Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice

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Iceland is a unique destination that offers pristine nature, boasting geysers, geothermal pools, waterfalls and wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and vibrant culture deeply rooted in ancient heritage. Spend five nights in Selfoss while exploring this amazing land of fire and ice.

A Special 'Northern Lights' Departure: During the tour, there will be a special excursion to a location selected by your guide that will offer optimal viewing of the amazing natural phenomenon, Aurora Borealis. If the ‘lights’ are not seen, there will be one more opportunity offered during the tour. Please note: sightings are not guaranteed.

Iceland

DAY 1 – Depart the USA
Today you’ll depart the USA on your overnight flight to Keflavik, Iceland.

DAY 2 – Reykjavik, Iceland
Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower and transferred to your hotel in the town of Hveragerdi. Rooms will be available for check-in upon arrival. All flights should arrive by 11:00am. Iceland is full of surprises – for one, it isn’t covered in ice! It’s a stunning mix of green plains, wild volcanic scenery, beautiful coasts and lakes, spouting geysers, hot springs, mud pools and so- phisticated cities. Topped off by clean, fresh air, you’ll find yourself in a trance surrounded by unique natural beauty throughout the country.

Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city of 100,000 people, is unique in many ways. This capital is a modern city with a variety of restau- rants, museums, galleries and theaters. Heated entirely by geother- mal water, it is home to the “smoking bay”, so named for the rising steam that greeted the city’s Viking founder, Angolfr Arnarsson, as he sailed into the bay here in 874 AD. The city center is the heart of Reykjavik and home to many charming historic buildings of stone and timber contrasting with imaginative modern architecture. It has the features of a modern society complemented by a close connec- tion to natural wonders right on the city’s doorstep. Hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, midnight sun, waterfalls, northern lights, volca- noes and bizarre landscapes – the city has them all!

This afternoon, enroute to Reykjavik, drive over the mountain pass Hellisheidi where magnificent views of the wide plains formed by glacial rivers unfold before you. On the included panoramic city tour of the world’s most northerly capital, see the old town center, Parliament, cathedral, harbor, National Museum, ‘Pearl’ and Hofoi House (site of the Iceland summit of 1986), and Hallgri╠ümskirkja Church whose steeple is a landmark of the city. This evening, a wel- come dinner is included. Meal: D

DAY 3 – Iceland’s South Shore
After breakfast, your adventure to the South Shore begins with a journey through small villages and farmlands to the majestic moun- tains with views including Mt. Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland, and the towering, ice-capped strato volcano Eyjafjalla- jokull, which last erupted in 2010. Iceland is also famous for its wa- terfalls and you’ll see two of the most magnificent—the Seljalandsfoss which tumbles over high rock escarpments allowing you to walk behind the waterfall, and Skogafoss.

Learn about the preservation of the Southern Iceland cultural her- itage on the visit to Skogar Folk Museum. Exploration continues to Dyrholaey, a magnificent rocky headland with sheer cliffs, enroute to the village of Vik. Head to the seashore, flanked by steep bird cliffs rising high above the beautiful black sand beach. In the sea, just outside of Vik, see the Reynisdrangar Rocks which stand 216 feet above sea level at their highest point. Meal: B

DAY 4 – Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon
This morning, head for the rough tracks of Reykjanes, one of the most active volcanic areas in Iceland. Visit the geothermal area of Krysuvik and Lake Kleifarvtn with its hot springs and solfatares. The moonlike surroundings of the lake never fail to leave a strong impression on visitors!

A remarkable life enriching experience is a visit to the Blue Lagoon – a lake of warm-mineral rich geothermal water, internationally renowned for its healing prowess. Located in the middle of a lava field in the pure and beautiful Icelandic wilderness, water is heated by underground volcanic activity at a depth of 5,400 feet and is pumped to the surface to form this man-made wonder. The Blue Lagoon is known for its special properties and its beneficial effect on the skin. Visitors from all over the world come here in search of health, relaxation and an exotic experience. You’ll have an opportu- nity to soak in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich water. Meal: B

DAY 5 – Reykjavik / Whale Watching
Depart the hotel for Reykjavik for an included whale-watching ex- cursion where the naturalist guides onboard the vessel will share their knowledge of these magnificent creatures while searching for pods of whales in the area. Enjoy some free time in the city center before returning to the hotel. Meal: B

DAY 6 – The Golden Circle
On the full-day tour of the Golden Circle, enjoy scenic drives along with the geological and historic sites of the island. Your excursion includes a drive to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir National Park. A remarkable geological site, it is one of the few spots in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is seen above water. The amazing canyon that runs through the park is a meeting point of two of the earth’s tectonic plates. The park is situated by Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake on the island. The park is also the most historic site on the island as the world’s oldest democratic par- liament was founded here in 930 AD.

You’ll see outstanding natural wonders when you visit Geysir, Ice- land’s most famous area for thermal activity. View ‘Strokkur’, one of the most active geysers, and ‘Gullfoss’ (Golden Waterfall), Iceland’s most famous waterfall. Before returning to Selfoss, a visit to a local farm gives you the chance to meet some of the native Icelandic horses, as well as learn about the growing of healthy tomatoes using green energy, pure water and organic pest controls. This evening, join your travel companions for the farewell dinner. Meals: B, D

DAY 7 – Return to USA
Following breakfast, transfer to Keflavik Airport and bid a fond farewell to amazing Iceland, as you return home with memorable life enriching experiences to cherish. Meal: B

 

Itinerary subject to change based on local conditions.

  • Roundtrip airfare from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
  • 7 Meals (2 dinners and 5 breakfasts)
  • Hotel accommodations at Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi, Iceland
  • Airport transfers in Iceland on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower
  • Included city tour of Reykjavik with a local guide
  • Experience a full-day adventure of volcanoes, waterfalls, geothermal activity and nature, with a local guide, on the included South Shore excursion
  • Discover the Reykjanes Peninsula and its geothermal activities with a local guide on this included full-day excursion
  • Relax in the Blue Lagoon (entrance included)
  • Included whale-watching excursion with onboard naturalist guides
  • On a full-day included Golden Circle tour with a local guide, see the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit "Geysir" and more natural wonders
  • $35 in Mayflower Money

Travelers Protection Plan (TPP) - $199 per person (optional)

This nonrefundable fee waives all cancellation fees when we are notified of cancellation one day before the tour departs. If you must leave the tour early due to personal illness, illness or death of a member of your immediate family,TPP guarantees full refund for any unused services after the departure of the tour. Other benefits include medical expenses for illness and injury, emergency transportation, 24 hour hot line, and lost or stolen baggage assistance. Return air transportation is included ONLY if your air tickets were provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours. If you purchase the optional Travelers Protection Plan (TPP), you will be refunded all payments, including deposit amount, less the TPP premium amount. 

Passport & Visas – Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited. NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

Air itineraries may not be available until documents are received. Air seats are assigned by the airline for the entire group. Seat changes can only be attempted upon receipt of tickets and documents at which time availability may be limited. If specific seat assignments are vital to your reservation, we recommend individual air reservations rather than booking air with the group.

Deposit & Payment Schedule:
Land Tour with Air        Deposit Per Person           Final Payment
With TPP Coverage                    $449                      90 Days
Without TPP Coverage               $250                      90 Days

Cancellation Charges Without Traveler’s Protection Plan (TPP)

  • 91 Days or More - Deposit amount
  • 90 to 45 days prior - 20% of tour cost
  • 44 to 15 days prio - 30% of tour cost
  • 14 to 1 day prior - 50% of tour cost
  • Day 1 of departure or early departure from tour - 100% of tour cost
  • No refund on unused portions of the tour