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Classic Iceland Circle

9 days
8 nights

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PER PERSON :

LAND
$ 3,700.00 (double / twin occupancy)
$ 4,155.00 (single occupancy)

Optional Activities
$ 95.00 (Whale Watching from Reykjavik)
$ 75.00 (Blue Lagoon Comfort Admission)
$ 50.00 (Amphibian Boat Tour on Glacier Lagoon)

 

Dates:

Jun 19, 2023 - Jun 27, 2023 private

Hotels:

Day 1    Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Day 2    Hotel Kea Katla
Day 3    Hotel Edda Hofn
Day 4    Hotel Valaskjalf
Day 5    Kea Akureyri
Day 6    Kea Akureyri
Day 7    Fosshotel Reykholt
Day 8    Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

 

Included:

  • Roundtrip transfers
  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 8
  • Information meeting with your guide at the hotel on day 1
  • Expert professional English-speaking local guide from day 2 to day 8
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 6 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
  • Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 5 two-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside (main course and dessert) with coffee/tea (Days 2,4, -7)
  • 1 Icelandic dinner buffet (Day 5)
  • Microbrewery visit and beer tasting in Breiddalsvik (Day 4)
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum incl. Icelandic-style refreshments (Day 6)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (Day 7)
  • Entrance to the Herring Era Maritime Museum (Day 7)
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour

Highlights & Experience:

  • Let us provide you with an excellent overview of Iceland and its unique wonders
  • We’ll take you to view first-hand many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle, the Glacier Lagoon, Reynisfjara Beach, Dettifoss waterfall and Myvatn nature reserve
  • Enjoy a glimpse into Icelandic life with authentic local activities and delicious dinners– great experiences that also add great value
  • Discover and learn about Iceland from our hand-picked local guides, who are passionate and knowledgeable about Iceland

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Welcome to Iceland

Your tour of Iceland starts today! Transfer from Keflavik to the hotel. Tonight, there will be an information meeting at your hotel. You‘ll meet your guide and travel companions and learn more about the tour. 

Overnight in Reykjavik

Day 2  : Geysir – Gullfoss – Skogar – Dyrholaey – Vik (202 mi)

Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

We start our day with breakfast at the hotel and a short city tour of Reykjavik. Our next destination is famous Golden Circle of Icelandic Natural Wonders. We will explore the "Golden Waterfall" Gullfoss and the nearby hot spring area with famous Geysir and Strokkur hot springs, and many other boiling mud pools and smaller hot springs. Continue our drive along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, to Dyrholaey* nature reserve. Continue to the village of Vik.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area (B, D)

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, approximately mid-May until June 25th.

Day 3  : Vik – Skaftafell National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Hofn (177 mi)

Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe's Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! You’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy the views of rich green landscapes and black sands dominated by several magnificent glaciers. You’ll also see Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial “tongues” that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull.

Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you’ll enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Make sure that camera is charged and ready! Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, named for the shrinking icebergs that settle on the black sands before drifting out to sea.

Your overnight is in Hofn, a fishing port in the shadow of Vatnajokull glacier. Dinner is on your own. Hofn has a nice selection of restaurants and cafes. The local specialty is langoustines (Norway lobsters), and you might enjoy the opportunity to try some for yourself!

Overnight in the Höfn area (B)

Day 4  : Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir (161 mi)

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline - Local Microbrewery

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. We’re sure you’ll love the amazing views, so keep your camera ready. You will also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. One of these is the tiny village of Breiddalsvik. Your group will visit the Beljandi Microbrewery and sample some of the wonderful beer. The local community came together in 2017 to transform a rustic warehouse into a charmingly quirky brewery. You’ll meet one of the townsfolk and get a feel for life in a small town, as well as see how great beer is made. The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area also has an excellent reputation for locally sourced cuisine, and you’ll enjoy some of it at dinner.

Dinner and overnight in the Egilsstaðir area (B)

Day 5  : Lake Myvatn Area (158 mi)

Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Activity

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi, desolate and yet hauntingly beautiful, as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe's largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to the Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. We often feel like we are visiting another planet when we come here, and you may the same way. It’s such a surreal experience!

Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa salmon river. You will probably see why this area has become so popular for film producers.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area (B, D)

Day 6  : Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri - Siglufjordur (137 mi)

"Waterfall of the Gods" – Turf-roofed Folk Museum – The Beautiful Troll Peninsula

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir.The name means “Dark Citadels“ in Icelandic, and they certainly look as if they were built by fantasy creatures. Legend has it that elves live here, so be respectful during your visit.

After leaving Myvatn your group will visit magnificent Godafoss waterfall, one of the most important symbols of North Iceland. You’ll also peek into the past with a visit to the old turf farm Laufas. Enjoy a taste of some traditional Icelandic farmhouse refreshments and hear tales of life in the old days. Afterwards, you’ll see Akureyri, the colorful northern “capital“ of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur fjord. After spending some time in Akureyri, you’ll continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and its black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjordur town, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. You may even recognize some of the buildings; the town was a filming location for the popular Icelandic thriller series Trapped. The town is actually a relaxing and friendly place, and it’s lovely to spend an evening soaking in the hot tubs of your hotel while enjoying the scenic fjord views.

Dinner and overnight in Siglufjörður (B, D)

Day 7  : Skagafjordur – Borgarnes (193 mi)

Historical Museum – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Unique Viking Horse Demonstration

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur’s award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a frontier-like boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. The museum will transport you back to that exciting time.

Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait - the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos, built on both sides of the river Blanda. This is a part of Iceland known mentioned in the ancient Viking tale, Vatnsdaela Saga. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau taking you into West Iceland. Drive through Borgarfjordur, a region that has been getting international recognition for its diverse types of scenery and its Viking history.

Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area (B, D)

Day 8  : Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavik (127 mi)

Europe's Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Breakfast at your hotel. Visit some of the beautiful natural wonders of Borgarfjordur. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, where brightly blue water rushes through black lava formations. Nearby is Barnafoss, a waterfall with even more brilliantly blue colors. There is an interesting and poignant legend associated with this waterfall.

Drive through the scenic and mountain lined Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. You will have the unusual experience of walking between two continents! Afterwards, head to Reykjavik for a last night in the colorful capital city, where your guide bids you farewell.

Overnight n Reykjavik (B)

Day 9  : Departure

Our tour of Iceland ends today. We hope you've enjoyed your trip! Transfer to the airport is included. (B)

Notes:

 PAYMENT TERMS:

$250 registration fee due by 10/15/2022
$500 deposit due by 12/31/2023
balance is due by 04/15/2023

Aifare is priced separately, based on availability, subject t change. Full airfare is due when ticket is issued.

CANCELLATION TERMS:

Airfare is non-refundable once issued
$250 deposit is non-refundable 
$500 non-refundable 12/31/2023 - 04/15/2023
$2000 is non-refundable 04/15/2023 - 05/17/2023
100% non-refundable 05/02/2023 and after

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