Wonders of Iceland

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Availability : August 10-16, 2022

Wonders of Iceland

A Borton Overseas Signature Journey

Highlights Include:

  • Stunning geological wonders & unique landscapes
  • Experience the therapeutic waters of the Blue Lagoon geo-thermal spa
  • Explore waterfalls, geysers, black sand beaches, and volcanic vistas
  • Sample authentic Icelandic cuisine
  • Small group size 
  • Hosted by a Borton Overseas Scandinavia Specialist
Tour Details

From: $3,650 per person | Single supplement $597

Tour Dates:
August 10-16, 2022 

Join Borton Overseas Scandinavia Specialist Amy Tweet on a summer trip to Iceland! Relax in a small group environment with our knowledgeable host there to assist you throughout. Experience the many unique natural wonders of this otherworldly island as we explore the famous Golden Circle, walk along the black sand beaches of the South Coast, marvel at the spectacular waterfalls, and taste authentic Icelandic cuisine.

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

Wednesday, August 10Departure Minneapolis/St. Paul

A Borton Overseas Scandinavia Specialist will meet and travel with the group from Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. The Icelandair flight departs at 7:25pm. Borton Overseas can assist with departure arrangements from other US locations – please inquire!

Thursday, August 11Arrive Reykjavik, Iceland | Meals: B, L

Early morning arrival at Keflavik Airport at 6:35am. After collecting our luggage, the group will transfer the short distance to Viking World for a welcome breakfast. Following the meal, we will transfer into Reykjavik city and to our hotel for luggage drop-off and a brief break.
At noon, we will combine city sightseeing with our lunch experience as we sample authentic Icelandic cuisine on a food tour of Reykjavik. This is one of the best ways to get acquainted with the city and its culture. In addition to a small group walking tour with a local guide, you also stop at various dining establishments across the city, sampling some of the best native Icelandic treats.
Your afternoon and evening are free to rest up, or to sightseeing independently.
Overnight at Hotel Exeter, Reykjavik

Friday, August 12Golden Circle | Meals: B

After breakfast, we will depart Reykjavik and travel the famous Golden Circle route. This tour takes you on a wondrous circular journey through the heart of Iceland’s Southern Region, stopping at some of its most iconic sites. Thingvellir 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 Iceland’s parliament founded in 930 AD. The tour continues across a scenic area to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. Once there, you can opt for more than one path for multiple vantage points of the two tiers of cascading water. Time is allotted at this location for a lunch break. 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.

Evening at leisure in Reykjavik.
Overnight at Hotel Exeter

Saturday, August 13South 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, view Sólheimajökull glacier, and experience the black sand beaches and basalt column cliffs of Reynisfjara, which are rich in bird life.

After a long but rewarding day of sightseeing, we will return to Reykjavik for a free evening.
Overnight at Hotel Exeter

Sunday, August 14Reykjavik / Optional day excursion | Meals: B

Today is free to sightsee independently in the city or you can choose to pre-book 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, you´ll get a chance to spot local wildlife at a beach which is home to a seal colony and a variety of sea birds. Next up is a visit to the idyllic Arnarstapi village with a walk through extraordinary landscape along the precipitous shoreline. After a lunch stop, the tour continues past Djúpalónssandur, across striking landscapes, making a stop at Saxhóll crater, and on to the north coast of Snæfellsnes to Grundarfjordur fishing village. Surrounded by 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. Onward lies Berserkjahraun lava fields and over to the south side of the peninsula through Vatnaleið pass. A viewpoint stop is made, where you can take a short walk to a beautiful waterfall. Heading back, the last attraction on the tour is the Natural Heritage Site of Gerðuberg, home to a beautiful belt of geometrically shaped basalt columns. (Duration: 11 hours / $167 per person)

Whale Watching: Your adventure begins at Reykjavik’s Old Harbor. Set out in a boat offering a comfortable interior and large outside viewing decks. Your friendly guides, along with the captain and crew, will point out where to spot whales and give interesting information about the various kinds of whales and seabirds you can expect to see. (Duration: 3-3.5 hours / $107 per person)

Lava Tube Caving: Volcanic activity is a major aspect of Iceland’s incredible geology. One way to experience this is by exploring lava tubes, caves and chambers made by molten magma flowing over and through the ground. On the tour, you will head to Raufarholshellir lava cave, formed by an eruption that took place approx. 5,000 years ago. After a brief safety presentation on use of the provided gear, you enter the cave and explore at your own pace – crawling through some parts of the cave may be required. There are many fascinating colors and rock formations to keep you occupied. You will be dropped off at your accommodation following the tour. (Duration: 3 hours / $113 per person)

Overnight at Hotel Exeter

Monday, August 15Reykjavik | Meals: B, D

Today is open for exploring Iceland’s capital at your own pace. Sights include a whale museum by the harbor, the Settlement Exhibition, main shopping street Laugavegur, and Perlan Museum. Tonight, the group will gather for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight at Hotel Exeter

Tuesday, August 16Blue Lagoon / Return to Minnesota | Meals: B

Scandinavian breakfast at hotel this morning prior to check-out. Group then departs the city for the famous Blue Lagoon where we can enjoy relaxing in the geothermal waters before the flight home. The mineral rich water is a milky shade of blue, while the soothing and healing effects on the skin have been experienced by visitors for 40 years. Your entrance includes a self-applied silica mud mask, use of a towel, and your first drink in the lagoon. You will leave this other-worldly place feeling clean, relaxed, and satisfied! We then bus to the nearby airport and check-in for our flight with Icelandair, departing at 4:45pm and arriving back in the Twin Cities (MSP) at 6:10pm.

Included
  • Roundtrip, 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
  • Five nights’ accommodation at Hotel Exeter, standard room
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner) 
  • Three-hour Reykjavik City and Food tour
  • Golden Circle tour by coach
  • South Coast sightseeing by super jeeps
  • Farewell dinner
  • Blue Lagoon (comfort entrance)
  • Borton Overseas host
Not Included
  • Airline fees including meals, upgraded 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
  • All planned activities are subject to weather and local conditions.
  • Gratuities are not expected, but recommended for exceptional service.
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