The Natural Wonders of Iceland 2019

10 days, 9 nights Guided bus tour in a small group

The Natural Wonders of Iceland 2019

10 days, 9 nights Guided bus tour in a small group

This guided small group tour takes you on a classic route around the island, with an emphasis on Icelandic nature. Each day of this journey offers unique insights into the culture, new adventures and a fascinating diversity of landscapes. Starting from Reykjavik, an experienced local guide will take you to Iceland’s most talked about attractions along with some hidden gems you may not find in the guidebooks! 100% Guaranteed Departures.
Maximum group size is 16 participants. Small group sizes mean these tours fill quickly, booking early also gives you the best chance of securing your desired departure date.

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AVAILABLE:
April 11 to September 19

DURATION:
10 days, 9 nights

TOUR ID:
NW01

Included

    One way private transfer from KEF Airport to Reykjavik on arrival
    Accommodation with private bathroom facilities for 9 nights with breakfast
    Dinners as per itinerary
    Welcome drink on the day of arrival
    Group information meeting with your tour guide
    Professional English-speaking guide, as per itinerary
    Transportation in a premium mini-coach, as per itinerary
    Entrance to Friđheimar Farm
    Entrance to the Lava Centre
    Entrance to the Skógar Folk Museum
    Guided boat tour of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
    Local Ice Cream at Brunnhóll
    Entrance to the Herring Era Museum
    One semi-private transfer from Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport on departure
    Map of Iceland and detailed personal itinerary
    Iceland Travel Guide
    24/7 helpline
    Taxes & service fees

Not Included

    Flights to/from Iceland
    Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated
    Personal travel insurance
    Any services not listed as "included"

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival to Iceland and Reykjavik

On arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant capital city with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.

Included:
• Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival
• Welcome drink and group information meeting with your guide

Average Driving Distance: 49km / 30 mi.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

Optional activity of the day:
Whale Watching from Reykjavík - 3 hours
Reykjavík city Walk - Small Groups - 3 hours
The Tasty Reykjavík Food Walk - 4 hours
Upgrade to The Blue Lagoon on arrival - 1 hour 30 minutes

Day 2. Golden Circle and geothermal farm visit

This morning you and your fellow travellers will be picked up by your guide. Then the first leg of our journey takes us around the Golden Circle, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland.

Starting at Ţingvellir, a national park which has been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Next, you will visit the great Geysir area with its spouting geysers and colourful hot springs. The tour will continue to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, where you can see white water thrash and tumble down two-tiers, falling metres below.

After a scenic drive, the tour will make a special stop at Friđheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from one of their greenhouses and their delicous tomato soup. We will also meet Icelandic horses, famous for their diversity of gaits, strength and good spirit.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) at the hotel, with an amazing view over the Ölfusá river.

Spend the night in Selfoss.

Included:
• Visit to the Friđheimar Greenhouse
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Hotel Selfoss

Average Driving Distance: 195km / 121 mi.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

Day 3. Volcanoes, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

This morning you and your fellow travellers will learn about Iceland‘s unique geology. You will visit the Lava Centre, an interactive exhibition about Iceland’s volcanic activity, its frequent earthquakes and how Iceland evolved over millions of years. The next leg of the tour is along the south coast, below the majestic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. You will stop at the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall. At Skógar, we will stop at the charming Skógar Open Air Museum, a cultural heritage collection including turf houses.

Further ahead at the village of Vík, we will visit the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can view the rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. Next, our journey continues to our charming accommodation in Kirkjubćjarklaustur where you will enjoy dinner with the group.

Spend the night at Hótel Klaustur or similar.

Included:
• Entrance to the Lava Center
• Entrance to Skógar Museum
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Hótel Klaustur

Driving distance approx. 225 km / 140 mi.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

Day 4. Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Today’s drive takes us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, including a visit to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. Next, the journey continues to the well-known Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided amphibian boat tour*. Next to the glacier lagoon we will stop at the Diamond Beach where you will see big chunks of ice that have washed up on shore after being polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon.

After our ice experience at the glacier lagoon, we will stop for some homemade ice cream before driving along the majestic East Fjords on our way to our next accommodation. There you will enjoy dinner at the hotel.

Spend the night in the Breiđdalsvík area.

*Please note that the Glacier Lagoon boat tour is not available in April. Instead the group will enjoy lunch together in the area, included in price.

Included:
• Local Ice Cream Stop
• Guided boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Hotel Bláfell

Driving distance approx. 375 km / 233 mi.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

Day 5. Rugged East Fjords to Moon-like North Iceland

This is a long day with a lot of diverse sights! Today’s scenery in East Iceland includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. After reaching North Iceland, prepare to be amazed by the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.

Next we will explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn and its lunar landscapes with visits to the Námaskarđ pass and the Skútustađagígar pseudo craters. This is a great day for geology enthusiasts! Our journey ends in the seaside village of Húsavík, known locally as “Europe’s Whale Watching Capital."

In the evening the group will dine together at the Salka Restaurant.

Spend the night in Húsavík.

Included:
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Salka Restaurant

Average Driving Distance: 425 km / 264 mi.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 Hours

Day 6. Ásbyrgi Canyon, Hljóđaklettar & leisure time

We start the day by driving to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park where we will visit the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon, which according to legend was formed by a footprint from the Norse god Odin's eight-legged horse. The next natural wonder on our list is Hljóđaklettar, the „echo rocks“, which are a collection of great basalt columns lying in every direction to create unique formations arched caves that are known to create eerie echoes and reverberations. There we will do a short hike to explore the area.

In the afternoon we will return to Húsavík, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. For those who are up for more adventure, this is the perfect spot to join a whale watching tour from Húsavík habour. Tonight, dinner will be on your own this evening in the village and there are several restaurants to choose from.

Spend another night in Húsavík.

Included:
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

Driving distance approx. 150 km / 93 mi.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 4-5 Hours

Optional activity of the day:
Whale Watching from Husavik - 3 hours

Day 7. Highlights of the Great North

Leaving the Húsavík area today, our first highlight of the journey is Gođafoss, (the waterfall of the Gods), one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Iceland. We will then make our way to the charming town of Akureyri, where we will take a stroll in the heart of the city centre. You will have some leisure time to explore the town on your own and grab a lunch, before we head to our next stop.

Next, the tour will drive around Tröllaskagi, where you can enjoy fantastic views of beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords. We will make a stop in the scenic Siglufjörđur, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet. Here, we will visit the Herring Era Museum and taste some local treats. The journey continues to the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörđur, where you will enjoy dinner at the guesthouse.

Spend the night in the Skagafjörđur area.

Included:
• Visit to the Herring Era Museum including a local treat
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Hofsstađir Guesthouse

Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 mi.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

Day 8. Hidden Gems of West Coast

Today we will drive through Skagafjörđur, towards the Snćfellsnes peninsula. This is a scenic drive on a beautiful stretch of Iceland. Your guide will pass sweeping farmlands of the northwest that are dotted with Icelandic horses. You will also get to see spectacular views of the islands of Breiđafjörđur just before reaching Stykkishólmur in the early afternoon, where you will have time to explore on your own. You also have the option to partake in Viking sushi adventure, where you will sail around the islands of Breiđafjörđur and sample delicious fish straight from the sea (optional; not included)*. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner with the group.

*The Viking Sushi adventure is only available from 29 May - 31 Aug.

Spend the night in Stykkishólmur.

Included:
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Stykkishólmur village

Driving distance approx. 275 km / 171 mi.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

Optional activity of the day:
Viking Sushi Adventure - 2 hours 30 minutes

Day 9. Natural Wonders of Snćfellsnes Peninsula

Today we will explore the beautiful Snćfellsnes peninsula, starting with a visit to Kirkjufell, one of the most photogenic mountains of the area. Next up we will head toward the tip of the peninsula where you can measure your strength at Djúpalónssandur, by the lifting the large stones on the beach. Who will be the strongest? Nearby, we will find Hellnar and Arnarstapi, with it´s unique rock formations, before heading back to the capital and completing our circle around Iceland. After beeing dropped off at your hotel for the night, you will have the rest of the evening in the city at your leisure.

Spend the night in Reykjavík

Included:
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

Driving distance approx. 315 km / 196 mi.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

Day 10. Departure Day

When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

Included:
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Shuttle Transfer to Keflavík International Airport on Departure

Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra night and activities in the Reykjavík area

Optional activity of the day:
Upgrade to The Blue Lagoon on departure - 1 hour 30 minutes

Tour Dates

May 30, 2019 English Sold out
June 06, 2019 English
June 09, 2019 English Sold out
June 13, 2019 English Sold out
June 16, 2019 English
June 20, 2019 English
June 27, 2019 English Sold out
July 04, 2019 English Sold out
July 11, 2019 English Sold out
July 18, 2019 English
July 21, 2019 English
July 25, 2019 English Sold out
July 28, 2019 English
August 01, 2019 English
August 04, 2019 English Sold out
August 08, 2019 English
August 11, 2019 English
August 15, 2019 English Guaranteed
August 22, 2019 English
August 29, 2019 English Guaranteed
September 05, 2019 English Sold out
September 12, 2019 English
September 19, 2019 English Sold out

Price Information

April 11, 2019 - April 30, 2019:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 443700 ISK (3199 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 520700 ISK (3754 EUR)
May 01, 2019 - May 31, 2019:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 465400 ISK (3355 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 561200 ISK (4046 EUR)
June 01, 2019 - August 31, 2019:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 498600 ISK (3595 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 620800 ISK (4476 EUR)
September 01, 2019 - September 19, 2019:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 487901 ISK (3518 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 599500 ISK (4322 EUR)

Optional

 

Whale Watching from Reykjavík on day 1
Price: 10990 ISK (79 EUR)

Reykjavík City Walk - Small Groups on day 1
Price: 4500 ISK (32 EUR)

The Tasty Reykjavík Food Walk on day 1
Price: 13901 ISK (100 EUR)

Whale Watching from Husavik on day 6
Price: 10501 ISK (76 EUR)

Viking Sushi Adventure on day 8
Price: 7770 ISK (56 EUR)

Payments & Terms

20 % Deposit
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.

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

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

Accommodation:
The accommodations for this tour include comfortable three-star (or similar quality) hotels or well-appointed guesthouses that have been hand-picked by our local travel experts for quality and location. The rooms all have private WC and shower or bath. All provide breakfast (included in the price).
Triple rooms are not available in this tour, only single and double rooms. Please contact us for booking assistance if your travelling party contains three or more people.

This tour is not recommended for families with young children.

Pace level: Leverl 2 (Classic) where there is a good mix of time driving and time enjoying sights. Participants will have some time for optional activity.

Activity level: Level 1 (Easy) where tour participants must be able to comfortably walk on uneven surfaces, climb steps, carry their own luggge and walk for up to 3 km per day.

Meals during the tour:
Included in this package are 6 evening dinners with the group, as listed on the itinerary. Menus are set menus or buffets. Your guide will inform you about the menus and dinner time each day. The dates of the dinners included are subject to change, but the number of dinners included is set.
Lunches are not included in this tour but the group will be stopping at locations where lunch and snacks can be purchased.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
• Circle Iceland on the Ring Road, one of the best road trips in the world
• Explore the famous Golden Circle route, including hot springs and cascading waterfalls
• Sail among the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
• Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
• Tour the south coast, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
• Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
• Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
• Survey the splendid Snćfellsnes peninsula
• Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
• Enjoy an optional whale watching tour froHúsavík
• Taste Icelandic cuisine with local, fresh ingredients from restaurants, farms & greenhouses

Note: The professional guide for each of our tours is very experienced with Iceland‘s weather conditions. In rare cases, due to bad weather or other unpredictable events, the guide reserves the right to alter routes, departure times or other parts of the itinerary to ensure the best experience for the group.

Payment:
A non refundable deposit 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.

Please note that this tour fills up quickly so we recommend booking with advance. 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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