- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
- Fully escorted 12-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide as per program
- 14-nights accommodation as listed below including breakfast
- 3x light lunch, 4x dinner and 8x midnight refreshments
- Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord and lunch in Stykkishólmur
- Visit to traditional shark curing farm
- Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
- Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
- Visit to multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
- Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
- Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
- Visit to natural history & seal museum
- Visit to herring museum and local micro beer brewery
- Hot steam baked bread tasting in North Iceland
- Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
- Snow shoe hike (or hike if no snow) in lava labyrinth
- Visit to Mývatn bird museum
- Visit to Christmas house & garden near Akureyri
- Visit to Víðimýri turf church, Glaumbær folk museum & turf farm and tannery in Skagafjörður
- Horse show, coffee & cake at local horse farm
- Northern Lights fjord cruise from Reykjavik (in case of cancellation, tour is replaced by a dinner at Kopar Restaurant in Reykjavík)
- Northern Lights program during 12 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights
- Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night
- Flights to and from Iceland
- Travel Insurance
ACCOMMODATION: Comfort tourist-class hotels, in rooms with shower/wc (subject to change):
Day 1: Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza
Day 2+3: West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar
Day 4: South Iceland: Fosshotel Hekla
Day 5+6: Vatnajökull Region: Hotel Laki near Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Day 7+8: Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza
Day 9: North Iceland, Siglufjörður: New Hotel Siglo
Day 10+11+12: North Iceland, Mývatn: Hotel Sel-Mývatn
Day 13: North Iceland, Akureyri: Hotel Kea
Day 14: Reykjavík: New KeaHotel Skuggi
Note that the hotel list is subject to change.
IMPORTANT: The Northern Lights Discovery Tour is a combination of two popular one-week holidays. During the first week you travel with the Northern Lights Exploration group and on the second week you travel with the North Iceland Aurora Challenge group with a maximum of 16 persons. Most likely there is a different guide each week.
EXTRA COSTS FOR DINNERS TO BE PAID AT THE HOTELS: During the first week: Fixed 2-course dinners with fish, meat or vegetarian main courses are available at the hotels starting at ISK 6.000 (about EUR 45) per person per night. Note, that the country hotels do not offer a la carte meals and there are no other restaurants nearby. Paying for a 2-course dinner directly at the hotel is less expensive than to have it included in the tour package.
During the second week: In Reykjavik, Siglufjörður and Akureyri, the dinner is on your own. The stay at Lake Mývatn includes 3x 3-course dinner and 2x 2-course lunch.
If you have any special diet requests or allergies, please let us know at the moment of your booking. Lunch stops are made at small country restaurants or petrol station diners.
NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.
NORTHERN LIGHTS: This program includes during 12 evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided evening walks or excursions at spots that are likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. All hotels outside Reykjavík and Akureyri offer a Northern Lights wake up call for guests that register for that special service at the hotel reception. This tour series is designed to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, still the tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are in the northern hemisphere from September through April but are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. Like many natural wonders, the Northern Lights are ephemeral – they may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else makes you comfortable while you await patiently this truly outstanding event. For the best photos we recommend using a tripod.
CHANGE OF PROGRAM: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.