Northern Lights Tour to Hveravellir
Iceland Central Highland, two and three day tours
We offer longer tours (2 and 3 days) where we head to Hveravellir in the central highlands of Iceland, away from any kind of man made light pollution.
Two day tour with accommodation for 1 night, dinner and breakfast: 64.000 ISK per person
Three day tour with accommodation for 2 nights, full board (breakfasts, lunches & dinners): 81.000 ISK per person
Available: from October to March
Minimum: 4 persons
Included: hotel pick up and drop off, guided tour, accommodation with meals, winter overalls
Note: the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and dependent upon weather and solar activity - so sightings are never guaranteed
We might enjoy the moonlight, the uncountable number of shimmering stars and the endless waves of the Northern Lights, whether we're standing on a glacier plain, on top of a icy summit or laying in a natural hot pool, the Northern Lights will amaze us with their spectacular brilliance of colors and light in the deep of the Icelandic wintery night. We will also relax in a beautiful but remote mountain cabin and see the light of the moon and the Northern Lights reflect from the glacial fields of the highlands, seen from the windows of the warm cabin.
Hveravellir is a unique nature reserve situated on the Kjolur route (F35) in the middle of the west highlands between the glaciers Langjokull and Hofsjokull. Hveravellir is one of the most beautiful geothermal areas in the world with smoking fumarolees and beautifully shaped with sky blue, boiling water. It is a special experience to have a look around, whether it is in the summer or winter.
The distance from Gullfoss waterfall to Hveravellir is about 90 km. Hveravellir lies about halfway between Reykjavik and Akureyri, there are about 200 km in either direction. Anyway, in wintertime, the drive from Reykjavik to Hveravellir can take 5-10 hours even though we use our best Superjeeps (monster-trucks) for the tour.
Hveravellir has 2 houses for accommodation. One has room for 33 people in sleeping bags, the other for twenty people and is split into 3 separate rooms.
Kjalhraun is an enormous lava field (10–12 cubic kilometers) not far from Hveravellir. The lava reaches the geothermal area. It covers a total of 180 square kilometers through which one can find many fascinating walking routes as for example to the circular crater which measures 900 meters in diameter. Kjalhraun was formed in a gigantic eruption around 8000 years ago.
The geothermal pool at Hveravellir is unique. Both hot and cold water flows to the pool, which makes it easy to regulate the temperature of the water. The water flows quickly, which means that the water is clean at all times and the medicinal qualities of the water cannot be taken for granted either. Over 20 people can comfortably bathe in the pool at the same time. The pool and its entire surroundings are magnificent, offering a beautiful view of the geothermal area, Kjalhraun lava field and Langjokull. There are only a few things that can compare to a dip into the pool after a walk and seeing the northern lights dance all around.
Our 2 and 3 day Northern Lights tours to Hveravellir start at 10:00, we drive through Thingvellir (Þingvellir) national park, Geysir geothermal field and The Golden waterfall (Gullfoss), then we drive up to the highland through Kjolur road to Hvitarvatn glacier lake and Hveravellir. If the weather is good we can also drive on Langjokull glacier and do some glacier hiking.
When we arrive at Hveravellir we relax in the natural geothermal hot pool, do some light hiking and take a look at the amazing hot spring area. After dinner we look for the northern lights.