Early Bird Prize #2 Iceland Excursion + 2018 Jeep Compass Trailhawk 4X4 + $17,000 Cash Package Value $61,000
Witness the Power of Nature in Reykjavik , Iceland (Europe) for Seven Days & Six Nights at the Apotek Hotel with Economy Class Air for Two, Including a Whale Watching Tour, Golden Circle and Horseback Riding Tour, South Shore Adventure Tour and the Langjokull Ice Cave Experience
Jump into Reykjavik, Iceland, the world’s closest capital to the North Pole, where you’ll find a big heart in a small cosmopolitan city, set in one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Reykjavík is home to an impressive collection of interesting attractions and places of historic significance with much to intrigue the curiosity of visitors to the city. You’ll fall in love with Iceland’s spirit as you embark on four adventures, including whale watching, horseback riding at the Golden Circle, an exploration of the South Shore and an ice cave experience in a glacier!
You’ll stay in the Apotel Hotel, an elegant four-star boutique hotel ideally located in central Reykjavik, in the very heart of the city’s most prestigious shopping, entertainment and cultural district. The historical building formerly housed the pharmacy Reykjavikur Apotek (apothecary), and is widely considered to be one of the most remarkable buildings in Reykjavik. Gu jón Samúelsson, former State Architect of Iceland, designed the building in 1917, and today this five-story landmark is full of history and original characteristics that have been intentionally protected and restored.
Your whale watching adventure will start at Reykjavik’s old harbor, located right in the city center. You will be able to witness some of Iceland’s rich and thriving birdlife and sealife, including minke and humpback whales, harbor porpoises and white-beaked dolphins. All passengers are offered warm overalls that will keep you extra warm on the way out and there will be plenty of warm seating areas inside the boat where you can also buy refreshments and souvenirs. Because of nature’s unpredictability, it is impossible to guarantee a sighting – but you will be offered a free ticket to try again in case of a whale no-show.
The Golden Circle tour combines an exciting horseback riding excursion with one of Iceland’s most popular tours – The Golden Circle. The day starts by driving to the Eldhestar riding center, located just outside Hverageroi, where you will head off on your riding tour. The Icelandic horse is a unique breed, known for its sturdiness and easy temperament, and has gained a legion of fans around the world. You will take in some of the local sights on horseback before ending the tour with a light lunch at the Vellir Farm. From there, you continue your journey to the Geysir geothermal area, where the erupting gyser Strokkur is the star of the show. You also visit the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall and ingvellir National Park, with its amazing geology and history.
A tour of the South Shore is ideal for nature lovers of all kinds. You will drive along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country’s most scenic regions, as far as Vik, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs. Along the way you stop at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind it and through to the other side. You will also stop at the majestic and much photographed Skogafoss waterfall and visit the Skogar Folk Museum to get a taste of how Icelanders lived in past centuries. Other highlights include a view of the stunning M rdalsjökull glacier, the black sand coastline and the impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations near Vik.
Then visit a unique and remote man-made cave in the Langjökull glacier, one of Iceland’s largest and most spectacular glaciers. You begin your tour by driving to the lush Húsafell area with stops at the Deildartunguhver, and the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. After a lunch break in Húsafell, you will head up to Langjökull, partly in a specially-modified glacier vehicle. Then enter the magnificent cave close to the top of the glacier.
Your trip for two includes:
- Round trip economy class air
- 7 days/6 nights accommodations at the Apotek Hotel in a Superior room
- Whale Watching tour
- Golden Circle horseback riding tour
- South Shore adventure tour
- Langjokull Ice Cave experience
- Daily complimentary breakfast
- All room-related taxes (including VAT)
- Free concierge reservation service
TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Travel package is non-refundable and subject to availability. Certificates/gift cards cannot be replaced. Passport required for travel outside the U.S. Valid through 12/31/2018. Hotel may be substituted with equal or similar accommodations. Local city taxes are the responsibility of the traveler and are required to be paid directly to hotel. Flights may not be upgraded with miles. Airport taxes and carrier imposed fees are the responsibility of the passenger. A minimum 30 day advance reservation is required. Package originates from the Contiguous U.S.