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Hosted By: Donna Hamilton
Former WBAL-TV Anchor
Explore the charming towns, fascinating myths, and dramatic landscapes of Iceland in the summertime, when the sun shines brightly into the night. Arrive in Reykjavik for a guided tour of the capital city’s best sights, including the Perlan Observatory and Hallgrimskirkja Church. Next, board Windstar’s opulent all-suite yacht, Star Pride for seven nights. Newly renovated ocean-facing rooms, luxurious amenities, and award-winning cuisine with all meals included await us on the ship. Our spectacular ports of call are Heimaey Island, Seydisfjordur, Akureyri, Isafjordur, and Grundarfjordur. Choose from a fantastic selection of optional excursions to visit historic sites, view majestic wildlife, and gaze upon some of the world’s most breathtaking natural wonders. Disembarking in Reykjavik, we relax at the Blue Lagoon and marvel at an exact replica of a famed 9th-century ship at the Viking World Museum before returning home.
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August 29th, 2024 - September 6th, 2024
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Final Payment Date: 03/02/2024
Day 1 : Fly to Iceland
We depart the United States on a comfortable overnight flight to Reykjavik.
Day 2 : Reykjavik & the Star Pride
This morning, we begin our explorations with a city tour of Reykjavik’s top sights including the Perlan Observatory, Hallgrimskirkja Church, Hofdi House, and more. Later, we transfer to Windstar’s pier to board the Star Pride and experience the luxury of small ship cruising. This newly renovated, all-suite yacht is small enough to venture into ports beyond the reach of larger vessels, yet expansive enough to provide high-class entertainment and amenities. Enjoy upscale, spacious suites with an ocean view and all meals included onboard!
Day 3 : Heimaey Island
Passing by Surtsey Island’s rugged cliffsides and thriving seabird population, our ship cruises to Heimaey Island today. This vibrant and cheerful island is the largest and most populated off the Icelandic coastline, but it comes from a catastrophic past of pirate invasions and a destructive volcanic eruption, similar to Pompeii. Learn about this intriguing history at the Eldheimar Volcano Museum, play a round of golf, or choose from a variety of optional excursions such as a helicopter glacier adventure.
Day 4 : Day at Sea
Enjoy a leisurely morning and afternoon aboard the ship to take advantage of its wonderful amenities as we sail eastbound to Seydisfjord. Arriving in the early evening, there is plenty of time to begin exploring with the sun shining brightly above late into the night. This charming town boasts a lively atmosphere, colorful wooden buildings, quaint cafes, and otherworldly mountain scenery.
Day 5 : Seydisfjordur
We spend the first half of our day discovering more of Seydisfjordur’s awe-inspiring sights. There is no shortage of spectacular optional excursions to choose from! Hike to Hengifoss Waterfall, embark on a 4x4 adventure through Mjoifjordur, witness majestic wildlife in Skalanes Nature Reserve, or step back in time with a journey through the area’s rich history. Later, we board our ship to enjoy delicious cuisine and relaxation as we sail to our next destination.
Day 6 : Akureyri
Today’s port of call is Akureyri, nestled at the base of Eyjafjordur Fjord. This cosmopolitan city is a vital port and fisheries center known for an ice-free harbor despite its close proximity to the Arctic Circle. It’s also coined as the gateway to north Iceland’s exceptional beauty, which can be witnessed with one of the many optional excursions including glacier canyon river rafting, horseback riding, visiting “Waterfall of the Gods,” relaxing in the sky-blue Myvatn Nature Baths, or joining a whale safari. You may also venture into town to see the city’s highlights on your own. Don’t miss viewing the art canyon, Listagil, or shopping for souvenirs on Hafnarstraeti.
Day 7 : Isafjordur
This afternoon, our ship arrives in the quaint and walkable city of Isafjordur. Enjoy the small-town feel as you take in the dramatic landscapes and view fascinating wooden houses with tin roofs from the 18th and 19th centuries. Immerse yourself in the best attractions with an optional excursion such as fjord kayaking, an Icelandic super jeep ride, visiting the abandoned village of Hesteyri, traveling to the mountainsides called the “Trolls Throne,” or tasting local cuisine on a walking tour.
Day 8 : Grundarfjordur
We arrive in Grundarfjordur this morning, found between a soaring mountain range and the picturesque sea. The most iconic attraction located a short trip north is Snaefellsjokull National Park, brimming with natural wonders from moss-covered lava fields to jagged cliffs and cascading waterfalls. Other optional excursions include hiking Berserkjahraun Lava Field, tasting fresh Viking sushi, cruising to Melrakkaey Nature Reserve, a nesting site for puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes, and other birds. You may also enjoy a stroll through the historical city center, stop at a charming café, view spectacular photographs at Baeringsstofa, or play a short round of golf.
Day 9 : Fly Home
We disembark the ship in Reykjavik this morning and visit Iceland’s most popular attraction, the Blue Lagoon. Soak in the mineral-rich seawater, naturally a constant 102°F, and relax at the geothermal massage waterfall. Enjoy an included silica mud mask and beverage to complete this tranquil experience. This afternoon, we visit the Viking World Museum to climb aboard the replica of a 9th-century ship, the Icelander, then return to the airport for our flight home.
WBAL TV Pickup Locations:
Baltimore, MD - Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Donna Hamilton is a self admitted wanderer…someone for whom travel and discovering new places has been a lifelong passion. She was fortunate enough to be able to often satisfy that passion on the job.
Through Evening Magazine, Great Country Inns and other “gigs,” she visited parts of all continents…. except Australia and Antarctica. As Donna says, “They still elude me, but I’m hopeful!”
She happily spent the last two decades involved in award-winning medical reporting and anchoring the evening newscasts at WBAL-TV, bringing the news of the day to Baltimore and much of Maryland. Recently retired, she plans on more travel with her husband David, and hopes you’ll join her finding new places!
Join Donna and WBAL-TV viewers on this wonderful adventure.
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.