Iceland

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Iceland at a Glance

From $1936 Per Person

Escorted, 6 Days/5 nights
Dates:  Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays: April 30 - June 9, 2018
And: July 24, August 4, 21, 23 & 28, September 3, 11, 13, 15, 20,23 & 26, 2018

This quick tour is the perfect trip for those who are big on ambition but short on time. The four-day trip around Iceland's ring road will have you ticking off the bucket list items faster than you can say “been there, done that”. Take in all the major highlights and some tucked-away gems of this fabulous country. Take lots of photos and share with the world how amazing Iceland is. This is great for those that have a stopover in mind for Iceland, but want a structured tour to go along with it.

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Dates:  Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays: April 30 - June 9, 2018
And: July 24, August 4, 21, 23 & 28, September 3, 11, 13, 15, 20,23 & 26, 2018

June - August price from: $2513 per person
May & September price from: $2310* per person

Day 1 WELCOME TO ICELAND 

The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavik International airport to Reykjavik where you spend the first night in Iceland. 

Accommodation in Reykjavik

Day 2: GOLDEN CIRCLE (400 km/248 mls)

Early morning departure from Reykjavik bus terminal for the first 400 kilometers of our express tour around Iceland. The day is full of highlights as we travel the Golden Circle route and along the South Coast. The first 20-minute stop is at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Thingvellir plain is situated on a tectonic-plate boundary where North America and Europe are slowly tearing away from each other. As a result, the plain is scarred by dramatic fissures, ponds, and rivers, including the great rift Almannagja. We continue for two more 20 minutes stops: first at Geysir geothermal springs with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant and has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Nearby is Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvitia river originating from the glacier Langjokull. Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous nature sights. The next stop (10 minutes) is the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges 65 meters over the mountain. Say “been there, done that” at the thundering Skogafoss waterfall (10 minutes) which tumbles 62 meters over a rocky scarp, kicking up vast sheets of mist. The tour continues with another 20-minute photo extravaganza on the black lava beach of Reynisfjara, which is widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beach in Iceland and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. The last stop of today is in Vik (20 minutes), Iceland’s southernmost town before we reach our first overnight.

Accommodation near Kirkjubaejarklaustur at the Vatnajokull National Park area.

Day 3: VATNAJOKULL GLACIER & EAST FJORDS (400 km/248 mls)

The quick tour around Iceland continues. We spend the day exploring Europe's second-largest national park and driving along beautiful fjords and past small fishing towns in East Iceland. Today’s mileage is about 400 kilometers. We start with picture time at Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue (20 minutes), followed by a 90-minute stop to explore Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon by an amphibian boat among floating icebergs, one of the most beautiful and dramatic spots in the whole of Iceland. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and out to sea. Many of you might recognize the glacier and ice lake from films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! We also take a walk alongside the lagoon and on the black sandy shores, called Diamond Beach, looking for seals, and sometimes there are stranded icebergs too. After a one-hour lunch break in the town of Hofn, we continue east with a  stop in the charming village of Djupivogur (20 minutes). Twisty roads take us along the dramatic fjord landscape and through tiny fishing villages in the East Fjords. 

Accommodation in Faskrudsfjordur 

Day 4: TRAVEL NORTH (400 km/248 mls)

Today, we travel 400 kilometers to our overnight location in Húsavík, North Iceland. From Faskrudsfjordur we drive along scenic roads to Egilsstadir in East Iceland where we stop for 10 minutes. From there we travel north through the uninhabited highlands to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, located in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. The round-trip walk takes about 40-60 minutes. Your next stop is Namaskard, where we explore hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools (20 minutes). After a lunch break, we reach Lake Myvatn, known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. First, we visit the pseudo craters at Skuustadir (20 minutes), followed by a short walk in the mysterious lava fields of Dimmuborgir (30 minutes).  We soak off our sightseeing and hiking in the geothermal Nature Baths at Lake Myvatn (1 hour). Arrive Husavík this evening.  Optional whale watching tour which starts at 20:00 (only between June 1 to August 10).

Accommodation in Husavík 

Day 5: TRAVEL SOUTH (500 km/310 mls)

Early morning departure from Husavik in North Iceland for the final 500 kilometers of our express tour around Iceland. We start with Godafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, which is a beautiful sight to capture a couple of great moments on camera (10 minutes). You have one hour to explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. This town with about 17.000 inhabitants nestles at the head of Eyjafjordur, Iceland's longest fjord, at the base of snow-capped peaks. You might like to visit the botanical garden, walk up the stairs to the church, one of the landmarks of Akureyri or simply stroll along the pedestrian street with interesting shops and cafés. We travel south toward Reykjavik and stop for a hike on Grabrok volcano crater (40 minutes), formed about 3400 years ago. For anyone interested in geology, this is a "must-see". The crater is in the middle of a vast lava field and from the top, you have superb views of the beautiful landscape. The final stop is Borgarnes (10 minutes), a small town of fewer than 2000 people, located in West Iceland. The view over the fjord and its mountains is highly scenic.  You will be dropped at the Reykjavik bus terminal around 7:30 pm. Independent transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

Day 6: Depart Iceland

Take the airport bus from downtown Reykjavik to the Keflavik airport.

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NOTE: Note that the total mileage is 1.700 km / 1.054 miles, which makes this tour suitable for travelers who like to see as much as possible in the shortest possible time and don’t mind traveling long hours by minibus. The  tour is the fastest guided bus tour around Iceland;  the complete circle in just 4 days. You visit over 20 must-see locations; often quick photo stops at each location with a couple of walks and hikes here and there. There is free Wi-Fi on the bus. If you prefer a more leisurely schedule we recommend our Countryside Life tour around Iceland which is 9 days in length.

Your Trip Includes the Following:

Single Supplement: From $570

NOTE: Maximum Group size is 16.

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.

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