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: August 3-11, 2023
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 (7am). 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. 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. Greeting and talk from the Icelandic Farmer’s Association. Welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight Reykjavik. Meals: Meals on flight, Dinner
Today we head to the southern shore where our first stop will be at a geothermal power plant to learn about the significance of geothermal energy in Iceland, where 90% of inhabitants have access to the energy. Continue to Pykkvibaer known for its potato cultivation. Lunch included with local delicacies. This afternoon stop at 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. End the day with a visit to Reynisfjara black beach with its majestic basalt columns and the possibility for Puffins sightings. Check into hotel near Vik where dinner is also included. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, 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. Check into nearby hotel and enjoy dinner at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Travel along the southern coast with a stop to visit the folk museum at Skógar, where we find among other things traditional turf/wooden houses and agricultural tools from the past. Nearby is one of the most spectacular waterfalls of Iceland—the breathtaking Skógafoss 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. Continue to Selfoss, the largest agricultural area of Iceland, known as the southern lowland, where we will check into our hotel for the next 3 nights. Dinner at the hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
After breakfast, transfer to 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 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. Light lunch included. Continue to 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. On the way back to Selfoss, visit a cattle farm. Return to Selfoss hotel for overnight and dinner. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we head into the highlands and visit Landmannalaugar which gets its name from a hot pool that rises from under the Laugahraun lava field. Landmannalaugar has been a stopping point for people for centuries, and the mountain shepherds on Landmannaafrettur have stayed there while herding sheep off the mountain for as long as there have been reports of such travel. It is an area famous for its colorfulness and unique environs with rhyolite, obsidian and lava in the area. Boxed lunch in the mountains. Visit a sheep farm that uses this area to herd their sheep and learn about the communal use of the mountains where they send their sheep throughout the summer. Return to Selfoss for overnight. Dinner on own. Meals: Breakfast, Boxed Lunch
Check out after breakfast and depart. Visit a farm in the area of Hvalfjörður, a member of „open agriculture“ they have been welcoming groups to visit for many years to get to know their horses, sheep, cats, dogs and rabbits, also telling about their mussel farming and picking. Continue to visit Hraunfossar waterfalls, seemingly coming from under a 1000 years old lava field and stop by at Deildatunguhver hot spring, which heats up farms and village in the area (upto 60 km from the hot spring). Last stop at Hvanneyri agricultural university for a tour including a visit to their agricultural museum, their collection of farm machinery in Iceland and their wool center. Continue to Reykjavík for final overnight. Dinner on own. Meals: Breakfast
Breakfast at hotel. Option to visit Blue Lagoon for a warm farewell bath ($150 per person including transfers). 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 flight
7 nights in superior tourist class accommodations.
15 Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 5 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.
COVID testing 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 $800 to guarantee single room.