(Reykjavik, Fludir, Kirkjuaejarklaustur, Hofn)
Led by explorer, scientist & renowned Discovery Channel TV personality, George Kourounis, embark on an adventure to the natural phenomenon located at top of the world. Step into Iceland’s Arctic Circle, a realm of ice, fire & northern lights with a man referred to as the “Modern Day Indiana Jones.” Give into the call of the wild as you safari through the Golden Circle to mighty geysers, hike up fiery volcanoes, descend into underground caves, live the legends of Vikings, trek blue glaciers, visit remote villages & spend each evening watching what is predicted to be the finest displays of Northern Lights the 21st century has ever seen. Relax in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, enjoy natural steam baths, swim in open-air pools & feast on mouth-watering Icelandic cuisine. Complete with interactive presentations, exclusive behind the scenes access to the Aurora Reykjavik, this outdoor adrenaline adventure is truly extraordinary.
Price is $6995 per person based on double occupancy. Departure date is Dec 8th 2014.
Minimum group size 6, maximum group size 16. Please note departures are not guaranteed until 120 days before travel, and we advise you do not book international air until the tour has been confirmed. Deposit is due upon booking, and refundable up until 120 days before travel. At 120 days before travel, and upon departure guarantee, final payment is due. Minimum traveler age is 18.
Your host George Kourounis is referred to as the “Modern Day Indiana Jones,” TV personality, adventurer, and renowned storm chaser. He has dedicated over 15 years of his life to documenting natural disasters in the most extreme places on earth. Whether he’s chasing tornadoes or driving into the eye of hurricanes, George has a knack for being in the right place at the right time when it comes to witnessing and documenting jaw dropping forces of nature. On his most daring expedition, George brought his camera to Ethiopia where he was lowered 60 feet into the smoking crater of the active Erta Ale volcano to film on top of a newly hardened lava lake.
George is a member of the Explorers Club, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and the Canadian Council for Geographic Education, and was also nominated for Gemini awards in 2008 and 2009 for his work on Angry Planet. George’s efforts have been seen around the world on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, BBC-TV, CNN, and his own adventure TV program, Angry Planet, which has been broadcast in over 100 countries.
Today on arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
This afternoon you will embark on a tour of Reykjavík, by food! You will have the opportunity to get to know the city and also to try specialties of the Icelandic kitchen.
Tonight you will meet your host, George Kourounis, as well as your fellow travellers during a welcome dinner in Reykjavik. Dinner will be at Kolabrautinn.
Hotel Reykjavik Marina is a modern hotel located in the heart of Iceland's capital. This architectural gem provides a cosy combination of modern design and welcoming atmosphere. It features 108 stylish guestrooms, a gym, bar and restaurant. It is equipped with the latest amenities; yet, it is steeped in the marine character of the neighbourhood.
Your private driver- guide will meet you at your Reykjavik hotel and accompany you on a full-day private tour of the Golden Circle. Your first stop will be Thingvellir National Park, a remarkable geological site and the most historic site in all of Iceland. Next, visit Gullfoss, or Golden Waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Finally make a stop at Geyser hot-spring area. The famous “Great Geyser” here, has given name to hot springs all over the world. You will see Strokkur, one of the most active geysers in the area, spouting up to 30 meters in the air. At days end you will be brought to your accommodation in Ranga.
Tonight you will stay at Hotel Fluðir, and enjoy a group dinner onsite. After dinner you can relax in the hot tubs. If the weather is clear you will walk into the village and hopefully be lucky enough to catch your first glimpse of the Northern Lights!
Icelandair Hotel Fludir (3*) is situated only an hour’s drive from Reykjavík, it’s the ideal stop-off point if you’re exploring the Golden Circle – Iceland’s best-loved sights. Its fine restaurant and relaxing bar are the perfect places to spend your evenings, with outstanding views of the countryside around you. With parquet flooring, all 32 guestrooms of hotel are designed for your optimum comfort. In-room facilities include a your own private bath/shower to allow you to freshen up whenever you want. You can also enjoy soaking in a hot tub in their new beautiful hotel garden.
After breakfast we will depart for the Sólheimajökull glacier. On the way we will stop at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and picturesque Skógarfoss waterfalls. Next stop will be Sólheimajökull glacier, where you will experience the unique blue ice glacier adventure. You will have an opportunity to walk on the glacier situated near the famous volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. Our highly qualified glacier guides will teach you how to use the equipment needed to take you safely up to the ice field. There you will see the blue ice of the glacier, unique ice formations, and hear the otherworldly sounds of the glacier itself. We will also make short stop at the black beach near the small village of Vik í Mýrdal.
Later today your group will make its way to Kirkjubæklaustur, another small village with a magnificent waterfall. Legend says that there was situated one of the first Convents in Iceland.
Lunch is done independently today.
Dinner is included, at your hotel.
Again tonight you will hope for clear skies, and head to town in hopes of a sighting.
The Klaustur Icelandairhotel (3*) is situated halfway between two picturesque glaciers, in the southeast, the warmest region of Iceland. Despite its tranquil setting, there’s a lot to see and do in this beautiful mountainous area, with guided summer tours in the vicinity of Vatnajokull glacier and Skaftafell National Park just a scenic drive away.
Today we will start after breakfast. First stop is Skaftafell National Park – home of the biggest glacier Vatnajökull. There we will hike to the amazing Black Waterfall named Svartifoss. This waterfall is known for its majestic columns of basalt. This hike will take about 3 hours.
Late lunch will be served at the Hali í Suðursveit – famous for their delicious arctic char.
Dinner is included tonight in Hofn.
If the weather is clear this evening you will head into the local village to spot Northern Lights.
Höfn Hotel (3*) was founded in the year 1966 and is one of the better established hotels in the country. It's located in the center of town and has a breathtaking view over the magnificent glaciers, the circle of mountains and the fjord. Hótel Höfn has 68 comfortable rooms all equipped with a TV, radio, telephone, computer access and a private bath. A dining room/board room, seating 140 guests is situated at the top floor. A smaller restaurant "Ósinn" featuring courses such as pizza, steak and lobster is on the ground floor. The hotel has a bar and great facilities for conferences and all kinds of gatherings.
After breakfast we will take a morning flight back to Reykjavík. We will check into the hotel and have time for a local lunch, which will be done independently today. Super jeeps will pick us up for a classic Iceland 4x4 tour to Kaldidalur, Langjökull Glacier, hot springs and waterfalls. We will do some further northern lights hunting on the way back. Today is an amazing study in landscape contrasts. We will also head into the highlands, through the barren mountain pass of Kaldidalur to Langjökull for an unforgettable discovery of this enormous glacier. Visit the unusual waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, and also take a look at one of the world’s largest hot springs.
Continue on to the small town of Borgarnes where we will stop for dinner. This is another great location for northern lights viewing. We should be back at the hotel around midnight.
After breakfast a super jeep will take us on a tour on the Reykjanes Peninsula, where you will see amazing lava landscapes, natural hot springs, and other fabulous places.
In the afternoon you will visit the one and only Blue Lagoon. In the lagoon you will be served the famous blue colored blue lagoon cocktail. You will enjoy the amazing contrast of blue water and black lava and have time to relax in the geothermal waters.
Today our lunch destination which is a small village names Sandgerði, here you will enjoy hot seafood soup.
Tonight’s gala dinner is at magnificent Kópar - where you will have great food, and even greater views over the old harbor.
On your last day in Reykjavík you will have some time to explore the city by yourself, including a stop at Aurora Reykjavik, the Northern Lights Center where you will have an opportunity to learn more about this phenomenon.
Say goodbye to Iceland and the wonderful sites you've seen, finish with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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