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Icelandic Northern Lights Adventure - Astronomy Kids

Trip type: 
Astronomy
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
20
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Europe, Iceland | 5 days
Trip code: 
FILA
New
Family Holidays | Min age 8yrs
What's included: 

Astronomy - Tuition and talks from our expert (3 nights)

Transport - Charter bus, on foot.

Accommodation - Hotel (4 nts).

Meals - 4 breakfasts

Trip Highlights: 
Inspiring talks from our astronomy expert
Aspects of the core curriculum covered
View the stunning Volcanic scenery
Super Jeep Adventure
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  • Day 1 - Arrive in Reykjavik
  • Day 2 - Reykjanes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon and city tour
  • Day 3 - Free day - Optional Activities
  • Day 4 - The Golden Circle
  • Day 5 - Tour ends
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Day
1
Arrive in Reykjavik

Arrive in Reykjavik

Check in at the hotel in Reykjavik where you will be based for the week. This evening our astronomy expert will give a short talk about the science behind the Northern Lights as well as talking about the sky at night. You will then head out by bus to a low light pollution where you may be able to see the northern lights. These naturally occuring phenomena are a true marvel of nature, and on a clear night you can see them light up the night sky in various shades of green, blue and red. Caused by the emmisions in the earth's atmosphere, the colours are determined by the change in oxygen and nitrogen atoms, and have been revered as mythical phenomenon by indiginous peoples all over the northern hemisphere.Please note- The Northern Lights can only be seen with clear skies. The evening tour will be moved to another night if there is bad weather. (Hotel 4 nights Bx4).

Day
2
Reykjanes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon and city tour

Reykjanes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon and city tour

Today you can head out into the rugged wild south of Iceland. The Reykjanes peninsula is home to many active volcanoes and large lava fields, which ensures that little grows there. You can walk among the lava fields and soak in the dramatic landscape as the sea beats down on this barren shore in the morning, before heading to the world renowned blue lagoon.One of the most famous and instantly recognisable thermal springs in the world, the blue lagoon is a geothermal spa caused by silica and sulphur in the ground. Temperatures in the swimming area can reach as high as 40 degrees, so if you do decide that you want to take a dip, make sure you are prepared for the heat! The lagoon is known for having healing properties, so after a long soak here you may come out feeling renewed and invigorated.On your return to Reykjavik, you will be taken for a tour of the city. The world's most northerly capital is also the largest city in Iceland and is a fascinating cultural centre. The old town of Reykjavik is instantly recognisable from the brightly coloured buildings and is an enjoyable place to wander around. There are a number of interesting buildings and architecture that you can see as you take in the sights of the town.This evening you may be able to see the northern lights. These naturally occuring phemonena are a true marvel of nature. Our astronomy expert will talk you through the night sky and tell you about the Northern Lights.Please note- The Northern Lights can only be seen with clear skies. The evening tour will be moved to another night if there is bad weather. 

Day
3
Free day - Optional Activities

Free day - Optional Activities

Today you will be free to explore the city of Reykjavik yourself or take part in one of our optional activities which include:Whale WatchingTake to the water today in Reykjavik bay as you voyage in search of whales, the largest mammals on Earth. In the harbour off the coast of the capital you can encounter minke or humpback whales. These majestic creatures are gentle giants, and their inquisitive nature can bring them close to the boats so you may well get to see them at close quarters.Glacier adventureOne of the most exciting parts of a visit to Iceland is surely a trip out on the frozen icy glaciers. And what better way to do this than by four wheel drive jeep? The super jeeps that are used in Iceland are specially designed so that they can get over the ice and around the frozen terrain with ease.Once you reach the ice, you change to a snowmobile to continue your drive over the icy landscape. Reaching speeds of up to 80 kilometres per hour, you will drive over the ground, hearing the whizz of your tracks in the snow, and marvelling as the world rushes by you.South ShoreIn April 2010, the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull caused planes to be grounded all over Europe. Today, you head down to the south shore of Iceland, where this now world famous volcano is among the many sights.You head down to the southern headland of Iceland , through small villages and farmlands with views to the majestic mountains towering over the coast . On the way, there are great views of snow shrouded Hekla volcano, and the towering, ice capped strato volcano Eyjafjallajökull  This area is a paradise for geology, showing the forces of nature and creation of life very clearly.Continuing on your walk you pass spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss, which tumble down over jagged rocks. Then its on to Dyrhólaey, a magnificent rocky headland with sheer cliffs, before heading for the shore for lunch. On the way back to Reykjavik, you can admire the towering cliffs above you. This evening you may be able to see the northern lights. Our astronomer will again be on hand to answer any questions you might have on the wonders of the universe. Please note- The Northern Lights can only be seen with clear skies. The evening tour will be moved to another night if there is bad weather.  

Day
4
The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle

Iceland is a geographical wonderland, home to some of the most varied natural landscapes in the world, from the barren volcanic landscapes in the south, to the frozen wildernesses further north. However, the geyser is something that defines Iceland so much that this name has become synonymous with this spectacular occurance.From the ancient Icelandic world  'geysa', meaning to gush, this is now the name that is given to a high pressure discharge of water from the land the world over. Today, in the Golden Circle, you will see the Great Geyser in the Haukadular Valley, where eruptions can force water 70 metres in the air. Within the Golden Circle there are several of these geysers which erupt with great frequency.

Day
5

Tour ends

Today the tour ends at the hotel (B)