Intriguing Iceland

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Availability : October 13-18, 2021

Intriguing Iceland

A Borton Overseas Signature Journey

Highlights Include:

  • Beautiful scenery & unique landscapes
  • Search for the Northern Lights 
  • Experience the therapeutic waters of the famous Blue Lagoon
  • Explore waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, and black-sand beaches
  • Intimate group size 
  • Hosted by Borton Overseas President, Bonnie Boisner
Tour Details

From: $2,925 per person | Single supplement $299

Tour Dates:
October 13-18, 2021 

Join Borton Overseas President, Bonnie Boisner, as we celebrate the return to travel with this small-group tour to Iceland!

If you are ready to jump back into travel but not yet ready to go it alone, this is the perfect trip for you! Experience the many unique natural wonders of this otherworldly island as we explore the famous Golden Circle and walk along the Black Sand beaches of the South Coast, marvel at the spectacular waterfalls, and spend our nights hunting for the elusive Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Relax in a small group environment with our experienced host there to assist you throughout.

This tour will be sure to reignite your passion for travel!

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This is a Borton Overseas Signature Journey - a premier, small-group tour hosted by our Destination Specialists.

Wednesday, October 13Departure Minneapolis

A Borton Overseas Scandinavia Specialist will see the group off from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. Our flight with Icelandair departs at 7:20pm. Borton Overseas can assist with departure arrangements from other US locations – please inquire!

Thursday, October 14Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland |B, D

Early morning arrival at Keflavik Airport at 6:30am where you will meet your host, Bonnie Boisner. After collecting our luggage, our group will transfer to Viking World for a welcome breakfast. Following breakfast, we will transfer into Reykjavik to our hotel for check-in. Your afternoon is free to rest up for this evenings excursions or to begin sightseeing independently.

This evening, we will combine sightseeing with our dinner experience as we sample authentic Icelandic cuisine on a food tour. This is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the city and its culture. In addition to having a small group walking tour of Reykjavík with a local guide, you also stop at various dining establishments across the city and sample some of the best native Icelandic treats.

After dinner, our group will hunt for the northern lights by bus. Seeing the northern lights weaving their way across the night sky is a captivating experience. This tour takes you out of Reykjavik city to the best places to see Northern lights swirling across the night sky in their fantastic shapes and colors. Located under the “Aurora Oval,” Iceland is one of the best places on earth to experience the beautiful and mysterious northern lights.

Overnight at Hotel Exeter

Friday, October 15South Coast | Meals: B

Today we will venture out to the south coast of Iceland. Here we will visit amazing sights using a unique and exciting mode of transportation – the super jeep! We will see the lava fields and Eyjafjallajökull, a volcano last erupting in 2010. We will also visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Sólheimajökull glacier, and the black sand beaches and basalt column cliffs of Reynisfjara, which are rich in bird life.

After a long day of sightseeing, we will return to Reykjavik for an evening free to relax or sightsee independently.

Overnight at Hotel Exeter

Saturday, October 16Golden Circle | Meals: B

After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart Reykjavik and travel the famous Golden Circle Classic. This tour takes you on a wondrous circular journey through the heart of Iceland’s Southern Region, stopping at some of Iceland’s most iconic sites. Þingvellir National Park is an attraction of great historical, geological and cultural significance.
Located in a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, the UNESCO designated world heritage site is also the birthplace of the Althing—Iceland’s parliament founded in 930 AD—where the nation’s most powerful leaders would meet to decide on legislation and carry out brutal Viking-age justice. The tour continues across an area of picturesque scenery to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. Once there, you can take several paths around the two tiers of cascading water to explore several vantage points. Extra time is allotted at this location for a lunch break at Gullfoss Café. Our next stop is home of “The Great Geysir” hot spring, which all geysers are named after, this area is an impressive collage of bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents, and colorful algae deposits. Strokkur geyser puts on quite the show every few minutes blasting boiling water high up into the air.

Tonight, our group will again hunt for the northern lights, this time from the water on a cruise to Faxaflói Bay. You can escape the city lights and enjoy the views from open-top decks. There is also an indoor lounge if you need a break to warm up from the cold.

Overnight at Hotel Exeter

Sunday, October 17Reykjavik | Meals: B, D

Today is free to sightsee independently in the city or you can choose to participate in an additional tour.

Optional Day Tours

Snæfellsnes Peninsula: This tour takes you west from Reykjavik on a scenic route to Borgarfjörður and the village of Borgarnes. Shortly after entering the Snæfellsnes peninsula, by Ytri-Tunga Farm you´ll get a chance to spot local wildlife at the beach which is home to a seal colony and a variety of sea birds. Next up is a visit to the idyllic Arnarstapi village where you‘ll take a walk through extraordinary landscape along the precipitous shoreline before making a stop to purchase lunch. After lunch (not included) the tour continues past Djúpalónssandur, across striking landscapes, making a stop at Saxhóll crater, and on to the north coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula to Grundarfjordur fishing village. Surrounded by exceptionally beautiful mountains Grundarfjörður is home to one of the peninsula‘s most iconic and photographed landmarks, the symmetrical mountain Kirkjufell that towers 1500 ft. up from the shoreline. Out of Grundarfjörður the route lies across Berserkjahraun lava fields that according to Viking legends was where two Swedish “Berserks” forged Iceland‘s first road and over to the south side of the peninsula through Vatnaleið pass. On the way a short stop is made at a viewpoint where you can take a short walk down to a beautiful waterfall. Heading back to Reykjavik the last, but by no means the least attraction on the tour is the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg, home to a beautiful belt of basalt columns in impossibly geometric shapes. (Duration: 11 hours / $169 per person)

Whale Watching: Set out for Faxaflói Bay in search for some of Iceland’s most famous wildlife – puffins and whales! Your guide and navigator will take your vessel out into the bay to search for the whales, puffins and other seabirds, and any other wildlife you may come across. (Duration: 3 hours / $127 per person)

Cooking Class: A professional chef will instruct you in preparing a three-course meal featuring traditional Icelandic dishes. After all of your hard work, sit down and enjoy your lunch along with a glass of wine. (Duration: 3.5 hours / $238 per person)

Tonight, our group will gather one final time for a farewell dinner.

Overnight at Hotel Exeter

Monday, October 18Blue Lagoon / Return to Minneapolis | Meals: B

Partake in one last Scandinavian breakfast this morning.

We then depart the city for the famous Blue Lagoon to enjoy a relaxing soak in the geothermal waters before our flight home. The mineral rich water is a milky shade of blue and the soothing and healing effects on the skin have been experienced by visitors for over 40 years.

Your entrance includes the self-applied silica mud mask to soften and clean the skin, towel usage, and your first drink in the lagoon. You will leave the lagoon feeling clean, relaxed, and satisfied!

We then bus to the airport in connection with our flight with Icelandair, departing at 4:45pm.

Included
  • Round trip, economy class air on Icelandair from Minneapolis/St. Paul, including air taxes, fuel surcharges, and one checked bag
  • Arrival and departure transfers as indicated
  • Arrival breakfast at Viking World
  • Four nights’ accommodation at Hotel Exeter, standard room
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) 
  • Three-hour Reykjavik City and Food tour
  • Northern Lights search by coach
  • South Coast Tour/sightseeing 
  • Golden Circle Tour/sightseeing 
  • Northern Lights search by boat
  • Farewell dinner
  • Blue Lagoon (comfort entrance)
  • Borton Overseas host
Not Included
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, and luggage costs
  • Travel insurance – highly recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals, and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
  • Any required COVID-19 testing costs
Notes
  • The northern lights are a naturally occurring phenomenon and a sighting cannot be guaranteed.
  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • No gratuities are expected
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