Latitudes Travels Invites you to come a long
to explore Iceland - May 2019
An island of dramatic contrasts, Iceland is a landscape forged by ice and fire. Its volcanic nature is reflected by steaming lava fields and hot pools, while massive glaciers continue to sculpt the mountains and valleys, leaving behind thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. Travel the “Golden Circle” – an epicenter of natural scenic wonders. Stay overnight in a local fishing village and enjoy a picturesque cruise of the bay. Amazing experiences let you create your own adventure, whether it’s a soak in the Blue Lagoon, a whale watching cruise, lava cave hike, or simply admiring the natural wildlife on a stroll along the coastal lava fields. Discover the spectacular landscapes and incredible culture on this small island nation during this fascinating Icelandic journey.
Iceland Fire & Ice Tour Itinerary at a Glance:
9 Days + 13 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 Dinners
Day 1 - Overnight Flight to Iceland
Days 2, 3 - Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Reykjavík
Day 4 - Fosshotel Stykkisholmur , Grundarfjordur
Days 5, 6, 7 - Hotel Katla Hofdabrekka, Vik
Day 8 - Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Reykjavík
Day 9 - Return Home
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Per Person Rates*:
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Included in Price:
- Round Trip Air from OHare Intl Airport
- Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges
- Hotel Transfers
Not included in price:
- Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $290 per person *
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Reykjavík, Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Cave Tour or Lava Field Walk, Breidafjördur Bay, Waterfall Seljalandsfoss, Vík, Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Center, Skógar Museum, Skógafoss, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier, Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching
- Savor Icelandic cuisine at a popular restaurant.
- Try an Icelandic delicacy — cured “hákarl.
- Learn about the 400year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark.
- Explore Skógar Folk Museum, covering all aspects of Icelandic life.
- Cruise on the ice-strewn Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, gliding past icebergs.
Must See Inclusions
- Gain a local's perspective of Reykjavík on a walking tour.
- Travel to the Golden Circle, one of many of Iceland's natural wonders.
- Journey to the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall.
Day 1: Wednesday, May 22
Day 1: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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: Thursday, May 23
Day 2: Thursday, May 23, 2019 Reykjavík, Iceland
The tour Begins 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: Friday, May 24
Day 3: Friday, May 24, 2019 Reykjavík - Golden Circle - Reykjavík
Travel the stunning Golden Circle, a route encompassing many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields and volcanos. Your adventure begins with a stop at a local dairy farm. You’ll be welcomed in to the family’s home to experience what a
“day-in-the-life” is like for them and enjoy various cheeses that are made right there on the farm. Continue to Thingvellir National Park, where Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established one of the world’s first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley. This UNESCO site marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade.
Stop at the famous thermal area of Geysir to admire the hot spring Strokkur’s explosive vertical spout that reaches a height of up to 90 feet. Your day concludes with a visit to Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center, where you’ll learn how the locals grow delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of Iceland’s geothermal energy. You’ll also learn about their family tradition of breeding Icelandic show horses. (B)
Day 4: Saturday, May 25
Day 4: Saturday, May 25, 2019 Snæfellsnes - Breidafjördur Cruise - Stykkishólmur Experience the otherworldliness of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Day 4: Saturday, May 25, 2019 Snæfellsnes - Breidafjördur Cruise -
Stykkishólmur Experience the otherworldliness of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Take in the dramatic landscapes of black and white sand beaches and rocky coastlines, soaring waterfalls and volcanic craters, intimate fishing villages, and the remarkable Snæfellsjökull glacier.
It’s your choice!
Select a guided Vatnshellir Cave tour* and descend 100 feet below ground to an 8,000 year-old lava tube where you’ll experience total darkness and see amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites and stalactites,
Choose to walk the lava field and put your camera to work snapping photos of the varying textures and colors of this dramatic landscape that is truly nature’s artwork.
Next, embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure as you spend time with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark. See the fishing boat that their grandfather used and the tiny farmer’s church before exploring the museum, where you’ll learn more about Iceland’s deep relationship with this trade. Before you go, taste the Icelandic delicacy “hákarl” – cured shark meat. Your day concludes with a private nature cruise of Breidafjördur Bay with Seatours. Experience countless birds like puffins**, cormorants, kittiwakes and the majestic white tailed eagle soaring amongst basalt rock columns. While cruising, sample fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean waters. Seafood simply doesn´t come fresher than this! (B, D)
Geothermal Greenhouses Growing food in Iceland has historically been a challenge for residents due to the cold climate, unproductive land, and at times, a lack of natural light. Discover how modern technology defies these natural challenges with geothermal greenhouses. At a family-run greenhouse, learn how they are able to harness the natural warmth from the ground’s geothermic waters and use it to create a yearround Mediterranean climate. Join a horticultural expert for an insider’s look at innovative growing methods used to produce a large variety of tomatoes that are able thrive in this otherwise challenging environment.
Day 5: Sunday, May 26
Day 5: Sunday, May 26, 2019 Stykkishólmur - Vík
Continue the adventure traveling along Iceland’s south coast. 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. Make a picture stop at Waterfall Seljalandsfoss, one of few waterfalls providing you with a walkway for views from the inside out. Arrive in Vík, Iceland's southernmost village, and one of the most visited spots in Iceland. (B, D)
Day 6: Monday, May 27
Day 6: Monday, May 27, 2019 Vík - Skógar Museum - Vík
Drive along the scenic south shore to the Skógar Museum with its turf-built houses and outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts that reflect the various aspects of Icelandic life. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland. Next, view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach scattered with caves and surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs. The beach is also rich with bird life, such as the fulmar, black guillemot, razorbill, gannet, and various types of seagulls. Later, see the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey. (B, D)
Day 7: Tuesday, May 28
Day 7: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Vík - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell - Vík
Set sail*** among 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 Alpine vistas of Iceland’s highest mountains, as well as the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest. (B, D)
Day 8: Wednesday, May 29
Day 8: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Vík - Lava Exhibition Center - Reykjavík
Before departing the south shore, visit the Lava Exhibition Center, where you’ll learn about Iceland’s historical eruptions and current lava flows that make the island a showcase of volcanism. Next, it’s your choice! Perhaps you’ll embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, and numerous hot springs, including the Blue Lagoon, where you can take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineralrich waters of the geothermal pool located in the middle of a dramatic lava field -OR- you might prefer to further explore the wonders of Iceland’s waters during an exciting whale watching adventure in the bay of Faxaflói; have your camera ready for minke and humpback whale sightings, along with white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises in their natural habitat. Later, gather with your
fellow travelers for a local dining experience and share stories of your days in Iceland. (B, D)
Day 9: Thursday, May 30
Day 9: Thursday, May 30, 2019 Reykjavík
Tour Ends Depart for home with many incredible Icelandic memories. (B)
special Notes & important information
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Physical Limitations - Exertion
- 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.
- *The Vatnshellir Cave tour is not recommended for guests who are claustrophobic or have back or knee problems.
- Guests should be in good physical condition.
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A deposit of $500 per person is due upon reservation. If you purchase our Travel Protection Plan, the deposit is only $250 per person plus the cost of the Insurance. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of October 18, 2018 are based upon availability. Final payment due by February 23, 2019. Deposits are refundable up until October 25, 2018.
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Special Hotel Notes:
- Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis.
- Hotel check-in on your day of arrival is 3:00 p.m. Rooms may not be available prior to that tim
Holidays and Schedule Changes
- Museum visits and shopping may be affected with observance of religious or local holidays.
- The days and order of sightseeing may change to best utilize your time on tour.
- On occasion, some activities may not be available due to inclement weather.
- **Puffin can usually be viewed mid-May through mid-August.
- ***During the months of April & October, the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon cruise may not operate due to seasonality. This is reflected in the land price for these time periods.
Air Travel Special Notes
- Due to flight schedules, a post night may be required in some Iceland Air gateway cities (at an additional cost). Please inquire at time of reservation.
- Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.
Collette’s Elite Airfare allows you to travel in ultimate comfort and convenience. Treat yourself to a wealth of amenities that come with a business, premium economy, or first-class ticket. Land rested, refreshed, and ready for your adventure.