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Iceland's Northern Lights

Departs: 3/23/2019 Returns: 3/29/2019

7 Days | All Airfare Included

Discover the best-known national treasures, mystical northern lights, ancient sagas, and unique traditions.
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Daily Itinerary Items

Day 1 : Fly to Iceland
Depart the USA for a restful overnight flight to Iceland.


Day 2 : Arrive in Iceland
Our flight arrives early morning. After breakfast, we'll visit Iceland's National Museum. Tonight we reconvene for a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner where you will have time to get to know your traveling companions. B,D


Day 3 : Reykjavík
After breakfast we enjoy a city tour of Reykjavík. Though one of the smallest capital cities in the world, it is brimming with adventures. Find the perfect blend of modern metropolitan chic and timeless Scandinavian charms. We visit the exquisite Harpa Concert Hall, the Parliament, and enjoy panoramic views from the city’s best-known landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. Next we descend under Whale Bay through an undersea tunnel to Akranes. At the Museum Center view a vast collection of architecture, maritime exhibits and artifacts. We head to the coast and ascend to the top of a lighthouse for outstanding views of the rugged coastline. Then see Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, which provides water and geothermal heat for much of the area. A quick stop at Reykholt uncovers historic sites and cultural novelties as the once-home of Iceland's best-known author, Snorri Sturluson. We end the day visiting two incredibly unique waterfalls. Hraunfosser is a collection of several creeks cascading down a wall of lava rocks, creating a spectacular display of ever-changing colors. Barnafoss waterfall, steeped in mystery and folklore, is found not far above Hraunfosser. We overnight in the Reykholt area for the next two nights. This is the perfect place to go on an evening adventure hunting for luminescent green Northern Lights dancing above. B,D


Day 4 : Breidafjordur Bay
Following breakfast, we travel to Stykkishólmur, a gateway city to several islands in Breidafjordur Bay. We embark on a maritime escapade passing by thousands of these tiny islands. Experience Viking Sushi, where a large selection of shellfish is pulled straight from the pristine waters for the tasting. View quaint fishing villages as we make our way through the bay. Hellnar has a year-round population of less than 10 people! The bay is brimming with wildlife, including Orcas and varieties of coastal birds including Puffins. At Arnarstapi we can walk along the Bookshelves of God, made out of stacked columnar basalt rock formations. The serenity of Snaefelljsokull National Park leaves lasting memories of a variety of landscapes, from moss-blanketed lava fields, to jagged cliffs and pebbled beaches. We bid the bay farewell before we head back to our hotel. Tonight we have another opportunity to discover the mysterious Aurora Borealis. B,D


Day 5 : Golden Circle of Natural Wonders
Morning is packed with history and natural marvels. Experience the power of Gullfoss waterfall as it thunders glacial water a little over 100 feet down a rugged canyon. When the sun is shining you can often witness a bright rainbow over the falls. The Geysir Hot Springs area is packed with bubbling mud pits and explosive geysers, including Strokkur, which spouts water 100 feet into the sky every few minutes. The highlight of our Golden Circle tour is þingvellir National Park, bursting with a storied history and incredible landscape. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also the world’s oldest ongoing parliament, beginning with an annual assembly established by Norse settlers in 930 AD. The area offers dramatic landscapes as it visibly displays how the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet, creating bulging lava fields, glacial pools, and other geological phenomena. En route to Hveragerði we stop at Efstidalur dairy farm and enjoy regional delights, including homemade skyr, a Greek-style yogurt dessert from the days of Vikings. Our geothermal adventure continues as we enter the Hot Springs Capital of the World. Not only is the town brimming with countless hot springs and clay foot baths, but also a large concentration of greenhouses. Residents here provide the country with a vast majority of its homegrown produce, including tropical fruit such as bananas and papayas sustained with a geothermally heated climate. We stay in the Hveragerði area this evening and gaze upward for views of the Aurora Borealis. B,D


Day 6 : Reykjanes Seacoast & Blue Lagoon
Rise and shine for a spectacular coastal drive along Reykjanes Peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geopark. Here we see mossy-topped volcanic riffs and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the only place in the world it is visible. We stop at Strandarkirkja church, nestled in the dramatic coastline. Locals believe this church has profound divine powers for increased luck and success. See Lake Kleifarvatn, unique in that it is filled entirely by underground water. We make a lunch stop in the fishing town of Grindavík and end our last day of adventure with a relaxing afternoon at Iceland’s most popular attraction, the Blue Lagoon. Mineral rich seawater fills the large lake at a constant 102°F. Soak in the lagoon or enjoy the mystical views from the sauna. Don’t miss out on the famous silica mud, found in white buckets throughout the lagoon or experience the geothermal massage waterfall. We leave the Blue Lagoon feeling refreshed, energized, and silky smooth. We return to Reykjavík and enjoy a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner before searching for the natural wonder of the Northern Lights. B,D


Day 7 : Fly Home
After an included breakfast we fly home with wonderful memories of our Icelandic adventure. B


B - Breakfast; CB - Continental Breakfast; L - Lunch; D - Dinner; T - Tea

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes
• All airfare, government fees, airport & departure taxes & fuel surcharges
• Holiday Tour Director & Icelandic Guide
• Baggage handling at hotels
• $100 travel voucher for a future tour


13 Excellent Meals Featuring
• Holiday Vacations Welcome & Farewell Dinners
• Daily breakfast
• Viking Sushi
• Lunch at Efstidalur dairy farm
• Lunch in Grindavík fishing town


All Accommodations Featuring
• 2 nights in Reykjavík
• 2 nights at Fosshotel Reykholt
• 1 night at Hotel Selfoss in the Hveragerði area


Attractions & Highlights
• National Museum of Iceland
• Reykjavík city tour
• Akranes Museum Center
• Deildartunguhver & Reykholt
• Hraunfosser - land of waterfalls
• Breidafjordur Bay cruise
• Arnarstapi
• Snæfelljsökull National Park
• Golden Circle
• Gullfoss waterfall
• Geysir Hot Springs
• Þingvellir National Park
• Hveragerði
• Reykjanes Peninsula
• Strandarkirkja Church
• Lake Kleifarvatn
• Blue Lagoon


Highest Elevation: 3,895 feet.

Tour Pricing

Category - Occupancy Price (Per Person)
Airports - Double $4499
Airports - Triple $4349
Airports - Single $5299

Final Payment Date: 12/18/2018

Guaranteed Airport Departure Cities

All tour prices include airfare from the guaranteed airports listed below. Additional cities, including flights from states not listed, are availible on request. Additional fees may apply. for more information, please call 1-800-826-2266 and one of our friendly Tour Consultants will be happy to assist.


TSA'S SECURE FLIGHT PROGRAM

The requirement to collect your date of birth, gender and full name as it appears on the government issued photo identification you will use on your tour is federally mandated by the Transportation Security Administration. TSA's privacy policy as well as additional details can be found at www.tsa.gov using the keywords Secure Flight.


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Tour prices are guaranteed and include airfare, federal taxes, airport security charges, airline segment fees, airport passenger facility charges and fuel surcharges, if applicable. International airfare also includes applicable airport fees and taxes assessed by individual countries. Airline luggage fees are an additional charge and are payable directly to the airlines at check in.

AIRLINE SEATING

Seat assignments are controlled by the airline. We will no longer solicit requests and seating cannot be guaranteed by Holiday Vacations

AWARD MILES

PLease be advised that some commercial airlines offer reduced award miles to travelers booked on a group reservation. Holiday Vacations is happy to submit your frequent flyer number to the airlines, but makes no guarantee that full mileage will be awarded.

AIRPORT DEPARTURE CITIES

Departue cities are subject to change due to limited or discontined airline service. The availablility of airline seats may be limited from each departure city. Holiday Vacations reserves the right to provide ground transportation to or from a larger or alternate airport.

DEPARTURE FROM CITIES NOT LISTED

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LAND ONLY PRICE

You may request a land only price. If the tour is purchased as land only, it will be your responsibility to meet the group at the arrival airport at the time designated by Holiday Vacations. If you prefer, you can join the tour at the first night's hotel. Taxi or other airport transfer costs are not included for independant arrival or departure.

Itinerary ID:50076093 | Tour Code: INIE0323191
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