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Iceland Complete Winter

9 days
8 nights

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October 2018 - March 2019
$ 2,700.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,420.00 (single occupancy)
April 2019
$ 2,650.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,310.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Oct 31, 2018 - Nov 08, 2018 
Feb 13, 2019 - Feb 21, 2019 
Mar 20, 2019 - Mar 28, 2019 
Mar 27, 2019 - Apr 04, 2019 
Apr 10, 2019 - Apr 18, 2019 

Hotels:

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Kria Hotel (Vik)
Hotel Hofn
Icelandair Hotel Herad
Sel-Hotel Myvatn
Siglo Hotel
Icelandair Hotel Hamar
Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

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.

Included:

  • 7 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 2 nights w/facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 6 nights w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily except arrival day
  • 6 dinners in the countryside
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum incl. refreshments (day 6)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum (day 7)

Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik
  • Dinners in Reykjavík (day 1 and 8)
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

Optional Services:

Booked via your guide at the start of your tour.

Day 3: Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon | 45 mins | Price: 5.700 ISK
Day 3: Super jeep tour on Vatnajökull glacier | 4 hrs | Price: 26.000 ISK
Day 5: Mývatn Nature Baths | Flexible time | Price: 4.700 ISK
Day 5: Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar | 1-2 hrs | Price: 7.500 -12.000 ISK
Day 6: Sailing / Sea angling / Whale watching (dep. on season) Akureyri | 3 – 3.5 hrs | Price: 11.000
Day 8: Non guided tour to the Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure | Flexible time | Book in advance, price depending on availability

Itinerary:

Admire Iceland’s majestic winter landscapes in this great escorted tour! Visit all of Iceland’s main attractions along the Ring Road on this popular tour.

Visit all Iceland’s main attractions along the Ring Road escorted by a professional local guide. Travelling around Iceland in these months offers you the chance to see northern lights when the weather conditions are ideal.

With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this classic, best-selling tour highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. Features of this popular tour include stops at the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn and all the famous sights of the Golden Circle such as Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.

This is a classic circle tour that provides the perfect mix of culture and nature. This tour has been our best seller for nearly 20 years.

Day 1  : Arrival

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavík, 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.

Options: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Winter Iceland Complete” itinerary.
Day 2  : Geysir - Gullfoss - Skogar - Dyrholaey - Vik

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a short city sightseeing of Reykjavik. From Reykjavik head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Head 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 and the black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area.

Options: Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore
Day 3  : Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - Hofn

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey on the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. 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. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Hofn area.

Options: Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier
Day 4  : Hofn - East Fjords - Egilsstadir

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. Enjoy the amazing views: keep an eye out for wild reindeer, which can sometimes be seen in the area during the winter months. You’ll also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. 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 is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally-sourced cuisine.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.

Options: Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Legendary Lake Monster
Day 5  : Lake Myvatn Area

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi 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.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.

Options: Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Winter Wonderland
Day 6  : Lake Myvatn Area - Akureyri - Siglufjordur

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the old turf farm Laufas. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colourful northern “capital „of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and 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. The evening and dinner is on your own at one of the town´s restaurants. Siglufjordur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an evening stroll.

Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur.

Options: “Waterfall of the Gods” – Turf-roofed Folk Museum – The Beautiful Troll Peninsula
Day 7  : Skagafjordur - Borgarnes

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 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. Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, sits within the centre of this popular Salmon River. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area.

Options: Historical Museum – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Unique Viking Horse Demonstration
Day 8  : Borgarfjordur - Thingvellir - Reykjavik

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. 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.

Overnight stay in Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own.

Options: Europe’s Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)
Day 9  : Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included. We advise departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

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:

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
Maximum group size: 36 people

Languages: English