Iceland
June 08, 2020 - June 13, 2020
Welcome to Iceland!

The magical land of the Northern Lights beckon, where geothermal fields, beaches, and volcanoes co-exist. Visit Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, and then travel the Golden Circle that encompasses Iceland’s natural wonders. Visit the Skogar Folk Museum, the Lava Exhibition Center, Skógafoss waterfall, and dip your toe into the Blue Lagoon’s warm, mineral-rich waters in the middle of a lava field. A cruise to view the Aurora Borealis will make your trip to Iceland unforgettable.

Buy Trip
  • RSVP: Thursday, April 09, 2020
  • Final Balance Due: Thursday, April 09, 2020
  • Member Fees: $5,299.00
  • Non-Member Fees: $0.00
  • Deposit Amount: $1,200.00
  • Single Room Supplement (optional): $900.00
ITINERARY
DAY 1, June 08, 2020 | Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport, your guide will greet you and then show you around the Reykjanes Peninsula. Active volcanos lie beneath the peninsula’s surface, producing large lava fields, numerous hot springs, and solfataras. Stop by Kleifarvatn Lake, which is located on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Due to a big earthquake in 2000, the lake lost about 20% of its size, but it regained its previous surface level by 2008. Next, arrive at Krysuvikurbjarg cliff, known for its active bird life and its amazing beauty. The “bridge between the continents” spans the vast Alftagja rift valley near Grindavik, which marks the boundary of the Eurasian and North American continental tectonic plates. Visiting Blue Lagoon Iceland is vital thanks to its variety of health and emotional benefits. As the water comes straight from the depths of the earth, it is loaded with minerals, salts, blue-green algae, and silica. These elements are believed to possess therapeutic powers. Although the water is a frosty blue, the water is rejuvenatingly hot. This destination provides the perfect atmosphere for you to relax and enjoy the moment. After a good soak, head to your accommodation on the south shore, Landhotel, where a welcome dinner and tour director briefing will be held.

DAY 2, June 09, 2020 | Thorsmork
Thorsmork

For today’s adventure travel to Thorsmork, a lush valley named after the Norse God Thor surrounded by grand glaciers, beautiful mountains, and glacial rivers. Due to the danger of fording unpredictable glacial rivers and brooks, no one should attempt the trip without the company of experienced guide—an innocent stream can change in a matter of hours into a thunderous torrent. Our skilled drivers are very skilled in these driving conditions and will take you safely across any river. Along to way to Thorsmork, see a multitude of small gullies and valleys clad with low birch trees. You will find more than 170 species of plants, moss, and lichen in this lush area, which was a fjord some 12,000 years ago. Enjoy a barbeque lunch in Thorsmork, spend the evening at leisure, and then return to the hotel for the night

DAY 3, June 10, 2020 | South shore – Waterfalls and Black Sandy Beaches – Volcano Exhibition
South shore – Waterfalls and Black Sandy Beaches – Volcano Exhibition

Travel along the South Shore, where the rugged landscape offers firsthand evidence of nature’s power. Few words can describe the beautiful landscape of the south. Find beautiful waterfalls, black sandy beaches, mountains, steep cliffs, glaciers, and numerous strange lava formations along the way. The drive will take us by both old and new farms, agricultural livestock, and bird life. Visit the area surrounding Eyjafjallajokull, an ice-capped volcano that erupted in 2010 and closed down all air traffic over the Atlantic Ocean, and then tour the volcano exhibition, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes, and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. You will be able to examine the various eruptions and lava flows, volcanic and rift systems, faults and glacial floods that make Iceland a showcase of volcanism. The center introduces the Katla Geopark and Iceland's elaborate monitoring system for surveying volcanos and earthquake zones. Enjoy a group dinner at the hotel tonight.

DAY 4, June 11, 2020 | Thingvellir National Park – Fridheimar Greenhouse – Geyser Hot Spring – Gullfoss Waterfall
Thingvellir National Park – Fridheimar Greenhouse – Geyser Hot Spring – Gullfoss Waterfall

Head to Thingvellir, home to Iceland’s first national park. Thingvellir lies in the rift valley and is one of the very few places where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge comes to the surface, making visible the boundary between tectonic plates. Thingvellir is also home to the Althing, one of the world’s first parliaments still in operation and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Afterwards, have lunch at Fridheimar greenhouses where farmers are able to grow tomatoes all year round using geothermal energy. You will have the opportunity to learn about the tradition of greenhouses and the methods used by the local farmers to grow their tasty and healthy produce. Experience the diversity and freshness of Icelandic food. Next, visit the geyser area to explore the geothermal pools and see the reliable Strokkur erupt every few minutes. This is one of the wonders of Iceland and a phenomenal experience to see. Proceed to the stunning Gullfoss waterfall. The river Hvita feeds Gullfoss with clear water from the glacier Langjokull, the second biggest glacier in Europe. Gullfoss waterfall with its two perpendicular cascades is Iceland’s most renown and iconic waterfall. End the day in Reykjavik at Hotel Borg with the evening at leisure.

DAY 5, June 12, 2020 | Reykjavik walking tour - National Galley of Iceland – Reykjavik Art Museum - Videy Island – Farewell Dinner
Reykjavik walking tour - National Galley of Iceland – Reykjavik Art Museum - Videy Island – Farewell Dinner

Your personal guide will take you for a walk around Downtown Reykjavik and its vicinity. During this walking tour, you will see the old town center, the Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbor, and the Harpa concert hall and conference center, which is one of Reykjavik‘s greatest and distinguished landmarks. It is a cultural and social center in the heart of the city where it poses majestically by the harbor. We will visit The National Gallery of Iceland, the national museum with an emphasis on 19th and 20th century Icelandic art, although international art is featured as well. The museum boasts the most valuable collection of works by Icelandic artists in the country. The collection also includes an impressive array of works by internationally renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso, Edward Munch, Karel Appel, Hans Hartung, Victor Vasarely, Richard Serra, and Richard Tuttle. Next, tour the Reykjavik Art Museum, a refurbished fishery office and warehouse built in the 1930s that now houses the permanent collection of the works of Erro, one of Europe’s most notable pop artists. Following the group lunch break in the city center, take a short boat trip to Videy Island to see an art installation by Richard Serra called “Afanger,” or “Standing Stones,” named for a celebrated Icelandic poem. Videy Island is also known for the Imagine Peace Tower, a memorial dedicated to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono. At the Reykjavik City Center, enjoy a farewell dinner together with your fellow delegates, and spend the night a Hotel Borg.

DAY 6, June 13, 2020 | Reykjavík
Reykjavík

Your driver will deliver you to the airport for your flight home.

  • Icelandic
  • Icelandic Krona
  • hangikjöt, kleinur & laufabrauð
  • Reykjavik, Thingvellir National Park, Skogafoss, Jokusarlon Glacial Park & Vatnajokull Glacier
TRIP DETAILS
TRIP LEADER(S)
Nicole Randall

Nicole Randall is a native of New York and came to People to People International in 2018. She offices for the organization out of Washington, D.C.

She began her career while working for the military at Fort Benning, Georgia. After spending time as an Executive Producer and Director of Communications for both the Kansas Departments of Transportation and Commerce, she started at PTPI.

She has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and a Master's Degree in Diplomacy. She lives in D.C. with her husband and son.

INCLUSIONS

The following is included with your registration fee:

  • Full Itinerary
  • Hotel Accomodations
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Bilingual Tour Manager
  • Admission Fees
  • 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Gratuities

The following is NOT included with your registration fee:

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance: Optional ($315)

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