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Program #10584RJ
11 Days | 10 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.
Elevation Note
Snowtrailer trip to Langjokull glacier.

Itinerary for Jul 28 — Aug 7, 2013

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Day One: Sunday, July 28 - In Transit
Evening: Depart US/Canada on international overnight flight to Iceland.

Type: Inn

Description: Built in the early 1900s, the large and comfortable farmhouse at Arnbjargarlaekur is located 32 kilometers north of Borgarnes in the fertile farming district of Borgarfjordur. Set in the beautiful countryside, the house and the surrounding area is run by David Adalsteinsson and his wife, Gudrun Jonsdottir. Most of their herd of sheep will have gone to the highlands for summer pasture and the farm will be busy with haymaking. When Road Scholar groups stay here, they are the only guests on location.

Contact info:
Arnbjargarlaekur
Borgarnes, 311 Iceland
phone: +354 -435-1275
Facility amenities: The farmhouse offers a fax machine, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access.

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

Bathroom: There are 6 bathrooms in total for the guests to share.


Day Two: Monday, July 29 - Arrival and Orientation
Breakfast: Breakfast will be served upon arrival at the farmhouse.

Morning: Arrive at Reykjavik/Keflavik International Airport. Transfer (approximately 2 hours) to Arnbjargarlaekur farmhouse.

Lunch: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Afternoon: Introductory meeting and orientation.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Lodging: Arnbjargarlaekur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Built in the early 1900s, the large and comfortable farmhouse at Arnbjargarlaekur is located 32 kilometers north of Borgarnes in the fertile farming district of Borgarfjordur. Set in the beautiful countryside, the house and the surrounding area is run by David Adalsteinsson and his wife, Gudrun Jonsdottir. Most of their herd of sheep will have gone to the highlands for summer pasture and the farm will be busy with haymaking. When Road Scholar groups stay here, they are the only guests on location.

Contact info:
Arnbjargarlaekur
Borgarnes, 311 Iceland
phone: +354 -435-1275
Facility amenities: The farmhouse offers a fax machine, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access.

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

Bathroom: There are 6 bathrooms in total for the guests to share.


Day Three: Tuesday, July 30 - Dairy Farming / Agricultural University & Science...
Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: We head for the local town of Borgarnes and visit the Settlement Center, which tells the saga of the settlement of Iceland and of Iceland's most famous Viking and first poet Egill Skallagrimsson. We will then try out the excellent new swimming pool.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Borgarnes.

Afternoon: Excursion to the Agricultural University & Science Center at Hvanneyri.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Lodging: Arnbjargarlaekur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Built in the early 1900s, the large and comfortable farmhouse at Arnbjargarlaekur is located 32 kilometers north of Borgarnes in the fertile farming district of Borgarfjordur. Set in the beautiful countryside, the house and the surrounding area is run by David Adalsteinsson and his wife, Gudrun Jonsdottir. Most of their herd of sheep will have gone to the highlands for summer pasture and the farm will be busy with haymaking. When Road Scholar groups stay here, they are the only guests on location.

Contact info:
Arnbjargarlaekur
Borgarnes, 311 Iceland
phone: +354 -435-1275
Facility amenities: The farmhouse offers a fax machine, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access.

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

Bathroom: There are 6 bathrooms in total for the guests to share.


Day Four: Wednesday, July 31 - Whale Watching
Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: We drive to Reykjavik for a short introduction of the capital.

Lunch: Lunch at a downtown restaurant.

Afternoon: Whale watching excursion from Reykjavik (approx. 3 hours) at sea in a comfortable boat. We hope to see some big whales!

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Lodging: Arnbjargarlaekur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Built in the early 1900s, the large and comfortable farmhouse at Arnbjargarlaekur is located 32 kilometers north of Borgarnes in the fertile farming district of Borgarfjordur. Set in the beautiful countryside, the house and the surrounding area is run by David Adalsteinsson and his wife, Gudrun Jonsdottir. Most of their herd of sheep will have gone to the highlands for summer pasture and the farm will be busy with haymaking. When Road Scholar groups stay here, they are the only guests on location.

Contact info:
Arnbjargarlaekur
Borgarnes, 311 Iceland
phone: +354 -435-1275
Facility amenities: The farmhouse offers a fax machine, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access.

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

Bathroom: There are 6 bathrooms in total for the guests to share.


Day Five: Thursday, August 01 - Nordurá Valley / Games and Horseback Riding
Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: Today we explore the Nordurá Valley, where scenic waterfalls, volcanic craters and lava fields await us. We will also visit the hidden people.

Lunch: Lunch at Hraunsnef.

Afternoon: In the afternoon we enjoy games and merriment on the Hraunsnef playgrounds. Later we will visit Ölvaldsstadir farm for horseback riding and a short demo.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Evening: Tonight we enjoy some evening entertainment.

Lodging: Arnbjargarlaekur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Built in the early 1900s, the large and comfortable farmhouse at Arnbjargarlaekur is located 32 kilometers north of Borgarnes in the fertile farming district of Borgarfjordur. Set in the beautiful countryside, the house and the surrounding area is run by David Adalsteinsson and his wife, Gudrun Jonsdottir. Most of their herd of sheep will have gone to the highlands for summer pasture and the farm will be busy with haymaking. When Road Scholar groups stay here, they are the only guests on location.

Contact info:
Arnbjargarlaekur
Borgarnes, 311 Iceland
phone: +354 -435-1275
Facility amenities: The farmhouse offers a fax machine, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access.

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

Bathroom: There are 6 bathrooms in total for the guests to share.


Day Six: Friday, August 02 - Trout Fishing / Snorri Sturluson / Tree Planting ...
Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: We go trout fishing in a local creek.

Lunch: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Afternoon: We take a field trip to Reykholt where we will learn about Snorri Sturluson, the 13th century statesman and Saga writer who lived in Reykholt. We will also visit the Snorri Exhibition. Later we plant trees in the Road Scholar planting patch and learn how tree planting is an important factor in the constant battle against soil erosion. At the end of the day we visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most prolific hot spring. Water from this hotspring is piped up to 70 km to homes in the region.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Lodging: Arnbjargarlaekur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Built in the early 1900s, the large and comfortable farmhouse at Arnbjargarlaekur is located 32 kilometers north of Borgarnes in the fertile farming district of Borgarfjordur. Set in the beautiful countryside, the house and the surrounding area is run by David Adalsteinsson and his wife, Gudrun Jonsdottir. Most of their herd of sheep will have gone to the highlands for summer pasture and the farm will be busy with haymaking. When Road Scholar groups stay here, they are the only guests on location.

Contact info:
Arnbjargarlaekur
Borgarnes, 311 Iceland
phone: +354 -435-1275
Facility amenities: The farmhouse offers a fax machine, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access.

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

Bathroom: There are 6 bathrooms in total for the guests to share.


Day Seven: Saturday, August 03 - Birds and Islands Adventure / Dairy Farm
Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: Birds and Islands Adventure. We take a 2-hour boat ride among the islands of Breidafjordur and study the multitude of seabirds nesting there.

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: We will visit Eiriksstadir, where Leif Eiriksson "the lucky," discoverer of America in the 11th century, was born. We will also visit Erpsstadir, a modern dairy farm with their own ice cream production.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Lodging: Arnbjargarlaekur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Built in the early 1900s, the large and comfortable farmhouse at Arnbjargarlaekur is located 32 kilometers north of Borgarnes in the fertile farming district of Borgarfjordur. Set in the beautiful countryside, the house and the surrounding area is run by David Adalsteinsson and his wife, Gudrun Jonsdottir. Most of their herd of sheep will have gone to the highlands for summer pasture and the farm will be busy with haymaking. When Road Scholar groups stay here, they are the only guests on location.

Contact info:
Arnbjargarlaekur
Borgarnes, 311 Iceland
phone: +354 -435-1275
Facility amenities: The farmhouse offers a fax machine, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access.

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

Bathroom: There are 6 bathrooms in total for the guests to share.


Day Eight: Sunday, August 04 - Bjarteyarsandur Farm
Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: We begin our day with a visit to a greenhouse farmer. Then we continue on to Bjarteyarsandur Farm at Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord).

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Bjarteyarsandur farm.

Afternoon: We will enjoy a walk around the farm, observing the animals, browsing through the handicrafts shop and exploring the local beach.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Lodging: Arnbjargarlaekur

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Built in the early 1900s, the large and comfortable farmhouse at Arnbjargarlaekur is located 32 kilometers north of Borgarnes in the fertile farming district of Borgarfjordur. Set in the beautiful countryside, the house and the surrounding area is run by David Adalsteinsson and his wife, Gudrun Jonsdottir. Most of their herd of sheep will have gone to the highlands for summer pasture and the farm will be busy with haymaking. When Road Scholar groups stay here, they are the only guests on location.

Contact info:
Arnbjargarlaekur
Borgarnes, 311 Iceland
phone: +354 -435-1275
Facility amenities: The farmhouse offers a fax machine, laundry facilities and free wireless Internet access.

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

Bathroom: There are 6 bathrooms in total for the guests to share.


Day Nine: Monday, August 05 - Langjokull Glacier
Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: Depart for Europe's second largest glacier, Langjokull. We travel by snowcat to the top of the glacier.

Lunch: Husafell summer resort.

Afternoon: Visit the swimming pool in Husafell and the lava waterfalls Hraunfossar.

Dinner: Icelandic home cooking, served buffet style, in the farmhouse dining room.

Evening: Evening entertainment.

Lodging: Arnbjargarlaekur

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

Description: The Northern Light Inn is a small and friendly hotel located less than 1 mile from the Blue Lagoon, 15 minutes from Keflavik International Airport and 45 minutes from Reykjavik. It is located in the majestic lava landscape of Reykjanes Peninsula, Southwest Iceland, directly under the Aurora Borealis geomagnetic green belt.

Contact info:
Blue Lagoon Road 1
Grindavik, 240 Iceland
phone: +354 426 8650
web: www.nli.is

Room amenities: Each room has a geothermal shower, Icelandic down comforter, telephone, satellite television, hair dryer and free wireless Internet access.

Facility amenities: The hotel offers a panoramic restaurant, laundry services and free wireless Internet. It is located nearby the Blue Lagoon and a swimming pool and fitness center.

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

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 Ten: Tuesday, August 06 - Thingvellir / Gullfoss and Geysir / Reykjavík
Breakfast: Farmhouse dining room.

Morning: Excursion to Thingvellir, site of the ancient parliament and now a national park. We continue to see Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) and Geysir, the geyser from which all others take their name.

Lunch: En route.

Afternoon: In the afternoon we will make a short stop in Reykjavik before arriving at our hotel.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Lodging: Northern Light Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Eleven: Wednesday, August 07 - Blue Lagoon / Departures
Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We spend the morning at the Blue Lagoon and enjoy a refreshing swim.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Transfer to airport for departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Borgarfjordur
Arnbjargarlækur farmAt Arnbjargarlækur farm, take a walk around. Children can play outside, visit the horses, hide in the forest and wade in the small stream by the farm.

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9 nights of accommodations
29 meals: 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
1 Performances

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