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Iceland

Explore a Nordic island nation of magnificent natural beauty. From Reykjavík, we travel along the Golden ring and then venture into the northern reaches of Iceland before returning to the capital. Travel through the volcanic landscape and explore Iceland’s archaeology, from Viking settlements to the location of the oldest existing parliament in the world.

July 31 – August 15, 2017 (16 Days)
$8,250 (exc. international airfare)
Single supp: $1,475

July 30 – August 14, 2018
16 Days

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Tour Description

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Travel Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’, discovering breathtaking natural wonders, Viking settlements, and more along the way
  • Explore the excavations of the Mosfell Archaeological Project, where discoveries from the Viking Age onwards are ongoing

  • Meet some of Iceland’s most enigmatic — and largest! — residents on an unforgettable evening of whale-watching
  • Take a free afternoon to discover the delights of the world’s most northerly capital — colorful, cultural Reykjavík

Meals: All breakfasts, 13 lunches & 12 dinners

2017 ITINERARY

July 31 & August 1:
Departures from our home cities on Monday. We arrive on Tuesday.
Hotel: Hotel Borg, Reykjavίk.

August 2: REYKJAVÍK
Enjoy a day touring the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavík. We discover Old Reykjavík, anchored by the small Tjörnin lake; and visit the National Museum of Iceland. After lunch, we continue to the Reykjavík Settlement Exhibition, and end the day at the Culture House, home to millennia-old artifacts and incredible Icelandic art.
Hotel: Hotel Borg, Reykjavίk.

August 3: KEFLAVÍK
We travel to Viking World this morning. Based in the town of Reykjanesbær, the main attraction is the magnificent reconstructed Viking ship built using authentic materials and methods. We see Iceland’s wildlife in their natural environment during an unforgettable whale-watching experience this evening.
Hotel: Hotel Borg, Reykjavίk.

August 4: REYKJAVÍK
Touring Reykjavík’s Saga Museum, we experience history brought to life through realistic waxworks and soundtracks. This afternoon, enjoy some free time exploring other Reykjavík highlights. Though small, this fiery capital’s creative spirit ensures there is always entertainment on offer.
Hotel: Hotel Borg, Reykjavίk.

August 5: MOSFELLBÆR
The Mosfell Archaeological Project, which hopes to construct a picture of human habitation and environmental change in the region, is our first stop. We continue to Thingvellir, a national park and “protected national shrine for all Icelanders” since 1928. We also stop at Lögberg, the former of the country’s Althing parliament.
Hotel: Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel.

August 6: SKÁLHOLT
For eight centuries from 1056, Skálholt was one of the most important places in Iceland, and remains a crucial religious center. We discover the Þorlagsbúð longhouse, a recreated turf-house. This afternoon we visit Geysir geothermal area, which boasts Iceland’s most active geyser, and Gullfoss Waterfall.
Hotel: Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel.

August 7: HELLA
We begin our day at the reconstructed farmstead of Stöng, in the Thjorsardalur Valley. The excavated farm is believed to have been destroyed in the Hekla eruption in 1104. We travel to the manmade cave at Hellnahellir, whose almost 50 meters of wall is covered with engravings.
Hotel: Hotel Skogafoss.

August 8: HOFN
We discover a collection of 15,000 regional folk craft artifacts and six historical buildings during our visit to the folk museum in Skógasafn this morning. We continue to the Icelandic fishing town of Höfn, where we view the Falljökull glacier tongue in Skaftafel National Park.
Hotel: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.

August 9: JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIAL LAGOON
We start the day with a boat tour over the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park before continuing up the coast eastern coast of Iceland, stopping at picturesque fishing villages along the way.
Hotel: Hotel Bláfell.

August 10: MYVATN LAKE
We begin with something different — a tour of Mývatn, a eutrophic lake whose surrounding wetlands have a rich fauna of waterbirds. On to Baldursheimur, where a hnefatafl (chess) set was found in a Viking graven – the king made from whalebone.
Hotel: Hotel Skúlagarður.

August 11: AKUREYRI
We start the day at Godafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, then tour Akureyri, an important port and fishing center. We visit the museum and see the Eyjafjörður fjord, then continue to Gasir, the main trading post of northern Iceland during the Middle Ages, mentioned in old Icelandic sagas.
Hotel: Hotel Mikligarður.

August 12: HÓLAR
We travel to Hólar, a community of just 100 people. We visit the Cathedral — built in 1763 from stone taken from Hólabyrða, which towers above Hólar — and Thingeyrar, the site of legislative assembly during the Icelandic Commonwealth.
Hotel: Hotel Laugarbakki.

August 13: ERIIKSTADIR
This morning we explore one of the most historically significant locations in Iceland — the reconstructed house at Eriikstadir, starting point for all westward expansion by the Vikings. We continue to Reykholt, former home of ancient historian, poet, and politician Snorri Sturluson. We visit the Heimskringla Museum, dedicated to Icelandic sagas and scaldic poetry.
Hotel: Hotel Borg, Reykjavίk.

August 14: REYKHOLT
During our final day on tour we enjoy some free time in the Icelandic capital, during which you may wish to join an optional glacier excursion in Langokull. We gather tonight for our farewell dinner.
Hotel: Hotel Borg, Reykjavίk.

August 15:
Depart for home.

LED BY

Jul 2017
Prof Kenneth W. Harl

Jul 2018
Prof Kenneth W. Harl

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2018 Tour Details

Travel along the Golden Circle, venturing into the northern reaches of Iceland. Wander through volcanic landscape and explore Icelandic archaeology – from Viking settlements to the location of the oldest existing parliament in the world.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • View the spectacular glaciers in Skaftafell
  • Visit Hofsstaðir historic park and see the site of a Viking-age longhouse

  • Go whale-watching in Reykjavík

WHAT TO EXPECT

Explore a Nordic island nation of magnificent natural beauty. From Reykjavík, we travel around the whole of the Iceland on the trail of the Viking settlers who made this remote island their own. Archaeological remains include longhouses, reconstructed Viking ships, farmsteads, churches and trading posts. Some of the most evocative remains are those mentioned in the ancient Sagas, such as Eiríksstaðir, a reconstructed house and birthplace of Leifur Eiríksson – who claimed to have sailed to the Americas. The combination of stark, stunning natural beauty, welcoming people and unique archaeology make this a tour not to be missed by the curious traveler.