• Skalakot Manor

    Stay at a Luxury Manor and Farm in the Countryside of Southern Iceland

    A stay at <a href="https://skalakot.is/" target="_blank">Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel</a> is a stay in the idealized Iceland that we all imagine: a cozy manor surrounded by rugged mountains, with easy access to waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches, and miles of lava fields covered with green, spongy moss. The gorgeous accommodation located in the countrysides of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Southern Iceland</a> has been owned by the same family for seven generations and wows for more reasons than just the spectacular landscape surrounding the establishment. With gables that echo the nearby mountains, the manor hotel and farm hybrid is a unique accommodation built for guests to enjoy a unique experience that is quintessentially Icelandic.<br><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKf"></img></a><br><b>Jaw-dropping views of the Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel in the countryside of Southern Iceland </b><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKQ"></img></a><br><b>The Skálakot Manor Luxury Hotel staff and family behind the luxury manor and farm</b><br><br>As you approach the charming <a href="https://skalakot.is/" target="_blank">Skálakot Manor</a>, the surrounding landscape in enough to take your breath away - located at the bottom of a jagged mountain-top, the scene is cinematic. Inside, the Skálakot Manor is complete with fourteen bedrooms, all seemingly inspired by Ralph Lauren&#39;s idea of a luxury Icelandic farmhouse. The interior has hints of Art Deco paired with elegant fabrics. As a result, the rooms are characterized by natural materials and great craftsmanship. Traces of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Icelandic culture</a> are sprinkled throughout the accommodation and it doesn&#39;t take long to feel at home. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKL"></img></a><br><b>One of the fourteen unique rooms in the Manor</b><br><br>One of the best aspects of this hotel, however, may be the charm and ease and welcoming service that accompanies staying at a <a href="https://skalakot.is/" target="_blank">family-run farm</a>. The lively group of staff are passionate about working in the  <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Icelandic countryside</a> and their love for their home radiates as they welcome you on arrival. In addition to the manor hotel, the working farm is a joy to explore and is most well-known for raising the extraordinary breed of Icelandic horses, known around the world. The family has bred these short, sturdy, and shaggy horses for centuries and can answer any questions you may have about the engaging creatures. On <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> tours, you can join a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank">guided Icelandic horseback tour</a> of the property and surrounding area.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKG"></img></a><br><b>Guests enjoy an Icelandic Horseback Tour</b><br><br>Energized from an action-packed day full of waterfall hikes or<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"> tectonic snorkeling</a>, you can return and settle in to enjoy the (literally) farm-to-table menu in the dining room. The chef prepares candlelit dinners, as well as coffee and sweet cakes for an afternoon snack. And for breakfast expect to find a delicious buffet that includes <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><i>Hafragrautur</i></a>, the delicious oatmeal topped with fresh fruit that many Icelanders love.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKV"></img></a><br><b>The quaint restaurant offers three meals and an afternoon snack of teas and cakes each day</b><br><br>Sited away from any light pollution, <a href="https://skalakot.is/" target="_blank">Skálakot Manor</a> provides the perfect location to admire the Northern Lights. End your days at Skálakot joining the Icelandic tradition of a hot tub soak or enjoy a nightcap by the fireplace, perhaps planning the next days&#39; Icelandic adventure. <br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-tours/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T000001vxvN&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zWKB"></img></a><br><b>Catch views of the Northern Lights September to mid-April</b><br><br>The family-run <a href="https://skalakot.is/" target="_blank">Skálakot Manor</a> and farm is the ideal location to enjoy the many wonders Iceland has to offer all while immersing yourself in Icelandic culture and feeling perfectly pampered with the stellar accommodation features. To have a chance to stay with the Skálakot Manor family in one of their fourteen rooms, take a look at our<a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-family-adventure-tour/" target="_blank"> Iceland Family Adventure</a> and <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">Iceland Multisport Tour</a> or give <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys</a> a call at 833.387.1210 to hear more.

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  • Girl at Colosseum in Rome Multisport in Italian

    How do you Say Multisport in Italian?

    “Our kids were skeptical about going to Italy. ‘It’s just a bunch of boring museums and churches and old ladies in black dresses, right?’” Mary S. laughs as she remembers her family’s initial reaction to the news that they were headed to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Venice, Florence and Rome</a> with Classic Journeys. They didn’t get far into a week of pizza making and gondola cruising and bike riding and gladiator training before they changed their tune. “Now, I think everyone in the family would tell you it was all their idea in the first place.”<br><br>That’s because this multisport family adventure includes molto activities that turn into mamma mia moments. It is such a kick to watch your kids and teens encounter Italy’s Big Three cities — and discover how much fun travel can be. If you’ve visited these cities before, get ready for your old memories to take on new meaning and to feel like you’re seeing them through fresh eyes.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SEl&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BfX" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>It’s true that plenty of tourists spend too many hours staring at dusty statutes and earning blisters on long walks, but not when you go exploring the Classic Journeys way. Consider <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Venice</a>, your first stop. Lovers of Venice fall into two camps: the ones who never want to leave and those who appreciate how the city’s small size is quite easy to cover. That’s us, and your time here is a just-right blend of mind-boggling sights, gondola rides and colorful history. Before palazzo fatigue can kick in, you’re on a high-speed train rocketing to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Florence</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Firenze </a>can be a frenzy. Many tourists think they need days in the city, but that’s because they do things like wait four hours to see Michelangelo’s David. You absolutely should see all 14 marble feet of the world’s most famous statue. But your <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/local-tour-guides/" target="_blank">Classic Journeys guide</a> magically has tickets that let you skip the line — a perfect example of how low-stress a family vacation ought to be. From 23 years of traveling with kids, we know that this is the exact moment when it’s time to break out of city mode and retreat to a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/hotels/" target="_blank">Tuscan village</a> with a pool, a private park and rejuvenating globes of Chianti. The country interlude is a great way to let off steam walking in vineyards, making pizzas, biking in Siena, and ogling at the towers of famed hilltown San Gimignano.<br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italy/" target="_blank"><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SEl&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T0000012BfS" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></a><br><br>By the time you de-train in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Rome</a>, you’ll all feel like Italian pros. You know the walks to the Colosseum and the Forum will last just long enough. The Sistine Chapel? Of course you score rare tickets in advance. While the turisti shuffle off to another monument, your family goes for a cool gladiator training session. <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Rome </a>unfolds for you all without overwhelming anyone.<br><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y1T0000026SEl&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM1T000000zURP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Italy </a>has so much to teach an impressionable young traveler (and you, too, even if you’ve been there a dozen times). Together, you’ll get lively lessons in how to laugh together and take on fun challenges and see the world through fresh eyes. Feeling totally Italiano, you’ll learn to smile at the world rushing around you, how to live in a 500-year-old castle, and that if you can’t decide between two flavors of gelato then you must have both. <br><br>The first trip to Italy has always been a rite of passage for travelers. Chances are, you have stories to tell about yours. Five years from now — or 15 or 50 — the upcoming generations of travelers in your family will remember the first time, too. Back in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/italyfamily/" target="_blank">Rome or Venice or Florence</a> someday, they’ll hunt for the trattoria where you all ate too much pizza together. Even if they can’t track it down, they’ll find a new spot. And you can be pretty sure that they will clink their glasses of Chianti and thank you all over again.

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  • Woman in ice cave, Iceland

    Atli & Kommi’s Iceland Adventure

    <span style="color: black;">Any time your traveling companions have Vikings and shark fishermen in their bloodlines, you know that interesting things are going to happen. We just returned from scouting a new <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/" target="_blank">Iceland Multisport trip</a> with our friends Atli and Kommi, the local guides who win raves on our Family and Cultural Trips. As one guest put it: “I want to be with them when the Zombie Apocalypse happens.” </span><br> <br><span style="color: black;">Kommi and Atli show you the sights like nobody else. But these two Icelanders are doers, not just observers. With them in the lead, you’ll get <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">full immersion into Iceland</a> instead of just driving the Golden Circle the way so many tourists do.<br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnSb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jgN5" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img></span> <br><span style="color: #212121;">Imagine yourself in the most remote setting from “Game of Thrones” or your favorite “Star Wars” planet. That starts to come close to <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">Iceland</a>. Volcanoes and glaciers have done crazy things. Wavy plains of cooled lava flows wear spongy carpets of electric green moss. Geysers shoot up and waterfalls arc down off cliffs. Those glaciers shed bergs like some cosmic ice dispenser. As for the Northern Lights, “wow” isn’t adequate. But just WOW.</span><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnSb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jgNA" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><span style="color: #212121;">If you crave a vacation with a <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">variety of activities</a> and experiences, Iceland is nirvana. Whenever Kommi or Atli would say, “Today, you can do this thing or that thing,” we’d say, “Why not both?” And so it will be when you join us on this Multisport adventure. Many times, you’re able to create your own adventure by choosing which activities appeal most to you.</span><br><br><span style="color: black;">For example, one day they ask “flippers or boots?” If you reply “flippers”, you find yourself stepping into insulated wet suits to go “tectonic snorkeling.” At just one spot, a gap between two tectonic plates contains a skinny lake of crystal glacial water. In water that’s as clear as glass, you feel like you’re floating in thin air. If you want to skip the flippers and keep your hiking boots, you can join one of the guys for an awesome walk in <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">Þingvellir National Park</a>. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is bisected by a tectonic valley and is cinematic beyond belief. Untamed as it is, it was also the place where local Viking chieftains started meeting in the year 930 to form the world’s oldest parliament.</span><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnSb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jgNF" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><span style="color: #212121;">The lion’s share of another day is spent on top of a glacier, starting with a hike to the glacier’s terminal face. Specialized guides join up with crampons, ice axes and other gear, and then you make your way to the top and across the ice field. You see impressive crevasses and even tuck into the coolest picnic ever. The next day, at the “snout” of another glacier, you climb into Zodiacs and chug in close to where icebergs are calved. This is also the place where you can <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">explore ice caves</a> carved by glacial melt.</span><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnSb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jgNP" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><span style="color: #212121;">You can choose to ride shaggy, short-legged Icelandic horses on a black sand beach or walk along coastal footpaths to a nesting colony of <a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank">Atlantic Puffins</a>. </span><span style="color: black;">You’ll walk to a waterfall to explore it from behind. (It’s nobody but you, looking out at Iceland through a roaring curtain of water.) And one</span><span style="color: #212121;"> of our favorite hotels is a manor house on a family farm where trails lead you through sheep meadows to Viking ruins. At the end of another day, the geothermal Blue Lagoon is the perfect spot for a long steamy float.</span><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnSb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jgNK" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><span style="color: #212121;">There are other places where you can see fjords and walk on glaciers and visit sheep farms and clamber over frozen lava and eat sensational farm-to-table meals. But nowhere else can you do it all in such a compact geographic area and have so much fun. Your trusty research team did … and you will too!</span><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnSb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jgNU" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank"> <b><span style="color: #212121;">IS ICELAND FOR YOU?</span></b></a><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/#dates/" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: #212121;">When are departures?</span></b></a><br><span style="color: black;">Year-round, so you can go at any time and in any season.</span><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: #212121;">Do you see the Northern Lights?</span></b></a><br><span style="color: black;">Scientifically, the Aurora Borealis happens year-round. You’re likeliest to witness it from September to April when the night sky is darker, but we’ve seen them on tour in August!</span><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland/#hotels/" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: #212121;">How are the hotels?</span></b></a><br><span style="color: black;">Luxurious and stylish! One is a family-owned manor hotel on a sheep farm. The other is a </span><span style="color: #212121;">contemporary gem situated between two glaciers.</span><br><img alt="User-added image" src="/servlet/rtaImage?eid=a2Y50000001bnSb&amp;feoid=00N50000008QRzC&amp;refid=0EM50000000jgNe" style="height: 355px; width: 500px;"></img><br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: #212121;">Do you need a lot of equipment?</span></b></a><br><span style="color: black;">We provide all of the important stuff for your activities — from snorkeling gear to crampons to Land Rovers!</span><br> <br><a href="https://www.classicjourneys.com/iceland-adventure-tour/" target="_blank"><b><span style="color: black;">Do you eat Icelandic cod the whole time?</span></b></a><br><span style="color: black;">Seafood of all kinds is amazing, but this is an all-around foodie destination with super inventive and flat-out delicious farm-to-table cuisine beyond anything you can imagine.</span><br> 

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