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Guided Iceland Circle Tour

8 days
7 nights

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PER PERSON IN USD: 

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017
$ 2,865.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,870.00 (single occupancy)
Sep 2017 - Dec 2017
$ 2,235.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,735.00 (single occupancy)
Jan 2018-April 2018
$ 2,325.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,915.00 (single occupancy)
May 2018 - Jun 2018
$ 3,150.00 (double occupancy)
$ 4,310.00 (single occupancy)

Optional 3-course dinner package for 4 nights in the countryside is available at Myvatn, Egilsstadir, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Fluðir if booked in advance. It will be a Chef's choice 3-course dinner. USD 350 per person

 

Dates:

Oct 03, 2017 - Oct 10, 2017 
Oct 06, 2017 - Oct 13, 2017 
Oct 10, 2017 - Oct 17, 2017 
Oct 13, 2017 - Oct 20, 2017 
Oct 17, 2017 - Oct 24, 2017 
Oct 20, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017 
Oct 24, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 
Oct 27, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017 
Oct 31, 2017 - Nov 07, 2017 
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Nov 07, 2017 - Nov 14, 2017 
Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 17, 2017 
Nov 14, 2017 - Nov 21, 2017 
Nov 17, 2017 - Nov 24, 2017 
Nov 21, 2017 - Nov 28, 2017 
Nov 24, 2017 - Dec 01, 2017 
Nov 28, 2017 - Dec 05, 2017 
Dec 01, 2017 - Dec 08, 2017 
Dec 05, 2017 - Dec 12, 2017 
Dec 08, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017 
Dec 12, 2017 - Dec 19, 2017 
Dec 15, 2017 - Dec 22, 2017 
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Jan 05, 2018 - Jan 12, 2018 
Jan 09, 2018 - Jan 16, 2017 
Jan 12, 2018 - Jan 19, 2018 
Jan 16, 2018 - Jan 23, 2018 
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Oct 12, 2018 - Oct 19, 2018 
Oct 16, 2018 - Oct 23, 2018 
Oct 19, 2018 - Oct 26, 2018 
Oct 23, 2018 - Oct 30, 2018 
Oct 26, 2018 - Nov 02, 2018 

Hotels:

Reykjavik: Icelandair Hotel Natura for first and last night
North Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (1 night) and Hotel Reynihlíð at lake Mývatn (1 night)
East Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hérað (1 night)
Vatnajökull Region: Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur (1 night)
 South Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Flúðir (1 night).

Note that hotel list is subject to change.

Included:

Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
Hotel accommodations with breakfast
Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English speaking guide
7x breakfast when tour is booked with accommodation
Pre-paid dinners (additional fee) are available at 4 country hotels used for this tour.
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 Center
Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a flash light for winter departures

Highlights & Experience:

Escorted coach tour around Iceland's ring road
Bookable with or without accommodation
Bookable with or without dinner
Visit two national parks
Included are visits to small local museums, cultural experiences and soft adventures
Weekly departures all year round

Optional Services:

Optional Excursion:

Glacier Lagoon Amphibian Boat Tour (Day 5). Operates from mid- April to mid-November and is subject to weather conditions. USD 60.00 per person.

 

 

 

 

Itinerary:

All-year-round Iceland Guided Circe Tour

This is a convenient weekly Iceland guided tour which operates all-year-round. It follows the circle road around Iceland and is being offered to travelers from all over the world. Explore the pristine Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, fjords, mountains, glaciers and waterfalls with the help of a local professional tour guide. This escorted tour takes you both well-known nature landmarks and less-known sights and includes several moderate adventures and cultural visits. Some outdoor activities might differ between seasons depending on weather and road conditions. This unique option is available with pre-booked comfort hotels during the whole trip while the more independent traveler can take care of their own overnight arrangements, even hostels or camping. For added flexibility and individual preferences, the tour is offered with or without accomodations or prepaid dinners.

 

Day 1  : WELCOME to ICELAND (31 mi)

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavík where you spend the night. If you book the tour without accommodation the transfer is offered to BSI bus station. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well!

Day 2  : VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (264 mi)

At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbour. Further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.

Day 3  : THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND, LAKE MÝVATN & GEOTHERMAL BATHS (75 mi)

In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon we travel to an important spot in Iceland's history, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to lake Mývatn which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. We stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Overnight location is at Hotel Reynihlíð.

Day 4  : LAVA LABYRINTH, HOT SPRINGS & TRAVEL EAST (155 mi)

In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch we visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Hérað.

Day 5  : FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE (292 mi)

It's a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull – Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe's largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Day 6  : SOUTH COAST (149 mi)

A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir.

Day 7  : ICELANDIC HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE (99 mi)

We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. We start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We continue to Gullfoss, "the golden falls", which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travelers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world's northern-most capital. Overnight is at Icelandair Hotel Natura.

Day 8  : DEPARTURE HOME (31 mi)

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

Notes:

Departures Every Friday all year round. Arrival in Iceland is on Fridays. Guided bus tour starts on Saturdays at 09:00. EThe guided tour ends on Thursdays between 16:00-18:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavík. Departure from Iceland is on Fridays.

Maximum 30 people
Language: English only
Daily Driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.665 km (1.032 miles) which is an average of 278 km (172 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days

During the off season, from September to May, in rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary especially for winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but GJ-Travel will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.