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Highlights
  • Walk through Iceland’s otherworldly lava fields and green mountain valleys, around turquoise lakes and even hike on a glacier.
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife like reindeers, whales, Atlantic puffins (Iceland has 10 million of them!) and more.
  • Discover incredible natural formations like Gullfoss (“Golden Waterfall”) and Geysir and take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon.

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Iceland

Trekking in Iceland

Iceland Express


 


Pack your hiking boots and your sense of adventure for this two-generation voyage around a real-life world of ice and fire. Circumnavigate Iceland and go ashore for expert-led walking excursions to glaciers, around massive volcanic craters and through magnificent mountain valleys. Learn the stories of the Sagas of Icelanders and see the aftermath of a volcanic eruption. After your invigorating walks, relax and learn onboard the ship as you navigate beautiful coastlines and bays.

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4.7 Guide
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4.6 Meals
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A Real-Life Fantasy World: Iceland With Your Grandchild, By Sea and On Foot

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Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

2.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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TCtssvawmc

Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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WE

Recommends

A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:
https://vimeo.com/41612444

While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

Probably my favorite thing on the island, though, was the music -- whether on the street or in a more formal setting:
https://vimeo.com/43273083

Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Itinerary

Day 1: Flights depart the U.S.              

Depart From: Flights depart North America.

Day 2: Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland / Program Orientatio...    

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura

Arrive To: Flights arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. Check-in for 2 nights.

Afternoon: Meet with your group at 5 PM for introductions, a review of the program itinerary, and site orientation.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Reykjavik / The Golden Circle            

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning you will depart on a full day journey from Reykjavik on this popular route which covers over 185 miles from Reykjavik to central Iceland and back. Stop at Thingvellir National Park, home of Iceland's first parliament, Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall), and the spouting spring area of Geysir, after whom all geysers are named.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Field trip through the Golden Circle continues, concluding at the program hotel in the late afternoon.

Dinner: On your own. Ask your Group Leader for suggestions!

Day 4: Reykjavik / The Blue Lagoon / Embark Ocean Diamon...           

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: MV Ocean Diamond

Note: If you wish to swim in the Blue Lagoon, please remember to bring your bathing suit. Towels will be provided. Slippers, bathrobes and spa treatments are available at an additional cost.

Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room.

Morning: The Blue Lagoon, located just 40 minutes outside of Reykjavik, was accidentally formed in 1976 during operation at a 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. Those with psoriasis noticed an incredible improvement in their condition. Today the Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland's most popular tourist destinations, and also operates a research and development facility searching for cures for other skin ailments using the mineral-rich water. At the Blue Lagoon, you will learn the history of the

volcanic eruption that formed the surrounding landscape 800 years ago, and how the Blue Lagoon itself came to be. Enjoy some free time to bathe in the lagoon.

Lunch: Enjoy a 2-course light lunch at Lava Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon.

Afternoon: After lunch, you will travel back to Reykjavik to embark the MV Ocean Diamond for 9 nights.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Day 5: Stykkisholmur / Hiking in Berserkjahraun / Zodiac...  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: MV Ocean Diamond

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Close to Stykkisholmur on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula are the rugged 4,000 year old lava fields of Berserkjahraun. It is named after two Berserkers – Norse warriors – who forged a road across the enormous lava field according to the Saga of Eyrbyggja. Enjoy a hike through this remarkable landscape during this Road Scholar exclusive field trip. Along the way you will spot ruins from early settlements, craters from which the lava flowed, and birdlife – all of which will bring to life the Sagas.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Experience the beauty and wonder of Breidafjördur Bay up close from the ship's own Zodiacs. The bay is known for its colorful birdlife, unique basalt rock formations and stunning scenery. During this excursion you will have the opportunity to observe and photograph puffins, eider ducks, shags, kittiwakes, fulmars and the majestic white-tailed eagle from close proximity.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Day 6: Isafjördur          

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: MV Ocean Diamond

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Depart by coach for the small village of Hnifsdalur to hike the nearby valley up to the Pjofatindar Peaks on this Road Scholar exclusive field trip. It is an easy climb up to a mountain pass that offers a spectacular view of Isafjördur. After some refreshments, descend down to the Seljalandsalur Valley, passing small mountain lakes and patches of almost fluorescent green moss. Walk along the main road back to Isafjördur.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Join your Group Leader for an onboard presentation.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Day 7: Siglufjördur / Hedinsfjordur / Akureyri        

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: MV Ocean Diamond

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: The next fjord east of Siglufjördur is Hedinsfjördur. Inhabited until 1951, this deserted fjord is named after its first settler, Hedinn Karlsson. His brother Olaf settled in the next fjord of Olafsfjördur. Step back in time and learn the stories of the early inhabitants as you hike from one ruin to another along a small lake which lies in the middle of the valley.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: The ship is scheduled to arrive in Akureyri this evening at 6:00 PM and will remain in port overnight.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Day 8: Akureyri / Hike in the Lake Myvatn Area        

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: MV Ocean Diamond

Note: Cave exploration equipment, including a helmet, headlights and rubber boots, will be included. This field trip is not suitable for people who suffer from claustrophia or have limited mobility. There is ice and water on the floor of the cave and it will be cold -- please wear warm and waterproof clothing.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Depart from port by coach to Dimmuborgir, a large area of unusually shaped lava fields. The area is composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations, reminiscent of an ancient collapsed citadel. Hike to the large crater of Hverfell which measures about 450 feet deep and is over 3,000 feet in diameter. Formed over 2,000 years ago, it is one of the largest of its kind in the world. Hike through the lava fields to the Lofthellir Lava Cave to spend an hour exploring this remarkable natural phenomena. Enjoy a short visit in Reykjahlid where you will meet back up with the coach and bus back to Akureyri.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: At leisure

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Day 9: Flatey Island / Whale Watching by Zodiac     

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: MV Ocean Diamond

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Today, the ship’s Zodiacs will take you into Skjalfandi Bay – the whale watching capital of Iceland – to enjoy the stunning views on the snowcapped Vik Mountains while looking for wildlife. In this sheltered bay you can find up to 15 different species of whales as well as dolphins and many different kind of birds.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Join your Group Leader for an onboard presentation.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Day 10: Seydisfjördur / Borgarfjördur Hiking   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: MV Ocean Diamond

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Today's hike takes you through majestic landscapes while keeping a lookout for wildlife. The field trip is focused on reindeer watching, geology and flora in the wonderful Borgarfjördur region.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: At leisure

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Day 11: Höfn / Glacier Lagoon and Glacier Hike      

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: MV Ocean Diamond

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: En route to Skaftafell National Park, stop at the magnificent Glacier Lagoon of Jökulsarlon and float past ethereal icebergs. Arriving at Skaftafell enjoy a glacier hike and a short walk to Svartifoss waterfall, surrounded by dark lava columns which give rise to its name “Black Falls.“

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: At leisure

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Day 12: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) / Heimaey Island...    

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: MV Ocean Diamond

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: From the harbor, walk up through brand new lava fields all the way to the volcano Eldfjall, which erupted in 1973. On this walking exploration, walk past the part of the town that was covered with lava - almost 400 homes were buried in lava and ash. From the crater of Eldfjall, continue up to Storhofdi to see the largest puffin colony in the world. Storhofdi is one of the windiest places in Iceland, but the view is worth it. Hike back to the ship through the town of Vestmannaeyjar.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Travel by Zodiac around Heimaey Island for a different perspective of this stunning locale. Your expert guide will point out caves, birdlife and hopefully whales.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Day 13: Reykjavik / Departures    

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Ocean Diamond is scheduled to arrive in Reykjavik at 8:00 AM. Wrap up your immersion into Iceland with a stop at the National Museum of Iceland.

Lunch: Free time for lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Transfer to the airport for late afternoon flights returning to North America. Group flights are currently scheduled to depart at 5:00 PM. If you are arranging your own flights, we recommend coordinating your flights so they coincide with the group departure.

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Details
Trip Includes
  • 11 nights of accommodations
  • 31 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
  • 2 Expert-led lectures
  • 13 Field trips
  • Enroll by Dec. 31, 2014 and receive free round-trip airfare from JFK. Other cities available at low cost
  • Learning led by expert instructors who are authorities in the field of study.
  • An experienced Group Leader attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants.
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program that you would normally pay yourself.
  • The Road Scholar Travel Assistance Plan, which is purchased on behalf of every participant and provides 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance services coverage.
  • Taxes
  • State-of-the-art QUIETVOX listening devices
Trip Excludes
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches and 10 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Reykjavik
End City
Reykjavik

Age Notes

Min. Age: 11

Max Age: 15

Trip ID#: AreLifRoa

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