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IDYLLIC ICELAND - 2019

Tour Code - 6990 8 days - REYKJAVIK to REYKJAVIK From $2799 USD

Your budget 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.

You will start your journey along the rugged coastline to Snæfellsnes peninsula to see the famed 700,000-year-old Snæfellsjökull glacier-covered volcano. You’ll also visit small fishing villages, including Djúpalónssandur – known for its legendary lifting stones to test the strength of fishermen.  

Eiríksstaðir includes a replica of the sod-roofed home of Norwegian Viking, Erik the Red – also the birthplace of his son, legendary explorer Leif Erikson.

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. You’ll enjoy one of the local favorite activities soaking in the warm relaxing mineral waters of Mývatn Nature Baths. 

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. You’ll also learn about Icelandic architectural and engineering history in the Skógar Folk Museum.

Your Iceland budget travel adventure concludes with a priceless visit to the black-basalt beaches of Vik, ranked as one of the 10 most beautiful on Earth. The magical beauty of Iceland’s geology, nature, and culture is certainly a trip for the ages.

During the winter months, it will be likely for you to experience the spectacular natural wonder of the northern lights, or “Aurora Borealis.” The spectacular phenomenon of a stunning spectrum of light and shapes dancing against the backdrop of the night sky is sure to create indelible memories.

Standard Features

Destinations

  • 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.
  • INSIDE VISITS AND SPECIAL FEATURES
    Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR
  • TRANSPORTATION
    Touring by private, firstclass, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.
  • HOTELS
    Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel and city taxes, required local taxes, porterage plus any mandatory service and resort fees.
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  • MYACCOUNT
    Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.

Meals

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
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3

Buffet breakfasts (B) daily
3 dinners (D).

Day by Day

  1. ARRIVE IN REYKJAVIK, 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.

  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 metres) in elevation, the mountain gained notoriety as setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Arrive in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and walk around the harbour area to enjoy the fresh sea air and watch the antics of circling birds. Later, arrive at the dramatic blackpebble Djúpalónssandur beach, where four lifting stones ranging from 23 - 154 kilograms were once used to qualify men for work on fishing boats. Spend the night in the quaint Snaefellsnes area. (B,D)

  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 colourful harbour 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." (B)

  4. AKUREYRI. EXCURSION TO GODAFOSS & MYVATN.
    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-coloured glow of subterranean lava. Relax in the mineral-rich waters at the MÝVATN NATURE BATHS before returning to Akureyri for another overnight. (B,D)

  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. (B,D)

  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. (B)

  7. REYKJAVIK. EXCURSION 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. (B)

  8. REYKJAVIK.
    Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B).

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PRE REYKJAVIK 01 Oct 2019 25 Dec 2019 $282 USD $163 USD $202 USD
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