Join us for an incredible trip to Iceland!

Posted by David Eicher
on Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Astronomy Magazine will lead a tour to Iceland to bask in auroral glows in October 2018.

Save the dates: October 3–13, 2018. On those dates, Astronomy Magazine and our travel partner, TravelQuest International, will host an amazing trip to Iceland to bask in the overhead glow of auroral displays and wander in amazement at Iceland’s unique geology. It’s one of the best places on the planet to see the Northern Lights, and also a place so geologically interesting, with geysers, geothermal pools, waterfalls, and amazing landscapes, that you will have never seen anything like it before. 

The trip, “Iceland: Great North, Westfjords and Aurora Borealis,” will carry you to staying in comfortable, remote hotels and lodges, where you can step outside to see a vast, luminous curtain of green, blue, red, and purple glows undulating over the Arctic Circle. It’s heaven on Earth! 

The itinerary begins with arriving in the capital city of Reykjavik, an amazingly interesting place. You’ll then experience a short flight to the northern part of Iceland, where you’ll see some of the country’s greatest waterfalls, natural wonders of the Lake Myvatn region — including its starkly beautiful Dimmuborgir Lava Field and the volcanic pseudo-craters of Skutustaoagigar. The following day, join in whale watching off the coast, along with an exploration of the fishing village named Husavik, along with dolphins and seabirds. 

The next day, you’ll find yourself visiting Dettifoss, perhaps the most spectacular waterfall in all of Iceland, waltzing through the fumarole zone of Hverarond, where groundwater is superheated by magma, and relaxing with a soak in the Myvatn Geothermal Baths. All the while, each night offers views of auroral activity right above your head. 

The next day offers more geological wonders. Passing through the Akureyri, Iceland’s “Capital of the North,” travelers will examine the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjorour, exploring the town that once was the “Herring Capital of the World.” 

And then comes a plunge into Icelandic history with the Glaumbaer Folk Museum to learn about the lives of early Icelanders. Then comes an Icelandic horse exhibition, followed by the amazing Kolugljufur Waterfall, and a destination of the historic village of Laugarbakki, with its salmon-filled Midfjardara River. 

Then the expedition heads into the Westfjords, where fertile farmlands, fjords, and scenic fishing villages will greet you. Exploring more fjords and scenic coastlines will lead to the Arctic Fox Center in nearby Sudavik. 

The group will then visit a Viking longhouse, more waterfalls and volcanic craters, and arrive back in Reykjavik. What an incredible adventure with eight nights of aurora watching!! 

You can find complete information on the trip and a booking form here:

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