A few days in the land of fire and ice... Iceland is one of the world’s most exciting destinations, with a landscape shaped by volcanoes Iceland and glaciers, and a culture descended from the vikings. For this short break we base ourselves in the capital city of Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital city which also claims to be the greenest city in the world. Our base is the Hotel Cabin http://www.hotelcabin.is/ , situated a 20 minute walk from the centre and close to the city’s largest geothermal pools. The hotel fares well on TripAdvisor (clean, efficient, but small rooms) and the package includes continental breakfast. Some things we can see and do... Iceland short break • See the city. The most famous landmark is Hallgrimskirkja, ie • Fri Mar 13th 2009 Hallgrim's Church. Visitors can climb to the observation deck for • 3 nights panoramic views over the city(£2). Outside is the statue of • £199pp (twin share)* explorer Leif Ericson. There’s also city hall situated by a lake • £229pp (sgl occ)* named “Tjörnin“ (“the pond”), the National Museum (£3), and at the Medieval Manuscripts exhibition at the Culture House • Special Offer ends 20th October 2008! (£1.50) you can see the documents from the Viking age, the Eddas, as well as other exhibitions. (*offer is flights and hotel) • The Blue Lagoon spa ~£20pp inc bus. Possibly the world's most famous spa? Situated out near the airport, we can do daytime or evening visits. • Geothermal pools in the city. The one by the hotel is the largest and costs about £2 admission. • Golden Circle self drive day ~£12pp. Hire cars ourselves for the day (it's much cheaper than organised tours and easy to do - driving on the left) and see the three big hits in the Reykjavik area - 1) Geysir volcanic thermal area with geysers, thermal vents, fumaroles, mud pools, etc, 2) Gullfoss, the golden waterfalls, 3) Þingvellir the lava moonscape where 1000 years ago the icelanders created the world's oldest surviving democratic parliament. It’s a UNESCO world heritage site. We could also take in a geothermally heated greenhouse, swim in a geothermally heated river, visit a volcano crater lake, or Iceland’s largest geothermal power plant. • Visit the Perlan (The Pearl) revolving restaurant for dinner with 360 degree views of the city. www.perlan.is This 86ft high dome also houses the Saga Museum (£5) which tells the story of the thousand-year-old Icelandic sagas. Maxine and I have booked ourselves on this short break, and are advertising this trip because it’s more fun with friends. All the details are suggestions and you should book your own flights and accommodation package. If you’re coming, I suggest you get cracking, as the website on which we found this offer (Travelzoo - http://uk.holidays.travelzoo.com/city-breaks/473535? utm_source=top20_uk&utm_medium=email_top20 ) says it will end on October 20th. Once we’re there you’re welcome to do your own thing or join in with a group activity at any time. If you’re coming, let me know - firstname.lastname@example.org Suggested Itinerary Andy Fri 2100 flight Manchester-Reykjavik Sat See the city Sun Self drive day - Golden Circle tour Mon More city time then 1730 fly home Flights Iceland Air MAN 13-3-2009 2100 arr KEF 2335, KEF 16-3-2009 1730 arr MAN 2005 Duration ~3.5hrs How To Book http://packages.icelandair.is/fi/booking1.do Select “Iceland City Break - Manchester” (Or London if you prefer!) Date = 13/3/2009 Away you go! Oh and we suggest declining the return FlyBus option into the city as we may end up doing a city-Blue Lagoon-airport deal on the return day. Otherwise, you can book FlyBus at a later date just as cheaply.