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Iceland

Iceland Complete - Summer
Purpose: Ecology, Nature, Discover, Relaxation
No. of days: 9 days - 8 nights
First & Last Cities: Reykjavik
Other cities: Geysir, Gullfoss, Skogar, Dyrholaey, Vik, Skaftafell National Park, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Hofn, East Fjords, Egilsstadir, Lake Myvatn, Akureyri, Siglufjordur, Skagafjordur, Borgarnes, Borgarfjordur, Thingvellir
Starting cost: $2,555

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Visit all Iceland's main attractions along the Ring Road escorted by a professional local guide.

With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this classic, best-selling tour highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. Features of this popular tour include stops at the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn and all the famous sights of the Golden Circle such as Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.

This is a classic circle tour that provides the perfect mix of culture and nature. Get the most out of your holiday in Iceland!!


Day 1: Reykjavik

Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice!  Gen on board your shared transfer to Reykjavik. If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavík, the largest municipality in Iceland. Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavík stands today. The town got its name “Smoky 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 Reykjavík (airport transfer not included).  Dinner on own.

 

Day highlights: Reykjavik  |Hallgrimskirkja  |Tjornin  |The Sun Voyager  |Perlan  |The Blue Lagoon

 

Signature option: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras  |Airport transfer: Arrival via Blue Lagoon

 

Day 2: Geysir, Gullfoss, Skogar, Dyrholaey, Vik

Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls – Seabird Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a short city sightseeing of Reykjavik. From Reykjavik head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Head on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall", and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey* nature reserve. Continue to the village of Vik. Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area. [B/D]

 

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in the spring, approximately mid-May until June 25th.

 

Day highlights: Hveragerdi  |Geysir   |Gullfoss  |Seljalandsfoss  |Skogafoss  |Vík  |Dyrhólaey

 

Day 3: Vik, Skaftafell National Park, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Hofn (Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe's Largest Glacier)

Breakfast at your hotel.  Continue your journey along the Ring Road.  Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. As you head east, you will continue to enjoy magnificent views of mighty Vatnajokull, Europe‘s largest glacier.  Your destination is Hofn, a seacoast village located near the glacier. Dinner and overnight stay in the Hofn area. [B/D]

 

Day highlights: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon  |Skaftafell National Park  |Vatnajokull

 

Day 4: Hofn, East Fjords, Egilsstadir (Narrow Fjords, Steep Mountains, Picturesque Coastline)

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you‘ll enjoy amazing scenery as you head from glacial landscapes to fjord views. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Head into the magnificent East Fjords with its views of towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea. Pass through coastal fjord villages on your way to Egilsstadir.  Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area. [B/D]

 

Day highlights: Hofn   |Petra´s Minerals  |Djúpivogur  |Reydarfjordur  |Faskrudsfjordur

 

Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area (Highland Desert, Bizarre Lava Formations, Geothermal & Volcanic Activity, Rich Birdlife, Protected Salmon River)

Breakfast at your hotel.  Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. One of the Myvatn area's claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth, with very diverse birdlife in general. Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area. [B/D]

 

Day highlights: Dettifoss  |Myvatn  |Krafla

 

Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area, Akureyri ,Siglufjordur ("Waterfall of the Gods", Folk Museum, The beautiful Troll Peninsula)

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the old turf farm Laufas. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colourful northern “capital“ of Iceland.  The town has charming buildings and beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord.  After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula.  This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline.  The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name.  This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory.   The evening and dinner is on your own at one of the town´s restaurants.  Siglufjordur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an evening stroll. Overnight in Siglufjörður.  Dinner is on own. [B]

 

Day highlights: Dimmuborgir  |Godafoss  |Akureyri  |Trollaskagi - Troll Peninsula  |Siglufjordur

 

Day 7: Skagafjordur, Borgarnes (Fertile Farmlands, Glacial Rivers, Unique Viking Horse Demonstration)

Breakfast at your hotel.  This morning visit Siglufjordur‘s award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring.  Afterwards, head along   majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding.   Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait - the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos built on both sides of the river Blanda.  Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, sits within the centre of this popular Salmon River. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area. [B/D]

 

Day highlights: Borgarnes  |The Herring Era Museum  |Skagafjordur Fjord

 

Day 8: Borgarfjordur, Thingvellir, Reykjavik (Europe's Largest Hot Spring, Picturesque Waterfalls, National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO))

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park.  This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century.  It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. Overnight stay in Reykjavík.  Dinner is on your own. [B]

 

Day highlights: Hraunfossar  |Barnafoss  |Deildartunguhver

Day 9: Reykjavik, USA

Breakfast at your hotel.  Transfer to the airport. We advise departing your hotel no later than three 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.

 

Signature option: Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras  |Airport transfer: Arrival via Blue Lagoon

 

 [B] = Breakfast | [B/D] = Breakfast and Dinner