Please make sure to pack your bathing suit in your carry-on luggage, as we are visiting the Blue Lagoon on our way to the first hotel. Towels will be provided. Slippers, bathrobes and spa treatments are available at an additional cost. Check-in available from 2:00 p.m. Walking 1 hour on gravel paths.
At the Northern Light Inn, the European-style breakfast buffet offers choices such as cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, yogurt, fruit, breads, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water.
We will drive from the Inn and begin our Icelandic adventure with a soak in the mineral-rich, geothermally heated waters of the Blue Lagoon. (Entrance fee and towels included at Blue Lagoon; slippers and bathrobes available at additional cost.) There are other “blue lagoons” but this one is truly unique. The stark volcanic terrain that surrounds it creates an otherworldly feeling. The lava field is surely natural, but in fact the lagoon owes its existence to a geothermal power station built in 1975. Superheated water from a nearby lava flow feeds into the power plant system and finally flows into the lagoon, where the temperature stays between 98°-104°F (36°-40° C). Minerals from the underground geological layers account for the coloration. Not only is lounging in the waters delightfully comfortable, the minerals and white silica mud are reputed to provide benefits for skin conditions.
At a local restaurant we’ll have a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We will then board a motorcoach and complete the transfer to our hotel. After checking in and settling in to our rooms, we’ll gather for our Orientation meeting. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After the Orientation meeting, we’ll board a motorcoach and ride to the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, site of the original parliament, which is known as the most sacred place in Iceland due to its geological and historical significance. The Althing, or General Assembly, was established here in 930 CE and is the world’s oldest existing parliament. We’ll meet a park ranger, who will enlighten us about the geology of the park, situated right on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. We’ll then take a walk around the site with our Group Leader to discover more about the abundant history of this ancient place. We’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach at the end of our field trip.
At the hotel we’ll have a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.