Your 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.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare to Reykjavik
- 7 night guided vacation
- 10 meals: breakfast daily, 3 dinners
- Local Guides; professional Tour Director while touring
- Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
- Airport transfers
- Individual headsets
- SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA – Scenic drive, see Snaefellsjokull Volcano
- ARNSTAPI – Walk around the harbor
- 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
NOTE Hotels outside of Reykjavik may not always be of the standard usually expected.
Book by February 28 and save $350 per person!
|May 18, 2019|
|Vancouver||$4499 + $315 tax|
|Victoria, Kelowna, Comox from||$4799 + $315 tax|
|Prepaid gratuities||add $101 per person|
|Single Supplement||add $1307|
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Day 1 ARRIVE IN REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND
Check in at your hotel may not be possible until the afternoon. You will however be able to leave your luggage at the hotel and spend the rest of your day exploring Reykjavik. Your Tour Director will be happy to assist with some suggestions.
Accommodations: Fosshotel Lind (or similar)
Day 2 REYKJAVÍK–SNÆFELLSNES–ARNARSTAPI–SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
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 Center of the Earth. Arrive in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and walk around the harbor 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: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Fosshotel Hellnar (or similar)
Day 3 SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA–EIRÍKSSTAÐIR–AKUREYRI
Iceland’s natural beauty unfolds as you drive through green pastures and meandering lava flows that have formed over the centuries. Via the colorful harbor 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.”
Accommodation: Kjarnalundur Hotel (or similar)
Day 4 AKUREYRI. EXCURSION TO GOÐAFOSS & MÝVATN
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-colored glow of subterranean lava. Relax in the mineral-rich waters at the MÝVATN NATURE BATHS before returning to Akureyri for another overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 AKUREYRI–REYKHOLT
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: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykholt (or similar)
Day 6 REYKHOLT–ÞINGVELLIR–GEYSIR–GULLFOSS–REYKJAVÍK
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.
Accommodation: Fosshotel Lind (or similar)
Day 7 REYKJAVÍK. EXCURSION TO THE SOUTH SHORE
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.
Day 8 REYKJAVÍK
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning..