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Sky & Telescope's 6th Iceland Aurora Tour 
26 SEPTEMBER - 02 OCTOBER, 2019

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL - BLUE LAGOON

DAY 2 | REYKJANES PENINSULA

DAY 3 | SOUTH SHORE

DAY 4 | SKAFTAFELL DAY TOUR
 
DAY 5 | REYKJAVIK

DAY 6 | GOLDEN CIRCLE
 
DAY 7 | DEPARTURE AIRPORT TRANSFER

Join Sky & Telescope on a one-week tour of Iceland to view the Northern Lights - Viewing possibilities every night!

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ITINERARY 2019

Sky & Telescope 6th Iceland Tour – September 26th, 2019 - October 2nd, 2019

ITINERARY SUMMARY:   (DOWNLOAD FULL ITINERARY)

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL - BLUE LAGOON - September 26th (Arrive in Iceland) Departure from US would be September 25th

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, head through customs and collect your luggage. There is a duty-free shop located by the baggage carousel, where you can shop on arrival while waiting for your luggage. Many items such as candy, snacks, and drinks are less expensive here than at local shops.

When you’ve collected your luggage, proceed into the arrivals hall where your tour guide will meet you and escort you to your private coach, which will be waiting outside for you.*

*For group members arriving on an earlier date or on afternoon flights, you will be responsible for your own transfer on your day of arrival and for any additional hotel nights that may be required. We can arrange these for you, at an extra cost.

Transfer to local restaurant (Vitinn) for a group buffet breakfast.

Following breakfast you will travel to the world- famous Blue Lagoon spa. A group admission and towel rental are included in your package. The Blue Lagoon is a man-made, unique wonder: a lagoon with pleasantly warm, electric-blue, mineral-rich geothermal water in the middle of a black lava field. The high natural levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue color and its purported healing powers. The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, a restaurant, and other services. Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit (and water shoes, if you prefer to not go barefoot) in your carry-on luggage for easy access.

After you’ve enjoyed a couple of hours in the restorative, healing waters you’ll be transferred to the nearby Northern Light Inn for check-in. The afternoon is free to have a rest, go for a walk in the surrounding lava fields, and freshen up for the group dinner this evening.

Watching the fantastic colors of the northern lights dance across the arctic sky is an unforgettable experience, and Iceland is one of the best places to see them. They are mostly observed on crisp, still evenings, and your location well away from the city lights gives you the best chance of witnessing this spectacular natural phenomenon. You will simply need to step outside of the hotel and look up into the sky. We can provide no guarantee, of course, as the aurora borealis is a natural phenomenon — it can be fickle and a bit unpredictable — but we have seen it on all five previous trips S&T and Spears Travel have taken to Iceland.

DAY 2 | REYKJANES PENINSULA

After breakfast you’ll be picked up at the Northern Light Inn for a private tour of Reykjanes Peninsula. You’ll drive to Grindavík village, then follow the west coastline of Reykjanes, visiting sites such as Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Reykjanesviti lighthouse (just passing), the Bridge Between Two Continents, and the church of Hvalneskirkja. Finally, you'll drive to Garðsskagi lighthouse before returning to the hotel.

This evening you’ll enjoy a group dinner at the hotel followed by an astronomy lecture in the restaurant by your S&T expert. Afterwards have a look outside to see if the northern lights are on display.

DAY 3 | SOUTH SHORE

The South Shore is one of the most popular region of Iceland for a number of reasons. We begin the day with a visit to the Hellisheidi Power Plant and enjoy a guided tour of the facility.Then we drive to the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This powerful waterfall cascades into a pretty meadow but is best known for the walking path that runs behind the curtain of water, where visitors can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint from this angle. From there we drive to Skogafoss waterfalls. Climbing the 370 steps to the top of Skogafoss waterfall rewards visitors with an awe-inspiring view out over southern Iceland’s coastline. After Skogafoss waterfall we visit the Skogar Folk Museum. From there we drive to Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara is a nature reserve where thousands of puffins nest during the summer. The nature is our playground and at Reynisfjara beach, nature has built these remarkable columnar of basalt. Fun to climb in and enjoy the nature! From Reynisfjara you will drive to your accommodation, Hotel Laekur. Enjoy a delicious group lunch at Stokkseyri or Eyrarbakki, both small towns along the southwest coast, and visit the black sandy beach of this area. This is the land of Njal’s Saga — a region of breathtaking scenery and legendary stories. During your guided tour you’ll encounter the wonderful variety of the south — from the wide plains formed by glacial rivers, to the sheer sea cliffs of Dyrhólaey and the spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

Along the way you’ll experience unforgettable views of the Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes. Continue on to Hotel Laekur for check-in.

This evening you will enjoy a group dinner at the hotel. There is an option for an astronomy lecture this evening as well.

If the northern lights decide to make an appearance all you have to do is step outside and marvel at Nature’s own lightshow!


DAY 4 | SKAFTAFELL DAY TOUR
 
We'll make an early start today for a long drive straight to Skaftafell National Park, without many stops along the way. Visit the park and take in the extraordinary natural beauty of the area. There will be a group lunch enroute today.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon may be visited as a thrilling “extra” if weather and road conditions allow. Here you’ll see icebergs floating in a lagoon of icy water that is running off a huge glacier.

After this visit you’ll head back to Hotel Lækur for a group dinner and relaxing evening at the hotel — another evening in which the aurora might appear overhead.

DAY 5 | REYKJAVIK

Following breakfast you’ll check out of Hotel Laekur and drive back to Reykjavík. There will be a city tour before check in at the historic Hotel Borg, your home base for the next two nights.

After the conclusion of the guided tour of the museum you will check in at Hotel Borg, your home base for the next two nights.

The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the city with lunch and dinner on your own today. Reykjavik has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, with various types of cuisine and price points.

After dinner, your bus driver will collect you from your hotel to go on a Northern Lights tour. The tour heads away from the city lights to give you the best chance of witnessing this spectacular natural wonder. Duration: 2.5-3 hrs.

DAY 6 | GOLDEN CIRCLE

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then start the day of touring by visiting Þingvellir, a remarkable geological site and the most famous historic site on the island. Þingvellir is the site of the world's oldest democratic parliament, founded in 930. Located by Lake Þingvallavatn, the largest lake on the island, Þingvellir is now a National Park. The beautiful canyon running through the park is actually the meeting point of two of the earth’s tectonic plates, giving to the chance to see the dividing line between North America and Europe. Þingvellir’s combination of natural phenomena and historical significance have made it a symbol of Iceland’s national identity.

After spending time in Þingvellir, head on over to the fertile farmlands of the South Coast. Continue to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you will see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in double falls into a deep canyon.

Only a few minutes’ drive from Gullfoss is the famous Great Geysir, which has given its name to spouting hot springs all over the world. You will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, shooting up to 30 meters (90 feet). After an eventful day we head back to Reykjavík.

A group lunch will be provided in the Golden Circle area.

After an eventful day we head back to Reykjavik.

There will be a group farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant.

DAY 7 | DEPARTURE AIRPORT TRANSFER - October 2nd, 2019

All good things must come to an end, including your visit to Iceland! Our driver will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Keflavík airport for your departure flight. We schedule your airport transfer to be 2.5 – 3 hours before the earliest flight departure of the group members. Should you be leaving substantially earlier or later than the main group, individual transfers can be arranged for you at a small extra fee.

We wish you a great trip home and hope you will bring back many great memories of Iceland. We look forward to seeing you in the Land of Fire and Ice again!

Góða ferð

Included:

  • A private coach with driver and English speaking guide for above program as outlined
  • Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance (use of towel, one drink of your choice, silica mud mask)
  • Breakfast buffet at Vitinn Restaurant
  • 2 nights accommodation at Northern Lights Inn
  • 2 nights accommodation at Hotel Laekur
  • 2 nights accommodation at Hotel Borg
  • Breakfast daily at hotels
  • Vat on accommodation and lodging fee
  • Three 2-course group lunches including coffee/tea*
  • Five 3-course group dinners including coffee/tea*
  • Reykjavik City Tour
  • Golden Circle Tour
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Visit to Hellisheidi Power Plant
  • Visit to the National Museum, Reykjavik

Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Transfers for individual arrivals
  • Entrance fees not mentioned above
  • Beverages, snacks and meals not specified
  • Optional tours
  • Lunches and dinners  not specified
  • Beverages, snacks and meals not specified
  • Porterage at hotels
  • Travel insurance  (highly recommended) (We can send you a quote)
  • Room outside of normal check-in/check-out times
  • Optional excursions or pre and post trips
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Anything else not mentioned under "included"

     

    Check out some blogs on some past Iceland trips with Sky & Telescope:

    2016
    2015
    2014

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