Iceland and Natural Wonders Experience
November 7-11, 2018 $929.00 per person Double (does not include airfare)
It is said that Erik the Red named Iceland that to discourage travel of that magical place and Greenland that to encourage settlement of the barren land.
Join us on this incredible journey to explore a country of rich history over 4 unforgettable days.
A Symphony of Elements
An underpopulated island marooned near the top of the globe, Iceland is, literally, a country in the making. It's a vast volcanic laboratory where mighty forces shape the earth: geysers gush, mudpots gloop, ice-covered volcanoes rumble and glaciers cut great pathways through the mountains. Its supercharged splendor seems designed to remind visitors of their utter insignificance in the greater scheme of things. And it works a treat: some crisp clean air, an eyeful of the cinematic landscapes, and everyone is transfixed.
The Power of Nature
It's the power of Icelandic nature to turn the prosaic into the extraordinary. A dip in a pool becomes a soak in a geothermal lagoon; a casual stroll can transform into a trek across a glittering glacier; and a quiet night of camping may mean front-row seats to the aurora borealis’ curtains of fire, or the soft, pinkish hue of the midnight sun. Iceland has a transformative effect on people, too – its sagas turned brutes into poets, and its stories of huldufólk (hidden people) may make believers out of sceptics. Here you'll find some of the world's highest concentrations of dreamers, authors, artists and musicians, all fueled by their surrounds.
Don't for a minute think it's all about the great outdoors. The counterpoint to so much natural beauty is found in Iceland's cultural life, which celebrates a literary legacy that stretches from medieval sagas to contemporary thrillers by way of Nobel Prize winners. Live music is everywhere, as is visual art, handicrafts and locavore cuisine. The world's most northerly capital is home to the kind of egalitarianism, green thinking and effortless style that its Nordic brethren are famous for – all of which is wrapped in Iceland's assured individuality.
A Personal Experience
The warmth of Icelanders is disarming, as is their industriousness – they’ve worked hard to recover from financial upheaval, and to transform Iceland into a destination that, thanks to its popularity with visitors, can host five times its population each year. Pause and consider a medium-sized city in your country – then give it far-flung universities, airports and hospitals to administer, 30-odd active volcanoes to monitor, and hundreds of hotels to run. How might they cope? Could they manage as well as the Icelanders – and still have time left over to create spine-tingling music and natty knitwear?
Airline travel is not included in this price. Flights range from $410 – 1500 depending on the flights you choose.
As soon as you have your land portion confirmed please call Marty at 973-239-4005 ext 110.
ITINERARY - 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS (ONE NIGHT FLYING)
DAY 0: PM DEPART JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR ICELAND 5 HOURS & 44 MINS
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN REYKJAVIK (THURSDAY)
On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to The Radisson Blu in Reykjavík (City Capital). After checking in, the rest of the day is open for you to explore the city center and its variety of museums, small galleries, design boutiques, cozy cafes and relaxing thermal pools and spas. This small capital city is ideal to explore on foot as most attractions are within easy walking distance.
DAY 2: REYKJAVÍK CITY WALK & BLUE LAGOON AND NORTHERN LIGHTS
After breakfast, enjoy a guided small group walking tour in the heart of Reykjavik with a friendly local guide. Over the course of the 2-hour walk, your knowledgeable guide will introduce you to revitalize your mind, body and spirit the Icelandic way! After the tour we will continue the day with a relaxing visit to Iceland’s treasured Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa renowned for its therapeutic, mineral-rich waters surrounded by moon-like lava formations. After a nice soak, you will be ready for dinner and a great night visiting now familiar landmarks and highlights of the downtown area while pointing out great restaurants, charming cafés and interesting activities available in Iceland’s charismatic capital city.
Later in the evening, if weather conditions allow, you will be taken for a tour in search of the magnificent northern lights, also known as aurora borealis.*
Dinner at Leisure
DAY 3: NATURAL WONDERS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
A Golden Circle tour is a must for any traveler to Iceland as it introduces you to the natural sights in the south that the island is known for. Stops along the tour will include Gullfoss, a popular and impressive glacial waterfall along the Hvitá river. Another stop on the Golden Circle is a visit to the Geysir geothermal region. Geysir, which originated the term „geyser“, is a geothermally active area with regular eruptions. While Geysir lies dormant, its neighbor Strokkur erupts every few minutes, gushing steam and water from the bowels of the earth among an icy landscape. The Golden Circle also includes a visit to Þingvellir National Park, the site of the country’s first parliament along the edge of the great rift created by the drifting of the Eurasian and American continental shelves.
Dinner at Leisure
DAY 4: DEPARTURE
Transportation to the airport by group
*WE WILL ADJUST BASED ON WEATHER CONDITIONS*
- 3 night hotel at the Radisson Blu Reykjavik
- Private transfer from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik
- Daily Breakfast
- Guided Walking Tour of the Reykjavík City Centre
- Guided Small Group Bus Tour of the Golden Circle
- Guided Small Group Northern Lights Bus Tour
- Blue Lagoon: Experience Comfort Package (including entrance, towel and a drink)
- Bus transfer to Blue Lagoon and Keflavik International Airport on departure
- Iceland Travel Guide
- Map of Reykjavík and detailed personal itinerary
- Taxes & service fees
- Flights to/from Iceland. Call Marty right now to lock in your airfare. at 973-239-4005 ext. 110.
- Personal travel insurance
- Optional activities – can be added on request
- Meals and drinks (unless otherwise stated)
- Any services not listed above as “Included”