ICELANDOPTIONAL EXCURSIONS 74Why choose Discover the World - see page 4 For our office opening hours please visit our website ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS EAST Superjeep to Askja or Kverkfjoll ( seasonal - summer only). Duration Full day excursion. Travel from Iceland's highest farm, Modrudalur, 469m above sea level, crossing spectacular highland routes and exploring Iceland's remote interior. Horse riding ( seasonal - summer only). Duration 1- 2 hrs or a full day excursion. Take to the saddle on a sturdy Icelandic horse and enjoy a ride through tranquil forests at Hallormstadur, by Lake Lagarfl jot in the East Fjords. Transfers from Egilsstadir available. Many activities and excursions are bookable locally in the East Fjords region: Papey Boat Trip from Djupivogur to this delightful island, approx. 40 minutes away. Multi-day guided hiking tours are available from Borgarfjordur Eystri ( Guesthouse Alfheimar) and Eskifjordur ( Mjoeyri Cottages). NORTH & NORTH EAST Husavik Whale Watch ( 15 Apr to 20 Oct). Duration 3 hours. Experience the original Husavik Whale Watching tour that has given the town the reputation of being Europe's whale watching capital. Sail aboard a renovated traditional oak fi shing boat ( see our inside back cover for a stunning picture!). With fuel effi cient and silent diesel engines these beautiful oak vessels are friendly to the environment. These excursions enjoy regular sightings of minke whale, white beaked dolphin and harbour porpoise. Humpback and other species may also be spotted. Hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls served onboard. Whales, Puffi ns and Sails ( 16 June to 15 Aug). Duration 3 ½ hours. A unique excursion from Husavik that combines whale watching, bird watching and sailing on Iceland's only schooner. Visit Lundey, the puffi n island, as well as the traditional whale watching areas. NEW! Edge of the Arctic ( 16 June to 14 Aug). Duration 2 days. Wednesday & Saturday departures. A unique sailing adventure from Husavik, staying overnight onboard the Schooner Haukur ( min. 4, max. 9 persons). Visit the tiny island of Flatey, picturesque Siglufjordur and fi nally cross the Arctic Circle to the island of Grimsey. Grimsey - Crossing the Arctic Circle. A return ferry service operates from Dalvik to Grimsey ( 16 May to 31 August, with a limited winter schedule). Alternatively, take to the skies and fl y from Akureyri with a short guided tour of the island ( Tue/ Fri/ Sun, 15 June to 20 Aug). Excursions from Akureyri Various other excursions are available from Akureyri, including superjeep safaris and trips to Lake Myvatn. It is also possible to arrange Horse riding and bike rental locally at Lake Myvatn. Nature Baths at Myvatn ( bookable locally). The north's answer to the Blue Lagoon; the geothermal waters are a fantastic place to relax and soak up the sweeping views. Hauganes Whale Watching ( June to Sep). Duration 3 hours. Set sail from Hauganes, just north of Akureyri, skirting Hrisey Island and exploring the waters of Eyjafjordur. Regular sightings of minke whale, white beaked dolphin and harbour porpoise. Sea fi shing is also offered. River Rafting Grades I to III ( May- Sep) Duration 4- 6 hours. In the Varmahlid area the numerous glacial rivers offer a selection of trips with varying levels of diffi culty. A dry- suit, safety vest and helmet are provided. Lower graded rivers are suitable for children aged 6 yrs or older, with more challenging rapids suitable for those aged 18 and over. Horse riding at Varmahlid ( May- Sept). Duration 1- 3 hrs and day tours. The sure- footed, strong but gentle Icelandic horses are suited to beginners and experienced riders alike.
OPTIONAL EXCURSIONSICELAND WEST FJORDS Kayaking in the Fjords ( 15 June - 30 Sep). Duration 2 ½ or 8 hours. The fjords here provide some of the best kayaking spots in Iceland - an ideal way to explore this lesser- known region with its breathtaking scenery and magnifi cent mountains. Look out for seals, whales and birdlife. Vigur Island ( 10 June to 31 Aug). Duration 3- 4 hours. A 30 minute guided boat trip from Isafjordur ( including refreshments) to this charming island gives you around two hours to spend ashore where you'll see how just 5 inhabitants experience their unusual way of life. The island is also a home for thousands of birds, including eider duck, Arctic terns, puffi ns and black guillemot. Hiking in the Hornstradir Nature Reserve ( Tues, 23 June to 18 Aug). Duration 12 hours. This area has been uninhabited since the early 50' s, due to the remoteness of the area and inclement climate. Now the fl ora and fauna is protected, so foxes, birds, seals and plants are found in abundance. The 14km guided hike, reached by boat from Isafjordur, takes you through the abandoned settlements. A shorter 9- 10 hour tour is also available on Saturdays, as is a 12 hour King & Queen of Cliffs tour on Thursdays, taking in the 500m tall Haelavikurbjarg sea cliff. SNAEFELLSNES & BORGARFJORDUR Unique Adventure ( 15 May to 15 Sep). Duration approx 2 ¼ hours. Explore the natural paradise of Breidafjordur Bay by boat, with its fantastic variety of bird life, including puffi ns, eider ducks, kittiwakes, fulmars and white-tailed sea eagles. Taste delicious scallops and the freshest sushi! The boat trip departs from Stykkisholmur on the north side of Snaefellsnes. Sea Angling ( 1 Jun to 31 Aug). Duration approx 2 hours. Beautiful Breidafjordur Bay has been known for centuries for its abundant fi shing grounds. Your captain will sail to the best places to catch fi sh; the most common here is of course cod, but it is also possible to hook halibut, redfi sh and coalfi sh. Sea angling rods are available for hire, and it is possible to pre-arrange for a local restaurant to cook your fi sh for a delicious supper ( both at additional cost). Flatey by Ferry ( 10 Jun - 22 Aug). Duration various. Although the Baldur ferry is often used as transportation between Snaefellsnes and the West Fjords, it is also possible to hop on at Stykkisholmur as a foot passenger and take a day trip to the tiny island of Flatey in the middle of Breidafjordur Bay ( no cars are allowed on the island). Overnight stays on Flatey are possible - contact us for details. Horse Riding is also available on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, as are glacier trips on Snaefellsjokull; these are best booked locally. Why not consider a midnight round of golf in June or July at Stykkisholmur or near Borganes! Please note call us or visit our website for up- to- date excursion prices and departure details. It is advisable to pre- book where possible to ensure availability, which cannot be guaranteed when booking locally, especially during peak summer months. All excursions are weather- permitting and subject to minimum numbers. The duration shown may include transfer times. Additional insurance premiums may be required for some activities ( such as glacier trips); please check your policy. ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS h . tel. 01737 218 800 | discover- the- world. co. uk75