Across the Widerness Escorted Coach Tour 2012
Here's the itinerary:
An easy first day begins with a visit to Thingvellir National
Park, the ancient site of the world's first parliament and a jewel
of nature. Next you’ll travel to the nearby Geysir geothermal area
and witness boiling pools and hot springs. The most active geyser,
Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes. Onwards
to the beautiful Gullfoss (“Golden”) waterfalls, amongst the most
impressive in Iceland. Overnight in the Hvolsvöllur area.
The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards the Vatnajökull ice cap, by far the largest in Europe. You circumnavigate the Öræfajökull volcano with Iceland’s highest point, Hvannadalshnjúkur. The turn-around point today is Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float in water which is full of life. An optional boat tour among the icebergs is possible. At Svínafellsjökull you’ll experience close encounters with a glacier tongue. On the way you’ll pass Skaftafell national park. Overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
Meander along the primitive Fjallabaksleið interior track to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains with the option of bathing in a naturally warm geothermalpool. This pearl of the interior consists of deep valleys and sculptured, often mossy mountains, many formed in volcanic eruptions under ice-age ice caps, forging a powerful, colorful experience. Overnight in the Þjórsárdalur area.
Discover hidden parts of the Icelandic interior, exploring the vast and desolate wilderness of the Sprengisandur highland route. Sprengisandur is the longest stretch between the South and North and is passable only during the late summer months. You’ll enjoy lunch, (which will be provided), at the Nýidalur mountain hut in the country’s center, as no services are available on the way. No bridges over the rivers means several river crossings on this rough track. Overnight in the Lake Mývatn area.
A fully packed day with a wild variety of landscapes. Travel
through Húsavík town and around the Tjörnes peninsula, the most
northern point of your journey. Discover the serene
horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi National Park
Goðafoss waterfall is visited before “Capital of the North” and
the second largest urban area in Iceland. Spend some
The journey continues through rolling farmlands and across Laxárdalsheiði heath to the Viking Age house at Eiríksstaðir, the original home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leifur Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. Next you’ll pass through a series of small fishing villages on the northern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Overnight in the Snæfellsnes area.
A day in Snæfellsnes National Park. Circle around the legendary
Snæfellsjökull glacier, where, according to Jules Verne, is the
entrance to the center of the Earth. Continue to the expansive
black sea shore of Djúpalónssandur. Stop at the picturesque harbor
village of Arnarstapi with its magnificent columnar basalt rock
formations. Take a unique walk between the villages of Arnarstapi
and Hellnar before continuing to Reykjavik. Overnight in
After breakfast travelers on early flights will make an early departure via Flybus to the airport., while those leaving late afternoon will have time to explore a bit of Reykjavík, do some shopping, or soak in the warm swimming pool in nearby Laugardalur, before being picked up by the Flybus around 1 PM.
Price (flights, taxes and fuel surcharges
Travel dates include a pre and post night. As with any of the Iceland Adventure tours, we'll be happy to arrange for you to arrive in Iceland a few days before the tour starts, or to stay a few days after the tour ends - just ask!
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Price includes post tour night and flights
Finer Print: Price includes round trip airfare, including fuel surcharge and departure taxes from Boston, New York Minneapolis, Washington Dulles International Airport, Denver. Ask about Seattle, Toronto, Halifax and Europe. The price also includes all airport transfers and pick ups at your accommodations for the listed tours. Accommodations are in double rooms, with breakfast every day. Single and triple rooms are available. Note - not all gateways have departures all days. The price also includes all airport transfers, 2 nights in a Reykjavik hotel with breakfast. During the tour you’ll spend all nights in hotels, with private baths.
Also included in this tour are 9 days with driver-guide from/to Reykjavík, Accommodation 8 nights w/breakfast and w/facilities in the countryside, 8 dinners in the countryside, and entrance Eric the Red museum