Iceland & Norway 2020

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Iceland & Norway 2020

Ice, fire and fjords

Ice, Fire and Fjords

In Iceland experience a world of natural phenomena: gushing waterfalls, volcanoes and stunning landscapes at every turn. The overwhelming beauty of this country will gladden your heart.

In Norway cruise along the deep, blue waters of majestic Geirangerfjord, see the Bøya Glacier, journey on one of the world’s steepest railways through tunnels that spiral in and out of the mountainside of the narrow Flåm Valley and visit Bergen.

Tour at a Glance

Confirmed Price:

$19,760 per person, share twin
$3,150 single supplement

Tour Dates:

5 – 26 July, 2020

Tour Leader:

Jenni Shallard

Escorted from New Zealand

Early Booking Discount:

$500 per person if you pay your deposit by 24 March, 2020

INCLUSIONS

– All airfares & taxes (Flying Singapore Airlines & Scandinavian Airlines)
– One night stopover in Singapore on the way to Europe & a hotel day room in Singapore on the way home
– Accommodation in 3-star & 4-star hotels
– 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 13 dinners
– Touring by modern air-conditioned coach
– Group tipping
– Services of a professional Tour Director and local guides
– Assistance of your Tour Leader, Jenni Shallard

VARIATIONS

– Land Only price on application
– Extending your stay – before or after Tour Dates

EXTRA INFORMATION

– Deposit: $750 per person
– Group Size: 20 travellers (max)

Map

Tour Itinerary

Sunday 5 AUCKLAND – SINGAPORE (Meals in flight)

We join our Singapore Airlines flight for our first stage to Europe. Once in Singapore we will transfer to our hotel for a good night’s sleep.

Monday 6 SINGAPORE – COPENHAGEN (B)

A day to sightsee or shop in this lively city, before we transfer to the airport for our evening flight. Our hotel rooms will be available throughout the day.

Tuesday 7 COPENHAGEN – TRONDHEIM (D)

On arrival in Copenhagen this morning, we transit through to our flight to Trondheim. Then it’s straight to the hotel and an opportunity to explore the city before dinner at our hotel.

Wednesday 8 TRONDHEIM (B,L)

Trondheim was once the seat of the ancient Viking kings and is Norway’s third largest city. There is lots to see and we will take in the Market Square dominated by its statue of Olav Tryggvason, Nidaros Cathedral, Tyholttårnet Tower and the Old Town Bridge (locally known as Lykkens Portal, which means Portal of Happiness). Lunch will be at a local restaurant and then you will have time to stroll the streets and enjoy this interesting place.

Thursday 9 TRONDHEIM – GEIRANGER (B,D)

Today is probably one of the most scenic days you will ever experience. Norwegian Fjordland is a dream world of soaring mountains, icy glaciers and rivers which cascade hundreds of metres into the green valleys below. We cross the Dovre Mountains and travel though Dovrefjell National Park to arrive at the mirror-smooth waters of Geirangerfjord. Your hotel is in a superb setting overlooking the beautiful Norwegian Fjord landscape.

Friday 10 GEIRANGER (B,D)

The day starts with a scenic drive up the Eagle’s Road with its amazing views of the Geirangerfjord and the stunning Seven Sisters Waterfall. At the small village of Eidsdal, we cross the fjord by ferry and climb up through the abundant fruit growing valleys. Leaving civilisation behind we venture high above the tree line for some of the most breath-taking scenery. Now on to the Troll’s Road, a masterpiece of engineering built over 70 years ago.

Saturday 11 GEIRANGER – LEIKANGER (B,D)

We start the day with a scenic cruise through the Geirangerfjords so the scale of the hillsides can be appreciated. Then we travel to the top of Dalsnibba mountain to view the vast expanse of Geirangerfjord and the surrounding glacier topped mountains. We continue on to Bøya Glacier and visit the nearby Fjærland Glacier Museum to gain a deeper understanding of the geography and its past, present and future. Finally, we take a scenic drive onto your hotel in Leikanger.

Sunday 12 LEIKANGER – BERGEN (B,D)

We cross the serene waters of magnificent Sognefjord, the longest fjord in Norway to reach the spectacular Flåm Railway, ascending from sea level to 914 metres. Then we visit a family- run farm on the Hardangerfjord to hear how eight generations have farmed the land, producing fruit, berries and various jams, jellies, traditional spreads, cake and other delicious treats. We get to sample their fresh apple juice and homemade cider and enjoy a walk through the orchard. After all these tasty delights we travel on to our hotel in the historic port of Bergen.

Monday 13 BERGEN (B,D)

A guided tour of this ancient Hanseatic port city will help introduce you to fish, fishing and the lively Fish Market. The market also has stalls selling a colourful variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers, handicrafts and souvenirs. Time for a spot of culture as we visit Troldhaugen, the idyllic summer home of Edvard Grieg, Norway’s national composer. Situated on a promontory jutting into Lake Nordaas with outstanding views over the water, it offered the composer total tranquillity and inspiration for his music. We also have a piano concert.
More scenic grandeur awaits as we ascend Mount Fløyen aboard Scandinavia’s only funicular railway. At 320 metres above sea level enjoy a bird’s-eye view over Bergen, with its seaward approach, and the surrounding fjords and islands. This evening enjoy a Farm-to-Table meal at a local restaurant.

Tuesday 14 BERGEN – OSLO (B,L)

We pass scenic mountains and travel through some of Norway’s ski-resorts as we cross the Hardanger Plateau, Europe’s greatest mountain plateau and the largest national park in the Nordic countries, to reach Oslo. We have lunch at a local restaurant on the way.

Wednesday 15 OSLO – REYKJAVIK (B,D)

With our local guide, we see the Royal Palace and the spires and ramparts of Akershus Castle, the 14th century fortress guarding the harbour. At Frogner Park, we view the intriguing Vigeland sculptures, before enjoying a highlight visit to the Viking Ship Museum to see 9th century ships that carried Viking nobles to the afterlife.
This afternoon we transfer to Oslo airport for our flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. On arrival we are met and transfer to our hotel.

Thursday 16 REYJAVIK – VIK (B,D)

Iceland has magnificent natural scenery and that unique combination of fire and ice, so we will head east towards Vik to see as many contrasts as we can. Highlights along the way will be Iceland’s newest geothermal and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun, the hot springs at Geysir plus Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, two of the largest waterfalls in Iceland.

Friday 17 VIK – HOFN (B,D)

We travel along the southern coast of Iceland beside the black basalt sand beaches. The highlight of the day is the National Park at Skaftafell where you will see the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. Not to be missed is an exciting boat trip on the Glacier Lagoon. During the excursion we sail among the huge luminous blue icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. If we are lucky, we might even see some seals. Then we travel into the small harbour town of Höfn, an active lobster fishing hub.

Saturday 18 HOFN – EGILSSTADIR (B,D)

Moving onto the eastern coastal region, we explore where Irish missionary monks lived some 1,200 years ago. We travel up the fjords to the beautiful area around Egilsstaðir

Sunday 19 EGILSSTADIR – AKUREYRI (B)

Today we journey through the sand desert of Möðrudalur to the Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. We get to see beautiful Lake Mývatn. This area offers a wide spectrum of geological formations and the concentrated geothermal activity produces mud pools and spectacular coloured deposits. Continuing on we take in Goðafoss, known as The Waterfall of the Gods.
Then it’s on to Akureyri; where a boat tour will take you to search for whales through a dramatic mosaic of stunning landscapes and beautiful coastlines.

Monday 20 AKUREYRI – BORGARNES (B,D)

We start the day with an orientation of Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland, first established as a trading centre in 1602. Then we travel past mountains, waterfalls and green coastal regions to Hvammstangi and on to the south-west coast of Borgarnes.

Tuesday 21 BORGARNES (B,D)

Today we travel along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Snæfellsjökull National Park known as the Jewel of West Iceland and home to the country’s most famous volcano.
The park has a romantic landscape of white, sandy hills, black lava fields and a yellow beach. We will take a walk along the sea-cliff at Arnarstapi with its spectacular columnar rock formations.

Wednesday 22 BORGARNES – REYKJAVIK (B,D)

Moving south we visit Thingvellir, where the first meeting of the Icelandic parliament was held in A.D. 930. This remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge line where the American and European tectonic plates meet.
On arrival in Reykjavík, we enjoy an orientation of the city, taking in the Old Harbour, National Museum, House of Parliament, and Hallgrímskirkja Church which can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.
No journey to Iceland would be complete without a visit to its world-famous Blue Lagoon. Enjoy a dip in the mineral-rich geothermal waters, surrounded by lava fields and snowcapped mountains. This evening we have a Farewell Dinner at a first class local restaurant

Thursday 23 REYKJAVIK – COPENHAGEN (B)

This morning we transfer to Reykjavík Keflavík Airport for our flight to Copenhagen. On arrival we are met and transfer to our hotel.

Friday 24 COPENHAGEN – SINGAPORE (B)

This morning we transfer back to Copenhagen airport for our flight to Singapore.

Saturday 25 SINGAPORE – NEW ZEALAND (Meals in flight)

Hotel day rooms await us in Singapore after our morning arrival and before our departure for New Zealand this evening.

Sunday 26 … HOME

Home to New Zealand with special memories of our time in spectacular Norway and Iceland.

Your Tour Leader

Jenni Shallard

There is nothing Jenni loves more than the excitement of seeing what’s around the next corner in foreign and far off lands, and she can’t wait to take you there with her.

Jenni is passionate about travel and over the years she has been to many continents. Travelling with Jenni is always a delight with her bright and bubbly personality and no nonsense approach to life.

We were very lucky with the group we travelled with , they were all lovely people, and we got on very well I thought.

A lot of this was down to Jenni, She was a fantastic tour leader who had real empathy with all of us ,was bubbly and full of fun ,serious when necessary and very organised.

We had a wonderful time and would definitely travel again with Tours Direct especially if Jenni was taking the group.