Travel

AACI Iceland (group 2)   

22 August 2022 - 29 August 2022

Join us on an Unbelievable Adventure of a Lifetime – 8 Days-7 Nights
English speaking /fully kosher (Glatt meat)/Shabbat 
observant

Due to high demand we are happy to offer a second group to depart August 22, 2022!

Whale Watching Boat Ride, Snowmobiling, Blue Lagoon, Glacier Visit, Ice caves + Waterfalls galore & so much more!

This trip will offer the opportunity to see a land of the boiling mud pools, spurting geysers, glaciers and waterfalls. Its breathtaking landscapes are inspirational. Iceland is the least densely populated country in Europe, with a pure, unpolluted and truly magical landscape. Our tour will be in English, fully kosher (Glatt meat/mehadrin, pat Yisroel, bishul Yisroel) and Shabbat Observant. In August the sun dips down to the horizon but never sets. Our days will be filled with activities such as a snow mobile safari, unique visit to ice caves, walking through Lava fields around the cauldron of a volcano, to relaxing in some of the natural hot baths of the blue lagoon + so much more! 

Day 1 | Tel Aviv – Reykjavik
Departure from Ben Gurion Airport, Terminal 3 (by direct flight or via an intermediate destination) to Keflavik Airport, Iceland’s international airport in the city Reykjavik which is the largest city in Iceland and the northernmost capital in the world. Reykjavik is home to half of the country’s residents and is the main center of economic, cultural and academic activities in Iceland.

We will see the fjord that surrounds the city and the glistening Opera House (Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall) which was inaugurated in 2011 and quickly became one of the symbols of Reykjavik.  It is considered a must-see site for anyone visiting the city. It is an impressive and unusual structure that catches every eye. We will also see the town hall, part of which is used as a museum,

Later we will arrive at the first lighthouse in the city which was connected to the electricity grid in 1956. The area surrounding the lighthouse is considered a nature reserve and is surrounded by a black beach. We will see the Bessastaðir (official residence of the President) which is located on a small peninsula a few minutes’ drive from downtown Reykjavik. We will then hear about Dorrit Moussaieff the former Jewish/Israeli first lady of Iceland.

We then go to our lovely hotel the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica our home base for the next 7 nights.

Day 2 | Westman Islands (Sea Parrot) South Coast – Dirholai Cliff and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
In the morning we will set sail for the Westman Islands – a group of islands located in southern Iceland. The islands are an archipelago that includes 15 islands of which only the large island Heimaey is inhabited.  However, on the other islands one can find secluded huts that are mainly used for hunting. We will tour the parts of the island buried under the lava and volcanic dirt. We will continue with a tour of the island’s cliffs and watch a variety of seabirds and animals. The animal most identified with the islands is the sea parrot (the puffin). They can be viewed on the nesting cliffs and there are hiking trails leading up to the nesting points. The nesting season of sea turtles is from mid-April to mid-August.

We return to the mainland and drive to the southern coast, to Dyrhólaey – a 120 m high cliff not far from the town of Vík and the southernmost point in Iceland. The place is so named because of the shape of the famous rock in the shape of the arch. The name Dirholi means “hole in the door”. The place was probably created by a volcanic eruption that occurred at the end of the ice age.

We will continue to the beautiful Seljalandsfoss Waterfall which falls 60 meters.  This is one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Iceland.

In the evening we will return to our hotel in Reykjavik.

Day 3 | The erupting volcano Fagradalsfjall and the Blue Lagoon
Today we travel about 40 kilometers from Reykjavik to watch the eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano (sorry, marshmallows not allowed). The eruption of the Fagradalsfjall volcano became an international tourist attraction as the above ground volcano flow is relatively weak and slow.  We will have a tour and try to get as close as possible.  This is subject to weather conditions.

Afterwards, we head to the Blue Lagoon – one of the most famous lagoons in the world covered in a mist and one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. In the 1970s, the Swartsangi geothermal power plant began pumping out water rich in salt, algae, and minerals which became a kind of lava field and created the Blue Lagoon where we will go for a swim.

 Day 4 | Vatnajökull Glacier and Jökulsárlón Glacier
The day will be dedicated to the power of glaciers.  Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull covers about 8% of the island’s area.  Under the glacier, as under many of Iceland’s glaciers, there are volcanoes. There are also volcanic lakes, such as Grímsvötn.  During the last ice age, many volcanic eruptions occurred under the ice sheet and special mountains were formed with fairly flat peaks, such as Mount Herðubreið.  This mountain was under the glacier cover during the last ice age but is now completely exposed above the ground.

This is a day to admire dramatic fjord views and tiny fishing villages at the edges of winding roads.  Towards noon our next destination is Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon over which glaciers sail.  It is the largest and deepest glacial lagoon in Iceland and was formed by large chunks of ice that detached from Vatnajökull glacier. Because of the lake’s proximity to the glacier there is a fear that the lake will eventually become a real bay.  We will board an amphibious vehicle for a cruise on the glacial lagoon. This is a special experience in which one sees the glaciers up close and one also sees the point of disconnection of the ice blocks from the Great Glacier. During the cruise we will learn about the history, nature and animals of the area.  We will also lear

n about the formation of glaciers, and if we are lucky, we will see the moment of disengagement of a block of ice from the glacier.  We may also get to see seals.

Day 5 | The Golden Ring – Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss Gold Falls and Thingvellir National Park
This day will be dedicated to a trip in the “Golden Ring” area. On our way there we will pass Icelandic horse farms.  The Icelandic horse is a different horse in appearance from the other types of horses.  He has a special way of walking – when he gallops, a foot on each side touches the ground.  His fur is also unique.

We will reach Friðheimar and visit a geothermal farm and see a Strokkur geyser that erupts every 10-15 minutes.  It is one of the largest geysers in the world. We will also see the Gullfoss Golden Falls which is a waterfall system that falls into a deep and spectacular canyon. The water source of the falls is actually the Langiocotel Glacier. Afterwards, we drove to the National Thingvellir Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Park located near Lake Thingvellir. The system of geological fractures is considered to be one of the best examples of the displacement of the tectonic plates.  This is one of the places where the Eurasian continental shelf meets its North American counterpart.  This area was first inhabited by Vikings.

We will return to Reykjavik and prepare for Shabbat.

Day 6 | | Saturday rest in ReykjavikShabbat Menucha – we will dedicate the day to rest and prayer. On Shabbat afternoon we will go on a walking tour together with the guide in the hotel area.

 Day 7 | The town of Borgarnes – the whale fjord Hvalfjörður and the villages Hellnar and Arnarstapi
After breakfast, we head to the town of Borgarnes which has about 2000 inhabitants.  From there we go south to Hvalfjörður (known as the Whale Fjord).  We will have the opportunity to tour the area and enjoy the unique beauty of an authentic Icelandic fjord with its ships, beaches, snow-capped mountains and waterfalls.  During World War II, the British and Americans built a large military base there.  There is also a whaling station. For geology lovers, the inner part of the Whale Fjord presents an interesting mix of volcanoes and green vegetation.

We then travel to the Snæfellsnes peninsula where the small villages of Hellnar and Arnarstapi are located.  The villages are located at the foot of the famous Snaefellsjökull Glacier.  The glacier and the area around it are considered one of the energy centers of the earth, and here the legend was woven that Snipplesens is the gateway to the center of the earth.

Day 8 | Whale watching cruise in Reykjavik
Today we will go on a whaling cruise from Reykjavik, the Icelandic capital.  This the most popular destination in the country for whaling cruise. Those who want the opportunity to watch the biggest creatures of the sea have a good chance on these cruises (whale siting is not guaranteed).

On the way to the airport, we will stop at a mall to complete shopping including the world-famous Icelandic lamb wool sweaters. Then we head to the airport and bid goodbye to Iceland as we head home to Israel and other destinations.

Price:
NIS 15,450 pp/dbl / Single Supplement: NIS18,600 Includes flights
Price without flights NIS 13,000 pp/dbl/ NIS 16,320 single
NIS 250 pp addition for non AACI member or join AACI
  • Minimum participants required
  • Program, itinerary, timing, sites subject to change
  • Corona restrictions observed

Terms of payment
From date of registration Until June 26, 2022 – 50%
from June 27 until departure – 100%

Terms of cancellation
From time of payment from June 26 – July 12, 2022 – 50%.
From July 13 – departure 100%

The trip includes:
* Round trip, Israel – Iceland flights
* Economy – half board, Sandwiches for lunch
* Entrance fee to the sites according to the route of the trip
* Tips
* Guide
* AACI escort
* Air-conditioned tourist bus.

The trip do not include:* Corona tests -Subject to change
* Personal expenses during the trip to Iceland
* Medical insurance and luggage – extended insurance must be taken out, which includes medical coverage and cancellation fees due to the corona virus.
* Changes in port and fuel taxes to be determined by the airlines after 1.3.2022

Flights details:
August 22. Flight U81324 departing Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion: 08:00. Arriving Keflavik 13:55
August 29, Flight U81325 departing Keflavik 16:00. Arriving Tel Aviv-Ben Gurion 03:25 (Aug 30)

Clarifications:

* Any change related to the flight times and / or other default related to the airline, is the airline’s sole responsibility and does not in any way constitute grounds for a claim against Discovery and
AACI compensation.
* Due to possible changes in the flight schedules, the order of visiting the sites may change and it is possible that a few visits will be replaced by others.

Registration and cancellation policy
Cancellation policy as detailed in the ‘General Terms’ section of the website. Registration through a dedicated website.

Insurance
It is the duty of every passenger to insure themselves with appropriate medical insurance, including an extension for Corona and air travel. It is recommended to activate the insurance in accordance with the cancellation conditions in the trip plan, in order to be covered in cases of cancellation of the trip under conditions covered by the insurance policy. If you choose to insure expensive equipment it is worth declaring it when you leave Israel.