Winter Adventure with Northern Lights • GT Travel Iceland

Winter Adventure with Northern Lights

… for travellers who want to get out there and see the lights dance …

INTRODUCTION

Iceland is a very special country indeed. Iceland has an extraordinary combination of natural forces that work together to produce spectacular landscapes. Volcanoes, glaciers, mighty rivers and powerful oceans have all sculpted and left their marks on this awesome land (and continue to do so).

In addition to this, Iceland is also very specially positioned, in the midst of the vast Atlantic Ocean and on the Arctic Circle. Such a unique location provides fascinating, and often fast moving, weather systems throughout the year that add magnificent skyscapes and atmospherics to the already wonderful scenery.

But one particular aspect of Iceland’s remote (yet readily accessible) position is that it offers ideal opportunities to view the dancing and shooting Northern Lights. With minimal light pollution, on clear winter nights, and when temperatures are low and frosty, viewings of the Northern Lights can be superb.

It is with all of the above in mind that GT Travel has developed its very special Northern Lights Tours. By combining daytime sightseeing with night-time Northern Light seeking, our tours offer the perfect package to gain an insight into the many wonders of Iceland.

We offer Northern Lights Tours either being based in the City (Reykjavik) or in the Countryside (in the region of Selfoss). No matter your base, being a long established Icelandic Company, GT Travel has many decades of experience and “knows where to look” for the best opportunities for experiencing the Northern Lights.

This tour offers

Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Location: South Iceland

Tailor Made Tour Departures: Dates/duration as wished. Ideal for groups.

Details

Included

+ All ground transportation whilst in Iceland in a high quality, comfortable GT Travel coach (with driver, English speaking)

+ Good, comfortable, friendly accommodations on a full board basis

+ One accommodation centre for the duration of the tour

+ A tour itinerary that provides a daily variety of natural landscapes

+ Minimal walking to reach the locations

+ Regular checks of the Northern Light forecast for each evening to learn of their intensity and the most likely “best sighting” locations

+ A number of evening excursions to seek out the Northern Lights

Excluded

– Flights to/from Iceland

– Personal spending

– Personal travel and medical insurance

DAY 1: STARTS KEF AT 16.30 WITH R’VIK (HARPA) PICK-UP AT 17.30

THE HUNT FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS BEGINS:

> *Selfoss Hotel; evening look for the NLs (with use of coach*).

Driving from Reykjavík to Selfoss (1 hour) introduces the weird and wonderful lava fields, volcanic peaks and steaming ground of the Mid Atlantic Ridge. The glowing greenhouses of Hveragerdi are also passed by, an eerie sight in the winter darkness.

Arrival at the *Selfoss Hotel.

After settling in, if conditions are right, a first little trip in search of the Northern Lights will be taken.

*Or a similar standard Hotel in the area.

Day 2:

VOLCANIC AND GEOTHERMAL LANDSCAPES

> Geysir > Gullfoss > Fontana Spa > Thingvellir > *Selfoss Hotel; evening look for the NLs (with use of coach*).

The Geysir area is a colourful and lively volcanic landscape with steaming fields, bubbling hot springs, Great Geysir (dormant) and the very active Strokkur Geysir.

Gullfoss waterfall is simply magnificent. The waters of the Hvitá River tumble 32m into a 2 km long canyon. Spectacular overviews and closer encounters are possible.

Fontana Spa is an excellent “wellness experience”. Located by Lake Laugarvatn, relaxation is offered in various hot tubs and natural steam saunas (price included in the tour cost).

Thingvellir National Park (and World Heritage Site) shows the Mid Atlantic Ridge. Here gaping fissures illustrate plate tectonics and continental drift, as the North American Plate and Eurasian Plate pull apart. Thingvellir is also the site of the Althing, the world’s first democratic parliament).

Return to the* Selfoss Hotel.

Again, after the evening meal, if the conditions are right, we will then take another trip in search of the Northern Lights*.

*Or a similar standard Hotel in the area.

Day 3:

WATERFALLS, ICECAPS, GLACIERS AND COASTS

> Seljalandsfoss > Eyjafjallajökull Visitors’ Centre > Skógafoss Waterfall > Sólheimajökull > Vík > Reynishverfi > *Selfoss Hotel ; evening look for the NLs (with use of coach*).

The South Coast shows many of Iceland’s contrasting sceneries. Views towards the icecaps of Tindfjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull icecaps (famous for its 2010 eruption) as well as towards the Westmann Islands are enjoyed.

Crossing the Markarfljót river, a stop is taken at Seljalandsfoss, a slender 40 metre waterfall (that can be walked behind if frost/ice free).

The Eyjafjallajökull Visitors’ Centre illustrates the events of the 2010 eruption through an excellent 15 minute film (price included in the tour cost).

Skógafoss is a “curtain” of cascading water. Over 60 metres high, this waterfall has a developing gorge downstream from it.

The retreating valley glacier of Sólheimajökull is next visited. Its source is the Myrdalsjökull icecap. As it melts vast amounts of rock debris is deposited. The snout area has temporary little lakes, mounds of moraine and abandoned ice blocks. Beneath Mýrdalsjökull sits Katla volcano.

At Vík. a café can be enjoyed and a visit to the Vík Wool and Gift Shop.

Returning to Selfoss, a stop is made at the Reynishverfi coastal area, an extensive black pebble beach. Also here are classic columnar basalt structures.

Return to the *Selfoss Hotel.

Again, after the evening meal, if the conditions are right, we will then take another trip in search of the Northern Lights*.

*Or a similar standard Hotel in the area.

Day 4:

REYKJAVÍK CITY

Reykjavík > City Sightseeing Tour > Aurora Centre > At Leisure in later morning till late afternoon

Iceland’s capital city has much in the way of culture and entertainment as well as shopping and some very fine coffee houses.

After a general tour around the city to allow you to get your bearings, and having visited the Aurora Reykjavík (price of this is included in the tour cost) you might wish to select optional visits from, for example, Volcano House; City Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, Harpa, etc.

NOTE: Either before the commencement of this tour or after its completion, should you wish to be in Iceland longer, GT Travel can readily assist you with additional accommodation, a selection of guided day tours, car hire, etc. Please make contact with us at gt@gttravel.is or via the Contact Form found on www.gttravel.is

Disclaimer:

The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sights can never be guaranteed. The Northern lights vary in strength and beauty, and what we get to see is highly up to chance. We do not refund a Northern lights tour if we do not see the northern lights. This tour is a “search” for the Northern Lights in their natural surroundings while dealing with Icelandic weather conditions.

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