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Program #18898RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Dec 29 — Jan 3, 2013

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Day One: Saturday, December 29 -
In Transit: Depart on overnight flights from the USA.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is a first-class hotel in the heart of Reykjavik. It is located on one of Reykjavik's oldest streets, Adalstraeti, in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764. During renovations, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. In 2006, an attractive exhibition center opened under the hotel, where the longhouse's remains are on display together with related exhibits. Among the finds excavated were Iceland's oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.

Contact info:
Adalstraeti 16
Reykjavik, 101 Iceland
phone: +354 514 6000
web: www.hotelcentrum.is

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, high speed wireless Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe box, and tea & coffee set.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge with cafe and bar, wireless Internet access, laundry service, fax machine, and pay phone.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, December 30 - Welcome to Iceland
Breakfast: Meet your Group Leader outside of the baggage claim at Keflavik International Airport (KEF). Depart the airport for a hearty buffet breakfast at the Northern Light Inn.

Morning: After breakfast, drive to the Blue Lagoon. Begin your Icelandic experience with a relaxing soak in the mineral-rich, geothermally-heated waters of the Blue Lagoon. (Entrance and towels included.) Fully refreshed, continue to the city of Reykjavik and check in at the hotel.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time to relax or explore a little in downtown Reykjavik.

Dinner: Welcome dinner and introduction: experience traditional Icelandic cuisine at Lækjarbrekka, one of Reykjavik's most historic restaurants, located in a charming old building of Reykjavík.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is a first-class hotel in the heart of Reykjavik. It is located on one of Reykjavik's oldest streets, Adalstraeti, in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764. During renovations, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. In 2006, an attractive exhibition center opened under the hotel, where the longhouse's remains are on display together with related exhibits. Among the finds excavated were Iceland's oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.

Contact info:
Adalstraeti 16
Reykjavik, 101 Iceland
phone: +354 514 6000
web: www.hotelcentrum.is

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, high speed wireless Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe box, and tea & coffee set.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge with cafe and bar, wireless Internet access, laundry service, fax machine, and pay phone.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, December 31 - New Year’s Eve in Iceland: Bonfires and Fireworks
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Discover Europe's northernmost capital on a guided visit of Reykjavik with your Group Leader, a National Guide of Iceland.

Lunch: Explore local fare on your own.

Afternoon: Free time. You may wish to visit the Reykjavik Art Museum, The Culture House, or the Volcano House. Another option is to take a walk around Lake Tjörnin in the center of Reykjavik or up to the Church of Hallgrímur for a great view of the city. Your Group Leader will provide directions and advice as needed.

Dinner: We begin your New Year’s Eve celebration with a festive dinner at The Perlan, situated on a hilltop overlooking all of Reykjavik.

Evening: Set out to experience the bonfires that kick off the evening’s celebration in each community surrounding Reykjavik. Mingle with locals, as no one misses the annual bonfire! Each town vies for the reputation of having the best. Return to The Pearl for coffee and dessert. From your vantage point, watch as the entire sky, as far as the eye can see, fills with fireworks as midnight approaches, building to an endless explosion of light and color that are of a beauty and magnitude like nowhere else on earth.

Lodging: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is a first-class hotel in the heart of Reykjavik. It is located on one of Reykjavik's oldest streets, Adalstraeti, in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764. During renovations, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. In 2006, an attractive exhibition center opened under the hotel, where the longhouse's remains are on display together with related exhibits. Among the finds excavated were Iceland's oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.

Contact info:
Adalstraeti 16
Reykjavik, 101 Iceland
phone: +354 514 6000
web: www.hotelcentrum.is

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, high speed wireless Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe box, and tea & coffee set.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge with cafe and bar, wireless Internet access, laundry service, fax machine, and pay phone.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Tuesday, January 01 - New Year’s Day along the South Coast
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Depart Reykjavik in the late morning to journey along the scenic south coast. The white snow and black lava contrast starkly in the peaceful winter landscape.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Visit Seljalands waterfall and the Skogar Museum of folk history. Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Hotel dining room. Enjoy a festive dinner as the hotel greets the New Year.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is a first-class hotel in the heart of Reykjavik. It is located on one of Reykjavik's oldest streets, Adalstraeti, in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764. During renovations, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. In 2006, an attractive exhibition center opened under the hotel, where the longhouse's remains are on display together with related exhibits. Among the finds excavated were Iceland's oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.

Contact info:
Adalstraeti 16
Reykjavik, 101 Iceland
phone: +354 514 6000
web: www.hotelcentrum.is

Room amenities: Each room has a satellite television, telephone, high speed wireless Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe box, and tea & coffee set.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, lounge with cafe and bar, wireless Internet access, laundry service, fax machine, and pay phone.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: N/A
Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services if you would like assistance making hotel reservations for additional non-program nights. (800) 241-1404

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Wednesday, January 02 - The Golden Circle of Landscape and History
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: As the morning light brightens, depart to the golden waterfall — Gullfoss. Experience the stillness and beauty of the wintry countryside and the frozen waterfall. Continue to Geysir, where the active Strokkur Geyser bursts forth every few minutes in a cloud of steam. Discuss how geothermal energy is used to provide hot water, heat and grow vegetables.

Lunch: At the Geysir visitor center.

Afternoon: Return via Thingvellir National Park, the site of the original Parliament and the most sacred place in Iceland because of its geological and historical significance. The Althing, or General Assembly, was established in 930 CE and is the world’s oldest existing parliament. Not only historically significant, the site is located on the meeting point of the American and European continental plates.

Dinner: Explore local fare on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Six: Thursday, January 03 - Departures
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Check out of the hotel. View the recent archaeological discovery of the city’s origins during a guided visit of the Reykjavik Settlement Exhibition, then depart to the National Museum. After a guided introduction, view the exhibits independently.

Lunch: A light lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Depart to Keflavik International Airport (KEF).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Reykjavik
Church of HallgrímurTake a walk to the Church of Hallgrímur. The church is 74 meters (244 ft) high and is the largest church in Iceland. You may take an elevator to the Church’s viewing deck in its tower and observe Reykjavik and the mountains that surround it.
Lake TjörninTake a walk around Lake Tjörnin in the center of Reykjavik and explore the birdlife and the old houses by the lake.
Reykjavik Art MuseumVisit the Reykjavík Art Museum, the largest visual art institution in Iceland. The museum displays contemporary art and architecture in its' three main venues: Hafnarhus, Kjarvalsstadir, and Asmundarsafn.
For additional information, visit: www.artmuseum.is
The Culture HouseSome of Iceland's most wonderful national treasures are on display in the Culture House's featured exhibition, "Medieval Manuscripts: Eddas and Sagas."
For additional information, visit: www.thjodmenning.is
The Volcano HouseThe Volcano House invites travellers to experience the world of Icelanders, where volcanoes and earthquakes are a part of everyday life. Volcano eruptions in Iceland occur on average once every four years, and earthquakes occur almost daily in various sizes. The Volcano House offers an in-house cinema showing two documentaries in succession, a geology exhibition and a beautiful café overlooking Reykjavik's colorful old harbor.
For additional information, visit: www.volcanohouse.is/

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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4 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
7 Field trips

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