Iceland Complete Winter

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BEST SELLER
From $2,260 USD
October 4, 2017 - April 11, 2018
9 Days / 8 Nights

Iceland Complete Winter, visit Iceland's highlights on the Ring Road, the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, Golden Circle with Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir.

Overview

Iceland Complete Winter features Iceland's main attractions along the Ring Road, escorted by a professional local guide. Visit the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, and all the famous sights of the Golden Circle such as Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. Our classic circle tour offers the perfect mix of culture and nature. During the winter months, you have a great chance to see the Northern Lights! Bestseller tour for many years!

Operation

October 4, 2017 - April 11, 2018

Departure

October 4, 11, 18, 2017 November 1, 2017 February 14, 2018 March 21, 28, 2018 April 11, 2018 Guaranteed departures with minimum of 2 participants

Price

  • October 1 - 31, 2017
  • from $2,425 per person in double room
  • from $3,085 single room
  • November 1, 2017 - April 11, 2018
  • from $2,260 per person in double room
  • from $2,825 single room

Included

  • 7 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 2 nights w/facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 6 nights w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily except arrival day
  • 6 dinners in the countryside
  • Entrance to Petra's Stone collection (day 4)
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum (day 6)
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum including refreshments (day 6)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)

Not Included

  • International flights / Airport taxes
  • Transfers to/from Keflavik Airport
  • Dinners in Reykjavik (day 1 and day 8) and Siglufjordur (day 6)
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Maximum group size: 36 people
  • Prices may change without prior notice
  • Please inquire about our special air fares on Icelandair, featuring direct flights from Seattle!

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Optional excursions

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

Arrival on your own to Reykjavik. 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 Reykjavík 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

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

Exploding Geysers - Waterfalls - 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 and the black sand beaches of Iceland's South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik. Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area. Highlights: Geysir | Gullfoss | Reynisdrangar Cliffs | Vik

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

Lava Fields - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey on 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 Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier. Dinner and overnight stay in the Hofn area. Highlights: Skaftafell National Park | Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Hofn

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

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Mineral Collection Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Explore Petra's renowned collection of local stones and minerals. Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area. Highlights: Egilsstadir

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 colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. Other volcanic features of Myvatn include the multi-coloured geothermal area of Namaskard, Krafla volcano and the dark lave citadels of Dimmuborgir. Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area. Highlights: Hverfjall | Myvatn | Dimmuborgir

Day 6 LAKE MYVATN - AKUREYRI - SIGLUFJORDUR (B, D)

"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 colourful northern "capital" of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord. After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur 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 Siglufjordur, 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. Siglufjordur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an evening stroll. Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur. Highlights: Godafoss | Akureyri | Trollaskagi - Troll Peninsula | Siglufjordur

Day 7 SKAGAFORDUR - BORGARNES (B, D)

Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Unique Viking Horse Demonstration Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur's award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, 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 centre of this popular Salmon River. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area.

Day 8 BORGARFJORDUR - THINGVELLIR - 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 Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjordur 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: Deildartunguhver | Barnafoss | Hraunfossar | Thingvellir National Park | Reykjavik

Day 9 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included. 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.
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