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Adventures Across Iceland (2019 Itinerary)

7 days

Never more than 16 guests

Discover the Best of Iceland

+ Learn about Iceland’s aesthetically unique and sustainable architecture at the glass-domed Pearl.
+ See the world’s oldest Parliament, established more than 1,000 years on the shores of a lake.
+ Discover the rugged beauty and timeless villages of Iceland’s northern fjords and delve into the region’s seafaring history at the award-winning Herring Era Museum.
+ Spend time with farmers and micro-brewers, tasting their products and learning about their lives and traditions
+ Enjoy our exclusive culinary walking tour in Akureyri, sampling Icelandic specialties and signature dishes at several popular eateries.
+ Hop aboard a specially-elevated Super Jeep and travel along the beautiful Eyjafjordur coastline to visit Godafoss Waterfall and Lake Myvatn.
+ Our whale-watching expedition along the island’s longest fjord offers a chance to see humpbacks, Minke whales, dolphins and porpoises.
+ Relax in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon.

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Welcome to Reykjavik

Alda Hotel - Reykjavik, Iceland

On arrival at the airport, you’ll be warmly greeted by our experienced Icelandic guide and your Iceland vacation begins as you are escorted to your hotel for an early breakfast before touring the capital. Your sightseeing takes you along the city’s spectacular coastline and harbor district and through the vibrant university area and colorful Old Quarter with its traditional wooden homes. From the glass-domed Pearl, an innovative building that showcases sustainable Icelandic architecture and design, you’ll have terrific views of Reykjavik. You’ll also see the Hofdi House, the simple, turn-of-the-century clapboard house where Presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met in 1986, the historic event that effectively marked the end of the Cold War. Finally, a guided visit through the Northern Lights Center reveals the science, popular stories and ancient legends that surround the Aurora Borealis; spectacular Northern Lights images from top Icelandic photographers are also on display… It’s the perfect introduction to the upcoming expeditions that will take you out into the night in search of this unforgettable spectacle. Then check in to the Alda Hotel where you’ll have time to relax before a congenial welcome dinner with wine and beer.
Later this evening, weather permitting, you’ll set out with your guide to search for the Northern Lights. This excursion will take you outside of the city where the near-total darkness vastly improves your chances to witness one of the most amazing spectacles on the planet. If the conditions this evening are not favorable, this excursion may be rescheduled for tomorrow.  Meals B+D


Explore the Golden Circle

Alda Hotel - Reykjavik, Iceland

Travel to Thingvellir National Park, a unique geological site where two tectonic plates meet – and the only place where you can see the Mid-Atlantic Rift above sea level. As you descend into the valley, the steep cliffs that you’ll see are quite literally the edge North America; as you continue to the other side of the Park, you’ll be ascending onto the Eurasian Continent! Reaching the tranquil shores of Lake Thingvallavatn, you’ll see the world’s oldest democratic Parliament, founded more than 1,000 years ago! Then thrill to one of Iceland’s most famous geological wonders – the Strokkur Geyser that regularly erupts 100 feet into the air. At the Golden Waterfall, you’ll behold a thunderous cascade of icy water that plunges into a deep gorge.

Then spend time on a family-owned village farm where you’ll see Icelandic horses, have lunch, and learn how greenhouse vegetables are able to thrive in this northerly climate. Back at our city-center hotel, the balance of your afternoon and evening are at leisure. Our in-the-know guide will be happy to make personal dining recommendations. If weather conditions last night were not favorable, tonight offers another chance to join your guide for our Northern Lights excursion outside of the city.  Meals B+L


Fly to Akureyri + Explore the North Coast

Hotel KEA - Akureyri, Iceland

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your included flight to Akureyri. Set between mountains and sea on the picturesque north coast of Iceland, this captivating town boasts charming architecture and a thriving cultural scene of restaurants, cafes, galleries and boutiques. On arrival, your orientation tour is the perfect introduction to its history and modern-day vibrancy. Upon checking in to the Hotel Kea in the heart of town, you’ll have time to settle in and relax.
Then rejoin your guide to discover the pristine beauty and timeless traditions that endure along the fjords of the northern coast. Along the way, you’ll explore the colorful harborfront of Dalvik, a small but thriving fishing port, and walk along a pristine black sand beach. In the seaside community of Siglufjordur, set in a narrow fjord of the same name, you’ll tour the award-winning Herring Era Museum. Set in historic buildings like a 1907 fish-salting station and bunkhouse and a 1930’s-era fishmeal and oil factory, this unique museum showcases the history and gripping true-life stories of Iceland’s maritime heritage – especially the herring industry which played an enormous role in the country’s development through the 20th century. Before returning to Akureyri, you’ll also visit Iceland’s first micro-brewery where you’ll enjoy a tasting of their craft beers accompanied by food pairings of regional specialties.  Meals B


Waterfall of the Gods + Lake Myvatn

Hotel KEA - Akureyri, Iceland

After breakfast, you’ll join our guide aboard a specially-elevated Super Jeep to travel along the beautiful Eyjafjordur coastline, with its stunning views of mountains and sea. At the spectacular Godafoss Waterfall, you’ll behold a thundering cascade that plunges 40 feet across a chasm that stretches nearly 100 feet across. In the year 1000 after Christianity was declared the official religion of Iceland, statues of Norse Gods were hurled into the Falls – earning these cascades its name as the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Next you’ll discover the unusual lava pillars and other bizarre formations of the aptly named “Dark Castles.” Then see the steaming fumaroles of Hverir and a warm, startlingly clear underground river at the Grjotagja Rift.
Your sightseeing ends at the Myvatn Natural Baths where you can unwind in steaming geothermal pools surrounded by lava fields overlooking Lake Myvatn. For lunch, you’ll enjoy traditional Icelandic specialties prepared from locally-sourced products - accompanied by bread freshly baked in the Earth using only natural geothermal heat! Back in Akureyri, your evening is free to relax, explore and dine as you wish.  Meals B+L


A Taste of Akureyri + Whale Watching

Hotel KEA - Akureyri, Iceland

Our exclusive culinary walking tour is a delicious and fun way to experience the unique culture and traditions of northern Iceland. With information and cultural insights from our guide, you’ll sample a variety of Icelandic specialties and the signature dishes of several popular restaurants – coming away with a deeper appreciation of Akureyri’s vibrant food scene.
Afterwards, you’ll embark on a whale watching expedition into the northern fjords. With experienced naturalists and our vessel’s unique viewing platforms, this adventure offers a chance to see humpback and Minke whales along with dolphins, porpoises and a variety of sea birds. Blue, fin and orca whales are sometimes spotted as well.  Meals B+L


Day 6 Back to Reykjavik + The Blue Lagoon

Alda Hotel - Reykjavik, Iceland

After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight back to the capital. On arrival in Reykjavik, you’ll visit one of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders. The geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon originate more than 6,000 feet below ground and reach the Earth’s surface at temperatures that usually range from 98 º to 104º. On its way to the surface, these waters absorb silica and other minerals that five the Lagoon its distinctive and captivating blue color. Then continue to the city center and check in once again to the Alda Hotel. This evening, you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in the city.  Meals B+D


Farewell Reykjavik

You’ll be escorted to the airport today for your homeward flight.  Meals B



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