Travel Impressions Launches Comprehensive Iceland Program With Fit & Escorted Tours
Six escorted tour options provide rare, in-depth experiences with guaranteed room allocation
FARMINGDALE, NY (September 5, 2017) — The leading agent-exclusive tour experts at Travel Impressions (www.TravelImpressions.com) are launching several new destinations. It began with their expanded product line in Switzerland, when they introduced Basel, Lugano, St. Moritz, and the car-free destination of Zermatt earlier this summer. Now, it continues with Iceland—Europe's closest American neighbor, recently popularized as a filming location for HBO's landmark Game of Thrones series. The award-winning operator is partnering with Iceland's largest destination management company, a subsidiary of Icelandair Group, to offer a comprehensive portfolio of independent FIT and escorted tour options in the land of the northern lights.
With flights as short as four to five hours from the U.S. East Coast, Iceland is one of Europe's most accessible destinations, ranked number one on the Global Peace Index. Travel Impressions' escorted options will cover Reykjavik''s trendy dining and nightlife; the volcanoes; black-sand beaches and glacial lagoons of Iceland's picturesque south; vast Vatnajokull National Park, featuring Europe's largest glacier; the wildlife and wilderness of Iceland's fjord-studded eastern coast; and the numerous waterfalls dotting Iceland's majestic north.
Activities from whale-watching to volcanic cave exploration provide myriad opportunities for vacationers to discover one of the world's last environmentally pristine destinations. Quaint fishing villages, medieval trading posts and many more opportunities allow visitors to dive into full cultural immersion.
"Travel between the U.S. and Iceland increased by more than 70% from 2015 to 2016, while the destination is expected to receive more than 2 million visitors in 2017 overall," noted Scott Wiseman, president of Travel Impressions.
"As the closest European destination to the U.S., with so much to offer from geothermal hot tubs to the elusive northern lights, the Vikings' best kept secret is quickly becoming a top bucket list destination for a variety of traveler demographics. From adventure-minded Millennials to mature market travelers seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience, there's something in this friendly, wild country for everyone," he added.
"Developing expertise takes time, which is why we've partnered with the largest destination management company in the country, established in 1973. Our portfolio will include world-class Icelandair properties as well as additional pre-vetted accommodations through third-party partners that will provide TI with a major advantage in a market where hotel inventory is so scarce due to high demand," explained Wiseman.
Few destinations can compare to Iceland's reputation for its majestic, untamed scenery
In addition to independent FIT experiences, travel agents will have access to six escorted tour options through Travel Impressions.
Offered in four- and five-day options, Travel Impressions' Arctic Powers and Northern Lights tour covers the history and geographical splendor of Iceland's wondrous north, with highlights including preserved historical architecture, surreal rock formations and plenty of time to enjoy geothermal soaks. The four-day itinerary features the impressive Skagafjordur Fjord, while the five-day program visits the natural wonders of Akureyri and Husavik.
The six-day Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Tour ventures to Iceland's scenic south, featuring Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a geothermal bakery where bread is cooked underground and slathered with fresh Icelandic butter, as well as volcanic black-sand beaches and Europe's largest glacier. The program culminates in the village of Hveragerdi, regarded as one of the world's most picturesque geothermal lagoons.
For travelers wishing to maximize their view of the northern lights, Travel Impressions' nine-day Iceland Complete Winter Tour offers departures from fall through spring with a comprehensive itinerary featuring hot springs, geysers and boiling mud pits along with pristine waterfalls, mist-shrouded black-sand beaches, and Petra's renowned collection of local stones and minerals, among other highlights such as Skagafjordur and Thingvellir National Park.
The six-day Nature's Treasures and Northern Lights Tour combines several of the scenic highlights featured in the above programs, with experiences in the rarely visited Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where travelers will glimpse thousands of tiny islands and experience a fresh sampling of "Viking Sushi" straight from Iceland's pristine waters. The tour continues to the Reykjanes Peninsula to visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church believed to radiate special powers, and Lake Kleifarvatn, where sulfurous geothermal vents complement the powerful jets of steam that escape from the earth's crust. The famous silica mud at the world-renowned Blue Lagoon, the final stop on this tour, is known to offer significant therapeutic value for the skin.
Lastly, the specially crafted six-day Western Wonders and Hot Springs Tour offers a microcosm of Iceland's many alluring attributes, from glaciers, caves and waterfalls to charming villages with fascinating histories and no shortage of hot springs for travelers' relaxation and rejuvenation–including volcanically heated glacial water at Deildartunguhver. This program offers the most in-depth discovery of Iceland's Viking heritage as well as an excursion to Iceland's second-largest glacier, Langjokull, featuring a unique, man-made ice tunnel.
In addition to these fully escorted options, Travel Impressions is also offering an independent, partially guided multi-day tour crafted specifically for fans of Game of Thrones, the Game of Thrones – Iceland: Beyond the Wall tour. Spanning five days, notable locations visited include the "Ice Wall," "North of the Wall," and other recognizable backdrops from the blockbuster television show. Local guide Jon Thor Benediktsson—who also served as a guide for the crew during the series' third season—will share insights to both filming and Iceland's own fascinating history.
Visit www.TravelImpressions.com or contact Travel Impressions at 800-284-0044 for more information on how to speak to your clients about Iceland or to begin planning escorted and FIT vacations to the Land of Ice and Fire.