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Iceland: Chasing the Northern Lights Challenge

An incredible winter tour of North and West Iceland

8 Days From £3277

An incredible winter tour of North and West Iceland

Experience the inimitable allure of the Arctic and join us as we go chasing the Northern Lights. Enjoy challenging adventures set among the winter wilderness of Iceland’s north and experience the thrill of new and exciting activities in the snow. The Chasing the Northern Lights Challenge is a unique holiday, ideal for those looking for a seasonal break with a difference. Climb peaks, walk through thick snow-covered landscapes, bathe in natural mineral waters from Lake Mývatn and witness an array of Arctic wildlife as the Aurora challenge takes you on the journey of a lifetime.

North Iceland boasts vistas that have been virtually untouched by man and is a natural playground for all who visit. This particular tour has been designed to capture the most attractive elements of a holiday in Iceland, and the location has been chosen so visitors of varying skills and abilities can enjoy chasing the Northern Lights. Whether you wish to relax and experience a break among some of the world’s most spectacular scenery or want to participate in exhilarating explorations of waterfalls and craters, this journey can accommodate you. Be transported to a winter wonderland that is bursting with history, culture and a perpetual unspoilt beauty.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Iceland

    An incredible winter tour of North and West Iceland  - Arrive in Iceland

    Transfer from Keflavík Airport to picturesque Reykjavík, where you spend the evening. Explore the city’s sights and perhaps enjoy an evening meal in one of the local restaurants.

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 2 - The Tour Begins

    The Tour Begins

    At the beginning of the Chasing the Northern Lights Challenge you will be introduced to an experienced tour guide who will introduce you to the day’s activities. In the morning we venture west to climb the Grábrók volcano crater. The afternoon sees us exploring Iceland’s past at the Natural History and Seal Museum. Later we continue to the restored turf church of Viðmýri, this stunning example of traditional architecture was made from driftwood coming ashore in the Skagafjörður Peninsula and is built on the same site as the original, around the tenth century. You stay tonight in the New Hotel Siglo, this  evening you have more opportunity to look for the Northern Lights as, if conditions look good, you'll be taken out for a walk away from the artificial light to search the skies for the Aurora.

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Siglufjörður – Iceland’s Most Northerly Town

    Siglufjörður – Iceland’s Most Northerly Town

    Today  in Siglufjörður, we visit the Herring Museum before witnessing the spectacular vistas as we travel to Lake Mývatn. Before arriving at our accommodation we stop at a local micro-brewery to sample some of its tempting produce.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 4 - Lava Formations and Adventures in the Snow

    In the morning, strap on your snowshoes and wrap up warm as you prepare to explore the lava caves of Dimmuborgir. The afternoon is free for you to do as you please or you can join us on an optional cross country skiing expedition. Tonight, learn more about the Northern Lights at an educational presentation and later, after a delicious evening meal, relax on the terrace and watch the skies for the Aurora.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Lake Mývatn

    Lake Mývatn

    Today the Chasing the Northern Lights Challenge gives you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn and its surrounding wilderness. We travel over undulating lava fields and walk through landscapes of effervescing mud pools and hot springs. We stop at the nature baths to enjoy dark bread which has been baked beneath the surface of the Earth. The evening can be spent bathing in the mineral-rich waters of the Lake Mývatn Nature Baths before chasing the Northern Lights once again.

    Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 - Wildlife, Culture and the Capital

    Wildlife, Culture and the Capital

    Today the Chasing the Northern Lights Challenge takes us to the Lake Mývatn bird museum, which boasts over 80 species of bird before taking in the incredible sight of the Goðafoss Waterfall. We then visit the Christmas Garden with its array of seasonal gifts, foods and locally crafted merchandise. In the afternoon we arrive at Akureyri, where you can enjoy free time exploring the museums and galleries or embarking on pursuits such as skiing and horse riding.

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 7 - Skagafjörður

    Embrace the history and architecture of Skagafjörður when we visit this agricultural region which is known as the ‘valley of horses’ due the equine population actually exceeding the number of human residents. Marvel at the restored turf church of Víðimýri and see examples of 18th and 19th century architecture at the Folk Museum and Turf Farm in Glaumbær. After lunch we make our way to the tannery in Sauðárkrókur, to see where fish leather is produced. In the evening, we arrive in Reykjavík.

    Meals included:Breakfast
  • Day 8 - Departure

    Transfer to the airport where you board your flight home after a unique holiday chasing the Aurora Borealis.

    Meals included:Breakfast

Included...

  • International flights from London Gatwick to Keflavik
  • Airport transfers by Flybus
  • Fully escorted 6 day coach tour with English speaking guide (some departures have bilingual English/German guides, contact us for more details)
  • 7 nights accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis (lunches are included on days 4 & 5 and dinners are included on days 3, 4 and 5 as per the itinerary)
  • The North Iceland Aurora Exploration programme with 5 evenings of lectures, presentations, films and guided searches
  • Entrance to the Lake Mývatn Nature Baths, with towel
  • An extensive excursion programme granting a fascinating insight into a seldom seen side of Northern Icelandic Culture including: a visit to a local micro-brewery, open fire hot drinks reception on the hotel terrace, hot-steam baked bread tasting, a visit to the Akeyuri Christmas House and Gardens, visits to the Natural History and Seal Museum, the Herring Museum, the famous turf roofed Viðimýri Church, Glaumbær Folk Museum and Lake Mývatn Bird Museum.
  • A hike through a lava labyrinth
  • Horse show, coffee & cake at a North Iceland Horse Farm

Not Included...

  • Travel Insurance
  • Clothing and Walking Boots for the excursions involving hiking
  • Items of a personal nature
DatesPrices From
FromToAdult
10/10/201703/04/2018£3,277
Notes
  • Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing
  • 11/10/2016 - 04/04/2016 flights based on Iceland air prices average
Prices for single travellers:
DatesPrices From
FromToAdult
10/10/201703/04/2018£3,828
Notes
  • Prices are per person

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