August 20 (Wed) - Depart U.S. on overnight flights to Reykjavik.
August 21 (Thurs) - Guests will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel in the City Centre. After brunch (included) we can head out for a fun run along the harbor. Balance of the day at leisure.
August 22 (Fri) - Free day to book an optional tour* and perhaps some shop for the famous Icelandic woolen sweaters and blankets. Afterwards you can pick up your race number.
August 23 (Sat) - RACE DAY! The marathon and half- marathon start at 8:40 a.m. followed by the 10K at 9:30 a.m. Dinner celebration with the group at your own expense. In the evening, enjoy Culture Night and the fireworks.
August 24(Sun) - Full day "Golden Circle" tour of the Icelandic countryside exploring the country's natural wonders. First a stop at Thingvellir National Park where the world's oldest parliament met and then to Gullfuss (Golden Falls), a magnificent waterfall. After Gullfoss we travel down the road to visit Geysir, from where the word "geysir" comes from. After lunch (at your own expense) we continue to Hveragerdi where harnessed geothermal power warms greenhouses nurturing fruits. Finally we end the tour at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak in the world famous hot springs. Dinner is on your own.
August 25 (Mon) - Transfer to the airport for return flights to the U.S. and Canada or commencement of optional extensions.
Optional 2 night extension to Snafellsness Peninsula
August 25 (Mon) Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Reykjavik at 8:00. The drive to Snæfellsnes peninsula takes about 2-3 hours. Highlights of today include: An easy climb to the top of Mt. Helgafell which gives us breathtaking views of the surroundings and three wishes if we think good thoughts and don´t look back on our way up. An afternoon sailing tour from Stykkisholmur town out on Breidafjordur bay (Viking Sushi Tour). The beautiful bay has numerous skerries with varied bird life and whales. On the tour the crew scoops up scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish, sea cucumbers for you to taste along with a glass of white wine. Sightseeing tour of Stykkisholmur town where we will stay for the next two nights. It is one of Iceland´s most picturesque fishing villages with beautiful 19th century architecture. The town has excellent restaurants- all in walking distance from your hotel as well as some interesting museums and a great outdoor geothermal swimming pool.
August 26 (Tues) - Today we continue our exploration of the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula.
- Visit to Bjarnarhofn shark farm. The most famous shark farm in Iceland – learn how Icelandic fermented shark is prepared and have a taste if you dare! On the south shore we will visit various beaches, sometimes favored by seals. Walk the scenic trail from Hellnar, the home of Bardur the guardian spirit of Snaefellsnes, to Arnarstapi and see a variety of geological formations. If the day is clear, we will see the Snaefellsjokull, the glacier at the end of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Return to Stykkisholmur town in the late afternoon.
August 27 (Wed) - Today, we drive from Stykkisholmur to Keflavik Inernational Airport with stops along the way. Arrive in Keflavik in time for afternoon flights to North America. (Be sure confirm the later afternoon flight back to the USA/Canada. We will not return in time for the morning departure.
* Ask us about optional excursions and activities such as whitewater rafting, snorkeling and lava cave hikes. For the past tthree years we have offered a full day excursion to the South Shore. It is here that you will visit a black sand beach, two waterfalls, and visit the southern most city in Iceland, Vik.
Contact Scott at 800-444-4097 about possible suggestions for extending and enhancing your Iceland experience.