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Break on Iceland

- 4-days adventure on Iceland -

Northern lights - you are very likely to see them in Iceland in the winterThe spectacular light at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Map of the tour Break on Iceland
Map of the tour Break on Iceland
Driving through a partially frozen riverSouthern Iceland coastal landscapeSeljalandsfoss waterfallSeljalandsfoss waterfallThe South coast in the winterThingvellir National Park
Tour code: ICE_BOI
Tour type: Study tour: photography - Relax - nature & culture
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 4 days / 4 nights

Dates:

30 Jan - 2 Feb 2014
6-9 Feb 2014
27 Feb - 3 Mar 2014
27-30 Mar 2014
10-13 Apr 2014
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Price (p.p.): 1190 €  ? 


Included:

  • Transportation in 4x4 van
  • Airport-pickup
  • Accommodation: 3 nights in hotels/guesthouses/farms
  • Full board from lunch on d1 to dinner on d4
  • Entrance fee to the Blue Lagoon
  • Professional English/German speaking driver guide
  • On the West Itinerary: visit to a Neo Paganism priest or “goði” for introduction on “Ásatrú” Paganism and Rune reading, day with a farmer, visit to Háafell goat farm, visit to Bjarnarhöfn shark farm
Strokkur Geysir
Encounter Iceland on an authentic winter experience! Take your break and let us introduce you to amazing Iceland during the winter months when northern lights dominate the night skies. On a small group tour (maximum 10 Pax) we visit glacial waterfalls, bubbling geothermal sites and powerful geysers.
The tour dates alternate between 2 itineraries (SOUTH and WEST).
If you are traveling from Europe to North America or vice versa and can afford some extra time, Iceland will make for a most extraordinary break (if you fly Icelandair, this comes often at no extra cost on the airfare).
  • An authentic experience in Iceland with the locals
  • Golden Circle (Thingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
  • Glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón
  • Northern Lights tour included
  • Staying on a remote farm in the countryside
  • Professional photographer as driver guide
  • Delicious Icelandic cuisine by gourmet cook Hadda Bjork Gisladottir
  • Family dinner in Reykjavik at an Icelandic home with hotpot

Break on Iceland (4 days) - South

Day 1: Arrival & Blue Lagoon
Pick-up at airport, visit of the Blue Lagoon and transfer to hotel in South Iceland.
Acc.: : Hotel Eldhestar – a horse farm hotel in Hveragerði (D)
Day 2: Golden Circle - Thinvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir
Visit of Thingvellir, the ancient site of the Icelandic parliament and the place where you can eyewitness the rift splitting the American and European continents. Thereafter visit of the amazing natural sights of Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir (Strokkur), the type location for all geysers.
Acc.: : Hrífunes Farm (B, L, D)
Day 3: Skaftafell NP and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Visit of the majestic Skaftafell NP, opportunity for an easy glacier walk. Excursion to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon at the feet of the giant Vatnajökull glacier.
Acc.: : as before (B, L, D)
Day 4: The South coast - return to Reykjavik
We leave the beautiful Hrífunes farm behind and head through South Iceland back to Reykjavik. On our way we stop at the varied sights along the south coast, like the basalt formations Reynisdrangar and the beautiful waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The tour finishes in Reykjavik with a convivial evening at the home of Haukur and Hadda with the possibility of enjoying relaxation in the hotpot in their garden.
Acc.: : none (B, L, D)

Break on Iceland (4 days) - West

Day 1: Arrival - Blue Lagoon - Hvalfjörður
We meet and greet you at Keflavik international airport in the afternoon and start the tour with a visit to the unique Blue Lagoon. After relaxing in this warm and healing water we head to the west of Iceland. We pass the capital Reykjavík and drive through the “fjord of whales” Hvalfjörður. The base for your stay in Iceland will be at a summerhouse in the hills above the farm Bjarteyjarsandur. Bjarteyjarsandur is located on the northern side of the fjord and you can enjoy magnificent views from the summerhouses over the fjord. This location is also perfect for watching the stars and the northern lights in the right conditions.
Acc.: : Summerhouse with made up beds, shared facilities and an outdoor Jacuzzi, 3 nights (D)
Day 2: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
This day will be dedicated to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which extends westwards from the Icelandic mainland. The peninsula is a place of natural beauty and has a colourful history. At the tip of the peninsula the glacier Snæfellsjökull rises, 1,445 metres high. The glacier is a symmetrical volcanic cone, which has exerted great influence over the centuries. For example in Jules Verne‘s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the heroes descend through the crater of Snæfellsjökull and in Halldór Laxness‘ novel Christianity at Glacier, the glacier plays a leading role. We visit Arnarstapi fishing village and walk along the cliffy coastline and the magnificent lava formations. We also visit the charming village Stykkishólmur and take a walk with the guide to discover the old restored wooden houses that the village is known for. Close by is also the home of Mr. Hildibrandur a local shark farmer in Bjarnarhöfn. We visit his farm and explore his small museum and church. Along with tasting some shark and the Icelandic snaps Brennivín. On our way back we visit the smallest nature pool in Iceland (1x1 m). The brave ones can have a try and dip into this unique nature bath!
Acc.: : as before (B, L, D)
Day 3: Day with a farmer – Different themes
After an early breakfast a fun morning at the farm awaits you as it is time to put on some rubber boots and an overall and assist the farmers during their morning duties. The local farmers and your hosts Arnheiður and Guðmundur will teach you the right work methods. The final program of the day is depending on which month you are travelling in, as each month has its own theme:

September Theme: Take part in a sheep round-up and a round-up dance, mussel picking with the farmers.

November Theme: Take part in sheep shearing and traditional blood sausage making.

January Theme: Take part in a local Þorrablót (Viking midwinter festival). It's the custom during the Þorri weeks to eat the traditional Icelandic food that was produced in the days when making use of every part of the animal was necessary to avoid starvation.

May Theme: Take part in lambing season, which is one of the most demanding and rewarding time during year for the sheep farmers.

On day 3 or 4 we will visit the home of Mrs. Jóhanna Harðardóttir who is a Neo paganism chieftain-priest “Goði”, she will give an interesting insight into the modern way of the paganism or “Ásatrú” and she will also read for you from Runes.
Acc.: : as before (B, L, D)
Day 4: Hike in Hvalfjörður-Borgarfjörður District-Family Dinner
On the last day at Bjarteyjarsandur we go for a hike in the surroundings of the farm. Depending on conditions we have the option to hike up to Glymur waterfall, explore the old whaling station or the old barracks at Miðsandur in Hvalfjörður. The name Hvalfjörður is derived from the large number of whales which could be found and caught there. Until the 1980s, one of the biggest whaling stations in Iceland was located in this fjord. During World War II, a naval base of the British and American navies could be found in this fjord. One of the piers built by the United States Navy was later used by the Hvalur whaling company, until commercial whaling was shut down in the 1980s.

Around lunchtime it is time to say goodbye to the hosts at Bjarteyjarsandur and visit the main sights around Borgarfjörður. We visit places like hot spring Deildartunguhver, stunning waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, we drive through Reykholt Saga settings and visit the goat farmer at Háafell. We arrive to Reykjavík just in time for dinner and you will be treated at the home of your tour guide for a goodbye meal. Transfer to accommodation in Reykjavík when the evening is over.
Acc.: : none (B, L, D)

Arrival info:

Our staff meets and greets you at the Keflavik international airport in the afternoon and you start the tour with a visit to the fantastic Blue Lagoon.
Passengers already staying in Reykjavik will be picked up at their accommodation
around 15:00, before driving to the airport.

Accommodation:

Kitchen and living room of Hrífunes farm where we stay in the remote countryside from D2-4
Kitchen and living room of Hrífunes farm where we stay in the remote countryside from D2-4

Hrifunes, our accommodation, has a unique location close to the southern higlands. The location enables us to get quickly to our destinations in south iceland maximising the time enjoying the visited sights. Hrifunes is an old farm which is now partly-owned by Haukur and Hadda. The houses have newly been restored and offer simple facilities in a warm and cozy atmosphere.

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