FRI JUL 23, 2021 • Depart USA
Depart the USA on any regularly scheduled flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. Icelandic Air offers service from a variety of gateways in the USA.
SAT JUL 24 • Reykjavik/South Iceland
Early morning arrival from the USA. We will coordinate arrival transfers as we expect to travel immediately from the airport to the South of Iceland. You will be met at the airport by the Coda representative.
As we travel to the countryside, we will follow a scenic drive passing tiny villages on the coast, stopping at a couple of photogenic spots on the way.
Check in early afternoon at our hotel. This afternoon is reserved for spa time or time to just relax & recharge. Dinner is at the hotel this evening.
Luxury boutique accommodations at 360° Hotel – 2 nights – At this home away from home, experience a piece of paradise in this, new, stylish superior four-star boutique hotel in South Iceland.
Hotel: 360° Hotel ★★★★★
SUN JUL 25 • South Iceland
After breakfast, tour the South Shore, one of the country’s most scenic regions. Among the stops we make are the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss and Skόgafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljandsá river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes Seljalandsfoss so famous and interesting is that you can walk behind it. Skógafoss, another famous Icelandic waterfall, is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls walk over to Þórsmörk. The waterfall was also used in the films Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
We will also stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach, with the Reynisdrangar rock formations and columnar basalt. It is one of the most spectacular beaches in Iceland.
There will be an opportunity to enjoy an ATV ride on the black beach or a snowmobile ride on the glacier or touring with our expert guide. There will be something for everyone!
Dinner tonight is at the local restaurant, Fjöruborðið
Accommodation at 360° Hotel
Hotel: 360° Hotel ★★★★★
MON JUL 26 • South Iceland/Reykjavik
Depart this morning for Reykjavik with sightseeing on the way back. Check in at hotel in Reykjavik.
This afternoon we will take a “City Walking Tour: Reykjavík 101.”
We will tour downtown Reykjavík – from bottom to top. Its history and trivia. Discover how and where gay history in Reykjavík began, how the battle for equality has evolved through the years. See the venues frequented by LGBTQ people and learn about the general history and outlook of the people who built Reykjavík and those who inhabit it today.
Deluxe 5* Accommodation in Reykjavik Borg Hotel or similar
Hotel Borg offers luxury and style in the center of downtown Reykjavik. The hotel building is a historic landmark and faces the iconic Austurvöllur square, next to the Parliament and the Reykjavik Cathedral.
Hotel: Borg Hotel ★★★★★
TUE JUL 27 • Reykjavik
Today we enjoy a full day “Golden Circle Tour.”
The Golden Circle Tour allows us to visit some of Iceland‘s most stunning sights: Geysir geothermal area, the waterfall Gullfoss, and the UNESCO site Þingvellir National.
Geysir geothermal area is in South Iceland, near Laugarvatn Lake. The area is named after the biggest, and now mostly dormant, geyser – Geysir – and all geysers in the world owe their name to it. The biggest attraction today is the active Strokkur, which shoots up a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air every few minutes.
The UNESCO site Thingvellir National Park is geologically and historically significant. Apart from being the location of the oldest parliament in the world, Alþingi, it is also a place where you can see the Mid-Atlantic ridge above ground. The Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates pull the country apart by a couple of centimeters per year. Lunch is included at Friðheimar. Dinner on your own this evening.
Deluxe 5* Accommodation in Reykjavik Borg Hotel
Hotel: Borg Hotel ★★★★★
WED JUL 28 • Reykjavik/Faroe Islands
Fly this morning to the Faroe Islands.
Upon arrival, we proceed on a sightseeing tour to Bøur and Gásadalur on the island Vágar. Until recently the only way to get to charming Gásadalur was on foot from Bøur and over the mountain. Although there now is a tunnel to Gásadalur, the village is still unspoiled and has preserved its charm and authenticity. We might be lucky and get a glimpse of puffins when standing in front of the waterfall.
Later in the afternoon, we will check in at Hotel Føroyar located a bit outside the town with an excellent view of Tórshavn. Welcome drink while checking in and then a meal at the large National Festival Buffét at the hotel.
Guided tour to the city center where you will experience the Faroese National day 29th July. It is a great
experience to walk around the streets of Tórshavn on this particular day and the guide will also take you for a stroll to the Fort Skansin built around 1580 and through the old part of town Úti á Reyni and the world’s oldest Parliament Tinganes.
Dinner at Barbara Fish House, a famous tapas restaurant in the old town of Tórshavn. This beautiful house was the fictional home of one of the most famous characters in Faroese literature, Jørgen Franz Jacobsen.
Hotel: Hotel Føroyar ★★★★
THU JUL 29 • Faroe Islands
Breakfast at the hotel. Continue our exploration of the Faroes with a drive to Northern Eysturoy. We will cross the only bridge over the Atlantic Ocean, the bridge connecting Eysturoy and Streymoy. On our way, we will make several photo stops. Pass Fossá, Faroe Island’s tallest waterfall at 140 m, and the stunning free-standing cliffs called the Giant and the Hag. View the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands Slættaratindur, 882 m, and continue to the village Gjógv. Enjoy a stroll in the beautiful village Gjógv with a visit down the gorge (natural harbor) and a walk along the gorge where we might see a few puffins and enjoy the view to the Northern islands. Lunch at the Guesthouse, Gjáargarður.
Drive to Glyvrar in Southern Eysturoy along Skálafjørður, the longest fjord in the Faroe Islands.
Arrival at the boat harbor in Glyvrar. A representative from the Rowing Club will welcome us at the boat harbor and brief us about the national rowing competition and the Faroese rowing boats and tradition. We will be divided into groups, put on life vests and get a safety introduction. The teams will pull their own rowing boat out of the boat house and get onboard and row out to the starting point of the competition. The distance or length of competition will depend on both the weather and condition/age of our group. Enjoy a Faroese beer or soft drink after the rowing competition, served in an old renovated boat house on Glyvrar Beach. Visit the woolwear designer shop Navia in the village Toftir. Drive to the authentic and unspoiled village of Æðuvík where the young farmer couple will welcome you outside the village and take you on a guided easy hike with storytelling in the outskirts and through the village. Enter the farm and see the farm animals and enjoy the peaceful surroundings. A young local singer-songwriter, Beinir, will perform a few songs on the balcony at the farmer’s house before dinner. Homemade three course meal at the farmers’ house. Starting with Faroese tapas, a tasting of different traditional Faroese foods. Dinner with family recipes and homemade dessert with coffee/the. Drinks included. Overnight in Tórshavn.
Hotel: Hotel Føroyar ★★★★
FRI JUL 30 • Faroe Islands/Reykjavik/USA
Return flight to Reykjavik, arriving approximately 10:00am. Proceed to lunch. After lunch, we have time for a relaxing dip at the Blue Lagoon. Late in the afternoon, transfer to the airport for flights to the USA.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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