Absolute Iceland

from £5866
excluding flights *
15 nights Jun-Aug

Overview

Explore Iceland in style on our flagship small-group tour. Travelling in a luxury 4WD vehicle, this superb holiday offers the ultimate Iceland guided experience. From the majestic West Fjords to the enigmatic volcanic Highlands, you’ll get well off the beaten track. Encircling Iceland on a relaxed itinerary, the 16-day odyssey features several two-night stops and plenty of opportunities for walks.

Highlights

  • Travel in a small group (maximum of 10 people)
  • Experience Iceland with a leading expert guide
  • Explore Highland tracks in a luxury 4WD vehicle Mercedes Benz Supertruck
  • Enjoy stunning walks of around 1-2hrs on most days
  • Stay overnight in small, often family-run, hotels and guesthouses
  • Breakfast and dinner included (half board) 
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • Discover some of Iceland’s most iconic and authentic sites

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • All breakfasts, all dinners
  • All transport in Iceland

Full description

The best escorted tour in Iceland!

Sit back, relax and enjoy some of Iceland’s iconic sights, in the luxury of an amazing 4WD Mercedes Benz Supertruck. Your expert guide ‘Gummi’, the grandson of one of Iceland’s pioneers of Highland driving, will also share some of Iceland’s hidden treasures, tackling rugged  Highland tracks  to reach such revered spots as the Thorsmork valley and Lakagigar eruption fissure. The itinerary combines breath-taking sights, stunning walks, beautiful photo opportunities and local, expert knowledge; exploring the island at a comfortable, relaxed pace. Discover the World has been operating this flagship tour for 4 years and we are proud to say that it is one of our most highly rated – just look at our testimonials!

Your expert guide

We can safely say that there is no Icelander who has a better knowledge of the country than Gummi and our client’s absolutely love him. Gummi’s grandfather was one of the very first pioneers in tourism in Iceland and used to operate buses around the country taking clients camping as at the time, there were hardly any hotels around. Since Gummi was a very young boy, he used to travel with his grandfather and help with the tours, so has seen every corner of Iceland that is worth seeing! He also has a thorough understanding of our customer’s needs - nothing is ever too much for Gummi!

The ultimate round-up

Along with Gummi’s guiding expertise (both on the road and on the walking trails), the often family-run hotels and guesthouses on this trip ensure you experience Icelandic hospitality and delicious local food every day. On this trip you will visit the following: Golden Circle (Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir), Snaefellsnes Peninsula, West Fjords, Akureyri, Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss, Borgafjordur Eystri and the East Fjords, Vatnajokull National Park and the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, Skaftafell, Lakagigar craters, Thorsmork and the South Coast.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £70 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

Prices from per person based on two sharing, unless stated otherwise.

Start End Twin Price (pp) Single Price (pp) Availability
Sat 8 Jun 2019 Sun 23 Jun 2019 £6,021 £7,290 Available
Sat 06 Jul 2019 Sun 21 Jul 2019 £6,054 £7,336 Available
Sat 10 Aug 2019 Sun 25 Aug 2019 £6,075 £7,428 Available
Sat 31 Aug 2019 Sat 15 Sep 2019 £5,886 £7,127 Available

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, all dinners
  • Dinner is 3 course set menu or buffet at all hotels/restaurants/homesteads
  • Ferry across Breidarfjordur Bay
  • Services of driver/guide
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Please note

Departures are subject to minimum numbers
Groups maximum – 10 participants

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Keflavik - Hotel Frost & Fire

Arrive at Keflavík International Airport in the late afternoon and meet your group and driver/guide. Once everyone has assembled, climb into the luxury 4 wheel drive minibus and set off, at approximately 15:45 - 16:00, to Hotel Frost & Fire, your accommodation for this evening. Dinner this evening is at the hotels’ Restaurant Varmá with views over the river and hot springs. After dinner, why not take advantage of the evening light by taking a walk in the beautiful surroundings. The hotel also boasts a hot tub, swimming pool and even a sauna for those keen to simply relax.

Days 2: Golden Circle - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The Golden Circle is a trio of natural wonders rather popular with visitors: see the much admired Gullfoss, a spectacular two-tiered waterfall; on day 2 watch the geyser Strokkur erupt time after time and explore Thingvellir National Park, where the historic ancient parliament assembled among tectonic rifts and brooding mountains. In the afternoon head towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula for an overnight stay and dinner.

Day 3: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, ferry to the West Fjords and transfer to Flokalundur

Travel around the base of Snaefellsjokull an ice-capped volcanic cone. See the cluster of shapely craters and rugged lava flows that were the inspiration for and setting of, the Jules Verne science fiction novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.

You will also have the chance to admire rock arches and look for sea birds and arctic foxes along the basalt cliffs, before travelling to the sleepy town of Stykkisholmur on the north of the peninsula. From here take the afternoon ferry over Breidafjordur, a calm bay dotted with many hundreds of islands (included). Today’s scenic journey ends in the Flokalundur area, your base for the next 2 nights.

Day 4: Latrabjarg and Raudisandur

At Iceland’s most westerly point, enjoy a hike on the coastal path along Latrabjarg’s 400m high cliffs and with a bit of luck, encounter an abundance of birdlife, including puffins, razorbills and guillemots. Later, stroll on a vast, deserted, sandy beach, lightly shadowed by imposing mountain sides.

Day 5: Dynjandi Waterfall - Sudureyri

Marvel at the sheer mountains, deep-blue fjords and tiny fishing villages of Iceland’s isolated West Fjords. Stop at Dynjandi (also known as Fjallfoss) and admire the region’s finest waterfall. The entire mesmerising cascade is made up of 7 falls, each with its own name, the most prominent of which is Dynjandi (meaning “thunderous”). Overnight in Sudureyri, a traditional fishing village.

Day 6: Isafjordur and coastal road

Trace the scenic fjords from Isafjordur to Laugarholl. On the way, enjoy short walks and potential views of seals near Litlibaer, a restored turf cottage and cafe with mouth-watering views across the sea to Drangajokull icecap.

Day 7: Saudarkrokur

Travel through fertile valleys and sheep country to Skagafjordur, visiting the historic Vidimyri Church, built from driftwood, en route. Accommodation tonight is in the peaceful town of Saudarkrokur.

Day 8: Akureyri, Godafoss and Husavik

Spend some time in Iceland’s most populous northern settlement, Akureyri, a town of fine timber homes, an attractive modern church and colourful botanical gardens. Then head for Godafoss, a symmetrical waterfall that combines 2 flows into one compelling spectacle, before visiting an original turf farmstead, en route to Husavik. This afternoon/evening you will have the chance to join an optional whale watching boat trip (pre-bookable - approximate cost of £80pp with North Sailing). Those not taking part in the whale watching excursion will be taken on a short hike in the local area - before transferring to your accommodation for the next two nights, a short drive away.

Day 9: Myvatn exploration

Spend the day exploring and walking amongst the volcanic and geothermal wonders surrounding Lake Myvatn, including lava flows, mud pools and craters. Look for Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and other wildfowl at this top birding location. There will also be a stop at the geothermal nature baths, where you can spend time bathing in the relaxing milky waters if you wish, (bathing fee payable locally - approximate cost of £38pp).

Day 10: Jokulsa Canyon - Dettifoss - Borgarfjordur Eystri

In the morning, explore the Jokulsa Canyon’s strange eroded landforms, abundant flora and waterfalls of all sizes. Witness the incredible power of Dettifoss, Iceland and Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Cross the inland desert to Borgarfjordur Eystri, recent recipient of the ‘European Destinations of Excellence’ award for sustainable tourism. Spend the next 2 nights in this charming village.

Day 11: Borgarfjordur Eystri

A relaxing day of walking and exploring the colourful rhyolite mountains, greatly praised by artists and photographers for their inspirational qualities.

Day 12: East Fjords - Vatnajokull

Witness the ice-scoured landscapes of the eastern fjords, on a dramatic coastal drive. Stops will be made for short walks at the more notable sites on the journey south to Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice cap. Overnight in the area.

Day 13: Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Start the day with a visit to the photo friendly lagoon at Jokulsarlon, an Iceberg filled lake created by the discarded remains of a glacier in retreat. A short walk from here will lead you to the black sand beaches where the icebergs that have been swept out to sea and whose appearance has been naturally re-sculpted by the waves, later wash back up on to the shore. Here you will be able to get a closer look at the ice and even break some off to taste the purity of the water held within. Later, continue along the southern rim of the National Park to Skaftafell where you can walk to a viewpoint over a glacier tongue riddled with deep crevasses. Then transfer to your accommodation near Kirkjubaejarklaustur, which will be home for the next 2 nights.

Day 14: Laki craters

Take a scenic highland drive to the Lakagigar craters. These were created in 1783 by the powerful eruption which is thought to have brought about a dramatic drop in global temperatures. The sudden climate change caused widespread crop failures throughout much of Europe and parts of both Africa and Asia, making the event possibly the most deadly volcanic eruption in world history. Walk through moss-clad lava from the 100 or more craters and (if you wish) climb up Mount Laki for a better view. Stop at Fagrifoss waterfall and a very spectacular gorge on the way back to the hotel.

Day 15: Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Vik

Gaze out over the black sand beaches and wave-lashed cliffs near Vik and feel the spray on your face as you stand at the foot of Skogafoss, a mighty 60m high waterfall. Continue on a challenging drive along the base of Eyjafjallajokull, the infamous glacier covered volcano which erupted in 2010, to the breath taking Thorsmork Valley. Here walk in a landscape of gorges, glaciers and torrents in what is one of Iceland’s true wonders. After a quick stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall , (which in the right conditions, it is possible to walk behind), head to Hotel Frost & Fire and celebrate the group’s last evening together with a farewell dinner at the hotel's restaurant.

Day 16: Vik - Reykjanes Peninsula - Keflavik Airport

Head along the south shore to the Reykjanes Peninsula and witness the dramatic landscapes before transferring to Keflavik airport for your flight home.

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