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                                   Summary
DAY 1 | ARRIVAL - BLUE LAGOON – 15 SEPTEMBER 2020
DAY 2 | GOLDEN CIRCLE – 16 SEPTEMBER 2020
DAY 3 | SOUTH SHORE – 17 SEPTEMBER 2020
DAY 4 | SKAFTAFELL DAY TOUR – 18 SEPTEMBER 2020
DAY 5 | REYKJAVIK – 19 September 2020
DAY 6 | REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR - FREE DAY – OPTIONAL TOURS – 20 SEPTEMBER 2020
DAY 7 | DEPARTURE AIRPORT TRANSFER – 21 September 2020

 

DAY 1 | ARRIVAL - BLUE LAGOON – 15 SEPTEMBER 2020

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, head through customs to the baggage carousels where you’ll collect your luggage. There is a duty-free shop located by the baggage carousels which you may have time to visit while waiting for your baggage. Many items such as candy, snacks and drinks are less expensive here than at local shops. Please note: Duty Free shopping is on a “time permitted” basis and is at the sole discretion of the tour leaders. 

After collecting your luggage, proceed into the Arrival’s Hall where your tour guide Elin Konradsdottir will meet you and escort you to your private coach.*
*For group members arriving on an earlier date or on later flights, you will be responsible for your own transfer on your day of arrival, for any additional hotel nights that may be required and for meeting the group as arranged with the group organizer. We are not responsible for any tour components missed due to arrangements made on an individual basis.

Transfer to the nearby, local restaurant Viking Worlds for a group, buffet breakfast.
Following breakfast, you will travel through the Reykjanes Peninsula with visits to the Bridge Between the Continents and Gunnuhver before continuing on to the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa. A group admission will be booked for 11:30am (subject to availability). Entry times are strictly controlled, and the group must ensure to be available at the pre-booked time to guarantee entry. A towel rental, one free beverage and a Silica Mud Mask are included in your package. The Blue Lagoon is a man-made, unique wonder; a lagoon with pleasantly warm, electric blue, mineral-rich geothermal water in the middle of a black lava field. 

The high natural levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue colour and its healing power. The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, a winter garden, restaurants and other services. Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit (and flip flops or water shoes, if you prefer to not go barefoot) in your carry-on luggage for easy access.  After you’ve enjoyed a couple of hours in the restorative, healing waters you’ll be transferred to the nearby Northern Light Inn for check-in. The afternoon is free to have a rest, go for a walk in the surrounding lava fields and freshen up for the group dinner this evening.

Outside the Northern Light Inn
Watching the fantastic colors of the Northern Lights dance across the arctic sky is an unforgettable experience, and Iceland is one of the best places to see them. They are mostly observed on crisp, still evenings, and your location well away from the city lights gives you the best chance of witnessing this spectacular natural phenomenon. You will simply need to step outside of the hotel and look up into the sky. How cool is that!
There’s never any guarantees, of course, as the Aurora Borealis are a natural phenomenon. They can be fickle and a bit unpredictable.

 

 

 

DAY 2 | GOLDEN CIRCLE – 16 SEPTEMBER 2020
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then start the day of touring by visiting Þingvellir, a remarkable geological site and the most historic site on the island. Þingvellir is the site of the world's oldest democratic parliament, founded in 930. Located by Lake Þingvallavatn, the largest lake on the island, Þingvellir is now a National Park. The beautiful canyon running through the park is actually the meeting point of two of the earth’s tectonic plates, giving to the chance to see the dividing line between North America and Europe. Þingvellir’s combination of natural phenomena and historical significance have made it a symbol of Iceland’s national identity. 
After spending time in Þingvellir we’ll head to on over to the famous Geysir, which has given its name to spouting hot springs all over the world. You will see one of the most active geysirs in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 30 meters (90 feet). A group lunch will be provided in the Golden Circle area Only a few minutes’ drive from Geysir is Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you will see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in double falls into a deep canyon.   

After an eventful day we head to our hotel, Icelandair Hotel Fludir for check-in followed by a group dinner. After dinner enjoy an astronomy lecture onsite at the hotel (pending confirmation of meeting room availability). This evening you’ll have a further chance to look for the Northern Lights in the skies above your hotel.

DAY 3 | SOUTH SHORE – 17 SEPTEMBER 2020
After breakfast you’ll check out of the hotel to continue our journey to the south coast. We drive through the fertile farmlands of South-Iceland heading towards the majestic mountains towering over the coast, among them the snow shrouded Hekla and the ice capped volcano Eyjafjallajökull, last active in 2010. Continuing we drive through the region where one of the best known of the Icelandic classical sagas, Njál’s Saga is set.
  
The South Shore is one of the most popular regions of Iceland for many reasons. 
Then, we drive to the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This powerful waterfall cascades into a pretty meadow but is best known for the walking path that runs behind the curtain of water, where visitors can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint. 
Next, we drive to Skogafoss waterfalls. Climbing the 370 steps to the top of Skogafoss waterfall rewards visitors with an awe-inspiring view out over southern Iceland’s coastline, but it’s very impressive to see from ground level as well. After Skogafoss waterfall we visit the Skogar Folk Museum.
A group lunch will be taken in Vik. While in the town of Vik you will have the chance to shop for some locally produced woolen items, jewelry made with lava and other souvenirs, most at prices better than you’ll find in Reykjavik.
After lunch we’ll visit Reynisfjara. Nature is our playground and at Reynisfjara beach, nature has built remarkable columnar of basalt which are fun to climb on and enjoy, with beautiful views along the black sand beaches. 
From Reynisfjara we will continue east to your accommodation, Fosshotel Nupar, located near the town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, for check-in. This will be your home for the next two nights. This evening you will enjoy a group dinner at the hotel. If the Northern Lights decide to make an appearance all you will have to do is step outside and marvel at Nature’s own lightshow!



DAY 4 | SKAFTAFELL DAY TOUR – 18 SEPTEMBER 2020
      
After a leisurely breakfast we will drive to Skaftafell National Park. Take in the natural beauty of the area. 
Continue on along the coast to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where you will enjoy a boat tour, weather permitting. Here you’ll see icebergs floating in a lagoon of water which is running off from the huge glacier.
You might even spot some seals lounging on the icebergs.   

A group lunch will be provided while on tour.
After lunch you’ll head back through the beautiful countryside and along the coast to your hotel for a group dinner and relaxing evening at the hotel. Another evening where Aurora may decide to make a visit, if she’s feeling in the mood!
Fosshotel Nupar

DAY 5 | REYKJAVIK – 19 SEPTEMBER, 2020
Following breakfast, you’ll check out of your hotel and start the drive west to Reykjavik. Along the way we’ll make a short comfort stop in Vik or Skogarfoss before continuing on to the Hella area where we’ll stop with time for you to have lunch on your own.  After lunch we’ll go to the Hellisheidi Power Plant, located in an area of strong geo-thermal activity, and enjoy a guided tour of the facility.   Then we’re off for Reykjavik for check in at the historic, Art-Deco hotel, Hotel Borg, your home base for the next two nights. Due to the closure of the streets right in the city centre there is a short walk from the nearest bus stop to the hotel.

The rest of the afternoon and early evening is free to explore the city with dinner on your own at one of the many great restaurants in the city. Reykjavik has a wide variety of restaurants to choose from, with various types of cuisine and price points.

Here are a few suggestions for places to see on your free time:
Art & Culture. Reykjavik Art Museum also known as Hafnarhus (translating as Harbour House) serves as the institute of contemporary art. New developments in art are explored through diverse exhibitions of Icelandic and international artists. An exhibition of paintings by the Pop artist Erró is a permanent feature.

Shopping. Reykjavik has become known for cutting edge design, international and design jewelry, hip fashion, art galleries and music scene. The trendy 101 quarter in the city center around the main shopping street of Laugavegur and the nearby Skólavörðustígur offers fabulous shopping at very affordable prices.

For the taste-buds. Stop by at a local hot-dog stand and try the famous Icelandic hot-dogs or “pylsur” with all the special trimmings. This is very popular amongst the local people and you will see the long queues, especially on weekends and late night, after the bars close!   Later in the evening you will be collected from your hotel to go on a Northern Lights tour. The tour heads away from the city lights to give you the best chance of witnessing this spectacular natural phenomenon. Duration: 2.5-3 hrs  Overnight at the Hotel Borg

DAY 6 | REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR - FREE DAY – OPTIONAL TOURS – 20 SEPTEMBER 2020
This morning after breakfast you’ll walk to the nearby bus stop to board the coach for a guided tour of Reykjavik. Stops on the tour will include Hallgrimskirkja, Perlan and the National Museum.

Hallgrimskirkja (Hallgrim’s Church) is Reykjavik’s main, signature landmark and its tower can be seen from almost everywhere in the city. The design of 1937 was inspired by the shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. Construction took place from 1945 to 1986, with the tower being completed long before the main building. A singular feature is a gargantuan, German built pipe organ, completed in 1992, whose powerful notes are capable of filling the huge interior space with a range of tones. Standing directly in front of the church is a fine statue of Leifur Eiriksson (c. 970-1020), the first European to land on the shores of “the new world” in what is now North American in the year 1,000 A.D. (about 500 years before Christopher Columbus).

Perlan or The Pearl was built in 1988 and is a remarkable building, unique in Iceland and probably the whole world. It consists of a glass dome constructed atop huge tanks in which natural hot water is stored for heating the city, The Pearl offers the visitor great scenic views of the capital area and beyond.

The National Museum displays objects that provide insight into Icelandic cultural history - displays that encourage visitors to dwell on the past, present and future. Reopened after extensive refurbishment, the museum houses new, dynamic exhibitions that fulfill all the modern standards required of such an establishment housing the nation´s treasures.

This afternoon is free for you to explore the city on foot or perhaps go on one of the wide variety of day tours available. For those who wish to add in an activity this afternoon you may choose to go whale watching, horseback riding, the theatre experience of FlyOver Reykjavik, food tours, helicopter tours and much more.
There will be a group farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant in Reykjavik.

This evening is free or, if bad weather prevented the Northern Lights tour from operating yesterday, today is our backup day. If yesterday’s tour did operate you can add on another Northern Lights viewing tour this evening, either by coach, Super Jeep or boat.
Hotel Borg

DAY 7 | DEPARTURE AIRPORT TRANSFER – 21 SEPTEMBER 2020

All good things must come to an end, including your visit to Iceland. After breakfast and check-out late morning our driver will pick you up from the bus stop nearest to the hotel and take you to Keflavík airport for your departure flight.  We schedule your airport transfer to be 2.5 – 3 hours before the earliest flight departure of the group members. Those leaving on flights earlier than the group transfer works for are responsible for arranging a transfer from the hotel to the airport.  We can pre-book these for you, on request.

We wish you a great trip home and hope you will bring back many great memories of Iceland. We look forward to seeing you in the Land of Fire and Ice again!

Góð ferð!

Included:

English speaking guide for the program as outlined
Breakfast buffet at Viking Worlds Restaurant
Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance (use of towel, one drink of your choice, silica mud mask)
Accommodation for 6 nights (1-night Northern Light Inn, Grindavik; 1-night Icelandair Hotel Fludir; 2-nights Fosshotel Nupar, Kirkjubaejarklaustur; 2-nights Hotel Borg)
Breakfast at hotels daily
VAT on accommodation and lodging fee
Visit to Gunnuhver and Bridge Between the Continents, Reykjanes Peninsula
Hellisheidi Power Plant guided tour
Three 2-course group lunches including coffee/tea*
Five 3-course group dinners including coffee/tea*
Reykjavik City Tour (guided, approx. 3 hours with stops at Hallgrimskirkja, Perlan with entry fee to the observation deck and the National Museum with entrance fee and guided group tour)
Golden Circle Tour (guided, approx. 8 hours)
Un-guided group transfer Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport on day of departure
Free WiFi on the coach

*Please inform us of any special dietary requirements including food allergies.

Not included:
Insurance - Highly recommended!
Drinks with lunches and dinners other than coffee/tea mentioned
Meals and refreshments not listed as included
Guide on day of departure from Reykjavik
Extra fees for porterage, grab & go breakfasts or lunches, room service, items of a personal nature
Unexpected fees introduced for access to nature sites on private land
Gratuities to your guide and driver

Tour notes: In rare cases a change of itinerary may be necessary during your program in Iceland should weather or road conditions prevent the operation of the scheduled itinerary. Certain outdoor activities may be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given but a reasonable alternative will be substituted where and whenever possible.

Tom Reynolds

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