Iceland Northern Lights & Astronomy vacation, South Coast

“This superb astronomy vacation takes advantage of Iceland's long, dark Arctic nights, clear skies and lack of light pollution from a truly galactic adventure.”

Highlights

Golden Circle | Thingvellir National Park Geysir | Gullfoss Waterfall | Skogafoss & Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls | Black beaches at Vik | Northern Lights reflected in icebergs, conditions permitting | Skaftafell National Park | Vatnajökull Glacier | Jökulsarlon icebergs | Reykjavik

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2017: 6 Mar
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Responsible tourism: Iceland Northern Lights & Astronomy vacation, South Coast

On all of our tours we respect the environment, visitors and locals, we focus on quality and simplicity in everything and we take the time to live, to contemplate.

When you travel alone in Iceland or with one of our small group trip we encourage you to follow this basic eco-friendly rules:
- Don’t 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 don’t walk on unmarked trails in order to protect the flora, don’t 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, don’t contaminate, river and spring by using washing product which can contain detergent and phosphate. Try to use organic washing products without chemicals.

On our tours we eat local, as much as possible organic with a vegetarian tendency except for the delicious grilled leg of 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.

We work with local suppliers. Most of the places are chosen for their quality and are locally owned. We pay directly local communities and don’t work on large scale with international corporations. It’s also why we only travel in small groups (up to 12 people only). We also 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. 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 traveling with us.

We are ourselves based in Iceland and work all year round from our office, trying to use as little transportation as possible even though Icelandic roads and conditions make us use engine such as 4x4 to conduct our customers safely around. 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 few kilometers to drive everyday. The aim is to feel, experience and explore places that are hard to find without local knowledge.

We support a local association called Fjoregg and have meeting to make change in a better sustainable energy, wastewater treatment and protection of lake Mývatn birdlife. We also plant a tree for every 2 customers that book with us. We use eco-friendly accommodations and most of the activities we offer are eco-friendly and focus on nature instead of using big engine.

On guided tours your driver and guide (both local) 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...

Reviews of Iceland Northern Lights & Astronomy vacation, South Coast

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation 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 14 Mar 2016 by

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


Our visit to the Blue Lagoon lake for me was probably the best day of the trip. I
very much appreciated being dropped off by our guide away from the main tourist spot, and we walked, as a group, along the edge of the frozen lake. It was so peaceful and quiet, and we were able to take lots of photographs, and see seals and eider ducks, before we reached the end of the lake, where there were hoards of visitors. I also enjoyed our daily picnic lunches, in spite of trying to eat wearing gloves in the freezing temperatures!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't expect to automatically see the Northern Lights! It was cloudy more often than not, and we were disappointed to not catch a glimpse.
Make sure you have plenty of warm layers of clothing if visiting in winter, you will
need them!
I would also recommend that you very carefully clarify with the company beforehand that the trip includes the astronomy aspect. We found out on the last day that because there were only 5 of us on this particular trip the guide who should have accompanied us would not lead the group because he would only do it for 6 or more customers. I really feel that the vacation was mis-sold as the astronomy part of the trip had been the attraction for us. I think this should have at the very least been pointed out to us before we booked the vacation.

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


After leaving Rekyavic we used small hotels or guesthouses, and local shops to buy supplies for our picnic lunches. When walking to sites of interest we kept to public footpaths whenever possible.

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


Basically, the vacation was very interesting and we certainly saw a lot of the southern part of Iceland. But for us, we were disappointed that the astronomy part of the vacation just didn't exist.
There was also a mix-up with the hotel on the Thursday evening. We were supposed to stay for 2 nights at the hotel near Hofn, but at 3pm we found out that we should have moved to another hotel. I couldn't ascertain who's fault this was, but we then had to drive back to the hotel, pack our bags and drive for 2 &1/2hours to another hotel. It was nowhere near as nice as the previous one.

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