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Book with confidenceIceland - Land of the Midnight SunICELAND - TRIP CODE SUNDISCOVERYWhy book this trip?Follow Iceland's famous Ring Road and make the most of long daylight hours on this summer adventure.Discover Iceland's two cities, Reykjavik and Akureyri, and the volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers thatmake up the countries dramatic landscape.Golden Circle - See the remarkable natural wonders of Thingvellir, Geysir and GullfossJokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - Drift past icebergs on a boat trip across the lagoonEastern Fjords - Spot puffins and discover mountainous landscapes carved over the years by glaciers01/06/2021 13:48:17

I N C LU D E DM E A LSBreakfast: 7Dinner: 1TR I P STA F FTR A N SPO R TA C C O M M O D ATI O NTR I P PA C E :G R O U P SI ZE :Explore TourLeaderDriver(s)BoatMinibus1 nights simpleguesthouse5 nightscomfortable hotel1 nights simplehotelModerate10 - 16ItineraryItineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.DAY 1 - Join trip in ReykjavikToday the adventure begins with a transfer from Keflavik Airport (KEF) to our hotel on the public FlyBusshuttle bus service. On arrival at Keflavik Airport please proceed to the FlyBus desk which is located inthe arrivals hall, a FlyBus representative will give you a voucher and direct you to the bus. Buses leaveevery 35-40 minutes and the drive to the hotel will take approximately 45 minutes. On the drive from theairport to the hotel you'll get your first glimpse of the blackened and rocky volcanic scenery found onthis part of the island.There are no activities planned today so you are free to arrive at a time that suits you. After checking-into the hotel, you may have time to explore a little of the world's most northerly capital. Bustling withcosmopolitan energy and surrounded by pure, unpolluted nature, Reykjavik is a city of striking contrasts.Small colourful corrugated iron houses nestle next to futuristic glass buildings; state-of-the-art facilitieslie beside rugged volcanic terrain and international influences mingle with Icelandic national traditions.All this creates a unique culture where old embraces new.On this holiday you'll be accompanied by an Explore Leader from days 2 to 7, so this evening you are freeto settle in and enjoy this charming city. A C C O M M O D ATI O N :Hotel Klettur (or similar)Grade: Comfortable Hotel 01/06/2021 13:48:17

SI N G LE R O O M AVA I LA B LE M E A LS PR O V I D E D : N O N EDAY 2 - Explore the Golden Circle - Gullfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Thingvellir NationalPark and Strokkur GeysirThis morning we'll meet our leader at 8:30am for a welcome meeting and to get excited about the plansfor the week. We'll begin by exploring Iceland's major highlights in the Golden Circle, starting withThingvellir National Park.Thingvellir translates to 'the fields of parliament' and was once the meeting place of more than 30 clanleaders who came together to reconcile differences and create a united nation after years of turbulentfighting. For this reason Thingvellir plays a very important role in Iceland's heritage but its geology isequally fascinating. The west half of Iceland sits on the North American tectonic plate and the east halfsits on the Eurasian tectonic plate and here at Thingvellir is the only place in the world where the MidAtlantic Rift can be seen above sea level and we can take a walk between two continents.We move on to the 'Beauty' of Iceland, Gullfoss Waterfall. Arguably Iceland's most beautiful waterfall,here the water plunges into a deep ravine with tremendous force whilst its mists form colourful rainbowsin the sun.Close by is the Great Geysir. With the claim-to-fame of being the first spouting spring known toEuropeans, Geysir has given all such springs their name. However, it is the Strokkur, meaning 'The ButterChurn', which is the main attraction these days, due to its impressive 30 metre eruptions every fewminutes.After some lunch we'll see one of Iceland's tallest waterfalls, Skogafoss. Standing at 62 metres tall it's animpressive sight, and if we are lucky with the light we should spot rainbows in the spray. We'll also stopat the Skogar Folk Museum. This quaint museum is home to 12,000 artefacts as well as life-size examplesof traditional Icelandic houses with turf roofs, a church and school.Seljalandsfoss waterfall is almost as tall as Skogafoss and here, weather permitting, we'll have the chanceto walk behind the curtain of water! The pathway shows off the falls from the front, then circles aroundthe back and emerges on the other side. Because of the constant spray the path is always slippy and canbe closed in winter when the path freezes over.Our base for the night is on the outskirts of Vik and we'll arrive here in time for dinner.Hotel KatlaLocated just a 5-minute drive from Vik's black sand beach, Hotel Katla is a countryside hotel that offersstunning views of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Rooms are spacious & clasically decorated, all including aTV & an ensuite. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi in the lobby, as well as free access to the outdoor geothermalhot tubs & fitness centre. The hotel also has an in-house restuarant that serves a buffet breakfast & localspecialities for dinner. A C C O M M O D ATI O N :Hotel Katla by Keahotels (or similar)01/06/2021 13:48:17

Grade: Comfortable Hotel SI N G LE R O O M AVA I LA B LE M E A LS PR O V I D E D : B R E A KFA STDAY 3 - Walk on the Svinafellsjokull Glacier and discover the basalt cliffs on Vik beachWe'll spend time at Vik I Myrdal this morning, a rocky beach with incredible basalt cliffs that are said tohave inspired Reykjavik's impressive cathedral. The beach is often incredibly windy and there are greatphoto opportunities of the waves crashing against the cliffs. From the shore we will see the oddly shapedReynisdrangar stacks out in the ocean and if we're lucky we'll spot the resident puffins, fulmars andguillemots.Leaving the beach we'll visit Skaftafell, an area of wilderness inside the larger Vatnajokull National Park.Another day, another waterfall and todays will not disappoint. Svartifoss translates to Black Fall and it'seasy to see why this waterfall adopted its name being framed perfectly by downwards facing black basaltcolumns. We will enjoy a half an hour walk along gravel paths to reach this gem that's hidden away fromany main roads.Our final visit of the day will be to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon known as Iceland's Crown Jewels. Here thelagoon waters are speckled with icebergs and the surrounding black sand beach is littered with large,crystal-like chunks of ice. We'll take an exciting 30 minute boat ride to see the blue-hued icebergs upclose and search for seals lounging on the floating ice.Heading further east to Hofn, tonight we'll have time to relax and enjoy the curious experience of nighttime sun. Hofn means harbour and on arrival it will be easy to understand the name as it's surrounded byoceans on three sides sitting on a small peninsular.Hotel JokullBeing located so closed to the country's largest Glacier - Vatnajökull, Hotel Jokull boasts scenic views &is only a 5-minute srive from the Icelandic fishing town, Höfn. The Hotel also offers fantastic seafoodbuffets in the on-site restaurant. Most rooms include ensuite facilities and have basic but modern décor& furnishings. A C C O M M O D ATI O N :Hotel Jokull (or similar)Grade: Simple Hotel 01/06/2021 13:48:17

SI N G LE R O O M AVA I LA B LE M E A LS PR O V I D E D : B R E A KFA STDAY 4 - Discover the bird watching haven of the Eastern fjords, small fishing villages andspend the night in a traditional Icelandic houseThe lesser-visited Eastern Fjords are a stark contrast to the flat, black sand beaches of the south coastand as we travel today we will see where glaciers carved deep into the mountainous green terrain overthousands of years. We'll leave the Ring Road to follow the natural bends of the fjords. Small fishingvillages are dotted along the shorelines at the bottom of the white-capped mountains and herds ofreindeer graze on the hillsides.Along the way we'll visit some of the villages to experience the slow pace of life in this rural area andenjoy the natural surrounding beauty. Djupivogur is a historic trading village dating back to the 1589 anddue to being nestled between two large lagoons is very rich in birdlife including the much loved puffin. InFaskrudsfjordur, also an old trading post, we'll have some free time where an optional visit to an isolatedmuseum surprisingly dedicated to curious involvement of French fishermen in Iceland's past!We'll continue our journey inland to the Wilderness Centre in time for lunchtime to allow us plenty oftime to enjoy this wild surrounding. Here we will experience true Icelandic culture as we enjoy atraditional cooked dinner and sleep in either the 1940's originally-restored farmhouse or in what is byday a museum. The farmhouse features twin rooms which have been decorated in the fashion of timesgone by and are true to the taste of the past owners, including original furnishings and objects. Themuseum has been created to show how families would have lived in the not so distant past. Familiestraditionally slept and lived in close quarters and a main dormitory room would have been the heart ofany family home where the fire burned and the sagas were shared from generation to generation.The facilities are simple at this unique accommodation, and rooms do not have en suite bathrooms,instead there are several bathrooms that will be shared by the group. A C C O M M O D ATI O N :Wilderness Centre (or similar)Grade: Simple Guesthouse M E A LS PR O V I D E D : B R E A KFA ST & D I N N E RDAY 5 - Travel to Akureyri, stopping to explore Lake Myvatn on the wayToday we'll spent time exploring Lake Myvatn, a volcanic lake formed 3,800 years ago when a lava flowblocked the valley and which is now one of the most fertile spots in the world and attracts a wide rangeof nesting ducks.We'll take a short walk on lava fields and discover Dimmuborgir dark castle, created from lava the arches01/06/2021 13:48:17

and columns here are said to resemble a castle and the landscape is a great spot for photography.This afternoon we'll arrive in the 'capital of the north', Akureyri where we will stay for the next twonights. Iceland's second city has a wide array of places to enjoy a traditional Icelandic meal and a greatspot to enjoy the long daylight hours as it is surrounded by mountains and sea. A C C O M M O D ATI O N :Hotel Nordurland, Akureyri (or similar)Grade: Comfortable Hotel SI N G LE R O O M AVA I LA B LE M E A LS PR O V I D E D : B R E A KFA STDAY 6 - Visit the giant rock formations of Asbyrgi and the thundering Dettifoss waterfallsOur first stop today is at Asbyrgi, an enormous rock formation said to be the hoof print of Sleipnir, GodOdin's eight legged horse, whilst other legends tell tales of these towering vertical cliffs being home toIceland's hidden people, the Huldufolk. Our local guide will tell us more!Then we'll visit the thundering giant that is Dettifoss Waterfall, Europe's most powerful falls with anamazing 44,000 litres of water tumbling over the crest every second. Dettifoss is Iceland's 'Beast' due tosheer cliffs and clouds of mist that can be seen from several miles away, whilst Godafoss in the south isknown as 'Beauty' and here we will need to wear our waterproofs to enjoy the spray and roar up close.We'll have a chance today to experience Icelands geo thermal waters with a twist at the GeoSea bathsclose to Husavik village. These baths are set right at the waters edge, and are filled with naturally heatedsea water which was discovered in the mid 20th century when locals were drilling in the hope of findingfresh water. With the coast on one side, and volcanic mountains on the other this is a wonderful way torelax for a few hours.There will be time today to take an optional whale watching trip for anyone who wants to stop and spotthese enormous, gentle giants. A C C O M M O D ATI O N :Hotel Nordurland, Akureyri (or similar)Grade: Comfortable Hotel 01/06/2021 13:48:17

SI N G LE R O O M AVA I LA B LE M E A LS PR O V I D E D : B R E A KFA STDAY 7 - Return to Reykjavik, stopping at Kolugljufur canyon en routeWe'll make our way back to Reykjavik today. The drive will take approximately five hours but we'll berewarded with more of Iceland's beautiful, volcanic scenery as we go. We'll break the journey atKolugljufur Canyon, a deep canyon carved by the Vioidalsa River. Following the path to a viewingplatform we can see the water change from a calm flow to a dramatic waterfall cascading over multiplerock faces.After checking in to out hotel for the night we'll head out to the harbour area and try out one of the citiesgreat restaurants for our last dinner together. A C C O M M O D ATI O N :Hotel Klettur (or similar)Grade: Comfortable Hotel SI N G LE R O O M AVA I LA B LE M E A LS PR O V I D E D : B R E A KFA STDAY 8 - Trip ends in ReykjavikOur trip ends after breakfast this morning. The transfer back to Keflavik airport (KEF) will be on thepublic FlyBus shuttle bus service and your leader will provide you with the details of your pick up timeand with your voucher for this service. M E A LS PR O V I D E D : B R E A KFA STTrip information01/06/2021 13:48:17

Climate and country informationIcelandClimateIceland has a cool and temperate climate and, despite its location just south of the Arctic Circle, itsnortherly latitude is counteracted by the warm waters of the North Atlantic Drift which encircles theisland. Temperatures in winter can fluctuate between about 10 C and -10 C and precipitation in theform of rain, sleet or snow is to be expected at any time. Days will be short, with daylight often onlyguaranteed between about 11 am and 4 pm in December. The best time for seeing the Aurora Borealisis October to March. Summer is generally cool with average temperatures for June and July around 12- 15 degree centigrade in Reykjavik, although is known to be warmer in other parts of the country. InJune and July you can enjoy continuous daylight and see the Midnight Sun, whilst late spring and earlyautumn offer long twilights.Time difference to GMTPlugsReligionLanguage02 Pin RoundNational Church of icelandIcelandicBudgeting and packingOptional activitiesThe following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimatedcosts are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and maydepend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes wereoriginally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activitiesare booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.Akureyri: Whale Watching ISK 10.990ClothingIn Iceland weather conditions can change rapidly - sunshine, drizzle, rain and snow may all occur in thesame day. You'll need warmer clothing for outdoor activities and cooler evenings, so pack layers. A goodquality wind and waterproof jacket and trousers are essential. We also recommend that you bring aswimming costume plus a towel with you as there will be plenty of chances to swim on the tour. If you areplanning to join a whale watching excursion then we recommend wrapping up warmly as it can be verychilly out at sea, so take a woolly hat, scarf, jumper and gloves with you.FootwearWe recommend taking walking boots with a sturdy tread and also trainers. Soft indoor shoes arerecommended as it is normal in Iceland to have special house shoes. For swimming you may also find apair of flip flops useful.01/06/2021 13:48:17

Luggage20kgLuggage: On tourOne main piece of baggage, a soft grip bag is ideal (not a framed rucksack) and a small daypack.EquipmentTippingExplore leaderAt your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency andservice you receive.Local crewTipping is not a recognised part of life in Iceland for meals etc, though if you do wish to tip your localrepresentative (entirely at your discression) it will no doubt be appreciated.IcelandFood and drinkThe costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courseseaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten trackmay be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city maycharge more.Lunch price 12.00-16.00Dinner price 18.00 - 24.00Beer price 4.00 - 6.00Water price 2Foreign ExchangeLocal currencyIcelandic Krona (ISK).Recommended Currency For ExchangeBoth GBP and USD are readily exchanged at banks and post offices.Where To ExchangeBoth GBP and USD are readily exchanged at banks and post officesATM AvailabilityCash can be drawn on credit cards from ATM's in Reykjavik and at the airport.Credit Card AcceptanceMost shops and restaurants take credit cards.Travellers ChequesCan be exchanged at banks and post offices.Transport, Accommodation & Meals01/06/2021 13:48:17

Transport InformationBoat, MinibusAccommodation notesThroughout this trip we use simple accommodation. The majority of hotels in Iceland are decorated in aplain style and many weren't originally built as hotels, but were instead converted from things such as oldschools. Rooms can be small and the facilities can be basic. Most accommodation won't have hairdryersor teas and coffee making facilities in the room and some may not have a television, but the sceneryoutside is so stunning that after a busy day exploring you're unlikely to miss having one.Our stay at the Wilderness Centre will be in twin share rooms however this unique accomodation doesnot offer en suite bathrooms therefore on this night we will use shared bathrooms.Essential InformationGovernment Travel Safety AdviceWe strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date informationand advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws andcustoms. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry.Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website forthe latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at anytime.Under 18 immigration guidancePlease note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel ifthis applies to your party.Price GuaranteeOnce your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever thecircumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricinginformation.Booking ConditionsVisa and Passport InformationIceland: Visas are not required by UK, Australian, New Zealand, US and Canadian citizens.Other nationalities should consult their local embassy or consular office.If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's01/06/2021 13:48:17

recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visaapplication for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visathrough Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visaapplications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validityfor your chosen destination.Booking conditionsBefore booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information andBooking Conditions.TransfersFind out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions