Icelandic Adventure

Set out on a small group journey that reveals Iceland's adventurous landscapes and cultural heritage. Explore old town Reykjavik during a walking tour. Witness the stunning Golden Circle first hand. See Thingvellir National Park and the unbelievable Gullfoss Waterfall. Experience the Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center. Be immersed in Icelandic life during a countryside farmhouse stay. Go whale watching in Skjalfandi Bay with specialized RIB boats. Travel the Diamond Circle and spend time at the geothermal baths of Lake Myvatn. Marvel at the vast Asbyrgi Canyon. Spend time with a family that keeps alive traditional methods of catching and preserving Greenland shark. Climb aboard a mountain truck to explore the Snaefellsjokull glacier immortalized in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Savor Icelandic delicacies during an exclusive tasting while being immersed in uninterrupted mountain scenery. Decide between an expertly guided mountain or glacier hike. Complete your tour with a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2018
Duration
9 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1ReykjavikOvernight Flight: You're on your way to Iceland, a land forged by fire and ice, where adventurous landscapes give way to a rich cultural heritage. Discover the dramatic contrasts, from ethereal lava fields and thundering waterfalls to charming coastal villages.
Day 2ReykjavikReykjavik, Iceland - Tour Begins: Icelandic culture and epic history greet you this morning in the country's capital: Reykjavik. Explore the old section of the city on a walking tour where you'll discover the towering Hallgrimskirkja church, the harbor, city hall, and Reykjavik's oldest building, now home to the Kraum Icelandic Design Center. The Harpa Concert Hall is a true marvel of modern architecture in Reykjavik, as is the hall's famous glass facade. Tonight, make friends with your traveling companions during a traditional Icelandic dinner at a distinctive local restaurant.
Day 3ReykjavikReykjavik - Golden Circle - Reykjavik: A journey along the spectacular Golden Circle is your gateway to Iceland's most incredible natural wonders. Experience a 'day in the life' at a family-owned dairy farm and enjoy a melange of cheeses that are produced onsite. Journey onward to the otherworldly Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk between two continents as you stand at the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the meeting place of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Get lost in the beauty of the Gullfoss' (Golden Falls) 100-foot double cascade waterfall, and see Strokkur, the fountain geyser with an explosive, 90 foot vertical spout. Experience Iceland's farm-to-table culinary culture up close, and learn how Icelanders grow pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers thanks to the island's geothermal energy during a visit to the Friðheimar Greenhouse Cultivation Center. Later, encounter a special breed of Icelandic horse during a brief show* that's followed by a visit to the stables.
Day 4ReykjavikReykjavik - Akureyri - Staðarbraut - AEðafossar - Hsavik: Experience the true beauty of the way-up-north. Arrive via air** to Akureyri, a vital port and Iceland's second-largest city. In the embrace of the mountains, enjoy some leisure time to absorb this city's quaint yet robust culture. En route to Hsavik, stop in Staðarbraut to see the town's captivating collection of turf settlement homes before continuing on to a favorite hotspot of Icelandic sheep, the rocky outcrop of Kntsstaðaborg Hollow. Pause on the Laxa River at Eider Falls, which claims to have the largest population of brown trout on the island. These are the joys of the Icelandic countryside. Later, settle in to your farmhouse on a family-owned, Environmental Gold-certified property. Savor the reflective stillness of these dreamy surroundings that you'll call home for the next three nights.*** This evening, the true essence of farm-to-table dining is on glorious display, with locally-sourced ingredients incorporated into your dining experience.
Day 5HsavikHsavik: Take to the sea this morning on a voyage to Hsavik, the town that ancient myth claims is the first settlement of the Norse. Your adventure begins with a visit to the town's whaling museum. Thermal wear is a must as you join expert whale watchers on Skalfandi Bay. Get as close as you can to whales in northern Iceland aboard specialized zodiacs that give you the most intimate view of possible humpback, minke, orca, fin, and even the giant blue whales that frequent these waters. Hit land and enjoy some leisure time this afternoon to meet the people who call this Norse town home.
Day 6HsavikHsavik - Lake Myvatn - Dettifoss - Asbyrgi Canyon - Hsavik: Spend today exploring the magnificent Diamond Circle, a scenic circuit covering over 160 miles. Begin with a stop at one of Iceland's most historic waterfalls, Goðafoss, the site of Iceland's conversion to Christianity in A.D. 1000. Travel next to Lake Myvatn and rejuvenate in the mineral-rich, geothermal waters of this man-made lagoon, known as the Blue Lagoon of the North. A chance to see one of Europe's strongest waterfalls, the powerful Dettifoss, looms next. Close out your day at the horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi Canyon. Stand in awe of this massive natural formation and hear the legend behind the canyon. The natural gifts of your surroundings inspire another incredible farm-to-table dinner tonight.
Day 7HsavikHsavik - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Stykkisholmur: A scenic drive to Stykkisholmur unveils a place unlike any other: the 100km-long Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Nicknamed 'Iceland in Miniature,' the sparkling fjords, volcanic peaks, and the Snaefellsjokull ice cap (immortalized in Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth) are just some of the sights you'll see in this otherworldly landscape. Along the way, catch a glimpse into the Icelandic craft of transforming fish to leather at a local tannery. This afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to explore the quaint fishing village of Stykkisholmur, with its shops, museums, and plethora of opportunities for catching the unbelievable scenery with your camera lens.
Day 8StykkisholmurStykkisholmur - Vatnshellir Cave - Snaefellsjokull Glacier Experience: Today, continue your journey through the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with its camera-ready black sand beaches, stunning cliffs, mountain peaks, volcanic craters, plunging waterfalls, rocky coastlines, and tiny fishing villages. Get ready to journey 100 feet below the ground to an 8,000-year-old lava tube on a thrilling tour of Vatnshellir Cave.**** In addition to seeing the amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites, and stalactites of the cave, you'll also get to experience total and absolute darkness. Back in the light of day, gear up to ascend the captivating Snaefellsjokull glacier***** via mountain truck! Under a tented venue surrounded by Iceland's pastoral splendor, join your mountain guides for an exclusive tasting of local epicurean specialties. Then, it's your choice! Join an expert glacier guide on a hike that brings you to nearly 3,000 feet, where breathtaking ice formations, moulins, and crevasses reside in full view -OR- venture alongside a guide for a mountain hike to see a lava field's myriad textures and pigments.
Day 9StykkisholmurStykkisholmur - Borgarnes - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik: Head south on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula where you'll embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure. Enjoy an once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a local family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark. See the fishing boat their grandfather used, and explore the local museum where you'll learn more about Iceland's deep relationship with this trade. Before leaving, test your culinary courage and try the local specialty, hakarl (cured shark meat). Dive into the origins of Icelandic heritage, including the works of the famous Viking poet, Egill Skallagrimsson, on a visit to the Settlement Museum. Embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, best known as the home of the Blue Lagoon. You can't leave Iceland without taking a dip in the warm, mineral-rich waters of this geothermal wonder, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Come together this evening for an unforgettable farewell dinner at a restaurant featuring Icelandic-inspired cuisine.
Day 10ReykjavikReykjavik - Tour Ends: Head for home having uncovered Iceland's adventurous side.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
05/08/2019$4,749.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
05/22/2019$4,749.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
06/05/2019$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
06/12/2019$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
06/26/2019$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
07/24/2019$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
07/31/2019$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
08/07/2019$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
08/14/2019$5,499.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/18/2019$4,899.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/25/2019$4,749.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Centerhotel Plaza Reykjavik, Iceland
CenterHotel Arnarhvoll Reykjavik, Iceland
Raudaskrida Hotel & Guesthouse Husavik, Iceland
Stykkisholmur Hotel Stykkisholmur, Iceland
Alda Hotel Reykjavik, Iceland
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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    Set out on a small group journey that reveals Iceland's adventurous landscapes and cultural heritage. Explore old town Reykjavik during a walking tour. Witness the stunning Golden Circle first hand.

 
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