Join fellow Bryn Mawr Alumnae for a long weekend escape to exotic Iceland. With first-class spas and museums, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and explore.
Dine on Icelandic specialties, including delicious seafood, ocean-fresh from the morning’s catch, highland lamb, and unusual varieties of game. It’s purely natural food imaginatively served to delight the most discerning of diners. After dinner, the action in the friendly pub and club scene in Reykjavik lasts right through the long winter nights. But perhaps the greatest draw is the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights because this is the best time of year to see them. On our arrival day, a local expert will give a presentation on the aurora before heading out to attempt to see the real thing (weather permitting). If we don’t succeed we’ll try again the next night . . and the next.
Have a little more time? Think about our G.o.T. Extension with tour guide, Svanur Thorkelsson, an extra on the set of Game of Thrones and native Icelander. Visit some of the sites which will be familiar to viewers and delve a little deeper into the cinematic wonders of the land. Full details are included on the day-by-day itinerary found inside. This Bryn Mawr alumnae adventure offers the best of a guided tour plus time to explore on your own.
Evening departure from your chosen gateway city on Iceland Air.
Early morning arrival in Iceland; you will be met at the airport and escorted to your hotel in Reykjavik, where a sumptuous breakfast buffet awaits us. At approximately 10.30 am this morning we will tour Reykjavik for a wonderful introduction to Europe’s smallest capital city! The tour covers the Old Town, the shopping districts, the Parliament, Höfði House, Hallgrim’s church, the Harpa concert hall and much more! Most hotels know that Americans arrive early and will do everything possible to help us check in upon arrival. However, this may not always be possible and if the rooms are not ready, you will store your luggage and go off on your city tour. When we return to the hotel, you will be free for lunch, and then able to go to your rooms and take a short nap before you gather for the introductory lecture at 4.00 pm. Dinner will be at 7.00 p.m. and at around 9.30 p.m. this evening you will embark upon our first attempt to view the Northern Lights. (B, L, D)
Today captures the essence of Iceland. Your first stop is Þingvellir National Park, site of the world’s first parliament. Here you can walk from America to Europe! Stopping for lunch, you’ll spend some time relaxing in the waters of the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa, a naturally occurring hot spring. You continue on to see the majestic dual-folding Gullfoss waterfall and gaze upon Geysers, which spout steam with amazing force. This afternoon we’ll visit the important religious center at Skalholt and also stop to peer into the icy depths of Keri volcanic crater before arriving at the renowned Fjorubordid restaurant in the village of Stokkseyri, where you’ll enjoy a traditional Icelandic lobster feast (more like Langoustine than Maine lobster). We will return to your hotel in Reykjavik after dinner (B, D). We will journey out this evening, weather permitting to try to see if Northern Lights if we didn't the night before.
A free day. Explore the galleries and museums of the city, enjoy the tax-free shopping or pamper yourself in one of the many local spas. There will also be a variety of optional activities available; from taking a snowmobile safari to the top of a glacier, to riding an Icelandic pony or going in search of whales. Your tour guide will also offer a special, optional “South Coast” tour. (B)
This morning we drive down the exotic, moonlike Reykjanes peninsula. This is one of the newest parts of the country and is still growing! Here we will see pools of boiling mud, the air heavy with the smell of sulfur, and be able to walk on top of the North Atlantic Ridge - the only place in the world where this is possible. We’ll stop in the thriving fishing port
of Grindavik and enjoy a traditional fisherman’s lunch here before we continue to the nearby airport for return flights to the U.S. (B, L)
The cost of this itinerary, per person, double occupancy, is:
Boston or New York departure: $2,580
Land Only: $1,930
Single supplement $ 390
Airfares are available from many other cities. Please call for details
The following services are included:
Airfare: Roundtrip airfare from Boston or New York, including all customs fees and airport taxes
Hotels: 3 nights’ accommodation in a first-class hotel with all hotel taxes and service charges included
Coaching: All ground transportation as detailed in the itinerary
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Guides: Services of a local tour guide throughout the tour
Entrances: Entrance fees to all sites as detailed in the itinerary
Lectures: Lecture by your Bryn Mawr faculty host