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Price
From £3,095

Duration
8 Nights

Departures
June - Sept

SPECIAL OFFER!
Save up to £491* per person!

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Small Group Tour! June, July and August are the “official summer months” in Iceland with up to 24 hours of daylight and the time of the midnight sun. The temperatures are mild, wildlife is most active, and nature is in bloom. Through activities, you will learn about the Icelandic horse, experience fish angling, visit a folk museum with its turf houses, visit a Viking Age Settlement museum and explore the natural habitat of whales on a whale watching tour. You bathe in a pool of geothermal water rich in minerals and silica, walk on black lava beaches and sail between floating icebergs on a glacial lagoon. Iceland Country Life is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the whole variety of Icelandic landscape, culture, history, and nature in only nine days. You visit two of Iceland’s three national parks, and there are opportunities to do some walks in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodation is in a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels; all rooms are with private facilities

Highlights

  • Complete tour around Iceland's ring road
  • Exciting excursions such as Whale Watching, boat trip on the glacier lagoon and a soak in Lake Mývatn Nature baths
  • See waterfalls, volcanic craters, national parks and hot springs
  • The perfect mix of culture, history and nature with 1-2 hours of easy walking per day

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival (50km/31 miles)
Airport transfer from Keflavík Airport to your hotel in Reykjavík. Overnight stay in Reykjavík.

Accommodation: One night at Fosshotel Reykjavík including breakfast.

Day 2 - Land of Sagas and Volcano Climb (190km/118 miles)
After a short Reykjavík city tour, we head north from Iceland's capital to West Iceland. The settlement center in Borgarnes introduces us to the Icelandic sagas where we learn about their impact on Iceland through the ages. The afternoon is filled with fascinating natural spots. 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. Deildartunguhver is one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe. The water that flows here is boiling and sizzling. Soon after, we explore Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacial river. A 10-minute walk takes us to Barnafoss, "children's fall", with its strange rock formations carved by the river Hvítá. Enjoy Icelandic history at the cultural site in Reykholt, which was the home of the 13th-century writer, scholar, and chieftain Snorri Sturluson, who wrote many sagas. We see Snorri's pool, one of Iceland's most important cultural and archeological sites.

Accommodation: One night at Fosshotel Reykholt including 3 course dinner and breakfast.

Day 3 - Head North, whale watching and sea angling (460km/286 miles)
Drive over mountain passes, lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscape to North Iceland. Early afternoon go whale watching and sea angling for 2-3 hours in Eyjafjörður – Iceland’s longest fjord right below Arctic Circle. You will see humpback and minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins – The success rate to spot whales is 99%! Finish the afternoon at Akureyri – Iceland’s second-largest city – before reaching the picturesque village of Húsavík.

Accommodation: Fosshótel Húsavík including 3 course dinner and breakfast.

Day 4 - Nature Baths and Geological Wonders (170km/106 miles)
The day begins with Goðafoss, "the waterfall of the Gods", one of the country's most spectacular waterfalls and a prominent spot in Iceland's history. We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile regions in the world so close to the Arctic Circle and also known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. The lake's unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, any kind of volcanic craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds and ducks. We stroll through the mysterious lava field of Dimmuborgir, look at pseudo craters and see the tephra cone Hverfjall. Our last stop is the Mývatn Nature Baths, where we soak in 36-40 degrees warm geothermal water, which contains a lot of minerals, is alkaline and well-suited for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath.

Accommodation: Fosshótel Húsavík including 3 course dinner and breakfast.

Day 5 - Head East (330km/205 miles)
In the morning, explore more volcanic and geothermal areas by visiting the hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð, the volcano of Krafla and the explosion crater of Víti. Continue to see Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. Stop at Möðrudalur to visit the church at the farm. Enjoy the view of the mountain Herðubreið. In the afternoon arrive in the fertile region of Fljótsdalshérað in East Iceland.

Accommodation: Hótel Hallormsstaður including buffet dinner and breakfast.

Day 6 - Fjords, Glaciers and Ice (390km/242 miles)
Today admire the green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscape and tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Stop at the charming village of Djúpivogur. Observe the magnificent Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Embark on a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Walk along the black sands of the so-called Diamond beach. Spend your evening in Vatnajökull National Park.

Accommodation: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon including 3 course dinner and breakfast.

Day 7 - Vatnajökull National Park and the South (340km/211miles)
In the morning continue exploring Vatnajökull National Park. See the stratovolcano and highest peak in Iceland: Hvannadalshnjúkur. Walk close to a glacial tongue, cross a sandy desert and embrace the beautiful lava field of Eldhraun covered with blue-green moss. Stop at the black lava beach of Reynisfjara. In the little village of Skógar learn about Iceland’s early Modern history at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Admire the waterfall Skógafoss. Travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

Accommodation: Hótel Örk including 3 course dinner and breakfast.

Day 8 - The Golden Circle and Reykjavík (210km/130miles)
Start the day by visiting the farm of Friðheimar where you will learn about Icelandic horses and greenhouse agriculture. Spend the rest of the day travelling along the Golden Circle: the waterfall of Gullfoss, the active geothermal area of Geysir and the National Park of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the first Parliament and now a UNESCO world heritage site.

Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykjavík including breakfast.

Day 9 - Departure
Airport transfer from your hotel to Keflavík Airport, or if you wish to stay longer you can extend your stay.

NOTE:

  • Total mileage without airport transfer is about 2.090 km (1.298 miles), which is an average of 299 km (186 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.
  • This tour has an average of 1-2 hours light walking each day, mostly short walks of 5-20 minutes, to explore and reach many of the natural treasures and historical sites around Iceland. It is an easy tour for nearly everyone to participate. Iceland Country Life is not a hiking/walking tour, but most trails in Iceland are nature trails which include uneven terrain, gravels, stairs and unpaved trails.
  • Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
  • Accommodations are subject to change.

SPECIAL OFFER!

Save £373* per person (2 sharing) or £491* per person (single room) on June - August 2019 departures!
Save £354* per person (2 sharing) or £466* per person (single room) on September 2019 departures!
*Offer ends June 3rd 2019, limited availability!

Departure Dates: Saturdays, June - September 2019
Group Size: 20 passengers

Travel Period Price based on 2 or 3 sharing Single Room Supplement
September £3,095* per person £889*
June - August £3,255* per person £935*

The price is from £3,095* per person depending on your preferred travel period, based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room or 3 in triple room
*Prices are subject to availability

This Includes:
- Return flights from the UK including 23kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- Return airport transfer by coach
- 8 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels as per the itinerary in rooms with private facilities
- x8 breakfast
- x6 dinners (3 course/buffet)
- 7 day fully guided tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
- Entrance fees
- Explore two national parks
- Whale watching & sea angling tour (weather permitting)
- Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
- Icelandic horse show
- Entrance to Mývatn Nature Baths, including towel
- Entrance Icelandic settlement centre on Viking Age Iceland
- Entrance to Skógar folk museum on early Modern Iceland
- Average of 1-2 hours easy walking per day

Additional Fees:
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person

Optional add ons:
- VIP Seating: £345* per person (get two seats for yourself throughout the tour, not applicable for airport transfers)

Not Included:
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Dinners in Reykjavik
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"


Departure Dates 2019

Departure Return Availability
Saturday, 01.06.2019 Sunday, 09.06.2019 Available
Saturday, 15.06.2019 Sunday, 23.06.2019 Available
Saturday, 29.06.2019 Sunday, 07.07.2019 Available
Saturday, 13.07.2019 Sunday, 21.07.2019 Available
Saturday, 27.07.2019 Sunday, 04.08.2019 Available
Saturday, 10.08.2019 Sunday, 18.08.2019 Available
Saturday, 24.08.2019 Sunday, 01.09.2019 Available
Saturday, 07.09.2019 Sunday, 15.09.2019 Available
Saturday, 21.09.2019 Sunday, 29.09.2019 Available

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

Domestic Flights in Iceland

Air Iceland: Domestic flights between Reykjavík Domestic Airport (REY) to Akureyri, Egilsstaðir, Ísafjörður, Vopnafjörður, Grímsey and Þórshöfn.
Fugfélagið Ernir: Domestic flights between Reykjavík Domestic Airport (REY) to Vestmannaeyjar, Höfn, Húsavík, Bíldudalur and Gjögur. 

Flights to Faroe Islands and Greenland

Atlantic Airways: Edinburgh to Vágar Airport Faroe Islands
Air Greenland: Copenhagen to Greenland
Air Iceland: from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Faroe Islands and Greenland

 

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