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Northern Lights Above Hallgrimskirkja Church
The Blue Lagoon
Departs: February 29th, 2020 Tour Dates & Pricing
Discover the 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 will also visit the famous rejuvenating geothermal spa Blue Lagoon, tour the capital of Reykjavik, stroll the halls of the National Museum of Iceland, learn about the northern lights and how to photograph them at Aurora Reykjavik, and search the night sky for magical auroras.
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Hosted By: Melissa Brunner
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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.
Take in beautiful views of Reykjavik and the surroundings from the Perlan, an observation deck known as the Pearl.
We'll tour the National Museum of Iceland before checking into our hotel.
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 more city sites of Reykjavik. Though one of the smallest capital cities in the world, it is brimming with adventures.
We'll learn about the aurora borealis at the Aurora Reykjavík Museum where the northern lights are always on display. We'll view Parliament and enjoy panoramic views from the city’s best-known landmark, Hallgrímskirkja 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.
See Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, which provides water and geothermal heat for much of the area.
We end the day visiting two incredibly unique waterfalls: Hraunfosser, a collection of several creeks cascading down a wall of lava rocks creating a spectacular display of ever-changing colors; and Barnafoss waterfall, cutting deep through a narrow canyon and steeped in mystery and folklore.
We overnight in the Reykholt area for the next two nights. This is the perfect place to hunt 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 hundreds of tiny islands. Experience Viking Sushi, where a large selection of shellfish is pulled straight from the pristine waters for tasting. View quaint fishing villages as we make our way through the bay.
At Arnarstapi we can walk along the Bookshelves of God, made out of stacked columnar basalt rock formations.
The serenity of Snæfelljsökull 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
Our morning is packed with history and natural marvels. Experience the power of Gullfoss waterfall as it thunders glacial water more than 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 Thingvellir 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 at Hveragerði. 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 thanks to the 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.
Make a stop for lunch in the fishing town of Grindavík.
See Lake Kleifarvatn, unique in that it is filled entirely by underground water.
Our last day of adventure culminates 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 included silica mud mask 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.
Day 7 : Fly Home
After an included breakfast we fly home with wonderful memories of our Icelandic adventure.
February 29th, 2020 - March 6th, 2020
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 11/26/2019
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Lawrence, KS - Hy-Vee Grocery Store
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Melissa is a native of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a town about 40 miles south of Green Bay, which means she is required to be a Packers fan! However, she’s adopted Topeka as her home (and the Chiefs and Royals, too), moving here in May 1996 for a job with WIBW-TV.
A graduate of Marquette University, Melissa has covered numerous subjects at WIBW. She currently anchors the Live at 5 broadcast and co-anchors 13 News at 6 and 10 with Ralph Hipp. Melissa is involved with numerous community organizations and events.
When she’s not working or attending a community event, you can find her running, working in the yard, searching for antiques or following the exploits of her nieces and nephews. Melissa and her husband, Doug, have several furry, four-legged children, including dogs Lucy and Buddy!
Melissa has previously hosted several Holiday Vacations tours. Join Melissa and other WIBW viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.
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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.