November 6, 2022 - November 15, 2022

Chasing the Northern Lights - Iceland

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Tour Description

Your package includes airfare, deluxe transportation and accommodations, all listed tour fees, and 14 meals.

Discover the Golden Circle, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Black lava beaches. Embark on a fjord cruise, stop at a shark farmer, meet Icelandic horses, see turf farmsteads and churches.  This amazing trip is designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aims to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, as 6 out of 7 nights are spent in the darkness away from light pollution. Also, don’t worry if you can’t pronounce some of the names in Iceland, nobody can.   Iceland is a magical land, and this is a Memory Making opportunity you won’t want to miss.  

Day 1:

The first day of this adventure starts by gathering up all our fellow adventurers and arriving at our hotel tonight in Catoosa. Be sure to rest up tonight because tomorrow we are going to cover a lot of miles.

Day 2:

Meals: Breakfast

Today we board our plane and make our flight across the ocean and arrive in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, where we will be overnighting.

Day 3:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we will meet our local guide who will show us the highlights of Iceland Capital. Then we head west. Borgarfjörður is known as the Saga valley because of its many important historical events.  We get a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater and get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. We spend two nights in Borgarnes, West Iceland. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights.  After dinner, we step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea.  

Day 4:

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula “the peninsula of the snowy mountain,“ juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch, a uniquely Icelandic “treat” awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl—fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, we visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes, the guide gives you some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, we are out in the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Day 5:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! We travel the Golden Circle route and see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir invites you to taste freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring. On we travel to Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá River and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. In the afternoon, we visit Friðheimar horse farm and geothermal greenhouses, before we reach the accommodation in South Iceland. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland.

Day 6:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we travel along the South coast. We will visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon we take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. We spend two nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in complete darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

Day 7:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon, we visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe's largest glacier. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location or you may just miss out on one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Day 8:

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík, where we make a photo stop. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. There is a trail that goes behind the falling water and offers interesting views if you are prepared to get wet! In the afternoon, we return to Reykjavik and have about two hours of leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on our own, visit museums, do some shopping or simply rest after all this touring. In the evening, we get to soak in the famous Blue Lagoon, followed by an Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant and one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Tonight, we reach Reykjavík for one last night.

Day 9:

This morning we say goodbye to Iceland as we board our plane for home. We will be flying into Tulsa, Okla., and we would like to thank you all for choosing to make your memories with us. (Please keep the following day, November 15, 2022, free in case of any flight changes.)