Iceland's Magical Northern Lights - Double

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Discover Iceland, a land and culture forged by fire and ice. Enjoy the rare opportunity to see the aurora borealis – one of nature’s most dazzling light displays, also known as the northern lights. Your tour begins on Day two in Reykjavik. Get acquainted with old own on a walking tour featuring Hallgrimskirkja church, city hall, the harbor and Reykjavik’s oldest building, now home to the Kraum Icelandic design center. Tonight join your fellow travelers at a popular restaurant for your welcome dinner. Then, take an exhilarating northern lights cruise. Leave behind the bright city lights and sail into the darkness of Faxafloi Bay in search of the aurora borealis – or northern lights. Day three travel the incredible Golden Circle, a route that encompasses many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. Journey to Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area. Icelanders gathered here in A.D. 930 and established what is considered one of the world’s first parliaments. Stand upon one of the globe’s most geologically significant landscapes, Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley, marking the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Stop at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur. Then, marvel at the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) watergfall, a stunning 100-foot double cascade. Next, see Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous and picturesque waterfalls with a walkway behind it. Continue to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland. After dinner, search for the aurora borealis – the elusive northern lights. Day four drive along the scenic south shore to the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitor Centre. Learn about a family’s struggle to live during and following the dramatic 2010 explosion of the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano that brought European flights to a halt. Vist Skogar Folk Museum which contains an outstanding collection covering all aspects of Icelandic life including farm and domestic artifacts, as well as turf-built homes. Nearby is the Skogafoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland. Later, view Reynisfjara, a black volcanic sand beach. See the unique natural rock formations at Dyrholaey. After dinner, gaze at the sky in search of the northern lights, a truly spectacular sight. Day five travel to Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs. Explore this extraordinary landscape and perhaps see some seals swimming in Arctic waters. Travel to Skafafell, gateway to Vatnajokull National Park. The largest national park in Europe, Vatnajokull is known for having Iceland’s highest mountains; an Alpine environment; and the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe’s largest. After dinner, continue the search for the shimmering northern lights. Day six drive to the Reykjanes Peninsula, known for its rugged landscape, lava fields, numerous hot springs, and home of the Blue Lagoon. Return to Reykjavik for your farewell dinner and overnight stay. Day seven the tour ends and you head home
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Class Details

6 Sessions
Weekly - Sat, Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri

Location
Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus

Instructor
Community Education Host 

Notice
Please read: Cancellation waiver insurance, airfare, hotel accommodations, round trip airport transfers from Modesto, hotel transfers, and 10 meals included. $530 deposit per person due upon registration. Save $100 and book by May 5, 2017.

Tuition: 

$3,779.00

Registration Closes On
Saturday, November 4, 2017 @ 12:00 AM


Schedule Information

Skip dates: (No class on 11/10/2017)

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
11/4/2017 - 11/10/2017 Weekly -Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 6:00 AM - 11:59 PM Modesto, Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus  Map, Room: Parking Lot 211 Community Education Host