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Idyllic Iceland

Price per person
from £2,166

Price based on
London Gatwick
15th Mar 2020 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 8 days

  • Europe

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

Your budget travel adventure to Iceland is an amazing 8-day journey that begins and ends in the capital city of Reykjavik. You’ll discover that Iceland is one of the most fascinating countries in Europe as you experience its unique, almost lunar landscapes, as well as the simple but interesting culture of its people.

You will start your journey along the rugged coastline to Snæfellsnes peninsula to see the famed 700,000-year-old Snæfellsjökull glacier-covered volcano. You’ll also visit small fishing villages, including Djúpalónssandur – known for its legendary lifting stones to test the strength of fishermen.

Eiríksstaðir includes a replica of the sod-roofed home of Norwegian Viking, Erik the Red – also the birthplace of his son, legendary explorer Leif Erikson.

Travel through the renowned “Valley of Horses” – Iceland’s abundant agricultural region. You’ll stop at The Goðafoss – “Waterfall of the Gods” – and follow the shores of Mývatn Lake for stunning vistas of the volcano, wetlands, and wildlife.

You’ll see Dimmuborgir – the “Catacombs of Hell” – with its bubbling mud, volcanic caves, lava formations, and glow of subterranean lava. You’ll enjoy one of the local favourite activities soaking in the warm relaxing mineral waters of Mývatn Nature Baths.

Your affordable holiday in Iceland continues to the Deildartunguhver geothermal hot springs, and also takes you to Þingvellir National Park’s tremendous Gullfoss waterfall and erupting geysers.

Returning to Reykjavik, you’ll enjoy an excursion to the South Shore to capture photographs of awe-inspiring waterfalls. You’ll also learn about Icelandic architectural and engineering history in the Skógar Folk Museum.

Your Iceland budget travel adventure concludes with a priceless visit to the black-basalt beaches of Vik, ranked as one of the 10 most beautiful on Earth. The magical beauty of Iceland’s geology, nature, and culture is certainly a trip for the ages.

During the winter months, it will be likely for you to experience the spectacular natural wonder of the northern lights, or “Aurora Borealis.” The spectacular phenomenon of a stunning spectrum of light and shapes dancing against the backdrop of the night sky is sure to create indelible memories.

At a glance

Snæfellsnes Peninsula Scenic drive, see Snaefellsjokull Volcano

Arnstapi Walk around the harbour

Eiríksstaðir Visit the homestead of Erik the Red

Goðafoss Stop at the Waterfall of the Gods

Skútustaðir See the volcanic pseudo-craters

Dimmuborgir Visit the bubbling mud pools

Mývatn Take a dip in the thermal Nature Baths

Deildartunguhver See the geothermal hot springs

Þingvellir Visit the National Park

Gullfoss See the famed waterfall

South Shore Excursion including waterfalls, the Skogar Folk Museum, Vik and Eyrarbakki

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

A thoroughly enjoyable holiday despite mixed weather....

5th September 2018
Miss Angela Legge

A thoroughly enjoyable holiday despite mixed weather.

My Holiday was a Million % excellent. The organization, the...

30th May 2018
Trusted Customer

My Holiday was a Million % excellent. The organization, the Tour Guide EXCELLENT and the Driver, the Trips around Iceland, the Hotels and meals excellent. More Wonderful than what I expected. The Tour Guide was so excellent that I also learnt so much about Iceland, that I never expected. My Holiday was SPECTACULAR!! I have even recommended to my American Manager your Company and this Trip.

Overview

Your budget travel adventure to Iceland is an amazing 8-day journey that begins and ends in the capital city of Reykjavik. You’ll discover that Iceland is one of the most fascinating countries in Europe as you experience its unique, almost lunar landscapes, as well as the simple but interesting culture of its people.

You will start your journey along the rugged coastline to Snæfellsnes peninsula to see the famed 700,000-year-old Snæfellsjökull glacier-covered volcano. You’ll also visit small fishing villages, including Djúpalónssandur – known for its legendary lifting stones to test the strength of fishermen.

Eiríksstaðir includes a replica of the sod-roofed home of Norwegian Viking, Erik the Red – also the birthplace of his son, legendary explorer Leif Erikson.

Travel through the renowned “Valley of Horses” – Iceland’s abundant agricultural region. You’ll stop at The Goðafoss – “Waterfall of the Gods” – and follow the shores of Mývatn Lake for stunning vistas of the volcano, wetlands, and wildlife.

You’ll see Dimmuborgir – the “Catacombs of Hell” – with its bubbling mud, volcanic caves, lava formations, and glow of subterranean lava. You’ll enjoy one of the local favourite activities soaking in the warm relaxing mineral waters of Mývatn Nature Baths.

Your affordable holiday in Iceland continues to the Deildartunguhver geothermal hot springs, and also takes you to Þingvellir National Park’s tremendous Gullfoss waterfall and erupting geysers.

Returning to Reykjavik, you’ll enjoy an excursion to the South Shore to capture photographs of awe-inspiring waterfalls. You’ll also learn about Icelandic architectural and engineering history in the Skógar Folk Museum.

Your Iceland budget travel adventure concludes with a priceless visit to the black-basalt beaches of Vik, ranked as one of the 10 most beautiful on Earth. The magical beauty of Iceland’s geology, nature, and culture is certainly a trip for the ages.

During the winter months, it will be likely for you to experience the spectacular natural wonder of the northern lights, or “Aurora Borealis.” The spectacular phenomenon of a stunning spectrum of light and shapes dancing against the backdrop of the night sky is sure to create indelible memories.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Reykjavik, Iceland

Day
1

Fly to Reykjavik where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Transfer from the airport to your hotel and spend the rest of your day exploring Reykjavik. Your Tour Director will be happy to assist with some suggestions.

Reykjavik - Snæfellsnes - Arnarstapi - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Day
2

Rich fertile farmland and rugged cliffs greet you on your morning drive along the beautiful coastal road to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. See the SNÆFELLSJÖKULL VOLCANO, which can be spotted from Reykjavík on clear days, as well as the glacier that covers its summit. More than 4,700 feet (1446 meters) in elevation, the mountain gained notoriety as setting for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Arrive in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and walk around the harbour area to enjoy the fresh sea air and watch the antics of circling birds. Later, arrive at the dramatic black-pebble Djúpalónssandur beach, where four lifting stones ranging from 50 to 340 pounds were once used to qualify men for work on fishing boats. Spend the night in the quaint Snaefellsnes area.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Eiríksstaðir - Akureyri

Day
3

Iceland’s natural beauty unfolds as you drive through green pastures and meandering lava flows that have formed over the centuries. Via the colourful harbour town of Stykkishólmur, U.S. Marine landing site in the novel Red Storm Rising, reach the Haukadalur valley, home to some of the country’s most famous geothermal features. At Eiríksstaðir, visit a replica of Norwegian Viking ERIK THE RED'S ANCIENT SOD-ROOFED HOMESTEAD, where his son Leifur Eiríksson (explorer Leif Erikson) was born. This afternoon, head into Skagafjörður, the renowned “Valley of Horses” and one of Iceland’s most prosperous agricultural regions. Overnight in Akureyri, the “Capital of North Iceland.” (B)

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Akureyri. Excursion to Goðafoss & Mývatn

Day
4

First stop this morning is at GOÐAFOSS, the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Then, follow the shores of Mývatn Lake for vistas of the splendid volcano, peaceful wetlands, and abundant wildlife. Later, stop at Skútustaðir to see the intriguing volcanic pseudo-craters; DIMMUBORGIR, the “Catacombs of Hell,” with its bubbling mud pools, volcanic caves and lava tubes, and unusual rock formations; and the Krafla caldera with its ochre-coloured glow of subterranean lava. Relax in the mineral-rich waters at the MÝVATN NATURE BATHS before returning to Akureyri for another overnight.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Akureyri - Reykholt

Day
5

Today features an introduction to the spectacular geothermal hot springs at DEILDARTUNGUHVER. Here, you’ll find clusters of emerald-green deer ferns growing, a plant that grows nowhere else in the country. Next up is the tiny hamlet of Reykholt, former home of medieval Icelandic poet, historian, and politician Snorri Sturluson Then, see the fascinating series of waterfalls at Hraunfossar before enjoying a stroll along the riverbanks to the BARNAFOSS waterfall,where the glacial cascade has carved out rock formations.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Reykholt - Þingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss - Reykjavik

Day
6

Some of Iceland’s most spectacular sights are on the agenda today as you visit ÞINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK, a rift valley and boundary between the North American and Eurasian continental plates. See geysers as they erupt from the earth’s geothermal vents, and later, see the famed GULLFOSS waterfall before heading back to Reykjavík.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Reykjavik. Excursion to South Shore

Day
7

Explore the South Shore today, and have your cameras ready for the awe-inspiriing SELJALANDSFOSS and SKÓGAFOSS waterfalls. Then, visit the tiny settlement of Skógar to admire turf farmhouses, a pioneer-era hydroelectric plant, and examples of many periods of Icelandic architectural history at the SKÓGAR FOLK MUSEUM. On to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, to see its black-basalt beach, counted as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches on Earth in Islands Magazine. The cliffs here are home to a large seabird population, including puffins. Finally, marvel at the Sólheimajökull glacier before enjoying a stop in the village of EYRARBAKKI.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Reykjavik - UK

Day
8

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

On Day 2 and Day 5 of winter excursions (from October to April) we include evening Northern Lights excursions.

Please note that hotels outside of Reykjavik may not always be of the standard usually expected.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Reykjavik - Fosshotel Lind

Fosshotel Lind is a centrally located official 3 Star hotel in Reykjavik, near museums, shops and restaurants.

  • Location

    Raudararstigur 18, Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • In-room safe
    • Coffee maker in-room

Snaefellsnes - Fosshotel Hellnar

The Fosshotel Hellnar is everything people look for in a charming country hotel, near Kirkjufell mountain. Located right beneath Snæfellsjökull Glacier, a national park made famous in the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. The glacier is said to be one of the seven great energy centres of the earth and has been attributed to various mysterious powers.

  • Location

    Brekkubaer, Hellnar, Iceland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Hairdryer

Akureyri - Kjarnalundur Hotel

Hotel Kjarnalundur is a 66 room hotel, only 3,5 km from Akureyri. The hotel offers a pleasant and relaxing environment with a unique setting amidst the Icelandic nature, located on the edge of Kjarnaskógur, which is one of the most popular outdoor areas in Akureyri.

  • Location

    Kjarnalundur, Akureyri, Iceland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

Reykholt - Fosshotel Reykholt

Fosshotel Reykholt is a romantic country hotel in the legendary setting of Reykholt in Borgarfjörður. Once the home of historian and poet Snorri Sturluson, Reykholt is one of Iceland's major historic sites. Bounteous in captivating scenery the area is full of lava fields, waterfalls, mountains, craters and caves.

  • Location

    Reykholt, Iceland

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Hairdryer