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Thanksgiving in Iceland

Nov 23 2022 - Nov 27 2022

Spend Thanksgiving Weekend searching the skies for the elusive Northern Lights in Reykjavik, Iceland.

You are mistaken if you think a winter trip to The Land of Fire and Ice will be bitterly cold and scenically unattractive. This special trip from Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation will do away with that common prejudice, because Thanksgiving Weekend in Iceland will be one of the most amazing travel experiences you will ever have. Your package will include a guided tour of Reykjavik, a scenic tour of the volcanic and geologically active countryside, and a free day for you to use visiting the Blue Lagoon Spa, riding the famous Icelandic Horses, or taking a Game of Thrones tour. The highlight of your trip will be when the photography professionals at the Aurora Center set up your camera for astro-photograpy, followed by a late night cruise by boat far from the city lights to search for the Aurora Borealis at sea

Viewing the Northern Lights from a boat is a once in a lifetime experience! This trip has an early signup deadline, and previous trips have sold out at the speed of light. It will not wait for you to make up your mind. Reserve your space with Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation today!

Estimated Itinerary

Day 1: Kaiserslautern to Reykjavik

After your flight to Keflavik, you will transfer to your city center hotel, located in the heart of Reykjavik. The many restaurants and bars downtown and in the old harbor will make it difficult to decide where to eat dinner, but the Sea Baron and Icelandic Fish and Chips, are both within walking distance of your hotel, are always popular choices.

Day 2:  Reykjavik City - Aurora Center - Northern Lights by Boat*

You will visit many sites during your morning tour of the northernmost capital city in the world.  Hallgrims Church and the statue of Leif Erikson, are especially striking when the morning sun rises behind them, and the view from the observation deck of the Perlan will allow you to take a panorama photo of the city.  In the afternoon, the friendly professionals at the Aurora Center will explain the science behind the Northern Lights and help you set up your camera to take professional quality photos of them if they appear** during tonight’s cruise on Faxafloi bay.

Day 3: Golden Circle Tour*

Don’t forget to dress warmly today, because you  will be venturing into Iceland's wilderness on the Golden Circle tour.  On this scenic tour of the uninhabited center of Iceland, you will see evidence of the island’s geothermic activity.  The Thingvellir National Park is the rift valley between the North American Continental Plate and the Eurasian Continental Plate, and is where the Althing, the worlds oldest continually active parliament, was founded, and also the film site for many scenes in Game of Thrones.  The beauty of Gullfoss, the golden waterfall will take your breath away, and when Iceland’s largest active geyser, Strokkur, erupts in a cloud of steam, you will know you are in The Land of Fire and Ice.  

Day 4: Free Day*

How will you experience Iceland today? The answer is up to you. In addition to many unique and interesting museums detailing Icelands maritime and Viking history, Reykjavik also has numerous tour and activity options.  If adrenaline and extreme nature are your friends, you may find yourself ice caving, lava tubing, riding the famous Icelandic Horses, or trekking upon one of Icelands glaciers. If a more relaxing day is more your speed, you will want to have reservations for Icelands largest tourist attraction, The Blue Lagoon, or one of the many other geothermic spa areas which can be found near Reykjavik.  Whatever you choose to do, make sure to make your plans early.  Tourism is Icelands largest industry and many things sell out months in advance and require advance booking.

Day 5: Return to Kaiserslautern

A morning flight from Reykjavik to Frankfurt will have you back home and publishing your vacation photos before dinner. Your friends are sure to be jealous when they hear of your visit to Iceland, The Land of Fire and Ice.

*Dates/times for Northern Lights Boat Trip, Golden Circle Tour and Free Day are subject to change due to weather.
**The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and their visibility is not guaranteed. 

Price on or prior to 30 June, 2022:

  • Double Occupancy: $1599 per person
  • Single Occupancy: $1899
  • Children 6-11 with 2 paid adults: $1299 per child
  • Children 3-5 with 2 paid adults: $1199 p.c.
  • Infants under 2: $429 p.c.

Price on or after 1 July 2022:

  • Double Occupancy: $1699 per person, plus any airline supplements
  • Single Occupancy: $1999, plus any airline supplements
  • Children 6-11 with 2 paid adults: $1299 per child, plus any airline supplements
  • Children 3-5 with 2 paid adults: $1199 p.c., plus any airline supplements
  • Infants under 2: $429 p.c., plus any airline supplements

Deadlines: Additional airline price supplements may apply to reservations made on or after Thursday, August 18

Trip Includes:

  • Round trip transportation from Pulaski Barracks including airfare and airport shuttles
  • 4 nights lodging at a three star city center hotel
  • Daily breakfast
  • Guided tour of Reykjavik
  • Admission to Aurora Center
  • Admission to Wonders of Iceland
  • Admission to Perlan Observation Deck
  • Northern Lights Boat trip*
  • Guided “Golden Circle” sightseeing trip

*The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and their visibility is not guaranteed. 

What to Bring: 

  • Comfortable, weather appropriate shoes & clothing including warm winter outerwear, hats, boots & gloves
  • Quality camera with ability to change exposure times and disable flash, tripod and remote control
  • Credit/Debit card or Icelandic Crowns
  • Military ID, Passport and EU Digital COVID Certificate

Departure: 9:30 a.m.

Return: Around 2 p.m.

Registration Information

All reservations must be made through Army Outdoor Recreation. Sign up today by contacting:

Army Outdoor Recreation, Kaiserslautern Community
Pulaski Barracks, Bldg. 2905

To speed up your registration process, download and complete the reservation packet (.pdf) before you contact Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation to reserve your space.

Cancellation Terms: 

  • 10% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or prior to Wednesday, August 17
  • 60% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Thursday, August 18
  • 80% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Tuesday, October 11
  • 95% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Wednesday, November 2
  • 100% cancellation fee for all cancellations made on or after Wednesday, November 9
     
  • In the event that an individual passenger is not able to participate in a confirmed trip due to COVID restrictions placed on the passenger, full cancellation penalties may be applied based on the date of the customer's cancellation.
     
  • In the event that a customer cancellation results in a fee charged to Outdoor Recreation, regardless of the date of that cancellation, the total sum of those fees will be passed along to the customer.

COVID Precautions (Current as of 15 April, 2022.  May be superseded by Local/State/Federal level laws): 

  • Continuing until further notice, all Kaiserslautern Outdoor Recreation trips fall under the German 3G rule:
    • Service is restricted to vaccinated, recovered, or recently tested personnel (Antigen test valid for 24hrs, PCR test valid for 48hrs). 
    • Persons who cannot be vaccinated against the coronavirus for medical reasons (with a qualified medical certificate and children up to and including the age of 11 are exempt.
       
  • Masks covering your nose and mouth must be worn on ODR vehicles whenever required by local law.
     
  • In the event that an individual passenger is not able to participate in a confirmed trip due to COVID restrictions placed on the passenger, full cancellation penalties may be applied based on the date of the customer's cancellation.
     
  • All participants are required to be in compliance with the rules for their destination and all countries of transit as listed in the Travel Planner on https://reopen.europa.eu at the time of departure.
     
  • All Travel/COVID Documentation is the responsibility of the passenger.
     
  • PCR and RAT (Rapid Antigen Tests) are the only approved testing methods. Self tests are not authorized for international travel.
  • No refunds will be offered to passengers who are denied boarding or are removed from a trip for failure to follow COVID procedures.  
  • Trip timelines and schedule and COVID precautions are subject to change at any time.
  • Hands must be sanitized before boarding ODR vehicles.
  • Enter and exit through the rear door only.
  • Seats may be assigned by ODR in advance to promote physical distancing and contact tracing. Requests for specific seats are not being accepted.

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