Lifestyle Tours presents…
Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice
June 24 – July 2, 2018
|For more information contact
Tracy Wilson or Ken Meyer
9 Days ● 13 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners
Book by 12/18/2017 & Save $150 Per Person:
For bookings made after Dec 18, 2017 call for rates.
Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Evansville Regional Airport, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
Not included in price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $280 per person
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change, based on air inclusive package from EVV
Alternate gateways available upon request!
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Highlights: Reykjavík, Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Cave Tour or Lava Field Walk, Breidafjördur Bay, Waterfall Seljalandsfoss, Vík, Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Center, Skógar Museum, Skógafoss, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier, Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching
Day 1: Sunday, June 24, 2018 Overnight Flight Set out on a journey full of dramatic contrasts. Come to know Iceland, a place where steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords.
Day 2: Monday, June 25, 2018 Reykjavík, Iceland - Tour Begins Begin in the capital city of Reykjavík. Join a local expert for a walking tour of the city’s old section featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbor and Reykjavík’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design center. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a sumptuous Icelandic dinner at a popular local restaurant. (D)
Day 3: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Reykjavík - Golden Circle - Reykjavík Travel the stunning Golden Circle, a route encompassing many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields and volcanos. Begin at Thingvellir National Park where Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established 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. This
UNESCO site marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Next, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Stop at the famous thermal area of Geysir to admire the hot spring Strokkur’s explosive vertical spout that reaches a height of up to 90 feet. Your day concludes with a visit to Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center to learn how the locals grow delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of Iceland’s geothermal energy; also learn about their family tradition of breeding Icelandic show horses. (B)
Day 4: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Snæfellsnes-Cave/Lava Field Tour-Breiðafjörður Cruise-Stykkishólmur Experience the otherworldliness of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Take in the dramatic landscapes of black and white sand beaches, magnificent cliffs, mountain peaks, volcanic craters, soaring waterfalls, rocky coastlines, intimate fishing villages, and its remarkable Snæfellsjökull glacier. This afternoon it’s your choice! Select a guided Vatnshellir Cave tour* and descend 100 feet below ground to an 8,000-year-old lava tube where you’ll experience total darkness and see amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites and stalactites. Or, you may choose to walk the lava field and put your camera to work snapping photos of nature’s artwork of varying textures, colors and arrangements of this dramatic landscape. Next, continue on and pause at Kirkjufell, acclaimed to be the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Your day concludes with a nature cruise in Breiðafjörður Bay. Experience countless birds like puffins**, cormorants, kittiwakes and the majestic white tailed eagle soaring amongst basalt rock columns. While cruising, try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean. Seafood simply doesn´t come fresher than this! (B, D)
Day 5: Thursday, June 28, 2018 Stykkishólmur - Vík Embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure as you spend time with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland
shark. See the fishing boat that their grandfather used; the tiny farmer’s church; and explore the museum to learn more about Iceland’s deep relationship with this trade. Before leaving, taste “hákarl,” cured shark meat. Continue the adventure traveling Iceland’s south coast. Learn about geothermal renewable energy with a visit to Hellisheiðavirkjun, the largest power station in Iceland and the second largest geothermal power station in the world. Make a picture stop at Waterfall Seljalandsfoss, one of few waterfalls providing you with a walkway for views from the inside out. Arrive in Vík, Iceland's most southerly village and one of the most visited spots in Iceland. (B, D)
Day 6: Friday, June 29, 2018 Vík - Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Center - Skógar Museum - Vík Drive along the scenic south shore to Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Center. Learn about a family’s struggle to adapt during and following the dramatic 2010 explosion of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano that brought European flights to a halt. Visit Skógar Museum which contains an outstanding collection covering all aspects of Icelandic life including farm and domestic artifacts, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland. Next, 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. Later, see the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey. (B, D)
Day 7: Saturday, June 30, 2018 Vík - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell - Vík Set sail*** among the huge icebergs of the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Get to taste the 1,000-year-old ice and possibly see some seals. Later, stop at Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Marvel at the Alpine environment of Iceland’s highest mountains and the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest glacier. (B, D)
Day 8: Sunday, July 1, 2018 Vík - Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching - Reykjavík Choose how to enjoy your last day in Iceland! Perhaps you’ll embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, numerous hot springs, and home to 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. Or maybe you’d prefer to further explore the wonders of Iceland’s waters during an informative whale watching adventure in the bay of Faxaflói; have your camera ready for minke and humpback whale sightings, along with white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises in their natural habitat. Later, gather with your fellow travelers for a local dining experience and share stories of your days in Iceland. (B, D)
Day 9: Monday, July 2, 2018 Reykjavík - Tour Ends Depart for home with many incredible Icelandic memories. (B)
|Itinerary at a
Day 1 Overnight Flight
Days 2, 3 Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavík
Day 4 Hotel Stykkisholmur , Grundarfjordur
Days 5 – 7 Hotel Katla Hofdabrekka, Vik
Day 8 Centerhotel Plaza, ReykjavíkOn some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Experience It! Geothermal Greenhouses
Growing food in Iceland has historically been a challenge for residents due to the cold climate, unproductive land, and at times, a lack of natural light. Discover how modern technology defies these natural challenges with geothermal greenhouses. At a family-run greenhouse, learn how they are able to harness the natural warmth from the ground’s geothermic waters and use it to create a year-round Mediterranean climate. Join a horticultural expert for an insider’s look at innovative growing methods used to produce a large variety of tomatoes that are able thrive in this otherwise challenging environment.