Iceland Farm Tour
Land of Fire and Ice - Geothermal Wonderland - Glaciers - Lava Fields
Iceland, located just south of the Arctic Circle, has 1% agriculturally productive land, but the lowlands are very fertile due to the volcanic soil. The temperatures are regulated and kept rather mild by the Gulf Stream. The sheep outnumber the inhabitants 2 to 1! Ranked Number 1 on the Global Peace Index, Iceland has become a popular destination for its amazing landscapes and friendly people. Sustainability has been a must for this island nation and they produce most of their energy via hydro– and geothermal sources. Icelandic culture has been shaped by isolation and the extreme forces of nature. These conditions have created a resilient people, where family ties are close, the sense of tradition is strong, and the bond with nature is tight. Icelandic agriculture includes fish and seafood production, cattle, horses, dairy, cereal crops, sheep and greenhouse production.
Iceland Farm Tour Date: June 3-11, 2021
Iceland Agriculture Tour Itinerary
If booking own flight, please arrive to Chicago by ca. 7pm. Trump Tours is happy to assist with connecting flights from your gateway. Depart Chicago on direct flight to Reykjavik (6 hours). Meals: Meals on plane
Arrival Reykjavik (10am). Pass through immigration and customs and meet your local guide and driver who will be with you the duration of the tour. Iceland is at 0 Greenwich Mean Time (+6 hrs ahead of CST) and does not observe daylight savings time. In June, the sun will rise around 3am and set around Midnight due to the proximity to the Arctic Circle. You will experience “white nights”, the phenomenon where the sun does not fully set. Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city, is also Europe’s smallest capital city. Here, charming historical buildings of stone and wood mingle with imaginative modern architecture. Continue on a two-hour city tour of Reykjavik including a stop at Hallgrimskirkja Church and Perlan Observation deck for a view over the city. In the afternoon, check into hotel. Welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight Reykjavik. Meals: Meals on Plane, Dinner
Today we head to the southern shore where our first stop will be the Lava Center to learn about the volcanic area (Mt. Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull). We´ll stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall with plenty of time for a hike to explore the back side of the waterfall. Continue to visit the area beneath the glacier of Eyjafjallajökull (eruption 2010) that exudes super fertile land for agriculture production. Visit a dairy and sheep farm and continue to visit a mixed farm specializing in dairy and cereal crop production. After lunch, visit the folk museum at Skógar, where we find among other things traditional turf/wooden houses and agricultural tools from the past. Our final stop of the day will be another breathtaking waterfall—the beautiful Skógafoss waterfall. Check into our Vík area hotel for the next 2 nights. Dinner at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, visit the company Fagradalsbleikja, which has received high praise for its production of smoked trout. Continue to the Skaftafell National Park, passing by the Mýrdalssandur sandy plains and the enchanting and otherworldly appearing 200- year-old moss covered lava field of Eldhraun before arriving at the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a small but important community center. Continue further east passing by the Skeiðarársandur sandy plains on to the base of Vatnajökull, the biggest ice-cap in Iceland (and in Europe for that matter). There will be a possibility for a short hike. Continue eastwards to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy a mystical boat tour among its towering icebergs. Return to hotel in Vik area and dinner at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
We start the day with a short stop at Reynisfjara black beach with its majestic basalt columns and the possibility for Puffins sightings. Continue to the largest agricultural area of Iceland, known as the southern lowland. The first stop is Þingborg, a wool center where the ladies of the region work with wool and use it for all sorts of products. Meet with one of those ladies who will tell us a bit about their work and the Icelandic wool. Continue to a horse and greenhouse farm. We will be welcomed by a 15 minute horse show and then have a chance to chat with the family and learn about their horses. We´ll also visit their greenhouses where they cultivate tomatoes all year around using geothermal heating and during the long winter nights also electricity. At the end of the day, visit the Gullfoss waterfall (the Golden Waterfall), one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls and Geyser hot spring area. Enjoy the regular eruptions of Strokkur hot spring, which come every 5-10 minutes. Continue to hotel for checkin and dinner at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Visit Þingvellir National Park, the site of the ancient parliament and Iceland’s most renowned picturesque spot. Discover where the oldest, still active national parliament was founded in 930. The park is also of great geological interest: see exactly where the earth is splitting apart! Continue to Hvalfjörður, and visit a sustainable farm with horses, sheep, cats, dogs and rabbits. They also have mussel farming. The final stop of the day will be the Hvanneyri Agricultural University for a tour including a visit to their agricultural museum and their collection of farm machinery. Continue to Snæfellsnes area where we unpack for 2 nights. Dinner at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Today will be spent exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Visit a dairy, sheep and horse farm. Continue to Búðir to view its black wooden church. Enjoy the curious contrast of the yellow sand and the black lava at the beach. We will stop at the picturesque village of Arnarstapi where we walk along the sea cliffs before heading to Djúpárlónssandur beach. Continue around the peninsula, passing a couple of fishing villages before arriving at a farm known in Iceland for the shark meat processing for the farmer. Enjoy a sample of the products and also visit the minute farmer´s wooden church. Return to hotel and dinner included. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Start with a visit to a farm that sells direct to consumers where they produce ice-cream and skyr-delicacies. Tour the cow shed with the farmer and of course samples are included. Continue to the Borgarfjörður area with a short stop at the Grábrók crater surrounded by a 3,500-year-old moss covered lava field. In 20 minutes, we hike to the rim of the crater. Continue to visit a small goat farm where the farmer has dedicated her work to conserving this particular Icelandic breed. Stop at Hraunfossar Waterfalls that come from under a 1,000-year-old lava field. Also visit the Deildatunguhver hot spring, which provides geothermal heat to farms and villages at a distance of up to 35 miles. Continue to Reykjavík for the final night. Dinner on your own. Meals: Breakfast
Breakfast at hotel. Stop at the Blue Lagoon for a warm farewell bath. Depart to airport for direct flight to Chicago. Please book connecting flight at least 3 hours after arrival (ca. 9pm) to allow time to pass through customs. Trump Tours is happy to provide a quote for add-on air from your desired gateway. Meals: Breakfast, Meal On Plane
7 nights in superior tourist class accommodations.
13 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners
Roundtrip airfare Chicago-Rekjavik.
Transportation provided in air-conditioned motorcoach.
Sightseeing/technical visits as outlined in itinerary.
Services of full time professional tour manager with agricultural background.
All taxes and fees.
Museum entrances, tour manager and driver tips, passport fees, public transportation, personal items, beverages at meals, travel insurance. Based on mimimum of 15 participants.
$5,499 per person, based on double occupancy.
Add $799 to guarantee single room.