Country Life 2020 - 9 days

Iceland Circle Tour

Country Life 2020 - 9 days

Iceland Circle Tour

June, July and August are the “official summer months” in Iceland with up to 24 hours of daylight and the time of the midnight sun. The temperatures are mild, wildlife is most active, and nature is in bloom. In activities, you will learn about the Icelandic horse, experience sea angling, enter 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 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, all 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
• Soak in the geothermal nature baths at Lake Mývatn
• See the most powerful waterfall in Europe - Dettifoss
• Visit to two national parks, Ţingvellir and Vatnajökull
• Look into an explosion crater
• See waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, glaciers and fjords
• Daily leisurely walks 1-2 hours
• 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:
May 30 to September 19

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
    Lunch
    Any additional services
    Single supplement (mandatory when in single room)

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.

Overnight: Fosshotel Reykjavík.
(50 km/31 mls)

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 Viking Age and the Icelandic Sagas. In the afternoon, join a short hike up the Grábrók volcano crater from where you will have a perfect view over the region and its vast lava fields. Stop at the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver where you will learn about geothermal energy. Continue to Hraunfossar, a unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacier 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.

Overnight: Fosshotel Reykholt, Reykholt.
Breakfast included & 3-course dinner
(190 km/118 mls)

Day 3. From West to North


Drive over mountain passes, lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscape to North Iceland. Early afternoon go whale watching and sea angling for 2-3 hours in Eyjafjörđur – Iceland’s longest fjord right below the Arctic Circle. You will see humpback and minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins – The success rate to spot whales is 99%!
Finish the afternoon at Akureyri – Iceland’s second-largest city – before reaching the picturesque village of Húsavík.

Overnight:Fosshotel Húsavík
Breakfast included & 3-course dinner.
(460 km/286 mls)

Day 4. Geological Wonders and Nature Baths


The day begins with a stop at Gođafoss, a beautiful waterfall but also a prominent spot in Iceland’s history. Tour the Lake Mývatn area with its abundant birdlife and amazing volcanic 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. Stroll through the mysterious lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir, look at pseudo-craters at Skútustađir and see the tephra cone of Hverfjall. Our last stop is the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths, which contains a lot of minerals, is alkaline and well-suited for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath.

Overnight:Fosshotel Húsavík
Breakfast included & 3-course dinner.
(170 km/106 mls)

Day 5. From North to East


In the morning, explore more volcanic and geothermal landscapes. Visit the hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarđ. At Krafla, see the impacts of volcanic activity and smell the sulfur. Víti is a circular explosion crater filled with blue water, surrounded by colourful mountains and hissing steam vents. Continue the journey to the 44-meter high Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. Stop at Möđrudalur to visit the church on the farm. Enjoy the view of the mountain Herđubreiđ. In the afternoon arrive in the fertile region of Fljótsdalshérađ in East Iceland.

Overnight: Hotel Hallormsstađur
Breakfast included & buffet dinner.
(330 km/205 mls)

Day 6. Fjords, Glacier and Glacier Lagoon


Today admire the green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscape and tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Stop at the charming village of Djúpivogur. Observe the magnificent Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Embark on a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Walk along the black sands of the so-called Diamond beach. Spend your evening in Vatnajökull National Park.

Overnight: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Breakfast included & 3-course dinner.
(390 km/242 mls)

Day 7. Vatnajökull National Park and the South Coast


In the morning continue exploring Vatnajökull National Park. See the stratovolcano and highest peak in Iceland: Hvannadalshnjúkur. Walk close to a glacial tongue, cross a sandy desert and embrace the beautiful lava field of Eldhraun covered with blue-green moss. Stop at the black lava beach of Reynisfjara. In the little village of Skógar learn about Iceland’s early Modern history at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Admire the waterfall Skógafoss. Travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

Overnight: Hótel Örk
Breakfast included & 3-course dinner
(340 km/211 mls)

Day 8. The Golden Circle


Start the day by visiting the farm of Friđheimar where you will learn about Icelandic horses and greenhouse agriculture. Spend the rest of the day travelling along the Golden Circle: the waterfall of Gullfoss, the active geothermal area of Geysir and the National Park of Ţingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the first Parliament and now a UNESCO world heritage site.

Overnight: Fosshotel Reykjavík
Breakfast included
(210 km/130 mls)

Day 9. Departure


Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík international airport.

Breakfast included
(50 km/31 mls)

Tour Dates

May 30, 2020 English
June 13, 2020 English
June 27, 2020 English
July 11, 2020 English
July 25, 2020 English
August 08, 2020 English
August 22, 2020 English
September 05, 2020 English
September 19, 2020 English

Price Information

May 30, 2020 - September 19, 2020:
Double / Twin or Triple room per person 430560 ISK (3168 EUR)
Single room per person 565799 ISK (4163 EUR)

Optional

 

VIP seating
Price: 44160 ISK (325 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.
Children discount: No discount available. Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age. Triple rooms are double rooms with extra bed and ideal for two adults and one child.

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:
Maximum 20 passengers

Min Age: 8+

Complementaries:
• Entrance fees
• Free Wi-Fi on the bus

Additional services:
• Extra night in Reykjavik before/after the tour – on request

Optional VIP seating: Is an optional supplement for passengers that require more space and extra comfort on our multi-day coach tours. Passengers get two seats per person on the bus and a guaranteed window seat in the front rows of the bus, on first comes - first served basis.

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

NOTE: Accommodations are subject to change.

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 2020:

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

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