Guided Iceland Circle
Guided Iceland Circle– Iceland –8 days / 7 nights, Reykjavik - Akureyri - Godafoss - Lake Myvatn - Dimmuborgir - Namaskard - Dettifoss - Vatnajökull National Park - Gullfoss - Thingvellir National ParkGuided Iceland Circle, new coach tour with weekly departures all year round. Experience the island of fire and ice; travel on Iceland's ring road. A local expert guide helps you explore the unspoiled Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. Visit Vatnajökull and Thingvellir National Parks and enjoy famous nature hotspots and lesser-known sights, soft adventures and cultural visits.
|Operation||September 2, 2016 - May 26, 2017|
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18, 25
December 2, 9, 16
January 6, 13, 20, 27
February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26
|Price||from $1,545 per person in double room
from $1,875 single room
|Included||Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English speaking guide
7 nights accommodation in Superior tourist-class hotels
Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi
Visit to Vidimyri turf church
Entrance with towel at Myvatn Nature Baths
Admission to Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
Multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
Use of snow & ice gripper spikes, flash light for winter departures
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
Any meals other than indicated above
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Maximum group size: 30 persons
Tour starts: Arrival in Iceland is on Fridays. Guided bus tour starts on Saturdays at 09:00
Tour ends: The guided tour ends on Thursdays between 16:00-18:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavik. Departure from Iceland is on Fridays
|Tour Options||Pre-paid dinner package at 4 countryside hotel, Chef's Choice 3-course dinner|
|More Information||Iceland Circle map|
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Day 1 WELCOME TO ICELAND Friday (50 km / 31 mi)
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavik where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well!
Day 2 VOLCANO CRATER - FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (B) Saturday (425 km / 264 mi)
At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grabrok volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbour.
Further north we stop at the turf church of Vidimyri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.
Day 3 NORTH ICELAND - LAKE MYVATN - GEOTHERMAL BATHS (B) Sunday (120 km / 75 mi)
In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants. Visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjördur fjord.
In the afternoon we travel to an important spot in Iceland's history, Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Continue to Lake Myvatn, known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. Stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kalfaströnd followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters. End an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Myvatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Overnight at Hotel Reynihlid or Sel-Hotel Myvatn.
Day 4 LAVA LABYRINTH - HOT SPRINGS - TRAVEL EAST (B) Monday (250 km / 155 mi)
In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch we visit the hot spring area of Namaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Head through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer.
From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Overnight location at Icelandair Hotel Herad.
Day 5 FJORDS - GLACIER - ICE (B) Tuesday (470 km / 292 mi)
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. En route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection.
In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsarlon, a Glacial Lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded.
Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe's largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur. (470 km/292 mi)
Day 6 SOUTH COAST (B) Wednesday (240 km / 149 mi)
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vik.
In the small village of Skogar there is Skogafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall - if you are prepared to get wet! Overnight location at Icelandair Hotel Fludir.
Day 7 ICELANDIC HORSES - GOLDEN CIRCLE (B) Thursday (160 km / 99 mi)
We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. Start the day at Fridheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse.
Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals.
Continue to Gullfoss, "the Golden Falls", a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita River, attracting travelers in summer and winter. Travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavik, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world's northern-most capital. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Natura.
Day 8 DEPARTURE ICELAND (B) Friday
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavik Airport. 50 km/31 mi)