Iceland northern lights and snowshoeing holiday

“Experience both the raw power and ethereal beauty of nature on this Iceland excursion: the wrath of volcanic lava fields and geysers contrasts with the exquisite aurora.”

Highlights

Northern Lights | Lake Myvatn | Bathing in natural hot springs | Snowshoeing | Eyjafjordur fjord | Dimmuborgir lava sculptures | Climbing Hverfell crater | Namaskard geothermal site | Krafla caldera | River Laxa | Godafoss Waterfall

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19 Feb 2017
Ä 2200
including domestic flights only
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Our top tip:
Leave space in your suitcase for beautiful, local crafts. Your guide can recommend the best stores.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 12 people. Min. recommended age is 12.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Gueshouse beside Lake Myvatn.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with supplement.
Included:
Accomm., transport, internal flight, listed activities, tour guide. Transfers not included.
Meals:
6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Iceland northern lights and snowshoeing holiday

Environment

Our aim Ė which is also our priority Ė is to ensure a maximum of quality on our trips, enabling each participant to experience a re-centering on his or her personal life. Those short adventures are for people with open, contemplative, active minds, who are willing to take time to discover, feel and meet.

When you travel alone in Iceland or with one of our small group trip we encourage you to follow this basic eco-friendly rules:

- Donít leave waste behind you, take all the rubbish with you until you can find a proper litter bin
- Recycle as much as possible during your trip
- Follow footpaths and donít walk on unmarked trails in order to protect the flora, donít pick native flora even rocks or stones you could find pretty!
- Drink from tape and try to avoid buying plastic bottle. Water in Iceland is really good, use a flask when you go walking and refill it each time, with fresh water.
- If camping donít contaminate, river and spring by using washing product which can contain detergent and phosphate. Try to use organic washing products without chemicals.

In our tours we eat local, as much as possible organic with a vegetarian tendency except for the delicious grilled leg's lamb and the unmissable local fish. We are particularly concerned by offering well-balanced and nutritious meals. If you have a special diet you need to let this now before the beginning of your trip.

In our tours, we work with local suppliers. Most of the places are chosen for their quality and are locally owned. We pay directly local communities and donít work on large scale with international corporations. Itís also why we only travel in small groups (up to 12 people only).

We encourage people to buy local products and handicraft, respect customs and traditions, be polite in front of locals and even manage to speak a few Icelandic words even Icelandic people usually speak good English. Respect for local people, their cultures, traditions and environment are essential to our philosophy and we work hard to ensure our groups have a positive impact on the places and people visited. We hope that our clients will be treated as guests rather than as tourists whilst travelling with us.

We are ourselves based in Iceland and work all year round from our office, trying to use less transportation as possible even Icelandic road and conditions make us use engine such as 4x4 to conduct safely our customers. Whenever possible we walk and encourage slow travel by focusing on a small region instead of driving long hours to do the whole country. A lot of our tours are even based at the same place in North Iceland with little kilometers to drive everyday. The aim is to feel, experience and explore places hard to find without possessing the keys instead of glancing over.

We support a local association called Fjoregg and have meeting to make change in a better sustainable energy, wastewater treatment and protection of lake Mżvatn birdlife. We also plant a tree for every 2 customers that book with us.

Community

Our company is a family run company specialized in small group owned by Icelandic/French couple Harpa /Jean Marc who are based in Iceland. Together they have over 15 years experience travelling and guiding. She studied anthropology, Kundalini yoga and music and will tell you stories of the world of elves and trolls. She is also the president of the local association "Fjoregg" in order to protect the environment. You will have the possibility to become an adherent and support this association. Jean Marc is a professor of Aikido and Qigong and a Shiatsu therapist.

With them youíll have the opportunity to encounter your own nature while contemplating the beauty of Iceland and forgetting yourself in the midst of the elements. Our extensive knowledge of Iceland enables us to offer original tour itineraries for different durations at all times of the year, as every season has different experiences to offer. We think that our trips provide a good balance between the region's well-known 'must-sees' and off-the-beaten-track pearls.

For each of our tours:
We respect the environment, visitors and locals
We benefit locals and support conservations
Our trips are never sporting challenges
We take the time to live, to contemplate
We focus on quality and simplicity in everything
With all this you can listen, meet, be amazed, be present

Guided tours
With your driver and guide youíll experience Iceland more like a guest than a tourist. They will show you their favorite spots, and will tell you the stories and legends attached to every place. Tours often focus on contemplation, meditation, observation of wildlife, meeting of the local people and traditions...

Self-drive tours
We privilege eco-friendly accommodations and suggest itineraries that involve as little drive as possible. We try to reserve 4x4 only for necessary trips. Most of the activities we offer are eco-friendly and focus on nature instead of using big engine.

Reviews of Iceland northern lights and snowshoeing holiday

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 26 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the Northern Lights and experiencing volcanoes, sulphur springs and outdoor baths.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring "layers" as suggested for packing. It can be really cold in the morning as you start out snowshoeing or after stopping for breaks and lunch, but you need to shed clothes as you gain momentum during the various treks.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Hopefully the fees we paid and purchases we made supported local people and their livelihood.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was close to 4 star.

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The landscape - absolutely amazing. Three nights of awe-inspiring Northern Lights.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


*Remember to bring walking poles, first aid kit, basic repair kit and something to sit on for lunch breaks.
*Some snow shoe experience or skiing experience is essential as parts of the walks go over icy surfaces and/or are rather
steep.
*Flexibility towards to guide.


3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Benefited local people as the guesthouse in Myvatn is locally owned. The guide also drove us to a cooperative shop where locally made handicraft was sold.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic holiday in wonderful scenery. Will definitely go back to the area.

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