Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice with Collette
Price: $4,349CAD Per Person
(Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.)
Offer: Save up to $200CAD Per Person
Departure Date: May 7, 2023
Return Date: May 15, 2023
An island of dramatic contrasts, uncover Iceland’s natural beauty through a land forged by ice and fire. Travel the “Golden Circle” – an epicentre 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 floating in the Blue Lagoon or visiting the Perlan Centre with its interactive exhibits. Discover otherworldly wonders and captivating cultures on a fascinating Icelandic journey.
- An island of dramatic contrasts, uncover Iceland’s natural beauty through a land forged by ice and fire.
- 9-days, 8-nights
- 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
Photo: Nature, Iceland
Day 1: 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 behind thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords.
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 the city hall, the harbor, the Parliament building and the nearby cathedral, dating from 1796. Then, get to know your fellow travelers during an Icelandic lunch at a popular local restaurant before checking into your hotel in the later afternoon.
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 organic dairy specialties and their famous ice cream. Your day ends with a visit to Friðheimar’s stud farm and greenhouse cultivation center. Discover how pesticide-free produce is grown with the aid of geothermal energy and then learn about the tradition of breeding Icelandic show horses before returning to Reykjavík.
Photo: Waterfalls,m Iceland
Day 4: Reykjavík - Snæfellsnes - Breiðafjördur Cruise - Stykkishólmur
Explore the Settlement Center in Borgarnes on the way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Learn about Iceland’s earliest days and Egil Skalla-Grimsson, one of the best-known heroes of the Icelandic Sagas. Connect with the local culture and visit a family that practices a 400yearold 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.
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 remarkable spots in Iceland.
Photo: Church, Iceland
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.
Day 7: Vík - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell National Park - 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 1,000yearold ice that surrounds you. Later, stop at Skaftafell National Park, gateway to Vatnajökull Glacier. Marvel at the vistas of Iceland’s highest mountains, as well as the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap.
Photo: Mountains, Iceland
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.
Day 9: Reykjavík - Tour Ends
Depart for home with memories of your Icelandic adventure.