Iceland Trip

Iceland Land of Fire and Ice

7-day guided excursion
October 10 – 16, 2018

 

On this seven-day adventure, you will travel to Iceland and experience a unique destination that offers a stunning mix of green plains and pristine nature boasting geysers, geothermal pools, waterfalls, wildlife, and vibrant culture deeply rooted in ancient heritage. Spend five nights in Reykjavik, Iceland’s modern capital city. A local guide will take you to South Shore for a full-day adventure of volcanoes, waterfalls and nature. Next discover the Reykjanes, one of the most active volcanic areas in Iceland. Then relax in the world famous Blue Lagoon. On day five, explore Reykjavik at your leisure, or take part in a whale watching excursion. End your trip with a full-day tour of the Golden Circle. You will enjoy scenic drives along with an array of geological and historic sites.

There will also be a special excursion that will offer a chance to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Tour Price: $2,379 (price listed per person, based on double occupancy)

 

Iceland Trip map

 

 

 

 

 

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 – Depart the USA

Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Keflavik, Iceland.  

DAY 2 – Reykjavik, Iceland

Upon arrival,  you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Tours and transferred to your hotel. All flights should arrive by 12:30pm. Iceland is full of surprises – for one, it isn’t covered in ice! It’s a stunning mix of green plains, wild volcanic scenery, beautiful coasts and lakes, spouting geysers, hot springs, mud pools and sophisticated cities. Topped off by clean, fresh air, you’ll find yourself in a trance surrounded by unique natural beauty throughout the country.

Reykjavik, your home for the next five nights, is Iceland’s capital city of 100,000 people and unique in many ways.  This capital is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries and theaters. Heated entirely by geothermal water, it is home to the “smoking bay”, so named for the rising steam that greeted the city’s Viking founder, Angolfr Arnarsson, as he sailed into the bay here in 874 AD. The city center is the heart of Reykjavik and home to many charming historic buildings of stone and timber contrasting with imaginative modern architecture.  It has the features of a modern society complimented by a close connection to natural wonders right on the city’s doorstep.  Hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, midnight sun, waterfalls, northern lights, volcanoes and bizarre landscapes – the city has them all!

On an included panoramic city tour of the world’s most northerly capital, you’ll see the old town center, Parliament, cathedral, harbor, National Museum, ‘Pearl’ and Hofoi House (site of the Iceland summit of 1986), and Hallgrímskirkja Church whose steeple is a land-mark of the city. This evening, a welcome dinner is included at a local restaurant. Meal: D

DAY 3 – Iceland’s South Shore

After breakfast, your adventure to the South Shore begins with a drive over the mountain pass Hellisheidi where magnificent views of the wide plains formed by glacial rivers unfold before you.  The adventure continues through small villages and farmlands to the majestic mountains with views including Mt. Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland, and the towering, ice-capped strato volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which last erupted in 2010.  Stop at the Porvaldseyri Volcano Visitor Center, at the foot of the volcano, to experience first-hand the sights, sounds and feeling of a volcanic eruption. Learn about the dramatic history of these eruptions through visual displays of text and imagery.

Iceland is also famous for its waterfalls and you’ll see two of the most magnificent—the Seljalandsfoss which tumbles over high rock escarpments allowing you to walk behind the waterfall, and Skogafoss. Exploration continues to Dyrholaey, a magnificent rocky headland with sheer cliffs, en route to the village of Vik.  Head to the seashore, flanked by steep bird cliffs rising high above the beautiful black sand beach. In the sea, just outside of Vik, see the Reynisdrangar Rocks which stand 216 feet above sea level at their highest point. Meal: B

DAY 4 – Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon

This morning, head for the rough tracks of Reykjanes, one of the most active volcanic areas in Iceland.  Visit the geothermal area of Krysuvik and Lake Kleifarvtn with its hot springs and solfatares. The moonlike surroundings of the lake never fail to leave a strong impression on visitors!

A remarkable life enriching experience is a visit to the Blue Lagoon – a lake of warm-mineral rich geothermal water, internationally renowned for its healing prowess. Located in the middle of a lava field in the pure and beautiful Icelandic wilderness, water is heated by underground volcanic activity at a depth of 5,400 feet and is pumped to the surface to form this man-made wonder.  The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effect on the skin. Visitors from all over the world come here in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience.  You’ll have an opportunity to soak in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water.  After the excursion, enjoy the afternoon on your own upon returning to Reyjkavik. Meal: B

DAY 5 – Reykjavik

The day is left free of planned activities for your independent exploration.  If you wish, join the optional whale-watching excursion where the naturalist guides on board the vessel will share their knowledge of these magnificent creatures while searching for pods of whales in the area. Meal: B

DAY 6 – The Golden Circle

On the full-day tour of the Golden Circle, enjoy scenic drives along with the geological and historic sites of the island.  Your excursion begins with a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. A remarkable geological site, it is one of the few spots in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is seen above water. The amazing canyon that runs through the park is a meeting point of two of the earth’s tectonic plates.  The park is situated by Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake on the island. The park is also the most historic site on the island as the world’s oldest democratic parliament was founded here in 930 AD.

You’ll see outstanding natural wonders when you visit Geysir, Iceland’s most famous area for thermal activity. View ‘Strokkur’, one of the most active geysers, and ‘Gullfoss’ (Golden Waterfall), Iceland’s most famous waterfall.  Before returning to Reykjavik, a visit to a local farm gives you the chance to meet some of the native Icelandic horses, as well as learn about the growing of healthy tomatoes using green energy, pure water and organic pest controls.  This evening, the farewell dinner is held at a local restaurant in Reykjavik. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 – Reyjkavik / USA

Following breakfast, transfer to the airport and bid a fond farewell to amazing Iceland, and return home with memorable life enriching experiences to cherish. Meal: B

Itinerary subject to change based on local conditions.


Registration & Payment Information 

For more information, contact Andy Vivien at 703-815-8747 or leisdest@mac.com.