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In the Footsteps of the Astronauts in Iceland

Break Available: Early Sept- Mid Oct
Or Mid June to Early Sept without the Northern Lights
5 Night Break

Price per person : From £3,475 Incl Flights

This private trip really is rather special and is something quite different. You will follow in the footsteps of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin when they came to Iceland to train, and looking at the moonlike landscape you can see why!

Volcanic wonders abound with bizarre lava shapes, powerful waterfalls, bubbling mud pools and incredible canyons. You will not cease to be amazed!

If that isn’t enough you will end with a whale watching cruise out of Husavik, considered the best place in Europe for Whale Sightings, and with a 98% incidence of sightings you are almost guaranteed a sighting!

In the winter season you have an excellent chance of seeing the Northern Lights and in the Summer you will experience the midnight sun.

As the Superjeeps are all private the guide can adapt to your pace and interests.

 

Highlights

  • Private full day SuperJeep Tour of the Diamond Circle
    • Dettifoss Waterfall, Asbyrgi Canyon, Tjornes Canyon, Vesturdalur Basalt Columns
  • Private half day SuperJeep tour of Myvatn area
    • Dimmuborgir, Hverir Mud Pools, Grjotagja Lava Cave, Geyser Baked Bread and a stop at the Nature Baths for a swim
  • Private full day Askja Caldera Private Tour finishing with
    • Private Northern Lights Hunt
  • Whale Watching Boat Trip
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Day by Day Itinerary
 
 
 
 
 

DAY 1
Fly to Reykjavik

DAY 1
Fly to Reykjavik

Fly to Reykjavik and on arrival have a fly-bus transfer you to your hotel to start your special weekend away.

Rest of the day is free, perhaps to enjoy one of the best seafood restaurants you will find anywhere in the world. Overnight in Reykjavik

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A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Northern Lights by Boat
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Northern Lights by Boat

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience. Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and see the Aurora Borealis out on the North Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background.

This 2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise includes warm overalls to wear, heated seating areas inside, expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights.

Price per person: From £80

Northern Lights seen from the Boat tour in Iceland
Stunning aurora seen from the Northern Lights Boat tour in Iceland
Swirling Northern Lights as seen from the Boat tour in Iceland

DAY 2
Fly Husavik, Private Diamond Circle Super Jeep Tour

DAY 2
Fly Husavik, Private Diamond Circle Super Jeep Tour

Fly to Husavik in North Iceland and be picked up in your superjeep for your private tour of the Diamond Circle. At Tjornes we will stop for the lovely peninsula view.

You will drive through a gigantic and dramatic horseshoe-shaped rock formation called Ásbyrgi which stands guard next to the northern entrance to the 35km Jokulsa Canyon.

Continuing your trip you will stop in Vesturdalur, in-between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss, to visit the bizarre basalt rocks at Hljóðaklettar where we will walk in-between the unique geological phenomena of basalt columns in their various shapes, cliffs, honeycomb weathering and caves.

Inside the Jokulsa Canyon you will visit wonders such as the Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe . This amazing 45m high & 100m wide waterfall shows you quite how powerful nature can be.

Return to overnight at the hotel.

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DAY 3
Private Myvatn Highlights Super-Jeep Tour

DAY 3
Private Myvatn Highlights Super-Jeep Tour

This morning on your  private Superjeep Myvatn tour you will explore and learn about the volcanic geology of this area that makes this area such a very special place.

Discover the magic of the area including the Dimmuborgir lava area with it’s strange lava shapes and lava tubes, the Skútustaðir pseudo craters, the Höfði lava-pillars and the Hverir geothermal area with it’s boiling mud pools.

You’ll have a chance to taste bread baked with the geothermal heat from our Geysers, and many enjoy the visit to the unknown Grjotagja lava cave with it’s geothermal waters, filmed in the Game of Thrones. (It is now too hot to swim in this cave)

You will end at the Myvatn Baths where you can have a completely natural experience that begins with a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the Earth´s surface, and ends with a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 metres.

The beauty of the Myvatn Baths is that they are not as busy as the Blue Lagoon has become so you can really relax and enjoy this natural soak.

This tour lasts about 4-5 hours, with about an hour at Myvatn Baths.

Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the surrounds of the hotel. If staying at Hotel Sel you have the pseudo-craters right outside your door, and if staying at Foss Hotel Myvatn you have the lovely vista of Lake Myvatn infront of you.

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  • Private Northern Lights Hunt
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Private Northern Lights Hunt

Tonight you will taken on a private SuperJeep Northern Lights Hunt. The guide has his favourite spots where the Aurora tends to be good. One is the old hut where people used to wait for the Ferry to cross the river. The walls are covered with signatures as everyone who passed through for the Ferry signed the walls. Anton will have stories to tell you about his grandfathers day and the community sheep-corralling days whilst you are looking for the Aurora Borealis. This lasts 3-4 hours.

Price per person: From  £310 per person

Northern Lights in Iceland
Northern Lights at Myvatn - Iceland
Couple enjoying the Northern Lights

DAY 4
Askja Caledra SuperJeep Tour

DAY 4
Askja Caledra SuperJeep Tour

This will be the highlight of your trip and involves a 13-15 hour SuperJeep Tour right into the heart of Iceland to the Askja Caldera. In 1967 Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong came here to train for landing on the moon as it was felt to be the closest place on the planet to how the moon would be. As you travel through this area you will see why!

You will journey through the most varied lava landscape, changing from black hard volcanic lava flows, to a landscape littered with pumice, to a black desert made of volcanic ash. All the time you are heading towards the dramatic Caldera of Askja.

A picnic lunch has been included and the guide will chose one of the many dramatic spots to stop for lunch. This could be beside an Oasis fed by spring waters bubbling up from under the lava with vibrant green plants, near to one of the surprising waterfalls which force their way out through the basalt columns, or overlooking the Viti explosion crater in the heart of the caldera.

To reach the Viti explosion crater  there is a flat 2.5km hike across the middle of the Askja Caldera which takes about 45 minutes. Once at Víti we will take our time and absorb the incredible atmosphere of the Askja Caldera, and for the more adventurous amongst you there is the chance to swim in a Volcano ! Yes you can climb down to the geothermal lake inside the volcano and swim in it’s milky waters- what a great experience and story that makes!

Time allowing we will also visit Holuhraun lava field which sits on the floodplains between Vatnajökull Glacier and the Askja caldera Mountain Range. The rough, untouched and still cooling lava field created in 2015 is Iceland’s youngest lava field and we will have an opportunity to explore it.

On the way home we will stop for dinner (not included) in a restaurant just outside Askja with the most incredible views and atmosphere whilst waiting for it to get dark.

As we drive you back across the wilderness you will be searching for the Northern Lights as you go. With the isolation, and lack of artificial lights around, this wilderness area is perfect for enjoying the Northern Lights in their full glory. This is the most incredible day and words do not do it justice!

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DAY 5
Whale Watching, Fly Back to Reykjavik

DAY 5
Whale Watching, Fly Back to Reykjavik

This morning you will be picked up for your private transfer to the charming town of Husavik, an authentic fishing town filled with colourful houses and a restaurant right on the harbour serving fresh local seafood.

We would recommend you visit the excellent Whale museum with its fascinating insights, many huge whale skeletons and gain an insight into the whale research in the area.

Venture out in a traditional oak fishing boat on a 3 hour trip in search of Humpback, Orcas, Blue and Minke Whales. All the skippers have over 10 years of whale searching under their belts and have an incredible 98% success rate since 1995!

Seafaring overalls are provided to keep you warm and dry. Hot chocolate, cinnamon rolls as well as the “Captains Privilege” are all on hand!

What our Husavik Whale Watching Tour was like

Private Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Reykjavik to overnight.

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DAY 6
Transfer to airport for flight home

DAY 6
Transfer to airport for flight home

Morning at leisure to enjoy Reykjavik. Reykjavik is a quirky capital and there are plenty of unusual museums and shops to entertain you.

Flybus transfer to the airport for your flight home.

For those of you thinking of taking children to Iceland you may find our 8 year olds top 10 things to do in Iceland useful, as well as 10 useful things to know before you go to Iceland on a trip

If this is not what you are looking for take a look at our Iceland Breaks which also include summer and winter

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Extend by a day to add a Golden Circle Super-Jeep Tour
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Extend by a day to add a Golden Circle Super-Jeep Tour

Extend by an extra day to take a private Golden Circle Super-Jeep Tour to see the dramatic mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss waterfall which can totally freeze in winter, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 mins.

For good reason this is a very popular route and whilst the guide will try to time arrivals away from the very busy times this tour will come across more tourists than the other tours in the North of Iceland.

 

Evening at leisure and overnight in Reykjavik.

Price per person: From £875 for Private Tour (Including an extra night in Reykjavik and the SuperJeep Tour, & assuming no change to airfare)
Price per person: From £430 for shared SuperJeep Tour – Max 8 people (Including an extra night in Reykjavik and the SuperJeep Tour, & assuming no change to airfare)

Gullfoss waterfall, Iceland
Thingvelliir, Iceland
Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

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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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.

For our experience whilst staying at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

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Optional Extras
Northern Lights by Boat
Northern Lights seen from the Boat tour in Iceland

Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience. Sail away from the coastline of Reykjavik and see the Aurora Borealis out on the North Atlantic ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background.

This 2-3 hour Northern Lights cruise includes warm overalls to wear, heated seating areas inside, expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights.

Price per person: From £80

Private Northern Lights Hunt
Northern Lights in Iceland

Tonight you will taken on a private SuperJeep Northern Lights Hunt. The guide has his favourite spots where the Aurora tends to be good. One is the old hut where people used to wait for the Ferry to cross the river. The walls are covered with signatures as everyone who passed through for the Ferry signed the walls. Anton will have stories to tell you about his grandfathers day and the community sheep-corralling days whilst you are looking for the Aurora Borealis. This lasts 3-4 hours.

Price per person: From  £310 per person

Extend by a day to add a Golden Circle Super-Jeep Tour

Extend by an extra day to take a private Golden Circle Super-Jeep Tour to see the dramatic mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss waterfall which can totally freeze in winter, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 mins.

For good reason this is a very popular route and whilst the guide will try to time arrivals away from the very busy times this tour will come across more tourists than the other tours in the North of Iceland.

 

Evening at leisure and overnight in Reykjavik.

Price per person: From £875 for Private Tour (Including an extra night in Reykjavik and the SuperJeep Tour, & assuming no change to airfare)
Price per person: From £430 for shared SuperJeep Tour – Max 8 people (Including an extra night in Reykjavik and the SuperJeep Tour, & assuming no change to airfare)

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Price per person : From £3,475 Incl Flights
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights with one hold bag per person (From the UK)
  • Private Myvatn Super Jeep Tour Half Day with Entrance to the Baths, and Geothermal bakes bread
  • Private full day Super-Jeep tour to Askja with picnic lunch
  • Private full day Diamond Circle Super-Jeep Tour
  • Private SuperJeep to Explore Husavik
  • Transfers
  • Whale Watching Boat Trip
  • 5 Nights with Breakfast (Sel Hotel or Foss Hotel Myvatn, Hotel Reykjavik Centrum)
  • Gatwick
  • Heathrow
  • Manchester
  • Luton
  • Glasgow (Mon-Fri, Thurs-Mon, Sun-Thurs only for direct flights)
  • Edinburgh
  • Belfast (Mon-Fri, Sun-Thurs , Thurs-Mon only for direct flights)
  • Bristol (Mon-Fri, Thurs-Mon, Sun – Thurs only for direct flights)Dublin(Mon-Fri only for direct flights)

 

  • Chicago
  • New York
  • Washington
  • Boston
  • San Francisco (Thurs-Wed, Sat-Fri, Mon-Sun, Wed-Tues only. 5 nights & overnight flight)
  • Orlando
  • Minneapolis
  • Seattle
  • Denver

Our international clients are welcome to book their own international flights to Iceland, and we will book the internal Iceland flight and the ground arrangements

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