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The Wonders of Iceland

Explore the Land of Fire and Ice

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Jul 25 - Aug 3, 2023
10 days | 9 nights • 15 meals
Starting at $5,197

Discover Iceland’s most awe-inspiring landscapes, abundant wildlife, local culture, and national treasures on this unique itinerary that circumnavigates the whole island of Iceland. Experience the famous Golden Circle featuring Gullfoss Waterfall, Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, and marvel at Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, covering 3,100 square miles!

  • Travel Iceland's famous "Ring Road" that circumnavigates the entire island
  • Enjoy a whale watching cruise in Hauganes
  • Take a relaxing dip in the Mývatn Nature Bath
  • Tour Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon by boat
  • Discover Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier
  • Visit the Sturlureykir horse farm
  • Take an optional hike up Grábrók Volcano crater for a view of the region’s vast lava fields
  • Explore the active geothermal area of Geysir

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DAYS 1/2—WELCOME TO ICELAND!
Enjoy a welcome tour of Reykjavik before free time to explore this cosmopolitan city of 140,000 proud Viking descendants. Enjoy a relaxing and restful night at the Fosshotel Reykjavík.

DAY 3—LAND OF SAGAS
Visit the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes and learn about the Viking Age and the Icelandic Sagas. In the afternoon, join an optional hike up the Grábrók Volcano crater from where you will have a perfect view of the region’s vast lava fields. Stop at the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver to learn about geothermal energy. Continue to Hraunfossar, a unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacier river. Visit Sturlureyir Horse Farm and get to know the iconic Icelandic horse. B, D

DAY 4—NORTHERN ICELAND
Drive over mountain passes, lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands, and stunning fjord landscapes to Northern Iceland. Enjoy whale watching and sea angling in Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. Finish the afternoon at Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest city, before reaching the picturesque village of Húsavík. B, D

DAY 5—GEOLOGIC WONDERS AND NATURAL MINERAL BATHS
Start the day at Goðafoss, one of Iceland’s most famed waterfalls. Tour the area around Lake Mývatn with its abundant birdlife and volcanic landscapes. Stroll through the lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir and see volcanic craters at Skútustaðir and Hverfjall. Our last stop is the Mývatn Nature Baths, which contain abundant minerals like alkaline, for a perfect opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. B, D

DAY 6— VOLCANOS AND EASTERN ICELAND
In the morning, visit the hot springs, fumaroles, and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð, and see the impacts of volcanic activity at Krafla. Continue the journey to the 144-foot high Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall before we head through the uninhabited highlands for a stop at Möðrudalur to visit a local farm church. Enjoy the view of Herðubreið Mountain before arriving in the fertile region of Fljótsdalshérað in East Iceland. B, D

DAY 7—FJORDS AND GLACIERS
Today, admire the green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscapes, and tiny fishing villages in the East Fjords. Stop at the charming village of Djúpivogur, then gaze upon the magnificent Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Embark on a boat ride upon the floating icebergs in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, before walking along the black sands of the famous Diamond Beach. B, D

DAY 8—VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND SOUTHERN ICELAND
In the morning explore the wonderous Vatnajökull National Park where you will see the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur. Walk close to a glacier, cross a sandy desert, and admire the beautiful lava field of Eldhraun covered with blue-green moss. Learn about Iceland’s early modern history at the Skógar folk museum with its iconic turf houses. Travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and stop at the picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall. B, D

DAY 9—GOLDEN CIRCLE
Begin the day with a horse show at Friðheimar and learn more about Icelandic agriculture. Spend the rest of the day travelling along the famous Golden Circle to see Gullfoss Waterfall, the active geothermal area of Geysir, and Þingvellir National Park, birthplace of the first Parliament (930 AD) and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. End this amazing day with a farm to table meal at Efsti-Dalur Farms. B, D

DAY 10—DEPART FOR HOME
Depart from the Reykjavík airport with fond memories and more knowledge of beautiful Iceland! B

Quality Accommodations
Night 1: Fosshotel Reykjavík
Night 2: Hotel Laugarbakki
Nights 3-4: Fosshotel Húsavík
Night 5: Hotel Hallormsstaður
Night 6: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Night 7: Hotel Örk
Night 8: Fosshotel Reykjavík

Dates:
Jul 25-Aug 3, 2023

Price Per Person:
Double $5,197
Single $5,995

Pre-/Post Tour Hotel:
Call for Pre/Post Tour Night Rates

Depart/Return:
Chicago, IL

Inclusions:
Round-trip airfare from the U.S.
Professional, English speaking Tour Director
Welcome Reception and meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Fees and tips for included attractions and meals
Luggage handling of one suitcase per person at hotels
Free bottled water on coach
24-hour emergency call service

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