ICELAND: LAND OF FIRE & ICE – 9 Days | September 25, 2020
- Double $5,549*
- Single $6,549*
- Triple $5,449*
Meals Include: • 7 Breakfasts • 6 Dinners
For bookings made after Mar 26, 2020, call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Winnipeg Intl Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges of $100 per person (subject to increase until paid in full), Hotel Transfers.
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $369 per person
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from YWG
A deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation.
Final payment due by July 27, 2020
Tour Presentation: February 3, 2020, at 2:00 PM. Please call or email to RSVP.
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Marvel at must-see sights, sample regional cuisine, stay in centrally located hotels and connect with new and captivating cultures. This itinerary offers an inspiring and easy way to experience Iceland, where an expert guide takes care of all the details.
Experience It! Geothermal Greenhouses
Growing food in Iceland has historically been a challenge for residents due to the cold climate, unproductive land, and at times, a lack of natural light. Discover how modern technology defies these natural challenges with geothermal greenhouses. At a family-run greenhouse, learn how they are able to harness the natural warmth from the ground’s geothermic waters and use it to create a year- round Mediterranean climate. Join a horticultural expert for an insider’s look at innovative growing methods used to produce a large variety of tomatoes that are able thrive in this otherwise challenging environment.
Highlights: Reykjavík, Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Choices on Tour, Breidafjördur Bay Cruise, Seljalandsfoss, Vík, Skógar Museum, Skógafoss, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier, Lava Exhibition Centre
- Learn about the 400- year-old tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark.
- Explore Icelandic life at the Skógar Museum.
- Glide past icebergs on a cruise of the ice-strewn Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon.
- Gain a local’s perspective of Reykjavík on a walking tour.
- Travel to the Golden Circle, one of many of Iceland’s natural wonders.
- Journey to the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall.
- Savour Icelandic cuisine at a popular local restaurant.
- Try cured “hákarl,” an Icelandic delicacy.
- Relish Iceland’s local cheeses during a visit to a family-owned dairy farm.
MEALS: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners
Day 1: Friday, September 25, 2020 Overnight Flight
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 behind thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords.
Day 2: Saturday, September 26, 2020 Reykjavík, Iceland – Tour Begins
Begin in the capital city of Reykjavík. 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, get to know your fellow travellers during a grand Icelandic dinner at a popular local restaurant. (D)
Day 3: Sunday, September 27, 2020 Reykjavík – Golden Circle – Reykjavík
Travel the stunning Golden Circle, a route encompassing many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields and volcanos. Your adventure begins with a stop at a family-run dairy farm. You’ll be welcomed by one of the family members who will share with you what a “day-in-the- life” is like for them before you enjoy various cheeses that are made right there on the farm together with a taste of their famous ice cream. Continue to Thingvellir National Park, where Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes – Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley. This UNESCO site marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. 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. Your day concludes with a visit to Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre, where you’ll learn how the locals grow delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of Iceland’s geothermal energy. You’ll also learn about their family tradition of breeding Icelandic show horses. (B)
Day 4: Monday, September 28, 2020 Reykjavík – Snæfellsnes – Breidafjördur Cruise – Stykkishólmur
Experience the otherworldliness of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Take in the dramatic landscapes of black and white sand beaches and rocky coastlines, soaring waterfalls and volcanic craters, intimate fishing villages, and the remarkable Snæfellsjökull glacier. It’s your choice! Select a guided Vatnshellir Cave tour* and descend 100 feet below ground to an 8,000-year-old lava tube where you’ll experience total darkness and see amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites and stalactites -OR- choose to walk the lava field and put your camera to work snapping photos of the varying textures and colours of this dramatic landscape that is truly nature’s artwork. Next, embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure as you spend time with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark. See the fishing boat that their grandfather used and the tiny farmer’s church before exploring the museum, where you’ll learn more about Iceland’s deep relationship with this trade. Before you go, taste the Icelandic delicacy “hákarl” – cured shark meat. Your day concludes with a nature cruise of Breidafjördur Bay with Seatours. Experience countless birds like puffins,** cormorants, kittiwakes and the majestic white- tailed eagle soaring amongst basalt rock columns. While cruising, sample fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean waters. Seafood simply doesn ́t come fresher than this! (B, D)
Day 5: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 Stykkishólmur – Lava Exhibition Centre – Vík
Continue the adventure travelling along Iceland’s south coast. Learn about geothermal renewable energy on a visit to Hellisheiðavirkjun, the largest power station in Iceland, and the second largest geothermal power station in the world. Visit the Lava Exhibition Centre where you’ll learn about Iceland’s historical eruptions and current lava flows that make the island a showcase of volcanism. Arrive in Vík, Iceland’s southernmost village, and one of the most visited spots in Iceland. (B, D)
Day 6: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Vík – Skógar Museum – Vík
Drive along the scenic south shore to the Skógar Museum with its turf- built houses and outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts that reflect the various aspects of Icelandic life. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the tallest in Iceland. Next, view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach scattered with caves and surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs. The beach is also rich with bird life, such as the fulmar, black guillemot, razorbill, gannet, and various types of seagulls. Later, see the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey. (B, D)
Day 7: Thursday, October 1, 2020 Vík – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Skaftafel – Vík
Set sail among the huge icebergs of the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Keep your eyes peeled for possible seal sightings and get to taste the 1,000 year-old ice that surrounds you. Later, stop at Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Marvel at the vistas of Iceland’s highest mountains, as well as the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest. (B, D)
Day 8: Friday, October 2, 2020 Vík – Seljalandsfoss Waterfall -Blue Lagoon or Perlan Centre-Reykjavík
Before departing the south shore, make a picture stop at Seljalandsfoss, one of few waterfalls providing you with a walkway for views from the inside out. Next, it’s your choice! Perhaps you’ll embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, and numerous hot springs, including the Blue Lagoon where you can take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool located in the middle of a dramatic lava field – OR- visit the Perlan Centre, where you’ll explore the wonder and mystery of Iceland through interactive exhibits; use your pass to delve into the Ice Cave, the Planetarium, the virtual aquarium and more. Later, gather with your fellow travellers for a local dining experience and share stories of your days in Iceland. (B, D)
Day 9: Saturday, October 3, 2020 Reykjavík – Tour Ends
Depart for home with many incredible Icelandic memories. (B)
- Round Trip Airfare
- Luxury Motorcoach
- Quality Accommodations
- Passport Required
- Airport Transfers