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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Iceland

Cities Visited

Akureyri , Egilsstadir , Hella , Hofn , Reykjavik

DAY 1, Monday- Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Reykjavik, City Sightseeing, The Blue Lagoon
Early morning arrival in Iceland, "Land of Ice and Fire." Transfer from Keflavik airport to your hotel where you will have breakfast*. Next, drive through the capital for a sightseeing tour of Reykjavík. The tour traverses the old town center to the Alþingi Parliament, the Dómkirkjan Cathedral, city hall (closed on Sunday) and the harbor. Then, drive by Höfði House, the site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met. Make a stop at the viewing deck at Perlan, located on Öskjuhlíð hill, for spectacular views over the capital area, followed by a visit to Hallgrímskirkja church**, one of Reykjavík's landmarks, and the Sun Voyager sculpture. Afterwards, visit the famous Blue Lagoon***, a unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. Tonight, at 5:30 PM, you join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting and drink*Guests that are arriving prior to day 2 or are making their own way from Reykjavik Airport should meet the group directly at hotel for breakfast by 8:30 AM.**Visitors will not be permitted to enter the church if mass is in session***Pack a swimsuit in your carry-on since you may not have access to your luggage before going to the Blue Lagoon.
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Wednesday - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today, embark on a full day excursion to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a Green Globe benchmark region, making it a model for sustainable tourism. Snæfellsnes is a unique area with a variety of geological features such as lava fields, volcanoes, glaciers, mineral springs, beautiful rock formations, and yellow and black sand beaches. Stop at a couple of fascinating sites such as the Gerðuberg basalt columns, and Arnarstapi Harborand Ytri-Tunga beach to see the seal colony there. On a clear day, enjoy views of Snæfellsjökull Glacier atop a beautifully shaped stratovolcano. Dinner is at the hotel later this evening
Overnight: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Glaumbaer Farm & Museum, Akureyri
Today, an early departure to Akureyri, cultural capital of the North, nestled at the head of Iceland's greatest fjord, with stunning views of snow-capped peaks. Along the way, stop at Glaumbaer Farm & Museum, housing beautifully preserved Icelandic turf houses. Get a glimpse into the life during the 18th and 19th centuries. Arrive at the hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Siglufjörður in North Iceland
Travel to the historic fishing town of Siglufjörður, the closest town to the Arctic Circle, clinging to a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland's steep northernmost mountains. On the tour of the award-winning Herring Era Museum, you're introduced to the history of the very important herring fishing industry. Sample traditional rye bread, local herring and the famous iced Icelandic schnapps! Leisure time to explore Siglufjörður. At the end of the day, return to Akureyri via the villages of Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss Waterfall
This morning, head to lovely Lake Mývatn, with its crystal-blue waters, in one of Iceland's prettiest areas, known for its geothermal activity. Stop at the majestic Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. In this paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. After a morning of traversing spectacular landscapes, see the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Afterward, continue southeast to your hotel in the remote eastern fjords region for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Egilsstaðir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Iceland's Eastfjords, Petra's Stone Collection
Today, explore Iceland's remote Eastfjords region, defined by breathtaking fjords and mountains, as well as charming fishing villages that dot the coastline. Look out for wild reindeer herds as you travel south through this colorful landscape. Visit Petra's stone collection, featuring thousands of personally collected stones and minerals from East Iceland. Afterward, stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then continue driving southward along the coast toward your hotel. En route, make several photo stops for unforgettable views. Upon arrival at your hotel, enjoy dinner
Overnight: Höfn Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
Discover the might of the Vatnajökull Glacier today, formed thousands of years ago, the largest glacier in all of Europe with several still-active volcanoes situated underneath the ice cap. Explore some of the glacier's many outlets including Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. The astonishing blue ice makes this one of Iceland's most iconic destinations. Season dependent, take a boat excursion that brings you face to face with these breathtaking natural wonders. Following lunch, take a leisurely drive back to your hotel making several stops along the way. Cap off this exciting day with dinner at your hotel*The boat excursion on the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is not offered before May 1 or after Oct 15, therefore it will be replaced with Fjallsárlón Glacial Lagoon.
Overnight: Höfn Area
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - South Coast and Waterfalls
Depart from your hotel this morning and watch the dramatic scenery of outwash plains and lava fields go by as you make your way to Dyrhólaey*, a solitary cliff teeming with bird life for expansive views of the black sand coastline. Then, visit Skógafoss to see the thundering falls plummet nearly 200 feet over a cliff to the valley floor. Continue on to Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Arrive at your hotel in the Hella area for dinner and overnight*Dyrhólaey is closed during the nesting season (early May to late June)
Overnight: Hella
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm, Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir, Þingvellir, Reykjavík
This morning marvel at Gullfoss waterfall where the mighty Hvítá river appears to simply vanish into the earth, but a closer look reveals gorgeous staggered falls plunging into a crevice over 200 feet deep. Then, stand upon one of the world's most geologically significant landscapes on the volcanic rift at the Strokkur Geyser. Watch it erupt every few minutes spewing hot water high into the air. Later, visit the Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm. Here, meet with young Icelanders who innovated a process for growing tomatoes in bumble-bee nurtured greenhouses. See the beautiful Icelandic horses and watch them perform before a light lunch of tomato soup and fresh-baked bread. Continue to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on the plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Þingvellir, literally "Parliament Plains", is also the site of the world's oldest existing Parliament, which first met here in 930 AD. Continue to Reykjavik where you will have an evening at leisure to explore on your own
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Thursday - Depart Iceland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Reykjavik, Reykjavik-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • 9 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Reykjavik
  • 1 night Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • 2 nights Akureyri
  • 1 night Egilsstaðir
  • 2 nights Höfn Area
  • 1 night Hella
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Special Features

  • Embark on a morning city tour of Reykjavik
  • Enjoy the warm soothing waters of the world-famous geothermal Blue Lagoon
  • Visit Snæfellsjökull National Park with its striking Snæfellsjökull Glacier
  • Tour Akureyri, nestled at the head of Iceland’s greatest fjord
  • Visit the historic town of Siglufjörður, the closest town to the Arctic Circle in Iceland
  • View Lake Mývatn with its crystal-blue waters
  • Visit Goðafoss, the "Waterfall of the Gods"
  • See small fishing villages and rugged coastline of the remote Eastfjords region
  • Visit Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe
  • Explore Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon with its immense floating icebergs
  • Tour Skaftafell National Park, a beautiful mountainous region on the edge of the Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Visit Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, two awe-inspiring waterfalls on Iceland's South Coast
  • Visit Strokkur Geyser and the geothermal Geysir area
  • Tour Þingvellir National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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    Accommodations

    Fosshotel Reykjavik
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    Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
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    Herad, Berjaya Iceland Hotels
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    Fosshotel Vatnajokull
    This tourist class hotel features spectacular views of Vatnajokull Glacier.

    Landhotel
    This first class hotel is located about fourteen miles from Hella.

    Fosshotel Reykjavik
    This first class hotel is situated in the business district of Reykjavik.

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