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11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland - Monday Departure

11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland - Monday Departure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Keflavik, Morning City Sightseeing, The Blue Lagoon
Early morning arrival in Iceland, "Land of Ice and Fire". Transfer from Keflavik airport to Viking World Museum where you will enjoy breakfast with your fellow travelers. Afterwards, drive through the capital for a morning sightseeing tour of Reykjavík. The tour traverses the old town center to the Alþingi Parliament, the Dómkirkjan Cathedral, city hall, the harbor, and the National Museum. Then, drive by Höfði House, the site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met. Enjoy a stop at the viewing deck at Perlan, located on Öskjuhlíð hill, for spectacular views over the capital area, followed by a visit to Hallgrímskirkja church*, one of Reykjavík's landmarks, and the Sun Voyager sculpture. In the afternoon, visit the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. Tonight, at 6:00 PM, you join your Tour Manager for a orientation meeting and Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers* Visitors will not be permitted to enter the church if mass is in session
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Wednesday - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today, embark on a full day excursion to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a Green Globe benchmark region, making it a model for sustainable tourism. Snæfellsnes is a unique area with a variety of geological features such as lava fields, volcanoes, glaciers, mineral springs, beautiful rock formations, and yellow and black sand beaches. Stop at a number of fascinating sites such as the Gerðuberg basalt columns, Arnarstapi Harbor and Ytri-Tunga beach to see the seal colony there. On a clear day, enjoy views of Snæfellsjökull Glacier atop a beautifully shaped stratovolcano. The glacier and the unspoiled natural wonders surrounding it are the setting of Jules Verne's classic novel Journey to the Center of the Earth and is rumored to be one of the seven most magical sites on Earth. Dinner at the hotel later this evening
Overnight: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Akureyri, Botanical Gardens
Today, an early departure to Akureyri, cultural capital of the North, nestled at the head of Iceland’s greatest fjord, with stunning views of snow-capped peaks. An orientation tour familiarizes you with the town’s history as a trading center established in 1602. You can still see some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Visit the Botanical Gardens featuring specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants. Then, walk through the energetic center of the town with its lively cafes and handicraft shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Héðinsfjörður Tunnel, Siglufjörður in North Iceland
Travel through the Héðinsfjörður Tunnel to the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður, the closest town to the Arctic Circle, clinging to a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland’s steep northernmost mountains. On the tour of the award-winning Herring Era Museum, you’re introduced to the history of the very important herring fishing industry. Sample traditional rye bread, local herring and also the famous iced Icelandic schnapps! Leisure time to explore Siglufjörður. Wander through the art galleries, cafes and shops. At the end of the day, return to Akureyri via the villages of Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss Waterfall, Natural Baths
Today head to lovely Lake Mývatn, with its crystal-blue waters, in one of Iceland’s prettiest areas, known for its geothermal activity. Stop at the majestic two-tiered Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. In this paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. After a morning of traversing spectacular landscapes, see the pseudo craters at Skútustaði and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Then relax at Mývatn Nature Baths where you will have free time to swim in the warm soothing waters. Afterward, continue southeast to your hotel in the remote eastern fjords region. Tonight, dinner together at your hotel
Overnight: Egilsstaðir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Iceland's Eastfjords, Icelandic War Museum
Today, explore Iceland's remote Eastfjords region, defined by breathtaking fjords and mountains, as well as charming fishing villages that dot the coastline. Look out for wild reindeer herds as you travel south through this colorful landscape. Visit the Icelandic War Museum in Reyðarfjörður, site of an Allied base during WWII, to learn about Icelandic life during this time. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then continue driving southward along the coast toward your hotel. En route, make several photo stops for unforgettable views. Upon arrival at your hotel, enjoy dinner together
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park
Discover the might of the Vatnajökull Glacier today, formed thousands of years ago, the largest glacier in all of Europe with several still-active volcanoes situated underneath the ice cap. Explore some of the glacier's many outlets including Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. The astonishing blue ice makes this one of Iceland's most iconic destinations. Season dependent, take a boat excursion that brings you face to face with these breathtaking natural wonders.* Afterward, more amazing scenery awaits you in the unique alpine setting of Skaftafell National Park, a beautiful mountainous region on the edge of the Vatnajökull Glacier. This national park has been shaped by glaciers and volcanoes slowly interacting over time, creating a place of unique beauty. It's a perfect park to view the great contrasts between active volcanoes, mighty glaciers, powerful rivers and endless flat sandy plains. Cap off this exciting day with dinner together at your hotel in Höfn *Please note: The boat excursion on the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is not offered before May 1 or after Oct 15
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - South Coast and Waterfalls
Depart from Höfn this morning and watch the dramatic scenery of outwash plains and lava fields go by as you make your way to Dyrhólaey, a solitary cliff teeming with bird life for expansive views of the black sand coastline. Then visit Skógafoss to see the thundering falls plummet nearly 200 feet over a cliff to the valley floor. Then on to Seljalandsfoss waterfall which you can walk behind if conditions allow (Bring a raincoat!). Enjoy a Farewell Dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in the Flúðir area
Overnight: Flúðir
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm, Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir, Þingvellir, Reykjavík
This morning marvel at Gullfoss waterfall where the mighty Hvítá river appears to simply vanish into the earth, but a closer look reveals gorgeous staggered falls plunging into a crevice over 200 feet deep. Then, stand upon one of the world's most geologically significant landscapes on the volcanic rift at the Strokkur Geyser. Watch it erupt every few minutes spewing hot water high into the air. Then, visit the Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm. Here, meet with young Icelanders who innovated a process for growing tomatoes in bumble-bee nurtured greenhouses. See the beautiful Icelandic Horses and watch them perform before enjoying a light lunch of tomato soup and fresh-baked bread. Continue to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on the plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, this is an ideal place to see evidence of the rifting of the Earth's crust. Þingvellir, literally “Parliament Plains”, is also the site of the world's oldest existing Parliament, which first met here in 930 AD. Continue to Reykjavik where you will have an evening at leisure to explore this energetic city on your own. Perhaps choose to dine in one of the world-class restaurants on traditional Icelandic fish, or visit a lively pub, stylish club or stop at a cozy café in the trendy harbor area
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Thursday - Depart Iceland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Reykjavik, Reykjavik-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Reykjavik
  • 1 night Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • 2 nights Akureyri
  • 1 night Egilsstaðir
  • 2 nights Höfn
  • 1 night Flúðir
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking Tour Manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Embark on a morning city tour of Reykjavik
  • Enjoy the warm soothing waters of the world-famous geothermal Blue Lagoon
  • Visit Snæfellsjökull National Park with its striking Snæfellsjökull Glacier
  • Tour Akureyri, nestled at the head of Iceland’s greatest fjord
  • Visit the historic town of Siglufjörður, the closest town to the Arctic Circle in Iceland
  • View Lake Mývatn with its crystal-blue waters and take a dip in the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Visit Goðafoss, the "Waterfall of the Gods"
  • See small fishing villages and rugged coastline of the remote Eastfjords region
  • Visit Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe
  • Explore Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon with its immense floating icebergs
  • Visit Skaftafell National Park, a beautiful mountainous region on the edge of the Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Visit Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, two awe-inspiring waterfalls on Iceland's South Coast
  • Visit Strokkur Geyser and the geothermal Geysir area
  • Tour Þingvellir National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 8 AM on Day 2.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms & Twin with Child rooms may be accommodated in a Twin & Single Room depending on availability.

    The May 11 and Sep 28 departures will be accommodated at the Fosshotel Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

    The Sep 28 departure will be accommodated at the Stracta Hotel Hella in Hella instead of Fludir, and will be accommodated at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon in Oraefi instead of Hofn.

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    Accommodations

    Fosshotel Reykjavik
    This first class hotel is situated in the business district of Reykjavik.

    Arnarstapi Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is situated in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi.

    Arnarstapi Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is situated in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi.

    Arnarstapi Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is situated in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi.

    Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
    This tourist class hotel is situated in the town of Stykkisholmur.

    Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
    This tourist class hotel is situated in the town of Stykkisholmur.

    Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in the town of Akureyri.

    Icelandair Hotel Herad
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in the town of Egilsstadir.

    Hotel Hofn
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Höfn.

    Icelandair Hotel Fludir
    This superior tourist class hotel is located in the village of Fludir.

    Fosshotel Reykjavik
    This first class hotel is situated in the business district of Reykjavik.

    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
    This first class hotel is a 25 minute drive from the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

    Stracta Hotel Hella
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Hella.

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