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Hi All, This looks like a great itinerary! It will be 4 days and 3 nights in Iceland. Please keep in mind that this tour does NOT include accommodation. TOTAL tour price is $885 per person (told you Iceland is expensive LOL). I have booked accommodation first then book the tour around those dates. I've booked a BNB and sharing space with BFFs from Texas. Considering how expensive Iceland is, that may be something you’d want to look into as well. I figure we only need a room to sleep and shower and would be too busy exploring to lounge in an expensive hotel room. Your choice of accommodation can run the gamut from anything between a hostel and a 4-star hotel or anything in-between. I’ve seen a bed in a single bed in a 6-person room at a hostel for around $45/night. I also saw a hotel room in a 3-star hotel for $200/night and upwards. All depends on your budget. BTW, I looked into dog sledding, but am about 15 lbs overweight to do it. :’( ~ Tahira -------------------------------------------- UPDATE 3/5/18: Just a headsup that many tours have not released their 2019 calendars yet. With that in mind, I'll establish an Iceland 2019 discussion on the Group Me app in late December 2018. Once you book your flight to Iceland, I'll send you an invite to the app. I'll also establish a Travefy document for various proposed tours/activities available while we are there. Meanwhile, still working on an a la carte backpacking trip so that $885 tour price comes down. I'm currently eyeing: VIP walking tour of Reykjavik (lamb soup or vegan substitute included at the end!), Volcanic Landscape Horse Riding Tour, Golden Circle (including Sled Dog Kennel Visit), Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier, and Blue Lagoon if time permits (keep in mind, there are oodles of cheap options for hot springs/spa soakings rights in Reykjavik, but I get the Blue Lagoon's touristy appeal and will likely go too!) For a Northern Lights tour, we will want to wait until a week or two before departing the USA to monitor local Icelandic weather. Much like the recent solar eclipse here, if it is cloudy/rainy/snowy, we wouldn't be able to see the lights and could make better use of our time elsewhere. Please remember to reserve your accommodation ASAP! If you are unable to reserve accommodation before February 1, 2019, message me and I can work with you. Thanks! ---------------------------------------- UPDATE 3/3/18: Go to www.booking.com ASAP to book accommodation first! Even though it is more than 1 year in advance, accommodation sells out fast. I just booked a great BNB for a solid price. If no rooms are available, you will likely have to book a hostel room. ------------------------------------------- Day one / Northern Lights Start Point Reykjavik, Iceland: Search for the Northern Lights in the comfort of a super jeep, go where the tour buses cannot and learn all about this amazing show from an expert guide in a small group setting. Everyone is flocking to Iceland in the winter in search for the Aurora Borealis and for good reason. This fascinating phenomenon, the northern lights, are a sight not soon forgotten and the people lucky enough to see a display will tell you why – they are completely mesmerizing. Given cloudless skies and a little bit of luck, sightings can occur from autumn to early spring. The elders say that the colder the night’s frost, the more vibrant & intense the colors will be. Swirling and swaying overhead, displays are usually greenish yellow but white, red and pink lights also frequently appear. Day two / Golden Circle and snowmobiling: The Golden Circle tour allows visitors to get in touch with some of Iceland’s most famous and exciting natural phenomena. Our first stop is at the Þingvellir National Park 40 min due east of the city. Þingvellir is one of Iceland’s most historic sites as it was here that Iceland’s first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD. From Þingvellir we head along gravel tracks toward the world-renowned geothermal area around the Geysir hot spring. This is the one spouting hot spring that all such phenomena on Earth are named after. From there we continue on to Gullfoss (“the Golden waterfall”) where your proximity to its edge is so close you can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face. Next we kick the action into higher gear to get even closer to Iceland’s nature and go for a snowmobiling tour on Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. The price of the tour is based on two people sharing one snowmobile. You can have a solo snowmobile for 6000 ISK. Day three / Glacier hike and ice climbing: Here is your chance to visit a glacier and not just any glacier, this trip will take you to the frozen glacial tongue that is Sólheimajökull. It is a magnificent phenomenon, a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water. We will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sink holes and jagged ridges accompanied by an experienced glacier guide. Along the way, we will find an ice wall on the glacier and try our hand at ice climbing. We will provide you with all the tools you need: ice axes, crampons and safety lines, making sure you are very safe as you brave the heights. As we drive back to Reykjavik we will stop at the beautiful Skógafoss waterfall. Day four / Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon End Point Reykjavik, Iceland: Sleep in and explore Reykjavik on your own, followed by a visit to the Blue Lagoon in the afternoon. INCLUDED: Guide Transport Pick-up from Reykjavík Activities and admission to Blue Lagoon NOT INCLUDED: Air ticket to/from Iceland Food Medical Insurance Optional excursions Tips for the driver and guides (don’t be THAT traveler!) Travel Insurance Food ****ACCOMMODATION IS NOT INCLUDED so please keep the following information in mind**** What are the areas of Reykjavik the pick-ups will be made from every morning? Please note that Arctic Adventures offers pick up service from all major hotels and listed guesthouses in the downtown Reykjavík area. We can unfortunately not offer pick up service from a private apartment or an Airbnb apartment for our tours. If your pick up location is not on our pick up list then we kindly ask you to find the closest hotel to your accommodation from the list here below and inform us where you will be meeting us for the pickup for your tour. How does the pickup transfer work on this tour?: The pick-up for our Northern Lights tour stats at 20:30 pm (8:30PM local time). Please note that this is a package with three different day tours as well as a visit to the Blue Lagoon. You will be picked up and dropped off in Reykjavik each day and you have to arrange your own accommodation in Reykjavik. Can I stay in the Blue Lagoon much longer than the group?: You can stay as long as you want in the Blue Lagoon, just remember to not miss the lastbus at 21:00. PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS Tour Name: 4 Day Northern Lights Winter Package. Visit for tour availability and additional details: https://www.tourradar.com/t/94106 TOTAL tour price: $885 per person Deposit Due: TBD FINAL PAYMENT due: TBD

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