Iceland-Land of Fire and Ice

Day 1

FLIGHT TO ICELAND:

Today we’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Keflavik, Iceland.
Day 2

ICELAND:

Upon arrival, we’ll be transferred to our hotel in the town of Hveragerdi or Selfoss for a five night stay. Iceland is full of surprises – for one, it isn’t covered in ice! It’s a stunning mix of green plains, wild volcanic scenery, beautiful coasts and lakes, spouting geysers, hot springs, mud pools and sophisticated cities. Topped off by clean, fresh air, you’ll find yourself in a trance surrounded by unique natural beauty throughout the country. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)
Day 3

ICELAND’S SOUTH SHORE • SKOGAR FOLK MUSEUM:

After breakfast, our adventure to the South Shore begins with a journey through small villages and farmlands to the majestic mountains with views including Mt. Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland, and the towering, ice-capped strato volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which last erupted in 2010. Iceland is also famous for its waterfalls and you’ll see two of the most magnificent: the Seljalandsfoss which tumbles over high rock escarpments allowing you to walk behind the waterfall, and Skogafoss. We learn about the preservation of the Southern Iceland cultural heritage on the visit to Skogar Folk Museum. Exploration continues to Dyrholaey, a magnificent rocky headland with sheer cliffs, enroute to the village of Vik. Head to the seashore, flanked by steep bird cliffs rising high above the beautiful black sand beach. In the sea, just outside of Vik, see the Reynisdrangar Rocks which stand 216 feet above sea level at their highest point.
Day 4

REYKJANES PENINSULA AND THE BLUE LAGOON:

This morning, we head for the rough tracks of Reykjanes, one of the most active volcanic areas in Iceland. Visit the geothermal area of Krysuvik and Lake Kleifarvtn with its hot springs and solfatares. The moonlike surroundings of the lake never fail to leave a strong impression! A remarkable life enriching experience is a visit to the Blue Lagoon – a lake of warm-mineral rich geothermal water, internationally renowned for its healing prowess. Located in the middle of a lava field in the pure and beautiful Icelandic wilderness, water is heated by underground volcanic activity at a depth of 5,400 feet and is pumped to the surface to form this man-made wonder. The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effect on the skin. We will have an opportunity to soak in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water.
Day 5

REYKJAVIK GUIDED TOUR/ FLYOVER ICELAND:

Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city of 100,000 people, is unique in many ways. This capital is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries and theaters. Heated entirely by geothermal water, it is home to the “smoking bay.” Hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, midnight sun, waterfalls, northern lights, volcanoes and bizarre landscapes – the city has them all! On the included panoramic city tour of the world’s most northerly capital, see the old town center, Parliament, cathedral, harbor, National Museum, ‘Pearl’ and Hofoi House (site of the Iceland summit of 1986), and Hallgrímskirkja Church whose steeple is a landmark of the city. Enjoy free time for lunch and shopping, then prepare to ‘take off’ as we visit FlyOver Iceland. On this virtual flight, experience waterfalls, geysers, scenic landscapes, and the spectacular natural wonders of Iceland like never before. With the special effects of motion, wind, sound and scents, this unique ‘flying’ experience is sure to be a highlight of your day! We return to the hotel late afternoon for an evening at leisure. (B)
Day 6

THE GOLDEN CIRCLE:

On our full-day tour of the Golden Circle, we’ll enjoy scenic drives along with the geological and historic sites of the island. Our excursion includes a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. A remarkable geological site, it is one of the few spots in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is seen above water. The amazing canyon that runs through the park is a meeting point of two of the earth’s tectonic plates. The park is situated by Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake on the island. We visit Geysir, Iceland’s most famous area for thermal activity where we’ll see outstanding natural wonders. We have a chance to view ‘Strokkur’, one of the most active geysers, and ‘Gullfoss’ (Golden Waterfall), Iceland’s most famous waterfall. Before returning to the hotel, we visit a local farmer for a chance to see some of the native Icelandic horses, as well as learn about the growing of healthy tomatoes by using green energy, pure water and organic pest controls. This evening, we join our travel companions for the farewell dinner. (D)
Day 7

FLIGHT HOME:

Following breakfast, transfer to Keflavik Airport and bid a fond farewell to amazing Iceland, returning home with memorable life enriching experiences to cherish.
Iceland-Land of Fire and Ice
Departure Dates
7 Days
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(Pricing Per Person)
Double Triple Quad Single
$2859 $N/A $N/A $3299
MEALS INCLUDED
Breakfasts: 5
Dinners: 2
AIRFARE
(from Charlotte, NC)
August 11 - To be advised
October 13 - To be advised
Passport Required.
Passport Required.
NOTES
  • Tour arranged by Mayflower Tours
Activity Level: 4
Easy
Strenuous