Geothermal Wonderland

If you are planning a short trip in Iceland, this is a perfect, economically-priced introduction to the Land of Fire and Ice!

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:09 November - 29 March
Duration:3 Days/2 Nights
Departure:Details
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Geothermal Wonderland

 

This compact, value-priced tour escorted tour puts you front and centre to experience beloved natural wonders while also enjoying a leisurely travel pace and opportunities to meet locals.  We’ve also built in free time, so you can do some exploring on your own.  If you are planning a short trip in Iceland, this is a perfect, economically-priced introduction to the Land of Fire and Ice!

Important Note:  This tour does not include pre or post hotel nights in Reykjavik.  Iceland Travel would be happy to assist you in booking your Reykjavik accommodation.  Please let us know at booking time if you would like us to arrange Reykajvik accommodations.

Highlights:

  • Experience the ideal introduction to Iceland’s nature and people
  • Meet a local and hear about daily life in a hot spring village
  • View the Queen of Waterfalls, Gullfoss, and the spouting hot springs of Geysir
  • Walk along the continental rift at Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO site)
  • Visit the rugged Reykjanes Peninsula and its quirky geological wonders
  • Relax in the world-famous Blue Lagoon

Maximum Group Size:  17 people

All departures guaranteed with a minimum of 2 participants

Included

 

Not Included:

  • International airfare
  • Accommodation in Reykjavik (we can arrange this for you upon request)
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Round-trip transfers between airport and hotel
  • Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (can be rented on site)
  • Dinners, Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
09 November 2018English
16 November 2018English
23 November 2018English
01 February 2019English
08 February 2019English
01 March 2019English
15 March 2019English
29 March 2019English

Map

 
 

Day 1: Reykjavik – Golden Circle Region – Hveragerdi

Approximate distance: ca200km / 124miles

World-Famous National Park -  Queen of Waterfalls –  High Spouting Geysers- Geothermal Town

 

Please note:   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 “Geothermal Wonderland” itinerary.

 

Pick up for the tour between 9:30-10:00 (9:30am – 10:00am). Please be at your assigned pick-up location no later than 9:30, as your location may be one of the first for tour pick-up.  (Check your confirmation information for pick up location details. ) 

Make sure that your phone number and e-mail are listed with Iceland Travel so we can contact you if needed.

Today visit the world-famous Golden circle  natural wonders.  A visit here introduces you to the powers of water and geothermal wonders that make Iceland so unique.  You’ll also discover Iceland’s cultural heritage.   Start with visiting Thingvellir National Park, a remarkable historical and geological site. The beautiful canyon running through the park is the meeting point of the European and North American tectonic plates. Thingvellir is where Vikings founded the Althing Parliament in 930 ADS, establishing Iceland as an independent nation.

 

Next you will visit Gullfoss, a two-tiered waterfall where you will see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down into a deep canyon. Some Icelanders believe Gullfoss to be the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland.   Nearby you can find water in its hot form at Geysir geothermal area, where bubbling hot springs and geysers are abundant. The famous Strokkur is the most active geyser in the area, spouting up to 25-30 meters (82 – 98 feet) every few minutes.

 

The Golden Circle leads to Hveragerdi, a town that sits in the most active hot spring valley in the country.   Check into your hotel.

Welcome Walk: In the evening, a local guide will meet you at the hotel at 20:30 for a welcome walk.  You will get to know the charming town, its history, geology and culture from a local perspective on an easy walking tour.  You’ll see the new hot spring area that was formed by a big earthquake in 2008, and even how to boil an egg in a hot spring. You’ll also get a better understanding of how people use the hot springs water for heating up greenhouses, growing vegetables.  You’ll also hear first-hand what it feels like to live with a hot spring in the back yard!

Dinner is on your own.  Overnight in Hveragerdi

 

Day 2: Open Day for Your Own Activities/Optional Excursions

Enjoy the day YOUR way!

Breakfast at your hotel.   Lunch and dinner are on your own.   Hveragerdi has been a resort town for Icelanders for almost a century, and so it offers many relaxing ways to have fun in the area.  The town has restaurants and galleries and one of the country’s largest geothermal pools.  There is also a wellness center with spa treatments. 

If you like action, there are numerous guided activities such as horseback riding, snow shoeing, lava caving, Jeep touring and more.  One of the most special tour options in the area is guided biking or hiking with the chance to bathe in a mountain hot spring. 

You can also book an optional tour with us to visit South Shore  on a guided coach tour from Hveragerdi, visiting black sand beaches, two famous waterfalls and the leading edge of a glacier. 

In the evening there is an option to take a small-group northern lights tour; the area surrounding Hveragerdi is a good location to spot northern lights should they decide to make an appearance!

Please book optional activities in advance to guarantee a seat on the tours+

Overnight in Hveragerdi. 

 

Day 3: Hveragerdi – Reykjanes Peninsula – Reykjavik

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

Beautiful coastal views -  Lunar Landscapes -  Lively geothermal field – Blue Lagoon  

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you will be picked up by your guide between 09:30-10:00.  (9:30am – 10:00am)

Drive along a scenic coastal road where powerful waves thunder against the rocky shore and the surroundings are surreal.   Visit Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon-like surroundings.  This was the site of a famous Icelandic suspense novel, The Draining Lake, by Arnaldur Indridason.

Near the lake’s southern end lies Krisuvik  geothermal field with powerful jets of sulphurous steam escaping from deep below the earth’s crust.  Here you can view numerous small hot springs, btightly-colored mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shore, where craggy cliffs rise steeply from the sea.

You also have the opportunity to take a walk on the Bridge between Continents.  Here you can clearly see the MidAtlantic ridge that divides the North American and European tectonic plates  

Visit Grindavík,a bustling town with a large fishing fleet.  Nearby is the world-famous Blue Lagoon, where you can opt to spend time relaxing in the geothermal mineral waters. 

Head back to Reykjavik, returning in the late afternoon.  The tour ends at the designated drop-off location (see your confirmation for details)

 

 

Prices per person winter 2017/2018

Valid 1.October 2017 - 30.April 2018 

Guesthouse Skyrgerðin, 3 stars

Price pr/person in dbl,  EUR TBA

Price pr/person in sgl,  EUR TBA

 

Hotel Örk, 3 stars

Price pr/person in dbl,  EUR 596

Price pr/person in sgl,  EUR 682

 

Guesthouse Frumskógar, 3 stars

Price pr/person in dbl,  EUR 682

Price pr/person in sgl,  EUR 920

 

Frost & Funi, 3 star plus

Price pr/person in dbl,  EUR 910

Price pr/person in sgl,  EUR 1235

Children rate

Children 6-11 years sharing a double room with 2 adults will receive a 25% discount from the listed price. Children 12 years and older pay full price.

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.

   

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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