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Sample Room, Hotel Føroyar

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The Great Faroe Islands Spring Equinox Total Eclipse Tour

Now there are two options for our Faroe Islands Eclipse tour!

The Faroe Islands have been awarded the highest rating for "Environmental quality, sociological and cultural integrity" by National Geographic. The fantastic landscape of small islands and green mountains are linked by modern undersea tunnels, bridges and ferries.

The eclipse of March 20, 2015 will cross these unspoiled islands where the cliffs along the fjords are filled with over 260 species of birds, with 40 remaining in the Faroe Islands year round. The old Faroe houses, as their Norwegian Viking ancestors once built, are typically black with turfed roofs insulating against the Nordic weather.

Prior to traveling to the Faroe Islands, the eclipse tour begins with three nights in the moss covered lava fields of Iceland, where you will also experience many of nature’s grandeur with the aurora borealis, geysers and some of the 15,000 waterfalls.

Our distinguished team of experts will offer astronomical lectures. No background in science will be necessary. We invite you to many great experiences in these small islands of the North Atlantic.

Tinganes

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Valley
Arne List
Harbor
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Your Tour Includes:

  • Roundtrip air from Boston, New York, Seattle to Iceland and Faroe Islands
  • First Class Accommodations or best available in the area
  • Meals: Breakfasts daily, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing as listed in itinerary with professional English speaking guides
  • Iceland: Walk between two continental tectonic plates, see waterfalls, lava fields, fjords, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, hunt the aurora borealis, learn about the Eyjafjallajokull volcano and relax in the Blue Lagoon
  • Faroe Islands: Experience nature’s grandeur, kayak in the Atlantic, hike the pristine trails, bird watch, cave swimming
  • Dry suit provided in the Faroes for outdoor water sports
  • Special astronomical lectures, eclipse glasses, and document packet
Blue Door
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Promontory
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Cave Swimming

Preparation for Cave Swimming

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Turf House
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Turf Roof

Itinerary:
Saturday/Sunday, March 14/15, 2015 • Homeland — Iceland
Depart USA for the Faroe Islands with a stopover in Iceland. Early morning arrival at Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport; proceed to customs and baggage claim.

Gullfoss Falls

Hofthoi House

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After a short drive, you will stop for breakfast and to the Blue Lagoon where you will enjoy a hot, mineral-rich water soak before proceeding to the hotel.

Weaving through the narrow alleys framed with old timber houses, you learn about the life of the city from its very beginning. Visit the harbor, Hallgrimskirkja-Church and a photo stop will be at the Hofthoi House, where the Reagan/Gorbachev summit meeting took place in 1986. Drive past the University and enjoy the panoramic view over Reykjavik, the fjord and mountains from the balcony at the Pearl. Dinner is on your own.
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Gullfoss Falls

Gullfoss Falls

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Monday, March 16, 2015 • Golden Circle Tour
After breakfast the excursion includes many of the scenic natural wonders for which Iceland is famous. Drive over the Hellisheidi highland plateau. Continue to Skalholt, the site of an ancient bishopric, and for centuries Iceland’s main cultural center. Onwards explore the hot spring area of Geysir, a series of multicolored geothermal pools of water and mud. Strokkur, the Great Geysir’s little brother, is spouting to a height of about 25 meters and erupts at about 5 - 7 minute intervals.

After lunch drive to the mighty Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, perhaps the most beautiful in the country. Walk around Gullfoss Falls, where the river Hvita tumbles 32 meters in a double cascade. Over a scenic route, the drive takes you to Thingvellir National Park, the country’s most sacred site and home of the old Viking parliament, Alpingi. Thingvellir is a geologically spectacular site, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures.   
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Gullfoss Falls

Skogafoss

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 • Lecture & South Shore
After breakfast enjoy an astronomy lecture before the afternoon tour to the South Shore.

You will pass through some of the prettiest countryside in Iceland with farms and villages and the volcano, Hekla, at a distance. There will be a stops at Seljalandsfoss, a graceful ribbon-like waterfall and the 197 feet waterfall at Skogafoss. Visit the folk museum of the Skogar. Old houses are preserved in their original state and there is a vast collection of household items from the surrounding area. Following dinner hunt for the aurora.
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Village
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 • Iceland – Faroe Islands
After breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight to the Faroe Islands. This remarkable place of grass-covered cliffs that seem to rise straight out of the ocean and people you will never forget. You will be met and transferred to your accommodations.

Tonight your Faroe guides will orient you to the grand landscape of these eighteen North Atlantic islands.   
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Undersea Cave

Cave Swimming

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Thursday, March 19, 2015 • Faroe Islands
Astronomical lectures are planned for this morning, followed by lunch before your activity around the islands. This afternoon the expedition leaders will lead various outdoor activities: horseback riding, bird watching, hiking, kayaking, swimming, cliff jumping (from various heights), or rappelling. Dry suits will be provided for those doing water sports. Or, enjoy the peace that rolls in on a fresh sea breeze as you bird watch.   
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Friday, March 20, 2015 • Total Eclipse
An early grab and go breakfast is planned before driving to your eclipse site.

This afternoon continue with your choice of activities.   
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Saturday, March 21, 2015 • Faroe Islands
After breakfast this morning the guests at Tvoroyri and Klasvik will be transferred to Hotel Foroyar, Torshavn on Streymoy Island.

After an included lunch there is a free afternoon in Torshavn or continue with the islands activities. This evening enjoy a gourmet dinner at one of Torshavn’s fine restaurants.   
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Sunday, March 22, 2015 • Faroe Islands
Morning is at leisure to stroll the harbor streets and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

The Faroe Islands Cultural Evening includes dinner with singing, story telling and learning the age-old Chain Dance, which has been preserved since the Middle Ages, passing down through generations.  
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Monday, March 23, 2015 • Faroe Islands – Homeward
Transfer to the airport for the flight homeward or extend your stay in Europe.  
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Faroe Islands

Your Tour Includes:

  • Two nights centrally located, 4 star accomodations - Edinburgh
  • Full day tour of Scottish Highlands
  • Roundtrip Transfer Edinburgh/Newcastle
  • 6-nights on the MS Princess Seaways cruising fom Newcastle/Faroe
  • Meals: All Breakfasts, 1 lunch, 8 buffet dinners
  • Shore excursions available on board
  • Transfer to the eclipse viewing site
  • Astronomical lectures on board the Princess Seaways
Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

Stirling Council
Linlithgow Palace

Linlithgow Palace

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Itinerary:
Friday, March 13, 2015 • Edinburgh
Meet the group at the Welcome dinner   
Welcome Dinner
Edinburgh

Edinburgh

Freakland
Saturday, March 14, 2015 • Edinburgh
A full day tour from Edinburgh, pass Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument. At Glencoe, hear the truth about the infamous 1692 massacre of Clan MacDonald. Journeying through Fort William site of the military post built during the 18th century Jacobite Rebellions.

Countinue on to Fort William and Inverness before returning to Edinburgh.   
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Sunday, March 15, 2015 • Newcastle, England
Transfer to Newcastle, board the MS Princess Seaways and set sail for the Faroe Islands.

After dinner enjoy the live entertainment on board.   
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Princess Seaways

MS Princess Seaways

Monday, March 16, 2015 • At Sea
Astronomical talks today by our lecturer preparing for the eclipse.   
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 • Arrive at Faroe Islands
Arrive at the Faroe Islands early morning with the Princess Seaways serving as your hotel while on board.   
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 • Faroe Islands
Spend the day exploring the islands, bird watching, kayaking, cave swimming, or listening to historic tales of the first farmers.   
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Thursday, March 19, 2015 • Faroe Islands
Continue with the shore excursions on the Faroe Islands.   
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Friday, March 20, 2015 • Eclipse
Transfer to the spot for viewing the eclipse.   
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Saturday, March 21, 2015 • Faroe Islands
Another day exploring the islands before departing tonight for Newcastle.   
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Sunday, March 22, 2015 • Newcastle, England
Early morning arrival back at Newcastle. Transfer to Edinburgh for your flight homeward or continue touring in the United Kingdom.   
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