Volcanoes & Glaciers of Iceland

Escorted TourIceland


From $1,585 USD
May 12 - September 30, 2019
6 Days / 5 Nights

Volcanoes and Glaciers guided Iceland tour offers Icebergs, glaciers, geysers and volcanoes. Explore the South Iceland and the beauty of Westman Islands.

Overview

Volcanoes and Glaciers, an escorted tour exploring the pure natural wonders of Iceland, geologically one of the world's youngest–and most volcanic—islands. Discover major attractions of Iceland's South and the volcanic Westman Islands. Icebergs, glaciers, hot springs, lava fields and volcanoes are plentiful in Iceland, including the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. A highlight of the tour is a visit to the beautiful and volcanic Westman Islands.

Operation

May 12 - September 30, 2019

Departure

Departures 2019:
May 12, 26
June 9, 25, 30
July 9, 14, 21, 28
August 11, 18, 25
September 1, 8, 13, 15

Price

  • May
  • from $1,585 per person in double room
  • from $2,025 single room
  • from $1,595 triple room
  • June - August
  • from $1,775 per person in double room
  • from $2,435 single room
  • from $1,765 triple room
  • September
  • from $1,745 per person in double room
  • from $2,350 single room
  • from $1,735 triple room

Included

  • 4 days guided tour from/to Reykjavik, as per itinerary
  • Pick-up and drop off at hotel in Reykjavik prior to and after tour
  • 2 nights accommodation w/facilities in Reykjavik
  • 3 nights accommodation w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
  • 2 two-course dinners in the countryside (day 3 and 4)
  • Entrance to Eldheimar Museum (day 2)
  • Roundtrip ferry fare to Westman Islands (day 2)
  • Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon Boat Tour (day 4)
  • Exhibition and cinema at Lava Centre (day 5)

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik
  • Dinners in Reykjavik (day 1 and 5) and Westman Islands (day 2)
  • 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
  • Any service not specifically mentioned under "included"

Please note

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum group size: 36 people
  • 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, valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults
  • It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours
  • Prices may change without prior notice

Tour Options

  • Pre- and Post tour nights in Reykjavik

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 "Volcanoes and Glaciers" itinerary.

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.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included). Dinner is on own. Distance: approx. 100km / 62miles

Please note: guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).

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

Hotel Storm | Reykjavik Lights | Hotel Skuggi

Day 2 WESTMANN ISLANDS (B)

Amazing Waterfall - Lava Fields – Volcanic Aftermath – Magnificent lava fields

Breakfast at your hotel. Start with a visit to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall. Travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbour. Take a 30-minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands, enjoying the view of islands and seabirds. The destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westmans and the only inhabited one. Visit windy 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, where learn about the famous 1973 eruption that covered many homes on Heimaey in lava. You'll also see where vegetation has grown in among the old lava flows. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore the island on your own.

Overnight in the Westman Islands. Dinner on own. Approximate distance: 180km / 112miles

Hotel Vestmannaeyjar****+

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 continue your exploration of the south coast. Pass numerous glacial rivers en route to Skogafoss waterfall. Continue onto the black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Here you can witness powerful waves and amazing basalt column features carved by the power of the sea.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area for the next 2 nights. Approximate distance: 119km / 74miles

Icelandair Hotel Vik****

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. Enjoy the beauty of ice and water even more with a boat trip on the Iceberg Lagoon. Return to Vik for your overnight.

Dinner and overnight in Vik area. Approximate distance: 390km / 242miles

Icelandair Hotel Vik****

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

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

Lava Centre- Lively Geysers and Golden Falls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Breakfast at your hotel. Start with a visit to the Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech exhibition about volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Afterwards, head for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous 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 for the European and North American tectonic plates. After some time to explore Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. Approximate distance: 331km / 206miles

Highlights: Gullfoss | Geysir | Thingvellir

Hotel Storm | Reykjavik Lights | Hotel Skuggi

Day 6 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to book it for you. We recommend departing your hotel no later than 3 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 | Reykjavik City Museum | Kjarvalsstadir | National Museum

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

Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

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