Volcanoes & Glaciers of Iceland

Escorted TourIceland


From $1,495 USD
May 21 - September 17, 2020
6 Days / 5 Nights

Volcanoes and Glaciers, escorted tour exploring wonders of South Iceland. See Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Glacier Lagoon, Golden Circle and Westman Islands.

Overview

Volcanoes and Glaciers, an escorted fire and ice adventure, exploring South Iceland’s famous wonders. View the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, the Glacier Lagoon and the Golden Circle with the Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs. Visit the beautiful and volcanic Westman Islands and see first-hand the power and fury of volcanoes! Choose departures of a Classical Motor coach with maximum 36 people, or Small Group tour with maximum 16 people.

Operation

May 21 - September 17, 2020

Departure

Departures 2020:
Small group max. 16 persons:
May 21
June 18*
July 23
September 3

Group max 36 persons:
May 28
June 4
July 2*, 16
August 13*, 20
September 10, 17

* Solo travel option on these dates, 15 % discount on single room price!

Price

  • May 28 - Group of 36 persons
  • from $1,495 per person in double room
  • from $1,955 single room
  • from $1,505 triple room
  • June - September
  • from $1,635 per person in double room
  • from $2,105 single room
  • from $1,650 triple room
  • May 21 - Small group of 16 persons
  • from $1,775 per person in double room
  • from $2,215 single room
  • from $1,775 triple room
  • June - September
  • from $1,899 per person in double room
  • from $2,415 single room
  • from $1,925 triple room

Included

  • Guided Coach or small bus tour from Reykjavik from day 1 to day 4
  • Return transfers from pre-arranged bus stops in Reykjavik
    to meeting point prior to and after tour
  • Expert local English-speaking guide from day 1 to day 4
  • Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
  • 2 nights accommodation w/facilities in Reykjavik
  • 3 nights accommodation w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
  • 1 Three-course local-cuisine dinner in the countryside with coffee/tea (day 2)
  • Guide service during dinner
  • Exhibition and cinema at Lava Centre (day 1)
  • Round-trip ferry fare to Westman Islands (day 2)
  • Entrance to Eldheimar Museum (day 2)
  • Glacier Walk or Kayak tour at Solheimajökull Glacier (day 3)
  • Iceberg Lagoon Zodiac Tour (day 4)
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while in Iceland

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Dinners in Reykjavik (day 1 and 5)
  • Dinners in the Westman Islands (Day 2) and Vik (day 4)
  • Lunches, beverages, snacks unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in
    (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically mentioned under "included"

Please note

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum group size: 36 people | Small Group size: 16 persons
  • Minimum age: 8 years
  • 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

  • Extension Day 6: Snaefellsnes
  • Day 7: Private Airport transfer

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.

Arrival in Iceland. On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. We recommend the easy and convenient Airport Direct 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.

A great way to get to know Icelandic culture is a visit to a neighborhood swimming pool. This is not only a refreshing way to shake off jetlag, it's also the typical way Icelanders meet friends and neighbors and chat about the goings on.

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. Distance: approx. 100km / 62mi

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

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****+

Day 2 WESTMANN ISLANDS (B)

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

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the south shore, one of Icelands most volcanic regions. Pass alongside farmlands built in the shadow of towering volcanic mountains. You’ll see many signs of how the volcanoes of the area have powerfully altered the landscape. If the skies are clear, you may even catch views of two of Iceland’s most famous volcanoes: Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajökull (last eruption 2010).

In Hvollsvollur town, visit the LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech exhibition about volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. It’s a perfect introduction to how natural volcanic and earthquake forces created Iceland – and continue to shape the island.

Next visit the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where the intrepid adventurer can take the trail that leads behind the waterfall.

Travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbor. Take a 30-minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands, enjoying the view of volcanic islands and seabirds. Your destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westman Island archipelago. It is the only inhabited island. Life here is quite a bit different from the “mainland” Iceland, and you’ll discover some of the unique culture and history on a drive around the area.

Visit windy Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area.(During mid-May through the beginning of August you might also see puffins here.) Take a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago.You can still see the steam rising from the ground and the brilliantly red and black lava deposits that form bizarre shapes. The view from up here and over the sea and islands is simply stunning!

Next, take a trip back in time and visit Eldheimar Museum. You’ll learn about the catastrophic 1973 eruption that covered many homes on Heimaey in lava and changed the residents’ lives forever. You’ll see where lava flowed over houses and where grass and moss now grown in among the lava. The volcanic flows also created an amazing time capsule; wandering through Eldheimar gives you a peek into Icelandic daily life in the early 1970s.

The rest of the afternoon is open for you to explore the island on your own. Walk along the harbor and check out the 17th-century earth fort built to protect the islands from pirate raids. Catch some interesting and timeless photos of the replica of a Viking age stave church built in the year 2000. Take a swim in the public swimming pool, which uses geothermally warmed sea water. Soak in the vibes of the charming and lively fishing town, home to the family-owned Brothers micro-brewery and several restaurants known for great seafood and a charming local feeling. Or simply sit by the sea and enjoy the sounds of the waves and the calls of the sea birds and the peaceful atmosphere of the islands.

Overnight in the Westman Islands. Dinner on your own.

Approximate distance: 170km / 106mi

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****+

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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