8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPLORATION OF REYKJAVIK, BARNAFOSS, SKAFTAFELL, VIK & BLUE LAGOON
GJ21 8D7N REYKJAVIK 13 SEP 2019 - 05 APR 2020
TRIP DESCRIPTION

Tour available on selected Friday & Sunday only. 

 

Experience the best of Iceland’s winter! Our Northern Lights Exploration series are designed to include the highlights of Iceland and aim to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights. Head to the countryside: from the regions of Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west to the Vatnajökull glacier in the south-east. Profit to search for the Aurora Borealis away from the big city lights.

1
Reykjavik (Arrival)

Welcome to Iceland! On arrival at the airport, individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Upon check in hotel, at own leisure.

Wondering what to do in Reykjavik?
Reykjavík has plenty to offer in entertainment for all ages. Its closeness to nature makes it an ideal destination for outdoor activities. Iceland's 1000 years of history and culture can be explored in the city's many museums. The Reykjavík music and nightlife is buzzing as always. And the local pools might spark an interesting conversation.

Transfer by Flybus Airport shuttle. Pick-up from designated pick-up zone and location to be advised once booking has been made.
Hotel Klettur or similar
2
Reykjavik City Sights - Borgarfjordur Saga Valley - Borgarnes

At 09:00 meet your tour guide who shows the group the highlights of Iceland’s exciting 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 visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field.
We spend two nights in Barnafoss, West Iceland – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale.
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.

NOTE: The Northern Lights are visible in the northern sky from September through April when the sky is clear and free of clouds. The tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. Like many natural wonders. It is an ephemeral spectacle - the Northern Lights may be visible, they may appear for a bit and then be gone. Northern Lights are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layer, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else makes you comfortable while you await this truly outstanding event.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Icelandair Hotel Hamar or similar
3
Borgarnes - Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Fjord Cruise - Borgarnes

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, just 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 – the 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.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour & Fjord Cruise
Meals Breakfast, Light Lunch
Hotel Icelandair Hotel Hamar or similar
4
Borgarnes - Golden Circle - Selfoss

Today we travel along the Hvalfjörður fjord.
The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, to see what they do with all those sheep! We continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We travel the Golden Circle route, see steam rising from the Geysir geothermal fields.
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 double waterfall of Gullfoss. In the afternoon, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its unique qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse, 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.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Eldhestar or similar
5
Selfoss - Skogafoss - Eyjafjalla-jokull Volcano - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Today we travel along the South coast.
At the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Center, we learn about geology and active volcanoes. Further east we visit one of Iceland’s finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts 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 2 nights near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Klaustur or similar
6
Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

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, so-called Diamond 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.
In the evening enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Ligghts shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Optional : Ice Cave Tour offered between November 15th and March 15th
The tour takes about 2,5 hours in total – nearly 30-minute drive by 4×4 vehicle from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and 5-15 minutes hike (one-way). You spend about one hour inside the ice cave. You need good hiking boots, warm clothing that keeps you dry from the dripping water in the ice cave. Minimum age is 10 years old. The ice cave tour can only be booked on day 2 of Northern Lights Exploration tour. You will have to fill in and sign an order form, once done a cancellation is not possible. Ice cave bookings have to be finalised with the guide by dinner time on day 2 of the tour. Bookings afterwards cannot be accommodated due to limited space. The price is about EUR 210 per person; subject to change. Payment is due with the ice cave tour operator on day 6 in Icelandic Krona – cash only! The ice cave explorers meet their local guide at the glacier lagoon at 14:00 and will be brought back to the hotel after the ice cave tour, while the rest of the group continues the official tour program. The ice cave explorers will miss out on some of the official tour programs, as there is no time for everything, but the stop and visit at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are included for all group members.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Klaustur or similar
7
Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Vik - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik

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.
In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour 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.
After an Icelandic farewell dinner at a local restaurant, we go on one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights. Around midnight we reach Reykjavík for one last night.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Hotel Klettur or similar
8
Reykjavik (Departure)

After breakfast, end of our services. Hotel check out time 1000am.

Your arrangements conclude today with a individual transfer by Flybus shuttle to Keflavik airport.

Transfer by Flybus Airport shuttle
Meals Breakfast
Print Trip Details
Trip Inclusive
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, 1 Lunch & 1 Dinner
  • Fjords cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord
  • Visit traditional shark curing farm, Icelandic horse stable & geothermal greenhouse and Lava Exhibition Center
  • Hot spring tasting with geothermal cooked bread & eggs, Entrance to Skógar folk museum & turf houses and Entrance with towel to Blue Lagoon
  • Northern Lights program
  • 6 days escorted bus tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide
  • Arrival & Departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)
  • Free Wi-Fi on the GJ Travel coach
  • Use of ice grippers spikes for shoes
Trip Exclude
  • International and/or Domestic air ticket
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunches, dinners, morning and afternoon tea, boat cruises unless specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • No Compulsary Tipping - If you feel your Guide/Driver Guide has delivered an outstanding level of service throughout your trip you may wish to tip them.
Trip Mandatory
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Optional Addon
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Private airport transfer per way per car (1- 3 persons) 673.50 -
Private airport transfer per way per car (4 - 6 persons) 871.50 -
General Terms
  • Rates quoted are subject to change without prior notice and/or upon hotel confirmation. This may be due to any special event and any immediate room surcharges implied by the hotel.
  • Package tour seat are subject to availability.
  • Itinerary may vary slightly depending on group size, group pace and other external factors beyond our control.
  • By booking with us, you are accepted GJ Travel’s booking term & conditions, https://www.gjtravel.is/terms-conditions/
  • Tours in general not recommended for children younger than 08 years.
  • Children 08-11 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, who will be responsible for their welfare and supervision.
  • Full payment is required in order for process booking if booking received less than 50 working days prior to departure. Seat subject to availability.
  • 12fly of Malaysian Harmony shall not be liable for any loses or expenses incurred due to delay, sickness, weather, strikes or any other causes beyond its control, such losses and expenses shall be borne by the clients.
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Payment Terms
  • Deposit for this package is minimum MYR 2500.00 per person.
Package Remarks
  • General travel period: September 2019 until April 2020 (Travel must be completed by 12 April 2020).
  • Guided Tours operated by GJ Travel on seat-in-coach basic. Please log in at www.gjtravel.is for up-to-date itineraries.
  • We guarantee trips will depart as soon as enough guests are booked. Please check with us for guaranteed departure dates and information.
  • Airport shuttle transfer are included if to add pre/post night.
  • Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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