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Northern Lights Classical Circle

Discover the classic sights of Iceland and the enchanting Northern Lights

A comprehensive coach tour around the main sights of Iceland, escorted by a local guide. With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this tour highlights the natural wonders, the majestic landscapes and the unique character of this incredible Arctic Island, all with the chance to see the mystical Northern Lights.

Duration: 8 nights, Winter

Price: from $2,203 per person

Highlights

  • Introduction to Iceland's natural wonders, perfect for first time visitors
  • Vatnajökull National Park, Lake Mývatn area, Golden Circle and more...
  • The perfect mix of culture, history, and nature
  • Possible sightings of the Northern Lights

Included:
Guided coach tour days 2-8 with expert English speaking local guide
Accommodation 2 nights with private facilities in Reykjavík
Accommodation 6 nights with private facilities in countryside
6x three-course dinner in the countryside, 8x breakfast (not day 1)
Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum, including refreshments (day 6)
Entrance to Herring Museum
Horse show in Skagafjordur (day 7)
Use of crampons for walking on snow/ice if necessary
Northern Lights guided hunt one night
Northern Lights hunting kit (flashlight, blanket, hot drink)
Northern Lights wake up calls: if Northern Lights are active, there is the option at hotels days 2-7 to be woken up to see them

Not included:
Beverages and lunches
Dinners in Reykjavik
Optional activities
Airport transfer
Flights to and from Iceland
Travel insurance
Any service not specifically listed under "included"

See the Summer version of this tour

Note: route may change slightly due to road conditions

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Day 1 - Arrival

Arrive in Keflavík Airport, travel to Reykjavík where you will stay for the first night. Airport transfer is not included but can be arranged for you. Explore the capital of Iceland, including the many restaurants and cafés.

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Day 2 - Geysir, Gullfoss, Skógar, Dyrhólaey, Vík

Start the day off with breakfast at your hotel, before being led on a short city tour of Reykjavík. Afterwards you head to Hveragerði, famous for its hot springs, on the way to Gullfoss or 'Golden Falls', a double waterfall that cascades into the glacial river Hvítá. The next stop, Geysir, the site of the original geyser, who now lies dormant. However don't be disappointed, as Strokkur, the 'younger brother', is still very much active, and erupts magnificently every 5-10 minutes. The tour continues along the south shore to Seljalandsfoss, a particularly interesting waterfall, since there is a path you can take to walk behind it (be warned: you will get wet!). This is truly a day of waterfalls, as Skógafoss is next, a tall thundering waterfall on the south coast. Then on to Dyrhólaey, a unique volcanic headland with an interesting arch, situated near the black sand beaches of Vík. Dinner and overnight stay in the south coast area.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 325km / 201 miles


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Day 3 - Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón, Höfn

The journey continues along the ring road, crossing the Eldhraun lava field, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet. Stop in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a charming town and the former site of a 12th century Catholic convent. Carrying on, you travel over Skeiðarsandur plain to reach Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, an area popular with hikers. Then you will go to Jökulsárlón, a very famous and picturesque glacier lagoon, with its blue waters and many floating icebergs that break off from the glacier Vatnajökull. The night is spent in Höfn, a fishing town known for its specialty: lobster.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 279km / 173 miles


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Day 4 - Höfn, East Fjords, Egilsstaðir

Drive from Höfn through Almannaskarð pass, with breaks to admire the beautiful coastline. The journey continues east through the mountains of the East Fjords, so enjoy the views as you pass through small villages and keep an eye out for reindeer and other wildlife that can sometimes be seen in the winter months. The final stop for the day is Egilsstaðir, a large rural settlement in the East, which is famous for the Lagafljótsormur, a giant mythical wyrm that inhabits the Lagarfljót river, and is considered the Loch Ness Monster's Icelandic sister. Egilsstaðir is also becoming popular in the East for its great locally sourced cuisine.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 259km / 161 miles


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Day 5 - Lake Mývatn

Enjoy views of the vast Möðrudalsöræfi highland desert plateau, as you journey north towards the North; this landscape sometimes looks eerily like a space scene from a sci-fi film. Be amazed by the thundering Dettifoss, a stop along the way to Lake Mývatn, as Europe's most powerful waterfall plunges into Jökulsá river. From there you will drive to Námaskarð, famous for its colorful springs and bubbling mud pools. The day continues on to Lake Mývatn, where there are many interesting sights, such as pseudo-craters at Skutustaðir and Laxá (literally: Salmon River). Dinner and the overnight location are in the local area.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 255km / 158 miles


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Day 6 - Lake Mývatn, Akureyri, Siglufjörður

Begin the day with an exploration of the strange and mysterious lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and then visit Goðafoss, a powerful waterfall named after the Gods for its important role in religious change in Iceland, followed by Laufás, an old traditional turf farm. Continuing west to Akureyri, the capital of the North, you will see the charming town and beautiful views of Eyjafjörður fjord. Then you will drive through Tröllaskagi, so keep an eye out for trolls, as this translates to Troll Peninsula! Despite its name, this drive is a beautiful one, with steep mountains and Arctic sea views. The overnight location is Siglufjörður, Iceland's northernmost town in a fjord of the same name, with quaint traditional timber houses. This inviting town is perfect for an evening stroll.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 215km / 134 miles


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Day 7 - Skagafjörður, Borgarnes

This morning you will take some time to explore Siglufjörður, specifically the award winning Herring Era Maritime Museum. The museum takes you back to the early 20th century, when Siglufjörður underwent a transformation into a booming fishing town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Then yet another beautiful drive through the mountains takes you to Skagafjörður, famous for its excellent Icelandic horse breeding. Enjoy a presentation of the unique abilities of the Icelandic horse, and its special fifth gait, 'tölt'. Afterwards you head to the village of Blönduós, with the river Blandá running through the middle of the village. A protected nature reserve, Hrutey Island, sits in the center of this river, which is a popular salmon fishing location. Finally, head to the overnight location in Borgarnes, crossing the Holtavörðuheiði plateau through Borgarfjörður to get there.

Northern Lights wake up call option available.

Driving distance: 310km / 193 miles


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Day 8 - Borgarfjörður, Þingvellir, Reykjavík

First drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, providing 180 liters per second of hot water at 100°C. If you take a shower anywhere within 65km of the hot spring then you have showered in the spring water! The next stop is Hraunfossar waterfalls, the beautifully unique formation is thanks to the lava these falls were created from. Continue via the Hvalfjörður fjord, you will go to Þingvellir National Park, the UNESCO heritage site, where the world's oldest parliament was founded in the 10th century. This historic site is also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, forming the North Atlantic Ridge, which shapes the landscape of this national park. The last night of the tour will be spent in Reykjavík, where you can choose from a multitude of restaurants for your dinner.

Driving distance: 205km / 127 miles


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Day 9 - Departure

It is time to say goodbye to the Land of Fire and Ice! If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day and you have time before your flight (recommended to be at the airport 3 hours before take off) then it may be a good idea to stop there on your way, since it is only 15 minutes from the airport and it is an excellent way to relax before your flight.

Departures 2019-20

Prices (per person):

Sharing double room: $2,378
Sharing triple room: $2,289
Single room: $3,030

Dates:

October  30 2019
February 12 2020

 

Prices (per person):

Sharing double room: $2,203
Sharing triple room: $2,156
Single room: $2,758

Date:

March 18 2020

 

Prices (per person):

Sharing double room: $2,271
Sharing triple room: $2,234
Single room: $2,818

Date:

April 8 2020

Please note: All bookings are subject to availability. Availability is NOT guaranteed until booking is confirmed by Nordika Travel.

Early bird 7% discount applies to bookings completed before September 15 2019, prices shown are the full prices, discount will be added upon booking

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Views from Northern Lights Classical Circle

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Highlights

  • Introduction to Iceland's natural wonders, perfect for first time visitors
  • Vatnajökull National Park, Lake Mývatn area, Golden Circle and more...
  • The perfect mix of culture, history, and nature
  • Possible sightings of the Northern Lights

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