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Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

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October 22, 2023 - October 28, 2023 $3,599
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Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights
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New! -Each year, during the winter months, travelers journey to Iceland and venture out into the dark to see the magical but elusive northern lights (aurora borealis). This natural phenomenon is the product of collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere ;the results are spectacular. Streaks of colorful light appear across the sky. It is known that the best time to witness the lights in Iceland is from late September to mid-April, when the nights are the longest. This light show is truly dazzling and worth the pursuit.

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Highlights & Inclusions:

  • Round Trip Airfare from DTW
  • Walking Tour of Reykjavík
  • Northern Lights Cruise
  • Travel to The Golden Circle
  • Stop at the Lava Exhibition Center
  • Visit the Skogar Museum
  • View the magnificent Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Sample Traditional Icelandic Delicacies
  • Free Time on Your Own
  • Travel to Skaftafell National Park
  • Take a dip in The Blue Lagoon
  • 11 Included Meals
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Professional Tour Leader
Please note:  The northern lights are in the Northern Hemisphere from September through April and are only visible when the sky is clear and free of clouds. As this tour is weather dependent, sightings of the northern lights are not guaranteed. The northern lights cruise is weather dependent and may be postponed or cancelled in the event of adverse weather or sea conditions.

 

Day 1
Oct 22, 2023: Overnight Flight

You’re on your way to Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Where steaming lava fields and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. In this land of many natural wonders, enjoy the rare opportunity to search for the aurora borealis — one of nature’s most dazzling light displays, also known as the northern lights.

Day 2
Day 2: Oct 23, 2023: Reykjavík, Iceland - Tour Begins

Your tour opens in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital city. Get acquainted with old town Reykjavík on a walking tour featuring the harbor, city hall, the Parliament building, and the nearby cathedral, dating back to 1796. Gather with your fellow travelers at a popular restaurant for dinner featuring Icelandic cuisine. This evening, take an exhilarating northern lights cruise** and sail into the darkness of Faxaflói Bay in search of the aurora borealis. (B,D)

Day 3
Day 3: Oct 24, 2023: Reykjavík - Golden Circle - Lava Exhibition Center - Vík

Travel the Golden Circle to experience renowned natural wonders, including the explosive Geysir thermal area, the double-cascade Gullfoss waterfall, and the famous Thingvellir National Park, where you’ll stand upon the crest of the MidAtlantic Ridge. Stop at the Lava Exhibition Center and delve into Iceland’s past and present volcanic eruptions. Continue to Vík. Drive out into the stillness of rural Iceland in search of the northern lights or venture out on foot. Enjoy three nights of searching to increase your likelihood of spotting the lights. (B,D)

Day 4
Oct 25, 2023: Vik - Seljalandsfoss - Skógar Museum - Vík

Journey to Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous and unique waterfalls. Visit Skógar Museum and discover its turf-built homes and artifacts. Stand in awe before the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s tallest. Your journey continues to Reynisfjara, a volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt formations and rich bird life. Look out over the natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey, a volcanic peninsula towering over the ocean. Get a sense of the local culture as you challenge your taste buds and sample traditional delicacies – hákarl (cured shark and brennivín (schnapps). After dinner, gaze at the sky in search of the northern lights. (B,D)

Day 5
Oct 26, 2023: Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell National Park - Vík

Travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. Explore this extraordinary landscape and search for seals swimming in cold waters. Travel to Skaftafell National Park, gateway to Vatnajökull Glacier. Vatnajökull is known for having Iceland’s highest mountains and Europe's largest ice cap. After dinner, continue searching for the northern lights dancing across the night sky. (B)

Day 6
Oct 27, 2023: Vík - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavík

Drive along the south shore towards the Reykjanes Peninsula. Known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, and numerous hot springs, the peninsula is home to the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the heart of a dramatic lava field. Return to Reykjavík for your farewell dinner and overnight stay. (B,D)

Day 7
Oct 28, 2023: Reykjavík - Tour Ends

Depart for home with many incredible memories. (B)

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