“Iceland Northern Lights In Autumn”
Plus Western Fjords
October 13-20, 2018
Price: From $3180 to $3740-Single +$646
DAY 1 – UNITED STATES – REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Departures from: Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, Newark, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and Dallas Airports for your nonstop/overnight flight to Keflavik Airport via Icelandair or WOW Airlines.
DAY 2 – KEFLAVIK – REYKJAVIK – BORGARNES
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. Once in Reykjavik head directly for Hallgrimskirkja, the tallest and largest church in Iceland. You get a great view of the city, the ocean and the surrounding mountains from the church. A statue of Leif Eiriksson is aligned directly in front of the church, a gift from the U.S. commemorating the 1,000 anniversary of the Icelandic parliament and a tacit acknowledgement that Leif beat Christopher Columbus to North America by almost 500 years.
Your tour will include the Parliament Building, the National Theater and the main seat of government. Visit the harbor area, where older buildings have been retrofitted as boutiques and restaurants. Depart Reykjavik for a short spectacular drive, passing along the sea shore and taking you through 3.6 mile tunnel under Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) before arriving in Borgarnes, a small town of 2000 people. Check in to the Hotel Borgarnes, the rest of your day is at leisure to rest after your long journey.
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel then depart to the north on the “Ring Road” to Hvammstangi, a small fishing village. Visit the “seal center” today. This area has the largest seal colonies in Iceland. If weather allows go on a 1- 1/2 hour boat cruise that allows you to view them in their natural habitat.
Continue to the Western Fjords where mass tourism ends. This quiet region is known for their jagged bird cliffs, multihued beaches, jaw dropping coastal fjords and quaint fishing villages. Stop for a visit to the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft. Continue along a few smaller fjords and then arrive at Heydalur Guest House your home for the next two nights- the highlight of the tour. When you arrive be met by 2 dogs and their friend an arctic fox. Relax in the thermal hot pot and hopefully the “Northern Lights” will appear. Enjoy the Icelandic Horses on the farm or take a ride along the beach. Tonight go scouting for the Northern Lights.
Enjoy a full day of leisure at Heydalur. Breakfast and Dinner included in your stay. The best way to describe what is in store for you is to quote one of the many positive reports about Heydalur as published by TripAdvisor. This one is written by an Israeli visitor from October 15, 2017.
“Best Place in Iceland”
“Wow – I don’t know how to start. We stayed in Heydalur September 18-20 and it was an amazing experience. Heydalur? What is this? I never heard of this before, so I started checking and found this gem. It was such an amazing experience. The dogs welcomed us and jumped at us and then the parrot said “HELLO”, and we were so happy! We tried all the pools and hot tubs which were great! Loki the dog came with us to the natural hot spring and was great company. We went kayaking and saw the seals so close to us! When we were tired we just sat outside and read a book. The horses are everywhere and are so nice. We opened the door to our room and saw so many horses so close and right in front of us. The dinners were great also! So, I really recommend this place”
HEYDALUR-“GOLDEN CIRCLE”- REYKJAVIK
Your visit to the western fjords region is now complete. We continue after breakfast to southern Iceland by the shortest route to enjoy a different part of the country and its many attractions.
The 8 hour “Golden Circle” tour covers three of Iceland’s major attractions all a absolute must for any visitor to Iceland. 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 world’s 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 Selfoss for Reykjavik and on arrival check in at the splendid Central Hotel Plaza located in Ingolfstorg in the heart of the old city – your home for the next two nights. “SCOUT TONIGHT FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS.”
DAY 6 – REYKJAVIK – FREE DAY
You will cherish a full day in Reykjavik without regimentation to pursue your own interests. Reykjavik is a lively, colorful city with plenty to do to keep you . busy. Here is a couple of ideas:
Visit the Whale Museum – Followed by a 3 Hour Whale Watching Tour. Largest whale museum in Europe. Exhibit of 23 life size whales.
Visit the National Museum of Iceland – Excellent museum located in University area giving a comprehensive history of Iceland.
Visit Harpa Concert Hall – The cultural and social center located in the heart of the city.
Reykjavik Hot Dogs – You absolutely must try one! A unique secret recipe that contains pork, beef and lamb.
Reykjavik features many ore museums and attractions, such as the National Gallery of Iceland, the Saga Museum and the Settlement Exhibition. “LAST NIGHT SCOUTING FOR THE NORTHERN LIGHTS.”
DAY 7 – REYKJAVIK – BLUE LAGOON – HOME
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast – the last on your tour.
Check out of the CenterHotel Plaza for Reykjanes Peninsula, where both the “Blue Lagoon” and Keflavik Airport are located.
Arrive at the famous Blue Lagoon, this spectacular spa oasis in the middle of a vast lava field. Visit the lagoon for about 2.5 hours. Enjoy a “Farewell to Iceland” lunch at Lava Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon.
Transfer to Keflavik Airport and check in for flights by Icelandiar and Wow Airlines to the various destinations in the United States.
Late Afternoon and evening arrival in the United States.