Iceland Complete Summer – Classic Circle Tour

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BEST SELLER
From $2,755 USD
April 25 - September 20, 2019
9 Days / 8 Nights

Iceland Complete escorted tour discovers highlights along the Ring Road. Visit the famous Golden Circle area, Glacier Lagoon and Myvatn Nature Reserve.

Overview

A Bestseller, Iceland Complete, classic motor coach tour along the Ring Road. Discover Iceland's natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique Icelandic character. A classic circle tour, offering a 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 24 - September 18, 2019

Departure

April 24
May 15, 22
June 12, 26
July 3, 8, 15, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 28
September 4, 13, 18

Price

  • April
  • from $2,800 per person in double room
  • from $3,490 single room
  • May 
  • from $2,755 per person in double room
  • from $3,605 single room
  • June - August 
  • from $3,280 per person in double room
  • from $4,485 single room
  • September
  • from $3,085 per person in double room
  • from $4,165 single room

Included

  • 7-day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • Pick-up and drop-off at hotel in Reykjavik prior to and after tour
  • 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 three-course dinners in the countryside
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum, including refreshments (day 6)
  • Herring Museum Entrance (day 7)
  • Horse show in Skagafjördur (day 7)

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik
  • Dinners in Reykjavik (day 1 and 5) and Hofn (day 3)
  • 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
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Please note

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum number of passengers: 36
  • Excellent locally-based guides who know and are passionate about Iceland
  • Stay in the best available hotels in each area (four-star or quality three-star)
  • 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 excursions - Book in advance; price is based on availability at booking time
  • Day 3: Boat tour on the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon | 45 mins
  • 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 (dep. on season) Akureyri | 3 - 3.5 hrs
  • Day 8: Non guided tour to the Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure

Day 1 ARRIVAL IN ICELAND

Important: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard "Iceland Complete" itinerary.

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.

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 or Departure via Blue Lagoon | Private Airport Transfer via the Blue Lagoon

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura**** or similar

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

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

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your journey by heading through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Drive 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. Approximate distance: 330km / 205miles

*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

Icelandair Hotel Vik**** or similar

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

Lava Fields - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey along the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest single lava flow recorded on the planet. 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. It’s a treat for photographers. Continue eastward, enjoying magnificent views of mighty Vatnajöokull, Europe's largest glacier. Your destination is Höfn, a seacoast village located near the glacier.

Overnight stay in the Höfn area. Dinner is on your own. Höfn has several very good restaurants and is known for its langoustine seafood. Approximate distance: 280km / 174miles

Highlights: Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Skaftafell National Park | Vatnajökull

Hotel Hofn**** or similar

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

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline 

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 charming coastal fjord villages on your way to Egilsstadir town.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area. Approximate distance: 260km / 162miles

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

Icelandair Hotel Herad**** or similar

Day 5 LAKE MYVATN AREA (B, D)

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

Breakfast at your hotel. Feel the empty vastness of the surreal Modrudalsoraefi highland desert 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. 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.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area. Approximate distance: 225km / 139miles

Highlights: Dettifoss | Myvatn | Krafla

Sel Hotel Myvatn**** or similar

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 Laufas turf farm museum. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colourful northern "capital" of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a 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. Siglufjördur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an after-dinner evening stroll.

Dinner and overnight in Siglufjördur. Approximate distance: 215km / 134miles

Hotel Siglo***** or similar

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

Hotel Kea Akureyri**** or similar

Day 7 SKAGAFJÖRDUR - BORGARNES (B, D)

Fertile Farmlands – Scenic Views- Icelandic History– 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 to the historical town of Hofsos with its beautiful views over the ocean. After some time here, head onto Skagafjördur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for historical preservation and horse breeding. Stop at Holar, one of Iceland's most historical places. It was the cultural center of Iceland for over 700 years and has several fascinating ancient buildings on site. Today it is home to a world-famous agricultural university.

This afternoon you'll visit a local horse farm for an enjoyable 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 Blanda, a river formed from a wilderness glacier. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjördur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area. Approximate distance: 315km / 196miles

Highlights: Borgarnes | The Herring Era Museum | Skagafjördur Fjord

Icelandair Hotel Hamar**** or similar

Day 8 BORGARFJÖRDUR - 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 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.

The road takes you back to Reykjavik where you'll enjoy a short "farewell" city sightseeing tour before being dropped off at your hotel for the final night.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. Approximate distance: 280km / 174miles

Highlights: Hraunfossar | Barnafoss | Deildartunguhver | Thingvellir

Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura**** or similar

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 | Private airport transfer | Private Airport Transfer via the Blue Lagoon

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

Important: Little walking is required on this tour other than walking on mostly flat and paved or smooth paths. Day 5: Dettifoss- Good to know that the walking path between the parking lot and the waterfall is about 15- 20 minutes. It is an easy walk overall, heading downhill to the falls and uphill back to the parking lot.

Travel Tips:
We suggest bringing a mosquito/fly head net for use on Day 5, as there can be harmless midges around Lake Myvatn. It's not required, but some visitors have found it more comfortable.
Comfortable outdoor shoes are recommended, as there is some very easy level walking in the tour
Bring wind and waterproof outerwear
The weather in Iceland can change rapidly. We recommend dressing in layers so you can take on or off clothes as needed.

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