ICELAND: LAND OF FIRE & ICE TOUR

ICELAND: LAND OF FIRE & ICE TOUR

Journeys by Escapes and Collette Vacations are excited to offer an exclusive guided tour through this majestic destination, with the Land of Fire & Ice Tour. Join us, other discerning travellers and our special tour guide, Danielle Smith, from June 3-11, 2018. Learn more about this incredible travel experience below! 

UPDATE: Due to high interest in this tour, we are proud to announce the addition of a second tour departure from September 2-10, 2018.

 

Tour & Package Details 

Tour Dates: June 3-11, 2018 (9 days) *Waitlisted, please email [email protected] for details. 
JUST ADDED: September 2-10, 2018 (9 days) * $50.00 discount per person now applicable. 

Included in Price: Roundtrip airfare from Calgary International Airport, accommodations, 13 meals (7 breakfasts and 6 dinners), air taxes & fees/surcharges of $280 per person (subject to increase until paid in full), hotel transfers

Additional cost: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $350 per person

 

Pricing & Special Pre-Tour Event

This EXCLUSIVE tour is limited in space and availability. Make sure to book now and save up to $200 on your booking!* 

*Double occupancy per person:  $5,999; Single $7,209; Triple $5,949

*June departure on waitlist, please inquire for details. 

*$50 CAD per person discount on our September departure. 

 

Please explore our detailed itinerary below or speak to our Travel Specialist, Gabrielle at 1-888-685-6888 ext. 569 or [email protected] for more information. 

ICELAND: LAND OF FIRE & ICE | 9 DAYS | JUNE 3-11, 2018; SEPTEMBER 2-10, 2018

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Day 1 - Overnight Flight

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 - Reykjavik | Tour Begins
Reykjavik | Tour Begins. Begin in the capital city of Reykjavik. Join a local expert for a walking tour of the city’s old section featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbour and Reykjavik’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design centre. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers during a sumptuous Icelandic dinner at a popular local restaurant.
Day 3 - Reykjavik | Golden Circle
Reykjavik | Golden Circle. 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 Fridheimar greenhouse cultivation centre 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.
 
Day 4 - Snaefellsnes-Cave/Lava Field Tour | Breidafjordur Cruise-Stykkisholmur
Sn√¶fellsnes-Cave/Lava Field Tour | Breidafj√∂rdur Cruise-Stykkisholmur. Experience the otherworldliness of the Snaefellsnes 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 Snaefellsjokull 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, colours 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 Breidafjordur 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!
Day 5 - Stykkisholmur | Vik
Stykkisholmur | V√≠k. 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 “hakarl,” cured shark meat. Continue the adventure travelling Iceland’s south coast. Learn about geothermal renewable energy with a visit to Hellisheidavirkjun, 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 V√≠k, Iceland's most southerly village and one of the most visited spots in Iceland.
 
Day 6 - Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitor Centre & Skogar Museum | Vik
Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitor Centre & Skogar Museum | Vik. Drive along the scenic south shore to Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitor Centre. Learn about a family’s struggle to adapt during and following the dramatic 2010 explosion of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano that brought European flights to a halt. Visit Skogar 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 Skogafoss 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 Dyrholaey.
 
Day 7 - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon & Skaftafell | Vik
Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon & Skaftafell | Vik. Set sail*** among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Get to taste the 1,000-year-old ice and possibly see some seals. Later, stop at Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Marvel at the Alpine environment of Iceland’s highest mountains and the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest glacier.
 
Day 8 - Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching | Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching | Reykjavik. 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 Faxafloi; have your camera ready for minke and humpback whale sightings, along with white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises in their natural habitat. Later, gather with your fellow travellers for a local dining experience and share stories of your days in Iceland.
 
Day 9 - Reykjavik | Tour Ends
Reykjavik | Tour Ends. Depart for home with many incredible Icelandic memories.
 

Trip Highlights: 

  • Learn about the 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark.
  • Explore Skogar Folk Museum, covering all aspects of Icelandic life.
  • Cruise on the ice-strewn Jokulsurlon Glacial Lagoon, gliding past icebergs.

Culinary Inclusions:

  • Savour Icelandic cuisine at a popular restaurant.
  • Try an Icelandic delicacy cured hakarl.

Must-See Inclusions:

  • Gain a local's perspective of Reykjavik on a walking tour.
  • Travel to the Golden Circle, one of many of Iceland's natural wonders. 
  • Journey to the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall.
 

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