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FROM AKUREYRI & LAKE MÝVATN

SMALL GROUPS

PERSONAL TOUR GUIDES

www.sagatravel.is

Valid from February 2013


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3

SEASON :

» LAKE MÝVATN

SUPER JEEP

JAN

WE ENJOY THE MÝVATN NATURE BATHS

Transportation: Mini bus

HIGHLIGHTS: Waterfall Goðafoss (only from Akureyri) Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters · Dimmuborgir lava formation · Hverir, boiling mud pools and sulphur pits Mt. Námafjall · Mývatn Nature Baths

We begin our day by stopping at Waterfall Goðafoss on our way to Lake Mývatn. The waterfall plays an important role in Icelandic history, particularly in connection with the introduction of Christianity. From there we start our amazing journey through area of extreme contrasts, bird life, flora, geothermal activity, geology and saga. The Lake Mývatn area is by many considered the most beautiful and at the same time the most catastrophic place in Iceland. In the end of the tour we come to the beautiful Mývatn Nature Baths for a relaxing bath in a geothermal lagoon in a natural setting. In summertime we also visit the Mt. Krafla area and Víti explosion crater. This part of the tour cannot be operated in wintertime due to weather and road conditions. Bring with you: » Good walking shoes » Warm clothes in winter time » Bathing suit and towel » Water bottle

Note: Fee for Mývatn Nature Baths is included. During the tour we break for refreshments at a local restaurant or café.

MAXIMUM 16 PERSONS PER MINI BUS

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MINI BUS

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FROM AKUREYRI Available: Departure time: March-Nov: Dec-Feb: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

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FROM LAKE MÝVATN Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

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HIGHLIGHTS: Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters · Dimmuborgir lava formation · Grjótagjá rift · Hverir, boiling mud pools and sulphur pits · Mt. Námafjall · Mývatn Nature Baths

We take you on a Super Jeep to the amazing Lake Mývatn. That way you experience more freedom and personal service in an area of extreme contrasts, bird life, flora, geothermal activity, geology and saga.

MST020

1st July - 30th September 09:30 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 6 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

DEC

In the end of the tour we come to the beautiful Mývatn Nature Baths for a relaxing bath in a geothermal lagoon in a natural setting. Waterfall Goðafoss From Akureyri we visit the beautiful Waterfall Goðafoss on our way to Lake Mývatn.

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR

SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

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Note: Fee for Mývatn Nature Baths is included. Bring with you: » Good walking shoes » Warm clothes in winter time » Bathing suit and towel » Water bottle During the tour we break for refreshments at a local restaurant or café.

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JUNE JULY

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ALLMINI YEAR BUS SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI Available: Departure time: March-Nov: Dec-Feb: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

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AST021

All year 08:00 10:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 8-9 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 32.000 JAN

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MARS APR

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JUNE JULY

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SEPT

FROM LAKE MÝVATN Available: Departure time: March-Nov: Dec-Feb: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

Price per person: ISK 17.000 Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 145.000 Mini Van / 9 seats Total price: ISK 164.000 Mini Bus / 16 seats Total price: ISK 232.000

SUPER JEEP

JAN

Transportation: Super Jeep

08:00 10:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 8-9 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

JUNE JULY

BOAT

INCLUDING A VISIT TO MÝVATN NATURE BATHS

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All year

MAY

EASY WALK

DEC

Price per person: ISK 21.000 JAN

SEASON :

» LAKE MÝVATN

4x4 VAN

OCT

NOV

MST021

All year 09:30 10:30 Mývatn Information Center or hotel pick-up 6-7 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 27.000

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 145.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

DEC


INCLUDING

”Local food” dinner and evening visit to Mývatn Nature Baths

Daily departures at 13:00 and return at midnight

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SLOW TRAVEL

SUPER JEEP

» LAKE MÝVATN AFTERNOON & EVENING JAN

DEPENDING ON THE SEASON WE LOOK FOR NORTHERN LIGHTS OR THE MIDNIGHT SUN

Transportation: Mini bus

SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS: Waterfall Goðafoss · Dimmuborgir · Grjótagjá rift Hverir and Mt. Námafjall · Mt. Krafla volcano Víti explosion crater · Local countryside dinner Mývatn Nature Baths · And if not too cloudy the Midnight Sun

into the warm summer night ...

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SUNSET & SUNRISE IN NORTH ICELAND

into the frozen winter night ...

ALL YEAR BUS

MINI BUS

WINTER HIGHLIGHTS: Waterfall Goðafoss · Dimmuborgir · Grjótagjá rift Hverir and Mt. Námafjall · Local countryside dinner Mývatn Nature Baths · Dark Icelandic winter evening Searching for the Northern Lights

Just relax and take it easy. We start at 13:00 and still get all the area highlights, enjoy local dinner, visit the Nature Baths and maybe see Northern Lights or the Midnight Sun. Bring with you: » Good walking shoes » Warm clothes in winter time » Bathing suit and towel » Water bottle

MAXIMUM 16 PERSONS PER MINI BUS

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MARS APR

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JUNE JULY

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FROM AKUREYRI Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

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NOV

AST022

All year 13:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 11 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 39.500

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 170.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

DEC


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» Askja JAN

FEB

MARS APR

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JUNE JULY

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SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI

The lunar landscape

Transportation: Super Jeep HIGHLIGHTS: Herðubreiðarlindir · Drekagil gully · Askja caldera Víti explosion crater

Experience the barren interior of Iceland, the lunar-like landscape where NASA trained Apollo astronauts and where the Icelandic outlaws lived in the middle ages. Not to mention the number of trolls, ghosts and other creatures that have haunted travellers in this area for centuries. The more adventurous people have the opportunity to take a bath in the crater pond. On the way back we can enjoy a stop at “Mountain Café” in Möðrudalur, the most remote settlement in Iceland.

Bring with you: » Good hiking shoes » Warm clothes » Water bottle » Lunch Pack

SUMMER MINI BUS

SUPER JEEP

SMALL GROUPS

PERSONAL TOUR GUIDES

Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

OCT

NOV

FEB

MARS APR

JUNE JULY

AUG

SEPT

FROM LAKE MÝVATN

OCT

NOV

Price per person: ISK 38.000

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 170.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

Note: Our stop at the café is quite late on the tour. We therefore recommend a pre-packed lunch. From the car park in Askja is 2,6km easy walk to Víti and Lake Askja.

JAN

DEC

Here the underground will be explored and our destination is a cave that boasts the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in an Icelandic lava cave. Lofthellir is only a 45 minute drive and a 15 min walk from Lake Mývatn .

See the Cave Lofthellir Combo Tour on the next page Cave exploration equipment included: Helmet, headlight and rubber boots. There is ice and water on the floor of the cave and the temperature inside the cave is around 0°C. Bring with you: » Warm and waterproof clothes » Gloves » Water bottle Note: This tour is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or reduced mobility.

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MAXIMUM 14 PERSONS PER 4x4 VAN

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MARS APR

MAY

SUMMER EASY WALK

4x4 VAN

BUS

JUNE JULY

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SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

HIGHLIGHTS: Ludentarborgir crater row · Cave Lofthellir

MST042

Available: 15th June – 31st October Departure time: 08:00 Meeting point: Mývatn Information Center or hotel pick-up Duration: 11-12 hours Operated: Daily upon request Minimum: 2 adults or minimum rate

BOAT MINI BUS

WEIRD WORLD OF ICE AND DARKNESS

15 June – 31 October 06:30 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 13-15 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

MAY

EASY WALK SUPER JEEP

Transportation: 4x4 Van

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Price per person: ISK 45.000 JAN

4x4 VAN

DEC

AST042

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» Cave Exploration Lofthellir BUS

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NOV

DEC

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1 May - 15 November 08:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 8 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate st

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Price per person: ISK 26.500 JAN

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MARS APR

MAY

JUNE JULY

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SEPT

FROM LAKE MÝVATN

OCT

NOV

MST024

Available: 1st May - 15th November Departure time: 1st May - 14th July 09.30 15th July–31st Aug 09.30 and 14.30 1st Sept-15th Nov 09.30 Meeting point: Mývatn Information Center or hotel pick-up Duration: 4-5 hours Operated: Daily upon request Minimum: 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 19.500

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 145.000 Mini Van / 9 seats Total price: ISK 164.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

DEC


8 SUPER JEEP

SEASON :

» GJÁSTYKKI - Volcanic Wonders SUPER JEEP

MINI BUS

JAN

THE POWER OF MOTHER NATURE

Transportation: 4x4 Van HIGHLIGHTS:

The untouched Gjástykki , incredible variety of volcanic rocks and formations

Experience this unique terrain that bears signs of the incredible forces possessed within Earth. The regularily active volcanic area Gjástykki, 5 km north of Mt. Krafla, is one of Iceland’s best spot to explore how the North American and Eurasian plates are still moving apart and new land is formed.

r Deanna Swaney Lonely Planet autho nce on the erie describes her exp Gjástykki tour:

landscapes at “The wild and little visited afla fissures Kr the of end the northern of the tre cen the m may be fresh fro y don’t seem earth, but at times, the e) Gjástykki tour very terrestrial. On (th perspective on we get a unique close-up this otherworldly scene”

Bring with you: » Warm clothes » Good shoes » Snack » Water bottle

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MARS APR

MAY

SUMMER EASY WALK

4x4 VAN

JUNE JULY

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SEPT

FROM LAKE MÝVATN

OCT

NOV

MST043

Available: 16th June – 15th October Departure time: 14:30 Meeting point: Mývatn Information Center or hotel pick-up Duration: 5 hours Operated: Daily upon request Minimum: 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 27.500

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 145.000 Mini Van / 9 seats Total price: ISK 164.000 Mini Bus / 16 seats Total price: ISK 232.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

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MINI BUS

SUMMER EASY WALK

4x4 VAN

» FIRE & ICE - GJÁSTYKKI & CAVE LOFTHELLIR BOAT

DEC

JAN

TRAVEL THROUGH LAVA AND FROST

Transportation: 4x4 Van HIGHLIGHTS:

The untouched Gjástykki , incredible variety of volcanic rocks and formations · Cave Lofthellir

In this Combo Tour we explore both Cave Lofthellir from page 7 and Gjástykki from page 8. In Cave Lofthellir we enjoy the ice formations and the sense of being underground. The lava in the cave is about 3500 years old. After coming back to Reykjahlíð and a short break we drive to the heart of the Krafla volcanic system and from there into the volcanic Gjástykki area and take our time to walk across lava that is less then 30 years old. In the young lava there is still heat just a few meters underneath our feet!

TOUR GUIDES Bring with you: » Warm waterproof clothes » Gloves » Water bottle » Good shoes » Light snack Note: This tour is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or reduced mobility.

This tour includes a 3 hour slow walk through rugged terrain.

This tour includes much slow walk through rugged terrain.

MAXIMUM 14 PERSONS PER 4x4 VAN

MAXIMUM 14 PERSONS PER 4x4 VAN

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MARS APR

MAY

JUNE JULY

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SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

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NOV

DEC

AST046

16 June – 15 October 08:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 13 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate th

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Price per person: ISK 48.400 JAN

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MARS APR

MAY

JUNE JULY

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SEPT

FROM LAKE MÝVATN

OCT

NOV

MST046

Available: 16th June – 15th October Departure time: 09:30 Meeting point: Mývatn Information Center or hotel pick-up Duration: 10 hours Operated: Daily upon request Minimum: 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 37.600

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 170.000 Mini Van / 9 seats Total price: ISK 192.000 Mini Bus / 16 seats Total price: ISK 272.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

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DEC


THINK BIG!

10

11

SEASON :

» Waterfall Dettifoss anD Mývatn Nature Baths JAN

Europe’s most powerful waterfall

Transportation: Super Jeep

HIGHLIGHTS: Waterfall Dettifoss · Waterfall Selfoss Mývatn Nature Baths

We take all the time we want and need to fully experience the magic of the great Waterfall Dettifoss. We take our time to find the best sight for photographing depending on weather and other conditions during that particular day. We enjoy a relaxing visit to Mývatn Nature Baths, a completely natural pool of geothermal water based in the middle of lava field and with great view over Lake Mývatn.

TRAVEL WITH

LOCAL FREE PICK-UP

TOUR GUIDES Within Akureyri and Lake Mývatn area

Note: Fee for Mývatn Nature Baths is included Bring with you: » Good hiking shoes » Warm clothes » Bathing suit and towel » Light snack » Water bottle Note: There are no refreshments during the tour until we arrive to Mývatn Nature Baths.

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MARS APR

SUPER JEEP

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUG

SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI

Available: Departure time: March-Nov: Dec-Feb: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

SEASON :

WINTER MINI BUS

OCT

NOV

» Waterfall Dettifoss AND THE Glacial CanYon BUS

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MARS APR

AUG

SEPT

FROM LAKE MÝVATN Available: Departure time: March-Nov: Dec-Feb: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

OCT

NOV

MST044

1st October - 15th June 09.30 11:30 Mývatn Information Center or hotel pick-up 5-6 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 23.000

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 145.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

JAN

Transportation: Super Jeep

HIGHLIGHTS: Waterfall Dettifoss · Waterfall Selfoss · Waterfall Hafragilsfoss · The Glacial Canyon · Vesturdalur Hljóðaklettar · Ásbyrgi

08:00 10:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 8-9 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

JUNE JULY

BOAT

EUROPE’S MOST POWERFUL WATERFALL

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1st October - 15th June

MAY

EASY WALK

DEC

It is said that after seeing Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, up close and personal you will never be the same. Where it domains over its surroundings and bears signs of the force possessed within mother nature.

Price per person: ISK 26.000 JAN

4x4 VAN

DEC

After taking in Dettifoss we have a short walk to Waterfall Selfoss. We continue along the barren area of Grjótháls to Waterfall Hafragilsfoss and onto the edge of Jökulsárgljúfur canyon at one of its deepest points, 120m. We see the echoing cliffs of Hljóðaklettar in Vesturdalur valley and the imposing horseshoe-shaped canyon Ásbyrgi, surrounded by precipitous cliffs. In springtime we stop at Tjörnes peninsula where we will find puffins nesting in the impressive cliffs by the coastline.

Bring with you: » Good hiking shoes » Warm clothes » Water bottle » Lunch pack Note: Our stop at the café is quite late on the tour. We therefore recommend a pre-packed lunch.

FEB

MARS APR

SUMMER MINI BUS

SUPER JEEP

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUG

SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

OCT

NOV

DEC

AST041

16th June - 30th November 08:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 9-10 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 34.000

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 170.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24 JAN

FEB

MARS APR

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUG

SEPT

FROM LAKE MÝVATN

OCT

NOV

MST041

Available: 16th June - 30th November Departure time: 09:30 Meeting point: Mývatn Information Center or hotel pick-up Duration: 7-8 hours Operated: Daily upon request Minimum: 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 28.000

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 145.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

DEC


12

The greatest waterfall tour in Iceland

Goðafoss

13

7 waterfalls in a day

SEASON :

» Great Icelandic Waterfalls JAN

SEVEN WATERFALLS – ENDING BY EUROPE’S MOST POWERFUL ONE

Seven of Iceland’s great waterfalls is our focus during this Super Jeep day tour. They are three each in two of Iceland biggest rivers, Skjálfandafljót river in Bárðardalur valley and Jökulsá á Fjöllum river and one in the fresh spring river Svartá. When travelling from waterfall to waterfall we take our time by each one to inhale the magic, beauty and power but also to find the best locations for photographing and filming. Bring with you: » Good hiking shoes » Warm clothes » Water bottle

Hrafnabjargafossar

MAY

Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

HIGHLIGHTS: Waterfalls: Dettifoss · Goðafoss · Aldeyjarfoss · Ullarfoss Hafragilsfoss · Selfoss · Hrafnabjargafossar

Ullarfoss

MARS APR

JUNE JULY

AUG

SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI

Transportation: Super Jeep

Aldeyjarfoss

FEB

SUMMER MINI BUS

SUPER JEEP

OCT

NOV

AST045

15 May - 30 October 08:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 10-11 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate th

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Price per person: ISK 49.000 JAN

FEB

MARS APR

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUG

SEPT

FROM LAKE MÝVATN

OCT

NOV

MST045

Available: 15th May - 30th October Departure time: 08:00 Meeting point: Mývatn Information Center or hotel pick-up Duration: 9-10 hours Operated: Daily upon request Minimum: 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 46.000

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 170.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

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(+354) 558 8888 Hafragilsfoss

Selfoss

Dettifoss

DEC

www.sagatravel.is

DEC


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15 SEASON :

JEEP

MINI BUS

BUS

4x4 VAN

EASY WALK

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WINTER

BOAT

SEASON :

SUMMER

SUPER JEEP

» Whale Watching - AKUREYRI JAN

MARS APR

MAY

JUNE JULY

HIGHLIGHTS: Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, Dolphins and Sea Birds

To experience the moment of seeing whales in their natural habitat is something every person should put on their agenda. In this tour we go on a three hour boat trip from Akureyri downtown harbour to see these great mammals of the sea. Akureyri is in Eyjafjörður fjord, which is Iceland’s longest fjord, sheltered from the elements by tall mountains that makes the sailing very enjoyable.

office Saga Travel free booking is only 150m/500ft from Akureyri Harbour

Overalls available

4x4 VAN

EASY WALK

BOAT

SUMMER

AUG

SEPT

OCT

NOV

DEC

AST310

Available: 12 April - 31 December 12th April - 1st May 8:30 and 13:00 1st June - 15th Aug 8:30, 13:00 and 20:30 16th Aug - 15th Sept 8:30, 13:00 and 17:30 16th Sept - 31st Oct 8:30 and 13:00 1st Nov - 31st Dec 11:00 24th - 25th Dec No tours available Meeting point: Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 3 hours Duration: Operated: Daily upon request Minimum: No minimum th

Transportation: Boat

BUS

WHALE WATCHING FROM OTHER LOCATIONS IN NORTH ICELAND

FROM AKUREYRI

Meet these great mammals in their natural habitat

Bring with you: » Warm clothes » Gloves

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MINI BUS

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Price per person: ISK 9,990 Visit our website to get local times for

SUNSET & SUNRISE IN NORTH ICELAND

ON YOUR OWN - During summertime

If you are travelling on your own by rental car or bus you can book your Whale Watching tour from a number of places in North Iceland.

» Dalvík...................... 44km north of Akureyri » Hauganes................ 34km north of Akureyri » Húsavík.................... 91km east of Akureyri » Ólafsfjörður............. 61km north of Akureyri Contact our booking office in Akureyri or www.sagatravel.is for more information. Find us on TripAdvisor

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17

SEASON :

» FARMERS PASSION

SUPER JEEP

JAN

We visit local farms and farmers

Transportation: Mini bus

HIGHLIGHTS: Get to know local farmers and meet the Icelandic farm animals

This tour present to you the Countryside, takes you to the local neighbourhood, to farms and farmers and you will learn to know the Icelandic way of living. Farmers in Iceland have so much to show and they will happily answer all your questions. The agriculture is mostly based on traditional livestock raising and during this tour we visit farms with cows, sheep, hens, chicken and of course the Icelandic horse. Note: In this tour we will visit some stables and come in contact with farm animals.

FEB

MARS APR

ALL YEAR BUS

MINI BUS

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUG

SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI & LAKE MÝVATN Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

OCT

NOV

AST001 MST001

All year 13:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 4 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 16.500 ADD-ON HORSEBACK RIDE COMPLETE YOUR COUNTRYSIDE EXPERIENCE At the end of this tour you can add one hour horseback ride in North Iceland‘s beautiful landscape. Don’t miss the oppertunity to experience the passion of the good tempered Icelandic horse. Horses available for both beginners and experienced riders.

Price per person: ISK 8.500

EASY WALK

BOAT

MAXIMUM 16 PERSONS PER MINI BUS

SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

FEB

MARS APR

ALL YEAR BUS

MINI BUS

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUG

SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI

GET TO KNOW THE FAMOUS ICELANDIC HORSE

Transportation: Mini bus

HIGHLIGHTS: 2 hours horseback riding in beautiful North Icelandic surroundings

During this 3 hours tour we go to a farm near Akureyri for a one and a half hour riding tour in the beautiful surroundings with a view over the sea and fjord. We take it easy so this tour is perfect for beginners but we also provide horses for those with more experience and stamina. You will get to know the Icelandic horse as a magnificent riding horse and of course to ride “tölt”, the specific gait which our horse is so famous for.

Available: Departure time: All year: 1st Feb-15th Nov: 15th Apr-15th Sept: Meeting point: Duration: Riding time: Operated: Minimum:

OCT

NOV

AST303

All year 13:15 09:15 20:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 3 hours 1,5 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 9.500

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Contact us for price and information SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

FREE PICK-UP

Within Akureyri and Lake Mývatn area

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR

Bring with you: » Warm clothes » Gloves

SUPER JEEP

JAN

DEC

Overalls available

Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 105.000 Mini Van / 9 seats Total price: ISK 118.000 Mini Bus / 16 seats Total price: ISK 168.000

SEASON :

» HORSEBACK RIDING

4x4 VAN

Bring with you: » Warm clothes » Gloves

Overalls available

MAXIMUM 16 PERSONS PER MINI BUS

BOOK NOW

(+354) 558 8888 www.sagatravel.is

DEC


18

19

SEASON :

» EXCLUSIVE ART & DESIGN WALK SUPER JEEP

MINI BUS

4x4 VAN

BUS

JAN

A LOOK BEHIND THE LOCAL SCENES

Transportation: Short easy walk HIGHLIGHTS:

Exclusive visits to local workshops and interact with the artists over a cup of something nice

Enjoy the privilege of an exclusive visit to Akureyri Local Artists, where they welcome us at their workshops, interact with us and explain their work. Every Art & Design Walk is different from the next so no two are the same. Each of the local artists that will guide you is unique and has a different story to tell, a different background or education and by adding their personal touch you will never know what to expect.

Let’s meet the locals ... SAGA TRAVEL IS OUR GUIDES ARE

STORY TELLERS

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SLOW TRAVEL

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FEB

MARS APR

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUG

SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

OCT

NOV

AST105

All year 13:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 2,5 - 3 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 8.500

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Contact us for price and information SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

SEASON :

ALL YEAR BOAT

EASY WALK

» Local Food and Gourmet SUPER JEEP

MINI BUS

BUS

DEC

4x4SUPER VAN JEEP

JAN

NO RESTAURANTS - ONLY FARMERS, FISHERMEN AND LOCAL PRODUCERS

Transportation: Mini bus HIGHLIGHTS:

Hrísey Island · Meeting local food producers The fresh taste of the north

Join an exclusive gourmet tasting tour and discover the very best of local North Icelandic production. During our trail to destinations through the Akureyri countryside and coastline we will meet enthusiastic local food producers, farmers, fishermen and brewers. They will share their gastronomic knowledge with you and we taste the products. All the producers we visit are small family firms and by some the knowledge has travelled from generation to generation to generation and they will offer us to taste for example blue mussel, beer, cod, beef, lamb and ice-cream.

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EASYMINI WALKBUS

MARS APR

MAY

ALL YEAR 4x4 VAN

BOATBUS

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SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

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DEC

AST101

All year 10:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 7 hours Thursdays and Saturdays 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 29.500

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Contact us for price and information SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

HALF TOUR

!

We meet producers, farmers, fishermen and brewers who share their knowledge

» Local Food and Gourmet – COASTLINE JAN

THE FIRST HALF OF THE LOCAL FOOD & GOURMET TOUR Here we enjoy tasting blue mussel, beer and cod.

MAXIMUM 16 PERSONS PER MINI BUS

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MARS APR

MAY

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SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI

OCT

NOV

AST102

Departure time: 10:00 Meeting point: Saga Travel or hotel pick-up Duration: 4 hours

Price per person: ISK 19.000

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SUPER JEEP

ALL YEAR BUS

MINI BUS

4x4 VAN

» SIGLUFJÖRÐUR & THE COASTAL CULTURE JAN

The Icelandic Herring adventure

Transportation: Mini bus

HIGHLIGHTS: The Icelandic coastline · Hjalteyri · Siglufjörður The Herring Museum

We travel along Iceland´s most beautiful coastline and will enjoy some unique view towards the North Atlantic. Herring is one of last century’s principal shapers of Icelanders’ destinies. Without herring it is questionable whether the modern society that now exists in Iceland could ever have been developed. In this tour we learn how this came about and how it shaped the culture and peoples life during last century.

FEB

MARS APR

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUG

BOAT

SEASON :

» ICELANDIC CHURCHES SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

EASY WALK

OCT

NOV

AST006

All year 13:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 5 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 19.000

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 145.000 Mini Van / 9 seats Total price: ISK 164.000 Mini Bus / 16 seats Total price: ISK 232.000

SUPER JEEP

JAN

DEC

THEY TELL OUR COUNTRY’S SAGA

Transportation: Mini bus

HIGHLIGHTS: The four churches: Akureyrarkirkja · Grundarkirkja Munkaþverárkirkja · Saurbæjarkirkja

There are over 25 churches in Akureyri and the town’s countryside. Here we take our time to visit a few that tell us the religion and cultural Saga of Icelanders. We visit churches that all are unique in their own way. Some are built of wood, others of concrete and turf is even the building material of one of them.

FEB

MARS APR

ALL YEAR BUS

MINI BUS

MAY

JUNE JULY

AUG

SEPT

FROM AKUREYRI Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

OCT

NOV

AST003

All year 13:00 Saga Travel or hotel pick-up 4 hours Daily upon request 2 adults or minimum rate

Price per person: ISK 16.500

MAKE THIS A PRIVATE TOUR Choose your own time and day! Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 105.000 Mini Van / 9 seats Total price: ISK 118.000 Mini Bus / 16 seats Total price: ISK 168.000 SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

SEE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

OUR GUIDES ARE

STORY TELLERS

SMALL GROUPS

PERSONAL TOUR GUIDES

BOOK NOW

MAXIMUM 16 PERSONS PER MINI BUS

(+354) 558 8888 www.sagatravel.is

MAXIMUM 16 PERSONS PER MINI BUS

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» NORTHERN LIGHTS

SUPER JEEP

JAN

FROZEN NIGHT, MYSTERY & MAGIC

Transportation: Bus

HIGHLIGHTS: Dark Icelandic winter night · Northern Lights Star bright sky

To go into the dark, frozen winter night and observe an unbelievable display of colour, light and texture is like waking up in a fairy-tale full of mystery and magic. We pick you up at your accommodation and drive out to the countryside or up to the mountains, away from electric glow and city sounds.

MINI BUS

FEB

MARS APR

MAY

JUNE JULY

Note: The Northern Lights are visible from September through April but can only be seen on a clear night. We cannot guarantee sightings even if the tour is operated. In case of no Northern Lights a free second departure is offered the following evening.

SEPT

OCT

NOV

AST002

& LAKE MÝVATN

MST002

Available: Departure time: Meeting point: Duration: Operated: Minimum:

1st September – 15th April 22:00 Hotel pick-up 2-3 hours Daily upon request No minimum

Price per person: ISK 9.900

STORY TELLERS

Bring with you: » Warm clothes » Gloves

AUG

FROM AKUREYRI

OUR GUIDES ARE

Overalls available

WINTER 4x4 VAN

BUS

FREE PICK-UP

Within Akureyri and Lake Mývatn area

» PRIVATE NORTHERN LIGHTS

EASY WALK

SUPER JEEP

BOAT

DEC

JAN

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MINI BUS

MARS APR

MAY

WINTER MINI 4BUS x4 VAN

SUPER JEEP BUS

JUNE JULY

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NOV

The Private Northern Light tour is a great option to travel in your private Super Jeep, Mini Van or Mini Bus with a local guide.

FROM AKUREYRI

The chance of seeing the Northern Lights is very weather-dependent — but with only the slightest possibility, we will find it!

Choose your own time and day! Available: 1st September – 15th April Duration: All up to 4,5 hours Super Jeep / 6 seats Total price: ISK 105.000 Mini Van / 9 seats Total price: ISK 118.000 Mini Bus / 16 seats Total price: ISK 168.000

With our years of experience we have gotten really good at interpretating the weather forecast and choosing the very best spots for good viewing. Flexibility is the key. We have a good timeframe to include some sightseeing and night-time photography of the spectacular Northern Lights.

& LAKE MÝVATN

SEE MORE PRIVATE TOUR DETAILS ON PAGE 24

A camera tripod to capture the perfect photo is always good !

We also offer an our Afternoon & Evening T for the Nor thern Lights – See page 4 & 5 Overalls available Bring with you: » Warm clothes » Gloves

BOOK NOW

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TAILOR MADE PRIVATE TOURS

TAILOR MADE PRIVATE TOUR IDEAS

» North Iceland Highlands

Saga Travel offers you to experience North Iceland in private and in your own time 24

Highlights of the Highlands: Goðafoss · Aldeyjarfoss · Hrafnabjargafoss the backtrack to Askja and back to civilization or optional overnight stay in mountain hut and then Kverkfjöll Glacier · Hvannalindir and Mt. Herðubreið.

All our tours can be ordered as private tours for you, your friends and family, often in your language. But we can also organize your own itinerary.

» Arctic Circle Experience North Icelands best attractions all in one day Highlights: Goðafoss · Dimmuborgir · Local Food Grjótagjá fissure · Geothermal mudpools · Krafla Volcano · The Mývatn Nature Baths · Private flight to Grimsey · Puffins · Arctic Circle and the Midnight Sun

The beauty is total flexibility Even when we are already on top of a mountain, far in the valley or just in the middle of nowhere, there is nothing holding us back from adjusting the trip to your needs. The advantage of hiring a private guide is that individuals or small groups can design their course along with the guide to meet their particular objectives and interests in the best possible way.

» Trans-IcelandiC From coast to coast Kjölur highlights: Reykjavík · Þingvellir · Gullfoss Geysir · Hveravellir · Akureyri Sprengisandur highlights: Akureyri · Aldeyjarfoss Hrafnabjargafoss · Nýidalur · Southern Iceland

According to your interests We customise the itinerary according to your interests and time frame, anything from a few hours to a few weeks.

GEOLOGY · LOCAL FOOD & GOURMET WATERFALLS · WHALE WATCHING · PHOTOGRAPHY BIRD WATCHING · SUPER JEEPS · HORSE BACK RIDING CAVE EXPLORING · HIKING · DEEP SEA ANGLING MOUNTAIN CLIMBING · CULTURE GALLERIES & WORKSHOPS · FOLK & FAIRY TALES FARMS & FARMERS · CHURCHES ELVES, TROLLS & MYTHOLOGY · HISTORY & SAGA ... or just little bit of everything?

» Bird Watching Experts We provide Bird Watching with local guides Highlights: Puffin · Garnet · Barrow’s Goldeneye Harlequin Duck · Great Northern Diver and the list goes on. We have seen up to 54 species in one day.

All our regular tours can be done as private tours for you and your family Our most popular ones as private tours are:

LAKE MÝVATN SUPER JEEP ........................................................ page 3 LAKE MÝVATN AFTERNOON & EVENING.................................... page 5 ASKJA ........................................................................................ page 6 GJÁSTYKKI - VOLCANIC WONDERS ............................................ page 9 WATERFALL DETTIFOSS AND THE GLACIAL CANYON ................. page 11 GREAT ICELANDIC WATERFALLS ................................................ page 13 LOCALFOOD & GOURMET .......................................................... page 19

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» NORTH ICELAND BY NIGHT

Saga Travel offers you to experience North Iceland‘s full diversity. Stunning nature, rich culture, wide range of entertainment, tranquility, energy and magic. Each of our tour packages are different – depending on specific theme, season or travellers lifestyle. Find more information on www.sagatravel.is

EXPLORE NATURE BENEATH THE MIDNIGHT SUN

Visit our website to get local times for

SUNSET & SUNRISE IN NORTH ICELAND

In this quite unorthodox tour we will travel when others sleep; when the nature is surrounded by silence and bathed by the Midnight Sun. Duration: 2 nights by Lake Mývatn and 2 nights in Skagafjörður Highlights: The Midnight Sun · Whale Watching · The Mývatn area Geothermal Pools · Myvatn Nature Baths · Drangey Island · Puffins · Mt Krafla · Mt. Námafjall

» FAMILY FRIENDLY

» SLOW LAKE MÝVATN

NATURE, CULTURE & ACTIVITY

NATURE WONDERLAND IN NORTH ICELAND

North Iceland is an ideal destination for families to enjoy cultural, natural and active experiences to captivate every member of the family.

The slow traveler explores each destination thoroughly and experiences the local culture and atmosphere. The key in this tour is to enjoy the moment.

Duration: 5 days and 4 nights in Akureyri Highlights: Icelandic Farms and Animals Horseback Riding · Sea Angling Local Food · Whale Watching Thermal Pools · River Rafting Lake Mývatn

Duration: 4 nights by Lake Mývatn

OUR GUIDES ARE

STORY TELLERS

» GEOLOGY IN NORTH ICELAND EXPLORE THE ESSENCE OF MOTHER NATURE We have local experts that will take you on a spectacular exploration of North-East Iceland. Duration: 5 days and 4 nights by Lake Mývatn Highlights: Waterfall Goðafoss and Dettifoss · Dimmuborgir Skútustaðagígar Pseudo Craters · Grjótagjá Rift Mt. Námafjall · Mt. Krafla and Leirhnjúkur · Drekagil Gully · Askja Caldera · Víti Explosion Crater · The Glacial Canyon · Ásbyrgi Canyon · Gjástykki · Tjörnes Peninsula Seljahjallagil Gully · Lofthellir Ice Cave

Highlights: Lake Mývatn Area · Local Farms and Farmers Lofthellir Ice Cave · Northern Lights Mývatn Nature Baths · Evening Bonfire Seljahjallagil Gully · Grjótagjá Rift Meeting the Locals

» WINTER WONDERS

IN NORTH ICELAND

NORTHERN LIGHTS, MYSTERY & MAGIC Winter is a wonderful time to visit the north of Iceland. Everything is blissfully peaceful, with less people. Duration: 2 nights in Akureyri or 2 nights by Lake Mývatn Highlights: Northern Lights · Waterfall Dettifoss · Snowshoe Walking · Super Jeeps · Farms and Farmers Mývatn Nature Baths · Lake Mývatn area Waterfall Goðafoss

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Dimmuborgir

– home of Yule Lads the

The Icelandic s YULE Laurds du ring

In all our Lake Mývatn to to visit the the advent we take our time muborgir notorious Yule Lads in Dim

The Yule Lads are the 13 sons of Grýla and Leppalúði, vicious trolls that live near Lake Mývatn. As the Lads grew up they wanted a place of their own and Dimmuborgir was the perfect place for the brothers to settle down. An old tradition in Iceland is that 13 days prior to Christmas the Yule Lads start coming down from the mountains, one on each night. Children in Iceland place their best shoe on their windowsill before going to bed. Each night a little gift is left in the shoe from the Yule Lad that came down from the mountain that night. If the child has been misbehaving, there might be a raw potato left instead.

th December 17 Licker, Sixth is Askasleikir/Bowl eone som if and s bed er hiding und he owl d-b leaves his wooden foo n. clea it s lick and grabs it th December 18 Door Slammer, Seventh is Hurðaskellir/ ming doors an awfully noisy fellow slam ke. awa ple peo and keeping th December 19 mur/Skyr Gobbler, rgá Eighth is Sky lk curd) so his favorite food is Skyr (mi gobbles and try pan the he sneaks into up all the Skyr. th December 20 , krækir / Sausage Swiper gna Bjú is th Nin ls stea and ds kin all of es he loves sausag them whenever he can. st December 21 gægir/Window gga Glu is th Ten edy as his gre Peeper. Not as curious and y ver but rs, the bro through windows. g pin therefore pee nd December 22 oor Sniffer, Eleventh is Gáttaþefur/D smell of the s love He e. nos big with a e or two. cak a es tch cakes and often sna rd December 23 lfth On St. Þorlák´s day the twe . ives arr ok Ho et /Me kur Ketkró is a it as and at He adores lamb me b on this lam d oke sm k coo to n traditio a leg. day he might try to steal

December 24th The thirteenth is Kertasníkir/Candle Beggar. He loves candles of all colors and might grab one from you.

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ABOUT Saga Travel

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Practical Information

Transport

Reservation is necessary to guarantee your place. Refreshments other than those specified in the itinerary are not included in the tour price. Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancellation of the tour.

We travel by super jeeps, mini buses, buses, snow cats, ships, boats, horses, skis, bikes or just by walking.

Tour price for children We offer a 50% discount for children 12 years and younger. Price discounts for children in tours operated by Saga Travel co-operators are subject to the nature of the provided services and terms of each service partners.

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General conditions and cancellation policy See details on our website about booking and payment, cancellation of booking.

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TOUR GUIDES Team Saga Travel The core goals of Saga Travel is to provide exceptional courses and guided experiences that will be fun, safe, exciting and educational. All the Saga Travel guides are highly qualified and experienced professionals, who know the land like the back of their hand and are storytellers at heart. Aside from providing an excellent service we know that our clients will be in very safe hands.

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Can you solve this braintease r? You have 12 balls identica l in size and appearance but 1 is an odd weight – it could be either light or heavy. You have a set scales (bala nce) which will give 3 possible reading s: Left = Right · Left > Right · Left < Right For example: Left and Rig ht have equal weight, Left is heavier, or Left is lig hter.

You have only 3 chances to weigh the balls in any combination using the sc ales. Determine which ba ll is the odd one and if it’s heavier or lighter than th e rest. How do you do it? Saga Travel Kaupvangsstræti 4 IS 602 Akureyri, Iceland

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I have had a drink directly from a spring river I have taken a photo “face to face“ with a farm animal I have crossed a river I have experienced complete silence I’ve been to a live performance I have seen something that I never expected to see

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