Pride of Iceland
Pride of Iceland– Iceland –5 days / 4 nights, Reykjavik - Hvalfjördur - Reykholt - Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Golden Circle - Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir - Blue LagoonPride of Iceland, adventurous tour of West and South Iceland, offers unique encounters with spectacular nature, local traditions, geological wonders and geothermal baths. Explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Geysir hot springs, Gullfoss, Thingvellir and Blue Lagoon. Enjoy black beaches, glaciers, magnificent bird cliffs, charming towns, amazing waterfalls, and erupting geysers. Hunt for the Northern Lights, and if we're lucky we spot whales and seals.
|Operation||October 29, 2016 - February 11, 2017|
|Departure||October 29, 2016
February 11, 2017
Guaranteed departures with minimum of 2 participants
|Price||from $2,025 per person in double room
from $2,375 single room
|Included||1 night at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina, including breakfast
2 nights at Borgarnes area, including breakfast
1 night at Frost and Funi, including breakfast
Lunch box on day 3 and lunch on day 4
Dinner on day 2, 3, and 4
Guided coach tour from day 2 to day 5
Pink city walk and drink
Get together toast
Entrance to Pink party
Entrance to Haafell Goat farm
Entrance to Reykholt Saga Center
Entrance to Bjarnarhöfn shark museum and tasting
Entrance to Vatnshellir cave
Visit to Fridheimar greenhouse and tomato schnapps
Comfort package at the Blue Lagoon, including bathing fee,
towel, drink from the lagoon bar and miracle mask
|Not Included||International flights / Airport taxes
Transfers to/from Keflavik Airport
Meals other then mentioned
Any service not listed under "included"
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Maximum group size: 16 participants
Prices may change without prior notice
Please inquire about our special air fares on Icelandair, featuring direct flights from Seattle!
|Tour Options||Additional nights in Reykjavik
|More Information||Pride of Iceland map|
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Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK Gay city walk, get together toast, Pink Party
Arrival on your own to Reykjavik city. Check in to the vibrant and very popular Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina and catch up on some sleep before joining a Reykjavik City Walk where we'll explore the downtown area from top to bottom, visit some of her most famous landmarks and learn about Iceland's LGBT history over a coffee or drink of your choice. That night you can join an optional group dinner, followed by a get-together toast for all participants of the tour where you'll prepare for the queer event of the season, Pink Iceland's Pink Party, a huge draw for the local community.
Overnight: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina
Day 2 HVALFJÖRDUR - REYKHOLT - NORTHERN LIGHTS (B, D) Hot springs, waterfalls - Game of Throne goats - Northern Lights from a hot tub.
We start the day driving through picturesque Hvalfjördur (Whale Bay) where we'll see the ruins of the fjord's whaling facilities as well as learn about the British occupation of Iceland during WW2.
Next we drive over the Skardsheidi heath to Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. We nourish our thirst for culture in Reykholt, the home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.
Next up is a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls, called Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, each with a mysterious secret to reveal. On our way to the hotel we stop at the Haafell Goat Farm whose inhabitants are regulars on the hit TV show Game of Thrones. The evening's Northern Lights hunt will be conducted from the geothermal hot tubs at your hotel.
Overnight: Icelandair Hotel Hamar or similar in Borgarnes.
Highlights: Deildartunguhver | Hraunfossar | Barnafoss
Day 3 JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH (B, D) Stykkisholmur town - Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Glacier - Lava Cave Tube
Get ready for a 'tour de force' of a day! With so much to see and experience we will depart early, starting with a visit to Gerduberg, a belt of basalt columns on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The peninsula is often dubbed 'Little Iceland' as it provides visitors with a taste of so many geological and natural wonders concentrated in a relatively small area.
After visiting the delightful town of Stykkisholmur we continue our journey to Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum for a taste of fermented shark meat at a quirky museum filled with maritime paraphernalia. Our tour continues with multiple stops where you'll see black sand and pebble beaches, stunning coastlines, magnificent bird cliffs, charming fishing villages, numerous waterfalls and quite possibly Orca whales and seals.
We'll visit Vatnshellir Lava Tube Cave and enjoy a picnic in the middle of nowhere. Throughout the day you'll be aware of the palpable force of the Snæfellsjökull Glacier Volcano, one of Iceland's most revered spots and the inspiration for Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. The day ends with a visit to a local organic farmer, entrepreneur and accomplished chef who will serve what will probably be the most locally sourced meal you've ever had! After returning to the hotel we'll once again commence our northern lights hunt from the hot tubs. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Overnight: Icelandair Hotel Hamar in Borgarnes
Highlights: Snaefellsjökull National Park | Stykkisholmur | Shark Museum
Day 4 THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK - RIFT (B, L, D) Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park - Geothermal gourmet
We start the day with a visit to Thurufoss Waterfall followed by a Golden Circle tour which showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers. The crown jewel of the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Viking settlers established the world's oldest parliament. The National Park is also home to one of only two places in the country where you can see the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental tectonic plates meet.
The area we cover on this day is often called the 'bread-basket' of Iceland due it's fertile countryside and abundance of natural energy. During the Golden Circle we'll stop at the Efstidalur Organic Farm for a locally sourced lunch, and later that same day at a farm where, with the help of geothermal energy, organic tomatoes are grown year-round. What better place to enjoy a Bloody Mary at the end of a rewarding day?
Our journey continues to Hveragerdi, the charming gateway town to South Iceland set in a highly active geothermal area where pillars of steam rise up from the ground. Hveragerdi has the highest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland where residents provide the country with much of its home grown produce, including exotic varieties like papaya and banana. In the evenings greenhouses light up giving the town of Hveragerdi a distinctive glow.
We overnight at the aptly named Frost and Fire Hotel in the hills above Hveragerdi, next to a river named Varma, or Warm River, due to the geothermal vents in the river bed. While the river will probably be too cold to brave you'll be able to warm up in one of the hotels riverside hot tubs, or steambath.
Included: Bloody Mary at Fridheimar Tomato Farm
Highlights: Geysir | Gullfoss | Thingvellir | Hveragerdi
Day 5 REYKJANES - BLUE LAGOON - DPEARTURE (B) All good things come to an end, but we make sure your last day of the tour is just as spectacular as the ones preceding it. Traveling along the breathtaking coast of Reykjanes Peninsula we visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church popularly believed to radiate special powers for increased luck and success. The area offers amazing views of the turbulent ocean meeting with volcanic rocks and black sands, and usually a few seals dotted around.
After one last hot spring field we end our tour with a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa set in a black lava field filled with pleasantly warm mineral-rich seawater which provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Iceland's raw nature.
Guests will enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a cozy steam-bath carved into a lava cave, and a warm waterfall which provides an energizing massage. Be on the lookout for white buckets located throughout the lagoon which contain the famous silica-mud, an essential part of the spa experience.
For those leaving on this day we stop by Keflavik International Airport before returning to Reykjavik.
Highlights: The Blue Lagoon | Krisuvik