Enticing Iceland Circle

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Availability : February-September

Enticing Iceland Circle

Highlights Include:

  • Iceland’s Ring Road
  • Seeing the sites of the Golden Circle
  • Experiencing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Black sand beaches and basalt columns
  • Witnessing the Lake Mývatn area beauty
  • The unique Icelandic Horse
  • Escorted tour

Photo: Rachel Habas/Borton Overseas Client

Tour Details

From: $5,622 per person | Single supplement from $1,592

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

11 days

2024 Departures: WINTER version (10 days)
February 13, March 12, April 2 – from $5,139 per person

2024 Departures: SUMMER – regular group size
May 6 – from $5,622 per person
June 10; July 1, 15, 29; August 19 – from $6,794 per person
September 16 – from $6,429 per person

2024 Departures: SUMMER – small group size (max. 16)
April 29; May 20; September 9, 23 – from $6,492 per person
June 3, 17, 24; July 8, 22; August 5, 12, 26 – from $7,825 per person

 

Travel Iceland’s Ring Road on this escorted tour which brings you around the complete island of Iceland. You will marvel at the magnificent scenery, visiting numerous waterfalls, hot springs and Europe’s biggest glacier. Experience the culture of Iceland in museums, fishing villages, and the country’s capital.

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Itinerary
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

Upon arrival in Iceland, take the airport bus to your Reykjavik hotel. You also have the option to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon or the ocean-side Sky Lagoon, geothermal spas of Iceland. Rest of the day is at your leisure to explore the capital of Iceland. Reykjavík is a city that is always growing and adding unique shops, world-class restaurants, and attractions that bring the beauty of Icelandic nature into the city. If you are tired from the flight, perhaps head to the amazing Harpa Concert Hall for a coffee and relax. If you are anxious to begin your exploration of the city, walk along the harbor, stopping for a picture at the Sun Voyager statue. Overnight in Reykjavik

Day 3Golden Circle Sights | Meals: B D

As you start your journey around Iceland this morning, take a short sightseeing tour of the city of Reykjavík to see sights like the Hallgrímskirkja Church and the Leif Erikson statue, Tjörnin pond, and the domed Perlan Observatory. Heading out of the city, you will travel the famous Golden Circle route, seeing Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake, UNESCO heritage site Thingvellir National Park, the “Golden Waterfall” of Gullfoss and the hot springs and geyser area of Geysir Strokkur before heading down to your accommodation. Dinner and Overnight in Hveragerði area

Day 4Stunning South Shore | Meals: B D

Explore enchanting Thjorsardalur valley and its ever-changing landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers, and waterfalls. If the skies are clear, you’ll also see the impressive and beautiful Mt. Hekla volcano towering over the region. Visit Stong, with a replica of a Viking-age longhouse that was buried by a volcanic eruption of Hekla. The area was a filming location for Game of Thrones. Drive along the scenic farmlands of Iceland’s South Shore. Stop to admire the scenic waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, each with its own charm. Continue to Dyrholaey (note: closed during bird nesting season, mid-May to 6/25) and the thundering waves of the Reynisfjara black sand beaches. End the day in Vik, Iceland’s southernmost town. Overnight in Vik area

Day 5Glacial Lagoon & Europe’s Largest Glacier | Meals: B

We’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east. Visit the park’s Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty, with views of rich green landscapes and black sands dominated by several magnificent glaciers. You’ll also see Svinafellsjokull, a beautiful glacial “tongue” slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull. Onward to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you’ll enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 591 foot deep lagoon. You also have the option of enjoying a boat tour amid the ice bergs (must be booked in advance). Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, named for the shrinking icebergs that settle on the black sands before drifting out to sea. Continue to the fishing port of Hofn, in the shadow of Vatnajokull glacier. Overnight in Hofn area

Day 6Rugged Eastern Coastline | Meals: B D

Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. We will also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm, such as the tiny village of Breiddalsvik, where the group will visit the Beljandi Microbrewery and sample some of the wonderful beer. You’ll meet one of the townsfolk and get a feel for life in a small Icelandic town, as well as see how great beer is made. The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. Optional excursion to Vok Geothermal Baths. Overnight in Egilsstadir area

Day 7Magical Mývatn | Meals: B D

Explore the empty vastness of the hauntingly beautiful highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi, as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area in the northeast. Visit fantastical Studlagil, an impressive canyon made of basalt columns that seem to resemble organ pipes. A viewing platform near the canyon lets you enjoy the canyon’s unique features. Studlagil is one of Iceland’s largest basalt formations. Stop at impressive Dettifoss, Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to the Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors – can feel like we are visiting another planet! Walk along the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and peek into Grjotagja, a cave with underground hot springs. Explore the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. You’ll definitely see why the surreal Myvatn area has become so popular as a movie location. Overnight in Lake Myvatn area

Day 8North Iceland's Waterfall & Akureyri | Meals: B

After visiting Myvatn area sites, stop at the magnificent Godafoss waterfall, one of North Iceland’s most important symbols. Afterwards visit Akureyri, the northern “capital“ of Iceland, a town with charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur fjord. Though small in size, Akureyri has a lively cultural scene. The rest of the day is open for you to explore Akureyri. There is the trendy Listagil area, the “Art Canyon,” where one can browse art galleries, friendly cafes or pubs for locally sourced food. Several museums are worth a visit. The botanical garden is open year-round – many visitors find it interesting that a garden so close to the Arctic Circle has such a large variety of plants.
Optional Tours offered: Whale Watching from Akureyri, or visit Forest Lagoon Geothermal Spa. Overnight in Akureyri

Day 9Skagafjordur to Rugged West Iceland | Meals: B D

Head across North Iceland. In Skagafjordur, enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait – the tolt. This horse breed has remained unchanged since Viking times. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau taking you into West Iceland. Drive through Borgarfjordur, a region recognized for its lovely volcanic and wooded scenery, plus its Viking history. Walk up to the top of Grabrok crater for an amazing view. Listen to the powerful rushing waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s mightiest hot spring area. Stop to admire the brilliantly colored Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Overnight in Borgarfjordur area

Day 10Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Reykjavík | Meals: B

Today you will explore the amazing variety of natural landscapes on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. In Snæfellsjokull National Park, Snaefellsjokull glacier covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. You’ll also see Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi, you can observe magnificent basalt rocks in stacked formations. During the day, your group will visit Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum, and learn about “hakarl,” the cured shark meat specialty that Icelanders have enjoyed since Viking time. You can even try some for yourself! At the end of the afternoon, your journey leads back to Reykjavik. Your guide will bid you farewell at your hotel. Overnight in Reykjavík

Day 11Depart Reykjavík, Iceland | Meals: B

Your morning is at leisure before taking the airport bus to the airport. You also have the option to depart Reykjavík a bit earlier and visit the Blue Lagoon independently if you didn’t visit on arrival day and head to the airport from there. Fly back to the US – or extend your stay in Iceland!

Included
  • Transatlantic airfare from New York area, including air taxes & fuel surcharges
    (please inquire for pricing from your US departure city)
  • Nine nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Eight day guided tour from/to Reykjavík with coach transportation as per itinerary
  • Brewery visit with tastings
  • Visits to Fridheimar Geothermal Greenhouse, Stong Viking-age longhouse, Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum
  • Horse show/demonstration in Skagafjörður
  • Northern Lights hunt one evening & hunt kit – for winter departures only
Not Included
  • Additional airline fees, such as meals, seat reservations, 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 and season
  • Visit our Reykjavik Day Tour blog to learn about the many options available from Iceland’s capital
  • Amphibian Boat Tour Glacier Lagoon – sail among the drifting icebergs on this excursion on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon (duration 30 minutes, available May – Sep). Must be pre-booked.
  • Vok Geothermal Baths – Enjoy the relaxing experience of floating geothermal pools in a beautiful lake setting. Includes entrance, towel rental, tisane at the tea bar.
  • Whale Watching from Akureyri – Take a boat tour to view whales and other marine life in Eyjafjordur fjord (duration 3 hours). 
  • Forest Lagoon Geothermal Spa – Relax in geothermal pools surrounded by trees and a beautiful fjord.
Notes
  • The Winter version of this tour is one day shorter, Days 3 & 4 are combined into one day.
  • Some departures may operate on a slightly different itinerary according to road conditions.

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