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Hosted By: Ann Emmerich
News 10 Anchor
Discover Iceland’s best-known national treasures, mystical northern lights, unique traditions, and dramatic landscapes of fire and ice with ancient volcanoes and grandiose glaciers. Begin at FlyOver Iceland with an exhilarating virtual journey over the country’s terrain and a guided tour of Reykjavik’s stunning city sights. Relax on a scenic cruise through Breidafjordur Bay and taste Viking sushi, fresh shellfish picked from pristine waters. Spend a day exploring the geological wonders within the Golden Circle including Gullfoss Waterfall, Geyser Hot Springs, and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delight your taste buds with savory regional dishes at Efstidalur and Fridheimer farms while learning about the importance of agriculture in this area. Travel along Reykjanes Peninsula for the world’s only view of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge above sea level. Soak up the famous rejuvenating geothermal spa, Blue Lagoon, and indulge in the included Comfort Package with a beverage and silica mud mask. We also learn about the northern lights and how to photograph them at Aurora Reykjavik, then search the night sky for magical auroras each night.
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March 16th, 2024 - March 22nd, 2024
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Final Payment Date: 12/12/2023
Day 1 : Fly to Iceland
Depart the USA for a restful overnight flight to Iceland.
Day 2 : Arrive in Iceland
We arrive early morning and enjoy a group breakfast. Afterward, we begin our exploration in the Land of Fire and Ice at FlyOver Iceland. Experience the ultimate introduction to this beautiful country with motion seating and a wraparound screen, simulating a flight over expansive mountains and glaciers. We also gaze upon the colorful, shimmering exterior of Harpa Concert Hall, take in beautiful panoramas of Reykjavik from the Perlan observation deck, and enjoy stunning views from the city’s best-known landmark, Hallgrimskirkja Church. Later, we check in to our hotel then gather for a fantastic Welcome Dinner and get to know our traveling companions.
Day 3 : Reykjavik
After breakfast, we’re off to enjoy more city sights of Reykjavik. Though one of the smallest capital cities in the world, it is brimming with adventures! Learn about the aurora borealis at Aurora Reykjavik and view Parliament, one of the oldest stone buildings in Iceland. Next, we descend under Whale Bay through an undersea tunnel to Folk Museum in Akranes where we view a vast collection of architecture, maritime exhibits, and artifacts. We then see Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, which provides water and geothermal heat for much of the area. Today’s adventure concludes with visiting two incredibly unique waterfalls: Hraunfossar, several creeks cascading down a wall of lava rocks creating a spectacular display of colors; and Barnafoss, cutting deep through a narrow canyon and steeped in mystery and folklore. Before dinner together this evening, we check in to our hotel for the next two nights, the perfect location to hunt for northern lights dancing above.
Day 4 : Breidafjordur Bay
Following breakfast, we travel to Stykkisholmur, a gateway city to several islands in Breidafjordur Bay. We embark on a maritime escapade, passing by hundreds of tiny islands and viewing quaint fishing villages. Revel in the opportunity to experience Viking sushi, where a large selection of shellfish is pulled straight from the pristine waters for tasting. Arriving at Arnarstapi, we walk along incredible stacked columnar basalt rock formations. We then visit Snaefellsjokull National Park to gaze upon the variety of landscapes, from moss-blanketed lava fields to jagged cliffs and pebbled beaches. We bid the bay farewell, then head back to our hotel for dinner and relaxation. Tonight, we have another opportunity to discover the mysterious aurora borealis.
Day 5 : Golden Circle of Natural Wonders
Today is brimming with history and extraordinary marvels, starting with the Golden Circle of Natural Wonders. Experience the power of Gullfoss Waterfall as glacial water thunders down a rugged canyon and stroll through Geysir Hot Springs area, packed with bubbling mud pits and explosive geysers including Strokkur, which spouts water 100 feet into the air like clockwork. Another highlight is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s oldest ongoing parliament. Observe the dramatic landscape as it displays how the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet, creating geological phenomena such as bulging lava fields and glacial pools. We then learn about Iceland’s important dairy history while tasting regional delights at Efstidalur dairy farm, followed by a special lunch at Fridheimar farm. Afterward, we see how tomatoes are grown in greenhouses year-round and learn about the fascinating gaits of the famed Icelandic horses. We stay in the Hveragerdi region this evening and gaze upward for views of the spectacular 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 witness the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the only place in the world it is visible above sea level. Afterward, we visit Iceland’s most popular attraction, the Blue Lagoon. Soak in the mineral-rich seawater, naturally a constant 102°F. Don’t miss out on the included silica mud mask or experiencing the geothermal massage waterfall. We leave the Blue Lagoon feeling refreshed and energized. Lunch this afternoon is in the fishing town of Grindavik, followed by sights of Lake Kleifarvatn, uniquely filled entirely by underground water. Later, we return to Reykjavik and enjoy a Farewell Dinner.
Day 7 : Fly Home
We return home with fond memories of our adventures in Iceland.
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Ann Emmerich anchors the 5, 5:30, 6, 10 & 11 pm news for WILX-TV 10.
A proud graduate of Central Michigan University, Ann has received several awards. Most, recently, she won a 2023 Regional Edward R. Murrow and Emmy for her feature, “Champions of the Heart.” In 2013, she won a Regional Emmy for an Investigative Report which revealed problems with Ingham County’s 911 Consolidation. Her work has been recognized by the Associated Press and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.
Ann is active in the Mid-Michigan community. She’s served on the Board of Highfields, Inc., and is active with the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer,” and the Tri-County Office on Aging.
Ann is the proud mother of three adult sons Edward, Daniel and Tom. She’s been married to her husband Tom for 36 years.
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