Day 1 - Depart the U.S. on June 22, 2021, overnight flight to Reykjavik, Iceland
You’re on your way to Iceland, a land forged by fire and ice, where adventurous landscapes give way to a rich cultural heritage. Discover the dramatic contrasts: from ethereal lava fields and thundering waterfalls to charming coastal villages.
Day 2 - Reykjavík
Discover culture and history in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital. Explore the old section on a walking tour featuring Hallgrímskirkja Church, the harbor, city hall, and the city’s oldest building. Gaze up at the famous glass façade of the Harpa Concert Hall, a true marvel of modern architecture. Tonight, enjoy a traditional Icelandic dinner at a distinctive local restaurant. (D)
Day 3 - Reykjavík, Golden Circle, Reykjavík
Travel the Golden Circle to see Iceland's most incredible natural wonders, including the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in Thingvellir National Park where you can walk between two continents. Learn how locals use Iceland’s geothermal energy to cook food and visit a bakery to taste “lava bread,” which is submerged into the earth and cooked for 24 hours. Continue along the Golden Circle and take in the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) double-cascade waterfall before visiting the explosive Strokkur fountain geyser. (B)
Day 4 - Reykjavík, Lake Mývatn
This morning, fly to Akureyri and take in the unique volcanic landscape that surrounds Lake Mývatn. You will have a chance to explore the Hverir geothermal area, where bubbling mud pools resemble a Martian terrain. Next, it’s your choice! Dip into the warm water and steam of the Lake Mývatn Nature Baths, frequented by Icelandic locals OR hike through Dimmuborgir and pass by irregular lava formations and mystical caves that inspire your imagination. (B/D)
Day 5 - Lake Mývatn, Húsavík, Whale Watching, Lake Mývatn
Venture into the town of Húsavík, where legend claims the Norse first settled in Iceland. Gear up in thermal wear to join expert whale watchers on a cruise on Skjálfandi Bay. Aboard specialized Zodiacs, you’ll get as close as you can to whales in northern Iceland. You may see humpback, minke, fin or harbor porpoise, and possibly the orca or giant blue whales that frequent these waters. End your day with a visit to Grenjaðarstaður and peruse Icelandic turf settlement homes. (B)
Day 6 - Lake Mývatn, Akureyri, Laugarbakki
Enjoy time at leisure in Akureyri before heading to the scenic Norðurland Vestra region, famous for its horse-breeding farms. On a family-owned farm, it’s your choice! Saddle up and venture into the tranquility of the countryside via horseback OR grab your camera for a photo tour of the farm’s stables and interact with these friendly animals. Later this afternoon, travel to Laugarbakki village. (B/D)
Day 7 - Laugarbakki, Húsafell, Borgarnes
Spend your afternoon in Húsafell and look out at the misty waterfalls cascading over lava rocks. Enter into a hidden world as you descend into the expansive Víðgelmir lava cave. Explore the vast grotto with an expert guide, passing by multicolored walls and mossy rocks. (B/D)
Day 8 - Borgarnes, Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Borgarnes
Bundle up and ascend Snæfellsjökull Glacier via mountain truck. Under a tented venue within Iceland’s natural splendor, join your mountain guides for an exclusive tasting of local specialties. If the weather is agreeable, gear up with crampons and an ice pick to join an expert-led hike onto a glacier to spot icy crevasses. For a more leisurely endeavor, take a guided hike over lava fields, showcasing the landscape’s various textures and pigments. (B/D)
Day 9 - Borgarnes, Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík
Visit the Settlement Exhibition and dive into the origins of Icelandic heritage, including the works of the famous Viking poet Egill Skallagrímsson. Drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, home to the famous Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the warm, mineral-rich waters of this iconic geothermal pool, located in the heart of a dramatic lava field. Come together this evening for a farewell dinner at a restaurant featuring Icelandic cuisine. (B/D)
Day 10 - Reykjavík
Head home today having uncovered Iceland’s adventurous side. (B)
A nonrefundable deposit of $1,900.00 per person is due at the time of booking. A Trip Cancellation Waiver of $329.00 per person (nonrefundable) is available and must be purchased at time of deposit.
Hotels (subject to change):
Reykjavik- Centerhotels- 3 nights
Akureyri- Icelandair Hotel Myvatn- 2 nights
Laugarbakki- Hotel Laugarbakki- 1 night
Borgarnes- Icelandair Hotel Hamar- 2 nights
April 9, 2021
Cancellation Penalties: (in days, prior to departure):
$1,900.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after April 9, 2021, and the entire tour is nonrefundable. With Trip Cancellation Waiver purchase (at time of deposit) you may cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure and receive a full refund less cost of waiver ($329.00 per person).
Please ask your Travel Agent about travel insurance to protect your investment.
AAA Rate - Per person rate prior to any discounts or promotions is based on double occupancy and is subject to air availability, current taxes, and fuel surcharges:
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