East Iceland Highlands, Fjords and Heritage

Thread along ruggedly beautiful Eastfjords and vast Vatnajokull Glacier and this stunningly beautiful tour of East and South Iceland

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:03 October - 03 April
Duration:6 Days/5 Nights
Departure:Details
Language:English
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East Iceland Highlands, Fjords and Heritage

Eastern Iceland’s landscape seems like taking a trip back in time, especially in the winter:  peaceful, mystical, wild and pristine.  Breath-taking highland wilderness, fjords and glaciers are enhanced by friendly villages who have preserved an intriguing history and traditions.  Explore a side of Iceland that few travellers visit on a small-scale size group escorted tour threading along rugged Eastfjords and around vast Vatnajokull Glacier.  Along the way, meet locals, try reginal cuisine and, hopefully, glimpse some of the region’s wild reindeer.  You’ll also travel along the beloved South Coast, exploring the wonders of the South Shore and the Golden Circle.

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants

Maximum group size: 17

Highlights:

  • Experience Iceland highland pioneer history and nature at the award-winning, Wilderness Center
  • View the haunting beauty of the East Iceland highlands, home to wild reindeer
  • Enjoy astounding mountain, coastal scenery and colourful villages in the Eastfjords
  • Meet East Icelandic locals and sample some of their taste traditions
  • Learn about the interesting historical ties between East Iceland and France 
  • Visit a northern lights photography centre and learn how to take northern lights photos
  • Discover the ancient geology of Eastern Iceland from a unique mineral collection
  • View the famous Glacial Lagoon where icebergs float in a deep lake
  • Walk on a black sand beach and feel the power of thundering waves
  • Witness how Iceland was created at an informative and entertaining volcanic exhibit
  • Marvel at South Iceland’s powerful waterfalls, including Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and the Queen of Waterfalls, Gullfoss
  • Enjoy the spouting hot spring activity at Geysir geothermal area
  • Walk in Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO site), where the European and North American tectonic plates meet.

Included

 

  • 2 nights in hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast and private facilities
  • 3 nights in hotels in the countryside,  including breakfast and private facilities
  • 2 Lunches (day 2, 4)
  • 1 Dinner (day 2),
  • 4 day guided small coach from day 2 until day 5
  • One way flight between Reykjavik and Egilsstadir, including airport taxes (Day 2)
  • Admission to the interactive exhibit at the Wilderness Centre (Day 2)
  • Admission to Randulf’s Sea House Museum (Day 2)
  • Admission to the Aurora Iceland Center  (Day 2)
  • Admission to the French Museum in Faskrudsfjordur (Day 3)
  • Admission to Petra’s Stone Collection (Day 3)
  • Admission to the interactive new Lava Centre (Day 4)

 

Not included

 

  • International  airfare
  • Airport/hotel transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik hotel 
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary 
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time is usually 14:00 - 2pm)
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
03 October 2017English
10 October 2017English
07 November 2017English
20 March 2018English
27 March 2018English
03 April 2018English

Map

 
 

Day: 1 Arrival

Welcome to the Land of Fire and Ice! 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 Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland. Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name “Smoky 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

 

Day 2: Reykjavik – Egilsstadir – The Wilderness Center - Eskifjordur - Faskrudsfjordur

Approximate distance: ca191km / 119miles

Iceland‘s Largest Forest – Highland Wilderness - A Trip Into the Past- Fjord Villages – Local Fishing History and Heritage

Breakfast at hotel. Be in the hotel lobby with your luggage for group transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport and check-in for your flight to Egilsstadir, (population approx. 2,257) the largest town in the Eastfjords region. There you’ll meet your local guide and tour vehicle and start off on your adventure! Follow along the Lagarfljot River, keeping an eye out for its legendary sea monster, as you head into Hallormsstadarskogar, Iceland's largest National Forest.  From the forest the road climbs into the starkly beautiful highlands. This uninhabited wilderness is home to wild reindeer, the symbol of East Iceland.

 The interactive new Wilderness Center is located just where the road ends and the  wild highlands begin. Walk over a bridge taking you more than one hundred years into the past. The Wilderness Center has carefully recreated the homes of Icelanders who settled in and around the remote highlands. You‘ll get a glimpse of what daily life was like in this beautiful but challenging landscape.  Afterwards, enjoy a delicious  lunch prepared at the Wilderness Center’s historical farmhouse. 

After lunch, it’s time to visit the ancient eastern fjords. Head to Nordfjordur fjord and Eskifjordur,  a  town with a beautiful sea views. As in many fjord towns, Eskifjordur’s heritage is based on fishing. Visit Randulfshus, 19th-century red wooden Norwegian-style building where herring was once processed. Today it holds many artefacts of the area's fishing heritage and is also a restaurant. Here you can sample some Icelandic traditional harðfiskur.

Head east to Faskrudsfjordur town, an Icelandic town with a very interesting historical connection with France. Keep an eye out for the street signs: they are both in Icelandic and French. The town has a gorgeous view over the fjord. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant inspired by both French and Icelandic influences. Afterwards, walk over to the nearby Auroras Exhibition, where you will learn about northern lights. An area photographer who is an expert at taking pictures in all sorts of weather conditions will show you how to photograph northern lights. If luck and weather are on your side, you might have the chance to use these skills during the trip!

Overnight in Faskrudsfjordur.

 

Day 3: Faskrudsfjordur - Stodvarfjordur - Djupivogur - Hofn

Approximate distance: ca120km / 75miles

Iceland’s French Connection– Ancient Stone Collection – Fjord Village Life – Harbour Walk

Breakfast at hotel. Today visit the French Museum located near your hotel. Originally a 19th -century hospital that treated French sailors who worked in Iceland, the museum depicts the lives of the French seamen who fished off the coast of Iceland. Faskrudsfjordur was their Icelandic outpost, and they influenced much of the culture and buildings in the town.

Next thread your way south along steep fjords with unbelievable views. The trip takes its time so that you can savour the majestic landscape. This is a route where reindeer sometimes come for winter grazing; hopefully your group may see some of these magnificent creatures. Geologically, East Iceland is one of the nation’s oldest areas; over 140 types of minerals have been found in this area, many created by hot water and lava. Discover the variety at a stone collection created by a local woman to educate visitors about Iceland’s formation.

Enjoy lunch (on your own) in Djupivogur, a pretty town that marks the southernmost point of the East Fjords.  Take a walk with your guide in the village and harbour area.  The pyramid-shaped Búlandstindur mountain is an impressive backdrop. Keep an eye out for the environmental sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík.

Head into Southeastern Iceland, a landscape dominated by the massive Vatnajökull Glacier. Your destination is the village of Hofn in Hornafjordur. Overnight stay in Hofn.   Dinner is on your own. Several restaurants offer langoustines, a specialty of the area. If nature cooperates, you might also see some northern lights in the region.

 

 

Highlights:

Faskrudsfjordur  |Petra´s Minerals  |Hofn   |

Djúpivogur

 

Day 4: Hofn - Jokulsarlon - Kirkjubaejarklaustur - South Shore - Hvolsvollur

Approximate distance: ca370km / 230miles

Glacier Filled Lagoon – Vast Lava Flow - Powerful Black Sand Beach – Amazing Waterfalls

Breakfast at your hotel. Today travel the Ring Road, heading into the region near Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Western Europe. The park is named after Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier, and you’ll see views of the glacier throughout today’s drive.

Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of iceberg. Take some time here to enjoy the views of icerbergs floating and grinding against each other in the fantastic 180 m (591 ft) deep glacial lagoon.

The tour passes by the Skaftafell glacier area of Vatnajokull National Park. Continue over the vast black sands of Skeidararsandur to Kirkjubæjarklaustur town, former site of a 12-th century Catholic convent. Enjoy a country lunch in this village before crossing over Eldhraun, the largest flow of lava recorded on Earth in history. Visit Reynisfjara Beach and take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Head onwards, passing by the coastal town of Vík and Myrdalsjokull Glacier. Visit two spectacular waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss, which is possible to walk behind (based on trail conditions) and Skogafoss, one of the most photographed falls in the country.


Overnight stay Hvollsvollur town. Dinner is on your own. Keep an eye out for northern lights, often visible on cold, clear nights.

 

Day 5: Hvolsvollur - Geysir - Gullfoss - Thingvellir National Park - Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca230km / 137miles

Exciting Volcano Exhibit – Explosive Geysers – Queen of Waterfalls - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Breakfast at your hotel. Today visit the famous Golden Circle region of South Iceland. But first start with a visit to the Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Head through the peaceful volcano-framed farmland of South Iceland, glimpsing fields of horses. Visit to the geothermal fields of Geysir.

Here you´ll see steam and boiling water in the bubbling mud pools and spouting hot springs, including the high-shooting Strokkur geyser. A short drive away is the dramatic two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Then it´s onwards to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO)where the world's oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland's largest lake.

Tour ends in Reykjavik. The evening is at your leisure.

 

Day 6: Departure

Transfer to the international airport (not included).

 
 

Day: 1 抵达

欢迎来到火与冰之地。请自行从凯夫拉维克国际机场前往雷克雅未克酒店,我们建议您乘坐方便便捷的FlyBus,可以通过冰岛旅行社预订。如果你的航班到达的很早,可以去游览冰岛最大的城市--雷克雅未克。Ingolfur Arnarson,是冰岛第一位定居者,在这里上建立了他的农场,就是如今雷克雅未克的所在地。由于这片区域中的温泉形成了许多烟柱,给第一批定居者留下了如此的印象,这个小镇曾被取名为烟雾湾。

 

餐食自理,住宿雷克雅未克

 

Day 2: 雷克雅未克- Egilsstadir - 荒野中心- Eskifjordur- Faskrudsfjordur

Approximate distance: ca191km / 119miles

大约距离191公里/119英里

冰岛最大的森林—高原荒野—返回到过去的旅行,峡湾村落— 当地渔业历史和遗产

 

酒店用完早餐。收拾好行李在酒店大堂集合,全团一起前往雷克雅未克国内机场,飞往Egilsstadir(大约2257人口),是东部峡湾地区中最大的城镇。抵达后会看见当地导游和巴士,开启此次旅行。沿着Lagarfljot河前行,留意一下传说中的海怪,前往冰岛最大的Hallormsstadarskogar国家森林公园。在森林中,道路延伸向美丽的高地。

 

这片杳无人烟的荒野是野生驯鹿的故乡,作为东部冰岛的象征(在旅途中您可随时关注它们的身影)。新荒野中心位于道路的尽头,同时也是高原的源头。走过一座带你回到过去的桥,荒野中心真实地再现了这些定居于高地区域的原始冰岛人的家园。你可以瞥见这些勇敢的开拓家庭的日常生活。享用荒野中心历史性的农场提供的午餐。荒野中心使用当地的原料和古老的食谱。

 

午餐后,参观古老的东部峡湾。前往北峡湾,途中穿过Fagridalur(美丽的山谷)和一个隧道。目的地是Eskifjordur,能看到美丽海景的小镇。在众多的小镇中,Eskifjordur的传统是渔业。参观Randulfshus,19世纪红木的挪威式建筑里加工鲱鱼。如今这里有许多渔业遗产的手工制品,同时也是一间餐厅。可以品尝一些冰岛特色的鱼干。

 

继续向东前行,穿过Reydarfjordur,是第二次世界大战中的盟军基地。最终的目的地是Faskrudsfjordur,这是一个和法国有着有趣历史联系的冰岛小镇。可以留意到路标使用冰岛语和法语同时标注。前往附近的北极光中心,了解北极光。一位擅长在各种天气环境中拍摄的当地的摄影师像你传授如何拍到北极光。如果天气好的话,你可以有机会用到这些摄影技巧来捕捉北极光。

 

住宿Faskrudsfjordur

 

Day 3: Faskrudsfjordur - Stodvarfjordur - Djupivogur - Hofn

Approximate distance: ca120km / 75miles

大约距离120公里/ 75英里

冰岛与法国的连接-- 古老的石头收藏—峡湾村的生活—海港漫步

 

酒店用完早餐。今天参观离酒店很近的法国博物馆,起源于19世纪治疗在冰岛工作的法国海员的医院。博物馆描绘了法国海员在冰岛海岸进行渔业的艰苦生活。它们对当地的文化和建筑有很大影响。

 

随后往南前行,会看到难以置信的险峻的峡湾。行程中有时间去欣赏到壮观的景色。驯鹿有时候通过这个路线前往冬季草场,也许你能有幸在这片地带看到他们在漫步。从地质学来说,冰岛东部是这个国家的古老的地区,在这片区域发现了超过140种矿物,有许多是由温泉和熔岩创造出来的。参观由当地一位女士发起的各种石头的收藏展,使你了解冰岛的形成。

 

在Djupivogur用午餐,标志着东部峡湾最南端的小镇。呈金字塔型的Bulandstindur山给人留下印象深刻的背景。请留意周围的雕刻,Eggin I Gledivik, 鸡蛋形状的石头排列在海港,代表了34种发源于此的鸟类。

 

前往冰岛的东南部,瓦特纳冰川。目的地是Hornafjordur小镇,夜宿在此地,晚餐自理。许多饭馆供应当地著名的龙虾餐食。如果天气好的话,你也许能在此地看到北极光。

 

 

Highlights:

Faskrudsfjordur  |Petra´s Minerals  |Hofn   |

Djúpivogur

 

Day 6:离开

酒店用完早餐。自行前往凯夫拉维克(不包含)。

 
 

Day 5: Hvolsvollur- 间歇泉- 黄金瀑布-辛格维利尔国家公园- 雷克雅未克

Approximate distance: ca230km / 137miles

大约距离230公里/ 137英里

 

令人兴奋的火山展览—间歇泉—皇后瀑布—拥有地址奇观的国家公园(被联合国教科文组织认定)

 

酒店用完早餐。今日参观冰岛南部的黄金圈。一开始前往参观新开幕的熔岩火山中心,一段视频可向您全方位的展示火山内部活动,地震和数百万年冰岛的形成。之后前往冰岛南部平静的火山。可以瞥见当地的马匹。参观间歇泉地热区。

 

在这里你能看到沸腾的泥浆池和喷出的温泉中蒸汽和沸腾的液体,包括喷得很高的史托克间歇喷泉。随后行驶一小段距离,来到引人注目的两层黄金瀑布,冬季十分壮观,中间层的小瀑布被冰封了。随后前往被联合国教科文组织认定的辛格维利尔国家公园,世界上最古老的民主议会会址建立在冰岛最大的湖岸。

 

行程结束于雷克雅未克。晚上自由活动

 

Prices per person winter 2017/2018

in EUR

DBL SGL
1.October 2017 - 30.April 2018 - English 1464 1729

Children rate

  • Children 6-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).
  • 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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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!

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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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