lights too.  While in the East we stayed on a farm which was located in front of mountains and just in front of the ocean, a beautiful setting!  Petur the guide was great, incredibly knowledgeable about Iceland - past and present, we had all sorts of stories from him about the Vikings, he was a good laugh, oh and he has a very large box full of nibbles on the mini bus, this went down very well! :)  .  Caving was great too, but I was very nervous as I'm not good with small spaces, you didnt have to do the caving, but Petur reassured me and looked after me the whole time, definately worth doing! All together an excellent holiday, there's some travelling but lots of stops to see waterfalls and sites, oh and the food was good too, especially the trout at the farm, yummy.  The whole experience was that good that I'm planning my next holiday with Exodus already.

Wet & wild!

This is an extraordinary trip even if the Northern

This is an extraordinary trip even if the Northern Lights are not visible, there is nowhere else so accessible that has such a fascinating and diverse landscape. The people are lovely and the food top quality. It is an expensive country however, additional food and drink and souvenirs are pricey.

Northern Lights

Completely amazing! This is a stunning trip in spi

Completely amazing! This is a stunning trip in spite of the short day light hours. Each day there’s a new excitement and the glacier experience is awesome. Title is a bit of a misnomer; as long as you go with the mindset that seeing the NL is a bonus then you’ll be fine. Thank you Exodus.

Iceland Northern Lights

This was a superb, action-packed holiday. And now

This was a superb, action-packed holiday. And now that I have seen some of Iceland, I want to go back and see more of the island. Each day was full to the brim with different sights and experiences. We didn't see the lights (well, only a faint line in the sky) but that didn't spoil the holiday for me given the sheer beauty of the sights which we took in over the course of the holiday.

ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

This was probably one of the best holidays that i

This was probably one of the best holidays that i have been on and a great taster for seeing what Iceland has to offer.

iceland 4 nighttrip

good varied program

good varied program

Wild and Wonderful

A whistle stop tour through the extremes of Icelan

A whistle stop tour through the extremes of Iceland's landscape and weather! The itinerary is essentially waterfalls on day one, glaciers on day two and the 'golden circle' on day three. We had atrocious weather (lashing rain and 100mph winds) on day one so perhaps visiting three waterfalls wasn't the best idea. They were very crowded and the weather made it impossible to really appreciate them. The glacier walk on the second day had to be abandoned due to high winds but not until after about an hour in the weather putting all the kit on and probably another hour attempting to get up the path. The northern lights are elusive and I found them disappointing - you can't really see them with the naked eye, only through a camera lens set to the right exposure. We saw them on a separate bus tour on our last night in Reykjavik, not on the tour itself. Thankfully we had sunshine and calm for the last day. The landscape is beautiful and the food was delicious, if not all that varied. The long drives were broken up well with rest stops and road side sights.

ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS

An excellent short trip to Iceland, made unforgett

An excellent short trip to Iceland, made unforgettable by being fortunate enough to see the Northern Lights only a few hours after arrival.  But sorry not to have had a few hours available to explore the heart of Reykjavik which looked both interesting and charming. 

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