Helena, Ala., Oct. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- International Expeditions has announced its new Iceland Awakening tour with two departures — May 22 and June 1, 2018. This 10-day Iceland tour highlights prime wildlife-viewing season with excursions timed to take in seasonal flora and fauna in locales such as the Golden Circle, Snaefellsnes and Troll Peninsulas, Lake Myvatn and Husavik. 

Timed for the peak of bird-watching season, Iceland Awakening tour guests enjoy opportunities to spot seabirds, from puffins to razorbill auks and thousands of nesting waterfowl. While exploring Lake Myvatn with an expert guide, guests watch for nesting whooper swan, tufted duck, red-necked phalarope, common loon, horned grebe and more. Travelers take to the water on a whale-watching excursion, hoping to observe these majestic creatures and other marine life in their natural environment. Nineteen species of whales have been recorded in the waters off Husavik, including minke whale, fin whale and even blue whale.

Icelandic culture is woven into every moment of the journey, from time spent being regaled with tales of trolls and elves to an excursion to the Herring Era Museum, the only Icelandic museum to win the European Museum Award.

Those hungry for a taste of Iceland are sure to savor sampling bread baked in the warm ground using geothermal energy and local beers produced at a family run microbrewery. Joining local fishermen in Eyjafjordur Bay, travelers will even catch their cod lunch from a working fishing boat. Those brave enough may join “The Rotten Shark Club of Hauganes” by sampling fermented Greenland shark and schnapps made from a family recipe of local ingredients.

Travelers are joined by knowledgeable Expedition Leader and Iceland native Ragnar Hauksson, who ensures International Expeditions’ guests leave his homeland with a deep understanding of all the distinct nature, culture and folklore this curious island has to offer.

After days spent in the wild, travelers relax in charming accommodations. Among these are the Fransiskus Hotel, refurbished from a former Catholic monastery; Vogafjos Guesthouse, a working dairy farm; and Hotel Siglo, a posh new harbor front hideaway.

Pricing for the 10-day Iceland Awakening tour starts at $9,198, and includes accommodations, all excursions, 24 meals, soft drinks with group lunches and dinners, transfers, and tips to day guides, drivers and hotel staff. 

For more information on International Expeditions call 800-633-4734 or visit www.IEtravel.com.

About International Expeditions
Celebrating 38 years of nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-ship voyages and escorted journeys to more than 20 countries worldwide. Hosted by knowledgeable local naturalists, International Expeditions’ travelers survey the habitats, cultures, cuisine and traditional lore of Earth’s most exhilarating destinations. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits.



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Emily Harley
International Expeditions