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March 26 to April 1, 2022 || A Hosted Vacation with Bailey Marquis

Icelandic Adventure

Why visit Iceland in the Winter?

We come from the land of the ice and snow

From the midnight sun where the hot springs flow

The hammer of the gods

Will drive our ships to new lands

To fight the horde, sing and cry

- Immigrant Song, Led Zeppelin

True adventure lies in Iceland in the winter time: ice caves, glacier lagoons, glacier trekking, taking a dip in geothermal pools, and best yet - a chance to see the northern lights. Visiting Iceland in the winter is a totally different experience than the summer and has less crowds. 

Iceland's stark, pristine scenery has been shaped by fire and ice: More than 200 volcanoes and numerous glaciers form the country's landscape. It's a frozen land that's always letting off steam. Its U-shaped valleys, jagged lava fields, monstrous ice caps, hot springs and geysers have carved a rugged, bizarre landscape you won't see anywhere else on Earth. But you don't need the fortitude of a Viking to enjoy Iceland. In fact, you can experience many of its extremes in relative comfort.

Iceland's raw nature is sublime. It is like no place else on Earth.

What's Included?

Expert Guided Vacation

6-night trip includes all accommodations in hand-picked hotels, an expert English-speaking guide for the entire trip, transportation in a coach, daily adventure experiences, breakfast and dinner daily, and an advisor host. 

Adventurous Experiences

Into the Glacier, Lava Cave, Golden Circle, Frideiman, Glacier Lagoon, Black Sand Beaches, Super Jeeps, Blue Lagoon

Meals

Breakfast and dinner and included daily. Lunch is separate because we want the freedom to be able to move around and explore based on the unpredictable weather and conditions in Iceland. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland

Friday, March 26

Your epic journey through lush lava fields and the windswept landscapes of Iceland begins in the quirky capital of Reykjavik. The northernmost capital of the world seems infused with vivid colour, from the bustling byway of Laugavegur to the enthusiasm of the city's friendly locals. Spend time exploring Iceland's Viking heritage, pay tribute to the sun and snap a selfie in front of The Sun Voyager or stroll around the lively Old Harbour before meeting your Guide and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception to kick-start your love affair with Iceland.

Hotel: Grand Reykjavik or similar

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Into the Glacier

Saturday, March 27

Today we go Into the Glacier! This adventure will lead you to the untouched beauty and raw nature of Langjokull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. Enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime as we journey up the white slopes and go deep inside the man-made ice tunnels leading to the blue heart of the glacier. We will ride in modified glacier vehicles specially made to explore the glacier environment and enjoy the view as we drive on top of the ice cap. Our experienced guides will lead the way and make sure that everyone is both enjoying themselves and learning the basics of glacier knowledge.

Hotel: Fosshotel Stykkishólmur or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Snaefellsnes Peninsula & Lava Cave

Sunday March 28

Head along the rugged shores of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, whose geological wonders you'll get to explore later. See pretty fishing villages and admire your serene surrounds, characterised by lava fields, volcanoes, glaciers, springs, and yellow and black sand beaches. We will be visiting Budir Church, Arnarstapi, Kirkjufell Mountain, Londrangar, and Djupalonssandur Beach. Also today we will be visiting a Lava Cave. The area all around the glacier contains hundreds of lava tubes, which makes the area really special for those interested in caves.

Hotel: Fosshotel Stykkishólmur or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Golden Circle and Frideimar

Monday, March 29

Mother Nature's magic touch can be seen around every turn on today's exploration of Iceland's 'Golden Circle'. Visit the 'Golden Waterfall' of Gullfoss, saved at the turn of the last century by the tenacity of a farmer's daughter who threatened to throw herself into its depths if it was developed for hydroelectric power. Then, head to the world-famous hot spring area of Geysir and see Strokkur shoot a spectacular plume of water and steam high into the air. You'll see first-hand how the movements of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates have carved into the Earth's crust, in the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, before stopping at Frideimar Greenhouse. 

At Frideimar, visitors gain an insight into the processes of greenhouse horticulture, with a short and informative talk on the subject – and in fact it is quite remarkable that it should be possible to grow vegetables in this cold climate, by creating warm Mediterranean conditions, all year round, through the long dark winter. The Atrium also includes an exhibition about the use of geothermal heating in Icelandic horticulture.

Hotel: Hotel Skogafoss or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Glacier Lagoon & Black Sand Beaches

Tuesday, March 30

Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon is Iceland’s deepest and most spectacular glacial lake. You’ll see plenty of broken blue icebergs at Jökulsárlón – and the contrast against the white backdrop of the distant glacier and the black sand of the lagoon’s beach is truly other-worldly. We will also be making stops at the Black Sand Beaches in Vik and in Skaftafell. 

Hotel: Hotel Skogafoss or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Super Jeeps, Waterfalls, & Blue Lagoon

Wednesday, March 31

Take a Super Jeep Tour, an excursion to feel the adrenaline and experience this spectacular mean of transportation. The itinerary will be chosen according to the weather conditions but for sure you are not going to miss fun and beautiful landscapes! Before returning to Reykjavik, we will make picturesque stops at Skogafoss and Seljalandfoss Waterfalls before a bath in the Blue Lagoon. 

 

The Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 during operation at the nearby geothermal power plant. In the years that followed, people began to bathe in the unique water and apply the silica mud to their skin. On its way to the surface, the water picks up silica and minerals, before emerging at a soothing 38°C (100°F). Perfect for a relaxing and re-energizing bath.

Hotel: Grand Reykjavik or Similar

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Say Goodbye! 

Thu 

April 1

After breakfast at the hotel, the guide and bus will take everyone to the airport to head home! 

Meals: Breakfast

Downtown Reykjavik
Downtown Reykjavik

Reykjavik
Reykjavik

Downtown Reykjavik
Downtown Reykjavik

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Into the Glacier
Into the Glacier

Into the Glacier
Into the Glacier

Into the Glacier Truck
Into the Glacier Truck

Into the Glacier
Into the Glacier

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Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Kirkjufell Mountain
Kirkjufell Mountain

Lava Cave
Lava Cave

Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Snæfellsnes Peninsula

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Golden Circle Drive
Golden Circle Drive

Tectonic Plates in Thingvellir
Tectonic Plates in Thingvellir

Frideimar Greenhouse
Frideimar Greenhouse

Golden Circle Drive
Golden Circle Drive

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Glacier Lagoon
Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Iceberg Beach
Jokulsarlon Iceberg Beach

Skaftafell
Skaftafell

Glacier Lagoon
Glacier Lagoon

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Super Jeep Iceland
Super Jeep Iceland

Super Jeep Iceland
Super Jeep Iceland

Blue Lagoon
Blue Lagoon

Super Jeep Iceland
Super Jeep Iceland

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Iceland
Iceland

Iceland
Iceland

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Hosted Trip

Bailey Marquis of Travel Central

Hosted Vacations offer Outstanding Value, Exclusive Amenities and an Experienced Personable Host on site to ensure your trip is more enjoyable.  Bailey is an experienced traveler and advisor with Travel Central in Louisiana with clients all over America.  Focus is always to create a customized experience with a focus on adventure and local experiences. More on Bailey.

HOW TO BOOK

Space is very limited for this small-group custom Icelandic Adventure trip. To secure your spot a deposit of €1,100 plus $75 travel management fee (approx. $1375 USD) per person is due. Balance is due by December 10, 2021.   

The price is also based on number of people in group

  • 8-11 travelers starting at €3,300 (approx. $3,915 USD)

  • 11-14 travelers starting at €2,950 (approx. $3,500 USD)

  • 15-20 travelers starting at €2,700 (approx. $3.200 USD)

  • 425 EUR single supplement (approx. $500 USD)

*All rates are per person based on double occupancy​

 

Once we have the total confirmed travelers, all client’s invoices will be updated to reflect the lower price per person

PRE OR POST TRIP OPTIONS

​Airline reservations and pre and post stay options are available to be curated to fit around this trip.  Ask for more details on your options. 

MAKE A RESERVATION OR GET MORE INFORMATION

​Call Bailey at 504-834-7000 or email bailey@travelcentralvacations.com. A complimentary reservation will be created and emailed over to you with full details for you to consider.

Accommodations

Grand Hotel Reykjavik

Grand Reykjavík

This stylish hotel is 1.2 mi from Reykjavik city center and its largest outdoor swimming pool, Laugardalslaug. The hotel features a wellness spa, bar, restaurant and free gym access. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and free parking. The hotel also offers a free shuttle bus to the city center during the day.

Grand Hotel Reykjavik’s spacious rooms have a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee facilities and a small fridge. Many of the rooms offer sea, mountain or city views.

Leisure options at Grand Hotel include a spa and fitness center. The spa offers a comprehensive range of treatments, including massages, facials and pedicures for a fee.

Staff can recommend attractions such as the 75 feet high Perlan dome, which has a popular viewing deck.

Grand Brasserie Restaurant offers delicious Icelandic and Nordic dishes.

Room: Atrium View

fosshotel

Fosshotel Stykkisholmur

Located by the sea in the fishing village of Stykkisholmur, Hotel Stykkisholmur offers free Wi-Fi and brightly decorated rooms with a TV. Stykkisholms Golf Club is 350 feet away.

All the guest rooms at Stykkisholmur Hotel have a work desk and a private bathroom with shower. Many rooms have impressive views of the ocean.

The in-house restaurant offers sea views and often serves the daily local catch, such as monk fish, cod or halibut. A Scandinavian breakfast buffet is served each morning.

The mineral baths at Sundlaug Stykkisholms can be found right next to the hotel. Guests can experience fjord sightseeing trips with boats leaving from the harbor, 2,300 feet away.

Room: Standard

Skogafoss Hotel

Skogafoss Hotel

Set by the spectacular Skogafoss Waterfall, this hotel offers an in-house restaurant and guest rooms with free WiFi and a tiled bathroom with shower. The Route 1 Ring Road is 0.6 mi away and Vik is 19 mi away.

All guest rooms at Hótel Skógafoss have a satellite TV and private bathroom.

Using local ingredients, the spacious restaurant offers a menu of traditional Icelandic foods and modern-day favorites . Guests can relax with a drink in the hotel bar. Additional facilities at Skógafoss Hotel include a tour desk and shared lounge.

The hotel is located at the foot of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The open-air Skógar Folk Museum is a 5-minute walk away. Hvolsvöllur town center is 31 mi from the hotel.

Room: Standard

Weather

Iceland in March sees average low temperatures of -2.2°C (28°F) and average high temperatures of 3.3°C (38°F). There is an average of 84mm precipitation throughout the month, which predominantly falls as rain, though it is not unusual to have snow.

When visiting Iceland in March, it is reasonable to assume that you're hoping to enjoy authentic Icelandic experiences. These would include seeing the Northern Lights, exploring an ice cave, and witnessing spectacular winter landscapes.

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Northern Lights

We will be visiting Iceland during a full moon, this means we will have the best chances of viewing the northern lights at their brightest! 

Explore the North: Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Greenland, & Beyond

Rich and amazing nature with mountains, glaciers, fjords, waterfalls, rivers, wild animal life and forests . Northern lights. Midnight sun. Geothermal Pools. Beauty of the surrounding nature blends seamlessly together with high-tech achievements, while old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. Iceland, Finland, Norway & Greenland are trending!

 

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Icelandic Adventure

 

 

Mar 26 - April 1, 2022 || Roundtrip Reykjavík

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