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Iceland Express Tour

4 days
3 nights

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Rates:

PER PERSON IN USD:

$ 1,880.00 ( double occupancy (May & Sep)
$ 2,260.00 (single occupancy (May & Sep)
$ 1,935.00 ( double occupancy (Jun-Aug)
$ 2,305.00 (single occupancy (Jun - Aug)

Supplement for Jun 01 - Aug 31:
$ 280.00 ( double occupancy (May & Sep)
$ 280.00 (single occupancy (May & Sep)
$ 280.00 ( double occupancy (Jun-Aug)
$ 280.00 (single occupancy (Jun - Aug)

Dates:

May 01, 2018 - May 04, 2018 
May 04, 2018 - May 07, 2018 
May 06, 2018 - May 09, 2018 
May 08, 2018 - May 11, 2018 
May 11, 2018 - May 14, 2018 
May 13, 2018 - May 16, 2018 
May 16, 2018 - May 19, 2018 
May 18, 2018 - May 21, 2018 
May 21, 2018 - May 24, 2018 
May 27, 2018 - May 30, 2018 
Jun 01, 2018 - Jun 04, 2018 
Jun 03, 2018 - Jun 06, 2018 
Jun 10, 2018 - Jun 13, 2018 
Jul 25, 2018 - Jul 28, 2018 
Aug 05, 2018 - Aug 08, 2018 
Aug 22, 2018 - Aug 25, 2018 
Aug 24, 2018 - Aug 27, 2018 
Aug 29, 2018 - Sep 01, 2018 
Sep 04, 2018 - Sep 07, 2018 
Sep 12, 2018 - Sep 15, 2018 
Sep 14, 2018 - Sep 17, 2018 
Sep 16, 2018 - Sep 19, 2018 
Sep 21, 2018 - Sep 24, 2018 
Sep 24, 2018 - Sep 27, 2018 
Sep 27, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018 

Highlights & Experience:

  • Travel around Iceland’s ring road in only four days
  • Visit over 20 fantastic locations around Iceland
  • Bathe in a geothermal hot spring and sail between icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
  • See waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, glaciers and fjords
  • Free Wi-Fi on the minibus to instantly share your best times in Iceland on social media
  • Lots of quick photo stops and on we go to the next spectacular nature site
  • Small group travel, maximum 16 persons

Itinerary:

Total  1.700 km / 1.054 miles around Iceland, over 20 must-visit locations, quick photo stops at each location with a couple of walks and hikes.

Let’s admit that we are all living in a world of big ambitions where experiencing something is not complete without telling everybody about it. This tour is perfect if you like to take lots of pictures or a Snapchat and pass it immediately on Facebook or Instagram. Iceland is one of the most photogenic destinations on earth. Its icy glaciers, active volcanoes, majestic waterfalls, eerie hot springs and deep fjords provide many opportunities to indulge in the modern trend of sharing great moments with others on social media. It is almost impossible to take a bad shot as you travel from stunning views to astounding landscapes in the so called Land of Fire and Ice.
The Express Iceland Tour is suitable for those who are big on ambition but short on time. The four-day trip around Iceland's ring road will have you ticking off the bucket list items faster than you can say “been there, done that”. Take in all the major highlights and some tucked-away gems of this fabulous country. Picture yourself in more than 20 fantastic sites around Iceland in just four days. Let’s go. Take lots of photos and share with the world how amazing Iceland is. We know you will be back!

 

Day 1  : GOLDEN CIRCLE & SOUTH COAST (248 mi)

Early morning departure from Reykjavík bus terminal for the first 400 kilometers of our express tour around Iceland. The day is full of highlights as we travel the Golden Circle route and along the South Coast. The first 20-minute stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Þingvellir plain is situated on a tectonic-plate boundary where North America and Europe are slowly tearing away from each other. As a result, the plain is scarred by dramatic fissures, ponds, and rivers, including the great rift Almannagjá. We continue for two more 20 minutes stops: first at Geysir geothermal springs with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant and has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Nearby is Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river originating from the glacier Langjökull. Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous nature sights. The next stop (10 minutes) is the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges 65 meters over the mountain. Say “been there, done that” at the thundering Skógafoss waterfall (10 minutes) which tumbles 62 meters over a rocky scarp, kicking up vast sheets of mist. The tour continues with another 20-minute photo extravaganza on the black lava beach of Reynisfjara, which is widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beach in Iceland and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. The last stop of today is in Vík (20 minutes), Iceland’s southernmost town before we reach our first overnight accommodation near Kirkjubæjarklaustur at the Vatnajökull National Park area. Estimated arrival time is 20:00.

 

Day 2  : VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER & EAST FJORDS (248 mi)

The quick tour around Iceland continues. We spend the day exploring Europe's second-largest national park and driving along beautiful fjords and past small fishing towns in East Iceland. Today’s mileage is about 400 kilometers. We start with picture time at Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue (20 minutes), followed by a 90-minute stop to explore Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon by an amphibian boat among floating icebergs, one of the most beautiful and dramatic spots in the whole of Iceland. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and out to sea. Many of you might recognize the glacier and ice lake from films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! We also take a walk alongside the lagoon and on the black sandy shores, called Diamond Beach, looking for seals, and sometimes there are stranded icebergs too. After a one-hour lunch break in the town of Höfn, we continue east with a stop in the charming village of Djúpivogur (20 minutes). Twisty roads take us along the dramatic fjord landscape and through tiny fishing villages in the East Fjords. Estimated arrival time at our overnight location in Fáskrúðsfjörður is 19:00.

 

Day 3  : TRAVEL NORTH (248 mi)

Today, we travel 400 kilometers to our overnight location in Húsavík, North Iceland. From Fáskrúðsfjörður we drive along scenic roads to Egilsstaðir in East Iceland where we stop for 10 minutes. From there we travel north through the uninhabited highlands to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, located in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. The round-trip walk takes about 40-60 minutes. Your next stop is Námaskarð, where we explore hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools (20 minutes). After a lunch break, we reach Lake Mývatn, known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. First, we visit the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir (20 minutes), followed by a short walk in the mysterious lava fields of Dimmuborgir (30 minutes). We soak off our sightseeing and hiking in the geothermal Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn (1 hour). Estimated arrival time at our overnight location in Húsavík is 19:00. If you still have the energy, you might like to join an optional whale watching tour which starts at 20:00 (only between June 1 to August 10).

 

Day 4  : TRAVEL SOUTH (310 mi)

Early morning departure from Húsavík in North Iceland for the final 500 kilometers of our express tour around Iceland. We start with Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, which is a beautiful sight to capture a couple of great moments on camera (10 minutes). You have one hour to explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. This town with about 17.000 inhabitants nestles at the head of Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, at the base of snow-capped peaks. You might like to visit the botanical garden, walk up the stairs to the church, one of the landmarks of Akureyri or simply stroll along the pedestrian street with interesting shops and cafés. We travel south toward Reykjavík and stop for a hike on Grábrók volcano crater (40 minutes), formed about 3400 years ago. For anyone interested in geology, this is a "must-see". The crater is in the middle of a vast lava field and from the top, you have superb views of the beautiful landscape. The final stop is Borgarnes (10 minutes), a small town of fewer than 2000 people, located in West Iceland. The view over the fjord and its mountains is highly scenic. Estimated arrival and drop-off time at the Reykjavík bus terminal is 19:30.

 

Notes:

TOUR STARTS: At 09:00 from BSI bus station in Reykjavík
TOUR ENDS: Between 19:00-20:00 at BSI bus station in Reykjavík
LANGUAGES: English only
GROUP SIZE: Maximum 16 passengers. 
PRE & POST NIGHTS REYKJAVÍK: Not included in this tour program. Note that the Express Iceland Tour starts and ends at BSI bus station in Reykjavík. No hotel pick-up/drop-off is available. Pre & post nights in Reykjavík need to be arranged by you, the booking agent, or by the traveler directly.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Not included in this tour program. Note that the Express Iceland Tour starts and ends at BSI bus station in Reykjavík. No hotel pick-up/drop-off is available. Airport transfer between Keflavík and Reykjavík need to be arranged by you, the booking agent, or by the traveler directly.
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