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Iceland Complete - Small Group

8 days
7 nights

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PER PERSON :

May
$ 3,360.00 (double occupancy)
$ 4,200.00 (single occupancy)
June-August
$ 3,900.00 (double occupancy)
$ 5,090.00 (single occupancy)
September
$ 3,705.00 (double occupancy)
$ 4,765.00 (single occupancy)
$ 340.00 (VIP seating supplement)

Dates:

May 01, 2019 - May 09, 2019 
May 08, 2019 - May 16, 2019 
May 29, 2019 - Jun 06, 2019 
Jun 03, 2019 - Jun 11, 2019 
Jun 05, 2019 - Jun 13, 2019 
Jun 19, 2019 - Jun 27, 2019 
Jul 10, 2019 - Jul 18, 2019 
Jul 22, 2019 - Jul 30, 2019 
Aug 05, 2019 - Aug 13, 2019 
Aug 21, 2019 - Aug 29, 2019 
Sep 11, 2019 - Sep 19, 2019 
Sep 20, 2019 - Sep 28, 2019 

Hotels:

This tour stays in hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of four and three star hotels.  Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.  Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 -  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Day 2- Icelandair Hotel Vik or Hotel Kria

Day 3- Hotel Hofn

Day 4- Icelandair Hotel Herad

Day 5 - Sel-Hotel Myvatn

Day 6- Hotel Siglo

Day 7 - Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Day 8- Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Included:

  • 7-day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • Pick up and drop off at hotel in Reykjavik prior to and after tour
  • Accommodation 2 nights  w/private facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 6 nights w/private facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily except arrival day
  • 5 dinners in the countryside
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum, including refreshments (day 6)
  • Herring-Era Museum Entrance (day 7)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)

Highlights & Experience:

  • Many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Mývatn Nature Reserve
  • The amazing variety in Iceland’s landscape
  • A good first-time tour to Iceland to get to know the different regions and
  • their uniqueness
  • Experiencing culture and history through museums and a special horse
  • show
  • Opportunities to enhance your experience with optional tours and
  • activities
  • Getting the most out of a  holiday in Iceland
  • Good amount of time provided at each stop to see natural wonders

Optional Services:

Booked via your guide at the start of your tour. 

Day 3: Boat tour on the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | 45 mins  ISK 6.900
Day 3: Super jeep tour on Vatnajokull glacier | 4 hrs |  ISK  26.000
Day 5: Myvatn Nature Baths | Flexible time | ISK 5.000 (3.300 for senior citizens - 65 years or older)
Day 5:  Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar | 1-2 hrs | ISK 7.500 - 12.000 
Day 6:  Sailing / Sea angling / Whale watching (dep. on season) Akureyri | 3 - 3.5 hrs |  ISK   9.000- minimum 6 people required to guarantee departure           
Day 8:  Non guided tour to the Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure | Variable prices | Book in advance; price is based on availability at booking time

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Welcome to Iceland

 Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice!  On your own, transfer to Reykjavik.  We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel.  If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Dinner is on your own.  Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price.  Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm). 

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included)Dinner on own.

Day 2  : Geysir – Gullfoss – Skogar – Dyrholaey – Vik (205 mi)

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

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start your journey by  heading through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Drive on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall", and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey* nature reserve. Continue to the village of Vik.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area.

*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 (174 mi)

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

Breakfast at your hotel.  Continue your journey along the Ring Road.  Cross Eldhraun, the largest single lava flow recorded on the planet. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. It’s a treat for photographers.  Continue eastward, enjoying  magnificent views of mighty Vatnajokull, Europe‘s largest glacier.  Your destination is Hofn, a seacoast village located near the glacier.

Overnight stay in the Hofn area.  Dinner is on your own. Hofn has several very good restaurants and is known for its langoustine seafood.

Day 4  : Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir (162 mi)

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you'll enjoy amazing scenery as you head from glacial landscapes to fjord views. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Head into the magnificent East Fjords with its views of towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea. Pass through charming coastal fjord villages on your way to Egilsstadir town.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.

Day 5  : Lake Myvatn Area (193 mi)

Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Activity – Rich Birdlife – Protected Salmon River

Breakfast at your hotel.  Feel the empty vastness of the surreal Modrudalsoraefi highland desert as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area.  On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall.  Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. One of the Myvatn area's claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.

Day 6  : Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri - Siglufjordur (134 mi)

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the Laufas turf farm museum, Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colourful northern “capital“of Iceland.  The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord.  After spending some time in Akureyri, 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 black sand coastline.  The destination is Siglufjordur, 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. Siglufjordur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an after-dinner evening stroll. 

Dinner and overnight in Siglufjörður. 

Day 7  : Skagafjordur – Borgarnes (196 mi)

Fertile Farmlands – Scenic Views- Icelandic History– Unique Viking Horse Demonstration

Breakfast at your hotel.  This morning visit Siglufjordur's award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century when Siglufjordur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring.  Afterwards, head along  majestic mountains and narrow passes to the historical town of Hofsos with its beautiful views over the ocean.  After some time here, head onto Skagafjordur,  considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for historical preservation and horse breeding.   Stop at Holar, one of Iceland’s most historical places.  It was the cultural center of Iceland for over 700 years and has several fascinating ancient buildings on site. Today it is home to a world-famous agricultural university.   This afternoon you’ll visit a local horse farm for an enjoyable 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 Blanda, a river formed from a wilderness glacier.  Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area. 

Day 8  : Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavik (174 mi)

Europe's Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)- Iceland’s Capital City

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via 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. The road takes you back to Reykjavik where you’ll enjoy a  short “farewell” city sightseeing tour before being dropped off at your hotel for the final night.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.  Dinner is on your own.

Day 9  : Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.  Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to book it for you.  We advise departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.

Notes:

Travel Tips:

  • We suggest bringing a mosquito/fly head net for use on Day 5, as there can be harmless midges around Lake Myvatn.  It‘s not required, but some visitors have found it more comfortable. 
  • Comfortable outdoor shoes are recommended, as there is some very easy level walking in the tour
  • Bring  wind and waterproof outerwear
  • The weather in Iceland can change rapidlly.  We recommend dressing in layers so you can take on or off clothes as needed

Important:

  • Little walking is required on this tour other than walking on mostly flat and paved or smooth paths.  Day 5:  Dettifoss-  Good to know that the walking path between the parking lot and the waterfall is about 15- 20 minutes.  It is an easy walk overall, heading downhill to the falls and uphill back to the parking lot.
  • Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions