Hamilton Tours Ltd. with Collette Vacations presents...
Sunday, September 14 to Monday, September 22, 2014 - The Wonders of Iceland
Highlights… Reykjavik, Golden Circle, Thingvellir National Park, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Puffin Cruise, Blue Lagoon
Day 1: Sun., Sept. 14 - Overnight Flight
Fly overnight to Iceland, a place of dramatic contrasts • Steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature • Massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords • Discover a land and culture forged by fire and ice.
Day 2: Mon., Sept. 15 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Tour Begins
Begin in Reykjavik where you have the choice of two fascinating tours • You may opt to set out on a bicycle trip that explores the old town, the heart of the city and the old cemetery, one of the most beautiful places in all of Reykjavik • Or you may choose a personal walking tour of the city’s old section that features Hallgrimsskirkja church, City Hall, the harbour and Reykjavik’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic Design Centre • Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at a popular local restaurant • Dine on gourmet cuisine from across Iceland including the traditional Icelandic fish buffet, a favourite of the locals. (D)
Day 3: Tues., Sept. 16 - Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Reykjavik
Travel the Golden Circle, a route which encompasses many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders • Marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) Waterfall, a stunning 100 foot double cascade • Journey to Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area and where the world’s oldest existing parliament first met in AD 930 • Here you also stand upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes • Gaze out over Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet • Return to Reykjavik to explore the city on your own • Later, you may choose to learn more about Iceland’s volcanoes and how important they are to the country during an optional tour to Volcano House. (B)
Day 4: Wed., Sept. 17 - Reykjavik - Grundarfjordur
Set out on a journey to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula • En route, catch a glimpse of Hallmundarhraun, the largest lava field in this region • See the first toehold of vegetation which has started to regrow close to where the eruption began • Visit the Settlement Museum and explore the Saga of Settlement of Iceland • Continue along the peninsula as you embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure • Visit with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark • Visit the tiny farmer’s church and explore the museum to learn more about Iceland’s deep relationship with this trade • Complete your experience by trying your own piece of “hakare,” cured shark meat • Travel to the fishing village of Grundarfjordur and board a traditional oak fishing vessel • Cruise the harbour and head out to Melrakkaey Island, a Puffin sanctuary* • Relax as you watch these delightful birds and immerse yourself in Icelandic fishing practices during a demonstration by your captain • Experience the life of the locals as you overnight in this quaint fishing village. (B, D)
Day 5: Thurs., Sept. 18 - Grundarfjordur - Akureyri
Continue the adventure as you head to the north of the country • En route, stop at the home of Erik the Red, now a museum • Imagine yourself a part of his grand explorations before he was exiled to Greenland • Upon arrival in Akureyri, enjoy some time to independently explore the city centre of this “unofficial” capital of northern Iceland. (B)
Day 6: Fri., Sept. 19 - Akureyri
Today is your choice • Enjoy immersing yourself in the nature of Iceland on your horseback riding excursion • Or, spend the day reflecting and relaxing in the geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths • Enjoy the evening at leisure in Akureyri. (B)
Day 7: Sat., Sept. 20 - Akureyri - Reykjavik
Leave Akureyri behind as you take a short flight back to Reykjavik • Travel out to the Reykjanes Peninsula, home of the Blue Lagoon • Slip into a natural geothermal pool in the middle of a dramatic lava field • Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water • Take the remainder of the day to explore on your own. (B)
Day 8: Sun., Sept. 21 - Reykjavik
Today you get to choose from two amazing activities • Try an adventure on the water during a deep sea angling expedition • Or, perhaps set out on a volcanic cave hike • Tonight, enjoy a short ferry ride to Videy Island to dine at Videyjarstofa (Videy House), the original residence of Skuli Magnusson • Skuli, known as “The Father of Reykjavik,” founded Iceland’s first industrial enterprise, woollen workshops, which led to the development of the country • Surrounded by Icelandic history, enjoy works of culinary art with each course. (B, D)
Day 9: Mon., Sept. 22 - Reykjavik - Tour Ends
Tour includes: Door to door sedan service with pick-up and transfer to airport within 100 km area of Pearson Airport, return flights from Toronto, air taxes & fuel surcharges of $465 (subject to increase until paid in full), hotel transfers and departure taxes, hotel accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners, admissions as outlined, Collette Tours Director, Collette Tour Pkg. Insurance & HST EXEMPT.
Cost per person: Twin $4909.00 & Single $5359.00
A valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour.
***Book now and pay in full by March 14, 2014 and receive $250. off per person***