Guided Iceland Circle

Escorted Tour and Northern LightsIceland

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From $2,135 USD
September 4, 2018 - April 30, 2019
8 Days / 7 Nights

Escorted summer coach tour around Iceland's ring road. Visit two National Parks, volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls.

Overview

Iceland Circle Tour with Whale Watching, an escorted coach tour with focus on nature, culture and history. Explore the Icelandic countryside: mountains and valleys, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, hot springs and waterfalls. Visit two of Iceland's three national parks and enjoy the opportunities to walk in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodations are in simple and clean country hotels, and all rooms are with private facilities.

Operation

May 8, 2018 - April 30, 2019

Departures

Friday to Friday or Tuesday to Tuesday, all year

English Departures 2018:
May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 22, 25, 29
June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
August 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
October 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
November 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
December 4, 7, 11, 14
English Departures 2019:
January 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
February 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26
March 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
April 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30

Price

  • May & October 2018
  • from $2,325 per person in double room
  • from $3,150 single room
  • June - September 2018*
  • from $2,925 per person in double room
  • from $4,155 single room
  • November 2018 - April, 2019*
  • from $2,135 per person in double room
  • from $2,765 single room

* Special sale of 10% discount on select summer departures:
August 2018 - April 2019
For new bookings only, subject to availability

Included

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 6-day coach tour 
  • English speaking guide or driver-guide
  • 2 nights hotel accommodations with private facilities in Reykjavik
  • 5 nights in countryside hotels with private facilities
  • Breakfast buffet daily
  • Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi
  • Visit to Vidimyri turf church
  • Entrance with towel at Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Admission to Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
  • Multimedia presentation at Lava Center in Hvolsvöllur
  • 2x guided Northern Lights searches on the grounds of the countryside hotels (subject to weather conditions)
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a flashlight for winter departures

Not Included

  • International airfare / airport taxes
  • Meals other than those listed in itinerary
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee
  • Please inquire about our favorable fares on Icelandair

Please note

  • Group size maximum 30 persons
  • Guaranteed departures
  • Departures: Every Tuesday & Friday all year-round
  • Tourist-class accommodation, rooms with private facilities
  • Average of 1-2 hours walking per day
  • Tourist-class accommodation, in rooms with private facilities
  • Please inquire about our favorable fares on Icelandair

Tour start: Arrival in Iceland is on Tuesdays or Fridays. Guided bus tour starts on Wednesdays or Saturdays at 09:00.
End of tour: The guided tour ends on Mondays or Thursdays between 16:00-18:00 for the last overnight in Reykjavik.
Departure from Iceland is on Tuesdays or Fridays.
If you like to have more time to explore Reykjavik, then we suggest adding a pre- or post-night in Iceland's capital.
Note that hotel list is subject to change.

Tour Options

  • Pre- or post-nights in Reykjavik

Day 1 WELCOME TO ICELAND
Tuesday or Friday

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavik where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well! (50 km/31 mi)

Northern Lights: From September to mid-April optional Northern Lights evening tours can be booked at the lobby of your hotel, should weather conditions be favorable.

Icelandair Hotel Natura ****

Day 2 VOLCANO CRATER - FJORDS - MOUNTAINS (B)
Wednesday or Saturday

At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grabrok volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbor. Further north we stop at the turf church of Vidimyri which has been extensively restored to its original form. It is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture.

We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. The overnight location is Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar. (425 km/264 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri ****+ or similar

Day 3 CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND - LAKE MYVATN - GEOTHERMAL BATHS (B)
Thursday or Sunday

In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjordur fjord. In the afternoon we travel to a prominent spot in Iceland's history, Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Myvatn which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. We stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kalfastrond followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Myvatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates, and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm, soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. The overnight location is either at Sel-Hotel Myvatn or a hotel in the Husavik area. (120 km/75 mi)

Hotel Sel-Myvatn ****+ or similar

Day 4 LAVA LABYRINTH - HOT SPRINGS - TRAVEL EAST (B)
Friday or Monday

In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch we visit the hot spring area of Namaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras.

We head through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Herad or Alfheimar Guesthouse in Borgarfjördur-Eystri. (250 km/155 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Herad **** or similar

Day 5 FJORDS - GLACIER - ICE (B)
Saturday or Tuesday

It's a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsarlon, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available.

We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe's largest National Park with Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubaejarklaustur or Hotel Hofn. (470 km/292 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubaejarklaustur ****+

Day 6 SOUTH COAST (B)
Sunday or Wednesday

A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by rugged cliffs, glaciers, and waterfalls. 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. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar.

In the small village of Skogar, there is Skogafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the 65-meter high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! The overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Fludir or Hotel Eyjafjallajökull.

Northern Lights: The grounds of the hotel are extensive and dark, offering you an excellent location for Northern Lights search from October to mid-April, if the weather conditions are right. It requires patience, warm clothing and the excitement of "maybe there could be Northern Lights". (240 km/149 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Fludir ****

Day 7 ICELANDIC HORSES - GOLDEN CIRCLE (B)
Monday or Thursday

We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. Start the day at Fridheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse.

Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We continue to Gullfoss, "the Golden Falls", which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita river and attracts travelers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavik, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world's northern-most capital. Overnight is at Icelandair Hotel Natura. (160 km/99 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Natura ****

Day 8 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)
Tuesday or Friday

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavik Airport. (50 km/31 mi)

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.665 km (1.032 miles) which is an average of 278 km (172 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.

During the off-season, from September to May, in rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary especially for winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities/day trips might be canceled. In this case, no refund will be given, but the local tour operator will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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