(9 days/8 nights) Tour code: SH3
Price from £2686
June/July/August departures: £2856 (double/triple) £3689 (single)
September departures: £2686 (double/triple) £3519 (single)
Optional VIP seating: £334 per person
Prices are per person, excluding flights
This round Iceland tour enables you to experience the wide variety of Iceland’s landscapes, its culture and history in a little over a week. You will visit two of Iceland’s three national parks and the chance to walk in the beautiful countryside is on offer most days. Whale watching from the popular ‘whale capital’ of Husavik is included too. Accommodation outside Reykjavik is in simple and clean country hotels in rooms with private facilities. The maximum number for this tour is 28.
DAY 1 (Sat): WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km)
The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International airport to the Fosshotel where you spend the first night. Depending on your arrival time, we can provide you with ideas on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own. Even with a few hours in the afternoon or evening, a short stroll along the bay or through the small streets is enough to reveal the charm of this delightful city.
DAY 2 (Sun): LAND OF SAGAS (170 km)
Your day begins with a guided tour of Reykjavik (the world’s most northerly capital city), and from there you head to West Iceland for an introduction to the Icelandic sagas at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes. The afternoon is spent at some impressive natural sites including Deildartunguhver, one of the most powerful hot springs in Europe, and Hraunfossar, a unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into the Hvítá river. The last stop today is at the Snorrastofa cultural and medieval centre in the small settlement at Reykholt where you spend the night.
DAY 3 (Mon): FROM WEST TO NORTH (445 km)
Today starts with an opportunity to climb a magnificent volcanic crater within an old lava field. You then travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of northwest Iceland, to visit the charming town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city. After a stop at Goðafoss (“the waterfall of the Gods”), you reach the coastal town of Húsavík where you will stay for the next two nights.
DAY 4 (Tue): WHALE WATCHING, GEOLOGICAL WONDERS AND NATURE BATHS (150 km)
This morning, weather permitting, you will take a 3-hour whale watching cruise from Húsavík. Afterwards, you tour the area around Lake Mývatn, the unique features of which are shaped by nature, with strange lava formations, pseudo craters and attractive bays filled with thousands of birds. Following a stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir, there’s a chance to soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths.
DAY 5 (Wed): FROM NORTH TO EAST (330 km)
After exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð and seeing the impact of volcanic activity at Krafla, you head for the northern part of the Vatnajökull National Park to visit the awe-inspiring Dettifoss which, at 45m high and 100m wide, is the most powerful waterfall in Europe. From here, you head through uninhabited highlands to East Iceland, where you spend the night at Hotel Hallormsstaður.
DAY 6 (Thu): FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE (420 km)
Today begins by exploring the dramatic fjord landscape and tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon you will encounter Vatnajökull – Europe’s largest glacier, visible across southeast Iceland. Passing the town of Höfn, you will stop for a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the spectacular glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón. Tonight is spent near Skaftafell in the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.
DAY 7 (Fri): VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (340 km)
This morning, you visit Skaftafell, nestled below the glacier in Vatnajökull National Park, and Iceland’s highest mountain, the 2110m high Hvannadalshnjúkur. After crossing the sandy desert of the south coast, and travelling beside mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls, you can stretch your legs with a stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík. Iceland’s past is brought to life at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Tonight is spent at Hotel Örk in the town of Hveragerði.
DAY 8 (Sat): AROUND THE TO REYKJAVIK (210 km)
Today begins with an introduction to the special qualities of the unique breed of Icelandic horse. Then it’s off around the famous route to visit Gullfoss, the beautiful, double “Golden Falls”, and the active geothermal area of Geysir, where Strokkur (“The Churn”) spouts up to 25m every few minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Thingvellir National Park rounds off the day before you return to for one last night.
DAY 9 (Sun): DEPARTURE DAY (50 km)
The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavík airport for your flight home.
Please note: This tour includes an average of 1-2 hours of easy walking each day, made up of several short walks of 10-30 minutes to see and explore the various natural and historic sites included in the itinerary. About 4 hours per day will be spent on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances.
- Arrival & departure airport transfers by FLYBUS shuttle
- 7-day fully escorted bus tour with English speaking guide
- 8 nights’ accommodation with breakfast
- 6 dinners (3-course or buffet)
- Visit to two national parks
- Whale watching tour (weather permitting)
- Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
- An introduction to the Icelandic horse
- Entrance, with towel, to the Lake Mývatn Nature Baths
- Admission to the Icelandic Settlement Centre
- Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum
Optional VIP seating: A supplement of £334 per person guarantees a window seat in the bus and a free seat beside that, effectively a double seat to yourself. Bookings are made on a first come, first served basis starting from the front of the bus.
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.
- 3, 17 June 2017
- 15, 29 July 2017
- 12 August 2017
- 9, 23 September 2017
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