May 16th 2018 — Iceland

Wednesday the Canadian Moose depart from Pearson Airport Terminal 3 in Toronto on Iceland Air for a 5 hour flight to Keflavik Iceland. The teams arrive in Iceland on Thursday morning  which has a 5 hour time difference with Toronto.

We begin our touring with the Golden Circle tour, visiting the Strokir geyser which sends a plume of water into the air every 4-8 minutes. We will also be visiting Gullfoss (Golden Falls) and finally move into Thingvellir National Park where the North American and European tectonic plates meet! We check in at our hotel in Reykjavik in the afternoon. We will have time to explore before dinner. One option is for a group to go to Tapas Restaurant, a multi-course meal that will entice those who are seafood lovers! The meal is at your own cost but we do receive a group discount.

Blue Lagoon

The first stop Friday morning is the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, one of the 25 wonders of the world, the best medical spa in the world! We have a special group rate which will allow you to relax in the geothermal seawater. Once again, Blue Lagoon is at each person’s own expense. For more information about Blue Lagoon, click here è http://www.bluelagoon.com/

Friday we depart by bus to the northern city of Akureyri, fourth largest city in Iceland. We arrive in Akureyri in the afternoon to check into the hotel and get dinner (again, at your expense). There are games scheduled for the evening – details to be worked out.

Saturday is a free day to explore Akureyri, with games scheduled for the evening – details to be worked out. There will be an evening social after the games and the chance to enjoy the nightlife.

Akureyri is a city of about 17,000 people sitting at the end of a 60 mile long fjord, with part of the townsite almost at sea level and the remainder of the town at the top of the hillside. The hill is fairly steep and is a great way to stay in shape by climbing. Across the street from the hotel is a geothermal pool that operates year round.

The hotel serves a hot breakfast buffet every day included. Sunday morning after breakfast we being a tour to Godafoss (known to some as the wall from Game of Thrones), Lake Myvatn and Dimmuborgir (towering castles) lava formations. We will be taking a team photo at Godafoss so please remember to bring a jersey! There are games scheduled for the evening – details to be worked out. There will be a farewell social and awards handed out following the final.

The team leaves Akureyri on Monday by bus. The first stop is back at Blue Lagoon with an evening flight home.

Weather in Iceland can be with average daytime highs from 7-10 and lows of 0-4. There will be an average of 16-17 hours of daylight every day in May.

Local currency is Icelandic Krona. On July 15th 2017, the exchange rate is 8,200 ISK in exchange for $100 Canadian dollars. Most places will take credit cards, but it isn’t a bad idea to have a few krona for small purchases. Also, keep copies of receipts because you can get tax refunds at the Keflavik airport – you can get details at most stores in Iceland. If you want to apply for a Global Blue Card (which may be able to reduce the cost of taxes at time of purchase) you can get one at globalblue.com.  And don’t worry about language, most Icelandic people are fluent in English.

Iceland uses a type C electrical plug. You can get adapters at the Source for a cost of $5-15 dollars or at most department stores, electronics stores and other retailers.

Bell and Rogers both offer Roam like Home travel plans for $10 per day with a very limited amount of data and unlimited texting. Please check with your service provider for details.

Expect approximately 40 people coming along on this trip. For newcomers, it is often much easier to put a small bag inside your hockey bag carrying your clothes for the trip. Use as few bags as possible – space is often at a premium on the buses when there are over 30 sets of hockey equipment on board. And sticks will be combined into two or three stick bags at the airport for those meeting at Pearson.

I will have Moose Iceland patches available to give to each of our opponents and nametags for everyone. The Iceland patches and Iceland flag patches will be available for anyone wishing to get them. I’ll have the flag patches at the sizing session this weekend. The catalog of Moose gear weas sent along this afternoon.

Please contact Mark Sadgrove  at mark@canadianmoose.org for payment details.

If you have any questions, please ask Mark.

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