Grand Tour of Iceland 2021

Grand Tour of Iceland 2021

The Grand Tour of Iceland takes you on an unforgettable journey around Iceland including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the magical West Fjords. These western areas are left unexplored by most of our visitors. Experience the spectacular splendor and untamed beauty of Iceland´s nature, breathtaking scenery and unique Icelandic history and culture. You will discover some of the most remote parts of the country and visit many well-known highlights as well. Our Grand Tour of Iceland features all the best the country has to offer. Each day combines touring by bus, going for light walks, having soft adventures and experiencing Icelandic culture and history. We stay in simple and charming guesthouses, farm- and tourist-class hotels, many of them set in the most stunning locations.

Highlights and Experiences
• A complete coach tour around Iceland including Snæfellsnes peninsula and the West Fjords
• Visit 3 national parks
• -See the scarcely visited waterfall Dynjandi, elected "the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland" by Icelanders
• Ferry trip to the West Fjords
• Visit a lava cave
• Soak in a geothermal nature bath
• Boat trip between floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
• Experience authentic culture, visit small local museums and take a selfie with an Icelandic horse
• See more sea-cliff birds than you can ever count
• Small groups, maximum 20 persons
• New for 2021: Whale watching & sea angling tour at Eyjafjörður fjord

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.

GG03 Map

GG03 Map

AVAILABLE:
June 14 to August 23

DURATION:
12 days / 11 nights

TOUR ID:
GG03

Included

    Arrival and departure transfer by FLYBUS airport shuttle (no guide)
    10 days escorted Iceland tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
    11 nights accommodation, in rooms with shower/wc
    11x breakfast and 10x dinner
    Visit to three national parks
    Entrance and visit to lava cave on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
    Ferry trip to the West Fjords
    Admission fee to folk and transport museum at Hnjótur
    Visit to Erik the Red homestead
    Visit to a geothermal greenhouse and horse stables
    Entrance to Herring Museum
    Whale & sea angling tour at Eyjafjörður fjord
    Admission fee with towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
    Visit to Petra's stone collection in the East Fjords
    Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
    Lava Center museum

Not Included

    Any private expenses
    Any additional services
    Meals that are not listed under "included"
    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. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Overnight location:
Hotel Klettur. (50km / 31mls)

Day 2. GOLDEN CIRCLE

We see classic highlights today, the Golden Circle Route. We start with a visit to a geothermal greenhouse and watch how Icelanders grow tomatoes. Next door, we can take a selfie with an Icelandic horse and we learn about its unique qualities and history. We explore Gullfoss, the beautiful double “Golden Falls” and we walk through the active geothermal area of Geysir, where Strokkur “the churn” spouts up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to ten minutes. The next stop is the ancient Viking Parliament area and UNESCO world heritage site of Þingvellir National Park. The Þingvellir plain is situated on a tectonic plate boundary where North America and Europe are slowly tearing away from each other. As a result, the plain is scarred by dramatic fissures, ponds, and rivers, including the great rift Almannagjá. We continue our journey along the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord.

Overnight location:
Icelandair Hotel Hamar. Breakfast & dinner included. (290km / 180mls)

Day 3. SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA AND FERRY TRIP TO WEST FJORDS

Today, we explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which juts out from Iceland’s West Coast. A rugged mountain chain runs its length, capped by the 1,446-meter Snæfellsjökull glacier, a mystical cone-shaped stratovolcano. We travel around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, through lava fields, and along the ocean with many excellent Icelandic photo opportunities. We see the most popular sites at the Snæfellsnes National Park where volcanic craters, lava flows, an ice cap, glaciated peaks, fjords, sandy beaches, and high cliffs shape its landscapes. We follow the adventure of Jules Verne’s classic science-fiction novel about “The Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Do not miss your chance to go on a trip to the interior of the earth under the glacier Snæfellsjökull! This lava cave tour takes you 35 meters underground and about 200 meters into the lava tube called Vatnshellir.

In the afternoon, we catch the car ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur in the West Fjords. On the 2,5 hour journey over Breiðafjörður Bay, we pass the island of Flatey, which is inhabited only during the summertime. If the weather is beautiful, you enjoy a magnificent view of the bay’s countless isles as well as the glacier Snæfellsjökull.

Overnight location:
Fosshotel Westfjords. Breakfast & dinner included. (290km / 180mls)

Day 4. ICELAND'S WESTERNMOST POINT

We follow the coastline and stop at the folk and transport museum in Hnjótur. We continue through a very remote and sparsely populated region to the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg, the most abundant seabird cliff and the westernmost point of Iceland and Europe where you can see puffins from mid-May till mid-August. We take a walk in the wilderness to the top of the highest bird cliff in Iceland. Látrabjarg is known in the world for its density of Nordic birds. Puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, cormorants, kittiwakes and other cliff birds flock either in hundreds, thousands and even in millions. Látrabjarg is a place where you can get very close to the seabirds, and even if you’re not into bird watching, you are entertained by the comic puffins and mesmerized by the sheer number of birds. If weather and road conditions allow we travel to Rauðisandur beach with endless red sand. Well, not endless but 10 km is a lot. The magnificent hues of the sand differ with daylight, tides, and weather. This pure sand beach is home to countless seabirds and seals and is an oasis of unique tranquillity. Forget everything, except maybe getting the perfect shot of the ever-changing hues of yellow, orange and red.

Overnight location:
Fosshotel Westfjords. Breakfast & dinner included. (150km / 93mls)

Day 5. BEAUTIFUL WEST FJORDS

We travel over mountains and along the shore of scenic fjords until we reach the majestic fjord Arnarfjörður, surrounded by high mountains. At the bottom of the fjord, we come across the unique waterfall Dynjandi with its seven levels of plunging water, declared the country’s most beautiful waterfall by the people of Iceland. We continue over a mountain pass and along the southern shores of the West Fjords which is a route less travelled and is characterized by sheer cliffs, deep cut bays and narrow stretches of coastal lowland. We overnight at the remote Vogur Country Lodge in West Iceland. This overnight location is a truly peaceful and beautiful place close to Breiðafjörður Bay, giving you the feeling of being all alone in Iceland.

Overnight location:
Vogur Country Lodge. Breakfast & dinner included. (320km / 199mls)

Day 6. HEADING NORTH

In the morning we travel mostly off-the-beaten-path, see abandoned farms, beautiful little country churches, and Icelandic horses. At Haukadalur, there’s a rather authentic-looking replica of the homestead of Erik the Red, the famous explorer who founded the Icelandic colony in Greenland. His son Leif-the-Lucky, born in Haukadalur, Iceland, was the first European to set foot in North America. Now the excavated and reconstructed farm in Haukadalur is a living Viking museum, a fun, informative and a photogenic place. The landscape is dominated by mountains, lakes, valleys, sea and wide-open spaces. We travel north through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland. Our next stop is Glaumbær, one of Iceland’s most beautiful turf house farm and folk museum. In the evening we reach the charming town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second-largest city, where we stay for two nights in the capital of North Iceland.

Overnight location:
Hotel KEA Akureyri. Breakfast & dinner included. (350km / 217mls)

Day 7. ICELAND'S NORTHERNMOST TOWN, WHALE WATCHING & SEA ANGLING

During a full-day tour, we see spectacular fjord landscapes while travelling to Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northernmost town and known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. Siglufjörður is located on the mountainous Tröllaskagi Peninsula. On the way, we pass small fishing villages and stop at a deserted valley that even most Icelanders have not seen. Included is a visit to the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður. It is Iceland’s largest maritime museum and the only Icelandic museum who has won the European Museum Award. Early afternoon we go whale watching for 2-3 hours in Eyjafjörður – 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%! Overnight and dinner in Akureyri.

Overnight location:
Hotek KEA Akureyri. Breakfast & dinner included. (160km / 99mls)

Day 8. GEOLOGICAL WONDERS AND NATURE BATHS

We explore Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, and continue to Lake Mývatn, known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. We see pseudo craters, walk in the mysterious lava field Dimmuborgir, see the tephra cone Hverfjall, explore the hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð, and travel to the explosion crater lake Víti in the Krafla geothermal fields. In the afternoon relax and soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths. Overnight near Lake Mývatn.

Overnight location:
Sel Hótel Mývatn. Breakfast & dinner included. (150km / 93mls)

Day 9. THE SECRET OF THE EAST

We travel to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. The round-trip walk takes about 40-60 minutes. We continue east through the bare and sometimes deserted landscape with mountains all around. Along the way, we stop at Möðrudalur the all-year residence at the highest altitude in Iceland, 469m above sea level. In the summertime, an on-site service centre is a perfect place to enjoy the view of Herðubreið, the queen of the Icelandic mountains. We visit the church at the farm, built by hand in 1949 by the former farmer in the memory of his late wife. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. We explore the northernmost fjord on the East Fjord mountain range. The isolated village Bakkagerði at Borgarfjörður-Eystri has only 120 inhabitants; offering an end of the road location. This charming village is built snugly next to the steep mountainside and getting there is dramatic and rewarding drive. The colourful mountains are unique and impressive.

Overnight location:
Guesthouse Álfheimar. Breakfast & dinner included. (290km / 180mls)

Day 10. FJORDS, GLACIERS AND GLACIER LAGOON

It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords, and en route, we visit Petra’s fascinating rock collection. A naturalist and a collector are two terms that have been used to describe Petra since she was a little girl. From the day she opened her eyes for the first time she perceived her surrounding differently from most of her compatriots, and it is almost as her parents knew when they named her. The word “Petra” simply means “stone” in Greek. Petra collected for nearly 80 years this unique treasure of rocks, crystals, zeolites, quartz and more, all from the nearby area in the Eastfjords. The rocks and stones are beautifully laid out in her home and garden. Her descendants proudly take good care of this unique exhibition. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull, Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop for a boat ride amongst the floating icebergs on the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, considered one of the highlights on tour around Iceland. Next, we walk along the black sands of the so-called Diamond beach. We spend the night near Skaftafell in the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.

Overnight location:
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon. Breakfast & dinner included. (450km / 280mls)

Day 11. VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH COAST

Today we visit Vatnajökull National Park which covers about 14% of Iceland, making it Europe’s 2nd largest national park in terms of area after Yugyd Va in Russia. We explore the region of Skaftafell that is nestled below Iceland’s highest mountain and the second biggest stratovolcano in Europe, the 2,110-meter high Hvannadalshnjúkur. We walk close to one of the many glacial tongues in the area – a Kodak moment. We cross a sandy desert and drive along the South Coast, always between the sea, rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík. We stop at the Skógafoss waterfall, another must-see location in South Iceland. The crashing water creates a mist that results in frequent and magical rainbows, just adding some more memorable experiences to the sheer beauty of this stunning scenery and place. Afterwards, we reach Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can follow a slick and wet trail and walk right behind the falls. Come prepared and bring a raincoat and good boots as you will get wet. Then we visit the Lava Center in Hvolsvöllur, where we watch a documentary film about volcanic eruptions in the past years in Iceland. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Reykjavík and we will spend the last night of the Grand Tour in Iceland’s capital.

Overnight location:
Hotel Klettur. Breakfast & Farewell dinner included. (340km / 211mls)

Day 12. DEPARTURE HOME

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport.

Breakfast included. (50km / 31mls)

Tour Dates

June 14, 2021 English
June 28, 2021 English
July 12, 2021 English
July 26, 2021 English
August 09, 2021 English
August 23, 2021 English

Price Information

June 14, 2021 - August 24, 2021:
Per person in Double / Twin or Triple room 708968 ISK (4406 EUR)
Per person in a Single room 877391 ISK (5453 EUR)

Optional

 

VIP-seating supplement
Price: 72181 ISK (449 EUR)

EMPTY-SEAT supplement
Price: 38497 ISK (239 EUR)

Payments & Terms

20 % Deposit:
CANCELLATIONS:
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. From 28 days until 8 days before tour start, the fee is 50%. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 8 days before tour start, 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.
Triple rooms are on request
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 two seats). Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, on first comes first served basis.
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.

MAXIMUM GROUP SIZE: 20 passengers

LANGUAGES: English

AGE: Min Age 8+

MEALS: 11x breakfast and 10x dinner (3-course). Dinner on the first night in Reykjavík is not included.

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

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

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Included in the program and price. Airport transfers are operated by the FLYBUS shuttle and are not guided.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Most hotels, farms, and guesthouses used on this tour are simple tourist-class category, many of them set in the most stunning locations. All rooms have private shower/wc. Triple rooms are on request.

HOTEL LIST 2020:
- Reykjavik: Hotel Klettur (first and last night)
- West Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Hamar (1 night)
- West Fjords: Fosshotel West Fjords (2 nights)
- Dalir region: Vogur Country Lodge (1 night)
- Akureyri: Hotel Kea (2 nights)
- Lake Myvatn: Sel Hótel Mývatn (1 night)
- East Iceland: Guesthouse Alfheimar in Borgarfjöður-Eystri (1 night)
- Vatnajökull National Park: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (1 night)
*Please note that above hotel list is subject to change and that double rooms in Iceland are normally twin beds.

V.I.P. 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.

EMPTY-SEAT: Is an optional supplement for passengers that require social distancing on the bus and more space. Passengers get two seats per person, meaning an empty seat next to them on our multi-day coach
tours.

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.

CANCELLATIONS:
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. From 28 days until 8 days before tour start, the fee is 50%. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 8 days before tour start, 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.

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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