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Iceland: Geysers and Glaciers 1 - Itinerary

July 10 - 18, 2019
9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour starts and ends in Reykjavik

$4,390 per person / double occupancy
$1,480 optional single supplement
$402 additional night at Reykjavik Hotel Centrum, single or double (includes airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes

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This tour starts at 1:00PM on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Reykjavik.
Your flight should arrive at Keflavik International Airport no later than 11:00AM.

Day 1: Introductory Tour of Reykjavik City 

Upon arrival at Reykjavik's Keflavik International Airport and transfer to our centrally located, boutique Old Quarter hotel, we'll enjoy an introductory driving and walking tour of Reykjavik city. Shaped by the energy of the Earth and surrounded by the pure unpolluted energy of nature, this is a city of striking contrasts and understated sophistication. Small corrugated iron houses nestle next to futuristic glass buildings; state-of-the-art facilities lie minutes away from rugged volcanic terrain; and international trends mingle with Icelandic national traditions to create a unique culture where old embraces new. The tour will include Reykjavik's coastline and harbor, the Hofdi House, Pearl vantage point, the Old Quarter, and the Arbaer Open Air Museum. In the evening, we'll celebrate the beginning of the new adventure with an elegant welcome dinner featuring the amazing Icelandic cuisine, where we will get to know each other and share our expectations for the Icelandic adventure.
Meals: D
Accommodations: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Day 2: The Golden Circle 

On our first full day in Iceland, we'll experience an Icelandic classic, packed with adventure and the marvels of nature, as we tour the famous Golden Circle. We'll follow the dramatic route which takes in the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) Waterfall, the Geysir geothermal and hot springs area, and the Thingvellir National Park, the site of the world's oldest parliament (AD 930) and a place of great geological wonders, where the Eurasian and the American tectonic plates are drifting apart by a couple of inches each year. We'll start the day with a visit to Fontana Spa, and end with a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse center to learn about the magic behind growing organic tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of the geothermal heat that Iceland has in abundance.
Meals: B, L
Accommodations: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Day 3: The Icelandic Horseriding 
Today, we'll get to know the Icelandic Viking Horse, an animal which is unique to the country, as it has been bred in isolation since Iceland was first settled. After an introductory lecture on the Icelandic horse, we'll spend two hours riding the horses, with their characteristic, smooth tolt gait, which makes riding easy and comfortable, even for complete beginners. We'll ride through the rough lava fields around Lake Hvaleyrarvatn, with the beautiful Blafjoll Mountains towering above the horizon, admire the otherworldly rock formations, waterfalls and maybe even spot a troll or two.
Meals: B
Accommodations: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
Day 4: The South Coast of Iceland 

After breakfast today, we'll venture out to tour the spectacular South Coast of Iceland, one of the country's most scenic regions, known for its dramatic waterfalls, dormant and active volcanos, basalt rock formations, puffins colonies and black sand beaches. Our first stop will be the recently opened Lava Centre, where we'll learn about the Icelandic volcanos that are so much a part of Iceland's national psyche. Then, we'll stop at the imposing Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, were we'll take a walk behind the falling water curtain through to the other side. Then it's on to the majestic and much photographed Skógafoss Waterfall, surrounded by the photogenic mountains punctuated by traditional Icelandic turf-covered houses. After lunch, we'll explore the Reynisfjara black sand beach with its enormous basalt stacks, roaring Atlantic waves, high cliffs with puffin colonies and stunning views of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano. On the way back, we'll stop at the amazing Mýrdalsjökull glacier and learn how the recent climate changes have affected Iceland's natural wonders.
Meals: B, L
Accommodations: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Day 5: The Blue Lagoon 
Today, we'll get a chance to experience two of the country's signature experiences: a visit to the Viking Museum and the world-famous Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon's geothermal seawater is a part of an ecocycle, where nature and science work in harmony. The seawater originates 6,562 feet beneath the ground where it is heated by earth's natural forces. The geothermal seawater comes into contact with cooling magmatic intrusions and captures the earth's minerals, resulting in this unique natural source known for its healing and anti-aging powers. After touring the Viking Museum and relaxing at the Blue Lagoon, the rest of the afternoon will be free for individual exploration of the city.
Meals: B
Accommodations: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
Day 6: Reykjavik to Akureyri 

Today, we'll travel to the True North of Iceland, as we take a domestic flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri. On arrival, we'll check into Akureyri Kea Hotel located in the very center of town, and featuring modern design rooms, great service and all the necessary amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. Afterwards, we'll take a stroll through the astonishing Akureyri Botanical Gardens, and through the town itself, as Akureyri boasts some of the finest, beautifully restored, timber buildings in the country, and one of its main streets, Listagil (Arts Gorge) is devoted in its entirety to arts, crafts and design. In the evening, we'll meet for a Scandinavian dinner and talk about our upcoming adventures in Iceland's True North.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations: Kea Hotel, Akureyri

Day 7: Lake Myvatn National Park 

This morning, we'll set out to experience the geothermal wonders around Lake Myvatn. Our first stop will be at the pseudo craters of Skutustadargigar, then it's on to hike up the Hverfjall volcano to look inside its foreboding crater and out for a panoramic view of the Lake Myvatn. Afterwards, we'll continue to Namaskard and Hverir geothermal areas to observe the geological activity of boiling mud pots and the steam venting from the Earth's crust. After a short break for lunch, we'll continue to view the explosive Viti crater, where we'll see the variety of colors compressed from different rock strata, and on the way back to Akureyri, we'll stop at the famous Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods. We'll return to the hotel in late afternoon, and enjoy a relaxing evening at leisure.
Meals: B
Accommodations: Kea Hotel, Akureyri

Day 8: Husavik Whale Watching 

Today, we'll travel even further north, only 36 miles from the Arctic Circle, to the picturesque town of Husavik, situated on a fjord, and surrounded by majestic mountains, covered in snow even in summer. Husavik is a truly Nordic fishing port and is considered the best place in Europe to see whales, so we will set out on a Whale Watching Safari to get some photos memorizing the experience. Afterwards, we'll continue with the exploration of Iceland's True North, as we travel to see Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, located in the Holmatungur Nature Reserve which also features Hljodaklettar, the labyrinth of "echoing rocks" created by the spiral basalt formations of arches and canyons. After getting back to the hotel, we'll celebrate our Nordic adventure and friends we made over the farewell dinner at one of Akureyri's finest restaurant.
Meals: B, D
Accommodations: Kea Hotel, Akureyri

Day 9: Akureyri to Reykjavik, Departures 

Sadly, we'll have to say good-bye to Iceland today. After breakfast, we'll check out of the hotel and after a short stop at Santa Claus House at Jolahusid, we'll drive directly to Akureyri Airport to board the flight to Reykjavik City Airport. Depending on the domestic flight's schedule, we may have some free time in Reykjavik area before transfering to Keflavik International Airport for your return flight home.
Meals: B

This tour ends on Thursday, July 18, 2019 in Reykjavik's Keflavik Airport.
You should schedule your return flight no sooner than 1:00PM.

This tour ends at 2:00PM on Friday, August 25, 2017 in Keflavik International Airport. Your return flight should leave after 4:30PM.

This tour ends at 2:00PM on Friday, August 25, 2017 in Keflavik International Airport. Your return flight should leave after 4:30PM.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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