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ICELAND 2022 
Geysers and Glaciers
Itinerary 
TOUR MAP 

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DATES & COST 

July 17 - 25, 2022
9 Days / 8 Nights
Tour starts and ends in Reykjavik

$4,480 per person / double occupancy
$1,540 optional single supplement
$420 additional night at Reykjavik Hotel Centrum, single or double (includes airport transfer)
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 

This tour may be combined with
the Dublin and the Emerald Isle tour to Ireland (July 6 – 15, 2022)
or
orthe Cool Switzerland 3 tour to Switzerland (July 27 - August 6, 2022)


THIS TOUR IS FULL. WE ARE ACCEPTING STANDBY RESERVATIONS.

This tour starts at 2:00PM on Sunday, July 17, 2022 in Reykjavik.
Your flight should arrive at Keflavik International Airport no later than 11:00AM.

Day 1: Introductory Tour of Reykjavik City 

On your arrival at Reykjavik's Keflavik airport, you will be met by a Sights and Soul representative, who will transfer you to the boutique Centrum Hotel in the historic heart of Reykjavik. After some time to relax after your flight, we'll meet the rest of the group for an introductory tour of the city of Reykjavik. 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 the old embraces the new. The city tour will include Reykjavik's coastline and harbor, the Hofdi House, the Pearl vantage point, the Old Quarter, and the Arbaer Open Air Museum. In the evening, we'll celebrate our new adventure with an elegant welcome dinner, where we will get to know each other and share our expectations for visiting Iceland.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodations: Hotel Centrum, Reykjavik

Day 2: The Golden Circle 

On our first full day in Iceland, we'll experience an Icelandic classic, the famous Golden Circle, packed with adventure and the marvels of nature. We'll follow the dramatic route which takes in the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) Waterfall, the Geysir geothermal 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 every year. We'll start the day with a visit to the Icelandic hot springs at Fontana Spa, and end with a visit to the idyllic Friðheimar Greenhouse to learn about the magic behind growing organic tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of the geothermal heat that Iceland has in abundance.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Centrum, Reykjavik

Day 3: The Icelandic Horses 

Today, we'll get to know the Icelandic Viking Horse, an animal that is unique to the country, as it has been bred in the island's isolation since Iceland was first settled by Norwegian Vikings. We'll spend the morning getting to know and riding the horses, with their characteristic, smooth tolt gait, which makes riding easy and comfortable, even for complete beginners. We'll ride through the moss-covered valleys and the rough lava fields around Lake Hvaleyrarvatn, with the beautiful Blafjoll Mountains towering above the horizon, as we admire the otherworldly rock formations, waterfalls, and maybe even spot a troll or two.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hotel Centrum, Reykjavik

Day 4: The South Coast 

This morning, we'll venture out to tour the South Coast of Iceland, known for its dramatic waterfalls, dormant and active volcanoes and its black sand beaches. Our first stop will be the fascinating Lava Center, where we'll learn about the ancient and current volcanic activity in Iceland, then we'll stop at the impressive Seljalandsfoss Waterfall to walk behind its curtains of falling water and at the majestic and much photographed Skógafoss Waterfall, with its impressively high drop and multiple rainbows, and we'll drive past the turf-covered houses near Skogar to appreciate the Icelandic way of life in past centuries. After lunch, we'll explore the spectacular black beaches of the south shore, see the high sea cliffs with puffin nests and the imposing Reynisdrangar rock formations near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, and take a walk to the stunning Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Centrum, Reykjavik

Day 5: The Blue Lagoon 

Today, we'll get to experience one of the country's signature experiences: a visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon's geothermal seawater is a part of the earth's ecocycle, where nature and science work in harmony. The seawater originates 6,562 feet beneath the ground where it is heated by the earth's natural forces, and when this geothermal seawater comes into contact with cooling magmatic intrusions, it captures the earth's minerals, resulting in unique natural elements known for their healing and anti-aging power. After spending some time relaxing at the Blue Lagoon, we'll enjoy lunch overlooking the surreal landscape surrounding the lagoon, and after returning to the center of Reykjavik, the afternoon will be free for individual exploration of the city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Hotel Centrum, Reykjavik

Day 6: Reykjavik to Akureyri 

After a hearty Icelandic breakfast, we'll leave the cosmopolitan Reykjavik to travel to the True North of Iceland. We'll journey along the famous Route 1, following the photogenic west coast of Iceland. En route, we'll stop at Hraunfossar waterfalls to admire the spring fed rivulets streaming over the brim of a lava field. Then, we'll visit the visually spectacular and geologically puzzling Viðgelmir Cave, inside which humans have lived for more than a thousand years. We'll continue our journey north, stopping at waterfalls, ice fields, and spectacular vistas unto the untamed seas, before arriving in Akureyri's Kea Hotel, our home for the next 3 nights. The hotel has modern design rooms, great service and all the necessary amenities to ensure a comfortable stay. In the evening, we'll meet for a Scandinavian dinner and talk about our upcoming adventures in Iceland's True North.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Kea Hotel, Akureyri

Day 7: Lake Myvatn 

This morning, we'll experience the natural, geothermal wonders and surreal rock formations around Lake Myvatn. After viewing the imposing Godafoss, Waterfall of the Gods, we'll journey along the shores of Lake Myvatn, taking breaks to explore the pseudo craters of Skutustadargigar, to take an easy hike up the Hverfjall volcano to look inside its crater and out for a panoramic view of the lake. After a simple lunch, we'll continue to Namaskard and Hverir geothermal area to observe the volcanic activity of boiling mud pots and the steam venting from the earth's crust near the explosive Viti crater, where we'll see the variety of colors compressed inside different rock strata. We'll then travel to see Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, located in the Holmatungur Nature Reserve, and to explore Hljodaklettar, the labyrinth of "echoing rocks" created by the spiral basalt formations of arches and canyons. We'll return to the hotel in the late afternoon, and enjoy a relaxing evening at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Kea Hotel, Akureyri

Day 8: Husavik 

Today, we'll travel even further north to the picturesque town of Husavik, situated on a fjord, and surrounded by majestic mountains, covered in fresh snow even in summer. Husavik is a busy fishing port and is considered the best place in Europe to see whales, so of course we'll set out on a Whale Watching Safari to admire the impressive giants play in the waters of the fjord. On the way back, we'll stop to visit Santa Claus House at Jolahusidand, then we'll further explore the town of Akureyri, taking a stroll through the amazing Botanical Gardens, and admiring the beautifully restored timber buildings along Listagil (Arts Gorge), one of the town's streets devoted in its entirety to arts, crafts and design. In the evening, we'll relax over the farewell dinner at one of Akureyri's finest restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Kea Hotel, Akureyri

Day 9: Departure 

Sadly, we'll be saying goodbye to Iceland today. After breakfast, we'll check out of the hotel and drive to Akureyri Airport to board the flight to Reykjavik City Airport. We'll arrive in Reykjavik around 9:00 AM, and we'll take a short transfer to the Keflavik International Airport, where we should arrive by 11:00 AM to connect with your return flight home.
Meals: Breakfast

This tour ends at 11:00AM on Monday, July 25, 2022 in Keflavik International Airport.
Your return flight should leave after 1:00PM.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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