Iceland Country Life – Circle Tour of Iceland

Escorted Tour and Reindeer SafariIceland


From $4,095 USD
June 2 - September 22, 2018
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

June 2 - September 22, 2018

Departure

Saturday - Sunday departures 2018:
June 2 - June 10
June 16 -June 24
June 30 - July 8
July 14 - July 22
July 28 - August 5
August 11 - August 19
August 25 - September 2
September 8 - September 16
September 22 - September 30

Price

  • June - August 2018
  • from $4,095 per person in double room
  • from $5,525 single room
  • September 2018
  • from $3,895 per person in double room
  • from $5,275 single room
  • $405 per person VIP seating supplement

* Special sale of 10% discount on select summer departures:
August 11, 25 / September 8, 22
For new bookings only, must be booked by 31st May 2018

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
  • 8 x breakfast
  • 6x 3-course dinner
  • 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
  • Entrance fee to Skogar Folk Museum
  • Average of 1-2 hours easy walking per day

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Dinner in Reykjavik
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Group size maximum 20 passengers
  • 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
Saturday

Individual arrival in Iceland. The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavik International airport to Reykjavik where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. (50 km/31 mi)

Fosshotel Reykjavik ****

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

After a short Reykjavik city tour, we head north from Iceland's capital to West Iceland. The settlement center in Borgarnes introduces us to the Icelandic sagas where we learn about their impact on Iceland through the ages. The afternoon is filled with fascinating natural spots. A 40-minute round-trip hike takes us to the rim of Grabrok volcano crater, formed about 3400 years ago. For anyone interested in geology, this is a "must-see". The crater is in the middle of a vast lava field and from the top, you have superb views of the beautiful landscape.

Deildartunguhver is one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe. The water that flows here is boiling and sizzling. Soon after, we explore Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacial river. A 10-minute walk takes us to Barnafoss, "children's fall", with its strange rock formations carved by the river Hvita. Enjoy 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. We see Snorri's pool, one of Iceland's most important cultural and archeological sites. Overnight is in West Iceland. (190 km/118 mi)

Fosshotel Reykolt ****

Day 3 FROM WEST TO NORTH (B, D)
Monday

A long drive takes us over mountain passes, through lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscapes to North Iceland. We pass Skagafjördur, known as the "valley of horses". After a lunch break, we go whale watching and sea angling for 2-3 hours at Eyjafjördur, Iceland's longest fjord, right below the Arctic Circle. The most common species are humpback and minke whales, harbor porpoises and dolphins. The success rate to spot whales is about 98 %. The tour also includes about 30 minutes of sea angling. Expect to catch cod, haddock, pollock, catfish and if you are lucky, even a giant halibut! Next stop is Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city before we reach the picturesque town of Husavik in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights. (460 km/286 mi)

Fosshotel Husavik ****+

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

The day begins with a 3-hour whale watching cruise from Husavik (weather permitting). We tour the Lake Myvatn area, considered as one of the most fertile areas in the world so close to the Arctic Circle. The lake's unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, pseudo craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds. We stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir and soak at the Myvatn Nature Baths. (170 km/106 mi)

Fosshotel Husavik ****+

Day 5 FROM NORTH TO EAST (B, D)
Wednesday

We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Namaskard with hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools. At Kraftla we see the impacts of volcanic activity and you can smell the sulfur. Viti is a circular explosion crater filled with blue water which has boiled for 100 years until the early 19th century and is surrounded by volcanic landscape and colorful mountains. The name Viti signifies "Hell", and the area is quite surreal. The water, colorful mountains, and the steam hissing out of vents create an eerie atmosphere.

We continue our journey to the 44-meter high Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park. The round-trip walk takes about 40-60 minutes. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. Along the way, we stop at Modrudalur, the all-year residence at the highest altitude in Iceland, 469m above sea level. In the summertime, they run a service center there which is a perfect place to enjoy the view of Herddubreid, the queen of the Icelandic mountains. We visit the church at the farm, built by hand in 1949 by the former farmer in the memory of his late wife.

We continue through a fascinating barren landscape and through a long valley called Jokuldalur. In the evening we reach the fertile region of Fljotsdalsherad with its narrow glacial lake, Logurinn. Keep your eyes open for the giant "Lake-Worm"! Overnight in East Iceland. (330 km/205 mi)

Hotel Hallormsstadur ****+

Day 6 FJORDS - GLACIER - ICE (B, D)
Thursday

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 VATNAJOKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (B, D)
Friday

We explore Vatnajökull National Park which covers about 14 % of Iceland, making it Europe's second-largest national park in terms of area after Yugyd Va in Russia. The park offers amazing contrasts in landscape with glaciers, moors, mountains, birch forests, glacial rivers, brooks and sandy outwash plains. We explore the region of Skaftafell that is nestled below Iceland's highest peak and the second-biggest strato volcano in Europe, the 2,110-meter high Hvannadalshnjukur. Walk close to one of the many glacial tongues in the area – a Kodak moment. Cross a sandy desert and drive along the south coast, always between the sea, rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls.

We see Eldhraun, "fire lava", an enormous and incredibly beautiful lava field which was created by the year-long Laki eruption in 1783. This eruption was devastating for Iceland. The years that followed are referred to the "misty times", due to the volcanic ash lingering for a long time in the air. The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik, is widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beach in Iceland and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. The area has an abundant bird life, including puffins, fulmars, and guillemots. Iceland's past comes alive at the Skogar Folk Museum with its turf houses.

Next stop is the 62-meter high Skogafoss waterfall, often harboring a rainbow. We travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and visit the narrow and 65-meter high Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a trail that leads behind the fall. You must be prepared to get wet! We continue our journey through the biggest agricultural area of Iceland to our overnight location in South Iceland. (340 km/211 mi)

Hotel Ork ****

Day 8 RING THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TO REYKJAVIK (B)
Saturday

We see classics today. Start with a horse show that introduces the unique qualities of Iceland's special breed. Golden Circle sights follow: Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls"; the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur "the churn" spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Thingvellir National Park tops it off before returning to Reykjavik. (210 km/130 mi)

Fosshotel Reykjavik ****

Day 9 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)
Sunday

The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you 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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