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Icelandic Wonders of Fire & Ice

Embark on a breathtaking journey to the Center of the Earth filled with natural wonderment

Dates

Fri Sep 4 – Sat Sep 12, 2020

Location

Iceland

Cost

$4899/Person

Deposit

$500/Person

A VIKING’S PLAYGROUND

Embark on an extraordinary magical journey filled with breathtaking natural wonderment – from the mystical phenomena of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), to the ice-carved landscape that breathes hot pools of fire – it beckons the adrenaline adventurer and the cultural seeker all at once. Explore Iceland’s volcanically and geologically active vast terrain consisting of sand and lava fields, glaciers and glacier rivers that flow to the sea, and uninterrupted mountain ranges. Encounter its just as unique culture which is steeped in a Viking heritage. Visit the old town of Reykjavik during a guided walking tour; witness the stunning Golden Circle first hand; stand amongst the old stone ruins and church within the Thingvellir National Park; marvel at the unbelievable Gullfoss waterfall. Immerse yourself in Iceland’s great outdoors that includes a stay within a remote, countryside farmhouse. Enjoy the opportunity to ride an Icelandic horse through the countryside or join a local guide for a photography landscape experience featuring this enigmatic creature. Go whale watching in Skjalfandi Bay with specialized RIB zodiac boats. Travel the Diamond Circle and spend time at Lake Myvatn before taking a dip in the nearby Nature Baths. Explore the Dimmuborgir Lava Formations and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters. Learn about the traditional methods of catching and preserving Greenland shark before tasting this local treat. Climb aboard a mountain truck to explore the Snæfellsjökull glacier immortalized in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Savor Icelandic delicacies during an exclusive tasting while being immersed in this scenic wonderland. Choose between a guided hike to a glacier or a guided walk through a rugged lava field. Complete your Icelandic experience with a therapeutic soak in the famous Blue Lagoon pools.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Walk the old town of Reykjavik on a local insider guided tour
  • Encounter Iceland’s unique culture and learn Viking lore
  • Immerse yourself in Iceland’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park
  • Experience the Golden Circle with its iconic Gullfoss Falls & geothermal Geyser
  • Explore Snaefellsjokull Glacier aboard an Icelandic mountain truck
  • Taste Icelandic delicacies on an exclusive local foodie tour
  • Indulge in regional-inspired authentic Icelandic cuisine at local restaurants
  • Learn the tradition of catching & preserving Greenland Shark
  • Relax in the mineral rich waters of the Blue Lagoon & geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Horseback ride through scenic countryside (OR) Photography Tour with Icelandic Horses
  • Gear-up on an expert-led hike to a 3000-ft Glacier (OR) Hiking through Lava Fields

GROUP SIZE

This is a private THIRDHOME small-group tour itinerary with a maximum occupancy of 19-24 participants which provides our travelers access into Iceland’s most appealing locales.   The group size is kept small, allowing this Adventure to be the most engaging and rewarding experience possible.  On this active, immersive journey, travelers will connect with the culture and terrains of Iceland in a deeper more authentic way.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

Exchange Club & Adventure Club Members, family & friends; Age requirement 14+ 

ACTIVITY LEVEL

To truly experience this Icelandic adventure, you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, hiking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing. Some of the touring days may be longer, with select included activities occurring later in the evening.

Itinerary

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Tour begins in Reiykjavik

Icelandic culture and epic history greet you this morning in the country’s capital: Reykjavik. Explore the old section of the city on a walking tour where you’ll discover the towering Hallgrimskirkja church, the harbor, city hall, and Reykjavík’s oldest building, now home to the Kraum Icelandic Design Center. The Harpa Concert Hall is a true marvel of modern architecture in Reykjavik, as is the hall’s famous glass façade. Tonight, make friends with your traveling companions during a traditional Icelandic dinner at a distinctive local restaurant. Overnight at Centerhotel Plaza. (D included)

The Golden Circle Encounter

A journey along the spectacular Golden Circle is your gateway to Iceland’s most incredible natural wonders. Stop at a family-owned dairy farm and enjoy a mélange of cheeses that are produced onsite. Journey onward to the otherworldly Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk between two continents as you stand at the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the meeting place of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Get lost in the beauty of the Gullfoss’ (Golden Falls) 100-foot double cascade waterfall, and see Strokkur, the fountain geyser with an explosive, 90 foot vertical spout. Overnight at Centerhotel Plaza. (B included)

Depart to Akureyri – Godafoss – Husavik

Experience the true beauty of the way up north. This morning, fly to Akureyri. Upon arrival enjoy some leisure time to absorb the quaint culture of Iceland’s “Capital of the North.” Then, it’s your choice! Saddle up and immerse yourself in the tranquility of the countryside on a horseback riding excursion -OR- grab your camera for a photo tour with Icelandic horses. Learn about these friendly and photogenic animals as you walk with them alongside beautiful vistas. En route to Húsavík, stop at one of Iceland’s most historic waterfalls, Goðafoss, where Iceland was converted to Christianity in A.D. 1000. Later, settle into your farmhouse in the Icelandic countryside. This family-owned property holds an environmental gold certification. Savor the reflective stillness of its rural surroundings during a 3-night stay. This evening, enjoy the true essence of farm-to-table as locally sourced ingredients are incorporated in your dining experience. Overnight at Hotel Raudaskrida. (B/D included)

Husavik Regional Exploring

After a continental breakfast made with farm-sourced ingredients, the day begins at Grenjaðarstaður, a fascinating collection of Icelandic turf settlement homes. Afterward, venture into the town of Húsavík. Ancient tales say this was the first place in Iceland settled by the Norse. Your adventure starts with a visit to the town’s whaling museum. Then take to the sea! Gear up in thermal wear because you’ll be joining expert whale watchers on Skjálfandi Bay. Aboard specialized zodiacs, get as close as you can to whales in northern Iceland. You may see the humpback, minke, fin or harbor porpoise, and possibly the orca or giant blue whales that frequent these waters. This afternoon enjoy some leisure time and meet the people who call this town home. Overnight at Hotel Raudaskrida. (B included)

Diamond Circle – Dettifoss – Lake Myvatn

Spend today exploring the highlights of the magnificent Diamond Circle, a scenic circuit that covers over 160 miles. Begin with the powerful Dettifoss waterfall, known to be one of the strongest waterfalls in all of Europe due to its volume. Then visit Lake Mývatn, a volcanic lake surrounded by many intriguing volcanic and geothermal phenomena. During your time here you will have a chance to explore the Dimmuborgir lava formations, a field of ethereal rock structures. Continue on to Skútustaðagígar and get up close to rootless cones, or pseudo-craters, which were formed by lava coming in contact with Lake Mývatn’s waters rather than a volcanic eruption. Next, reflect on the sights of the day while taking a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon of the north, the Mývatn Nature Baths. Enjoy the warm, mineral-rich geothermal waters of this man-made lagoon. This evening continue to experience the gifts of your surroundings during another farm-to-table inspired dinner. Overnight at Hotel Raudaskrida. (B/D included)

Husavik – Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Stykkisholmur

A scenic 290 mile drive takes you to Stykkishólmur, the gateway to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and a place unlike any other. Nicknamed “Iceland in Miniature,” the sparkling fjords, volcanic peaks, and the Snæfellsjökull ice cap (immortalized in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth) are just some of the sights you’ll see in this otherworldly landscape. Along the way, this transfer day offers you the opportunity to bask in Iceland’s barren and dramatic scenery while you drive through the northern horse country of Gauksmyri with its pastures surrounded by mountains. Stop at a wool factory that is among a handful of remaining shops still using 100% Icelandic wool. Discover how they’ve modernized production while staying true to the traditional patterns of the past. This afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to explore the quaint fishing town of Stykkishólmur, with its shops, museums, and plethora of opportunities for catching the unbelievable scenery with your camera lens. Overnight at Fosshotel Stykkisholmur. (B/D included)

Vatnshellir Cave & Snaelfellsjokull Glacier

Today, continue your journey through the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with its camera-ready black sand beaches, stunning cliffs, mountain peaks, volcanic craters, plunging waterfalls, rocky coastlines, and tiny fishing villages. Get ready to journey 100 feet below the ground to an 8,000-year-old lava tube on a thrilling tour of Vatnshellir Cave.*** In addition to seeing the amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites, and stalactites of the cave, you’ll also get to experience total and absolute darkness. Back in the light of day, gear up to ascend the captivating Snæfellsjökull glacier**** via mountain truck! Under a tented venue surrounded by Iceland’s natural splendor, join your mountain guides for an exclusive tasting of local epicurean specialties. Then, it’s your choice! Gear up with crampons and an ice pick and join an expert on a hike that brings you to nearly 3,000 feet onto a glacier, where breathtaking ice formations, moulins, and crevasses reside in full view -OR- venture alongside a guide for a hike through lava fields, showcasing the landscape’s myriad textures and pigments. Overnight at Fosshotel Stykkisholmur. (B included)

Borgarnes – Blue Lagoon & Reykjavik

Head south on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula where you’ll embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure. Learn about a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark. Before leaving, test your culinary courage and try the local specialty, hákarl (cured shark meat). Dive into the origins of Icelandic heritage, including the works of the famous Viking poet, Egill Skallagrímsson, on a visit to the Settlement Museum. Embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, best known as the home of the Blue Lagoon. You can’t leave Iceland without taking a dip in the warm, mineral-rich waters of this geothermal wonder, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Come together this evening for a farewell dinner at a restaurant featuring Icelandic-inspired cuisine. Overnight at Centerhotel Plaza. (B/D included)

Departure from Reykjavik

After breakfast transfer from the hotel to the Reykjavik airport for check-in of your international or onward return flight home, having uncovered Iceland’s most adventurous side. (B included)

Accommodations

  • 2 Nights at beginning of tour at Centerhotel Plaza Reykjavik + 1 Night at end of tour at same hotel
  • 3 Nights at Hotel Raudaskrida in Husavik
  • 2 Nights at Fosshotel in Stykkisholmur

All accommodations are deluxe hotel properties and typical for the remote regions of Iceland being explored on this adventure

What’s Included

  • 10 nights in deluxe 4-star accommodations throughout group itinerary
  • Arrival & departure airport transfers
  • Small-group deluxe bus transportation where applicable in each destination
  • 17 group meals – 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 6 dinners
  • In-destination itinerary tour transportation
  • Insider expert guides

What’s not Included

  • International airfare
  • Meals “on your own” when not provided in the scheduled group itinerary
  • Optional activities and/or Premium Experiences
  • Any extensions pre or post of this group tour
  • Cancel for Any Reason Travel Insurance – $295 per person (subject to insurance purchase requirements below in Adventure Pricing)

Adventure Pricing

$4899 per person (based on Double Occupancy)*

$6199 based on Single Occupancy*

DEPOSIT required at time of booking: $500 per person

(Deposit is Non-Refundable)

FINAL PAYMENT due:  JUN 5, 2020

Adventure is non-refundable after final payment. This Adventure requires 19-24 people to operate at the price quoted. If the adventure operates with less participants (14-18 people minimum), then this will result in an increase of $400 more per person.

OPTIONAL Cancel For Any Reason Travel Insurance: $299 per person

Insurance is required to be purchased at time of deposit.  Collette Tours is partnered with TripMate Travel Insurance for this Adventure offering a special group tour rate of $299 per person for coverage. Click here to learn more about what’s covered. Collette Tours reserves the right to modify or change itinerary accommodations and/or tour routing if conditions beyond their control require such alterations thereof due to unforeseen circumstances.

To learn more about what’s covered:  http://www.tripmate.com/wpF430C

Please refer to THIRDHOME Adventures Terms & Conditions for more details.

This Adventure is provided in partnership with Collette tours.

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