Itinerary: (Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting, as-yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available)
Depart our U.S. gateway. You must arrive at the airport no later than 3 hours prior to departure time, without exception.
We will arrive in Iceland and head to the Blue Lagoon to have a relaxing soak in the healing waters. There is a swim up bar to help with that as well!
Be sure to wash with soap before-hand, and without a bathing suit, before hopping in – you will be run out of the country otherwise! You may decide to spend the rest of the week here . . . but after a few hours most of us will head into Reykjavik.
We will drop our bags and get some lunch. Then after checking in and getting settled, and perhaps a short nap, we will gather at 5 pm for a walking tour (approximately 90 minutes) to get to know the capricious soul of the world’s northernmost capital, including a trip to the top of Hallgrimskirkja for a spectacular panoramic view of the city, then head down to Perlan for another amazing view. After you are on your own for dinner either at Perlan if you favor a fine dining experience or in one of the funky restaurants in the historic city center.
Today we will spend the day developing some knowledge and insight into Icelandic history and culture by visiting the Settlement Exhibition, the Culture House and the National Museum. Though travel to Iceland is mostly an outdoor, natural world experience, the relationship between humans and the natural world is inescapable and thus our more intellectual endeavors today will vastly enhance our experience with Iceland throughout. Later we will explore a different side of Iceland with a visit to the Phallological Museum. . .
The first of several days of being in awe of Iceland’s natural wonders as we head out to southern part of the country to visit Seljalandfoss, the Solheinajakull Glacier, Skogafoss and Eldfell. Waterfalls, glaciers and mountains: these geographic features dominate Iceland and we will get up close and personal with them in: prepare to be awed.
A different but equally impressive set of natural wonders awaits us today as we travel into the center of the country to visit Geysir, Bruarfoss and Gullfoss. In these days consider not merely the staggering scenery and rugged beauty of the natural world but the fact that we are witness how the Earth itself is made and remade in a nearly endless cycle. How the natural world is in constant flux, and that as human beings who are part of the natural world, so too must we be.
After two heavy days of traveling around Iceland, today you are free to take up a more sedate pace if you wish, perhaps by experiencing one of the lesser known but still relaxing hot springs in and around Reykjavik. Or you may elect to take in the café or bar culture, go whale watching, skiing, snorkeling or scuba diving or hiking. There is a nearly endless number of options to consider and we will facilitate anything you wish to do, as long as it is legal!
It is best to have a good sense of what you might like to do on this day before we depart so that we can make arrangements for you ahead of time – that will cost you less money (if what you want to do incurs a cost) and definitely less time spent in figuring things out and thus you will have more time to enjoy what it is you wish to do!
A shorter jaunt outside Reykjavic today as we visit Thingvellir National Park. Home to more natural wonders including some of the best diving in Iceland, fishing, horseback riding and hiking – there is a quite a lot to do here. Within the park is the site of the original Icelandic parliament if you will, which originated in 930 and met here until 1798. We often think of Britain’s Magna Carta and the subsequent formation of Parliament as the oldest representative government since the fall of Rome, but in fact the Icelanders had this form of governance almost 300 years earlier. To stand in this site is to be at a connection point between the Greek demos kratos and modern democracy.
Our last longer jaunt will be north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to visit Kirkjufell Mountain (if you are a GoT fan, you will know this place!) and then off to see a couple of small villages in the looming shadow of Snaefullsjokull. We will stop at Arnastapi, from there we will take a relatively short walk along the cliffs to Hellnar with amazing views and scenery. Though just as much an experience of the Icelandic natural world, we shall take up a reflective, even meditative mood today as we contemplate the interconnectedness of reality in the midst of the vastness of this landscape.
Take your time today to really explore Reykjavik, Europe’s northern-most capital. It’s a vibrant city with a great diversity of interesting shops, cafes, bars, neighborhoods and some pretty spectacular scenery as well, jaded as you may be from all of the tremendously amazing sites you have seen all week. Be sure to take some time to simply sit and reflect on your experiences in Iceland, what they have meant to you and what you have discovered about the people, the culture, the landscapes and yourself.
We will say our farewell to the land of fire and ice as we head for the airport and our return flight to the U.S., perhaps already plotting our next adventure into the wide world!
Pricing: $3200 which includes airfare, accommodations, all tours, taxes and admissions fees (except where noted as optional), tour guide tips, train and bus travel within Iceland. Please note that this amount is subject to change, though not drastically until you make your deposit.
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