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Iceland - The Land of Enchantment

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  • Iceland

    Main Street, Reykjavik (map)

    64.126518 -21.817440

  • ICELAND - LAND OF ENCHANTMENT

    Called one of the most beautiful places on earth!

    Iceland, a Nordic island nation, is defined by its dramatic volcanic landscape of geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches.  Though not part of the continental mainland, the country is considered Nordic European. The name of the country—Iceland—may not be that appropriate: although 10% of Iceland is covered by glaciers, it has a surprisingly mild climate and countless geothermal hot-spots and hot springs.  Owing to the warming effect of the Atlantic Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a maritime temperate climate and the average temperature in winter is around 46°F for a high and 36°F for a low.

    Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts. A place where fire and ice co-exist. A country where insular existence has spurred a rich and vibrant culture.  Our tour will allow you to see it all:  volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, waterfalls, fjords and so much more!

    Enjoy Iceland with an intimate group of 28, traveling the country, seeing the best of the best that nature has to offer!

    October 7-15, 2017

    9 days, 8 nights 

    THIS TRIP IS NOW FULL AND WAITLISTED!  CONTACT DEBBIE RIMA AT [masked] TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITLIST

    SIGN UP/WHO'S GOING

     The Northern Lights are best seen between late September to March, so we'll have a good chance to see them, and will do all we can to maximize that chance! 

    $3,560.00 ($3,260.00 if you sign up on or before June 19, 2017, pay your $200 deposit, and meet all payment schedules) includes 8 nights lodging, all tours, entrance fees, and guides (except optional tours), 4 dinners, 1 lunch, daily breakfast 

    NOTE:  This does not include air which will be quoted when air is available for quote.  We should have more information on this in October or November 2016  

    $200.00 Deposit to Hold Your Spot

    Half payment due 5/15/17

    Balance due 6/10/17 

    Only 28 Spots Available

    We cannot add any more! 

    NOTE: You must be a paid member of Lone Star Skiers & Adventure Club.  Annual membership is just $30 which allows you to go on all trips and attend all activities.  In September, we are running a half price special so from September 1-30, you can join our club for just $15!  We are not a travel agency, just a bunch of friends who like to have fun.  To join our club, click here.


    Penalties for cancellation will be incurred after June 5, 2017

    Trip insurance is strongly recommended

    See link below for recommendation for trip insurance (of course, you are always welcome to use your own agency)

    TRIP ITINERARY:

    Saturday, Oct. 7 – Arrival – Blue Lagoon (Breakfast and Dinner included)

    We will be picked up at Keflavik International Airport and transported to the Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 Wonders of the World.  Surrounded with amazing nature, this spa is an oasis of relaxation.  We will start the visit by having breakfast at the Lagoon to wake up after our flight. The Blue Lagoon is a beautiful, natural geothermal pool in the middle of a large and dramatic lava field with the aqua tinted waters. After breakfast, you will have 2-3 hours to shake off the flight fuzzies with a refreshing swim in the inviting, rejuvenating and pleasantly warm mineral-rich water, reputed for its healing properties, or even enjoy some of their spa treatments, including the famous water massage.  We'll decide on the length of time we want to stay there once we fill this trip.

    Schedule a water massage:  http://www.bluelagoon.com/things-to-do/spa-amenities/

    We are then about 45 minutes away from our hotel in Reykjavik, passing gorgeous natural  landscape on the way.  Reykjavik is the northern most capital city in the world. Dinner is included in our package this evening.

    Overnight stay at Hotel Alda


    Sunday, Oct. 8 - Reykjavík City Tour – Free Afternoon (Breakfast included)

    Today, we begin our day with a relaxing guided tour of Reykjavik, including Hallgrimskirkja-Church and Höfðihouse, where the famous Reagan/Gorbachev summit meeting occurred in 1986. We then take a walk through the city center to the street where the first settler built his house, then on to the Parliament and Lutheran cathedral.  We will also pass the sculpture of Skúli Magnússon, the founder of Reykjavík and Jón Sigurðsson, our real independence hero (with photo opportunities all along the way).  Next, we check out the different types of birds at the City Pond, including geese, and whooper swans and mallards.  We’ll take in some incredible views of Reykjavik, with fjords and mountains, and check out the beautiful Catholic Church. Our morning tour will end at the harbor where we can enjoy an afternoon on our own, perhaps partaking in a whale and dolphin watching cruise (optional), shopping, hiking or just enjoying the afternoon like a local.

    Overnight stay at Hotel Alda

    Experience an unforgettable adventure into the world of whales and seabirds in their natural habitat. This is your chance to get up close to see the magnificent creatures. We should have a great chance of seeing white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, mink and humpbacked whales!

    Included: Transfers to/from pier, scheduled guided boat tour.

    Price is $109.00 per person.

    Monday, Oct. 9 – En Route to Akureyri (Breakfast and Dinner included)

    From Reykjavík, we head to Hraunfossar, streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava  field which flowed from an eruption of one of the  volcanoes  lying under the glacier Langjökull.  Literally a stone's throw upstream from Hraunfossar, there is another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, the waterfall of the children, comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in former times. There was a natural bridge over the waterfall and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-struck mother had the bridge destroyed. Then we visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring and climb the Grábrókvolcano crater, the largest of three craters in a short volcanic fissure. Finally, we continue our scenic adventure to Akureyri, North Iceland’s capital, traveling along fjords and over mountains.  

    Overnight stay at Hotel Kea

    Akureyri stands strong as Iceland's second city, but a Melbourne, Manchester or Montreal it is not.  And how could it be?  There are only 18,000 residents!  It's a wonder the city generates this much buzz.  Expect cool cafes, quality restaurants and something of a late-night bustle - a far cry from other towns in rural Iceland. 

    Akureyri nestles at the head of Iceland's longest fjord, at the base of snowcapped peaks.  In summer, flower boxes, trees and well-tended gardens belie the location, just a stone's throw from the Arctic Circle.  Lively winter festivals and some of Iceland's best skiing provide plenty of low-season appeal.  With its relaxed and easy attitude, it's the natural base for exploring Eyjafjorour, and further afield.

    Tuesday, Oct. 10 - Mývatn (Breakfast and Dinner included)

    Today, head to Goðafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.  This is the waterfall of the Gods, and is a deafening mass of foaming white water that seems to emanate from a ragged crack in the Earth's crust.   Next, we'll visit Lake Mývatn and enjoy the rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes. Witness shattered boulders and volcanic pillars littered along the sides of the highway, the geological remnants of ancient eruptions.  Geysers gush and mud pools bubble.  Fissures in the earth spew out columns of steam, a reminder that this part of Iceland sits on top of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the unstable meeting point between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.   Make sure you are wearing your walking shoes, as we will be exploring pseudo craters, walking in Dimmuborgir, a lava field, climbing Hverfjall to the rim of the ash crater, checking out Námaskarð, with its the hot springs and bubbling mud pools, and travel to the Crater Lake VítiKrafla includes one of the two best-known Víti craters of Iceland (the other is in Askja). The Icelandic word "víti" means "hell". In former times, people often believed hell to be under volcanoes. The crater Víti has a green lake inside of it.

    Overnight stay at Hotel Kea

    Wednesday, Oct. 11 – On Our Way Back to Reykjavík (Breakfast included)

    Today, we drive north through the small fishing villages of Dalvik and Olafsfjordur. With the opening of the Héðinsfjörður Tunnel in 2010, the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður now makes a great 80 km trip from Akureyri. The town of Siglufjörður is nestled in a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland’s steep northern mountains.  We can tour the award-winning Herring Era Museum, where we will learn about the herring fishing industry, then we get treated to a snack of local herring on rye bread and Icelandic schnapps.

    Our route continues to Skagafjordur district, known as the traditional heart of horse breeding in Iceland and boasts many historical sites from the classic Sagas. There are three islands in the fjord, Drangey, Malmey, and Lundey. Foremost of these is the steep Drangey island, shaped like a fort and rich of birdlife. We will pass the village of Sauðarkrokur and head to Blonduos built on both sides of the glacial river Blanda with Hrutey Island a protected nature reserve located in this popular salmon river.

    Our route then takes us to the Seal Center in Hvammstangi village where we will learn a little about the arctic seals. We will pass the Holtavorduheidi plateu and end our day in Reykjavík.

     Stop at the Grabrok Crater which was formed in a fissure eruption less than 3,000 years ago, and is the largest of the craters on a 600m long fissure.  

    Overnight stay at Hotel Alda

    Thursday, Oct. 12 - Golden Circle (Breakfast included)

    The Golden Circle is probably the most popular day tour out of Reykjavík and for several good reasons. This is a full-day round tour of the south-west of Iceland and includes three of the best known attractions Iceland has to offer: 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; The Geysir Area, with numerous hot springs, fumaroles and geysers, including the 30 meter spouting world known Strokkur; Þingvellir(Thingvellir) National Park and UNESCO World Heritage a remarkable geological site and a historic site as well. Þingvellir is the site of the world's oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 and the beautiful canyon running through the park is actually the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. At the end of the day we head back to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Free evening in Reykjavík.

    Overnight stay at Hotel Alda

    Optional tour: Northern Lights by Boat

    Experience a hunt for the Northern lights on sea, escaping the lights of the city! Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik and seeing the aurora borealis out on the North-Atlantic Ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background is something you won't forget. In only 15-30 minutes we will be on a prime location away from the city lights, perfect for viewing the auroras.

    Included: Transfers to/from pier, scheduled Northern Light’s boat tour, free hot drinks onboard and special Icelandic treats, warm overalls.

    Price is $125.00 per person.

    Friday, Oct. 13 - South Shore (Breakfast included)

    Today, as we head toward the Eyjafjalla and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, we’ll experience some of the prettiest countryside in Iceland. Next, we’ll experience Skógafoss waterfall, one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland (197 ft high).  Lunch will be at the southernmost village in Iceland, the beautiful Vík í Mýrdal.  It contains one of the ten most beautiful beaches on earth according to Islands Magazine.  After lunch, we head to Reynisfjara Beach, a volcanic black sandy beach famous for puffins.  Next, if you dare, we’ll try to walk behind Seljalandsfoss, a graceful ribbon-like waterfall, which drops from an overhanging lava cliff.  Prepare to get wet!  Free evening in Reykjavík.

    Overnight stay at Hotel Alda

    Saturday, Oct. 14 - Journey into the glacier – Ice Cave (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

    Today's adventure starts with a drive through Borgarfjördurto the edge of Langjökullglacier.  Along the way, you‘ll explore the magical landscape, such as the Hraunfossar and Barnafossarwaterfalls, and Deildartunguhver, Europe‘s most powerful hot spring. When you reach Langjökull glacier, it's time to board an 8-wheel glacier truck that will take you on an adventurous journey to the entrance of the ice cave. During the excursion within the glacier itself you'll see colors of blue you never knew existed, and learn how glaciers hide the secrets of history.

    After an approximately 50-minute visit within the glacier, it's time to head back to Reykjavik. Farewell dinner included tonight.  

    Overnight stay at Hotel Alda

    Sunday, Oct. 15 - Departure

    Transfer to the airport for return flight to the USA.

    TOUR SUMMARY:

    Included in Iceland Package Price:

    • Guide and coach as per itinerary

    • Breakfast at the Blue Lagoon

    • Entrance fee and towels at the Blue Lagoon

    • 6 nights at Hotel Alda incl. breakfast

    • Welcome dinner at a restaurant in Reykjavík

    • 2 nights at Hotel Kea Akureyri incl. breakfast

    • 2 dinners at Hotel Kea Akureyri

    • 1 lunch on day 8

    • Farewell dinner incl. 2 glasses of wine at a restaurant in Reykjavík

    • Entrance fee to the Herring museum

    • Entrance fee to the Icelandic Seal museum Hvammstangi

    • Entrance fee to the Ice Cave

    • Porterage at hotels

    Not included:

    • Travel insurance (highly recommended)

    • Beverages, snack, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted

    • Room outside of normal check-in/check-out times

    • Porterage at airport

    • Optional excursions, activities, museums or pre and post trips not mentioned above

    • Any service not specifically listed under "included

    LODGING:

    Hotel Alda Lodging

    Description:  On the bustling Laugavegur shopping street, this upscale hotel is 6 minutes' walk from Hallgrímskirkja cathedral and 1 kilometer from the National Gallery of Iceland.

    Sophisticated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemakers, as well as rainfall showers, and nature or city views. Family rooms add extra beds, and select rooms have balcony access. Suites add living rooms and 2nd bathrooms.

    A free breakfast buffet in provided. Other amenities include a hip bar with a chic stone fireplace, as well as a snack shop, a fitness center and a rooftop terrace.

    Hotel Kea Lodging

    Description:  This modern hotel is a 2-minute walk from the Church of Akureyri and an 11-minute walk from the Akureyri Botanical Garden.  The upscale, relaxed rooms come with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and minibars, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded quarters offer sitting areas, some with views of the fjord, while suites add balconies. Limited room service is available.

    Freebies include breakfast and parking. There's also a lounge with indoor and outdoor seating, and a laid-back, stylish restaurant with a bar.

    Here are some options for trip insurance.  We 

    encourage you to shop around

    Optional Trip Insurance



    NOTE:  YOU MUST PURCHASE "CANCEL FOR ANY REASON INSURANCE" WITHIN 14 DAYS OF MAKING FIRST DEPOSIT!!  CONTACT AGENT (CLICK ON BUTTON FOR CONTACT INFORMATION) DIRECTLY FOR PRICING AND MORE INFORMATION ON THIS TYPE OF COVERAGE

    DEADLINE TO PURCHASE STANDARD INSURANCE IS DATE WHEN FINAL TRIP PAYMENT IS DUE THIS WILL BE PURCHASED DIRECTLY FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY.  CLICK ON TAB FOR APPLICATION AND INSTRUCTIONS Home | Contact Us | 

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    By Benedikt Aron with original images taken from authors Pjt56, Hedwig Storch, Lu


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  • Shelby

    Sorry to miss the get to gather. But I believe you know, I will be somewhere in Africa. Please keep me updated on trip. As I know you will, you are very good at it. Shelby

    August 21

    • Debbie R.

      Have fun in Africa! We will.definitely keep you updated as we have mode info

      August 21

  • Shelby

    Duh, I didn't even look at the dates and thought you were having a meeting this coming October. Duh Duh Duh shelby

    1 · August 21

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