The Ultimate Majestic Iceland Kosher Tour

Even though Iceland's name implies cold, it has become one of the hottest destinations in Europe. Come see for yourself why!
Location:
Iceland
Dates:
11-20 Jul 2022 and 08-17 Aug 2022
Price:
$5900 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.

With Kosher Travelers it's not just a vacation - it's a lifelong experience

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!

Discover. Enrich. Connect. And give yourself the gift of a lifetime.

Day
Date
Location
Departure / Arrival Time 
Monday
May 16
Arrival in Tokyo Narita/Haneda
Tuesday
May 17
Classic Tokyo
Wednesday
May 18
Tokyo – Hakone
Thursday
May 19
Hakone-Matsumoto Takayama
Friday
May 20
Takayama-Shirakawago-Kyoto
Saturday
May 21
Kyoto During Shabbat
Sunday
May 22
Classic Kyoto
Monday
May 23
Kyoto-Miyajima-Hiroshima-Kyoto
Tuesday
May 24
Kyoto – Trendy Tokyo
Wednesday
May 25
Depature Tokyo-Narita/Haneda Airport
Itinerary

DAY 1. MONDAY ARRIVE REYKJAVIK: RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS TBA

Arrival Day, Afternoon City Tour, Dinner at Chabad Restaurant & Overnight in Reykjavik

We will visit the city's major attractions, including the Parliament, the Harbor, the Hallgrímskirkja church towering over the town, and make a stop at the new Harpa Cultural Center building. Finally, 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.

 DAY 2. TUESDAY: Landmannalaugar Rock Reserve

We travel today to Landmannalaugar nature reserve – the colorful land of thermal springs. It's a beautiful drive with breathtaking volcanic views. We walk between colorful mountains, black obsidian lava, and hot springs. The hot springs are located at the bottom of a river, creating the perfect temperature for a relaxing bath!

Without a doubt, Landmannalaugar Reserve, "People's Pools," is one of the most spectacular areas in central Iceland. It is so named because of the abundance of mud pools for tourists, with countless formations, ranging from volcanic rocks carved in black stripes of volcanic ash with the colorful red, orange, and yellow mountain slopes above them. Huge lava fields, steam jets erupting from cracks in the ground, and areas covered with thin mossy vegetation complete this magical picture. We will hike along a trail in the center of the reserve, and time permitting, will end the day bathing in the hot springs.Dinner & Overnight Kirkebayer

 DAY 3. WEDNESDAY: Skaftafell Reserve – Glacier Lagoon

This morning we head east towards "Skaftafell," the largest Glacier in Europe covering over 8000 square km and covering about 8% of the entire island.  This largest national park of Iceland has so much to offer, and we will soak in the best of it.

We start the day with an enjoyable hike to Svertifoss, the black waterfall. Next, we will see the largest glacier in Iceland, the Vatnajökull that covers more than 8% of the island. Next, continue to the spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and visit the birthplace of icebergs. You will even have the option to take a trip on an amphibian boat and get close to the icebergs for a different kind of view. Next, we view one of the southern spurs of the enormous glacier and return to the visitor center, where we will learn about the violent eruptions of the volcanoes on which the colossal glacier sits. Finally, we continue to the glacial Jokulsarlon lagoon, which is strikingly beautiful. It is the largest and deepest glacial lagoon in Iceland, above which the Öraefajökul, the highest volcano in Iceland, rises to a height of 2210 m.

Dinner & Overnight Kirkebayer

DAY 4. THURSDAY: Laki: Today, we travel to the highlands of Iceland. Lakagigar or "Laki" is the closest one can get to the first week of G-d's creation. This area is remote and isolated and still "recovering" from the most significant volcanic events we know of in historical times. The effect of 15 months of constant eruptions with enough ash to cover western Europe and enough lava to cover 560 sq. km of land is still here. However, the land is not fully recovered, and the place looks as though it was just created.  We drive through this terrain, cross rivers, and take a hike up to the top of mount Laki. We will not miss the Fagrifoss waterfall and add a short hike into the canyon on our way out. Dinner & Overnight Kirkebayer

 DAY 5. FRIDAY: South Coast of the island

This morning we head to Dyrholy Cliffs to the most southern point of Iceland, then we view the Skogafoss and Seljalandfoss and the lower falls, including the falls from behind the scenes. We finish our day tour with a walk on Black beach and a fascinating visit to the Lava Museum. We then head back to Reykjavik to prepare for Shabbat. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 6. SHABBAT: 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. 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 day. The sunsets towards 23:00, so that the cafes and pubs and the heated thermal pools are bustling till late. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 7. SUNDAY: Akureyri- Lake Myvatn

After breakfast, we take a 50min flight to Akureyri in the north of Iceland. Finally, we arrive at one of the most fascinating geomorphological sites in Iceland – Lake Myvatn (Mosquito Lake). We continue to the "Black Castle" for a walk inside a volcanic maze, which is the only place in the world where you can see huge lava formations that are sometimes reminiscent of humans or birds, and even cathedrals. The entire Lake Myvatn area was declared a protected nature reserve in I974 and is one of the main tourist sites in Iceland. We will explore this unique area and take a leisurely hike across the Krafla lave fields and its thermal PowerStation, Kverir Geyser Basin, Dimmuborgir with formed lava structures. Dinner & Overnight in Husavik.

DAY 8. MONDAY: Jokulsa-a-Fjollum Canyon – Dettifoss Falls

We head further north to the Glacier River, Jokulsa-a-Fjollum Canyon, and the "Dettifoss" waterfall this morning. This is by far the largest waterfall in Europe. We will stroll along the cliff to find yet another waterfall, "Selfos." Next, we continue our drive into the canyon, where we'll take a great walk along the cliffs of the "echo rocks" and view some incredible lava prism over a large area. Finally, we stop for lunch and end our day at the unique "lost waterfall" of "Asbirgi." If conditions allow, we will also tour inside the impressive basalt canyon, a challenging hiking trail that will lead us to hidden springs and waterfalls. Return flight, Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

 DAY 9 TUESDAY: The Golden Circle - Þingvellir – Gulfoss – Geysir

After breakfast, we begin our tour with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, where the Althing, founded in the 10th century, is considered the world's oldest 'Parliament Grounds' and one of the most essential attractions in Iceland. Next, we continue to Gulfoss Falls and the famous location Geysir, from where the name for all similar thermal spring phenomena draws their name. "Golden Waterfall" consists of two massive and beautiful waterfalls. Not far from here is the famous Great Geysir geyser, which erupts to great heights.

At the same site is also the Strokkur geyser that erupts every five minutes. We will hike along a "seafloor fissure" type of trench; this is probably the nicest and clearest proof of the "plate tectonics" in Iceland. Our Golden Circle leads us to the next magical destination – a visit and the "Secret Lagoon," not far from Gullfoss, located in the town of Fludir, where about 400 people live. Steam fumes rising around already mark the way to this pool, which is a natural thermal spring. The warm water, the fresh air, and the view of the surrounding lava fields give bathers a feeling of relaxation and serenity. The small geyser that erupts from time to time is the magical atmosphere of the bathing experience. Dinner & Overnight in Reykjavik

DAY 10 WEDNESDAY City of Reykjavik – The Sky Lagoon + Flight home

After checking out, we head to the Fly Over Experience, a 30min flight ride technology with amazing effects that make you feel genuinely flying. Finally, soar across Iceland's most spectacular scenery and natural wonders as it's the perfect summary of your Iceland tour.

We complete our Iceland Tour with a visit to the all-new thermal spa inspired by nature & culture. Only minutes from the airport and before your flight home, enjoy 90minutes of relaxing immersion in the warm 38 degrees oceanside geothermal lagoon as the dramatic North Atlantic Ocean stretches out before you. The Sky Lagoon offers in-water massage treatments, saunas and steam rooms, and a cafe.

We head to the airport to catch your flight 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 (see itinerary below for details).
  • All entrance fees for sites on the tour itinerary.
  • 4 and 5-star rated accommodations.

What's not included?

  • International flights - please be in contact with Ronnie Abramson of Ambassador Tours regarding special pricing for international flights to get to the tour's meeting point. Ronnie can be reached at +972-50-531-4500 or roni@ambassadortours.co.il.
  • Travel insurance - comprehensive travel & health insurance is compulsory.
  • Tips for local guides and service providers, $10 per person/per day (except for locales where tipping is culturally offensive).
  • 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.

 

 


Flight information & insurance
  • Kosher Travelers recommends Egert & Cohen Insurance for your Travel, Health, Luggage & COVID-19 insurance needs. You may 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.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance covering trip cancellation and medical emergencies is mandatory at the time of reservation.
  • The arrangements and cost of International flights to get to the tour are not included with your reservation. Please be in contact with Ronnie Abramson of Ambassador Tours regarding special pricing for international flights to get to the tour's meeting point. Ronnie can be reached at +972-50-531-4500 or roni@ambassadortours.co.il.
  • If the tour is canceled because a minimum number of participants was not reached, you will receive a FULL refund.

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.

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 star rated accommodations.
Pricing
$5900 per person based on Twin-share/double occupancy. Single Supplement: $750.

Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:

There is a $500 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. Please see our full terms & conditions page for more details.

Yossi Ben Ami

Yossi Ben Ami A veteran and experienced tour guide, specializing in unique tours in the fields of geology, nature and landscape. Guided for years at the Society for the Protection of Nature, photographing, and writing for various geographical magazines. Graduate of the Hebrew University with a bachelor's degree in geology and earth sciences and a master's degree in air quality engineering and atmospheric chemistry. Over the years, he has gained extensive knowledge and experience in several prominent destinations, including Iceland, New Zealand, Antarctica, Greenland, Greece, Scandinavia, Morocco, the Canary Islands and more.

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