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Kirkjufellsfoss and Kirkjufells peak on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Iceland

7 – 19 September, 2017

Iceland — located just below the Arctic Circle in the North Atlantic, is unique among the Scandinavian countries.  Situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and North American plates collide, Iceland is a geologic wonderland.  There are 22 active volcanoes, 250 geothermal areas, the world’s third largest ice cap, massive glaciers, Europe’s larges waterfalls, and some of the world’s oldest and newest land formations.  About the size of England, Iceland is home to only 320,000.  The majority are descendants of Viking explorers.

Our 12 day Iceland outing includes both the Golden Circle and Ring Road landmarks.   We venture off the main tourist routes to explore the remote Western fjords, the dramatic landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and Vestmannæyjar. This is the archipelago off the south shore where a 1963 eruption created a new island, Surtsey, and 10 years later buried part of the town of Heimæy in ash and lava.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Private coach and an Icelandic escort to provide insights and commentary

• Mývatn thermal area with both ancient and current geologic activity

• Snæfellnes Peninsula, a microcosm of Iceland, with glaciated volcanic peaks, glaciers, an ice cap, fjords, lava flows and dramatic expansive coastal seascapes

• Akureyri, Iceland’s capital in the north

• Vatnajõkull National Park in the east, including Jökulsárgljúfur in the northern section with its deep river canyon and Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.

Skógafoss, courtesy Visit South Iceland
Skógafoss, courtesy Visit South Iceland

• Visit Heimæy, and see evidence of the new Eldfell volcano which buried part of the town in ash and lava in 1973.

• Experience an demonstration of Icelandic horses, showing their unique gait.

• Take a dip in the thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon

• Þingvellir National Park, location of the first Viking parliament dating to 930, set in a rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are colliding.  A foot bridge allows you to literally walk between Europe and North America.

Vik, on the south shore, courtesy Visit South Iceland
Vik, on the south shore, courtesy Visit South Iceland

• In the remote West Fjords, visit Látrabarg cliffs, nesting site for countless Nordic seabirds.

• Dynjandi in the West Fjords, a series of 7 waterfalls cascading down to the ocean, considered the most beautiful of Iceland’s many waterfalls.

Dynjandi, courtesy Visit West Iceland
Dynjandi, courtesy Visit West Iceland

FARE:
$4295 U.S. dollars.  Additional for single occupancy at hotels $545

Included: All transportation, from Keflavik (Reykjavik International Airport) by private coach; ferry to the West Fjords and Heimæy; 23 meals (12 breakfasts and 11 dinners); lodging based on rooms for 2 (12 nights); admission to all attractions visited as a group; taxes; Icelandic guide; services of a professional tour manager accompanying the group throughout.

A brochure with daily itinerary is available.  Click here to request a copy or for additional information.

Iceland, showing our route
Iceland, showing our route