Iceland Circle

$3033/per person

Explore the island of fire and ice, discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes, the unspoiled Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. See the uninhibited vast tundra, two national parks, as well as lesser-known, yet beautiful sites. And of course, get a chance to see the incredible Northern Lights!

Duration
8 Day
Destination(s)
Iceland
Starts in / Ends in
Reykjavik / Reykjavik
Departs on
Fridays
Hotel Rating
3 Star
25-30 people

Sight Visited

  • Akureyri
    Akureyri

    Akureyri is a small city in northern Iceland. It is Iceland's second largest urban area and fourth largest municipality.

  • Grabrok Volcano
    Grabrok Volcano

    The Grábrók crater was formed in a fissure eruption less than 3000 years ago. It is 173m a.s.l. Grábrók is the largest of the craters on a 600m long fissure.

  • Lake Myvatn
    Lake Myvatn

    Myvatn is a shallow eutrophic lake situated in an area of active volcanism in the north of Iceland, not far from Krafla volcano.

  • Namaskard
    Namaskard

    Situated on the north side of Iceland’s Lake Myvatn, this geothermal wonder of hot sulfuric mud springs and steam springs is otherworldly.

  • Reykjavik
    Reykjavik

    Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country's capital and largest city. It's home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history.

  • South Coast
    South Coast

    The South coast of Iceland holds some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Iceland. The area boasts a unique mix of volcanoes and glaciers, geysers, hot springs and waterfalls.

  • Thingvellir N. Park
    Thingvellir N. Park

    Besides being a location of historical significance, Thingvellir is also protected as a national park due to its unique geology and natural features.

  • Vatnajokull
    Vatnajokull

    Vatnajökull is the largest and most voluminous ice cap in Iceland, and one of the largest in area in Europe.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Reykjavik
Welcome to the land of fire and ice! Upon arrival to the airport, your transfer is by FlyBus to take you to your hotel. As we make our suggestions, the rest of the day is yours to explore the vibrant capital.
    2
    Day 2: Volcano Crater, Seals, Fjords & Mountains, Akureyri
    We meet our guide at 09:00 and depart from the hotel to travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and then climb the Grábrók volcano crater. Later in the afternoon we visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbour. Further north we stop at the turf church of Vidimyri, considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and through mountain passes until we reach the capital of North Iceland, Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants.
    • Included Activities; Climbing Volcano Crater, Sightseeing Icelandic architecture & scenic fjords
    • Optional Activities ; No
    • Meals ; Breakfast
    3
    Day 3: Akureyri, Lake Myvatn & Geothermal Baths
    In the morning, we explore Akureyri, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over the breath-taking fjords. In the afternoon, we explore an important site in Iceland’s history, Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We arrive at Lake Myvatn for the rest of the day, known for its geological wonders and active bird life in summer. We see the bizarre lava formations and take a walk around the many pseudo craters, and end the day with a relaxing soak. Myvatn Nature Baths contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms that benefit both skin and spirit alike.
    • Included Activities; Sightseeing the dark castles & Namaskar & East Iceland
    • Optional Activities ; Lunch
    • Meals ; Breakfast
    4
    Day 4: Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs & Egilsstadir
    We kick the morning off hiking in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, said to host trolls, keep your eyes open! After an optional lunch, we visit the hot spring area of Námaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We drive through the uninhabited vast highlands to East Iceland, Egilsstadir. If you are lucky you might even see an Arctic fox or see reindeer on the way.
    • Included Activities; Sightseeing East Iceland &  Egilsstadir
    • Optional Activities ; Lunch
    • Meals ; Breakfast
    5
    Day 5: Fjords & Glaciers, Vatnajokull NP, Kirkjubajarklaustur
    Today you will admire the dramatic fjord landscape with tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads of fjords. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs to explore the magical region, and perhaps even see seals, or walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. We travel along the southern part of the glacier and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. We spend the night at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
    • Included Activities; Sightseeing Europe's largest natioanl park, Walking on the black sandy beach
    • Optional Activities ; No
    • Meals ; Breakfast
     
    6
    Day 6: Waterfalls & Volcanoes
    Get ready for many incredible natural wonders as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar there is the impressive 60-metre-high Skógafoss waterfall. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre to learn about living among glaciers and active volcanoes. Next, we visit the high and narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and bring along your raincoat!
    • Included Activities; Sightseeing Skogafoss & Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Volcanoes
    • Optional Activities ; No
    • Meals ; Breakfast
    7
    Day 7: Icelandic Horses & Golden Circle, Reykjavík
    Today we visit a must-see of Iceland, the Golden Circle. Firstly, at Fridheimar, you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later, we see steam from the Geyser geothermal fields, a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” erupting every 5-10 minutes. Our next stop is Gullfoss, “the golden falls”, an amazing 34-metre-high double waterfall. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, before we make our way back to Reykjavík and an optional Northern Lights evening cruise. As we arrive, we do a short city tour to show you the highlights of the world’s northernmost capital.
    • Included Activities; City tour Reykjavik, Sightseeing Golden Circle & Thingvellir National Park
    • Optional Activities ; Northern Lights evening cruise
    • Meals ; Breakfast
    8
    Day 8: Reykjavik
    Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, and check-out of the hotel in Reykjavík. The FlyBus shuttle will take you back to the airport from your hotel.
    • Meals ; Breakfast
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    Price ($)
    Fri 15 Dec 2017
    $3526
    Tue 27 Nov 2018
    $3033

    The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

    Accommodation

    3 star hotels

    Airport Transfer

    Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle.

    Meals

    7 breakfasts

    Transportation

    Transportation in heated coaches with free Wi-Fi on board.

    Guide

    Services of Icelandic Guide from Day2 to Day7, Guided hike to Grabrok volcano crater

    Other Inclusions

    Entrance with towel to Myvatn Nature Baths Multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Information Centre | Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a torch for winter departures | Visit to Vidimyri turf church Admission to Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords | Entrance and demonstration to Fridheimar Horse Stables and Geothermal Greenhouse in South Iceland

    What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

    • Any flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Meals not stated in the itinerary
    • Items of a personal nature
    • Tips & gestures
    • Visa fees
    • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
    • Optional activities
    • Other services not stated in the itinerary

    Icelandair Hotel - Fludir


    Icelandair Hotel Klaustur - Kirkjubæjarklaustur


    Icelandair Hotel Herad - Egilsstaðir


    Hotel Reynihlid - Reynihlid


    Icelandair Hote Akureyril - Akureyri


    Icelandair Hotel Natura - Reykjavik


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