Grand Tour of Iceland

Grand Tour of Iceland– Iceland –12 days / 11 nights, Reykjavik - Thingvellir National Park - Gullfoss - Geysir - Snæfellsnes peninsula - West Fjord- Latrabjarg - Myvatn - Godafoss - East Fjord - Vatnajökull National Park - Skogafoss - SeljalandsfossExplore highlights and secrets of Iceland including Snæfellsnes peninsula and the West Fjords on our small group coach tour. Iceland is a country like no other, with exceptional landscapes: some of the world's finest waterfalls, geysers, stunning fjords, lagoons, active volcanoes, majestic glaciers, lava flows, tranquil lakes with rare-breeding bird life. Each day combines touring by bus, light walks, soft adventures and Icelandic culture and history.

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Operation May 29 - August 28, 2017
Departure June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21, 28
Price from $5,795 per person in double room
from $7,155 single room
$650 VIP seating
Included Airport transfers
2 nights in Reykjavik, Hotel Klettur (first and last night)
8 nights hotels in countryside
11x breakfast and 9 x dinner (3-course or buffet)
Visit to three National Parks
Admission to settlement center in Borgarnes
Entrance and visit to lava cave on the Snæfellsnes peninsula
Ferry trip to the West Fjords
Entrance fee to Folk and Transport museum at Hnjotur
Visit to Erik the Red homestead
Horse show in northwest Iceland
Entrance to Herring museum
Visit to micro beer brewery
Entrance fee and towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Myvatn
Visit to stone collection in the East Fjords
Boat trip between floating icebergs on Glacial Lagoon
Multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull volcano information center
Average of 1-2 hours easy walking per day
Not Included International airfare & airport taxes
Dinner in Reykjavik on first night
Dinner in Akureyri (day 7)
Gratuities
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
Please Note Tour starts on Thursdays at 09:00 from Reykjavik
Tour ends on Fridays around 18:00 in Reykjavik followed by a farewell dinner same evening

Group size: Maximum 20 passengers
Accommodations in Country Hotels, Guesthouses and Farms, rooms with shower/toilet
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Day 1 WELCOME TO REYKJAVIK Monday
The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavik International airport to Reykjavik where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.(50 km/31 mi)

Hotel Klettur***

Day 2 GOLDEN CIRCLE (B, D) Tuesday
We see classic highlights today. Explore Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls" and walk through the active geothermal area of Geysir, where Strokkur "the churn" spouts up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area and UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park tops the day off before travelling along the scenic shores of Hvalfjördur fjord. Overnight in Borgarfjördur, West Iceland. (290 km/180 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Day 3 SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA - LAVA CAVE (B, D) Wednesday
This morning we are introduced to the Icelandic sagas in the settlement center in Borgarnes. The Snæfellsnes Peninsula "the peninsula of the snowy mountain" juts out from Iceland's west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length, capped by the 1,446 meter Snæfellsjökull, a mystical cone-shaped strato volcano. We travel around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, through lava fields and along the ocean with many classic Icelandic photo opportunities. Visit the most popular sites at the National Park, where volcanic craters, lava flows, an ice cap, glaciated peaks, fjords, sandy beaches, and high cliffs shape its landscapes.

We follow the adventure of Jules Verne's classic science fiction novel about the journey to the center of the Earth. Do not miss your chance to go on your own trip to the interior of the Earth under the glacier Snæfellsjökull! This lava cave tour takes you 35 meters underground and about 200 meters into the lava cube called Vatnshellir. During the tour you reach two different sections of the cave by a long and narrow staircase. The upper section has great features and unique formations of lava statues curved on the sides of the lava tube. In the lower part of the lava cave you experience total quietness and even total darkness when your guide switches off the light. The total duration of the lava cave tour is approximately one hour.
Overnight in the Grundarfjördur / Stykkisholmur area. (190 km/118 mi)

Hotel Framnes, Grundarfjödur or similar

Day 4 ICELAND'S WESTERNMOST POINT (B, D) Thursday
We need to wake up early and catch the morning car ferry Baldur from Stykkisholmur to Brjanslækur in the West Fjords. On the way over Breidafjördur bay, the ferry stops on the island of Flatey. If the weather is nice you enjoy a magnificent view of the bay's countless islands as well as the glacier Snæfellsjökull. We follow the coastline and stop at the folk and transport museum in Hnjotur.

Continue through a very remote and sparsely populated region to the bird cliffs of Latrabjarg, the westernmost point of Iceland (and Europe) where you can see puffins from mid-May till mid-August. Take a memorable walk in the wilderness to the top of the highest bird cliffs in Iceland. Latrabjarg is known in the world for its density of Nordic birds. Puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, cormorants, kittiwakes and other cliff birds flock either in hundreds, thousands and even in millions. This is a place where you can get very close to the seabirds and even if you're not into birdwatching, you are entertained by the comic puffins and mesmerized by the sheer number of birds. Overnight near Latrabjarg or Patreksfjördur. (230 km/143 mi)

Countryhotel Flokalundur, or
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Fosshotel West Fjords

Day 5 BEAUTIFUL WEST FJORDS (B, D) Friday
We travel the shore of many scenic fjords, beautiful beaches, and pass through small fishing villages until we reach the majestic fjord Arnarfjördur, surrounded by high mountains. At the bottom of the fjord we come across the unique waterfall Dynjandi with its seven levels of plunging water, declared the country's most beautiful waterfall by the people of Iceland.

Continue over a mountain pass and travel along the southern shores of the West Fjords. This is a route less travelled and is characterized by sheer cliffs, deep cut bays and narrow stretches of coastal lowland. We overnight at the remote Vogur Country Lodge in West Iceland. This is a truly peaceful and beautiful place close to Breidafjördur Bay, giving you the feeling of being all alone in Iceland. (260 km/162 mi)

Country Lodge Vogur

Day 6 HEADING NORTH - AKUREYRI (B) Saturday
In the morning we travel mostly off-the-beaten path, see abandoned farms, beautiful little country churches and Icelandic horses. At Haukadalur, there's a rather authentic replica of the homestead of Erik the Red, the famous explorer who founded the Icelandic colony in Greenland. His son Leif-the-Lucky, born in Haukadalur, Iceland, was the first European to set foot in North America. Now the excavated and reconstructed farm in Haukadalur is a living Viking museum, a fun, informative and a photogenic place. The landscape is dominated by mountains, lakes, valleys, sea and wide open spaces.

We head north and stop at a local farm for a horse show where we learn about the unique qualities of Iceland's special breed. Afterwards we travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland before we visit the charming town of Akureyri, Iceland's second largest city. Overnight in the capital of North Iceland. (350 km/217 mi)

Hotel Kea

Day 7 AKUREYRI - NORTHERNMOST TOWN (B, D) Sunday
During a 6-hour excursion we 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. Included is a visit to the Herring Museum and also beer tasting at a local micro-brewery. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Maybe you like to go shopping, visit a geothermal swimming pool or join an optional whale watching tour at 17:00 or 20:30. (160 km/99 mi)

Hotel Kea

Day 8 GEOLOGICAL WONDERS AND NATURE BATHS (B, D) Monday
We explore Godafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, and continue to lake Myvatn, known for its rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes. We 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. In the afternoon relax and soak at the Myvatn Nature Baths. Overnight near Lake Myvatn. (150 km/93 mi)

Hotel Laxa

Day 9 THE SECRET OF THE EAST (B, D) Tuesday
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. We explore the northernmost fjord on the East Fjord mountain range. The isolated village Bakkagerdi has only 120 inhabitants and is a charming village, built snugly next to the steep mountainside. Driving to Borgarfjördur Eystri is dramatic and rewarding. The colorful mountains are simply unique and impressive.

Experience an unusual opportunity to visit a traditional Icelandic fishing village, still relying on small boat fishing. There is an art gallery in the village, displaying the work of Johannes Kjarval. He is a well-known Icelandic painter who grew up in Borgarfjördur Eystri and his hometown and its landscape have much influenced his work. Borgarfjördur Eystri is home to an extensive population of elves - judging by the 172 local folk tales involving elves. On the outskirts of the village is Alfaborg, a protected site where the queen of elves is believed to live within a uniquely shaped rock castle. The elf stories provide a fascinating lecture especially for the younger generation.(290 km/180 mi)

Country Guesthouse Alfheimar

Day 10 FJORDS, GLACIERS AND ICE (B, D) Wednesday
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 and en route we visit an interesting stone 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 for a boat ride amongst the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jökulsarlon. The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.(450 km/280 mi)

Hotel Skaftafell, or
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Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Day 11 VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (B, D) Thursday
Visit Skaftafell at the Vatnajökull National Park, covered by ice and nestled below Iceland's highest mountain, the 2,110 meter high Hvannadalshnjukur. 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, mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vik. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center we learn how it is to live next to a glacier and an active volcano. We stop at the Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Farewell dinner at a nice gourmet restaurant in Reykjavik and the last night is spent in Iceland's capital.(340 km/211 mi)

Hotel Klettur***

Day 12 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B) Friday
The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you the Keflavík International airport.(50 km/31 mi)

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