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South Iceland Adventure and Reykjavik

from £1735 excluding flights

  • 6 nights
  • Jun-Aug
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Highlights

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Explore the volcanic Westman Islands

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

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Visit Iceland's most colourful and spectacular volcanic mountain

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Enjoy Reykjavik with its blend of Nordic and modern style

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Search for whales on an included boat trips from Reykjavik

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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Like-minded travellers

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Culture

Experience local culture and heritage as part of this holiday

Overview

On this 6 night escorted tour explore all the classic sights along Iceland’s South Coast as well as the dramatic landscapes of the southern highlands.

You will visit the capital city of Reykjavik, the Westman Islands and travel along the South Coast from where you will explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar with a short hike.

You will bath in the unique Sky Lagoon, go whale watching, witness a lava show, and visit a local brewery If you like to see and experience treasure troves of natural wonders, this tour will spoil you with ever-changing scenery and unique outdoor activities. See an extraordinary, marvellous and unusual land, called South Iceland.

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.

This morning your guide will take you on a guide tours of Iceland’s exciting capital. Learn about life in the city from the very beginning of settlement in Iceland to the present day. You will stop by the church of Hallgrímskirkja and drive through the university district, past the Nordic house and the National Museum. In the city centre, you will stop by the City hall, which juts into the small lake of Tjörnin. Nearby are the Lutheran Cathedral and the House of Parliament.

In the afternoon, enjoy the spirit of whale watching, getting as close as possible without disturbing the animals. You might see dolphins, humpback, orca, blue, and minke whales during this 3-hour cruise. Afterwards, visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition with life-sized whale models and a virtual reality experience.

Late afternoon you will visit The Sky Lagoon, Iceland’s latest geothermal lagoon spa experience, where the ocean meets the sky. Immerse yourself in the warm and rejuvenating waters of an oasis near the city centre of Reykjavik.

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This morning you will travel from Reykjavik to South Iceland, where you will take a short ferry ride to the Westman Islands, where you will have a walking tour of the village of Heimaey and bus tour of this extraordinary island. You will explore the bird cliffs during our tour to the Westman Islands, walk up the volcano crater, and visit “Pompei of the North“, a volcanic excavation project. You have the afternoon free to wander around the town of Heimaey, with its birds and sign of recent volcanic eruptions. Finally, you will return to the mainland and stay for 2 nights in South Iceland.

Your first stop of the day will be at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can follow a slick and wet trail right behind the falls. You will pass the glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull on the way to the village of Vik. Here you will visit the stunning Iceland lava show, the only exhibition in the world where you can experience actual flowing lava!

The tour will continue along to the black lava beach and bird cliffs at Reynisfjara where you can see the basalt columns and rock formations.

This afternoon you will visit Skogar, the folk museum with its turf houses and the thundering Skógafoss waterfall, which is 60 meters high and belongs to the most impressive waterfalls in the country. You will have an opportunity to join an optional glacier hike at Sólheimajökull glacier tongue. It‘s an informative and easy glacier walk through a frozen wonderland of different shades of glacier ice.

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Today you will drive the rough unpaved road to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands surrounded by vivid rhyolite mountains. The highlight is a 90-minute round-trip hike up toward Brenninsteinsalda, the rainbow mountain of Iceland, which is still “hot” and where you can see sizzling sulphur springs and vapor at its sides. It could very well be the most colourful and spectacular volcanic mountain of Iceland, and so its picture is often found in books and calendars. After a picnic lunch, you have free time to enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural geothermal stream. You will take a short stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss, surrounded by unusual basalt rock formations. Before you reach Reykjavík, you will visit Ölvisholt, a microbrewery located on an old dairy farm in South Iceland. You will get an introduction to the brewery’s history, the brewing process, and of course, try a selection of Icelandic beer.

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Transfer by Fly Bus airport shuttle to Keflavik Airport in time for your flight home.

Prices and Departures

Price from £1735 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 »

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast and one lunch
  • Transport throughout and airport transfers
  • Services of driver and guide (Days 2-5)
  • Guided whale watching excursion from Reykjavik
  • Entrance to the Whales of Iceland Museum
  • Entrance to the Sky Lagoon including towel hire
  • Entrance to Lava Show
  • Olvisholt microbrewery tour and beer tasting
  • 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 Duration Twin Price Single Price Status of Tour
13 Jun 2024 5 nights £1,944 £2,498 Available
27 Jun 2024 5 nights £1,944 £2,498 Available
11 Jul 2024 5 nights £1,944 £2,498 Available
25 Jul 2024 5 nights £1,944 £2,498 Available
08 Aug 2024 5 nights £1,944 £2,498 Available
22 Aug 2024 5 nights £1,944 £2,498 Available

Group Size

This escorted group requires a minimum of 5 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 25. 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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