Reed Travel Features
NEW YORK -- Clients interested in seeing the volcanoes, geysers,
glaciers and other natural wonders of Iceland can select from a
variety of tour programs and independent packages available through
To entice travelers to visit this land of fire and ice, several
operators have launched bolstered itineraries for 1997:
* For example, Bennett Tours, which has been taking people to
Iceland for about five years, introduced an eight-night escorted
Iceland Complete program.
The program, which begins and ends in Reykjavik, takes visitors
to Borgarnes, Sauoar-
krokur, Akureyri, Neskaupstaour, Hofn and Vik.
Along the way, participants will see the Golden Falls, the hot
springs at Geysir, Lake Myvatn and Skaftafell National Park.
Other highlights of the tour include a trip to the isolated
fjords near Iceland's highest bird cliff, in Neskaupstaour, and a
cruise on a glacial lagoon.
The package is priced from $1,555 per person, double, and
departures are scheduled from April 29 through Oct. 7.
The cost includes roundtrip air fare from New York, Baltimore or
Boston; accommodations; transfers; some meals; services of a tour
escort, and baggage handling.
Bennett also offers a five-night escorted Iceland's Southern
Highlights tour, priced from $1,780, and a two-night Stopover in
Iceland, priced from $200.
The two-night programs are designed for travelers heading to
other parts of Europe who would like to spend a few days in
Iceland's capital before or after their journey.
The costs mentioned above are per person, double, and include
air fare from New York.
For information and reservations, contact Bennett here at (212)
532-5060 or (800) 221-2420.
* Euroseven, also based here, offers Iceland on its own and as
part of longer programs to Scandinavia and Scotland.
As a result of the popularity of the combination packages that
were launched this year, the company is extending them through next
summer, said Wendi Mehlman, marketing manager for Euroseven.
"People love being able to pay one price and visit two
countries," she said.
The Iceland & Scotland program, priced from $589, features
two nights in Reykjavik and the choice of two nights in Edinburgh
Under the plan, travelers start each day with continental
breakfast and spend three days exploring Scotland by car.
Clients who would prefer to combine Iceland with Scandinavia can
do so with the Scandinavia Week With Iceland Option program, which
is priced from $999.
After spending six nights in Copenhagen, Denmark; Oslo, Norway,
or Stockholm, Sweden, travelers head to Reykjavik, Iceland, for one
night for an extra $35 per person.
The company also offers a Reykjavik Weekend plan, Mehlman
The two-night package starts at $389 and includes roundtrip air
fare from New York, Baltimore or Boston; accommodations; daily
breakfast, and hotel taxes.
All prices listed above are per person, based on double
occupancy. Euroseven can be reached at (800) 890-3876; fax (212)
* Gogo Worldwide Vacations, based in Ramsey, N.J., entered the
Iceland market at the end of 1995 and is pleased with the response
it has received so far, according to Jacques DiCroce, the firm's
director of marketing for Europe.
Gogo is selling Icelandair's tour products, such as Iceland
Midweek Madness, priced from $299 through March, and the Adventure
Getaway, priced from $379 through April.
Both two-night packages are priced per person, double, and can
be booked by calling any Gogo operator.
For 1997, Gogo plans to combine the two-night packages with
other European destinations.
DiCroce said there is a growing "demand to discover more" of
Iceland and that the firm will launch escorted and fly-drive
packages this summer.
* Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Passage Tours features a
semi-escorted, eight-night program called Iceland Crescendo, which
circles the island with optional extensions to Greenland and the
Highlights of the program include the lava fields of
Kirk-jubaejarklaustur, a cruise in the Jokulsarlon Lagoon, the
fishing village of Husavik, Lake Myvatn, the Gullfoss Waterfall and
the Geysir geothermal area.
The trip, which has nine departures scheduled in July and
August, is priced at $2,298 per person, double ($2,198 for the Aug.
21 departure), and includes roundtrip air fare from the U.S.
Two-night extensions to Greenland and the Faroe Islands are
priced at $1,098 and $698 per person, double.
Passage Tours can be contacted at (954) 776-7070; fax (954)
* Scantours, based in Los Angeles, has created several Iceland
programs ranging from three to seven nights.
Some of Scantours' most popular itineraries are the three-night
Iceland Hot Spots tour, which highlights the southern part of the
country and includes visits to the Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss Waterfall,
Geysir Hot Springs and an Icelandic farm, and the six-night Iceland
The Complete program takes participants on a circular tour of
major sites such as Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, Lake
Myvatn and Myrdalsojkull Glacier.
The tours are priced per person, double, from $705 and $1,333,
respectively, and include accommodations, most meals, sightseeing,
a tour guide, taxes and service charge.
Departures are scheduled from May through October for the
Iceland Complete program and June through August for the Hot Spots
The company can be reached at (310) 636-4656 and (800) 223-7226;
fax (310) 390-0493.
* Clients interested in discovering Iceland the way the Vikings
did might opt for Marine Expeditions' Iceland & Greenland
Passengers spend a few hours exploring Reykjavik before boarding
the Marine Discovery for an 11-night journey.
The voyage takes travelers along the western coast and calls at
Heimaey, a fishing town in the Westmann Islands with a population
of about 4,000; Flatey, and Latrabjarg, the westernmost point in
The Marine Discovery cruises along the nine-mile long bird
cliffs that are home to the world's largest razorbill colony and
where numerous sea caves are found.
The remainder of the cruise is spent exploring Greenland before
returning to the U.S.
The trip is priced from $1,995 per person, double, including
roundtrip air fare from New York or Baltimore.
* Nonni Travel, a local operator based in Akureyri, specializes
in environmentally-friendly adventure programs.
The company created several new programs for 1997, including
winter tours in a four-by-four vehicle.
Other adventures in Nonni's Iceland offerings include whale
watching in Eyjafjurdur, kayaking, Zodiac cruising and hiking tours
during the summer.
Prices vary depending on the program and the number of
The company, which also offers programs in Greenland, will
custom design itineraries to meet group or individual needs.
The tours can be booked through Mountain Travel Sobek at (510)
527-8100 and (800) 227-2384 or Icelandair Holidays at (800)
223-5500; fax (410) 715-3547.
Nonni Travel can be reached directly at (011) 354-461-1841; fax