Iceland - Northern Lights at Myvatn

Iceland, Winter Activity, 6 days - from $2,440 (land only)

New Holiday or DatesWinter ActivitySnowshoeing
Beside frozen Godafoss, northern IcelandOne of the villages of the Troll Peninsula, northern Iceland

Best for the Northern Lights

Our itinerary has been devised to highlight the best of Iceland and to give the group a realistic chance of seeing the Northern Lights

  • Exploratory winter adventure holiday in Iceland`s Frozen North
  • Snowshoe hiking in a winter landscape sculpted by fire and ice
  • Winter holiday in search of the Northern Lights - aurora borealis
  • Take a dip in the amazing hot pools of the `Nature Baths`
  • Experience the dramatic coastal scenery of the Troll Peninsula

Just a short flight from the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, the lake of Myvatn provides one of the best places on Earth from which to view the Northern Lights. Here, we will start our holiday with an afternoon's excursion to the fantastic Troll Peninsula, a rival for Norway's Fjordland, with its pretty villages and snow-cloaked mountainsides tumbling down into the North Atlantic. Then, from Akureyri, we will make the short drive to Myvatn and our comfortable accommodation beside the lake. A 2-day programme of exploration, probably using snowshoes (provided), will allow us to explore a winter wonderland of volcanic landforms made even more special by the snow and ice of the winter season. We will hike via boiling mud pools, lava fields and volcanic craters and take a dip in the sublime Nature Baths, northern Iceland's version of Reykjavik's Blue Lagoon - but an altogether more natural and less crowded experience with the very real chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis, if the skies are clear. Throughout our time in Iceland we will be keeping a close eye on the Northern Lights activity forecast and our guide will be primed to wake us at any hour if there is a chance of witnessing what is one of nature's most alluring spectacles. A chance to fish for Arctic char through the Myvatn's lake ice is another possibility and we will also visit the ice-shrouded waterfall of Godafoss and take a tour around the old part of Akureyri, before returning to Reykjavik. This is a great winter highlights of Iceland adventure with a real chance of seeing the Northern Lights.

Is this holiday for you?

This short winter holiday includes 2 days during each of which there will be the opportunity to complete a longish hike, possibly using snowshoes (and trekking poles) which are provided. On the first of these days, from Dimmuborgir to Grjotaga, we will walk for up to 12 kilometres and on the second, when crossing the Krafla caldera, we will cover around 10 kilometres. Each of these walks will take between 4 and 5 hours. Apart from these 2 walks, we will have a full programme of sightseeing, with additional walks and activities. The climate in northern Iceland in winter can be challenging and you should make sure you read our equipment list and take appropriate clothing. If conditions dictate, we will use snowshoes and no previous experience is required for this.

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