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.
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.
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.
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.