Introducing Iceland

from £2903
excluding flights *
8 nights Jun-Sep

Overview

Everything that makes Iceland special is included in this small-group tour. It’s perfect for first-time visitors or those looking to experience a full kaleidoscope of its natural wonders. Travelling in a comfortable and spacious coach, you’ll witness everything from icecaps, lava flows and waterfalls to geothermal pools and glacial lagoons – taking in many of the sights for which Iceland is famous, as well as exploring off the beaten track in search of hidden treasures.

Highlights

  • See three of Iceland’s iconic natural wonders on the Golden Circle
  • Explore the lava flows, hot springs and craters of Lake Myvatn
  • Hike in Vatnajokull National Park and see the icebergs at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
  • Visit Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall
  • Delve into the fishing villages of the beautiful East Fjords
  • Search for humpback whales and dolphins in Eyjafjordur

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Excursions as per itinerary

Full description

Around Iceland

This expert-guided tour takes you full-circle on an exciting 8-night loop around Iceland. Nights are spent in 3 or 4 star properties where you can enjoy local hospitality and delicious food while learning about Icelandic culture.

Famous sights and hidden gems

The Golden Circle’s tectonic trio – Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir – are the perfect primer for this trip where each day is packed with natural wonders. Other well-known sights include the hot springs of Namarskard, the iceberg-filled lagoon of Jokulsarlson and spectacular waterfalls such as Dettifoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Godafoss. Your guide will also lead you on walking trails with breathtaking views of mountains and glaciers in Skaftafell and the deep coastal inlets of the East Fjords. Well off the normal tourist route, you will get to gaze across Borgarfjordur from the Grabrok crater and explore the impressive Kolugljufur canyon. Enjoy a relaxing dip in Myvatn Nature Baths and search for humpback whales in the Arctic waters of the north.

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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.

These are starting prices in £ per person based on rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.

Start End Twin Price (pp) Single Price
Sat 1 Jun 2019 Sun 9 Jun 2019 £3,054 £4,003
Sat 15 Jun 2019 Sun 23 Jun 2019 £3,054 £4,003
Sat 29 Jun 2019 Sun 7 Jul 2019 £3,054 £4,003
Sat 13 Jul 2019 Sun 21 Jul 2019 £3,054 £4,003
Sat 27th Jul 2019 Sun 4 Aug 2019 £3,054 £4,003
Sat 10 Aug 2019 Sun 18 Aug 2019 £3,054 £4,003
Sat 24 Aug 2019 Sun 1 Sep 2019 £3,054 £4,003
Sat 7 Sep 2019 Sun 15 Sep 2019 £2,903 £3,805
Sat 21 Sep 2019 Sun 29 Sep 2019 £2,903 £3,805

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 6 dinners (dinners are a 3 course set meal)
  • Whale watching & sea angling tour (weather permitting)
  • Boat trip on Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
  • Entrance fee and towel at Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Admission to Icelandic settlement centre
  • Entrance fee to Skogar folk museum
  • Services of driver/guide
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Optional VIP seating: Upgrade from £290 for a guaranteed double window seat (including the neighbouring seat). Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, on first comes – first served basis and are subject to availability.

Group Size: Minimum 1, maximum 20 participants

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Reykjavik

Arrive at Keflavik Airport and transfer to your hotel. Today explore Reykjavik independently and enjoy dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants that the capital has to offer. Depending on your flight time, why not take advantage of one of the many excellent excursions on offer.

Day 2: Land of sagas

This morning meet your guide and after a short city tour, head north. The first stop today is the Settlement centre in Borgarnes. Learn about Icelandic sagas and their impact on Iceland through the ages. Then onwards to Grabrok volcano crater, formed by a fissure eruption approximately 3400 years ago, which rises about 170 above ground and offers spectacular views over Borgarfjordur Region and Hredavatn lake. Continue on to Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s most powerful hot spring, which releases 180 litres of scalding water every second then onto the delicate Hraunfossar waterfall flows from beneath an ancient lava flow, marbling the basalt with a lace-like pattern of rivulets. A stone’s throw upstream is Barnafoss (waterfall of children). Enjoy Icelandic history at the cultural site in Reykholt, which was the home of the 13th-century writer, scholar, and chieftain Snorri Sturluson, who wrote many sagas. Visit Snorri's pool, one of Iceland's most important cultural and archaeological sites. Overnight is in West Iceland.

Day 3: West to north and whale watching

Today head north along Road 1, exploring some real hidden gems in the area. The drive takes you over mountain passes, lava fields, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscapes. After a lunch break enjoy whale watching and sea angling for 2-3 hours at Eyjafjordur, Iceland's longest fjord (included). The most common species are humpback and minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins. The tour also includes about 30 minutes of sea angling. Next stop is Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city before reaching the picturesque village of Husavík in Northeast Iceland where you will stay for the next two nights.

Day 4: Geological wonders and Myvatn

Spend the whole day exploring this spectacular region known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. Stop at Godafoss, a mesmerising symmetrical waterfall. Stroll through the mysterious lava field of Dimmuborgir, look at pseudocraters and see the tephra cone Hverfjall . End the day with a dip in the milky geothermal waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths (included).

Day 5: North to east

Visit the hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools of Namaskard; the site of the Krafla Fires. Follow the river Jokulsa to Dettifoss and walk to Europe's most powerful waterfall, which roars into the depths of a 15km long canyon. Continue through the highlands of East Iceland, later stopping at Modrudalur,the highest inhabited place in Iceland, 469m above sea level. From there it‘s onwards to Fljotsdalsherad , a region famous for its heavily wooded forests – a rarity in Iceland – and a cryptid serpent, called Lagarfljotsormurinn which allegedly lives in the depths of Lagarfljot Lake. Overnight in the area.

Day 6: Fjords, glaciers and icebergs

Head south on the scenic coastal road edging the fjords. The snow-flecked peaks are a majestic sight, especially when mirrored on a flat sea. Stop at the charming village of Djúpivogur and continue onwards catching a glimpse of Vatnajokull - Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Next stop is Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, considered one of the highlights. Take a boat ride (included) among the majestic icebergs adrift on the lagoon that form as the glaciers recede.Overnight in the area.

Day 7: Vatnajokull national park and the south coast

Today explore Vatnajokull National Park which covers about 14% of Iceland, making it Europe's second-largest national park. The park offers amazing contrasts in landscape with glaciers, moors, mountains, birch forests, glacial rivers, brooks and sandy outwash plains. Later, head to Skaftafell and see a glacier tongue from above while hiking on rocky outcrops surrounding the ice and even see some alpine flowers in the nearby birch woodland. Continuing west, 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 to Seljalandsfoss waterfall , which in the right conditions, it is possible to walk behind, but beware – be prepared to get wet!

Day 8: The Golden circle

It’s classics day today! The day starts with a visit to Fridheimar farm for an entertaining horse show (included). Learn about unique qualities and gaits of the Icelandic horse. This peculiar breed has adapted to the country’s in a way that made it a full partner in farm and city life. Then it’s the sights and sounds of the famed Golden Circle trio: see the much admired Gullfoss, a spectacular two-tiered waterfall; 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. Then travel to the capital for your overnight.

Day 9: depart Keflavik

Today transfer to Keflavik Airport in time for your flight home.

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