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ICELAND IN 8 DAYS – STARTING FROM $2,209 per person, double occ.

Group tour around Iceland’s Ring Road.

Includes:

  • 2 nights in Reykjavik at the Icelandair hotel Natura or similar, with breakfast, round trip airport transfers.
  • 1 night in Akureyri at the Icelandair Hotel Akyureyri or similar with breakfast.
  • 1 night in Myvatn at the Sel-Hotel Myvatn or similar with breakfast.
  • Entrance to the Myvatn Nature Baths with towel.
  • 1 night at Icelandair Hotel Hérað or Álfheimar Guesthouse in Borgarfjörður-Eystri, with breakfast.
  • 1 night at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Hotel Höfn, with breakfast.
  • 1 night at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir or similar, with breakfast.
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.

TOUR DEPARTS TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS

PRICING

Validity Period Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
JAN-APR 2018 $2,249 $2,679
MAY & OCTOBER 2018 $2,399 $3,219
JUN-SEP 2018 $3,019 $4,269
NOV-DEC 2018 $2,209 $2,849

Max group size: 30 people.

Day 1, TUE or FRI: WELCOME to ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavík or similar. Rest of the day free to explore the capital.

Day 2, WED or SAT: VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (425 km/264 mls)
At 09:00 meet the group and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbour. Further north, stop at the turf church of Víðimýri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. Continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until arriving in Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. The overnight location is Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar.

Day 3, THU or SUN: THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND, LAKE MÝVATN & GEOTHERMAL BATHS (120 km/75 mls)
In the morning, explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon, travel to a prominent spot in Iceland's history, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Continue to Lake Mývatn, which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer, and stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd, followed by a walk around the many pseudocraters. End the day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates, and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm, soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. The overnight location is either at Sel-Hotel Mývatn or a hotel in the Húsavík area.

Day 4, FRI or MON: LAVA LABYRINTH, HOT SPRINGS & TRAVEL EAST (250 km/155 mls)
In the morning hike through a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", and learn about the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch, visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Drive through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck, we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. The overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Hérað or Álfheimar Guesthouse in Borgarfjörður-Eystri.

Day 5, SAT or TUE: FJORDS, GLACIER, AND ICE (470 km/292 mls)
It's a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. On route to Southern Iceland, visit Petra's impressive stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon, see Vatnajökull – Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs to explore the extraordinary site. You can walk on the black sandy beach, where often large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season, optional boat trips are available. Travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend some time at Europe's second largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. The overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur or Hotel Höfn.

Day 6, SUN or WED: SOUTH COAST (240 km/149 mls)
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits during the drive across the Eldhraun lava field. The sandy desert of the south coast is overlooked by rugged cliffs, glaciers, and waterfalls. The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vík, is widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beaches in Iceland, and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks, of Reynisdrangar. In the small village of Skógar, there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west, stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Continue to the 65-meter high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! The overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir or Hotel Eyjafjallajökull or Hotel Fljótshlíð.

Day 7, MON or THU: ICELANDIC HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE (160 km/99 mls)
Start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse’s unique qualities, and visit a geothermal-powered greenhouse. Later on, visit the Geysir geothermal fields. There are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continue to Gullfoss, "the golden falls", which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travelers all year round. Venture inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and an area of exceptional geological and historical interest. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures make evident the rifting of the earth's crust. Return to Reykjavík for a short city tour to show highlights of the world's northernmost capital. Overnight is Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar.

Day 8, TUE or FRI: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

DAILY DRIVING: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1,665 km (1,032 miles), which is an average of 278 km (172 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic, and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

NOTE: During the off-season, from September to May, in rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary especially for winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities/day trips might be canceled. In this case, no refund will be given, but we will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

ICELAND HIGHLIGHTS: 9 Days starting from $3,989 per person, double occupancy

Small join-in group tour with 4 star hotels and included boat excursions.

Includes:

  • Arrival & departure transfer by FLYBUS airport shuttle (no guide)
  • 7-day fully escorted tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
  • 8 nights accommodation with private bath
  • 8x breakfast
  • 6x 3-course dinner
  • Visit to two national parks
  • Whale watching & sea angling tour (weather permitting)
  • Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
  • Icelandic horse show
  • Entrance fee & towel to Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Admission to Icelandic settlement centre
  • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum
Validity Period Double Occupancy Single Occupancy
Jun-Aug 2018 $4,219 $5,729
Sep 2018 $3,989 $5,499

Departs Saturdays.

Max Group Size: 20 people

Itinerary:

Day 1, SAT: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)
The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to Fosshotel Reykjavík. The rest of the day is free to explore Reykjavik.

Day 2, SUN: LAND OF SAGAS & VOLCANO CLIMB (190 km/118 mls)
After a short Reykjavík city tour, head north from Iceland's capital to West Iceland. The settlement centre in Borgarnes introduces us to the Icelandic sagas where we learn about their impact on Iceland through the ages. The afternoon is filled with fascinating natural spots. A 40-minute round-trip hike takes us to the rim of Grábrók volcano crater, formed about 3400 years ago. The crater is in the middle of a vast lava field and from the top, you have superb views of the beautiful landscape. Deildartunguhver is one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe. The water that flows here is boiling and sizzling. Soon after, explore Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacial river. Visit Barnafoss, "children's fall", with its strange rock formations carved by the river Hvítá. Enjoy Icelandic history at the cultural site in Reykholt, which was the home of the 13th-century writer, scholar, and chieftain Snorri Sturluson, who wrote many sagas. Then see Snorri's pool, one of Iceland's most important cultural and archaeological sites. Overnight is in West Iceland at Fosshotel Reykholt.

Day 3, MON: FROM WEST TO NORTH INCLUDING WHALE WATCHING AND SEA ANGLING (460 km/286 mls)
Drive over mountain passes, through lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscapes to North Iceland. After a lunch break, take a whale watching and sea angling cruise for 2-3 hours at Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, right below the Arctic Circle. The most common species are humpback and minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins. The success rate to spot whales is about 98 %. The tour also includes about 30 minutes of sea angling. Expect to catch cod, haddock, pollock, catfish and if you are lucky, even a giant halibut! Next stop is Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city. Then head to the picturesque town of Húsavík in Northeast Iceland where we stay at Fosshotel Húsavík for the next two nights.

Day 4, TUE: GEOLOGICAL WONDERS AND NATURE BATHS (170 km/106 mls)
The day begins with Goðafoss, "the waterfall of the Gods", one of the country's most spectacular waterfalls and a prominent spot in Iceland's history. Tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile regions in the world so close to the Arctic Circle and also known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. The lake's unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, any kind of volcanic craters, beautiful bays filled with thousands of birds and ducks. Stroll through the mysterious lava field of Dimmuborgir, look at pseudocraters and see the tephra cone Hverfjall. The last stop is the Mývatn Nature Baths, where we soak in 36-40 degrees warm geothermal water, which contains a lot of minerals, is alkaline and well-suited for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath.

Day 5, WED: FROM NORTH TO EAST (330 km/205 mls)
Explore the geothermal area of Námaskarð with hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools. At Kraftla, see the impacts of volcanic activity, and smell the sulphur. Víti is a circular explosion crater filled with blue water which has boiled for 100 years until the early 19th century and is surrounded by volcanic landscape and colourful mountains. The name Víti signifies "Hell", and the area is quite surreal. The water, colourful mountains, and the steam hissing out of vents create an eerie atmosphere. Drive to the 44-meter high Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. The round-trip walk takes about 40-60 minutes. From there, head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. Along the way, stop at Möðrudalur, the all-year residence at the highest altitude in Iceland, 469m above sea level. In the summertime, they run a service centre there which is a perfect place to enjoy the view of Herðubreið, the queen of the Icelandic mountains. Visit the church at the farm, built by hand in 1949 by the former farmer in the memory of his late wife. Continue through a fascinating barren landscape and through a long valley called Jökuldalur. In the evening, arrive the fertile region of Fljótsdalshérað with its narrow glacial lake, Lögurinn. Keep your eyes open for the giant "Lake-Worm"! Overnight in East Iceland at Hotel Hallormsstaður.

Day 6, THU: FJORDS, GLACIERS, AND ICE (390 km/242 mls)
The Icelandic ring road takes us toward the southeast. It's a day to admire green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon we see Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, take a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, considered one of the highlights on tour around Iceland. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lake and out to sea. Many might recognize the glacier and ice lagoon from films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! The night is spent near Skaftafell in the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.

Day 7, FRI: VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (340 km/211 mls)
Explore Vatnajökull National Park which covers about 14 % of Iceland, making it Europe's second-largest national park in terms of area after Yugyd Va in Russia. The park offers amazing contrasts in landscape with glaciers, moors, mountains, birch forests, glacial rivers, brooks and sandy outwash plains. Visit the region of Skaftafell that is nestled below Iceland's highest peak and the second-biggest stratovolcano in Europe, the 2,110-meter high Hvannadalshnjúkur. Walk close to one of the many glacial tongues in the area – a Kodak moment. Cross a sandy desert and drive along the south coast, always between the sea, rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. Visit Eldhraun, "fire lava", an enormous and incredibly beautiful lava field which was created by the year-long Laki eruption in 1783. This eruption was devastating for Iceland. The years that followed are referred to the "misty times", due to the volcanic ash lingering for a long time in the air. The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vík, is widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beach in Iceland and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. The area has an abundant birdlife, including puffins, fulmars, and guillemots. Iceland's past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Next stop is the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall, often harbouring a rainbow. Continue along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and visit the narrow and 65-meter high Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a trail that leads behind the fall. You must be prepared to get wet! We continue our journey through the biggest agricultural area of Iceland to Hotel Örk, Hveragerð in South Iceland.

Day 8, SAT: RING THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TO REYKJAVIK (210 km/130 mls)
Start the day at Friðheimar farm with an educational and entertaining horse show, which displays the gaits and unique qualities of the Icelandic horse. This peculiar breed has adapted to Iceland's landscape in a way that made it a full partner in farm and city life. The Golden Circle sights follow. Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls", tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travellers all year. Next stop is the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur, "the churn", spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to ten minutes. Continue to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and an area of exceptional geological and historical interest. See the rift valley dividing the continental plates of America and Eurasia. Overnight in Reykjavík, Iceland's capital at the Fosshotel Reykjavik.

Day 9, SUN: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

NOTE:

  • Total mileage without airport transfer is about 2,090 km (1,298 miles), which is an average of 299 km (186 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic, and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.
  • This tour has an average of 1-2 hours light walking each day, mostly short walks of 5-20 minutes, to explore and reach many of the natural treasures and historical sites around Iceland. It is an easy tour for nearly everyone to participate. Iceland Country Life is NOT a hiking/walking tour, but most trails in Iceland are nature trails which include uneven terrain, gravels, stairs and unpaved trails.

NORTHERN LIGHTS EXPLORATION - $3,269 PER PERSON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

Small join-in group tour through Southern Iceland

Included:

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide or driver-guide
  • 7 nights accommodation in comfort tourist-class hotels including breakfast
  • Fjord Cruise on Breiðafjörður fjord including light lunch (day 3)
  • Visit to traditional shark curing farm
  • Hot Spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Visit to multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
  • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum and turf houses
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon
  • Traditional Icelandic dinner at local restaurant (day 7)
  • Northern Lights Academy program during 6 evenings with a combination of lectures, presentations, film, guided Northern Lights searches and midnight refreshments
  • Use of winter & Northern Lights Explorer equipment: simple non-slip snow & ice grippers spikes for shoes and a flashlight that is helpful when walking in the dark and operating your photo camera at night

Single Occupancy: $3,859

Departs Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, October-April.

Max group size: 16 people

ITINERARY:

Day 1, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday:

WELCOME to ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Centerhotel Plaza or Centerhotel Arnarhvoll in Reykjavik. Rest of the day free to explore the city.

Day 2, Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday:

REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR & BORGARFJÖRÐUR SAGA VALLEY (245 km/152 mls)
At 09:00 meet the group and tour the highlights of Iceland's exciting capital. Then head west to Borgarfjörður, known as the Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. Climb the Grábrók volcano crater and visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 litres per second of water that is nearly boiling - 97° Celsius. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a wide lava field. Barnafoss – the Children’s falls, is nearby with its own tragic tale. Spend two nights in Borgarnes, West Iceland. The afternoon includes a lecture about Northern Lights. After dinner, step into the hotel garden in search of the Northern Lights followed by a hot cup of chocolate or tea. Overnight at the Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Day 3, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday:

SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & FJORD CRUISE (250 km/155 mls)
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, just off of Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is in many ways a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length. Travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for a cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. After a light lunch, a uniquely Icelandic “treat” awaits at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. Depending on road and weather conditions, visit the fishing village of Grundarfjörður, a place with an impressive coastline and mountains, lakes and waterfalls behind the village. Jutting out into the bay rises one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Mt. Kirkjufell. On the way back to Borgarnes, get some practical tips on how to photograph the Auroras as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Naturally, once darkness falls, head out to the hotel garden to chase the Northern Lights and to soak in the hotel’s outdoor hot tubs.

Day 4, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday or Monday:

GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL TASTE & ICELANDIC HORSES (220 km/136 mls)
Drive along the Hvalfjörður fjord to the Golden Circle. The first stop is at an Icelandic wool outlet store, just to see what they do with all those sheep! Continue inland to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, then to the Geysir geothermal fields. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. The chef of the Restaurant Geysir will have freshly baked hot spring bread served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs and herring to taste. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. Then visit Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travellers in summer and winter. In the afternoon, learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Tonight, step into the darkness and search for the elusive Northern Lights, while best enjoyed from a comfortable hot tub in the garden of the hotel, amidst the peace and stillness of rural Iceland. Overnight at Fosshotel Hekla.

Day 5, Thursday, Saturday, Monday or Tuesday:

NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO (220 km/136 mls)
Today head down the Southern coast. At the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center, learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Further east, visit one of Iceland's finest folk museums, which contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artefacts from Iceland's past and several turf-built houses. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. In the afternoon, take a stroll on the black lava beach and along bird cliffs at Reynisfjara in South Iceland. Spend 2 nights at Fosshotel Núpar near Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the Vatnajökull National Park region, located in darkness and ideal for Northern Lights search.

Day 6, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday:

SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK & VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER (280 km/174 mls)
Today’s program is all about glaciers, ice and icebergs. Travel to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, explore the extraordinary site, and maybe see seals swimming in arctic waters. Walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. In the afternoon, visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. In the evening, enjoy a film presentation about the Northern Lights as part of the Northern Lights Academy program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky.

Day 7, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday or Thursday:

SOUTH SHORE, REYKJAVÍK & BLUE LAGOON (370 km/230 mls)
From Kirkjubæjarklaustur, head across the Eldhraun lava field to the village of Vík. The black lava beach with high bird cliffs and pounding waves is very impressive. Further west, stop at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges from the mountain. In the afternoon, return to Reykjavik and have about 2 hour leisure time to explore Iceland's capital on your own, visit museums, do some shopping, or simply rest. In the evening, soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. After an Icelandic farewell dinner at a local restaurant, go on one last nocturnal tour to seek more Northern Lights.

Day 8, Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday:

DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from a bus stop near your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is about 1.585 km (983 miles) which is an average of 265 km (164 miles) per day. You spend about 3.5 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

Extra costs for dinners to be paid at the hotels: Fixed 2-course dinners with fish, meat or vegetarian main courses are available at the hotels starting at ISK 7.200 (about EUR 63) per person per night. Note, that the country hotels do not offer a la carte meals and there are no other restaurants nearby. Paying for a 2-course dinner directly at the hotel is less expensive than to have it included in the tour package.

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

ICELAND & GREENLAND HIGHLIGHTS – 8 Days for $4,629 per person, double occupancy

Seat-in-coach tour with private airport transfers

Included:

  • 4 nights including breakfast in a 3-star hotel in the centre of Reykjavik (Fosshotel Baron or Fosshotel Lind, subject to availability)
  • Private round trip airport transfers between Keflavik International Airport and accommodation in Reykjavik
  • 8-hour guided Golden Circle Tour (seat-in-coach)
  • Bus to/from Blue Lagoon (seat-in-coach) including entrance fee & towel
  • Private round trip airport transfers between Reykjavik domestic airport and accommodation in Reykjavik when traveling to/from Greenland
  • Round trip flights Reykjavik-Ilulissat-Reykjavik including airport taxes
  • Hotel/airport transfer in Greenland
  • 3 nights including breakfast at 4-star Hotel Arctic in standard rooms
  • Welcome & farewell dinner at Hotel Arctic
  • Welcome meeting with local guide at the hotel in Greenland
  • All taxes and fees
  • 1-2 hours guided city walk in Ilulissat
  • 3 hours easy hike to the old Sermermiut settlement at the Icefiord including refreshments
  • 3 hours midnight sailing among the icebergs including refreshments
  • 6-7 hours boat trip to Eqi glacier and Inuit settlement Ataa including lunch

Single Occupancy: $5,339

Departs Daily between June-September.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland (50 km/31 mls)
Private transfer from Keflavík International Airport to your hotel in the centre of Reykjavík.

Day 2, The Golden Circle Route (260 km/162 mls)
Iceland is spectacular, and so is the Golden Circle Route. The first stop is Thingvellir National Park, the beautiful site of Iceland's first parliament and the place where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet and move apart. There is a widening fissure in the ground where the planet is literally opening up. Next stop is Gullfoss waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river. Nearby we explore the Geysir geothermal fields with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The sheer power of water and steam erupting from the ground will make you realize how alive the ground is beneath Iceland.

Day 3: Iceland - West Greenland, Guided City Walk Ilulissat, Welcome Dinner and Midnight Sailing
Private airport transfer to the domestic airport in Reykjavik. Flight from Reykjavik to Ilulissat (about 3 hours). Transfer to the hotel. After a welcome meeting with your local guide, enjoy a guided city walk of Ilulissat. There is some time to explore the town, visit the local museum, and observe Greenlandic life at the always busy harbour. Welcome dinner (2-course) is included at Hotel Arctic. Around 22:00 we depart for a midnight sailing trip to the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that is the world's largest ice sculpture park. The experience is overwhelming as lights and colours change constantly. Enjoy a late martini on "the real rocks". Trip duration is about 3 hours. Dress warmly.
(Note: The season for midnight sun is approx. May 22-Jul 24. Outside this season the excursion is operated as an evening cruise with the beautiful sunset reflecting over the icebergs).

Day 4: Boat trip to Eqi - the calving glacier
Breakfast at the hotel. Early morning departure for the one-day boat trip to Eqi - the calving glacier. The Eqi glacier runs 80 km north of Ilulissat into the fjord and is one of the most beautiful places in Greenland. You can get close to the edge of the glacier by boat as we cruise in front of the glacier for around one hour and you might see the calving process. The front of the glacier is 3,4 km wide! The sound of the active glacier is quite remarkable while the sight of icebergs toppling into the water is breathtaking. Afterwards, we continue to the small settlement of Ataa, the former trading station, where we will enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch including a glass of wine. On the way back to Ilulissat we might spot whales. The excursion to Eqi is by modern and comfortable tourist boat. Trip duration: about 6-7 hours / Level of Difficulty: Easy / Lunch is included.

Day 5: Inuit Settlement at the Ilulissat Icefiord
Breakfast at the hotel. Take a guided walking tour of the old settlement Sermermiut valley on the famous Ilulissat Icefiord that was inscribed on UNESCO's world heritage list in 2004. The ancient settlement of Sermermiut, 1.5 km south of the town, is surrounded by Ilulissat's beautiful icebergs. Various Inuit cultures have lived here over the past 4,000 years, and you can still see remains from ancient times. Learn about local history and customs before Europeans arrived. See plots settled for thousands of year and admire the views across the majestic icebergs. Please wear proper boots or hiking boots. Approximate trip duration is 3 hours. The hiking distance is about 3 km (1.9 miles) round-trip; hiking time is about 1 hour. Terrain: mainly track bridge and a bit of uneven nature and rocky nature trail. Rest of the day free at leisure to hike along the Icefiord and explore the town of Ilulissat.
Farewell dinner (3-course) is included at Hotel Arctic.

Day 6: West Greenland - Iceland
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend some time in the morning to explore the town of Ilulissat. Return by flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. Private airport transfer in Reykjavik to your hotel.

Day 7: Blue Lagoon & Reykjavík (90 km / 56 mls)
Depart at 10:00 am by bus to the Blue Lagoon. Drive through rough lava fields to visit the Blue Lagoon where you can relax in its rejuvenating geothermal water. The water is rich in minerals and believed to have healing powers. Stay as long as you please (last bus back to Reykjavik is at 21:00). The afternoon is free at leisure to explore Reykjavik, Iceland's capital, or enjoy optional spa treatments at the Blue Lagoon.

Day 8: Departure Home (50 km/31 mls)
Private transfer from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

Important: Trips to Greenland are always subject to weather conditions. Delays and flight cancellations can happen. Therefore we strongly recommend buying travel insurance that would cover any additional travel expenses, should your flights be delayed or cancelled due to weather. We recommend allowing time between your return flight from Greenland to Iceland and any international flight in case of delays due to weather.

 
 
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