NEW! Around Iceland in 11 Days

10-day tour of Snæfellsnes, the Westfjords, North Iceland and the Golden Circle

NEW! Around Iceland in 11 Days

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Skogafoss

Tour ID: INTDE 11

Tour duration:11 days / 10 nights

This is a classic circle tour around Iceland, including all the major sights of interest along the ring road with the addition of Snaefellsnes peninsula and including activities, such as whale watching, amphibian boat tour amongst the floating icebergs and a short glacier hike.


Highlights

  • Gullfoss, Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls
  • Geysers geothermal area
  • Black sand beach
  • Volcanic craters, mountains and lava fields
  • Panoramic views
  • Lake Myvatn
  • Glaciers and icebergs
  • Fishing villages
  • Whales, birds and wild nature
  • Vatnajökull national park
  • Snaefellsnes peninsula
  • Guaranteed and confirmed pre-booked accommodation

Departures: Saturdays

Available dates:
07 July - 17 July 2018
11 August - 21 August 2018

Guided in German language

Group size: min.12 /max. 16

Price per person:  ISK 449.800
Supplement for single room: ISK 138.000


Included in the package price:

  • Coach /cat.20 with German speaking driver-guide as per itinerary
  • Minibus transfers Keflavik airport-Reykjavik-Keflavik airport 
  • 10 nights 3*hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms with private facilities, breakfast included
  • 4 dinners (3 courses)
  • Guided glacier hike /1½ hrs)
  • Whalewatching boat tour with sea-angling at Hauganes (3 hrs)
  • Amphibian boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Admission to Naturebaths Myvatn
  • Admission fee to Glaumbær museum

Not included in the package price: optional tours, admission to museums and meals others than specified above

 

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Day 1: ARRIVAL - REYKJAVIK
Upon arrival at Keflavik international airport mini bus transfer to Reykavik. Time at leisure in the city.
Hotel accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 2: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE  
Breakfast at the hotel.
We start exploring Iceland by visiting three of South Iceland's best konwn sights: hingvellir national park, the site of the first parliament, founded in 930. Thingvellir was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural value. The Lake with its surroundings presents also a place of great geological interest.  Passing Lake Laugarvatn we visit the Geysir geothermal area with abundance of hot springs. We wait for the most active of the geysers, Strokkur which spouts a coloumn of water into the air every 5-10 minutes. To Gullfoss waterfall – the Golden Falls which drops in two cascades deep into the gorge of Hvítá glacial river;
We end the day in a country hotel in South Iceland where we stay overnight and enjoy the evening meal.

Day 3: SOUTH SHORE - SELJALANDSFOSS - SKÓGAFOSS
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today's drive takes us along the beautiful south shore. Among the sights along the way are waterfalls, views of Eyjafjöll mountains, glaciers, bird cliffs and basalt formations. Seljalandsfoss is a very photogenic waterfall that plunges from ancient sea cliffs 60 metres down into a shallow pool; visit to Skógar gives possibility to visit the Folk Museum as well as impressive view of the Skógafoss waterfall; Dyrholaey promontory was voted to be one of the best places to catch photo of puffins, if the beach is open; At Reynisfjara or at the edge of the village of Vik you will find a black sand beach (world’s top 10 beaches) with some fantastic sights such as the picturesque basalt column formations and the magnificent Reynisdrangar, black rock formation in the sea close to the shore. Easy walk along the beach.
Accommodation and dinner in hotel at Skógar.

Day 4: SKAFTAFELL - VATNAJÖKULL - GLACIER HIKE
Breakfast at the hotel.
The road goes through lava fields overgrown by soft and inviting green moss, across the sands of glacier rivers. The scenery offers views of steep mountains and glaciers we travel east. We cross the longest bridge in Iceland (900 m) over an area of glacial flood lands to Skaftafell Nature Reserve in the Vatnajokull NP. The National Park was established in 1967 and is the largest park of its kind in Europe, at around 5000 square km. The several glacier tongues give the NP majestic scenery and there are few places in Iceland where you can get in touch with the great white heartland of Iceland more easily. Opportunity to enjoy an easy guided glacier hike on Svinafellsjokull (1½ hour).  
Accommodation and dinner in a country hotel in the area.

Day 5: JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON - EAST FJORDS
Breakfast at the hotel.
Jokulsárlon is located at the end of an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull Glacier. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and along the shortest Icelandic river out to sea where pieces fo ice get stranded on the beach like glittering diamonds until they eventually melt. The lagoon is the deepest lake in Iceland, around 248 m deep. We will join an amphibian boat tour on the lagoon (45 mins) and get a close look at the countless icebergs floating on the glacial lake. Two James Bond movies were filmed here.
The drive from the lagoon continues at the foot of Europe's largest glacier Vatnajökull towards the town of Höfn and further by the coastal road along the East fjords all the way to Egilsstaðir. There will be several possibility for short stops to enjoy the scenery.
Accommodation in hotel in Egilsstaðir.

Day 6:  MÖÐRUDALUR - DETTIFOSS - ÁSBYRGI - HÚSAVÍK
Breakfast at the hotel.
Möðrudalur is the highest farm in Iceland (469 m above sea level) and is a short drive from the Ring Road, about 8 km.  This farmland is one of the most extensive in the country with an interesting church, built in 1949. Chance to spot arctic fox in the area.
The ring road crosses the highland desert and offers impressive view of volcanic mountains as we drive towards the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river. We visit Dettifoss, reputed as the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The waterfall is so powerful that it makes the surrounding rocks vibrate, the vibrations can be felt by hand. (Hike: 1-2 hrs).  Ásbyrgi is one of the wonders of nature, a wide, horseshoe-shaped canyon with sheer cliff faces up to 100 m high. It is 3½ km long and over 1 km wide. At its innermost end lies Botnstjörn, a small pond surrounded by luxuriant vegetation. A distinctive rock formation, known as Eyjan rises from the center of Ásbyrgi. The area is covered in woodland consisting mainly of birch, willow and mountain ash, and pines. Arctic fulmars nest on the steep cliffs, while many other birds prefer the woods and meadows. Various marked trails to choose for hiking.
We drive on to the charming fishing village of Húsavík, often referred to as the “whale-watching capital”. A fascinating Whale Museum is located right by the harbor.
Accommodation in Husavik.

Day 7: LAKE MYVATN
Breakfast at the hotel.
We leave Husavik and drive to Lake Mývatn. Whether the plan is to enjoy the landscape, examine unique natural phenomena or take a closer look at the plant and bird life, Lake Mývatn has it all!
We spend the day exploring the natural volcanic wonders. We enter the Rift zone and along the way you will see clear signs of past activity, as recent as 1975-84. Among the highlights are pseudocraters at Skútustaðir, Dimmuborgir (The Dark Castles) and the solfatara field at Námaskarð with its boiling mud pits and steam vents.  Another higlight is the explosion crater Viti from where we get a good view over the Leirhnjúkur lava field. Grjótagjá caves with hot undeground river used to be popular bathing place for the locals before the Krafla fires started in 1975. If in mood for a hike then Mt Hverfjall offers a good possibility for great view over the lake and surrounding volcanic mountains.     
In summer months Lake Mývatn is teeming with bird life as various bird and duck species come nesting in the surroundings of the lake. There will also be with several possibilities for short (easy) hikes and a chance for a relaxing bath in the Nature Baths geothermal lagoon.
Accommodation in country hotel at Laugar where we also enjoy the evening meal.

Day 8: GOÐAFOSS - AKUREYRI - WHALE WATCHING - GLAUMBÆR - BLÖNDUÓS
Breakfast at the hotel.
We drive to Goðafoss [Waterfall og gods] - one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. In the year 1000, the Lawspeaker Þorgeir made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After his conversion, Þorgeir threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall.
We continue to Akureyri, a lively, charming and energetic town, largest outside the Reykjavík area, and is the center of trade, culture, and services for the north of Iceland. Visit to the Botanical Gardens & the old town then continue to Hauganes where we join a 3-hour whale watching and sea angling tour.
The drive then continues toward Varmahlið and the Glaumbær turf farm museum before we continue further west towards Blönduós and south towards Borgarfjörður. 
Accommodation in the area of Borgarnes.

Day 9: SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
to Snaefellsnes peninsula which is often referred to as the  Iceland in miniature since practically all natural phenomena that you find around Iceland can be found there  – only on a slightly smaller scale! Lava fields, volcanic craters, glacier, waterfalls, sandy beaches, charming fishing towns, bird cliffs and more. Snaefellsnes peninsula is also the only area in Iceland where mineral water springs can be found. Among the highlights along the way we will visit:
the town of Stykkishólmur beautifully situated on the northern side of the peninsula;
Grundarfjörður with one of the most photographed landmarks on the peninsula - Mt Kirkjufell;
Djúpalónssandur, where you can try out your strength by trying to lift the stones that used to measure the fihermen's strength;
Lóndrangar cliffs;
Arnarstapi - basalt rock formations by the sea and bird cliffs;
Búðir - a romantic, windswept location, a former fishing village at the head of the sweeping expanse of white sand that backs the Búðavík bay. Surrounded by the Búðahraun lavafield, the tiny pitch-black church with its three white-framed windows dates from 1703, and cuts an evocative image when viewed from the adjoining graveyard with the majestic Snæfellsnes mountain range as a backdrop;
Gerðuberg - a natural wall of columnar basalt.
The day ends in Borgarnes area. Accommodation.

Day 10: BORGARFJÖRÐUR - BARNAFOSS - HRAUNFOSSAR - REYKJAVIK
Breakfast at the hotel.
We drive through the historic Reykholt towards the glacial Hvítá river where we visit Barnafoss [Children’s Waterfalls].  The river has its source in the Lava Field and usually has a distinct white colour due to melting water from the glacier and the sediment that has a gray to light milky color. It is easy accessible, upstream from the famous Hraunfossar [Lava Falls], which is formed of a collection of gentle cascades emerging from under the lava rocks covered with moss. 
We drive to Reykjavik and make a sightseeing drive around the capital.
Free time in the city or possibility for a late afternoon optional tour to the Blue Lagoon (pre-booking is necessary).
Accommodation in hotel in Reykjavik.

Day 11: REYKJAVIK - KEFLAVIK - DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Keflavik airport by minibus in time for departure of your flight.

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