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Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Foodie Focus
Enjoy a blend of South Icelandās natural wonders and an introduction to Icelandās delicious culinary heritage. Discover the unforgettable hidden powers that helped shape Iceland on this best-selling tour! Experience first-hand the islandās natural wonders such as Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, the Glacial Lagoon/Diamond Beach, Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and the Blue Lagoon. Several overnights are in excellent locations for northern lights hunting. Each day youāll also have opportunities to taste examples of traditional and modern Icelandic taste treats.
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Day 1 Reykjavik
Arrival in Iceland and Evening Meeting
Arrival at the Keflavik airport. We would be happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers as transfers to/from the airport are not included.
Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name āSmoky Bayā after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers. If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider visiting the Grandi area of the cityās Old Harbour. Grandi is a growing culinary center. A new food hall focusing on āupscale street foodā was recently opened there. Another Food Hall is located in the Hlemmur of Reykjavik, just at the end of the main shopping street, Laugarvegur. adding a day tour. Weād be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. Some of our culinary-related suggestions include the Reykjavik Food Walk, Meet the Locals experience with lunch, and the unique Cook and Dine cooking workshop. Just remember to leave this evening open.
This evening, around 18:00 (6:00pm) there will be an information meeting at the hotel. Meet your guide and fellow travelers. Youāll go over the trip itinerary together and enjoy a āWelcome Drink.ā
Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.
Approximate distance: ca200km / 124miles
Northern Lights Centre - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls
After a hearty Icelandic breakfast, start the day by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. Youāll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. If you have a camera, the staff at the center will also show you how to capture northern lights on film and help you with adjusting the settings for this.
Then head onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage site) where the worldās oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Icelandās largest lake.
Continue through farmland areas to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, visit the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Stop at Skalholt, Icelandās capital during the Middle Ages and now a culture center with a beautiful church.
Visit Efstidalur, a family-owned dairy farm. The farm welcomes visitors and has developed a wonderful āFarm to Tableā presentation for guests. Youāll meet members of the farm family and learn about dairy farming in Iceland. Enjoy lunch and sample some of the farmās excellent feta cheese, ice cream and skyr (an Icelandic dairy product similar to Greek yogurt). The restaurant has windows that look down on the milking parlor, where you can see āthe girls,ā the farmās cows. The dairy cows are an heirloom breed of Icelandic cattle that goes back to Viking times.
You will also visit the town of Laugarvatn. The town is built around three hot springs, and the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. Youāll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery at the Laugarvatn Fontana spa where Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. Try some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. Itās especially delicious slathered in Icelandic butter.
If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on the evening of Day 3 or 4.
Dinner and overnight in the south coast area.
Day 3 Skogar - Eyjafallajokull - MyrdalurMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Approximate distance: ca257km / 160miles
Waterfalls ā Lava Centre - Glacial Views - Black Sand Beaches
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the South Shore, an area of Iceland that is especially beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the Centreās cinema. Continue onwards. If the skies are clear you might see the areaās two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). You might also possibly catch a glimpse of Westman Islands archipelago off the coast of Iceland.
Lunch today is a real treat. Visit Hotel Anna, located on Moldnupar farm. The hotel is named after Sigridur Anna Jonsdottir, an early 20th century dairy maid who grew up on the farm. She was a self-educated journalist who may have also been Icelandās first travel writer. Hotel Annaās restaurant specializes in Icelandic āsoul food.ā Enjoy tasting cured salmon and plokkfiskur, a hearty fish stew.
Stop at the spectacular waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Both of them are a āmust-seeā for photographs. If trail conditions are right, you might be able to walk behind Seljalandsfoss falls.
Head onwards, passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, to visit Reynisfjara beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Cross a vast lava field created from a destructive 18th century eruption as you head into Southeast Iceland.
Dinner and overnight stay in Southeast Iceland.
Approximate distance: ca210km / 130miles
Western Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier
Breakfast at your hotel. Today enter the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europeās largest glacier. This national park is also the largest one in Western Europe, and the total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east en route to the Vatnajokull area. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where you can enjoy a breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.
Then view Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull. Visit the national parkās famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. While here, visit the parkās Hotel Skaftafell, where youĀ“ll enjoy a surprise taste treat from the Vatnajokull region (shhhā¦. itās a surprise!). Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Approximate distance: ca408km / 254miles
Greenhouse Village ā Thundering Waves - Geothermal Lagoon
Breakfast at your hotel. Head back along the beautiful South Coast, enjoying a different view of the winter landscapes. Visit the village of Hveragerdi, which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "The Flower Village" because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs.
Turn onto a southern coastal road and follow alongside the shoreline with its breath-taking sea waves. Several pretty fishing villages are in the area, including Stokkseyri. This town is known for its charming Fjorubordid (Seaside) restaurant that does magical things with langoustines (Norway lobsters). Enjoy a scrumptious lunch featuring langoustine tails sautĆ©ed in garlic and butter.
Continue onwards, passing through a deserted community that once was a flourishing coastal town. The trip then takes you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, where you can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is at your own leisure. Dinner is on your own.
Day 6 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight. Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.
Make great use of your time with this introductory tour of Iceland and its unique wonders
Discover Icelandās culinary heritage, one built upon ancient traditions and pure local ingredients
Visit a family dairy farm and learn how Icelandās high quality dairy products are made
Taste Icelandic rye bread baked using a natural geothermal method
Try langoustines in a charming village on the edge of the sea
Savour a homestyle family favorite lunch at a farmhouse hotel
View first-hand many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Reynisfjara Beach
Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park
Experience the amazing variety in Icelandās landscape, with volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls
Discover the powers of earth, water and fire and how they created Icelandāand our planet
Walk along the banks of the amazing, iceberg-filled Glacier Lagoon
Take stunning photographs at the dramatic Diamond Beach
Relax in the brilliant azure waters of the Blue Lagoon
Learn how Icelanders use geothermal power, including for baking
See famous Icelandic volcanoes and their impacts on the area around them
Relax each evening in specially-selected, quality hotels with private facilities
Discover and learn about Iceland and its culinary landscape from our hand-picked local guides, who are passionate and knowledgeable about Iceland
Hunt for northern lights (weather permitting)
Price IncludesGuided Coach Tour from Day 2 to Day 5
Expert Local English Speaking Guide from Day 2 to Day 8
Free Wi-Fi on Board Motor Coach
Hotel Accommodation With Breakfast
Entrance Fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
āfarm to Tableā Presentation and Lunch at Efstidalur Dairy Farm (day 2)
Traditional Icelandic Homestyle Lunch at Hotel Anna (day 3)
Surprise Tasting in the Vatnajokull National Park Area (day 4)
Icelandic Lobster Tail Lunch at Fjorubordid Restaurant (day 5)
Blue Lagoon Admission, Including Towel Rental, Silica Mud Mask and One Drin
Use of Crampons/Cleats (if Needed) for Walking on Snow/Ice Covered Surfaces
Northern Lights Guided Hunt on Foot One Selected Evening
Northern Lights Hunting Kit (use of Flashlight, Blanket and a Hot Drink)
Round-Trip Transfers Between Airport and Hotel
Information Meeting on Arrival Day and Welcome Drink (day 1)
Price Does Not IncludeInternational Airfare
Baggage Porterage at Airport/Hotel
Personal Travel Insurance (highly Recommended)
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