The Ultimate Majestic Kosher Tour of Iceland 2023

Even though Iceland's name implies cold, it has become one of the hottest destinations in Europe. Come see for yourself why!
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Dates:
19-28 June / 31 July-09 August / 14-23 August / 09-16 October
Price:
$6500 per person

Iceland is an island country of glaciers, hot springs, geysers, active volcanoes, and snow- capped peaks. Even though its name is associated with cold, it has become one of the hottest destinations in Europe. Its popularity stems from its magnificent natural locations, including glaciers and thermal springs, geysers, volcanoes, snow-capped mountain peaks and expansive lava fields. Iceland is also known for its remarkable history and attractive literature, valued traditions, and appealing folklore. This is a special opportunity to tour one of the most unusual and exhilarating countries in the world.

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Iceland is an island country of glaciers, hot springs, geysers, active volcanoes, and snow- capped peaks. Even though its name is associated with cold, it has become one of the hottest destinations in Europe. Its popularity stems from its magnificent natural locations, including glaciers and thermal springs, geysers, volcanoes, snow-capped mountain peaks and expansive lava fields. Iceland is also known for its remarkable history and attractive literature, valued traditions, and appealing folklore. This is a special opportunity to tour one of the most unusual and exhilarating countries in the world.

DAY 1. MONDAY 11 JULY / 08 AUG: Arrival to Reykjavik & Panoramic Afternoon City Tour

We will visit the city’s major attractions including the Parliament, the Harbor, the Hallgrímskirkja church towering over the city and make a stop at the new Harpa Cultural Center building. We complete our first day with some free time in Laugavegur one of the oldest streets in Iceland’s capital and home to a wealth of souvenir shops and bars. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 2. TUESDAY 12 JULY / 09 AUG: The Golden Circle - Þingvellir – Gulfoss – Geysir

Today we drive to your first stop Þingvellir National Park. It is one of Iceland’s most historically significant sites where the Vikings had their general assembly or the Alþingi. Geological, Þingvellir is also a fascinating place. Here you can see how the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are diverging. Our guide will walk with you through the park and explain its rich history and unique geological features.

The next stop is the Haukadalur valley where you’ll find the Geysir geothermal area. “Geysir” is the most famous geyser in the world that did lend its name to hot springs all over the world. “Geysir” itself has had minimal activity in recent years and is currently in an inactive phase. However, “Strokkur” its little brother shoots boiling hot water up to 40 meters (130 feet) high every 8 to 10 minutes. You will also find mud pools and fumaroles. Gullfoss, which is only a short drive away from Geysir, is a two-tiered waterfall that has frequently been voted as one of the top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in the world. There are several different platforms where you can enjoy this powerful waterfall from different angles. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 3. WEDNESDAY 13 JULY / 10 AUG: The Silver Circle: Waterfalls, Hot Springs & Víðgelmir Lava Cave

Get ready for a real adventure! We start our drive past the famous and majestic Mt. Esja and then through an underwater tunnel up to Borgarnes. The first stop is Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe with a rapid flow rate of 180 liters of boiling water per second. Take a walk on the safe wooden path and admire the constantly bubbling energy. The spring provides hot water to the nearby towns of Akranes and previously visited Borgarnes, which is a great example that shows how Icelanders utilize green resources.

Next on the list is Hraunfossar, a cascade of stunning waterfalls that flow from underneath the Hallmundarhraun lava field. It is a truly extraordinary sight! Within few steps from this impressive location, you will get to admire Barnafoss, which carries a tragic tale about two boys from a nearby farm. The main highlight of the tour is visiting the nearly 1600 meters long Víðgelmir, the mightiest of all lava tubes in Iceland, with its stunning colors and lava formations that originate deep in the earth. Get as close as possible to the power and scale of volcanic eruptions, and you will be led through the amazing lava stalactites, which come from the ceiling, and stalagmites, from the ground.

It is time to explore the lush oasis of Húsafell. It has been both a refuge to the weary travelers in the past and home to talented, Icelandic artists, with modern-day stone sculptor Páll Guðmundsson. What’s more, Húsafell is known for its dense and relatively tall birch forests. It happens to be reasonably sheltered, so the trees protected from the severe Arctic winds can grow up to 4 meters tall. Our last stop is at the village of Reykholt, where a small and charming hot spring Snorralaug can be found. It is supposedly the oldest hot spring to have been used by locals since the 12th century. This hobbity little pool was first mentioned by Snorri Sturluson, a famous medieval Icelandic poet, who used to live and bathe here too. Snorralaug is now a protected archaeological site. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 4. THURSDAY 14 JULY / 11 AUG: Landmannalaugar by Super Jeep

This super jeep day tour to Landmannalaugar is the perfect “next level” experience in Iceland. In this tour, only available in summer, you’ll have the opportunity to visit waterfalls and sights that most travelers miss out on. Witness the spectacular natural colors of the Landmannalaugar mountains, hike around the area, bath in a big natural thermal pool and experience some real super-jeep action!
When entering the highlands, you will notice extraordinary scenery all around you, e.g. Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanos. Some still call it the “Gateway to Hell”, a nickname from the Middle Ages. The first official stop of the tour is at Hjálparfoss waterfall. Hjálparfoss translates to “The Helping Waterfall”. The name has its origin in the Viking era, for this was their last stop before entering the highlands.
The Highlands of Iceland - Before entering the gravel roads and rougher grounds, your guide will release some air from the tires for smoother driving. When in the highlands, the first stop is by Ljótipollur, or “The Ugly Puddle”. This eruption crater is far from being ugly, with its blue water and red ash all around. You will also make a stop at Frostastaðavatn “The Frosty Lake” close-by and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Before reaching your destination, the super jeep will drive through a couple of rivers, which can be quite adventurous!

Landmannalaugar is such a unique and spectacular area that the question is if you will believe your own eyes upon arrival! The colorful mountains all around appear in unusual colors and seem out of this world. You will get up close to some of the beautiful mountains and visit an old lava field for spectacular photo opportunities.

Relax in a Natural Thermal Pool. After the hike, you are welcome to relax in a natural thermal pool close to the Landmannalaugar huts. The name “Landamannalaugar” derives from this and other thermal pools in the area, as it loosely translates to “Pools of the People”. Do not forget to bring your swimsuit and towel!

Driving back to Reykjavik, your guide will take a different route called Dómadalur valley, where the super jeep can reveal its true powers. You will cross more rivers and see different views of the highlands. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 5. FRIDAY 15 JULY / 12 AUG: Reykjanes Peninsula and Sky Lagoon

Reykjanes peninsula is just half an hour from Reykjavik and ofers some amazing landscape and natural wonders. It is an area of lava, volcanoes and strong geothermal activity. This is where the continents meet and where you can experience Iceland’s volcanic activities.

Reykjanes peninsula is an active geothermal area and a diamond in the rough. In Seltún (Krýsuvík) you will find boiling mud pools and colorful mountains. (There are two ways of getting there: One is by using the map, the other is by following the sulfur “aroma”!) Continue along the coastline to Grindavík village where you’ll find the Salt-fish Museum; a museum dedicated to the history of salt fish that in the late 19th.

We then head back to Reykjavik for an Erev Shabbat visit to the newly opened beautiful Sky Lagoon geothermal spa to relax after the last few adventurous days on the road. We reserve for you Sky Passes which include admission to the Sky Lagoon, towels, the complete seven-step ritual and changing facilities. Enjoy the healing warm geothermal water of the lagoon with breath-taking views through the largest single window in Iceland and the sensory treat of coastal aromas and sounds. You will then step slowly through the cold fog-mist space. While at the lagoon you can enjoy an Icelandic beer in the Lagoon Bar where the sea meets the sky.

We then head back to Reykjavik to prepare for Shabbat. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 6. SHABBAT 16 JULY / 13 AUG: SHABBAT IN REYKJAVIK

Tefillot and Shabbat meals with Rabbi Feldman of Chabad. Afternoon we take a walking stroll around the hotel area and enjoy a relaxing Shabbat rest with a late afternoon surprise. Reykjavik means the “smoking bay”, named because of the volcanic activity surrounding it. The city is enclosed by mountains and is located within a wide bay, in the heart of a geothermal area of hot springs, which erupt from the ground and serve as natural central heating with no air pollution. The air is clear and clean, aided by the winds that constantly blow. Reykjavík has a population of close to 120,000. In winter, it has only 4 hours of daylight, and in summer the night is almost as bright as the day. The sun sets after 11pm, so that the cafes and pubs as well as the heated thermal pools are bustling till late. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 7. SUNDAY 17 JULY / 14 AUG: Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Today we go on an unforgettable tour by plane and visit Europe‘s largest glacier Vatnajökull that covers more than 8% of the island. We continue to the spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and see the birthplace of icebergs. We have a zodiac amphibian boat tour, cruise between huge icebergs and enjoy the impressive scenery.  We head to the domestic airport in Reykjavik and fly 50min to Höfn. We will see the beautiful South Coast of Iceland from above. Our first destination is the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Jökulsárlón is one of the most famous sightseeing highlights in Iceland. It is arger than all other glaciers in Europe combined. This glacier and its various tongues flow along steep mountainsides, gently dominating the region’s coastline. We will see learn how huge aqua-blue icebergs dot this mystical space. We board a zodiac boat and for an otherworldly cruise, zigzagging between the imposing bergs. This area was the setting for the opening scenes of the James Bond film, Die Another Day.

We then drive to the base of Vatnajökull Glacier where the driver shifts into low gear, and we slowly meander up the mountain track. The temperature becomes cooler and suddenly almost everything is white. We stop at a glacier lodge and walk around and to take some great photos. In the early evening we take the plane back and transfer back to our hotel for our sumptuous Kosher  Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 8. MONDAY 18 JULY / 15 AUG: South Coast of Iceland

Another day, another adventure. During this Iceland south coast tour, we visit one of the country’s most scenic regions with gorgeous waterfalls, stunning views of glaciers, and visit the famous black sand beach in Vík. This day tour gives you a comprehensive overview of the natural highlights Iceland has to offer.

As we drive to the South of Iceland our first stop is the beautiful waterfall Seljalandsfoss. Enjoy a 360° view of the waterfall as it is possible to walk behind it if you are wearing good shoes and don’t mind the light drizzle. You will also stop at the majestic and much-photographed Skógafoss waterfall, with its 60m drop. Above the waterfalls looms the mighty Eyjafjallajökull where the great volcanic eruption took place in 2010.

We continue to Vík, the southernmost part of Iceland, with the black sand coastline and impressive Reynisdrangar rock formations and visit the Lava Museum. On the way back to Reykjavík we will see the impressive glacier Sólheimajökull. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 9 TUESDAY 19 JULY / 16 AUG: Snaefellsnes

Visit Snæfellsnes on a day trip from Reykjavík. This peninsula has been named “Iceland in Miniature” because many national sights can be found in this area. We start our day by driving to the magical peninsula Snæfellsnes in the West of Iceland. We visit Búðir and the white sand beach close by and stop at the unique harbor in the fishing village Arnarstapi and have a look at the spectacular rock formations where large colonies of birds nest during summer.

On a clear day, we will see the famous volcano Snæfellsjökull. In 1864 Jules Verne wrote the classic science fiction novel about the journey to the center of the Earth that started from the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull. Another highlight for today is a visit to the black beach Djúpalónssandur. The beach cannot be seen right away and you have to walk through an interesting lava field. When you exit the lava field you will find the picturesque beach covered by countless little black stones which were shaped by the ocean and the wind. We drive around the peninsula and make a short photo stop at the picturesque mountain Kirkjufell in Grundarfjörður. On the way back to Reykjavík you will also stop at the interesting basalt columns in Gerðuberg. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 10 WEDNESDAY 20 JULY / 17 AUGUST: The Perlan, Fly Over & Airport Transfer

In the morning after breakfast and check out we start with a tour of the beautiful Perlan Museum, the number one attraction in Reykjavik. This glass dome at the top of six water tanks is home to the most incredible and high-tech nature exhibition in Iceland. Explore anything from ice caves to the underworld. The Perlan, Reykjavik’s crown jewel, is one of the most famous landmarks in Iceland and has been so for decades. The Perlan has been transformed into an idyllic natural exhibition where state of the art technology invites you to go deep into nature. Experience a real-life ice tunnel and a perfect replica of the largest bird cliff in Europe, Látrabjarg. You will find Iceland’s first planetarium where the uniqueness of Icelandic nature is displayed and fall deep into Icelandic history with the most knowledgeable and friendly guides.

After this tour you will transfer towards the harbour for your last adventure, Fly Over Iceland!

This is Iceland´s newest attraction and the ultimate flying ride experience. Fly Over Iceland utilizes state-of-the-art technology to give you the feeling of flight and suspension with your feet dangling, in front of a 20-metre spherical screen while our film whisks you away on an exhilarating journey across Iceland. Special effects, including wind, mist and scents, combine with the ride’s motion to create an unforgettable experience. Soar across Iceland’s most spectacular scenery and natural wonders as it’s the perfect summary of your Iceland tour. After this ride, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home!

Our tour has ended and we wish you a safe flight back home

What's included?
  • A 9-night tour of Iceland.
  • Three delicious kosher meals per day, including packed lunches for day tours.
  • On-site mashgiach/cook.
  • A complete touring itinerary with a local English-speaking guide.
  • Travel in a luxury, air-conditioned coach bus.
  • Kosher Traveler’s exclusive program and a complete Shabbat program
  • All entrance fees for sites on the tour itinerary.
  • 5-star rated accommodations.

What's not included?

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance - comprehensive travel & health insurance is compulsory.
  • Entry visa if required. 
Kashrut information

Kosher Travelers is committed to providing all meals of the highest quality and under strict kosher supervision. On this tour, we travel with our own mashgiach/cook. In Reykjavik, we will enjoy our Shabbat meals and weekday dinners at Chabad.

 

 


International Flights & Global Travel, Health & Luggage Insurance
    • Comprehensive Travel Insurance covering trip cancellation, medical emergencies and luggage is mandatory at the time of reservation.
    • Israeli Citizens; Kosher Travelers recommends Egert & Cohen Insurance. Contact Tali +972-2-622-7999 ext. 125 or 052-769-9406 or tali@egertcohen.co.il. You may also sign up for insurance online at https://www.egertcohen.co.il/travel/signup-kosher-travel.asp.
    • USA & Canadian Citizens; Kosher Travelers recommends www.traveldefend.com Ph Josh: 18005782871 info@traveldefend.com
    • Arrangements and cost of International flights are not included.
    • We recommend the following Travel & Flight Consultants
    • Ronnie Abramson of Ambassador Tours +972-50-531-4500 or roni@ambassadortours.co.il
    • Ruth Berman of Ofakim +97225362163 or  ruth@ofakim.co.il

     

    • KOSHER TRAVELERS CANCELLATION FEES AND REFUNDS POLICY:If guest cancels their reservation the following cancellation fees apply:
      • 90 days prior a full refund is payable less $100 admin. per room
      • 45-90 days prior a full refund is payable less $500 per room
      • Within 45 days there is no refund.
      • If government-imposed lockdown of hotel or airport full refund less $100 admin. per person

What kind of crowd should I expect?

The common denominator of our clients is Shomer Shabbat and kashrut. There are no religious level criteria to join our tours, cruises or hotel programs and we won't ask you any questions about your religious observance. We attract a diverse group of Jewish, English-speaking guests from across the globe, and encourage an accepting atmosphere among our group members.

At Kosher Travelers, we’re passionate about travel. Like you, we believe in opening yourself up to new experiences and breathtaking vistas that will forever expand who you are and how you see the world.

Discover… That’s why we put so much care into giving our customers not just a vacation but a life-changing experience. On a Kosher Travelers tour, you can be confident that every detail will be taken care of, from A to Z. No worries, no stress – just sheer delight and the freedom to fully enjoy every moment.

Enrich... We know what’s important to you. You want not just memorable, but meaningful. A pampering, deluxe, full-sensory experience that also has depth and spirituality. That’s why we bring the Jewish dimension to our tours, wherever in the world they are and provide the highest level of kashrut and all the amenities required for the kosher traveler.

Connect... Most importantly, when you travel with Kosher Tours, you travel with family. We take pride in creating a family dynamic among our group members. Lifelong friendships have been formed on our tours!

Come experience for yourself the magic of a Kosher Travelers Tour!

Experience The Best of Iceland

Delicious Kosher Food

Experience Iceland to the max without having to worry about your next meal. Our own mashgiach/cook will prepare fresh Kosher meals for us!

A Complete Sensory Experience

Be blown away by the breathtaking glaciers, natural wonders, and sci-fi movie-worthy vistas.

Unbeatable Hikes

Love a good hike? A leisurely stroll in nature? This tour is for you! Experience nature's wonders up close.

Pricing

Accommodations

All tours include comfortable, 4.5 star rated accommodations.
Pricing
$6500 per person

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

There is a $1000 per person deposit required to confirm your reservation. If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund.

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