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Complete Icelandic Experience  |  Various Dates  |  9 Days & 8 Nights

With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this comprehensive tour highlights the natural wonders, the majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. This is a classic circle tour that provides the perfect mix of culture and nature.

2018 Dates

April 25
May 2, 9, 16, 21, 23
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
August 1, 6, 8, 15, 22, 29
September 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 26

Highlights

7 day guided tour from/to Reykjavík
Accommodation 2 nights w/breakfast and w/facilities in Reykjavík
Accommodation 6 nights w/breakfast and w/facilities in countryside
5 dinners in the countryside (dinner in Akureyri not included)
Entrance to Laufás folk museum incl. refreshments
Herring-Era Museum Entrance
Horse Show in Skagafjörður

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival
Overnight stay in Reykjavík (transfer from Keflavík airport not included).

Day 2: Geysir - Gullfoss - Skogar - Dyrholaey - Vik
Breakfast included at your hotel. Start the day with a short city sightseeing of Reykjavík. From Reykjavík head through the village of Hveragerði to explore Gullfoss, the ‘Golden Waterfall', and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, and numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before continuing to Dyrhólaey* nature reserve. Continue to the village of Vík.

Dinner and overnight in the Vík area.

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, middle May til June 23rd

Day 3: Vik - Skaftafell National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - Hofn
Cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth, before reaching the small town Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeiðarársandur sands to Skaftafell National Park. Continue to the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day we are afforded magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier.

Dinner and overnight in the Höfn area.

Day 4: Hofn - East Fjords - Egilsstadir
Today you'll enjoy amazing scenery as you head from glacial landscapes to fjord views. Drive from Höfn through Almannaskarð pass, stop and admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Pass through coastal villages on your way to Egilsstadir.

Dinner and overnight in the Egilsstaðir area.

Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area
Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Möðrudalsöræfi, heading to the Lake Mývatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Visit Námaskarð pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and Laxá salmon river. One of Mývatn 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 in the Mývatn area.

Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area - Akureyri - Siglufjordur
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.

Overnight in Siglufjordur. Dinner on own.

Day 7: Skagafjordur - Borgarnes
This morning we visit Siglufjordur's award-winning Herring-Era Museum. This 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, majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjörður for an introduction of the unique Icelandic horse that has a special fifth gait - the tölt. Continue towards the village of Blönduós built on both sides of the river Blanda with Hrútey Island a protected nature reserve located in this popular salmon river. Cross the Holtavörðuheiði plateau through Borgarfjörður to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Dinner and overnight in Borgarnes area.

Day 8: Borgarfjordur - Thingvellir - Reykjavik
Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. A stop will be made to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, before continuing via Hvalfjörður fjord to Lake Þingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake, and Þingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first parliament. This is also the site where the North American and European tectonic plates meet.

Overnight in Reykjavík. Dinner on your own. 

Day 9: Departure
Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to book it for you. If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you may use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.

Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions.

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There is no additional tax on these departures. Flights and airport transfers are additional. Please ask us about adding these options onto your vacation. 

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