Explore magnificent geological wonders and a rainbow of colors in the land of fire and ice. See glistening icebergs, grand waterfalls, spouting geysers, and a unique interior landscape as mysterious as when Vikings first arrived here. Visit architectural landmarks while strolling the quaint, art-lined streets of Reykjavik, and refresh yourself in the mineral-rich, rejuvenating waters of the Blue Lagoon. Experience the elongated summer days and fascinating beauty just a short distance south of the Arctic Circle.
- Travel the unique landscapes, volcanoes, fjords and coasts around the entire perimeter of Iceland
- Capital city tour in Reykjavik
- Visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
- Try the healthful, thermal mineral waters of the world-famous Blue Lagoon
- Marvel at the original Geysir and the mighty falls at Gullfoss and Godafoss
- Iceberg cruise on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
- Fascinating exhibits at Skogar Folk Museum, Thorvaldseyri Volcano Exhibition, Petra’s Museum of Minerals, and Museum of Agriculture
- Experience some 21 hours of sun and brightly glowing nights
DAY 1-2–MINNEAPOLIS/BLUE LAGOON/REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR
Meet your friendly CTD representative at Minneapolis International Airport before your overnight flight to Iceland. Your adventure in the land of fire and ice begins with a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, take a relaxing, mineral-rich thermal bath. Then meet your Discovery Director and delight in a guided tour of this lively capital city, with its unique blend of ancient geothermal features and modern architecture, including immense Hallgrimskirkja church situated on top of a mountain of basaltic lava! Later, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. B, D
DAY 3–ICELANDIC HORSES/THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK/ GULLFOSS/GEYSER
Today at Fridheimar horse center, see beautiful Icelandic horses, learn about their history and unique gait, and chat with show riders. Afterwards, visit a geothermal greenhouse and get a taste of fresh vegetables. Later, thrill to the power and grandeur of Gullfoss, the most photographed waterfall in Iceland. You’ll continue your exciting travels around the island with a trip to Thingvellir National Park, a geological wonderland and Iceland’s most significant historical site. The world’s oldest democratic parliament was founded here in 930 A.D. Down the road, visit Great Geyser and Strokkur (Butter Churn) Geyser, which faithfully spouts every five minutes. Overnight in the Borgarfjordur area. B, D
DAY 4–AGRICULTURE MUSEUM/WOOLCRAFTS/SPECIALTY DAIRY/AKUREYRI
Today visit Hvanneyri, a tiny village of just 300 people. See the Museum of Agriculture’s antique tractors and farming tools, then step next door to the Wool Hut, a handicrafts workshop that will be opened just for our visit. Continue north to the Skagafjordur district, noted for its history of horse breeding, for lunch. Upon arrival in Akureyri, take a guided walking tour of this lovely, artistic town. Then, visit Holtsel dairy farm, famous for its fruit-sweetened yogurt ice cream. You can sample some. Enjoy dinner on your own in one of Akureyri’s many fine restaurants. B, L
DAY 5–WATERFALLS OF THE GODS/LAVA FORMATIONS/LAKE MYVATN
This morning we’ll visit majestically cascading Godafoss, the “Waterfalls of the Gods!” Then, we’ll continue to the pristine Lake Myvatn, a paradise for birdwatchers, geologists and other nature enthusiasts. You’ll discover pseudo-craters at Skutustadir, the curious lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Krafla Volcano, and imagine that you have journeyed to the center of the earth as you travel past boiling mud pools and the flashing colors of Namaskard Pass. B
DAY 6–MOUNTAIN CAFE/EGILSSTADIR/SEYDISFJORDUR HARBOR
Today, visit Mothrudalur, the highest elevated farm in Iceland, and sample kleinur donuts and coffee. Next, visit Seydisfjordur, one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns. Take a leisurely walk among the harbor’s preserved wooden buildings and see an old hydroelectric power station before ending the day in the Egilsstadir area. B, D
DAY 7–VALLANES FARM/EAST FJÖRDS/HÖFN
Today, visit organic Vallanes farm, famed for fresh organic vegetables, grain and gourmet food products. Next, admire the rocks collection at Petra’s museum of minerals and venture through the Alftarfjordur wilderness. Stop at Vestra Horn for a peek at the island’s frolicsome seals and swans. You’ll also marvel at the unspoiled natural beauty of Iceland’s Eastern Fjords, narrow seaside inlets guarded by steep, jagged cliffs. Overnight in the Höfn area. B, D
DAY 8–ICEBERG CRUISE/SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK/LAVA FIELDS
This morning visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon for a breathtaking boat ride among the icebergs. Later, tour Skaftafell National Park, situated below the edge of Vatna glacier and Iceland’s highest peak. En route to Vik, cross the enormous Eldhraun Lava Field and black desert sands of Mýrdalssandur. B, D
DAY 9–VIK/FOLK MUSEUM/VOLCANO EXHIBIT/POWER PLANT
Today, explore the black beaches near Vik and its magnificent rocky headlands, home to thousands of seabirds. Later, step back in time at the Skogar Folk Museum. You will have a chance to visit Thorvaldseyri Volcano Exhibition, which opened one year after Eyjafjallajokull eruption and visit Iceland’s newest power plant. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at a local Reykjavik restaurant. B, D
DAY 10–BROTTFÖR (FAREWELL)
Enjoy breakfast this morning, before departing for home. It’s been a remarkable trip in the land of fire and ice! B
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Depart/Return: Minneapolis, MN
Price Per Person: Double $5,297; Single $6,275
Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $158/night (Courtyard Bloomington by Mall of America)
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Schedule flights into Minneapolis by 7:00 p.m. on Day 1 for flight to Reykjavik. Departure is at 10:00 p.m. and arrives into Reykjavik at 9:10 a.m.
the following morning.
Schedule flights to depart Minneapolis after 1:00 p.m. on Day 10. Departure from Reykjavik is at 8:30 a.m. and arrives into Minneapolis at 9:58 a.m.
Courtyard Bloomington by Mall of America offers complimentary shuttle service for Pre/Post Hotel accommodations.
Free parking is offered during the tour at the Courtyard Bloomington by Mall of America with Pre or Post tour night accommodations.
Moderate walking at a leisurely pace is required to fully enjoy this tour. Some walking will be on uneven paths.
Icelandic Króna (Iceland)
Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone and Spa services available at hotels.
Iceland was ranked a Top Destination in 2016 by Conde Nast, CNN, USA Today and Lonely Planet.
Flight time from Minneapolis to Reykjavik is 6.0 hours, Reykjavik to Minneapolis is 6.5 hours. These flights are non-stop.
Land Tours begin one day later. Airport transfers not included with Land Only Tours. Air & Land Tours include government imposed taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges at time of printing.
Dress on tour is casual.
Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.
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