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
per person, for 2 people
Based on departing 11/06/2017 from London Luton AirportView Dates
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Transfer to Keflavik for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast
Enjoy an excursion to hunt the Northern Lights on one of our departures between October and April.
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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...
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 saw the Northern Lights twice which was a bonus.
Generally good but the first hotel could have been better. Room very small although on return a better room.
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!
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...
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 making that part of the journey.
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...
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 journey so stayed in Reykjavik so as not to be in the coach for hours again. Fortunately there was still daylight in the evenings so we could get some exercise and have a good walk.<br/>We were not asked about dietary requirements and allergies, which made some of the meals awkward, although the food was excellent and the hotels were very good. The Blue Lagoon trio en route from the airport was brilliant.
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