Join us for a long weekend escape to exotic Iceland. From steamy hot springs to top-notch spas and magnificent art museums, this unique land is the perfect place to relax, recharge, and explore. The whole island has a population of just 350,000 and offers a unique mix of culture and local village roots. Where else can you explore the impressive Great Geysir, glaciers, magnificent waterfalls and icecaps, as well as a program of familiar city joys in cosmopolitan Reykjavik?
The combination of remarkable natural features with art museums, theaters, an opera house, and a symphony orchestra offers a rejuvenating experience for all tastes and interests. Legends say that the ancient gods themselves guided Iceland’s first settler, Ingolfur Arnarson, to make his home in Reykjavik (“Smoky Bay”), named after the geothermal steam he saw. Today this geothermal energy heats homes and outdoor swimming pools throughout the city – a pollution-free energy source that leaves the air outstandingly fresh, clean and clear.
Dine on Icelandic specialties, including delicious seafood, ocean-fresh from the morning’s catch; highland lamb; and unusual varieties of game. It’s purely natural food imaginatively served to delight the most discerning of diners. Reykjavik is also renowned as one of Europe’s hottest nightspots, where the action on the friendly pub and club scene lasts right through the long winter nights. But perhaps the greatest draw is the Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights. This is the best time of year to see them because it has to be totally dark to get the best effect – and this is a country where the sun never sets in the summer! On our arrival day, local expert will give us a presentation on the aurora and then that evening we’ll head out to try and see the real thing (weather permitting). If we don’t succeed we’ll try again the next night…and the next.