An Icelandic Adventure

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An Icelandic Adventure

Rich with atmospheric and eerily beautiful landscapes, Iceland is an island of incomparable natural wonders, combining geysers, glaciers, volcanoes and waterfalls with fertile farmsteads and vibrant cityscapes.

8 days from

£2,469

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 11/06/2017 from London Luton Airport

View Dates
  • Skogafoss Waterfall Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Geysir Geysir
  • Thingvellir National Park Thingvellir National Park
  • Northern Lights, Thingvellir National Park Northern Lights, Thingvellir National Park
  • Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Natural Lava Sculptures, Lake Myvatn Natural Lava Sculptures, Lake Myvatn
  • The Blue Lagoon The Blue Lagoon
  • Gesir Gesir
  • The Blue Lagoon The Blue Lagoon

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik.

Fly to Keflavik where you will be met by our representative. En route to your hotel, enjoy an included visit to the Blue Lagoon, a unique oasis-like pool and spa set in a large lava field edged by black sand beaches and brimming with geothermally heated sea water. Enjoy a relaxing dip in the warm, mineral-rich waters, which are thought to aid relaxation and relieve stress, whilst the white silica mud cleanses, tones and revitalises. The lagoon is fed by wells up to 2000 metres deep and reaches temperatures up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. We then take a short sightseeing tour around Reykjavik where you will travel past Hallgrímskirkja-Church, along the city pond to Lækjargata, into the heart of the capital city. We continue to the fishing harbour, past the Lutheran and Catholic cathedrals, the City Hall and the Icelandic Parliament, the Althingi. Note: It is advisable to pack a swimsuit in your hand luggage or within easy access of main luggage for use on arrival at the Blue Lagoon. Towels are included in the admission. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Reykjavik - Snaefellsnes - Grundarfjördur.

Journey through richly fertile farmlands to the steep cliff stacks of Snaefellsnes Peninsula for a drive along the uniquely beautiful coastal road, overlooked by the Snaefellsjokull glacier made famous by Jules Verne in his novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Enjoy plenty of stops to admire the cape's incredible natural wonders, including the harbour village of Arnastapi - for a walk along the cove to hear hundreds of seabirds singing, and the dramatic black basalt beach of Djúpálónssandur, before heading to Grundarfjördur for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 : Grundarfjördur - Stykkishólmur - Eiriksstadir - Akureyri.

Admire Iceland's irrepressible beauty as you drive through a landscape of glorious green pastures and ancient crooked lava flows. Pass the colourfully picturesque harbour town of Stykkishólmur and journey amidst the rolling hills of Haukadalur Valley to the replica farmhouse of Erik the Red, significant in Viking history as the site from which Erik and his descendants first sailed to Greenland and Canada, for an included visit. This afternoon, head deep into the blissful Skagafjördur Valley, known as the Valley of the Horses, before driving to Akureyri, the largest town in northern Iceland, for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Akureyri - Lake Myvatn - Dimmuborgir - Akureyri.

Visit Godafoss, the 'waterfall of the gods', before heading to the startling yet splendid volcanic vistas of Myvatn. Drive along the lakeshore, admiring the placid waters and abundant wildlife, before stopping at Skútustadir for a closer look at some intriguing volcanic pseudocraters. Next head to Dimmu Borgir's striking 'dark city', a dried up lakebed pierced by crooked yet haunting beautiful lava spires, before visiting the bubbling mud pools at Námaskard. Lastly, venture to the lake's true hot spot, Krafla, where volcanic eruptions have left the black, fissured landscape pocked with the brooding ochre glow of subterranean lava and dramatically veiled with swirling steam. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Akureyri - Reykholt.

Drive to the spectacular geothermal hot springs at Deildartunguhver. Amongst the most powerful in the world, the springs are channelled through vents to heat farms and villages up to 60km away. Next, head to the appealing 'smoky hill' hamlet of Reykholt, set in a sweeping valley backed by dusky mountains and formerly home to the famed Icelandic writer Snorri Sturluson, before visiting the fascinating lava waterfall at Hraunfossar. Watch in awe as clear, fresh water seemingly 'appears' from the solid lava field before coursing down to mix with the glacial river water below. Later, stroll along the river shore to Barnafoss waterfall, where the glacial cascade has carved out eccentric rock formations, before returning to Reykholt for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 : Reykholt - Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss - Reykjavik.

Today, visit some of Iceland's most spectacular sights. Begin in Thingvellir National Park, a rift valley produced by drifting continental plates and home to one of Iceland's most important historical sites, the old parliament, where the national assembly was founded in 930 AD to rule the country. Next, head to the fascinating geyser area to admire the clear, sapphire blue pool of Geysir and watch mesmerizing steam pillars erupt from the earth's geothermal vents. Reaching 30m in height, the mightiest plumes erupt from Strokkur every 5-10 minutes. Later, view the magnificent 70m plunging cascade of 'Gullfoss' - the Golden Waterfall, set against a backdrop of towering basalt columns, before heading to Reykjavik. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : South Shore - Reykjavik.

Explore the South Shore today including the graceful, ribbon-like waterfall of Seljalandsfoss and the awesome 60m cascade of Skógafoss waterfall. Visit the tiny settlement of Skogar, to admire turf-clad homesteads and perhaps view the delightful folk museum before continuing to the seaside village of Vik, where a lunar-like landscape of black sand beaches and surreal rock stacks is home to wildlife such as puffins, which are usually found in the summer, and seal colonies. Later, marvel at the beauty of the crisp ice of the Sólheimajökull glacier ice-wall and enjoy a visit to Eyrarbakki village before heading back to Reykjavik. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8 : Reykjavik - UK.

Transfer to Keflavik for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Hotels on Tour

  • Borgarfjorour:Fosshotel Reykholt (3*)
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
  • Reykjavik:Fosshotel Lind (3*)
  • Grundarfjördur:Fosshotel Stykkisholmur(3*)
  • Akureyri area:Hotel Nordurland (3*)

Northern Lights

Special Departure

Enjoy an excursion to hunt the Northern Lights on one of our departures between October and April.

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service to take you to and from your UK departure point (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges

Holiday Highlights

  • Blue Lagoon
  • City sightseeing in Reykjavik
  • Walking tour of Arnastapi
  • Skagafjördur, Valley of the Horses
  • Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Godafoss 'Waterfall of the Gods'
  • Deildartunguhver hot springs
  • Reykholt
  • Thingvellir, Old Parliament site
  • Gullfoss 'Golden Waterfall'
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls
  • Skógar
  • Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Eyrarbakki
  • Laxardalur
  • Djúpálónssandur beach
  • Geysir Walk around the hot springs
  • Lake Myvatn

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday
Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik.

Fly to Keflavik where you will be met by our representative. En route to your hotel, enjoy an included visit to the Blue Lagoon, a unique oasis-like pool and spa set in a large lava field edged by black sand beaches and brimming with geothermally heated sea water. Enjoy a relaxing dip in the warm, mineral-rich waters, which are thought to aid relaxation and relieve stress, whilst the white silica mud cleanses, tones and revitalises. The lagoon is fed by wells up to 2000 metres deep and reaches temperatures up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. We then take a short sightseeing tour around Reykjavik where you will travel past Hallgrímskirkja-Church, along the city pond to Lækjargata, into the heart of the capital city. We continue to the fishing harbour, past the Lutheran and Catholic cathedrals, the City Hall and the Icelandic Parliament, the Althingi. Note: It is advisable to pack a swimsuit in your hand luggage or within easy access of main luggage for use on arrival at the Blue Lagoon. Towels are included in the admission. Includes Dinner

DAY 2 : Reykjavik - Snaefellsnes - Grundarfjördur.

Journey through richly fertile farmlands to the steep cliff stacks of Snaefellsnes Peninsula for a drive along the uniquely beautiful coastal road, overlooked by the Snaefellsjokull glacier made famous by Jules Verne in his novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Enjoy plenty of stops to admire the cape's incredible natural wonders, including the harbour village of Arnastapi - for a walk along the cove to hear hundreds of seabirds singing, and the dramatic black basalt beach of Djúpálónssandur, before heading to Grundarfjördur for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 : Grundarfjördur - Stykkishólmur - Eiriksstadir - Akureyri.

Admire Iceland's irrepressible beauty as you drive through a landscape of glorious green pastures and ancient crooked lava flows. Pass the colourfully picturesque harbour town of Stykkishólmur and journey amidst the rolling hills of Haukadalur Valley to the replica farmhouse of Erik the Red, significant in Viking history as the site from which Erik and his descendants first sailed to Greenland and Canada, for an included visit. This afternoon, head deep into the blissful Skagafjördur Valley, known as the Valley of the Horses, before driving to Akureyri, the largest town in northern Iceland, for two nights. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Akureyri - Lake Myvatn - Dimmuborgir - Akureyri.

Visit Godafoss, the 'waterfall of the gods', before heading to the startling yet splendid volcanic vistas of Myvatn. Drive along the lakeshore, admiring the placid waters and abundant wildlife, before stopping at Skútustadir for a closer look at some intriguing volcanic pseudocraters. Next head to Dimmu Borgir's striking 'dark city', a dried up lakebed pierced by crooked yet haunting beautiful lava spires, before visiting the bubbling mud pools at Námaskard. Lastly, venture to the lake's true hot spot, Krafla, where volcanic eruptions have left the black, fissured landscape pocked with the brooding ochre glow of subterranean lava and dramatically veiled with swirling steam. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Akureyri - Reykholt.

Drive to the spectacular geothermal hot springs at Deildartunguhver. Amongst the most powerful in the world, the springs are channelled through vents to heat farms and villages up to 60km away. Next, head to the appealing 'smoky hill' hamlet of Reykholt, set in a sweeping valley backed by dusky mountains and formerly home to the famed Icelandic writer Snorri Sturluson, before visiting the fascinating lava waterfall at Hraunfossar. Watch in awe as clear, fresh water seemingly 'appears' from the solid lava field before coursing down to mix with the glacial river water below. Later, stroll along the river shore to Barnafoss waterfall, where the glacial cascade has carved out eccentric rock formations, before returning to Reykholt for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 : Reykholt - Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss - Reykjavik.

Today, visit some of Iceland's most spectacular sights. Begin in Thingvellir National Park, a rift valley produced by drifting continental plates and home to one of Iceland's most important historical sites, the old parliament, where the national assembly was founded in 930 AD to rule the country. Next, head to the fascinating geyser area to admire the clear, sapphire blue pool of Geysir and watch mesmerizing steam pillars erupt from the earth's geothermal vents. Reaching 30m in height, the mightiest plumes erupt from Strokkur every 5-10 minutes. Later, view the magnificent 70m plunging cascade of 'Gullfoss' - the Golden Waterfall, set against a backdrop of towering basalt columns, before heading to Reykjavik. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : South Shore - Reykjavik.

Explore the South Shore today including the graceful, ribbon-like waterfall of Seljalandsfoss and the awesome 60m cascade of Skógafoss waterfall. Visit the tiny settlement of Skogar, to admire turf-clad homesteads and perhaps view the delightful folk museum before continuing to the seaside village of Vik, where a lunar-like landscape of black sand beaches and surreal rock stacks is home to wildlife such as puffins, which are usually found in the summer, and seal colonies. Later, marvel at the beauty of the crisp ice of the Sólheimajökull glacier ice-wall and enjoy a visit to Eyrarbakki village before heading back to Reykjavik. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8 : Reykjavik - UK.

Transfer to Keflavik for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast

Hotels on Tour

  • Borgarfjorour:Fosshotel Reykholt (3*)
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard
  • Reykjavik:Fosshotel Lind (3*)
  • Grundarfjördur:Fosshotel Stykkisholmur(3*)
  • Akureyri area:Hotel Nordurland (3*)

Northern Lights

Special Departure

Enjoy an excursion to hunt the Northern Lights on one of our departures between October and April.

What's Included

  • FREE VIP home pick-up service (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Meals on tour - 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges

Holiday Highlights

  • Blue Lagoon
  • City sightseeing in Reykjavik
  • Walking tour of Arnastapi
  • Skagafjördur, Valley of the Horses
  • Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Godafoss 'Waterfall of the Gods'
  • Deildartunguhver hot springs
  • Reykholt
  • Thingvellir, Old Parliament site
  • Gullfoss 'Golden Waterfall'
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls
  • Skógar
  • Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Eyrarbakki
  • Laxardalur
  • Djúpálónssandur beach
  • Geysir Walk around the hot springs
  • Lake Myvatn

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

Our Customers Rate this holiday 83% (6 reviews)

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29-Mar-2017

Everything mentioned above.

15-Mar-2017

The coach tour with guide allowed us to visit all the must see places in Iceland. We enjoyed it all and the north is truely spectacular with Skutustadir with its volcanic pseudocracters and Námaskarð with sulphurous mud springs. Just magical and we...

15-Mar-2017

Generally good but the first hotel could have been better. Room very small although on return a better room.

12-Oct-2016

Could not have wished for more. Flights on time. Guide and coach excellent. Itinerary perfect. Just gave us a great overview of Iceland. Wasn't quite ready for the crazy prices. Can't see tourism increasing in Iceland at those prices!

20-May-2016

Enjoyed the holiday, the pace was about right. Only one part of the journey seemed to be not worth the effort and it ended up up by putting a lot of strain on the timings. The visit to Vik was about 20 minutes, so it didn't really seem worth while ma...

26-Apr-2016

The tour was quite good but there was too much travelling and not enough time at the tourist attractions. We felt very stale after the journeys. There was a lot of repetition of certain routes, especially towards the end. We could not face the last j...

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An Icelandic Adventure

Andrew H Newall 24/11/2014

 I have just returned from my five day trip to Iceland and would like to thank you all for the time and effort you have put in to organising this trip for me.

 

The Manchester flight to Reykjavik was very conveniently timed allowing me the opportunity to get to the airport by rail in plenty of time. Consequently the return flight departing the hotel at 4.30 a.m. was a shock to the system.

 

The Hotel Bron situated in the main shopping street could not have been more convenient for exploring the town, take in the restaurants and sites including an excellent National Museum. The room I was allocated exceeded my expectations. The only thing I could fault was the poor lighting in the room which I had to supplement with the bathroom lights and bedside lights to see what I was doing.

 

The fact that we were a small group, 4 in number, meant we could spend longer at various sites we visited without having to be continually clock watching. The Blue Lagoon was simply outstanding. I could have spent three days immersed in it, it was so relaxing and certainly cured my back problems for the duration of the holiday.

 

Because Iceland has experienced a much milder autumn than usual it has resulted in continuous low cloud which is not what you want for seeing the Northern Lights. We did manage to see a watered down version of it lasting approximately 5 minutes but it did entail us stopping out until 2 a.m., long after the other coaches had returned back to Reykjavik.

 

The whaling trip alas proved to be a real disappointment. The first trip we did produced no sightings so we were given complimentary tickets for a second chance. Unfortunately the winds were so strong we had to be bussed to another harbour further south to embark on the trip and brave the elements. The captain was very dubious about going out of the bay so it was not at all ideal for whale watching and in the end we abandoned the trip when rain and wind closed down any chance of seeing anything.

 

In the tour programme you supplied an optional tour to South Iceland was suggested. When I enquired before I departed about the cost of this, no-one at Archers seemed to know what the cost would be. This trip, for your information, costs 12,900 Krona, approximately £70 sterling. We did consider this trip but in view of the fact that it didn’t get light until around 10 a.m., was going dark after 3 p.m., we felt the trip didn’t really justify the cost at this time of year.

 

At least this trip has given me a taste of what Iceland has to offer and it may well be somewhere I will return to, perhaps in the spring to get the full effect of Iceland’s stark scenery.

 

I would like to offer a special thank you to our guide Anya and to Emma Gerli on your staff who very efficiently dealt with my booking and subsequent queries before I left.

Many thanks once again for yet another well organised venture. I can’t wait to plan my next one with you in 2015.

An Icelandic Adventure

Mr L Morris 03/11/2012

 An Icelandic Adventure

This is not a complaint. On the contrary I am reporting a recent holiday from which my wife and I have returned from Iceland.

We began our holiday by being collected and transported to Manchester Airport in a top of the range Mercedes Limousine. The car arrived early and we had he most comfortable journey up the M6. The return journey was also excellent and the car once again arrived on time at the airport. There was no waiting and this began and ended our holiday better than we’ve ever had before. The flights and from Iceland were comfortable, on time whilst the attendants were pleasant and sociable.

In Iceland there was someone to direct us to our coach. There was little or no waiting before we were away to The Blue Lagoon to relax before our holiday really started. This was especially exciting for my wife who was celebrating her 75th birthday on the day. We both enjoyed the experience of the warm water, before travelling on to our hotel. The hotels were good or excellent throughout our tour and everyone was extremely helpful. Our guide met us the next morning and gave us details of what we were to expect. The coach that we used was clean and comfortable with an excellent smooth ride by a driver who cared.

The experiences and views throughout the week were superb and well worth the journey. Our one disappointment was the poor showing of The Northern Lights, which was purely down the sun! We did try on several nights with very little success, but it is of course no fault of your company.

We have travelled with Archers on quite a number of occasions, but I believe that this trip was the best. This is no criticism of others but the time allotted and the highlights were just right and there was very little boredom even with the views whilst we were travelling.

On arrival at our house, a neightbour arrived with a box of goodies from your company. There was no letter with itso we have no reason as to why it was sent. It was a lovely gesture and very much appreciated.

Once again, many thanks for a delightful tour. We will be looking through details of further holidays with your company in the near future.

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