Exploring Iceland

Discover Iceland’s spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage. From Lake Mývatn to the incredible Vatnajökull National Park and Dettifoss – Iceland’s “Niagara,” witness numerous natural wonders.  Marvel at unique waterfalls and embark on a dramatic bird-watching cruise.  See famed Icelandic horses and encounter the stupendous Snaefellsnes Peninsula.  Learn about geothermal power at Hellisheidi Power Plant and experience  Thingvellir National Park. Conclude in sophisticated Reykjavik.  Optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension in Reykjavik. 

Dates
Jun 20 - Jun 30, 2023  (11 Days)
Cost

$6,892 per person, double occupancy, including air from SFO

For more Information
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(415) 597-6720

    Tuesday, June 20
    Depart U.S. for Reykjavik, Iceland
    Wednesday, June 21
    Arrive Reykjavik / Selfoss

    Upon our early morning arrival in Iceland’s capital, we meet our tour director, have breakfast at a local restaurant, then enjoy a scenic drive east. We stop to view the geothermal exhibit at the Hellisheidi Power Plant, Iceland’s largest geothermal power plant, sitting on the slopes of Hengill volcano. Mid-afternoon, we reach pastoral Selfoss, and our hotel. Tonight: a briefing on the journey ahead followed by a welcome dinner. Hotel Selfoss (B,D)

    Thursday, June 22
    Selfoss/Vik

    Our first stop today is at picturesque Seljalandsfoss, Iceland’s most visited waterfall, followed by nearby Skogafoss, another popular waterfall, known for its rainbows on sunny days. We continue on to lovely Vik, Iceland’s southernmost town, where we’re free to explore and shop for items of locally produced wool. This afternoon, we walk along the black-sand beach at Reynisfjara, lined with columnar basalt-filled caves. En route to our hotel, we stop by the Solheimajokull “sliding” glacier. Hotel Selfoss (B)

    Friday, June 23
    Selfoss/Reykjavik/Akureyri/Lake Myvatn

    We transfer to Reykjavik this morning for the one-hour flight to Akureyri, Iceland’s “northern capital,” where, upon arrival, we travel to beautiful Lake Myvatn. One of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Myvatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters comprise a stunning national park. We stop to explore the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and also see the region’s unique “pseudo craters,” the boiling mud pots at Namaskard, the explosion crater at Viti, and the flat volcano system at Krafla. Fosshotel Myvatn (B,D)

    Saturday, June 24
    Lake Myvatn/Husavik/Vatnajokull National Park

    This morning we travel to Husavik, where we embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island. We may see thousands of seabirds here, including puffins, black guillemots, fulmars, and Arctic terns. This afternoon, we visit Vatnajokull National Park, yet another of Iceland’s natural wonders. Here we see Asbyrgi, a huge canyon enveloped by towering walls; in the middle of the partially wooded canyon sits a hoof-shaped rock called “The Island.” Next, we visit Hljodaklettar Echo Cliffs, where we explore the labyrinth of “echoing rocks” created by the spiral basalt formations of the arches and canyons here. Our last stop: jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall and Iceland’s “Niagara.” Fosshotel Myvatn (B,L,D)

    Sunday, June 25
    Lake Myvatn/Akureyri/Siglufjordu

    This morning, we stop at Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods” named for the carvings of Norse gods discarded here when the country was declared Christian a thousand years ago. Mid-morning, we arrive in Akureyri, where we have free time to explore and for lunch on our own. We travel on to Siglufjordur, where we visit the unique Herring Era Museum then arrive at our hotel in time for dinner there tonight. Hotel Siglo (B,D)

    Monday, June 26
    Siglufjordur/Borgarbyggo

    We travel towards the southwest corner of Iceland today, passing through more incredible natural scenery. En route, we visit Glaumbaer, featuring exhibits on rural Icelandic life from the 18th and 19th centuries, including authentic turf houses. Later we stop at a Gauksmyri farm to see the famed Icelandic horses first brought here by the Vikings in 800 ce – small, hardy, and with long manes. We also enjoy scenic views at Grabrok Crater and stop to view the thermal areas of Deildartunguhver and Hraunfossar Falls. Hotel Husafell (B,D)

    Tuesday, June 27
    Borgarbyggo / Snaefellsnes Peninsula

    Today we encounter the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We begin with a walk along the shell sand beach at the abandoned fishing village of Budir, surrounded by a vast lava field. We also explore the caves and bizarre rock formations along the rugged shore at Arnarstapi, site of thousands of nesting cliff birds. After a lunch of a traditional fresh seafood soup at a rustic oceanfront restaurant, we see the haunting remains of abandoned coastal farms at Djupalonssandur. Hotel Husafell (B,L,D)

    Wednesday, June 28
    Borgarbyggo / Reykjavik

    En route to Reykjavik today, we visit Thingvellir National Park, known both for its historic import and as the place where the fissure between the geological plates of North America and Europe is most evident. It’s also a gem of nature, with canyons, caves, waterfalls, and ponds surrounded by snow-capped mountains. We learn about the historic parliament founded here in 930 ce, and walk along a gorge into the rift valley itself. Then we depart for the famed Great Geysir and Gullfoss, Iceland’s immensely popular “golden” waterfall. We continue on to Reykjavik, arriving in time for dinner on our own in this stylish city. Hotel Reykjavik Centrum (B,L)

    Thursday, June 29
    Reykjavik

    This morning we embark on a tour of the Icelandic capital. Then the remainder of today is at leisure to explore and enjoy Reykjavik as we please; those who wish can join in an optional tour to the Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa that offers a soothing bath in waters rich with silica, sulfur, and other minerals. Tonight, we celebrate our adventure over a farewell dinner. Hotel Reykjavik Centrum (B,D)

    Friday, June 30
    Depart for U.S.

    This morning is free, perhaps for some last-minute shopping. Early this afternoon we depart for the airport and our return flights to the U.S. (B)

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    Reykjavik
    Reykjavik - On Your Own: Jun 30 - Jul 2, 2023

    Make the most of the long days in Iceland’s colorful capital, at your own pace.

    Departing from:  
    San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland: $6,892
    Denver, Seattle: $6,692 
    Boston, New York, Washington, DC: $6,392  

    Please call if your city is not listed. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $397, which are subject to change until final payment is made. All tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

    Land Only: $5,695 (transfers not included)

    Single Room Supplement: $995 

    Airline upgrades on round-trip international flights:
    Business Class upgrade on round-trip international flight per person, in addition to the costs above: $1,595 from Boston, New York, Newark, Washington, DC (Dulles); $2,195 from Chicago, Minneapolis; $2,595 from Denver, Seattle (upgrade is subject to availability and pricing is subject to change). Upgrades are available from San Francisco but are variable depending on your connecting city. Our tour operator will provide you with more details at the time of booking. 

    Included:
    Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; flight within itinerary; 9 nights’ accommodations in First Class and unrated hotels; 20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners; Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees; educational program; Club representative at 15 guests; Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director; Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip; Luggage handling for one bag per person; Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

    Not Included:
    Airfare when purchasing a Land Only package; costs of passports and visas, if required; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; airport transfers when purchasing a Land Only package; communication charges; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuities $10-$15 per day, per traveler); optional sightseeing; and travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline prior to departure.

    Reykjavik - On Your Own
    Cost: 
    $395, per person, based on double occupancy
    Single room supplement: $295

    Included:
    2 nights’ accommodations at Hotel Reykjavik Centrum ( First Class); 2 breakfasts; Transfers to/from airport

    What to Expect

    This is an active tour and participants must be able to keep up with an active group of travelers. For the safety and enjoyment of each participant and the group, participants should be able to:

    • Walk on average 2-3 miles at a steady pace. On this tour, guests will be walking in natural settings and towns and should be able to walk at a steady pace for approximately 2-4 hours of touring.
    • Be able to walk on cobblestone, gravel, and pavement.  Some walking excursions require good balance as you walk on natural trails, cobblestone sidewalks/roads, and uneven pavement. There are many unpaved paths to reach scenic overlooks and one must walk over the natural, rocky landscape to visit a glacier or waterfall. 
    • Stand for up to approximately 2 hours at a time each day.
    • Walk up and down stairs and hills without handrails, without the assistance of another person.
    • Get off and on tour vehicles without assistance. 

    All Club trips are led by expert guides throughout. During this program you will hear from special guest speakers along the way.

    Cancellations, Refunds and Changes
    If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon our receipt of your written notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges:

    Cancel 95 days or more before departure: full refund
    Cancel 94-65 days before departure: 50% of tour price
    Cancel 64-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price
    Cancel 29-0 days before departure: No refund.

    If a guest makes any changes to their reservation within 94 and 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure. Upon reservation, you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport as well as your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

    Eligibility
    We require membership to the Commonwealth Club to travel with us. People who live outside of the Bay Area may purchase a worldwide membership. To learn about membership types and to purchase a membership, visit our membership page or call (415) 597-6720.

    Insurance
    We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event you must cancel your participation in the travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Information will be sent upon registration and can be viewed Travel Insurance Services website

    Responsibility
    The liability of the Commonwealth Club, as sponsor, and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., as tour operator, is strictly limited. Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchases transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, their employees, agents, servants or representatives. The Commonwealth Club and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident or delay that may be caused by events not within our control, including without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, the defect of any vehicle, or the negligence or default of any third party. All coupons, receipts and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the air carriers, cruise line and other independent suppliers. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommodations of the same or better quality.

    Health and Medical Issues 
    We request that you be in good health to participate in this tour. There is a considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches and all boats on your own. We regret that we cannot offer individual assistance; in such cases you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. Please note that our itineraries cannot accommodate wheelchairs. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited and the Commonwealth Club assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

    Air Transportation – Important Information
    Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. includes in its tour price round-trip economy air from designated gateway cities as shown and contracts with those airlines the company feels provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct con­nection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates. You will receive your preliminary air schedule approximately 2½ months prior to departure. Please note that seat assignments on your international flight are usually done at airport check-in. Odysseys Unlimited is unable to guarantee any seat assignments. Due to the nature of tour operator tickets, other restrictions apply, including, but not limited to, frequent flyer mileage accrual, stopovers, alternate travel dates, upgrades, and airline taxes and fees. If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, Land Only is available on most tours. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservations, you do not purchase non-refundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. If you choose to make your own flight arrangements and not use those provided by the tour company, we recommend that you do not do so until making your final payment to the tour company confirming details of your trip’s scheduled departure. However, if you choose to make your own flight arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from tour cancellations or changes in this tour.

    COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols: The well-being of our guests and staff members on tour will continue to be our highest priority. To maintain a healthy environment for travel, we will be establishing and adhering to a detailed set of health and safety protocols for all facets of your tour. We are committed to following the guidelines of the State Department, CDC, WHO, and authorities of respective countries regarding travel to a particular destination. Detailed protocols for this tour, based on conditions at the time, will be provided approximately 115 days prior to departure.

    Registration
    Commonwealth Club of California-CST# 2096889-40
    Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. CST #2077973-40