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Ice and Spice with Extension

Iceland is full of concealed treasures and in six days we enjoy a memorable journey of massive glaciers, natural hot springs, the uninhabited interior, impressive canyons and lush green meadows. The variety and beauty of Icelandic nature never cease to amaze visitors.

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Ice & Spice with extention to North Iceland

Duration: 8 days / 7 nights.

Iceland is full of concealed treasures and in six days we enjoy a memorable journey of massive glaciers, natural hot springs, the uninhabited interior, impressive canyons and lush green meadows. The variety and beauty of Icelandic nature never cease to amaze visitors.


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DAY 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Meet and greet at Keflavík airport. Group transfer to Reykjavík for check-in to your hotel.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik. 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 (2:00 pm).  

 

Your Adventure: Blue Lagoon

Your group can enjoy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique natural wonder with mineral-rich geothermal water, nested in the middle of a black lava field.  The high natural levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue color and healing properties. A visit to the Blue Lagoon is both invigorating and exciting.  

 

Highlights:

Keflavík  |Reykjanesbaer  |Reykjavík
 

DAY 2: Reykjavík – Skógar – Dyrhólaey – Vík – Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca318km / 198miles

Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore - Waterfalls - Folk Museum - Puffin Colony (summer)

Breakfast at your hotel.  From Reykjavík your group travels through the town of Hveragerði and the surrounding fertile farmlands.  You´ll notice the numerous glacial rivers on route to Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. After taking time to view each waterfall, continue to Dyrhólaey*, a nature reserve where thousands of puffins nest during the summer. Cross the vast Eldhraun, the world´s largest single flow of lava in recorded history.  Your destination is the small town Kirkjubæjarklaustur, an oasis surrounded by lava fields and black-sand deserts.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in the spring from early May until late June.

 

DAY 3: Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Skaftafell - Jökulsárlón - Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Approximate distance: ca255km / 159miles

Western Europe’s Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel.  Travel from Kirkjubæjarklaustur towards the Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park. (Vatnajökull National Park is the largest one in Western Europe). The Skaftafell area is dominated by spectacular views of the mighty Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. 

Continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Your Adventure: Glacier Walk

Svínafellsjökull glacier is a breathtaking outlet from  Vatnajökull Glacier.  It offers stunning views of the area. The glacier is an ideal playground for hiking and climbing with ice walls of various shapes and heights. An experienced guide shows you how to use basic glacier equipment before you step onto a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and glacial crevasses. This glacier walk is suitable for all experience levels.  

 

DAY 4: Landmannalaugar/ Þórsmörk Valley/ Þjórsárdalur Valley (winter and spring)

Approximate distance: ca221km / 137miles

Multicolored Mountains of the Interior - Lava Fields - Hekla Volcano - Hot Springs with Bathing

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start the day with a visit to the grand Fjarðarárgljúfur gorge.  Then travel along the Fjallabaksleið highland interior track to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent wilderness surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains.  Here you´ll have the option of bathing in a hot-spring fed river, a great way to rejuvenate the skin and spirit (Remember to bring a swimsuit).  Today you’ll also explore Þjórsárdalur Valley, enjoying a a view of Mt.  Hekla, a legendary Icelandic volcano. Your trip ends in Flúðir, a town famous for its geothermally-grown vegetables.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Flúðir area.

Your Adventure: Hot Spring Hike (in summer and fall)

Enjoy a colorful hike in the geothermal area of Landmannalaugar, where nature has painted the rhyolite mountains in yellows, greens and reds. Visitors may also opt to bathe in the natural hot rivers that run through the area.

Note: If the route to Landmannalaugar is closed due to road conditions (such as late spring and  early summer,  the tour goes through lava fields and outwash sands formed by floods from the glacial volcano Katla to Vík, and on to Þórsmörk valley.  This beautiful wilderness area lies in the shadow of the now famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

Winter and Spring alternate program to Þjórsárdalur Valley:

Take time to discover the pearls around Kirkjubæjarklaustur such as Dverghamrar: geometrical rock formations called the Dwarf Cliffs, You’ll also visit another geological phenomenon called Kirkjugólf or Church Floor, before continuing towards the beautiful Fjaðrársglúfur canyon. Then head west towards Þjórsárdalur Valley,the gateway to  Iceland’s interior highlands. Here you travel through fertile farmlands at the foot of Hekla volcano, The landscape suddenly changes from rich farmalnd to a semi-barren desert. Stop at the Hrauneyjarfoss waterfall, then visit the ruins of Stöng, a Viking-age farm destroyed in 1104 when Mt. Hekla erupted. Nearby is, “Þjóðveldisbærinn,” a replica of the Viking farm.  Next to it is the little waterfall of Hjálparfoss.

 

Highlights:

Hekla  |Landmannalaugar
 

DAY 5: Gullfoss - Geysir - Þingvellir - Reykjavík

Approximate distance: ca146km / 91miles

The Famous Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO site)

Breakfast at your hotel.  Depart for Geysir hot spring area to see the famous great Geysir and Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes.  Afterwards visit Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls.  The next stop is Þingvellir National Park, where the ancient Viking parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake.  Thingvellir is where  you can also see where the North American and European tectonic plates meet.  Head to Reykjavik for your overnight stay.

Overnight stay in Reykjavík.

Your Adventure: Horse Riding Tour

Enjoy Icelandic nature from horseback. Whether you are a beginner  or a more advanced rider, this is a wonderful way to experience the Icelandic countryside. Your tour will be led by experienced staff and horses are available to match all types of riders.

 

DAY 6: Hveragerði - Akureyri - Mývatn

Bizarre Lava Formations - Nature Baths - Volcanic Crater

We depart early from Hveragerði to Reykjavík Domestic Airport for our flight to Akureyri. Upon landing we travel onwards to Lake Mývatn, a wonderland of birdlife and bizarre lava formations. We visit the impressive Skútustaðir pseudo-craters and the lava-labyrinth of Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles). We stop near Hverfjall to take a look at the hot water filled cave of Grjótgjá. In the afternoon we visit Krafla volcanic area with its recent lava fields and take a walk among the impressive solfataras of Námaskarð with steam jets and boiling sulphur pits.

Overnight stay in Lake Mývatn area.

Your Adventure: Nature Baths

Enjoy a relaxing visit to Myvatn Nature Bath.  The tastefully designed complex offers bathers a completely natural experience in warm soothing water containing a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms benefitting both skin and spirit alike.

 

Highlights:

Akureyri  |Mývatn
 

DAY 7: Mývatn - Akureyri - Reykjavík

Waterfall “of the Gods” - Iceland’s Second Largest City - Botanical Gardens

Travel towards the bustling northern port of Akureyri making a stop at the magnificent Goðafoss waterfall. 

Sightseeing tour in Akureyri where we learn about the history, visit the modern church, the Botanical Gardens and the Listagil Street with its many artist studios. Flight back to Reykjavík.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

Your adventure: Whale Watching

Experience an unforgettable adventure into the world of whales and seabirds in their natural habitat. This is your chance to get up close to the magnificent creatures that inhabit the seas in Eyjafjörður, as your expert guide gives you a fascinating insight into the life of the ocean. The bay is full of surprises and the most commonly sighted whales include white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises, minke and humpbacked whales.

 

Highlights:

Godafoss
 

DAY 6: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Breakfast at your hotel.  Unguided transfer to Keflavík Airport for your return flight.

 

 

Highlights:

Reykjavík
 

Price quotations will vary according to multiple reasons.

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Discounts & special offers

May and September are offered with a 10% discount


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

   

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.