2023 Run Iceland Northern Lights Adventure

Dates:
February 2, 2023 - February 7, 2023
Location:
Iceland
Price:
$3,899

Overview

Witness the wonder of the northern lights in all its multi-colored, enchanting beauty.

Discover the Icelandic world of fire and ice, as we hike on crystal-blue glaciers, explore one of the longest lava caves, run/walk in the annual Winter Lights Festival 5K, snowmobile across a glacier, soak in a secret geothermal spa, taste the delicious and local flavors of Iceland. Along the way, we will be mesmerized by frozen waterfalls, bubbling hot springs, and the magic of the Northern Lights

Trip Highlights:

  • Soak up one of the 25 wonders of the world at the Blue Lagoon Iceland, a geothermal spa experience.
  • Run/Walk in the streets of Reykjavik and in the Annual Winter Lights Festival 5K.
  • Strap on crampons and hike across-crystal-blue glaciers.
  • Search the night skies for the multi-colored beauty of the Northern Lights.
  • Ride in a Super Jeep, Snowmobile across glaciers, soak in a secret spa and enjoy a tour and meal at a local geothermal farm.
  • Discover Iceland’s beautiful winter landscapes and frozen waterfalls.
  • Enjoy a day for optional excursions, including food and whiskey tours, horseback riding, and more!

Itinerary

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Date Day Location Event
Feb 2, 2023 Thursday Welcome to Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon Blue Lagoon, Welcome Party
Feb 3, 2023 Friday Glacier Hike – Frozen Waterfalls – Northern Lights Hunting Solheimajokull Glacier
Feb 4, 2023 Saturday Lava Tube Tour and Northern Lights 5K Run/Walk Leidarendi Lava Tube, Reykjavik
Feb 5, 2023 Sunday Geysir – Gulfoss Waterfall – Snowmobiles – Ice Cave – Secret Spa – Local Farmhouse Tour and Dinner Golden Cirlce – Langjokull Glacier – Geothermal Spa
Feb 6, 2023 Monday Reykjavik – Free Day to Explore Excursions – Free Day to Explore! Farewell Dinner
Feb 7, 2023 Tuesday Farewell Group Transfer to Airport

Itinerary

Thursday, February 2nd –Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrival in Iceland at Keflavík International. Individual transfer to Reykjavík and to your accommodation.

At noon, we have a warm welcome. We will ride to the renowned Blue Lagoon geothermal spa for a warm welcome soak. The Blue Lagoon is a unique wonder of Iceland, a result of all that volcanic activity the small island is so famous for. In the middle of the weird and wonderful, flat black lava fields of the Svartsengi National Park, the huge, outdoor lagoon is filled by naturally heated geothermal water which comes from 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) below the surface of the earth. It is full of minerals, silica, and algae and is especially good for the skin and relaxation. As well as soaking and swimming in the pool, the Blue Lagoon offers in-water massage treatments, saunas and steam rooms, and a cafe. A perfect way to relax after your flight, and ease into our adventure. We stay at the lagoon for approximately 2 hours – and get 10 years younger….and enjoy a welcome drink at your own choice from the Lagoon bar.
At around 5:30 PM we enjoy Welcome Dinner at our hotel.

If the forecast and weather are promising we will set off by bus out into the countryside for our first attempt to see the Northern Lights. Coffee/Hot Chocolate and Kleina (twisted Icelandic donuts) will be served. Overnight at Fosshotel.

Friday, February 3rd – Glacier Walk, Northern Lights

Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for a private guided tour along the South Shore of Iceland, with stops at the beautiful waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, and with a dramatic view of the Atlantic ocean, several glaciers and the volcanic Vestman Islands right off the coastline.

At noon we’ll stop for our picnic lunch (provided) before we put on our hiking gear and crampons and take to Sólheimajökull glacier for a hike along the glacier lagoon up the glacier tongue. All safety equipment provided and under the leadership of experienced local glacier guides. Please dress warmly and wear hiking boots.

On the way back to Reykjavík we will stop at a local restaurant for dinner, and spend time searching for the Northern Lights, before returning to the Fosshotel in Reykjavik.

Saturday, February 4th – Lava Cave, Northern Lights Festival 5K

Breakfast at the hotel. Today we travel by bus for 30 minutes out of Reykjavik and explore the magnificent lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir, one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. The total length of the tunnel is an impressive 1360 m (4500 ft), the main tunnel being 900 m (3000 ft) long. The tunnel is up to 30 meters wide with headroom up to 10 meters high, making it one of the most expansive lava tunnels in Iceland. Near the entrance of the tunnel, the ceiling has caved in creating three beautiful columns of light inside the tunnel. At the end of Raufarhólshellir the tunnel branches into three smaller tunnels where magnificent lava falls and formations are clearly visible.

We arrive back at the Fosshotel around noon for free time in Reykjavik until getting ready for your Northern Lights 5K Run/Walk at 6 PM. The Northern Lights Run is a 5 km long fun run or a walk through downtown Reykjavik where runners will see the city in a new and colorful light. Ditch your inhibitions and go all out in the illuminated streets of Reykjavík. All participants get their very own illuminating merchandise to use during the event, making you a part of the entire show from start to finish.

This is YOUR electric runway and we encourage everyone to be creative in their clothing selection for the night, wear your brightest, most outrageous color combinations and decorate yourself with lights and shiny things. Don’t hold back – go beyond the ordinary but keep in mind that the weather in Iceland is full of surprises so dress accordingly. As much as we would love to be able to make a promise that the northern lights will honor us with their presence, we can’t. But we are just as hopeful as you are. This event is part of the Reykjavík Winter Lights Festival that has been celebrated for the last 18 years. Overnight at Fosshotel, Reykjavik.

Sunday, February 5th – Snowmobiles – Ice Cave – Secret Spa – Greenhouse Dinner

Breakfast at the hotel. Another adventure day awaits us as we set off by bus at 9:30 AM from the hotel towards the Golden Circle Area. We stop at Geysir hot springs and Gullfoss Waterfall before we switch to a huge super-jeep taking us to Langjökull glacier where we will be going by snowmobile onto the glacier in search for a beautiful ice cave.

Please note: Two people share a snowmobile but drivers can change during the ride so everybody gets the chance to drive. Protective gear (overall and helmets) are provided.

After this icy adventure, we will be in need of some heating up and that will be provided by the wonderful geothermal Secret Lagoon! Enjoy a bath in the 38°C to 40°C hot water in the steam under the open sky! Proper changing units with shower and a Café on site. Dinner will be at the incredible Friðheimar Greenhouse Restaurant amid tomato plants in Iceland´s most unique restaurant! On the way back to our hotel in Reykjavík we will be looking out for the Northern Lights again!

Monday, February 6th – Free Day for Optional Tours – Farewell Dinner – Northern Lights Hunting

Breakfast at the hotel. Today is a free day in Reykjavik to explore on your own, or book one of our excursions: whale-watching, horseback riding, food walk, museums, and more…

In the evening, we will celebrate our adventurous week together at our celebration dinner. After dinner, we will set off by bus into the countryside for our final opportunity to see the Northern Lights.

Tuesday, February 7th – Farewell

Today will be a day of tearful goodbyes. A week in Iceland in the winter is like nothing else on earth. The earned views, the people, the spas, unmatched. Until we explore again…

*Please note: the schedule of events is subject to change.

Pricing

Package Includes:

  • 5 Nights hotel accommodations at the Fosshotel in Reykjavik including breakfast and wifi.
  • Welcome dinner, including two drinks.
  • Northern Lights Festival 5K.
  • Guided tour of waterfalls to Sólheimajökull, glacier hiking, equipment and local 3-course dinner
  • Northern Lights Hunting x 4, including hot drink and donut.
  • Guided tour of Gullfoss – Secret lagoon.
  • Super Jeep tour from Gullfoss to glacier and back.
  • Guided Snowmobile tour (2 pers per snowmobile) including all equipment to ice cave.
  • Entrance to Secret Lagoon.
  • Dinner at Friðheimar greenhouse (private event).
  • Farewell dinner, including two drinks.
  • Transport, entrance and freed drink at the Blue Lagoon.
  • Breakfast every morning, lunch and dinner per itinerary.
  • Official Run Iceland Northern Lights Gear: Fleece Top, Tech Shirt, Warm Hat, Duffle Bag, and Medal.
  • Transportation to all events and tours, guides and permits.
  • Transportation to Keflavik Airport.
  • Tips and Gratuities.

Not Included (extra personal expenses):

  • Meals or drinks not specified by the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare
  • Transport from Airport to the hotel upon arrival
  • Personal Expenses

 


 

Accommodation Options

DATES
February 2 – 7, 2023: 6-Day Run Iceland – Northern Lights Adventure

PRICING

$3,899 per person double occupancy sharing a room

$4,399 per person single rate

DEPOSIT

A $600 deposit per person is due at booking. The balance is due August 4, 2022.

CANCELLATION SCHEDULE:

Prior to April 3, 2022: $100
April 4 – August 4, 2022: The $600 deposit is non-refundable.

After August 4, 2022: 100% of the trip package is non-refundable.

 


 

Booking Notes

Booking Deposit – A deposit of $600 per person is due at the time of booking. The full balance is due August 4, 2022. If the booking registration is received after that date, the full amount of the package will be charged.

Roommate Finder: If you are a single looking to share a room, please indicate this on the application and we will do our best to accommodate your request. You can also post to our private Facebook group for the already registered participants. Please note, if we are unable to arrange a roommate or if a roommate cancels, single rates will apply.

PP = per person
Double = double occupancy cabin
Single = single occupancy cabin

Waitlist Bookings

If you are interested in booking and the package is waitlisted (full) and it does not open up, you will not be booked on this vacation. You will be contacted for approval prior to our booking the package and charging payment if a waitlist slot does open.