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Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice
Strokkur Geyser
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Tour Dates May 15th - 23rd, 2018 (9 days)
Included meals 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Tour Host(s) Rostad Tours or Tour Host
Pricing from $7,595 CAD
An island of dramatic contrasts, Iceland is a landscape forged by fire and ice. Steaming lava fields and hot pools reflect its volcanic nature, while massive glaciers continue to sculpt the mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. Travel the 'Golden Circle' where many natural scenic wonders are located. Stay overnight in a local fishing village to enjoy a scenic bay cruise. Create your own adventure with a choice of exciting activities:soak in the Blue Lagoon, or take a whale watching cruise; hike into a lava cave, or stroll along the coastal lava fields while admiring natural wildlife. Discover the spectacular landscapes and proud people of this small island nation during this fascinating journey.
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Depart Canada

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

We set out on a journey full of dramatic contrasts. Come to know Iceland, a place where steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords.

Day 2 - Reykjavík, Iceland - Tour Begins

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

CityoverviewWe begin in the capital city of Reykjavík. We join a local expert for a walking tour of the city’s old section featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbour and Reykjavík’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design centre. Tonight, we are treated to a sumptuous Icelandic dinner at a popular local restaurant.

Meals: Dinner

Day 3 - Golden Circle

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

IcelandicHorsesToday we travel the stunning Golden Circle, a route encompassing many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields and volcanos. At Thingvellir National Park Icelanders gathered in AD 930 and established one of the world’s first parliaments. Here, we stand upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley. This UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Next, we marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Later we stop at the famous thermal area of Geysir to admire the hot spring Strokkur’s explosive vertical spout that reaches a height of up to 90 feet. We conclude the day with a visit to Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre to learn how the locals grow delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of Iceland’s geothermal energy. We also learn about their family tradition of breeding Icelandic show horses.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Snæfellsnes - Breiðafjörður - Stykkishol

Friday, May 18th, 2018

Snæfellsnes PeninsulaExperience the otherworldliness of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Take in the dramatic landscapes of black and white sand beaches, magnificent cliffs, mountain peaks, volcanic craters, soaring waterfalls, rocky coastlines, intimate fishing villages, and it's remarkable Snæfellsjökull glacier. This afternoon it is our choice! Select a guided Vatnshellir Cave tour and descend 100 feet below ground to an 8,000-year-old lava tube - see amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites and stalactites. Or, we may choose to walk the lava field and put our cameras to work snapping photos of nature’s dramatic landscape. Next, we continue to Kirkjufell, acclaimed to be the most photographed mountain in Iceland. We finish our day on a nature cruise in Breiðafjörður Bay. Watch countless birds like puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes and the majestic white tailed eagle soar among basalt rock columns. While cruising, try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean. Seafood simply doesn´t come fresher than this!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 - Stykkishólmur - Vík

Saturday, May 19th, 2018

SvartifossWe embark on a truly Icelandic cultural adventure as we spend time with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark. We see the fishing boat that their grandfather used; the tiny farmer’s church; and explore the museum to learn more about Iceland’s deep relationship with this trade. Before leaving, we taste “hákarl,” cured shark meat. We continue the adventure travelling Iceland’s south coast. At Hellisheiðavirkjun, the largest power station in Iceland and the second largest geothermal power station in the world, we learn about geothermal renewable energy. Then, we stop for a photo at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - here there is a walkway for views from the inside out! Later we arrive in Vík, Iceland's most southerly village and one of the most visited spots in the country.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Eyjafjallajökull Volcano - Skógar Museum

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Thingvellir National ParkToday we drive along the scenic south shore to Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre and hear the story of a family’s struggle to adapt during and following the dramatic 2010 explosion of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. We visit Skógar Museum that showcases an outstanding collection of Icelandic life, including farm and domestic artifacts, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland. Next, we view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs scattered with caves. Later, we see the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftfall

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Jökulsárlón - The Glacier LagoonWe set sail among the huge icebergs of the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon today and taste the 1,000-year-old ice. We then stop at Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. We marvel at the Alpine environment of Iceland’s highest mountains and the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest glacier.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching-Reykjavík

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

BlueLagoonpoolToday we get to choose how to enjoy our last day in Iceland! Perhaps embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, numerous hot springs, and the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Or maybe the choice will be to further explore the wonders of Iceland’s waters during an informative whale watching adventure in the bay of Faxaflói. Have your camera ready for minke and humpback whale sightings, along with white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises in their natural habitat. Later, we gather for a local dining experience and share stories of our days in Iceland.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Reykjavik - Tour Ends

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

We are transferred to the airport and depart for home with many incredible memories of the land of fire and ice!

Meals: Breakfast

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Special Inclusions

  • Reykjavik Walking Tour
  • Visit Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Explore Skogar Folk Museum
  • Cruise Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

World Heritage Sites

Prices per person (CAD)

Toronto$7,595
Single supplement$1,080

Included

  • Return economy class airfare
  • Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
  • Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
  • First class motorcoach
  • Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Professional Tour Director
  • Sightseeing including entrance fees
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • Tipping for included services
  • Rostad Tours travel gift
  • Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation

Not included

  • Meals not shown
  • Beverages
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Any airline luggage fees
  • Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees
  • Insurance
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