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All Around Iceland

Highlights Include:

  • Circle tour of Iceland 
  • Relax in the Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Hike to a dormant volcano crater
  • An encounter with the Icelandic horse
  • The dramatic East Fjords and a glacial lagoon
  • Escorted tour

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Tour Details

From: $3,717 per person | Single supplement from $815

Price includes transatlantic airfare from New York (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)

9 days

2024 Departures:  select Thursdays
January 4, 18; February 1, 15, 29; March 14, 28; April 11, 25 – from $3,717 per person
May 9, 23 – from $4,344 per person
June 6, 20; July 4, 18; August 1, 15, 29 – from $5,279 per person
September 12, 26 – from $5,395 per person
October 10, 24 – from $4,646 per person
November 7, 21; December 5 – from $4,114 per person

 

This escorted tour is an excellent introduction to the amazing Icelandic landscape. Travel the length of the Ring Road, the highway that circles the entire island, for six days with a professional guide. Your guide and driver know the best routes and places for amazing pictures and experiences, all you need to do is relax and enjoy the ride. During this all-encompassing journey around Iceland you will hike a volcano crater, soak in naturally heated pools, see icebergs floating in a glacier lagoon, and walk on a black sand beach.

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This is an escorted tour. Our Destination Specialists will work with you to customize any pre- or post-departure arrangements to your travel preferences.

Day 1Departure from US

Day 2Arrive Reykjavík, Iceland

Arrival transfer by airport bus to your hotel. There is also the option to head first to the Blue Lagoon and relax in the picture-perfect blue waters for the morning, a great way to wind down after a long overnight flight. Upon arrival in Reykjavík you have the day free to explore on your own. As the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík has some great amenities and experiences. Perhaps walk along the bay to see the Sun Voyager sculpture, or enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many world-class restaurants Reykjavík boasts. Overnight in Reykjavik

Day 3Journey North | Meals: B

This morning you will meet your tour guide and the rest of the tour group before heading out of the city, going northwest. Travel through the Hvalfjörður (Hvalfjordur) Tunnel to Borgarnes where you will stop for a hike to Grábrók volcano crater. The hike is fairly easy, as there are stairs, and it takes about 20 minutes to get to the top of the crater for stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Further north visit Glaumbær, one of Iceland’s most beautiful turf house farms and folk museums; then continue along scenic landscape and mountain passes before arriving in the capital of the north, Akureyri. Overnight in Akureyri

Day 4The North’s Unique Beauty | Meals: B

Time this morning to explore Akureyri – can walk around town and admire the panoramic view over the Eyjafjörður fjord. (An optional morning whale watching tour can be added April-October). Travel onward to visit beautiful Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. From there it is on to Lake Mývatn, an area known for the lake itself, strange & rocky lava formations surrounding it, and abundant birdlife. See the strange lava formations at Kálfaströnd, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the tephra cone Hverfjall. End the day soaking in the Mývatn Nature Baths, naturally heated pools that are filled with healing and rejuvenating minerals and vitamins. If you are traveling between late fall and early spring, there is the chance to see the Northern Lights in the nighttime sky. Overnight in Mývatn

Day 5Otherworldly Iceland | Meals: B

First up this morning is a walk through the lava formations of Dimmurborgir, the “dark castles”. There is a mystical feel to these formations that has led to the rumor of trolls living amongst the lava. In the afternoon, visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Head through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surroundings to East Iceland. From June to August, the tour includes a detour to the powerful waterfall Dettifoss. Overnight in Egilsstadir area

Day 6Geology and Glacial Lagoon | Meals: B

The drive today takes you along the amazing East Fjords, where quaint fishing villages and dramatic views are not in short supply. Stop at the Petra Stone and Mineral Collection, a display for visitors interested in the unique geology of Iceland. As you continue to the southeast, you will see the large Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest in Iceland. We end the day with a stop at Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, exploring the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in the arctic waters. A boat tour between floating icebergs is included in the program from May through September. You can walk on the black sandy beach (The Diamond Beach) where large icebergs get stranded. There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening, from mid-September to mid-April. Overnight in Southeast Iceland

Day 7Waterfalls, Volcanoes, and Black Sand Beaches | Meals: B

Travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and get a glimpse at Europe’s second-largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. The journey continues with a beautiful drive across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Experience the unique Icelandic Lava Show where you get to witness and feel the heat from molten lava! Stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the village of Skógar, we visit Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the more impressive waterfalls in the country. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain. An exciting trail goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! (There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening, from mid-September to mid-April.) Overnight in Hella

Day 8Icelandic horses & the Golden Circle | Meals: B

Your first stop along the famous Golden circle route is a ranch and greenhouse Friðheimar, where you will learn about the Icelandic horse. These purebred horses are very special to Icelanders as they have a fascinating history, being originally brought over by Vikings. After a visit to a geo-thermal greenhouse, continue along the Golden Circle visiting Geysir geo-thermal fields, with main geyser Strokkur erupting high in the air every few minutes. Then on to the impressive golden falls, two-level Gullfoss waterfall, and lastly Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the rift between the continents. Finally, this afternoon you will return to Reykjavík, with a short city tour ending at your hotel. Overnight in Reykjavik

Day 9Depart Reykjavik, Iceland | Meals: B

Departure transfer to the airport with the airport bus. (If you didn’t visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, it can be scheduled for today instead, en route to Keflavik Airport.) Depart on your flight to the US – or extend your stay in Scandinavia!

Included
  • Transatlantic airfare from New York, including government taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)
  • Seven nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • English-speaking tour guide from Day 3 to 8
  • Transportation and sightseeing by motor coach as indicated
  • Entrances to Glaumbær Folk Museum, and Icelandic Lava Show
  • Entrance with use of towel at Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Amphibian boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (May-Sept, depending on weather conditions)
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Two evenings of Northern Lights program (Sept-mid April departures only)
Not Included
  • Ancillary airline fees, such as meals, seat reservations, and luggage costs
  • Travel insurance, recommended
  • Fees for passports
  • Transfers, sightseeing, activities, meals and beverages not specified
  • Luggage handling at airports and hotels
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, spa services, internet, phone, etc.
Optional Excursions
At additional cost, subject to availability
Notes
  • From mid-September through mid-April, it may be possible to see the Northern Lights (sightings not guaranteed).
  • Daily Driving – Total mileage with airport transfer is about 1,023 miles, which is an average of 172 miles per day. You will spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. Some days the driving might be longer than on other days
  • In rare cases, change of itinerary might be necessary during winter departures should snow, road, and weather conditions not allow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but reasonable alternatives will be found where and whenever possible.
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