Introducing Iceland

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Introducing Iceland

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  • 8 nights
  • Jun-Sep

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Highlights

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

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Experience the ice wonders of Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon

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Discover pseudo-craters and mud pools at Lake Myvatn

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Walk to the brink of mighty Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall

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Search for whales and dolphins on a boat trip

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

Why this trip...

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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Nordic Heritage

With over 37 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

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.

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.

Maximum group size: 20 people

Itinerary

Day 1 arrive Iceland

Arrive at Keflavik Airport and transfer to your hotel. Explore Reykjavik independently and enjoy dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants on offer in the capital. Depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to take advantage of one of the many excellent excursions available in the city.

Arrive at Keflavik Airport and transfer to your hotel. Explore Reykjavik independently and enjoy dinner at one of the many fabulous restaurants on offer in the capital. Depending on your flight arrival time, you may be able to take advantage of one of the many excellent excursions available in the city.

Fosshotel Reykjavik

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Day 2 Reykjavik - Reykholt

Meet your guide and after a short city tour, head north. The first stop is the Settlement centre in Borgarnes. Learn about Icelandic sagas and their impact on the nation 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 before reaching Hraunfossar and Barnafoss where glacial water cascades from beneath ancient lava. 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.
Distance travelled: 190km/118 miles

Meet your guide and after a short city tour, head north. The first stop is the Settlement centre in Borgarnes. Learn about Icelandic sagas and their impact on the nation 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 before reaching Hraunfossar and Barnafoss where glacial water cascades from beneath ancient lava. 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.
Distance travelled: 190km/118 miles

Fosshotel Reykholt

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Day 3 Reykholt - Husavik

Head north along Road 1, exploring some real hidden gems in the area. The drive takes you over mountain passes, past lava fields, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscapes. After a lunch break enjoy whale watching (included) for 2-3 hours at Eyjafjordur, Iceland's longest fjord. The most common species seen 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 north east Iceland where you will stay for the next two nights.
Distance travelled: 460km/286 miles.

Head north along Road 1, exploring some real hidden gems in the area. The drive takes you over mountain passes, past lava fields, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscapes. After a lunch break enjoy whale watching (included) for 2-3 hours at Eyjafjordur, Iceland's longest fjord. The most common species seen 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 north east Iceland where you will stay for the next two nights.
Distance travelled: 460km/286 miles.

Fosshotel Husavik

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Day 4 explore Lake 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).
Distance travelled: 170km/106 miles.

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).
Distance travelled: 170km/106 miles.

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Day 5 Husavik - Hallormsstadur

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).
Distance travelled: 170km/106 miles.

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).
Distance travelled: 170km/106 miles.

Hotel Hallormsstadur, Hallormsstadur

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Day 6 Hallormsstadur - Skaftafell

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 Djupivogur 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 forms as the glaciers recede.
Distance travelled: 390km/242 miles.

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 Djupivogur 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 forms as the glaciers recede.
Distance travelled: 390km/242 miles.

Day 7 Skaftafell - Hveragerdi

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. Continue west to 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 is possible to walk behind – be prepared to get wet!
Distance travelled: 340km/211 miles.

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. Continue west to 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 is possible to walk behind – be prepared to get wet!
Distance travelled: 340km/211 miles.

Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi

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Day 8 Hveragerdi - Reykjavik

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 specialised breed has adapted to the country 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.
Distance travelled: 210km/130 miles.

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 specialised breed has adapted to the country 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.
Distance travelled: 210km/130 miles.

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Day 9 depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik Airport in time for your flight home.

Transfer to Keflavik Airport in time for your flight home.

Prices and Departures

Price from £2869 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

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
  • 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
  • Full financial protection

Prices from per person

Based on rooms with private facilities

Departure Duration Twin Price Single Price
Sat 05 Sep 2020 8 nights £2,869 £3,760
Sat 19 Sep 2020 8 nights £2,869 £3,760

Optional Upgrade Seats on Coach

If you require more room why not opt for a double window seat to yourself? Seats will be allocated towards the front of coach. Supplement from £290. Subject to availability.

Guaranteed Departures

All departures are guaranteed to operate once you have booked, maximum of twenty passengers per group (no minimum number).

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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