The Best of North Iceland
The Best of North Iceland– Iceland –6 days / 5 nights, Akureyri - Godafoss - Lake Myvatn - Siglufjördur - Husavik - Jökulsargljufur National Park - Dettifoss - HveravellirThis new independent escorted 6-day tour to Akureyri and Northern Iceland offers a combination of independency, convenience and comfort. Explore the best of North Iceland and travel the Kjölur highland road with the concept off less packing, more free time, tour options and choosing your own hotel category. Stay at your hotel of choice in Akureyri, select optional excursions; explore waterfalls, hot springs, fjords, volcanoes, craters and mountains.
|Operation||June 13 - August 8, 2016|
|Departure||Departures for 2015:
June 13 - June 18
June 27 - July 2
July 11 - July 16
July 25 - July 30
August 8 - August 13
|Price||Tourist class hotel, shared facilities
from $1,175 per person in double room
from $1,370 single room
Tourist class hotel, private facilities
from $1,550 per person in double room
from $1,995 single room
Superior class hotel, private facilities
from $1,690 per person in double room
from $2,150 single room
|Included||5 nights hotel accommodation of choice:
Edda Hotel Akureyri with shared facilities
Edda Hotel Akureyri with private facilities
Hotel Kea as superior accommodation
Breakfast buffet daily
Experienced guide for 6 days
Entrance to Glaumbær Folk museum
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
Arrival and departure transfers
Afternoon program day 2
Full day program day 4
Pre- and Post nights in Reykjavik
Meals other than breakfasts
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Tour pick-up: Between 08:15-08:45 from hotels / guesthouses in Reykjavik
Tour start: Departure from our office at Borgartun 34 Mondays at 09:00
Tour end: Saturdays in Reykjavik between 18:00-20:00
Group Size: maximum 35 passengers
Pre & post nights in Reykjavik: Are not included in tour price and must be added subject to your arrival and departure flights.
|Tour Options||Day 2: Hrisey Island including ferry, 4-5 hours, $85 per person
Day 4: Siglufjördur, Iceland's most northern town, 8 hours, $125 per person
Above prices are subject to change
|More Information||The Best of North Iceland map|
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Day 1 WEST ICELAND - MOUNTAINS TO THE NORTH Monday
Pick up for tour: Between 8:15am - 8:45am from any accommodation in Reykjavik.
After leaving Reykjavik, we explore Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a long row of lava fields into Hvita River. Barnafoss "the Children's fall" is nearby and has its own tragic tale. Then we visit Europe's most powerful hot spring and climb the Grabrok volcano crater in West Iceland. We get an insight to Iceland's past at Glaumbær turf farm & folk museum. We continue along fjords and over mountains to Akureyri - the capital of North Iceland, our base for the next five nights.
Day 2 AKUREYRI - OPTIONAL TOUR TO HRISEY ISLAND (B) Tuesday
In the morning, you have a guided walk through Akureyri, which has a charming city center and a fine botanical garden. The afternoon is free to either explore on your own, or to join an optional excursion by bus and ferry to Hrisey Island, located in the middle of Iceland's longest fjord and home to thousands of sea birds (driving about 90 km/56 mi).
Day 3 GEOLOGICAL WONDERS OF LAKE MYVATN (B) Wednesday
We explore Godafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, and continue to Lake Myvatn, known for its rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes. Visit pseudo craters, walk in the lava field Dimmuborgir, climb up to the rim of the ash crater Hverfjall, see the hot springs and bubbling mud pools of Namaskard, and travel to the Crater Lake Viti in the Krafla geothermal fields. (230 km/143 mi)
Day 4 LEISURE DAY - OPTIONAL DAY TOUR SIGLUFJÖRDUR (B) Thursday
Explore Akureyri on your own or join our optional excursion to see spectacular fjord landscapes while travelling to Siglufjördur, Iceland's northernmost town and known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. Siglufjördur is located on the mountainous Tröllaskagi Peninsula. On the way we pass small fishing villages and stop at a deserted valley that even most Icelanders have not seen.
Near to Siglufjördur is Hofsos, a small and friendly village on the eastern shores of the Skagafjördur bay. Its natural harbour makes it one of the oldest trading ports in Iceland dating back to the 16th century. The Icelandic Emigration Centre focuses on the mass emigration from Iceland to North America in the late 19th century and is interesting to locals and visitors alike. (300 km/186 mi)
Day 5 WHALES - WATERFALLS - EUROPE'S LARGEST NATIONAL PARK (B) Friday
Husavik is a picturesque small fishing town only an hour from Akureyri, where you can join an optional whale watching cruise or visit museums. We continue to the northern part of the Vatnajökull National Park, stop at bird cliffs where puffins may be seen, and visit the huge canyon of Asbyrgi and Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. (360 km/223 mi)
Day 6 KJÖLUR HIGHLAND ROAD - RETURN TO REYKJAVIK (B) Saturday
We go through the heart of Iceland today - travelling on the Kjölur Trail, between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull. We stop at the hot springs of Hveravellir, where you can soak in a natural hot pool. This region is shrouded in mystery, with folktales of ghosts, giants and outlaws. You experience one of Europe's last wildernesses! The Best of North Iceland ends today, as travellers return to Reykjavik in the evening. (490 km/304 mi)
About 1-2 hours light walking each day, mainly several short walks from the bus to the different nature sights.
It is an easy tour in which nearly everyone can take part.
Total mileage is about 1600 km (992 miles) for the tour, and about 390 km (242 miles) for the optional tours. You spend about 4,5 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.