Country Life 2019 - 9 days

Iceland Circle Tour

Country Life 2019 - 9 days

Iceland Circle Tour

This round-the-island tour shows you highlights of Icelandic nature, geological wonders, historical and cultural sites. We introduce you to the life in the countryside where you learn about the Icelandic horse, experience fish angling, visit a folk museum with its turf houses, visit a Viking Age Settlement museum and explore the natural habitat of whales on a whale watching tour. You bathe in a pool of geothermal water rich in minerals and silica, walk on black lava beaches and sail between floating icebergs on a glacial lagoon. This is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the whole variety of Icelandic landscape, culture, history, and nature in only nine days. You visit two of Iceland's three national parks, and there are opportunities to do some walks in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodation is in a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels, in rooms are with private facilities.

HIGHLIGHTS AND Experiences
- Complete circle tour around Iceland’s ring road
- Climb a small volcano crater
- Whale watching and sea angling
- Boat trip on glacial lagoon with floating icebergs
- See the most powerful waterfall in Europe - Dettifoss
- Average of one to two hours walking a day
- Look into an explosion crater
- See waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, glaciers and fjords
- Visit to two National Parks, Ţingvellir and Vatnajökull
- Visit to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
- Small group travel, maximum 20 persons
- Free Wi-Fi on the bus to instantly share your best times in Iceland on social media

Please note that this tour books up quickly. An update on availability may not appear immediately at our website after the tour fills up. Kindly contact us to check for availability before making an online booking.

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GG02 Map

AVAILABLE:
June 1 to September 21

DURATION:
9 days / 8 nights

TOUR ID:
GG02

Included

    Included in the tour:
    8 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc
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    7-day fully escorted tour with an English speaking guide or drive guide
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    Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)
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    All transportation in destination location
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    8x breakfast and 6x 3-course dinner
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    Entrance fees
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    Visit to two national parks
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    Whale watching and sea angling tour (weather permitting)
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    Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
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    Icelandic horse show
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    Entrance fee and towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
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    Admission to Icelandic settlement center
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    Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum
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Not Included

    Any private expenses
    Dinner in Reykjavík not included.
    Lunch
    Any additional services

Itinerary

Day 1. Welcome to Iceland


The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland.
(50 km/31 mls)

Overnight: Reykjavík

Day 2. Land of Sagas


After a short Reykjavík city tour, you will head north from Iceland's capital to West Iceland. The settlement center in Borgarnes introduces us to the Icelandic sagas where we learn about their impact on Iceland through the ages. The afternoon is filled with fascinating natural spots. A 40-minute round-trip hike to the rim of Grábrók volcano crater, formed about 3400 years ago. For anyone interested in geology, this is a "must-see". The crater is in the middle of a vast lava field and from the top, you have superb views of the beautiful landscape. Deildartunguhver is one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe. The water that flows here is boiling and sizzling. Soon after, we explore Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacial river. Nearby is Barnafoss waterfall. Later this day enjoy Medieval Icelandic history at the cultural site in Reykholt, which was the home of the 13th-century writer, scholar and chieftain Snorri Sturluson, who wrote many sagas. Visit Snorri’s pool, one of Iceland’s most important cultural and archaeological sites.

190 km (118 miles)

Overnight: West Iceland

Day 3. From West to North


This day starts with a long drive over mountain passes, through lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscapes to North Iceland. You will pass Skagafjörđur, known as the "valley of horses". After a lunch break, we go whale watching and sea angling for 2-3 hours at Eyjafjörđur, Iceland's longest fjord, right below the Arctic Circle. The most common species are humpback and minke whales, harbor porpoises and dolphins. The success rate to spot whales is about 98 %. The tour also includes about 30 minutes of sea angling. Next stop is Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city before going to the picturesque town of Húsavík in Northeast Iceland where you will stay for the next two nights.

(460 km/286 mls)

Overnight:(North-East Iceland)

Day 4. Geological Wonders and Nature Baths


The day begins with Gođafoss, "the waterfall of the Gods", one of the country's most spectacular waterfalls and a prominent spot in Iceland's history. Then you will tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile regions in the world so close to the Arctic Circle and also known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. The lake's unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, any kind of volcanic craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds and ducks. You will then stroll through the mysterious lava field of Dimmuborgir, look at pseudo craters and see the tephra cone Hverfjall. Today's last stop is the Mývatn Nature Baths, where you will in 36-40 degrees warm geothermal water, which contains a lot of minerals, is alkaline and well-suited for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath.

(170 km/106 mls)

Overnight:(North-East Iceland)

Day 5. From North to East


Start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarđ with hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools. At Krafla you will see the impacts of volcanic activity and smell the sulfur. Víti is a circular explosion crater filled with blue water which has boiled for 100 years until the early 19th century and is surrounded by volcanic landscape and colorful mountains. The name Víti signifies "Hell", and the area is quite surreal. The water, colorful mountains, and the steam hissing out of vents create an eerie atmosphere. The journey continues to the 44-meter high Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. From there you will head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. Along the way, a stop will be made at Möđrudalur, the all-year residence at the highest altitude in Iceland, 469m above sea level. Enjoy the view of Herđubreiđ, the queen of the Icelandic mountains. Next there is a visit to the church at the farm, built by hand in 1949 by the former farmer in the memory of his late wife. You will then continue through a fascinating barren landscape and through a long valley called Jökuldalur. In the evening you will reach the fertile region of Fljótsdalshérađ with its narrow glacial lake, Lögurinn. Keep your eyes open for the giant "Lake-Worm"!

(330 km/205 mls)

Overnight: East Iceland

Day 6. Fjords, Glacier and Glacier Lagoon


Today the Icelandic ring road will take us toward the southeast. It's a day to admire green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. A stop will be made at the charming village of Djúpivogur. Soon after that you will see Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, a stop will be made to join a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, considered one of the highlights on tour around Iceland. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lake and out to sea. Many of you might recognize the glacier and ice lagoon from films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! Walk along the black sands of the so-called Diamond beach. Spend your evening in Vatnajökull National Park.

(390 km/242 mls)

Overnight: Vatnajökull glacier area

Day 7. Vatnajökull National Park and the South Coast


Today you will explore Vatnajökull National Park which covers about 14 % of Iceland, making it Europe's second-largest national park in terms of area after Yugyd Va in Russia. The park offers amazing contrasts in landscape with glaciers, moors, mountains, birch forests, glacial rivers, brooks and sandy outwash plains. Explore the region of Skaftafell that is nestled below Iceland's highest peak and the second-biggest stratovolcano in Europe, Hvannadalshnjúkur. You will walk close to one of the many glacial tongues in the area. Then you will cross a sandy desert and drive along the south coast, always between the sea, rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. You will see Eldhraun, "fire lava", an enormous and incredibly beautiful lava field which was created by the year-long Laki eruption in 1783. This eruption was devastating for Iceland. The years that followed are referred to the "misty times", due to the volcanic ash lingering for a long time in the air. The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vík, is widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beach in Iceland and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. The area has an abundant birdlife, including puffins, fulmars, and guillemots. Iceland's past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Next stop is the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall, often harboring a rainbow. You will travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and visit the narrow and 65-meter high Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a trail that leads behind the fall. You must be prepared to get wet! After that, the journey continues through the biggest agricultural area of Iceland to tonight's overnight location in South Iceland.

(340 km/211 mls)

Overnight: South Iceland

Day 8. The Golden Circle


Today you will see classics, starting with horses. At Friđheimar farm you will meet an individual four-footed player in Iceland's history. During an educational and entertaining horse show, you are introduced with a professional but also personal display to the gaits and unique qualities of the Icelandic horse. This peculiar breed has adapted to Iceland's landscape in a way that made it a full partner in farm and city life. The Golden Circle sights follow. Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls", tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travelers all year. Next stop is the active geothermal area of Geysir, where you can see Strokkur, "the churn", spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to ten minutes. Then you will continue to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Ţingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and an area of exceptional geological and historical interest. See with your own eyes the rift dividing the continental plates of America and Eurasia before returning to the capital.

(210 km/130 mls)

Overnight: Reykjavík

Day 9. Departure


Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík international airport.

(50 km/31 mls)

Tour Dates

June 01, 2019 English Guaranteed
June 15, 2019 English Guaranteed
June 29, 2019 English Guaranteed
July 13, 2019 English Guaranteed
July 27, 2019 English Guaranteed
August 10, 2019 English Guaranteed
August 24, 2019 English Guaranteed
September 07, 2019 English Guaranteed
September 21, 2019 English Guaranteed

Price Information

June 01, 2019 - August 30, 2019:
Double / Twin or Triple room per person 420000 ISK (3000 EUR)
Single room per person 552000 ISK (3943 EUR)
September 01, 2019 - September 30, 2019:
Double / Twin or Triple room per person 398999 ISK (2850 EUR)
Single room per person 524400 ISK (3746 EUR)

Optional

 

VIP seating
Price: 35001 ISK (250 EUR)

Payments & Terms

20 % Deposit
Cancellation Policy
A cancellation fee of 20% of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made from 4 to 8 weeks before tour start. A cancellation fee of 50% will be charged for bookings cancelled 8-28 days prior to tour start. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 8 days before departure, or for no-shows, and a tour begun but not completed. The exchange of one arrangement for another must be agreed by us beforehand. TOURIS reserves the right to charge a non-refundable bookings fee/payment deposit of up to 20 % in order to secure space on the tour.

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.

Duration:
9 days / 8 nights

Departure Time:
09:00 on day 2 from Fosshótel Reykjavík (subject to change)

Language:
English

Group size 2019:
Maximum 20 passengers

Optional VIP seating: Supplement for a guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and the next seat remaining empty (a passenger gets actually two seats). Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, on first comes - first served basis.

Min Age: 8+

On Tour:
This tour gives you a good impression of the country life in Iceland, experiencing nature and culture in harmony and we visit two national parks.

Accommodation 2019:

Accommodation is provided in simple but clean hotels with private facilities. Most of our groups will stay at the following hotel (subject to change):

- Fosshotel Reykjavík
- Fosshotel Reykholt, West Iceland
- Fosshotel Húsavík, Northeast Iceland
- Hotel Hallormsstađur, East Iceland
- Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Southeast Iceland
- Hotel Örk, Hveragerđi, South Iceland
- Fosshotel Reykjavík


Meals:
8x breakfast and 6x dinner (3-course or buffet). Dinner on Reykjavík nights not included. Lunch stops will be made at restaurants or café-shops en route.


Payment:

A non refundable deposit of 20%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.

Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for TOURIS to ensure efficiency, including the passengers name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

Travel Insurance:
To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

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