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Glaciers & Volcanoes
6 Days

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6 Days/5 Nights

Tour Overview:
This is a unique fire and ice adventure you’ll never forget! Explore South Iceland’s famous wonders, including the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, the Glacier Lagoon, and the Golden Circle. Travel along one of Iceland’s most volcanically active routes, viewing the breath-taking destruction left behind by eruptions. You’ll also see how both volcanoes and glaciers have forcefully created and continue to shape the land. No trip to South Iceland is complete until you’ve visited the volcanic Westman Islands where you’ll see first-hand the power and fury of volcanoes! Get closer to some of Iceland’s most beautiful and magnificent glaciers with awe-inspiring activities.

 

Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Iceland. Shared transfer to Reykjavik. 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. Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm). Overnight stay in Reykjavik.


Day 2: The Westman Islands

Amazing Waterfall – Lava Fields – Volcanic Aftermath – Magnificent lava fields
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive along the south shore, one of Iceland’s 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 Eyjafjallajokull (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.(B)


Day 3: South Shore – Skogar – Vik

Powerful Volcanoes – Amazing Waterfall – Unforgettable Glacier Experience – Black Sand Beaches
Breakfast at your hotel. Yesterday’s focus was on volcanoes. Today the focus is on glaciers! Take the morning ferry back from the Westman Islands to continue your exploration of the south coast. You will now be in the area of Katla Geopark, a UNESCO site designated for its unique volcanic and glacial features. The park is named after the glacier covered Katla volcano. Start with a visit to photogenic Skogafoss waterfall, where legends say an ancient treasure is hidden. Soon you will be in the area of Myrdalsjokull Glacier. Visit Solheimajokull, a glacier outlet from Mydralsjokull glacier. Solheimajokull is a fantastic opportunity to discover glaciers up close. You can choose one of two unforgettable glacier experiences (Both activities are great for beginners; no previous experience is needed). Glacier Hike- Strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and follow an expert glacier guide on Solheimajokull itself. You’ll explore the glacier’s surface, discovering amazing ice formations and learn interesting facts about how glaciers form. (Duration: 2 – 2,5 hours) Note: Minimum age for tour is 8 years old and a minimum shoe size of European 34 (U.S. 25). Glacier View Kayaking – Enjoy Solheimajokull from a different angle on an easy kayak tour. Paddle a special sit-on-top kayak in a natural lagoon that flows out from Solheimajokull glacier. Follow your guide’s kayak on this easy tour as you paddle between stunning icebergs. Enjoy views of the glacier you can only see from the water. (Duration: 2,5 hours) Note: minimum age for kayaking is 12 years old. Afterwards, continue your journey. Visit the magical black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Here you can witness powerful waves and amazing basalt column structures carved by the power of the sea. Walking along the beach and hearing the thundering waves is a reminder of nature’s power. Head to the village of Vik for your overnight. Vik has become a base for a variety of activity tours. This evening you might like to try a Zip Line adventure or a horseback ride along the black sand beach. We can book these tours for you in advance. Overnight stay in Vik. Dinner is on your own. (B)


Day 4: Vik– Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon

Skaftafell and Glacial beauty – Europe’s largest Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Vatnajokull National Park covers 14% of Iceland’s surface, making it the largest national park in Western Europe. Throughout the day you’ll also have views of massive Vatnajokull glacier. Start the day by crossing Eldhraun, the largest single flow of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth. The cataclysmic eruption happened in 1783-1784 AD and affected the climate across mainland Europe. The vast lava moss-covered lava formations are surreal. Head across a landscape of black sand plains and braided rivers created when glacier capped volcanoes erupted. It’s hard to believe that this black sand desert was actually created by ice! Visit Skaftafell, a beautiful glacier-ringed valley in Vatnajokull National Park. The contrast of black volcanoes, silvery glaciers and small green forests is strikingly beautiful. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. Spend a few moments here taking in this unforgettable site. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, a black sand area where broken bits of ice bergs come to rest before they eventually drift to sea. Now it’s time to enjoy the beauty of ice and water even more with a boat trip! Head to the Iceberg Lagoon, another (and quieter) glacier lagoon in the area. Take a Zodiac boat tour amid the floating ice bergs, viewing the different shapes and shades of blue. Enjoy the guide’s interesting insights about the glacier and the area’s history and nature. Return to Vik for your overnight. Dinner and overnight in Vik. (BD)


Day 5: Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Reykjavik

Lively Geysers and Golden Falls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will visit the Golden Circle region, perhaps one of Iceland’s most famous areas. It’s also a fascinating place to discover more about Iceland’s volcanic and glacial powers, with a bit of Viking history on the side. Start off byheading for the Geysir geothermal field. The very earth steams with volcanic heat. Underground hot springs erupt as geysers. The most famous geyser is Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts high in the air every few minutes. But there are many other smaller yet very interesting geysers and bubbling mud pools. Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. Gullfoss is created by a glacial river, Hvita, that thunders over two ledges into a deep canyon. Several footpaths lead around the falls, each giving you a different view. The next stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Thingvellir is where Iceland became a nation, and many important decisions and historical events happened here. Thingvellir is also a fascinating place geologically; the North American and European tectonic plates meet, allowing you to walk between continents. After some time to explore the wonders of Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. (B)


Day 6: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note if you have an earlier flight this could be a light breakfast. 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. (B)

You can also book our Snæfellsnes Extension, stay tonight in Reykjavik, and explore one of Iceland’s most beautiful and mystical places.
Note: Available for May, June, July, August & September

 

Extension Option Day 6: Snaefellsnes

Glacier – crowned Volcano – Volcanic Formations – Wild and Wonderful Seacoasts – Fishing Villages – Legendary Mountains
Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Depart Reykjavik, traveling northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay) on your way to the rugged coastline Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The road leads to Borgarfjordur, a scenic and historical area of West Iceland. The Eldborg volcanic crater is the gateway to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Known as “Iceland in a Nutshell” Snaefellsnes will show you an astonishing variety of natural landscapes that can be seen in Iceland, but in one area. This is part of the remote and tranquil Snaefellsjokull National Park, named after the peninsula’s magnificent glacier-crowned volcano (last eruption: 250 AD). The mountain is said to be protected by a benevolent spirit, and you’ll surely feel recharged as you drive through this beautiful park. Make a stop at the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi, as well as the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Visit a beach with round lava pebbles and learn about the fisherman’s challenge that took place here in the old days. You’ll visit secluded and charming fishing villages such as Hellisandur and Grundarfjordur as you head along the northern peninsula. View Iceland’s most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell, and its surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales. After an amazing day return to Reykjavik for your overnight. Dinner is on your own. (B)


Extension Option Day 7: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note if you have an earlier flight this could be a light breakfast. 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. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Trpl Occ
Jun 03 - Jun 08 2050 2545 1995
Jul 1 - Jul 05 2205 2795 2180
Jul 15 - Jul 15 2205 2795 2180
Aug 13 - Aug 18 2205 2795 2180
Aug 20 - Aug 25 2205 2795 2180
Sep 10 - Sep 15 2205 2795 2180
Sep 17 - Sep 22 2205 2795 2180
Maximum Group Size: 36 Participants
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Trpl Occ
May 20 - May 25 2380 2880 2330
Jun 17 - Jun 22 2540 3125 2515
Jul 22 - Jul 27 2540 3125 2515
Sep 02 - Sep 07 2540 3125 2515
Maximum Group Size: 16 Participants
Snæfellsnes Extension
2 Days/ 1 Nights*
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Trpl Occ
May 295 400 330
June-Sep 345 495 395
Accommodation
Reykjavík - CenterHotel Midgardur
Westman Islands - Hotel Vestmannaeyjar or Similar
Vik - Hotel Vik

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusion:

  • Guided Coach or small bus tour from Reykjavik from day 1 to day 4
  • Return transfers from pre-arranged bus stops in Reykjavík to meeting point prior to and after tour
  • Expert local English-speaking guide from day 1 to day 4
  • Both way shared airport transfers
  • Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
  • Accommodation 3 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
  • 3 Icelandic breakfast buffets (except arrival day)
  • 1 three-course local-cuisine dinner in the countryside with coffee/tea (day 4)
  • Guide service during dinner
  • Exhibition and cinema at Lava Centre (day 1)
  • Roundtrip ferry fare to Westman Islands (day 1)
  • Entrance to Eldheimar Museum (day 1)
  • Glacier Walk or Kayak tour at Sólheimajökull Glacier (day 2)
  • Iceberg Lagoon Zodiac Tour (day 3)
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

Exclusion:

  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Dinners in the Westman Islands (Day 1) and Vik (day 3)
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included

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