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Iceland Countryside Tour

This is a guided round-the-island tour. You see the ever-changing scenery of the Icelandic countryside: mountains and valleys, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, hot springs and waterfalls. This is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the whole variety of Icelandic landscape, culture and history in one week. You visit two of Iceland's three national parks and there are opportunities to walk in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodations are in simple and clean country hotels, and all rooms are with private facilities.

Duration: 8 Nights, Summer - BESTSELLER!

Price: From $3,949 per person

Highlights

  • Whale watching, weather permitting
  • Boat trip on glacial lagoon among floating icebergs
  • Enjoy an Icelandic horse Show
  • 1-2 hours of easy walking on average a day
  • Visit two national parks
  • Soak in the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
  • Visit to Skógar folk museum with turf houses
  • Learn about Icelandic sagas in the settlement center

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This is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the whole variety of Icelandic landscape, culture and history in one week. You visit two of Iceland's three national parks and there are opportunities to walk in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodations are in simple and clean country hotels, and all rooms are with private facilities.

Included:

- 8 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc
- 7-day fully guided tour with an English speaking guide
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)
- 8x breakfast and 6x 3-course dinner
- Visit to two national parks
- Whale watching & sea angling tour (weather permitting)
- Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
- Icelandic horse show
- Entrance fee to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
- Admission to Icelandic settlement center
- Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum

Not Included:

- Flights to and from Iceland
- Travel Insurance

MEALS: 8x breakfast and 6x dinner (3-course or buffet). Dinner on Reykjavík nights not included.

ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation is provided in simple and clean country hotels in rooms with private facilities. Most of our groups stay at the following hotels (subject to change):

Fosshotel Reykjavík, Reykjavík (first and last night)
Fosshotel Reykholt, West Iceland
Fosshotel Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, 2 nights
Hotel Hallormsstaður, East Iceland
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Southeast Iceland
Hotel Örk, Hveragerði, South Iceland

OPTIONAL VIP SEATING: Supplement for guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and next seat remaining empty (a passenger gets actually two seats) as well as a pillow and blanket for upgraded comfort. Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, first comes, first get.

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.

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Day 1 SAT:

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.

Driving distance: 50 km/ 31mls

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Day 2 SUN:

Land of Sagas and Volcano Climb

After a short Reykjavík city tour, we head north from Iceland's capital to West Iceland. The settlement center in Borgarnes introduces us to the Icelandic sagas where we learn about their impact on Iceland through the ages. The afternoon is filled with fascinating natural spots. A 40-minute round-trip hike takes us to the rim of Grábrók volcano crater, formed about 3400 years ago. For anyone interested in geology, this is a "must-see". The crater is in the middle of a vast lava field and from the top, you have superb views of the beautiful landscape.  Deildartunguhver is one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe. The water that flows here is boiling and sizzling. Soon after, we explore Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacial river. A 10-minute walk takes us to Barnafoss, "children's fall", with its strange rock formations carved by the river Hvítá. Enjoy 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. We see Snorri's pool, one of Iceland's most important cultural and archeological sites. Overnight is in West Iceland.

Driving distance: 190 km/118 mls

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Day 3, MON:

From West to North Including whale watching and sea angling

A long drive takes us over mountain passes, through lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscapes to North Iceland. We pass Skagafjörður, known as the "valley of horses". After a lunch break, we go whale watching and sea angling for 2-3 hours at Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, right below the Arctic Circle. The most common species are humpback and minke whales, harbor porpoises and dolphins. The success rate to spot whales is about 98 %. The tour also includes about 30 minutes of sea angling. Expect to catch cod, haddock, pollock, catfish and if you are lucky, even a giant halibut! Next stop is Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest city before we reach the picturesque town of Húsavík in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights.

Driving distance: 460 km/286 mls

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Day 4, TUE:

Geological Wonders and Nature Baths

The day begins with Goðafoss, "the waterfall of the Gods", one of the country's most spectacular waterfalls and a prominent spot in Iceland's history.  We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile regions in the world so close to the Arctic Circle and also known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava 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. We stroll through the mysterious lava field of Dimmuborgir, look at pseudo craters and see the tephra cone Hverfjall. Our last stop is the Mývatn Nature Baths, where we soak in 36-40 degrees warm geothermal water, which contains a lot of minerals, is alkaline and well-suited for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath.

Driving distance: 170 km/106 mls

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Day 5, WED:

From North to East

We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð with hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools. At Krafla we see the impacts of volcanic activity and you can smell the sulfur. Víti is a circular explosion crater filled with blue water which has boiled for 100 years until the early 19th century and is surrounded by volcanic landscape and colorful mountains. The name Víti signifies "Hell", and the area is quite surreal. The water, colorful mountains, and the steam hissing out of vents create an eerie atmosphere. We continue our journey to the 44-meter high Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. The round-trip walk takes about 40-60 minutes. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. Along the way, we stop at Möðrudalur, the all-year residence at the highest altitude in Iceland, 469m above sea level. In the summertime, they run a service center there which 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. We continue through a fascinating barren landscape and through a long valley called Jökuldalur. In the evening we reach the fertile region of Fljótsdalshérað with its narrow glacial lake, Lögurinn. Keep your eyes open for the giant "Lake-Worm"! Overnight in East Iceland.

Driving distance: 330 km/205 mls

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Day 6, THU:

Fjords, Glacier and Ice

The Icelandic ring road takes us toward the southeast. It's a day to admire green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. We stop at the charming village of Djúpivogur. Soon 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 among the floating icebergs on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, considered one of the highlights on tour around Iceland. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lake and out to sea. Many of you might recognize the glacier and ice lagoon from films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.

Driving distance: 390 km/242 mls

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Day 7, FRI:

Vatnajökull National Park and the South

We explore Vatnajökull National Park which covers about 14% of Iceland, making it Europe's second-largest national park in terms of area after Yugyd Va in Russia. The park offers amazing contrasts in landscape with glaciers, moors, mountains, birch forests, glacial rivers, brooks and sandy out-wash plains. We explore the region of Skaftafell that is nestled below Iceland's highest peak 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 see Eldhraun, "fire lava", an enormous and incredibly beautiful lava field which was created by the year-long Laki eruption in 1783. This eruption was devastating for Iceland. The years that followed are referred to the "misty times", due to the volcanic ash lingering for a long time in the air.  The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vík, 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. The area has an abundant birdlife, including puffins, fulmars, and guillemots. Iceland's past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses.  Next stop is the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall, often harboring a rainbow. We travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and visit the narrow and 65-meter high Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a trail that leads behind the fall. You must be prepared to get wet! We continue our journey through the biggest agricultural area of Iceland to our overnight location in South Iceland.

Driving distance: 340 km/211 mls

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Day 8, SAT:

Ring the Golden Circle to Reykjavík

We see classics today, and we start with horses. At Friðheimar farm we meet an individual four-footed player in Iceland's history. During an educational and entertaining horse show, we are introduced with a professional but also personal display to the gaits and unique qualities of the Icelandic horse. This peculiar breed has adapted to Iceland's landscape in a way that made it a full partner in farm and city life. The Golden Circle sights follow. Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls", tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travelers all year. Next stop is the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur, "the churn", spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to ten minutes. We continue to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and an area of exceptional geological and historical interest. See with your own eyes the rift dividing the continental plates of America and Eurasia. Overnight in Reykjavík, Iceland's capital.

Driving distance: 210 km/130 mls

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Day 9, SUN:

Departure Home

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.

Driving distance: 50 km/31 mls

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Note:

- Total mileage without airport transfer is about 2.090 km (1.298 miles), which is an average of 299 km (186 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.

- This tour has an average of 1-2 hours light walking each day, mostly short walks of 5-20 minutes, to explore and reach many of the natural treasures and historical sites around Iceland. It is an easy tour for nearly everyone to participate. This is NOT a hiking/walking tour, but most trails in Iceland are nature trails which include uneven terrain, gravels, stairs and unpaved trails.

Price per Person:

Service/Room Type Departures in
Jun/Jul/Aug 2018
Departures in
September 2018
In double, twin or triple room incl. breakfast $4,178 $3,949
In Single room incl. breakfast $5,547 $5,312
VIP-seating supplement $465 $465

 

Departures 2018:

From To Availability
Saturday, June 2 Sunday, June 10 Yes
Saturday, June 16 Sunday, June 24 Yes
Saturday, June 30 Sunday, July 8 Yes
Saturday, July 14 Sunday, July 22 Yes
Saturday, July 28 Sunday, August 5 Yes
Saturday, August 11 Sunday, August 19 Yes
Saturday, August 25 Sunday, September 2 Yes
Saturday, September 8 Sunday, September 16 Yes
Saturday, September 22 Sunday, September 30 Yes

DURATION: 9 days / 8 nights
ARRIVAL DAY: Saturday
DEPARTURE DAY: Sunday
TOUR STARTS: On Sundays at 09:00 from Reykjavík
TOUR ENDS: On Saturdays in Reykjavík between 16:00-18:00
LANGUAGES: English only
GROUP SIZE: Maximum 20 passengers. Once a booking is confirmed, the departure is guaranteed.
PRE & POST NIGHTS REYKJAVÍK: Included in this tour program, ask if you require extension nights.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Included in the program and price.

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Views from Iceland Countryside Tour

  • Golden Circle Geysir - Strokkur.JPG
  • Around Lake Myvatn, Iceland.JPG
  • Glacial lagoon boat trip.JPG
  • East Iceland.jpg
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  • Dimmuborgir, Lake Myvatn.JPG
  • Godafoss.JPG
  • Hraunfossar waterfall, West Iceland.JPG
  • Seljalandsfoss, South Iceland.JPG
  • Skagafjördur.JPG
  • Vatnajökull National Park.jpg
  • Skógar Museum.JPG
  • South Iceland.JPG
  • Reykjavik view from the pearl.JPG

Highlights

  • Whale watching, weather permitting
  • Boat trip on glacial lagoon among floating icebergs
  • Enjoy an Icelandic horse Show
  • 1-2 hours of easy walking on average a day
  • Visit two national parks
  • Soak in the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
  • Visit to Skógar folk museum with turf houses
  • Learn about Icelandic sagas in the settlement center

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