Walking from the airport terminal with luggage about 3 minutes/328 feet to the Aurora Star Airport Hotel. Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 35 miles to the hotel in Reykjavik, approximately 1 hour. Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
At the Aurora Star Airport Hotel. Upon arrival, please stop by the hotel's front desk to receive a voucher for your breakfast. 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 everyone has arrived, we will transfer by coach to Reykjavik. We’ll enjoy a panoramic motorcoach field trip of Reykjavik, first seeing the historic Höfði House, site of the 1986 summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev that precipitated the end of the Cold War. We’ll then visit the Perlan, the city’s hot water storage facility with a glass dome and deck providing a 360° vista of Iceland's capital city. It is one of Reykjavik’s most recognized landmarks. We will also drive by Lake Tjornin, a small lake in downtown Reykjavik known for its birdlife, as well as the Parliament House and City Hall, worth a visit for its large topographic map of Iceland.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Late afternoon, 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. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat “Expedition” program. Expedition ships — more rugged than traditional vessels — are designed to venture into remote landscapes, enabling us to seek opportunities for getting up close to nature and wildlife. There may also be serendipitous occasions to experience something unexpected. The itinerary may change based on weather, sailing conditions, and potential wildlife sightings. Routes, port stops, field trips, and excursions could be impacted; the cruise itinerary should therefore be regarded as provisional. Updates will be provided aboard ship. Thank you for your understanding. In addition to lectures, field trips, and activities exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events offered by the cruise line that are separate from Road Scholar. While on board, there will be educational presentations on a variety of topics by members of the ship’s resource staff. Many are active researchers with expertise in areas such as history, paleontology, geology, and biology. Due to the remote location of the ports, some embarkation and disembarkation will be via Zodiac boats. Staff will be available for assistance. 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.
At the hotel, we will enjoy a 3-course set menu welcome dinner including tea, coffee, water.
At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow participants, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.