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Grand Tour of Iceland

From volcano craters and lava formations to glacial lagoons filled with floating icebergs, discover some of the most dramatic natural wonders that Europe has to offer on our tour of Iceland. Taking you on an unforgettable journey through the north, south and east of the country, you’ll hear the roar of Europe’s most powerful waterfall, soak your feet in volcanic black sand, and relax in steaming hot springs before returning home.

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Complimentary airport lounge pass

- Receive a free airport lounge pass to use at your chosen UK departure airport. Offer ends 3rd April.

8 days from

£1,736

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 05/05/2017 from London Luton Airport

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  • Godafoss 'waterfall of the gods' Godafoss 'waterfall of the gods'
  • Reykjavik Reykjavik
  • Reykjavik Reykjavik
  • Grábrók volcano crater Grábrók volcano crater
  • Turf church, Vidimyri Turf church, Vidimyri
  • Eyjafjördur Eyjafjördur
  • Godafoss Godafoss
  • Godafoss Iceland Godafoss Iceland
  • Lake Myvatn Lake Myvatn
  • Lake Myvatn pseudo craters Lake Myvatn pseudo craters
  • Dimmuborgir Dimmuborgir
  • Namaskard Namaskard
  • Dettifoss Dettifoss
  • Hofn Hofn
  • Jökulsarlson Jökulsarlson
  • Jökulsarlson Jökulsarlson
  • Jökulsarlson Jökulsarlson
  • Eldhraun Eldhraun
  • Reynisfjara Reynisfjara
  • Skogafoss Iceland Skogafoss Iceland
  • Skogafoss waterfall Skogafoss waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Seljalandsfoss
  • Seljalandsfoss Seljalandsfoss
  • Icelandic horses, Fridheimar Icelandic horses, Fridheimar
  • Geysir hot springs Geysir hot springs
  • Strokkur Geysir Strokkur Geysir
  • Gullfoss Gullfoss
  • Thingvellir Thingvellir
  • Thingvellir Thingvellir

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Reykjavik.

Fly to Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel. This evening, enjoy an optional dinner at your hotel or venture into the city to choose from its enticing range of restaurants.

DAY 2 : Reykjavik - Grábrók - Vidimyri - Akureyri.

An action-packed day beckons, beginning with a journey west to the Grábrók volcano crater. Wonder at the dramatic scenery, and on arrival, snap photos of the crater that looms from a lava field. Hear how it was formed 3,000 years ago and climb the stairs to the rim to gaze into the crater and across Iceland's rugged countryside. Continue to a fishing village to visit a small natural history and seal museum and walk around the harbour, before driving to the turf church at Vidimyri, a stunning example of old Icelandic architecture, built in 1836. Next, journey along the fjord-like coastline through mountain passes to Akureyri, Iceland's second city, where you stay overnight. Includes Breakfast

DAY 3 : Akureyri - Godafoss - Lake Myvatn.

This morning, explore Akureyri, a charming town of just 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view of the Eyjafordur fjord. This afternoon, travel to an important sport in Iceland's history, Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Myvatn which is known for it geographical wonders and active bird life during the summer months. Next, continue to the spectacular lava formations at Kalfastrond followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths that contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Includes Breakfast

DAY 4 : Lake Myvatn area - Dimmuborgir - Namaskard - Dettifoss.

Begin today with a hike through the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir ''the dark castles'', hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch visit the hot spring area of Namaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Next, journey through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surroundings to East Iceland, with some luck you may get the opportunity to spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. Take a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall before arriving at your hotel for the evening. NOTE: The visit to Vatanajokull National Park is only available on departures during June to August. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : East Fjords - Vatnajökull - South East.

Admire Iceland's fjordlands today, passing through tiny fishing villages cupped into steep fjords. Stop to view an interesting stone and mineral collection, and see Vatnajökull, Europe's biggest glacier. Pass through Hofn, a beautifully located fishing port, and take in Jökulsarlson, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs calved from a retreating glacier. Visit a black sandy beach where icebergs get stranded, watch for seals swimming in the waters, and if the season is right, perhaps enjoy an optional boat trip. Afterward, trace the southern rim of Vatnajökull into Vatnajökull National Park. Spend time in this incredible park, home to Iceland's highest mountains, glaciers and flood plains speckled with volcanic debris. Overnight in the area. Includes Breakfast

DAY 6 : South East - Eldhraun - Skogarfoss - South East.

Cross the otherworldly landscapes of Eldhraun lava field, walk on the black sandy beach at Reynisfjara, and take in the 60-metre high Skogafoss waterfall. Continue west to Eyjafjallajökull, the infamous volcano whose 2010 eruption grounded much of Europe's air traffic. Visit the Eyjafjallajökull information centre and then visit the mountain waterfall of Seljalandsfoss, where, if you wish, you can walk behind the thundering cascade. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Fridheimar - Golden Circle - Reykjavik.

Travel around Iceland's famous Golden Circle today to experience its three natural wonders: Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir. Start at Fridheimar to learn about sturdy Icelandic horses, descended from those brought here by the Vikings. Visit a geothermal greenhouse, and then head for Geysir to see the hot springs, bubbling pools and incredible Strokkur geyser, which spouts every five to ten minutes. Marvel at Gullfoss, a double waterfall that plunges 34 metres into the Hvita River, and visit the awe-inspiring UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park. See the rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates and the 'lawrock' where ancient parliaments once met, before continuing to Reykjavik and enjoying a panoramic city tour of Iceland's capital. Tonight, stay in a hotel in the city. Includes Breakfast

DAY 8 : Reykjavik - UK.

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

Hotels on Tour

  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur:Icelandair Hotel Klaustur (3*)
  • Fludir:Icelandair Hotel Fludir (3*)
  • Reykjavik:Icelandair Hotel Natura (4*)
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or a similar standard offered
  • Reykjavik:Icelandair Hotel Naturav (4*)
  • Akureyri:Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (3*)
  • Myvatn:Sel-Hotel Myvatn
  • Dettifoss:Icelandair Hotel Herad (3*)

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
  • Services of a tour director
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges

  • Witness a volcano crater, fjords and mountains tour
  • Tour of North Iceland
  • Tour of East Iceland
  • Tour of South Iceland
  • Icelandic horses and Golden Circle Tour

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 86% (7 reviews)

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16-Nov-2016

A varied and comprehensive tour with a knowledgeable and informative guide. Perhaps an extra day would have made the distances driven per day more user friendly so that we were not arriving at some destinations in the dark and so were unable to appr...

17-Aug-2016

A packed itinerary with an excellent tour manager. High quality accommodation and travel arrangements, only exception being EasyJet (the quality of their service, however, is what I've come to expect of them - chaotic and always late!).

16-Aug-2016

Holiday overall was okay but the tour guide was not knowledgeable enough of the country's health, economic , social , employment and other situations. She didn't say anything on the subjects other than reading the prices of goods from her tablet des...

15-Aug-2016

Content very good, helped by good weather. Only the last day did I feel the guide give us too long at places where there was no need as there was nothing to do eg a 'surprise stop at a farm for 45 minutes selling ice cream<br/><br/>Please note reques...

25-Jul-2016

all the tours seem to cover the island in 8 days, 10 days would be better, the 2 big travelling days were really too much, especially day 2, when there were some really good things we could have seen.

05-Jul-2016

The Iceland tour itself was good and was run very efficiently by the local agents. However, unescorted airport transfers were a somewhat stressful surprise. The info supplied by Archers was not fully accurate as it was necessary to go to the Flybus d...

27-Jun-2016

We feel we would have liked to have done the boat trip at the icebergs lagoon.It was advertised in the brochure as an optional excursion.We spent over an hour that day looking at the stone collection,then to be told we have 20mins at the icebergs,no...

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