NEW! Best of the West and North

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

NEW! Best of the West and North

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Flatey

Tour ID: INTDE 12

Tour duration:12 days / 11 nights

This tour takes us to the most beautiful parts of Iceland, including the Snæfellsnes peninsula, the Westfjords with the Látrabjarg bird cliffs; the fascinating volcanic landscapes of Lake Myvatn and .


Highlights

  • Gullfoss, Godafoss and Dettifoss waterfalls
  • Geysers geothermal area
  • Snæfelllsnes peninsula
  • Flatey Island
  • Látrabjarg bird cliffs
  • Vatnsnes peninsula with Hvitserkur stack
  • Siglufjörður and the Herring Era museum
  • Eyjafjörður and the whales
  • Fishing villages
  • Lake Myvatn
  • Volcanic craters, mountains and lava fields

Departures: Saturdays

Available dates:
28 May - 8 June 2018 - sales closed

Guided in German language

Group size: min.12 /max. 16

Price per person:  ISK 445.900
Supplement for single room: ISK 179.800


Included in the package price:

  • Coach /cat.20 with German speaking driver-guide as per itinerary
  • Minibus transfers Keflavik airport-Reykjavik-Keflavik airport 
  • 11 nights 3*hotel accommodation in double/twin rooms with private facilities/standard, breakfast included
  • 3 dinners (3 courses)
  • Baldur ferry accross Breiðafjörður (one way)
  • Classic Whalewatching boat tour
  • Admission to Glaumbær museum
  • Admission fee to Herring Era museum (Siglufjörður)
  • Flight Akureyri-Reykjavík, including airport tax

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

Same itinerary is upon request for special groups and as self-drive

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 - BORGARNES 
Breakfast at the hotel.
We start exploring Iceland by visiting three of South Iceland's best konwn sights: 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; Passing Lake Laugarvatn we drive to Thingvellir 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. 
We drive west in the early afternoon ending the day in the coastal town of Borgarnes.

Day 3: SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
Breakfast at the hotel.
From Borgarnes we drive to one of the most beautiful parts of Iceland, Snaefellsnes peninsula. We start along the southern shore of the peninsula where we observe most of the natural phenomena that can be found around Iceland – only on a much smaller scale: lava fields, volcanic craters, glacier, waterfalls, sandy beaches, charming fishing towns, bird cliffs and more. We drive around Snaefellsjokull glacier and and along the northern side of the peninsula with views of Breiðafjörður with southern coast of the Westfjords in the north and passing Mt. Kirkjufell as it rises out of the green hills surrounded by trickling rivers - this is one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland. Accommodation in the town of Stykkisholmur.

Day 4: STYKKISHÓLMUR - FLATEY - BRJÁNSLÆKUR
Breakfast at the hotel.
We take the Baldur ferry across the Breiðafjörður bay to the Westfjords. We depart from Stykkishólmur at 09:00am. Along the way we will make a 6-hour stop on Flatey Island before continuing to Brjánslækur where the ferry is scheduled to arrive at 17:15.
Over summer time many visitors choose to make a stop at the the beautiful island of Flatey renowned for its bird life and well preserved 19th century architecture. Flatey is about 2 km long and about one km wide, mosto fo it is flat land (hence its name, meaning "Flat Island in Icelandic) with scarcely any hills to be found. The island has only one single road which leads form the ferry dock to the so-called "old village", which consists of beautifully restored and painted old houses of the island's original inhabitants. Strolling about gives you the impression of travelling back in time. Flatey Islandi is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the best of Icelandic nature. There is a lot to see and experience of Flatey Island: unique nature, birds, the church with the stunning artwork, the old library, historic sites, stillness, the feeling of absence of time. Though most houses are occupied during summer month only 5 people live on the island in winter months.
Late afternoon we sail on to Brjánslækur where the group re-joins the coach and drive the short distance to the country hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: THE WESTFJORDS - LÁTRABJARG BIRD CLIFFS
Breakfast at the hotel.
Home to millions of puffins, guillemots, razorbills and gannets, Látrabjarg is the westernmost point in Iceland and the largest bird cliff in Europe. Birds are lured here by the infinite rocky outcrops which, protected from the northern winds, are perfect for nesting. And humans come for the sheer spectacle of so many birds in one place.
We return to the country hotel for dinner and another overnight.

Day 6:  THE WESTFJORDS - RAUÐISANDUR - LAUGARBAKKI
Breakfast at the hotel.
Rauðasandur (Red Sand) is precisely that: a beach with endless red sand. Well, not endless but 10 km is a lot. The magnificent hues of the sand differ with daylight and weather, and the beach is the biggest pearl in a string of coves with sand ranging in colours from white through yellow through red to black, and in coarseness from very fine to sole-hurting chips of seashells. Just pure sand enlivened by countless seabirds and seals, an oasis with unique tranquility. Forget everything, except maybe getting the perfect shot of the ever-changing hues of yellow, orange and red.
Here's just pure sand and unique tranquillity. Enjoy a cup of coffee in the French café and look at the spectacular view were Snæfellsjökull glacier in Sæfellsnes peninsula imperiousl rivets your attention in the background.
Leaving the west fjords we follow the scenice coastal drive to Laugarbakki. Dinner and accommodation.

Day 7: VATNSNES - BLÖNDUÓS - GLAUMBÆR MUSEUM - DALVÍK
Breakfast at the hotel.
The day starts with a stop at the town of  Hvammstangi where we have the opportunity to learn all about seals at the Seal Centre before we continue around the Vatnsnes peninsula and  make stops at  the view points  where seals are often spotted sunbathing on the skerries close to the shore. The Vatnsnes coastline offers fantactic scenic views. A stop will be made at the Hvitserkur rock formation, it rises from the ocean not far from the shore, there is a viewing platform and marked trails to follow at the site. We continue driving towards the ring road and make another detour to the impressive Kolugljúfur gorge and Kolufossar waterfalls. We drive on to Blönduós and further to Skagafjörður to visit the Glaumbær museum. From here we continue towards Eyjafjörður and to our final destination of the day Dalvík, a scenic fishing village with population of approx 2500.
Accommodation in Dalvík.

Day 8: DALVÍK - WHALE WATCHING TOUR - ÓLAFFJÖRÐUR - SIGLUFJÖRÐUR
Breakfast at the hotel.
We start the morning with a 3-hour whale watching boat tour.  Dalvík is located by the beautiful Eyjafjörður bay which has in the recent years been a habitat for humpback whales, minke whales, dolphins and other species. As we set sail to reach the whales, our guides – who are locals and highly experienced, will make an effort to make you feel as comfortable as possible. You’ll receive warm overalls and there are blankets on board. To ensure that the animals are not disturbed by our presence, we sail at a constant speed towards the whales’ habitat. As a result, a variety of species, from humpback whales to tiny porpoises, often surface within a few metres of the boat. When we reach the whales we’ll make sure not to disturb them with loud noises or sharp movements. Respect for the whales is a key to our tour.
Before we head back to shore we offer those who like to try Sea angling and catch some fish, the ocean around us offers gourmet fish, mostly cod or whatever the ocean will bring. Fish is easily caught with our sea angling rods even for the most inexperienced.
After the whale watching tour we drive along the scenic coastal road and through three tunnels to Siglufjörður - one of the most beautiful fishing villages set at the foot of steep mountains. Here we visit the awarded Herring Era museum.
We return to Dalvík for another overnight.

Day 9: DALVIK - AKUREYRI - GOÐAFOSS - LAKE MYVATN
Today we will see some of the most impressive sights in north Iceland. We drive east along Eyjafjordur towards Godafoss waterfall. Then continue to Laxa river and Lake Myvatn area where 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 Skutustadir, Dimmuborgir (The Dark Castle) and the solfatara field at Namaskard with its boiling mud pits and steam vents.     
In summer months the Lake is teeming with bird life as various bird and duck species come nesting in the surroundings of the lake.
We end the day with time to relax at the Nature Baths geothermal lagoon (optional entrance).
Overnight in guesthouse close to the lake.

Day 10: DETTIFOSS WATERFALL - MÖÐRUDALUR - ÁSBYRGI - HUSAVÍK - MYVATN
Breakfast at the hotel.
Dettifoss is Europe’s most powerful waterfall, 44 metres high, 100 metres wide and with an average flow of 200 m3 per second. Upstream from Dettiffoss is Selfoss at 10 metres high and downstream is Hafragilsfoss at 27 metres high.The Jökulsa River Canyon, downstream from Dettifoss, with its sheer walls and basalt columns, is an awe-inspiring sight.
Möðrudalur á Fjöllum is the highest positioned farm in Iceland (469 m above sea level) and is located in the east highlands, north of Vatnajokull. Arctic foxes can be seen in this areaThe farmland of Modrudalur is one of the most extensive in the country and there is a interesting church by the farm, built in 1949 by farmer Jon Adalsteinn Stefansson in memory of his wife. Its inner decorations and altarpiece were made by him as well.
Ásbyrgi -This  natural phenomena with sheer cliffs rising to around 100 metres also boasts beautiful woodland and the lake Botnstjörn. The extensive birch forest is a forestry conservation area. Various theories have attempted to explain this huge natural amphitheatre and it is now widely accepted that it was carved out in two catastrophic glacial floods in the River Jökulsa, the first between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago and the second, less than 3,000 years ago. The river’s course was dramatically changed and has since followed its present course east of Ásbyrgi. According to Icelandic mythology, Ásbyrgi is in fact, a hoof-mark from Óðin’s eight-footed horse, Sleipni.
Húsavík, with a population of 2.500, is situated on Skjálfanda Bay. A pretty fishing village with a  traditional wooden church that over looks the harbour.
We continue the circle to Lake Myvatn for another overnight.

Day 11: MYVATN - AKUREYRI - REYKJAVIK
Drive to Akureryi from Lake Mývatn in the morning, short sight seeing coach tour of the town.
Time at lesiure to enjoy  Akureyri , visit the local geothermal outdoor swimming pool / shopping / coffee houses/ museums /Botanical Gardens.
Option to add in a short horseback riding tour (at 14:00)
At 18:45 flight departure from Akrueyri airport to Reykjavik, estimated arrival at 19:30. Transfer to the hotel in Reykjavik for the last overnight.

Day 12: 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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