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March 27 (Thursday) – Leave BWI to Reykjavik

March 28 (Friday) –

• Reykjavik Grand Excursion – 3 hour city tour
• Lutheran Cathedral
• Catholic Cathedral
• Asmundur Sveinsson Sculptures
• Kringlan Mall

March 29 (Saturday) -

Golden Circle Tour

March 30 (Sunday) –

• South Shore Adventure – Day Tour
• Kolaport Flea Market
• National Museum and Art Gallery
• Einar Jonsson Sculpture Museum
• National History Museum
• The Icelandic Phallological (Penis) Museum
• Blue Lagoon

March 31 (Monday) – Leave Reykjavik to BWI

Day 1 – March 27 (Thursday)

Leave BWI to Reykjavik

Day 2 – March 28 (Friday)

City Tour

Reykjavik Grand Excursion – 3 hour tour
Daparts at 1:00pm

Details

The Reykjavik Grand Excursion is a detailed and comprehensive introduction to Reykjavik's past and present. During this tour Reykjavik’s main attractions are highlighted on foot and by bus.

The main landmarks, such as The Pearl, Hallgrímskirkja church, the harbour and the famous 101 Reykjavik neighbourhood are visited.

Reykjavik's unique proximity to nature, with salmon river Elliðaá running through it, a thermal beach at Nauthólsvík, green valleys and outdoor swimming pools, makes this city second to none in the world. Lunch and refreshments are not included.

Included
Bus fare, guidance in English daily, German on Wed & Sun and French on Tue and pick-up at hotels and guesthouses 30 minutes before departure.

Reykjavik Excursions
http://www.re.is/DayTours/NatureHistory/Details/South-Shore-Adventure/

Lutheran Cathedral
Location: Frikrikjuvegur 5
Admission: Free
Hours: 9:00am-5:00pm, Mon-Tues and Thurs – Fri; 10:00am-5:00pm, Wed.
Phone: 354-551-3579

Catholic Cathedral
Location: Tungata, 101 Reykjavik
Admission: Free
Hours: English Mass – 6:00pm, Sat-Sun; Mass in Icelandic – 8:00am and 6:00pm, Mon-Sat; 10:30am 2:00pm and 6:00pm, Sun
Phone: 354-552-2155

Asmundur Sveinsson Sculptures
Location: Sigtum, 105 Reykjavik
Admission: ?
Hours: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Phone: 354-553-2155

Kringlan Mall
Location: Kringlan 8-12, 103 Reykjavik
Admission: Free
Hours: 10:00am-6:30pm, Mon-Thurs; 10:00am – 7:00pm; 10:00am -6:00pm, Sat,; 1:00pm – 5:00pm, Sun.
Phone: 354-568-9200

Reykjavik Museum of Photograghy (Ljosmyndasafn Reykjavik)
Location: Borgartuni 1
Admission:
Hours: 12:00pm-3:30pm, Mon.-Fri.
Phone: 354563-2530

 

Day 3 – March 29 (Saturday)-

Pick-up: 9:00am

Golden Circle Day Tour

• Drive over Hellisheidi Heath to the geothermal town of Hvergierdi where heat-energy from the “center of the earth” is harnessed to grow exotic plants, fruits and vegetables

• Drive to Kerid, an extinct volancic crater now filled with water

• Visit the Pingvellis National Park, Iceland’s most historic site and travel onto the Great Geyer

• Hot springs area

• Gullfoss Falls

Reykjavik Excursions
http://www.re.is/DayTours/NatureHistory/Details/South-Shore-Adventure/

Day 4- March 30 (Sunday)

South Shore Adventure – Day Tour

Departs at 9:00am

Details

This tour is ideal for nature lovers of all kinds. You will have an opportunity to stand behind the plummeting Seljalandsfoss waterfall, walk up to the Skógafoss waterfall and gaze at the formations.

We travel along the South coast of Iceland as far as Vík í Mýrdal a small charming village surrounded by beautiful high bird cliffs.

Highlights of the day are stunning views of glaciers, black lava sand coast lines and impressive rock formations.

Included
Bus fare. Entrance to the Skógar museum. Guidance in English all days. German on Fridays. French on Wednesday. Pick up at hotels and guesthouses 30 minutes prior to departure. Drop off after day tours may sometimes not be right in front of your hotel/guesthouse due to narrow streets and actual coach size used during the tour.

Reykjavik Excursions
http://www.re.is/DayTours/NatureHistory/Details/South-Shore-Adventure/

Kolaport Flea Market
Location: Geirsgata, 101 Reykjavik (next to the Reykjavik harbor)
Admission: Free
Hours: ?
Phone: 354-562-5030

National Art Gallery
Location: Frikirkjuvegur 7
Admission: ?
Hours: 11:00am-5:00pm, Tues. – Sun.
Phone: 354-562-1000

Einar Jonsson Sculpture Museum
Location: Njaroargata, 101 Reykjavik
Admission: ?
Hours: 2:00pm-5:00pm, Sat.-Sun.;
Phone: 354-551-3797
The Icelandic Phallological (Penis) Museum
Location: City center on Laugavegur 116
Admission: ?
Hours: ?
Phone: ?

Blue Lagoon
Location: Blaalonio
Admission: $4:00
Hours: ?
Phone:354-426-8800

Buses run from BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon twice daily
The Blue Lagoon is 31 miles from Reykjavik

Day 5 – March 31 (Monday)

Leave for BWI

Travel Tips

Tipping:
There is no tipping for Icelandic hotels or taxis.

Currency Exchange:
Banks are located at the airport and in town. Business hours are Monday – Friday between 9:15am and 4:00pm.

Hotels will exchange currency.

Glacier
Vantnajokull – One of the largest glaciers in the world. It can be seen flying over Iceland.

Industry:
Main industry is fishing, Icelandic knitwear, farming and crafts.

Tours:
BSI – The Icelandic Bus Routes Union operates most of the scheduled services although a number of small companies also run tours.

Taxis:
There is no tipping in Iceland for taxis. Taxis can be hired at a fairly reasonable rate for extended trips to the country.

All the best hotels have direct lines to taxi companies.

Taxis are identified by the word “TAXI”, or a sign bearing the letter “L” on a yellow background.

Shopping:
Shops in main shopping areas are open 9:00am-6:00pm, Mon.-Fri.; 10:00am-4:00pm, Sat.

Super markets stay open later on Thurs. and Fri.

Main shopping areas include: Adalstraeti, Austurstraeti, Hverfisgata, Bankastraeti, Laugavegur and Skolavordustigur.

Religion:
Lutheran is the national religion. Two percent of the population is Roman Catholic and Reykjavik has the only Roman Catholic cathedral in Iceland.

Electricity:
220 volts 50HzAC

Lakes:
Hagavtn (92 miles from Reykjavik) is at the foot of the “Long Glacier”, Langjokull.

Hvitarnes (106 miles from Reykjavik) is on the other side of the “Long Glacier”, and the glacier plunges down into the water and huge chunks break away to float off as icebergs.

Buses:
The bus station is located at Hlemmur, at the junction of Lauguvegur, Hverfisgata and Raudarastigur.

Bus stops are marked “SVR”.

There is only one fare on all routes, and drivers are not allowed to give change.

Transfers are available by the bus driver if you need more than that one bus. The word “skiptimidi” [skiptimiti] means transfer.

BSI bus terminal post office is open to 7:30pm on weekdays and between 8:am-3:00pm on Sat.

Public Restrooms:
Public toilets are not common in Reykjavik, but are available at Bankastraeti, about 40 yards or so from Laekjartorg Squar, at Hlemmur bus station, in the predestrain tunnek under Miklabraut and Langhlid, on the south-east corner of Milklatun, and in the Hiljomskalagardur park, just south of Tjornin.

Tourist Information Center:
Located at Ingolfsstraeti 5. Hours are 8:30am-7:00pm, Mon.-Fri; 8:30am-4:00pm, Sat.

Post Offices:
Central Post Office
Location: Posthusstraeti 5
Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Mon.-Fri.

Post Office Kriglan
Location: Kringlan 8-12
Hours:?

Hotel Information

Radisson Blu SAS Saga Hotel
Hagatorg
Reykjavik, Iceland
www.radissonblu.com/sagahotel-reykjavik

Phone: 011-354-525-9900
Fax: 011-354-525-9909
Reservations: 1-800-333-3333 (USA)

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