New Destinations Together – Explore Iceland

June 10, 2022 - June 19, 2022

Join Samantha Musso for a special group departure to ICELAND!  

A National Geographics Journeys with G Adventures tour

Exclusive tour offering for New Destinations Travel - only 16 spots available!

At the point where two continental plates brush up against each other lies incredible Iceland, the land of fire and ice. Experience the natural highlights of this staggeringly beautiful country, strolling along striking black sand beaches and hiking to enchanting, rainbow-dappled waterfalls. Watch the Earth in action at some of the island’s volcanoes, gain insights into the life and culture of the Icelandic people, and explore the otherworldly landscapes that have inspired fantasy writers for centuries, from Jules Verne to J.R.R. Tolkein and George R. R. Martin.

Tour Highlights:

  • Tour the Golden Circle and see the geological wonders here
  • Head to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and view the icebergs floating by
  • Hike in Skaftafell National Park
  • Explore the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula
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National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures is a collection of unique tours designed to take you deeper into the cultures and habitats of the places we explore. They offer upgraded accommodations, cozier rides, and more inclusions, compared to other G Adventures Travel Styles, as well as greater hands-on exploration, interactions with local experts, and the freedom to roam, all within the structure and security of traveling in a small group. As you prepare for your adventure, you will receive pre-trip articles from National Geographic to get you excited about your trip. You’ll have your explorer cap on before you’re even on the plane. Your adventure will be led by a CEO (Chief Experience Officer) with specialized National Geographic training and a deep, locally informed knowledge of your destination.

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 0 TRAVEL DAY

Overnight flight, arriving in Reykjavik June 11th.


DAY 1 REYKJAVÍK

Arrive at any time.

There is a lot to do in and around Reykjavik - should you wish to take advantage of the many optional activities, such as the Blue Lagoon thermal pools, we recommend booking a pre or post night.  

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.


DAY 2 REYKJAVÍK/SKAFTAFELL

Discover the beauty of Iceland’s southern coast as we drive towards Skaftafell. Take in views of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, whose 2010 eruption sent massive clouds of ash into the atmosphere of the North Atlantic. See the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and follow a hidden path through a canyon to the secluded falls of Gljúfrabúi. Stop in Hveragerði, nicknamed the “hot spring village,” where you will have the opportunity to taste bread baked in a hot spring. Then visit the Lava Center in Hvolsvöllur for a look at how volcanoes and earthquakes have shaped the island. (B)


DAY 3 SKAFTAFELL

Continue exploring the southern shore, driving through sandy plains and moss-covered lava fields and stopping along the way at historical and geological sites. Visit Diamond Beach, scattered with icebergs that wash up on the black sands, and see iridescent ice formations in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Hike in Vatnajökull National Park to Svartifoss waterfall, framed by basaltic lava columns, and pause at a historic farmstead in Öræfi, home to one of Iceland’s best preserved turf churches. (B)


DAY 4 SKAFTAFELL/VIK

Embark on a guided walk atop a glacier in Skaftafell National Park, which was incorporated into Vatnajökull National Park in 2008. Strap on a pair of crampons and get close-up views of intriguing ice formations, deep sinkholes, and rugged crevasses. Later, stroll along the black sands of Reynisfjara beach, capturing images of the towering Reynisdrangar sea stacks.
Depending on the season and nesting habits of birdlife, we may also visit Dyrhólaey Cape. As well, it is possible to see puffins at Reynisfjara beach, Dyrhólaey Cape or near Vík in the summer months (15 May - 15 August). (B)

DAY 5 VIK/GOLDEN CIRCLE/SELFOSS

This morning, learn about Icelandic cultural heritage at the Skógar Folk Museum and visit the awe-inspiring Skógafoss waterfall, opting to climb 400-odd steps to the viewing platform for spectacular vistas. Then set out on a tour of the celebrated Golden Circle. Visit the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and stand in awe before the steaming Geysir, from which the English word “geyser” derives. (B,L)


DAY 6 SELFOSS/SNÆFELLSNES

Begin the day with a walk in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we’ll see the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Continue to a traditional Icelandic farm—located in the narrow fjord of Hvalfjörður—to learn about rural Icelandic life and enjoy a farm-to-table lunch. We’ll then make our way to the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland.

Thingvellir National Park is the meeting place of the two tectonic plates on which America and Europe rest. This rift is clearly visible in the huge fissures that scar the landscape surrounding the lake and lava fields. (B,L)

DAY 7 SNÆFELLSNES

Spend the day exploring the peninsula, including Snæfellsjökull National Park and its mystical glacier-topped volcano, which Jules Verne wrote about in his novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. See Búðir church, a tiny black church perched in the middle of a lava field; the Lóndrangar sea stacks; the black pebble beach at Djúpalónssandur; and the iconic peak of Kirkjufell, featured in Game of Thrones. We’ll also visit the Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum, founded by world-renowned volcanologist and National Geographic Grantee Dr. Haraldur Sigurðsson. (B,D)


DAY 8 SNÆFELLSNES/REYKJAVÍK

Venture to Borgarfjörður, a picturesque fjord that has provided the setting for many of Iceland’s sagas. See the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls; and step into Reykholt, the homestead of the 12th-century writer Snorri Sturluson. We’ll also visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, whose water heats most buildings in western Iceland. Continue to Reykjavík for our final evening. (B)


DAY 9 REYKJAVÍK

Depart at any time. (B)


B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Included on this tour:

  

  • 8 nights accommodations.
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Icelandic Farm Experience, Hvalfjörður
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum, Snæfellsnes.
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
  • Visit the LAVA Centre.
  • Hveragerði geothermal garden.
  • Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon.
  • Take an ice walk on a glacier in Skaftafell National Park.
  • Visit black sand beaches.
  • Explore Vatnajökull National Park.
  • Golden Circle tour including Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs.
  • Explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula including Snaefellsjokull National Park, Sagaland and Deildartunguhver Hot Spring.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

PRICING DETAILS


$3,899 land only price per person, based on double occupancy

+$1349 single supplement for single occupancy room

Additional costs:

  • Airfare and airport transfers are NOT included and are to be purchased separately
  • Mandatory travel insurance - quotes will be provided at registration
  • Optional Pre-Night in Reykjavik - pricing TBD, but anticipated to be approx $350 for a shared room and $250 for a single room. 

$350 per person deposit required to secure your spot. Note that deposit payments will not be processed until the minimum number of travelers has been met to guarantee the group. Once processed, deposit will be non-refundable

Final payment due April 7, 2022.

A few notes about this tour:

  • Minimum 8, maximum 16 guests
  • Transportation will be by private van/mini-bus for the group.
  • This is a busy tour with some long drive days.
  • Activity level for this tour is rated as average, which means some tours will include light hiking in addition to walking.
  • Blue Lagoon is not included as part of the tour, but can be added before or after.

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READY?

LET'S GET YOU

SIGNED UP!

STEP ONE: Complete this form for yourself and members of your party on the same reservation.  The first person will be considered the lead passenger and main contact. If you are sharing a room with someone who will be responsible for their own reservation, list their name where requested and complete this form only for yourself.

STEP TWO: Once I have all necessary info and have confirmed space still available, I will email an invoice with a credit card authorization for the deposit and any additional forms that need to be completed.

STEP THREE: Review the invoice and authorize the credit card payment. Once the minimum required number of participants are registered, the deposit will then be made and your booking will be complete!