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Iceland Complete Circle Tour

9 days
8 nights

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Rates:

Per person in USD:

$ 4,250.00 (double occupancy (Jun-Aug)
$ 5,785.00 (single occupancy (Jun-Aug)
$ 4,010.00 (double occupancy (Sep)
$ 5,545.00 (single occupancy (Sep)


Dates:

Jun 02, 2018 - Jun 10, 2018 
Jun 16, 2018 - Jun 24, 2018 
Jun 30, 2018 - Jul 08, 2018 
Jul 14, 2018 - Jul 22, 2018 
Jul 28, 2018 - Aug 05, 2018 
Aug 11, 2018 - Aug 19, 2018 
Aug 25, 2018 - Sep 02, 2018 
Sep 08, 2018 - Sep 16, 2018 
Sep 22, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018 

Hotels:

Accommodation is provided in simple and clean country hotels in rooms with private facilities. Most of our groups stay at the following hotels (subject to change):

Fosshotel Reykjavík, Reykjavík (first and last night)
Fosshotel Reykholt, West Iceland
Fosshotel Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, 2 nights
Hotel Hallormsstaður, East Iceland
Hotel Skaftafell , Southeast Iceland
Hotel Örk, Hveragerði, South Iceland

 

Included:

8 nights accomodations
FLYBUS roundtrip transfers
8 breakfasts and 6 dinners (3-course or buffet) 
Dinner on Reykjavík nights not included.
Visit to two national parks
Whale watching tour (weather permitting)
Boat trip on glacial lagoon
Introduction to Icelandic horse
Entrance fee to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
Admission to Icelandic settlement center and entrance fee to Skógar folk museum;
Average of 1-2 hours easy walking per day

Highlights & Experience:

Country Life Circle includes more services and activities than any other tour on the market. Some of the highlights that make this tour special are:

Small group - up to 28 people

Included services and activities:
Roundtrip transfers 
6 dinners 
Entrance fee and towels to Lake Myvatn nature bath
Boat trip on Glacial Lagoon
Whale watching tour 

*total value of these services is $350 per person and they are all included in your tour rate.

Itinerary:

CIRCLE TOUR OF ICELAND WITH WHALE WATCHING 

This one-week-long tour of Iceland showcases the ever-changing scenery of the Icelandic countryside, adorned with mountains and valleys, volcanoes and waterfalls, glaciers, rivers, hot springs and much more. This tour is perfect for those who want to experience the very best of the variety of Icelandic landscape, culture, and history in one week. You will visit two of Iceland’s three National Parks and there are opportunities to do some walking in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodations are in country hotels, simple and clean, and all rooms are with private facilities.

 

Day 1  : Welcome To Iceland (31 mi)

The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Day 2  : Land Of Sagas & Volcano Climb (118 mi)

After a short Reykjavík city tour, we head north from Iceland's capital to West Iceland. The settlement center in Borgarnes introduces us to the Icelandic sagas where we learn about their impact on Iceland through the ages. The afternoon is filled with fascinating natural spots. A 40-minute round-trip hike takes us to the rim of Grábrók volcano crater, 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.  Deildartunguhver is one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe. The water that flows here is boiling and sizzling. Soon after, we explore Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacial river. A 10-minute walk takes us to Barnafoss, "children's fall", with its strange rock formations carved by the river Hvítá. Enjoy Icelandic history at the cultural site in Reykholt, which was the home of the 13th-century writer, scholar, and chieftain Snorri Sturluson, who wrote many sagas. We see Snorri's pool, one of Iceland's most important cultural and archeological sites. Overnight is in West Iceland.

Day 3  : From West To North Including Whale Watching And Sea Angling (286 mi)

A long drive takes us over mountain passes, through lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscapes to North Iceland. We pass Skagafjörður, known as the "valley of horses". After a lunch break, we go whale watching and sea angling for 2-3 hours at Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, right below the Arctic Circle. The most common species are humpback and minke whales, harbor porpoises and dolphins. The success rate to spot whales is about 98 %. The tour also includes about 30 minutes of sea angling. Expect to catch cod, haddock, pollock, catfish and if you are lucky, even a giant halibut! Next stop is Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city before we reach the picturesque town of Húsavík in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights.

Day 4  : Geological Wonders And Nature Baths (106 mi)

The day begins with Goðafoss, "the waterfall of the Gods", one of the country's most spectacular waterfalls and a prominent spot in Iceland's history.  We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile regions in the world so close to the Arctic Circle and also known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. The lake's unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, any kind of volcanic craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds and ducks. We stroll through the mysterious lava field of Dimmuborgir, look at pseudo craters and see the tephra cone Hverfjall. Our last stop is the Mývatn Nature Baths, where we soak in 36-40 degrees warm geothermal water, which contains a lot of minerals, is alkaline and well-suited for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath.

Day 5  : From North To East (205 mi)

We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð and seeing the impacts of volcanic activity at Krafla. Then we travel to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland, where we spend the night.

Day 6  : Fjords, Glacier And Ice (242 mi)

The Icelandic ring road takes us toward the southeast. It's a day to admire green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. We stop at the charming village of Djúpivogur. Soon we see Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop for a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, considered one of the highlights on tour around Iceland. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lake and out to sea. Many of you might recognize the glacier and ice lagoon from films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.

Day 7  : Vatnajökull National Park And The South (211 mi)

We explore Vatnajökull National Park which covers about 14 % of Iceland, making it Europe's second-largest national park in terms of area after Yugyd Va in Russia. The park offers amazing contrasts in landscape with glaciers, moors, mountains, birch forests, glacial rivers, brooks and sandy outwash plains. We explore the region of Skaftafell that is nestled below Iceland's highest peak and the second-biggest stratovolcano in Europe, the 2,110-meter high Hvannadalshnjúkur. We walk close to one of the many glacial tongues in the area – a Kodak moment. We cross a sandy desert and drive along the south coast, always between the sea, rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. We see Eldhraun, "fire lava", an enormous and incredibly beautiful lava field which was created by the year-long Laki eruption in 1783. This eruption was devastating for Iceland. The years that followed are referred to the "misty times", due to the volcanic ash lingering for a long time in the air.  The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vík, 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 area has an abundant birdlife, including puffins, fulmars, and guillemots. Iceland's past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses.  Next stop is the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall, often harboring a rainbow. We travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and visit the narrow and 65-meter high Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a trail that leads behind the fall. You must be prepared to get wet! We continue our journey through the biggest agricultural area of Iceland to our overnight location in South Iceland.

Day 8  : Ring The Golden Circle To Reykjavik (130 mi)

We see classics today, and we start with horses. At Friðheimar farm we meet an individual four-footed player in Iceland's history. During an educational and entertaining horse show, we are introduced with a professional but also personal display to the gaits and unique qualities of the Icelandic horse. This peculiar breed has adapted to Iceland's landscape in a way that made it a full partner in farm and city life. The Golden Circle sights follow. Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls", tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travelers all year. Next stop is the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur, "the churn", spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to ten minutes. We continue to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and an area of exceptional geological and historical interest. See with your own eyes the rift dividing the continental plates of America and Eurasia. Overnight in Reykjavík, Iceland's capital. 

Day 9  : Departure Home (31 mi)

The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport.

Notes:

Maximum 28 passengers
Language: English only 
Once a booking is confirmed, the departure is guaranteed.
There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.

 * This tour has an average of 1-2 hours of walking each day, meaning several short walks of 10-30 minutes to see and explore the different nature and history sites. It is an easy tour for nearly everyone to participate in. This is not a hiking/walking tour.

 * Total mileage without airport transfer is about 2.065 km (1.280 miles), which is an average of 295 km (183 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.