Country Travel Discoveries 2017 Discovery Tours Catalog (First Edition) : Page 63

NEW Hallgrimskirkja Wonders of Iceland Epic Landscapes in the North Atlantic’s “Land of Fire and Ice” Explore magnificent geological wonders and a rainbow of colors in the land of fire and ice. See glistening icebergs, grand waterfalls, spouting geysers, and a unique interior landscape as mysterious as when Vikings first arrived here. Visit architectural landmarks while strolling the quaint, art-lined streets of Reykjavik, and refresh yourself in the mineral-rich, rejuvenating waters of the Blue Lagoon. Plus: Experience the elongated summer days and fascinating beauty of Greenland, just a short distance south of the Arctic Circle, in an optional post-tour extension. DAY 1 -2–MINNEAPOLIS/REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR Meet your friendly CTD representative at Minneapolis International Airport before your overnight flight to Iceland. Your adventure in the land of fire and ice begins in Reykjavik. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and relax. Then meet your Discovery Director and delight in a guided tour of this lively capital city, with its unique blend of ancient geothermal features and modern architecture, including immense Hallgrimskirkja church situated on top of a mountain of basaltic lava! Later, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. B, D DAY 3–ICELANDIC HORSES/THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK/ GULLFOSS/GEYSER Today at Fridheimar horse center, see beautiful Icelandic horses, learn about their history and unique gait, and chat with show riders. Afterwards, visit a geothermal greenhouse and get a taste of fresh vegetables. Later, thrill to the power and grandeur of Gullfoss, the most photographed CONTINUED ON PAGE 64  Skagafjordur o To T nd enla Gre G Godafoss Myvatn Mothrudalur a Egilssta Egils Egil tadir ta Seydi is sf s fj f j o or rd r d u r Akureyri Ak A k Hvanneyri an Borgarfjordur rdur Thin Thingvellir lir Reykjavik vik k Reykjan jane anes Selfoss S ICELAND Hofn fn G Gullfoss Skaftafell J Jökulsárlón Vik k Dyrholey yrholey rholey Reykjavik 855-744-TRIP (8747) 63 Ima Im ma ges es by y Ic cela n nd d Tr ave av l

Wonders Of Iceland

Epic Landscapes in the North Atlantic’s “Land of Fire and Ice”

Explore magnificent geological wonders and a rainbow of colors in the land of fire and ice. See glistening icebergs, grand waterfalls, spouting geysers, and a unique interior landscape as mysterious as when Vikings first arrived here. Visit architectural landmarks while strolling the quaint, art-lined streets of Reykjavik, and refresh yourself in the mineralrich, rejuvenating waters of the Blue Lagoon. Plus: Experience the elongated summer days and fascinating beauty of Greenland, just a short distance south of the Arctic Circle, in an optional post-tour extension.

DAY 1-2–MINNEAPOLIS/REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR

Meet your friendly CTD representative at Minneapolis International Airport before your overnight flight to Iceland. Your adventure in the land of fire and ice begins in Reykjavik. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and relax. Then meet your Discovery Director and delight in a guided tour of this lively capital city, with its unique blend of ancient geothermal features and modern architecture, including immense Hallgrimskirkja church situated on top of a mountain of basaltic lava! Later, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel. B, D

DAY 3–ICELANDIC HORSES/THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK/ GULLFOSS/GEYSER

Today at Fridheimar horse center, see beautiful Icelandic horses, learn about their history and unique gait, and chat with show riders. Afterwards, visit a geothermal greenhouse and get a taste of fresh vegetables. Later, thrill to the power and grandeur of Gullfoss, the most photographed waterfall in Iceland. You’ll continue your exciting travels around the island with a trip to Thingvellir National Park, a geological wonderland and Iceland’s most significant historical site. The world’s oldest democratic parliament was founded here in 930 A.D. Down the road, visit Great Geyser and Strokkur (Butter Churn) Geyser, which faithfully spouts every five minutes. Overnight in the Borgarfjordur area. B, D

DAY 4–AGRICULTURE MUSEUM/WOOLCRAFTS/SPECIALTY DAIRY/AKUREYRI

Today visit Hvanneyri, a tiny village of just 300 people. See the Museum of Agriculture’s antique tractors and farming tools, then step next door to the Wool Hut, a handicrafts workshop that will be opened just for our visit. Continue north to the Skagafjordur district, noted for its history of horse breeding, for lunch. Upon arrival in Akureyri, take a guided walking tour of this lovely, artistic town. Then, visit Holtsel dairy farm, famous for its fruit-sweetened yogurt ice cream. You can sample some. Enjoy dinner on your own in one of Akureyri’s many fine restaurants. B, L

DAY 5–WATERFALLS OF THE GODS/LAVA FORMATIONS/LAKE MYVATN

This morning we’ll visit majestically cascading Godafoss, the “Waterfalls of the Gods!” Then, we’ll continue to the pristine Lake Myvatn, a paradise for birdwatchers, geologists and other nature enthusiasts. You’ll discover pseudo-craters at Skutustadir, the curious lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Krafla Volcano, and imagine that you have journeyed to the center of the earth as you travel past boiling mud pools and the flashing colors of Namaskard Pass. B

DAY 6–MOUNTAIN CAFE/EGILSSTADIR/SEYDISFJORDUR HARBOR

Today, visit Mothrudalur, the highest elevated farm in Iceland, and sample kleinur donuts and coffee. Next, visit Seydisfjordur, one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns. Take a leisurely walk among the harbor’s preserved wooden buildings and see an old hydroelectric power station before ending the day in the Egilsstadir area. B, D

DAY 7–VALLANES FARM/EAST FJÖRDS/HÖFN

Today, visit organic Vallanes farm, famed for fresh organic vegetables, grain and gourmet food products. Next, admire the rocks collection at Petra’s museum of minerals and venture through the Alftarfjordur wilderness. Stop at Vestra Horn for a peek at the island’s frolicsome seals and swans. You’ll also marvel at the unspoiled natural beauty of Iceland’s Eastern Fjords, narrow seaside inlets guarded by steep, jagged cliffs. Overnight in the Höfn area. B, D

DAY 8–ICEBERG CRUISE/SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK/LAVA FIELDS

This morning visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon for a breathtaking boat ride among the icebergs. Later, tour Skaftafell National Park, situated below the edge of Vatna glacier and Iceland’s highest peak. En route to Vik, cross the enormous Eldhraun Lava Field and black desert sands of Mýrdalssandur. B, D

DAY 9–VIK/FOLK MUSEUM/VOLCANO EXHIBIT/POWER PLANT

Today, explore the black beaches near Vik and its magnificent rocky headlands, home to thousands of seabirds. Later, step back in time at the Skogar Folk Museum. You will have a chance to visit Thorvaldseyri Volcano Exhibition, which opened one year after Eyjafjallajokull eruption and visit Iceland’s newest power plant. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at a local Reykjavik restaurant. B, D

DAY 10–BLUE LAGOON/BROTTFÖR (FAREWELL)

Enjoy your morning at leisure. You can even take a relaxing, mineral-rich thermal bath at Reykjanes’ famed Blue Lagoon before you leave for home. It’s been a remarkable trip in the land of fire and ice! B

Ammassalik, East Greenland

5 Days • 8 Meals Jul 24-28

*Price Per Person: Double: $2,727; Single: $2,935 Depart/Return: Reykjavik, Iceland

* Extension requires additional $250/person deposit, non-refundable within 90 days of departure

DAY 1–REYKJAVIK TRANSFER

Extend your trip with a few days in fascinating Greenland! When your Iceland tour concludes, transfer to and rest up at Reykjavik’s Grand Hotel.

DAY 2–SCENIC COPTER FLIGHT/AMMASSALIK/VALLEY OF FLOWERS

After breakfast, fly to Kulusuk, Greenland. Then, take a short, incredibly scenic 10 minute helicopter flight across the ice-filled sea separating two mountainous islands to Ammassalik. East Greenland’s largest town, with about 1,400 residents, lies just south of Arctic Circle and boasts long hours of daylight in the summer and the splendor of the northern lights in the winter. Beautifully situated in a protective fjord and ringed by mountains, this lovely town is characterized by small, colorful wooden houses, where often several generations live together, with family’s sledge dogs tethered outside. In the afternoon, admire the Arctic summer flora and landscape in the pristine Valley of Flowers just outside Ammassalik Village. B, L, D

DAY 3–AMMASSALIK YOUR WAY/TASIILAQ

Today, enjoy your time at leisure. Spend the day exploring the town of Tasiilaq on Ammassalik island. Visit the local Museum, with its traditional turf house and very fine collection of local art and cultural artifacts, or try a boat tour. B, L, D

DAY 4–AMMASSALIK/KULUSUK/REYKJAVIK

This morning, helicopter back to Kulusuk for your flight to Reykjavik, where you can enjoy the amenities of the Grand Hotel. B

DAY 5-HOME

After breakfast, transfer to Keflavik Airport for your flight home. B

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