Day 1, March 7, 2015: New York (JFK) – Reykjavik
Overnight flight with ICELANDAIR to Reykjavik which is capital city of Iceland.. During the overnight flight you will served complimentary meals and drinks.
Day 2, March 8,2015: Reykjavik - Oslo
Arrival in Oslo, Norway and private guided transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the city. Accommodations in twin rooms with private facilities.
Day 3, March 9, 2015: Oslo-Ulvik
After breakfast departure from Oslo, driving via Hønefoss along the charming Halling Valley to the tourist resort town of Geilo. Buffet lunch at Bardøla Mountain Hotel. After lunch cross the wild Hardanger Mountain Plateau to Fossli, stopping to view the thundering Vøringsfoss Waterfall with a vertical drop of 180 m. Descend the amazing Måbødal Canyon to the idyllic Hardanger Fjord. Short ferry crossing, followed by drive along the Ulvik Fjord, a branch of the Hardanger Fjord, to the picturesque village of Ulvik. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 4, March 10, 2015: Ulvik-Bergen
After buffet breakfast, start of scenic tour along the beautiful Hardanger Fjord, famous for its many fruit orchards, via the towns of Øystese and Norheimsund, arriving in Bergen around midday. Lunch in Bergen. Afternoon 2 hours tour of Bergen, including a visit to the popular Fish and Flower Market, the famous Bryggen Harbour with its gabled packhouses, and the old Hanseatic Quarter. You will also ride on the funicular to Mt. Fløien, for the best views of the city and fjords way below. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 5, March 11, 2015: Bergen- Flam
After breakfast departure from Bergen and drive via Dale to the town of Voss. Descend the Nærøy Valley, passing the amazing Stalheim Canyon, to the fjord side village of Flåm. Board your train for an exhilarating ride on the amazing Flåm Railway to Myrdal, a masterpiece of engineering ascending 2.838 feet in less than one hour. The descent from Myrdal to Flåm offers opportunities for photo shots of exciting waterfalls and mountain scenery. After a short rest in Flåm, start of approx. 2 hours cruise by boat along the narrow Aurlands and Nærøy Fjords, both branches of the Sogn Fjord, the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of cascading waterfalls, sheer mountain cliffs, snow-clad peaks, and a variety of wildlife. After disembarking in Gudvangen at the head of the Nærøy Fjord, return to Flåm. We do not yet know if and when the cruise will be available in March 2015, so this day will be subject to change. Lunch will be either in Flåm or on board the cruise, according to schedule later. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 6, March 12, 2015: Flam - Lillehammer
Breakfast at the hotel and drive via the long Lærdal tunnel to Borgund. Stop for outside visit to the stave church (not open for visits in March). Continue via th ebaeutiful Hemsedal Valley to Fagernes. Lunch. Continue to the popular tourist town of Lillehammer. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 7, March 13, 2015: Lillehammer - Oslo
Breakfast at the hotel and drive to the Olympic Jumping arena for an outside visit before the journey continues alongside Lake Mjøsa, Norway's largest lake, back to Oslo. Lunch and start of 3 hours city tour of Oslo with local English speaking guide. You will visit the world-famous Viking Ships (entrance incl.) and the impressive Vigeland Sculpture Park (free entrance) and see the Opera, the Royal Palace, the City Hall and many other popular sights. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 8, March 14, 2015: Oslo-Reykjavik
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Oslo Airport for your flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 9, March 15,2015: Reykjavik
Today you will go out and explore some of the natural wonders of Iceland. At 11.30 am your guide picks you up and you start with a visit to the World Heritage Site Þingvellir NP where the North Atlantic Ocean Ridge surfaces creating dramatic landscapes. In these settings the first National Assembly was established in the year 930. After exploring the area you continue to the renowned Geysir geothermal area where mother of all geysers is to be found along with various other hot springs. A short drive away is the magnificent waterfall Gullfoss, cascading down into the canyon of Hvítá in 2 steps. After enjoying the outdoors it is time to get a taste of the luxuries of the geothermal energy with a visit to the Fontana spa. After a refreshing bath your next stop will be the local restaurant Lindin for a 2 course dinner. After the dinner you head back to Reykjavík stopping to gaze at the Aurora Borealis if they are out and visible. Return to the hotel for the night. Arrival there around midnight. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 10, March 16,2015: Reykjavik
Your guide picks you up at 9.00 am and you set out for the wonders of the South coast of Iceland. Driving through the southern farmlands, past the greenhouses of Hveragerði village and east to Eyjafjallajökull glacier that erupted in 2010. In the foothills there are spectacular waterfalls you will stop at and you will get an idea of what it is like to have an active volcano in your backyard watching the movie about the 2010 eruption at the farm Þorvaldseyri. You continue the drive and come to the outlet glacier Sólheimajökull where fully qualified glacier guides will take you onto the ice and its dramatic landscape. After the glacier walk a short drive to the Reynisfjara beach where columnar basalt is to be found on this black volcanic beach. Return to Reykjavík and drop off at the hotel. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 11, March 17, 2015: Oslo-Faroe Island
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer from hotel to Oslo Gardermoen Airport for your short flight to Fareo Island. Upon arrival Fareao Island, Vagar Airport meet with your local tour guide and transfer to your Hotel which locates the city of Torshavn, an hour's drive away. After settling in at your cosy hotel, you might like to take an evening stroll in the city centre. Tranquil Torshavn, one of the smallest capital cities in the world, is named after Thor, the god of thunder and lightning in Norse mythology. Overnight in Fareo Island. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 12, March 18, 2015: Faroe Island
Breakfast at your hotel.Today, we will visit some of the pearls of the Faroe Islands amid stunning scenery. The tour leaves Torshavn and passes Funning, where the first Vikings are said to have settled, before arriving in the tranquil village of Gjógv, named after a 200-metre long sea-filled gorge that runs north from the village to the sea. Visit the gorge and the charming old shop in the village where you can buy local refreshments and souvenirs. We then move on past the rock formations of Risin and Kellingin off the northern tip of Eysturoy. On our return, we pass the village of Eidi before stopping in a tiny, picturesque village named Saksun, located among high mountains in the bottom of what used to be a sea-filled inlet. This is the site of Dúvugardar, a 17th century farm which is now a national heritage museum. In the evening, you might like to dine at one of the splendid restaurants in Torshavn, after which you can enjoy the lively nightlife. Overnight in Fareo Island. Dinner and accommodation.
Day 13, March 19, 2015: Faroe Island
After breakfast commence another full day tour in Fareo Island. Today explore the old part of Tinganes, the old centre of Torshavn. You might wish to visit the National Museum, The Nordic House or take a ferry over to the island of Nólsoy across the bay. In the afternoon, you could try your luck on a fishing trip to the world-class fishing grounds. Alternatively, you might like to take a full-day excursion to the beautiful island of Sandoy, on the trail of the Vikings among the puffin colonies on the soaring cliffs that are home to vast colonies of sea birds. Overnight in Fareo Island. Meeting before dinner to explore the viewing conditions and lecture by Dr.Scott Young - Former President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada . Dinner and accommodation.
Day 14, March 20, 2015 : Faroe Island (---Eclipse Day---)
Today we will observe eclipse at our special eclipse viewing site reserved only for our Eclipse Travelers. Overnight in Fareo Island. Dinner and accommodation.
The total solar eclipse will take place on 20 March 2015 bewteen roughly 9.41 am and 9.43 am depending on the observation location.The longest duration of totality will be 2 minutes and 47 seconds off the coast of the Faroe Islands.These are the data for Tórshavn, the capital city of the Faroe Islands:
|Start of Partial Eclipse||08:38:49|
|Start of Total Solar Eclipse||09:40:51|
|End of Total Eclipse||09:42:51|
|End of Partial Eclipse||10:47:38|
After the eclipse, we will return to the hotel in the early afternoon.You will be free to relax and explore the Faroes for the rest of the day. Tonight we will gather for a special " Eclipse Party" featuring traditional dishes and entertainment.
Day 15, March 21, 2015 : Faroe Island – Reykjavik - NY(JFK)
Morning breakfast and transfer to Faroe Island Airport for your short flight to Reykjavik then connecting flight back to home.