Idyllic Iceland

Price per person
from £2,216

Price based on
London Luton
7th Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Iceland

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tour

Explore the surreally beautiful Icelandic landscape of great geysers and barren lava fields on this life-affirming experience. Feel the force of the cascading Goðafoss, relax in Myvatn’s mineral salts, and visit the homestead of Viking, Erik the Red.

At a glance


  • Sanefellsnes Peninsula Drive through fishing villages, past black-sand beaches against a dramatic mountain backdrop.
  • Goðafoss One of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.
  • Námaskarð A bizarre and compelling landscape of mud pools and steam baths.
  • Myvatn Nature Baths Take a relaxing soak in the unique mineral blend.
  • Deildartunguhver See Europe's most powerful hot spring.
  • Thingvellir National Park Iceland's most prized historical treasure of a rift valley with high cliffs.
  • Gullfoss Marvel at the power of the country's most famous waterfall.
Idyllic Iceland map

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Excursions
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

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.

Overview

Explore the surreally beautiful Icelandic landscape of great geysers and barren lava fields on this life-affirming experience. Feel the force of the cascading Goðafoss, relax in Myvatn’s mineral salts, and visit the homestead of Viking, Erik the Red.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Reykjavik

Day
1

Fly to Reykjavik where you will be transferred to your hotel for the evening.

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring the world’s northernmost capital city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Reykiavik - Snæfellsness - Grundarfjördur

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 quaint Grundarfjörður, where picturesque Mount Kirkjufell stands sentry nearby.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Gundarfjördur - Eiriksstadir - 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.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Akureyri - Godafoss - Myvatn - Dimmuborgir - Akureyri

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 Myvatn Nature Baths before returning to Akureyri for another overnight. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Akureyri - Deildartunguhver - 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Reykholt - Thingvellir - 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Reykjavik - South Shore - Reykyavik

Day
7

Explore the South Shore today, and have your cameras ready for the awe-inspiring 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 and the Sólheimajökull glacier before enjoying a stop in the village of Eyrarbakki

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Reykjavik - UK

Day
8

Your tour ends today after breakfast.

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Towels are included on your visit to the Myvatn Nature Baths

On Day 3 you will receive a transfer to Akureyri for dinner at leisure.

Tour hotels as stated or similar 

Hotels

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


  • Reyjkavik: Fosshotel Lind
  • Stikkysholmur: Fosshotel Stikkisholmur
  • Akureyri: Norourland
  • Reykholt: Fosshotel Reykholt

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