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Iceland Aurora Encounter

Break Available: Mid Nov- Early April
6 Night Break

From £2,915

Experience true nature, dramatic volcanic landscapes, the Northern Lights and the magical experience of Husky Dog Sledding or snowmobiling on this “Get Away from it all” wilderness holiday!

This break offers the opportunity to experience Icelandic Wilderness at its best away from the crowds. Your superb local guides will take you to hidden gems, and time your stops at the more popular places to avoid the big crowds.

Covering both North and South Iceland you really will see the best that Iceland has to offer, staying in your own private wilderness cabin in the South, and a hotel in a superb location in the north.

On this extended trip you have an excellent chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

If you are only going to go to Iceland once and want to see it’s many highlights this is the break you should choose!

Highlights

  • A choice of Mushing your own Siberian Dog Sled Team or Snowmobiling
  • 3 SuperJeep adventure Tours to see the dramatically beautiful Volcanic Landscape
  • 1 4WD Golden Circle Highlights Tour to see Geysers, Waterfalls and the remote area behind Mount Helka
  • 1 Northern Lights SuperJeep Hunt
  • Bathe in the naturally warm Myvatn Geothermal Baths
  • 2 nights in the Sel Hotel Myvatn surrounded by magnificent views and pseudo craters
  • 3 nights in Wilderness Cabin, ideally situated for the Northern Lights
  • 1 private dinner cooked for you by the guide in the cabin
  • 1 night in the buzzing capital Reykjavik

 

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Day 1: Fly to Reykjavik and Transfer to Reykjavik

Day 1: Fly to Reykjavik and Transfer to Reykjavik

Fly to Reykjavik and a flybus transfer will take you into the centre of Reykjavik to overnight.

Reykjavik is a quirky town and the old town has a buzzy atmosphere to stroll around in.

There are plenty of museums, exhibitions and shops to amuse you and Reykjavik has some of the best seafood restaurants in the world. Overnight in Reykjavik.

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DAY 2: Fly Husavik. SuperJeep Tour of Dettifoss, Visit Myvatn Baths, Northern Lights Hunt

DAY 2: Fly Husavik. SuperJeep Tour of Dettifoss, Visit Myvatn Baths, Northern Lights Hunt

Fly to Husavik in North Iceland and be picked up in your superjeep for your tour.

First up we will take you to Vatnajökull national park, where you will visit Hafragilsfoss Waterfall. Hafragilsfoss is a dramatic 27m high waterfall on the edge of the 120m deep Jökulsá canyon.

Afterwards you will walk with your guide for about 2.5km to visit the 11m high Selfoss waterfall, and Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.  As you can get right up to this waterfall you can really feel the sheer power and force of nature. It’s exciting !

Next you will be taken to the natural geothermal Myvatn Baths. Here relax and swim in the warm waters with clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth´s surface, and ends with a naturally hot shower under the lava rocks.

After dinner at the hotel (Not included) your guide will drive you in a super-jeep into the winter night hunting for the perfect spot to see and enjoy the northern lights.

Of course we cannot guarantee them but the guide knows some great spots to try, and has some wonderful stories of “the old days” to regale you with whilst you are looking. This tour lasts 2-3 hours. Return to overnight at the hotel.

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DAY 3: Choice of Husky Sledding or Snowmobiling

DAY 3: Choice of Husky Sledding or Snowmobiling

Today you have a choice of Mushing you own Husky Dog Sled or Snowmobiling

Option 1: Mushing your own Dog Sled

You will be instructed in the basics of driving a Husky dog team before you set off exploring our trail close to Lake Myvatn.

You can take a turn as a musher driving the team or relax as a passenger as your guide takes over. You will be out on the trail with the dogs for approximately 1 hour, and there will be plenty of opportunities for taking pictures on the tour with the dogs and the great landscape around lake Myvatn.

Option 2: Driving your own Snowmobiling

This is a snowmobile tour exploring the area of Lake Myvatn. You will enjoy the magnificent view of the surrounding mountains from the lake or the amazing views of Krafla Volcano.

Take an exciting adventure on our snowmobiles out on the frozen Lake Mývatn or travel into the Krafla area with one of our guides.

Where we run our tours depends on snow layers. At the beginning of the season, we operate our tour in Krafla, where we get the first snows of the season  As soon as the ice on Lake Myvatn is safe, we move our gear to Sel Hótel and operate from there until springtime when we move back to Krafla to finish the season.

Helmets, snowsuits, and boots are provided and you will be driving your own snowmobile for about an hour.

Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the surrounds and to overnight.

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DAY 4: Myvatn SuperJeep Tour, Fly back to Reykjavik, Transfer to Wilderness cabin

DAY 4: Myvatn SuperJeep Tour, Fly back to Reykjavik, Transfer to Wilderness cabin

This morning on your Superjeep Myvatn tour you will explore the volcanic landscape of this area.

You will discover the magic of the mysterious lava shapes of Dimmuborgir, the evocative Skútustaðir craters & Höfði lava-pillars and the bubbling geothermal mud pool and steam vents of Hverir.

There is a maximum of 6 per vehicle and this tour lasts about 4-4 1/2 hours. Early afternoon you will be taken back to Husavik for your flight to Reykjavik.

On arrival in Reykjavik your guide will be waiting to transfer you to your wilderness cabin in South Iceland.(@ 1 1/2 hrs)

The Eyjafjallajokull wilderness cabin is situated in a secluded rural area providing excellent opportunities to view the Northern Lights without any light interference at night with a glass of wine in your hand! During the day there are wonderful views of the famous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano during the day.

This luxury boutique cabin is yours exclusively and privately to your booking providing the perfect setting for a very special trip.

Tonight the guide will come and cook a bbq or 3 course meal for you at the cabin. We have had excellent feedback on the quality of his cooking with the bbq lamb from his family farm being particularly well rated.

Afterwards he will retire to leave you to relax and enjoy the peace and solitude of the cabin this evening and hopefully another chance to watch the Northern Lights. The guide provides a wake up service if the Northern Lights should appeear whilst you are asleep.

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DAY 5: Golden Circle Highlights 4 WD

DAY 5: Golden Circle Highlights 4 WD

After breakfast in the cabin your guide will take you on the Golden Circle Highlights 4WD Tour; a “must do” for first timers in Iceland.

Experience the famed Strokur Geyser which erupts every 5 mins, the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall which can totally freeze in the winter, as well as the beautiful area of Pjorsardalur behind Mount Helka with stunning scenery and views all around you.

The maximum number of people will be 8, (though it is often 4), which is in sharp contrast to the bus companies that offer this trip. The guide will also time it so as to beat the bus trips so you can enjoy the sights in all their beauty and “at one” with nature.

Tonight you will cook for yourself and hopefully enjoy some Northern Lights. You will pre-choose your meal before you go so that your ingredients and recipe are waiting for you at the cabin.

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DAY 6: Choice of Super-Jeep Adventure Tours

DAY 6: Choice of Super-Jeep Adventure Tours

After breakfast you have a real treat in store, and for many this is the highlight day of this trip.

We work only with local guides who are both passionate about their country and want to share their insights with you but who are also trained as part of the mountain rescue team. They will have fascinating stories to share about the volcanic eruption that occurred in 2010.

We have received so many wonderful comments about how much people enjoyed this day. The guides really go out of their way to make sure you have an unforgettable day.

Super Jeeps take up to 8 people but the norm is for 4 people. Note this is in sharp contrast to the coach tours that are available through other companies, and which also cannot access most of the area that we take you to. This is serious off-roading!

Choose between the following adventures:

EITHER Eyjafjallajökull’s volcano Tour

This tour will take you as close as is possible to the new large crater in Eyjafjallajökull volcano from the 2010 eruption and to places where no hire car can go.

We drive up the slopes of the glacier in a highly equipped Super-Jeep and on our way take in the astonishing view over the whole South coast of Iceland with it’s glaciers, and back across the Atlantic including the Westman-Islands.

This tour gives you the perfect glacier experience; an exciting Super Jeep drive in the snow, walk on the glacier and the magnificent view over the south. This is real adventure!

OR Porsmork valley Tour

Your guide will take you up between the three glaciers; Myrdalsjokull, Eyjafjallojokull and Tindfjallojokull.

In your specially adapted SuperJeeps you will have the thrilling drive of fjording glacial rivers and driving across the flood plain to see the lasting effects and landscape changes following Eyjafjallajökull’s 2010 eruption.

You will be surrounded by an imposing mountain ridge and see spectacular landscapes. We describe it as like being in a production set from Lord of the Rings when they go to Mordur. You will see dramatic towering black volcanic cliffs.

Stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall , which you can walk behind and be mesmerised looking back through the falling water. If you wanted to see the “Raw Iceland” this is hard to beat!

Tonight you will cook for yourself and hopefully enjoy a final evening of Northern Lights. You will pre-choose your meal before you go so that your ingredients and recipe are waiting for you at the cabin.

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DAY 7: Transfer to airport for flight home

DAY 7: Transfer to airport for flight home

Breakfast and at leisure to enjoy the cabin and its surroundings before your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin

Northern Lights over the Wilderness Cabin in Iceland
Interior of Wilderness Cabin, Iceland
Dining area of Wilderness Cabin, Iceland
Snow covered Wilderness Cabin in Iceland

Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin

This new boutique cabin is available for your exclusive use and is set alone on the prairie with a clear view to Eyjafjallajökull and Vestmannaeyjar. The area is known for pristine Northern Lights viewing.

What makes this place unique is the outdoor scenery and the open view in all directions. The house is designed to capture this, with big windows, minimalistic architecture and a lot of daylight. The isolation and lack of external lighting makes it a great place for Northern Lights viewing, and our clients have named it "Little House on the Prairie". Your hosts are nearby to cook dinner for you.

There are 4 bedrooms, 3 doubles and 1 single. There is wifi and mobile connection.

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Saeli Icelandic Cabin

Summer at the Saeli Icelandic Cabin, Iceland
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Living room of Saeli Cabin, Iceland
Snowy exterior of the Saeli Icelandic cabin, Iceland

Saeli Icelandic Cabin

This small cosy log cabin is well located with mountain views to the north, and the famed Eyjafjallajökull Volcano that erupted in 2010, and is in a great place to see the Northern lights.

It is perfect for a family or two couples with a separate living/eating area and two main bedrooms and an attic bedroom which kids will love. There are two separate bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a bath.

This has been refurbished very recently and is a wonderful place to relax and look out for the Northern Lights after the excitement of the day adventure Superjeep tours. A brand new hot tub has just been added outside which comfortably fits 6 people.

There is wifi and mobile signal, TV with very limited channels (probably in Icelandic). The beds are set up as a double in one room, a double with a combined single bunk bed above and then the attic has a mattress on the floor. We would therefore suggest it is perfect for 4 adults and 2 children.

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Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum Hotel, Iceland
Double standard room at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Iceland
Dining at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum , Iceland
Dining at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum , Iceland

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

The hotel is in the heart of Reykjavik and located in one of its oldest streets. The hotel renovated in 2005 dates to 1764, though it also spreads into new buildings constructed in the style of 1900 buildings.

During its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found - now on display. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.

The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities and all rooms have an ensuite bathroom.

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Sel Hotel Myvatn

Sel Hotel, Myvatn - Iceland
Sel Hotel, Myvatn - Iceland
Sel Hotel, Myvatn - Iceland
Sel Hotel, Myvatn - Iceland

Sel Hotel Myvatn

This hotel couldn't be better placed. The Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters can be seen from the restaurant just a couple of minutes walk away. The views to both north and south are magnificent.

Whilst this 58 room hotel is a 3 star hotel it is recommended by the locals and has a friendly and comfortable atmosphere with a team who really want to make sure you have an incredible time.  Because of that they also provide a wake up call for those wishing to see the Northern Lights if they come out whilst you are asleep so you don't miss them!

They also have a cafeteria made out of glass which is a great place to watch and wait for the Northern Lights to show.

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FossHotel Myvatn

FossHotel dining room, Myvatn - Iceland
Fosshotel, Myvatn - Iceland
Foss Hotel, Myvatn - Iceland
Fosshotel, Myvatn - Iceland

FossHotel Myvatn

Fosshotel Mývatn, which opened 1st of July 2017, offers 92 rooms in wonderful surroundings overlooking Lake Mývatn. The hotel features almost exclusively low-environmental impact materials, clad with larch wood and has a grass roof which blends it in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature.

This spectacular hotel offers standard rooms, lake view rooms and suites with outdoor hot tubs. On the ground floor you will find a wonderful restaurant with the perfect view over the lake.

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What's Included?

  • Flights (From the UK and Internal) with one hold bag per person
  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast (Sel Hotel Myvatn or Foss Hotel Myvatn, Wilderness Cabin, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum)
  • Transfers
  • Three Super Jeep Guided Tours
  • One 4WD Guided Tour
  • Husky Sledding OR Snowmobiling
  • 1 Super Jeep Northern Lights Hunt
  • Entrance to Myvatn Baths
  • 3 Dinners (2 self cooked)

 

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