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Land of Volcanic Energy

Volcanoes have been an integral part of the Icelanders’ way of life since the time of settlement in the late 9th century. Without the geothermal heat we wouldn’t have the clean, alternative energy resources that are used in today’s modern Icelandic society.

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Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
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In this study tour, learn first-hand why Iceland is one of the world’s leaders in green energy and sustainable development. Enjoy an exciting trip through South Iceland to see how volcanoes created Iceland… and still shape its landscape. Our guides provide scientific expertise and thorough local knowledge. Evening lectures with volcanologists and green energy experts can also be arranged.

Volcanoes, waterfalls and geothermal energy – they are a powerful combination!

Included

  • Meet and greet at Keflavík International Airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel in Reykjavík
  • Guided coach tour as per itinerary
  • Departure transfer without guide
  • Accommodation 2 nights with  breakfast and with private facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 2 nights with breakfast and with private facilities in countryside
  • 2 dinners in the countryside
  • Packed lunch (day 3)
  • Bathing fee and rent of towel at the Blue Lagoon  (day 1)
  • Entry to Víkingaheimar museum (day 1)
  • Visit to Friðheimar greenhouse (day 2)
  • Bread-tasting in Geysir hot spring area (day 2)
  • Ferry to Heimaey (day 4)
  • Boat tour in Westman Islands (day 4)
  • ·         Visit to Hellisheiði Power plant (day 4)

Not included(available at extra cost):

  • Dinners in Reykjavík
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Guide at departure transfer
  • Guide service during dinners
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Free passengers
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"


Group Optional Tours (at extra cost): 

  • Bathing fee at Fontana Steam Bath, by Lake Laugarvatn (day 2)
  • Visit to Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre (day 3)
  • Visit to Eldheimar (day 4)

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DAY 1: Airport transfer via Blue Lagoon

Approximate distance: ca84km / 52miles

Geothermal Lagoon - Viking Ship Replica - Smithsonian Exhibition

After a welcome greet at Keflavík airport begin your educational journey with a visit to the Blue Lagoon. The water of the Lagoon is used to power a nearby geothermal power plant, contributing to Iceland's 100% clean energy. Enjoy bathing and relaxing in Blue Lagoon´s  geothermal seawater, known for its healing effects on the skin. You´ll actually be bathing between two continents as the Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet at the Blue Lagoon.

Your group will then visit Vikingaheimar museum, which is the home of the Viking ship Íslendingur (The Icelander). Built in 1996, Íslendingur  is an exact replica of the famous Gokstad ship, a remarkable archaeological find of an almost completely intact Viking ship  excavated in Norway in 1882. Vikingaheimar is also home to the Viking Millennium Exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.  Afterwards, continue to Reykjavík and check into your hotel. 

Overnight stay in Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own.   Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price.  Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).  

 

DAY 2: Þingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir - Fljótshlíð

Approximate distance: ca212km / 132miles

National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO site) - Geothermal Area - Exploding Geysers

As mentioned, Iceland is a country of enormous geological interest because it straddles the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the Eurasian and North American continental plates meet. After breakfast, begin your day with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, where we can see the rift caused by the separation of these two tectonic plates. Walk  through a canyon to a waterfall and a beautiful lava rift filled with crystal clear groundwater. 

After an interesting geology walk in Þingvellir, visit one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, Gullfoss (Golden Falls),  as well as the Geysir Geothermal Area teeming with hot springs, exploding geysers and bubbling pools of mud. Geysir is Iceland’s largest geyser and lends its name to all others. Although Geysir is less active these days, Strokkur spouts water high into the air every few minutes. A truly unique experience occurs up in the geothermal fields, where you´ll sample rye bread, baked underground by the heat of the earth.

Later today visit a greenhouse powered by geothermal and hydroelectric energy to sample organically grown vegetables. Head east through small villages and farmlands to the majestic mountains towering over the coast. Keep an eye out for majestic Hekla, Iceland’s most frequently erupting  volcano.  The final destination is  the Hvolsvöllur area where you´ll  have a great view of the  now quiet but world-famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Hvolsvöllur area. 

Group Optional Tour: Fontana Steam Bath, by Lake Laugarvatn.

 

 

 

Highlights:

Þingvellir  |Gullfoss  |Geysir
 

DAY 3: South Shore – View of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano

Approximate distance: ca224km / 139miles

Volcanic Influences - Sea Cliffs with Bird Colonies - Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel.  Spend this morning exploring the area close to the strata volcano Eyjafjallajökull, which is probably still one of the most famous volcano in the world. In spring 2010 after being dormant for more than 180 years, Eyjafjallajökull began spewing molten lava in an uninhabited area in southwest Iceland.  Today the volcano is quiet, but you’ll see influences of other volcanic eruptions through Icleand’s history  as your group heads to Þórsmork Glacier Valley, the natural oasis that lies just behind the volcano. This beautiful valley has been carved by glaciers, yet it is ringed by volcanoes—evidence of Iceland’s status as the Land of Fire and Ice.

Drive past Dyrhólaey, a magnificent rocky headland with sheer cliffs, before stopping for lunch in the charming village of Vík.  This area is famous for its volcanic black sand beaches. After the break, head for the sea shore,  flanked by steep bird cliffs rising above the black, wave pounded sands. In the sea just outside the village of Vík are the Reynisdrangar rocks - 66 meters (215 feet) above sea level. 

Dinner and overnight stay in the Hvolsvöllur area.  

Group Optional Tour: Visit to the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre

 

DAY 4: Westman Islands.

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

The Youngest Place on Earth (UNESCO site) - Geothermal Power Plant

Breakfast at your hotel.  Take a short trip by ferry (35 minutes) to the Westman Islands which are an archipelago of 15 islands situated off the south coast of Iceland. When you arrive to the only inhabited island of the chain, Heimaey, take  a bus tour of the island and its village, which was nearly completely destroyed by a great volcanic eruption in 1973. 

You will also venture out to the magnificent ocean cliffs, home to 10 million puffins every summer (generally between May and early August). You will also see Eldborg volcano, still warm from its latest eruption almost 40 years ago.

Iceland is very young geologically speaking, and is still being created before your eyes with volcanic eruptions. On a boat ride around the island you are treated to a view of the newest island, Surtsey, also known as “The Youngest Place on Earth.” Surtsey Island burst from the North Atlantic in a dramatic ocean floor eruption in 1963. In 2008 it was elected a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Iceland is the only Western country that produces all its electricity from sustainable natural resources in the form of geothermal and hydro-electric power. After returning to the mainland your group will head to the Hellisheiði Power Station, located on an active volcanic ridge to learn how geothermal energy is processed from hot water. Your private, guided tour through the plant also includes various multi-media presentations. 

Overnight stay in Reykjavík. 

Group Optional Tour: Admission to the Eldheimar exhibit.

 

 

 

Highlights:

Vestmannaeyjar  |Reykjavík
 

DAY 5: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Transfer to Keflavík Airport for the return flight.

 

Highlights:

Reykjanesbaer  |Keflavík
 

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