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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Iceland

Cities Visited

Akureyri , Reykjavik

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Reykjavik, Gljúfrasteinn Museum, Hvammsvik Hot Springs, Hvalfjordur Fjord
Arrive in Iceland, "Land of Fire and Ice." Transfer from the airport to the Whales of Iceland Museum. After a box breakfast, head to the outskirts of Reykjavik to visit Gljúfrasteinn Museum former home of Nobel prize winner Halldor Laxness. Free time to explore the garden before traveling to the nearby Laxness horse farm. Get an up-close look at the Icelandic horses, a unique breed developed in Iceland. Continue to Hvammsvik hot springs where you will have lunch amidst the dramatic Icelandic countryside. In the afternoon, recharge in one of the eight natural hot springs of varying temperatures, located along the shoreline. Admire the untamed natural beauty of Hvalfjordur Fjord on your way to your hotel in Borgarnes. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager, followed by dinner*Guests that are arriving prior to day 2 or are making their own way from the airport should meet the group directly at Whales of Iceland Museum for breakfast by 8:30 AM.
Overnight: Borgarnes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Explore Reykholt Area
Embark on a morning excursion to the Reykholt area, with its variety of geological features such as lava fields, mineral springs, and beautiful waterfalls. Stop at a number of fascinating sites such as the Deildartunguhver hot spring, Snorralaug geothermal hot spring and striking Barnafoss & Hraunfossar waterfalls. After lunch, return to the hotel with time at leisure. Perhaps, join the optional Horseback Riding, where you will have a chance to ride an Icelandic horse. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel. Following dinner, participate in the optional Husafell Canyon Baths* for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience in a magnificent volcanic canyon* To access the baths, travelers need to walk for about a mile and go down 64 steps and back up again.
Optional: Icelandic Horseback Riding
Optional: Husafell Canyon Baths
Overnight: Borgarnes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Iceland's Westfjords, Erpsstaðir Dairy Farm, Raudisandur Beach
Depart for the Westfjords. Make a stop at the family-run Erpsstaðir dairy farm. Visit the barn, learn about agriculture and milking in the area. Conclude the tour with a tasting of a few local products and delicious homemade ice cream. Continue the scenic drive stopping along the way for lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a walk along Raudisandur Beach, a magical red sand beach which is home to seals and many different species of birds. Arrive and check into your hotel, followed by dinner
Overnight: Westfjords
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Reykjafjordur Pool, Reykjafjordur Fjord, Jon Sigurdsson Museum, Dynjandi Waterfall, Latrabjarg Cliffs
Discover the Southern Westfjords and continue over Reykjafjordur Pool. This geothermal pool is the perfect place to take a dip while surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Reykjafjordur Fjord. Afterward, head to the historic Hrafnseyri village for free time and lunch on your own. Visit the Jon Sigurdsson Museum housing exhibits about his life and work. Learn more about this leader of the 19th century Independence Movement and founding father of the country. Afterward, head to the impressive Dynjandi waterfall, a wide waterfall leading into several smaller waterfalls perfectly nestled in the mouth of a fjord. Conclude the day by the dramatic Latrabjarg Cliffs, hosting Iceland's greatest concentration of seabirds
Overnight: Westfjords
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Travel to North Iceland
Depart on a long drive towards North Iceland. Enjoy spectacular scenery during the drive. Admire views of the secluded Westfjords, snow-capped peaks and charming fishing villages that dot the coastline. A box lunch will be provided en route before arriving in Laugarbakki for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Laugarbakki
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday -Thristapar, Glaumbær Turf Houses, Arrive in Akureyri
This morning, head towards Akureyri. En route, visit the historical site of Thristapar on your way to the town of Saudarkrokur for lunch on your own. Afterward, discover Glaumbær turf houses, traditional Icelandic homes dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Tour a turf house to get a glimpse into the way Icelanders used to live for centuries. Arrive in the afternoon to Akureyri, the cultural capital of the North
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Wednesday - Goðafoss Waterfall, Lake Mývatn, Asbyrgi Canyon
Begin your exploration at the majestic Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. Continue to lovely Lake Mývatn, with its crystal-blue waters, in one of Iceland's most scenic areas, known for its geothermal activity. In this spectacular area, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. View the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Afterward, proceed to the magnificent, horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi Canyon, and admire the Hljoðaklettar rock formations. Return to Akureyri for dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Whale Watching, Akureyri Botanical Gardens
Head to lovely small village of Hauganes in northeast Iceland, for your whale watching adventure. The area is renowned for its large number of humpback whales. Board the boat and set sail, taking in the magical scenery, wildlife, and the diverse range of whale species in Eyjafjordur Fjord. Afterward, have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, return to Akureyri and visit the Botanical Gardens, which are among the world's northernmost gardens. View colorful displays of flowers and wild plants and stroll through the sections of native Icelandic and Arctic flora. Balance of the day is at leisure or choose the optional Forest Lagoon. This modern geothermal spa is the perfect place to soothe and unwind
Optional: Forest Lagoon
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Friday - Flight to Reykjavik, Walking Food Tour, Lava Show
Today, depart Akureyri and transfer to the airport for your flight to Reykjavik. On arrival, embark on a walking food tour of Reykjavik. During the walk, view the city's iconic landmarks and sample delectable Icelandic food. Continue with a visit to Iceland's most famous hot dog stand and try a hot dog. Afterward, attend the thrilling Lava Show, recreating a volcanic eruption, a truly exhilarating experience. This unique show is highly engaging and provides an opportunity to get up-close to molten lava, see it flowing and feel the heat. Following the show, check into your hotel and spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Blue Lagoon
Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, visit the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. Treat yourself to a silica mud mask and a relaxing bath in the pleasantly warm water reputed for its healing properties. Later for dinner, savor Icelandic classics at the Lava restaurant, offering beautiful views of the Blue Lagoon. Share wonderful memories of your journey and bid farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Reykjavík
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Depart Iceland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Reykjavik, Reykjavik-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Intra-flight: Akureyri-Reykjavik
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Borgarnes
  • 2 nights Westfjords
  • 1 night Laugarbakki
  • 3 nights Akureyri
  • 2 nights Reykjavik
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Visit Gljufrasteinn Museum, former home of Nobel prize winner Halldor Laxness
  • View small fishing villages and rugged coastline of the remote Westfjords region
  • Tour the family-run Erpsstaðir dairy farm with tastings of local products and delicious homemade ice cream
  • Marvel at the dramatic Latrabjarg Cliffs, hosting Iceland's greatest concentration of seabirds
  • Take in the view of the awe-inspiring Kolugljúfur Canyon
  • Explore Glaumbær turf houses to get a glimpse into the way Icelanders used to live for centuries
  • Admire the majestic Goðafoss, the "Waterfall of the Gods"
  • View the lovely Lake Mývatn with its crystal-blue waters
  • Embark on an unforgettable whale watching adventure
  • Take a walking food tour of Reykjavik and sample delectable Icelandic food
  • Attend the thrilling Lava Show, recreating a volcanic eruption, a truly exhilarating experience
  • Relax in the warm soothing waters of the world-famous geothermal Blue Lagoon
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours & gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Akureyri-Reykjavik.Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 8 AM on day 2.Passengers that have booked a pre night, will need to transfer by taxi to Whales of Iceland Museum at their own expense.

    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms & twin with child rooms may be accommodated in a twin & single room depending on availability.

    Health and Safety Protocols for Discovery By Gate1 Tours

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    Accommodations

    Hotel Husafell
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated a short drive away from the Hraunfossar waterfalls.

    Hotel Husafell
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated a short drive away from the Hraunfossar waterfalls.

    Hotel Varmaland
    This tourist class hotel is located a twenty minute drive from the town of Borgarnes.

    Hotel Varmaland
    This tourist class hotel is located a twenty minute drive from the town of Borgarnes.

    Hotel Varmaland
    This tourist class hotel is located a twenty minute drive from the town of Borgarnes.

    Fosshotel Westfjords
    This tourist class hotel is located in the quaint village of Patreksfjordur.

    Hotel Laugarbakki
    This tourist class hotel is located in Laugarbakki village.

    Akureyri, Berjaya Iceland Hotels
    This superior tourist class hotel is situated in the town of Akureyri.

    Hotel Kea
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Akureyri nearby the Akureyri Art Museum.

    Hotel Kea
    This first class hotel is located in the town of Akureyri nearby the Akureyri Art Museum.

    Hotel Borg
    This first class hotel is centrally located in Reykjavik, near Austurvöllur Square.

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    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Discovery By Gate1 Tours Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.3
    Accommodations
    4.1
    Itinerary
    4.4
    Professional Staff
    4.6
    Repeat with Operator
    4.3
    Value for Money
    4.2

    Ratings based off 428 reviews about Discovery By Gate1 Tours - currently showing 15 reviews with comments only

    This was an amazing trip. It exceeded my expectations. I loved it. My tour guide did an excellent job. She made sure to assist us even late in the evening with tickets as we are still in Japan and not leaving until two after the tour. She surprised us with unexpected, unplanned experiences for all to enjoy. I loved her. We really had so much fun even though there older tourists with different personalities she went beyond the call of duty to understand and have patience with them. I will definitely book a future tour with Gate1.

    Superb experience and guides were great.

    The trip to Jordan was fabulous. The accommodations were lovely. Our guide was excellent. His knowledge was superb. He had good humor & was kind & patient. I have been on every continent & have traveled with different companies. This is in my top 3 trips of all the places I have been. I loved this country. The people & sites were wonderful. Please let Gate 1 know this guide deserves recognition. He was the best.

    This was a fantastic trip with varied activities and a superb tour guide.

    Exalent trip we are so pleased with the service we will call you to plan the next trip

    The Gate1 tour guide/managers were very knowledgeable, courteous, professional and entertaining.

    Gate 1's tour operators are very good. It is organized and follows the published itinerary. The hotels are nice and as described.

    Trip was great experience. Enjoyed the itinerary and tour manager.

    Great experience. Our personal guide very experienced and personal. First class hotels and great excursions.

    Our accommodations were excellent. The tour was fabulous. The logistics for booking and traveling were clear and easy.

    Everyone from our agent (Trena) to our our guide (Fred) were awesome. Would highly recommend gate 1 to any and all. Went above and beyond our expectations..JOB WELL DONE!!! Thanks for a great vacation..

    This was a great tour. All the places we visited were worth seeing, and the combination of activities was very good.

    The rooms, the meals, the bus, and the tour guide were superior. The tour was more than expected. All our questions and needs were met. The whole operation was well managed and smooth.

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