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Iceland: Geysers & Glaciers 2019


10 days from $10,995

Limited to 24 guests

Take in this stunning island nation on an unforgettable journey that spans volcanic landscapes, thermal swimming pools and glacial rivers, ancient Viking villages, and coastal towns rich in tradition.

A&K Advantages

Discover the north, south and west of Iceland, exploring the island’s fascinating geology, culture and contrasts

Experience an artisan workshop with a traditional craftsman who fashions knives and swords as the Vikings once did

Drive on Europe’s second-largest glacier before descending into man-made ice tunnels for an unparalleled look deep inside

Swim in a thermal swimming pool overlooking the sea in Hofsós

Cruise the northern coast to spot myriad whale species

20 meals, with 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND
DAY 2
REYKJAVÍK | True Cosmopolitan Capital
DAY 3
THORSMORK | Forces of Nature
DAY 4
SOUTH ICELAND | A Stunning Coastal Drive
DAY 5
HÚSAFELL & WEST ICELAND | Saga Sites
DAY 6
HÚSAFELL & WEST ICELAND | Langjökull Ice Cap
DAY 7
SIGLUFJÖRÐUR & NORTH ICELAND | The Sea
DAY 8
DALVIK | A Seagoing Safari
DAY 9
AKUREYRI & REYKJAVÍK | Coastal Culture
DAY 10
DEPART REYKJAVÍK
DAY 1
ARRIVE REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Arrive in Reykjavík and transfer to your modern boutique hotel in the city center. Tonight, join fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
REYKJAVÍK | True Cosmopolitan Capital

Spend the day exploring both the contemporary and traditional sides of this cultured coastal capital. Start with a visit to a small workshop, where a local craftsman reveals the tradition of Nordic knife-making, which dates back to the Viking era. Continue to the National Museum of Iceland, which tells the story of Iceland’s founding through some 2,000 objects, including a medieval ship of the type used to settle the island. You then visit Hallgrímskirkja church, the city’s most prominent landmark, inspired by the towering forms of Iceland’s volcanic landscapes. Stop by some Icelandic design shops, and then take a private tour of the Harpa, a cutting-edge performance center built in 2011 to stage everything from jazz quintets to operas. This award-winning structure features a striking colored glass façade designed to evoke Iceland’s basalt landscape. Venture out of town to your rustic 52-room hotel in the countryside.

Hotel Ranga
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 3
THORSMORK | Forces of Nature

After breakfast, embark on a Super Jeep tour through Thorsmork (Thor’s Valley), a vast nature reserve of snowy peaks, jade-green slopes and glacial rivers trickling through dark volcanic earth. In a land already known for scenic beauty, Thorsmork is a gem among gems, and a paradise for trekkers and photographers. Explore today with a skilled driver-guide, who leads you along the trails and rivers while discussing the reserve’s history, geology and wildlife.

Hotel Ranga
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4
SOUTH ICELAND | A Stunning Coastal Drive

Along with the Amalfi Coast and Ireland’s Ring of Kerry, the shore of southern Iceland offers one of the most scenic drives in all of Europe. Enjoy a morning’s drive along this enticing coastline, stopping to explore waterfalls, black sand beaches and glaciers. Perched atop two adjoining tectonic plates, Iceland is one of the most seismologically active places in the world; learn how this has shaped the island with a visit to the Lava Center, where state-of-the-art exhibits reveal the fascinating facts behind earthquakes, volcanoes and other natural forces. By contrast, the Skogar Folk Museum tells a more human story, depicting life in Iceland from the Viking era and through the subsequent centuries.

Hotel Ranga
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 5
HÚSAFELL & WEST ICELAND | Saga Sites

Thingvellir National Park is that rare locale that is significant both as a scenic wonder and a cultural treasure: a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Vikings established the world’s first democratic parliament more than 1,000 years ago. It’s also one of the few places you can straddle two continents at once, as the conjunction of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates is exposed here. After exploring the park, continue to Friðheimar, a geothermally heated organic greenhouse, for a tour and freshly prepared lunch. Next, visit the regularly erupting Strokkur geyser and stunning Gullfoss, where milky green glacial water plummets down Iceland’s most famous waterfall. Dine tonight at your sustainable boutique hotel surrounded by Icelandic nature.

Hotel Husafell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
HÚSAFELL & WEST ICELAND | Langjökull Ice Cap

Begin today’s adventure at Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe, which provides heat to villages and towns up to 40 miles away. This is followed by stops at Hraunfossar and fabled Barnafoss waterfalls. After lunch, ride in a specially equipped eight-wheel truck on the colossal Langjökull ice cap — Europe’s second-largest glacier — which, at its highest point, sits 4,760 feet above sea level. Descend into man-made tunnels carved deep into the glacier, exploring stages of glacial formation, blue-hued dens and even a chapel.

Hotel Husafell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7
SIGLUFJÖRÐUR & NORTH ICELAND | The Sea

Journey to the working fishing village of Siglufjörður, stopping en route at Skagafjorður Heritage Museum, which recreates life on a 19th-century estate, even reproducing a village street with a blacksmith and carpenter. Follow this with lunch in quaint Blönduós. The glacial river Blanda flows through this small town, giving it a serene and scenic air. Continue to Hofsós for a dip in a thermal swimming pool, set on a hillside overlooking the sea, and designed by the same architect behind Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. This is one of the most renowned pools in Iceland and is a favorite of locals. Dinner tonight is at your boutique hotel in the heart of a small fishing village.

Siglo Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
DALVIK | A Seagoing Safari

Icelandic waters are home to more than the game fish that have made fishing one of the country’s biggest industries. There are also some 20 species of whales, dolphins and porpoises swimming off these shores, everything from the small harbor porpoise to the massive blue whale, still the largest animal ever to have lived on the earth. Join an experienced crew of whaleand dolphin-spotters for an extraordinary safari at sea, and see how many of these amazing creatures you encounter. Orcas (also known as killer whales) also frequent these waters, along with humpback whales, sperm whales, minke whales and whitebeaked dolphins. Following your voyage, enjoy time at leisure to explore pretty Siglufjörður. In addition to its scenic attractions, the town offers a pair of small museums (devoted to herring and folk music), charming local architecture and several inviting cafés.

Siglo Hotel
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 9
AKUREYRI & REYKJAVÍK | Coastal Culture

Venture to Akureyri, Iceland’s buzzy small city on the north coast. Visit its botanical gardens, among the northernmost of their kind and home to over 400 species of native flora. After lunch, explore the beautiful old town on a walking tour. Depart for the airport and fly to Reykjavík, where you check in to your hotel. Tonight, your farewell dinner features traditional Icelandic dishes.

Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 10
DEPART REYKJAVÍK

This morning, enjoy breakfast before your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


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Journey Details

Internal Airfare: Economy class from $325
(Akureyri/Reykjavík)

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years old.

First group event: welcome briefing at 5:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 4 guests.

Sep 12 departure operates in reverse. Contact A&K for details.


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