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TOUR #8

October 20 – October 27, 2018

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Wonders of Iceland

For the first time, we have arranged an exciting Tour to Iceland, which is a small volcanic island located in the North Atlantic Ocean near the edge of the Arctic Circle. On this land of many natural wonders, there are over 10,000 waterfalls plus volcanos, bubbling geysers, majestic fjords and unusual landscapes. From September to April, Iceland is known for the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights that sometimes illuminate the night sky with a natural display of amazing and dramatic swirling colors. On this Tour you will experience a variety of geological wonders and stay in country-type lodges for a very unique experience. You will also visit the Blue Lagoon where visitors from all over the world come to enjoy the warm mineral-rich water that is found only in Iceland. Breakfast is included daily, plus five dinners as you travel around the countryside.

Sat. Oct. 20 Everyone will fly overnight from their hometown to Iceland. Enjoy dinner and a movie while you travel to the northern most capital of the world.

Sun. Oct. 21 Arrive Reykjavik this morning where you will enjoy a short Tour of the city and a refreshing breakfast. You will then travel along the Southern coast of Iceland to the Village of HELLA where you will check into your hotel that will be your home for the next two nights. Tonight, a “Welcome Dinner” is included for all of the Friends on this exciting Tour to Iceland. After dinner, you will step outside into the darkness in search of the Northern Lights.

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Mon. Oct. 22 After breakfast, you will journey through the farmlands to the majestic mountains and the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, known as the most famous volcano in the world. You will also see the spectacular Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls that comes down in the mouth of a cave so you can actually walk around the entire waterfall. Next, is a stop at Skógafoss, a larger and more powerful waterfall, known as one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls! Continue to Dyrhólaey, a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the ocean. Lunch is included in the small village of VIK. Later, you will see the Reynisdrangar Sea Cliffs on a black sandy beach. Next, you will visit the Lava Visitor Center to experience the sights, sounds, and the feeling of tremors during a volcanic eruption at this interactive museum. Return to the hotel for an included dinner. Tonight, you will again venture outside to look for the Northern Lights, which can also be viewed in the comfort of a hot tub at the hotel.

Tue. Oct. 23 A day to remember as you travel to the “Golden Circle” to experience one of Iceland’s scenic wonders. You will first see numerous hot springs with bubbling mud pools, including the spouting of the gigantic Strokkur Geysir that erupts hundreds of feet into the air every few minutes. Nearby is the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss with its thundering amounts of water cascading into a jagged canyon, known as the “Golden Waterfall.” Next stop is Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park, which is important from not only a historical standpoint, but geologically as well. Here you will see how the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates has altered the landscape by creating massive cracks or faults in the earth’s surface. Next, you will visit a geothermally-heated greenhouse where tomatoes and cucumbers are grown. You will then check into your hotel in the Western part of Iceland for the next two nights, including dinner.

Wed. Oct. 24 After breakfast, you will spend the day touring the amazing Snaefellsnes Peninsula. See lava fields, volcanos, glaciers, yellow and black sand beaches, including numerous caves found only in Iceland. At the end of the day, you will return to your hotel for an enjoyable seafood dinner.

Thu. Oct. 25 Today, you will visit the Settlement Center that describes the history of Iceland that was discovered in 800 A.D. Here you will see Europe’s most powerful hot springs that are used for central heating in the nearby villages. Next stop will be the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls, which are entirely different from any other falls. Later, return to REYKJAVIK for the last two nights of your journey in Iceland. Tonight, dinner will be on your own to enjoy one of the many nearby restaurants.

Fri. Oct. 26 This will be a free day to stroll down the shopping street where there is a variety of Icelandic sweaters, handbags and jewelry. There will also be an exciting optional whale-watching cruise. Tonight, you will enjoy a “Farewell Dinner” with all of the Friends traveling on this Tour.

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Sat. Oct. 27 Morning at leisure before departing to the world famous Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport. Be sure to bring a swimsuit, as this is where people come from around the world for a swim or bathe in the warm, 103-degree mineral-rich geothermal water that is beneficial for the skin. After a relaxing time at the Blue Lagoon or just enjoying the warm atmosphere, you will then depart to the airport for your late afternoon return flight that will arrive back in your hometown on this same day.

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Your trip will include:

  • Round-trip airfare to Iceland
  • All taxes and entrance fees
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast, one lunch and five dinners
  • All sightseeing per itinerary
  • Experienced Tour Escort

Besides the above cities, you can depart from any other USA or Canadian city to Reykjavik by indicating your preferred departure city on the reservation form. We will then inform you of the total cost from your hometown. All prices are per person based on two people in a room. If you do not have a roommate, we will attempt to assign one for you or you can pay a supplement of only $449 for a single room. (PASSPORT IS REQUIRED)