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ICELAND: FIRE AND ICE – July 2017

Tour Highlights ~ A Photographic and Cultural Adventure
*JULY 19-29, 2017
*Accomplished photographer and tour leader Nancy Ori.
*Tour limited to 12 passengers.
*Experience the diverse landscape of Iceland with fellow photographers.
*Jokulsargljufur National Park and Lake Myvatn region.
*Jokullon Ice Lagoon
*Skaftafell National Park

For more information or to register contact
Strabo Photo Tour Collection: 607-756-8676; www.phototc.com

Experience this full circle photography tour from Þingvellir National Park to the black sea columns and beaches of Vik. In between is the spectacular Godafoss Falls (waterfall of the God’s), and Europe’s largest
migratory-bird sanctuary at Lake Mývatn, a peaceful oasis surrounded by hot springs and bubbling sulfur pools. You then journey to Jökulsárlón, photographing the blue-tinted icebergs above and below the lagoon surface. Skaftafell National Park provides a basalt waterfall, glaciers, lagoons and short hikes with fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. The unique interplay of light and shadows in Iceland, together with the intensive colors of the rapidly changing nature, makes every photographer’s heart jump! The traditional theme and image of Iceland has been ice and fire, but it is much more than that. Mother nature has painted a magnificent tapestry of colors with geological phenomena unmatched elsewhere in the world. Icelanders who along with their Nordic and Celtic ancestors have called this North Atlantic Island their home for over 1100 years..


ITINERARY

Your journey to Iceland begins with an overnight flight to Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland.
After a very early arrival (by 7AM) in Keflavik Airport, our local guide will meet you at the airport. You will then start the tour with a light breakfast in an Icelandic coffee shop. Before reaching our hotel in Borgarnes we will take a scenic drive to Lake Thingvallavatn. This area is sacred by one of the world’s great geological boundaries, a rift valley marking where the North American and Eurasian continental plates are physically tearing apart. After checking in to our hotel and enjoying a rest, we will explore the valleys West of Borgarnes. Hotel Hraunsnef (B, L,D)

Driving north today we will drive around the Vatnsnes Peninsula with its renowned seal colony cliffs on the western side and the spectacular Hvitserkur Rock on the eastern side. Traveling further east we reach the town of Saudarkrokur, with its brightly painted houses and bustling harbor. Hotel Tindastoll (B, L, D)

We leave the Northern fjords passing Akureyri and over to the spectacular Godafoss Falls, ending the day in Lake Myvatn (Midge Lake). The ice-blue Skalfandafljot River tears through horseshoe-shaped basalt canyons busting into a pair of cataracts. The largest of these being, Godafoss, known as the Waterfall of the Gods. We will take hikes to either side of these breathtaking falls, offering tremendous views and places to photograph. Hotel Reynihlid (B, L, D both days)

We will have another full day in the Lake Myvatn region. Lake Myvatn, located in the rugged Myvatn desert, is Iceland’s best-known natural wonder with pseudocraters, dark lava castle formations, steam vents, hot springs, mud pools, volcanoes, and brilliantly colored mountains. We will photograph the otherworldly region of craters, towering volcanic pillars, and boiling mud pots along the lakeshore. Dimmuborgir, is comprised of a vast field of towering volcanic pillars, while Namafjall is streaked in gray gypsum, yellow sulfur deposits, and evil smelling blue-gray belching mud pools. It is essential to follow boardwalks and guide ropes keeping a safe distance from the 200°C pots. Steam vents exist, where rocks, gravel, and earth have been burst upwards like a bubble to form waist-high, perforated mounds through which vapor screams ferociously. Perhaps we will end the day on a quieter note at the crystal clear blue waters of the Lake Myvatn natural baths, with an optional swim or spa treatment.

July 24 East Fjords – Egilsstadir This morning, we take a last look at the volcanism of the Myvatn area, including the recent lava of the “Krafla fires” of 1975-1984. We travel east through the desolate highlands, to Egilsstadir, and then on to view the East fjords. Borgarfjordur East, also known as Bakkagerdi, is an isolated community of just 120 people, overlooking a wide fjord. Backed by mountains, it is a charming location steeped in local lore. Eyvindara Guesthouse (B, L, D)

As we depart Egilsstadir, we travel south, along the East coast with its dramatic fjords, stopping at the quaint harbor village of Djupivogur. Afterwards we photograph one of the highlights of the tour, having extended time at the ice lagoon Jökullon on Breidamerkursandur.

Our next photo opportunity is Skaftafell National Park, where our accommodations are nestled between sliding glaciers at the foot of the Vatnajökull Glacier. This is Europe’s largest icecap – larger than all other glaciers in Europe combined. We are at a prime location for morning photography. Hotel Skaftafell (B, L, D)

This morning, we explore Skaftafell National Park, a natural wonderland of powerful glaciers, turbulent waterfalls, lush birch woodlands, and vibrant wildflowers. We will have a leisurely morning photographing at the foot of Vatnajökull glacier. In the afternoon Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnukur, Skaftafell offers short hikes with fantastic views of the mountain and its sliding glaciers. An extended hike takes us to a tremendous basalt waterfall known as Svartifoss, or the Black Falls. Hotel Skaftafell (B, L, D)

Some say this route is one of the most scenic and beautiful routes in Iceland. We travel along the south shore past spectacular mountain scenery, across a vast lava field by Kirkjubæjarklaustur and into Iceland’s southernmost village of Vik, where black sand beaches and picturesque rocks line the sea shore including columnar basalt grottoes, sea stacks, and bird cliffs. We visit the Dyrholaey headland where thousands of birds nest during the summer including puffins, guillemots and fulmars. Perhaps we will have time for an optional amphibious boat tour out from Dyrholaey to view the three trolls. Finally we reach our accommodation.

We will have another full day to explore Southern Iceland. Depending on the weather and road conditions we will take a day trip to Thorsmork Glacier Valley, located by the foot of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano (erupted in 2010). On our way in to the valley we will need to cross many glacier rivers, and also stop at the Gigjokull glacier where the massive flood from the melting glacier came down during the eruption. Hotel Skogar both nights (B, L, D both days)

This morning we will work our way towards the airport, as we travel west on the Reykjanes peninsula coastal road. Krysuvik offers tremendous shale hills and coastal scenery along the way. We arrive at the airport in the early afternoon for our evening flights home. (B, L)
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As this is an active expedition with moderate hikes, you should be in good physical condition. While hotels selected are the best available, accommodations are basic with a private bath in each room.

General Information

2016 Land cost: $6995*, based upon minimum of 8 paying participants, maximum 12. There is a small group surcharge of $400 per person if 5-7 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy.

Single room supplement: $695*, Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate single travelers who request single accommodations, as well as single travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, we are unable to find a suitable roommate, or
you are in a single for another reason, you will need to pay the single supplement.

*Note: The trip cost is based upon the current exchange rate with Iceland, please note this has been quite erratic of late. If there is an adjustment in the trip price (positive or negative), we will notify participants and make appropriate charges/credits.

The land cost includes:
• Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
• Accommodations based on two people sharing a room.
• Services of local driver guide during the tour.
• Breakfast, Lunch (picnic) and Dinner as included in itinerary.
• Extensive pre-departure information and services.

The land cost does not include: International air fare; air fare tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; meals not listed as included; activities listed as optional, or those taken on your own; passport expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature or those not listed in what is included; tips to guides and service staff.

Please contact Strabo Tours if you would like assistance with your International Airfare.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds
A deposit of $750 per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

• 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.

• 61-90 days before departure: $500 minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.

• 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND. Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

Fitness and health
The trip is not strenuous, and anyone who is reasonably fit and in good health should be able to participate. You will, however, have long international flights and will be spending many hours in a vehicle on game drives. Land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in this trip, please contact Strabo for more information.

Although as a trip participant you are a member of the Flying Doctors’ Society, which provides emergency medical care to travelers, you should be aware that medical services or facilities may not be readily available during all or part of the trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Travel insurance
Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.
We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take
out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure).

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the
pamphlet sent to you upon enrollment, which outlines the programs of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.

For more information contact
Strabo International Photo Tour Collection
607-756-8676 info@phototc.com