A country of extreme contrasts where fire and ice co-exist. Vast, unspoiled nature offers continuous stunning views. Peaceful places of sand, mountains, green valleys, lava fields and hot springs surround you in natural beauty. Exciting forces of nature of active volcanoes, geysers, waterfalls and glacial rivers will leave you in awe. This is a colorful tour of a lifetime!
We will begin our journey to Iceland as we fly to Reykjavik. Our day is free to explore the capital of Iceland. They proudly boast that they are the among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world.
Day 1: Relax and continue enjoying the city. We will gather for a welcome dinner at your hotel this evening. (B, D)
Day 2: REYKJAVIK–HELLISHEIÐARVIRKJUN–GEYSIR–GULLFOSS–THINGVELLIR–BORGARNES: After an orientation drive of cosmopolitan Reykjavik, enjoy an interesting visit to the geothermal heat and electric power station in Hellisheiðarvirkjun. Next, see the hot springs at the Geysir geothermal area and look forward to meeting the chef of the Geysir restaurant. Taste freshly baked bread, which is cooked using the heat from the hot springs, and served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring, and a glass of Geysir schnapps, served at freezing point. Then, marvel at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and stop in Thingvellir, a geological paradise. Here, you will walk through the rift valley that marks the separation between the North American and European tectonic plates. (B, D)
Day 3: BOURGARNES - HAUGANES - AKUREYRI: A real treat! At Hauganes, embark for an unforgettable experience: watch whales in their natural habitat! Continue to Akureyri for our overnight stay. (B, D)
Day 4: AKUREYRI–GOĐAFOSS–LAKE MÝVATN–BORGARFJÖRĐUR EYSTRI: During our orientation of Akureyri, hear about the city’s history after it was established as a trading center in 1602. Visit the botanical garden, specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants. Then, admire Goðafoss, known as the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Enjoy a scenic drive to the lovely blue Lake Mývatn, teeming with bird life in one of Iceland’s prettiest areas, and stop at the Mývatn Nature Baths, a set of geothermally heated pools and steam baths. Before arriving in Borgarfjörður Eystri, take pictures of the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss (road conditions permitting). We may even see puffins, known as the “clowns of the sea”. (B, D)
Day 5: BORGARFJÖRĐUR EYSTRI–HÖFN: In the morning, enjoy a “Meet the Locals” walking tour and hear about life in the rural Icelandic countryside over the centuries. Follow the eastern coast, where the first Irish missionaries settled some 200 years ago, and arrive in Höfn. (B, D)
Day 6: HÖFN–LAKE JÖKULSÁRLÓN–SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK–VIK AREA: Highlight of the day is a stop at Lake Jökulsárlón, where some of the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed. Watch how the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, flows into the lake, forming icebergs. An exciting optional boat trip is available through the icebergs. Drive through the national park at Skaftafell and arrive at our overnight hotel. (B, D)
Day 7: VIK AREA–SELJALANDSFOSS–REYKJAVIK: Along the south shore enjoy views of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, well known for the eruption that generated the massive ash cloud in 2010, then stop at spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall before returning to Reykjavik. This afternoon, join an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at one of Reykjavik’s fine restaurants to celebrate your Icelandic Adventure. (B, D)
Day 8: REYKJAVIK: Following breakfast this morning, we will depart to head home with wonderful Icelandic memories. (B)
- Fully Escorted by Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
- 8-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
- Airport transfers
- Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Complimentary WiFi on motorcoach and in most hotels lobbies
- Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
- 8 full breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D) as specified
Optional roundtrip group airfare out of Cedar Rapids will be available in September 2022.
For more information about this tour and to request a full brochure – call 319-393-1359 or email: Lori@duagency.com