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March 4 - 11, 2014

Northern Lights, Glaciers, and Volcanoes

Join Astronomy magazine in the far north for a winter's night tour in search of the aurora borealis and explore Iceland's legendary glaciers.  To further enhance your experience, the enrichment program will be led by Astronomy magazine Contributing Editor David Levy.

Skogafossa waterfall

Photo: Hólmfríður Sigvaldadóttir

Your Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from selected USA gateways:  Boston, New York, Seattle
  • Fuel surcharge and tax:  $365 Included
  • Airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Four (4) nights accommodations at Arnarhvoll Hotel, Reykjavik
  • Two (2) nights accommodations at Hotel Laki, South Shore
  • Icelandic breakfasts daily, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Reykjavik City tour including Hallgrimskirkja, Hofidi House, and the Pearl
  • Blue Lagoon, soaking in the mineral-rich pool, geothermal-heated water
  • Full day tour: Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Falls, Great Geyser
  • South Coast tour and Icelandic Folk Museum
  • Skaftafell National Park and Glacier
  • Astronomical lecture and aurora watching in the countryside
  • Aurora watching in the countryside
  • Optional excursions: Westmann Islands, Art tour with local artist
  • Lecturer: David Levy, Astronomy magazine Contributing Editor

Itinerary:
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 • Depart the U.S.A. — Iceland
An early evening departure from the USA from your respective gateway to begin the Icelandic adventure in search of the aurora borealis.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 • Arrive Reykjavik
After arrival in Reykjavik, we are transferred to the Blue Lagoon to soak in a natural, mineral-rich pool of geothermal heated water in the middle of a lava field. Followed by a bountiful breakfast, check-in at the Arnarhvoll Hotel. After a rest, a city tour will orient you to this bustling cosmopolitan city. Dinner on own.   
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Thingvallir

George Chien
Thursday, March 6, 2014 • Geysers, Volcanoes, & Lava Beds
After a Scandinavian buffet breakfast, travel to Thingvellir, the majestic, dual folding Gulfoss Falls and the Great Geyser. Enjoy lunch before continuing south to Hotel Laki for two nights   
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Friday, March 7, 2014 • Skaftafell National Park & Glacier
Astronomical lecture after breakfast today. Continue to explore some of Iceland’s most spectacular natural beauties including Laki volcano. Drive to the Skaftafell National Park and Svinafellsjokul and Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Visit Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and stroll among the icebergs. Dinner at Skaftafell before the aurora watch. Return to Laki for the night.
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Saturday, March 8, 2014 • South Shore — Reykjavik
Continue on the tour of the South Shore. Visit the Skogafossa waterfall and the Folk Museum. Visit the Eyjafallajokull Information Center and watch a film about living under a glacier and active volcano. Dinner at Stokkseyri before searching for the northern lights.   
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Under the Volcano

George Chien
Sunday, March 9, 2014 • Reykjavik
Today is at leisure to take advantage of the optional excursions around Reykjavik, such as horseback riding on the famous Icelandic horses or perhaps an excursion to Westmann Islands. The astronomical program continues tonight as we continue our search of the aurora after dinner.
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Monday, March 10, 2014 • Reykjavik
Another day to explore the many choices around Reykjavik. Why not try a Super Jeep through Iceland’s rugged terrain or just spend a quiet day ‘shopping’?
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 • Depart Reykjavik — U.S.A.
Take the optional City Scenes/Art Walking Tour before our flight from Reykjavik for fresh air and exercise.
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