Amazing Iceland

Discover all aspects of Iceland, old and new. This comprehensive tour gives an in-depth knowledge of Iceland.

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Amazing Iceland

Discover all aspects of Iceland, old and new. This comprehensive tour gives an in-depth knowledge of Iceland. Whether the attributes are the high North on the Arctic Circle border, wildlife and teeming bird colonies, ancient geology or modern culture, you will discover it all. You will even have the unique opportunity to visit the remote and magical Westfjords, a beautiful part of Iceland off the tourist path.

 

Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions. 

Included

  • Meet and greet at Keflavík International Airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel in Reykjavík
  • Guided coach tour as per itinerary
  • Departure transfer without guide
  • Accommodation 2 nights with breakfast and with private facilities in Reykjavík
  • Accommodation 10  nights with breakfast and with private facilities in the countryside
  • 10  dinners in the countryside
  • Ferry from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur (day 3)
  • Admission to Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft Museum (day 5)
  • Icelandic Horse Demonstration (day 6)
  • Admission to Glaumbær Museum (day 6)
  • Admission to Petra’s Stone Collection (day 9)
  • Admission to the Lava Centre (day 12)
  • Visit to Fríðheimar Farm and Greenhouse (day 12)

Not included (available upon request at extra cost):

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Dinners in Reykjavík
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh Icelandic tap water
  • Guide at departure transfer
  • Guide service during dinners
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Porterage at airport and hotels*
  • Free passengers
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included

* Luggage porter service is not available at Icelandic hotels. Participants should pack light. A good rule of thumb is to bring no more than what you can comfortably carry between the bus and your hotel room.

 
 

DAY: 1 Arrival

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Meet and greet at Keflavík airport. Drive to Reykjavík for check-in at your accommodation.  A possible optional idea (not included in price) might be visit the Blue Lagoon on your way from the airport to Reykjavík.

 

Overnight stay in Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own.    Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price.  Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm). 

 

Highlights:

Reykjavik  |The Blue Lagoon  |Reykjanes  |Keflavik
 

DAY 2: Reykjavik – Thingvellir– Reykholt – Borgarfjordur

Approximate distance: ca180km / 112miles

UNESCO Geology and History Site –  Wilderness Vistas – Lava Waterfalls – Saga History – Powerful Hot Springs

Breakfast at your hotel.   Departure from Reykjavik to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO site remarkable for its tectonic plate geology and for its special place in Icelandic history.    Cross over the Kaldidalur mountain pass on an unpaved track.  This route shows you the rugged beauty of the Icelandic highland wilderness. Head past Langjökull glacier and into Western Iceland.  View the spectacular waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.  Drive through the fertile Borgarfjörður region and visit Reykholt, home of the eminent 13th-century scholar, politician and Saga author, Snorri Sturluson.  The last stop of the day is at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.

 

Dinner and overnight in the Borgarfjörður area.

 

Note: The Kaldidalur Highland Pass does not open until June due to winter road conditions. If the Kaldidalur Pass is not open, the group will take the Uxahryggir road leading to Borgarfjörður  

 

DAY 3: Borgarfjörður – Snæfellsnes – Westfjords

Approximate distance: ca360km / 244miles

Coastal National Park  –  Snæfellsjökull Glacier – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife  – Scenic Ferry Ride 

 

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you will discover the mystical Snæfellsnes peninsula and Snæfellsjökull National Park. The first stop is at Búðir hamlet, one of the few areas in Iceland with white sand beaches. Head onwards to Arnarstapi village for a short walk along its coastline with magnificent columnar basalt formations teeming with birdlife in summer.  Take a circular route around the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier which covers a powerful central volcano and is unquestionably the crown jewel of Snæfellsnes Peninsula.Continue along the northern shores of the peninsula, driving through tiny fishing villages.  In Stikkisholmur, board a ferry for a ride across spectacular Breidafjörður, a bay dotted with thousands of tiny islands. Encircled by mountains and the Snæfellsjökull volcano, this dramatic bay is home to 50 bird species, including the rare white-tailed eagle. 

 

Arriving on the shores of Barðaströnd in the Westfjords,  head to your overnight in Flókalundur, located in the beautiful Vatnsfjörður fjord.

 

Dinner and overnight in the Flókalundur area

 

DAY 4: Barðaströnd – Ísafjörður

Approximate distance: ca325km / 202miles

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start the day  by visiting the impressive red sand beach at Rauðasandur, which shifts in colour from golden to orange to red depending on the daylight.  Afterwards, head to Látrabjarg, famous for being Europe‘s westernmost point and a home to nesting sea birds. This is probably the best place in Ice land to observe puffins (generally seen between mid-May and early August).  The tour continue on nearly empty roads wea ving in and out of various fjords.  Enjoy the views ofthe „Westfjord Alps. “   Stop at Dynjandi, a collection of layered waterfalls that cascade down a 100 meter/ 328 foot high mountainside.  View the interestingly- designed avalanche protection wall in Flateyri before arriving in Ísafjörður, the “capital“ of the West Fjords.

 

Dinner and overnight in Ísafjörður

 

Highlights:

Westfjords  |Raudisandur  |Latrabjarg  |Dynjandi
 

DAY 5: Ísafjörður – Laugarbakki

Approximate distance: ca360km / 224miles

Abandoned Fjord Settlements – Iceland’s Oldest Region – Witchcraft Heritage

 

Breakfast at your hotel.  Leaving the town of Ísafjörður, head towards the now mostly abandoned fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp, secluded below steep mountains that have eroded over thousands of years.  Geologically, this is the oldest part of Iceland and here you can fully appreciate the untamed, rugged wilderness of this isolated area. Drive through the village of Súðavík and, as you   weave in and out of Mjóifjörður and Ísafjörður fjords you can see abandoned farms and driftwood- laden shores,  often teeming with seals. Cross  over  Steingrímsfjarðarheiði Moor and arrive in Hólmavík in the Strandir region.  Here you’ll learn about the traditions of sorcery in Iceland since the Middle Ages and about the tragic fates of Icelanders accused of witchcraft in the 17th century.  Continue from the Westfjords and into the Miðfjörður area of North Iceland.   

 

Dinner and overnight in Laugarbakk

 

DAY 6: Miðfjörður – Skagafjörður – Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca220km / 137miles

Icelandic Horse Demonstration – Historical Turf Manor House – Iceland’s Charming Northern “Capital”

 

Breakfast at your hotel.  Continue your journey in North Iceland.  The first stop at Gauksmýri farm and horse breeding centre where you will get to know more about the Icelandic Horse and its distinctive gaits.   Continue to the beautiful Skagafjörður district, a place where many important historical events have occurred and where you will visit the regional folk museum at Glaumbær for an insight into Icelandic 18th and 19th-century farm life. On site is a very interesting and well-preserved manor home-made of turf.  This building was an inspiration for Hannah Kent‘s famous novel Burial Rites, which took place in 19th-century North Iceland.  Afterwards, continue to Akureyri, the “capital “of the North. Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of the town before checking in at your accommodation.

 

Dinner and overnight in Akureyri area

 

 

DAY 7: Akureyri – Mývatn – Húsavík

Approximate distance: ca200km / 124miles

Waterfall of the Gods – Volcanic Nature Paradise – Strange Basalt Citadels –  Colourful Geothermal Terrain

 

Breakfast at your hotel.   In the morning, head along the shores of Eyjafjörður fjord, making a stop to view the impressive Goðafoss, the ”waterfall of the gods. “  Continue to Lake Mývatn a paradise for birdwatchers and geologists.  The day‘s discoveries include the   pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir, the curious lava  formations at Dimmuborgir, the ring wall crater of  Hverfjall and the central volcano Krafla, site of a series of volcanic eruptions in the 1970s and 1980s.  Finally take a walk in the surreal Námaskarð geothermal field with its bubbling mud pools, hissing steam vents and and multi-coloured solfataras Head to the fishing village of Húsavík, known as the whale watching capital of Iceland.

 

Optional: Visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths  • Evening whale watching  in Húsavík

 
 

DAY 8: Húsavík– Dettifoss – Egilsstaðir

Approximate distance: ca260km / 192miles

National Park of Canyons – Echoing Rocks – Glacial River  – Largest Waterfall in Europe

 

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive along the fossil-rich Tjörnes peninsula to the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park.  This is the Jökulsárgljúfur region of the park, where glacial floods and volcanic eruptions have created a unique landscape. Discover the magnificent basaltic formations of Hljóðaklettar (the Echo Rocks) and the thundering glacial river, Jökulsá á Fjöllum.  The next stop is at the powerful Dettifoss waterfall, the largest one in Europe.* Continue eastward over the vast and now unpopulated Jökuldalsheiði  plateau and into the fertile Fljótsdalur district.  The district‘s excellent farm produce, game and wild berries have made it a great destination for culinary travel.  This area is also mentioned in the intriguing Viking tale, Hrafnkell‘s Saga, as well as legends about a local lake monster.

 

Dinner and overnight in the Egilsstaðir area

 

*Visit to Dettifoss dependent on road conditions

 

DAY 9: Egilsstaðir – East Fjords – Höfn

Approximate distance: ca270km / 168miles

Beautiful Fjord Views – Intriguing Stone Collection – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel.   Morning departure along the rugged and varied coastline of the East Fjords, some of which are now deserted.  Each fjord has its own unique landscape and history.   Drive along Fáskrúðsfjörður, which was for centuries the main port of French fishermen in Iceland, and there is still a French influence in the fjord‘s town. In Stöðvarfjörður your group will view the spectacular collection of Icelandic rocks and minerals at Petra‘s stone collection.   At Álftarfjörður you might see thousands of whooper swans  which have given the fjord its name. After winding around the East Fjords, your group will head   into Southeast Iceland and the town of Höfn, where you will have views of magnificent Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.

Dinner and overnight in the Höfn area

 

DAY 10: Höfn – Skaftafell – Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca210km / 130miles

Iceberg-filled Lagoon – Glacier-ringed National Park – Vast Black Sand Plains

Breakfast at your hotel.    Today you will be following along Vatnajökull glacier as your backdrop, seeing it from many different angles.  You will also be visiting wonders of Vatnajökull National Park‘s southern area; the entire park covers 13% of Iceland‘s landscape.    Pass several outlet glaciers on your way to the world-famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon.  Continue on to the Vatnajökull National Park‘s Skaftafell area, a beautiful green oasis beneath towering Öræfajökull, the highest peak in Iceland. Proceed across Skeiðarársandur with its vast stretches of black sand formed by mighty glacial rivers before arriving in Kirkjubæjarklaustur town, former site of a 12th century catholic convent for an overnight stay.

 

Dinner and overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

 

Optional: Boat tour on the Jókulsárlón glacier lagoon

 

DAY 11: Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Vík – Hvöllsvöllur

Approximate distance: ca170km / 106miles

Black Sand Beach and Thundering Waves– Magnificent Waterfalls – Volcano and Earthquake Centre

 

Breakfast at your hotel.    Morning departure across the enormous Eldhraun lava field -- the largest lava flow recorded in history --  and the black desert sands of Mýrdalssandur before arriving in Vík, Iceland‘s southernmost village.   Visit  the area‘s breath-taking black sand beach with thundering waves, either at Reynisfjara or Dyrhólaey promontory, a nature reserve and home to thousands of seabirds.*  Stop to admire two waterfalls: Skógafoss with Mýrdalsjökull glacier towering above it, and ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss with its trail leading behind the cascade.  This is also a region of famous volcanoes such Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull, which you will see in the distance as you travel.    Continue through beautiful farmlands; a region famous from Iceland‘s literary work Burnt Njáll‘s Saga.   End the day in Hvollsvöllur, a town situated close to where events from this saga took place.

 

*Dyrhólaey is closed during the nesting period of May 1 - June 25th.

 

Dinner and overnight in Hvollsvöllur area

 

 

Highlights:

Dyrhólaey  |Vík  |Skogafoss  |Seljalandsfoss  |Myrdalsjokull  |

Katla

  |Eyjafjallajokull
 

DAY 12: Hvollsvöllur – Gullfoss – Geysir – Reykjavík

Approximate distance: ca215km / 134miles

Beautiful Waterfall– Active geysers  – Geothermal Greenhouses

Breakfast at your hotel.    Start the day with a visit to the interactive new Lava Centre in Hvollsvöllur, where you can discover more about Iceland‘s volcanoes and earthquakes.  Head to the famous Gullfoss "Golden" Waterfall, which is considered by many Icelanders to be the country‘s most beautiful waterfall.  Nearby, your group will discover the lively hot spring area of Geysir. View Strokkur geyser spout a column of water up to 30 meters (98 feet) every few minutes, as well as many other bubbling and boiling hot springs. Visit Fríðheimar, a family-owned greenhouse where organic vegetables and flowers are grown and learn about this important industry in Iceland.  The trip ends in Reykjavík in the afternoon.  Dinner is on your own.

 

Highlights:

Gullfoss  |Geysir   |Reykjavik
 

DAY 13: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Unguided transfer to Keflavík Airport for your return flight.

 

 
 

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Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.