Reykjavik City Stay (Post-Voyage)

3 DAYS / 2 NIGHTS

Departs in conjunction with an Aurora Expeditions Voyage

Day 1 –  Reykjavik

Arrive back in Reykjavik, and upon disembarkation discover the country’s capital on a city tour, before ending the day with a soak in the famous blue lagoon baths.

Reykjavik’s city centre is a maze of narrow alleys framed with old timber houses from late the 19th to early 20th century punctuated with more recent buildings. On the tour, you will learn about life in the city from the very beginning of settlement in Iceland to the present day. Stop at the city’s iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, and drive through the university district, past the Nordic cultural centre and the National Museum. In the very city centre, stop by the City hall, which juts into a small lake called Tjörnin. Nearby are other significant buildings including the Lutheran Cathedral, Parliament House, monuments to Jón Sigurðsson, a 19th century Independence hero, and also a sculpture of Skúli Magnússon, the father of the town itself.

Down by the harbour, see fishing vessels of various sizes, used for different purposes from whale –watching to hunters. There is abundance of public artworks in Reykjavík, particularly sculptures, many of which are by Ásmundur Sveinsson (1893-1982), whose home and workshop we will pass in Laugardalur. The latest architectural addition to Reykjavík is the concert/conference hall, called Harpan (the Harp, built on the northern waterfront of the town centre. The dramatic and clever design of the building captures and reflects the light of the sea, sky and city with a thrilling effect.

Leaving the city behind, continue to the Blue Lagoon – one of Iceland’s most popular attractions. The Blue Lagoon is a natural geothermal pool in the middle of a large and dramatic lava field, and an oasis that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant.

We stop for 1½ – 2 hours for a refreshing bathe or a swim in the inviting, rejuvenating and pleasantly warm mineral-rich water (36°C-38°C/100-110°F), famed for its reputed healing properties. The pool’s warm water and natural active ingredients such as mineral salts, silica and blue green algae soothe the muscles and an indoor pool and geothermal sauna are also on the site. Bathing in this surreal environment is a unique experience not to be missed.

Accommodation: Foss Hotel Reykjavik – 2 nights

Day 2 – Reykjavik

Start the day by visiting Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stroll around the country’s most sacred site, home of the oldest existing national parliament in the world, the Alþingi, and major events in the history of Iceland. Thingvellir is a place of fascinating natural beauty, a spectacular geological vista, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right by Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. The mid-Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is forming as Iceland is being pulled apart by tectonic forces. Here, the North-American and the Eurasian continental plates drift apart by 19mm (¾”) a year and a rift valley is forming.

We then visit the mighty Gullfoss Waterfalls (Golden Falls), perhaps the most beautiful in the country. Here the glacial Hvítá River (White River) tumbles 32 metres (105 ft) in a double cascade. After stopping for lunch (own expense), we explore the active geothermal area of Haukadalur which contains the famous Geysir and Strokkur geysers, and many other hot springs. Most active nowadays Strokkur is the most active of the geyser, erupting hot water and steam to a height of 25 metres (82 ft) every 5-7 minutes.

You will then continue to Skálholt, an ancient bishopric, and for centuries the spiritual and educational heart of Iceland. We pass the greenhouse town of Hveragerði and continue over the Hellisheiði mountain pass, an area with large lava fields and steaming valleys. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 – Reykjavik

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before joining the Flybus for your airport transfer.

Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions​

  • 2 nights accommodation including breakfast
  • Modern transportation with the service of a local English-speaking driver/guide
  • Entrance fees to sites
  • One-Way FlyBus + transfer (airport – hotel and vice versa)
  • Reykjavik City Tour and Blue Lagoon (8 hours)
  • Comfort entrance at Blue Lagoon (stop for 1.5-2 hours) according to availability* – Visit includes mud mask, towel hire, one drink of your choice.
  • Golden Circle Day Tour with guide (8 hours)
  • All GJ Travel buses include complimentary WiFi.

 

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