Sunday, August 28 to Monday, September 5, 2016 – Inspiring Iceland
Day 1: Sun., Aug. 28 - Overnight Flight
Set out on a journey full of dramatic contrasts. Discover Iceland, a land and culture 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: Mon., Aug. 29 - Reykjavik, Iceland - Tour Begins
Begin in Reykjavik, where you will choose one of two cultural experiences. 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 Hallgrimskirkja church, City Hall, the harbor and Reykjavik’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design center. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers while dining on gourmet Icelandic cuisine at a popular restaurant. (D)
Day 3: Tues., Aug. 30 - Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Reykjavik
Travel the incredible Golden Circle, a route that 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. Here, Icelanders gathered in A.D. 930 and established what is considered to be 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, 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 and have time to explore the city on your own. (B)
Day 4: Wed., Aug. 31 - Reykjavik - Grundarfjordur
Journey to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Catch a glimpse of Hallmundarhraun, the largest lava field in this region,
where lava emanated from the northwestern slopes of the Langjokull (long glacier). Visit the Settlement Museum to discover the Saga of Settlement of Iceland and delve into the life and works of the famous Viking and poet Egill Skallagrimsson. Embark on a true Icelandic cultural adventure as you spend time with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland shark. Before leaving, taste “hakare,” cured shark meat. Travel to the fishing village of Grundarfjordur and board a traditional oak fishing vessel. Head out to Melrakkaey Island, a puffin sanctuary. Experience the life of the locals as you overnight in this quaint fishing village. (B, D)
Day 5: Thurs., Sept. 1 - Grundarfjordur - Akureyri
Continue the adventure as we travel 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 center of this “unofficial” capital of northern Iceland. (B)
Day 6: Fri., Sept. 2 - Akureyri
Today it’s 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. Have the evening at leisure in Akureyri to explore independently. (B)
Day 7: Sat., Sept. 3 - Akureyri - Reykjavik
Leave Akureyri behind as you take a short flight back to Reykjavik. Travel out to the Reykjanes Peninsula, home of the famed 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. 4 - Reykjavik
Today you get to choose from three amazing activities: try an adventure on the water during a deep-sea angling expedition; set out on a volcanic cave hike; or relax on a scenic whale watching cruise. 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, woolen workshops, which led to the development of the country. You will be surrounded by Icelandic history while savoring works of culinary art with each course. (B, D)
Day 9: Mon., Sept. 5 - Reykjavik - Tour Ends
Depart for home with many incredible Icelandic memories. (B)
Tour includes: Door to door sedan service (1 pickup point per room booked) with pick-up and transfer to airport within 100 km area of Pearson Airport, return flight from Toronto to Iceland, Interior flights, air taxes, hotel transfers and departure taxes, hotel accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners, admissions as outlined, Collette Tour Director & HST EXEMPT.
NOT Included: optional tours, gratuity for Collette drivers & Collette Tour guide
Book & pay the first deposit by March 30 to receive an early booking discount of $200 per person
Cost per person: Twin $5679.00 & Single $6519.00
An initial deposit of $500.00 is required upon booking.
The 2nd deposit of $2000.00 is due on April 15, with the balance due in full by June 15, 2016.
This tour requires that you need to be able to participate in physical activities such as longer walking tours, walking over uneven terrain, climbing stairs and periods of standing.
A valid Canadian Passport is required for this tour
Travel Insurance is available through our office at the time of booking at an additional charge.