September 11, 2023
Discover the rugged beauty and natural wonders of this spectacular tour of Iceland!
Please join us on the incredible adventure to an island full of waterfalls, hot springs, glaciers, black sand beaches and lava fields. These different landscapes and natural phenomena offer an amazing experience, not like any other. Visit the spectacular Katla Ice Cave, created by the ever so powerful mother nature. Your walk inside will leave you breathless with its beauty and an insight into the geological formation of this island of “fire and ice”. Immerse yourself in one of Iceland’s famous natural wonders, the Blue Lagoon and its soothing geothermal waters. Experience Thingvellir National Park, a unique geological site where two tectonic plates meet – and the only place where you can see the Mid-Atlantic Rift above sea level. Marvel at Diamond Beach where big icebergs are washed ashore and break into millions of ice crystals, decorating the sand as glittering diamonds. On Westman Island, see the beautiful nesting Atlantic Puffins and the best place to look for Orca and Fin Whales. There are so many incredible adventures in store for you on this unique and inspiring vacation. We would love for you to join us!
*Rates are per person, land only, based on double occupancy. Rates, itinerary, hotels, events, terms and conditions are subject to change without notice. A deposit of $600 per person is Non-Refundable. AAA Member Benefits are valid for passengers who book through AAA Travel only. Benefits listed may be substituted/eliminated and have no cash value. This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds. Passports are required for US citizens (Passport must be valid 6 months beyond return date.) Passport fees are not included. Cancellation and change fees apply. Other restrictions may apply. The Auto Club Group is not responsible for any errors or omissions in the promotion of this tour.
Today’s touring takes you to the scenic Westman Islands by ferry. Heimaey is the largest island of the Westman Islands and the only one that is inhabited. It has a population of approximately 4,000 people and a fascinating history. In summer, more Atlantic Puffins nest here than anywhere else in the world. The Westman Islands are renowned for being the best place in Iceland to look out for Orcas and Fin Whales. The puffins can also be seen inland, and, in August and September, even in town. To see nesting puffins, the best place is without a doubt Stórhöfði, the ‘Great Cape’ on the southern side of Heimaey. There is a lookout point and several paths where you can walk along the cliffs for better views. However, do dress warmly as Stórhöfði is one of the windiest places in Iceland. Puffins can also be seen in the cliffs of the north, such as around Dalfjall and Heimaklettur, and the eastern bay of Stakkabót. Other seabirds can be seen nesting in vast, mixed colonies all around the island. Heimaey’s history is captured in the museums, with the most notable one being the Eldheimar Volcano Museum, which covers the 1973 eruption of Eldfell. Now, it is also possible to walk up to the Eldfell crater.
Other island’s attractions include Sæheimar; a beautiful aquarium; Sagnheimar folk museum. We’ll return to the mainland by ferry and arrive at our hotel in time to refresh before this evening’s dinner in hotel’s restaurant. (B, D)
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel and free time until our escorted transfer to the airport for your onward journey. (B)
AAA EXCLUSIVE HIGHLIGHTS:
- 7 nights’ accommodations
- One group arrival & departure transfer
- Blue Lagoon experience with Premium Package
- Full Day Golden Circle Tour
- Boat Cruise Adventure by amphibian boat on the Glacier Lagoon
- Full day Katla Ice Cave Excursion
- “Fire & Ice” Experience at the Islandic interactive Lava Center in Vik
- Westman Islands day trip
- Comprehensive Heimaey Island tour including Eldheimar Museum
- Visit Geothermal Energy Exhibition at Hellisheiði Power Plant
- 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
- Services of an Expert Icelandic Tour Director
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