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Arctic Circle
  • Oct 16, 2022
  • Departure from Harpa, Concert Hall and Conference Center

Special Tours

Participants at the Arctic Circle Assembly are invited to book Special Tours on the day after the Assembly. The four tours offer adventures in Iceland with expert guides: Volcano Hike & the Blue Lagoon - Glaciers and Climate Change - Golden Circle and Friðheimar Farm - Airport Transfer & Blue Lagoon

VOLCANO HIKE & THE BLUE LAGOON

This excursion offers participants an incredible insight into Iceland's most recent volcanic eruption, followed by a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon.

The first stop of the day will be at Kleifarvatn Lake, the largest lake in the peninsula, followed closely by a visit tothe Seltún Geothermal Area where you will be able to witness mudpots, fumaroles and minerals deposited from geothermal solutions that provide colorful sediments. Continuing the journey to Geldingadalir, the newest volcanic eruption in Iceland that lasted for 6 months straight. Here you get to hike up to the volcano and experience the brand-new dramatic lava field.

After the volcano hike, the tour will continue through the fishing town of Grindavík before going to the Blue Lagoon. A 3-course lunch will be served inside the Blue Lagoon at the LAVA restaurant. After lunch, everyone will get to go into the lagoon for a relaxing swimming experience. The Blue Lagoon experience includes a Comfort entrance with use of towel, silica mask, as well as a drink of your choice from the lagoon bar. After the bathing experience, the tour will return to Reykjavik.

GLACIERS AND CLIMATE CHANGE

The Arctic and Sub-Arctic is home to several glaciated regions, located in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Russia, and the Nordic region. Rapid melting and retreat of glaciers and ice caps in those regions is now occurring in response to global warming, which is amplified at higher latitudes. Mass loss from the Greenland ice sheet has been the single largest contributor to global sea level rise since 1993 and future melting of the ice sheet could raise the global sea-level by 7 meters.

Iceland’s glaciers and ice caps are among the best-studied in the world. This excursion offers participants a unique opportunity to visit a glacier and learn about the relationship between climate change and glacier extent, with a specific focus on the glaciers of Iceland, Greenland, and the Third Pole.

GOLDEN CIRCLE AND FRIÐHEIMAR FARM

This Golden Circle excursion is an Icelandic classic with stops at some of the country's most beautiful places, situated just a short drive from Reykjavík.

Participants will be driven to Þingvellir National Park, known as the site of the Alþing, Iceland's parliament from the 10th to the 18th Century. After exploring Þingvellir, participants will be driven to Friðheimar, an Icelandic geothermal greenhouse tomato farm and restaurant, where participants will learn about the use of geothermal heating in Icelandic horticulture and enjoy an incredibly unique lunch inside the greenhouse.

After the visit to Friðheimar, participants will be driven to the breathtaking waterfall Gullfoss and then to the Geysir hot spring area before returning to Reykjavík.

AIRPORT TRANSFER & BLUE LAGOON  

Make the most of your last day in Iceland with a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This tour starts in front of Harpa where you will meet your professional local guide.

Before heading to the airport, we make our way to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon experience includes a Comfort entrance with use of towel, silica mask, as well as 1 drink of own choice from the lagoon bar.

After a relaxing morning at the Blue Lagoon, we make our way to the airport for your departure from Iceland.

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