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Iceland & Norway Aurora Bonanza

Break Available: Oct - March
11 Nights
Departures: Monday or Thursday

Price Per Person: From £3895 (Inc Flights)

This stunning combination break of Iceland & Norway is perfect for nature lovers.

You will see spectacular landscapes including dramatic volcanoes & lava fields, breathtaking fjords & islands, wildlife, take exciting day time adventures and of course have many opportunities to see the magical Northern Lights.

This break is particularly beautiful in the autumn with the gorgeous fall colours reflected in the waters, and warmer and longer daytime hours to enjoy the scenery.

At night you should expect many sightings of the Northern Lights, and if traveling in October, many wonderful Auroras as the Northern Lights are often plentiful a couple of weeks either side of the autumn equinox.

Whilst in Iceland you will stay in your own private wilderness designer cabin whilst in Norway you will stay in authentic, picturesque small fishing villages with fantastic panoramic scenery.

Highlights

  • 3 nights on the Beautiful island of Senja
  • 3 nights in Svolvaer in Lofoten Islands
  • 3 nights in your own PRIVATE wilderness designer cabin in Iceland in an area famed for Northern Lights, with stunning views of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
  • 1 SuperJeep Adventure Volcano Tour
  • One 4WD Golden Circle Highlights tour to see Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss Waterfall and area around Mount Helka
  • Northern Lights wake up call at the cabin
  • 1 private dinner cooked by the guide for you at the cabin
  • Wildlife and day fjords cruise out of Tromso
  • Daily day and night guided activities in Senja
  • RIB Boat wildlife safari in Trolfjord
  • 1 night in Tromso – the Paris of the North
  • 1 night in the buzzy capital of Iceland, Reykjavik
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Day 1
Fly to Reykjavik and self-drive to Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin

Day 1
Fly to Reykjavik and self-drive to Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin

On arrival in Reykjavik mid-afternoon your hire car will be waiting for you to self-drive to your PRIVATE cabin in South Iceland. For those who don’t wish to self-drive it is possible to upgrade to transfers (see optional extras below).

The new Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin is situated in a secluded rural area providing excellent opportunities to view the Northern Lights without any light interference at night. There are also wonderful views of the famous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano during the day.

The luxury cabin is yours exclusively providing the perfect setting for a very special trip.

Tonight your guide will come and cook for you on the bbq or serve you a 3 course meal. We have had wonderful feedback on his meals with the bbq lamb from his family farm being particularly liked. Afterwards he will retire and leave you to enjoy your first evening – hopefully with Northern Lights.

If you wish, the guide will call your mobile during the night to wake you up if the famous Aurora make an appearance.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Transfers instead of Self-Drive to Cabin
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Transfers instead of Self-Drive to Cabin

For those of you who do not wish to self-drive it is possible to upgrade to transfers instead. However please note for those itineraries where the airline schedule allows some time for self exploration of of the South Coast this would not be included as the transfer would be direct.

Price per person: £185/£220 depending on flight time

Day 2
Golden Circle Highlights 4WD Guided Tour

Day 2
Golden Circle Highlights 4WD Guided Tour

After breakfast in the cabin your guide will take you on the Golden Circle Highlights 4WD Tour, which is a magnificent introduction for first timers in Iceland.

Experience the famed Strokur Geyser which erupts every 5 minutes; the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall which can totally freeze in the winter, as well as the beautiful area of Pjorsardalur behind Mount Helka. This area is full of waterfalls, including Háifoss, Iceland’s tallest.

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.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire
  • Northern Lights on top of the Glacier
  • Upgrade to 3 course menu at Hotel Ranga
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Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire

Hotel Ranga has an excellent reputation for Northern Lights Sightings due to its location in a rural area with a higher frequency of clear nights.

However we want to give you the very best chance possible so tonight you will be picked up for a 3 hour adventure to hunt out the Northern Lights with one of the local mountain guides.

In a specially adapted 4WD super jeep you will be taken inland off-road to the back of the famed Mount Helka to try and see if you can find the Northern Lights. This volcanic area is near Tindfjallajökul Glacier whose cooling effect creates clear skies critical for spotting the Northern Lights. This area also has very few artificial lights to spoil your viewing as many of the farms in the area were abandoned due to a previous volcanic eruption.

The beauty of this tour is that the guide will take you to the best area based on the forecast to see the Northern Lights and so give you the best chance of seeing them.

Stop for a warm up by a bonfire and a hot drink in a cave , or on the black volcanic beaches with a bonfire and a hot drink whilst your guide tells you about both the Northern Lights Phenomenon and some of the folklore and local superstitions!

Price per person: From £115

Aurora Borealis in Iceland
Aurora over black volcanic beaches in Iceland as seen on superjeep Aurora Hunt
Aurora Borealis over black beaches in Vik on SuperJeep tour in Iceland

Northern Lights on top of the Glacier

We are very excited with this new offer which we have worked up with our “local man” on the ground. Tonight he will take you up to 1600 M on top of the glacier on top of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in a SuperJeep to hunt the Northern Lights.

The glacier cools the air creating clear skies which is what you need for the Northern Lights giving you an excellent chance of seeing them ! Even if they don’t show you will have an incredible evening gazing at thousands of stars above you – crystal clear in the darkness. The snow reflects the moonlight and the tiny lights of the villages can be seen well below you.

This is a 4 hour trip as it will take you 90 mins each way as you climb in your superjeep up the steep volcano – an adventure in itself.

Price per person:  From £190

Northern Lights in Iceland
Aurora Borealis in Iceland
Northern lights as seen on super-jeep hunt ontop of the glacier in Iceland

Upgrade to 3 course menu at Hotel Ranga

For those of you would prefer not to cook there is the option to upgrade to a 3 course set menu at the famed Hotel Ranga. Hotel Ranga’s restaurant has an excellent reputation as one of the top gourmet restaurants in Iceland and many locals come down from Reykjavik just for dinner.

Upgrade Price per person: From £70 

Day 3
Choice of Guided SuperJeep Adventure Tours

Day 3
Choice of Guided SuperJeep Adventure Tours

After breakfast adventure out into the unique landscapes of South Iceland – probably the most dramatic Geography field trip you will ever experience!

We work only with local guides who are not only 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 continually receive fabulous feedback on this day from satisfied clients who enjoy this personalised, relaxed guided day from enthusiastic local guides who are keen you have an extra special experience.

SuperJeeps 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 SuperJeep 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!

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Þórsmörk Valley Tour Your guide will take you up between the three glaciers; Myrdalsjokull, Eyjafjallojokull and Tindfjallojokull. In your specially adapted SuperJeep you will have the thrilling drive of fjording glacial rivers and driving across the floodplain 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. 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.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Upgrade to 3 course meal at Hotel Anna
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Upgrade to 3 course meal at Hotel Anna

For those who would prefer to not cook and go out instead there is the option to upgrade to taking a 3 course meal at Hotel Anna. This local country retreat has a wonderful friendly atmosphere and serves superb home cooked country food. The menu is based on regional traditions and seasonal ingredients are sourced from local farmers and fishermen.

Upgraded Price per person : From £60

Day 4
Blue Lagoon, Self-drive to Reykjavik

Day 4
Blue Lagoon, Self-drive to Reykjavik

This morning after breakfast you will self-drive to the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most famous sites where the geothermal waters are particularly good for your skin.

Here you can bathe in the warm bright blue waters, put Silica mud on your face or try out the Sauna and Steam rooms which are carved into the lava.

You can easily while away a couple of hours and there is also a choice of restaurants with lovely views of the Lagoon. We would also recommend the in-water massage treatments which are just heavenly!

Afterwards self-drive into central Reykjavik, with time at leisure to enjoy Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Visit The Secret Ice Cave – South Iceland
  • Glacier Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull – South Iceland
  • Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier
  • Riding in Icelandic Countryside
  • Northern Lights by Boat
  • Mini City Break in Oslo
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Visit The Secret Ice Cave – South Iceland

Self drive to Vik in south Iceland (@ 1 1/4hr). From there we will pick up you and drive our heavily modified Super Jeep on a very old track that only Super Jeeps can cross. The drive to the ice cave is about 30 minutes long with a gorgeous view out the window.

The ice cave, known as ‘The Secret Ice Cave’, and the glacier itself, present you with black, white, and blue ice that is over 800 years old! Inside the cave there are high walls of ice that have been sculpted by glacial water throughout the centuries. Water drips all around and the air is cold and fresh. Helmets (and Crampons if conditions require) are supplied. The beauty of this cave it is not visited by hundreds of people unlike some of the others which means they don’t have the magical atmosphere of this secret ice cave.

This tour takes about 3 hours with a morning and afternoon departure.

There are plenty of things to see on the way and back to Vik to make this a full day. The Black Beaches and dramatic rock formations of Reynisdrangar with its famous archway. The dramatic and thundering Skogar Waterfall – one of the highest in Iceland at 60M and certainly worth a few photos! The Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre which has a 20 minute film depicting the personal experience of a farmer of the dramatic 2010 eruption. The brand new Lava Centre. They have an interactive exhibition about the volcanoes, eruptions and earthquakes and this already has very good reviews and is a fascinating hour.

Price Per Person: From £155

Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland
South Iceland Blizzard

Glacier Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull – South Iceland

Self drive to join the small group visiting the magnificent frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull and hike on the glacier. Explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges.

You will be on the ice 1 ½ – 2 hrs and the pace is leisurely with plenty of stops to talk about the formation of Glaciers and Global warming etc. The Glacier is a 20 min walk from the starting point.

We will provide all the tools you need: crampons and safety lines but you must wear Hiking Boots for the Crampons to fit onto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Glacial hiking in Iceland on the frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull
Hiking on the glacier, Iceland
Glacial hiking group in Iceland

Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier

You will be picked up and taken to the Snowmobile Meeting Point. Here you will transfer to a Super Jeep to go on rough tracks up to the Snowline of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier to take an exhilarating 1 hour’s snowmobile ride with superb views back down to the Atlantic Coast.

While the south is certainly spectacular from “below” nothing beats experiencing it from “above”! Snowmobiling on top of Eyjafjallajökull glacier is an extraordinary experience. This snowmobile tour is the perfect length of time for first-time riders and individuals looking for a scenic, fun ride, exploring and experiencing the wilderness, the glacier and the breathtaking views over South Iceland in good weather.

After a short safety briefing you will be dressed in the warm arctic thermals and helmet that are provided– but please wear very warm socks and hiking boots.  You will snowmobile for about an hour on a shared snowmobile, but don’t worry there will be time to swop so you both get the chance to drive (2 people per Snowmobile).

Price Per Person: From £180

Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajokull Glacier in Iceland
Snowmobiling in Iceland
Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajokull Glacier in Iceland

Riding in Icelandic Countryside

A purebreed descendant of its Viking ancestors from the 9th century, the Icelandic horse is a product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding for good riding qualities, resulting in a gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner that make them a delight for anyone to ride. Whilst small in size they are hardy animals that have an unusual gait called a tolt. As fast as a trot but it is much smoother- indeed there are competitions where people hold full glasses of unspilt beer as they ride the tolt!

You have a choice of a 1hr or 2 hr ride by Irafoss Waterfall, or a 3hr ride which takes you up steep tracks towards the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Here you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the glacier behind you and in front of you the Atlantic Ocean in all its glory.

Finally there is the option to take a 2 hour ride through farmland , followed by a choice of a Jacuzzi or Sauna and a light lunch.

Price Per Person: From £75 to £245 (Dependent on tour taken)

Icelandic horses crossing the river
Horse riding in the snow in Iceland
Iceland Horses

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 

Spiral northern lights seen from the boat out of Reykjavik in Iceland
Northern Lights from boat in Iceland
Northern Lights over snow covered landscape from boat in Iceland

Mini City Break in Oslo

This is a 2 night extension to your holiday staying at the Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo Norway’s capital city. The hotel is well located near the city centre and transport links.

Both the Norwegian Parliament and the Royal Palace are in Oslo, the latter being situated at the end of Karl Johan Street Oslo’s main street.

The city limits encompass wilderness areas as well as an array of restaurants and nightlife as such. In winter, the city has an artificial skating rink nearby the National Theatre and the University.

Oslo’s City Hall is located in the city centre only a few hundred metres from the city’s main street and overlooks the Oslo Fjord.

The Aker Brygge pier with all its restaurants and shopping is in close vicinity of Oslo City Hall.  You can also catch the ferry to the main islands in the Oslo Fjord. Oslo abounds with sights of interest, and most of these sights are within walking distance of each other.

Norway’s maritime history is represented by 3 unique museums, The Viking Ship Museum, The Fram Polar explorer museum and the Kon Tiki Museum.

For those interested in culture and art there is the Akershus Fortress, The Munch museum or the Norwegian Museum of cultural history

Cost: £250 per person to include private airport transfers and 2 nights bed and breakfast in the Thon Hotel Opera

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Sculpture on the quayside, Oslo
Snowy streets in Oslo Copyright Deichmann

Day 5
Fly to Tromso. Overnight

Day 5
Fly to Tromso. Overnight

Self-drive to the airport for your flight via Oslo to Tromso in Northern Norway. Tomso is commonly referred to as the Paris of the North.

On arrival catch the flybus transfer to your hotel, the perfectly located Scandic Ishavshotel, your base for tonight.

Settle in and explore the local area and either choose to eat at the hotel or one of the excellent local restaurants around the quayside.

Meals Included: None

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Day 6
Fjord Sailing Trip into the Fjords. Boat trip to Senja Island

Day 6
Fjord Sailing Trip into the Fjords. Boat trip to Senja Island

After breakfast explore the magnificent fjords onboard a traditional sailing ship. This trip takes you sailing out of the beautiful Kaldfjorden. Search for wildlife on land and sea, wild eagles, reindeer and with a spot of luck in the right season wild orcas and humpback whales!

If the weather allows it you can take part in hoisting the sails or just enjoy a wonderful day out at sea. Schooner Hildur was restored as a traditional two-mast schooner from the remains of an old oak fishing boat and provides a magnificent means of experiencing the wildlife and landscapes that you are unlikely to forget. Don’t forget to bring a camera, warm footwear, hat and gloves.

Return to port in time for your onward boat transfer to Finnsnes. The journey by boat takes about 75 minutes and lets you experience coastal nature.

A driver will pick you up at the boat terminal in Finnsnes and transfer you through the beautiful Senja island to Mefjord Brygge – your base.  Check into your sea-facing apartment before Dinner is served in the maritime-style restaurant.

After a short briefing and introduction to your activity program, it will be time to relax, go for a small walk in the evening or finish off the day in the sauna.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner

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Day 7
Day of Seasonal Activities. Northern Lights Hunting

Day 7
Day of Seasonal Activities. Northern Lights Hunting

Breakfast will be served at 9.00 after which you will meet with the guide who will present your plan for the next couple of days with regard for current season and weather conditions.

Typically, during daylight hours you will go for an Arctic Boat Safari to see wildlife and marine landscape.

Lunch will either be on the safari or upon your return to the hotel. The afternoon might be spent at leisure or you can go for a small snowshoeing trip on your own.

Traditional Norwegian dinner will be served in early evening and after that you will get ready for the night time session.

The guide will take you to some remote spots for a Northern Lights chasing experience. You will also visit scenic vantage points where it is possible to admire the Aurora Borealis without any light pollution.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 8
Day of Seasonal Activities. Northern Lights Hunting

Day 8
Day of Seasonal Activities. Northern Lights Hunting

After breakfast you will do a different activity to the day before – depending on the season and preferred activity. It may be a minibus sightseeing tour, snow-shoeing or hiking trip to see different types of Senja’s nature and, in case of bad weather, there would be a special trip to show you the harsh Arctic coast and power of the Norwegian Sea.

After dinner you will again set out for an evening activity focusing on experiences on Senja and the Northern Lights.  Hopefully you will admire the beauty of Aurora Borealis reflected in the sea with mountains in the foreground while visiting some remote spots in the nearby fjords.

The creative guides will surprise you by telling some old local stories, showing you some interesting places and introduce you to traditions linked with north-Norwegian culture.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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Day 9
Sail to Lofoten Islands. Overnight in Svolvaer

Day 9
Sail to Lofoten Islands. Overnight in Svolvaer

This morning have an early start (3am) in order to catch the Hurtigruten ship that will carry you on the next leg of your journey south to Svolvaer in the Lofoten Islands. This is a perfect way to experience the majesty of these picturesque islands.

You will arrive around 6pm. You are booked into the stylish Thon Hotel on the quayside or have the option of upgrading to the quaint and traditional Svinoya which offers authentic Rorbuer Accommodation.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner (if staying at Svinoya)

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Day 10
Lofoten Panorama Tour. Northern Lights Hunt in the Evening

Day 10
Lofoten Panorama Tour. Northern Lights Hunt in the Evening

After breakfast venture out with a small group on a guided bus trip of the Lofoten islands.

The knowledgeable driver will guide you on this half day excursion. Explore a dramatic coastline, historical fishing villages and white sand beaches, surrounded by rugged mountains with photo stops en-route to capture the amazing scenery.

The Majestic Lofoten islands at any time of year are spectacular, but our favourite time is in the later months of the year when the colours of autumn merge with the Northern Lights to create a truly exceptional experience.

This evening after dinner venture out with a guide on a Northern Lights hunt in the vicinity of Svolvaer. This 3 hour minibus experience allows the guide to search for areas with clear skies and perfect surroundings with as little light pollution as possible. The goal is to find areas where the Northern Lights will be the only source of light.

Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner (at Svinoya)

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  • Upgrade to Svinoya Rorbuer Cabins
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Upgrade to Svinoya Rorbuer Cabins

If you are looking for a truly authentic Norwegian Experience then whilst staying in Svolvaer why not upgrade to staying in Norwegian Heritage site. Svinoya is a fishing village dating back over 250 years which has been converted into authentic ‘ Rorbuer’ accommodation.

Grouped in batches around the island and with commanding views each ‘ fisherman’s cottage’ has been restored but keep their traditional wooden features. Recognised by the Norwegian cultural bureau as a place of national heritage it offers a uniquely Norwegian experience.

All 30 original, and the more recently-built rorbu cabins, are of high standard. Each cabin has one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen-cum-lounge, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet.

The main building that houses both reception and the atmospheric restaurant where all meals are taken is a short walk away. Breakfasts are hearty and Dinners based on local ingredients of fish and lamb.

Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of the rorbu cabins. The timber and time-honoured craftmanship have been preserved to convey the feeling of what a rorbu cabin was like in the old days, when the fishermen harvested the seas of Lofoten with the help of oar and sail.

Upgrade Cost: £198 per person Includes Dinner Bed and Breakfast ( when comparing note dinner is included in the holiday cost on this option)

Rorbuer svinoya Svolvaer Lofoten Norway
Svinoya Rorbuer at Svolvaer Lofoten
Svinoya Rorbuer at Svolvaer Lofoten

Day 11
RIB Boat Wildlife Safari in area around Trollfjord

Day 11
RIB Boat Wildlife Safari in area around Trollfjord

Today after breakfast explore one of Norway’s most spectacular fjords with high mountainsides rising directly from the sea. The Trollfjorden is a narrow arm of the Raftsundet that cuts nearly 3km into the landscape and is less than 100m wide as its narrowest point.

Lofoten has an exciting bird life, and the region is visited by several hundred bird species during the year. The archipelago is also the resting place for rarer species and birding enthusiasts can look forward to the diversity of species in the varied landscape. The largest species of them all is the majestic white-tailed sea eagle, with its 2.7m wingspan.

Rest of the day at leisure to explore the local area and this evening search the Northern Lights which are often visible over Svolvaer.

Meals included: Breakfast and Dinner (if staying at Svinoya)

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Day 12
Fly Home or Extend Your Trip to include Oslo

Day 12
Fly Home or Extend Your Trip to include Oslo

This morning at leisure prior to transfer to the airport for your flight home via Oslo.

Oslo, Norway’s capital city, offers a rich Heritage and for anyone with Maritime interests its history is represented by 3 unique museums, The Viking Ship Museum, The Fram Polar Explorer Museum and the Kon Tiki Museum.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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  • Mini City Break in Oslo
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Mini City Break in Oslo

This is a 2 night extension to your holiday staying at the Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo Norway’s capital city. The hotel is well located near the city centre and transport links.

Both the Norwegian Parliament and the Royal Palace are in Oslo, the latter being situated at the end of Karl Johan Street Oslo’s main street.

The city limits encompass wilderness areas as well as an array of restaurants and nightlife as such. In winter, the city has an artificial skating rink nearby the National Theatre and the University.

Oslo’s City Hall is located in the city centre only a few hundred metres from the city’s main street and overlooks the Oslo Fjord.

The Aker Brygge pier with all its restaurants and shopping is in close vicinity of Oslo City Hall.  You can also catch the ferry to the main islands in the Oslo Fjord. Oslo abounds with sights of interest, and most of these sights are within walking distance of each other.

Norway’s maritime history is represented by 3 unique museums, The Viking Ship Museum, The Fram Polar explorer museum and the Kon Tiki Museum.

For those interested in culture and art there is the Akershus Fortress, The Munch museum or the Norwegian Museum of cultural history

Cost: £250 per person to include private airport transfers and 2 nights bed and breakfast in the Thon Hotel Opera

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Sculpture on the quayside, Oslo
Snowy streets in Oslo Copyright Deichmann
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Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin

Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Icelandic Cabin
Dining area of the Wilderness Cabin, Iceland
Dining area of Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin in Iceland
Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin, Iceland

Eyjafjallajokull Wilderness Cabin

This bright and airy brand new designer cabin built in 2011 is available for your exclusive use and is set alone in the countryside with a clear view to Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, famed for erupting in 2010. The area is known for excellent 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. It really is a special place and the isolation and lack of external lighting makes it a great place for Northern Lights viewing. Your hosts are nearby to cook dinner for you.

There are 4 bedrooms, 3 doubles (or 1 double and 2 twins) and 1 single so the cabin can take up to 7 people, though we guarantee it is exclusively for you for bookings from 2 people upwards. There is Wi-Fi and mobile connection, iPod Docking Station, TV with very limited Channels (probably in Icelandic) and DVD Player (DVDS not supplied).

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Saeli Icelandic Cabin

Saeli Icelandic Cabin in Iceland
Saeli Icelandic Cabin in Iceland
Saeli Icelandic Cabin in Iceland
Saeli Icelandic Cottage in Iceland

Saeli Icelandic Cabin

This small cosy log cabin is well located with wonderful 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. What a wonderful place to be if the Northern Lights are out!

There is Wi-Fi 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 in Reykjavik Iceland
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum Standard Double room
Double deluxe room in Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Iceland
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Iceland

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is a relatively new hotel in the heart of the city, opened on April 1st 2005. It is located on one of Reykjavik’s oldest streets, Adalstraeti, right in the heart of Reykjavik in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764.

The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities, such as satellite TV, telephone, Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe and tea & coffee set. All rooms have ensuite bathroom with either a shower or a bath.

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

 

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Scandic Ishavshotel Tromso

Scandic Ishavshotell Tromso
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Scandic Ishavshotel Tromso

The Scandic Ishavshotel is on a picturesque waterside location in Tromsø, which is often referred to as the Paris of the North, and offers stunning views of the harbour and city. It is located only 50 metres from the Hurtigruten ferry and 4 minutes from the Polar Museum. It has easy access to the pier where most boating trips depart from.

Almost all rooms at the Scandic Ishavshotel are located at the very end of the quay and provide panoramic views whilst there are excellent Restaurant and Bar facilities.

For a relaxing drink visit the Roast Bar, located right by the water and offering views of the Tromsø Bridge and a famous architectural landmark, the Arctic Cathedral.

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Svinøya Rorbuer

Rorbuer svinoya Svolvaer Lofoten
Northern Lights above Svinoya Lofoten
Svinoya Rorbuer at Svolvaer Lofoten
Svinoya Rorbuer Lofoten

Svinøya Rorbuer

A 250 year old fishing settlement on an island in Svolvaer harbour has been converted into one of the most charming and authentic Rorbuer style accommodations. Grouped in batches around the island and with commanding views each ‘fisherman’s cottage’ has been restored but keep their traditional wooden features. Recognised by the Norwegian cultural bureau as a place of national heritage it offers a uniquely Norwegian experience.

All 30 original, and the more recently-built rorbu cabins, are of a high standard. Each cabin has one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen-cum-lounge, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet.

The main building that houses both reception and the atmospheric restaurant where all meals are taken is a short walk away. Breakfasts are hearty and dinners based on local ingredients of fish and lamb.

Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of the rorbu cabins. The timber and time-honoured craftmanship have been preserved to convey the feeling of what a rorbu cabin was like in the old days, when the fishermen harvested the seas of Lofoten with the help of oar and sail.

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Thon Hotel Svolvaer

Thon Hotel Svolaver Northern Lights
Thon Hotel Svolaver Bedroom Suite
Thon Hotel Svolaver Dining Room
Thon Hotel Svolaver Bedroom

Thon Hotel Svolvaer

Thon Hotel Lofoten is located right on the harbour front in Svolvær. It is a few metres away from the Hurtigruten ferry disembarkation point and  within walking distance of the many attractions of Svolvaer, the Lofoten islands.

There are panoramic views over the mountains that encase Svolvaer and the rooms have views over the sea or the mountains.

This is a flagship Thon Hotel with all modern facilities including excellent restaurant and bars.
Restaurant Boje serves dishes  made from locally sourced produce so has a strong emphasis on foods like Cod, Halibut and Stockfish caught by local fishermen and magnificent organic Lofoten lamb.

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Optional Extras
Transfers instead of Self-Drive to Cabin

For those of you who do not wish to self-drive it is possible to upgrade to transfers instead. However please note for those itineraries where the airline schedule allows some time for self exploration of of the South Coast this would not be included as the transfer would be direct.

Price per person: £185/£220 depending on flight time

Northern Lights Hunt with Bonfire
Aurora Borealis in Iceland

Hotel Ranga has an excellent reputation for Northern Lights Sightings due to its location in a rural area with a higher frequency of clear nights.

However we want to give you the very best chance possible so tonight you will be picked up for a 3 hour adventure to hunt out the Northern Lights with one of the local mountain guides.

In a specially adapted 4WD super jeep you will be taken inland off-road to the back of the famed Mount Helka to try and see if you can find the Northern Lights. This volcanic area is near Tindfjallajökul Glacier whose cooling effect creates clear skies critical for spotting the Northern Lights. This area also has very few artificial lights to spoil your viewing as many of the farms in the area were abandoned due to a previous volcanic eruption.

The beauty of this tour is that the guide will take you to the best area based on the forecast to see the Northern Lights and so give you the best chance of seeing them.

Stop for a warm up by a bonfire and a hot drink in a cave , or on the black volcanic beaches with a bonfire and a hot drink whilst your guide tells you about both the Northern Lights Phenomenon and some of the folklore and local superstitions!

Price per person: From £115

Northern Lights on top of the Glacier
Northern Lights in Iceland

We are very excited with this new offer which we have worked up with our “local man” on the ground. Tonight he will take you up to 1600 M on top of the glacier on top of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in a SuperJeep to hunt the Northern Lights.

The glacier cools the air creating clear skies which is what you need for the Northern Lights giving you an excellent chance of seeing them ! Even if they don’t show you will have an incredible evening gazing at thousands of stars above you – crystal clear in the darkness. The snow reflects the moonlight and the tiny lights of the villages can be seen well below you.

This is a 4 hour trip as it will take you 90 mins each way as you climb in your superjeep up the steep volcano – an adventure in itself.

Price per person:  From £190

Upgrade to 3 course menu at Hotel Ranga

For those of you would prefer not to cook there is the option to upgrade to a 3 course set menu at the famed Hotel Ranga. Hotel Ranga’s restaurant has an excellent reputation as one of the top gourmet restaurants in Iceland and many locals come down from Reykjavik just for dinner.

Upgrade Price per person: From £70 

Upgrade to 3 course meal at Hotel Anna

For those who would prefer to not cook and go out instead there is the option to upgrade to taking a 3 course meal at Hotel Anna. This local country retreat has a wonderful friendly atmosphere and serves superb home cooked country food. The menu is based on regional traditions and seasonal ingredients are sourced from local farmers and fishermen.

Upgraded Price per person : From £60

Visit The Secret Ice Cave – South Iceland
Secret Ice Cave in South Iceland

Self drive to Vik in south Iceland (@ 1 1/4hr). From there we will pick up you and drive our heavily modified Super Jeep on a very old track that only Super Jeeps can cross. The drive to the ice cave is about 30 minutes long with a gorgeous view out the window.

The ice cave, known as ‘The Secret Ice Cave’, and the glacier itself, present you with black, white, and blue ice that is over 800 years old! Inside the cave there are high walls of ice that have been sculpted by glacial water throughout the centuries. Water drips all around and the air is cold and fresh. Helmets (and Crampons if conditions require) are supplied. The beauty of this cave it is not visited by hundreds of people unlike some of the others which means they don’t have the magical atmosphere of this secret ice cave.

This tour takes about 3 hours with a morning and afternoon departure.

There are plenty of things to see on the way and back to Vik to make this a full day. The Black Beaches and dramatic rock formations of Reynisdrangar with its famous archway. The dramatic and thundering Skogar Waterfall – one of the highest in Iceland at 60M and certainly worth a few photos! The Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre which has a 20 minute film depicting the personal experience of a farmer of the dramatic 2010 eruption. The brand new Lava Centre. They have an interactive exhibition about the volcanoes, eruptions and earthquakes and this already has very good reviews and is a fascinating hour.

Price Per Person: From £155

Glacier Hiking on glacial tongue Seimajökull – South Iceland
Glacial hiking in Iceland on the frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull

Self drive to join the small group visiting the magnificent frozen glacial tongue Seimajokull and hike on the glacier. Explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges.

You will be on the ice 1 ½ – 2 hrs and the pace is leisurely with plenty of stops to talk about the formation of Glaciers and Global warming etc. The Glacier is a 20 min walk from the starting point.

We will provide all the tools you need: crampons and safety lines but you must wear Hiking Boots for the Crampons to fit onto.

Price Per Person: From £85

Snowmobiling on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier
Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajokull Glacier in Iceland

You will be picked up and taken to the Snowmobile Meeting Point. Here you will transfer to a Super Jeep to go on rough tracks up to the Snowline of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier to take an exhilarating 1 hour’s snowmobile ride with superb views back down to the Atlantic Coast.

While the south is certainly spectacular from “below” nothing beats experiencing it from “above”! Snowmobiling on top of Eyjafjallajökull glacier is an extraordinary experience. This snowmobile tour is the perfect length of time for first-time riders and individuals looking for a scenic, fun ride, exploring and experiencing the wilderness, the glacier and the breathtaking views over South Iceland in good weather.

After a short safety briefing you will be dressed in the warm arctic thermals and helmet that are provided– but please wear very warm socks and hiking boots.  You will snowmobile for about an hour on a shared snowmobile, but don’t worry there will be time to swop so you both get the chance to drive (2 people per Snowmobile).

Price Per Person: From £180

Riding in Icelandic Countryside
Icelandic horses crossing the river

A purebreed descendant of its Viking ancestors from the 9th century, the Icelandic horse is a product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding for good riding qualities, resulting in a gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner that make them a delight for anyone to ride. Whilst small in size they are hardy animals that have an unusual gait called a tolt. As fast as a trot but it is much smoother- indeed there are competitions where people hold full glasses of unspilt beer as they ride the tolt!

You have a choice of a 1hr or 2 hr ride by Irafoss Waterfall, or a 3hr ride which takes you up steep tracks towards the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Here you will be able to enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the glacier behind you and in front of you the Atlantic Ocean in all its glory.

Finally there is the option to take a 2 hour ride through farmland , followed by a choice of a Jacuzzi or Sauna and a light lunch.

Price Per Person: From £75 to £245 (Dependent on tour taken)

Northern Lights by Boat
Spiral northern lights seen from the boat out of Reykjavik 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 

Mini City Break in Oslo
OperaHouse Oslo - copyright dedrick Stenersen

This is a 2 night extension to your holiday staying at the Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo Norway’s capital city. The hotel is well located near the city centre and transport links.

Both the Norwegian Parliament and the Royal Palace are in Oslo, the latter being situated at the end of Karl Johan Street Oslo’s main street.

The city limits encompass wilderness areas as well as an array of restaurants and nightlife as such. In winter, the city has an artificial skating rink nearby the National Theatre and the University.

Oslo’s City Hall is located in the city centre only a few hundred metres from the city’s main street and overlooks the Oslo Fjord.

The Aker Brygge pier with all its restaurants and shopping is in close vicinity of Oslo City Hall.  You can also catch the ferry to the main islands in the Oslo Fjord. Oslo abounds with sights of interest, and most of these sights are within walking distance of each other.

Norway’s maritime history is represented by 3 unique museums, The Viking Ship Museum, The Fram Polar explorer museum and the Kon Tiki Museum.

For those interested in culture and art there is the Akershus Fortress, The Munch museum or the Norwegian Museum of cultural history

Cost: £250 per person to include private airport transfers and 2 nights bed and breakfast in the Thon Hotel Opera

Upgrade to Svinoya Rorbuer Cabins
Rorbuer svinoya Svolvaer Lofoten Norway

If you are looking for a truly authentic Norwegian Experience then whilst staying in Svolvaer why not upgrade to staying in Norwegian Heritage site. Svinoya is a fishing village dating back over 250 years which has been converted into authentic ‘ Rorbuer’ accommodation.

Grouped in batches around the island and with commanding views each ‘ fisherman’s cottage’ has been restored but keep their traditional wooden features. Recognised by the Norwegian cultural bureau as a place of national heritage it offers a uniquely Norwegian experience.

All 30 original, and the more recently-built rorbu cabins, are of high standard. Each cabin has one to three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen-cum-lounge, and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet.

The main building that houses both reception and the atmospheric restaurant where all meals are taken is a short walk away. Breakfasts are hearty and Dinners based on local ingredients of fish and lamb.

Considerable emphasis has been placed on maintaining the authenticity of the rorbu cabins. The timber and time-honoured craftmanship have been preserved to convey the feeling of what a rorbu cabin was like in the old days, when the fishermen harvested the seas of Lofoten with the help of oar and sail.

Upgrade Cost: £198 per person Includes Dinner Bed and Breakfast ( when comparing note dinner is included in the holiday cost on this option)

Mini City Break in Oslo
OperaHouse Oslo - copyright dedrick Stenersen

This is a 2 night extension to your holiday staying at the Thon Hotel Opera in Oslo Norway’s capital city. The hotel is well located near the city centre and transport links.

Both the Norwegian Parliament and the Royal Palace are in Oslo, the latter being situated at the end of Karl Johan Street Oslo’s main street.

The city limits encompass wilderness areas as well as an array of restaurants and nightlife as such. In winter, the city has an artificial skating rink nearby the National Theatre and the University.

Oslo’s City Hall is located in the city centre only a few hundred metres from the city’s main street and overlooks the Oslo Fjord.

The Aker Brygge pier with all its restaurants and shopping is in close vicinity of Oslo City Hall.  You can also catch the ferry to the main islands in the Oslo Fjord. Oslo abounds with sights of interest, and most of these sights are within walking distance of each other.

Norway’s maritime history is represented by 3 unique museums, The Viking Ship Museum, The Fram Polar explorer museum and the Kon Tiki Museum.

For those interested in culture and art there is the Akershus Fortress, The Munch museum or the Norwegian Museum of cultural history

Cost: £250 per person to include private airport transfers and 2 nights bed and breakfast in the Thon Hotel Opera

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Reviews & Feedback

We saw the Northern Lights from the back door of the amazing wilderness cabin you booked for us - words cannot describe how wonderful it and in fact our whole trip from beginning to end was so well organised - we will definitely be booking more trips with you. Awesome company and service thank you! And yes our guide woke us in the night twice so we didn't miss this magical light show.

Jacqui

Absolutely fantastic! Weekend a la carte aurora nights thank you very much for a fantastic trip organized to perfection! All transfers, flight bookings, sightseeing trips, experiences with excellent guides, fantastic food. Kevin and the team, you are highly recommended and anyone planning this trip will not be left disappointed. AMAZING!

Rachel

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Price Per Person: From £3895 (Inc Flights)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • All flights with one hold bag per person
  • 11 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • 6 Dinners and 3 Lunches (9 dinners included if upgrading to Svinoya in Svolvaer)
  • 1 SuperJeep Adventure Tour
  • Car Hire in Iceland with one named driver
  • 1 Golden Circle Highlights 4WD Tour
  • Fjord Tour in Schooner near Tromso. This, in season, also doubles up as a whale watching tour
  • Day and night activities at Mefjord Brygge
  • Panorama minibus tour on Lofoten
  • Wildlife RIB boat safari in the Lofoten
  • Northern Lights Hunt in Lofoten
  • Airport and Boat Transfers

Break Available

October – March

Departure Airports

  • Heathrow
  • Gatwick
  • Reykjavik

Please Note: This Trip starts on a Monday or Thursday only

For clients wishing to travel from the USA, Australia and Asia we can advise of best options.

If you have booked your own flights we can organise ground plans only.

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