Ultimate Iceland - 2016 - NEW

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Spectacular glaciers, lava formations, geysers and fjords, the world famous Blue Lagoon mixed with the warmth and quirkiness of the local people – this trip showcases the true jewels of Iceland. You'll enjoy Insider moments like... admiring the wall of giant books and the glacial mountain backdrop at a museum dedicated to Thorbergur Thordarson. A local tell...

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy

Highlights

    • City tour in Reykjavik
    • Visit the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik, the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
    • View the Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, the Möðrudalsöræfi plateau, Dettifoss waterfall, boiling mud pools at the Námaskarð pass, lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the Godafoss waterfall
    • See Eldhraun lava field, Vatnajökull glacier, Eastern fjords and Lake Myvatn

What's this trip about?

    Spectacular glaciers, lava formations, geysers and fjords, the world famous Blue Lagoon mixed with the warmth and quirkiness of the local people – this trip showcases the true jewels of Iceland. You'll enjoy Insider moments like... admiring the wall of giant books and the glacial mountain backdrop at a museum dedicated to Thorbergur Thordarson. A local tells you how the Icelandic author's formative years were shaped by the area's rich storytelling heritage.

Details

Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Birding
  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • Europe
  • Iceland

Attractions

  • Akureyri
  • Gullfoss
  • Reykjavík

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Caving
  • Culture
  • History
  • Nature

Trip includes

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation
    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
    • Optional Experiences and free time
    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
    • VIP entry to many sights
    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

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Itinerary

1. ARRIVE REYKJAVIK (2 NIGHTS) Welcome to Reykjavik. The capital of Iceland is yours to start exploring after you check in to your hotel. Tonight meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. Meal(s) Welcome Reception Hotel Grand Reykjavik 2. REYKJAVIK SIGHTSEEING AND BLUE LAGOON VISIT AND BATHE Explore Reykjavik on a sightseeing tour this morning. See all the city‘s major attractions including the Parliament, the harbour, the National Museum, Laugardalur swimming pool and the city‘s main landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja church standing on the top of a hill in the city centre. This afternoon experience a Cultural Insight when you visit and bathe in the world famous Blue Lagoon. (Please remember to pack you swimwear.) Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast 3. REYKJAVIK – THINGVELLIR – GULLFOSS – GEYSER AREA – VÍK AREA First stop leaving Reykjavik will be at the historically significant Thingvellir National Park. Here you can see how the movements of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates created cracks on the Earth's crust. Enjoy great photo opportunities in the world-famous hot spring area of Geyser. Wait a few minutes for Strokkur to erupt and send a spectacular water and steam column high into the air. Close by is the majestic Gullfoss, the 'Golden Waterfall'. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before arriving in the Vík area for dinner. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Dinner Hotel Katla 4. VÍK AREA – SKAFTAFELL – JÖKULSÁRLÓN – HÖFN This morning cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth before reaching the Skaftafell National Park. Here you'll also start seeing the largest glacier in Iceland, the Vatnajökull that covers more than 8% of the island. Continue to the spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and see the birthplace of icebergs. You'll even have the option to take a trip on an amphibian boat and get close to the icebergs for a different kind of view. This afternoon enjoy a Cultural Insight at the Thorbergur Centre where you'll learn about one of Iceland's most famous writers- complete with a cake and coffee or tea. Spend the evening in Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Hotel Höfn 5. HÖFN – EASTERN FJORDS – LAKE LAGARFLJOT Make sure your camera is charged as you start the day with a drive through the Almannaskard pass where you can stop and admire the majestic coastline. Continue onto the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. You might decide to visit Petra´s Mineral Collection in Stödvarfjördur. Learn about Petra, this well-known and beloved local while you wander amongst her vast collection. Tonight stay in the forest on the shores of Lake Lagarfljot in the Egilsstadir area. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Dinner Hotel Hallormsstadur 6. LAKE LAGARFLJOT – DETTIFOSS – LAKE MYVATN – AKUREYRI (2 NIGHTS) Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Mödrudalsöræfi, heading to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Continue towards Námaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area including the magical lava formations of Dimmuborgir. Head towards the bustling northern port of Akureyri with a stop at the magnificent Godafoss waterfall. Akureyri boasts some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Dine tonight at your hotel. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Dinner Hotel Kea 7. AKUREYRI – SIGLUFJÖRDUR EXCURSION The town of Siglufjördur is nestled in a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland's steep northern mountains. You'll have the option to visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum, and have time to explore Siglufjördur at your leisure. Walk along the harbour, visit the church, one of the local art galleries, cafés and shops. Arrive back to Akureyri in the afternoon with time to explore further. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast 8. AKUREYRI – STYKKISHÓLMUR Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to the Skagafjördur area famous for horses and history. In this region enjoy a Be My Guest lunch on a horse farm and learn about the unique Icelandic horse breed. Overnight in the picturesque Stykkishólmur. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Be My Guest Dining Hotel Stykkisholmur 9. STYKKISHOLMUR – SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA – REYKJAVIK Snæfellsnes is a unique area with a variety of geological interest such as lava fields, volcanoes, glacier, springs, beautiful formed rock, yellow and black sand beaches and caves as well as interesting bird life. The main attraction is without a doubt Snæfellsjökull glacier, a beautifully shaped strato volcano at the very end of the peninsula. The glacier is also known as the location for Jules Verne's novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth', captured in the unspoilt natural wonder surrounding it. This afternoon complete your circuit around Iceland as you arrive back in Reykjavik. Celebrate tonight with a Farewell Dinner. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast Farewell Dinner Hotel Grand Reykjavik 10. DEPART REYKJAVIK Say goodbye to your companions and Travel Director after an unforgettable trip. Transfers are provided to Keflavik airport. Conditions apply. Meal(s) Buffet Breakfast

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  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 5 dinners.
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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Hofn

Glacier Lagoon Experience Adult Price: €37.00 During this exciting boat trip on the lagoon, we'll sail among huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. We'll also taste the 1000-year-old ice and, if we're lucky, might even see some seals!

Egilsstadir

Petra's Stones Adult Price: €7.00 Join us on a visit to Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection, formerly this local legend's home and now a museum. Petra amassed a rich collection of rocks and minerals during her lifetime in this active volcanic region. Admire her unique collection wandering the beautiful landscaped gardens and displays in the museum.

SIGLUFJORDUR

Herring Era Museum Visit Adult Price: €10.00 Visit Iceland‘s largest maritime museum, formerly an old salting station which was abandoned after the collapse of the herring stock in 1969. Siglufjordur was once the center of the herring fisheries in Iceland, and the herring played a very large role in the nations economy and industry, providing as much as 44% of the nations export income during some years.

AKUERYRI

Whale Watching Adult Price: €72.00 Enjoy a boat tour that will take you on a search for majestic whales through stunning landscapes and beautiful coastlines. The frequency of sightings makes this the perfect day excursion for travelers in North Iceland.

Stykkisholmur

Taste of Iceland Adult Price: €79.00 On this incredible boat tour you'll view scores of birds, sail around numerous islands, explore strangely-shaped cliffs, and experience exceptionally-strong tidal currents. The first taste of Iceland will be fresh shellfish and delicacies we'll catch straight from the sea - the freshest appetizer possible! The next taste will be a wonderful-light dinner in the ship's restaurant.

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