This “land of fire and ice” is a place of many wonders, including the rare opportunity to see the spectacular Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. This tour will bring you on a search for that once-in-a-lifetime moment. Take an exhilarating evening Northern Lights Cruise. Travel to the “Golden Circle,” home to many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Spend time at Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Gaze at the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall – one of the world's most incredible cascades. At Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitors Centre, learn about life during and after the dramatic 2010 volcanic explosion. Explore Skogar Folk Museum and see traditional turf-built houses. Walk on a black volcanic sand beach. See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the natural geothermal pool the Blue Lagoon. All the while spending your evenings in search of the breathtaking Northern lights.
Highlights Include: Reykjavik, Northern Lights Cruise, Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Volcano Visitor Centre, Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss waterfall
Overnight Flight. Our journey begins as we pick up along the highway 17 corridor continuing to the Ottawa airport. Relax on our overnight flight to Iceland.
Reykjavik, Iceland Get acquainted with old town Reykjavik on a walking tour featuring Hallgrimskirkja Church, City Hall, the harbour and Reykjavik's oldest building, now home to the Kraum Icelandic design centre. Tonight, gather with your fellow travellers at a popular restaurant for dinner featuring Icelandic cuisine. Then, take an exhilarating northern lights cruise. Leave behind the bright city lights and sail out into the darkness of Faxafloi Bay in search of the aurora borealis - or northern lights - one of nature's wonders. When revealed, you will be dazzled by the flickering display of light bursting with colour that unfolds before your eyes. (D)
Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - Vik Travel the incredible Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders. Journey to Thingvellir National Park, the nation's most historic area; Icelanders gathered here in AD 930 and established what is considered one of the world's first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the Globe's most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir's rugged rift valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marks the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Experience the energy of Iclandic culture with a stop at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur that erupt every few minutes. Then marvel at the beautiy of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100 foot double cascade. Next, see the beautiful Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland's most famous and picturesque waterfalls with a walkway behind it. Continue southeast to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, surrounded by beautiful valleys, beaches, cliffs and mountains. After dinner, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland, search for the aurora borealis - the elusive northern lights. (B, D)
Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitors Centre - Skogar Museum - Vik Drive along the scenic south shore to the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitor Centre. Learn about a family's struggle to live with the lava during (and following) the dramatic 2010 explosion of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano that brought European flights to a halt. Visit Skogar Folk Museum, which contains an outstanding collection covering all aspects of Icelandic life including farm and domestic artificats, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is the impressive Skogafoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland. Later view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs scattered with caves and rich bird life (including the Fulmar, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet and various types of seagulls). See the unique natural rock formations at Dyrholaey. After dinner, gaze at the sky in search of the northern lights, a truly spectacular sight. (B, D)
Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell National Park - Vik Travel to Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. Explore this extraordinary landscape and perhaps see some seals swimming in Arctic waters. Travel to Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Vatnajokull is known for having Iceland's highest mountains, an Alpine environment, and the Vatnajokull glacier (Europe's largest glacier). After dinner continue searching for the shimmering northern lights dancing across the night sky! (B, D)
Vik - Blue Lagoon - Reykajvik Drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, numerous hot springs, and home of the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Return to Reykjavik for your farewell dinner and overnight stay. (B, D)
Reykajvik - Tour Ends Depart home with many incredible memories! (B)
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*all prices are in Canadian $ and are based on Double Occupancy
Cancellation Waiver and Medical Insurance flat rate of $350 per person (regardless of age). Cancellation Waiver only of $310 per person (regardless of age). Insurance must be purchased at the time of booking.
Jamieson Travel & Tours
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Day 2 Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 3 Reykjavik-Golden Circle-Seljalandsfoss Waterfall-Vik
Day 4 Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitor Centre-Skogar Museum-Vik
Day 5 Jokulsarlon Glacial LAgoon-Skaftafell National Park-Vik
Day 6 Vik-Blue Lagoon-Reykjavik
Day 7 Reykjavik-Tour Ends, Return Flight Home
To reserve, please call our office at 1-888-582-7011 (local 613-582-7011). A deposit of $250 per person plus insurance (if purchasing) must be provided by April 22, 2017. Bookings made after this date are subject to availability and change in price. Balances are due August 28, 2017.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. Some included activities occurring later in the evening to observe the Northern Lights. (Please Note: The Northern Lights are weather dependent, we can not guarantee sightings).