WINTER WEEKEND IN ICELAND!
You Are Too Special for the Golden Circle
January 2 – 7, 2018
A right of passage for every tourist to Iceland is the magnificent Golden Circle, which consists of the breathtaking waterfall, Gullfoss, the geysir Strokkur, and Thingvellir where two tectonic plates collide and where Icelanders established the first parliament in 930AD and the milky, tourist infested waters of The Blue lagoon. Lately, Krummi Travel has been very disappointed with the busloads of tourists pulling up to these attractions. You are not cattle at a round up. You are not riff raff. You are as special as the island nation you have come to visit so we have designed a tour as special as you are. “You are Too Special for the Golden Circle” will introduce you to eye popping scenery because that’s how Iceland rolls, but the tour will introduce you to the beating heart of Iceland with some very special Icelanders who will tell you stories, sing you songs, cook you meals, share their experiences, and make you fall in love with Iceland through the swear words and deeds of true Vikings. There will be farm visits. There will be fireworks. There will be an abundance of music! There will be candy and cheese and cerebral pursuits like learning how to swear in Icelandic. There will be waterfalls and hot springs. Pack your swimsuit, your sense of adventure, your childlike wonder, your flexibility, and your humor. Don’t let your naysayer friends and family (who are crybabies, cranks, and pantywaists) tell you that you are crazy. Welcome to the greatest private party in the world! Welcome to wintertime in Iceland’s wild west!
PRICES & DATES
Price includes roundtrip economy class flights from Boston to Keflavik (based on $800 …other gateways available), airport taxes, all ground transportation, the services of an amazing Icelandic guide who will totally put up with your nonsense, accommodation for 4 nights / 5 days at the cozy old fishing lodge, just outside Borgarnes, five breakfasts, four dinners, and surprises which are none of your beeswax. Not included: Transportation to and from Boston, anything that has to do with your drinking habit, any extras like horseback riding and lunches and gratuity for our incredible guide.
PACK YOUR BATHING SUIT!!!!
Personal and travel insurance are the responsibility of each individual.
Depart Boston: Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Depart Iceland: Sunday, January 7, 2018
January 2/3: Welcome to Iceland! Do the swim!
Fly from Boston to Keflavik, Iceland on Icelandair. Upon arrival collect your bags. You may wish to hit the duty free shop for libations, as alcohol in Iceland is very expensive. ALCOHOL YOU PURCHASE MUST BE CONSUMED IN YOUR ROOMS NOT IN COMMON AREAS OF THE HOTEL. We’ll be whisked away to a lovely harborside cafe for breakfast. Fridrik will then take us into Reykjavik where we will spend a little quality time soaking in a local pool with the natives. You’ll have a few hours on your own to explore this charming world capital. Hit an incredible museum perhaps? Or pick up the Icelandic sweater you have dreamed of owning? Lunch at a world class restaurant? Maybe you will take in Reykjavik from the top of Hallgrimskirkja! Later in the afternoon you will check into your hotel. A very special friend will greet us this evening. Icelandic recording artist, Svavar Knutur will be with us on our tour! He is the naughty son I never had. A group dinner will top off the end of a long day. After dinner you have the option of hiking around the light pollution free surrounding of the hotel in search of The Northern Lights.
Day 2: Getting Your Goat!
Board the van at 10:00 AM and spend a full day touring Borgarfjordur. Along the way you will visit the stunning waterfall, Hraunfossar where crystal clear glacial water is filtered through layer upon layer of lava. Deildartunguhver is the largest geothermal field in Europe! A special visit will be paid to the farm Háafell and its dynamic owner, Johanna Bergmann Thorvaldsdottir who is singlehandedly saving the Icelandic Goat from extinction! Lunch will be provided by Johanna (included). If the stars and planets align we’ll be visiting a very special man. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel followed by a special surprise musical guest!
Day 3: Natural Wonders!!!
Board the happiest bus in the world at 10:00 A.M. for a full day of exploring one of Iceland’s grandest destinations, the Snaefellnes Peninsula! The peninsula is home to the world’s most famous and beautiful glacier, Snaefellsjokull. Jules Verne chose the glory of Snaefellsjokull as the stage for his classic novel, “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Even today the entire peninsula is said to possess mystical powers. There is no doubt that its monumental beauty will consume you too. Upon arrival back at the hotel enjoy a delicious dinner followed by a musical evening of with Svavar and an enlightening Icelandic swearing class (provide your own Depends). Gerri will be allowed into the kitchen to prepare her signature hot chocolate laced with Stroh Buttered Rum! Skal!
Day 4: Ice and Fire!!
Today you will have a very relaxing day spent in the beautiful surroundings around our hotel. We’ll drive to Akranes to meet a very passionate man who cares deeply about a very special lighthouse! Lunch will be spent in the company of the most ethereal new friend you could possibly hope to meet! This evening you will dine at the Settlement Center in Borgarnes. After dinner, fasten your seatbelts for a spectacular fireworks display which celebrates the end of the holiday season! Icelanders are pyromaniacs. Upon returning to the hotel, Svavar will play a parlor concert for us. (Kleenex not included)
Day 5: Explore Reykjavik and Head for Home
Pack your bags. After breakfast we’ll set off for Reykjavik. Today you will be sent to Icelandic Cheese Class with the incomparable Eirny Sigurdardottir. Nobody is as knowledgeable about all cheeses than this dynamo! Lunch will be taken at her shop, Burid. At 2:00 P.M. board the van for Keflavik Airport and your flight back to Boston. Arrive in Boston at 6:35PM carrying your hot dogs, raw legs of lamb, cheeses, skyr and other Icelandic delicacies that are all legal because you just visited the tidiest place on earth!