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VIP Adventures in Iceland
Iceland has long
been a refueling point for private jets flying between North America and
Europe, however, in recent years it has become one of the hottest destinations
around, making various lists from Travel + Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler, Robb
Report, Virtuoso, USA Today and others. With exposure on Game of Thrones and
plenty of media coverage, visitor count jumped from 500,000 in 2010 to 2.4
million last year. We tapped into luxury travel agency SmartFlyer and its CEO
Michael Holtz for a VVIP itinerary that could fit a longer stopover or even a
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In This Issue:
1. Iceland VIP Itinerary
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1. Four Nights Iceland VIP Adventure
cold, cold reputation, Iceland has quickly become one of the hottest
destinations requested by our travelers. While Iceland may not be known as a
luxury destination, there is a way to see all it offers as a VVIP. So, we took
this as a chance to scope out this glacial escape and find all the
reasons why our adventure junkies are packing up and heading North. No surprise
that what we found was a substantial amount of Mother Nature at her finest with
bubbling hot springs, incredible glaciers, black sand beaches and so much more.
days, 4 nights
We Love it
For: Adventure Junkies and Small Groups
Personal Notes: Perfect
for couples and small groups alike.
- Snorkeling tour
through Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral and Silfra Lagoon
- Snowmobiling on
the second largest glacier in Iceland
- Seeing Iceland’s
natural black sand beach
- Chasing the
infamous Northern Lights
- Taking a dip in
Iceland’s iconic hot springs known as, Blue Lagoon
DAY 1: REYKJAVIK
Upon your arrival
to Iceland your English-speaking driver-guide will welcome you at Keflavik
airport. He’ll take you to Hveragerdi where you’ll be in a private home with full hotel services.
Freshen up and enjoy breakfast; you have an exciting first day ahead of you.
A good start to
your Iceland experience will be a city sightseeing tour of Reykjavik– you will
get introduced to Reykjavik’s past and present. During this tour Reykjavik’s
main attractions are highlighted on foot and by private car. The main
landmarks, such as The Pearl, Hallgrímskirkja church,
the National Museum of Iceland, the harbor and the famous 101
Reykjavik neighborhood are visited.
After lunch you’ll
transfer to the buggy station outside Reykjavik for an adrenaline filled
buggy safari through rough terrain (driving license required).
Take the evening
to relax by the fireplace and enjoy the privacy of your villa.
2: THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK and SNORKELING AT SILFRA
you’ll pack up and head to the countryside of Thingvellir, the site
of the original Althing, the actual founding place of the oldest democratic
parliament in the world. This area is noted for its spectacular lava formations
and being the only place in the world where you can actually see the tectonic
plates drift apart. Today Thingvellir is a national park and by many,
considered the most important one where the protected area will always be the
property of the Icelandic nation.
Upon arrival at
Silfra, your guide will give you your dry suit and snorkeling equipment. Your
guide will explain how to use this equipment and how to ensure that you will be
warm and comfortable during your 30 to 40 minute snorkeling tour of Silfra
Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon.
snorkel you will explore the four main parts of Silfra. You will float through
Big Crack, Silfra’s narrowest section and where the continental plates are so close
you can almost touch them. The fissure then widens into Silfra Hall. Here, the
full spectrum of Silfra’s colors and clarity become all the more apparent. At
this point if you look at just the right angle you can see all the way to
Thingvallavatn, over 150m away. Near to the opening to Thingvallavatn you’ll
enter the Silfra Cathedral; as the depth reaches 23m you feel like you are
flying over the boulders and glacial silt. Your snorkel is finished in the
endless visibility of Silfra Lagoon.
Take the night to
cozy up and relax.
DAY 3: GOLDEN
CIRCLE – GEYSIR AND GULFOSS WATERFALL and SNOWMOBILING
Today you’ll take
off after breakfast and head towards the interior, second largest glacier
in Iceland – Langjokull. Depending on weather, you’ll get your adrenaline
fill by snowmobiling on the glacier (driving license is required).
you’ll go to one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe, Gullfoss
(Golden Waterfall). Here you will see thousands of tons of icy water
thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge from the glacier
proceed to Geyser, the “geyser” which gave its name to all other erupting hot
springs. You’ll see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur,
spouting up to 90 feet into the air.
No trip to Iceland
is complete without a chance to chase the infamous Northern Lights. Your
guide will take you out tonight for your chance to hunt this mystical
experience. Don’t forget your camera folks, if you catch this rare
sighting it will be a moment to capture for a lifetime.
DAY 4: SOUTH
COAST ALONG WITH SOLHEIMAJOKULL GLACIER WALK, BLACK LAVA BEACH
Today you’ll explore
the south shore and you will drive along the south shore to Reynisfjara
waterfalls (one of which you can walk behind) where you’ll get to explore black
sandy beaches, mountains and strange lava formations along the way.
Solheimajokull glacier tongue extends down from its mother glacier,
Myrdalsjokull, Iceland’s fourth largest.
(1480m) is the fourth largest glacier with an area of about 590 km². It rests
on a very volcanically active massif mountain, which erupted very powerfully in
1918. Quite a few glacier snouts flow down onto the lower lying areas and
discharge a great volume of water.
On the way back,
enjoy a nice drive down to the black sandy lava beach Reynisfjara.
But the day isn’t over yet! After you’ve spent enough time on the beach,
experience Glacier walking on Solheimajokull glacier, all gear provided.
last night in Iceland, relax and enjoy at your leisure.
5: DEPARTURE TO KEFLAVIK AIRPORT WITH A STOP AT THE BLUE LAGOON
We have one last
activity before you officially depart from your icy adventure.
Drive from the
villa through Reykjanes peninsula – explore geothermal activities and amazing
landscapes like lake Kleifarvatn, Seltun (where you’ll see bubbling hot
Your last, but
surely not least treat is Iceland’s most popular attraction, the Blue
Lagoon. Blue Lagoon is a natural geothermal spa surrounded by a lava field and
black sandy beaches. Have “the swim of your life” enjoying the
comfort of the warm lagoon water.
lunch at the Lava restaurant in Blue Lagoon it’s time to head to the FBO
for your flight home.
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