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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. All this, all year 'round. Choose between midnight sun and northern lights
Here's the Itinerary of what you'll see and do:
Day 0 Thursday
Leave the US on an overnight flight from your Icelandair gateway, and hopeully sleep before your early morning arrival
Day 1 Friday
Welcome to Iceland (50 km/31 mls)
Land at Keflavik Airport and then take the Flybus shuttle bus to Reykjavik, where you will spend the night at the Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavík. We will provide you with ideas about exploring Iceland’s capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well!
Day 2 Saturday
Volcano Crater, Seals, Fjords and Mountains (425 km/264 mls)
Meet your tour guide then head north and west through spectacular landscape. Stop in West Iceland to climb the Grábrók volcano crater. In the afternoon visit the seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland then stop at the turf church of Viðimýri widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. Continuing along scenic fjord landscape and over several impressive mountain passes you will soon reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland where you’ll spend the night at the Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.
Day 3 Sunday
The Capital of North Iceland, Lake Myvatn and Geothermal Baths
(120 km/75 mls)
There’s time to explore Akureyri this morning. This charming town of 17000 inhabitants has a wonderful botanical garden and panoramic views over Eyjafjörður fjord. Further east you’ll visit one of Iceland’s special, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Then on to Lake Mývatn, known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. Visit the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd walk around the many pseudo craters, and then soak off the day at Mývatn Nature Baths with its unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. Spend the night at the Hotel Reynihlíð on the north shore of the lake.
Day 4 Monday
Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs and Travel to the East (250 km/155 mls)
A hike in the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, starts the day – perhaps you’ll get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. There’s an optional lunch then visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. As you travel through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. you might be lucky enough to spot an Arctic fox or reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Overnight is at Icelandair Hotel Hérað in Egilstadir.
Day 5 Tuesday
Fjords, a Glacier and Ice
(470 km/292 mls)
Today, admire the dramatic fjord landscape and the tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and with a stop at an interesting stone and mineral collection along the way. In the afterEnoon you’ll start to see Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. South of Höfn, is Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, black sandy beaches where large icebergs get stranded and where you might see seals swimming in arctic waters. Depending on the season, optional boat trips through the lagoon are available. Then you’ll travel along the southern edge of Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. Spend the night at the Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur about 45 km west of the park.
Day 6 Wednesday
The South Coast
(240 km/149 mls)
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits you heading across the Eldhraun lava field, across the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. There will be a stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. You’ll visit the small village of Skógar home of one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country, Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high. Visit Eyjafjallajökull Information Center to learn about life around glaciers and an active volcano. 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! Spend the night at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir.
Day 7 Thursday
Icelandic Horses and the Golden Circle (160 km/99 mls)
Iceland’s classics are yours today as you visit the Golden Circle sights. The day starts at Friðheimar, where you learn about the special qualities of the Icelandic horse, and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Walk among the hot springs and bubbling pools at the Geysir geothermal fields then on to Gullfoss, “the golden falls”, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita River. Enjoy south Iceland traveling to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, ancient home of Iceland’s parliament. Soon you’ll be back in Reykjavík, for a short city tour of highlights of the world’s northernmost capital. Spend your last night at the Icelandair Hotel Natura – and perhaps take the opportunity to sample some of Reykjavik’s great restaurants and legendary night life.
Day 8 Friday
Leave for Home (50 km/31 mls)
You may have the morning free to relax shop, enjoy the swimming pools or perhaps schedule a visit to the Blue Lagoon before heading to Keflavik Airport for your flight back home.
Here's a PDF of the Guided Iceland Tour to download and print
Departures most weeks You leave US on a Thursday and Return to US on the following Friday
Prices may vary for holiday weeks
Prices, per person, for departures year round
Jan - April
Sept - Dec
This 8 day/7 night tour starts in Iceland every Friday, year round. Travelers need to depart the US no later than the Thursday before. Prices are listed by season, but those may vary depending on flight seats. Booking your tour earlier will always bring you the best possible price
Price includes round trip flights from Icelandair east coast gateways – New York, Boston, Washington Dulles, airport transfers, 6 day coach tour with guide, 7 nights accommodations with private bath, breakfast every day, natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi, Viðimýri turf church, Mývatn Nature Baths, Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection, at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center, Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse, Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a flash light for winter departures
Price does NOT include; travel insurance, lunches or dinner, nor any tour or activities not specifically included.
Dinners for the 4 nights in the countryside hotels is available as a pre purchased package – this will be a “chefs choice” 3 course dinner or buffet . Otherwise you can purchase them at the hotels
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