August 17 (Wed) - Depart U.S. or Canada on overnight flights to Reykjavik.
August 18 (Thurs) - Guests will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel in the City Centre. After brunch (included) we can head out for a fun run along the harbor. Balance of the day at leisure.(B)
August 19 (Fri) - Free day to book an optional tour* and perhaps some shop for the famous Icelandic woolen sweaters and blankets. Afterwards you can pick up your race number. (B)
August 20 (Sat) - RACE DAY! The marathon and half- marathon start at 8:40 a.m. followed by the 10K at 9:30 a.m. Dinner celebration with the group at your own expense. In the evening, enjoy Culture Night and the fireworks. (B)
August 21(Sun) - Full day "Golden Circle" tour of the Icelandic countryside exploring the country's natural wonders. First a stop at Thingvellir National Park where the world's oldest parliament met and then to Gullfuss (Golden Falls), a magnificent waterfall. After Gullfoss we travel down the road to visit Geysir, from where the word "geysir" comes from. After lunch (at your own expense) we continue to Hveragerdi where harnessed geothermal power warms greenhouses nurturing fruits. Finally we end the tour at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak in the world famous hot springs. Dinner is on your own. (B)
August 22 (Mon) - Transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S. and Canada or commencement of optional extensions.(B)
Optional 2 night extension to Snafellsness Peninsula
August 22 (Mon) Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Reykjavik at 8:00. The drive to Snæfellsnes peninsula takes about 2-3 hours. Highlights of today include: An easy climb to the top of Mt. Helgafell which gives us breathtaking views of the surroundings and three wishes if we think good thoughts and don´t look back on our way up. An afternoon sailing tour from Stykkisholmur town out on Breidafjordur bay (Viking Sushi Tour). The beautiful bay has numerous skerries with varied bird life and whales. On the tour the crew scoops up scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers for you to taste along with a glass of white wine. Sightseeing tour of Stykkisholmur town where we will stay for the next two nights. It is one of Iceland´s most picturesque fishing villages with beautiful 19th century architecture. The town has excellent restaurants- all in walking distance from your hotel as well as some interesting museums and a great outdoor geothermal swimming pool. (B)
August 23 (Tues) - Today we continue our exploration of the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula.Visit to Bjarnarhofn shark farm. The most famous shark farm in Iceland – learn how Icelandic fermented shark is prepared and have a taste if you dare! On the south shore we will visit various beaches, sometimes favored by seals. Walk the scenic trail from Hellnar, the home of Bardur the guardian spirit of Snaefellsnes, to Arnarstapi and see a variety of geological formations. If the day is clear, we will see the Snaefellsjokull, the glacier at the end of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Return to Stykkisholmur town in the late afternoon. (B)
August 24 (Wed) - Today, we drive from Stykkisholmur to Keflavik Inernational Airport with stops along the way. Arrive in Keflavik in time for afternoon flights to North America. (Be sure confirm the later afternoon flight back to the USA/Canada. We will not return in time for the morning departure. (B)
Optional 4 night extension Akureyri and Snafellsness Peninsula
August 22 (Mon) - We start the tour with a short drive to the Reykjavik domestic airport. From there we fly to Akureyri in the north (45 mi. flight). In Akureyri we will board our coach and drive to Lake Myvatn (1.5 hours drive). On the way we stop at Godafoss waterfall, the waeerfall of the gods. At Lake Myvatn we wil explore a starkly beautiful but otherwordly landspace of sputtering mudpots, weid lava formations, pseudocraters, steaming fumaroles, expolsion craters and recent lavafields which are still steaming hot. Game of Thrones fans may be interested in the fact that many scenes in the latest series were filmed here. The lake is also world-famous for bird watchers. Numberous specis of waterfowl are found here including 13 different species of ducks. In the last afternoon we will check into our hotel at the shores of lake Myvatn. We will gather for a three-course dinner in the hotel restaurant. After dinner consider a walk down to the lake or stop by a nearby hourse rental for an evening riding tour. (B,D)
August 23 (Tues) Today we pack a picnic lunch and focus on the Jokulsargljufur National Park, which translates as Glacial River Canyon. Today's tour is sometimes referred to as the Diamond Circle or the North's answer to the Golden Circle in the South. The Glacial River Canyon is replete with extradinary rock formations, waterfalls, and plant life. We'll start at Dettifoss, which is Europe's most powerful waterfall, followed by a visit to Asbyrgi, the wooded hosrseshow canyon at the park's northern end. In the late afternioon we'll visit the charming fishing village of Husavik and then continue onto our hotel in downtown Akureyri. The capital city of the north, with a total population of 19,000, has numerous cafes, restaurants and museums. Within walking distance is Iceland's largest botanical garden. (B, L)
August 24 (Wed) After breakfast we will board the coach and make our way to Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsness peninsula in the West of Iceland. On the way we stop at a horse farm in a region famous for its horse breeding. Enjoy a horse show and learn about the unique Icelandic horse and its five gaits. After the show, visit the stables and meet the friendly horses. In the afternoon we arrive Stykkisholmur, one of Iceland's most picturesque villages with beatiful 19th century architchture. We will do a short sightseeing tour before checking into our hotel. (B)
August 25 (Thurs) - Today we continue our exploration of the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula. Visit to Bjarnarhofn shark farm. The most famous shark farm in Iceland – learn how Icelandic fermented shark is prepared and have a taste if you dare! On the south shore we will visit various beaches, sometimes favored by seals. Walk the scenic trail from Hellnar, the home of Bardur the guardian spirit of Snaefellsnes, to Arnarstapi and see a variety of geological formations. If the day is clear, we will see the Snaefellsjokull, the glacier at the end of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Return to Stykkisholmur town in the late afternoon. (B)
August 26 (Fri) - Today, we drive from Stykkisholmur to Keflavik Inernational Airport . Arrive in Keflavik in time for afternoon flights to North America. (Be sure confirm the later afternoon flight back to the USA/Canada. We will not return in time for the morning departure. You should arrange a departure of 4:00pm or later or plan on staying one last night back in Reykjavik. (B)
* Ask us about optional excursions and activities such as whitewater rafting, snorkeling and lava cave hikes. For the past tthree years we have offered a full day excursion to the South Shore. It is here that you will visit a black sand beach, two waterfalls, and visit the southern most city in Iceland, Vik.
Contact Scott or Nicole at 617-242-7845 about possible suggestions for extending and enhancing your Iceland experience.