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There's something magical in the air. Chase the aurora borealis across this ethereal wonderland.
Reykjavik, Northern Lights Cruise, Golden Circle, Gullfoss Waterfall and so much more
October 10 - 16, 2021
7 Days, 10 Meals
Collette and Van Galder, Experiences of a lifetime!
Overnight flight - Iceland a land and culture forged by fire and ice. You're on your way to Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Where steaming lava fields and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. In this land of many natural wonders, enjoy the rare opportuity to see the aurora borealis - one of nature's most dazzling light displays, also known as the northern lights.*
Reykjavik, Iceland - Tour Begins. Iceland's capital city.
Get acquainted with old town Reykjavik on a walking tour featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbor, and the Parliament building. Tonight, gather with fellow travelers at a popular restaurant for dinner featuring Icelandic cuisine. Then take an exhilarating northern lights cruise (weather dependent). ** Leave behind the bright city lights and sail into the darkness of Faxafloi Bay in search of the northern lights - one of nature's wonders. When revealed, you'll be dazzled by the flickering light display of bursting color that unfolds before your eyes.* (D)
Reykjavik - Golden circle - Lava Exhibition Center - Vik
Travel the Incredible Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland's renowned natural wonders. Journey to the Thingvellir National Park, the nation's most historic area, where Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established what is considered one of the world's first parliaments. Find yourself standing upon one of the globe's most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellirs rugged rift valley. This UNESCO World Heritage site marks the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Experience the eruptive enrgy of the Icelandic landscape with a stop at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokker. Then, marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Next, stop at the Lava Exhibition Center to learn about Iceland's historic eruptions and current lava flows that make the island a showcase of volcanism. Continue to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, surrounded by beautiful Valleys, beaches, cliffs, and mountains. For each of your three nights in Vik, weather permitting, you'll send out into the peace and stillness of rural Iceland in search of the elusive northern lights.* On foot, or with the assistance of our motor coach and driver, you will venture out away from the light polltion to where the views of the sky are ideal. Three nights of searching means three times the likelihood that you'll find this incredible light show.* (B,D
Vik-Seljalandsfoss -Skogar Museum - Vik
Journey to the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland's most famous and picturesque waterfalls with a walkway behind it. Visit Skogar Museum with its turf-built homes and outstanding collection of artifiacts coverind all aspects of the Icelandic life. Nearby, view the impressive Skogafoss waterfall, one of the tallest in Iceland. Later, see Reynifsjara, a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt formations, cliffs scattered with caves, and rich bird life including the Fulmar, Black Guillemot, Razorbill, Gannet and various types of seagulls. See the unique natural rock formations at Dyrholaey. Later this afternoon, challenge your tastebuds when you try samples of the traditional Icelandic delicacies Hakarl and Brennivin (Icelandic schnapps). After dinner, gaze at the sky in search of the northern lights,* a truly spectacular sight. (B,D)
Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell national Park - Vik
Travel to Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. Explore this extraordinary landscape and perhaps see seals swimming in Arctic waters. Travel to Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. Vatnajokull is known for having Iceland's highest mountains, an Alpine environment and the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest. After dinner, continue searching for the shimmering northern lights dancing across the sky.* (B, D)
Vik - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
Drive along the south shore towards the Reykjanes Peninsula. Known for its rigged landscape, lava fields, and numerous hot springs, the peninsula is home of the Blue Lagoon. Take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the middle of the dramatic lava field. Return to Reykjavik for your farewell dinner and overnight stay. (B, D)
Reykjavik - Chicago - home cities - End of tour
Depart for home with many incredible memories. (B)
DEPOSIT: $600.00 at time of reservation; final payment due August 4, 2021. Once final payments have been received, stringent cancellation penalties apply.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavik (1 night); Hotel Katla by Kea, Vik (2 nights); Centerhotel Plaza, Reykjavik (1 night) / On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
TOUR INCLUSIONS: Professional Collette Tour Manager, motorcoach transportation to airport/hotels, roundtrip air, accommodations, luggage handling at hotels, admissions/attractions, and 10 meals including 5 breakfasts and 5 dnners.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: Optional, but highly recommended. $329.00 Collette Travel Protection Plan
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 and fuel 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.
|Janesville, WI|| Van Galder Terminal |
3120 N. Pontiac Dr., Janesville WI
|Madison, WI|| Dutch Mill Park & Ride |
4545 East Broadway, 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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