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Walking and Hiking in South Iceland: The Drama of Nature

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Program #10537RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Challenging
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 Jun 4 — Jun 12, 2013

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Day One: Tuesday, June 04 - In Transit
In Transit: International overnight flight to Reykjavik.

Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in one of Iceland’s most breathtaking natural settings, near Thingvellir National Park, ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is a new premier hotel. Just 30 minutes from Reykjavik, it is beautifully located on the slopes of Mt. Hengill, with a great view over Lake Thingvallavatn and the mountains surrounding the lake.

Contact info:
Nesjavollum
Selfoss, 801 Iceland
phone: +354 482 3415
web: www.ioniceland.is

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, television, radio and wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar with panoramic scenic views, outdoor hot tubs, sauna & small fitness room, lounge, and free high-speed Internet access.

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

Additional nights before:
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: Wednesday, June 05 - Blue Lagoon / Thingvellir National Park
Morning: Arrive and meet at Keflavik Airport. We will enjoy breakfast at the Northern Light Inn. After breakfast drive to the Blue Lagoon where we go for a nice warm bath. Following the relaxing bath we drive to the ION Luxury Adventure Hotel.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will have an introductory meeting and then we head to Thingvellir National Park where we have a lecture on "Thingvellir: Geological Study." Thingvellir was the site of parliament during the Saga Age (930-1262). We will take a 2-3 hour guided walk around the site with commentaries.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in one of Iceland’s most breathtaking natural settings, near Thingvellir National Park, ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is a new premier hotel. Just 30 minutes from Reykjavik, it is beautifully located on the slopes of Mt. Hengill, with a great view over Lake Thingvallavatn and the mountains surrounding the lake.

Contact info:
Nesjavollum
Selfoss, 801 Iceland
phone: +354 482 3415
web: www.ioniceland.is

Room amenities: Each room has a telephone, television, radio and wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar with panoramic scenic views, outdoor hot tubs, sauna & small fitness room, lounge, and free high-speed Internet access.

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

Additional nights before:
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: Thursday, June 06 - Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant / Mount Hengil...
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: An excursion to Nesjavellir geothermal power plant. We will then take a 2-hour walking field trip in the Mount Hengill area by Thingvellir lake.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: We explore the Mount Hengill area further this afternoon with a 3-4 hour walk.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: ION Luxury Adventure Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel Geirland is located near the small village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. A quaint country hotel, it has excellent service, delicious food and breathtaking surroundings.

Contact info:
In Sida
Kirkjubaejarklaustur, 880 Iceland
phone: +354 487 4677
web: en.geirland.is

Room amenities: Each room has WIFI Internet access and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, phone in the reception, and Internet access.

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


Day Four: Friday, June 07 - Gullfoss / Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We drive over Lyngdalsheidi heath towards Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) and Geysir geothermal area, where we are likely to see the hot spring Strokkur spout to the height of 25-30 meters.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Our route to Kirkjubæjarklaustur takes us along the south shore between sea and glaciers. Stops include magnificent waterfalls and the Skogar Folk Museum.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Country Hotel Geirland

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel Geirland is located near the small village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. A quaint country hotel, it has excellent service, delicious food and breathtaking surroundings.

Contact info:
In Sida
Kirkjubaejarklaustur, 880 Iceland
phone: +354 487 4677
web: en.geirland.is

Room amenities: Each room has WIFI Internet access and coffee & tea making facilities.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge, phone in the reception, and Internet access.

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


Day Five: Saturday, June 08 - Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Full day walking field trip in the area of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. We will see Fjardargljufur canyon, Systrastapi mountain and Systrafoss waterfall, Kirkjubæjarklaustur’s chapel and the Church Floor (Kirkjugolf), an approx. 80 m2 expanse of columnar basalt, eroded and shaped by glaciers and waves.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: We continue our morning field trip.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Country Hotel Geirland

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

Description: Fosshotel Skaftafell is a splendid resort located near Skaftafell National Park. The hotel is sheltered by vegetated glacial moraines in front of one of Iceland’s most impressive glaciers, the Svínafellsjökull glacier. It truncates from the biggest volcano and highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull (2119 m). Behind the hotel, there are many of the highest and most impressive glacier peaks in the country. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea, some 20 km away.

Contact info:
Freysnesi
Oraefum, 785 Iceland
phone: +354 478 1945
web: www.fosshotel.is

Room amenities: Each room has a private bathroom with shower, telephone and television.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge with television, Internet station and a small gift shop.

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


Day Six: Sunday, June 09 - Jökulsárlón glacier / Skaftafell National Park
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Drive to the National Park where we will be welcomed at the Visitor Center. We will then take an approximately 1.5 hour walk in Skaftafell National Park.

Lunch: Lunch at Skaftafell.

Afternoon: We head for Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon for a 1-hour walking field trip followed by a boat ride on the lagoon.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Fosshotel Skaftafell

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

Description: Fosshotel Skaftafell is a splendid resort located near Skaftafell National Park. The hotel is sheltered by vegetated glacial moraines in front of one of Iceland’s most impressive glaciers, the Svínafellsjökull glacier. It truncates from the biggest volcano and highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull (2119 m). Behind the hotel, there are many of the highest and most impressive glacier peaks in the country. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea, some 20 km away.

Contact info:
Freysnesi
Oraefum, 785 Iceland
phone: +354 478 1945
web: www.fosshotel.is

Room amenities: Each room has a private bathroom with shower, telephone and television.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, lounge with television, Internet station and a small gift shop.

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


Day Seven: Monday, June 10 - Skaftafell National Park
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: A full day walking field trip (approx. 8 hours) in Skaftafell National Park.

Lunch: Lunch pack en route.

Afternoon: Continue our field trip in Skaftafell National Park.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Fosshotel Skaftafell

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 after: 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 out time: 12:00 PM

Day Eight: Tuesday, June 11 - Landmannalaugar
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: An excursion in Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the harsh interior of Iceland where we take a swim in the naturally warm pool. Our stay in the area will be for 2-3 hours. We continue past volcano Hekla on our way to Reykjavik. In June this route may be closed to traffic in which case we will have an alternative schedule.

Lunch: A picnic lunch at Landmannalaugar.

Afternoon: Arrive in Reykjavik. Check-in and get settled.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Nine: Wednesday, June 12 - Departures
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning at leisure.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Departure for Keflavík International Airport (KEF) to check-in for departure flights.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Reykjavik
Reykjavik Bike ToursEnjoy a bike tour of Reykjavik.
For additional information, visit: www.icelandbike.com
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 Settlement ExhibitionThe Settlement Exhibition provides insight into the environment of the Reykjavik farm at the time of the first settlers.
For additional information, visit: www.minjasfnreykjavikur.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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Included
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7 nights of accommodations
22 meals: 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
12 Field trips

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