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Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus members travel to the Land of Fire and Ice

New Hampshire – August 1, 2017 – Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus members recently returned from a trip of a lifetime as they toured Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice!

Highlights included: Reykjavik ● Golden Circle ● Thingvellir National Park ●Gullfoss Waterfall ● Geysir ● Snaefellsnes Peninsula ●Cave Hike or Lava Field Walk ● Breiðafjörður Bay ● Seljalandsfoss ● Vik ● Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Visitor Centre ● Skogar Museum ● Skógafoss ● Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon ● Skaftafell National Park ● Vatnajökull Glacier ● Blue Lagoon

Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager stated, “This was the first time Bank of New Hampshire has escorted our customers to Iceland since the program’s inception in 1989. The dramatic contrast of a land formed by fire and ice with steaming lava fields, hot springs, fjords, glaciers, and waterfalls, give Iceland a unique beauty.” Drouin went on to say, “This adventure tour was on many member’s bucket list! Iceland is the fastest growing tourist destination right now. It is extremely satisfying to realize that Bank of New Hampshire is fulfilling people’s dreams through the Prestige Plus travel program.”


The tour began in the beautiful capital city of Reykjavik where the group enjoyed the city including the quaint old section with the Hallgrimskirkja Church, city hall and harbor. From Reykjavik the group traveled the Golden Circle, a route encompassing many of Iceland’s most renowned natural wonders. The circle includes a UNESCO World Heritage site called Thingveller’s rift valley and one of the globe’s most significant landscapes marking the point where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. The group marveled at the beauty of the Gullfoss waterfall, a 100-foot double cascade. 


A highlight of the trip was a visit to the Snaefullsnes Peninsula and Breidafjordur Bay where Prestige Plus members enjoyed a nature cruise where they tried delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean! The cruise also provided up-close viewing of countless birds like puffins, cormorants, fulmars and white tailed eagle. 


Then it was on to Iceland’s southern coast and the town of Vik. The group visited a family that keeps alive a 400 year old tradition of catching and preserving Greenland Shark. While in Vik there was a visit to the Skogar Museum, with a collection covering all aspects of Icelandic life and a visit to one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland, Skogafoss; as well as a trip to the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitor Center. 


Another highlight in Iceland was a visit to Skaftafell, the gateway to Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Europe, with Iceland’s highest mountains and Europe’s largest glacier. A trip to Iceland would not be complete without a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal pool located in the middle of a lava field. Prestige Plus members witnessed steaming lava fields and volcanic landscapes; massive glacier sculpted mountains and valleys with thundering waterfalls, plunging fjords and lupine filled fields. They came away from the journey with wonderful memories of a land of dramatic contrasts. 


“We plan all of our trips months in advance and customize them to meet the needs of our valued Prestige Plus members,” stated Drouin. “With 28 years of experience in the bank travel industry, our customers know when they sign up for a trip the quality will be unsurpassed. Our Prestige Plus Travel program was recognized as one of the top bank programs in the country. We plan and arrange these trips as a way to thank our members for choosing Bank of New Hampshire.” To learn more about Bank of New Hampshire’s Prestige Plus program, contact Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager at (603) 527-3207 or


Bank of New Hampshire, founded in 1831, provides deposit, lending and wealth management products and services to families and businesses throughout New Hampshire. With 24 banking offices throughout New Hampshire and assets exceeding $1.5 billion, Bank of New Hampshire is the oldest and largest independent bank in the state. Bank of New Hampshire is a mutual organization, focused on the success of the bank’s customers, communities and employees, rather than stockholders.  For more information, call 1-800-832-0912 or visit




Photo Caption: Valerie Drouin, SVP - Prestige Plus Manager with her husband, Tom, in front of Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland.


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