Iceland Country Life – Circle Tour of Iceland

Escorted Tour and Reindeer SafariIceland


From $3,710 USD
May 30 - September 19, 2020
9 Days / 8 Nights

Country Life, Iceland circle tour, winds through the Icelandic countryside. Visit three National Parks, volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs and waterfalls.

Overview

Small Group & Bestseller: Escorted full Iceland circle with visits to historical places, natural geological wonders, and soft activities such as whale watching, bathing in a mineral spa, amphibian boat tour on Jökulsarlon, and an Icelandic horse show. This round-the-island tour introduces you to the life in the countryside of Iceland. You learn about the local culture, history, and nature of this amazing country, while staying in 3 and 4-star hotels.

Operation

May 30 - September 19, 2020

Departure

May 30
June 13, 27
July 11, 25
August 8, 22
September 5, 19

Price

  • from $3,710 per person in double room
  • from $,4875 single room
  • $385 per person VIP seating supplement

Included

  • Arrival & departure Airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)
  • 8 nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities
  • 7 - day escorted tour with an English speaking guide /driver-guide
  • 8 x breakfast
  • 6 x 3-course dinner
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus
  • Visit to two National Parks
  • Whale watching & sea angling tour (weather permitting)
  • Boat trip on Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
  • Icelandic horse show
  • Entrance fee & towel to Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Admission to Icelandic settlement center on Viking Age Iceland
  • Entrance fee to Skogar Folk Museum

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Lunch
  • Dinners in Reykjavik
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Alcoholic beverages

Please note

  • Group size maximum 20 passengers
  • Start of Tour: 09:00 on day 2 from Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik (subject to change)
  • An average of 1-2 hours walking each day, an easy tour in which everyone can participate.
  • There are few proper hiking paths, you will be walking over moraine lava and snow. Good walking shoes and waterproof clothing are required.
  • Accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels, rooms with private facilities.
  • Lunch stops will be made at restaurants or cafe-shops en route.
  • *VIP seating: Supplement for guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and next seat remaining empty (passenger gets actually two seats) as well as a pillow and blanket for upgraded comfort. Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, first comes, first get.

Tour Options

  • Blue Lagoon with transfer to Keflavik Airport
  • VIP seating: Supplement for guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and next seat remaining empty (passenger gets actually two seats) as well as a pillow and blanket for upgraded comfort. Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, first comes, first get.
  • Greenland Excursion 1-3 days

Day 1 WELCOME TO ICELAND

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. (50 km/31 mi)

Fosshotel Reykjavik ****

Day 2 LAND OF SAGAS - VOLCANO CLIMB (B, D)

Start your trip with a short Reykjavik city tour before heading north-west. Visit the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes and learn about the Viking Age and the Icelandic Sagas.

In the afternoon, join a short hike up the Grabrok volcano crater from where you will have a perfect view over the region and its vast lava fields. Stop at the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver where you will learn about geothermal energy. Continue to Hraunfossar, a unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacier river. Nearby is Barnafoss waterfall.

Later this day enjoy Medieval Icelandic history at the cultural site in Reykholt, which was the home of the 13th-century writer, scholar and chieftain Snorri Sturluson, who wrote many sagas. Visit Snorri’s pool, one of Iceland’s most important cultural and archaeological sites. (190 km/118 mi)

Fosshotel Reykolt ****

Day 3 FROM WEST TO NORTH (B, D)

Drive over mountain passes, lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscape to North Iceland. Early afternoon go whale watching and sea angling for 2-3 hours in Eyjafjördur – Iceland’s longest fjord right below the Arctic Circle. You will see humpback and minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins – The success rate to spot whales is 99%! Finish the afternoon at Akureyri – Iceland's second-largest city – before reaching the picturesque village of Husavik. (460 km/286 mi)

Fosshotel Husavik ****+

Day 4 GEOLOGICAL WONDERS - NATURE BATHS (B, D)

Start the day with a stop at Godafoss, a beautiful waterfall but also a prominent spot in Iceland's history. Tour the Lake Myvatn area with its abundant birdlife and amazing volcanic landscapes. The lake's unique features are shaped by nature – strange lava formations, any kind of volcanic craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds and ducks. Stroll through the mysterious lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir, look at pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and see the tephra cone of Hverfjall. Our last stop is the geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths, which contains a lot of minerals, is alkaline and well-suited for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath. (170 km/106 mi)

Fosshotel Husavik ****+

Day 5 FROM NORTH TO EAST (B, D)

In the morning, explore more volcanic and geothermal landscapes. Visit the hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools of Namaskard. At Krafla, see the impacts of volcanic activity and smell the sulfur. Viti is a circular explosion crater filled with blue water, surrounded by colourful mountains and hissing steam vents.

Continue the journey to the 44-meter high Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. Stop at Möðrudalur to visit the church on the farm. Enjoy the view of the mountain Herdubreid. In the afternoon arrive in the fertile region of Fljotsdalsherad in East Iceland. (330 km/205 mi)

Hotel Hallormsstadur ****+

Day 6 FJORDS - GLACIER - GLACIER LAGOON (B, D)

The Icelandic ring road takes us toward the southeast. It's a day to admire green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. We stop at the charming village of Djupivogur. Soon we see Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop for a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon, considered one of the highlights on tour around Iceland. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lake and out to sea. Many of you might recognize the glacier and ice lagoon from films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park. (390 km/242 mi)

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon ****+

DAY 7 VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (B, D)


In the morning continue exploring Vatnajökull National Park. See the stratovolcano and highest peak in Iceland: Hvannadalshnjukur. Walk close to a glacial tongue, cross a sandy desert and embrace the beautiful lava field of Eldhraun covered with blue-green moss. Stop at the black lava beach of Reynisfjara.

In the little village of Skogar learn about Iceland’s early Modern history at the Skogar Folk museum with its turf houses. Admire the waterfall Skogafoss. Travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. (340 km/211 mi)

Hotel Ork ****

Day 8 THE GOLDEN CIRCLE RING TO REYKJAVIK (B)

Start the day by visiting the farm of Fridheimar where you will learn about Icelandic horses and greenhouse agriculture. Spend the rest of the day travelling along the Golden Circle: the waterfall of Gullfoss, the active geothermal area of Geysir and the National Park of Thingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the first Parliament and now a UNESCO world heritage site. (210 km/130 mi)

Fosshotel Reykjavik ****

Day 9 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport. (50 km/31 mi)

Please note: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 2.090 km (1.298 mi), which is an average of 299 km (186 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.
This tour has an average of 1-2 hours light walking each day, mostly short walks of 5-20 minutes, to explore and reach many of the natural treasures and historical sites around Iceland. It is an easy tour for nearly everyone to participate. Iceland Country Life is NOT a hiking/walking tour, but most trails in Iceland are nature trails which include uneven terrain, gravels, stairs and unpaved trails.

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