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Experience the Arctic North! This tour takes you on an exploration of West and North Iceland, known for its winter adventures in a veritable nature paradise. Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths, join a snowshoe walk in a lava labyrinth, climb a volcano crater, travel along scenic fjord routes where you can almost touch the Arctic Circle. Do you want to go to places where most people do not go in the winter time? Are you looking for some very unique but not arduous outdoor activities and a chance to search for the Northern Lights that appear in high latitudes when the skies are clear? Well, perhaps you are ready to take the North Iceland Aurora Challenge! Highlights and Experiences: *Visit places where most other tour groups do not go in the winter time *A lot of museums, special visits and culinary experiences included *Snow shoe hike (or hike if no snow) in a lava labyrinth *Soak in the mineral rich waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths *Spend two nights in Reykjavik and 5 nights in North Iceland *Stay at Iceland's northernmost town, almost at the Arctic Circle *5 evenings of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for Northern Lights *Stay one night in the new Hotel Siglufjörður, almost at the Arctic Circle *New for winter 2016/2017: Small group travel with maximum 16 persons Included: Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide) Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide as per program 7-nights accommodation as listed below including breakfast 2x light lunch, 3x 3-course dinner and 3x midnight refreshments Visit to natural history & seal museum Horse show, coffee & cake at local horse farm Visit to herring museum and local micro beer brewery Hot steam baked bread tasting Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths Snow shoe hike (or hike if no snow) in lava labyrinth Visit to Mývatn bird museum Visit to Christmas house & garden near Akureyri Visit to Víðimýri turf church, Glaumbær folk museum & turf farm and tannery in Skagafjörður Northern Lights program during 5 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film and guided searches for the Northern Lights Use of winter & Northern Lights explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flash light that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfort tourist-class hotels, in rooms with shower/wc Reykjavík: New Keahotel Skuggi for first and last night / Siglufjörður: New Hotel Siglo (1 night) / Mývatn: Hotel Sel-Mývatn (3 nights) / Akureyri: Hotel Kea (1 night). Note that the hotel list is subject to change. NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change. NORTHERN LIGHTS: This program includes during 5 evenings a combination of presentations, lectures, film and guided evening walks or excursions at spots that are likely to offer a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. All hotels outside Reykjavík and Akureyri offer a Northern Lights wake up call for guests that register for that special service at the hotel reception. This tour series is designed to maximize the chances of seeing the elusive Northern Lights, still the tour is dependent on weather and therefore sightings are not guaranteed. The Northern Lights are visible in the northern sky from September through April when the sky is clear and free of clouds. 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 (it is not a TV show that you can just turn on and off). But it is worth the patience which is much required. Because they are a winter event, you need to be prepared to wait outside while looking for them. It is best to dress very warmly, in layers, with good footwear, gloves, hats and whatever else makes you comfortable while you await this truly outstanding event. CHANGE OF PROGRAM: 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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