Discover the forces of nature at work in Iceland with this escorted group tour that focuses on glaciers, hot springs and volcanoes in South Iceland.
DATES – September 6-10, 2017
DURATION – 5 days/4 nights
Hosted by Dick and Leslie West
Departs from – Reykjavik Airport
Ends with transfer to Sea Spirit – Voyage to East Greenland
RATE – $2,995 Double – $3,795 Single
Day 1: September 06 – Arrive Reykjavík, the largest municipality in Iceland.
Arrival in Iceland. Meet and Private transfer with English speaking guide to Viking World located at the seaside in the town of Reykjanesbær with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the views and breakfast in the café. Then transfer to Blue Lagoon hot spring on the way to your hotel.
The Blue Lagoon’s warm water and natural active ingredients (mineral salts, silica and blue-green algae) soothe your body and de-stress your mind. The lagoon’s white silica mud gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin and has a revitalizing effect. The blue-green algae nourish and soften your skin, while the mineral salts balance and relax both body and soul.
3 hrs Blue Lagoon with entrance and towel.
A visit to Iceland’s Blue Lagoon will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed for the rest of your trip. If you’re looking for a unique, blissful experience while in Reykjavik, this is it. A geothermal spa in a lava field south of Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular sites in Iceland. Its hot water, which stays an inviting 96 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit (36 to 39 degrees Celsius), has been known to be wonderful for the skin.
Swimming “costumes” and bath robes are available for hire, and an indoor Blue Lagoon and geothermal sauna are also on site. Bathing in this stunning environment is a unique experience that no one should miss and is sure to be one of the highlights of your visit to Iceland. Continue to the Grand Hotel in central Reykjavik.
Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavík 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.
Welcome Dinner. Overnight stay at Reykjavík Grand Hotel.
Day 2: September 07 – Reykjavik City Tour
On this tour, you will enjoy spectacular views from the platforms at Perlan, which is built on the city’s hot water tanks. You will then proceed to visit to see or to do in Reykjavik during your stay in Iceland. Visit the recently opened and fascinating Northern Lights Centre in Reykjavik for an exciting and informative presentation on the Northern Lights.
Reykjavik is affectionately called the Biggest Little City in the World. On this sightseeing tour you will explore Reykjavik‘s top attractions, interesting facts and stories that relate to history and culture in Iceland. The tour travels the greater Reykjavik area including surrounding municipalities which provides an excellent opportunity to discover various things.
Hallgrimskirkja church whose design was inspired by basalt lava columns, a common volcanic rock formation in Icelandic nature. Last but not least you will explore the old town center with the Icelandic parliament Althingi and the town hall.
Dinner. Overnight at Grand Hotel. Tonight, we recommend you pack a small bag for your two nights away, and check your larger pieces at the hotel until your return.
Day 3: Sept 08 – South Shore – Skogar
(Check your larger bags at the hotel storeroom. Pick up time TBA.)
Breakfast at your hotel. The first stop today will be made at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall. Travel further on along the south shore noting the numerous glacial rivers on route to Skogar and Skogafoss waterfall. We visit with the farmers of Thorvaldseyri Farm located at the foot of the world famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano that last erupted in the spring of 2010. A visitor’s center and family run exhibit was opened in spring 2011 where guests can view a 20 minute film about the spectacular natural event. Our next stop will be at the Skogar Folk Museum before continuing on, passing Solheimajokull Glacier to the black Reynisfjara beach. Dinner and overnight in Hella.
Day 4: September 09 – Hella – Skaftafell
Breakfast at your hotel. Cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth. Head onwards to Skaftafell National Park, one of Iceland’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Visit Dyrholaey nature reserve. Dinner and overnight in Hella.
Day 5: September 10 – Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Reykjavik
Breakfast at your hotel. Today head for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous great Geysir as well as Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes. Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. The next stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. This is also where you can see the meeting point where the European and North American tectonic plates meet. After some time to explore Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik.
Overnight stay in Reykjavík at the Grand Hotel (Included with cruise).
Day 6: September 11 – Embark Sea Spirit – Depart
Morning Free! Check out.
The meeting place for embarkation is at the Grand Hotel at 1:30 pm. Transfer to the ship is included.