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Iceland's North: Arctic Powers & Northern Lights: Akureyri to Akureyri

Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 908

Even in increasingly popular Iceland, few visitors will reach the elusive and beautiful north coast. Leave Reykjavik behind and get out into the true wilderness of this awesome country.


This 4-day Iceland adventure focuses on the northern part of the country, basing you in the remote towns of Akureyri and Siglufjodur, ideally situated for exploring this spectacular landscape.

Spend your first day relaxing in Akureyi, enjoying the geothermal pools and steam facilities at your hotel. The next morning, set out for the Skagafjordur Fjord, travelling through the Drangafjall Mountains where local farming traditions have remained unchanged for centuries. You’ll see breeds of sheep and goats that go back to Viking times, and take a tour of Holar, a picturesque village that’s also a treasure trove of Viking and Icelandic history. Follow the fjord north to Siglufjordur, thought by many Icelanders to be the country’s prettiest town. Spend the night here, unwinding in a hot tub or sauna, and if the skies are clear, keep watch for the northern lights.

Put your sightseeing in perspective at the Herring-Era Museum and learn about the time herring was the gold of the Icelandic economy. Then follow the Troll Peninsula to take in its incredible views. This mountainous, black sand coast is steeped in mythology and has a rich history of fishing. Visit a family-owned fishing plant and enjoy a seafood lunch, before stopping in at a craft microbrewery in the village of Arskogssandur and trying some of Iceland’s tastiest beer.

Return to Akureyri for one night before your onward journey.


 

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Duration
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 908

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Day 1

Arrival in North Iceland - Akureyi

On arrival into Akureyri, we suggest taking a taxi to your hotel - 6 minutes away. Transfers can be prearranged on request. The remainder of the day is at leisure. We suggest a visit to the local swimming pool, one of the best in Iceland. The soothing variety of geothermal hot tubs and steam rooms is a perfect way to shake off jet lag and is a very Icelandic thing to do! Most hotels start check-in around 200pm.

Duration1 Night
Day 2

History and Heritage in Skagafjordur Fjord

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then start the day by exploring Skagafjordur Fjord, where steep mountains and valleys contain some of Iceland's richest historical traditions. Drive past the jagged peaks of the Drangafjall Mountains en route to a unique "community" of three neighboring farms who have preserved centuries-old farm traditions and enjoy sharing them with visitors. You'll see a reconstructed turf horse stable and learn about how vital Icelandic horses were to Iceland's survival. Meet Viking-age breeds of Icelandic sheep and goats. View beautiful farm handicrafts created from natural local materials. You'll also hear about how modern life is on farms close to the Arctic.

Discover nine centuries of Icelandic history at Holar, an ancient bishopric, university and cultural centre in a beautiful mountain setting. Walk around and discover a collection of original and recreated historical buildings, including Iceland's oldest stone church and a replica of a 13th century wooden house. Discover how Holar helped preserve Viking age literature and culture. Enjoy a lunch buffet here, featuring locally-sourced ingredients.

Head north along the fjord, enjoying the vast mountains and views of the Arctic Ocean. Keep an eye out for the legendary Saga Island, Drangey. Arrive in Siglufjordur, considered by many Icelanders to be Iceland's prettiest town. The rest of the day is open to enjoy this town and its charming atmosphere. Dinner is on your own; the town has several excellent restaurants reflecting its seacoast heritage. Relax in the hotel's lovely geothermal hot tubs and sauna. If the skies are clear, you might see beautiful auroras shimmering over the fjord.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Day 3

Troll Peninsula - Eyjafjordur Fjord - Akureyri

Discover the lively history of 20th century Siglufjordur at the award-winning Herring-Era Museum. You will see how a "gold rush" of herring helped modernize Iceland. It is an excellent introduction to the area you'll visit today. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Troll Peninsula and its views of steep mountains and black sand coast. The surreal rock formations make it easy to see how the peninsula got its name. Drive through three mountain tunnels and pass through colourful fishing villages. In Eyjafjordur (Island Fjord), visit a family-owned fishing plant that produces gourmet salt fish (bacalao) and cured shark. Enjoy some of the plant's wares with a seafood lunch at a nearby restaurant.

A good lunch should be paired with a good drink. This afternoon visit the village of Arskogssandur and its craft microbrewery, Kaldi. You'll hear the interesting story of how a local couple started the brewery. Take a tour the facility and enjoy a sample of the excellent beer. Arrive in Akureyri in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the "capital of North Iceland."

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Depart

After breakfast, make your way to Akureyri airport - we suggest taking a taxi to your hotel - 6 minutes away. Transfers can be prearranged on request - for your return flight (not included in trip price).

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2018: Feb 17, 24; Mar 3, 10, 17

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 days guided coach tour from day 2 until day 3
  • 2 nights at a hotel in Akureyri, including breakfast
  • 1 night at a hotel in Siglufjordur, including breakfast
  • 2 lunches
  • Visit to a traditional North Iceland farming community
  • Guided tour of historical Holar
  • Admission to the award-winning Herring-era museum in Siglufjordur
  • Visit to a family owned gourmet bacalao workshop
  • Tour to a craft microbrewery and a taste of beer

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire

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17 Mar 2018
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