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Availability : September 30-October 5, 2020
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Outbound: Iceland

See the World with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine

Highlights Include:

  • Icelandic delicacies & delights
  • Beautiful scenery & unique landscapes
  • Opportunities to attend a cooking class, search for the Northern Lights, or visit the Blue Lagoon
  • Traveling with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Food Editor Stephanie March

Photo: VisitIceland.com

Tour Details

From: $3,278 per person | Single supplement $339

Early Booking Discount: $200 per person when deposited by April 15, 2020

6 days

Tour Dates: 
September 30 – October 5, 2020

Join Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and Borton Overseas on this Nordic adventure to Iceland. Hosted by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Food and Dining Editor, Stephanie March, this tour will immerse you in the awe of Iceland! You will marvel at the magnificent scenery, visiting numerous sparkling waterfalls, steaming hot springs, and the expansive blue ice of a glacier. And with a focus on the culinary delights of the local cuisine throughout the journey, we promise your stomach and your soul will be equally filled.

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This tour is part of our exclusive Outbound Travel Series. Outbound tours are small-group tours hosted by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

Wednesday, September 30Departure from US

Depart on Icelandair flight FI656 from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport at 7:25 p.m. Borton Overseas can assist with departure arrangements from other US locations – please inquire!

Thursday, October 1Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland |B L

Upon arrival, we will collect our luggage and transfer by bus into the city center. Along the way we’ll stop for breakfast and tour the Reykjanes Peninsula a bit before heading into Reykjavik. As we will be too early to check-in at the hotel, we’ll drop off our bags and meet our next guide for a walking food tour of the city. The Reykjavík Food Tour is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the city and its culture. In addition to having a walking tour of Reykjavík with a local guide, we’ll also stop at various dining establishments across the city and sample some of the best native Icelandic treats. The foods you will try include an Icelandic yogurt called Skyr, locally made cheeses, ice cream, a traditional Icelandic Hot Dog, a seafood soup, and more! The evening is at leisure for you to explore and acclimate. Overnight at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll

Friday, October 2Golden Circle | Meals: B L

After breakfast we will meet in the lobby to depart on a private tour of the Golden Circle. For many of us, food and sightseeing are equally important parts of the travel experience. On this tour we get to explore Iceland‘s sightseeing highlights on the Golden Circle and enjoy sampling delicious local food specialties at selected establishments along the route. For lunch we stop at Efstidalur Farm, where three generations who share a love for the land and a passion for farm-to-table cooking serve a diverse selection of home-made fresh products sure to delight your taste-buds. Later in the day we drop into the family operated Friðheimar greenhouse & café to sample some of their impossibly sweet tomatoes and mouth-watering chutneys and jams. On our way back to Reykjavik, we will swing by Íslenski Bærinn Turf House for traditional Icelandic delicacies like pancakes with whipped cream and rhubarb jelly, flat bread, and perhaps a sip of meadow-sweet honey and mead. The Turf House is one of Iceland’s best-preserved turf farms, a style of building that, from the time of settlement, kept Icelanders alive in the harsh Arctic climate. Evening at leisure in Reykjavik. Overnight at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll

Saturday, October 3Optional Excursions | Meals: B (L)

Today is at leisure in Reykjavik or you can book an optional excursion. Overnight at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll

Excursion Options Today:

Wonders of Iceland | Duration: Varies, $33 per person
This ticket includes entrance to Perlan, a world-class museum that provides deep insight into Iceland’s unique nature. Visitors will feel the power of volcanoes, earthquakes, and geothermal energy, as well as see a 10-meter-high realistically rendered bird cliff, rich with bird and plant specimens. You will experience oceanic wonders and watch as whales swim below your feet. Walk through a 100-meter-long real Ice Cave, the first of its kind in the world, and learn about Icelandic glaciers, their bleak future, and the effects of global warming in an amazing interactive exhibition. On the fourth floor of Perlan, a large observation deck lies on the top of the hot water tanks and encircles the entire dome to give an amazing 360° view of Reykjavík and the surrounding area. Access to the observation deck is included in the Wonders of Iceland Exhibition ticket.
Hop On/Hop Off Bus| Duration: valid for 24 hours, $33 per person
Take a bus tour to do some city sightseeing and explore Reykjavík at your leisure, with the opportunity to hop on and off at conveniently located bus stops. Stops include Harpa Concert Hall, Perlan, Halgrimskirkja, Hofdi House, and many other well-known Reykjavik sights.
Cooking Class with Stephanie| Duration: 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $197 per person
Join Stephanie in enjoying the tastes of Iceland using fresh local ingredients under the supervision of Salt Eldhus CEO, a former editor-in-chief. You will learn to prepare a full 3-course meal, then sit and enjoy the results of your hard work with a glass of wine.
Northern Lights by Boat | Duration: 9:00-11:00 p.m/12:00 a.m., $90 per person
Hunting the northern lights from the ocean is an amazing experience; sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik and seeing the Aurora Borealis out on the North-Atlantic Ocean with beautiful mountains and the city lights in the background is something you won’t forget! In only 15-30 minutes the boat will be at a prime location away from light pollution, perfect for viewing the auroras! Overalls provided on-board will keep you nice and warm out on the deck, listening to what the guide has to say about the lovely colors dancing in the sky.
Northern Lights by Minibus | Duration: 8:30-12:30 a.m., $80 per person
Tonight, you’ll be taken out of the city, away from the light pollution that can ruin chances of seeing the northern lights. While your destination will not be determined until that time when your guide can take weather into account, wherever you go Iceland will be sure to wow you with its natural beauty. If the northern lights show themselves tonight your guide will be taking pictures, so you can be sure to have your own photograph with Aurora Borealis.

Sunday, October 4Explore Southern Iceland | Meals: B L D

Our tour will take us out to the lava fields of the southern part of Iceland. We will visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Sólheimajökull glacier, and the black sand beaches and basalt column cliffs which are rich in bird life. Along the way we’ll enjoy lunch at a restaurant that only serves the freshest ingredients from local farmers and its nearby surroundings, sure to give you an authentic Icelandic experience. In addition, we’ll stop for a tasting of Brennivín and Icelandic flat bread with smoked lamb. After the tour we’ll be dropped off at the hotel, where we’ll have time to freshen up before heading out to dinner at a nearby restaurant, Grillmarkaðurinn. Overnight at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll

Monday, October 5Depart Reykjavik, Iceland | Meals: B

You will have time at leisure this morning before transferring to the airport this afternoon or you can book an optional visit to the Blue Lagoon on departure. If you chose not to visit the Blue Lagoon, the bus will depart at 2:00 p.m., pick-up the group members at the Blue Lagoon, then continue to the airport for check-in. Departure on Icelandair is at 4:45 p.m. directly to Minneapolis. Arrival in Minneapolis at 6:10pm. – Or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

Excursion Options Today:

Blue Lagoon | Duration: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., $115 per person
Depart the hotel this morning by bus to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is located near the international airport, so is an opportune place to visit on your departure. The mineral rich water is a milky shade of blue and the soothing and healing effects on the skin have been experienced by visitors during its 40 years of existence. Your entrance includes the self-applied silica mud mask to soften and clean the skin, towel usage, and your first drink while in the lagoon. You will leave the lagoon feeling clean, relaxed, and satisfied. At approximately 2:30 p.m. you will be picked up by bus to be taken to the airport with the rest of the group for departure from Iceland.

Included
  • Round trip, economy class air on Icelandair from Minneapolis/St. Paul, including air taxes, fuel surcharges, and one checked bag
  • Transfer, Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik Airport with Guide
  • Four nights’ accommodation at Centerhotel Arnarhvoll, standard room
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) including Welcome breakfast and the Farewell dinner at Grillmarkaðurinn
  • Walking Lunch Food Tour
  • Golden Circle Tour with Lunch and Food Tastings
  • South Coast by Super Jeep with Lunch and Food Tasting
  • Transfer, Hotel to Keflavik International Airport
  • Host, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Editor Stephanie March
Not Included
  • Airline fees including meals, seat reservations, and luggage costs
  • Travel insurance – 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.
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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