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!
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.

NW01 Map

NW01 Map

AVAILABLE:
April 30 to September 17

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
    • Six dinners
    • 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"
    • Optional Extras

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 - 2 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.

End the day with dinner 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. There is a 1 km walk from the parking lot to the waterfall on a gravel road, definitely worth the trip.

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. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner with the group.

Spend the night in Snćfellsnes area.

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

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 - 2 hour 30 minutes

Tour Dates

April 30, 2020 English
May 07, 2020 English
May 14, 2020 English
May 21, 2020 English
May 28, 2020 English
June 04, 2020 English
June 11, 2020 English
June 18, 2020 English
June 21, 2020 English
June 25, 2020 English
July 02, 2020 English
July 09, 2020 English
July 16, 2020 English
July 23, 2020 English
July 30, 2020 English
August 02, 2020 English
August 06, 2020 English
August 13, 2020 English
August 20, 2020 English
August 27, 2020 English
September 03, 2020 English
September 06, 2020 English
September 10, 2020 English
September 17, 2020 English

Price Information

April 30, 2020 - April 30, 2020:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 427135 ISK (3162 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 501633 ISK (3713 EUR)
May 01, 2020 - May 27, 2020:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 462928 ISK (3427 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 555669 ISK (4113 EUR)
May 28, 2020 - August 31, 2020:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 503950 ISK (3730 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 641160 ISK (4746 EUR)
September 03, 2020 - September 19, 2020:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 484744 ISK (3588 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 594946 ISK (4404 EUR)

Optional

 

Whale Watching from Reykjavík - Duration 3 hours
Price: 10990 ISK (81 EUR)

Reykjavík City Walk - Small Groups - Duration 3 hours
Price: 4500 ISK (33 EUR)

The Tasty Reykjavík Food Walk - Duration 4 hours
Price: 13901 ISK (103 EUR)

Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Planetarium Show - Duration 2 hours
Price: 4500 ISK (33 EUR)

The Lava Tunnel - From Reykjavík - Duration 3 hours
Price: 11900 ISK (88 EUR)

Payments & Terms

30 % Deposit
A non refundable deposit of 30% 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.

FITNESS & ACTIVITY LEVEL: Please note that this tour includes quite a lot of walking during tours. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk between 3-5 kilometres during days where sightseeing tours are included. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the mini-bus and at each hotel.

FOOD & DRINK:
A daily breakfast buffet is included at your booked hotels for the duration of your stay. You will also enjoy six included dinners during your travel around the country. They will include either a set 2-3 course dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients. You can choose meat, fish or vegetarian dishes by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Other meals are not included, but the guide will make sure to stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch. Drinks are also not included during the trip. You will find a great selection of restaurants in Reykjavik during your stay for the first and last night in the city.

ABOUT THE GLACIER LAGOON BOAT TOUR
We include an amphibian boat tour in your package*, where you will sail among the massive icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The excursion takes roughly 40 minutes and includes an English speaking guide who will explain to you the geology of the region and interesting facts about the lagoon. Everyone on board will receive a life vest which they must wear during the cruise.

*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.

WHAT TO PACK:

• A small backpack to store your items on the bus
• Waterproof jacket and pants
• Sturdy hiking boots
• Camera
• Lip balm and moisturiser
• Sunglasses and sunscreen
• Swimsuit and towel are recommended
• Water bottle to enjoy the clean Icelandic water

LUGGAGE INFORMATION:
To ensure comfortable seating for everyone on our tour, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage on the van. Each guest is allowed one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the van and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or daypack) to keep inside the van for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medications and so forth. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store inside the van in the overhead racks.

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

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS:
Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and might be altered if conditions are not favourable. In the case of major changes to the programme, you will be notified and we will do our best to make sure that your experience will not be affected. F

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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