Iceland the land of fire and ice is a marvel – ever changing landscapes, lava fields, volcanoes, glaciers, mountains, remote fishing villages, black sand beaches and hopefully the Northern Lights. Join me on this diverse winter tour to explore the heart of this Island which has a population of just 350,000 and has free electricity due to the geothermal waters. If the skies are clear you can witness the natural wonder – the Northern Lights. In fact we can search for the Aurora every evening on this tour.
Airport hotel – Blue lagoon optional
Head to Viking World for breakfast and the chance to explore this five-exhibition museum that vividly brings to life the history of these fierce, sea-going marauders. Then set out on a guided sightseeing tour of Reykjanes Peninsula during which you’ll view the Bridge between Continents, spanning a fissure between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates; the Reykjanesviti lighthouse, Iceland’s oldest such beacon; and the beautifully eerie Gunnuhver mud pools, a highly active geothermal area filled with steam vents and boiling mud. Then visit the technologically advanced Hellisheidi Power Station, the world’s third-largest geothermal power plant. Afterward it’s on to the area around Hella, a charming small town nestled between mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Your camera gets a workout this morning as you head for Iceland’s amazing southern shore, home to some of its most stunning natural geologic attractions. A sightseeing tour will include the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls as well as Vik village, famous for its starkly beautiful black basalt-sand beach and the dramatic, sea-sculpted Reynisdrangar rock pillars nearby. Later take a guided hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier, exploring the crevasses, ridges and ice sculptures of this other-worldly terrain.
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Visit the state-of-the-art Lava Centre. This interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes, and the creation of Iceland over millions of years immerses you in an engaging overview of the activity and volcanic system in Iceland.
Continue Friðheimar tomato greenhouse, where you’ll taste fresh tomatoes grown year-round using advanced geothermal technologies, followed by the chance to pet the Icelandic horses in their stable as you learn about this unique equine breed.
Finally, you’ll head to Þingvellir, the site of the world’s oldest democratic parliament, established in 930, and the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. Arrive in Iceland Travel FLEX | Skógarhlíð 12, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland | 8 established in 930, and the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. Arrive in Borgarnes
Explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula which is often known as Mini Iceland and home to lava fields, glaciers, mountains, black sand beaches, lava caves and water falls.
Into the Glacier
Get set for adventure as you explore the Langjökull glacier via an 8-wheel glacier truck. The trek features a tour of a majestic, man-made ice cave, carved from breathtakingly blue ice in the heart of the glacier, and discussion on climate change, the information we can glean from different layers of ice and the engineering efforts required to make this glacier accessible. Even more natural wonders await this afternoon as you embark on a scenic drive to view the gorgeous Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls and the fascinating Deildartunguhver hot spring, which produces 100-degree water that’s piped to local towns where residents use it to heat their homes.
Continue to Reykjavik for a 3 night stay
A full-day of guided sightseeing begins with a tour of the Golden Circle, awe-inspiring experiences await you—the Geysir Geothermal Area, with numerous hot springs, fumeroles and geysers, including the 30-meter spouting world-known Strokkur; and Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of
tons of icy water thundering majestically into a deep canyon. Switch gears to a culinary state of mind as
you travel to Laugarvatn to witness and taste something truly unique: bread made underground using
Free Day in Reykjavik
Optional Blue Lagoon for late departures
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