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Hidden Powers And Northern Lights: Foodie Focus Theme

6 days
5 nights

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Per person:

$ 2,055.00 (single occupancy)
$ 1,615.00 (double occupancy)
$ 1,540.00 (triple occupancy)

*Please note hotel rooms in Iceland are often smaller in size when compared to hotel rooms in countries such as the USA or Canada, and triple rooms will often be a double room with an extra bed with limited space in the room

Quality category: These are quality hotels, guesthouses and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and breakfast included.
In Reykjavik: 4-star hotel. In the Countryside: The most comfortable accommodation available in each area.

Dates:

Oct 24, 2019 - Oct 29, 2019 
Feb 27, 2020 - Mar 03, 2020 
Mar 31, 2020 - Apr 05, 2020 

Hotels:

Day 1 - Fosshotel Reykjavik
Day 2 - Hotel Selfoss / Icelandair Hotel Fludir
Day 3 - Hotel Klaustur
Day 4 - Hotel Klaustur
Day 5 - Fosshotel Reykjavik

This tour stays in Quality-level hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of four- and three-star hotels.  Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.  Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Included:

  • Information Meeting on arrival day and Welcome Drink (Day 1)
  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 5
  • Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 5
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 3 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
  • Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)***
  • 3 Three-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea (Day 2, 3, 4)
  • Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
  • Instructions and assistance with setting up your camera for photographing the northern lights (day 2)
  • “Farm To Table” Presentation and Lunch at Efstidalur Dairy Farm (Day 2)
  • Visit to outdoor geothermal bakery and taste of steam-baked rye bread (day 2)
  • Entrance fee to the LAVA Centre and volcano film at the LAVA Centre Cinema (day 3)
  • Traditional Icelandic homestyle lunch at Hotel Anna (Day 3)
  • Surprise tasting in the Vatnajokull National Park area (Day 4)
  • Icelandic lobster tail lunch at Fjorubordid Restaurant (Day 5)
  • Blue Lagoon admission, including towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink (day 5)
  • Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
  • Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

*** Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight

Also (Added Value):

Northern Lights “wake-up call” option during the night on days 2-4 (please note: available at most countryside hotels)

Not Included:

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Highlights & Experience:

  • Make great use of your time with this introductory tour of Iceland and its unique wonders
  • Discover Iceland’s culinary heritage, one built upon ancient traditions and pure local ingredients
  • Visit a family dairy farm and learn how Iceland’s high quality dairy products are made
  • Taste Icelandic rye bread baked using a natural geothermal method
  • Try langoustines in a charming village on the edge of the sea
  • Savour a homestyle family favorite lunch at a farmhouse hotel
  • View first-hand many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Reynisfjara Beach
  • Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park
  • Experience the amazing variety in Iceland’s landscape, with volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls
  • Discover the powers of earth, water and fire and how they created Iceland—and our planet
  • Walk along the banks of the amazing, iceberg-filled Glacier Lagoon
  • Take stunning photographs at the dramatic Diamond Beach
  • Relax in the brilliant azure waters of the Blue Lagoon
  • Learn how Icelanders use geothermal power, including for baking
  • See famous Icelandic volcanoes and their impacts on the area around them
  • Relax each evening in specially-selected, quality hotels with private facilities
  • Discover and learn about Iceland and its culinary landscape from our hand-picked local guides, who are passionate and knowledgeable about Iceland
  • Hunt for northern lights (weather permitting)

Itinerary:

Enjoy a blend of South Iceland’s natural wonders and an introduction to Iceland’s delicious culinary heritage.  Discover the unforgettable hidden powers that helped shape Iceland on this best-selling tour!  Experience first-hand the island’s natural wonders such as  Geysir,  Gullfoss Waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon/Diamond Beach, Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and the Blue Lagoon. Several overnights are in excellent locations for northern lights hunting. Each day you’ll also have opportunities to taste examples of traditional and modern Icelandic taste treats.

Day 1  : Arrival in Iceland and Evening Meeting

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Hidden Powers and Northern Lights: Foodie Focus” itinerary.

Arrival at the Keflavik airport. We would be happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers as transfers to/from the airport are not included.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers. If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider visiting the Grandi area of the city’s Old Harbour. Grandi is a growing culinary center. A new food hall focusing on “upscale street food” was recently opened there. Another Food Hall is located in the Hlemmur of Reykjavik, just at the end of the main shopping street, Laugarvegur. adding a day tour. We’d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. Some of our culinary-related suggestions include the Reykjavik Food Walk, Meet the Locals experience with lunch, and the unique Cook and Dine cooking workshop. Just remember to leave this evening open.

This evening, around 18:00 (6:00pm) there will be an information meeting at the hotel. Meet your guide and fellow travelers. You’ll go over the trip itinerary together and enjoy a “Welcome Drink.”

Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

Day 2  : Thingvellir - Geysir – Gullfoss- South Iceland

Northern Lights Centre - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls

After a hearty Icelandic breakfast, start the day by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. You’ll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. If you have a camera, the staff at the center will also show you how to capture northern lights on film and help you with adjusting the settings for this.

Then head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake.

Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Iceland’s capital during the Middle Ages and now a culture center with a beautiful church.

Visit Efstidalur, a family-owned dairy farm. The farm welcomes visitors and has developed a wonderful “Farm to Table” presentation for guests. You’ll meet members of the farm family and learn about dairy farming in Iceland. Enjoy lunch and sample some of the farm’s excellent feta cheese, ice cream and skyr (an Icelandic dairy product similar to Greek yogurt). The restaurant has windows that look down on the milking parlor, where you can see “the girls,” the farm’s cows. The dairy cows are an heirloom breed of Icelandic cattle that goes back to Viking times.

You will also visit the town of Laugarvatn. The town is built around three hot springs, and the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. You’ll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery at the Laugarvatn Fontana spa where Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. Try some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. It’s especially delicious slathered in Icelandic butter.

If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on the evening of Day 3 or 4.

Dinner and overnight in the south coast area.

Day 3  : Iceland’s South Shore – Eyjafjallajokull Volcano- Southeast Iceland

Waterfalls – Lava Centre - Glacial Views - Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the Centre‘s cinema. Continue onwards. If the skies are clear you might see the area’s two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). You might also possibly catch a glimpse of Westman Islands archipelago off the coast of Iceland.

Lunch today is a real treat. Visit Hotel Anna, located on Moldnupar farm. The hotel is named after Sigridur Anna Jonsdottir, an early 20th century dairy maid who grew up on the farm. She was a self-educated journalist who may have also been Iceland’s first travel writer. Hotel Anna’s restaurant specializes in Icelandic “soul food.” Enjoy tasting cured salmon and plokkfiskur, a hearty fish stew.

Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Both of them are a “must-see” for photographs. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind Seljalandsfoss falls.

Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross a vast lava field created from a destructive 18th century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland.

Dinner and overnight stay in Southeast Iceland.

Day 4  : Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Western Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Today enter the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Western Europe, and the total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vatnajokull area. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.

Then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. While here, visit the park’s Hotel Skaftafell, where you´ll enjoy a surprise taste treat from the Vatnajokull region (shhh…. it’s a surprise!). Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5  : Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik

Greenhouse Village – Thundering Waves - Geothermal Lagoon

Breakfast at your hotel. Head back along the beautiful South Coast, enjoying a different view of the winter landscapes. Visit the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "The Flower Village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs.

Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breath-taking sea waves. Several pretty fishing villages are in the area, including Stokkseyri. This town is known for its charming Fjorubordid (Seaside) restaurant that does magical things with langoustines (Norway lobsters). Enjoy a scrumptious lunch featuring langoustine tails sautéed in garlic and butter.

Continue onwards, passing through a deserted community that once was a flourishing coastal town. The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own.

Day 6  : Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.  Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.   Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight.  Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.  We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.

Notes:

Please advise us at booking time if you have food allergies or dietary preferences. Vegetarian and gluten-free diet alternatives are usually possible. We will do our best to accommodate all requests but cannot guarantee alternatives will be available

Northern lights are dependent on weather conditions and sightings are not guaranteed

Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions

Language: English
Maximum size: 36 participants
Minimum size: Guaranteed with 2 participants