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4th October 2017
This is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the very best of the variety of Icelandic landscape, culture and history in one week. You begin your trip in Reykjavik, Iceland's quirky capital city which has all the sights and sounds of a major city but still maintains the charm of a small-town feel - after all, Iceland is a country with only 300,000 people!
You will visit two of Iceland’s three National Parks and experience much of their unique and breathtaking nature. A highlight of this tour must also be the inclusion of a whale watching boat trip, to experience these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.
Another highlight is that this tour includes 1-2 hours walking per day, to ensure you don't only see the nature but actually get to experience it close at hand too!
Day 1 - Arrival Reykjavik
Arrive Keflavik Airport by air from the UK. Transfer by airport bus (Flybus) to your hotel in Reykjavik. The remainder of the day and evening is free for you to explore Iceland's compact capital city at your leisure.
1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Reykjavik
Day 2 - Land of Sagas (170 km)
After a Reykjavík city tour head north from Iceland’s capital to West Iceland where we are introduced to the Icelandic sagas in the settlement center in Borgarnes. The afternoon is filled with impressive natural spots: Deildartunguhver, one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe and Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into the river Hvítá. End the day with Icelandic history at the cultural site at Reykholt. Overnight is in West Iceland.
1 night REYKHOLT - Fosshotel Reykholt
Day 3 - From West to North (445 km)
The day starts with climbing a volcano crater within an old lava field in West Iceland. Afterwards we will travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland, with a visit to the beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city. Then stop at Goðafoss, “the waterfall of the Gods,” before reaching our accommodation in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights.
2 nights HÚSAVIK - Fosshotel Húsavík
Day 4 - Whale Watching, Geological Wonders & Nature Baths (150 km)
The day begins out to sea with a 3-hour whale watching cruise from Húsavík (weather permitting). We’ll tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered one of the most fertile areas in the world so close to the Arctic Circle. The lake’s unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, pseudo craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds. There will be a stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir and soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths.
Day 5 - From North to East (330 km)
We start today 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 the night is spent.
1 night - EGILSSTAÐIR - Hotel Hallormsstadur
Day 6 - Fjords, Glaciers and Ice (420 km)
It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon we’ll see Vatnajökull - Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we’ll stop for a boat ride amongst the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón. The night will be spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.
1 night SKAFTAFELL - Fosshotel Skaftafell
Day 7 - Vatnajökull National Park and the South (340 km)
Visit Skaftafell at the Vatnajökull National Park, covered by ice and nestled below Iceland’s highest mountain, the 2110 meter Hvannadalshnjúkur. Then cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík. Iceland’s past comes alive at the Skógar Folk museum with its turf houses. Overnight in South Iceland.
1 night HVERAGERÐI - Hotel Örk, Hveragerði
Day 8 - Ring the Golden Circle to Reykjavík (210 km)
We will see classics today. Start with a horse show that introduces the unique qualities of Iceland’s special breed. Follow this with Golden Circle sights: Gullfoss the beautiful double “Golden Falls”; the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur “the churn” spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes. A visit to ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park tops it off before returning to Reykjavik.
1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Reykjavik
Day 9 - Departure
The flybus airport bus picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik Airport.
Departure Day: Saturdays by air from London Heathrow Airport
Departure Dates: See Price Panel
Duration: 8 nights
Prices: Prices are based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin/double room with shower and WC. Single supplement for single room with shower and WC.
|Dep. Date||Price per person||Single Supp.|
| 3 & 17 Jun 2017
15 & 29 Jul 2017
12 & 26 Aug 2017
|9 & 23 Sep 2017||£3270||£795|
|Supplement for VIP Seating: £295 per person|
Hotel Skaftafell ***
This family-owned and run hotel is situated in front of Svinafellsjokull, one of Iceland's most impressive glaciers. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea 20kms away. All 53 rooms have shower and WC, TV and telephone. Fully licensed restaurant and a small gift shop are also located at the hotel.
This hotel is situated beautifully in the mountains. All rooms are ensuite and equipped with cable television, wireless and all rooms have lovely views which overlook the garden or mountains. For extra indulgence additional amenities include hot tubs, a library, restaurant and a bar and lounge area which provide the perfect arena to unwind after a day of exploring Iceland's magnificent natural views and heritage. For the best way to kick start your day ensure you take advantage of the complimentary breakfast!
Fosshotel Husavik ***
Fosshotel Húsavík is a friendly and well-equipped hotel, located in the heart of Húsavík and within walking distance to the harbour. The hotel has 70 rooms, all with shower/wc, satellite TV, radio and phone. Other facilities include a restaurant, Moby Dick Pub, a reception, elevator, internet station, rooms adapted for those with disabilities and free parking. The hotel is now probably the world's only whale-themed hotel, boasting unique features and exhibitions on these marine mammels in the form of pictures, paintings, sculptures and a large whale stamp collection. The Moby Dick Pub is based on the famous movie and book "Moby Dick" with unique sculptured whale stools, rocky chairs and tables. Moby Dick Pub is a popular location for cocktail parties, theme music lounge and sports TV bar.
Fosshotel Reykjavik ***
Fosshotel Reykjavík is located in the city centre, it's a large hotel that still offers personal touches in both appearance and service. Only a short walking distance from Laugavegur, the main shopping street, it's the ideal location for any visitor to Reykjavik.
The hotel has 16 floors with many rooms offering magnificent views of the city and the bay area. We recommend unwinding with Icelandic draught beer at the Bjórgarðurinn / Beer Garden or enjoy dining at their restaurant, Haust. All rooms are en suite and equipped with modern facilities including Wifi.
Tour Type: A compact circle tour of Iceland with hotel accommodation, ideal for nature and culture exploring
Pick up for tour: At your hotel in Reykjavik between 0815 and 0845.
Language: English only
Group size: Maximum 28 passengers. Once a booking is confirmed - the departure is guaranteed.
Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in simple hotels with private facilities. Most of our groups will stay at the following hotels (subject to change):
* Fosshotel Reykholt, West Iceland
* Fosshotel Húsavík, Northeast Iceland
* Hotel Hallormsstaður, East Iceland
* Fosshotel Skaftafell or Islandia Hotel Núpar, Southeast Iceland
* Hotel Örk, Hveragerði, South Iceland
Meals: In Reykjavik only breakfast is included giving you the freedom to explore the city centre and choose from Reykjavik's many excellent restaurants. During the tour a 3-course or buffet dinner and breakfast are included. Lunch stops will be made at restaurants or café-shops en route.
Walking: There is an average of 1-2 hours walking each day and it is an easy tour in which nearly everyone can take part. Good walking boots are needed on all our tours, as well as waterproof clothing.
VIP seating: Supplement for guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and next seat remaining empty (passenger has two seats) as well as a pillow and blanket for upgraded comfort. Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus. Subject to availability at time of booking.