(8 days/7 nights) Tour Code: SH5
- January – May 2017: £1385 (double/twin/triple room); £1683 (single room)
- June –August 2017: £1946 (double/twin/triple room); £2630 (single room)
- September – December 2017: £1517 (double/twin/triple room); £1857 (single room)
- January – May 2018: £1576 (double/twin/triple room); £1977 (single room)
Triple rooms are recommended for 2 adults travelling with a child
Prices are per person, excluding flights
Explore the island of fire and ice with an international group (maximum 30 people) travelling all around Iceland on theis guided tour. There are year-round Friday departures and additional Tuesday departures in May, October, November and December. The trip takes in both classic and lesser known sites and includes several “soft adventures” and cultural visits.
DAY 1 (Fri/Tue*): WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km)
The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to the Hotel Natura in where you spend your first night. Depending on your arrival time, we can provide you with ideas on how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.
DAY 2 (Sat/Wed*): VOLCANIC CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (425 km)
At 09:00 meet your tour guide and head west, past the town of Borgarnes, to climb the Grábrók volcanic crater. In the afternoon, you visit a natural history and seal museum in a small fishing village in northwest Iceland and take a stroll around the harbour. Further north, you stop at the turf church of Víðimýri, which has been extensively restored to its original form and is considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. You then continue through scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes to Akureyri, Iceland’s second city and the capital of North, where you spend the night at the Hotel Akureyri.
This morning you explore Akureyri, a charming town of 18,000 inhabitants, visiting the botanic garden and enjoying the panoramic view over Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon, you travel to Goðafoss (“the waterfall of the gods”) before continuing to Lake Mývatn where, in summer, birdlife is plentiful. There’s a stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd, followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and, finally, a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths, where the water contains a unique blend of minerals and micro-organisms. The warm, soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Tonight’s stop is at Hotel Reynihlíð.
This morning, there’s the chance to hike in the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir (“the dark castles”), hoping to catch a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there! In the afternoon, you visit the hot springs area of Námaskarð with its bubbling mud pools. You then head through uninhabited highlands and moonlike landscapes to East Iceland. With luck, you might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, situated in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Tonight is spent at Hotel Hérað.
The dramatic coastal landscape and tiny fishing villages of the East Fjords are on today’s agenda. En route, there’s a visit to an interesting stone and mineral collection and, in the afternoon, you encounter Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, which is visible all over southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, you reach Jökulsárlón, a spectacular glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs where you might be lucky enough to see seals swimming. You can then take a walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season, optional boat trips are available on the lagoon. You then travel along the southern part of the glacier and spend time in Europe’s largest national park, which contains Iceland’s highest mountains. Tonight’s stop is at Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
DAY 6 (Wed/Sun*): SOUTH COAST (240 km)
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits you today as you head out over the Eldhraun lava field and across the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. After taking a stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík, you reach Skógafoss which, at 60m high, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west, you stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre to learn about living next to a glacier and the active volcano which caused such disruption to international air travel in 2010. You continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss where, if you don’t mind getting wet, you can take the trail that goes behind the waterfall. Tonight is spent at Hotel Flúðir.
DAY 7 (Thu/Mon*): ICELANDIC HORSES &(160 km)
A day of classic highlights today as you travel the route of the . The day starts, however, at Friðheimar, where you learn about the unique Icelandic breed of horse and see where tomatoes are grown year-round in geothermally-heated greenhouses. You then head for the Geysir geothermal area with its hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but, close by, is Strokkur (“the Churn”), which erupts every few minutes. You continue to Gullfoss, (“Golden Falls”), a spectacular double waterfall that tumbles 34m into the Hvítá river. Your next stop is at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site as the location of the world’s first parliament. Returning to , you take a short city tour around the world’s northernmost capital before spending your final night back at Hotel Natura.
DAY 8 (Fri/Tue*): DEPARTURE DAY (50 km)
Transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík International Airport for your flight home.
Please note: Around four hours per day is spent on the bus, depending on road conditions and the distance covered. During the winter season, from September to May, changes may be necessary should conditions make it impossible to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities may have to be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but your tour operator will try to find reasonable alternatives wherever possible.
- Arrival & departure airport transfers by Flybus shuttle
- Fully escorted, 6-day coach tour with an English-speaking guide
- 7 nights’ accommodation in superior, tourist-class hotels with breakfast (an optional 3-course dinner package is available for the 4 nights spent in countryside hotels)
- Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi
- Visit to Viðimýri turf church
- Entrance (with towel) at Mývatn Nature Baths
- Admission to Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
- Multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Centre
- Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
- Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a torch for winter departures
Optional meal package for the four nights spent in countryside hotels: £306 per person (2018 price to be confirmed).
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: Fridays all year-round, also *Tuesdays in May, October, November, December 2017. In 2018, this tour departs every Tuesday and Friday all year-round.
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