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Icelandic folklore maintains there are clans of elves and trolls living in the country’s extraordinary hills, rocky outcrops, and lava fields. Will you meet these “Huldufólk” or “Hidden People” said to dislike churches, daylight, and electricity? Hard to say. But here’s what you will see on this breathtaking tour of Iceland—active volcanoes, roaring waterfalls, jagged glaciers, floating icebergs, black-sand beaches, and brilliant-blue geothermal springs. Unique, local experiences await in the “Land of Fire and Ice,” including tasting piping hot bread baked by the heat from the hot springs, sipping Geysir schnapps served at freezing point, and standing in awe before the spectacular Lake Jökulsárlón, home to Europe’s largest glacier and the site of some of the most dramatic scenes from the James Bond movie Die Another Day. The gargantuan sights in the land of the elves will surely leave you stirred, not shaken.

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
    Welcome to Reykjavik! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)

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    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    REYKJAVIK–HELLISHEIÐARVIRKJUN–GEYSIR–GULLFOSS–THINGVELLIR–BORGARNES
    Incredible Iceland REYKJAVIK Orientation drive.
    HELLISHEIÐARVIRKJUN Visit the geothermal heat and electric power station.
    GEYSIR Stop at the hot springs and [LF] taste local specialties with a glass of Geysir Schnapps.
    GULLFOSS Take pictures at the Gullfoss waterfalls.
    THINGVELLIR [LF] Walk through the rift valley en route to Borgarnes.(B,D)
    180 mi / 290 km

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    NATURAL WONDERS Iceland is the only place in the world where separation between the North American and European geological rift (tectonic plates) are above sea level, and nowhere in the world are the edges of both plates as clearly visible than the rift valley in Thingvellir National Park. Here, you can stand on two continents at the same time!


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  3. Day 3
    BORGARNES–HAUGANES–AKUREYRI
    Giant Love HAUGANES Take a [LF] whale-watching cruise before continuing to Akureyri. (B)
    217 mi / 350 km

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    WILD & WONDERFUL Take a whale-watching cruise from Hauganes for the chance to spot humpback and minke whales and dolphins surfacing on the glassy waters of Eyjafjordur bay.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    AKUREYRI–GO?AFOSS–LAKE MÝVATN–DETTIFOSS–EGILSSTADIR
    Heavenly Sights AKUREYRI Take an orientation walk that includes the botanical gardens.
    GO?AFOSS Take pictures of the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Scenic drive to the lovely blue Lake Mývatn.
    LAKE MÝVATN Stop at lake Mývatn.
    DETTIFOSS Take photos of the most powerful waterfall in Europe (road conditions permitting) before continuing to Egilsstadir. (B,D)
    190 mi / 305 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    PICTURE PERFECT Take the photographs of a lifetime with a stop at North Iceland’s historic and magnificent Goðafoss waterfall, stretching 90 feet across dramatic rock formations to deliver its spectacular cascades along the glacial-fed Skjálfandafljót River.


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  5. Day 5
    EGILSSTADIR–HÖFN AREA
    Warm Friends on an Icelandic Fjord EGILSSTADIR Scenic drive en route to Höfn. (B,D)
    159 mi / 256 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    CULTURE & TRADITION Hear about the Lagarfljótwurm, a snake-like animal that is supposed to guard a pot of gold located by Lake Lögurinn and take in the natural beauty of this fjord town where sheep farming, fishing, and music festivals are all part of the culture.


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  6. Day 6
    HÖFN AREA–LAKE JÖKULSÁRLÓN–SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK–VIK AREA
    Icy Beauty LAKE JÖKULSÁRLÓN [LF] Take photos of the Vatnajökull Glacier (weather permitting). Scenic drive through Skaftafell National Park en route to Vik. (B,D)
    169 mi / 272 km

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    PICTURE PERFECT Drive through the national park at Skaftafell and stop at Lake Jökulsárlón. Snap photos to capture the astonishingly beautiful glacier Vatnajökull (the Water Glacier) which flows into the lake for a spectacular sight to see at Iceland's largest ice cap.


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  7. Day 7
    VIK AREA–SELJALANDSFOSS–REYKJAVIK
    Earthly Powers VIK AREA Scenic drive with views of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
    SELJALANDSFOSS Take photos of the waterfall.
    REYKJAVIK Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)
    118 mi / 190 km

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    NATURAL WONDERS Eyjafjallajökull is one of Iceland’s few stratovolcanoes (with an ice cap covering the caldera). When the volcano erupted in 2010, the glacier topping also broke, and the plume of ash rose over five miles into the sky – interrupting European air travel for almost a month!


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  8. Day 8
    REYKJAVIK
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Accommodations

Reykjavik: Hilton Reykjavik Nordica
Contemporary concrete & glass hotel in the heart of business district, near shopping, sports facilities & exhibition hall.
Address:
Sudurlandsbraut 2
Reykjavik , Iceland
Reykjavik: Reykjavik Natura
This eco-friendly hotel is conveniently located next to Öskjuhlíd Hill¿s quiet woods and is within walking distance of Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available and there is also a gym and SPA.The property features a restaurant serving Icelandic specialties, and has a stylish cozy bar area. The hotel is also home to an Icelandic modern art exhibition. The guestrooms are tastefully decorated and offer all the amenities for a perfect, comfortable stay.
Address:
Nauthólsvegur 52
Reykjavík , Iceland
Borgarnes: Hotel Hamar
At Icelandair Hotel Hamar you can relax and rejuvenate in peace and tranquility, with every comfort available. Enjoy magnificent views of the Borgarfjordur fjord while you indulge in the personal service and delicious, locally-sourced meals.
Address:
Hamar Golf Course
Borgarnes , Iceland
Borgarnes: Fosshotel Reykholt
Fosshotel Reykholt is a romantic country hotel located in the heart of 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. Rooms have a kettle, coffee/tea, refrigerator, Free Wi-Fi access, TV, private bathroom and hair dryer.
Address:
Reykholt
Reykholt , Iceland
Akureyri: Hotel Kea
Kea has been welcoming guests since 1944 with the same high standards of elegance, quality, service and comfort which would be expected of one of Iceland's well-established hotels.
Address:
Hafnarstraeti 87-89
Akureyri , Iceland
Akureyri: Edda Akureyri
Hotel Edda Akureyri is a modern hotel located in the heart of Akureyri. The property offers modern comfortable rooms with a TV, desk and Free Wi-Fi internet access. There is also a restaurant, a bar, and a wellness center. Its location offers a great base for exploring the city and the surrounding region.
Address:
Eyrarlandsvegi 28
Akureyri , Iceland
Akureyri: Kjarnalundur Hotel
Kjarnalundur is a 66-room modern hotel, only 3,5 km from Akureyri city center. The hotel offers a pleasant and relaxing environment with a unique setting in terms of outdoor enjoyment, health and well-being. The surrounding environment allows guests the possibility to be refreshed by the Icelandic nature as the hotel is located on the edge of Kjarnaskógur, which is one of the most popular outdoor areas in Akureyri. All guestrooms offer a flat-screen TV with cable channels, soundproof walls, a wardrobe and all that is necessary for a perfect and relaxing stay.
Address:
Kjarnalundur
Akureyri , Iceland
Egilsstadir: Lake Hotel Egilsstadir
Lake Hotel Egilsstadir is a charming, family-run hotel located in the heart of East Iceland. The rich history dates back to the beginning of XX Century, and the original charm and character still resist. The hotel also has a number of amenities, including a restaurant, a bar, a spa, and a sauna. The spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day of exploring. Guestrooms are furnished with a desk, a chair, a TV, and a minibar.
Address:
Egilsstadir 1 - 2
Egilsstadir , Iceland
Egilsstadir: Hallormsstadur
Hotel Hallormsstadur is located in the Hallormsstadur National Forest, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, including mountains, lakes and greenery. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a sauna and a hot tub and offers Free Wi-Fi internet access to all guests. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, and they all have private bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, a hairdryer, soundproofed walls, a wardrobe, an electric kettle, parquet floors and a flat-screen TV.
Address:
Hallormsstad
Egilsstadir , Iceland
Hofn Area: Hotel Hofn
Modern Hotel in the district of Hornafjordur on the east coast.
Address:
Víkurbraut 20
Hornafjordur , Iceland
Vik Area: Vik I Myrdal
A charming contemporary hotel located in Iceland's southern-most village surrounded by natural wonders. The restaurant serves local Icelandic dishes and the lobby bar is the perfect place to unwind with a drink by the cozy fireplace.
Address:
Klettsvegi 1-5
Vik , Iceland
Vik Area: Katla
Hotel Katla is an ideal location for short trips to explore some of the most spectacular places in Iceland, like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Dyrholaey, Westman Islands, Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon and Skaftafell National Park.
Address:
Mýrdalur
Vik , Iceland
Vik Area: Hotel Krìa
This modern hotel is located just beside road No. 1, also known as the Ring Road. The strategic location is the perfect base for discovering the natural treasures of the breathtaking Icelandic south coast. All guestrooms are designed in a modern style and come with a private bathroom complete with a shower, hairdryer and complimentary toileteries, the rooms have soundproofed walls, a tea and coffee maker, parquet floors, heating, as well as a flat-screen TV.
Address:
Sléttuvegur 12-14
Vik , Iceland

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Questions & Answers

Question: Does the Iceland tour stop at Diamond Beach?

This itinerary does not stop at Diamond Beach.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.7
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.1
Repeat with Operator
3.9
Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 74 reviews - currently showing 21 reviews with comments only

The director was well organized, polite, knowledgeable and efficient. Safety, especially driving, is quite remarkable.

Excellent tour! Comprehensive experience of Iceland!

We are so happy we did a tour that included going completely around Iceland! There was so much to do and see, the scenery was amazing, and while on the bus we learned the history of the island. Loved every moment of it and the food was excellent too.

This itinerary allows one to really see and experience the varied lands within Iceland.

Our Tour guide was exceptional and the driver

This was a packed itinerary. It was one of the best trips and countries we have visited.

Iceland is a country of extremes. Where else can you see, icebergs, volcanos, geysers, glaciers, waterfalls, whales, and northern lights on one tiny Iceland? "Desolate beauty" Miles of rock but at the same point those miles are unique beauty.

Wonderful experience. Totally more than we expected!

We enjoyed our trip to Iceland thoroughly.

Absolutely fantastic, wonderful accommodations got to see local towns, extremely friendly knowledgeable guide.

Sara did a great job booking our trip and answering questions.

I felt that Globus fell short in some aspects. The hotel in Reykjavik was very far from city center. When we arrived early in the morning we were given no information about possible activities we could do until check in time. I felt we lost a full day in Reykjavik. The other hotels were delightful and areas where we stopped gave us a wonderful experience. Our guide was very knowledgeable.

The tour guide & driver were excellent. The bus was new & full size.

Iceland is a very exciting place offering a lot to see and enjoy. This particular tour was great for people of a certain age, because even thought the daily walking was about 5 to 8 miles, it was not felt. I recommend this tour to all. The only remark I would like to make is for the use of toilets in the bus. There are many people who suffer at times and are unable to use the facilities only because cleaning can be a problem for the operators. That is not good at all.

Gate1 and Insight Tours both visited Dettifoss. Globus cancelled Dettifoss with the excuse that it was raining in Reykjavik, Globus bus has WiFi and the weather report was excellent sunny weather, no rain

Waterfall, volcano, waterfall, waterfall, lava field. Alrighty. Got it. The tour director was a hot mess.

Good tour and accommodations, PA system in bus scratchy & hard to understand.

The trip was wonderful but they need a dinner option for the "Japanese dinner" night. For $7,000, they should be able to find us a salad in lieu of raw fish and raw beef. The hotels were excellent. Globus needs to provide an ACCURATE hotel list. They provide the hotel list 2 weeks before the trip so when you end up at a different hotel it is difficult for family members to get in touch. I would recommend 2 nights ahead of the trip in Tokyo as well as an extra day in Osaka.

The accommodations ranged from excellent (Hilton Reykjavik and Kea in Akureyri) to horrible at the Egilsstadir. The others were what would be expected in remote areas, but fully acceptable. The Egilsstaidir should be removed from the Globus listings. Other than the bed (too large for this tiny room), the only other piece of furniture was a straight-back chair--no tables, no desk, no surface to place glasses, clocks, etc, Broken (barely usable) items were TV, commode, and faucet.

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