What's so special about the Best of
Iceland? It's a whole new idea, actually, combining comfortable
touring, good guiding and flexibility. The Complete Best of Iceland
is 14 days, with a pre and post night in Reykjavik, then 6 nights
in North Iceland and 5 in the south. Not only do you cover a lot of
territory with your guide, but you can also choose to take (or not)
some optional half and full day tours along the way. You also have
the choice to do stuff on your own - hiking, riding or organized
tours, or lounging, swimming and relaxing. Great concept --and for
the time-impaired, you can have the 7 day version - the Best of
North Iceland or the Best of South Iceland!Our Prices include taxes, fuel charges
and a number of “extras”.
See the details under Prices.
Here's the Daily Itinerary:
Sunday; Day 1:
Welcome to Iceland
arrival in Iceland, be dropped at your hotel in Reykjavik, with day
to explore. Lots of great places to eat, enjoy, relax.
Monday Day 2:
West Iceland to Akureyri in the
You'll set out after breakfast and head
to West Iceland, to explore Hraunfossar waterfalls, Europe's most
powerful hot spring and climb the extinct volcano Grábrók. Then
it's further north a stop an excellent little museum the Glaumbær
Turf Farmstead, and then traveling along fjords and over mountains
to Akureyri, where you'll be based for the next 5 nights.
Tuesday Day 3:
Akureyri and Hrisey Island
Get to know the capital of North Iceland
a bit with a city walk in the morning, and a visit to it's
excellent botanical garden. The rest of the day is free for hiking
or other day tours around the town. Tour option: an afternoon excursion by bus & ferry to
Hrísey Island. This is Iceland's second largest island, known for
it's bird life you may see ptarmigan, arctic terns and eider ducks.
4-5 hours $80 per person
You'll have a full day guided excursion to
historic Goðafoss waterfall and Lake Mývatn, known for its rich
bird life and extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes.
Thursday Day 5:
Free day or Siglufjordur
Explore Akureyri on your own, go hiking or
on a riding tour which can be booked locally, or join an optional
day excursion to Siglufjörður.Tour option: It's a very pretty drive along fjords and
through tunnels to Iceland's most northern town, Siglufjörður. It's
in quite a dramatic setting, and has been known over the years as
Iceland's herring capital 8 hours $130. per person
Friday, Day 6:
Husavik, Asbyrgi and Dettifoss - A
Nautical Northern Town and Natural Wonders
North along Eyjafjordur then east to Húsavík,
a pretty little town which is the whale watching capital of Iceland
.You can join a whale watching cruise or
visit the town some of the many museums. In the afternoon you'll
travel to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, and visit the horseshoe
shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful
waterfall.Tour option: take a 2-hour whale-watching cruise with North
Sailing (weather permitting) $80 pp.
Saturday, Day 7:
The Kjolur Highland Road - Glaciers,
an Oasis and raw wilderness
history via the Kjolur Route. This ancient interior track has taken
travelers from north to south, and south to north, between the
glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull for centuries. It's much more
comfortable in today's modern coaches, but the vast desert
landscape remains unchanged. You'll have a chance to soak in the
hot springs of Hveravellir, as have other outlaws in Iceland's
past. You'll be back in the south for the next 6 nights.
JÓRSÁRDALUR, Waterfalls, Viking Farm
You'll head a bit inland today, through
lava-shaped landscape near the famous volcano Hekla. Traveling past
farms and hills, you'll go to Hjálparfoss waterfall, and the Viking
farm ruins of Stöng and hike through a lush rift zone to the
waterfall Gjáin that appears like an oasis in this moon
Monday Day 9:
South Shore -
Bird Cliffs, Lava Beaches, Visiting a Glacier
Lots to take in — visit the glaciers, waterfalls, bird cliffs and lava beaches of South Iceland. You will have free time for an optional glacier walk or visit Skogar together with the guide.
Tour option: Glacial trek: if you’ve ever wanted to really experience a glacier, well, today’s the day. There’s an option for a 3 hour trek across the glacier Solheimajokul, with good guides, and all necessary equipment. Don’t miss this! $65
Tuesday, Day 10:
Westman Islands= Millions of Puffins Nest here
Head offshore with a ferry trip to the volcanic Westman Islands. Here you can explore the village of Heimaey by foot, see lava from recent eruptions, perhaps see some of the millions of puffins that
spend the summer here.
Wednesday, Day 11:
Free day or Vatnajokull National Park option
There are hiking and riding options nearby and other tours as well or you can join your guide for a trip to the southern part of Vatnajokull National Park.
Tour Option: Travel through Southern Iceland, across the glacial sands and outwash plain to Vatnajokull glacier. This is Europe’s largest glacier, and there are lots of interesting activities. You can hike to where to the basalt Svartifoss waterfall, travel alongside Iceland’s highest mountains and to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with its floating icebergs. 12 hours $190. Add about $35 for boat ride.
Thursday, Day 12:
Circle -Major Visitor Sites; Well Worth a Visit
Heading west, you'll take in the trio of wonders known as the
Golden Circle the original boiling water spout, Geysir, the double
falls of Gullfoss and the historical and geological sights of
Thingvellir National Park
Friday, Day 13:
Reykjanes, Blue Lagoon with its Spa,
Lots to take in on this last day as you
travel from South Iceland back to the capital. There' hot springs,
impressive bird cliffs, a walk across the bridge between two
continents, and lighthouses. There's also an optional visit to the
world famous Blue Lagoon and a city tour of Reykjavík.
Tour option: Blue Lagoon – Iceland’s iconic hot water spot, it’s a natural combo of hot mineral water and cold sea water . All natural if a bit tamed with comfy changing rooms, massages, and a nice café and great restaurant. $60 for adults.
Saturday Day 14:
Time to say good
You'll have the morning to sleep, shop,
swim, explore and then head back to Keflavik Airport for your
flight home. It's hard to imagine that many others on your plane
will have been able to see and experience as much as your Best of
More or Less
In addition to the guided options offered on days 3, 5 and 10, there are a nice array of short options that will be available for group members as they pass by. These are less involved than the guided options, but will add a lot to your enjoyment of the tour. We list a few options on the days they are available. Prices are approximate – but you’ll be able to pay on the spot.
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If you like this itinerary but don't want to do
it as a coach tour, don't go away! We can lay out a custom driving
tour that will include most of these activities (and perhaps even
Important: Good hiking
boots, warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, hat,
gloves and a towel are needed for this trip - we'll provide a gear
list. All necessary specialized equipment for activities is
Download a PDF of the itinerary of the Best of Iceland
Prices and Dates for 2016
The Best of Iceland is available as a 14 day 13 night complete
package with both North and South Iceland.Also available are
8 day /7 night Best of North Iceland or 8 day night Best of South Iceland. Either option is good -- but of course the Complete
package is the Best of the Best!
The's a choice of accommodations on the
tour, and your pre and post night sin Reykjavik will be at a
similar kind of accommodations
The Best of Iceland
tours run 5 times in the summer of 2015
These dates include travel days in
addition to the tour -- we can arrange for an earlier arrival or
Best of Iceland Complete, North and South: 14 days, 13
There are lot of choces here. Call us if you need any guidance.
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Ptices and Accommodations
3 Star option for Complete in comfortable rooms
with TV, phone, and private bath, there are swimming pools and hot
tubs nearby, some good restaurants as well as hiking, and riding.
The northern hotel is in the middle of Akureyri, the southern one
in the small town of Hella
Price listed for single and per person double occupancy
Price* listed for
single and per person double occupancy (pp/do)
Complete Best of Iceland - north and South
3* Price* per person
2 $4418 pp/do
4 Star Option for Complete is in Hotel Kea in
North, Hotel Ranga in South. Lovely rooms, nice amenities, TV,
Telephone, WiFi, hairdryer, minibar and plenty of extras. Excellent
restaurants, good service and all the comfort you need.
Complete Best of Iceland - north and South
4* Price* per person
2 $5747 (pp/do)
*Finer Print: Price includes international airfare from the US east coast*, airport transfers and any pre and post tour accommodations needed. The tour itself includes 13 nights in double rooms with breakfast in a choice of hotels, lots of guided touring, as well as some optional tours, some which can be pre booked while others are bookable during the tour. The Best of North and Best of South Iceland are the same, except they include 7 nights in double rooms
*Not included are Travel Insurance, lunch – a stop will be made to purchase this every day. Dinners: not included but both towns offer an array of al a carte options, optional tours as mentioned in the itinerary
Finest print. Please note that our tour prices are subject to revision until you book your tour by making a deposit.
Our contract rates for air aren’t always available as we get close to travel dates. While we make every effort to keep prices on our webpages and their PDFs up to the minute, things can change quickly. We welcome phone calls or email about prices and any other details.
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