Volcanoes and Glaciers – Mountains and Fjords Combo

Escorted TourIceland


From $5,525 USD
June 10 - July 29, 2018
12 Days / 11 Nights

Combine the Volcanoes and Glaciers with Mountains and Fjords, a guided 12-day tour with major attractions in South Iceland, Westfjords and Westman Islands.

Overview

Combine two most popular escorted tours to a 12-day journey through Iceland's most spectacular scenery. Discover the magic of volcanoes and glaciers, major attractions of South Iceland, with the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, glaciers, geysers and waterfalls, as well as the scenic Westman Islands. Be captivated by the remote Westfjords, hike along red sands, sail the fjords, see puffins on Latrabjarg cliffs, and enjoy hot springs and Midnight Sun.

Operation

June 10 - July 29, 2018

Departure

Departures 2018:
June 10
July 1, 15, 29

Price

  • from $5,525 per person in double room
  • from $6,875 single room

Included

  • 10 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • 3 nights accommodation w/facilities in Reykjavik
  • 8 nights accommodation w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily, except arrival day
  • 6 dinners in the countryside*
  • Packed lunchbox on day 9
  • Roundtrip ferry fare to Westman Islands (day 2)
  • Entrance to Eldheimar Museum (day 2)
  • Entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (day 3)
  • Entrance to Lava Center (day 3)
  • Ferry from Stykkisholmur to Brjanslaekur (day 6)
  • Entrance to Hnjotur museum (day 7)
  • Boat tour to Hesteyri (day 9)
  • Entrance to the Arctic Fox Center (day 10)
  • Entrance to Eirikisstadir Museum (day 11)
  • Tasting of Icelandic specialties (day 8, 10, 11)

Not Included

  • International airfare / airport taxes
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure days
  • Dinners in Reykjavik
  • Dinner in Westman Islands on day 2
  • Dinner in Isafjordur on day 10
  • Lunches (except packed lunches on day 9)
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Volcanoes & Glaciers - Maximum group size: 36 people
  • Mountains & Fjords - Maximum group size: 17 people
  • The tour operator reserves the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Day 2 - Rib Safari boat tour - Small Islands trip, 1 hr
  • Day 2 - Viking tours boat tour - Circle boat tour, 1.5 hrs

Day 1 ARRIVAL 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 Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name “Smokey 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 is on own. Distance: approx. 100km / 62miles

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

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

Natura Hotel Reykjavik ****

Day 2 WESTMAN ISLANDS (B)

Waterfall - Lava Fields - Puffin Island - Magnificent lava fields

Breakfast at your hotel. The first stop today will be made at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall.

Travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahöfn harbor. After arriving at the Bakkafjara pier, take a 30 minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands. The destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westmans and the only inhabited one. Visit the island´s Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area. During mid-May through the beginning of August it is also possible to see puffins here. Take a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago. Visit Eldheimar Museum and explore the flora growing in the new lava field. Afternoon at leisure to explore the island on your own. Overnight in the Westman Islands. Dinner on own.

Highlights: Seljalandsfoss | Vestmannaeyjar | Eldheimar Exhibition

Day 3 SOUTH SHORE - SKOGAR - VIK (B, D)

Powerful Volcanoes - Folk Museum - Black sand beaches

Breakfast at your hotel. Take the ferry back from the Westman Islands and travel further on along the south shore. Pass numerous glacial rivers en route to Skogafoss waterfall. A famous folk museum is nearby, showcasing the buildings and daily life of Icelanders in the past centuries.

Next travel to Thorvaldseyri Farm located at the foot of the world famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that last erupted in the spring of 2010. A visitor's center/family-run exhibit tells the story of the eruption with a 20 minute film and displays about the spectacular natural disaster Continue on to the black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Here you can witness the powerful waves and amazing basalt column features carved by the power of the sea. Dinner and overnight stay in Vik area for the next 2 nights.

Highlights: Eyjafjallajökull | Skogafoss | Skogar Museum | Reynisdrangar Cliffs | Vik

Day 4 VIK - SKAFTAFELL - JÖKULSARLON (B, D)

Skaftafell and Glacial beauty - Europe's largest Glacier - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll be in the area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth before reaching the small town Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.

Head onwards to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacier-ringed valley in Vatnajökull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. An optional boat trip (extra charge) takes you on a sail between the icebergs. Return to Vik for your overnight. Dinner and overnight in Vik area.

Highlights: Eldhraun lava field | Skaftafell National Park | Svartifoss Waterfall | Vatnajökull National Park | Jökulsarlon

Optional: Boat trip between the icebergs

Day 5 GULLFOSS - GEYSIR - THINGVELLIR - REYKJAVIK (B)

Exploding Geysers - The beautiful Golden Falls - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Breakfast at your hotel. Today head for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous great Geysir as well as Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes. Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls.

The next stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. This is also where you can see the meeting point where the European and North American tectonic plates meet. After some time to explore Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

Highlights: Gullfoss | Geysir | Thingvellir

Day 6 BORGARFJÖRDUR - STYKKISHOLMUR - FLOKALUNDUR (B, D)

Unique Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Ferry Ride among 3,000 Islands

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the Mountains and Fjords part of your adventure with a drive along the scenic coastline of Hvalfjördur Fjord (Whale Fjord), one of the longest and deepest fjords in Iceland. In West Iceland, explore Hraunfoss (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children's Falls), known for their exceptional and intriguing beauty. Afterwards, stop at Deildartunguhver hot springs, which rushes out of algae-covered boulders at a steamy 97°C (200°F).

In the afternoon, your group arrives in Stykkisholmur village for a lovely ferry ride across the spectacular Breidafjördur Bay dotted with 3,000 tiny islands. Encircled by mountains and the Snæfellsjökull volcano, the dramatic bay is home to 50 bird species, the rare white-tailed eagle, and grey seals who enjoy lounging about on the small islets. Dinner and overnight stay in the Flokalundur area.

Highlights: Stykkisholmur | Hraunfossar | Snæfellsjökull National Park | Deildartunguhver | Barnafoss

Day 7 RAUDISANDUR - BREIDAVIK/PATREKSFJORDUR (B, D)

Remote Westfjords - Stunning Bird Cliffs - Red Sand Beach - Quirky Folk Museum

Breakfast at your hotel. Today discover unique sights in one of the least visited places in Iceland, the Westfjords! Stroll along Raudisandur beach, which shifts in colour from golden to orange and red depending on the daylight. In a setting of black cliffs, Raudisandur shelters a large lagoon where curious seals and Arctic skuas are regular visitors. Afterwards, switch your focus from natural wonders to unusual local treasures at a quirky folk museum in Hnjotur.

Upon reaching Latrabjarg, Europe's largest bird cliff and westernmost point, your group will encounter an amazing wildlife spectacle, as the stunning cliffs host a mind-boggling number of sea birds. Protected from Arctic foxes, the birds are fearless, providing plenty of close-up photo opportunities. Keep an eye out for playful puffins. Dinner and overnight stay in Patreksfjordur area

Highlights: Raudisandur | Patreksfjördur

Day 8 BILDUDALUR - ISAFJÖRDUR (B, D)

Capital of the Westfjords - Thundering Waterfall - Outdoor Nature Spa

Breakfast at your hotel. Traveling along the winding coastline of magnificent fjords, you will reach the vibrant fishing village of Isafjördur, honorary capital of the Westfjords. Settled in the 1580s, Isafjördur boasts a charming old town centre with some of the finest and most beautifully restored timber buildings in the country. The lively harbor is the town´s bustling center of commerce and provides a glimpse into the daily rural life in this northerly capital.

En route to Isafjördur, enjoy a stop at the spectacular Dynjandi Waterfall, which is a collection of seven cascades resembling a tiered wedding cake. You will also have the opportunity to take a dip in an outdoor thermal hot spring with gorgeous vistas, along with a stop to enjoy some Icelandic specialties at the historical farm of Hrafnseyri. Dinner and overnight stay in Isafjördur.

Highlights: Isafjördur | Dynjandi

Day 9 ISAFJÖRDUR - HESTEYRI (B)

Fjord Sailing - Abandoned Settlement - Arctic Fox

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning travel to the fjord village of Bolungarvik where you will board a boat. Sail across Isafjardardjup, the largest fjord in the Westfjords, where steep mountains descend directly into the sea. Step ashore onto one of the most remote corners of Europe. Situated on a beautiful sandy beach, Hesteyri Island is an abandoned settlement where the elusive Arctic Fox roams among colorful wildflowers that grow knee-high. Spend a few hours here, enjoying the breathtakingly lush nature.

The afternoon sail back to Bolungarvik reveals panoramic views of Drangjökull glacier. Overnight in Isafjördur. Dinner is on your own. Isafjördur has several excellent restaurants focusing on the area's famous seafood.

Highlights: Isafjördur

Day 10 HOLMAVIK - LAUGAR - SAELINGSDAL (B, D)

Arctic Fox Centre - Saga Folklore - Thermal Bathing

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a visit to the Arctic Fox Centre in Sudavik. From Isafjördur town the route provides coastal views of the scenic fjords that were cut into the earth by glaciers during the last Ice Age. En route to Holmavik village, stop at a quaint cafe to enjoy a local favorite, freshly baked waffles.

The journey continues through green valleys to Laugar in Saelingsdalur Valley, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history. Here you have the opportunity to soak outside in one of the many thermal pools hidden in nature.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Saelingsdalur area.

Highlights: Holmavik

Day 11 BUDARDALUR - BORGARFJÖRDUR - REYKJAVIK (B)

Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson - Volcano Hike - Dairy Farm Delights

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along Iceland's West Coast to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir, the original homestead of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, who discovered North America. In a turf-covered longhouse replica, meet modern day Vikings who will demonstrate the lifestyle of 1,000 years ago.

Later, make a tasty stop at the local Erpsstadir dairy for an introduction to Icelandic farming life and to sample freshly made ice cream. In Borgarfjördur, hike along moss-covered lava to the 3,500 year-old Grabrok volcano cone. From here you will have incredible views of the Glanni waterfall, a suspected home to elves and trolls.

Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

Highlights: Borgarnes | West of Iceland

 

Day 12 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included. We would be happy to book a transfer for you. We recommend you depart 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 | Hofdi | Reykjavik City Museum | National Museum | Reykjavik Art Museum

Optional: Airport transfer with Flybus Plus |Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

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