Volcanoes and Glaciers in Iceland

This popular tour gives you the perfect opportunity to discover the magic of Iceland’s famous volcanoes and glaciers and the magnificent natural landscape that surrounds them

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:06 May - 23 September
Duration:6 Days/5 Nights
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Volcanoes and Glaciers in Iceland

 

Special Offer:  10% discount of published price for the following departures:  

English language:  May 6, 13, 20; June 14

French language:  June 10, 17;  July 1, 15

Book by 30 April, 2018.  Discount is per person and applies to new bookings only.

Discover the natural wonders of Iceland, geologically one of the world‘s youngest – and most volcanic—islands.

Our popular Volcanoes and Glaciers tour gives you the perfect opportunity to discover the magic of these wonders and the magnificent natural landscape that surrounds them. The tour covers the major attractions of the south including the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano, glaciers, geysers and waterfalls as well as the beautiful Westman islands.

Witness and discover the marvels of Mother Nature in its purest form! 

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum group size: 36 people
  • Visit South Iceland's main attractions

Special Offer:

Included

  • 4 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavík
  • Accommodation 2 nights w/facilities in Reykjavík
  • Accommodation 3 nights  w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
  • 2 dinners in the countryside (day 3 and 4)
  • Entrance to Eldheimar Museum (day 2)
  • Roundtrip ferry fare to Westman Islands (day 2)
  • Entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (day 3)
  • Entrance to Lava Centre (day 5)

Optional tours and activities:

Booked via your guide at the start of your tour.

Day 2 - Rib Safari boat tour - Small Islands trip | 1 hr | Price for summer 2018: 11.900 ISK

Day 2 - Viking tours boat tour – Circle boat tour | 1.5 hrs | Price for summer 2018: 5.500 ISK

Day 4 - Glacier Lagoon boat tour | 45 min | Price for summer 2018: 5.700 ISK

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
06 May 2018EnglishUpon Request
13 May 2018EnglishUpon Request
20 May 2018EnglishUpon Request
27 May 2018EnglishFew seats available
03 June 2018EnglishFew seats available
10 June 2018FrenchGuaranteed
14 June 2018EnglishGuaranteed
17 June 2018FrenchGuaranteed
24 June 2018EnglishGuaranteed
01 July 2018FrenchGuaranteed
08 July 2018EnglishFew seats available
12 July 2018EnglishGuaranteed
15 July 2018FrenchGuaranteed
22 July 2018EnglishGuaranteed
29 July 2018EnglishGuaranteed
09 August 2018EnglishGuaranteed
12 August 2018EnglishGuaranteed
19 August 2018EnglishGuaranteed
26 August 2018EnglishGuaranteed
02 September 2018EnglishGuaranteed
09 September 2018EnglishGuaranteed
16 September 2018EnglishGuaranteed
23 September 2018EnglishGuaranteed

Map

 
 

Day 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles

Important:   If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Volcanoes and Glaciers” itinerary.

 

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik.  We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel.  If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavík, the largest municipality in Iceland.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavík stands today. The town got its name “Smokey Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Dinner is on your own.  Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price.  Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm). 

Overnight stay in Reykjavík (airport transfer not included). Dinner is on own.

 

Day 2: Westman Islands

Waterfall - Lava Fields – Puffin Island – Magnificent lava fields

Breakfast at your hotel.  The first stop today will be made at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall.

Travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbor. After arriving at Landeyjahofn take a 30 minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands. The destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westmans and the only inhabited one.  Visit the island´s  Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area.  During mid-May through the beginning of August it is also possible to see puffins hereTake a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago.  Visit Eldheimar Museum and explore the flora growing in the new lava field. Afternoon at leisure to explore the island on your own.

Overnight in the Westman Islands.  Dinner on own.

 

Important:  The 14 June departure itinerary is slightly different.  Passengers on this itinerary will visit the Westman Islands on Day 4 instead of Day 2.  On Days 2 and 3 they will visit the South Shore/Glacier Lagoon

 

Day 3: South Shore - Skogar – Vik

Powerful Volcanoes – Folk Museum – Black sand beaches

Breakfast at your hotel.  Take the ferry back from the Westman Islands and travel further on along the south coast.  Pass numerous glacial rivers en route to Skogafoss waterfall. A famous folk museum is nearby, showcasing the buildings and daily life of Icelanders in the past centuries.   Continue on to the black sands of Reynisfjara beach.  Here you can witness the powerful waves and amazing basalt column features carved by the power of the sea.

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

 

Important:  The 14 June departure itinerary is slightly different.  Passengers on this itinerary will visit the Westman Islands on Day 4 instead of Day 2.  On Days 2 and 3 they will visit the South Shore/Glacier Lagoon

 

Day 4: Vik – Skaftafell – Jokulsarlon

Skaftafell and Glacial beauty – Europe‘s largest Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll be in the area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier.  Cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth before reaching the small town Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. Head onwards to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacier-ringed valley in Vatnajökull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. An optional boat trip (extra charge) takes you on a sail between the icebergs.  Return to Vík for your overnight.

Dinner and overnight in Vik area.

 

Important:  The 14 June departure itinerary is slightly different.  Passengers on this itinerary will visit the Westman Islands on Day 4 instead of Day 2.  On Days 2 and 3 they will visit the South Shore/Glacier Lagoon

 

Day 5: Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Reykjavik

Lava Centre- Lively Geysers and Golden Falls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Breakfast at your hotel. Start with a visit  to the new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Afterwards,  head for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous great Geysir as well as Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes. Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. The next stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. This is also where you can see the meeting point for the European and North American tectonic plates.  After some time to explore Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik.

Overnight stay in Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own.  

 

Highlights:

Gullfoss  |Geysir
 

Day 6: Departure

Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to book it for you.  We recommend departing your hotel no later than 3 hours before your international flight.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.

 

Price per person:

Period Double Single
May 2018 1390 1745
June to August 2018 1630 2180
September 2018 1605 2155

 

Special Offer:  10% discount of published price for the following departures:  

English language:  May 6, 1320; June 14

French language:  June 10, 17;  July 1, 15

Book by 30 April, 2018.  Discount is per person and applies to new bookings only.

Children rate

  • Children 6-11 years sharing a room and/or traveling with a guardian will receive 25% discount from the listed price, valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults.
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

 


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.

   
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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.

 

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I have travelled all over the world and been on many tours and Steingrimur, your guide for the Volcanoes and Glaciers Tours, was one of the best guides I have ever had.

Karen T. (Canada)

Our guide Ingi (sorry if that's not the right spelling!) was very knowledgeable and was great at throwing in extra info during the bus rides. I really appreciate the side trip to a church historical site while the majority of the group went to a horse show. That really showed how much Iceland travel and their guides care about their groups having a great time and filling all of it with interesting bits.

Herman (our driver) was also great and even contacted some friends so that our group could see some pufflings up close and personal. What a great guy! He didn't have to do that, but he did and it made our trip even more memorable.

Thanks for an amazing time. I'll definitely be recommending this one to my friends.

Anna G. (USA)

We were on the Volcanoes and Glaciers trip between 9th and 14th September 2012. Our tour guide Ingi and the driver Herman were brilliant. They really made the trip special. They both went out of their way to let us see and experience as much as possible. Ingi had amazing knowledge about the country and was fascinating. Herman did a sterling job, particularly given the high winds he had to contend with.

We really enjoyed the content of the trip as well and felt that it was extremely varied and crammed a lot into the time. We would definitely use your firm again and look forward to coming back to Iceland again very soon.

Justin and Anna

Justin G. (UK)

We did the 4 days Volcanoes and Glaciers tour in May, visiting the south of Iceland. An excellent introduction to the spectacular scenery Iceland has to offer. It was a well paced tour, with plenty of time spent enjoying the sites we visited, focusing on all the major attractions, with a fabulous visit to the Westman Islands. We thought the weather was fine, even when it rained at the Blue Lagoon, it didn't spoil the experience. All the hotels were so clean, the staff were really helpful and the food served was excellent. We had a marvellous guide Val and driver Ragnar, who looked after us really well. I can't wait to go back and visit another part of the island.

Sarah S. (UK)

My husband and I recently returned from the Volcanoes and Glaciers tour. We loved it. The scenery was fabulous, and we did not tire of taking it all in. We are active people, and we enjoyed the activity involved with the tour, whether it was climbing up hills beside glaciers, climbing up steps to get close to waterfalls, or walking on the black beaches. We had a wonderful tour guide who told us so much about the country, its history, culture, economy, entertainment, etc. that I feel like I have actually lived there. We were treated well everywhere we went, and everything (except the airplanes) ran on time! We hope to return some day.

Beth D. (Canada)

VOLCANOES AND GLACIERS 7-12 June 2015 Excellent holiday and a wonderful introduction to Iceland. Guide Ole so knowledgeable, friendly and interesting. Driver Peter brilliant, we always felt completely confident. Hotels well chosen - comfortable and food good. Only suggestion is that coach could have been a bit more luxurious.

Peta R., UK

We have just travelled on your Volcanoes and Glaciers tour, and thought that it was really superb. The itinerary, the bus, the hotels, and the food were all very good. Most of all we liked travelling with the guide, Oli, who was exceptional - very informative and humorous and helpful to everyone. Thank you for providing us with such a good experience.

Karen W., Canada

I just returned from your Volcanoes and Glaciers Tour and it was awesome. Our guide Steinunn was delightful and very well versed in everything Icelandic. I enjoyed the sagas, the history and of course all the natural beauty and interesting geology of the area. My 16 year old granddaughter and I came home with a great appreciation of your country. Also the hotel stays and included meals were excellent. Thank you, B. Stober

Brenda S., USA

I just returned from the Volcanoes and Glaciers tour, it was excellent and surpassed my expectations. Our guide Ole was excellent very knowledgeable, fun and informative. Our driver Arne was also excellent. Definitely the best way to experience Iceland.

Jean R., Canada