From $3576* Per Person
Escorted 9 Days/8 nights
June - September, 2017
This round-the-island tour shows you the ever-changing scenery of the Icelandic countryside: mountains and valleys, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, hot springs and waterfalls. This is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the whole variety of Icelandic landscape, culture and history in one week. You visit two of Iceland's three national parks and there are opportunities to walk in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodations are in simple and clean country hotels, and all rooms are with private facilities.
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Dates: Saturdays, September 9 & 23, 2017. TBA for 2018
Day 1, SAT: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 miles)
The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavik International airport to Reykjavik where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.
Day 2, SUN: LAND OF SAGAS (170 km/105 miles)
After a Reykjavik city tour head north from Iceland’s capital to West Iceland where we are introduced to the Icelandic sagas in the settlement center in Borgarnes. The afternoon is filled with impressive natural spots: Deildartunguhver, one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe and Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into the river Hvita. End the day with Icelandic history at the cultural site at Reykholt. Overnight is in West Iceland.
Day 3, MON: FROM WEST TO NORTH (445 km/276 miles)
The day starts with climbing a volcano crater in an old lava field in West Iceland. Afterwards we travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland, and visit the beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city. We stop at Godafoss, “the waterfall of the Gods”, before reaching our accommodation in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights.
Day 4, TUE: WHALE WATCHING, GEOLOGICAL WONDERS AND NATURE BATHS (150 km/93 miles)
The day begins with a 3 hour whale watching cruise from Husavik (weather permitting). We tour the Lake Myvatn area, considered as one of the most fertile areas in the world so close to the Arctic Circle. The lake’s unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, pseudo craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds. We stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir and soak at the Myvatn Nature Baths.
Day 5, WED: FROM NORTH TO EAST (330 km/205 miles)
We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Namaskard and seeing the impacts of volcanic activity at Krafla. Then we travel to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland, where we spend the night.
Day 6, THU: FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE (420 km/260 miles)
It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon we see Vatnajokull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Hofn, we stop for a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon. The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajokull National Park.
Day 7, FRI: VATNAJOKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (340 km/211 miles)
Visit Skaftafell at Vatnajokull National Park, nestled below the glacier and Iceland’s highest mountain, the 2110 meter high Hvannadalshnjukur. Cross the sandy desert of the south coast, and travel along mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vik. Iceland's past comes alive at the Skogar folk museum with its turf houses. Overnight in South Iceland.
Day 8, SAT: RING THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TO REYKJAVIK (210 km/130 miles)
We see classics today. Start with a horse show that introduces the unique qualities of Iceland's special breed. Golden Circle sights follow: Gullfoss, the beautiful double “Golden Falls”; the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur “the churn” spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Thingvellir National Park tops it off before returning to Reykjavik.
Day 9, SUN: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 miles)
The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport.
OR stay an extra night for just an additional from price $230 per person!
NOTE: This tour has an average of 1-2 hours of walking each day, meaning several short walks of 10-30 minutes to see and explore the different nature and history sites. It is an easy tour for nearly everyone to participate in. This is not a hiking/walking tour.
Total mileage without airport transfer is about 2.065 km (1.280 miles), which is an average of 295 km (183 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.
Your Trip Includes the Following:
- 8 night accommodation in rooms with shower/toilet
- 7-day fully escorted tour with English speaking guide
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)
- 8x breakfast and 6x 3-course dinner
- Visit to two national parks
- Whale watching tour (weather permitting)
- Boat trip on glacial lagoon
- Introduction to Icelandic horse
- Entrance fee to the Nature Baths at Lake Myvatn
- Admission to Icelandic settlement center
- Entrance fee to Skogar folk museum
- Average of 1-2 hours easy walking per day
- MEALS: 8x breakfast and 6x dinner (3-course or buffet). Dinner on Reykjavik nights not included.
June - August pricing per person double $3796
*September pricing per person double $3576
Single Supplement: From $1156
ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation is provided in simple and clean country hotels in rooms with private facilities. Most of our groups stay at the following hotels (subject to change):
Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik (first and last night)
Fosshotel Reykholt, West Iceland
Fosshotel Husavik, Northeast Iceland, 2 nights
Hotel Hallormsstadur, East Iceland
Hotel Skaftafell , Southeast Iceland
Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi, South Iceland
OPTIONAL VIP SEATING: Supplement for guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and next seat remaining empty (a passenger gets actually two seats). Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, first come, first serve.
NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.
NOTE: Maximum Group size is 28.
*) From price per person listed above is for departure in September 2017. Departure June through August 2017 is from $3963 per person.
This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.