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Price
From £1,695

Duration
7 Nights

Departures
All Year

Join an amazing escorted bus tour around Iceland. Explore the island of fire and ice and travel with an international group on Iceland's ring road. Discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes. A local expert guide helps you explore the unspoiled Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls.

This escorted tour takes you both to classic nature hotspots and lesser-known sights. The tour includes several soft adventures and cultural visits. Some outdoor activities might differ between seasons depending on weather and road conditions.

Highlights

  • Escorted coach tour around Iceland's ring road, some great attractions such as Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss Waterfalls, Goðafoss Waterfall, Geyser hot spring area, Gullfoss Waterfall, Glacier Lagoon and Reykjavik City.
  • Visit two National Parks
  • Included are visits to small local museums, cultural experiences and soft adventures
  • Weekly departures all year round
  • Excellent value for money!

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - TUESDAY OR FRIDAY: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)

On arrival, transport will be provided by the Flybusplus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavík. We will provide ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. From September to mid-April optional Northern Lights evening tours can be booked at the lobby of your hotel, should weather conditions be favourable.

Accommodation: Icelandairhotel or similar including breakfast.

Day 2 - WEDNESDAY OR SATURDAY: VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (425 km/264 mls)
At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. We travel west along the scenic Hvalfjorður fjord and the town of Borgarnes. A 40-minute round-trip hike takes us to the rim of Grábrók volcano crater, formed about 3400 years ago. For anyone interested in geology, this is a "must-see". The crater is in the middle of a vast lava field and from the top, you have superb views of the beautiful landscape. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbour. Further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland.

Accommodation: Icelandairhotel Akureyri or similar including breakfast.

Day 3 - THURSDAY OR SUNDAY: THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND, LAKE MÝVATN & GEOTHERMAL BATHS (120 km/75 mls)
In the morning we explore the town of Akureyri, also called the capital of North Iceland: visit the botanical garden, walk the streets and admire the panoramic view over the Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon we travel to Goðafoss – the waterfalls of the Gods. Then we explore Lake Mývatn, known as a geological wonderland and for its abundant birdlife. We see the strange lava formations at Kálfaströnd, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the tephra cone Hverfjall. We end the afternoon relaxing in the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths with a fantastic view over the whole area. If you are travelling from mid September to mid April, you may get the chance to see the Northern Lights!

Accommodation: Sel Hótel or similar including breakfast.

Day 4 - FRIDAY OR MONDAY: LAVA LABYRINTH, HOT SPRINGS & TRAVEL EAST (250 km/155 mls)
In the morning we walk in the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. In the afternoon, we visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surrounding to East Iceland. From June to August the tour includes a detour to the powerful waterfall Dettifoss.

Accommodation: Icelandairhotel Hérað (Oct-Apr) or Álfheimar Guesthouse (May-Sept) or similar including breakfast.

Day 5 - SATURDAY OR TUESDAY: FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE (260 km/161 mls)
It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland.

Accommodation: Hótel Höfn or similar including breakfast.

Day 6 - SUNDAY OR WEDNESDAY: SOUTH COAST (380 km/235 mls)
We start the day with a stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. You can walk on the so-called Diamond Beach, where large icebergs get stranded. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier.


In the afternoon, a beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Further west we stop at the Lava Centre and learn about Iceland’s volcanic activity.

Accommodation: Hótel Heyjafjallajökull or similar including breakfast.

Day 7 - MONDAY OR THURSDAY: ICELANDIC HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE (160 km/99 mls)
We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. We start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on, we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world’s northernmost capital.

Accommodation: Icelandairhotel Natura or similar including breakfast.

Day 8 - TUESDAY OR FRIDAY: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybusplus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport about 3 hours before your flight departs. If you want to explore more of Iceland, it is possible to extend your stay.


DAILY DRIVING: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.665 km (1.032 miles) which is an average of 278 km (172 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.


NOTE: During the off season, from September to May, in rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary especially for winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but we will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible. Note that there is limited day light, about 5-6 hours, for departures mid November to End of January. For your information the shortest day light in Iceland is on the 21st of December, about 4 hours.

Travel Dates: every Tuesday and Friday, all year round 2019-2020
Group Size: 30 passengers maximum

Travel Period Price based on 2 sharing Single Room Supplement
May 2019 £1,969* per person £549*
June - September 2019 £2,295* per person £775*
October 2019 £1,995* per person £560*
November - December 2019 £1,795* per person £469*
January - April 2020 £1,695* per person £439*


The price is from £1,695* per person, depending on your preferred travel period, based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room
*Prices are subject to availability

This Includes:

- Return flights from the UK including 23kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- Arrival & departure airport transfer (no guide)
- 7 nights accommodation in 3* hotels including breakfast as per itinerary
- Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English speaking guide
- Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi
- Visit to Viðimýri turf church
- Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
- Admission to Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
- Admission to Lava Exhibition at Hvolsvöllur
- Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
- Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a flash light for winter departures
-Financial Protection (ATOL)

Not Included:
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Anything else not specifically listed under "This Includes"


Why book with All Iceland?

All Iceland is a UK based travel company that specialises in Iceland
Book with the Icelandic experts!

Our office is staffed and run by Icelanders, we promise intimate local knowledge from where to stay to places to eat and the hidden gems that you will not find in tourist guides. We will help you get the holiday you want and we can adapt this package. Book through us and your holiday will also be fully ATOL and ABTA protected. Travel with confidence! 


Contact us and we can help you:

- to stay longer and discover more, this package can be extended -
- to book additional excursions -
- if you have specific accommodation requirements -
- to book this package with or without flights -

All Iceland cooperates with airlines that offer direct, scheduled flights to Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland. When making a holiday enquiry, please state which airport you wish to fly from. We can offer a package with or without flights. When you book a holiday package including UK flights, your holiday will be fully ATOL Protected

Flights to Iceland 

Icelandair, full service airline: London Heathrow and London Gatwick, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast City to Keflavik Airport (KEF).
British Airways, full service airline: London Heathrow to Keflavik Airport (KEF).
easyJet, low cost airline: 
London Gatwick and London Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh to Keflavik Airport (KEF).

Domestic Flights in Iceland

Air Iceland: Domestic flights between Reykjavik Domestic Airport (REY) to Akureyri, Egilsstadir, Isafjordur, Vopnafjordur, Grimsey and Thorshofn.
Fugfelagid Ernir: Domestic flights between Reykjavik Domestic Airport (REY) to Vestmannaeyjar, Hofn, Husavik, Bildudalur and Gjogur. 

Flights to Faroe Islands and Greenland

Atlantic Airways: Edinburgh to Vagar Airport Faroe Islands
Air Greenland: Copenhagen to Greenland
Air Iceland: from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Faroe Islands and Greenland

 

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