Lands of the Midnight Sun

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  • Group Tour
  • Starting Price: $10,790
  • Length: 12 days
  • Operator: Travcoa
  • 866-591-0260
    Destinations: Europe, Iceland, Greenland
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Tour Description

Step foot in a remote world of natural wonders that few others have experienced. Travel the Golden Circle and see Europe’s largest waterfall with mist clouds creating dozens of colorful rainbows. Visit the site where Reagan and Gorbachev took historic steps in political détente between the East and West. Take a dip in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon and see hard-packed glaciers that seem to glow from within. Learn about the daily lives of the townsfolk, hunters and fisherman who make Iceland and Greenland their home.

  • Explore steaming geysers and bubbling mud pools at Pingvellir National Park
  • See the towering lava rock formations at Lake Mývatn’s
  • Take an adventurous excursion by Super Jeep through the glacial volcanoes of the Thorsmork Valley
  • Observe, up close, the aftermath of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption
  • Feel the thunder of a calving glacier on a cruise to Qooroq Glacier
  • Enjoy an exhilarating cruise to see the “Midnight Sun” at the Icefjord
  • Discover the 1,000-year-old Viking farm where Eric the Red once lived
  • Visit the charming and remote village of Rodebay Greenland

Itinerary

DAYS 1 & 2

Reykjavik, Iceland

Arrive early on Day 2 in Reykjavik, the most northern capital city in the world. In the afternoon take a sightseeing tour of the city’s highlights, including the Presidential manor, Bessastaðir, and Höfði House, where the groundbreaking summit meeting between President Ronald Reagan and Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev took place in 1986. In the evening, gather with your travel director and fellow travelers for a special welcome drink at a noted Ice Bar, followed by dinner at one of the best restaurants in Raykjavik, The Fish Company.

Hilton Hotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik

DAYS 3 & 4

The Golden Circle, Akureyri Lake Mývatn

Take a full-day excursion to see some of the most striking natural phenomena of Iceland: Nesjavellir, a high-temperature geothermal area situated in the picturesque landscape of Lake Þingvallavatn, and Þingvellir National Park. On Day 4 fly to Akureyri, one of the most remarkable areas in Iceland. Spend the day exploring the area around Lake Mývatn - an explosive moonscape of mesmerizing natural lava sculptures, sulphur pits, craters and pools of boiling mud. Witness the impressive waterfall Gullfoss, Iceland’s most famous waterfall that cascades down over 100 feet into the mighty glacial River Hvíta.

Hilton Hotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik

DAY 5

Reykjavik the Thorsmork Valley

Enjoy an exhilarating Jeep Safari into the historic and scenic Thorsmork Valley (or Þórsmörk), surrounded by glaciers and volcanoes. Pass notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano which erupted in 2010, and through some of the most scenic spots, including valleys, rivers, waterfalls, caves and canyons up to 350 feet deep and two miles long. On the way back to Reykjavik, enjoy a lobster dinner in a small seaside village.

Hilton Hotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik

DAYS 6 & 7

Narsarsuaq Narsaq, Greenland

Take an afternoon flight from Iceland to Greenland. Depart by local steamer through Eric’s Ford and the narrow Mato Strait, past stunning mountain scenery to the town of Narsarsuaq. On the way pass the Qooroq Ice Fjord, which leads to the Qooroq Glacier. An extremely active glacier, you can witness icebergs of all sizes calving around-the-clock during the summer months.

Hotel Narsarsuaq, Narsarsuaq

DAY 8

Nuuk

In the morning, cross scenic Eric’s Fjord by boat and disembark at the sheep-breeding settlement of Qassiarsuk, set on the very spot where Eric the Red settled over a thousand years ago. This afternoon, take the short flight to Greenland’s capital, Nuuk. Upon arrival, embark on a city tour encompassing the highlights of this one of the world’s most remote capital cities.

Hotel Hans Egede, Nuuk

DAYS 9 & 10

Ilulissat Rodebay

Fly to the small outpost village of Ilulissat, halfway up the west coast of Greenland. Ilulissat is the perfect staging point for your explorations of the ice fjords and tiny fishing villages of this remote land. Take a midnight cruise into the ice fjord to see the ghostly icebergs moving through the serene waters. On Day 10 take a full-day boat excursion to visit the tiny settlement of Rodebay. Explore the town with your local guide, and learn about the lives of the people who make this place their home.

Hotel Arctic, Ilulissat

DAYS 11 & 12

Reykjavik, Iceland Depart for Home

On Day 12 fly back to Reykjavik. The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax or explore the city on your own. On Day 13 you will be taken to the airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Hilton Hotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik

Departures

Pricing Information

July 8, 2012

From $10,790.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,990.00 single room supplement.

August 5, 2012

From $10,790.00 per person double occupancy.

From $2,990.00 single room supplement.

Journey Includes

  • Deluxe rooms in the best available hotels
  • Three meals per day, including our unique Dine-Around program that lets you enjoy any restaurant you choose with à la carte dining, or relax with room service when available*
  • A professional Travel Director as your personal concierge
  • Local sightseeing with professional English-speaking guides with unparalleled knowledge, including entrance fees for places visited
  • Active participation and up-close encounters to experience the cultures of your journey
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, coffee and tea included with meals; bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • All gratuities to hotel and restaurant staff and local guides and drivers
  • Group or individual airport transfers on arrival and departure flights
  • TheTravcoAssist Travel Protection Plan, including emergency medical evacuation insurance coverage for injury or illness, and 24-hour Worldwide Live Travel Assistance through Travel Guard Assistance

*Due to remote or undeveloped locations on some journeys, accommodations may not always meet Western standards. Dine-Around opportunities will be limited in remote or unsecured locations.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

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