Northern Lights small group holiday with expert astronomer

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern Lights small group holiday with expert astronomer

Environment

Iceland’s rugged volcanic landscape, dramatic waterfalls and ethereal Northern Lights make it a must-visit destination for anyone who loves nature. This short break offers a chance to explore the sights on the countries famous Ring Road and spend the nights keeping watch for the Aurora. Travelling with an astronomer ensures an understanding of the beauty of Iceland’s night sky and the natural phenomena of the Aurora Borealis.

Iceland’s landscape is pristine and during the trip our local guides ensure that all rubbish is disposed of in a responsible way so we don’t leave a mark on the landscape. We encourage the use of reusable water bottles throughout the trip to decrease the amount of plastic waste we create. In Iceland there is absolutely no need to consume water in plastic bottles as the drinking water is so fresh and clean and therefore customers are urged to drink tap water and refill from these sources.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism.

At our UK Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world.

We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforest.

Community

During the trip we visit the Skogar Folk Museum for a real insight in to Iceland’s history and culture. This fascinating museum charts the fishing and farming industries that are the foundations of this island. With no natural harbours on the countries coast fisherman hard to work extremely hard to even launch their boats, let alone deal with the rough Atlantic Ocean. The open air section is a highlight with traditional grass topped houses that you can enter and wonder how anyone ever managed to live in such a small place.

We have been working with our Icelandic partner for many years and this wonderful couple ensure we see the very best of their country. They employ local guides and drivers and often travel with the groups themselves to bring that extra personal touch.

We spend two nights in a small, family run hotel in Gullfoss. This simple accommodation is perfectly located away from any towns to ensure light pollution is kept to a minimum, essential if you want to see the Northern Lights. As well as a great breakfast the hotel’s chef serves up traditional Icelandic fare in the evening with locally produced lamb, wild Atlantic salmon and potatoes and vegetables grown by local suppliers and ensuring our visit helps boost the local economy.

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