Iceland Complete – Classic Circle Tour

Escorted TourIceland

BEST SELLER
From $2,295 USD
April 25 - September 26, 2018
9 Days / 8 Nights

Iceland Complete, features Icelandic highlights along the Ring Road. Visit the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.

Overview

A Bestseller, Iceland Complete, classic circle tour along the Ring Road. Discover Iceland's natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. A classic circle tour that provides the perfect mix of Icelandic culture and nature. Explore the South shore, Thingvellir National Park, site of the world's first Parliament, gushing waterfalls and hot springs, icebergs in the Glacial Lagoon, magnificent Eastern fjords and Lake Myvatn.

Operation

April 25 - September 26, 2018

Departure

Departures 2018:
April 25
May 2, 9, 16, 21, 23
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
August 1, 6, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 26

Price

  • April 2018
  • from $2,295 per person in double room
  • from $2,875 single room
  • May 2018
  • from $2,875 per person in double room
  • from $3,685 single room
  • June - August 2018
  • from $3,385 per person in double room
  • from $4,695 single room
  • September 2018
  • from $3,235 per person in double room
  • from $4,325 single room

Included

  • 7 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • 2 nights accommodation with private facilities in Reykjavik
  • 6 nights accommodation with private facilities in countryside
  • Scandinavian breakfast buffet daily, except arrival day
  • 5 x Dinners in countryside (dinner in Siglufjördur not included)
  • Herring Museum Entrance (day 6)
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum including refreshments (day 6)
  • Horse show in Skagafjördur (day 7)

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure days
  • Dinners in Reykjavik and Akureyri
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum number of passengers: 36
  • Children 6-11 years sharing a room and/or traveling with a guardian will receive 25% discount from the listed price.
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.
  • We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions

Tour Options

  • Optional Add-ons (at extra cost):
  • Day 3: Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon, 45 min
  • Day 3: Super jeep tour on Vatnajokull Glacier, 4 hrs
  • Day 5: Myvatn Nature Baths, Flexible time
  • Day 5: Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar, 1-2 hrs
  • Day 6: Sailing | Sea angling | Whale watching (depending on season) Akureyri, 3 - 3.5 hrs
  • Day 8: Non guided tour to the Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure day, Flexible time

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN ICELAND

Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice! On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel. If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name “Smoky Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included). Dinner on own.

Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | The Sun Voyager | Perlan | The Blue Lagoon

Optional: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras | Airport transfer: Arrival via Blue Lagoon

Day 2 GEYSIR - GULLFOSS - SKOGAR - SOUTH SHORE - VIK (B, D)

Exploding Geysers - Waterfalls - Seabird Colony - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a short city sightseeing of Reykjavik. From Reykjavik head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Head on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall", and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools.

Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey* nature reserve. Continue to the village of Vik. Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area.

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, approximately mid-May until June 25th.

Highlights: Hveragerdi | Geysir | Gullfoss | Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Vik | Dyrholaey

Day 3 VIK - SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK - GLACIAL LAGOON - HOFN (B, D)

Lava Fields - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest National Park

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey along the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajökull National Park.

Continue to the stunning Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. As you head east, you will continue to enjoy magnificent views of mighty Vatnajökull, Europe‘s largest glacier. Your destination is Höfn, a seacoast village located near the glacier. Dinner and overnight in the Höfn area.

Highlights: Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Skaftafell National Park | Vatnajökull

Day 4 HÖFN - EAST FJORDS - EGILSSTADIR (B, D)

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Mineral Collection

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you‘ll enjoy amazing scenery as you head from glacial landscapes to fjord views. Drive from Höfn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Head into the magnificent East Fjords with its views of towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea. Pass through coastal fjord villages on your way to Egilsstadir.  Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.

Highlights: Höfn | Petra's Minerals | Djupivogur | Reydarfjördur | Faskrudsfjördur

Day 5 LAKE MYVATN AREA (B, D)

Highland Desert - Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal & Volcanic Activity - Rich Birdlife - Protected Salmon River

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. One of the Myvatn area's claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth, with very diverse bird life in general. Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.

Highlights: Dettifoss | Myvatn | Krafla

Day 6 LAKE MYVATN - AKUREYRI - SIGLUFJÖRDUR (B)

Waterfall "Of the Gods"- Folk Museum - The beautiful Troll Peninsula

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the old turf farm Laufas. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colorful northern “capital“ of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and beautiful view of the Eyjafjördur Fjord.

After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjördur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjördur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory.

The evening and dinner is on your own at one of the town´s restaurants. Siglufjördur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an evening stroll. Overnight in Siglufjördur. Dinner is on own.

Highlights: Dimmuborgir | Godafoss | Akureyri | Trollaskagi - Troll Peninsula | Siglufjördur

Day 7 SKAGAFJORDUR - BORGARNES (B, D)

Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Unique Viking Horse Demonstration

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjördur‘s award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjördur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjördur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait - the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos built on both sides of the river Blanda. Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, sits within the center of this popular Salmon River. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjördur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area.

Highlights: Borgarnes | The Herring Era Museum | Skagafjördur Fjord

Day 8 BORGARFJÖRDUR - THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK - REYKJAVIK (B)

Europe's Largest Hot Spring - Picturesque Waterfalls - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjördur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park.

This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

Highlights: Hraunfossar | Barnafoss | Deildartunguhver | Thingvellir

Day 9 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to book it for you. We advise departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.

Highlights: Reykjavik | Laugardalur | Esja | Reykjavik City Museum

Optional: Airport transfer with Flybus Plus | Airport transfer: Blue Lagoon upon departure

Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions.

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