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Arctic Gems

Experience the arctic treasures at a relaxed pace.

Season:01 May - 30 September
Duration:10 Days/9 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English
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Visit Iceland's most famous attractions while travelling at an easy pace, spending two or three nights at the same hotel. Discover the wonders of North and South Iceland. A special feature of this tour is a day trip to the newly-popular northern town of Siglufjörður, nestled in a dramatic fjord on the edge of steep mountains.

 

 

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 7 nights with breakfast and rooms with private facilities in countryside
  • Packed lunch on day 6
  • 7 dinners in the countryside
  • Entry to the Herring Industry museum incl. introduction and taste of herring and brennivín (day 4)

Not included (available at extra cost):

  • Dinners in Reykjavík
  • Lunches (except lunchbox on day 6)
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Guide at departure transfer
  • Guide service during dinners
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Free passengers
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Group Optional Tours (at extra cost):

  • Viking Sushi Adventure Cruise from Stykkishólmur (day 2)
  • Entrance and towel to the Myvatn Nature baths (day 5)
  • Boat tour on Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon (day 7)
  • ATV quad bike tour in Hofsfell (day 7)
  • Visit to Fríðheimar Geothermal Greenhouses  (day 9)

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DAY 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Welcome greet at Keflavík airport. Drive to Reykjavík for check-in at the accommodation.

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:

Keflavík  |Reykjanes  |Hafnarfjordur  |Reykjavík
 

DAY 2: Reykjavik – Snæfellsnes Glacier National Park – Stykkishólmur

Approximate distance: ca300km / 186miles

Snæfellsjökull Glacier – Sand Beaches – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Quaint Fishing Villages

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start your journey into the countryside by exploring the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Circle around the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier, mentioned in Jules Verne’s famous science fiction novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.  Continue to the uniquely pebbled Djúpalónssandur beach. Stop at the picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi with its magnificent columnar basalt rock formations. From Stykkishólmur harbour, you will have  the option to embark on a unique cruise, the Viking Sushi Adventure, including nature and bird watching and sampling freshly-caught scallops. 

Dinner and overnight stay in Stykkisholmur area.

 

DAY 3: Stykkishólmur – Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca355km / 221miles

Iceland’s City of the North – Botanical Gardens

After an early breakfast, depart Stykkishólmur and head to Northeast Iceland.  The destination is Akureyri, the trade and cultural capital of the north.  You will stay three nights in this charming town.  Upon arrival in Akureyri in the late afternoon, take a sightseeing tour of the city before checking in at the hotel. 

Dinner and overnight stay in Akureyri for the next 3 nights.

 

Highlights:

Stykkishólmur  |Akureyri
 

DAY 4: Siglufjörður, North Iceland

Approximate distance: ca160km / 99miles

Dramatic Fjords – Picturesque Fishing Villages – Culinary Traditions – Icelandic Schnapps

With the opening of the Héðinsfjörður Tunnel in 2010, the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður has emerged as a wonderful new sightseeing destination.  

This pretty town is nestled in a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland’s steep northern mountains. Upon arrival, visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum. Here you will be introduced to the story of the 20th century herring  migration “boom”  that transformed Siglufjörður into a bustling community overnight.  Explore the museum’s three buildings before sampling traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps! 

After the visit, there is time time to explore Siglufjörður at your leisure. Points of interest include the harbour, the church and  local art galleries, cafés and shops. You might even see locations used in filming the 2016 crime drama Trapped. At the day’s end, depart  Siglufjörður, via the villages of Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík, arriving back to Akureyri in the late afternoon. 

 

DAY 5: Lake Mývatn

Approximate distance: ca235km / 146miles

Bizarre Lava Formations – Volcanic Craters – Myvatn Nature Baths

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you will travel in  the Lake Mývatn region. Along the way, stop  at the awe-inspiring Goðafoss waterfall before continuing on to the stunningly beautiful area of Lake Mývatn, a paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. Here you can explore  pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall Crater, the Nature Baths, solfataras in the Hverarönd geothermal region and Krafla volcano. 

 

Highlights:

Mývatn  |Godafoss  |Dimmuborgir  |Kirkjan Cave  |Hverfjall  |Krafla
 

DAY 6: Akureyri – Dettifoss – Höfn

Approximate distance: ca520km / 323miles

Europe's Mightiest Waterfall – Long Narrow Fjords – Breathtaking Landscape

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you will travel east from Akureyri to Höfn. The first stop of the day will be made at Dettifoss, which is the mightiest waterfall in Europe. Continue over the barren highland areas to the town of Egilsstaðir, the gateway to the stunning highland wilderness and fjords of the East. After visiting Egilsstaðir, proceed south through breathtaking landscapes of the remote Eastern fjords. Arrive at Höfn town in Hornafjörður in the late afternoon.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Hornafjörður area for the next 2 nights.

 

DAY 7: Höfn – Vatnajökull – Hoffell

Approximate distance: ca170km / 106miles

Europe’s Largest Glacier – Hot Spring – Glacial Lagoon with Floating Icebergs

Breakfast at your hotel.  Vatnajökull is larger than all the rest of Europe's glaciers combined. Explore some of its numerous astonishing outlets and take an optional boat tour on the glacial lagoon, sailing among huge icebergs in a unique scenic environment. In the afternoon, visit the Hoffell area. The Hoffell community consists of a few farms at the foot of Hoffell Mountain which is 800 meters high and provides good shelter from the often unpredictable northern climate. 

 

 

Highlights:

Vatnajokull  |Jokulsárlón
 

DAY 8: Höfn – Skaftafell National Park – South Shore – Hvolsvöllur

Approximate distance: ca379km / 236miles

Europe’s Largest National Park – Towering Cliffs – Amazing Bird Life

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today continue in the shadow to Vatnajökull glacier to Skaftafell National Park and Skeiðarársandur, the largest glacial outwash plain in Iceland. Watch the dramatic scenery of black sand plains and lava fields go by as your group makes its way to Dyrhólaey*, a solitary cliff teeming with bird life. The final stop on the day´s journey will be to admire the mighty Skógarfoss waterfall. 

Dinner and overnight stay in Hvolsvöllur area.

 

DAY 9: Hvolsvöllur – Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Reykjavík

Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles

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

Breakfast at your hotel.  Enjoy great photo opportunities in the world-famous spouting hot spring area of Geysir. You only need to wait a few minutes for Strokkur geyser to erupt and send a magnificent water and steam column high into the air. Continue on to the magnificent Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall” and, from there, to Þingvellir National Park, the ancient site of Iceland's first parliament. The day ends back in Reykjavik in the late afternoon.

Overnight stay in Reykjavík.  Dinner is on your own. 

 

Highlights:

Gullfoss  |Geysir  |Geysir Center  |Þingvellir
 

DAY 10: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Transfer to Keflavík Airport for the return flight.

 

 

Highlights:

Keflavík  |Reykjanesbaer
 

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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.

Iceland is a great country where the weather and landscape can change in a few hours of travel. We had a great time, every part of Iceland has something interesting. Our guide Sverrir also made all the difference to a memorable trip.

Hitesh P, UK