Day 1: Today, you’ll depart Newark Airport on your overnight flight to Keflavik.
Day 2: Upon arrival in Iceland, you’ll be transported to your hotel in Selfoss. (All flights should arrive by 11:00 am). Iceland is full of surprises – for one, it isn’t covered in ice! It’s a stunning mix of green plants, wild volcanic scenery, beautiful coasts and lakes, spouting geysers, hot springs, mud pools and sophisticated cities. Surrounded by clean, fresh air, you’ll find yourself in a trance surrounded by unique natural beauty throughout the country. Reykjavik is Iceland’s capital city of 100,000 people and unique in many ways. This capital is a modern city with a variety of restaurants, museums, galleries and theaters. Heated entirely by geothermal water, it is home to the “smoking bay”, so named for the rising steam that greeted the city’s Viking founder, Angolfr Arnarsson, as he sailed into the bay here is 847 AD. On this afternoon’s included panoramic city tour of Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, you’ll see the old town center, Parliament, cathedral harbor, National Museum, “Pearl” and Hofoi House (site of the Iceland summit of 1986), and Hallgrimskirkja Church whose steeple is a landmark of the city. This evening a welcome dinner is included. (D)
Day 3: After breakfast, your adventure to the South Shore begins with a drive over the mountain pass Helisheidi, where magnificent views of the wide plains formed by glacial rivers unfold before you. The adventure continues through small villages and farmlands to views of the majestic mountains, including Mt Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland, and the towering, ice-capped strato volcano Eyjafjallajokull, which last erupted in 2010. Stop at the Porvaldseyri Volcano Visitor Center at the foot of the volcano to experience firsthand the sights, sounds and feeling of a volcanic eruption. Learn about the dramatic history of these eruptions through visual displays of text and imagery. Iceland is also famous for its waterfalls and you’ll see two of the most magnificent – the Seljalandsfoss, which tumbles over high rock escarpments, allowing you to walk behind the waterfall, and Skogafoss. Exploration continues to Dyrholaey, a magnificent rocky headland with sheer cliffs, enroute to the village of Vik. Head to the seashore, flanked by steep bird cliffs rising high above the beautiful black-sand beach. In the sea, just outside of Vik, see the Reynisdrangar Rocks, which stand 216 feet above sea level at their highest point. (B)
Day 4: This morning we head for the rough tracks of Reykjanes, one of the most active volcanic areas in Iceland. Visit the geothermal area of Krysuvik and Lake Kleifarvtn with its hot springs and solfatares. A remarkable life-enriching experience is a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a lake of warm-mineral rich geothermal water, internationally renowned for its healing prowess. The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effects on the skin. Visitors from all over the world come here in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience. You’ll have an opportunity to soak in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water. (B)
Day 5: Depart the hotel for Reykjavik for an included whale watching excursion, where the naturalist guides onboard the vessel will share their knowledge of these magnificent creatures while searching for pods of whales in the area. Enjoy some free time in the city center before returning to the hotel. (B)
Day 6: On the full-day tour of the Golden Circle, enjoy scenic drives along with the geological and historic sites of the island. You’ll see outstanding natural wonders when you visit Geysir, Iceland’s most famous area for thermal activity. View “Strokkur”, one of the most active geysers and “Gullfoss” (Golden Waterfall), Iceland’s most famous waterfall. Before returning to Selfoss, a visit to a local farm gives you the chance to meet some of the native Icelandic horses, as well as learn about the growing of healthy tomatoes using green energy, pure water and organic pest controls. This evening, the farewell dinner is held a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 7: Following breakfast, transfer to Keflavik Airport and bid a fond farewell to amazing Iceland, as you return home with memorable life-enriching experiences to cherish. (B)