(12 days/11 nights)  Tour Code: SH2
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£4416 (double/twin/triple room), £5436 (single room)

We recommend triple rooms for 2 adults travelling with 1 child

Prices are per person, excluding flights 

Travel around the whole of Iceland – exploring both well-known sights and more remote areas including the beautiful southern Westfjords.  Enjoy “soft” adventures and learning about the country’s history and culture on this small group (maximum 20 people) tour from one of our Icelandic partners. You will stay at simple but charming guesthouses, farms and tourist-class hotels (private facilities), many of them set in the most stunning locations. There are light walks each day and visits to 3 of Iceland’s National Parks. Enjoy a gourmet dinner on your return to Reykjavik. There are departures on Mondays between May and August 2017.

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DAY 1 (Mon): WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km)

The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International airport to Reykjavík where you spend your first night. For your arrival day we will provide you with ideas on how to explore Iceland‘s capital on your own.

 

DAY 2 (Tue): GOLDEN CIRCLE (290 km)

Gulfoss.Gorge.summer (1) waterfall golden circle south icelandA day of classic highlights as you explore Gullfoss (the beautiful, double “Golden Falls”) and walk through the active geothermal area of Geysir, where Strokkur (“the Churn”) spouts up to 25 metres every few minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area and UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park rounds off the day before you journey along the scenic shores of Hvalfjörður to your overnight accommodation in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland.

 

 DAY 3 (Wed): SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA AND LAVA CAVE (190 km)

This morning you are introduced to the Icelandic sagas at the settlement centre in Borgarnes. The Snæfellsnes (“peninsula of the snowy mountain”) juts out from Iceland’s West coast and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. Here you will visit volcanic craters, lava flows, an ice cap, glaciated peaks, fjords, sandy beaches and high cliffs, which together shape the landscape of the National Park.  Following in the footsteps of Jules Verne, you can take your own “journey to the centre of the Earth” on a lava cave tour that takes you 35 metres underground and about 200 meters into a lava tube. Tonight is spent in the Grundarfjörður area.

 

DAY 4 (Thur): ICELAND’S WESTERNMOST POINT (145 km)

harbour stykkisholmur west boatsAn early start is needed today to catch the ferry from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur in the West Fjords. Following the coastline, you will stop at a folk and transport museum before continuing through a remote and sparsely-populated region to the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Iceland (and Europe) where puffins can be seen from mid-May until mid-August and razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, cormorants, kittiwakes and other cliff birds flock in their hundreds, thousands and even in millions. Overnight near Látrabjarg or Patreksfjörður.

 

DAY 5 (Fri): BEAUTIFUL WEST FJORDS (390 km)

Today you travel beside many scenic fjords and beautiful beaches, passing through small fishing villages, to reach the majestic Arnarfjörður, surrounded by high mountains. At the bottom of the fjord is the unique waterfall Dynjandi with its seven levels of plunging water, declared the country’s most beautiful by the people of Iceland. You then journey along the southern shores of the West Fjords – a route less travelled, characterised by sheer cliffs, deep cut bays and narrow stretches of coastal lowland. You spend the night at the remote Vogur Country Lodge in West Iceland.

 

DAY 6 (Sat): HEADING NORTH (350 km)

Akureyri.North.IcelandOn the agenda today is a visit to an authentic replica of the homestead of Erik the Red, the famous explorer who founded the Icelandic colony in Greenland. His son, Leif-the-Lucky, may have been the first European to set foot in North America. You then head north, stopping at a farm for a horse show and an opportunity to learn about Iceland’s unique breed of horse, before arriving in the charming town of Akureyri which, with a population of just 18,000, is Iceland’s second largest city.  You will spend 2 nights here.

 

 DAY 7 (Sun): EVEN FURTHER NORTH (160 km)

Siglufjordur fishing north iceland harbourToday’s 6 hour tour takes you to the Trollaskagi peninsula, and Siglufjordur, the mainland’s most northern town. This is a mountainous area with small fishing villages hugging the coast, and at Siglufjordur, included in the day’s trip is the chance to explore the Herring Museum and to go beer tasting at the local mirco-brewery. There is free time during the afternoon and the choice of shopping, exploring, swimming or taking an optional whale watching tour during the afternoon or evening.

 

DAY 8 (Mon): GEOLOGICAL WONDERS AND NATURE BATHS (150 km)

Today, you explore Goðafoss (“the waterfall of the Gods”) before continuing to Lake Mývatn, with its rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic landscapes. You will visit pseudo craters, walk through a lava field, climb to the rim of an ash crater, see hot springs and bubbling mud pools, and travel to a crater lake. In the afternoon there’s the chance to relax and soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths. Overnight near Lake Mývatn.

 

DAY 9 (Tue): THE SECRET OF THE EAST (290 km)

myvatn lake north icelandThe highlight today is a visit to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, situated in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. From there, you journey through uninhabited highlands to East Iceland and the isolated but charming fishing village of Bakkagerði.  For an insight into Icelandic folklore, you will also visit Álfaborg, a protected site where the queen of the elves is believed to live within a strangely-shaped rock castle!

 

DAY 10 (Wed): FJORDS, GLACIERS AND ICE (390 km)

This morning, admire the dramatic fjord landscape and visit the tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. In the afternoon, you will encounter Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, which is visible all over southeast Iceland. Beyond the town of Höfn, a highlight of your holiday is bound to be a boat ride amongst the floating icebergs of the spectacular glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón. The night is spent near Skaftafell in the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.

 

DAY 11 (Fri): VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (340 km)

jokulsarlon april 07 BP icebergs glacial lagoon south eastVisit Skaftafell, covered in ice and nestled below Iceland’s highest mountain, the 2,110m Hvannadalshnjúkur. Crossing a sandy desert, you continue along the south coast, travelling between the sea, mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. You can stroll along the black lava beach and visit the bird cliffs near the village of Vík while, at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre, you will discover what it is like to live next to a glacier and an active volcano. There are final stops at the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls before you arrive back in Reykjavík for a farewell gourmet dinner and overnight stay.

 

DAY 12 (Sat): DEPARTURE (50 km)

The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavík International airport for your flight home.  If you would like to extend your stay with extra nights in Reykjavík at the start or end of your holiday.

 

Included:

  • 11x breakfast and 9x dinner (3-course or buffet)
  • Visit to three National Parks,
  • Admission to settlement centre in Borgarnes,
  • Entrance and visit to lava cave on the Snæfellsnes peninsula,
  • Ferry trip to the West Fjords,
  • Entrance fee to folk and transport museum at Hnjótur,
  • Visit to Erik the Red homestead,
  • Horse show in northwest Iceland,
  • Entrance to Herring museum,
  • Visit to micro beer brewery,
  • Entrance fee with towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn,
  • Visit to stone collection in the East Fjords,
  • Boat trip between floating icebergs on glacial lagoon,
  • Visit to multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull volcano information centre;
  • Average of 1-2 hours easy walking per day
  • Arrival and departure nights in Reykjavik

 

Not included:

  • Dinner in Akureyri (day 7)
  • Dinner on first night in Reykjavík
  • Extra nights, please ask us if you would like to extend your stay

 

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 2017 (Mondays):

  • 29 May 2017
  • 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2017
  • 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 July 2017
  • 7, 21 August 2017

For bookings, or to check availability, please contact us here

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