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Iceland Itinerary for Girls Getaway!  DO NOT MISS THIS FABULOUS ICELANDIC ADVENTURE!  June 1st DEADLINE!

$2869.00 for your flights and all of this...

October 11-17, 2017

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Day 1: Arrival & transfer to Reykjavik.  Welcome by your local English speaking guide and private transfer to hotel in Reykjavik for breakfast and check in.  Enjoy your stay at Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel in downtown Reykjavik.  You have the rest of the day to spend at your own leisure or until your welcome dinner at 6:00 pm. 

Welcome Dinner at Skolabru Restaurant, an iconic restaurant located in the heart of Reykjavik and within walking distance from your hotel.  You will enjoy Icelandic food based on local cultural heritage and culinary traditions. 

Day 2:  This morning you will meet up with your local guide and depart for a sightseeing tour of the capital area.  During the tour we will visit the main landmarks of the city, for example Hallgrimskirkja Church, the harbor, and the old town center where the Icelandic parliament Albingi and the Town Hall are situated.  In the Town Hall you will also find a large 3D map of Iceland which can be very interesting to explore and get a better overview of the landscape of the whole island. 

We will see Hofoi House where the all-important summit between former US President Ronald Reagan and form USSR Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev took place in 1986 and drive through Ellioarardalur and Laugardalur valley with its sports and recreation area and geothermally heated outdoor swimming pool.  We will also visit Harpa Concert Hall and Perlan (the Pearl); a glass dome built on hot water storage tanks with an excellent observation platform offering panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.

From noon until late evening you will have free time to spend at your own leisure and maybe down some shopping in downtown Reykjavik.  For the best shopping experience in Reykjavik we recommend you hit the downtown area of the city which is where most of the shops and boutiques are concentrated.  Whether you're looking to get a gift souvenir, something unique from one of our many talented designers or even a midnight snack, the city centre is well supplied with brand names, obscure fashion shops, quality art studios, and convenience stores.

A wander around the city's famous shopping streets of Laugarvegur and Skolavordustigur will lead you to some gorgeous little boutiques and charming shops where you're sure to discover fashion treasures ranging form the ultra-modern and concept driven to vintage classics from the golden era.  Most places are open between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm during the week with shorter opening hours in some stores during the weekend.

Evening Northern Lights Hunt:  In the evening you will join your guide on a private guided bus tour in seach of the spectacular Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).  You will be whisked out of Reykjavik in search of a night sky that is free of city lights in order to enhance the beauty of the Aurora Borealis as this remarkable natural phenomenon is best enjoyed well away from any light source.  Locations visited can vary and depend on where it is most likely the lights will be visible each night.

Day 3:  Free day in Reykjavik - Today will be free for you to spend at your own leisure .  If you want to continue shopping this day and prefer the mall experience and those global brands, you can take a trip to Kringlan, the largest shopping mall in Reykjavik.  Kringlan offers a wide variety of over 180 shops, a selection of places to eat and a range of services.  At Kringlan you will find everything from a public library and a cinema to some of the finest fashion shops and restaurants in town under one roof.  You might also want to visit Smaralind, Iceland's largest and most modern shopping center which welcomes you with more than 100 shops and business on three floors.  The enjoyable street atmosphere, beautiful architecture and comfortable lighting ensure that customers feel at ease and wish to enjoy the mall's multiple features again and again.

Besides shopping you can find many interesting museums, restaurants, and cafes in Reykjavik and of course a wide selection of swimming pools.

Swimming in Reykjavik:  Experience pure thermal energy and take a dip in one of Reykjavik's many thermal pools and spas!  Not only a great source of natural therapy but an important part of our culture and a tonic for the body and mind!  Whether you go for a swim, take a healing soak in a hot pot, or indulge in a thermal steam bath, you will leave feeling relaxed and re-energized.  Laugardalslaug is the city's largest pool with extensive facilities, located in Laugardalur Valley.  Its facilities include a 50m outdoor pool, outdoor children's pool and padding pool, two waterslides, numerous hot tubs, steam bath, gym and a mini golf course.

Giant Langoustine Dinner Feast at Fjorubordid & Northern Lights Hunt.  On the road to see the northern lights is one of Iceland's most renowned seafood restaurants where you'll enjoy an unforgettable langoustine (scampi) feast. 

Day 4:  The Golden Circle Day Tour (approximately 8 hours).  Today we visit some of the most interesting and famous sites of Iceland; the Geysir area, Gullfoss waterfall, and Pingvellier National Park as we travel along the Golden Circle route.  Pingvellir, a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site, is one of the geological wonders of the world.  There you can see the effect of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth's crust, and it was here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century.

After taking a walk in the unique landscape of Pingvelli we continue to our lunch stop at Efsti Dalur dairy farm where the same family has lived since the late 18th century.  At Efsti Dalur guests can watch the farmers at work, watch the cows, and young cattle directly through a window in their daily environment and witness the making of milk products such as ice-cream, skyr (Icelandic yogurt) and cheese.  The restaurant offers cuisine made from local ingredients and delicious home made ice-cream, coffee and cake.  For lunch we will enjoy a traditional Icelandic beef meat soup with a selection of vegetables and sides, freshly baked bread and homemade skyr.

After lunch we continue our journey to the famous geothermal area of Geysir.  There the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5-10 minutes or so and numerous other small springs are boiling abd bubbling.  Then we only have a short drive to reach Gullfoss, a magnificent waterfall which Icelanders refer to as the "golden" waterfall, surely one of the most beautiful in Iceland. 

We continue on to Fridheimar Cultivation Center where you will see how Icelandic farmers use Iceland's natural geothermal power to grow vegetables year round.  You will even get to taste the delicacy!  In Frioheimar we will also visit the stables where we get a short presentation about the Icelandic horse and see this friendly animal up close and personal. 

Day 5:  Morning Free, Afternoon Blue Lagoon Visit.  Morning free to spend at your own leisure.  In the afternoon you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the famous Blue Lagoon where you can enjoy a relaxing bath in enchanting surroundings.  The Blue Lagoon is a unique geothermal spa situated in the youngest lava field in west Iceland.  It offers many recreational options such as bathing in the milky blue water, enjoying an outdoor massage or spa treatment (needs to be booked in advance), or simply walking in the spectacular surroundings of the Lagoon.

On site there is also a fantastic restaurant with a la carte menu, a smaller cafeteria and bar, and the Blue Lagoon shop; selling skin care products based on the unique blend of Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater active ingredients: minerals, silica, and algae, as well as various Icelandic designer clothing and art.

Day 6:  Departure.  Pick-up from hotel and private transfer to Keflavik International Airport.

Travel Times on Iceland Air ~

October 11:  Depart Chicago, 7:30 pm, Arrive Reykjavik, October 12, 6:35 am

October 17, Depart Reykjavik, 4:45 pm.  Arrive Chicago 6:15 pm.





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