Guided Iceland Circle
From $2278 Per Person
Guided, 8 Days/7 Nights
Tuesdays and Fridays from August 21, 2018 - December 13, 2019
PROMOTION: Book on or before September 30th and save up to $200 per person
The most popular escorted tour around Iceland, weekly departures, all year round. Explore the island of fire and ice and travel with an international group on Iceland's ring road. Discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes. A local expert guide helps you explore the unspoiled Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls.
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May & October, 2018, $2461 per person. Single supplement $873
June - September, 2018, $3117 per person. Single supplement $1323
November & December 2018, $2278 per person. Single supplement $672
January - April 2019, $2278 per person. Single supplement $672
May & October, 2019, $TBA per person. Single supplement $TBA
June - September, 2019, $TBA per person. Single supplement $TBA
November & December 2019, $TBA per person. Single supplement $TBA
Day 1: Tue or Fri: Welcome to Iceland (50 km/31 miles)
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavik where you spend the night. If you book the tour without accommodation the transfer is offered to BSI bus station. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well!
Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar
Day 2: Wed or Sat: Volcano crater, Seals, Fjords & Mountains (425 km/264 miles)
At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grabrok volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbor. Further north we stop at the turf church of Vidimyri 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. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland.
Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar
Day 3: Thu or Sun: Capital of North Iceland, Lake Myvatn & Geothermal Baths (120 km/75 miles)
In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjordur fjord. In the afternoon we travel to an important spot in Iceland's history, Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Myvatn which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. We stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kalfastrond followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Myvatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike.
Accommodation at Sel-Hotel Myvatn or Hotel in Husavik
Day 4: Fri or Mon: Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs & Traveling East (250 km/155 miles)
In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch we visit the hot spring area of Namaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike 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 Vatnajokull National Park.
Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Herad or Alfheimar Guesthouse
Day 5: Sat or Tue: Fjords, Glacier & Ice (470 km/292 miles)
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 and on route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnajokull – Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Hofn, we stop at Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajokull and spend time at Europe's largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier.
Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubajarklaustur or Hotel Hofn
Day 6: Sun or Wed: South Coast (240 km/149 miles)
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vik. In the small village of Skogar there is Skogafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajokull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the 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!
Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Fludir or Hotel Eyjafjallajokull
Day 7: Mon or Thu: Icelandic Horses & Golden Circle (160 km/99 miles)
We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. We start the day at Fridheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later we’ll see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. 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. We continue to Gullfoss, "the golden falls", which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita river and attracts travelers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavik, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world's northernmost capital.
Accommodation at Icelandair Hotel Natura
Day 8: Tue or Fri: Departure (50 km/31 miles)
After breakfast - own departure arrangements.
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 during winter in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities/day trips might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but we will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
Group Size: Maximum 30 persons.
You Trip includes the following:
- 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 Iceland, in rooms with shower/wc
- 7x breakfast
- Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi
- Visit to Viðimýri turf church
- Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
- Admission to Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
- Multimedia presentation at Lava & Volcano Center in Hvolsvöllur
- 2x guided Northern Lights searches during the tour on the grounds of the hotels in the countryside, subject to weather conditions
- Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
- Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a flashlight for winter departures
This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.