The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Iceland Expedition

Aug. 22 – Aug. 26, 2018

Details

Iceland attracts visitors year round not only for its nature and culture, but also for the powerful forces beneath the earth's crust.

Geologically speaking, Iceland is the world’s youngest country and is still growing, as can be seen in various areas of the island. One such area is Þingvellir in Southwest Iceland, where the Eurasian and North American plates are slowly drifting apart, creating a remarkable rift valley.

Icelandic nature is unspoiled, exotic and mystical with its spouting geysers, active volcanoes, tumbling waterfalls, towering mountains, other-worldly lava deserts and sparkling iceberg-filled lagoons. Iceland’s fjords, glaciers and highlands present visitors with some of the most beautiful and enchanting landscapes they will ever see, as well as a feeling of utter tranquility.

Reykjavik, Iceland's friendly capital, offers plentiful cultural and social happenings in addition to an abundance of first-class restaurants, interesting boutiques, museums, art galleries and a legendary nightlife. Most of these attractions are found right in the city center, which is compact and easy to navigate by foot.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Airport transfers with purchase of AESU group airfare
  • Three nights at superior tourist class hotels or better
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Welcome cocktail and orientation with private tour director
  • Reykjavik bar crawl
  • Guided Old Town Center tour
  • Full day ‘Golden Circle Tour’ including
    • Gullfoss waterfall
    • Geysir & Strokkur hot springs
    • Pingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Fish & Chips farewell dinner
  • The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa
  • Private tour director for the entire duration of the land tour
  • Luggage tag and travel guides
  • All service charges and local taxes
  • All ground transportation by private motor coach, as per itinerary
  • All scheduled sightseeing

Dates Aug. 22 – Aug. 26, 2018

Cost $998* (*From price. Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region Europe

Activity level

Host

Operator

Contact Laura DeRose
derose.25@osu.edu
614-292-2372 or
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2

Map

Experiences

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Itinerary

Embark on your overnight journey to Iceland’s capital city.

Meals: In-flight

Arrive in Iceland, "Land of the Midnight Sun" and transfer to your hotel. If you are arriving on a group flight, our expedition starts with a short city sightseeing tour of the northernmost capital in the world. Our tour includes the old town center, the Parliament, Cathedral and much more. Afterwards we check into our hotel. This evening, join a welcome orientation and cocktail with your tour director. Afterwards join your group on a tour of Reykjavik's nightlife.

Meals: In-flight, Welcome cocktail

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The Golden Circle Tour is probably Iceland’s most popular day tour as it includes three of the best known attractions. The golden waterfall Gullfoss, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe with thousands of tons of icy water thundering majestically into a deep canyon. The Geyser area has numerous hot springs and geysers, including the world known Strokkur. Pingvellir is the site of the world’s oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 and the beautiful canyon running through the park is the dividing fault line between two of the earth’s tectonic plates. We return to Reykjavik for an evening at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Enjoy a free day to explore Reykjavik on your own. You may opt to join our optional tour to the south shore. We pass through the fertile farming lands and villages of south Iceland, rich in Viking history and heritage and a view of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla volcanoes. Take a walk behind the splendid wall of water of Seljalandsfoss waterfall, then hike on the ancient ice of Sólheimajökull glacier with a professional certified guide. Afterwards take a leisurely stroll along the black sand beach of Reynisfjara with its famous basalt columns and caverns. See the Reynisdrangar cliffs; basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea. Icelandic legends say that they are naughty trolls turned into rock by the rising sun. We end this great sightseeing tour with a stop at the Skógafoss waterfall. Walk up to the thundering waterfall for a bird’s eye view of the tumbling water and rainbows.


Optional Activity: South shore excursion and glacier walk.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Pack a separate bag for our visit to the Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa just outside of Reykjavik, where you can find ultimate relaxation in the healing mineral waters, surrounded by lava fields and snow-capped mountains. The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, a winter garden and a restaurant. After an hour of recreation, we continue to the airport as it is time to say farewell to your new friends.

Meals: Breakfast, In-flight

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Laura DeRose at Ohio State Alumni Tours:
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2
Email: derose.25@osu.edu

Space is limited. Book your tour now!