I have come to expect excellence from Odysseys Unlimited and have never been disappointed.
Michael E. Leahy Oak Lawn, IL
We have been to many, many places all over the world, with many different tour companies. None of them compare to the Odysseys Unlimited small group experience.
Nancy & William Sondervan Sherrills Ford, NC
The small group is wonderful and the quality of tour directors is exceptional.
Bill Jones Vancouver, WA
All that was advertised was delivered. Consider this tour to be a real value as to sites visited, itinerary, hotels, and travel between sites.
Susan & Paul Krupp Georgetown, TX
Odysseys does everything with style, but without pretension. Beautiful meals and hotels. Excellent guides.
Barbara Schoetzau New York, NY
Very early in the tour we saw we got much more for our dollar than anything we could have put together ourselves. The value exceeded our expectations.
Tara Malmberg Quitman, TX
Good value for $ — accommodations, food, guide, itinerary, and [small] size of group. Have traveled with other tour groups ... and like you best.
Jean Hall Prairie Village, KS
We like the model – small groups, excellent tour directors, solid hotels, good mix of group/independent activities.
Roger Soder Seattle, WA
The combination of excellent hotels with a small group is the way I like to travel. I would highly recommend Odysseys to everyone I know.
Patricia Joyce Peoria, AZ
We love the small group experience.
Dave & Alice Wilson Williamstown, MA
Odysseys is the best company we have traveled with. You have first-rate tours at affordable prices, with great itineraries, excellent guides, and outstanding accommodations.
Jane & Ronald Decker Chicago, IL
Odysseys tours are just right for us: great value, nice group size, complete trips, sufficient free time.
Laurin & Phyllis LeTart Shepherdstown, WV
This trip far exceeded our expectations: the small group size, the quality of the tour director (the best we’ve ever had), the ability to have dinners on our own, the lower cost without a significant reduction in the quality of the accommodations.
Barry & Bobbi Rosner Somerset, NJ
I thought I would not like traveling in a group but I was wrong! [Our tour director] was so good at making the group seem as one that it turned out to be the best part of the trip.
Donna Stevenson Dublin, OH
It was the best value in travel we’ve ever had. It was a wonderful experience.
Trish Merrill & Mac White Austin, TX
This was my 7th trip with Odysseys and they keep getting better and better.
Merle Frank Miami, FL
Love the small group format and the ease of traveling with arrangements made for us.
Ken & Carolyn Helm Newburgh, IN
Tour exceeded my expectations having never taken a group tour. An excellent experience – can’t wait for my next one!
Ronni Goldberg New York, NY
Absolutely the best bang for the buck – organization, quality, consistency.
Harvey Wine Dallas, TX
I like the small size of Odysseys tours. [You] have excellent Tour Directors, great itineraries and spend more time in areas than some of the other tour companies.
Lynn Bafaloukos Glendale, AZ
Because of the group size and outstanding guides, you make travel easy for us!
Despite its name, Iceland isn’t actually an icy wasteland. In fact, this small island nation boasts some of the most varied topography on Earth, with lush green meadows, black volcanic rock fields, bubbling mud pools, and geysers sending plumes of superheated water into the air. Not to mention its endless, breathtaking waterfalls.
Though technically part of Europe, Iceland sits roughly halfway between North America and Norway, the closest point on its home continent, and often gets overlooked when searching for European vacations. But this tiny nation conceals a number of fascinations and stacks up favorably against any of Europe’s “traditional” destinations, and now you can explore Iceland at a newly reduced price on our Exploring Iceland trip.
Iceland’s horses aren’t found anywhere else in the world
On Day 4 of our trip, we stop at the Gauksmyri Horse Farm in the country’s northwestern corner to learn about the Icelandic horse, an equine breed that exists nowhere else on earth. The first ancestors of these horses came to Iceland along with the Norse in the 9th and 10th centuries, and these small, hardy, long-maned, and long-lived animals have been interbred to maintain their unique traits. To keep the island nation’s only horse species pure, no horses are allowed to be imported into Iceland, and we have time at the farm to see these singular animals in their native land.
Churches, forts, and castles ring Lake Myvatn
A shallow lake situated in a low-lying area and surrounded by active volcanic activity doesn’t seem like the ideal place to build a series of beautiful structures – and yet, that’s just what Mother Nature did adjacent to Lake Myvatn. As we traverse the Dimmuborgir lava fields east of this lake, we weave our way through towering columns and caves of cooled lava, reminiscent of ruined but once-majestic manmade constructions.
Iceland is home to 60% of the Atlantic puffin population – and two Puffin Islands
The Atlantic puffin is one of the world’s most recognizable – and adorable – birds. These plump, black and white flyers boast a distinctive beak banded with orange, yellow, black, and white, and congregate during the warmer months in the tens of thousands along Iceland’s coast.
Puffins live at sea during the colder months and return to their nests from roughly April through August, offering us a great chance to spot them during our cruise from the northern town of Husavik out to Iceland’s lesser-known “Puffin Island” (the more well-known Puffin Island sits north of Reykjavik). A few more fun facts about puffins: they mate for life, are monogamous, and return each year to the same cliffside nesting hole.
Minnesota has nothing on Iceland
Minnesota is known as “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” and that’s all well and good. But though it’s less than half the size of Minnesota in area, Iceland boasts some 10,000 distinct waterfalls.
The word for waterfall in Icelandic is foss, and we encounter a new face of Iceland with each foss we admire. On our trip, we visit Hraunfossar, a series of low-profile rivulets streaming from the base of a lava field (below); thundering Dettifoss, Iceland’s Niagara and Europe’s most powerful waterfall; historic Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods” named for the carvings of Norse gods tossed into the water when the country was declared Christian (and paganism forbidden) a thousand years ago; Seljalandsfoss, Iceland’s most photographed waterfall; and Skogafoss and Gullfoss, both of which ought to have at least a shout for that title as well.
The Northern Lights are visible for eight whole months!
The famed aurora borealis, or Northern Lights, offer a celestial fireworks display that many travelers hope to experience a few times in their wanderings. If you time your visit to Iceland right, you will likely be able to check this off your travel wish list.
Although many factors, including local weather conditions, contribute to the chances of seeing this natural phenomenon, generally the best opportunities for witnessing the Northern Lights in Iceland occur between mid-September and mid-April. Our September and October tour dates offer a good combination of touring conditions (still warm enough for outdoor activities/excursions) and shorter daylight hours with darker nights (prime elements for the aurora borealis).
These are only a handful of the fascinating things you’ll learn about on our Exploring Icelandtrip, which we are now offering at a discount of between $100 and $500 per person. Make sure you book your spot soon!