Iceland is fast becoming one of the top bucket list destinations in the world. And it is no wonder – a land of extreme contrasts with some of Europe’s largest glaciers as well as some of the most active volcanoes in the world. This is the land of fire and ice. True to form, VividLife.me and Toerboer present this once in a lifetime tour to Iceland with unique activities not open to regular tourists.
Iceland is Europe‘s second largest island, after Great Britain, and is located in the North Atlantic Ocean. The population is around 330 000 with 120 000 living in the capital of Reykjavík (the northernmost capital of a sovereign state). The interior of Iceland is uninhabited and is called the highlands. For centuries the highlands were virtually inaccessible. It is believed that the settlement of Iceland began in 874 AD and was the last country to be settled in Europe. Ingólfur Arnarson was the first to pemanently settle down in Iceland. The people who settled Iceland after him were mainly Norwegians and other smaller groups from other Scandinavian countries. Iceland became sovereign in 1918 and became independent in 1944.
Isolation and extreme forces of nature have had a great impact on Icelandic culture. The conditions have led to resilient people with strong family ties, a good sense of tradition and a great bond with nature. Icelanders have always been superstitious and many of them believe in the existence of elves and hidden people. They claim that elves live inside of stones and should not be disturbed. Disturbing the elves could result in dire consequences!
Welcome to Iceland: Escape Experience Explore
VividLife.me and Toerboer will make sure you have everything that you need and more to make this journey to Iceland one to remember.
This tour will not only leave you with incredible memories, but will also assist in growing your connection with nature, people and our natural environment. We will always ensure that you are safe and comfortable, and that you feel at home and completely immersed in your surroundings.
Day 1 – Welcome to Reykjavik 30 September 2017
Arrive at the Reykjavik International Airport in Iceland and met by Dawid de Wet from Toerboer and Shayne Traviss from Vivid Life. After we’ve made sure everyone have exchanged money and have their entire luggage with them, we depart from the airport to our hotel in the centre of Reykjavik. On the way to the hotel, we
will have an introductory tour of Reykjavik city including a typical Icelandic snack at Reykjavik Roasters. Welcome to Iceland!
After the city tour, we check into the hotel and have time to rest and refresh before we meet in the foyer for our welcome dinner and drinks. In the mean time, feel free to explore the city at your own leisure. The first’ nights’ welcome has become a tradition on VividLife trips and is a great way for the group to connect before the start of the journey. You will receive a welcome pack on your arrival that will include the full tour program, map, water bottle and a special VividLife surprise.
Day 2 – Efstidalur, Gulfoss, Langjokull & The Secret Lagoon 01 October 2017
After a good night’s rest and scrumptious breakfast at the hotel, we depart at 09:00 for our first taste of Iceland outside of Reykjavik. Our first stop is a horse ride at Eldhestar.
From here we head for the geothermal zone of Geysir and the waterfall of Gulfoss. We go all the way up to the glacier of Langjokull for a spin on snowmobiles and then finish the day with a dip into the Secret Lagoon. Dinner and accommodation is at Efstidalur – a farm hotel. Here they have their own ice cream barn. The restaurant offers cuisine prepared fresh from local ingredients and prepared by expert chefs. The owners of Efstidalur II are the husband and wife Snæbjörn and Björg. Snæbjörn was born and raised in Efstidalur and Björg is from Njarðvík (near Keflavík airport). The same family has lived on the farm since 1850. Their main occupation is cattle farming, tourism and horse breeding. In 1992 they started the tourism by opening a horse rental and in 2003 they started renting out four rooms on the first floor of their home.
Day 3 – Rettir & Réttaball 2 October 2017
The fresh air of Iceland makes for easy living as we have a relaxed breakfast before taking off on a busy and active day. We drive back to Reykjavik from which we depart to the north western part of Iceland. Today we will take part in the Rettir –
the annual sheep roundup! The occurrence also serves as a major social setting and is typically enveloped with good spirits (partially from flasks being passed around), gatherings of friends; rejoicing of neighbours and, of course, some singing and dancing. The younglings love to take part in the gaiety.
This activity is one of the country’s oldest cultural traditions where Icelandic sheep farmers invite family, friends and anyone who’s interested, to help out with rounding up the sheep from their summer grazing period in the mountains and valleys. It involves lots of walking and/or horse riding, followed by a night of celebration, with some traditional singing and dancing at the local ‘roundup shindig’ or ‘Réttaball’. The first round-ups start early in September and continue across the country until early October.
Day 4 – Dive Between Continents & Meet The Natives 3 October 2017
After our night of celebration working with the sheep farmer, we need some cold water to freshen up. We head to the clear
waters of Silfra for our Dive between Continents. In this case the diving constitutes snorkelling. For qualified divers the option is there to do a dive instead of the snorkelling (extra costs own expense). This excursion is unique in the sense where we will be swimming between the Eurasian Continental Plate and the North American Continental Plate.
From here we head back to Reykjavik for a Food and Beer tour through the capital and in the evening we Meet the Natives.
Day 5 – The Valley Of The God Thor 4 October 2017
Today we visit the amazing Þórsmörk (Thorsmork), the valley of the God Thor. Thorsmork Valley is sheltered on both sides by glaciers, which offer great views and quite often good weather too! On this classic Iceland day trip we drive along the distinctive south coast of Iceland, with a Super Jeep, until the beautiful waterfall of Seljalandsfoss comes into view.
From here we continue to Thorsmork, a wide valley named after Thor, the Viking God of Thunder. We drive into this beautiful valley, surrounded on three sides by steep mountains, crossing raging rivers and gentle streams, passing caves and giant boulders before stopping at the remains of a glacial lagoon at glacier of Gigjokull. Take a walk to explore the aftermath of the immense fast flowing flood, caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in April 2010, which destroyed a lagoon and left a blackened area. Here we won’t fail to be in awe of the raw power of nature and the beauty or to be captivated by its special charm.
After this we will have a party inside Thorsmork with a guitar player – will be great fun!
Dinner in Þórmörk.
Day 6 – Videy Island & The Blue Lagoon 5 October 2017
This morning we enjoy a leisurely breakfast before we set of for Videy Island. The island is a short boat cruise from Reykjavik
Apart from its ancient ruins and rich historical background, other attractions include impressive works of art by Yoko Ono (the Imagine Peace Tower) and Richard Serra (the Milestones project). Fans of architecture will also be interested to learn
that the church in Videy is one of the oldest in the country and that Videy House is the first building in the country to be constructed with stone. With an extensive network of trails the island can be explored both on foot and by bike. No matter which path you take, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding mainland, and to the west you’ll be able to see the impressive outline of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. In the afternoon we visit the Blue Lagoon where we will reflect on our journey of the last couple of days in the warm blue waters. Included is a silica mud mask and an algae mud mask.
Day 7 – Farewell 6 October 2017
This morning breakfast is once again at leisure after you may choose to take part to take part in any of the optional activities before our transfer to the airport.
Travelling with VividLife and Toerboer will give you amazing exposure to life in Iceland. We are committed to reflecting the country’s beautiful scenery and culture. This tour is specifically tailored to let you experience a true variety of landscapes and environments. Our tours are led by well-trained and experienced guides that are familiar with the territory that we travel.
US$ 3450 pp/sharing
A single supplement of US$ 675 will apply
Your 25 % non-refundable deposit will confirm this booking.
Payment plans available:
Option 1 – 25 % down + monthly payments for remainder of balance. Additional financing fee of $140 USD applies.
Option 2 – 25% down + four payments for remainder of balance. Addtional financing fee of $80 USD applies.
Option 3 – 25% down + remainder in full
All meals (except when indicated otherwise in the programme) , Comfortable shared accommodation (twin rooms) , All transport (including vehicle, fuel, toll and driver) , All activities (except when indicated otherwise in the program), Qualified and experienced English speaking guide, All entrance fees where applicable, Support of one welfare/social/sustainable projects through the Toerboer Safari Trek International NPC.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Iceland’ to begin registration or to set up your complimentary Q & A call.
BICYCLE DONATION PROJECT
US$ 30 donations from the tour rate per client will go towards sponsoring a bicycle to people in need. The money goes directly towards Qhubeka – who will distribute the bicycles, educate the community and do a post-distribution follow-up. Read more about the Qhubeka project – http://qhubeka.org/2013/
TOERBOER CARBON OFF-SET
Toerboer partner with Atmosfair to promote carbon off-set from international flights. Clients can calculate all international flight emissions on the emission calculator on our website www.toerboer.co.za and offset them with Atmosfair www.atmosfair.de
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