“Iceland Northern Lights Tour”
Plus Westman Islands
Feb 14 – 22, 2019
Includes International Airfare
Feb 14 – 22, 2019
Afternoon Non-Stop flights to Iceland by Icelandair and WOW International Airlines from 14 Major Cities .
Day 2 – KEFLAVIK – REYKJAVIK.
Arrive at Keflavik Airport in the early morning. Clear customs then take a short drive to Viking World, a museum that features exhibitions about the times of the Vikings – Breakfast is served at the museum. Depart from the museum for Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik, located just 32 miles north from the airport. The drive to Reykjavik across Reykjanes Peninsula takes you through typical Icelandic lava fields that stretch to the horizon as far as the eye can see – your first introduction to the “Land of Fire and Ice.
Arrive in downtown Reykjavik and head for Ingolfstorg, the main square in the old city where your hotel – CenterHotel Plaza is located. We have arranged for a early check-in. The remainder of the day is free without a program so you can rest and relax. Meet in hotel lobby at 6pm for the short walk to Geysir Bistro for a “Welcome Dinner”.
Day 3 – REYKJAVIK – HROARSLAEKUR.
Depart Reykjavik and proceed for the “Golden Circle” tour that covers three of Iceland’s major attractions. First visit Thingvellir, a meeting point of the continental plates and site of the ancient Icelandic parliament; second is a tour of the Geysir geothermal area and experience the thrill of an erupting geyser; and third arrive at the mighty waterfall Gulfoss, one of the worlds most beautiful. Like this you will explore a cross section of Iceland’s history and its natural wonders in a relaxed manner on a one day loop. You will be accompanied by a professional, local tour guide who will explain it all in detail.
Depart for Fridheimar where you will see how the forces of nature are being harnessed. This is an impressive greenhouse complex where the latest technology is being applied to grow tomatoes and cucumbers. Continue on to the Pingborg Wool Center where the Icelandic sweaters, scarves, mittens are produced from the wool of Icelandic sheep. End the day in the town of Hella and on to the farmstead of Hroarslaekur a breathtaking location where you can scout for Northern Lights.
Day 4 – WESTMAN ISLANDS.
Enjoy breakfast then depart for a visit to the Saga Center an excellent museum featuring the history of Iceland and the history of the famous sagas. Next depart for Landeyjahofn and board the Herjolfur ferry for the 35 minute crossing to the Westman Islands. The ferry has a cafeteria where you can buy a hot meal if you wish or enjoy the sea breeze and view the ocean from the deck.
Check in at Hotel Vestmannaeyjar for your 3 night stay, everything is within walking distance of the town center. Meet for dinner this evening at Einsi Kaldi, the hotel restaurant – afterwards join the bus and driver for a Northern Lights exploration.
Day 5 – WESTMAN ISLANDS
You’ve never been to Iceland if you haven’t visited the Westman Islands, located off the south coast of Iceland. This 15 island archipelago is off the beaten path and usually not included in a tour to Iceland. Today our local guide “Palli” takes us through a lava field created during the 1973 volcano eruption that is still warm in some places. The biggest island, Heimaey, is the only permanently inhabited one and is currently home to some 4300 people. Visit Eldheimar Volcano Museum, an interactive exhibition that tells the story of the 1973 eruption. Lunch at Canton Restaurant; a different cuisine, a great experience. Visit Brothers Brewery a great craft brewery recently opened.
Tonight have a New Year’s Eve dinner at Einsi Kaldi restaurant in the hotel. Join the local islanders at a major bonfire and spectacular fireworks display at midnight – one of the biggest in Iceland. Perhaps we will be lucky and also get the Northern Lights this evening.
Day 6 WESTMAN ISLANDS
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Visit Lyngfell Horse Stables, to learn about the Icelandic horse. The history of these horses extends to the times of the Vikings. Some of you may wish to take a short, guided ride on the beach and along the trails weather permitting. Enjoy the day in Iceland with a special meal at lunchtime. Today’s lunch will be a leg of lamb which is in Iceland considered a delicacy.
Our last dinner at Einsi Kaldi is open to the general public. Hopefully we will have a cloudless night with a clear sky and get to see the Northern Lights.
Day 7 WESTMAN ISLANDS – REYKJAVIKA.
After breakfast check out of the Hotel Vestmannaeyjar and transfer to the ferry for Landeyjahofn then proceed by shortest route to Reykjavik. Arrive in Reykjavik and head to Hallgrimskirkja, the tallest and largest church in Iceland. A local step on guide joins us for a 2 hour sightseeing tour of the city. A statue of Leif Eriksson is directly in front of the church a gift from the United States to commemorate the 10000th anniversary of the foundation of the Icelandic parliament – a tacit acknowledgement that “Leif beat Christopher Columbus to North America by almost 500 years.” After your tour check in at CenterHotel Plaza. The remainder of the day is free without a program to do as you wish.
Day 8 – REYKJAVIK
A full day in Reykjavik without a program or regimentation. Your tour manager can help you to arrange your day to make the most of your time in this colorful city.
Day 9 REYKJAVIK – BLUE LAGOON – KEFLAVIK – DEPARTURE FOR THE U.S.A.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast then check out from your room at the CenterHotel Plaza and depart for Reykjanes Peninsula, where both the Blue Lagoon and Keflavik Airport are located. Arrive at famous Blue Lagoon, this spectacular spa oasis in the middle of a vast lava field. We will enjoy the afternoon for about 2.5 hours. Towel rental is included with your admission. “Farewell to Iceland” lunch at Lava Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon.
Transfer to Keflavik Airport and check in for flights by Icelandair and WOW Airlines to the various destinations in the United States. Late afternoon and evening arrival in the United States.