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2022 Iceland and Auroras

The ultimate Iceland and Northern Lights adventure! Picture yourself standing awe-struck, under a crisp night-sky where the mesmerizing and enchanting dance of the spectacular Northern Lights shimmer in the heavens above you....

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2022 Iceland and Auroras Tour Overview

Picture yourself standing awe-struck under a crisp night-sky, where the mesmerizing and enchanting lights of the spectacular Aurora Borealis dance in the heavens above you.

Picture also, beholding the might and power of Dettifoss, gullfoss and Seljalands foss, some of Europe and Scandinavia’s most powerful and beautiful watefalls.

From the desolate and other-worldly bubbling mud pools and spurting geysers of Geysir to the spectacular expanses Vatnajokull,  Europe’s largest glacier mass.  From the stunning icebergs floating in the Glacier Lagoon to the silent sentinel rock formations of Reynisfara.

Welcome to our spectacular Iceland and Auroras Tour during autumn. Iceland is famous not just for the mesmerising natural scenery it boats but also of the mesmerising Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis which start up from late August as the nights start to get darker and longer. To see the Aurora Borealis is truly to watch one of the greatest spectacles that our Earth puts on!

Come along and join us in August/September 2022 for our 14-day, boutique Iceland trip, our “Iceland and Auroras” relaxed pace autumn holiday in this stunning part of the world. See for yourselves why Iceland has become one of the must-visit destinations in recent years.  Most Iceland trips are 7, 9 or 10-11 days. We slow thing right down and make sure you see ALL the must-see parts of Iceland!

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Highlights (Iceland and Auroras)

  • Guided tour of Reykjavik with expert Local Guide
  • Blue Lagoon thermal baths visit
  • Akranes Museum and Reykholt 13th C Home visit
  • Husafell canyon baths visit
  • Langjokull Glacier  “Into the Glacier” experience
  • Vidgelmir Lava Cave visit
  • Breiðafjörður Bay bird and nature cruise
  • Bjarnarhöfn shark farm
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula spectacular drive incl Kirkjufell “church” mountain and Snæfellsnesjokull glacier, black lava and yellow beaches in Búðir and stunning Arnastapi cliffs photostops
  • Djúpalónssandur’s black-pebbled beach
  • Drive  through the peaceful farmlands and coastal views of beautiful Skagafjörður district
  • Visit Glaumbær, well-preserved 18th C manor home-made of turf
  • Siglufjörður town orientation and herring-era maritime Museum
  • Hauganes whale watching boat cruise
  • Lake Mývatn – ring wall crater of Hverfjall, Krafla volcano,
    Námaskarð geothermal field
  • Lake Myvatn thermal baths visit
  • Visit majestic waterfalls Dettifoss, Gullfoss, Seljandlsfoss and Skogafoss
  • East fjords drive incl Hofn, Vatnajokull glacier views, Icelandic rocks and minerals at Petra‘s stone collection and Breiðdalsvík microbrewery
  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon boat ride and Diamond Beach visit 
  • Spectacular drive across the vast Skeiðarársandur “desert” and

    the magnificent lava field „Eldhraun“
  • Vik-i-Myrdal black sand beach and Reynisfara monoliths visit
  • Geysir thermal area visit
  • Friðheimar family-owned greenhouse visit
  • Thingvellir National Park visit
  • Highlight final dinner in Reykjavik

Other Inclusions

  • Welcome drink in Stockholm or Helsinki
  • Four hotel dinners (Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort (2), Alta)
  • Scenic drives through the Finnish and Norwegian winter countrysides
  • Included drink in Ice-Bar in Norway’s Sorrisniva Ice-Hotel
  • Northern Lights photography instruction and assistance
  • Group photo (one per couple/single)
  • All tips to Tour Director, Tour Driver and hotels

Total Included Meals (14-day trip)

  • x Highlight Dinners
  • y Hotel Dinners
  • z Lunch
  • 13 Buffet Breakfasts

Tour Pace

Our Iceland and Auroras trip is designed to leave no stone left unturned! Whilst tours of Iceland are 7-11 days in length, we have designed ours with four 2-night stays to slow the pace right down.  We’ve filled our unique trip with all the must-see iconic sights of Iceland plus include plenty of exciting local activities.  We’ve timed our trip to coincide with the start of the aurora season (mid August through to late April) to give ourselves a chance to see this mesmerising wonder of nature. Plenty of free-time in our evenings to maximise our chances of seeing the captivating and enchanting northern lights!

Departure Date:

  1. Sunday 28th August 2022

2022 ICELAND TOUR QUICK FACTS

DURATION

14 Days

COUNTRIES

Iceland

DEPARTURES

Tour 1:   Starts Reykjavik Sunday 28th Aug, 2022

 

PRICING

From AU$9,950* per person twin share

(Please contact us directly for Single Supplements)

AVAILABILITY

As at  July 2022:   Register your interest

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 / Sun 28th Aug 2022 – START REYKJAVIK

Welcome to reykjavik and the start of our “Iceland and Aurora” tour! After our Welcome Drink and Welcome Meeting to meet your fellow travelers, we head down into the heart of the pretty Icelandic capitol for an included dinner in the vibrant historical part of the city.              (HD)

ACCOMMODATION: Reykjavik 2 Nights – tba

Day 2 / Mon 29th Aug- REYKJAVIK

This morning we explore the small capital city of Reykjavik on a sightseeing tour with your local guide. View all the city’s major attractions including the Parliament, the Harpa Concert Hall, and the city’s main landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja Church, perched at the top of a hill in the heart of the city.   (BB)

Day 3 / Tues 29th REYKJAVIK to LANGJOKULL GLACIER AREA

Leave the city behind and travel through the undersea tunnel Hvalfjörðr to Akranes, whose local Museum Center you visit before enjoying views of the rugged coastline from the town’s lighthouse. View Deildartunguhver, Europe’s highest-flowing hot spring followed by a visit to Reykholt, famously the former 13th-century home of one of Iceland’s most loved authors, Snorri Sturluson. Nature takes center stage this afternoon, when you view Hraunfoss and nearby Barnafoss, both beautiful waterfalls in their own right and a soul-stirring way to end your day.

There is no experience more authentically Icelandic than hiking through the surreal landscapes of the highlands followed by a relaxing soak in a geothermal pool. AN AUTHENTIC ICELANDIC SOAK  Constructed from locally sourced, natural materials like flagstone from the canyon floor, the baths are hot-spring fed pools designed to blend into the environment seamlessly using the age-old methods that created Snorralaug, a heritage site pool dating back to the 10th century. The on-site bathhouse is made from salvaged timbers from the area. Even the hooks in the changing room are repurposed horseshoes from a nearby family farm.

(BB,D)

ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights Husafell – Hotel Husafell

Day 4 / Wed 30th – LANGJOKULL GLACIER AREA

The Into the Glacier experience was developed in 2015 as a way to educate people about how glaciers are formed.  The focus is on education, environmental protection and safety.

Transfer in jeeps to the edge Langjökull Glacier you board an 8-wheel glacier truck that will take you on an exciting journey to the entrance of the ice cave. During the guided excursion within the glacier itself, you will see colours of blue you never knew existed and learn how glaciers hide the secrets of history. After a 50-minute visit within the glacier, it is time to head back to your hotel.

Take a lunch break at your beautiful hotel, before going on the next adventure which is a cave explore at Víðgelmir cave. Viðgelmir is Iceland’s largest natural lava cave and features amazing colours and lava formations.  A new access walkway and state-of-the-art lighting system make this cave easily accessible.  Learn about the cave’s geological uniqueness and its history, including the discovery of Viking-age artifacts here.

Afternoon arrival back at your hotel.  (BB)

Day 5 / Thurs 1st Sep 2022 – LANGJOKULL to SNAEFELLSNES

Known as “Iceland in a Nutshell”, Snæfellsnes Peninsula’s ever-changing landscape contains examples of most land features that can be found in Iceland.

Snæfellsnes also was the setting for some of Iceland’s greatest Sagas. The main attraction is, with no doubt, Snæfellsjökull glacier, a beautifully-shaped  strato-volcano at the very tip of the peninsula. The glacier, along with its surrounding unspoiled natural wonders, is the setting of Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.  Stroll in a unique landscape with a mixture of sandy hills, black lava and yellow beaches in Búðir. Arnarstapi is perfect for a walk along the sea cliffs, where you can see spectacular columnar rock formations that are home to seabirds (puffins generally in Iceland between mid-May and early August). Then explore Djúpalónssandur’s black-pebbled beach before winding around the scenic peninsula.

ACCOMMODATION: 2 nights Budir – Hotel Budir

Day 6 / Fri 2nd Sep 2022 – SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

In the eco-friendly town of Stykkisholmur, board a boat in search for Viking sushi.  Sail into Breiðafjörður Bay with its 1.000 islands.  Sail by unusual rock formations,  islands and skerries. Hear the sounds and enjoy close-up views of birds in the cliffs – puffins, shags, and kittiwakes and more. The high point of the trip is the chance to sampl unique Viking Sushi.  The crew casts a net-plough overboard, bringing up fresh shellfish delicacies. Everyone has a chance to taste the delicious scallops and sea urchin roe. This must be the freshest sushi in the world! After the boat trip, enjoy light lunch at a local restaurant.

On the way back to Hotel Búðir we will stop at Bjarnarhöfn farm. This site gives you theopportunity to learn all about how the sharks have always been caught, buried, hung and prepared, an operation that takes months of work and results in something that seems just revolting.

Here, you are more than welcome to try this foul-smelling delicacy, and wash it down with a shot of Icelandic Brevinin. Bjarnarhofn’s church and shark museum are listed as the nr. 1 Snaefellsnes attractions by Lonely Planet travellers.

Photo stop will be by Kirkjufell „Church Mountain“, which is a distinctly shape peak, and often called one of the most photographed mountain in Iceland.

(BB, D)

Day 7 / Sat 3rd Sep 2022 – SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA to STYKKISHOLMUR

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey in North Iceland. Drive  through the peaceful farmlands and coastal views as you head to the beautiful Skagafjörður district, a place where many important historical events have occurred since Viking times. One of the best places to experience Icelandic daily life in olden times is Glaumbær, a well-preserved manor home-made of turf. The home was built in the 18th century using techniques from Viking times, and people lived there until the 1940s. This building was an inspiration for Hannah Kent‘s famous novel Burial Rites, which took place in 19th-century North Iceland. Burial Rites is now in production as a movie. The nearby Ásakaffi café serves a lovely traditional cake buffet in a 19th century farmhouse that we would be happy to book for your group.

Afterwards continue to the historic herring fishing town of Siglufjörður.

The town of Siglufjörður is nestled in a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland’s steep northern mountains.   With lovingly restored old buildings, many Icelanders believe Siglufjörður to be the country’s prettiest town. (BB, D)

ACCOMMODATION: 1 Night Siglufjordur – Hotel Siglo

Day 8 / Sun 4th Sep 2022 – STYKKISHOLMUR to LAKE MYVATN

Breakfast at your hotel and check out.

The journey continues through Héðinsfjörður tunnel and to the village of Hauganes where your group sets off on a whale watching tour in the beautiful surroundings of Eyjafjörður.  The likelihood of seeing the great humpback whale, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and small harbour porpoises and are exceptionally good (though not guaranteed). You might even view a blue whale, the largest mammal on Earth. ( Please note this is a scheduled whale watching tour shared with other passengers )

After the tour you drive for appr 30 min to arrive in Akureyri is the north’s cultural and social center where you enjoy some time at leisure in this beautiful town.

From Akureyri the the tour takes you by bus to the truly stunning Lake Mývatn area where you overnight for the next 2 nights.  (BB, D)

ACCOMMODATION: 2 Nights Lake Myvatn – tba

Day 9 / Mon 5th Sep 2022 – LAKE MYVATN AREA

Lake Mývatn is a paradise for birdwatchers and geologists. The day ‘s discoveries include the pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir, the curious lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the ring wall crater of Hverfjall and the central volcano Krafla, site of a series of volcanic eruptions in the 1970s and 1980s. Finally take a walk in the surreal Námaskarð geothermal field with its bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents and multi-colored solfataras. If the landscape seems familiar, it was used as a filming location for productions such as HBO’s Game of Thrones and Star Wars.  (BB, D)

Day 10 / Tues 6th Sep 2022 – LAKE MYVATN to EAST FJORDS

Breakfast at your hotel and check out.

The next stop is the powerful Dettifoss waterfall, the largest one in Europe.  Standing near the falls and feeling the rumbling power of the water is a special experience. Continue eastward over the vast and now unpopulated Jökuldalsheiði plateau and into the fertile Fljótsdalur district. The district‘s excellent farm produce, game and wild berries have made it a great destination for culinary travel. This area is also mentioned in the intriguing Viking tale, Hrafnkell‘s Saga, as well as legends about a local lake monster. East Iceland is also home to Iceland’s only reindeer herd.

Afternoon arrival in one of the fjords for dinner and overnight at hotel.

Dinner and overnight in the Fáskrúðsfjörður area (BB,D)

ACCOMMODATION: tba

Day 11 / Wed 7th Sep 2022 – EASTFJORDS to GLACIER LAGOON

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you can compare the Westfjords with the Eastfjords, two regions that are very different. This morning head along the rugged and varied coastline of the East Fjords, some which are now deserted and some with farms and fishing villages. Each fjord has its own unique landscape and history.

The ancient Eastfjords have Iceland’s most diverse variety of minerals. Amateur geologists might enjoy  viewing the spectacular collection of Icelandic rocks and minerals at Petra‘s stone collection in Stöðvörðufjörður town. Another possible stop is a chance to sample local brews at a tiny community microbrewery built in a former warehouse in Breiðdalsvík. At Álftafjörður you might see thousands of whooper swans which have given the fjord its name.

After winding around the Eastfjords, your group will head into South-east Iceland and the town of Höfn, where you will have views of magnificent Vatnajökull glacier.

Last stop of the day will be at the the world-famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, recently made famous by social media. Glittering bits of ice from the glacier lagoon drift to rest on the black beach before they eventually float to sea.

Dinner and overnight in our lovely Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon(BB,BD)

ACCOMMODATION: 1 night – Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Day 12 / Thurs 8th Sep 2022 – GLACIER LAGOON to VIK to HELLA

Breakfast at your hotel and check out. Continue on to the Vatnajökull National Park‘s Skaftafell area, a beautiful green oasis before our journey then takes you across the vast Skeiðarársandur “desert” with its vast stretches of black sand formed by mighty glacial rivers. Your destination is Kirkjubæjarklaustur town, named after a 12th century convent that once stood in the area.

Across the magnificent lava field „Eldhraun“ to reach Vik-i-Myrdal for stunning views of its coastal monoliths and Black Sand Beach from its pretty church. Then to striking Reynisfara for a walk along the black sand and views of their monoliths. Then the two striking waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljanlandsfoss before reaching  Hella and our Icelandic horse farm of Hotel Ranga for the night.(BB)

ACCOMMODATION: 1 night Hella – Hotel Ranga

Day 13 / Fri 9th Sep 2022  – HELLA to GEYSIR to REYKJAVIK

heads to the famous Gullfoss “Golden” Waterfall, which many Icelanders consider to be the country‘s most beautiful waterfall. Nearby, your group wil l discover the lively hot spring area of Geysir. View the lively Strokkur geyser spout a column of water up to 30 meters (98 feet) every few minutes, as well as many other bubbling and boiling hot springs.

Today is also a perfect area to discover how Icelanders harness volcanic energy in a creative – and delicious – way. Visit Friðheimar, a family-owned greenhouse where organic vegetables and flowers grow year-round.  You’ll learn about this important and organic way unique to Iceland.  You’ll also have a chance to sample some of the sweet tomatoes from the greenhouse. We can also add in the chance to try one of Fríðheimar’s refreshing tomato-based cocktails with or without alcohol. We then continue to the Thingvellir National Park and the stunning scenery here of the continental rift that separates Europe and north America.

We continue back to Reykjavík in the afternoon where we enjoy a farewell dinner in the city to recount all the tales of our adventures of the last two weeks!

(BB)

ACCOMMODATION: 1 Night Reykjavik – tba

Day 14 / Sat 10th Sep 2022   END REYKJAVIK

Sadly, our Iceland and auroras tour finishes after breakfast. Take the time to stay longer and further explore Reykjavik or continue your exciting journey to your next destination. Bon voyage! (BB)

ICELAND and AURORAS TOUR DEPARTURE

1) Sunday 28th Sep, 2022 (14 days)

PRICING

From AU$9,490* per person twin share

(*Pricing  to be confirmed Jan 2022 – Please contact us directly for Single Supplement and other pricing)

QUO VADIS HOLIDAYS NORTHERN LIGHTS FOOTAGE

Take a look at some of the footage (time-lapse AND real-time) that Quo Vadis Holidays owner/Director and avid photographer

Tim Kozma has taken whilst leading his groups on his unique and bucket-list  ticking “Arctic Circle and Auroras” trip over the last few years.

Come along and join us on board and let Tim show you how to get your own photos

and time-lapse of the stunning and enchanting aurora borealis!