Reykjavik, Akureyri, Húsavík, Höfn, Borgarnes
July 5th – July 15th 2020
This amazing holiday introduces you to the magnificent natural phenomena, cities, and exciting culture of Iceland.
Iceland is a land of fire and ice, with active volcanoes juxtaposing formidable glaciers, hot springs and geysers around the corner from cosmopolitan urban communities, and some of the most unique flora and fauna in the world. Join our adventure as we travel through Iceland, to Reykjavik, Akureyri, Húsavík, Höfn and Borgarnes. Whether you are a seasoned explorer or a first-time visitor, the memories and experiences gathered from this trip will be life changing.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity exclusively offered to just twelve participants. By taking part in our voyage you will be included in a captivating experience, taking you far beyond standard tours of the country. Our innovative itinerary incorporates a mix of excursions to wild and romantic locations, where by day you can witness landscapes of unparalleled beauty, breath-taking coastal waters, and the iconic Northern Lights. The 100% kosher tour and careful selection of the very best hotels permits you to travel comfortably and confidently, and your personal tour guide is available at all times to make your trip unforgettable.
Iceland welcomes you – discover it with Deluxe Kosher Tours.
Day 1, Sunday July 5 Reykjavik
We depart on our flight to the capital city, Reykjavik. Enjoy kosher meals and in-flight entertainment during your journey, or read some of our suggested books about Iceland (see below).
Day 2, Monday July 6 Reykjavik
Meet and greet, Orientation
Upon arrival in Keflavík International Airport we are welcomed to Iceland by our carefully-selected personal Deluxe Kosher Tours tour director. They will bring us to our luxury hotel, the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, and offer an introduction to Iceland and Reykjavik. The remainder of the day can be leisurely spent resting and relaxing in the hotel, or take a walk around the local neighbourhood to immerse in some of the sights and sounds.
Day 3, Tuesday July 7 Reykjavik – Akureyri
Deildartunguhver thermal springs, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Glaumbær folk museum
After breakfast we depart for the Deildartunguhver thermal springs, a steaming landscape with scorching natural pools of water hot enough to boil an egg. Here we also witness the breath-taking Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. We then travel via the peculiar Vatnsdalshólar hills, composed of the debris of a tremendous landslide from Vatnsdalsfjall, to the town of Skagafjordur. Here we visit the Glaumbær folk museum, where we are guided through a rustic historical farm and learn of the lifestyles of 19th century Icelanders.
In the evening we arrive at Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest town – yet has a population of only 18,000. Built on Iceland’s longest fjord, the Eyjafjordur, this relaxed and picturesque town is the perfect place to rest for the night. After checking into the Icelandair Hotel and dinner you are free to explore the locality.
Day 4, Wednesday July 8 Akureyri – Húsavík
Goðafoss waterfall, Lake Mývatn, Dimmuborgir rocks, Hverfjall, Námaskarð,
Húsavík Whale Museum
When we leave Akureyri we make for the Goðafoss waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Known as the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, these horseshoe-shaped falls are sure to leave you speechless. We then go to Lake Mývatn, a gorgeous and otherworldly landscape, on our way to the incredible Dimmuborgir rocks. Here we delight in the lava formations which are perched on the undulating landscape like dark fortresses. Nearby is the volcano Hverfjall, where scenes from Game of Thrones was filmed.
Next we venture to the bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð. This geothermal landscape seems to be alive with a relentless energy, with billowing steam erupting from the ground and the distinct aroma of sulphur. We then transfer to the town of Húsavík, on the north coast shores of Skjálfandi bay. This beautiful village is the ideal spot to learn about the flora and fauna of the North Atlantic Ocean, and after checking in at the Kaldbaks-kot guesthouse we receive a guided tour through the Whale Museum.
Day 5, Thursday July 9 Húsavík – Höfn
Ásbyrgi Canyon, Detifoss, Egilsstaðir
We leave Húsavík early to go to the Ásbyrgi Canyon, on our way to Detifoss. Afterwards we make our way to Egilsstaðir along the eastern fjord route, stopping whenever some remarkable viewing spots are found. Here we have some time in the town before making our way to Höfn on the edge of the Vatnajökull National Park, where we stay overnight at the Hotel Hofn.
Day 6, Friday July 10 Höfn – Reykjavik
Jökulsárlón lagoon, Myrdalssandur desert, cliffs of Dyrholaey, Skógarfoss waterfalls,
Skogar Folk Museum, Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre
We leave Höfn after breakfast and venture to the magnificent Jökulsárlón lagoon in the Skaftafell National Park. Breathtaking in beauty, this sapphire lake often has icebergs close enough to touch. We then drive through the vast, desert-like Myrdalssandur plain. Composed of the deposits from an ancient glacier, this jet-black landscape is quite eerie. It is worth passing through to reach the cliffs of Dyrholaey – the perfect vantage point to spot puffins as they roost on the peninsula. We continue on to the gorgeous Skógarfoss waterfalls and receive a guided tour through the nearby Skogar Folk Museum, which contains hundreds of artefacts from everyday Icelandic life.
Afterwards we go to the Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre, where we can learn more about the 2010 volcanic eruption that shook the world and caused widespread chaos for airlines. We then transfer to Reykjavik, completing our circuit of the country. After checking in to the hotel again we prepare for the Shabbat and relax after our long journey.
Day 7, Shabbat July 11 Reykjavik
Shabbat services, Seudat Shabbat, National Museum
After the Shabbat services and lunch with the local community, you are free to spend the rest of the day freely. We recommend visiting the National Museum, which boasts a terrific viewing platform of the city, and contains hundreds of artefacts describing Iceland’s history, from its Viking origins up to the modern day.
Day 8, Sunday July 12 Reykjavik – Borgarnes
Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Gerðuberg, Arnarstapi, Snæfellsjökull glacier, Stykkishólmur
Setting off early, we travel northwest to Snæfellsnes, the diverse and enchanting peninsula jutting into the North Atlantic Ocean. Our first stop is the incredible Gerðuberg a giant lava cliff in Hnappadalur valley composed of dozens of basalt columns. These were formed by the gradual cooling of a single massive lava flow ejected by the Ljósufjöll volcanoes, which also shaped the nearby Eldborg Crater. We then make our way to the charming fishing village of Arnarstapi, where a monument commemorates the timeless adventure-writer Jules Verne, and where we learn about the local legend of Bárður.
We then travel to the Snæfellsjökull National Park, where we witness the awesome site of the Snæfellsjökull glacier. This glacier covers an active volcano, and appears as if a surging lava flow was frozen in time. This glacier was made famous as the starting point of Jules Verne’s “A Journey to the Centre of the Earth”, and acts as a suitable destination for the first day of our voyage.
We transfer along the north coast to the village of Stykkishólmur, which boasts stunning views of the Westfjords on a clear day, before travelling to Borgarnes where we check in to the Hotel Hafnarfjall.
Day 9, Monday July 13 Borgarnes – Reykjavik
Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall, Icelandic Horse Park
We leave Borgarnes early for our Golden Circle excursion. Our first stop is the Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This UNESCO world heritage site was where the Althing, an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland, was established by the Vikings in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. We receive a detailed history lesson as we explore the Park, before transferring to the hot spring area of Geysir, where geysers erupt from the ground regularly – offering the opportunity for some excellent timed photographs.
Afterwards we see the glorious Gullfoss Waterfall before transferring to the town of Hveragerði where we visit Iceland’s new and innovative horse park, Fakasel. This fun and entertaining park contains the very first Horse Theatre, where we can witness horses taking part in live performances of “The Legends of Sleipnir” on stage. We then return to Reykjavik for the night.
Day 10, Tuesday July 14 Reykjavik
Reykjavik tour, the Pearl, Hallgrimskirkja church, City Hall. boat tour
After breakfast we embark on our guided tour of the capital. Reykjavik is a quirky, charming city with plenty of contrasts between its particular historic origins and lively modern atmosphere. As we travel through its streets we learn about its Viking past, growth from the 19th century onwards, and major individuals in its history. We visit the Pearl, which offers wonderful 360° views of the city. Next stop is the unique Hallgrimskirkja church, built to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland’s landscape. We then go to the City Hall, which contains an excellent three-dimensional map of the country, where our tour guide will point out all the places we visited on our circumnavigation.
After lunch we go to the old harbour, the colourful promenade that expresses Reykjavik’s dependence on the sea. Delight in the stunning views across the bay to Mount Esja, and join us as we embark on a cruise of the coast – and maybe even see some whales!
Day 11, Wednesday July 15 Reykjavik
Following breakfast, we are transferred to Keflavík International Airport and return home..
Suggested Films and Books
- Letters from Iceland – WH Auden and Louis MacNeice
- The Iceland Traveller: A Hundred Years of Adventure – Alan Boucher
- Iceland: Land of the Sagas – David Roberts
- Independent People (Film)
- The Icelandic Sagas (Film)
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity exclusively offered to just twelve participants, so please register interest as soon as possible.
COST PER PERSON
$7,995 based on double occupancy (two to a room)*
Single Supplement — $ 1,995
This fantastic tour has been carefully crafted to minimise the cost of attendance. This price includes:
- Round-trip airfare from New York, London or Tel Aviv
- All domestic airfares within Iceland
- An English-speaking, experienced tour guide/chauffeur
- Full board accommodations for entire trip
- 3 Kosher meals daily
- All admissions as per itinerary
- Visa fees as required
- Health and Travel Insurance
- Budget for extra snacks, gifts, or other expenses of a personal nature
- Any other services not specified
|Reykjavik||Hilton Reykjavik Nordica|
|Akureyri||Icelandair Hotel Akureyri|
ITINERARY AND HOTELS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE
RATES MAY BE ADJUSTED IF THERE’S A FLUCTUATION IN CURRENCY OF MORE THAN 4% FROM SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
RATES MAY BE ADJUSTED IN THE EVENT OF AN INCREASE IN AIRLINE FUEL CHARGES