Iceland 2017

Travel to Iceland with the Salt Lake Chamber! This international trip visits the beautiful Nordic island nation, known for its stunning landscapes and natural wonders like volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and glaciers. Stay in Reykjavik, Iceland’s modern capital, which runs on geothermal power and hydroelectricity. Learn about Iceland’s Viking history and visit dramatic terrain as you get to know this unique and vibrant country. Whale-watching, Northern Lights and the Blue Lagoon are yours to enjoy as we explore Iceland.

Cost: $2,999*

7-day trip includes:
  • Round trip scheduled airfare from Salt Lake City to Reykjavik
  • 5 nights hotel in Reykjavik
  • Daily breakfast
  • All transfers while overseas and fuel surcharges

For pricing and other questions, please contact Maria Loftis at 801.328.5047 or mloftis@slchamber.com

For complete itinerary and reservation form, click here.

*Price is per person, based on double-occupancy. Must register by April 30, 2017 or price increases to $3,199 per person

Day-by-Day Itinerary

September 10-16, 2017

DAY 1: USA – ICELAND

Today you will board your overnight flight to Iceland.

DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN ICELAND

Arrive in Reykjavik today, where we will be met at the airport and enjoy a city tour of Reykjavik before checking in to our hotel. During the Reykjavik city tour, enjoy a detailed and comprehensive introduction to Reykjavik’s past and present. Reykjavik’s renowned charm and bustling life is brought to light while viewing the city’s main attractions by bus. Visit landmarks such as the Pearl, Hallgrimskirkja Church, Harpa Concert Hall and Höfði house, where Reagan and Gorbachev met in 1986 to begin the process of ending the Cold War. Gain invaluable insight into the Icelandic society and how Reykjavik has developed from a small fishing village into a modern capital.

DAY 3: BLUE LAGOON EXPERIENCE (OPTIONAL: WHALE-WATCHING EXCURSION) 

Start this morning with breakfast at the hotel before we head out for our Blue Lagoon Experience. The Blue Lagoon, Iceland’s unique natural pool of mineral rich geothermal water, located in the middle of a lava field in the pure, beautiful Icelandic wilderness, is not to be missed and worth the hour drive to reach this unique site. A combination of mineral-rich fresh and sea water of 100-110 °F and surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges, the lagoon is ideal for wading and soaking in the 3-5 foot shallow waters (swimming not required), while the air temperature ranges from 25-55 °F. For those of you wishing to escape the beach, enjoy an optional* whale-watching excursion this afternoon before returning to the hotel. Cruise the Faxaflói Bay in search of humpback and minke whales during this whale-watching tour from Reykjavik. A naturalist guide talks about the biology and behavior of these magnificent marine mammals while you look for signs of whales, white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises.

(*Optional tour available for an additional cost.)

DAY 4: GOLDEN CIRCLE TOUR

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing on our full day Golden Circle Tour. This tour showcases some of Iceland’s most popular tourist attractions including the country’s best known natural, cultural, and historic sites. From Reykjavik, the Golden Circle tour takes you right up to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the tectonic plates of Europe and North America meet and one of the world’s oldest parliament was founded in 930 AD. Then, on to the Gullfoss waterfall, the queen of Iceland’s waterfalls, tumbling down a deep gorge. Next stop is the Geysir Geothermal Area, home of the famous Geysir and Strokkur hot springs. The Strokkur hot spring erupts every 5 minutes or so, making it one of the most active geysers. From Geysir area, the tour proceeds to Skálholt Church, which was the seat of religious power in Iceland for centuries and where some of the most dramatic events in Iceland’s history took place. On the way back to Reykjavik we make a stop at Hellisheiði Power Plant at the foot of Mt. Hengill volcano, where the earth’s most brutal forces are harnessed and converted to clean energy for space heating.

DAY 5: DAY AT LEISURE (OPTIONAL: NORTHERN LIGHTS EXCURSION) 

Breakfast at the hotel. Full day at leisure to explore Reykjavik your on own. This evening, enjoy an optional Northern Lights excursion*. Hunting for the Northern Lights is one of Iceland’s most popular winter activities, and this 4-hour tour from Reykjavik lets you do it in style, in a small group. Head into the dark countryside away from any urban light pollution, and visit different viewpoints to see the radiant natural lights.

(*Optional tour available for an additional cost.)

DAY 6: SOUTH SHORE ADVENTURE

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before departing on our full day South Shore Adventure, where we will visit the amazing southern coast of Iceland, famous for its black sand coastline and stunning scenery. The first stop of the day is at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Next, we continue on to visit the majestic and much-photographed Skógafoss waterfall. The thundering falls plummet nearly 200 feet over a cliff to the valley floor. Then, visit the Skogar folk museum to get a taste of how Icelanders lived in centuries past. Today’s tour continues on as far as Vik, a charming village at the southern tip of Iceland surrounded by beautiful high cliffs. Other highlights of today’s tour include views of Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations.

DAY 7: REYKJAVIK – USA

Our Iceland trip comes to an end as we transfer to the airport for our flight home.

Norway Post-Tour

(Optional)

Sept. 16-19, 2017

Enjoy 3 Nights – $799

Not ready to go home? Extend your stay in Norway starting with a panoramic city tour of the coastal town of Bergen.  Bergen is located in southwestern Norway and is surrounded by mountains and fjords. Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway and is know as the city of seven mountains (Lyderhorn, Damsgårdsfjellet, Løvstakken, Ulriken, Fløyen, Rundemannen, and Sandviksfjellet).

Day 1: ICELAND – NORWAY
After breakfast, you depart the hotel in Reykjavik for your flight to Bergen, Norway. Upon arrival in Bergen transfer to your city center hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Day 2: BERGEN CITY TOUR
Today after breakfast, become familiar with Bergen, its history, and its many interesting corners on this 2-hour private tour of the Norwegian city. Explore the UNSECO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, and walk the wharf that was used as a secret hideout during World War II. From there, journey over to Bergenhus Fortress, and admire one of Norway’s oldest castles.

Day 3: DAY OF LEISURE (OPTIONAL: FJORD TOUR)
After breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure to explore the city of Bergen. Or, take part in an optional full day excursion* to Hardangerfjord. Experience the full majesty of Hardangerfjord, one of Norway’s most beautiful fjords, as we follow a picturesque highway to this spectacular fjord and spend the day enjoying its beauty and nature.

(*Optional tours available for an additional cost.)

Day 4: NORWAY – USA

Our trip comes to an end as we depart Norway for the USA.

For pricing and other questions, please contact Maria Loftis at 801.328.5047 or mloftis@slchamber.com

For complete itinerary and reservation form, click here.