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The World of Fire and Ice Tour

11 days
10 nights

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Dates

Rates:

Per person in USD:

$ 4,800.00 (double occupancy)

Dates:

Jul 10, 2017 - Jul 20, 2017 SOLD

Included:

  • 10 nights in hotels and countryside lodging with breakfast daily
  • 8 dinners in the countryside
  • Roundtrip transfers between airport and hotels in Reykjavik
  • Private coach and English speaking guide per itinerary
  • Entrance fee to settlement center in Borgarnes
  • Vatnshellir Lava Cave tour
  • Ferry from Stykkisholmur to Westfjords
  • Entrance fee to the Folk and Transport Museum in Hnjotur
  • Entrance fee to the Viking museum in Haukadalur
  • Icelandic Horse show
  • Entrance fee and towel to the Lake Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Entrance fee to Petra’s Stone Museum
  • Boat tour on the glacial lagoon
  • Entrance fee to Eyafjallajokull visitor center

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Reykjavik (30 mi)

Upon arrival at Keflavik airport look for the Flybus shuttle outside arrivals hall, which will take you to your hotel in Reykjavik for the first night. 

Day 2  : The Golden Circle (170 mi)

Gullfoss - Geysir - Stokkur -Thingvellir National Park

The Golden Circle includes some of the most popular sights in Iceland. Close to Reykjavik, they can be visited in one day. We depart by bus in the morning for one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, “Gullfoss” or Golden Falls. This waterfall is fed by the Hvita  (White) river which comes from the 2nd largest glacier, Langjokull. The water plummets in two stages into a rugged canyon, creating a rainbow on sunny days.  We continue to the Geysir area, an active Geothermal area where we can walk around and admire “Strokkur” which spouts up to 70 feet every 5 minutes or so. Next we visit Thingvellir National Park.  An important historical, cultural and geological site, established by the Vikings. Thingvellir is the site of the world’s first Parliament with the first assembly in year 930 and it is now on UNESCO World Heritage site. This area is also a natural wonder on International scale, as it is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the fissure is easily visible.  Tonight we stay in Borgarfjordur on the west coast.

Day 3  : Snaefellsnes Peninsula (110 mi)

Borgarfjordur - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Borgarnes - Vatnshellir Underground Cave - Stykkisholmur

We head north from Borgarfjordur towards the Snaefellsnes (snowy mountain) Peninsula, stopping at Borgarnes, where we are introduced to the Icelandic Sagas. This remarkable multimedia exhibition uses the Sagas to explore the history of Iceland’s early settlement by the Vikings.  A chain of dramatic mountains run along the entire peninsula, with the Snaefellsjokull snowcapped volcano at the tip of the peninsula. We drive along the coast and through lava fields of Iceland’s first National Park and stop for a visit to the Vatnshellir underground cave. We climb down staircases to lava tubes reaching 200 meters in length, admiring lava sculptures and total darkness at the very end.   Overnight at Stykkisholmur.  

Day 4  : Westfjords (143 mi)

Brjanslaekur - Flatey island - Hnjotur

Early departure by ferry from Stykkisholmur to Brjanslaekur, located on the south coast of the Westfjords peninsula. The ferry makes a stop at Flatey island, which affords a great view of the Snaefellsjokull glacier and the islands in the bay. We continue along the coast and stop at the museum in Hnjotur, where we can view a unique collection of old items from the Southern Westfjords. The museum shows the history of fishing, farming and everyday life in the area. We head towards the westernmost point in Iceland. The cliffs are home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. We will take a walk in this area, to the top of the highest bird cliff in Iceland where you have a chance to get very close to the birds.  Overnight in the Westfjords area.

Day 5  : More Westfjords (162 mi)

Arnarfjordur - Dynjandi waterfall - Breidarfjordur Bay

Today we travel north over mountains and along several fjords toward the majestic Arnarfjordur. At the innermost part of the fjord we stop at the Dynjandi waterfall, one of the most scenic waterfalls in Iceland, with seven levels of water falling from a lake at the plateau above, then plunging into the fjord at the bottom.  We continue over the mountain pass to the southern shores of the Westfjords, past sheer cliffs and narrow bays, traveling through a sparsely populated region.  Overnight in the Breidarfjordur Bay area.

Day 6  : Akureyri (217 mi)

Haukadalur - Viking Homestead -Northern Iceland - the Viking Farm with Icelandic Horses Show

Heading east and then north, we travel through farm country, where we will see small churches, abandoned farms and Icelandic horses. We stop at Haukadalur, the site of Erik the Red’s replica homestead. Erik founded the Icelandic colony in Greenland, and his son, Leif, was the first European to set foot in North America.  Haukadalur is now a living Viking museum, and one of the most historic sites in Iceland. Step back to the Viking Era and immerse yourself in the sights,  sounds and scents of  Erik the Red’s farm where modern day Vikings demonstrate the lifestyle of 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge.  Later, we continue north, stopping at a farm where we learn about the unique Icelandic Horse and enjoy a horse show, before continuing on to Iceland’s second largest city, Akureyri. Dinner on your own at one of the city’s restaurants. Overnight in Akureyri.     

Day 7  : Godafoss - Lake Myvatn area - Namaskard (93 mi)

Today is our “explore, hike and spa“, day. We continue east to Godafoss, this picturesque “Waterfall of the Gods” is one of the most impressive in the country. Ice-blue glacial water flows over an elegant semi-circular arc, creating blue-green swirling patterns in the water below among the surrounding lava. Next stop is Lake Myvatn, an area known for rich birdlife and incredible lava landscape. We’ll explore this area by foot, walking in the lava field and climbing up to the rim of the Hverfjall crater. We will also visit the hot springs and mud pools of Namaskard as well as the Krafla geothermal fields to view the Viti crater lake.  In the afternoon we return to Lake Myvatn Nature Baths to soak and relax. This open-air pool of aquamarine blue gets its water from a local georthermal source and contains a unique mixture of minerals, silicates and micro-organisms that are soothing and relaxing for the skin.   Overnight in Lake Myvatn area.

Day 8  : Vatnajokull National Park - Dettifoss- Bakkagerdi - Borgarfjordur Eystri (237 mi)

We travel east to Vatnajokull National Park and stop to watch Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, thundering down the shattered cliffs of the Jokulsa Canyon. The spray can be seen from several miles away.  We travel through the uninhabited high country of East Iceland. Here we will see the northernmost fjord of the East Fjord mountain range, and visit Bakkagerdi, a small, remote village of only 120 inhabitants, nestled by the steep mountainside. We continue south through some of Iceland’s most dramatic and colorful landscape to Borgarfjordur Eystri, a charming, traditional fishing village, where we visit the art gallery of one of Iceland’s famous painters, Johannes Kjarval.  The artist grew up here, which is evident in his art. Other famous residents of this village is a large population of elves, with the queen of the elves residing at Alfaborg, a rock castle nearby, now a protected site.  Overnight in Borgarfjordur Eystri.

Day 9  : Fjords and Glaciers (200 mi)

Hugging the east coast, we continue south passing small fishing villages along narrow, twisting roads. We will stop at an interesting place, Petra’s Stone Collection, for a visit. There’s a lot more than stones and rocks to see here!  As we continue south and west, we’ll get a great view of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier, visible from anywhere in southeast Iceland.  Arriving at Jokulsarlon in the afternoon, we get a chance to go for a fun boat ride past floating, creaking turquoise and black streaked icebergs on an enormous, mystical, glacial lagoon. The icebergs are 1,000-year-old chunks of the retreating glacier that have broken off and are floating out to sea.   Overnight in the Skaftafell area.

Day 10  : Vatnajokull National Park and the South Coast (210 mi)

Today we visit Skaftafell, a former manor farm now belonging to the Vatnajokull National Park, located close to Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalsnjukur. We walk up towards  one of the many glacial toungues of this mountain, a photo opportunity.  As we continue across a sandy desert and west along the south coast, we find ourselves in a narrow space between the cliffs and mountains above and the sea below. Near the village of Vik we get a chance to walk on the black lava beach and watch the bird cliffs above.  We stop at Eyafjallajokull Information Center to learn about the active volcano and the glaciers, and what it is like living next to them, something the Icelandic people are quite used to. On our way west towards Reykjavik we stop at Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the first one being one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland, quite impressive, and the second one is unique in that you can walk behind it, into a cave.  We end our tour in Reykjavik with a farewell dinner at a gourmet restaurant.  This evening, please remember to reserve the pick-up time for your departure transfer for the next day at the front desk of your hotel.   Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 11  : Departure

Individual transfer from your hotel to Keflavik airport by Flybus.