Iceland: Chasing the Aurora Challenge
Embark on a quest to see the Northern Lights
Venture off the beaten track in wild and wonderful Iceland and spend a week travelling around the country in search of Mother Nature’s elusive yet awe-inspiring Northern Lights. On this escorted tour, you will be chasing the Aurora Borealis from Reykjavík along the west coast and up to the north of the country, before making a return journey back to Iceland’s capital. Travelling on a comfortable coach, your knowledgeable English-speaking guide will escort you to many sights and places of interest, allowing you to gain a real sense of the spirit of Iceland. To make chasing the Aurora easier, we change accommodation throughout the holiday, spending two nights in Reykjavík, two nights in Akureyri and three nights in the beautiful Lake Mývatn area.
We aim to make the most of your time in Iceland and go out chasing the Aurora Borealis on every night of the holiday. But the days are packed with fun activities too, such as a gentle hike to the top of a volcano, a swim in some geothermal baths, a snowshoeing tour (if there is enough snow on the ground) and perhaps even cross country skiing. You can also discover more about the history, culture and natural environment of Iceland through a variety of excursions, including visits to a traditional turf church and turf farm, a bird museum at the wildlife-rich Lake Mývatn and a geology tour to witness some of Iceland’s most incredible volcanic formations. With all this and more besides, chasing the Aurora in Iceland will definitely be a holiday to remember.
Day 1 - Arrive in Iceland
Fly into Keflavík Airport and check into your central accommodation in Reykjavík. Spend the evening at leisure in the city and prepare for a week of chasing the Aurora Borealis across Iceland.
Day 2 - West Iceland
Meet your tour guide in the morning and begin your adventure chasing the Aurora Borealis. Firstly, we take an easy hike to the top of Grábrók Volcano and peer into its crater, and after lunch we visit a natural history museum at a quaint fishing village. Later on, we pay a visit to the stunning turf church at Viðmýri, a beautiful restoration of a millennium old example of traditional architecture. Conclude today’s journey at the new and beautifully located Hotel Siglo. Continue chasing the Aurora this evening on a guided walk weather permitting.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 3 - The North
Today in Siglufjörður, the most northern town in the country, where we visit the fascinating fishing museum. Our final destination today is the beautiful Lake Mývatn. We spend the next three nights there and go chasing the Aurora Borealis each night. On the first night, you can listen to an interesting talk about the Northern Lights.Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Snow Activities
Depending on the depth of snow, we embark on a snowshoeing tour through a lava ‘labyrinth’. Equipment and guidance are provided. You can spend the afternoon at leisure at Lake Mývatn or take the optional cross country skiing tour along the picturesque trails that surround the lake. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, everyone can enjoy this activity. Chasing the Aurora tonight, we gather around an open fire and sip hot drinks as we wait to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - Lake Mývatn
Today we take a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the unusual geological formations at Lake Mývatn and see the many species of birds that inhabit the area. The afternoon is spent exploring bubbling hot springs and mud pools, and in the evening you can truly relax at Lake Mývatn Nature Baths as you prepare for chasing the Aurora.Meals included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Akureyri
Learn about the diverse birdlife of Iceland at the Lake Mývatn bird museum and then continue to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country, Goðafoss. As we journey to Akureyri, we make a stop at the Christmas Garden, where you can pick up some delightful hand-crafted souvenirs. In the afternoon, you can explore Akureyri at your own pace, perhaps visiting museums or taking a dip in the thermal baths, before chasing the Aurora in the evening.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 7 - Skagafjörður
Today we embark on a journey of discovery in Skagafjörður, the valley of horses. Visit a historical turf church, a turf farm and the folk museum, before arriving at the only tannery in Europe that makes fish leather. Later on, you can explore the picturesque fishing village of Sauðárkrókur before we make the return journey to Reykjavík. Spend a final night chasing the Aurora in this awe-inspiring country.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 8 - Departure
Transfer to the airport in Keflavík for your flight home with fond memories of your time in Iceland chasing the Aurora Borealis.Meals included:Breakfast
- Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
- Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing
- 11/10/2016 - 04/04/2016 flights based on Iceland air prices average
- Prices are per person