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In the Footsteps of the Astronauts

Break Available: Break Available:
Early Sept- Mid Oct (OR Mid June to Early Sept without the Northern Lights)
6 Night Break

£4,535

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, Geysers, powerful waterfalls, bubbling mud pools, a mini rift valley and incredible canyons. Prepare to be blown away!

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
  • Private Golden Circle SuperJeep Tour
    Strokkur Geyser, Thingvellir mini rift valley, Gullfoss Waterfall
 
 
 
 
 
 

DAY 1
Fly Reykjavik, Private Transfer

DAY 1
Fly Reykjavik, Private Transfer

Fly to Reykjavik. On arrival your private transfer will be waiting to take you to you the centre of Reykjavik.

Reykjavik has an abundance of fabulous Seafood restaurants and we would recommend you try one tonight. Overnight in Reykjavik

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DAY 2
Private Golden Circle Superjeep Tour

DAY 2
Private Golden Circle Superjeep Tour

This private guided SuperJeep Tour is a wonderful introduction to Iceland seeing some of Iceland’s iconic features.

Take a walk in the dramatic Thingvellir mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement and a stunning location for the first democratic parliament of the Vikings overlooking the plain beneath. There is a special atmosphere here which you will feel as you walk through.

You will be impressed with the thundering Gullfoss waterfall which you can walk right up to if you wish – though take waterproofs with you!

Finally Strokkur Geyser erupts every 5 mins, and is remarkably mesmerising as you wait for “just one more”. You will find time passes very quickly!

Return to overnight in Reykjavik

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DAY 3
Fly Husavik, Private Diamond Circle Super Jeep Tour

DAY 3
Fly Husavik, Private Diamond Circle Super Jeep Tour

Fly to Husavik in North Iceland where you will be picked up in your superjeep for your private tour of the Diamond Circle. Start with a stop at Tjornes for the lovely peninsula view.

You will be driven through the enormous and dramatic horseshoe-shaped rock formation called Ásbyrgi which is at the entrance to the stunning 35km Jokulsa Canyon.

Continuing your trip you will stop in Vesturdalur, which is in-between Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss, to visit the bizarre basalt rocks at Hljóðaklettar. Here, with your guide, you will walk in-between the unique geological phenomena of basalt columns in their various shapes as well as see cliffs, the lava honeycomb weathering and local caves.

Inside the Jokulsa Canyon wonders such as the Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, await you. Standing next to this 45m high & 100m wide waterfall you will get a real sense of how powerful nature can be.

Return to overnight at the hotel.

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DAY 4
Private Myvatn Highlights Super-Jeep Tour, Private Northern Lights Hunt

DAY 4
Private Myvatn Highlights Super-Jeep Tour, Private Northern Lights Hunt

This morning on your private Superjeep Myvatn tour you will have time to explore and learn about the volcanic geology of this incredible area.

The famous Dimmuborgir lava area with it’s strange lava shapes and lava tubes has it’s own special magic but there is lots else to see in the area. The Skútustaðir pseudo craters are particularly picturesque and the Höfði lava-pillars and the Hverir geothermal area with it’s boiling mud pools are surreal sights not to be missed.

Everyone enjoys the experience of tasting bread that has been baked with the geothermal heat by being buried in the ground near Myvatn. The visit to the previously unknown Grjotagja lava cave with it’s geothermal waters, filmed in the Game of Thrones is a treat though 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 with the lovely vista of Lake Myvatn infront of you.

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 from his grandfathers day, and his own youth  with the community sheep-corralling days whilst you are looking for the Aurora Borealis. This lasts 3-4 hours.

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DAY 5
Private Askja Caledra SuperJeep Tour

DAY 5
Private 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 6
Whale Watching, Fly back to Reykjavik

DAY 6
Whale Watching, Fly back to Reykjavik

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

We would recommend you visit the excellent Whale museum where you will get up close to numerous huge whale skeletons and gain an insight into the whale research in the area.

Afterwards venture out in a traditional oak fishing boat on a 3 hour trip in search of Humpback, Orcas and Minke Whales with an occasional Blue Whale even spotted. 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!

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

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DAY 7
Private Transfer to the Airport for your flight home

DAY 7
Private Transfer to the Airport for your 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.

Private transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Foss Hotel Myvatn

Bedroom in Foss Hotel Myvatn in Iceland
Dining area of Foss Hotel Myvatn in Iceland
View from Foss Hotel Myvatn, in Myvatn Iceland
Lounge area of room in Foss Hotel Myvatn in Iceland

Foss Hotel 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 makes 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 Borg - Reykjavik

Exterior of Hotel Borg, Reykjavik
Hotel Borg, Reykjavik
Hotel Borg, restaurant
Exterior of Hotel Borg, Reykjavik

Hotel Borg - Reykjavik

Built in 1930 and restored to its original Art Deco style in 2007, the 4-star Hotel Borg is a showcase of sophistication.

Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral.

The hotel's central location puts you right in the heart of both the shopping district and within an easy walk to a number of the leading restaurant.

At the Silfur restaurant, you'll find exquisite French cuisine conjured up by an award-winning chef.

All 56 rooms have custom-made furniture and double beds. For extra luxury there are 7 suites.

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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
Private Golden Circle Superjeep
Private Transfers where indicated
Whale Watching Boat Trip
6 Nights with Breakfast (Foss Hotel Myvatn, Hotel Borg)

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