Wonders of Iceland (w/ Greenland Extension) 2018

Wonders of Iceland Epic Landscapes in the North Atlantic’s “Land of Fire and Ice”

10 Days 9 Nights • 16 Meals

Jul 28-Aug 6

Depart/Return: Minneapolis, MN

Price Per Person: Double $5,297; Single $6,275

Pre/Post-Tour Hotel: $148/night-Courtyard Bloomington by Mall of America

*Land-only pricing available. Please call.

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About the Tour

Explore magnificent geological wonders and a rainbow of colors in the land of fire and ice. See glistening icebergs, grand waterfalls, spouting geysers, and a unique interior landscape as mysterious as when Vikings first arrived here. Visit architectural landmarks while strolling the quaint, art-lined streets of Reykjavik, and refresh yourself in the mineral-rich, rejuvenating waters of the Blue Lagoon. Plus: Experience the elongated summer days and fascinating beauty of Greenland (2016 Top Destination Lonely Planet, CNN, National Geographic) just a short distance south of the Arctic Circle, in an optional pre-tour extension.

 

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Blue Lagoon BathersClick to View

 

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Tour Highlights

  • Travel the unique landscapes, volcanoes, fjords and coasts around the entire perimeter of Iceland
  • Capital city tour in Reykjavik
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Try the healthful, thermal mineral waters of the world-famous Blue Lagoon
  • Marvel at the original Geysir and the mighty falls at Gullfoss and Godafoss
  • Iceberg cruise on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Fascinating exhibits at Skogar Folk Museum, Thorvaldseyri Volcano Exhibition, Petra’s Museum of Minerals, and Museum of Agriculture
  • Experience some 21 hours of sun and brightly glowing nights

 

Optional Excursions/Extensions

POST-TOUR EXTENSION: Ammassalik, East Greenland   Limited Space  

5 Days • 4 Nights • 8 Meals

Depart/Return: Reykjavik, Iceland

Price Per Person: Double: $3,097; Single: $3,345

[Note: This extension is self-guided, and requires additional $250/person deposit that becomes non-refundable within 90 days of departure]

Days 1–Reykjavik Transfer

Extend your trip with a few days in fascinating Greenland! When your Iceland tour concludes, transfer to and rest up at Reykjavik’s Grand Hotel.

Day 2–Kulusuk/Scenic Copter Flight/Ammassalik/Valley of Flowers

After breakfast, fly to Kulusuk, Greenland. Then, take a short, incredibly scenic 10 minute helicopter flight across the ice-filled sea separating two mountainous islands to Ammassalik. East Greenland’s largest town, with about 1,400 residents, lies just south of Arctic Circle and boasts long hours of daylight in the summer and the splendor of the northern lights in the winter. Beautifully situated in a protective fjord and ringed by mountains, this lovely town is characterized by small, colorful wooden houses, where often several generations live together, with family’s sledge dogs tethered outside. In the afternoon, admire the Arctic summer flora and landscape in the pristine Valley of Flowers just outside Ammassalik Village. Tonight, you may well experience Greenland's peak "Midnight Sun".

Day 3–Ammassalik Your Way

Today, enjoy your time at leisure. Spend the day exploring the town of Tasiilaq on Ammassalik island. Visit the local Museum, with its traditional turf house and very fine collection of local art and cultural artifacts, or try one of the available boat tours.

Day 4–Ammassalik/Kulusuk/Reykjavik

This morning, take a helicopter back to Kulusuk for your flight to Reykjavik, where you can enjoy the amenities of the Grand Hotel.

Day 5–Home

After breakfast, transfer to Keflavik Airport for your flight home.

 

 

Helpful Information

Average Temps: high low 60s-high 50s/lows low 50s-high40s (July)

Time Zone: +5 hours from Central Time

Arrival Time: Schedule your flight to arrive into Minneapolis by 4:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Departure Time: Schedule your flight to depart from Minneapolis by 9:00 p.m. on Day 10.  (If you are booked on the Greenland post-tour extension, please use the same timing from Minneapolis as we will use the same Icelandair flights for the optional extension as the basic tour.)

Airport Info: Courtyard Bloomington by Mall of America offers complimentary shuttle service for Pre/Post Hotel accommodations.

Vehicle Parking: Free parking is offered during the tour at the Courtyard Bloomington by Mall of America with Pre or Post tour night accommodations.

Walking Distance: Moderate walking at a leisurely pace is required to fully enjoy this tour.  Some walking will be on uneven paths.

Currency: Icelandic Króna (Iceland); Danish Krone (Greenland)

Hotel Amenities Include: Hair dryers, TV/cable, telephone and Spa services available at hotels.

Travel Protection Available? Yes, see About Travel Protection.

Terms & Conditions Tour reservations are subject to the terms and conditions outlined by Country Travel DISCOVERIES on our website at Terms & Conditions.

Groups Have a group? We can make your group's vacation cost-effective and easy, with discounts for groups as small as five and other benefits. Learn more at Country Travel DISCOVERIES for Groups.

Additional Information: Iceland was ranked a Top Destination in 2016 by Conde Nast, CNN, USA Today and Lonely Planet. Greenland was ranked a Top Destination in 2016 by Lonely Planet, CNN and National Geographic.

Flight time from Minneapolis to Reykjavik is 6.0 hours, Reykjavik to Minneapolis is 6.5 hours. These flights are non-stop.

Land Tours begin one day later. Airport transfers not included with Land Only Tours. Air & Land Tours include government imposed taxes, fees and airline fuel surcharges at time of printing.

Dress on tour is casual.

Further information is mailed upon receipt of your reservation. A total of three mailings are sent to assist you in preparing for your tour…Get Ready, Get Set and Go! Our “Get Ready” packet is sent confirming your reservation. Our “Get Set” packet provides further information approximately 90 days prior to departure with important details regarding making your travel arrangements. Finally, our “Go” packet arrives 2-3 weeks before departure containing your final documents.

Updates: Updates to this document are available from our Discovery Reservations Team, and will be posted online at www.CountryTravelDiscoveries.com/ICE

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Related Interest

Video: Midnight Sun in Iceland
This short, fascinating video of time-lapse images was shot by filmmaker Joe Capra. He traveled for 17 days around the entire island, shooting almost 24 hours a day to capture the amazing phenomenon of the Icelandic Midnight Sun. Writes Capra, "Iceland is a landscape photographer's paradise and playground, and should be number 1 on every photographers must-visit list. My advice to everyone out there, photographer or not, is simple... You MUST visit Iceland sometime during your lifetime. You will never regret it."

 

 

The legendary falls at Gullfoss

Images on this page (from top): The UNESCO World Heritage site, Thingvellir, seat of Iceland's ancient Althing assembly; bathers relaxing in the mineral-rich thermal springs of the Blue Lagoon; visitors stand above the legendary waterfalls at Gulfoss.

 

Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja

Blue Lagoon

Skogar Museum

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Horses

Geysir

Myvatn

Greenland helicopter

Ammassalik

Greenland whale

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Greenland Fish Market

Greenland costumes

 

 

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