Saga turns up the heat with new Ice and Fire tourTuesday 23 September 2014
• Bathe in Blue Lagoon • Watch out for whales • Catch spray at waterfalls
Saga turns up the heat with new Ice and Fire tour
There’s never a shortage of warm water in Iceland and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is one of the many natural highs Saga guests can enjoy on this island that has been sculpted by ice and fire.
The 10-night escorted tour to the farthest corner of Europe offers a unique spectacle of nature, taking in mighty glaciers and waterfalls, steaming geysers and simmering volcanoes. Guests will also experience the midnight sun as they circumnavigate the island, which starts and ends in Reykjavik.
The Ice and Fire tour travels north through lush valleys to Deildartunguhver, one of Europe’s most powerful hot springs, and on to the dramatic waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.
Journey to Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Snaefellsjokull glacier, immortalised in fiction by Jules Verne as the entrance to the centre of the Earth. Stop at the golden sandy beach of Budir and Arnarstap and look out for kittiwakes and Arctic terns.
Further north, visit an 18th century turf farm and learn how Icelanders lived in centuries past at the Glaumbaer folk museum. Enjoy a tour Akureyri’s pretty Old Town alongside the fjord. The Icelanders are a night-time community so visitors can enjoy an evening in the local warm pool, visit the botanic garden or meet the friendly locals in the cafes and bars.
There will be an opportunity to take a boat from Husavik for whale-watching trip and as up to 11 species feed in the area there is always a good chance of a sighting. Continue across the highlands to the Tjornes peninsula and pause to view Asbyrgi Canyon. Next stop is Godafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland and nearby Lake Myvatn, a birdwatcher's paradise where grebes, divers and ducks enjoy the water.
Passengers can peer over the rim of Viti crater and visit the active volcano of Krafla, still warm from its last eruption in 1984, and call at Dettifoss, said to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Spanning more than 8,000sq kilometres, Vatnajokull is one of Europe’s largest glaciers and here guests can discover some outlet glaciers and join an optional boat trip across the iceberg-strewn lagoon.
The tour continues through lava fields and black sand desert to the Reynisrangar sea stacks and Skogafoss waterfall plus there will be a stop at Thorvaldseyri Farm which has ‘risen from the ashes’ since Eyjafjallajokull volcano’s eruption in 2010.
Continue on a classic Golden Circle tour encompassing the Strokkur geyser, the ‘Golden Waterfall’ of Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park, site of Iceland’s first parliament. A last night in the chic capital of Reykjavik will bring this journey of natural wonders to a stylish conclusion with time for a tour of the city which nobody will want to leave.
10 nights from £1999 departing London Gatwick from April to September 2015. Price includes return flights, accommodation, all breakfasts and dinners, porterage, tour manager and travel insurance.
For details call free on 0800 414 8986 or visit travelsaga.co.uk
Editors: Saga Holidays is winner of nine British Travel Awards including Best Wildlife and Nature Holiday Operator, Western Europe, East and southeast Europe, Singles and Escorted Journeys.
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