Glaciers, Lagoons, and Snowshoeing with Kristjan Bjorn

Overview

The celestial phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis is one of the most captivating natural wonders in the world. These ethereal lights appear in the far northern skies during November—a breathtaking sight, yet an elusive one—luck plays a big part in seeing them! Our newest WT Expedition in Iceland will give us a great chance to see the lights (we’ve chosen the top site in the country as one of our bases), yet it offers much more. In this wonderfully active adventure, we’ll see some of the island’s magnificent waterfalls, explore Thingvellir National Park, with its fascinating history and geology, and snowshoe from crater to crater across the dramatic landscapes that can only be found in this land of fire and ice. And as night falls in this northern realm, we’ll search for the spectacular dances of light. November is the ideal time for this journey, as we’ll have enough daylight hours for active adventures, and still be in the season of the aurora. Our overnights are in comfortable hotels, and we’ll enjoy time to relax as the Icelanders do—including savoring the magnificent geothermal pools at the luminous Blue Lagoon. Adventures amid snow-covered lava fields, across glaciers and to waterfalls flanked by ice-covered cliffs, a welcoming contemporary culture, and a rich Viking history all add up to a spectacular journey.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Blue Mountains Snowshoeing / Skogarfoss / Glacier Walk

Head to the Blue Mountains to snowshoe from crater to crater across dramatic lava fields with sweeping vistas (snowshoeing is just like hiking, and no previous experience is necessary!). Visit the picturesque village of Skogar, with its folk museum, see the magnificent Skogarfoss waterfall, then take a walk on Myrdalsjokull, Iceland's southernmost glacier.

Days 3-5
Great Geysir / Snowshoeing / Thingvellir / Mt. Hengill

Witness the spouting plumes of famed Great Geysir, which gave its name to all the world's geysers, then hike and snowshoe in Thingvellir National Park, an amazing way to see the stunning geological features of the enormous rift between the North American and European continental plates. We'll also hike or showshoe on Mt. Hengill and enjoy optional relaxing soaks in our hotels' geothermal pools in the evenings.

Days 6-8
Mt. Strutur / Surtshellir Lava Tube / Reykjavik / Blue Lagoon

Snowshoeing brings us up Mt. Strutur and onward to the Hallmundarhraun lava field, then down to the spectacular Surtshellir lava tube, a mile and a half long and filled with fascinating stalagmites and stalactites. We return to Iceland's colorful capital of Reykjavik for a walking tour. After a soak in Reykjavik's famous Blue Lagoon, depart on Day 8.

Highlights

Highlights

Hunt for the Northern Lights in Iceland’s prime viewing location
Snowshoe and hike in Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes
Explore Thingvellir National Park, a spectacular World Heritage Site
Relax in the mineral-rich hot springs of the famous Blue Lagoon

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $6795  
Arrive: Reykjavik, Iceland
Depart: Reykjavik, Iceland
Lodging: 7 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included
Activity:
Trip Level:

Moderate to steep snowshoeing and hiking, 2-6 hours a day

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