Burial Rites Tour in North Iceland

Explore sites where historical events inspiring the novel "Burial Rites" took place!

Type of tour:Short breaks
Season:15 April - 27 November
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
Departure:All days

Burial Rites Tour in North Iceland

The focus of this tour is on the locations mentioned in Hannah Kent‘s chilling historical novel Burial Rites. The novel imagines the final days of Agnes Magnusdottir, a young woman who was the last person executed in Iceland on 12 January, 1830. The novel has received international acclaim for its historical detail and ability to draw readers into the setting of 19th-century rural Iceland. A film based on the book is also in production.

This package includes a full-day guided excursion to Vatnsnes Peninsula in North Iceland, where most of the events that inspired the novel took place. Vatnsnes is a hauntingly-beautiful area where the land, sea and sky seem to merge. In addition to historical locations that inspired Burial Rites, Vatnsnes is home to interesting natural wonders and historical events from the Viking Age.

In addition to Vatnsnes, you'll have the chance to explore Akureyri, a town with many historical and cultural attributes, as well as the history-rich capital of Reykjavik.


• Visit the hauntingly beautiful Vatnsnes Peninsula
• Immerse yourself in the historical locations that inspired Hannah Kent’s novel Burial Rites
• Visit a natural fortress used during Viking times
• Learn about how North Icelandic farmers lived during the early 19th century
• Stay in Akureyri, a town with many interesting historical sites
• Visit Reykjavik, where you can discover Icelandic history at quality museums


Departures: Saturdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Minimum of 2 passengers required to guarantee tour departure






• 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik with private facilities, including breakfast (except arrival day)
• 2 nights at a hotel in Akureyri with private facilities, including breakfast
• Meet and greet at Akureyri airport and transfer to hotel in Akureyri
• Round-trip flights Reykjavik-Akureyri (excluding airport tax)
• Guided tour with transport to Vatnsnes Peninsula with focus on Burial Rites locations
• Non-guided transfer from Akureyri hotel to Akureyri airport

Departures: Saturdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays


Day 2: Travel from Reykjavik to Akureyri

Flight to Akureyri – Discover North Iceland´s “capital” - Museums, restaurants, galleries

Breakfast at your hotel. On your own, transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport (cabs plentiful). Take a short flight to Akureyri, the capital of the north. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Akureyri.

The rest of the day is open for your own activities. You might try an afternoon tour to the interesting volcanic Lake Myvatn region. Akureyri also has excellent historical museums, as well as cafes and art galleries. Overnight in Akureyri.


Day 3: Burial Rites and Vatnsnes Peninsula Tour

Vatnsnes Peninsula –Burial Rites Historical locations – North Iceland nature and history

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today take a guided tour to the Vatnsnes Peninsula in the Hunavatnssysla district. The guide is well-acquainted with the history of the area and will give you deeper insights into Agnes Magnusdottir’s life and times. This tour provides plenty of time to explore the sites connected with Agnes Magnusdottir‘s story and for you to imagine the deeply moving events for yourself.  

 You will visit Illugastadir farm, where the murders took place.  The ruined remains of Natan‘s workshop can still be seen here.  The tour also visits Thristapar, the site of the executions, and Tjorn church, where Agnes Magnusdottir and Fridrik Sigurdsson are buried.  

You will also visit many other sites connected to Agnes’ story and to the area’s history and nature.  Some highlights include a Viking-age rock fortress and the magnificent Hvítserkur sea stacks.  Return to Akureyri in the evening.  

Overnight in Akureyri.


Day 4: Day at leisure - Flight to Reykjavík

Flight to Reykjavik - Optional tours 

If your flight to Reykjavik leaves in the afternoon, you might want to book some optional tours or activities to enjoy in the Akureyri area. Transfer from your hotel in Akureyri to the Akureyri airport.

Fly from Akureyri to Reykjavik and then transfer on your own to your hotel in Reykjavik.

If your flight back to Reykjavik is in the morning, perhaps you might take an afternoon tour in the Reykjavik area such as the Golden Circle or whale watching.

Overnight in Reykjavik.


Day 5: Departure

Please be ready to leave your hotel approximately three hours before the departure of your flight (transfer to airport is not included in the package price).

If you would like to spend some extra days in Akureyri or Reykjavik, we would be happy to assist you with booking hotel nights and tours.


Prices per person in EUR

2017  Period Double Single
Fosshotel Reykjavik & Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar 01.-14.May 1.075 1.335
Fosshotel Reykjavik & Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar 15 May - 15 Sep  1,310 1,755
Fosshotel Reykjavik & Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar 16 Sep - 31 Oct 1.045 1.325

Please note: Airport tax of approximately 31 EUR per person will be added to above price


Children rate

  • Infants 0-1 year are free of charge
  • Children 2-11 years sharing a double room with 2 adults will receive 25% discount from the listed price
  • Discount does not apply to airport taxes


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.


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