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Idyllic Iceland

From $4699 $303 taxes


Iceland is one of the most fascinating countries in Europe with its unique, almost lunar landscapes, as well as the simple but interesting culture of its people. Start your journey along the rugged coastline to Snæfellsnes peninsula to see the famed 700,000-year-old Snæfellsjökull glacier-covered volcano. Visit small fishing villages, including Djúpalónssandur – known for its legendary lifting stones to test the strength of fishermen.  Travel through the renowned “Valley of Horses” – Iceland’s abundant agricultural region. You’ll stop at The Goðafoss – “Waterfall of the Gods” – and follow the shores of Mývatn Lake for stunning vistas of the volcano, wetlands, and wildlife.  You’ll see Dimmuborgir – the “Catacombs of Hell” – with its bubbling mud, volcanic caves, lava formations, and glow of subterranean lava. Relax in the warm mineral waters of Mývatn Nature Baths for a relaxing soak. Your affordable vacation in Iceland continues to the Deildartunguhver geothermal hot springs, and also takes you to Þingvellir National Park’s tremendous Gullfoss waterfall and erupting geysers.  Returning to Reykjavik, you’ll enjoy an excursion to the South Shore to capture photographs of awe-inspiring waterfalls.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes

  • Round trip airfare to Reykjavik
  • 7 night guided vacation
  • 11 meals: breakfast daily, 4 dinners
  • Local Guides; professional Tour Director while touring
  • Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Airport transfers
  • Individual headsets

Sightseeing Highlights 
Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Djúpalónssandur black beach, Grundarfjörður, Haukadalur Valley, Skógafjörður Valley, Akureyri, Lake Mývatn, Vik’s black beaches, Sólheimajökull glacier

May 19, 2018
Vancouver $4699 + $330 tax
Victoria, Kelowna $4739 + $330 tax
Extra nights available + $190

Tour Itinerary:

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND
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 travelers.
Hotel: Fosshotel Lind, Fosshotel Baron,  Centerhotel Plaza or similar
Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 REYKJAVÍK–SNÆFELLSNES–ARNARSTAPI–GRUNDARFJÖRÐUR 
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 quaint GRUNDARFJÖRÐUR, where picturesque Mount Kirkjufell stands sentry nearby.
Hotel: Bifrost, Budir or similar
Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 GRUNDARFJÖRÐUR–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.”
Hotel: Hotel Nordurland or similar
Meals: Breakfast

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.
Hotel: Hotel Nordurland or similar
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.
Hotel: Fosshotel Reykholt or similar
Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

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.
Hotel:  Fosshotel Lind, Fosshotel Baron,  Centerhotel Plaza or similar
Meals:  Breakfast

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 and the Sólheimajökull glacier before enjoying a stop in the village of EYRARBAKKI.
Hotel:  Fosshotel Lind, Fosshotel Baron,  Centerhotel Plaza or similar
Meals:  Breakfast

DAY 8 REYKJAVÍK 
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
Meals:  Breakfast


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