This superb Autumn Aurora Break gets you away from the crowds to explore the stunning volcanic landscape of the north of Iceland. Be prepared to be blown away by the Volcanic Wonders that you will experience.
The Askja SuperJeep tour is extraordinary taking you to the area that Neil Armstrong trained on for his landing on the moon. Pumice, Lava Flows, Basalt Columns and even an Oasis in the middle of the black volcanic ash will enthrall you.
Being in the heart of the Highlands this is a superb place to hunt for the Northern Lights with nothing but darkness all around you so you can fully enjoy it’s beauty, and there is a Northern Lights Hunt by boat too to give you the opportunity to experience them in a different way.
Don’t forget that you will be taking a whale watching trip on a converted traditional oak fishing boat. All the skippers have over 10 years of whale searching under their belts and have an incredible 98% success rate since 1995 -Hence Husavik being called the Whale Watching Capital of Europe!
Private International Airport Transfers can be added as an upgrade if preferred. Please ask at time of enquiry.
All SuperJeep Tours can be upgraded to private if preferred. Please ask at time of enquiry.
Fly into Keflavik Airport and transfer to your hotel to start your special weekend away.
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 and an expert guide on board to explain the Northern Lights. Meet the Guides & Captains from the boat tours you will be on
Overnight in Reykjavik.
This guided SuperJeep Tour is a must for anyone that has not been to Iceland before. You will walk in a dramatic mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss Waterfall which can totally freeze in winter, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 minutes. We get fabulous feedback from these very enjoyable tours.
If you are lucky, and the weather conditions are right, the guide sometimes takes you up in the SuperJeep for a short drive actually on the Glacier.
Finally, time allowing, the guide will also add a visit to the stunning blue-green volcanic basalt lake Kerid, before your return to Reykjavik.
For those of you looking for a bit more adventure there is the option to add on the optional extra of a 1 hour snowmobile thrilling ride over the Langjokull Glacier (see below).
Evening at leisure and overnight in Reykjavik.
Fly Akureyri and pick up your hire car to self drive (@ 1 hr) to the charming town of Husavik. Husavik is an authentic fishing town filled with colourful houses and a restaurant right on the harbour serving fresh local seafood. We would recommend you visit the excellent Whale Museum with its fascinating insights, many huge whale skeletons and gain an insight into the whale research in the area.
Venture out in a traditional oak fishing boat on a 3 hour trip in search of Humpback, Orcas, Blue and Minke Whales. 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!
Tonight you will taken on a 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 to tell you about his grandfather’s day and the community sheep-corralling days whilst you are looking for the Aurora Borealis. This lasts 3 – 4 hours.
Overnight at Myvatn.
Today we would recommend a visit to the beautiful Lake Myvatn created 2300 years ago by a basaltic lava eruption and now teeming with bird life. Geothermal activity abounds and fascinating lava shapes and lava pillars can be seen in all directions.
Dimmuborgir is a geologist heaven full of lava formed into many weird and wonderful shapes.
Krafla with its dramatic 800m high Caldera and 10km diameter should not be missed, and go and see the bubbling mud pools in Hverir. In fact the region is full of volcanic natural wonders!
Leave enough time to stop for a bathe in the Geothermal warm waters of Myvatn. Here 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. Most people stay about 2 hours.
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 2.5 km 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 you will have an opportunity to explore it.
This is the most incredible day and words do not do it justice but our eldest daughter tried in this write up of our Askja adventure.
Today in your hire car self-drive and explore some more of Northern Iceland’s stunning Nature.
Particularly recommended is Dettifoss considered to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and the dramatic Asbyrgi Canyon.
Drive back to Akureyri, stopping to see the dramatic Godafoss Waterfall which you can get right up close to.
Return your hire car and take the last flight to Reykjavik, where on arrival make your own way by taxi (payable locally) to your hotel. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Morning at leisure to enjoy Reykjavik. Reykjavik is a quirky capital and there are plenty of unusual museums and shops to entertain you, there are plenty of things to see and do.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
We have an extensive Northern Lights Information Hub if you need further information on anything from What are the Northern Lights? to Where can I see the Northern Lights? and when is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
This hotel couldn't be better placed. The Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters can be seen from the restaurant just a couple of minutes walk away. The views both to north and south are magnificent.
Whilst this 58 room hotel is a 3 star hotel it is recommended by the locals and has a friendly and comfortable atmosphere with a team who really want to make sure you have an incredible time. Because of that they also provide a wake up call for those wishing to see the Northern Lights if they come out whilst you are asleep so you don't miss them!
They also have a cafeteria made out of glass which is a great place to watch and wait for the Northern Lights to show.
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.
We thank you all for superb arrangements and excellent execution of this great trip and exciting adventure. Highly recommended!! The efficiency and punctuality of all were certainly noted. Thanks for a most remarkable experience, so well organised. An exceptional way to celebrate someone special's special occasion
It was amazing everything and I mean everything you stated and arranged was simply spot on. An amazing place, fantastic views. What made the difference was the agenda so well planned. I would summarise it as a professionally arranged break that meets all our expectations and more. The partners used to deliver the trips were second to none, and they entertained us and met our every need. The super jeep trip was so worthwhile and the unstructured tour guides are the best I have come across - really nice people. Thanks you to you and your team will use you again.