With an Optional Game of Thrones Extension

Join fellow Bryn Mawr Travel passengers for a long weekend escape to exotic Iceland. From steamy hot springs to top-notch spas, magnificent malls to art museums, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and explore. Reykjavik has a population of 170,000 and offers a unique mix of culture and local village roots. Where else can you explore the impressive Great Geysir, glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and icecaps, as well as a program of familiar city joys. The combination of remarkable natural features with art museums, theaters, an opera house, and a symphony orchestra offers a rejuvenating experience for all tastes and interests.

Legends say that the ancient gods themselves guided Iceland’s first settler, Ingolfur Arnarson, to make his home in Reykjavik (“Smoky Bay”), named after the geothermal steam he saw. Today this geothermal energy heats homes and outdoor swimming pools throughout the city – a pollution-free energy source that leaves the air outstandingly fresh, clean and clear. 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. Reykjavik is also renowned as one of Europe’s hottest nightspots, where the action on the friendly pub and nightlife scene lasts right through the long winter nights. The compact city places everything within your reach. With its long main streets and large Kringlan mall, Iceland’s capital is a great place to shop, too – with a bonus of tax-free shopping for visitors! Be on the lookout not just for souvenirs (especially woolens and handicrafts) but also for stylish consumer goods and designer labels at competitive prices.

Date Information

Dates: 
Friday, March 9, 2018 - Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Sold Out?: 
Yes

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the US

Evening departure from Logan or JFK, where we board our direct Iceland Air service to Iceland.

Day 2: Reykavik

Early morning arrival in Iceland; we will be met at the airport and escorted to our hotel in Reykjavik. Most hotels know that Americans arrive early and will do everything possible to help you check in upon arrival. However, this may not always be possible and we may need to wait a bit for our rooms, but the hotel will assist us and make sure we are comfortable in the interim. This afternoon we tour Reykjavik for a wonderful introduction to Europe’s smallest capital city! The tour covers the Old Town, the shopping districts, the Parliament, Hofdi House, Hallgrim’s church and much more! Dinner at a restaurant near the hotel this evening. (B, D)

Day 3: The Golden Circle

Today we capture the essence of Iceland - the Golden Circle tour. We see the majestic dual-folding Gullfoss waterfall and gaze upon the Great Geyser, which spouts steam with amazing force. We’ll pass close by the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, which recently caused so much chaos with European air traffic, and stop to peer into the watery depths of Keri volcanic crater. We’ll enjoy a traditional Icelandic lobster feast at a local restaurant on our way back to the hotel. (B, D)

Day 4: Free Day in Reykavik

A free day in Reykjavik. 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, riding an Icelandic pony to going in search of the Northern Lights. (B)

Day 5: Blue Lagoon and Depart for US

Today we take a brief tour of the exotic, moonlike Reykjanes peninsula. Our first visit is to Bessastadir, official estate for Iceland’s President. Then we bathe in the renowned Blue Lagoon, an azure pool of mineral-rich warm water amid a lava field. There are wonderful facilities to shower and change at the site before we continue to the airport for our return flight to Boston or New York. (B)

Game of Thrones Extension
Dates: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - Friday, March 16, 2018
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 familiar to viewers and delve a little deeper into the cinematic wonders of the land.
March 13, 2018
After accompanying your recent traveling companions to the Blue Lagoon, you leave them at the airport and return to your hotel in Reykjavik for a free evening. (B)
March 14, 2018
Leaving Reykjavik, we first head north to the shores of the Hvalfjörður (literally the whale Fjord). Turning inland, we follow the course of one of Iceland’s largest Salmon rivers, the Laxa i Kjos, and stop to view the spectacular waterfall, the Þórufoss. At this location Drago burned the goats and their keeper. From here we travel to Hengill for a fantastic view over the tectonic rift valley where the fight scene between the Hound and Brienne took place. Taking a deeper look at Þingvellir, we return to visit the home of the Arryns and the moon gate. Walking into the gorge from the east side we explore the waterfall were Arya rode off on horseback after she left the Hound for dead. Nearby, you’ll remember the spot where the wildlings meet up with the cannibals after Jon Snow escaped. We leave our discoveries at Þingvellir, the epicenter of Iceland’s political, commercial, and cultural history for over a thousand years arriving at our hotel near Selfoss with time to enjoy the facilities before we gather for dinner. (B, D)
March 15, 2018
This morning we drive to Þjórsárdalur and visit the “Þjóðveldisbær,” the 11th-century Viking lodge that served as a location for the massacre of the people of the hamlet (4th season, 3rd episode) and we are introduced to the Olly Valley. The valley is wonderful by itself and very important historically. We include admission into the Viking lodge, although no scenes were actually shot inside. From here we drive into the Gjá, a natural “Rivendell” and one of the most beautiful spots in Iceland. On the edge of the highlands, this naturally-formed hidden gorge held some of the conversation between the Hound and Aria. From here, we drive down to the south coast to Sólheimajökull to visit the location of some of the winter scenes north of the wall, seen in the second series. Take advantage of an opportunity here to walk on the glacier. We round out our travels with a visit the Black Beach and Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two beautiful waterfalls that are on our route. We return to our hotel for dinner. (B, D)
March 16, 2018
This morning we revisit the Reykjanes Peninsula. Located on a drift zone between two continents, the North American plate and the Eurasian plate, we will see pools of boiling mud, the air heavy with the smell of sulfur, and have the opportunity to walk on top of the North Atlantic Ridge - the only place in the world where this is possible. At the very tip of the peninsula, we’ll take a short tour of the new geothermal power plant there, before stopping in the thriving fishing port of Grindavik. We’ll enjoy a traditional fisherman’s lunch here before we continue to the nearby airport for return flights to the U.S. (B, L)
Cost and Inclusions: 

The cost of main program, per person, double occupancy, (Including International Air) is:

Boston or New York departure:         $2,580
Single supplement:                              $390
Prices are available from many other departure cities. Please call for details

Program Inclusions

  • Airfare: Roundtrip airfare from Boston or New York, including all customs fees and airport taxes.
  • Hotels: 3 nights’ accommodation in a first-class hotel. All hotel taxes and service charges included.
  • Coaching: All ground transportation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Meals: 4 breakfasts and 2 dinners.
  • Guides: Local guides for all sightseeing tours.
  • Expenses: Porterage of one large suitcase per person.
  • Entrances: Entrance fees to all sites as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Discover Europe expert guide throughout the trip

OPTIONAL GAME OF THRONES EXTENSION

March 13 - 16, 2018

$1390 per person
$400 Single Supplement