Amazing Iceland

Whales, Waterfalls, Glaciers, and Geysers!

  • Date

    August 3-15, 2019 | Sat / Thu – 13 Days

  • Location

    Reykjavik | Golden Circle | Thingvellir National Park | Husafell | Siglufjorder | Hauganes | Akureyri | Husavik | Lake Myvatn | Breiddalsvik | Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | Vatnajökull National Park | Vik

Overview

Discover the stunning summer scenery and dramatic landscapes on the island of fire and ice! You will be guided through the unspoiled Icelandic countryside and rugged coastline with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers, bubbling mud pools, volcanic craters, and powerful waterfalls. Enjoy the extra energy you may experience with an abundance of daylight each day. The slow sunsets and sunrises make for incredibly dramatic, colorful displays of sky that last for hours.

Enjoy a full day of freedom in the trendy Icelandic capital city, Reykjavik, overflowing with cafes, restaurants, clubs, and pubs as well as numerous museums focusing on a wide variety of themes — including the islands long history and Viking culture.

Travel the popular Golden Circle to Gullfoss, the active geothermal area of Geysir, and the national park of Thingvellir — the setting for the world’s oldest national parliament. Journey to the north for a whale watching cruise and a visit to tranquil Lake Myvatn with its bubbling mud pools and lava landscapes. Head south to ride through iceberg-strewn Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, as well as stops in Skaftafell National Park and the black sand beaches of Vik. A complete, unabbreviated exploration of this island awaits; numerous whale and water fowl species, such as the puffin, spend their summer in Iceland — join them and find out why!

Hear what past guests have to say about traveling with Ambassadair

“One of the very unique and different types of countries we have travelled in. Iceland is beautiful and, especially from a geology standpoint, extremely interesting.”

“Exceptional. We had wanted to go to Iceland for some time and had planned to do it by ourselves. But having experienced the outstanding leadership of Frederic and Beth Ann, we are so glad that we decided instead to go with Ambassadair. We learned so much about the Iceland culture, history, geology, and people. We would have hit the major spots by ourselves, but would have missed the many other special places. We were immersed in the total Iceland experience and learned so much that we would have not learned on our own.”

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE

  • Reykjavik city sightseeing
  • Travel the Golden Circle: Gullfoss, Geysir & Thingvellir
  • Whale watching from Iceland’s pristine northern coast
  • Thundering waterfalls of Dettifoss & Godafoss
  • Geothermal Lake Myvatn
  • Glaumbaer Farm & Folk Museum
  • Amphibian boat ride in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Vatnajökull National Park

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Roundtrip commercial air from Indianapolis to Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Escorted
  • 11 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 3 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Ground transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling

NOTE:

This itinerary includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required.

PASSPORT REQUIREMENT

A passport is required to travel to this destination and must be valid for at least six months after your return.

Itinerary

Sat, Aug 3: Fly from Indianapolis to Reykjavik, Iceland.

Sun, Aug 4: Arrive Reykjavik. Arrive in the morning and transfer from the Kevflavik International Airport to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. Along the way, a local guide will introduce you to Reykjavik and all its wonders while driving through the magnificent landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula — moss covered lava fields as far as the eye can see! Explore the old harbor, see Hallgrimskirkja, the church that is likely the most iconic and recognizable structure in Reykjavik’s city skyline. Pass the swan-filled pond and city hall, Harpa concert hall, Solfar the Sun Voyager and lastly the vibrant downtown area. Stay overnight at a centrally located, new and modern hotel. After the city tour, the day is at leisure. (Meal: Lunch)

Mon, Aug 5: Today is yours to spend taking to the streets of Reykjavik. Hip and trendy, this city has much to offer, café’s and specialty shops line the Laugeveger; the most popular shopping street. Visit one of several museum options; such as the Maritime Museum showcasing the Whales of Iceland exhibit. Trace the history of Iceland at their National Museum Pjodminjasafn or Icelandic Saga Centre, which tells the story of Viking settlement on the island. An optional day trip to the Blue Lagoon is offered this afternoon, one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The lagoon is located in a lava field where the warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur, and bathing in the lagoon is reputed to help people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. (B)

Tue, Aug 6: After leaving Reykjavik, travel the popular Golden Circle to Gullfoss, the beautiful double “Golden Falls” and the active geothermal area of Geysir, where you will see the Strokkur (or churn) geyser spout up to 70 feet every five to seven minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Thingvellir National Park tops off the day before heading to the most beautiful area of the Borgarfjordur, where some city-dwellers keep summer homes in the rolling countryside. Check in to the Hotel Husafell. Having just opened in July of 2015, this new hotel offers superb views of its natural, pristine surroundings. Enjoy an exquisite meal in the hotel dining room this evening. (B,D)

Wed, Aug 7: Depart the Borgarnes countryside to explore Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a long row of lava fields into Hvita River. Visit Europe’s most powerful hot spring and see the Grabrok volcano crater. Continue on to Gauksmýri for a one of a kind Icelandic horse show and enjoy some refreshments before stopping to gain insight into Icleand’s past at Glaumbaer Farm & Folk Museum. Take the road less traveled along the Trollaskagi peninsula in northern Iceland between the fjords of Eyjafjordur and Skagafjordur to the little fishing town of Siglufjordur, a town of about 1,300 people. It is the northernmost town of Iceland’s mainland, and along with the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains, is also home to the Herring Era Museum and Folk Music Museum. Stay at the modern Hotel Siglo and enjoy a group dinner in this fascinating town. (B,D)

Thu, Aug 8: Travel to Hauganes for a chance to meet with the gentle giants of the ocean on a whale watching tour. Next, explore the Herring Era Museum which pleasantly displays the ‘glory days’ of the Herring era, when Siglufjordur was the herring capital of the world. The evening is free and you can choose to take an optional trip with your local guide to a nearby brewery or simply relax at the hotel. (B)

Fri, Aug 9: Depart for Akureyri, “the capital in the north” to walk through the city’s beautiful botanical garden. Explore the Akureyri church where counting the steps of the church as you climb is a ritual—and enjoy your reward for climbing them, a magnificent view from up top. Cap off the day at magnificent Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods, before continuing to Husavik, for the next three nights. (B)

Sat, Aug 10: Traverse the Diamond Circle region in North Iceland; a paradise for bird watchers and ornithologists, and home to over 90 species of birds, including the Great Northern Diver and the Horned Grebe. See Asbyrgi Canyon, fashioned in the shape of a horseshoe and said to be formed by the God Odinn´s horse, Sleipnir. The cliff’s walls reach up to 100 meters in height and its small lake, Botnstjorn, is home to a variety of waterfowl species. Next, explore the magnificence of Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerfull waterfall in Europe, with its glacial water coming all the way from Vatnajokull glacier. (B,D)

Sun, Aug 11: Spend the bulk of the day at Lake Myvatn and surrounds, also part of the Diamond Circle region, and known for its rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes. Visit pseudo craters, walk in the lava field of Dimmuborgir. See the hot springs and bubbling mud pools of Namaskard, and travel to Viti crater lake in the Mount Krafla geothermal fields. (B)

Mon, Aug 12: Tour the east of Iceland, visiting Egilsstadir, a town on the banks of the Lagarfljot river. The town is young even by Icelandic standards, established in 1947 as a regional service center for the surrounding farms. Pass through Hallormsstadur, with its large (at least by Icelandic standards) forest, having been protected since 1905 and thereby becoming Iceland´s first national forest. Continue to Petra´s Stone Museum, housing beautiful stones and rock formations from Petra’s personal collection and displayed in her own home. Hotel Blafell, in the tiny town of Breiddalsvik, welcomes you for the night. (B,L,D)

Tue, Aug 13: Start the trek south through the eastfjords to the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. There you will enjoy an amphibian boat ride around the glacial icebergs on the lagoon. Drive through Vatnajokull National Park formerly known as Skaftafell, a pristine wilderness area and home to Vatnajokull Glacier. End the day at Hotel Katla, near Vik, known for its black sand beaches. (B,D)

Wed, Aug 14: The day begins with a visit to the black sandy beach of Reynisfjara. The powerful waves can be very dangerous, so we will enjoy the roar of the ocean from a safe distance. Then, the final waterfall visits: first Skogafoss, then Seljalandsfoss—where you may take an exhilarating walk behind the falls! Continue to Keflavik (Reykjavik airport) for the last overnight of the tour and a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Thu, Aug 15: Fly home, arriving same day. (B)

Hotel

Hotel Skuggi, Reykjavik.

Centrally located in Reykjavik, the hotel is in walking distance from Iceland’s main shopping street Laugavegur, Highlights: comfortable, modern guest rooms • in-room coffee and tea maker • complimentary WiFi • bar/lounge.

Hotel Husafell, Borgarfjordur.

Relax and rejuvenate at this new, contemporary hotel that combines luxurious comfort with the unique wonders of western Iceland. The hotel only uses 100% pure energy from small hydro power plants that are driven by crystal clear spring water. Highlights: spacious deluxe guestrooms with terrace, decorated with paintings by a local artist • bathrobe provided during stay • in-room coffee and tea maker and mini-refrigerator • complimentary Wi-Fi and USB connection in guestroom • restaurant • bar/lounge • 24-hour room service • geothermal baths • outdoor geothermal-heated pool.

Hotel Siglo, Siglufjordur.

Located on the fisherman’s marina, this new hotel has views of the beautiful surrounding mountains and peaceful environment of Siglufjord. Highlights: cozy guestrooms • walk-in showers • complimentary Wi-Fi • three restaurants • bar/lounge • outdoor spas and sauna • volleyball court • giant chess board • mini golf course.

Fosshotel, Husavik.

Fosshotel Husavik opened in 2016 and is comprised of four historic buildings originally used to house working fishermen between 1898 – 1907. This well-equipped, modern hotel in the heart of town is walking distance from the harbor and restaurants.  Highlights:

Hotel Blafell, Breiddalsvik. 

Tucked between breathtaking coastal mountains and black sand beaches, Hotel Blafell is a tranquil oasis of rustic charm amid the rugged beauty of Breiodalsvik in East Iceland. Highlights: Comfortable, bright guest rooms with natural wood décor • complimentary WiFi • restaurant • bar •  wellness sauna • library/lounge with fireplace • on-site shop

Hotel Katla, Vik.

More information coming soon!

Hotel Berg, Keflavik.

More information coming soon!

PRICING

  • Package with Air
  • Double P/P – $6,499
  • Single – $7,949
  • Land Only
  • Double P/P – $5,749
  • Single – $7,199

Documents Required: Valid Passport

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