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Iceland
March 18 - 25, 2013

Northern Lights, Lava Fields, and Glaciers

Join Astronomy magazine in the far north for a winter's night tour in search of the aurora borealis and explore Iceland's legendary glaciers.  To further enhance your experience, the enrichment program will be led by Liz Kruesi, associate editor, Astronomy magazine.

Skogafossa waterfall

Photo: Hólmfríður Sigvaldadóttir

Your Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from selected USA gateways:  Boston, New York, Seattle
  • Fuel surcharge and tax:  $365 Included
  • Airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Three (3) nights accommodations at Grand Reykjavik Hotel, Reykjavik
  • Three (3) nights accommodations at Hotel Laki, South Shore
  • Scandinavian breakfasts daily, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Reykjavik City tour including Hallgrimskirkja, Hofidi House, and the Pearl
  • Blue Lagoon, soaking in the mineral-rich pool, geothermal-heated water
  • Full day tour: Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss Falls, Great Geyser
  • South Coast tour and Icelandic Folk Museum
  • Skaftafell National Park and Glacier
  • Boat cruise on the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Astronomical lecture and aurora watching in the countryside
  • Aurora watching in the countryside
  • Lecturer: Liz Kruesi, Astronomy magazine associate editor

Itinerary:
Monday, March 18, 2013 • Depart the U.S.A. – Iceland
An early evening departure from the USA from your respective gateway to begin the Icelandic adventure in search of the aurora borealis.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 • Arrive Reykjavik
After arrival in Reykjavik, we are transferred to the Blue Lagoon to soak in a natural, mineral-rich pool of geothermal heated water in the middle of a lava field. Followed by a bountiful breakfast, check-in at The Grand Reykjavik Hotel. After a rest, a city tour will orient you to this bustling cosmopolitan city. Dinner on own.   
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Thingvallir

George Chien
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 • Geysers, Volcanoes, & Lava Beds
After a Scandinavian buffet breakfast, travel to Thingvellir, the majestic, dual folding Gulfoss Falls and the Great Geyser. Enjoy lunch before continuing south to Hotel Laki for three nights   
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Thursday, March 21, 2013 • Efri-Vik
Astronomical lecture after breakfast today. Continue to explore some of Iceland’s most spectacular natural beauties around Laki and Kirkjubaejarklaustur, once settled by Irish monks who lived there before the Norse settlements. The basalt columns nearby have only the tops showing above ground.
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Friday, March 22, 2013 • Skaftafell National Park & Glacier
After breakfast drive to the Skaftafell National Park and Svinafellsjokul and Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Visit Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. Dinner at Skaftafell before the aurora watch.
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Under the Volcano

George Chien
Saturday, March 23, 2013 • South Shore - Reykjavik
Continue on the tour of the South Shore. Visit the Skogafossa waterfall and the Folk Museum. Visit the Eyjafallajokull Information Center and watch a film about living under a glacier and active volcano. Dinner at Stokkseyri before searching for the northern lights.   
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Sunday, March 24, 2013 • Reykjavik
Today is at leisure to take advantage of the optional excursions around Reykjavik, such as horseback riding on the famous Icelandic horses or perhaps an excursion to Westmann Islands. The astronomical program continues tonight as we continue our search of the aurora after dinner.
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Monday, March 25, 2013 • Depart Reykjavik – U.S.A.
Take the optional City Scenes/Art Walking Tour before our flight from Reykjavik for fresh air and exercise.
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