Iceland Selfie Marathon
From $2241* Per Person
Escorted, 6 Days/5 Nights
Select dates: May - September 2017. TBA for 2018
Let’s admit that we are all living in the world of big ambitions where experiencing something is not complete without telling the world about it. If you are one of those people who finds it hard to enjoy a great moment without taking a selfie or posting on Instagram, then you’ve come to the right place. Iceland is one of the most photogenic destinations in the world. Its icy glaciers, active volcanoes, awe-inspiring waterfalls, eerie hot springs and deep fjords provide many opportunities to indulge in the modern trend of selfie taking. It is almost impossible to take a bad shot as you travel from stunning views to astounding landscapes in the Land of Fire and Ice.
The Iceland Selfie Marathon is the perfect trip for those who are big on ambition but short on time. This speedy journey around Iceland will have you ticking off bucket list items faster than you can say “Group selfie”. Take in all the major highlights and some tucked-away gems of this fabulous country. Let’s go … and tell the world - been there, done that, got a T-shirt! We know, you will be back.
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Dates: Approximately 10 departures per month from May 1 to September 28, 2017. TBA for 2018
Day 1, SAT: WELCOME TO ICELAND
The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavik International airport to your hotel in Reykjavik where you spend the first night in Iceland. Ideas will be provided - how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own today.
Day 2: TRAVEL NORTH (500 km/310 miles)
Transfer from the hotel to the BSI Bus Terminal on your own, where you meet the guide no later than 8:30AM. Early morning departure from bus terminal for the first 500 kilometers of our express tour around Iceland. The first stop is in the town of Borgarnes (10 minutes), located in West Iceland, and followed by a hike on Grabrok volcano crater (40 minutes). You have one hour to explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Godafoss waterfall is a beautiful site to shoot a couple of selfies (10 minutes) before we reach our overnight location in Husavik. Estimated arrival time is 20:00.
Day 3: TRAVEL EAST (400 km/248 miles)
Today we travel 400 kilometers to our overnight location in East Iceland, starting with Lake Myvatn known for its rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes. First we visit the pseudo craters at Skutustadir (20 minutes), followed by a walk in the lava fields of Dimmuborgir (30 minutes), and finally we soak in the geothermal Nature Baths at Lake Myvatn (1 hour). In the afternoon we explore hot springs and bubbling mud pools (20 minutes) before hiking at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. From there we travel through the uninhabited highlands and stop in Egilsstadir (10 minutes). We continue over scenic roads to our next overnight location at Faskrudsfjordur, a small fishing village in the East Fjords. Estimated arrival time is 20:00.
Day 4: TRAVEL TO THE GLACIER (400 km/248 miles)
The speedy tour around Iceland continues driving along beautiful fjords and past small fishing towns in East Iceland. Today’s mileage is about 400 kilometers. There’s a stop in the charming town of Djupivogur (20 minutes), a one hour lunch break in the town of Hofn followed by 90 minutes to explore Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon by boat among floating icebergs. It is again selfie time at Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue (20 minutes) before we reach our overnight location in Southeast Iceland. Estimated arrival time is 19:00.
Day 5: SOUTH COAST & GOLDEN CIRCLE (400 km/248 miles)
The last day of our quick-but-quality journey around Iceland is full of highlights as we drive about 400 kilometers along the South Coast and the Golden Circle route to Reykjavík. The first stop is in Vik (20 minutes), Iceland’s southernmost town, followed by another 20-minute photo extravaganza on the black lava beach of Reynisfjara. Say “group selfie” at Skogafoss waterfall (10 minutes) and one more time at Seljalandsfoss waterfall (10 minutes). In the afternoon we reach the last waterfall of the journey at Gullfoss where you have 20 minutes to admire one of Iceland’s most famous nature sights. Two more 20 minutes stops: first at Geysir geothermal springs and then at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. Estimated drop off time at the Reykjavik bus terminal is 19:00. This is where your guided tour ends.
Transfer on your own to your city hotel and enjoy your last evening in the city!
Day 6: DEPARTURE
Enjoy your last day for some last minute shopping and relaxing. Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
OR stay an extra night! Please inquire.
Note - The small print is the big print:
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 travelling long hours by minibus. It is a Thunderbolt Sprinter, named after Thor, the God of Thunder and Usain Bolt, the best sprinter in the world. That’s about as fast as we go, making the Iceland Selfie Marathon the fastest guided bus tour around Iceland – in the speed of Thor’s Thunderbolt. 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 board.
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:
- Airport arrival & departure transfers to hotel in Reykjavik
- Fully escorted 4-day minibus tour with English speaking driver guide (day 2-5)
- 2 nights (pre & post escorted tour) hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
- 3 nights hotel accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels, rooms with shower/toilet (day 2-5)
- 5 x breakfast + 1 x dinner (day 4)
- Visit to two national parks
- Entrance with towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Myvatn
- Boat trip on glacial lagoon
- A lot of very impressive landscape
- Iceland Selfie Marathon T-Shirt
Single Supplement from: $803 (May & September). $912 (June-August)
Husavik: Fosshotel Husavik
East Iceland: Fosshotel Austur in Faskrudsfjordur
Southeast Iceland: Fosshotel Nupar at Vatnajokull national park
Reykjavik: Fosshotel Reykjavik or similar
The above hotel list may be subject to change and that double rooms in Iceland are normally twin beds. There are no triple rooms available for this tour. Some of the departures operate in reverse itinerary.
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 16.
*) From price listed above is for departures May & September and is per person sharing a double room.
Departures in June to August: From $ 2380 per person in double room
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.