Guided Iceland Circle

Guided Iceland Circle– Iceland –8 days / 7 nights, Reykjavik - Akureyri - Godafoss - Lake Myvatn - Dimmuborgir - Namaskard - Dettifoss - Vatnajökull National Park - Skogafoss - Strokkur - 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.

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Operation September 9, 2017 - April 27, 2018
Departure Departures 2017:
Groups with 30 persons maximum
Friday to Friday or Tuesday to Tuesday
September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October 3, 6, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
November 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
December 1, 5, 8, 12, 15

Departures 2018
Groups with 30 persons maximum
Friday to Friday or Tuesday to Tuesday
January 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
February 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27
March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
April 3, 6, 10, 13, 16, 23, 27, 30
May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
Price September 1 - December 31, 2017
Hotel acommodation, superior room
from $1,985 per person in double room
from $2,425 single room
Optional dinner package, $345 per person*

January 1 - May 4, 2018
Hotel acommodation, superior room
from $2,025 per person in double room
from $2,345 single room
Optional dinner package, $365 per person*
Included Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
Fully escorted 6-day bus tour
English speaking guide
Visit to natural History & Seal Museum in Hvammstangi
7 nights accommodation in Iceland, in rooms with shower/wc
7x breakfast
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
Gratuities
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
Please Note Maximum group size: 30 persons
Tour start: Arrival in Iceland is on Tuesdays or Fridays. Guided bus tour starts on Wednesdays or Saturdays at 09:00
Tour end: The guided tour ends on Mondays or Thursdays between 16:00-18:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavik. Departure from Iceland is on Tuesdays or Fridays
Tour Options *Pre-paid dinner package at 4 countryside hotel, 4 x 3-course dinner
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Day 1 WELCOME TO ICELAND - REYKJAVIK Tuesday or Friday
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavik where you spend the night. If you book the tour without accommodation the transfer is offered to BSI bus station. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well! (50 km/31 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Natura

Day 2 VOLCANO CRATER - FJORDS - MOUNTAINS (B) Wednesday or Saturday
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. (425 km/264 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

Day 3 NORTH ICELAND - LAKE MYVATN - GEOTHERMAL BATHS (B) Thursday or 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 Sel-Hotel Myvatn. (120 km/75 mi)

Sel-Hotel Myvatn

Day 4 LAVA LABYRINTH - HOT SPRINGS - TRAVEL EAST (B) Friday or Monday
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. (250 km / 155 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Herad

Day 5 FJORDS - GLACIER - ICE (B) Saturday or Tuesday
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)

Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Day 6 SOUTH COAST (B) Sunday or Wednesday
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. (240 km/149 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Fludir

Day 7 ICELANDIC HORSES - GOLDEN CIRCLE (B) Monday or Thursday
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. (160 km / 99 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Natura

Day 8 DEPARTURE ICELAND (B) Tuesday or Friday
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavik Airport. (50 km/31 mi)

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.665 km (1.032 miles) which is an average of 278 km (172 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.

Note: During the off season, from September to May, in rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary especially for winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities/day trips might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but the operator will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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