When: August 06, 2017 - August 13, 2017 (iCal)
“To be completely surrounded by the beautiful nature Iceland has to offer was breathtaking.”
The sun barely sets in August, creating a perfect backdrop to see the essence of Iceland. Exploring in four directions, sense the epic spirit of wonder in the small towns, remote settlements and amazing natural landscapes. Join Tufts travelers for a week-long indulgence in the quiet beauty of Iceland found in moss-covered lava fields, mineral-rich lagoons, cascading waterfalls, glacial rivers, hot springs, active geysers, infamous volcanoes and colossal glaciers. Feast on the bounty of excellent menu offerings that include everything from the morning’s catch to traditional Icelandic highland lamb. Against this culture, explore the variety of life found in the physical nature of Iceland. From Akureyri, which make the Lonely Planet’s top ten list of places to visit in Europe, to the black volcanic beaches at Vik, opportunity abounds to lose yourself in the ancient land. Throughout, amaze yourself with the wonders of Iceland, a time of such rare summertime beauty that the sun can barely stand to set.
Activity Level: Moderately Active
Featuring Faculty Host
Professor Boris Hasselblatt
Price From: $3,990
Price From: $3,790 (if booked by December 30, 2016)
Includes land and air from Boston; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.
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Usha Nand Sellers Ed. D., Director Tufts Travel-Learn Program, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-627-5323.
Sunday, August 6
Evening departure from your chosen gateway city on Iceland Air’s direct flight to Reykjavik. OVERNIGHT: PLANE
Monday, August 7
Early morning arrival in Iceland; we will be met at the airport and escorted to our hotel in Reykjavik, where a full breakfast buffet awaits us. Most hotels know that Americans arrive early and will do everything possible to help us check in upon arrival. However, this may not always be possible, and if the rooms are not ready, we will store our luggage and continue on our city tour. This morning we explore Reykjavik by motor coach for a wonderful introduction to Europe’s smallest capital city! The tour covers the Old Town, the shopping districts, the Parliament, Hofdi House, Hallgrim’s church and much more! When we return after lunch on our own, we will be able to take a short rest in our rooms before gathering for a welcome reception followed by dinner in the hotel. OVERNIGHT: REYKJAVIK
Tuesday, August 8
Today, our full day excursion will take us along the south coast of the island. At Vík, we’ll make a stop at the black volcanic beach south of the village - from here we can view the rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. We’ll include visits to the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where we can walk right behind the misty cascade, and the 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. Lunch today is on our own. We’ll also make a stop at the stunning Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. On our return to Reykjavik we’ll stop and have a special “Lobster Feast” in the village of Stokkseyri. OVERNIGHT: REYKJAVIK
Wednesday, August 9
After breakfast, we board the short internal flight to Akureyri. Known as the capital of Northern Iceland, Akureyri topped The Lonely Planet’s 2015 list of the ten best places to visit in Europe! We’ll spend the afternoon visiting the Akureyri Botanical Garden, the most northerly Botanical Garden in the world. Akureyri’s gem, the botanical garden is known far and wide for its beautiful walking paths and luxuriant flora. It contains nearly every type of plant found in Iceland (around 450) and nearly 7,000 foreign species. Lunch today is on our own, and dinner is included at the hotel this evening. OVERNIGHT: AKUREYRI
Thursday, August 10
An excursion from Akureyri after this morning’s breakfast takes us to the Mývatn Lake region and over the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, past the Krafla volcano. We’ll return to Akureyri, where lunch is on our own, and the rest of the afternoon is free for personal exploration (the city has a wonderful art museum) and strolling through the town. Tonight, dinner is on our own to sample a local restaurant of our own choice. OVERNIGHT: AKUREYRI
Friday, August 11
After breakfast, we head out on Route 1, the circular road around the island, to our next destination, Hvalfjörður (literally, “whale-fjord”). First, we’ll take a brief detour to Tröllaskagi (“The Peninsula of the Trolls”) where we can experience the scenery of beautiful mountains, cliffs, and fjords. Next, we will stop for a lunch on our own in Sauðárkrókur, where we’ll also pay a visit to the Skagafjörður folk museum. Following lunch we’ll stop at the beautiful Þingeyrarkirkja church and then visit the living museum at Eiríksstaðir, home of famous Viking Erik the Red. From here we continue around Route 1 to Hvalfjörður, arriving at our hotel in time to relax and freshen up before dinner. OVERNIGHT: HVALFJÖRÐUR
Saturday, August 12
After breakfast, we will head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, home to the Snæfellsnes National Park and the Snæfellsnes Glacier. We’ll experience the amazing birdlife, lush valleys, and lava fields that make up this area of unique natural beauty. We’ll drive around the peninsula, with its bursting bird-life and small villages on the coast, exploring Dritvík Cove and Lóndrangar Cliffs, as well as Hellnar and Arnarstapi Cliffs. We’ll stop in Stykkishólmur, a picture-perfect fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay. Here we can take a walk up the small hill overlooking the harbor, Súgandisey, for a wonderful panoramic view of the town, sea, and surrounding mountains. Try and test the stones of the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur, like the seamen in past times. Today’s lunch is on our own, and this evening’s dinner will be at our hotel. OVERNIGHT: HVALFJÖRÐUR
Sunday, August 13
With luggage packed and after having had breakfast, we will drive past Reykjavik and on to the exotic, moonlike Reykjanes peninsula. Our destination is the famous Blue Lagoon, an azure pool of mineral-rich warm water amid a lava field. There are wonderful facilities for showering and changing at the site before continuing to nearby Keflavik Airport for return flights to the U.S.
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change