Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is upping the cool factor with their new ICELAND HANGOUT – a uniquely immersive, highly social land and sea expedition led by Sven Lindblad, the company’s founder and president. On this innovative five night expedition from Reykjavik to the wild west coast of Iceland, guests will experience Iceland’s stunning coastal and inland geography, and mingle with a changing cast of interesting Icelanders forming memorable conversations and enjoying exclusively curated experiences.
From performances arranged by ethnomusicologist Jacob Edgar and a dinner prepared by Iceland’s top chef on a private island, to casual drinks-and-dinner contexts with Icelandic artists, musicians, political figures, scientists and writers, guests will engage with some of the country’s most fascinating individuals who’ll join them on their journey.
ICELAND HANGOUT encapsulates Iceland’s stunning nature, the beauty of the rugged landscape, and the creativity of the Icelandic people. It begins in the capital city of Reykjavik for two nights. See the violent forces of nature in the geologically young landscape; hot springs, spouting geysers, tumbling waterfalls, and snow-capped mountains. Witness lava fields in the Golden Circle, explore the world’s northernmost capital, soak in the Blue Lagoon geothermal pool and thrill to the juxtaposition of Viðey Island’s ancient ruins and early Christian architecture. Guests can also choose from a plethora of adventures including riding an Icelandic pony, mountain biking, attending an Icelandic cooking class, visiting a cutting-edge geothermal plant, or even heli-hiking.
Take your Icelandic adventure to new heights with a three night voyage aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer. Venture up the wild western coast, an area with which Lindblad Expeditions is very familiar. Explore remote Hornstrandir just south of the Arctic Circle – the peninsula is Iceland’s northernmost and most remote, uninhabited nature reserve only accessible on foot or by boat. Take advantage of the midnight sun going whale watching, birding or hiking, and visit charming fishing villages tucked in along the shore. Back onboard, guests will enjoy the Explorer’s many creature comforts including the state-of-the art wellness centre, a sauna and a gym with a million-dollar view.
ICELAND HANGOUT is an experience of a lifetime in Reykjavik, Iceland on 15 July 2015, with rates starting from $5,540 per person – twin share, category one cabin.
For further information visit www.expeditions.com, call 1300 361 012 or see your local travel agent.