National Geographic Journeys: Explore Iceland (ELENG)
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, Avg 12.
Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Tour the Golden Circle and see the geological wonders here, Head to JOkulsArlOn glacier lagoon and view the icebergs floating by, Hike in Skaftafell National Park, Explore the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
At the place where two continental plates brush up against each other is Iceland, land of fire and ice. Get up close to this unique country on a nine-day exploration of its natural highlights. Make your way through lava tube caves. Watch the living Earth in action at some of the island's volcanoes. Explore the rocky, mountainous landscapes of the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Relax in incredible hot springs and keep your eyes peeled for whales off the coast. Find your element in a place of extreme elements.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 12/31/2020
- 9 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Reykjavik||Day 1 Reykjavik|
There is a lot to do in and around Reykjavik - should you wish to take advantage of the many optional activities, such as the Blue Lagoon thermal pools, we recommend booking a pre or post night. Hotel accommodation in Iceland is very limited and rooms/facilities can be fairly simple with few amenities. Hotels are chosen for their location and access to the wonderous landscapes and natural wonders of Iceland. Hotels are often remote, all the better to enjoy the beautiful natural setting. Additional Notes: During winter months (generally November through early March) the itinerary and inclusions are highly subject to change based on weather conditions and less "daylight "hours. Your CEO will go over the schedule and advise you of any alterations on a daily basis. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding that this is completely outside of G Adventures control. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Skaftafell||Day 2 Reykjavik/Skaftafell (1B)|
Discover the beauty of Iceland's south shore, catching views of the infamous EyjafjallajOkull volcano. Its eruptions in 2010 produced massive clouds of ash that disrupted air travel throughout Europe for several days. See the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and follow a hidden path through a canyon to the secluded falls of GljUfrabUi. Stop in Hverageroi, a hot spring village, where you will have the opportunity to taste bread baked in a hot spring. Then visit the Lava Center for an overview of how Iceland's volcanoes and earthquakes shaped this island. Included Activities: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Visit Hverageroi geothermal garden and hot springs Lava Centre Transport: Private Vehicle (7.00-8.00 hours, 350km)
|Day 3||Skaftafell||Day 3 Skaftafell (1B)|
We make various stops today along the South shore including; The Church Floor underground basalt columns, Dverghamrar "Dwarf Rocks" basalt columns, Eldhraun "Fire Lava" lava field (created in one of the greatest eruptions in recorded history in 1783-1784, affecting not only Icelanders but Europeans as well), FjaorArgljUfur canyon, SkeioarAbrU twisted bridge (the remains of the bridge destroyed in a massive flood, caused by an sub-glacier eruption, that brought huge icebergs - some as big as a house). Included Activities: JOkulsArlOn Glacier Lagoon Visit Hike to Svartifoss waterfall VatnajOkull Glacier Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 4||Vik||Day 4 Skaftafell/Vik (1B)|
Depending on the season and nesting habits of birdlife, we may also visit DyrhOlaey Cape. As well, it is possible to see puffins at Reynisfjara beach, DyrhOlaey Cape or near VIk in the summer months (15 May - 15 August). Included Activities: Reynisfjara Beach Skaftafell National Park Glacier Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 230km)
|Day 5||Selfoss||Day 5 ReykjavIk/Golden Circle/Selfoss (1B, 1L)|
This morning, learn about Icelandic cultural heritage at the SkOgar Folk Museum and visit the picturesque Skogafoss waterfall. Opt to climb 400 steps to the top of the falls for spectacular views. Then set out on a tour of the celebrated Golden Circle. Visit the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, and then see Geysir, the hot spring for which all other geysers are named. Tour the G Adventures-supported Solheimar Ecovillage, a sustainable community of over 100 people dedicated to helping people with disabilities. After touring the non-profit community and learning about the various workshops and programs, enjoy a local meal in their restaurant. Included Activities: SkOgasafn Museum SkOgafoss Waterfall Visit Gullfoss Waterfall Visit Geysir Visit SOlheimar Ecovillage Visit and Community Lunch Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 230km)
|Day 6||Snaefellsnes||Day 6 Selfoss/Snaefellsnes (1B, 1L)|
Thingvellir National Park is the meeting place of the two tectonic plates on which America and Europe rest. This rift is clearly visible in the huge fissures that scar the landscape surrounding the lake and lava fields. Included Activities: Thingvellir National Park Visit Icelandic Farm Experience Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 7||Snaefellsnes||Day 7 Snaefellsnes (1B, 1D)|
Spend the day exploring the peninsula, including SnAEfellsjOkull National Park and its mystical glacier-topped volcano, which Jules Verne wrote about in his novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. See BUoir Church, the LOndrangar sea stacks, DjUpalOnssandur pebble beach, and the iconic peak of Kirkjufell. We'll also visit the Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum, founded and run by world-renowned volcanologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Haraldur Sigurosson. Included Activities: Snaefellsjokull National Park Explore Snaefellsnes Peninsula Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum
|Day 8||Reykjavik||Day 8 Snaefellsnes/Reykjavik (1B)|
Continue to BorgarfjOrour, where many Icelandic sagas have taken place. See the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls; and step into Reykholt, the homestead of the 12th-century writer Snorri Sturluson. We'll also visit Deildartunguhver, Europes most powerful hot spring whose water heats most buildings in western Iceland. Stop at Krauma Spa for a relaxing soak before continuing to ReykjavIk for our final evening. Included Activities: Deildartunguhver Hot Spring Sagaland Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-8.00 hours)
|Day 9||Reykjavik||Day 9 Reykjavik (1B)|
Depart at any time.
Local Flights: N/A
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