Grand Tour of Iceland

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Price per person
from £1,818

Price based on
London Luton
10th Jan 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Iceland

  • On the go pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Experience a country of beautiful contrasts, where lava meets ice; a land that’s elemental, dramatic and otherworldly. Stand behind the cascading falls of Seljalandsfoss, peer into the Grábrók Crater, then soak your cares away in the mineral salts of the Myvatn Baths.

At a glance


  • Grábrók Crater Climb the stairs to the rim and peak inside the mighty crater. 
  • Godafoss Experience one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. 
  • Myvatn Nature Bath Take a relaxing soak in their unique mineral blend.
  • Dimmuborgir Hike through the lava labyrinth of the 'dark castles'.
  • Vatnajökull Get up close to Europe's biggest glacier.
  • Seljalandsfoss Walk behind this thundering cascade of water.
  • The Golden Circle Experience Iceland's famous route, taking in its three natural attractions: Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir. 
Grand Tour of Iceland map

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • All airport and port taxes

Customer Reviews

please include ALL breakfasts and evening meals in future, as...

1st November 2017
Mr Steuart Neale

please include ALL breakfasts and evening meals in future, as food in Iceland is extremely expensive.

Iceland is a fascintating place with something different to see...

30th October 2017
Mr Colin Blannin

Iceland is a fascintating place with something different to see around every corner. Would recommend this holiday.

Tour content, pace and guide etc. excellent. Some issues with...

9th October 2017
Mr Frank Porter

Tour content, pace and guide etc. excellent. Some issues with Transfers / airport assistance.

Hard to tell if the purchase price is good or...

17th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Hard to tell if the purchase price is good or value for money as the group members can purchase it from online source with price not controlled by Archers.

Superb tour and could not fault the tour guide and...

26th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Superb tour and could not fault the tour guide and driver. Would have given 5* but the accommodation was very poor on 3 nights. The 4* Icelandair hotels were good but the "superior tourist" hotels in the more remote places put our tour group in very basic, tired rooms which were closer to 2*. Apparently this is because the hotels cancel tour company bookings in favour of more valuable individual bookings. Archers need to investigate this as their brochure description is misleading if hotel room changes aren't of a similar standard.

Scenery spectacular hotels not up to expectations...

24th July 2017
Mr Christopher Coleman

Scenery spectacular hotels not up to expectations

Relied on own abilities to get from airport, check in...

5th July 2017
Mrs Lesley Goodhead

Relied on own abilities to get from airport, check in to hotel etc and to occupy first day. When we booked had expected a full tour service.

See above for detailed comments...

26th June 2017
Trusted Customer

See above for detailed comments

Everything from driver and coach, guide, tour content and hotels...

26th June 2017
Mrs Janet Radford

Everything from driver and coach, guide, tour content and hotels fantastic. Food in hotels was very good but it would have been nice to have a choice of either fish or meat at each meal. I would love anything put in front if me but some people didn't like the fact that we had fish 3 out of 4 evening meals. I personally love fish but it's not everybody's cup of tea.

The Grand Tour was an excellent way to see the...

22nd May 2017
Mr Andrew Sutcliffe

The Grand Tour was an excellent way to see the many varied attributes of this lovely island. The whole place was so unspoilt and unpolluted. Our tour guide Rocky was very good - informative, interesting, helpful and at all times very professional.

Overview

Experience a country of beautiful contrasts, where lava meets ice; a land that’s elemental, dramatic and otherworldly. Stand behind the cascading falls of Seljalandsfoss, peer into the Grábrók Crater, then soak your cares away in the mineral salts of the Myvatn Baths.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts

UK - Reykjavik

Day
1

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.

No meals included

Reykjavik - Grábrók - Vidimyri - Akureyri

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Akureyri - Godafoss - Lake Myvatn

Day
3

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Lake Myvatn area - Dimmuborgir - Namaskard - Dettifoss

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

East Fjords - Vatnajökull - South East.

Day
5

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

South East - Eldhraun - Skogarfoss - South East

Day
6

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Fridheimar - Golden Circle - Reykjavik.

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Reykjavik - UK

Day
8

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Tour hotels will be as specified or a similar standard offered.

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Reykjavik: Icelandair Hotel Natura
  • Akureyri: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri 
  • Myvatn: Sel-Hotel Myvatn
  • Dettifoss: Icelandair Hotel Herad
  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur: Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
  • Fludir: Icelandair Hotel Fludir
  • Reykjavik: Icelandair Hotel Natura 

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