PRE-GLACIERS,LAGOONS & THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Discover the natural wonders of southwestern Iceland, a gorgeous landscape of thundering waterfalls, ancient glaciers, geothermal phenomena and unspoiled national parks.
After flying into Keflavik International Airport in Reykjavik, you will proceed to the baggage claim area, and through customs after which you will be met. Transfer to the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (or similar) for check in. Once you settle in, you will enjoy the remainder of the day as you please.
You might relax in your room, enjoy the hotel’s amenities or explore Reykjavik on your own. Dinner will be on your own and the evening will be spent at the hotel.
Following breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will drive off in a 4x4 Superjeep vehicle toward Seljalandsfoss, one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland. It’s a spectacular setting, especially considering that it’s possible to walk behind the roaring cascade of water.
Then, after lunch at the Country Hotel Anna, you will continue on to Þorvaldseyri, a family farm near the site of a volcanic eruption in 2010. Fascinating exhibitions at the Visitor Center reveal the frequency of volcanic activity throughout Iceland from the arrival of the Vikings to modern times. The displays are dramatic and exceptionally relevant to this part of Iceland.
Another extraordinary adventure awaits you at Solheimajokull, a massive glacier where you will have the opportunity to walk along its ancient icy surface. During the adventurous outing, you will see a wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons and deep crevasses, and learn about the nature of glaciers.
Iceland’s natural beauty is also on display at Skogafoss, a majestic waterfall in the countryside. If it’s a sunny day, you can expect to see single and double rainbows in the rising mist. According to legend, a Viking hid gold in a chest at the bottom of the waterfall but it’s now inaccessible.
After viewing Skogafoss, you will drive to the Rangá Hotel (or similar) located in the countryside between the villages Hella and Hvolsvöllur, where you will spend the evening.
Following breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will drive off towards the Golden Circle, a picturesque route through the countryside that encompasses some of the most spectacular natural attractions in Iceland.
The first stop along the way will be Gullfoss waterfall, which roars through a rugged canyon before plummeting more than 100 feet down. The water from the White River falls in two stages, which adds even more drama to its descent. Gullfoss is known as the Golden Waterfall because of the color of the water, which originates from a sediment-rich glacier.
Next, you will view the Geysir Geothermal Field, which includes hot springs with boiling mud pits, erupting geysers and blowholes. Geysir has been active for thousands of years, although the intensity of the natural phenomena varies according to the geothermal activity.
Then, it’s on to Friðheimar, a family-run business that involves horticulture and horse breeding. It may seem like an unusual enterprise but it is flourishing. Friðheimar primarily grows tomatoes using geothermal water to heat the greenhouses and breeds various types of riding horses.
Following lunch and a horse show at Friðheimar, you will continue to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is significant both historically and environmentally. For starters, the world’s first parliament was assembled there in 930 A.D. In fact, it continued to convene there until 1798.Þingvellir is also naturally beautiful and shows evidence of the way that the landscape was husbanded for more than 1,000 years.
After visiting this revered Icelandic site, you will drive to the ION hotel (or similar), located near Thingvellir, where you will spend the evening.
Following breakfast and check out at the hotel, you will proceed to the magnificent Blue Lagoon, a manmade lagoon with mineral-rich water. The minerals give the water a silky blue color and purportedly have therapeutic benefits. Besides enjoying the splendor of the setting, you will have the opportunity to bathe in the lagoon before departing for the ship to begin your cruise.
Land Program Step by Step:
Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. All program details are subject to change. The timings indicated below are approximate, given here for general reference purposes and subject to change. Itineraries with the most up to date details (at the time) will be issued when you receive your final cruise documents at approximately 21 days prior to sailing. You will then receive one last final itinerary from our ground operator with your Welcome Letter upon arrival. Please review your final itinerary carefully for any amendments.
EXTRA NIGHTS: If you book extra nights through the cruise line, you will be met per the flight details provided and transferred to the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica hotel (or similar). Check in is 2:00pm. Be sure that the cruise line has your up-to-date flight details so transfers can be arranged accordingly. Activities and meals other than breakfast are on your own during extra nights.
Arrive at Keflavik Airport. You will be met outside customs and transferred to your hotel to spend the afternoon and the evening at your leisure. Check in is 2:00pm. Although every effort will be made to have rooms available sooner, this cannot be guaranteed.
From 7:00am Breakfast
9:00am Depart with SuperJeeps from the hotel
11:00pm Arrive at Seljalandsfoss
11:20pm Drive to Country Hotel Anna
11:35pm Lunch at Country Hotel Anna
12:20pm Drive to Þorvaldseyri
12:35pm Visit Þorvaldseyri
1:20pm Drive to Sólheimajökull
1:50pm Ice walk at Sólheimajökull
4:50pm Drive to Skógarfoss
5:20pm Sightseeing Skógarfoss
5:40pm Drive to your hotel
6:20pm Arrive at the hotel
Overnight at Ranga Hotel or similar hotel
From 7:00am Breakfast
9:00am Depart for the Golden Circle
10:30pm Arrive at Gullfoss waterfall
11:00pm Depart from Gullfoss waterfall
11:15pm Arrive at Geysir geothermal area
11:45pm Depart from Geysir geothermal area
12:05pm Arrive at Friðheimar, lunch and horse show
1:35pm Depart from Friðheimar
2:25pm Arrive at Þingvellir national park
3:00pm Depart from Þingvellir national park
3:45pm Arrive at the your hotel
Overnight at the ION hotel or similar hotel
From 7:00am Breakfast
9:45am Hotel check out
10:00am Drive to the Blue Lagoon
10:45am Bathe in the Blue Lagoon
12:45pm Depart from the Blue Lagoon
1:30pm Arrive at the ship for embarkation
Expected weather: Average temperature for July is 10.7°C / 51°F. However, the weather in Iceland can be quite unpredictable.
What to bring: Weather-appropriate clothing including a jacket, sweater, gloves, hat, sunglasses, and comfortable closed toe walking shoes and/or hiking boots.
Local currency: Local currency is the Icelandic Krona. However, many companies accept the Euro, British pound and U.S. dollar, but only bills not coins. Change is given in Icelandic Krona.
Electricity: European standard 220 Volts. Hilton and ION hotel offer adaptors on loan, but based on availability (not ensured for each room). Stracta Hotel only offers adapters for sale. Hilton Reykjavik Nordica also has adaptors for sale. It is advisable that you bring your own converter.
Hilton Reykjavik Nordica: Suðurlandsbraut 2, 108 Reykjavik
Hotel Rangá: Suðurlandsvegi, 851 Hellu
ION hotel: Nesjavöllum við Þingvallavatn, 801 Selfoss
Please note: We will only source different hotels in unforeseen situations. If similar hotels are required, they will be of equal ratings and standards, and you will be notified of the change. If you are not notified of changes before departure, then you will be staying at the hotels listed in this program.
Program includes for guests:
• Accommodation including breakfast each day (Hilton Hotel: Guestrooms Plus, Ranga Hotel: Deluxe double room, ION Hotel: Deluxe double room)
• 2 lunches with drinks
• Day tours
• Admission fees per the program
Please Note: Guests booking their own flights (independent of the cruise line) are responsible for ensuring that the cruise line has the updated arrival information so your transfer can be arranged. If you book additional nights independently of the cruise line, an arrival transfer is not provided.
Program excludes for guests:
• Meals or beverages not listed above
• Gratuities to drivers and guides
• Personal expenses
• Hotel incidentals including mini bar and room service
Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces, which may include inclines, cobblestones, sand, gravel and natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize wheelchairs and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation.
All land programs are capacity controlled and subject to availability. Programs falling under the minimum number of required participants are subject to cancellation. Pricing listed is also subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases for transportation, land arrangements or currency fluctuations. Once purchased, pricing is guaranteed and not subject to change. Land Programs must be purchased no later than 60 days prior to your sail date. Cancellations made within 60 days or less prior to the sail date are subject to 100% cancellation penalty.
Hotel and Land Program pricing is not combinable with FREE 1-Night Pre-Cruise Luxury Hotel Package. If applicable, please contact Regent Seven Seas Cruises or your travel agent for multi-night pre-cruise hotel pricing information. Land program promotions are subject to terms.