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9 Days

ITINERARY

9 Days : Geysir, Gullfoss, Skogar, Dyrholaey, Vik, Vatnajokull National Park, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Hofn, East Fjords, Egilsstadir, Lake Myvatn Area, Akureyri, Siglufjordur, Borgarnes, Borgarfjordur, Thingvellir, Reykjavik

Tour Overview:
Enjoy the convenience and comfort of a small group tour as you discover the Ring Road natural wonders. You‘ll have a complete overview of “must-see“ Ring Road attractions such as the Golden Circle, the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss. You’ll see the amazing variety of Iceland’s landscapes from volcanoes to glaciers to fjords to thundering waterfalls. We’ve also included some great experiences that show you Iceland’s unique culture and geology. This best-selling tour is a great introduction to Iceland and also provides great value

 

Day 1: Arrival

Your tour guide will meet you on Day 1 for your information meeting at your hotel at 18:00/6:00pm. Your guide will have a sign with Iceland Travel’s logo and the words “Iceland complete”. If you cannot make the information meeting on Day 1 you will meet your guide on Day 2 in the lobby of yout hotel at 08:45 am. Please be ready with your luggage. Upon arrival, head through passport control, collect your bags and go through customs to the Arrival Hall. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. Once in Reykjavik, check into your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you might want to explore Reykjavik’s old town area, location of many museums and galleries. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city’s outdoor geothermal swimming pools where you can shake off your jetlag. In the afternoon you could take one of our day tours, such as whale watching or horseback riding, both bringing you close to Iceland’s nature and landscape. 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. Tonight, there will be an information meeting at your hotel. You‘ll meet your guide and travel companions and learn more about the tour. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Please note that most hotels begin check-in between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm).


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

Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls – 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 and the black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik. Dinner and overnight in the south coast area. (B,D)


Day 3: Vatnajokull National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Hofn

Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier. Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey on 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. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier. Tonight dinner is on your own. Hofn has a nice selection of restaurants and cafes. The local specialty is langoustines (Norway lobsters), and you might enjoy the opportunity to try it for yourself!. Overnight stay in the Hofn area. (B)


Day 4: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Legendary Lake Monster. Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Enjoy the amazing views: this is one of Iceland’s oldest regions with rugged mountain and coastal vistas. You’ll also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally sourced cuisine. Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area. (B,D)


Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area

Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Wonderland. 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 largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area. (B,D)


Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri – Siglufjordur

“Waterfall of the Gods” – Turf-roofed 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 colorful 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. Siglufjordur is a very picturesque and easily walkable town for an evening stroll. Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur. (B,D)


Day 7: Skagafjordur – Borgarnes

Historical Museum – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Unique Viking Horse Demonstration. Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur’s award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a frontier boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes 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. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau into Western Iceland, a region rich in tales of Viking explorers and mythical creatures. Head through the scenic Borgarfjordur area to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area. (B,D)


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 Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls where the brilliantly blue glacial water flows through black lava formations. Continue 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 Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. (B)


Day 9: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight. Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight. (B)


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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2021
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Trpl Occ.
May 12 - May 20 2825 3650 2640
May 26 - Jun 03 2825 3650 2640
Jun 16 - Jun 24 3465 4700 3085
Jun 30 - Jul 08 3465 4700 3085
Jul 7 - Jul 15 3465 4700 3085
Jul 19 - Jul 27 3465 4700 3085
Aug 04 - Aug 12 3465 4700 3085
Aug 18 - Aug 26 3465 4700 3085
Sep 01 - Sep 09 3215 4315 2905
Sep 22 - Sep 30 3215 4315 2905
Maximum Group Size: 36 Participants
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ Trpl Occ.
May 05 - May 13 3440 4275 3265
Jun 09 - Jun 17 4135 5375 3760
Jul 14 - Jul 22 4135 5375 3760
Aug 9 - Aug 17 4135 5375 3760
Sep 15 - Sep 23 3915 5030 3575
Sep 29 - Oct 07 3915 5030 3575
Maximum Group Size: 16 Participants
Accommodation:
Reykjavik- Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Vik - Hotel Vik or Hotel Kria
Hofn - Hotel Hofn
Siglufjordur - Hotel Siglo
Borgarnes - Icelandair Hotel Hamar

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INCLUSIONS

Inclusion:

  • Guided small group Tour from day 2 to day 8
  • Expert local English-speaking guide from day 2 to day 8
  • Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
  • Welcome Meeting on the first evening of the tour
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room with facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 6 nights in a standard room with facilities in the countryside
  • Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 5 two-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea
  • Guide service during dinners
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum incl. Icelandic-style refreshments (day 6)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum (day 7)
  • 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:

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners 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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