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Delve into a mythical land forged by fire and ice. Our epic journey through lush lava fields and the windswept landscapes of Iceland begins in the quirky capital of Reykjavik. On arrival at Keflavik Airport transfers will operate at 8 am and 3 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Spend time exploring Iceland's Viking heritage and admire the beautiful natural backdrop before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
We leave the capital, journeying through Iceland's volcanic landscapes to Thingvellir National Park, where we will see first-hand how the movements of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates have carved into the earth's crust. Visit the world-famous hot spring area of Geyser and see Strokkur shoot a spectacular plume of water and steam high into the air. Our next stop is the 'Golden Waterfall' of Gullfoss, saved at the turn of the last century by the tenacity of a farmer's daughter who threatened to throw herself into its depths if it was developed for hydroelectric power. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, before arriving in the Vík area for dinner.
This morning, we cross the vast expanse of Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth, before reaching Skaftafell National Park. See the largest glacier in Iceland, the Vatnajökull, before continuing to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, for magnificent views of the ice cap and drifting icebergs that melt into obscurity in the lake's waters. This afternoon dive into culture at the Thorbergur Center where you'll learn about one of Iceland's most famous 20th-century writers over cake and coffee or tea. Later, we travel to Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland.
The mystical landscapes of Almannaskard Pass provide a spectacular backdrop for our leisurely journey along the majestic southern coast of Iceland. We continue to the East Fjords with their towering mountains that plunge dramatically into the Norwegian Sea. Tonight we stay on the shores of Lake Lagarfljot, in Iceland's biggest forest.
Explore the vast moonscape of Mödrudalsöræfi, a highland desert plateau which astronauts once used as a practice ground for their voyage to the moon. Then journey to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, before continuing towards Námaskard Pass with its colorful bubbling mud pools. See the natural beauty of Lake Myvatn and the twisted Dimmuborgir rock pillars, chimneys and towers that rise from the surrounding lava landscape. We journey north to the bustling port of Akureyri with its fine timber buildings beautifully restored to their original glory, stopping en route at Godafoss Waterfall.
Spend the day in the fishing town of Siglufjördur, nestled within a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland's steep northern mountains. Explore the town at your leisure or consider a whale watching excursion for a chance to see these majestic creatures up close. Amble along the harbor lined with colorful façades or visit one of the local art galleries before returning to Akureyri in the afternoon for some time at leisure. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.
Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjördur, renowned for its horse breeding traditions. Here, we'll connect with locals over a Be My Guest lunch on a local horse farm. Learn about the unique Icelandic horse breed and watch a short riding demonstration, before journeying to Borgarnes, our home for the night
Connect with the geological wonders of Snæfellsnes and admire its lava fields, volcanoes, glacier, springs, beautifully formed rock, and yellow and black sand beaches. The main attraction is Snæfellsjökull glacier, a beautifully shaped stratovolcano at the very end of the peninsula. The glacier is also known as the location for Jules Verne's novel 'Journey to the Center of the Earth.' This afternoon, complete your circuit around Iceland as you arrive back in Reykjavik.
Explore the small capital city of Reykjavik on a sightseeing tour this morning. See all the city's major attractions including the Parliament, the harbor, the Harpa Concert Hall, and see the city's main landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja Church perched at the top of a hill in the heart of the city. Dive into culture at the world-famous Blue Lagoon (please remember to pack your swimwear)—its steaming turquoise waters are said to have healing powers. This evening we reminisce over the myths and legends we've encountered along the way, during a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends and your Travel Director.
For now it's time to say a fond farewell to Iceland after an unforgettable trip. Return transfers will arrive at Keflavik Airport at 5 am and 12:30 pm. Conditions apply.
16 meals: 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
During this exciting boat trip on the lagoon, we'll sail among huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. We'll also taste the 1000-year-old ice and, if we're lucky, might even see some seals!
Adult Price: Íkr5700
Visit Iceland‘s largest maritime museum, formerly an old salting station which was abandoned after the collapse of the herring stock in 1969. Siglufjordur was once the center of the herring fisheries in Iceland, and the herring played a very large role in the nations economy and industry, providing as much as 44% of the nations export income during some years.
Adult Price: Íkr1800
Enjoy a boat tour that will take you on a search for majestic whales through stunning landscapes and beautiful coastlines. The frequency of sightings makes this the perfect day excursion for travelers in North Iceland.
Adult Price: Íkr10990
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