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Northern Lights Short Break

Trip type: 
Astronomy
Adventure level: 
1.Easy
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Europe, Iceland | 5 days
Trip code: 
EXIS
What's included: 

Transport - Private bus, internal flights

Accommodation - Hotels (4nts)

Meals - All breakfasts included.

Trip Highlights: 
Northern Lights
Godafoss Waterfall
Nature Thermal Baths
Evening talks from our astronomy expert
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Trip Highlights: 
Northern Lights
Godafoss Waterfall
Nature Thermal Baths
Evening talks from our astronomy expert
see full itinerary >>
What's included: 

Transport - Private bus, internal flights

Accommodation - Hotels (4nts)

Meals - All breakfasts included.

Trip Overview: 

Experience the wonderful Northern Iceland, you will be surrounded by snow covered volcanoes and waterfalls. Have a chance to relax in the geothermal hot springs and experience a super jeep adventure. During 2013 and 2014 the Sun will remain activite and Lake Myvatn provides the perfect place to see the amazing northern lights. 

Itinerary: 
Day
1
Fly to Reykjavik

Fly to Reykjavik

Your transfer will be waiting for you at the airport. The route leads from Keflavík airport to Reykjavík for check-in at your accommodation.

This evening you will be free to explore the city. The group leader will recommend and organise an optional group meal.Hotel Fron - 1 night

Day
2
Akureyri and Lake Mývatn

Akureyri and Lake Mývatn

This morning we will take the short flight of about 40 minutes from Reykjavik's Domestic Airport to the northern town of Akureyri where you will be met by our local guide and board a coach to Lake Myvatn.

On the way to the hotel, you will have a guided tour that will introduce you to the North of Iceland, only a few kilometres from the Arctic Circle. On the way you will stop at the beautiful waterfall Goðafoss, a wonderland for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. 

Lake Mývatn is surrounded by lava fields, volcanoes and mountains, with weird volcanic formations in Dimmuborgir (Dark Citadels), pseudocraters and underground caves with geothermal water (Grjótagjá).  After lunch at your hotel at Lake Mývatn you will visit Hverarönd mud pools with its steam jets and boiling sulphur pits, Dimmuborgir lava field.

Finishing back at your hotel which will be your base for the next 3 days. The hotel is in a remote region far away from street lights making it ideal for watching the skies for aurora. Sel Hotel - 3 nights (B)

Day
3 to 4
Activities and Aurora

Activities and Aurora

The region around Lake Myvatn is as fascinating as it is beautiful and today you are free to explore the area or take part in a range of optional activities available.  

There are a number of walks that can be made from the hotel around the southern shores of the lake on which you can take in the pseudocraters and volcanic cones in the area.

There are some interesting birds to see in the region including the Barrow’s Goldeneye and Harlequin Duck which are present around the lake and rivers year round.    

On the return you will stop off at the Mývatn nature bath for a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 meters. Containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal microorganisms, the waters are beneficial to skin and spirit alike.   

Dinner will be available at the hotel at an additional cost, after which the astronomy expert will host a number of lectures and discussions related to the Aurora discussing both the science and mythology attached to them.  He will also be keeping an eye on the sky and if the Northern Lights appear will ensure we all head out to view their beauty. (B)

Day
5

Homeward Bound

This morning we transfer back to Akureyri for your flight to Reykjavík where you will be then transferred to the international airport for your flight home. 

For land only passengers your tour will end at the donestice airport in Reykjavik. (B)

Lake Mývatn

Passing the beautiful waterfall Goðafoss to Lake Mývatn area, a wonderland for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. The Lake Mývatn is surrounded by lava fields, volcanoes and mountains, with weird volcanic formations in Dimmuborgir (Dark Citadels), pseudocraters and underground caves with geothermal water (Grjótagjá). A visit to Námaskarð with its steam jets and boiling sulphur pits. From the lake flows river Laxá, one of the world's great salmon rivers.

Viewing of the Aurora

From our hotel base near Lake Mývatn we will spend our evenings looking for the aurora borealis or Northern Lights accommpanied by our astronomy expert Dr John Mason. John will also give lectures about the aurora.

Optional activities

During your time at Lake Myvatn you will have the opportunity to take part in some optional activities. These include a super-jeep adventure on mountain roads and snow, snowmobiling across Lake Mývatn, cross-country skiing through the Icelandic countryside and various city sightseeing tours of the area.

Please Note

Departures in December 2013 and early January 2014 will be accommanied by our astronomy expert Dr John Mason. The departures in late January and February 2014 will be accompanied by David Phillips.