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Departures in 2020:
October: 07, 14, 21, 26 & 28
November: 04, 11, 16, 18 & 25
December: 09 & 16
Departures in 2021:
January: 13, 20, 25 & 27
February: 10, 15, 17, 22 & 24
March: 03, 08, 15, 17, 22, 24 & 31
6 Nights / 8 Days
Day 1: Canada - Reykjavik (Iceland)
Flight with a good itinerary.
Day 2: Reykjavik
Upon arrival in Iceland, you will exit the arrival hall of the Keflavik airport terminal to embark your transfer to your hotel. They depart approximately 30-40 minutes after each arriving flight. Places are always available. Free time for the rest of the day.
Day 3: Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss
Start the adventure by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. You’ll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. You’ll also get tips about how to capture northern lights on film. It’s also possible to get assistance from the staff in adjusting your camera’s settings for northern lights photos. Then head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. This is a place that makes us Icelanders very proud of our heritage, and your guide will show you some of the amazing sites here. You might even have the rare chance to walk between two continents!
Continue on to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital “city” during the Middle Ages and now a culture center with a beautiful church. During the day you will also visit the town of Laugarvatn. The town is built around three hot springs, and the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. You’ll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery where sweet Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. You’ll have the chance to taste some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. It’s especially delicious slathered in sweet Icelandic butter. If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on the evening of Day 4 or 5. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 4: Iceland’s South Shore
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses roaming in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the Centre’s cinema.
Continue onwards. If the skies are clear you might see the area’s two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). You might also possibly catch a glimpse of Westman Islands archipelago off the coast of Iceland. Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss falls. Skogafoss is a beautifully shaped waterfall that makes a perfect backdrop for a selfie. It has an interesting history geologically, and it just may also be hiding some buried treasure from the Middle Ages.
Winter 2020 - 2021 departures: We’d like you to meet some of our best countrymen with a visit to an Icelandic Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) base. We Icelanders are very proud of our rescue teams. Thousands of Icelandic volunteers dedicate themselves to work for ICE-SAR rescue teams and assisting in accident prevention programs. Their joint mission is to prevent accidents and save human lives. ICE-SAR serves in both Icelandic and international rescue efforts. You’ll meet some members of the team and get an introduction to the unique ICE-SAR program.
Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross Eldhraun, a vast lava field created from a very destructive 18th-century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland. The snows of winter make this landscape into something very mysterious. Overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 5: Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! You’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe! Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon (make sure that camera is loaded and ready!) Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.
Then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial “tongues” that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. After an amazing day, return to the hotel. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 6: Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
Breakfast at your hotel. Head back along the beautiful South Coast, enjoying a different view of the winter landscapes. Visit the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "The Flower Village" because of its many flower greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs.
Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breath-taking sea waves, passing through a deserted community that once was a flourishing center for the region. The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik. (Breakfast)
Day 7: Reykjavik
Day at leisure. Today is open for you to enjoy visiting Iceland your way. (Breakfast)
Day 8: Reykjavik - Canada
You are registered for a transfer to the airport, however, it is important to confirm your transfer the night prior to departure with the hotel reception staff. As at the arrival, the pick-up will be in a smaller shuttle bus, you will be transferred to the city center bus station at which time you will board a larger shuttle for your shuttle to the airport. (Breakfast)
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-Round-trip International flights between Canada / Reykjavik with good itineraries
-Round-trip transfers between the airport and the hotel in Reykjavik
-Guided coach tour with expert professional English-speaking local guide from day 3 to day 6
-3 nights in Reykjavik at the Fosshotel Raudaura 3* (or similar) in a standard room
-1 night in the south coast area at the Hotel Selfoss 3.5* (or similar) in a standard room
-2 nights in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area at the Hotel Kria 3* (or similar) in a standard room
-Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Center
-Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and teast of steam-baked rye bread
-Entrance fee to the Lava Center and volcano film at the Lava Center Cinema
-Visit and introduction to an Icelandic Search Rescue Team Base on one of the days during your trip (Winter 2020-2021 departures)
-Blue Lagoon admission including bathing fee, towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink
-Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
-Northern Lights hunting kit (use of blanket and headlight)
-Free WI-FI on board motor coach
-All breakfasts + 3 dinners (9 Meals total)
-All taxes and fees and OPC
Package does not include:
-Baggage fees (if applicable)
-Personal expenses and optional activities
-Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
-Tips: Guides, bus drivers and the hotel staff
-Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
For single occupancy, additional fees of $690 will be charged per person
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