Iceland’s tidy and small city is often (and rightly!) the gateway for the country’s breathtaking fjords and unspoiled scenery, but it’s a wonder to explore just on its own. Dive deeper into the world’s northernmost capital on this exciting and compact extension, where we’ve included a tour of the city’s highlights and an excursion to the luxuriant and milky-blue waters of the famed Blue Lagoon. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for free time to shop along the Laugavegur promenade and to try Iceland’s intriguing cuisine. Most adventurers who visit Iceland vow to return, and do. Here’s your chance to see why Reykjavík is a city you must know — in true Vantage style.
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Fly overnight to Iceland’s capital
Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Iceland, arriving on Day 2.
Arrive in Reykjavík and get settled in
If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport by a representative who will assist you with the transfer to your hotel. Get settled in and enjoy a Welcome Briefing and Dinner tonight with your fellow expeditioners.
Enjoy a morning at leisure before visiting the Blue Lagoon
Enjoy a morning at leisure today, perhaps to further explore the highlights of fascinating Reykjavík — from the striking architecture that peppers its streets to the various public art installations that adorn the waterfront. Lunch is on your own before it’s time to visit one of the city’s top attractions: the Blue Lagoon. Take in your spectacular surroundings while basking in these famous warm, milky-blue waters, the perfect rejuvenating ritual. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Enjoy a day at leisure in Reykjavík to explore as you please
You’ll have an entire day at leisure to explore more of this small but impactful city. If you plan ahead, utilize our worldwide Concierge service to coordinate any activities in the area, or get to them on your own today. Some recommendations include a visit to the Reykjavík Art Museum and National Gallery, or visit Laugavegur Street, the city’s premiere thoroughfare for shopping. Tonight, you’ll join Day 2 of the base tour and meet other expeditioners at a Welcome Reception.
Canada’s capital, stunning Ottawa is the nation’s most prosperous and educated city, a showcase of fine architecture, beautiful outdoor spaces, and a cultural hub that boasts seven national museums and a plethora of shops, restaurants, universities, theaters, and so much more. Set at the confluence of the Ottawa, Gatineau, and Rideau rivers, its setting is as gracious as its welcoming, easygoing vibe. The city invites outdoor exploration with its lovely parks and gardens, including the wildlife-rich Parc Omega, and the central Rideau Canal, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique design and cultural significance. Along the way to Ottawa, you’ll enjoy a delicious taste of Canada when you lunch at Fairmont Le Château Montebello for a true Quebecois feast.
Travel overland to Ottawa and visit wildlife mecca Parc Omega
Depart for Montreal and enjoy a unique experience in the heart of nature in Montebello. Visit Parc Omega and discover Canada’s wildlife such as moose, elk, bison, wolves, bears, and many more, all within their natural environment. Upon arrival at the park, you will board the Omega bus and drive around the 15-kilometer marked path with an animal guide, specifically trained for sharing their knowledges about the beautiful species and quickly spot the ones that are usually difficult to see. Some animals will greet you at the bus: You can open the windows and feed them with carrots if you’d like! Enjoy the ride and admire Canada’s wildlife… you will certainly come back with unperishable memories. Next, you will transfer to your hotel. After a delightful lunch, you will have some time to walk around the resort before traveling to Montreal to check in at your hotel.
Celebrate Canada’s beauty and history in Ottawa
Ottawa may well be one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, with its monumental Parliament Hill overlooking a mantle of gorgeous waterways, parks, and falls. You’ll discover its highlights on this morning’s city tour, beginning with the Canadian Museum of History.
Next, your city tour brings you past the War Memorial that stands on Confederation Square, one of Canada’s national historic sites. Then, at the ByWard Market, Ottawa’s oldest and largest open-air farmers’ market, you’ll be tempted by more than 260 stalls selling fresh local fare and gifts. Maybe you’ll sample a BeaverTails pastry, a scrumptious cinnamon and sugar-dusted fritter that got its start in Ottawa. Traveling along Sussex Drive, you’ll see the Prime Minister’s residence, then continue to stately Rockcliffe Park and the adjoining city of Gatineau, with its impressive Museum of Civilization. Heading back to town, you’ll cross the UNESCO-listed Rideau Canal, which slices through the heart of downtown and is a popular recreation area always filled with bikers or skaters. You’ll also see Major’s Hill Park, a peaceful green oasis in the heart of downtown Ottawa, and the city’s crowning glory, Parliament Hill, a collection of enormous sandstone, Gothic Revival buildings including the iconic, 302-foot-high Peace Tower.
The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps you’ll return to the ByWard Market for some last-minute shopping, take a sightseeing cruise along the Ottawa River, or browse the National Gallery of Canada. Be back in time to bid adieu to your new travel friends at this evening’s Farewell Dinner at your hotel.
Depart for home
After breakfast, you’ll transfer to the airport and fly home.