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Reykjavik, Iceland

Hallgrimskirkja Church

Geysir geothermal area

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic, with a population under 350.,000 inhabitants within 40,000 square miles, making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. Settled by Vikings from Norway sometime in the 800s, and home to the very first parliament in Europe. Iceland has several nicknames, including The Land of Fire and Ice and the Land of Light and Darkness. The unique landscape of Iceland offers waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, geothermal lagoons and caves.

Established

1786

Population

122,853

Please see a sample itinerary below. All itineraries are fully customizable.

Trip Inclusions

  • Round trip  transportation

  • Airport transfer

  • 5 nights hotel accommodations at student friendly hotel

  • Breakfast daily at hotel

  • 4 lunches

  • 5 Dinners at local restaurant

  • Admission to the Blue Lagoon

  • Admission to Ljósafoss Power Station tour

  • Admission to Golden Circle Tour

  • Admission to Thingvellir National Park

  • Admission to  Geysir geothermal area

  • Admission to  “Inside the volcano tour” at Thrihnukagigur Volcano

  • Admission to Hallgrímskirkja, church and tower

  • Tour of Hafnarfjördur, one of Iceland’s largest settlements of “elves and dwarves, and other mystical beings (the Hidden Folk)”

  • Visit to local Icelandic shops

  • Walking tour of Reykjavik

  • Knowledgeable English speaking tour guide

  • Free chaperone spaces based upon number of paying passengers

  • All taxes and fees for above listed inclusions

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Day 1

Arrival in Keflavik Airport where you will meet your tour guide and  transfer to the hotel. Check in and freshen up.

Evening:  You will enjoy an evening introduction to Iceland on your walking tour of Reykjavik. See where the Vikings first settled and how Reykjavik developed into the country’s capital. Dinner is served at a local restaurant.

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Day 2

After breakfast you will depart for a tour and experience the wonder of energy at the Ljósafoss Power Station.

“The exhibition offers guests the opportunity to experience the evolution of electricity, through stories of the past, showing just how rapidly this energy source became a necessity in our daily lives. The exhibition is interactive with an emphasis on play and experience where the nature and characteristics of electricity are shown in multiple forms and guests are led through the world of electricity in new and creative ways. The fundamentals of electricity are explained through simple, entertaining and amazing experiments some of which historically led to the many significant steps man has taken in successfully harnessing this energy source.”

Afternoon:  After lunch on your own, the famous Blue Lagoon awaits you. The unique geothermal water, silica and algae are known to have healing qualities like no other place on the planet. Learn the history of the “accidental” formation of The Blue Lagoon from a local power plant.

Evening: Dinner is served and group will have free time to visit the amazing shops.  Be sure to look for a “lopapeysa.” the traditional Icelandic sweater.

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Day 3

Morning:  Enjoy breakfast at the  hotel then depart for a full day tour of the Golden Circle. Your visit takes you to some of the most famous sites in Iceland.  The unique location of Thingvellir National Park where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart.

Continue to  the Geysir geothermal area.  Strokur is the biggest attraction which shoots water up to 98 feet into the air every few minutes.  This spectacular site is a must see!

Afternoon:  Enjoy lunch on your own.

The famous two tiered Gullfoss waterfall is your next stop.  Gullfoss means “Golden Waterfall” hence another “must see on your spectacular Golden Circle Tour.

Evening:  Enjoy dinner on your own before returning to the hotel.

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Day 4

Morning: After breakfast, meet your guide and depart for a full day of adventure hiking to and descending into a volcanic magma chamber.

Afternoon:  Your 50 minute moderate hike will take you along uneven surfaces to the dormant Thrihnukagigur Volcano. Along the way you will enjoy the breathtaking lava scenery.  Your group will be informed of safety procedures, prior to getting into your your helmets and harnesses. Your slow descent will bring you 400 feet inside the volcano where you will witness and  experience an extraordinary natural phenomenon. Once you reach the cave floor you have free time to enjoy the amazing views. Your expert guide will answer any questions you may have.

Evening: Return to the city.  Enjoy dinner on your own.

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Day 5

Morning: Enjoy breakfast then meet your tour guide. Your day begins with a visit to Hallgrímskirkja, the highest church in Iceland, and a national sanctuary.  The church is named after the 17th-century clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson. A visit to the tower allows you to take in the views of Reykiavik.

Afternoon:  After lunch on your own, make your way to Hafnarfjördur, the location that is famous for having one of Iceland’s largest settlements of elves, dwarves and other mystical beings. Your guide will take you along a “Hidden Worlds tour that takes you to their home sites, stopping at places like Hellisgerdi Park and the base of the cliff Hamarinn, which is said to be home to the Royal Family of the Hidden Folk. Along the way, the guide relates ancient folk tales of the magical hidden worlds and describes how the town grew and developed in harmony with the Hidden Folk.”

Evening:  Dinner will be on your own.  A late return to your hotel for a much needed rest.

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Day 6

Morning:  After breakfast walk over to Hallgrimskirkja Lutheran church, Icelands largest church. See a statue of Icelandic Viking Leif Eiriksson. He was the first European to set foot on the North American continent around 1,000 AD.  Hallgrimskirkja Church sits at the top of Skolavordustigur Street, the central art and design shopping street in the capital. The iconic building is 240 ft  high. A visit to the top will reward you with awe-inspiring views of Reykjavik and even Snaefellsjokull glacier on a clear day. Visitors can enter the church tower and enjoy the majestic view.

Afternoon: Group will make their way to the airport for flight home.

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