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Scenic Iceland

With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this comprehensive tour highlights the natural wonders, the majestic landscapes, and the unique character of Iceland!

Season:01 May - 30 September
Duration:8 Days/7 Nights
Departure:All days
Language:English

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This is a classic circle tour that provides the perfect combination of culture and nature.  We’ve also added some suggestions of culinary activities so you can sample delicious and intriguing Icelandic specialties.

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 5 nights with breakfast and rooms with private facilities in countryside
  • 5 dinners in the countryside
  • Boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon (day 3)
  • Entrance to Petra stone collection (day 4)
  • Horse Show (day 6)

Not included (available at extra cost):

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

Group Optional Tours  (at extra cost):

  • Visit to Fríðheimar Geothermal Family Farm (day 2)
  • Visit to the exhibitions and coffee/cakes at the Wilderness Center (day 4)
  • Visit to Maritime Museum in Fáskrúðsfjörður (day 4)
  • Visit to the Icelandic Wartime Museum in Reyðarfjörður (day 4)
  • Admission and towel at Mývatn Nature Baths (day 5)
  • Visit to Súturinn Family Tannery (day 6)
  • Admission to the Settlement Centre (day 7)
 
 

DAY 1: Arrival

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Meet and greet at Keflavík airport. Drive to Reykjavík for check-in at your accommodation.

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). 

Culinary Ideas:

  • Enjoy ”Local in Focal”, an afternoon hands-on cooking lesson, where you’ll learn about Iceland’s unique culinary culture and New Nordic cuisine using fresh, Icelandic ingredients.  Courses are taught in English by skilled culinary professionals, many of whom work at fine city restaurants (must be pre-booked).

 

  • Pop by Café Loki - a cute little family-run café located just across Hallgrimskirkja church in the center of Reykjavik.  The restaurant’s cuisine is inspired by traditional Icelandic recipes passed on from one generation to the next.  Try one of their  combination platters so you can taste a great sample of the best traditional food that Iceland has to offer.
 

Highlights:

Reykjanesbaer  |Keflavík  |Reykjavík
 

DAY 2: Geysir – Gullfoss – Skógar – Vík

Approximate distance: ca315km / 196miles

Exploding Geysers - Massive Waterfall - Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel.  Depart Reykjavík for South Iceland.  You will first view  Iceland’s famous Gullfoss, or ‘Golden Falls’, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see numerous spouting hot springs and boiling mud pools.  Continue along the south shore, making a stop to admire Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls,  before arriving at  Dyrhólaey* nature reserve.  Here you may have a good chance of spotting puffin colonies and many other different seabirds.  Conclude your journey in the charming village of Vík, where you can take a walk on the beautiful black-sand beach.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Vík area.

*Please note that Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season in spring, middle May till June 25th.  Puffins are usually in Iceland between mid May and early August.

 

Optional Tours:  Visit to Fríðheimar Organic Greenhouse Farm where you can see how vegetables are grown using Iceland’s geothermal energy. 

 

Culinary Ideas:  Efstidalur II is a traditional cattle farm. The new restaurant, located on top of the old barn, offers local beef, local vegetables, as well as homemade dairy products such as ice cream, feta cheese and “skyr”.  Here you can enjoy a tour of the family dairy barn and sample fresh dairy products.

 

DAY 3: Vík – Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Höfn

Approximate distance: ca280km / 174miles

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

Breakfast at your hotel.  Cross Eldhraun, an impressive lava flow.  It is the largest lava flow  to have occurred on Earth in recorded history (1783 – 1783 AD).  Make a stop in the town of  Kirkjubæjarklaustur and its green surroundings that contrast with the surrounding lava fields and black-sand deserts.  The tour continues over Skeiðarársandur volcanic sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area that is part of the vast Vatnajökull National Park system.  Continue to the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs.  You might also glimpse sunbathing seals on the ice. Enjoy a boat tour on the Lagoon, sailing among the majestic icebergs.

Head to Höfn, enjoying magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. 

Dinner and overnight stay in the Höfn area.

 

DAY 4: Höfn – East Fjords – Egilsstaðir

Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline – Collection of minerals

Breakfast at your hotel.  Drive from Höfn through Almannaskarð pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue on for magnificent views of the East Fjords:  towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea.  Visit Petra’s renowned collection of local stones and minerals.  Here you can see the story in stone of the East Fjords, one of Iceland’s most geologically ancient areas.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstaðir area.

Optional: 

  • Visit to French Fishermen in Iceland Museum in Fáskrúðsfjörður.
  • Visit to the Icelandic Wartime Museum in Reyðarfjörður about Second World War in Iceland.  Visit the exhibition at the new Wilderness Center on the edge of the Icelandic Highlands.  Here you can experience the beauty of the highlands and experience how Icelandic settlers lived here since Viking times.

 Culinary Ideas:

  • Today you can have lunch in a charming restaurant in Breiðdalsvík.  On the menu is their special recipe for traditional meat soup, which is a dish that has been a staple in Icelandic kitchens for centuries. The lamb and vegetables featured in the stew come from farms in the area.
  • Visit Fjóshornið, a dairy located om the edge of Egilsstaðir, near the Lake Hótel.  You can try dishes made with the farm´s own dairy and meat produce. Available during June- August.  
 

DAY 5: Egilsstaðir – Lake Mývatn Area – Akureyri

Approximate distance: ca290km / 180miles

Highland Desert - Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal & Volcanic Activity - Rich Birdlife

Breakfast at your hotel.  Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Möðrudalsöræfi as you head to the Lake Mývatn area.  One of the first sites of Mývatn you will visit is Námaskarð pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area, including the peculiar lava formations of Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, and the swift-flowing Laxá salmon river. One of Mývatn area’s claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth, as well as many other bird species. 

Travel towards the bustling northern port and city of Akureyri, making a stop at the magnificent Goðafoss waterfall.  Akureyri has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Akureyri area.

 

Optional:  Visit to the relaxing Mývatn Nature Baths, a beatiful lagoon and steam bath area surrounded by mystical Mývatn countryside. 

 

Culinary Ideas

  • Mývatn is famous for its Arctic char (trout), fished fresh from the lake itself.  A popular lunch item of restaurants in the area is smoked arctic char served on a buttered piece of fresh, steam-baked rye bread. 
  • Akureyri also has some delicious culinary options.  The Brynja ice cream shop’s soft-serve ice milk has been a local tradition since 1919. 
  • The new Kaffikú is a family dairy farm café located across the fjord from Akureyri.  During the afternoon, the café serves delicious baked items and dairy products made from its own cows.
 

Highlights:

Mývatn  |Dimmuborgir  |Godafoss  |Akureyri
 

DAY 6: Akureyri – Skagafjörður – Borgarfjörður

Approximate distance: ca311km / 194miles

Majestic Mountains - Fertile Farmlands - Viking Horses

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today, majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjörður, an area famous for horse breeding.  Today enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse that has a special fifth gait - the “tölt”. Continue towards the village of Blönduós built on both sides of the river Blanda with Hrútey Island, a protected nature reserve, located in this popular salmon river.  Cross the Holtavörðuheiði plateau to reach Borgarfjörður, glimpsing a few volcanic craters along the way.

Dinner and overnight in the Borgarfjörður area.

 

Optional-  A visit and tour of Sútarinn, a family-owned tannery especially known for its fish-skin leather.

 

Culinary Ideas:  Go local and stop for a traditional Icelandic coffee break at the cosy coffee-house Hlaðan, located right next to the Hvammstangi harbour.  Relish in fresh homebaked Icelandic pastries in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

 

Highlights:

Skagafjordur Fjord  |Grábrók  |Borgarnes
 

DAY 7: Borgarfjörður – Þingvellir – Reykjavík

Approximate distance: ca241km / 150miles

Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Breakfast at your hotel.  Explore the fertile region of Borgarfjörður, visiting the picturesque Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls as well as  Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.  Travel on to Þingvellir National Park to explore the grounds of the ancient parliament site, Alþingi, on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Thingvellir also showcases the dramatic continental drift between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Overnight in Reykjavík.  Dinner is on your own at one of Reykjavík’s varied restaurants.

Optional:  Visit to the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes where you can learn about how Iceland was settled in Viking times.  

 

DAY 8: Departure

Approximate distance: ca52km / 33miles

Transfer to Keflavík Airport for your return flight.  If your flight is in the afternoon you might consider a visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon en route to the airport.  

 

Highlights:

Keflavík  |Reykjanes
 

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