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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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Main Description

Iceland has everything that nature has to offer from volcanic landscapes to geothermal pools. There is something for everyone and you will never have time to get bored! Experience a super jeep ride across the snow and ice, take the plunge in the hot water of the blue lagoon and visit  Europe's most famous volcano (and learn how to pronounce it!) Then view the Northern Lights by night. This trip will take your breath away.

Adventure Level

Warm/winter clothes are essential. There are a couple of day walks on this itinerary, over rough terrain, but without any ascents or descents. Adults will need a valid driving license for a snowmobile.

Although it is our intention to operate the itinerary as printed in the brochure and detailed below, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of alterations to flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops may vary from those outlined. Included meals are indicated in the daily itinerary i.e. BLD = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

The decision to partake in any activity not listed as an optional activity is entirely at your own discretion and risk. If you do have any complaint about or problem with, any such optional activity your claim should be directed to the activity provider and not to The Adventure Company.

Witnessing the Northern Lights

As a natural phenomenon, a sighting of the Aurora Borealis cannot be guaranteed; it is principally dependent on the level of activity of the sun which has an 11 year cycle. Currently the solar activity is increasing and set to be high over the next few years. Naturally cloud cover is a factor but periods of cloud in Northern Iceland rarely last for too long so a four night stay at Lake Mývatn is very likely to yield some clear nights.Dates for these tours are selected around new moon to limit the interference of a bright moon.

Top Tips

Bring plenty of spare batteries for your camera; the cold temperatures mean that batteries run low on power much more quickly than usual. Remember to keep the flash turned off when photographing the Northern Lights - a tripod/fence post or anything steady will help to prevent your photos being blurry.Don't forget to wrap up warm - you are likely to get very cold when outside watching the Northern Lights in the evening. Thick socks are a must and a thermos flask containing something warm can double as a hot water bottle!

Responsible Travel

We offset the carbon emissions associated with the in-country travel on all of our trips by supporting a solar stove and clean energy project in Madagascar. However, it is your flight that will have the largest environmental impact on your holiday. We offer you the opportunity to offset your carbon dioxide emission with a donation to our solar stove and clean energy. The project is run by the non-profit organisation Blue Ventures Carbon Offset delivering measurable carbon reductions and wider sustainable development benefits for local people. We strongly encourage you to donate to our project, so if you would like to offset the carbon emissions generated by your flight, please visit www.bvco.org.uk. 

Clothing, footwear and equipment

Below is a suggestion of what you might find useful to take on this trip. It is not an exhaustive packing list.  Thermal outerwear is provided for outdoor activities.  If you need further advice, please call us or consult your nearest specialist outdoor clothing and equipment store. Wind & waterproof jacket (ski jacket or equivalent) in breathable fabricWind & waterproof trousers (ski trousers or equivalent) in breathable fabricThermal mid layer (warm fleece) Thermal base layer (long-sleeved thermal vest) Thermal leggings (long-johns or fleece trousers)Warm hat that covers the ears - to prevent frostbiteWarm scarfWarm & waterproof gloves/mitts (ski gloves or equivalent) & thermal linersWarm socks & thermal liners Comfortable, well-broken-in, waterproof, walking bootsTrainers – to wear inside accommodationSwimming costume (for the geothermal pools)EquipmentSki goggles & sunglassesSunscreen and lipsalvePersonal First Aid kitVacuum flask 

Baggage

For your comfort we recommend you travel as light as possible; many airlines impose a maximum weight limit of 20kg – we advise you to take 10kg as you will be on the move a good deal! For domestic flights using light aircraft the usual weight limit is 15 kg.One main piece (a soft bag or rucksack, not a hard suitcase). A daypack (25-30 litres), large enough to carry what you need for the day including camera, water, etc.

Rooming

Rooming at hotelsFamily of two - All family groupings of two will be putinto a twin room.Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room.Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply.This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twinroom with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where itis impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which ofyour party takes the single room.Family of four or more - Wherever possible we will put you in a quadruple room.For larger families, we will provide twin/or quadruple roomsas standard, with a triple room if there is an odd number.Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed closetogether (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’tguarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and wesometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. Youneed to come prepared for this.Single AccommodationThere may be instances when you specifically want a single room.Perhaps Granny needs one or parents of a family of three or five want toensure they get a bit of space! You only need to pay for this if you wantto ensure a single room.

Transport

Transfers from and to the airport are included in Iceland if you have booked a flight inclusive tour from London. If you have booked land only, we are able to arrange airport transfers at an additional cost. All flights are economy unless you have chosen to upgrade and no meals are included on the flights. 

Tour Leaders and Guides

Throughout your time in Iceland you will be accompanied by an guide. Dr John Mason will accompany the group for the Aurora watch at Lake Myvatn.  

Rooming arrangements

For most trips prices are based on sharing a twin room. Therefore, if you’re a solo traveller you’ll be paired with someone from the group of the same sex, unless you decide to pay a single room supplement.  Details of this supplement can be found on the Extensions & Extras tab on our website. Occasionally we use multiple-share or dormitory accommodation – particularly when stating in remote places.

Rooming arrangements – Family trips

If you’re a family of 2 you’ll be accommodated in a twin room. If you’re a family of three you will usually be accommodated in a triple room. If you’re a family of four you’ll probably be accommodated in two twin rooms and we’ll do our best to ensure they’re as near as possible. We cannot always guarantee a triple room. If a triple room is not available, an adult from your family will automatically be roomed with a fellow adult member of the group of the same sex. If you prefer to have a room of your own we can sometimes offer a single room for the entire trip or on selected nights within a trip. However a single room supplement applies, look on the Extensions & Extras tab on our website or ask our Travel Consultants for details.

 

Currency - Iceland

Icelandic Krona. You should take sufficient cash to get you through at least the first few days. Owners of bankcards with the Cirrus logo can get cash from ATMs (cash point machines). Credit cards (MasterCard and Visa) are also widely accepted (even in taxis!). There are approximately 204 Krona to one British pound (as of January 13).

Visas & Permits - Iceland

Holders of UK, IRL and other EU passports do not require a visa. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip. Nationals of all other countries should contact their local embassy or consulate. Information can also be found on www.travcour.com. This information is given in good faith, but may be subject to change without warning. Please note that, where appropriate, obtaining a valid visa is ultimately your responsibility. Please consult a visa agency or the consular authorities 4-6 weeks before departure for the most up-to-date information.

Local Costs

Approximate costs in the local currency are given for guidance only, and may vary widely according to location and type of establishment. Please see below for a rough guide

Tea/ Coffee 450 ISK
Soft Drink 965 ISK
Bottled water 350 ISK
Bottle of beer 800 ISK
2 course meal 3000 - 5000 ISK
3 course meal 6000 - 8000 ISK
Glass of wine 800 ISK

Vaccinations - Iceland

The following are recommended:
† Tetanus †Polio
If you are a UK resident you should obtain an EHIC (European Health Insurance Certificate) which entitles you to free or reduced-cost emergency treatment. This replaces the E111 which is no longer valid. You can obtain an application form for an EHIC at post offices or applying online at www.ehic.org.uk. For detailed information and advice concerning vaccinations go to:www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk.  Vaccination requirements change periodically so we advise that you check with your nearest specialist travel clinic 4-6 weeks before departure to get up-to-date information.

International rules for carrying medicines vary. Some countries do not allow certain medicines to be imported, or require official documents, such as a doctor’s letter, to prove drugs have been prescribed by a doctor and obtained legally. It is sensible to contact the relevant embassy or high commission of your destination to check what their drug transportation rules are before you travel.