Land of the Northern Lights
Day 1: Reykjavik
Reykjavik. Welcome to Iceland and the start of your Northern Lights adventure! Your transfer to your accommodation is by Flybus shuttle. The remainder of the day is at leisure and there is a free shuttle bus from the guesthouse to downtown Reykjavik at 19:00 which returns at 22:00. Overnight - Reykjavik
Day 2: Blue Lagoon
Reykjavik - Rekjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon - Hella. This morning you meet your tour guide who shows the group some of the highlights of Iceland's capital. Then we head out to the Reykjanes peninsula famous for hot springs, picturesque mountains, bird cliffs, light houses and quaint fishing villages. Later on we get to relax in the warm blue waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.
This evening, we hear all about the Northern Lights and once darkness falls we head out in the garden and wait for this beautiful natural phenomena to appear. Overnight - Hella (B)
Day 3: Glaciers & Waterfalls
Hella - Eyjafjallajokull - Black Lava Beach - Skogafoss - Hella. Today we travel along the South coast and visit the active volcano that is beneath the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. We stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain. Those wishing to get a bit closer can take a trail that goes behind the falling water but be prepared to get wet! Continuing on we stroll along black lava beach to see the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vik. This afternoon we visit Skogafoss a 60 meter high waterfall and one of the most impressive in Iceland. Nearby is one of Iceland's finest folk museums, containing an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts typical of Iceland's past, as well as turf-built houses.
This evening we have another presentation about the Northern Lights and if the night is clear, we might be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights swirling in a wild and carefree dance across the sky in dramatic shapes, colours, patterns and sizes. The grounds of Arhus cottages are very large and dark offering you a great location for Northern Lights searching if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of “maybe there is Northern Lights”. Overnight - Hella (B)
Day 4: Golden Circle
Hella - Golden Circle - Reykjavik. This morning we learn about the indigenous Icelandic horse and its history and special qualities. We also visit a geothermal greenhouse seeing steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continuing on to Gullfoss “the golden falls”, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita river. Next we travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning to Reykjavik for one night. An optional Northern Lights evening cruise can be booked on the spot, if the weather conditions are ideal. Overnight - Reykjavik (B)
Hallgrimskirkja Church in Iceland's capital Rekyjavik
Day 5: Reykjavik
Today our Northern Lights Icelandic experience comes to an end with included FlyBus transfer to Keflavik Airport. (B)
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