Summary of The Day: Welcome to Iceland! No activities are scheduled for the first night. Kick back and relax, or maybe see what's happening after dark in Reykjavik.
Summary of The Day: Discover first-hand the colorful capital of Reykjavik with a sightseeing tour. See the visually stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Parliament on bustling Austurvollur Square; enjoy panoramic views from the city’s main landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church.
Departing Reykjavik, we'll travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay). Then we'll head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the Museum Centre, boasting a comprehensive array of geological and maritime exhibits. Afterwards, we'll climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline.
Then it's on to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Nourish your thirst for culture at Reykholt, home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.
Our day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls: Hraunfoss and Barnafoss, each with its own mysterious secret to reveal.
Summary of The Day: After breakfast, we'll make our way to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur. Here you'll embark on an adventurous sail on Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO) among thousands of tiny islands, and taste Viking Sushi: a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters.
Along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula we'll encounter secluded fishing villages like Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year-round population of less than ten residents. The picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among c columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds.
Savor the remote tranquility of Snaefellsnes National Park, exhibiting an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss-blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches, to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of the Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano.
If weather conditions are favorable, we'll hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and, preferably, no moon.
Summary of The Day: Iceland’s Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions, including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers.
The centerpiece is UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930, now the world’s oldest continuous parliament. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, marks the place where North American and Eurasian continental plates meet.
Following the road through fertile countryside, we'll stop to enjoy some local flavors at Efstidalur dairy farm specializing in homemade skyr, an organic Greek-style yogurt enjoyed as a breakfast staple and dessert in Iceland since the time of the Vikings.
Our journey continues to Hveragerdi, the gateway town to South Iceland situated in a highly active geothermal area where pillars of steam rise up from the ground year round. Hveragerdi has the largest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland; residents provide the country with much of its home-grown produce, including papayas and bananas. In the evenings, the lighted greenhouses give the town of Hveragerdi a distinctive glow.
We'll end the day with a visit to Fakasel Icelandic Horse Park to enjoy Legends of Sleipnir, a unique multi-media production showcasing the influential role Icelandic horses have had on the country's history and culture. Afterwards you can go onto the stage to meet the equine actors.
Summary of The Day: Traveling along the breathtaking seacoast of Reykjanes Peninsula, we'll visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church widely believed to radiate special powers. Although the church is typical of rural Iceland, it is built right into the coast with amazing views of the turbulent ocean waves crashing against volcanic rock and black sand.
Then we'll drive to Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon-like surroundings. Near the lake's southern end lies Krysuvík, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth's crust. You will see numerous small hot springs, mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity.
We'll continue under low mountains along the shoreline, stop in by craggy cliffs rising sheer from the sea. Then we'll make our way to the town of Grindavik with its sizeable fishing fleet.
After a lunch stop in Grindavik (own expense), we'll visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon. Set in a black lava field, this geothermal spa is filled with warm mineral-rich seawater.
Summary of The Day: Today we'll say farewell and depart Reykjavik.
Please self-transfer to the airport.
|USD $857.85||USD $1,048.95||USD $428.93|
* Adult: 12 and older|
* Child: 6-11 years of age, sharing a room with a parent or guardian
* This tour is not suitable for children below the age of 6.
* Prices for Single Occupancy apply when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Prices for Double Occupancy apply when two people stay in one standard hotel room
* It requires minimum 2 passengers to book the tour.
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