Tour code: WT7
£2791 (double/twin/triple room), £3263 (single room)
We recommend a triple room for 2 adults travelling with 1 child
Prices are per person, excluding flights
This small group (maximum 16 people) tour takes you on an exploration of West and North Iceland – areas of the country less visited, especially in winter. Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths, join a snowshoe walk in a lava labyrinth, climb a volcanic crater, and travel along scenic fjord routes where you can almost touch the Arctic Circle. If you are looking for some unusual, but not arduous, outdoor activities and the chance to search for the Northern Lights, this could be the tour for you. If you haven’t been to Iceland before and would like to add a short extension to this tour to see the highlights of the South before you leave, please contact us.
DAY 1 (Tue): WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km)
Transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavík International Airport to, where you spend the first night. The city has a surprising range of places to eat, and depending on your time of arrival, we are happy to help you with ideas on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own. Private airport transfers are available too, please ask us.
DAY 2 (Wed): VOLCANIC CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (400 km)
At 09:00 meet your tour guide and travel west, past the town of Borgarnes. After a stop to climb the Grábrók volcanic crater, you will visit a natural history and seal museum and, further north, the turf church of Víðimýri. Travelling along scenic fjords and over several challenging mountain passes, you arrive at Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northernmost town. Tonight is spent at the new and beautifully-located Hotel Siglo, which offers spectacular geothermal hot tubs built into the local fjord. In the evening, if conditions are favourable, you can take a walk or a drive to search for the Northern Lights.
DAY 3 (Thu): ICELAND’S NORTHERNMOST TOWN (170 km)
This morning you explore Siglufjörður, the herring capital of the North and home to the largest seafaring and industrial museum in the country. In the afternoon, drive along Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord which offers an amazing panorama, and explore the Tröllaskagi Peninsula. Along the way, stop at a deserted fjord valley – rarely visited even by Icelanders – and at a local brewery to taste one of Iceland’s growing collection of micro-beers. You then continue to the Hotel Sel-Mývatn at the winter wonderland of Lake Mývatn for a three-night stay. Join an evening talk about the Northern Lights and don’t miss the chance to search for the magical Aurora after dinner.
DAY 4 (Fri): IN SEARCH OF TROLLS & SNOW ADVENTURES (30 km)
This morning, there’s the chance to take a snowshoe trek (or a normal hike if there is no snow) through the lava formations of Dimmuborgir (the “Dark Castles”), hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there! In the afternoon, you are free to explore the many pseudo craters or walk along the lake shores. Also available is an optional tour on cross-country skis or by snow-mobile. The trail depends on snow conditions and the number of participants. Warm clothing – including a hat and gloves – is required. In the evening, take a relaxing soak at Lake Mývatn Nature Baths and there’s a further opportunity to chase the elusive Northern Lights.
DAY 5 (Sat): EXPLORE LAKE MÝVATN (50 km)
Lake Mývatn is known for its geological wonders, varied bird life – and for experiencing Iceland’s coldest temperatures. This morning, you take an easy walk through the bizarre lava formations and landscape and then explore the hot spring area of Námaskarð, with its bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. There’s also the chance to taste traditional dark bread baked underground in the geothermal heat. In the evening, enjoy a video presentation about Northern Lights.
DAY 6 (Sun): BIRDS, CHRISTMAS GARDEN & THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND (120 km)
Today, you visit the Lake Mývatn bird museum and travel to Goðafos (the “waterfall of the Gods”). Next stop is at the Christmas Garden, a small museum and shop where you will find a large and varied election of items connected to Icelandic Christmas traditions. Arriving in Akureyri and the Hotel Kea (or similar), the afternoon is free to explore the capital of North Iceland on your own. There are some excellent local museums and a great geothermal swimming pool. If conditions are favourable, there will be a short excursion into the darkness to hunt the Aurora.
DAY 7 (Mon): HISTORY, DESIGN & HORSES IN SKAGAFJÖRÐUR (420 km)
Heading back west over the mountains to Skagafjörður, the valley of the horses and home of many ancient farms, you visit the folk museum and turf farm at Glaumbær. Enjoy a guided tour through the only tannery in Europe which makes fish leather. Later, there’s a stop for coffee and cake at a horse farm, where you will learn about the history and the special gaits of the unique breed of Icelandic horse. Depending on weather and road conditions, you should reach between 18:00 and 20:00 for a final night’s stay in Iceland’s capital.
DAY 8 (Tue): DEPARTURE HOME (50 km)
Transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation to Keflavík Airport.
- Arrival and departure airport transfers by Flybus shuttle
- Fully escorted, 6-day coach tour with an English-speaking guide
- 7-nights accommodation with breakfast
- 2x light lunches, 3x 3-course dinners and 3x midnight refreshments
- Visit to natural history & seal museum
- Horse show, coffee & cake at horse farm
- Visit to herring museum and micro beer brewery
- Hot steam-baked bread tasting
- Entrance (with towel) at Mývatn Nature Baths
- Snow shoe trek (or hike if no snow) in lava labyrinth
- Visit to Mývatn bird museum
- Visit to Christmas house & garden near Akureyri
- Visit to Víðimýri turf church, Glaumbær folk museum & turf farm and tannery in Skagafjörður
- A programme of talks, presentations, a film show and guided searches for the Northern Lights
- Use of non-slip snow & ice grippers and a torch
Please note: In rare cases, a change of programme may be necessary should road and weather conditions make it impossible to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities may be cancelled. In this case, no refund will be given but your tour operator will try to find reasonable alternatives where possible.
Nature fees: It is possible that some of the natural sites visited on this tour may charge a small entrance fee. These are not included in the price and must be paid locally on the day.
DEPARTURES on Tuesdays:
- 10, 24 October 2017
- 7, 21 November 2017
- No departures in December
- No departures in January
- 6, 13, 20, 27 February 2018
- 6, 13, 20, 27 March 2018
For bookings, or to check availability, please contact us here.