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Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice 2022

9 days with Collette Vacations   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Day 2 Reykjavík, Iceland - Tour Begins
Begin in the capital city of Reykjavík. Join a local expert for a walking tour of the city’s old section featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbor and Reykjavík’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design center. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during a grand Icelandic dinner at a popular local restaurant. (D)

Day 3 Reykjavík - Golden Circle - Reykjavík
Travel the Golden Circle and experience renowned natural wonders, including the double-cascade Gullfoss waterfall, the explosive Geysir thermal area, and the famous Thingvellir National Park, where you’ll stand upon the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Along the way, stop at a family-run dairy farm to enjoy various cheeses and their famous ice cream. Your day ends with a visit to Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center to discover how pesticide-free produce is grown with the aid of geothermal energy. Learn about the tradition of breeding Icelandic show horses. (B)

Day 4 Reykjavík - Snæfellsnes - Breiðafjördur Cruise - Stykkishólmur
Explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and take in black sand beaches, volcanic craters and the Snæfellsjökull glacier. Here, it’s your choice! Experience total darkness in Vatnshellir Cave,* descending 100 feet to an 8,000-year-old lava tube -OR- walk over the lava field’s dramatic landscape. Connect with the local culture and visit a family that practices a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark; you’ll also taste hákarl – cured shark meat. End your day on a Sea Tours nature cruise of Breiðafjördur Bay and sample fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean. You might spot puffins,** cormorants, and the white-tailed eagle soaring along the shoreline. (B,D)

Day 5 Stykkishólmur - Lava Exhibition Center - Vík
Learn about geothermal renewable energy on a visit to Hellisheiðavirkjun, the largest power station in Iceland, and the second largest geothermal power station in the world. Visit the Lava Exhibition Center and delve into Iceland’s past and present volcanic eruptions. Arrive in Vík, Iceland's southernmost village, and one of the most visited spots in Iceland. (B,D)

Day 6 Vík - Skógar Museum - Vík
Drive along the scenic south shore to the Skógar Museum. Discover its turf-built houses and its collection of farm and domestic artifacts. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the tallest in Iceland. View Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach scattered with caves and surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs. The beach is rich with bird life, such as the fulmar, black guillemot, razorbill, and gannet. You might also spot some nesting puffins along the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey, a volcanic peninsula towering over the ocean. (B,D)

Day 7 Vík - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafel - Vík
Set sail*** along the huge icebergs of the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Keep your eyes peeled for possible seal sightings and get to taste the 1,000-year-old ice that surrounds you. Later, stop at Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Marvel at the vistas of Iceland’s highest mountains, as well as the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest. (B,D)

Day 8 Vík - Seljalandsfoss - Blue Lagoon or Perlan Center - Reykjavík
Make a picture stop at Seljalandsfoss, where you’ll walk behind a waterfall for views from the inside-out. In the afternoon, it’s your choice! Visit the Blue Lagoon and soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters located in the heart of a dramatic lava field -OR- visit the Perlan Center to explore the wonder of Iceland through interactive exhibits such as the Ice Cave, the Planetarium, the virtual aquarium and more. Gather with your fellow travelers for a local dining experience and share stories of your days in Iceland. (B,D)

Day 9 Reykjavík - Tour Ends
Depart for home with memories of your Icelandic adventure. (B)
All This Included
An island of dramatic contrasts, uncover Iceland’s natural beauty through a land forged by ice and fire. Travel the “Golden Circle” – an epicenter of natural scenic wonders. Stay overnight in a local fishing community and enjoy a picturesque cruise of the bay. It’s your choice how you spend your time – choose between a lava cave adventure or an explorative lava field walk. You’ll also choose between floating in the Blue Lagoon or visiting the Perlan Center with its interactive exhibits. Discover otherworldly wonders and captivating cultures on a fascinating Icelandic journey.
  • 13 meals
  • Centrally-located hotels provide a home away from home
  • Hotel-to-hotel baggage handling
  • A professional tour manager accompanies you throughout your trip
  • Expert local guides provide insightful, personalized tours
  • Unparalleled sightseeing includes all of the "must-sees"
  • Enriching cultural experiences bring the destination to life
  • Private climate-controlled motorcoach enhances your tour
  • Free round trip sedan service that takes you from your home to the airport when you purchase an air-inclusive Collette tour (within 50 miles of nearest airport gateway)
Highlights
  • Learn about the 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark.
  • Explore Icelandic life at the Skógar Museum.
  • Glide past icebergs on a cruise of the ice-strewn Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon.
  • Straddle two continents while exploring Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley.
Accommodations
Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza, Centerhotel Midgardur, Centerhotel Laugavegur 
Stykkisholmur: Fosshotel 
Vik: Hotel Katla by Keahotels 
Reykjavik: Centerhotel Plaza, Centerhotel Midgardur, Centerhotel Laugavegur 
Pre and Post Add-ons
Pre Night Hotel:
  • Centerhotel
Post Night Hotel:
  • Centerhotel
Notes
  • This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.