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Iceland Complete Winter

9 days
8 nights

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Dates

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PER PERSON:

Oct 2019 & Feb 2020
$ 2,460.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,135.00 (single occupancy)
$ 2,370.00 (triple occupancy*)
Mar 18, 2020
$ 2,280.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,855.00 (single occupancy)
$ 2,235.00 (triple occupancy*)
Apr 8, 2020
$ 2,350.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,855.00 (single occupancy)
$ 2,315.00 (triple occupancy*)

*Please note hotel rooms in Iceland are often smaller in size when compared to hotel rooms in countries such as the USA or Canada, and triple rooms will often be a double room with an extra bed with limited space in the room.

  • Children 6-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

Dates:

Oct 09, 2019 - Oct 17, 2019 
Oct 16, 2019 - Oct 24, 2019 
Oct 30, 2019 - Nov 07, 2019 
Feb 12, 2020 - Feb 20, 2020 
Mar 18, 2020 - Mar 26, 2020 
Apr 08, 2020 - Apr 16, 2020 

Hotels:

This tour stays in comfort hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of four and three star hotels. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.

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

Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Included:

  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 8

  • Expert local English speaking 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

  • 8 Icelandic breakfasts ***

  • 6 three-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea

  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum incl. Icelandic-style refreshments (day 6)

  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)

  • Entrance to the Herring Museum (day 7)

  • Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces

  • Great photo stops

  • Seat rotation during the tour

  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening

  • Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)

  • Customer care service during office hours

  • 24-hour emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

*** Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight

Value-Added:

Northern lights wake-up calls at hotels on Days 2-7. The hotels offer the option that you will be awakened if northern lights are seen in the vicinity of the hotel during the night.

Highlights & Experience:

  • View first-hand many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and Mývatn Nature Reserve
  • Experience the amazing variety in Iceland’s landscape
  • Make great use of your time with this introductory tour of Iceland and its unique regions
  • Connect with local culture and history with unique museum visits and a special horse show
  • Relax each evening in specially-selected, quality hotels with private facilities
  • Discover and learn about Iceland from our hand-picked local guides, who are passionate and knowledgeable about Iceland
  • Take advantage of great value with included meals and activities

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:

It’s the “Aurora Edition” of our best-selling Ring Road Tour! You‘ll visit all the must-see attractions of the legendary Ring Road with the added beauty of an Icelandic winter. You‘ll also have the added value of overnighting in areas ideal for spotting northern lights on cold, clear nights!  Plus traveling during this time of the year means fewer crowds and more of Iceland’s peaceful, tranquil nature. Popular places visited include the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn and all the famous sights of the Golden Circle.

Day 1  : Arrival in Reykjavik

Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavík 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 between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)

Options: transfers
Day 2  : Geysir - Gullfoss - Skogar - Dyrholaey - Vik (201 mi)

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

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.

Day 3  : Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - Hofn (173 mi)

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

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.

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

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Legendary Lake Monster

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.

Day 5  : Lake Myvatn Area (158 mi)

Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Winter Wonderland

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.

Day 6  : Lake Myvatn Area - Akureyri - Siglufjordur (134 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. 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.

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 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.

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

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

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.

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.

Options: transfers

Notes:

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

Languages: English