Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice

Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice

Icleand Including Reykjavik, The Golden Circle, Lava Fields, Skogar Museum, Glacial Lagoon, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Stokkur's Hot Springs & More

A Journey of Dramatic Contrasts!

  • Van Galder's 2018 Showcase Tour

  • July 1-9, 2018, 9 Days, 13 Meals

  • Choose a Visit to the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching


Iceland is one of the hottest destinations in the world right now and you can see it with Van Galder and Collette Tours! It's a land of extraordinary beauty and rich history. Want to know more?


Day 1

Overnight flight from Chicago for Iceland, a land forged by fire and Ice. Steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature. Massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords.

Day 2`

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND: Begin in the capital city of Reykjavik. Join a local expert for a walking tour of the city's old section featuring Hallgrimskikja church, city hall, the harbor and Reykjavik's oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design center. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers during an Icelandic dinner at a local restaurant


Day 3

REYKJAVIK & THE GOLDEN CIRCLE: Travel the memorable Golden Circle, a route encompassing many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields, and volcanos. Begin at Thingvellir Natioonal Park, where Iclelanders gathered in AD 930 and established one of the world's first parliaments.

Find yourself standing upon one of the globe's most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir's rugged rift valley. This UNESCO World Heritage site marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet.

Next, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Stop at the famous thermal area of Geysir to admire the hot spring Strokkur's explosive vertical spout that reaches a height of up to 90 feet. Your day concludes with a visit to Frioheimar greenhouse cultivation center to learn how the locals grow delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of Iceland's geothermal energy.


Day 4

SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA: Experience the otherworldiness of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Take in the dramatic landscapes of black and white sand beaches, stunning cliffs, mountain peaks, volcanic craters, soaring waterfalls, rocky coastlines, intimate fishing villages, and the remarkable Snaefellsjokull glacier.

This afternoon, it's your choice! You may choose a guided Vatnershellir Cave tour and descend 100 feet below ground to an 8,000-year-old lava tube where you'll experience total darkness and see amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites, stalactites and more.

Or, perhaps you'd prefer to walk the lava field and put your camera to work, snapping photos of nature's artwork of varying textures, colors and arrangment of the dramatic landscape. Next, we continue on and pause at Krikjufell, acclaimed to be the most photographed mountain in Iceland.

Your day concludes with a nature cruise in Breidafjordur Bay. Experience countless birds like puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes and the majestic white-tailed eagle, soaring amongst basalt rock columns. While cruising, try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean. Seafood simply doesn't come fresher than this!

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Day 5

STYKKISHOLMUR & VIK: Embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure as you spend time with a family who keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark. See the fishing boat utilized by their granfather, the tiny farmers' church and explore the museum ot learn more about Iceland's deep relationship with this trade.

Before leaving, taste hakare, cured shark meat. Continue the adventure traveling Iceland's south coast. Learn about geothermal renewable energy with a visit to Helliseeioi. Make a picture stop at Waterfall Selijalandsfoss, one of a few waterfalls providing you with a walkway for views from the inside out.

Arrive in Vik, Iceland's most southerly village and one of the most visit``ed sites in the country.

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Day 6

EYJAFJALLAJOKULL VOLCANO VISITOR CENTER: Drive along the scenic south shore to Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitor Center. Learn about a family's struggle to adapt during and following the dramatic 2010 explosion of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano that brought European flights to a halt.

Visit Skogar Museum withch contains an outstanding collection covering Viking history, including farm and domestic artifacts, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is the impressive Skogafoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland. Then, view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs scattered with caves and rich bird life. Later, see the unique natural rock formations at Kyrholaey.

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Day 7

JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON: Set sail among the impressive icebergs in the scenic Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Get to taste the 1,000-year-old ice and possibly see some seals. Later, stop at Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Marvel at the Alpine environment of Iceand's highest mountains and the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest glacier.

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Day 8

CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE: It's your last day in Iceland ... and you can decide how to spend it. Perhaps you'll embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, knows for its rugged landscape, lava fields, numerous hot springs, and home to the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field.

Or, maybe you'd prefer to further explore the wonders of Iceland's waters during an informative whale watching adventure in the bay of Faxafloi. Have your camera ready for minke and humpback whale sightings and white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises in their natural habitat. Later, gather with your fellow travelers for a local dining experience and share stories of o`ur days in Iceland.

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Day 9

Depart from Reykjavik with many incredible Icelandic memories, full of fire and ice.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

DEPOSIT: $500 at time of reservation. Final payment is due by May 1, 2018. Reservations are made on a first come, first served basis. Reservations made after the deposit due date of Dec. 26, 2017 are based upon availability.


ACCOMMODATIONS: Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavik; Hotel Stykkisholmur, Stykksholmur; Hotel Katla, Hofdabrekka, Vik; Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavik. (On some dates, alternative hotels may be used.)


TOUR INCLUSIONS: Professoinal Collette Tour Director, motorcoach transportation to airport, ruontrip air, accommdations, luggage handling at the hotels, admissions/atractions, an d13 meals, inludcing 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners.


TRAVEL INSURANCE: Optional, but highly recommended. If you purchase Collette's travel protection insurance, your deposit will be $250 per person plus the cost of insurance ($280).


PASSPORT REQUIRED:  Passport must be valid for six months upon departure from Reykjavik, Iceland.


ACTIVITY LEVEL 3 / HEAVY WALKING: Physical stamina required. Stair climbing, longer periods of walking and/or standing may be involved, along with higher elevations and longer days. Participants must be able to keep up with group.


ADDITIONAL FEES: Airline luggage fees adn fue surcharges (if applicable) are additional and vary by airline.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Janesville, WI Van Galder Terminal
3120 N. Pontiac Dr., Janesville WI
Madison, WI Shopko South Towne Mall
2101 W. Broadway, Lot "G", Madison WI
Rockford, IL Van Galder Terminal
7559 Walton St., Rockford IL
South Beloit, IL Fas Mart/McDonald's ($3 per day)
Hwy 75 and I90, South Beloit IL
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