ICELAND- THE LAND OF FIRE AND ICE

DISCOVER ICELAND — a land of vast and spectacular landscapes, closer — and perhaps warmer —than you imagine. In this land of snowcapped peaks and glaciers, steaming hot springs, active volcanoes, impossibly blue ice caves, thunderous waterfalls and colorful wildlife, Carlson Maritime Travel is offering a destination for multiple seasons and of striking contrasts. No “bucket list” is complete without Iceland and its spectacular features impress even the most well-traveled of visitors. Small in size but big in “wow,” this island nation can also be both traditional and modern, lava and ice, lush and frozen, stimulating and relaxing and dramatically light and dark. Amazing experiences and unique activities in Iceland make it a top tour destination for lovers of natural history and culture.

IS OCTOBER A GOOD MONTH TO VISIT ICELAND?

In one word, yes! October is a great time to visit Iceland for a number of reasons. While the summer months are perfect for outdoor activities, October also has good weather and also a major plus; you can see the northern lights! As the good weather persists even through October, you will find very few days with wind or rain, and there will definitely be no storms! October in Iceland is one of the most beautiful months. The fall just begins to set on the Icelandic nature, making the landscape even more dramatic and majestic. Photographers in particular will definitely enjoy October in Iceland. There is nothing quite like the Icelandic landscape and its rawness once the autumn sets in. The rivers and the waterfalls become wilder, the clouds roll in, and the earth is covered in golden grass. It can't get much better than that.

HOTEL INFORMATION

THE FOSS HOTEL REYKJAVIK: Iceland’s largest hotel stands prominently in Reykjavík’s business district, only a short walk from the main shopping area. Here, from the heart of the city, you can easily explore Reykjavík's magnificent architecture, captivating history, vibrant markets and rich culture – ideal starting point for experience the best of everything the city has to offer. The FOSS HOTEL includes breakfast daily, gym, free wi-fi and two very different and unique restaurants. The HAUST restaurant offers local ingredients, classic booking and modern presentation. The BEERGARDEN offers a magnitude of craft beers and fully stocked bar – and can be paired perfectly with a selection of recommended dishes.

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DAY 1- OCTOBER 20th - Meet at airport, security, customs. Flight to Reykjavic (Flight schedule pending)
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DAY 2- OCTOBER 21st (B,L,D) Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland
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Welcome to Reykjavik! At 610 am. After baggage and customs, we greet our tour director and board our private bus for a delicious Nordic breakfast! We enjoy a well-deserved buffet breakfast before starting our amazing Iceland adventure. After breakfast, we start with our Reykjavik City tour which includes all of the most significant sights in the capital and its surrounding towns such as the Presidential Residence at Bessastadir, the Restaurant Perlan and Hofoi House. You will be also visiting the towering Hallgrim's church, the University district, the old town center with the Parliament Building and the New City Hall by the pond with its many birds.
We enjoy lunch at Laekjarbrekka where the lamb stew, fish stew and arctic char are amazing as are the cod and chips and the hot chocolate pudding! Hotel check-in. Free time before dinner. Dinner this evening will be at a restaurant located in Reykjavik’s scenic harbor which is fast becoming a vibrant quarter of the city.

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DAY 3- OCTOBER 22nd : (B,L,D) Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00am- 10:00am
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This morning we embark on a relaxing tour of the BLUE LAGOON. Bring or wear bathing suite/bring towel. Enjoy all the qualities the Blue Lagoon has to offer! The lagoon is a unique geothermal spa situated in the youngest lava field in west Iceland. Once there you have many recreational options such as walking in the Blue Lagoon's spectacular surroundings, bathing in the milky blue-green water, relax in a geothermal steam bath or release the stress from your shoulders under a Blue Lagoon waterfall. For a unique experience indulge yourself with an outdoor massage or one of the spa treatments available there.
There is also a fantastic restaurant offering a la carte menu and a Blue Lagoon shop, selling skin care products based on a unique blend of Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater active ingredients: minerals, silica, and algae. We will enjoy a wonderful lunch with unique surroundings at the LAVA RESTAURANT (or smiliar). After lunch we take a panoramic tour back to the city center of Reykjavik for independent exploration. Free time before dinner. Group dinner at another one of Iceland’s best restaurants.

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DAY 4- OCTOBER 23rd : (B,L) Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00am- 10:00am
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Today we enjoy a full day tour of the GOLDEN CIRCLE FOOD TOUR. We get to take in the Golden Circle while exploring Icelandic farm to table and visiting some of the most popular natural landmarks in Iceland.
We start with some stunning nature and a trip to magnificent Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. We will then drive on to Efstidalur farm that not only offers a warm welcome and introduction to the life of a modern, Icelandic farm but also a taste of some treats, like freshly made colorful ice cream, skyr, feta cheese, mysa and bruschetta. And that's just for starters. Be sure to leave room for their home-made soup and bread, their roast beef and fresh trout from the river Utey.
After whetting your appetite we then visit Gullfoss waterfall followed by the hot spring and bubbling hot pots area around Geysir and the sprouting Strokkur. After these national landmarks, we stop at Fridheimar, a little piece of the Mediterranean in the middle of Iceland, thanks to a series of greenhouses. Here, you receive an introduction to the operation of growing tomatoes and taste some of their delicious foods all in the warmth of their greenhouses: a selection of bruschetta, some of their home grown vegetables and raise a glass and taste their mouthwatering tomato schnapps.
Last but not least we visit one of Iceland's best preserved turfed farms. The menu is not always the same but some of the delicatessen are dry fish and seaweed, flat bread and smoked lamb, pancakes with whipped cream and rhubarb jelly and fresh honey and herbal tea. Fully fed both by Icelandic nature and Icelandic delicacies we then drive back to Reykjavik. Relax after an exciting day. Dinner on your own this evening. Our guide will make recommendations or enjoy one of the restaurants in our hotel.

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DAY 5- OCTOBER 24th : (B) Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00am- 10:00am

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Today is a free day to wander, shop or continue with one of the great optional tours we have listed below:

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**Winter whale watching with round-trip transportation (4hrs)
**Purchase a hop on hop off city bus pass
**Evening Northern Lights Cruise with transportation (3hrs)
**Walk inside Langjokull Glacier (3 hrs)
**Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing Solheimajokull
**Horseback Riding
**Snowmobile Adventure/Langjokull from Gullfoss (3.5 hrs)
**Sea Fishing Tour (2.5 hrs)
**Midnight sun ATV Quad tour from Reykjavik (3hrs)
**Reykjavik City Museum/ Settlement Exhibition
**And many more to choose from

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DAY 6- OCTOBER 25th : (B,L,D) Breakfast at the hotel from 7:00am- 10:00am
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Today we travel through the ever-changing landscape of south Iceland and discover some of the country’s biggest volcanoes, glaciers, and most iconic waterfalls. Travel through the south Iceland farming lands to the black sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, powerful volcanoes and majestic glaciers on the south coast. The first stop is at Skogarfoss. A picturesque waterfall thundering down the slopes of Eyjafjallajokull volcano. A waterfall frequently used in movies and commercials. Then onwards for a leisurely stroll along the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. The beach features stacks of basalt columns that wall off surrounding cliffs scattered with caves. Offshore you will see Reynisdrangar pillars, basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea. A great lunch included on this full day tour. Icelandic legend says they were trolls turned into rock by the rising sun when they came home late after a fishing trip. We round off this great sightseeing tour with a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall where we can walk behind this magnificent wall of water, right in the slopes of Eyjafjallajokull volcano. On a clear day you will have a fantastic view of famous volcanoes, Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull. You will also see the Westman Islands, rising steeply from the ocean just a few kilometres of the coast.

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DAY 7- OCTOBER 26th (B) Breakfast at hotel from 7:00am- 10:00am
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This morning is a free day to wander, shop or continue with one of the great optional tours we have listed. Our luggage will be held with the hotel bellmen while we experience our last tastes of Iceland. Options: You can head to KOLAPORTID FLEA MARKET, the only flea-market in Iceland. It is located indoors at the harbor and has everything from fermented shark to clothing. THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF ICELAND offers a history of Iceland with many interesting artifacts. Visit the church: HALLGRIMSKIKJA. Visit PERLAN Museum- a super glacier and cave exhibition. Airport and flight home.
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HOW TO JOIN THIS TOUR!

Contact:
CARLSON MARITIME TRAVEL
623 E Tarpon Ave
Tarpon Springs, Fl. 34689
727.945.1930
Suzanne@scarlsontvl.com

Website: www.scarlsontvl.com