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Iceland: Nature's Treasures & Rustic Delights Winter departure

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,423

If you think an Iceland tour in winter sounds crazy, let the spectacular national parks, unique culture, and lack of crowds change your mind. Then warm up in the natural springs of the Blue Lagoon.


This 6-day Locally Escorted Group Tour includes specially selected accommodations, quality transportation, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Escort.  The tour  takes advantage of the sights unique to the country in winter, ensuring the shorter days are packed with memorable experiences.

Staying in Reykjavik, Iceland’s colourful capital, start with a sightseeing tour that includes the Harpa Concert Hall, and Parliament building. Then enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city from Hallgrimskirkja church. In the afternoon, get out of town and visit Akranes, a charming town in its own right, but also home to fascinating geology and maritime museums. Admire Iceland’s wild coastline, and follow the Troll Trail to uncover some of its unique legends. After dark, go in search of the Northern Lights, believed in myth to be Valkyries riding across the sky.

Sail across Breidafjordu Bay and sample ‘Viking Sushi,’ drawn straight from the ocean and freshly prepared aboard ship. Your northern foodie adventures continue with the chance to try shark in Bjarnarhofn, before visiting the Snaefellsnes National Park, where you might spot Orcas and other species in the nearby fjords. This diverse landscape also includes glaciers and a namesake volcano that last erupted in 250AD.

Devote your next day to the Golden Circle, showcasing three of Iceland’s most spectacular attractions. The Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir Hot Springs, and Thingvellir National Park will all enchant you for their own reasons. Thingvellir is in fact the site of the first Viking assembly, established in 930AD. As the meeting point between the North American and Eurasian plates, this is a dynamic geothermal area, and residents have harnessed its natural qualities to produce such unlikely products as tropical fruit – greenhouse grown, of course.

Put your sightseeing in perspective and learn about how the Vikings settled this incredible country using horses and a lot of determination. You’ll also get a taste of rural Iceland at Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church said to radiate luck. In the afternoon, relax those tired limbs in the incredible Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a steam-bath, and a massage from a warm flowing waterfall before returning to Reykjavik, departing the following day.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,423

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Day 1

Arrival in Keflavik and Northern Lights Hunt

After arriving to Iceland, find your way to your hotel in Reykjavik city center (transfer not included). You can choose between using the Flybus coach (connected to all incoming flights, always available seats) or have a private transfer from the airport (cars waiting outside the terminal). If you want to book ahead, take a look at our airport transfer section.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura

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    Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura


    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, ...

    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, Oskjuhlid Hill's quiet woods and the Nautholsvik geothermal beach.

    The 220 guest rooms and 2 suites feature Iceland-inspired themes.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Reception
    • Spa
    • TV

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Day 2

Reykjavik to Borgarnes

Discover first-hand the colorful capital of Reykjavik with a sightseeing tour experiencing the city's energetic vibe through top visitor attractions like the visually stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Parliament on bustling Austurvollur Square while enjoying panoramic views from the city's main landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. You will uncover a wonderful mix of old and new exploring the Scandinavian charms preserved in colorful buildings of the old town center, and the modernity of the trendy downtown harbor district.

Traveling northwest via tunnel through Hvalfjordur you head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the local museum center which preserves a comprehensive collection of geology and maritime exhibits. Afterwards you will climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline. Experience a bit of Iceland's unique folklore at FossatunTroll Gardens where you hike along the Troll Trail dotted with informative signs, ogress statues and feats of strength set along the magnificent backdrop of Troll Falls and Grimsa River. Onwards to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. You will nourish your thirst for culture in Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.

The day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss which each have a mysterious secret to reveal. Evening Northern Lights Hunt: Due to your location in West Iceland away from light pollution you are in a prime position to hunt the luminescent green light show Vikings believed were the Valkyries riding across the sky.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Icelandair Hotel Hamar

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    Icelandair Hotel Hamar


    The hotel restaurant serves traditional Icelandic food and international dishes made from fresh, locally produced ingredients. Guests can also enjoy views of the Borgarfjordur Fjord or have a drink on the patio. Icelandair Hamar is found 3 kilometres north of Borgarnes, just off Iceland's main ...

    The hotel restaurant serves traditional Icelandic food and international dishes made from fresh, locally produced ingredients. Guests can also enjoy views of the Borgarfjordur Fjord or have a drink on the patio.

    Icelandair Hamar is found 3 kilometres north of Borgarnes, just off Iceland's main road, Route 1, also known as the Ring Road.

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Day 3

Stykkisholmur to Borgarnes

From the delightful town of Stykkisholmur embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO) to encounter thousands of tiny islands and experience "Viking Sushi," a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the refreshing Icelandic waters.

You continue on your brave culinary journey to Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum for a traditional taste of fermented shark meat and learn Iceland's fascinating shark fishing history and the unusual characteristics of the Greenland Shark from the friendly curator and quirky museum filled maritime paraphernalia. Along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula you will encounter hidden away fishing villages like Grundarfjordur with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teemingwith herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year round population of less than ten residents, as well as the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi to walk among the columnar basalt rock formation and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds.

Throughout the day you will enjoy the remote tranquility of Snaefellsnes National Park which exhibits an astonishing variety in natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snaefellsjokull glacier volcano which last erupted in 250 AD. Evening Northern Lights Hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavorable you will hunt again for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and preferably no moon. Northern Lights hunt in the evening if it wasn't possible last night.

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Day 4

Thingvellir National Park to Geysir

Iceland's Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers. Its centerpiece is Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO), where Viking settlers established an assembly in AD 930 which has evolved into the world's oldest parliament today.

Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet. Along your route through the fertile countryside you will slow down to enjoy some local flavors at Efstidalur dairy farm which specializes in homemade skyr, an organic, hormone free Greek style yogurt that has been enjoyed as a breakfast staple and dessert treat in Iceland since Viking Saga times.

Your journey continues to Hveragerdi, the charming gateway town to South Iceland set in a highly active geothermal area where pillars of steam rise up from the ground year round. Hveragerdi has the highest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland where residents provide the country with much of its home grown produce, including exotic varieties like papayas and bananas. In the evenings the greenhouses are lit up giving the town of Hveragerdi a distinctive glow.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Ork Hotel Hveragerdi

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    Ork Hotel Hveragerdi


    This countryside hotel is located in the village of Hveragerdi and offers friendly accommodation and well-equipped facilities in beautiful surroundings. Guests can enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine served at Ork's restaurant. There are 85 well furnished guest rooms at Hotel Ork. The rooms have simple yet ...

    This countryside hotel is located in the village of Hveragerdi and offers friendly accommodation and well-equipped facilities in beautiful surroundings. Guests can enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine served at Ork's restaurant.

    There are 85 well furnished guest rooms at Hotel Ork. The rooms have simple yet classic furnishings and feature private bathrooms with a bathtub with shower.

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Day 5

Reykjane to Blue Lagoon

Travelling along the breathtaking seacoast of Reykjanes Peninsula we visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church popularly believed to radiate special powers for increased luck and success.

Although the church is typical of rural Iceland, it is built right into the coast with amazing views of the turbulent ocean meeting with volcanic rocks and black sands. Look for a quaint set of painted elf houses nestled in the churchyard grounds.

We end our sightseeing with a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon geothermal spa set in a black lava field filled with pleasantly warm mineral-rich seawater which provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Iceland's raw nature. Guests with bathing access can enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a cozy steam-bath carved into a lava cave, and a warm flowing waterfall which provides an energizing massage.

Be on the lookout for white buckets located throughout the lagoon which contain the famous silica-mud, an essential part of the spa experience.

Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura

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    Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura


    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, ...

    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, Oskjuhlid Hill's quiet woods and the Nautholsvik geothermal beach.

    The 220 guest rooms and 2 suites feature Iceland-inspired themes.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Reception
    • Spa
    • TV

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Day 6

Depart

Transfer to the International Airport for departure (not included).

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Jan 24; Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar 7, 14, 28; Apr 4

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation
  • Guided coach tour from Day 2 to Day 5
  • Northern lights video /DVD shown in the evening at Icelandair Hotel Hamar
  • Northern Lights guided evening hunt on foot
  • Northern Lights hunt kit on Day 2 or 3 (flashlight, blanket and thermos of hot cocoa)
  • Northern Lights "wake up call" option during the night (available at countryside hotel)
  • Boat tour with Viking, sushi tasting
  • Entrance fee to Shark Museum and a taste of fermented shark meat
  • Visit to an Icelandic farm and a taste of homemade skyr yogurt, ice cream and meat
  • Visit to Fakasel horse riding center for introduction to the Icelandic horse
  • Entrance fee to Museum Center in Akranes
  • Visit to the Troll Trail
  • All meals as indicated

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Arrival or departure Keflavik International Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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28 Mar 2018
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