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Tour of East Iceland Highlands, Fjords and Heritage

5 days
4 nights

Rates

Dates

Rates:

Per person in USD:

$ 1,455.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,635.00 (single occupancy)

 

Dates:

Mar 21, 2017 - Mar 25, 2017 
Mar 28, 2017 - Apr 01, 2017 
Apr 04, 2017 - Apr 08, 2017 

Included:

2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik with private bathrooms,including breakfast (except arrival day)
2 nights at a hotel in Egilsstaðir with private bathrooms, including breakfast
Round-trip assisted transfers between Reykajvik hotel and Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Round-trip flights Reyjavik-Egilsstadir (including tax)
Guided tour with transport Day 2 – 4
Visit to an organic farm and breakfast on the farm
Admission to the Wilderness Center
Admission to the Technical Museum of East Iceland
Visit to the Auroras Iceland Exhibition
Darkest Winter Night Experience (night-time winter photography and northern lights)
Admission to Randulfs Sea House, including tastings of local fish products
Admission to geothermal swimming pool

Highlights & Experience:

Journey to the edge of a vast highland wilderness with wild reindeer herds
Travel back over a hundred years to see how highland frontier farmers lived at the interactive new Wilderness Center
Visit a local organic farm and enjoy a delicious farm breakfast
See Iceland‘s largest national forest
Visit Seydisfjordur, a village with beautifully-preserved wooden buildings and a focus on art education and local heritage.
Learn how to photograph northern lights from a local expert
Discover East Fjords fishing heritage at friendly local villages, including chances to sample fish products
Travel the region used as a filming location for Fortitude and the Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Arrival

Check in at your hotel in Reykjavik and get yourself comfortable for your day in the city (airport transfer not included). At your hotel, you will get a packet with more information about your trip.
Reykjavik is an ideal city for a stylish Scandinavian getaway. The numerous art galleries and museums, as well as superb restaurants and cafés, are perfect for discovering the city's unique culture and cuisine.
If you arrive early in the day, there are abundant choices of optional tours available, and it is easy to visit some of the well-known natural attractions such as the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls and more. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2  : Reykjavik – Egilsstadir – Hallormsstadur – the Wilderness Center

Farmer‘s welcome – Iceland‘s largest forest – Highland wilderness frontier - A trip into the past
Early breakfast at hotel. Don‘t worry about being hungry later—there will be a farm breakfast waiting for you in East Iceland. Meet in the hotel lobby for your group transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport and check-in for your flight to Egilsstadir, (population approx. 2,257)the largest town in the Eastfjords region. You will be met at Egilsstadir Airport by a local guide. 
This area of East Iceland is becoming known for grain cultivation, thanks to its ancient volcanic soil and mild summers. Your first visit is to Vallanes, an organic family farm. After a tour of this eco-friendly farm, join the family for a delicious mid-morning Icelandic breakfast using products from Vallanes. 
Return to modern times and to Egilsstadir where you will check into your hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to relax and explore the town. Egilsstadir has several excellent restaurants focusing on ingredients sourced from local farms and rivers as well as wild game. 
Add-on: An option for tonight is to have dinner with a local family. You will be matched with a family and enjoy a typical East Iceland style dinner at their home. (Not included in price but can be booked in advance).

Day 3  : Seydisfjordur and Northern Lights Hunt

Scenic Fjord Roads – Painted Wooden Village – Technical Innovators – Northern Lights Hunt
Breakfast at hotel. Drive along fjord roads with breathtaking views of the sea and mountains. Visit Seydisfjordur, known for its beautifully- preserved wooden buildings. Once a major port city, today Seydisfjordur is the region‘s art and cultural centre. Enjoy a stroll here to admire the historical architecture and to visit the beautiful blue church. Take a look into the lively Technical Museum of East Iceland where you can see the innovations that made Seydisfjordur a leader in modernising Iceland. 
Return to Egilsstadir for your own activities and dinner (on your own). 
Tonight your group will head out to Faskrudsfjordur, a town that has historical French connections. Here you‘ll visit the Auroras Exhibition where you will learn about northern lights. An area photographer who is an expert at taking pictures in all sorts of weather conditions will show you how to photograph northern lights. Weather permitting, you‘ll be able to try out your skills on a northern lights hunt in this beautiful fjord. (Please note that northern lights are weather dependent and sightings are not guaranteed). 
Return to Egilsstadir around midnight.

Day 4  : Neskaupsstadur, Eskifjordur and return to Reykjavik

Fjord Villages – Local Fishing History and Heritage – Geothermal pools – Return to Reykjavik
Breakfast at hotel and time to relax and check out of the hotel. Late morning departure. Head to the Nordfjordur fjord, passing through Fagridalur (the Beautiful Valley) and a tunnel en route. The destination is Neskaupsstadur, a quirky fish processing town with an interesting local music scene. An easy hike takes you to view the town‘s clever avalanche defence system. 
After lunch (on your own), drive to the fishing town of Eskifjordur, which has a beautiful view to the sea. Visit Randulfshus, 19th-century wooden Norwegian-style building where herring was once processed. Today it holds many artifacts of the area‘s fishing heritage. Sample some locally-made fish products such as dried fish and cured shark. 
Afterwards, relax and float in the town‘s geothermally-heated swimming pool with hot tubs, sauna and an amazing view of the mountains.
Wind your way back to Egilsstadir airport for the evening flight to Reykjavik. Transfer with group to Reykjavik hotel for your overnight.

Day 5  : Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. If your flight is in the afternoon you can spend the day at your leisure or experience Iceland further by going on a half-day tour. You can also add extra days to your stay and we will help you make arrangements.