For a classic summer tour of Iceland this ‘all around’ guided holiday follows Iceland’s route 1, but also ventures off into the deeper countryside. With time for 1-2 hours walking most days, see and enjoy a wide variety of the spectacular landscapes, exhibitions and museums that Iceland has to offer.
Perfect if your interest in Iceland includes culture and landscape, photo opportunities amongst the icebergs at Jökulsárlón and to go whale watching. Other key highlights include Dettifoss waterfall, the Vatnajökull National Park, Lake Myvatn, the East Fjords and of course, the iconic .
9 days/8 nights
Iceland All Around: Tour Code ST90
Departures: May, June, July, August, September 2020. Arrive in Iceland on Saturday
Day 1: WELCOME TO ICELAND
International flights to Iceland arrive at Keflavik airport, and we’ll have arranged with you in advance the details of your time of arrival and transfer to the hotel. It’s usually about a 45-minute journey from the airport, a great opportunity to get a feel for how different a place Iceland is! Once in Reykjavik, the rest of the day is free to spend as you wish. Once we’ve established your hotel check-in time, we’ll be happy to suggest some ideas for sightseeing and dining to enhance your welcome to Iceland.
Day 2: WEST ICELAND SAGA COUNTRY
After breakfast, depart in the company of your professional guide travelling north from Reykjavik. During the day, sagas of west Iceland are beautifully retold, there’s a beautiful walk on the Grábrók volcanic cone, a visit to Europe’s most powerful hot spring and then to see two beautiful waterfalls. The day ends at Reykholt, one of Iceland’s most important archaeological sites and former home to the 13th century scholar Snorri Sturluson.
The journey north from Reykholt takes in high heath, beautiful farmland and lava fields and then an early afternoon arrival in Iceland’s delightful second city, Akureyri. Nestled on the shores of Eyjafjörður, this is a perfect location for taking to a boat for sea angling and whale watching. Humpback, minke whale, harbour porpoises and dolphins are all likely sightings here where the success rate is 99%. The day finishes in the charming harbour town of Húsavík, where you’ll be staying for 2 nights.
Day 4: MYSTERIOUS GEOLOGY AND GEOTHERMAL BATHING
Today begins at the beautiful ‘waterfall of the Gods’ and from there continues to the extraordinary Lake Mývatn. It’s here that diverse and strange geological features combine with a huge diversity of birdlife and the Mývatn Nature Baths, one of the best geothermal lagoons in Iceland. A very memorable day with a truly relaxing finish.
Day 5: HIGHLAND VIEWS AND VOLCANOES
A day for wilderness landscapes lies ahead as the journey heads east towards Egilsstaðir. Before leaving the Mývatn area, see a colourful collection of natural mud pools, streams and fumaroles and travel up to the enormous water filled Krafla volcanic crater. From there continue on to mighty Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall and then stop at the remote settlement and church at Möðradalur, with spectacular views across the highlands to the mountain Herðubreið. Egilsstaðir, where you’ll spend the night, enjoys a delightful lake-side setting and with its own story to tell!
Day 6: VATNAJOKULL AND THE JOKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON
This is East Iceland, a stunning area of coast, fjords, rivers and the glaciated landscapes of the Vatnajökull National Park. One of the main highlights of the day, and possibly of the holiday is to be able to take a boat ride amongst the icebergs on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and to walk on the ‘diamond’ black sand beach that is strewn with ice fragments from the icebergs as they float out to sea. Staying nearby with a mountain back drop and ocean out on the horizon makes a perfect setting to really take in this beautiful part of Iceland.
Day 7: ICELAND’S CLASSIC SOUTH COAST
With so many magnificent highlights already enjoyed, there are still more awaiting during the next two days. Starting with the mossy Eldhraun lava field and wide desert-like expanses of glacial sands arrive at the small settlement of Vik at Iceland’s mouth south easterly point. Stroll on the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach beneath huge columnar basalt cliffs and look south across the ocean in the direction of the South Pole. From there the road follows the coast to one side and the glaciers of the Myrdalsjökull and the waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss to the other. At Skogar, stop and see the turf houses and discover Iceland’s rural history at the folk museum. The day ends in the geothermal town of Hveragerdi where there are hot tubs available at the hotel.
Day 8: GRAND FINALE ON THE
To begin the day and to continue the geothermal theme, there’s a morning visit to an innovative tomato farm to find out how this greenhouse production works. This is followed by an opportunity to meet and greet some Icelandic horses and learn about this unique breed. From there, the highlights of the day include the waterfall and huge gorge at Gulfoss, the geothermal area at Geysir (and of course a chance to watch the geyser ‘Strokkur’) and to the Thingvellir National Park to see the lake, tectonic plate boundary and historic Parliament fields. From there, the journey continues into Reykjavik where you spend your final night in Iceland.
Day 9: DEPARTURE DAY
We will have arranged with you either the details of your departure and transfer to the airport, or your plans to spend more time in Reykjavik before you leave.
“It was extremely good value for money and one of the most enjoyable holidays I have had. Thank you.” Charles, UK
- 8 nights’ accommodation in twin room with private ensuite, in 3* and 4* hotels
- 7 days’ escorted tour with an English-speaking guide or driver/guide
- Arrival and departure airport transfers
- Maximum group size of 20 guests
- 8x substantial and varied breakfasts
- 6x 3-course evening meals, often local dishes
- Entrance fees for all visits included in the itinerary
- Entry to Icelandic Settlement and Saga Centre
- Whale watching and sea angling (weather permitting)
- Boat trip amongst the icebergs on the Jökulsárlón lagoon
- Entry to the Myvatn Nature Baths (towel included)
- Entry to the rural life museum and outdoor exhibition at Skogar
- Geothermal greenhouse visit
- Icelandic horse show
- Free Wifi on the bus
- Your pre-travel questions answered
- Your documentation, travel information pack, detailed itinerary and travel vouchers
- 100% financial protection guarantee
- Price per person for summer 2020 departures from £3120
- Guaranteed window seat, with the seat next to it all to yourself too
- An extra day to explore more of Reykjavik
- More time to visit locally or further afield
- Relax in the world-famous Blue Lagoon before you fly
- Welcome to Iceland: private meet and greet with direct airport transfers
- Please ask us about booking flights and ATOL protection for your holiday
- Drinks and meals other than those listed
- Your flights to and from Iceland
- Travel Insurance
- Single room supplement
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