May 15-23, 2019 Explore the Land of Fire and Ice with Rev. Bill Wheeler.
An island of dramatic contrasts, Iceland is a landscape forged by fire and ice. Steaming lava fields and hot pools reflect its volcanic nature, while massive glaciers continue to sculpt the mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords. Travel the 'Golden Circle' where many natural scenic wonders are located. Stay overnight in a local fishing village to enjoy a scenic bay cruise. Create your own adventure with a choice of exciting activities:soak in the Blue Lagoon, or take a whale watching cruise; hike into a lava cave, or stroll along the coastal lava fields while admiring natural wildlife. Discover the spectacular landscapes and proud people of this small island nation during this fascinating journey.
Prices from other cities available upon request. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. The supplement for a single room is $1050. This tour is not subject to GST/HST.
- Return economy class airfare
- Current airline taxes, fuel surcharges and airport fees
- Superior Tourist class and First class hotels
- First class motorcoach
- Meals as shown (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Professional Tour Guide
- Sightseeing including entrance fees
- Tipping for all included services
- Rostad Tours travel gift
- Comprehensive and personalized tour documentation
Not Included: Meals not shown, Beverages, Items of a personal nature, Any airline luggage fees, Increases to surcharges, taxes or fees, Insurance.
Wed, May 15, 2019
We set out on a journey full of dramatic contrasts. Come to know Iceland, a place where steaming lava fields reflect a volcanic nature and massive glaciers sculpt mountains and valleys, leaving thundering waterfalls and plunging fjords.
Thu, May 16, 2019
We begin in the capital city of Reykjavík. We join a local expert for a walking tour of the city’s old section featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbour and Reykjavík’s oldest building, home of the Kraum Icelandic design centre. Tonight, we are treated to a sumptuous Icelandic dinner at a popular local restaurant. D
Fri, May 17, 2019
Today we travel the stunning Golden Circle, a route encompassing many of Iceland's most renowned natural wonders: waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, lava fields and volcanos. Our adventure begins with a stop at a local dairy farm. We are welcomed into the family's home to experience a 'dayin-the-life', including an opportunity to enjoy various cheeses that are made on the farm. We then travel to Thingvellir National Park, where Icelanders gathered in AD 930 and established one of the world’s first parliaments. Here, we stand upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley. This UNESCO World Heritage Site (WHS) marks the crest of the MidAtlantic Ridge, the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Next, we marvel at the beauty of the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Later we stop at the famous thermal area of Geysir to admire the hot spring Strokkur’s explosive vertical spout that reaches a height of up to 90 feet. We conclude the day with a visit to Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation centre to learn how the locals grow delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of Iceland’s geothermal energy. We also learn about their family tradition of breeding Icelandic show horses. B
Sat, May 18, 2019
Experience the otherworldliness of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Take in the dramatic landscapes of black and white sand beaches, magnificent cliffs, mountain peaks, volcanic craters, soaring waterfalls, rocky coastlines, intimate fishing villages, and the remarkable Snæfellsjökull glacier. This afternoon it is our choice! Select a guided Vatnshellir Cave tour and descend 100 feet below ground to an 8,000-year-old lava tube - see amazing rock pigments, lava formations, stalagmites and stalactites. Or, we may choose to walk the lava field and put our cameras to work snapping photos of nature’s dramatic landscape. Next, we embark on a truly Icelandic cultural adventure as we spend time with a family that keeps alive a 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark. We see the fishing boat that their grandfather used; the tiny farmer’s church; and explore the museum to learn more about Iceland’s deep relationship with this trade. Before leaving, we taste “hákarl,” cured shark meat. We finish our day on a private nature cruise in Breiðafjörður Bay. Watch countless birds like puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes and the majestic white tailed eagle soar among basalt rock columns. While cruising, sample fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean waters. Seafood simply doesn't come fresher than this! BD
Sun, May 19, 2019
We continue the adventure travelling along Iceland’s south coast. At Hellisheiðavirkjun, the largest power station in Iceland and the second largest geothermal power station in the world, we learn about geothermal renewable energy. Then, we stop for a photo at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - here there is a walkway for views from the inside out! Later we arrive in Vík, Iceland's most southerly village and one of the most visited spots in the country. BD
Mon, May 20, 2019
We visit Skógar Museum that showcases an outstanding collection of Icelandic life, including farm and domestic artifacts, as well as turf-built houses. Nearby is the impressive Skógafoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland. Next, we view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach surrounded by basalt columns and cliffs scattered with caves. Later, we see the unique natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey. BD
Tue, May 21, 2019
Today, we set sail among the huge icebergs of the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon today and taste the 1,000-year-old ice. Keep your eyes peeled for seal sightings! We then stop at Skaftafell, gateway to Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. We marvel at the Alpine environment of Iceland’s highest mountains and the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest glacier. BD
Wed, May 22, 2019
Before leaving the south shore, we visit the Lava Exhibition Centre, where you'll learn about Iceland's historical eruptions and current lava flows that make the island a showcase of volcanism. The rest of the day is our choice: We can embark on a drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, numerous hot springs, including the Blue Lagoon where we can take a dip in the pleasantly warm, mineral-rich waters of the geothermal pool, located in the middle of a dramatic lava field. Or maybe the choice will be to further explore the wonders of Iceland’s waters during an exciting whale watching adventure in the bay of Faxaflói. Have your camera ready for minke and humpback whale sightings, along with white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises in their natural habitat. Later, we gather for a local dining experience and share stories of our days in Iceland. BD
Thu, May 23, 2019
We are transferred to the airport and depart for home with many incredible memories of the land of fire and ice! B