QC9128 Dec 10 - Dec 16 2019
Day 1 – Overnight flight
Sit back and relax as your Hanover Holidays’ shuttle takes you to Pearson Airport, where you meet your Tour Director and board your overnight flight for Keflavik!
Day 2 – Transfer Keflavík airport – Reykjavík – Reykjavík City Tour
Welcome to Iceland!! Upon arrival we are welcomed and board our coach for our 45 minute transfer to the city of Reykjavik, and guided tour of the capital. The City centre is a maze of narrow alleys framed with old timber houses from late 19th to early 20th centuries punctuated with more recent buildings. Reykjavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland (late 9th century) but became a town relatively recently, in 1786. We will learn about life in the city from the very beginning of settlement in Iceland to the present day. We stop by the church of Hallgrímskirkja and drive through the university district, past the Nordic house (Nordic cultural centre, designed by Alvar Aalto) and the National Museum. In the very city centre we stop by the City hall, which juts into the small lake of Tjörnin. Nearby are the Lutheran Cathedral (1847) and the House of Parliament (1881) and monuments to Jón Sigurðsson (19th century Independence hero) and also a sculpture of Skúli Magnússon, the father of the town itself. We also drive by the harbour to observe fishing vessels of different sizes, whale hunters and whale watchers. Tonight, a group dinner (D)
Day 3 – Hellisheiðarvirkjun – Geysir – Gullfoss – Þingvellir
Following breakfast, our excursion includes many of the scenic natural wonders for which Iceland is renowned. We pass the geothermal power station Hellisheiðarvirkjun and learn how Icelanders use the geothermal energy to produce electricity and hot water for house heating. Next, see the hot springs at the Geysir geothermal area and look forward to meeting the chef of the Geysir restaurant. Taste freshly baked bread, which is cooked using the heat from the hot springs, with lcelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring, and a glass of Geysir schnapps, served at freezing point. Then, marvel at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, perhaps the most beautiful in the country. Here the glacial river of Hvítá (white river) tumbles 32 meters (105 ft.) in a double cascade. On a sunny day a rainbow is very likely in the massive spray. By a scenic route we reach Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park (1930) and UNESCO World Heritage Site (2004). Thingvellir is a place of fascinating natural beauty, a spectacular geological vista, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right by Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. The Mid-Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is forming as Iceland is being pulled apart by tectonic forces. Here the North-American and the Eurasian continental plates drift apart by 19mm (¾”) a year and a rift valley is forming. Dinner as a group tonight. (B,D)
Day 4 – Hauganes - Akureyri
A real treat today! At Hauganes, embark on an unforgettable experience: watch whales in their natural habitat! Continue to Akureyri for your overnight stay. Breakfast, lunch and dinner as a group today. (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Akureyri – Goðafoss – Lake Mývatn – Dettisfoss - Borgarfiörður
During your orientation of the capital of northern lceland, hear about the city history after it was established as a trading center in 1602. Visit the BOTANICAL GARDEN, featuring specimens of almost all native lcelandic plants. Then, admire Goðafoss, known as the "Waterfall of the Gods." Enjoy a scenic drive to the lovely blue Lake Mývatn, teeming with bird life in one of lcelands prettiest areas, and known for geothermal activity and producing colored deposits. Before arriving in Borgarfiörður Eystri, take pictures of the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss (road conditions permitting). You may even see puffins, known as the "clown of the sea". Group dinner this evening. (B,D)
Day 6 Borgarfiörður Eystri - Höfn
ln the morning, enjoy a walking tour and hear about life in the rural lcelandic countryside over the centuries. Follow the eastern coast, where the first lrish missionaries settled some 200 years ago, and arrive in Höfn. Enjoy a group dinner together. (B,D)
Day 7 – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – Vík - Skógafoss
Our highlight today is a stop at LakeJökulsárlón, where some of the most speclacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed. Watch how the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, flows into the lake, forming icebergs. We experience a 30-45 minute boat tour between icebergs. Vatnajökull is Europe’s largest glacier and covers about 8 % of Iceland and the average thickness of the ice is 400 meters (1300 feet). We continue on to the volcanic black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Here are interesting caves and impressive rock formations, including columnar basalt. In summer birds nest in the cliffs, including puffins and fulmars. From Reynisfjara you can enjoy stunning views of picturesque Dyrhólaey promontory, a 120m spur of rock and featuring natural arch, that stands in water deep enough to allow boats to pass through. Lastly, we will reach Skógafoss, one of Iceland‘s most beautiful waterfall. Breakfast and Dinner included today. (B,D)
Day 8 – Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
We reach Seljalandsfoss, a graceful ribbon-like waterfall, which drops from an overhanging lava cliff. It is possible to walk behind it, but do not expect to stay dry! Next, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse called Friðheimar. We will get back to Reykjavík in the afternoon, where you will have some free time to explore the city by yourself or make your way to Iceland‘s famous Blue Lagoon. Join us tonight as we recall all the highlights and spectacular sightseeing at our farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 9 – Home
Breakfast included prior to making our way back to Keflavik airport and flight for Toronto, where your Hanover Holidays shuttle van will meet you to return you to your joining points. (B)
Cost per person - CDN
All taxes and service charges included in the rates.
*Non refundable deposit of $800.00 required at booking.