Tour code: CA4
£1497 (double/twin room), £1847 (single room)
Prices are per person, excluding flights
Tracing a figure of 8, this journey takes a slice across some of the best areas of North Iceland, to the west and east of the charming town of Akureyri. With a 2 night stay in the brand new Foss Hotel at Myvatn (opens 2017), the central Hotel Kea in Akureyri and Siglufjordur’s pride and joy, the Hotel Siglo, the accommodation is not only comfortable but also delightfully Icelandic. Highlights include local sightseeing around Lake Myvatn, whale watching and a number of cultural and historical stops such as herring tasting and a bird collection. With the last evening spent in Akureyri, there’s free time to explore this delightful town and to have dinner, with everything in easy walking distance of the hotel. This is a holiday with free time to explore some small towns of North Iceland, and less time spent in very remote landscapes, but nonetheless, includes seeing plenty of variety and a good range of the sights that North Iceland is known for.
Day 1, 26 April: Thursday Departing from Akureyri airport, the journey begins straight away as you cross Eyjafjordur, following the road beside the fjord for a while before turning east past farmland and open heath and then north to the harbour town of Husavik, proud of its recognition as the whale watching capital of Iceland. Check in to the Foss Hotel Húsavík, and enjoy a free evening with time to explore the small waterfront overlooking the bay, have dinner and return to the hotel for the night.
Day 2, 27 April: Friday The day begins with a 3-hour whale watching boat tour, on one of the fleet of traditional boats that are moored in the harbour. All the outer wear needed for then trip is provided for you, and can be put on over your own coat and boots. Once back on dry land and after lunch, leave Husavik and drive through the open countryside to the Grenjadarstadur folk museum, an original turf farmhouse, where it doesn’t take long to appreciate the close connection between Icelanders and the land, and how, until quite recently, families lived with very little in the way of technology. From there, pass an example of fine Icelandic technology at the Laxávirkjun hydro-power station, one of many located across the country. Beyond and to the south, lies the desert land of Hólasandur and beyond that, your destination for the next two nights, Lake Myvatn. Here, your stay is at Foss Hotel Mvyatn and dinner this evening will be at a local restaurant, where delicious locally produced food will be available.
Day 3, 28 April: Saturday Today’s local sightseeing focuses on the area of Lake Mvyatn, and includes the Skútustadagígar pseudocraters (these are conical ‘hills’ that rise up in and between the lakes), a walk through the Dimmuborgir lava maze, the Grjótagjá fissure, inside which there is an underground geothermal river, the strangely coloured Hverir solfatara field at Námaskar and the impressive Viti crater at Mt Krafla. Also included in the day is a stop at Sigurgeir‘s Bird Museum. This is an amazing personal collection which has been cleverly displayed so that beginners and experts alike can learn about the many birds that inhabit the lake and surroundings. Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.
Day 4, 29 April: Sunday We leave the Lake Mvyatn area in the morning and make a stop at Godafoss waterfall, (the waterfall of the Gods) and one of the most beautiful in North Iceland. The drive continues past Lake Ljósavatn and through the glacial valley of Fnjóskadalur towards Eyjafjördur. We stop at Laufás, a former church, rectory and farm and from there continue along the east coast through Akureyri and along the west coast of Eyjafjördur to to the north. This is the ‘troll’ peninsula, recently made much more accessible by the construction of tunnels through the mountains. Passing through the fishing villages of Dalvík and Ólafsfjördur, the furthest point for today is the charming town of Siglufjördur. An important history of herring fishing is attached to Siglufjördur, so a visit to the award winning Herring Era museum is a must. Dinner is served this evening at the Siglo hotel, where you will also be staying overnight.
Day 5, 30 April: Monday With an interesting small town to explore, there is free time in the morning with also a possibility for a short hike in the area (maybe up to the avalanche protection walls above the town). After lunch you drive back towards Akureyri, and make a stop at a microbrewery along the way. Iceland is enjoying fantastic interest and growth in artisan beer making, as well as food in general, so making a visit to see the brewing process and taste the result is well worth doing. Icelandic water is so pure, and there is much ingenuity involved in creating something a little different! Once back in Akureyri, there is a short orientation city sightseeing tour of the town and the rest of the day is free to enjoy on your own. The hotel is next to almost everything, and with good walking trails and a harbour, there is plenty to see. Dinner is your own choice, with overnight accommodation at the centrally located Hotel Kea.
Day 6, 1 May: Tuesday Departure day, and time for a leisurely breakfast before the transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Included in the price:
- Private coach with driver as per itinerary from arrival to departure in Iceland
- Local English speaking guide
- 5 nights accommodation in double/twin rooms with private facilities as pre-booked, incl. breakfast
- 3 x dinners
- Admission fee to museums: Grenjadastadur Folk museum; Laufás museum; The Herring Era museum with herring tasting
- Visit to 1 microbrewery
- Whale watching boat tour from Husavik /3 hours
Flight cost approx £350 inc taxes, subject to confirmation. This is a charter from Cardiff airport to Akureyri, please contact us for information about transfers to Cardiff from your home area.
Please note that the details of the itinerary may change as plans are always dependent upon the conditions on the day.
Departure date: Thursday April 26 2018