Guided Iceland Circle 2018

Guided Iceland Circle 2018

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Weekly escorted tour around Iceland, available all year round. Explore the stunning landscape and breathtaking nature with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. This escorted tour takes you both to classic nature attractions and lesser-known sights. The tour includes several soft adventures and cultural visits. Some outdoor activities might differ between seasons depending on weather and road conditions.

Highlights and Experiences:

-Escorted coach tour around Iceland's Ring Road
-Visit two national parks
-Included are visits to small local museums, cultural experiences and soft adventures

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AVAILABLE:
All year

DURATION:
8 days, 7 nights

TOUR ID:
GG04

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Included

Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
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Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English speaking guide or driver guide
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7 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc
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Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi
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Visit to Vi­imřri turf church
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Entrance with towel at Mřvatn Nature Baths
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Admission to Petraĺs Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
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Multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallaj÷kull Volcano Information Center (or movie at Lava Center in Hvolsv÷llur, after 15.04.2018)
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Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
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Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a flash light for winter departures

Not Included

Lunch and dinner
Nature fees: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival (50 km/31 mls)


Individual Flybus transfer from KeflavÝk airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura (or similar hotel) in ReykjavÝk, where you will spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well!

Day 2. Volcano Crater, Seals, Fjords and Mountains (425 km/264 mls)


At 09:00 you will meet your guide at Icelandair Hotel Natura and head out of the city. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb Grßbrˇk volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in north-west Iceland. Further north a stop is made at the turf church VÝ­imřri ľ which is definitely a very beautiful example of traditional Icelandic architecture. Then the tour continues along the scenic fjord landscape to Akureyri for an overnight stay at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar.

Day 3. The Capital of North Iceland, Lake Mřvatn and Geothermal Baths (120 km/75 mls)


In the morning you will explore Akureyri, which is the capital of the North and visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafj÷r­ur fjord. In the afternoon the tour continues to an important spot in Iceland's history, Go­afoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Next is Lake Mřvatn which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. A stop will be made at the bizarre lava formations at Kßlfastr÷nd followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mřvatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Overnight stay at Sel Hotel Mřvatn or a hotel in H˙savÝk area.

Day 4. Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs and Travel East (250 km/155 mls)


The first visit of the day will be Dimmuborgir ľ ôthe dark castlesö, lava labyrinth with various, bizarre lava formations. Next the tour continues to Nßmaskar­ pass with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We continue through uninhabited highland to east Iceland. If we are lucky, we might sport an Arctic fox or reindeer. From June to August, the tour also includes a visit to Dettifoss ľ Europe┤s most powerful waterfall. Overnight stay at Icelandair Hotel HÚra­ or ┴lfheimar Guesthouse in Borgarfj÷r­ur-Eystri.

Day 5. Fjords, Glaciers and Ice (470 km/292 mls)


A day to admire east Iceland's stunning landscape, tiny fishing villages and twisty roads. Visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. Then we will pass H÷fn town and arrive at J÷kulsßrlˇn ľ a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnaj÷kull and spend time at Europe's largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel KirkjubŠjarklaustur or Hotel H÷fn.

Day 6. South Coast (240 km/149 mls)


A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits today as the tour heads across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by rugged cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village VÝk, 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. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. In the small village of Skˇgar, there is Skˇgafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west a stop will be made at the Eyjafjallaj÷kull Information Center where you will learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Next up is the 65-meter high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall ľ if you are prepared to get wet! The overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Fl˙­ir, Hotel Eyjafjallaj÷kull or Hotel FljˇtshlÝ­.

Day 7. Icelandic Horses and Golden Circle (160 km/99 mls)


Today starts by visiting Fri­heimar farm, where you will meet the Icelandic horse and learn more about its history and unique qualities. NExt up is Geysir geothermal fields where there is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. A short drive from Geysir is Gullfoss, "the golden falls", which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the HvÝtß river and attracts travelers in summer and winter. Then you will venture inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and an area of exceptional geological and historical interest. The Ůingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures make evident the rifting of the earth's crust. When returning to ReykjavÝk, the tour ends with a short city tour to show highlights of the world's northernmost capital. Overnight is at Icelandair Hotel Natura or a similar hotel.

Day 8. Departure (50 km/31 mls)

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to KeflavÝk Airport.

Tour Dates

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Price Information

January 01, 2018 - April 31, 2018:
Price per person sharing a double or twin room 196000 ISK (1557 EUR)
Price per person in a single room 244000 ISK (1938 EUR)
May 01, 2018 - May 31, 2018:
Price per person sharing a double or twin room 229000 ISK (1819 EUR)
Price per person in a single room 308001 ISK (2446 EUR)
June 01, 2018 - September 30, 2018:
Price per person sharing a double or twin room 288001 ISK (2288 EUR)
Price per person in a single room 409001 ISK (3249 EUR)
October 01, 2018 - October 31, 2018:
Price per person sharing a double or twin room 229000 ISK (1819 EUR)
Price per person in a single room 308001 ISK (2446 EUR)
November 01, 2018 - December 31, 2018:
Price per person sharing a double or twin room 209000 ISK (1660 EUR)
Price per person in a single room 271000 ISK (2153 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 7 days before tour start, the fee is 50%. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 7 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 20 % in order to secure space on the tour.

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

GROUP SIZE - Guaranteed departures / Maximum group size: 30 persons.

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.

DEPARTURES 2018 - Every Tuesday & Friday all year-round

Note that there is limited day light, about 5-6 hours, for departures mid November to end of January. For your information the shortest day light in Iceland is on the 21st of December, about 4 hours.

TOUR START - Arrival in Iceland is on Tuesdays or Fridays. Guided bus tour starts on Wednesdays or Saturdays at 09:00

END OF TOUR - The guided tour ends on Mondays or Thursdays between 16:00-18:00 for the last overnight in ReykjavÝk. Departure from Iceland is on Tuesdays or Fridays. If you like to have more time to explore Reykjavik, then we suggest adding a pre- or post-night in Iceland's capital.

ACCOMMODATION - Tourist-class accommodation, in rooms with shower/wc
Reykjavik: Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar for first and last night
North Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or Keahotel Nordurland (1 night) and Sel Hotel Mřvatn or a hotel in H˙savÝk area(1 night)
East Iceland: Icelandair Hotel HÚra­ in Egilsta­ir or ┴lfheimar Guesthouse in Borgarfj÷r­ur-Eystri (1 night)
Vatnaj÷kull Region: Icelandair Hotel KirkjubŠjarklaustur or Hotel H÷fn (1 night)
South Iceland: Icelandair Hotel Fl˙­ir, Hotel Eyjafjallaj÷kull or Hotel FljˇtshlÝ­ (1 night).
Note that hotel list is subject to change.

NOTE - Most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms. Triple rooms not available for this tour

DAILY DRIVING - Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.665 km (1.032 miles) which is an average of 278 km (172 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

NOTE - During the off season, from September to May, in rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary especially for winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but the tour operator will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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.