Walking from the airport terminal with luggage about 5 minutes to the Aurora Star Airport Hotel. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 15 miles to Blue Lagoon, approximately 1/2 hour; about 35 miles to hotel, approximately 1 hour. If you wish to swim in the Blue Lagoon, please remember to pack your bathing suit in your carry-on luggage. Towels will be provided. Slippers, bathrobes and spa treatments are available at an additional cost. Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
At the Aurora Star Airport Hotel. The European-style breakfast buffet offers choices such as cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, yogurt, fruit, breads, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water. If you arriving independently, please arrive to the Aurora Star no later than 10:00 a.m. to avoid missing any program content.
After meeting our group at the Aurora Star Airport Hotel, we will depart via motorcoach at approximately 11 a.m. to the Bridge Between Continents to see where Europe and North America meet.
At a local restaurant, we'll enjoy a two-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
We will board a motorcoach and continue 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. After, we'll continue our transfer to central Reykjavik to check into our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free time to relax before dinner.
In the hotel restaurant, we will have a 3-course plated meal with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
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. European-style breakfast buffets will offer choices such as cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, yogurt, fruit, breads, juice, milk, coffee, tea, water. Unless otherwise noted, dinners will typically be 3-course plated meals. Water is included with all meals. 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. A word about the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis): The phenomenon is caused by electrically charged particles from the sun colliding with gases in the earth’s atmosphere. They are seen around the magnetic poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. If the sun is in an inactive phase, there will be no aurora. Even the best display will be invisible from the ground if the weather is bad and the sky is cloudy. Accordingly, there is no guarantee they will be visible during our program. Cameras can gather more light than the human eye, so photographs will generally be more intensely colored than anything you will be able to see. We will hope for the best! The remainder of the evening is free to continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars. Then settle in and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.