Icelandic Aurora Adventure

About the Experience

Aurora Borealis ignites wonder and fires up the imagination with its incredible light show. This natural phenomenon is a display that fascinates all who see it. Dressed in her finest winter white, Iceland in Winter is a sight to behold!

Prepare to explore the snowy landscapes on foot, snowshoeing through volcanic valleys where steaming mud pots, hot rivers, and frozen waterfalls await. Soak each day in water warmed in the belly of the earth before, during, and after your snowy adventure.

The days are short with approx 8 hours of daylight, but the light is beautiful. Since the sun never reaches a high point in the sky, the light during these hours creates a warm glow over the country! You’ll enjoy time outside in the fresh sea air and experience local activities such as exploring a glacier and learning about Icelandic wool from local women. Once the darkness sets in, be prepared to head out and hunt for the northern lights! This extraordinary display of lights is best seen away from town, and this adventure will take you off the beaten track to give you the best chances to spot the mystical Aurora Borealis.

Come and experience a real Nordic winter in a place where you can live out your winter fantasies!

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Icelandic Aurora Adventure

About the Experience

Aurora Borealis ignites wonder and fires up the imagination with its incredible light show. This natural phenomenon is a display that fascinates all who see it. Dressed in her finest winter white, Iceland in Winter is a sight to behold!

Prepare to explore the snowy landscapes on foot, snowshoeing through volcanic valleys where steaming mud pots, hot rivers, and frozen waterfalls await. Soak each day in water warmed in the belly of the earth before, during, and after your snowy adventure.

The days are short with approx 8 hours of daylight, but the light is beautiful. Since the sun never reaches a high point in the sky, the light during these hours creates a warm glow over the country! You’ll enjoy time outside in the fresh sea air and experience local activities such as exploring a glacier and learning about Icelandic wool from local women. Once the darkness sets in, be prepared to head out and hunt for the northern lights! This extraordinary display of lights is best seen away from town, and this adventure will take you off the beaten track to give you the best chances to spot the mystical Aurora Borealis.

Come and experience a real Nordic winter in a place where you can live out your winter fantasies!

DAY ONE: REYKJAVIK LIKE A LOCAL

Meet your Wild Women Group and local guides at Reykjavík Lights Hotel at 10 am for your city tour of Reykjavík and taste the flavors of Iceland at a local restaurant! To follow, we’ll go relax with the locals in the geothermal heated swimming pools in the suburbs of Reykjavík before heading to Hveragerði. Whether you go for a swim, take a healing soak in the hot tub, or enjoy a thermal steam bath, you will leave feeling relaxed and re-energized. It is not only a great source of natural therapy but an important part of Icelandic culture and a tonic for the body and mind.

Sit back and enjoy the 40-minute drive to Hveragerði while we make our way to your first night’s accommodation. Take time to settle in and explore the hotel. Meet back up with the group for dinner. If you still have energy, we will go for a short hike or a drive to hunt for Northern Lights!

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity: City walking tour, swimming at local pool
  • Elevation: None
  • Vehicle Transfer: 40 min

 

DAY TWO: HIKE AND HOT SPRINGS

Rise to a hearty breakfast and delicious coffee (something Iceland is known for!) and pack your daypack before meeting your guide for the day’s activity! Today you hike up and into Reykjadalur valley from the hotel. This hike takes you through the ‘steam valley’ to a natural hot river, and if you packed your swimsuit and towel, a soak in the river is possible!  See waterfalls, bubbling mud pots and fumaroles as you hike up and down the trail.

Relax back at the hotel and plan to spend some time outside tonight hunting for Northern lights! We’ll drive away from the town in order to get a better view. ( Weather dependent, clear skies are a must!)

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity: Snowshoeing 10km return
  • Elevation: Up 300m then back down 300m elevation change
  • Vehicle Transfer: None

 

DAY THREE: INTO THE HIGHLANDS

Today you head for the highland oasis Landmannalaugar where winter is a magical time. Jump aboard a super jeep for an adventurous drive over unplowed backcountry roads. After lunch, if there is enough snow, we will enjoy an afternoon snowshoe (or hike if not enough snow) to begin to get to know this special place.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn some Icelandic culinary traditions by participating in the dinner preparations in the hut kitchen. Tonight, we’ll enjoy the cozy atmosphere and watch for Northern lights from the natural hot pool next to the hut!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity: Snowshoeing 10km return
  • Elevation: Up 300m then back down 300m elevation change
  • Vehicle Transfer: None

 

DAY FOUR: SNOWSHOEING IN LANDMANNALAUGAR

Today’s activity and route will depend on the weather, snow conditions and the group’s interests. You can expect a snowshoe adventure of 5 – 6 hours exploring the amazing Landmannalaugar area. We aim to explore the canyons and hot springs of Vondugil. We’ll then make our way back to the hut for lunch. Shortly after lunch, we’ll head back out and hike through Grænagil canyon, up to Mt. Brennisteinsald, and back through the Laugahraun lava field. From there we descend towards Landmannalaugar.

You’ll return to the hut for the evening meal, and head to the hot springs for a soak and to watch for Northern lights!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity: Snowshoeing 5-6 hours or about 10 km
  • Elevation: Max 400 metres
  • Vehicle Transfer: None

 

DAY FIVE: THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK

Today we descend from the highlands and head to the western part of Iceland and the valley of Borgarfjörður. We take another super jeep ride from Landmannalaugar to Hella where they pick up the group’s van and head to Selfoss for lunch at a small local café. After lunch, we drive to Thingvellir to explore the national park on foot and get a feel for the geology and the history of the site.

Our next stop is the Ullarselið wool center. In 1991 a group of women in the area started to meet in Þingborg to work with wool. Soon they took over the house and opened a shop to sell the crafts. A carding machine was customized for them, and methods were developed to work the wool, aiding in production. This enabled them to construct beautiful creations that can be seen in the wide collection of products. In 1994, fifty women from Þingborg and Ullarselið in Borgarfjörður worked for 18 days (432 hours) to make the biggest sweater in the world! It is knitted with handspun wool; 179 pieces are sewn together with a black thread. The sweater has been approved by the Guinness Book of World Records.

Today will end with another lovely meal at a country hotel in Borgarfjörður. We’ll take time to hunt for Northern lights outside this evening.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity: Super jeep ride, walking tour of Thingvellir and cultural visit
  • Elevation: None
  • Vehicle Transfer: About 5 hours

 

DAY SIX: INTO THE GLACIER

After breakfast, we head into the Glacier at Langjökull Glacier. You’ll jump into a modified glacier vehicle and travel 60 min towards the glacier. Upon arrival, your glacier guide will set you up with small crampons and will lead you through the ice cave and tunnels, sharing stories and facts about the ancient ice. These are man-made ice caves and tunnels built into the safest part of the glacier. You will get an amazing opportunity to explore the glacier and see it from the inside, getting up close with ancient, hidden beautiful ice!

After the glacier adventure, we visit the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss on our way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where we will spend the night.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity: Explore Langjökull Glacier
  • Elevation: Minimal
  • Vehicle Transfer: About 2 hours

 

DAY SEVEN: SNÆFELLSNESS PENINSULA

Today we meet two young female entrepreneurs who set up a slow travel company in the town of Stykkisholmur. We will spend some time with them getting first-hand insights into the way of life in the past, and present. In the afternoon, we will drive around Snæfellsness Peninsula which is about 90 km long.

Snæfellsnes South includes spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles popular among horsemen and rock skimmers, and remnants and relics scattered here and there of times and ways of life long past. We will stop to see Djúpalónssandur Beach with amazing rock formations including Lóndrángar, a pair of rock pinnacles in the ocean. We will stop at a small village called Hellnar with an option to hike to the next village Arnarstapi. The hike is through the lava field close to the cliff edge with spectacular lava formations and views.

After our day’s adventures, we return to our hotel and enjoy our final dinner together!

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Activity: Hiking and learning about local ways
  • Elevation: Minimal
  • Vehicle Transfer: 3-4 hours

 

DAY EIGHT: BLESS ISLAND

Enjoy your last Icelandic breakfast and gourmet coffee before we drive south from the Snaefellsness Peninsula. We’ll head to Keflavik for afternoon airport departures (drop off at 1 pm) and return to Reykjavík with your guide and she will drop you off near your post-trip accommodations.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Activity: Transfer to airport/Reykjavik
  • Elevation: None
  • Vehicle Transfer: About 2 hours

 

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