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Northern Lights Above Hallgrimskirkja Church
The Blue Lagoon
Departs: December 7th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Discover Iceland’s best-known national treasures, mystical northern lights, ancient sagas, and unique traditions. Iceland is a land of fire and ice with ancient volcanoes, and grandiose glaciers. Tour the “Golden Circle,” packed with jaw-dropping landscapes and natural wonders including Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cruise Breidafjordur Bay and taste shellfish picked from pristine waters. We’ll also visit the famous rejuvenating geothermal spa Blue Lagoon, tour the capital of Reykjavik, stroll the halls of the National Museum of Iceland, and each evening we’ll search the night sky for magical auroras.
Hosted By: Jack Corrigan
Voice of the Colorado Rockies KOA and the Rocky Mountain Region
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Day 1 : Fly to Iceland
Depart the USA for a restful overnight flight to Iceland.
Day 2 : Arrive in Iceland
Our flight arrives early morning. After breakfast, we'll visit Iceland's National Museum. Tonight we reconvene for a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner where you will have time to get to know your traveling companions.
Day 3 : Reykjavík
After breakfast we enjoy a city tour of Reykjavík. Though one of the smallest capital cities in the world, it is brimming with adventures. Find the perfect blend of modern metropolitan chic and timeless Scandinavian charms. We visit the exquisite Harpa Concert Hall, the Parliament, and enjoy panoramic views from the city’s best-known landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. Next we descend under Whale Bay through an undersea tunnel to Akranes. At the Museum Center view a vast collection of architecture, maritime exhibits and artifacts. We head to the coast and ascend to the top of a lighthouse for outstanding views of the rugged coastline. Then see Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, which provides water and geothermal heat for much of the area. A quick stop at Reykholt uncovers historic sites and cultural novelties as the once-home of Iceland's best-known author, Snorri Sturluson. We end the day visiting two incredibly unique waterfalls. Hraunfosser is a collection of several creeks cascading down a wall of lava rocks, creating a spectacular display of ever-changing colors. Barnafoss waterfall, steeped in mystery and folklore, is found not far above Hraunfosser. We overnight in the Reykholt area for the next two nights. This is the perfect place to go on an evening adventure hunting for luminescent green Northern Lights dancing above.
Day 4 : Breidafjordur Bay
Following breakfast, we travel to Stykkishólmur, a gateway city to several islands in Breidafjordur Bay. We embark on a maritime escapade passing by thousands of these tiny islands. Experience Viking Sushi, where a large selection of shellfish is pulled straight from the pristine waters for the tasting. View quaint fishing villages as we make our way through the bay. Hellnar has a year-round population of less than 10 people! The bay is brimming with wildlife, including Orcas and varieties of coastal birds including Puffins. At Arnarstapi we can walk along the Bookshelves of God, made out of stacked columnar basalt rock formations. The serenity of Snaefelljsokull National Park leaves lasting memories of a variety of landscapes, from moss-blanketed lava fields, to jagged cliffs and pebbled beaches. We bid the bay farewell before we head back to our hotel. Tonight we have another opportunity to discover the mysterious Aurora Borealis.
Day 5 : Golden Circle of Natural Wonders
atural marvels. Experience the power of Gullfoss waterfall as it thunders glacial water a little over 100 feet down a rugged canyon. When the sun is shining you can often witness a bright rainbow over the falls. The Geysir Hot Springs area is packed with bubbling mud pits and explosive geysers, including Strokkur, which spouts water 100 feet into the sky every few minutes. The highlight of our Golden Circle tour is þingvellir National Park, bursting with a storied history and incredible landscape. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also the world’s oldest ongoing parliament, beginning with an annual assembly established by Norse settlers in 930 AD. The area offers dramatic landscapes as it visibly displays how the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet, creating bulging lava fields, glacial pools, and other geological phenomena. En route to Hveragerði we stop at Efstidalur dairy farm and enjoy regional delights, including homemade skyr, a Greek-style yogurt dessert from the days of Vikings. Our geothermal adventure continues as we enter the Hot Springs Capital of the World. Not only is the town brimming with countless hot springs and clay foot baths, but also a large concentration of greenhouses. Residents here provide the country with a vast majority of its homegrown produce, including tropical fruit such as bananas and papayas sustained with a geothermally heated climate. We stay in the Hveragerði area this evening and gaze upward for views of the Aurora Borealis.
Day 6 : Reykjanes Seacoast & Blue Lagoon
Rise and shine for a spectacular coastal drive along Reykjanes Peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geopark. Here we see mossy-topped volcanic riffs and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the only place in the world it is visible. We stop at Strandarkirkja church, nestled in the dramatic coastline. Locals believe this church has profound divine powers for increased luck and success. See Lake Kleifarvatn, unique in that it is filled entirely by underground water. We make a lunch stop in the fishing town of Grindavík and end our last day of adventure with a relaxing afternoon at Iceland’s most popular attraction, the Blue Lagoon. Mineral rich seawater fills the large lake at a constant 102°F. Soak in the lagoon or enjoy the mystical views from the sauna. Don’t miss out on the famous silica mud, found in white buckets throughout the lagoon or experience the geothermal massage waterfall. We leave the Blue Lagoon feeling refreshed, energized, and silky smooth. We return to Reykjavík and enjoy a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner before searching for the natural wonder of the Northern Lights.
Day 7 : Fly Home
After an included breakfast we fly home with wonderful memories of our Icelandic adventure.
December 7th, 2019 - December 13th, 2019
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Final Payment Date: 09/3/2019
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With more than 2,600 Rockies broadcasts, Jack Corrigan enters his 17th season in Denver and his 34th in Major League Baseball. In addition, he has been involved with play-by-play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, college football and basketball for the ACC, Ivy League, and Patriot League among others.
Jack is a graduate of Cornell University where he played football for four seasons. He received a M.A. from Kent State University and his thesis on NFL Films is in the archives at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jack has his own video company and he has written two novels with a third awaiting publication.
Jack and his wife, Lisa, have been married 42 years and they have two children, both married, and two grandchildren. Jack, a prostate cancer survivor, is active with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and other local groups in increasing awareness and raising funds for research.
Join Jack and KOA Radio listeners on this fabulous trip of a lifetime!