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Come experience the Northern Lights and explore the land of fire and ice! Though many of you have joined us for our summer Iceland adventure on the world famous Laugavegur Trek, winter in Iceland is a unique experience. Each day will expose you to a new aspect of adventure and culture in Iceland. From snowshoeing in the same valley that reportedly inspired Tolken to write Lord of The Rings and riding an Icelandic Horse in the shadow of a volcano, to speeding through old lava fields like the astronauts of the Apollo program, and exploring a tunnel created by flowing lava, this week of adventure will have you telling stories for years to come!
We know that viewing the Northern Lights is on most people's bucket lists so we've planned this trip to provide an opportunity to enjoy this truly magical display nearly every night of our trip. Long nights and short days, combined with a location in the high northern latitudes, provide ideal conditions for taking in the Northern Lights. In fact Reykjavik is the world's northernmost capital city! Worried about the cold? Don't be, in fact NYC and Boston experience colder winters than Reykjavik, plus you'll have ample opportunity to enjoy geothermal pools and hot springs on this adventure.
Several airlines, including Icelandair and WOW Airlines offer very affordable tickets from many cities throughout the United States and Canada. We'll meet you at Keflavik Airport on the morning of the 14th and then take you directly to the the heavenly mineral waters of the Blue Lagoon Spa. The comfort package we provide offers you a towel rental, algae mask, free drink from the poolside bar, and all the silica mud you can apply. There's simply no better way to overcome jet lag! After our morning of bathing in the warm geothermal waters we'll head to Reykjavik for a nice lunch before checking into Fosshotel Reykjavik. We'll leave you alone for a few hours to rest and then meet up in the early evening for a walking tour of Reykjavik followed by dinner at one of the city's many fine restaurants.
Day two our our adventure begins with an ATV tour on the Reykjanes Peninsula and a journey through the same lava fields along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that attracted NASA and the Astronauts of the Apollo Program in preparation for the moon landing. We'll then head back to Reykjavik to check out the view from the Hallgrímskirkja, which you'll know how to pronounce by the end of the day, as well as the settlement museum which is centered around an excavation of a Viking longhouse and is a great way to get introduced to the history of Iceland's founding as told through archaeology and the Íslendingasögur, or Sagas of Icelanders.
We'll depart Reykjavik on the morning of Day three and visit a geothermal power plant before dropping our bags at the Frost & Fire Hotel located in the countryside, about an hour outside of Reykjavik. As we begin our journey on the famous "Golden Circle" we'll first stop for a tour of a geothermally heated/powered greenhouse that grows some of the most delicious tomatoes you've ever tasted. You'll have the opportunity to sample the local produce when you dine on Tomato Soup served on a buffet with sour cream, home baked bread, cucumber salsa, butter and fresh herbs. After lunch we'll head to the famous Geysir (the first Geyser known to modern Europeans), Gulfoss ("Golden Falls"), and Þingvellir ("Assembly Fields") which is not only the the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that separates the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, it also marks the location where the Icelandic Parliament met through the end of the 18th century.
Day four begins with a horseback ride through the valleys and lava fields surrounding the town of Hveragerði, followed by a hike into the magnificent geothermal valley of Reykjadalur. Passing waterfalls and hot springs, we may even have time to bathe in the warm waters if conditions allow. The Icelandic horses are known for their friendly demeanor and ease of handling, as well as their fifth gait, so no prior experience is necessary to enjoy this adventure. After a light lunch of homemade soup, bread, coffee, and cake, we'll head over to the nearby lava tunnel of Raufarhólshellir. A journey into Raufarhólshellir is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as one walks in the path of lava that flowed during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred east of the Bláfjöll mountains about 5200 years ago. Every winter spectacular ice sculptures are formed inside the entrance of the cave making the experience of visiting the lava tunnel even more breathtaking.
After a night spent taking in the Northern Lights we'll head East to the picturesque waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, before transferring to 4X4 vehicles for the trip to the Þórsmörk Valley ("Thor's Woods"), and our overnight base of operations at the Volcano Huts. After checking in and enjoying a warm meal, we'll strap on snowshoes and explore the beauty of this area that lies at the foot of the famous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano that last erupted in 2010. Returning to the Huts for dinner, we'll then check out the geothermal pools and sauna before enjoying a drink around the campfire and taking in the Northern Lights.
After breakfast on day six, we'll head out for another snowshoe hike and watch the sun rise over the Mýrdalsjökull glacier before our return to Reykjavik where you'll have time to explore more of the city and do some souvenir shopping before we meet for a farewell dinner.
Most flights back to the States depart in the evening so you'll have time to enjoy more of Reykjavik on day seven before departing for the airport. We know that you'll be leaving with new friends and great stories to tell for years to come!
GROUP SIZE (12 Maximum)
- 2/16 - Flight to Keflavik Airport departs
- 2/17 - Arrive in Iceland / Relax at Blue Lagoon / Arrive Reykjavik
- 2/18 - 4X4 ATV Adventure on "moonscape" / Tour Reykjavik
- 2/19 - Geothermal Exhibition / Greenhouse Tour - Lunch / Golden Circle Tour
- 2/20 - Icelandic Horse Ride - Hike / Lava Tunnel Tour / Geothermal Pools
- 2/21 - 4X4 Adventure / Snowshoe Hike
- 2/22 - Snowshoe Hike / Return to Reykjavik
- 2/23 - Tour Reykjavik / Flight back home
INCLUDES (Everything except Airfare and Most Meals)
- Lodging (Fosshotel Reykjavik / Frost & Fire Hotel / Volcano Huts)
- Ground Transportation
- Golden Circle Tour
- Blue Lagoon Comfort Package
- ATV Tour
- Horseback Tour
- Geothermal Power Exhibition
- Greenhouse Tour/Lunch
- Lava Tunnel Tour
- Snowshoe Hikes
- Museums and attractions in Reykjavik
- Rental Gear (Snowshoes, MicroSpikes, Trekking Poles, Headlamp)
- Some Meals
- Licensed English Speaking Guides
- Gift Package