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Iceland Full Circle

from £1875 excluding flights

  • 7 nights
  • Year round
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Highlights

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See the natural treasures of Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle route

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Discover pseudo-craters and mud pools at Lake Myvatn

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See the black-sand beaches and waterfalls on the South Coast

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Experience the ice wonders of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon

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Discover Vatnajokull National Park, home to Iceland's largest ice cap

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Journey through the picturesque villages of the East Fjords

Why this trip...

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

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No surcharge guarantee

When you book we guarantee there will be no price increases or additional fees to be paid

Overview

On this 7 night escorted tour explore all the classic sights along Iceland’s ring road and with an expert guide discover this country’s rich history, dramatic landscapes and stunning nature. Travel in the summer and marvel at the midnight sun or join during the winter months and go in search of the elusive northern lights.

This tour is designed to include the highlights of Iceland and to maximise the chances of seeing the elusive northern lights for those travelling between September and early April.

Unlike other escorted tours we offer in Iceland this trip is not a small group tour and on rare occasions, could exceed 30 passengers. All departures however are guaranteed and there are no minimum numbers. The holiday is designed to give the visitor the maximum coverage of Iceland in the shortest possible time, and hence the itinerary will be rather busy.

Itinerary

After checking in to your hotel explore Reykjavik independently and enjoy dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants that the capital has to offer.

Travel west along the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord and the town of Borgarnes. Easy hike on Grábrók volcano crater in the middle of a greenish lava field. Further north visit Glaumbær, one of Iceland’s most beautiful turf house farms and folk museums. Continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until you reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland.

Distance travelled: 415km/258 miles

In the morning explore the town of Akureyri, also called the capital of North Iceland, and admire the panoramic view over the Eyjafjörður fjord. From April-October there are optional whale watching tours available from 09:00-12:00.
In the afternoon travel to Goðafoss – the waterfalls of the Gods. Then explore Lake Mývatn, known as a geological wonderland and for its abundant birdlife. See the strange lava formations at Kálfaströnd, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the tephra cone Hverfjall. End the afternoon relaxing in the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths with a fantastic view over the whole area.
There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from mid-September to mid-April.

Distance travelled: 120km/75 miles

In the morning walk in the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. In the afternoon, visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Head through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surrounding to East Iceland. From June to August the tour includes a detour to the powerful waterfall Dettifoss.

Distance travelled: 250km/155 miles

Today admire the dramatic fjord landscape and the small picturesque fishing villages spotted along the rugged coastline. In the afternoon continue onwards catching a glimpse of Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland.

Distance travelled: 260km/161 miles

Start the day with a stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and explore the extraordinary site where you might see seals swimming in arctic waters. From May through September, a boat tour between floating icebergs is included in the program. Just across the street, you can walk on the so-called Diamond Beach, where large icebergs get stranded. Travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and get a glimpse at Europe’s second-largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier.

In the afternoon, a beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits you as you head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Experience the unique Icelandic Lava Show where you get to witness and feel the heat from molten lava! Stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vik. In the small village of Skogar, there is Skogafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain. An exciting trail goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet!
There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from mid-September to mid-April.

Distance travelled: 380km/235 miles

A day of classics! Start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on, see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 32 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers in summer and winter. Travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you return to Reykjavík, you will be taken for a short city tour to show highlights of the world’s northernmost capital.

Northern Lights: From mid-September to mid-April optional Northern Lights evening tours can be booked at the lobby of your hotel, should weather conditions be favourable.

Distance travelled: 160km/99 miles

Transfer to Keflavík Airport in time for your flight home.

Prices and Departures

Price from £1875 excluding flights

Airfares vary widely and are quoted separately to the holiday price, starting from around £250pp return with Icelandair and British Airways, though may be lower with Play or EasyJet. We'll provide the best fare available at the time of enquiry, which tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

UK Airports with flights direct to Iceland are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We can also arrange flights from non-UK destinations. Discover more »

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We are proud of our excellent reputation for looking after our clients, without question. Should the unexpected occur our team of dedicated Travel Specialists are on call 24/7 to make any necessary alternative plans at no cost to you.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transport throughout and airport transfers
  • Services of driver and guide (Days 2-7)
  • Entry to Myvatn Nature baths
  • Entry to Lava & Volcano Centre
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables and geothermal greenhouse
  • Winter only: 2 guided northern lights searches on hotel grounds
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on rooms with private facilities.

Departures (Fridays) Duration Twin Price Single Price Status of Tour
26 Apr 2024 7 nights £1,875 £2,406 Limited availability
10 May 2024 7 nights £2,206 £2,856 Available
24 May 2024 7 nights £2,206 £2,856 Available
07 Jun 2024 7 nights £2,779 £3,846 Available
21 Jun 2024 7 nights £2,779 £3,846 Available
05 Jul 2024 7 nights £2,779 £3,846 Available
19 Jul 2024 7 nights £2,779 £3,846 Available
02 Aug 2024 7 nights £2,779 £3,846 Available
16 Aug 2024 7 nights £2,779 £3,846 Fully booked
30 Aug 2024 7 nights £2,779 £3,846 Fully Booked
13 Sep 2024 7 nights £2,881 £3,950 Available
27 Sep 2024 7 nights £2,881 £3,950 Available
11 Oct 2024 7 nights £2,458 £3,248 Available
25 Oct 2024 7 nights £2,458 £3,248 Available
8 Nov 2024 7 nights £2,130 £2,685 Available
22 Nov 2024 7 nights £2,130 £2,685 Available
6 Dec 2024 7 nights £2,130 £2,685 Available
10 Jan 2025 7 nights £2,239 £2,848 Available
24 Jan 2025 7 nights £2,239 £2,848 Available
7 Feb 2025 7 nights £2,239 £2,848 Available
21 Feb 2025 7 nights £2,239 £2,848 Available
7 Mar 2025 7 nights £2,239 £2,848 Available
21 Mar 2025 7 nights £2,239 £2,848 Available
04 Apr 2025 7 nights £2,239 £2,848 Available
18 Apr 2025 7 nights £2,239 £2,848 Available

Group Size

This escorted group requires a minimum of 5 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 30.

Note: on occasion tours may operate with less than the minimum number of participants specified above (or exceed the maximum number indicated) – please refer to our booking conditions for more details

Private departures

Please contact us for a private departure on any date suitable for you. This itinerary can be tailor made to fit your requirements and group size.

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