Fred Diehl, Professor of Biology Emeritus
$5,395 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, Washington, DC plus $302 airline taxes and fees.
Discover Iceland’s spectacular scenery and rich cultural heritage on this 11-day small group tour that traverses an astonishing land. See Hellisheidi Power Plant’s geothermal exhibit and, traveling through “saga” country, visit the marvelous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Exploration at wondrous Lake Mývatn includes Dimmuborgir’s bizarre lava formations and Namaskard’s boiling mud pots. Embark on a Puffin Island bird-watching cruise. Visiting another natural marvel, Glacial River Canyon National Park, admire jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara.” Stop at stunning Godafoss, “waterfall of the gods.” See famed Icelandic horses at a farm. Experience the Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s stupendous scenery – its vast lava field and bizarre rock formations. Thingvellir National Park offers fascinating historical insights. Marvel at Gullfoss waterfall and the famous Great Geysir. The Icelandic adventure ends with two nights in sophisticated Reykjavik and time for independent exploration. Spend more time discovering Iceland’s colorful capital with a 3 day/2 night Reykjavik post-tour extension.
- Experience the dramatic scenery of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Marvel at Godafoss, “waterfall of the gods”
- Visit Lake Myvatn’s mud flats, lava fields, and volcanic craters
- Witness Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara”
- Tour Thingvellir National Park and learn about the historic parliament founded in 930 CE
- Enjoy leisure time in sophisticated Reykjavik
Fred Diehl, Professor of Biology Emeritus
Fred Diehl is an emeritus faculty member in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia and has over 30 year’s experience teaching biology at all levels. His research and teaching interests are mainly in the areas of zoology, developmental biology, ecology and marine sciences, with a specialization in invertebrate biology. Whenever possible, field experiences and laboratories have been important components of his courses, and he is a firm believer in learning from direct observation and first-hand exposure to nature. Professor Diehl has a long history of working with the Advanced Placement Biology program and in-service teacher preparation. His proudest accomplishment as a faculty member at the University of Virginia is having taught a variety of courses to over 25,000 undergraduate students. Fred has lead past Cavalier Travels trips to Costa Rica, Belize, Botswana, Tanzania, the Galápagos Islands and Alaska.
DAY 1 - Thursday, May 14, 2020
Depart for Reykjavik, Iceland
DAY 2 - Friday, May 15
Upon our early morning arrival in Iceland’s capital, we meet our Tour Director, have breakfast at a local restaurant then enjoy a scenic drive east. We stop to view the geothermal exhibit at the Hellisheidi Power Plant. Mid-afternoon, we reach pastoral Selfoss, and our hotel. Tonight: a briefing on the journey ahead followed by a welcome dinner.
DAY 3 - Saturday, May 16
Our first stop today is at picturesque Seljalandsfoss, Iceland’s most visited waterfall, followed by nearby Skogafoss, another popular waterfall, known for its rainbows on sunny days. We continue on to lovely Vik, Iceland’s southernmost town, where we’re free to explore and shop for items of locally produced wool. This afternoon, we walk along the black-sand beach at Reynisfjara, lined with columnar basalt-filled caves. En route to our hotel, we stop by the Solheimajokull “sliding” glacier.
DAY 4 - Sunday, May 17
We transfer to Reykjavik this morning for the one-hour flight to Akureyri, Iceland’s “northern capital,” where, upon arrival, we travel to beautiful Lake Myvatn. One of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Myvatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters comprise a stunning national park. We stop to explore the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and also see the region’s unique “pseudo craters,” the boiling mud pots at Namaskard, the explosion crater at Viti, and the flat volcano system at Krafla.
DAY 5 - Monday, May 18
Husavik/Vatnajökull National Park
This morning we travel to Husavik, where we embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island. We may see thousands of seabirds here, including puffins, black guillemots, fulmars, and Arctic terns. This afternoon, we visit Vatnajökull National Park, yet another of Iceland’s natural wonders. Here we see Asbyrgi, a huge canyon enveloped by towering walls; in the middle of the partially wooded canyon sits a hoof-shaped rock called “The Island.” Next, we visit Hljodaklettar Echo Cliffs, where we explore the labyrinth of “echoing rocks” created by the spiral basalt formations of the arches and canyons here. Our last stop: jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall and Iceland’s “Niagara.”
DAY 6 - Tuesday, May 19
This morning, we stop at Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods” named for the carvings of Norse gods discarded here when the country was declared Christian a thousand years ago. Mid-morning, we arrive in Akureyri, where we have free time to explore and for lunch on our own. We travel on to Siglufjördur, where we visit the unique Herring Era Museum then arrive at our hotel in time for dinner there tonight.
DAY 7 - Wednesday, May 20
We travel towards the southwest corner of Iceland today, passing through more incredible natural scenery. En route, we visit Glaumbaer, a folk museum featuring authentic turf houses. Later we stop at a Gauksmyri farm featuring famed Icelandic horses – small, hardy, and with long manes. We also enjoy scenic views at Grabrok Crater, and stop to view the thermal areas of Deildartunguhver and Hraunfossar Falls.
DAY 8 - Thursday, May 21
Today we encounter the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We begin with a walk along the shell sand beach at the abandoned fishing village of Budir, surrounded by a vast lava field. We also explore the caves and bizarre rock formations along the rugged shore at Arnarstapi, site of thousands of nesting cliff birds. After a lunch of a traditional fresh seafood soup at a rustic oceanfront restaurant, we see the haunting remains of abandoned coastal farms at Djupalonssandur.
DAY 9 - Friday, May 22
Thingvellir National Park / Reykjavik
En route to Reykjavik today, we visit Thingvellir National Park, known both for its historic import and as the place where the fissure between the geological plates of North America and Europe is most evident. It’s also a gem of nature, with canyons, caves, waterfalls, and ponds surrounded by snowcapped mountains. We learn about the historic parliament founded here in 930 CE, and walk along a gorge into the rift valley itself. Then we depart for famed Great Geysir and Gullfoss, Iceland’s immensely popular “golden” waterfall. We continue on to Reykjavik, arriving in time for dinner on our own in this stylish city.
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
DAY 10 - Saturday, May 23
This morning we embark on a tour of the Icelandic capital. Then the remainder of today is at leisure to explore and enjoy Reykjavik as we please; those who wish can join in an optional tour to the Blue Lagoon. Tonight, we celebrate our adventure over a farewell dinner.
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
DAY 11 - Sunday, May 24
Depart for U.S.
Today we depart for the airport and our return flights to the U.S.
Reykjavik, “On Your Own” May 24 – 26, 2020
3 days/2 nights for $395 double occupancy; A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $295 to the per person, double occupancy rates.
Included in Extension Price:
- 2 nights’ accommodations Hotel Reykjavik Centrum
- 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
- Transfer to Reykjavik airport
• Selfoss – Hotel Selfoss – 2 nights
• Lake Myvatn – Fosshotel Myvatn – 2 nights
• Siglufjördur – Hotel Siglo – 1 night
• Borgarbyggo – Hotel Husafell – 2 nights
• Reykjavik – Hotel Reykjavik Centrum – 2 nights
• 20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners
$5,195 per person, double occupancy, land only
$5,395 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Boston, New York, Washington, DC plus $302 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made
$5,795 per person, double occupancy with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $302 airline taxes and fees
A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of approximately $995 in addition to the per person, double occupancy rates.
Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight (in addition to the rates above):
$1,595 per person from Boston, JFK, Newark, Washington Dulles
$2,195 per person from Minneapolis, Chicago
$2,595 per person from Seattle, Denver
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