Land of Fire and Ice
This young country, still being shaped by the forces of nature, has the fascination of the strangely beautiful and unfamiliar. As we travel around the island, we’ll see unspoiled wilderness, jagged coastlines, vast rugged mountains, hot spring areas with spouting geysers and towering glaciers. And everywhere, the primeval fire and lava of foreboding black volcanoes contrast with the freezing white ice-glare of Europe’s greatest glaciers. We’ll be whale-watching and bird watching by boat, observing the largest concentrations of breeding duck in Europe and watching for the Great Skua at the world famous Myerdalsjokull glacier. At the geothermal area of Hveravellir we’ll dip our feet (or take the plunge) into the multicoloured pools. Near Vik we’ll walk the striking black volcanic beach and marvel at the puffins and kittiwakes as they soar around the looming cliffs nearby. A warm niche in a cold corner of the planet, Iceland is the quintessential natural history experience.
- Hiking along a beautiful volcanic coastline
Soaking in a natural hotspring
Walking behind a waterfall
Watching a geyser erupt
Tasting the fish we caught earlier in the day
Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik and explore the sites
Day 2: On our way to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, sampling bird life and scenery along the way
Day 3: Exploring the peninsula and spotting the famous glacier of Snaefellsjokull
Day 4: Boat Trip Melrakkaey Island for whale watching, birdwatching, and sea angling
Day 5: Visit Eyjafjordur, the longest fjord in Iceland
Day 6: Visit Lake Myvatn, home to the largest concentrations of breeding ducks in Europe
Day 7: The quaint fishing village of Hrisey Island and the bustling community of Akureyri
Day 8: The dramatic interior of Iceland and reach the falls of Gullfoss and Geysir
Day 9: Travel alongside the Eyjafjallajokul Volcano to Myrdalsjokull, the famous glacier
Day 10: The national plains of the historic Thingvellir, Stokkseyri
Day 11 : Depart Reykjavik Request a Detailed Itinerary
A past president of the Ontario Field Ornithologists and retired school principal, Jean Iron is active writing for nature publications and participating in Wildlife Surveys for the Ministry of Natural Resources.
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Iceland | 11 days
|Leader: ||Jean Iron|
|Dates: ||Jun 25 - Jul 05, 2013|
|Group Size: ||12 – 16 participants|
|Includes: ||Accommodation, all meals, all gratuities, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Quest Nature Tours naturalist-leader.|
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