Break on Iceland
- 4-jours d'aventure sur l'Islande -
Tour code: ICE_BOI
Durée: 4 days / 4 nights
Départs:9-12 mai 13
16-19 mai 13
Prix: 1190 € ?
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Encounter Iceland on an authentic winter experience! Take your break and let us introduce you to amazing Iceland during the winter months when northern lights dominate the night skies. On a small group tour (maximum 10 Pax) we visit glacial waterfalls, bubbling geothermal sites and powerful geysers.
The tour dates alternate between 2 itineraries (SOUTH and WEST).
If you are traveling from Europe to North America or vice versa and can afford some extra time, Iceland will make for a most extraordinary break (if you fly Icelandair, this comes often at no extra cost on the airfare).
Break on Iceland (4 days) - South
J 1: Arrival & Blue Lagoon
Pick-up at airport, visit of the Blue Lagoon and transfer to hotel in South Iceland.
H: Hotel Eldhestar – a horse farm hotel in Hveragerði (D)
J 2: Golden Circle - Thinvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir
Visit of Thingvellir, the ancient site of the Icelandic parliament and the place where you can eyewitness the rift splitting the American and European continents. Thereafter visit of the amazing natural sights of Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir (Strokkur), the type location for all geysers.
H: Hrífunes Farm (B, L, D)
J 3: Skaftafell NP and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Visit of the majestic Skaftafell NP, opportunity for an easy glacier walk. Excursion to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon at the feet of the giant Vatnajökull glacier.
H: as before (B, L, D)
J 4: The South coast - return to Reykjavik
We leave the beautiful Hrífunes farm behind and head through South Iceland back to Reykjavik. On our way we stop at the varied sights along the south coast, like the basalt formations Reynisdrangar and the beautiful waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The tour finishes in Reykjavik with a convivial evening at the home of Haukur and Hadda with the possibility of enjoying relaxation in the hotpot in their garden.
H: none (B, L, D)
Pause sur l'Islande (4 jours) - ouest
J 1: Arrival - Blue Lagoon - Hvalfjörður
We meet and greet you at Keflavik international airport in the afternoon and start the tour with a visit to the unique Blue Lagoon. After relaxing in this warm and healing water we head to the west of Iceland. We pass the capital Reykjavík and drive through the “fjord of whales” Hvalfjörður. The base for your stay in Iceland will be at a summerhouse in the hills above the farm Bjarteyjarsandur. Bjarteyjarsandur is located on the northern side of the fjord and you can enjoy magnificent views from the summerhouses over the fjord. This location is also perfect for watching the stars and the northern lights in the right conditions.
H: Summerhouse with made up beds, shared facilities and an outdoor Jacuzzi, 3 nights (D)
J 2: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
This day will be dedicated to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which extends westwards from the Icelandic mainland. The peninsula is a place of natural beauty and has a colourful history. At the tip of the peninsula the glacier Snæfellsjökull rises, 1,445 metres high. The glacier is a symmetrical volcanic cone, which has exerted great influence over the centuries. For example in Jules Verne‘s Journey to the Centre of the Earth, the heroes descend through the crater of Snæfellsjökull and in Halldór Laxness‘ novel Christianity at Glacier, the glacier plays a leading role. We visit Arnarstapi fishing village and walk along the cliffy coastline and the magnificent lava formations. We also visit the charming village Stykkishólmur and take a walk with the guide to discover the old restored wooden houses that the village is known for. Close by is also the home of Mr. Hildibrandur a local shark farmer in Bjarnarhöfn. We visit his farm and explore his small museum and church. Along with tasting some shark and the Icelandic snaps Brennivín. On our way back we visit the smallest nature pool in Iceland (1x1 m). The brave ones can have a try and dip into this unique nature bath!
H: as before (B, L, D)
J 3: Day with a farmer – Different themes
After an early breakfast a fun morning at the farm awaits you as it is time to put on some rubber boots and an overall and assist the farmers during their morning duties. The local farmers and your hosts Arnheiður and Guðmundur will teach you the right work methods. The final program of the day is depending on which month you are travelling in, as each month has its own theme:
September Theme: Take part in a sheep round-up and a round-up dance, mussel picking with the farmers.
November Theme: Take part in sheep shearing and traditional blood sausage making.
January Theme: Take part in a local Þorrablót (Viking midwinter festival). It's the custom during the Þorri weeks to eat the traditional Icelandic food that was produced in the days when making use of every part of the animal was necessary to avoid starvation.
May Theme: Take part in lambing season, which is one of the most demanding and rewarding time during year for the sheep farmers.
On day 3 or 4 we will visit the home of Mrs. Jóhanna Harðardóttir who is a Neo paganism chieftain-priest “Goði”, she will give an interesting insight into the modern way of the paganism or “Ásatrú” and she will also read for you from Runes.
H: as before (B, L, D)
J 4: Hike in Hvalfjörður-Borgarfjörður District-Family Dinner
On the last day at Bjarteyjarsandur we go for a hike in the surroundings of the farm. Depending on conditions we have the option to hike up to Glymur waterfall, explore the old whaling station or the old barracks at Miðsandur in Hvalfjörður. The name Hvalfjörður is derived from the large number of whales which could be found and caught there. Until the 1980s, one of the biggest whaling stations in Iceland was located in this fjord. During World War II, a naval base of the British and American navies could be found in this fjord. One of the piers built by the United States Navy was later used by the Hvalur whaling company, until commercial whaling was shut down in the 1980s.
Around lunchtime it is time to say goodbye to the hosts at Bjarteyjarsandur and visit the main sights around Borgarfjörður. We visit places like hot spring Deildartunguhver, stunning waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, we drive through Reykholt Saga settings and visit the goat farmer at Háafell. We arrive to Reykjavík just in time for dinner and you will be treated at the home of your tour guide for a goodbye meal. Transfer to accommodation in Reykjavík when the evening is over.
H: none (B, L, D)
Point de départ:
Notre personnel répond et vous salue à l'aéroport international de Keflavik dans l'après-midi et vous commencez la visite par une visite de la lagune fantastique Bleu.
Hrifunes, notre hébergement, dispose d'un emplacement unique près de la higlands sud. L'emplacement nous permet d'obtenir rapidement à nos destinations dans le sud de l'Islande en maximisant le temps admirer les sites visités. Hrifunes est une ancienne ferme qui est maintenant en partie détenue par Haukur et Hadda. Les maisons ont récemment été restaurées et offrent des installations simples dans une ambiance chaleureuse et cosy.
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