Western Wonders

The West´s amazing sights: Iceland in miniature
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Oct - Apr
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The West´s peaceful winter countryside represents Iceland in miniature, with glaciers, waterfalls, sea coast, charming villages, powerful hot springs and a proudly-preserved history. This specially-crafted small winter group tour offers explorations of the jewels of the West, including Reykjanes and Snaefellsnes Peninsulas, Hraunfoss Falls, Snaefellsjokull National Park and Stykkisholmur, as well as an exciting visit to the Langjokull Glacier & Ice Tunnel.

Day 1: Keflavik Airport - Reykjanes Peninsula
From Keflavík Airport join the scheduled transfer to your accommodation on the Reykjanes Peninsula. (If you have already spent time in Reykjavik, we suggest you take a coach transfer from your city hotel to the airport, to join the transfer to the Reykjanes Peninsula) .

The unusual lava features and rugged sea coast of this region give the impression that you are almost on a different planet. The remainder of the day is at leisure- perhaps take an optional day tour of the peninsula, take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary transfer service to visit the Blue Lagoon, or try an optional ATV ride in the stark, volcanic landscapes. Or you can hike or walk on the walking trails of the area. In the evening, if the weather co-operates, this is also a very good area for viewing the northern lights.

Day 2: Reykjanes Peninsula - Borgarfjordur Fjord - Hraunfoss Falls - Husafell
After breakfast, begin your day with a visit to the Viking World museum. Western Iceland was one of the first places to be settled by Norsemen and you can still see their influence here. This museum tells the tale of these  Vikings who settled Iceland and discovered Greenland and North America. View Settlement Age artefacts and the replica of the Islendingur Viking ship. Then travel along the rugged Reykjanes Peninsula, skirting around Reykjavik and through the undersea tunnel that leads to West Iceland. Enjoy the lovely cliffs and coasts of Borgarfjordur Fjord, one of Iceland’s first Viking settlement areas. Drive by Borgarnes and Reykholt, home of a Medieval Chieftain and Saga writer.

Then visit the Bruaras Geo Centre, a new Information Centre with a focus on the area’s geology and nearby natural attractions. Continue to nearby Hraunfossar,  the Lava Falls, and admire the view of glacial water bursting through lava formations. Lava also has created many caves in West Iceland and next we visit Vidgelmir Cave with a local guide,to enjoy the amazing colours and shapes created by ancient volcanic activity. This cave also was known to the Vikings as artefacts have been found here. Finally, we reach Husafell, for overnight.

Day 3: Husafell - Langjokull Glacier & Ice Tunnel - Deildartunguhver - Stykkisholmur
Today’s western wonder focus is on glaciers! The western edge of the highland interior is home to Langjokull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. The glacier has shaped much of Western Iceland. Today you will visit a unique man-made ice tunnel built into the glacier. Drive into the highland wilderness and up to the foot of Langjokull Glacier, where we board a uniquely-designed “monster” vehicle to take us up the slopes of the glacier to the entrance of the ice tunnel. A local glacier-expert guide will then take us into the tunnel and point out different features of the glacier. You will learn how glaciers are formed, why glacier ice is so blue, why glaciers are so important to Iceland’s creation and the planet and why it is so important to protect glaciers. Later this afternoon, it’s time to see the warmer side of glaciers, with a visit to Deildartunguhver. Created by volcanically heated glacial water, these natural hot springs are the most powerful in Europe. Walk along the edge of Deildartunguhver and listen to the powerful rushing, churning water. Then head to Iceland’s longest peninsula, Snaefellsnes, to the town of Stykkisholmur. The town looks over a bay dotted with thousands of tiny islands and the town centre has lovingly preserved historical buildings, giving it a feel of being from an older, simpler time. 2 nights in Stykkisholmur.

Day 4:  Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Snaefellsjokull National Park
Today’s focus is on the crown jewel of Western Iceland, Snaefellsjokull National Park, named for its mysterious glacial volcano. Drive along the northern coast of Snaefellsnes Peninsula to Hellisandur village. Here we'll take a special off road vehicle into the nearby mountains, and put on snowshoes for a short, guided hike between lava formations to a hidden wilderness spot. After a break here with traditional Icelandic hot chocolate and flat bread, we snowshoe back, experiencing great views of Snaefellsjokull and the coastline along the way. In the afternoon, discover more about the history of Snaefellsnes with an entertaining one-man performance (in English) in a local theatre and culture centre. Later relax as we drive through the varied landscapes of the national park, viewing wind-tangled sea cliffs, tiny villages and basalt columns. You’ll also see the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier from different angles. Return along the south peninsula to Stykkisholmur for the night. (The snowshoe hiking time is around 1 hour and the distance about 1 km)

Day 5: Stykkisholmur - Borgarnes - Reykjavik
Start the day with a town walk led by a local guide. Stykkisholmur was one of the country’s first towns to become completely sustainable, with a huge focus on environmental and historical preservation. On this tour, you’ll learn about how the town harnesses the area’s geothermal energy, and visit some of the places involved in the process. Your guide will also tell you about the history of the town and life in a small coastal village, and you'll take a break to enjoy a taste of Stykkisholmur with a small picnic. Afterwards, there is time if you wish to take an optional visit to relax in the hot tubs of the town’s geothermal pool. Then return to Reykjavik, arriving in the late afternoon. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 6: Departure
Coach transfer from your hotel to Keflavik airport and end of arrangements. 

Maximum group size: 16 persons

Departures 2017: October 23; November 06, 13 and 27

Departures 2018: February 07, 14, 21 and 28; March 07, 14 and 21; April 04

Includes: 1 night in hotel in Reykjanes Peninsula, 1 night in hotel in Husafell, 2 nights in  hotel in Stykkisholmur, 1 night in hotel in Reykjavik, breakfast daily, 2 dinners on Days 2 and 3, guided small group tour in small coach from Day 2 to Day 5, admission to Viking World Museum in Reykjanes Peninsula, guided tour of Vidgelmir Cave, Ice Tunnel Tour, guided Snowshoe Hike with light refreshments, stage performance at the Freezer Theatre and Culture Centre in Rif, guided Geothermal Themed Walking tour in Stykkisholmur, shared scheduled arrival transfer from Keflavik airport to Reykjanes hotel, departure transferby coach from Reykjavik hotel to Keflavik airport

Excludes: breakfast on arrival day, optional activities Day 1, optional visit to Stykkisholmur geothermal pool Day 5

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3915.00
Single AUD$ 4587.00

Includes: 1 night in hotel in Reykjanes Peninsula, 1 night in hotel in Husafell, 2 nights in  hotel in Stykkisholmur, 1 night in hotel in Reykjavik, breakfast daily, 2 dinners on Days 2 and 3, guided small group tour in small coach from Day 2 to Day 5, admission to Viking World Museum in Reykjanes Peninsula, guided tour of Vidgelmir Cave, Ice Tunnel Tour, guided Snowshoe Hike with light refreshments, stage performance at the Freezer Theatre and Culture Centre in Rif, guided Geothermal Themed Walking tour in Stykkisholmur, shared scheduled arrival transfer from Keflavik airport to Reykjanes hotel, departure transferby coach from Reykjavik hotel to Keflavik airport

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