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HIGHLANDS AND FJORDS 2006
 

10 days, 9 nights, Reykjavik - Ůingvellir National Park - Gullfoss -

Geysir - ١rsm÷rk - Lake Mřvatn - Dettifoss - Husavik - Hellishei­i - East Fjords -

Skaftafell - Glacial Lagoon - Laki - Eldhraun - Landmannalaugar - Reykjavik

 

Departures German/English

Mondays,  July 10*, 24 / August 07, 21 / Sept 04

A fascinating journey through Iceland, filled with breathtaking highlights. Beginning with the Nesjavellir geothermal power plant, in the vicinity of Lake Thingvallavatn in the Thingvellir National Park, seat of the ancient Icelandic parliament. Farther east, we reach a region of high seismic activity, the roaring power of Gullfoss waterfall, and the gushing hot springs by Geysir. A full day of hiking in Porsm÷rk Valley, before crossing Sprengisandur, with its breathtaking emptiness, guarded by glittering Vatnaj÷kull and Hofsj÷kull Glaciers. Via lake Myvatn to Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, we proceed to Husavik, where we enjoy an afternoon of whale-watching. Stop at the banks of Sela River for a swim in the beautiful pool. After crossing the Hellisheidi Mountain Pass we reach the rugged coastline of the Eastern Fjords. From the fishing village of H÷fn at the foot of the Vatnaj÷kull Glacier we reach the Glacial Lagoon for a boat tour among the calving icebergs. From the Laki volcanic craters and lava fields to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by rhyolite mountains.

 

Day 1 REYKJAVIK ľ ŮINGVELLIR ľ GULLFOSS ľ FL┌đIR (D)
The tour begins with a drive past the Nesjavellir geothermal area to Lake Ůingvallavatn, Icelandĺs largest lake, and Ůingvellir National Park. Visit the golden waterfall Gullfoss, and the hot springs at the Geysir area before heading to the village of Fl˙­ir.

Day 2 ŮËRSMÍRK (B, D)
A day filled with beautiful and spectacular sights. ١rsm÷rk nature reserve offers a unique composition of glaciers, rocks and greenery. Visit the impressive waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk up to the edge of the Eyjafjallaj÷kull glacier.



Day 3 FL┌đIR - SPRENGISANDUR - LAKE MŢVATN (B, D)
Across the wilderness of Sprengisandur, a wild, desolate land of breathtaking emptiness. Pass the largest continuous lava field in Iceland, Ëdß­ahraun, before descending into the greenness of the sheltered Bßr­ardalur valley.


Day 4 DETTIFOSS - ASBYRGI - HUSAVIK (B, D)
Drive through the beauty of Lake Mřvatn, to Dettifoss, Europe┤s most powerful waterfall, as it thunders down into the J÷kulsßrglj˙fur canyon. Continue to ┴sbyrgi, a horseshoe-shaped canyon. Stop in H˙savÝk village, for a whale watching tour.



Day 5 LAKE MŢVATN (B, D)
Exploring the natural wonders of Lake Mřvatn area, surrounded by lava fields, volcanoes and mountains. Optional: Full day excursion into the desert highlands of Dyngjufj÷ll mountains to Askja caldera.

Day 6 VOPNAFJORDUR - EGILSSTAđIR (B, D)
Head through the interior highlands to Vopnafj÷r­ur and explore this beautiful oasis on the boarder to the arctic, enjoy a swim in the beautiful swimming pool on the banks of River Selß. Visit Burstafell farm before continuing over Hellishei­i mountain pass.



Day 7 EAST FJORDS (B, D)
From Nor­fj÷r­ur drive along the rugged and varied coastline of the East Fjords. Towering mountains, their bare rock faces ridged by the forces of weather and wind, plunge vertically into the sea to form, Iceland's magnificent East Fjords.

Day 8 DJ┌PIVOGUR - SKAFTAFELL - KIRKJUBĂJARKLAUSTUR (B, D)
The first stop is at Almannaskar­ pass which offers a striking view of Vatnaj÷kull glacier and the coastal area. Drive to J÷kulsßrlˇn Glacial Lagoon before continuing to Skaftafell National Park for a leisurely hike.



Day 9 LAKI VOLCANIC CRATERS (B, D)
A full day tour from KirkjubŠjarklaustur to the area of Laki volcanic craters, famous for the eruption in 1783, when a big lava flow formed the spectacular Eldhraun lava field.

Day 10 KIRKJUBĂJARKLAUSTUR - LANDMANNALAUGAR - REYKJAVIK (B)
Drive along the Fjallabakslei­ interior track to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains where bathing in a natural warm pool is an option. Return to ReykjavÝk in the afternoon.
 

 

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Departure Dates 2006

German/English, Mondays

July 10*, 24 / August 07, 21 / Sept 04

 

Guaranteed departures*

 

Prices in US Dollars

Highlands & Fjords, 10 days

July - August

 

Per person in double room

 3,875

Single Supplement

 730

September

 

Per person in double room

 3,285

Single Supplement

630

Included

  • Guided tour from/to ReykjavÝk

  • Bus transfers from/to Keflavik Airport

  • 9 nights accommodation with private facilities

  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily

  • 4 x lunch box

  • 9 x Dinners, 2-3 courses

  • Entrance to Petra┤s stone collection

  • Visit to Burstafell farm

  • Whale watching tour from H˙savÝk

  • Entrance to Selß swimming pool

  • Hotel taxes and service fees

Not Included

  • Airport taxes

  • Gratuities

  • Personal insurance / personal items

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • $ 25 Service fee

Add-ons: Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Reykjavik

  • Boat tour to Papey Island

  • Mřvatn Nature Baths

  • Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon

  • Day tour to Askja

  • East Greenland Excursion, 1 - 3 days

  • Smyril Line Cruise to the Faroer Islands

 

Maximum number for each departure is 15 passengers.

It is necessary to book additional nights before and after the tour in ReykjavÝk or KeflavÝk.

We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice should the necessity arise due to road conditions.

Some days include 1 - 4 hours of hiking.
 

List of Hotels

Night 2 & 6

Nordica Hotel

Reykjavik / Iceland

Night 3 & 4

KirkjubŠjarklaustur / Iceland

Night 5

Fl˙­ir / Iceland

 

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