2020: Idyllic Iceland (6990)
8 days from Reykjavik to Reykjavik
Your budget travel adventure to Iceland is an amazing 8-day journey that begins and ends in the capital city of Reykjavik. You'll discover that Iceland is one of the most fascinating countries in Europe as you experience its unique, almost lunar landscapes, as well as the simple but interesting culture of its people.You will start your journey along the rugged coastline to Snaefellsnes peninsula to see the famed 700,000-year-old Snaefellsjokull glacier-covered volcano. You'll also visit small fishing villages, including Djupalonssandur - known for its legendary lifting stones to test the strength of fishermen. The visit of EiriksstaÃ°ir includes a replica of the sod-roofed home of Norwegian Viking, Erik the Red - also the birthplace of his son, legendary explorer Leif Erikson. Travel through the renowned 'Valley of Horses' - Iceland's abundant agricultural region. You'll stop at The GoÃ°afoss - 'Waterfall of the Gods' - and follow the shores of Myvatn Lake for stunning vistas of the volcano, wetlands, and wildlife. You'll see Dimmuborgir - the 'Catacombs of Hell' - with its bubbling mud, volcanic caves, lava formations, and glow of subterranean lava. You'll enjoy one of the local favorite activities soaking in the warm relaxing mineral waters of Myvatn Nature Baths. Your affordable vacation in Iceland continues to the Deildartunguhver geothermal hot springs, and also takes you to Ã?ingvellir National Park's tremendous Gullfoss waterfall and erupting geysers. Returning to Reykjavik, take the day trip to the South Shore to capture photographs of awe-inspiring waterfalls. You'll also learn about Icelandic architectural and engineering history in the Skogar Folk Museum.Your Iceland budget travel adventure concludes with a priceless visit to the black-basalt beaches of Vik, ranked as one of the 10 most beautiful on Earth. The magical beauty of Iceland's geology, nature, and culture is certainly a trip for the ages. During the winter months, it will be likely for you to experience the spectacular natural wonder of the northern lights, or 'Aurora Borealis.' The spectacular phenomenon of a stunning spectrum of light and shapes dancing against the backdrop of the night sky is sure to create indelible memories.
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- Offer valid through 3/31/2020
- 8 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Reykjavik||Welcome to Iceland! If you arrive early, leave your luggage at the hotel and go out exploring Reykjavik, as check in may not be possible until the afternoon. Use your CosmosGo app for inspiration on what to see and to find your bearings. You will meet your Tour Director in the evening.|
|Day 2||Snaefellsnes Peninsula||Rich fertile farmland and rugged cliffs greet you on your morning drive along the beautiful coastal road to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. See the SNAEFELLSJOKULL VOLCANO, which can be spotted from Reykjavik on clear days, as well as the glacier that covers its summit. More than 4,700 feet (1446 meters) in elevation, the mountain gained notoriety as setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Arrive in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and walk around the harbor area to enjoy the fresh sea air and watch the antics of circling birds. Later, arrive at the dramatic black-pebble Djupalonssandur beach, where four lifting stones ranging from 50 to 340 pounds were once used to qualify men for work on fishing boats. Spend the night in the quaint Snaefellsnes area. Today's Distance: 96 mi/ 155 km (B,D)|
|Day 3||Akureyri||Iceland's natural beauty unfolds as you drive through green pastures and meandering lava flows that have formed over the centuries. Via the colorful harbor town of Stykkisholmur, U.S. Marine landing site in the novel Red Storm Rising, reach the Haukadalur valley, home to some of the country's most famous geothermal features. At EiriksstaÃ°ir, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of ERIK THE RED'S FARM which is also the birthplace of Leif the Lucky, said to have discovered America. This afternoon, head into SkagafjorÃ°ur, the renowned 'Valley of Horses' and one of Iceland's most prosperous agricultural regions. Overnight in Akureyri, the 'Capital of North Iceland". Today's Distance: 241 mi/ 388 km (B)|
|Day 4||Akureyri||First stop this morning is at GOÃAFOSS, the 'Waterfall of the Gods.' Then, follow the shores of Myvatn Lake for vistas of the splendid volcano, peaceful wetlands, and abundant wildlife. Later, stop at SkutustaÃ°ir to see the intriguing volcanic pseudo-craters; DIMMUBORGIR, the 'Catacombs of Hell,' with its bubbling mud pools, volcanic caves lava tubes and unusual rock formations; and the Krafla caldera with its ochre-colored glow of subterranean lava. Relax in the mineral-rich waters at the MYVATN NATURE BATHS before returning to Akureyri for another overnight. Today's Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km (B)|
|Day 5||REYKHOLT||Today features an introduction to the spectacular geothermal hot springs at DEILDARTUNGUHVER. Here, you'll find clusters of emerald-green deer ferns growing, a plant that grows nowhere else in the country. Next up is the tiny hamlet of Reykholt, former home of medieval Icelandic poet, historian, and politician Snorri Sturluson. Then, see the fascinating series of waterfalls at Hraunfossar before enjoying a stroll along the riverbanks to the BARNAFOSS waterfall, where the glacial cascade has carved out rock formations. Today's Distance: 238 mi/ 383 km (B,D)|
|Day 6||Reykjavik||Some of Iceland's most spectacular sights are on the agenda today as you visit Ã?INGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK, a rift valley and boundary between the North American and Eurasian continental plates. See geysers as they erupt from the earth's geothermal vents, and, later, see the famed GULLFOSS waterfall before heading back to Reykjavik. Today's Distance: 163 mi/ 263 km (B)|
|Day 7||Reykjavik||Explore the South Shore today, and have your cameras ready for the awe-inspiring SELJALANDSFOSS and SKOGAFOSS waterfalls. Then, visit the tiny settlement of Skogar to admire turf farmhouses, a pioneer-era hydroelectric plant, and examples of many periods of Icelandic architectural history at the SKOGAR FOLK MUSEUM. On to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, to see its black-basalt beach, counted as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches on Earth in Islands Magazine. The cliffs here are home to a large seabird population, including puffins. Finally, marvel at the Solheimajokull glacier before enjoying a stop in the village of EYRARBAKKI. Today's Distance: 71 mi/ 114 km (B)|
|Day 8||Reykjavik||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.Single room supplement:$580-$990Guaranteed shares not available.No triple room reduction.Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.2021 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2020.
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