Best of Iceland – Full Circumference

October 4-10, 2018

If you’re looking for a fast but full visit around Iceland, this seven-day trip fits the bill perfectly. It’s got tons of hidden gems that you won’t find anywhere else in the world combined with free time to experience plenty of the highlights, like erupting geysers, visiting glacier lagoons, and exploring breathtaking waterfalls and black sand beaches. Be sure to pack your sense of adventure and get ready to feel Iceland under your feet.

7 days: Reykjavik to Reykjavik

What’s Included:

  • Local guesthouse stay (Borgarfjörður) and hotel accommodations
  • Goðafoss Waterfall visit
  • Mývatn Lake visit
  • Dimmuborgir, and Námaskarð stops
  • Dettifoss Waterfall visit
  • Vatnajökull Glacier visit
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon visit
  • Reynisfjara Beach
  • Stops including: Skógafoss Waterfall, and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • The Golden Circle: Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Þingvellir National Park
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Excluded:

  • Airfare to Iceland (approx. $400 from Boston)
  • Gratuities
  • Meals other than breakfast
Important Notes

1. Please note that this is a very busy tour and there are some long drive days.
2. The landscape of Iceland is unique and unlike most things you’ve seen. So is the weather. It is unpredictable and changeable, so
be prepared to experience a variety of conditions during your time in Iceland. It’s not uncommon to experience rain, sun wind and
snow all in the same visit, so please pack accordingly. An Icelandic summer is also not what most people consider as summer
temperature and in the highlands it can get quite cold.
3. If you wish to visit the Blue Lagoon, please know that this activity must be done before or after your tour. As this activity is very
popular, we recommend booking it in advance.

Itinerary

Day 1 Reykjavik

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
There are pre-bookable activities available throughout this tour.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the
group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start
hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Day 2 Reykjavik/Akureyri

Drive to Akureyri, stopping for lunch at a local cantina. Explore the town and opt to go on a whale-watching tour in the evening.
Eyjafjörður is a scenic spot to enjoy the local wildlife and small villages in the area.

If you have pre-booked whale watching, you will be going on the excursion this evening.

Reykjavik – Akureyri
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time
Take some time to roam around this quaint town.

Optional Activities – Day 2

Whale Watching from Dalvik
9900ISK per person
Head out to sea to spot whales off the coast. Some of the species spotted near Akureyri in Eyjafjörður include Bottlenose Whales,
Mink, and Humpback Whales.

Akureyri Museums
500-2000ISK per person
There are a couple of interesting museums in this town to check out, like the Akureyri Art Museum, Museum of Industry, Davíð
Stefánsson Memorial Museum, Akureyri Museum, and Into the Arctic.

Akureyri Botanical Gardens (Free)
Take a stroll around one of the northern most botanical gardens in the world, and see a variety of both Icelandic and foreign flora.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 3 Akureyri/Bakkagerdi

Stop at Goðafoss Waterfall en route to Mývatn Lake. Explore lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal area of Námaskarð.
Visit Dettifoss Waterfall before arriving in Borgarfjörður for a night in a local guesthouse.
Head to Mývatn Lake, stopping en route at Goðafoss Waterfall. In Mývatn, explore lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the
geothermal area of Námaskarð.
Visit Dettifoss Waterfall, one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe.
Reach Borgarfjörður in the East Fjords region for a night in a local guesthouse.
Private Vehicle
Akureyri – Bakkagerdi Full Day
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Godafoss Waterfall Visit
Take an excursion to one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, the Goðafoss Waterfall. Measuring 12m high and 30m wide,
the waterfall is a must see and a short drive from Akureyri. While Iceland is famous for its many spectacular waterfalls, Goðafoss is a
favourite for visitors because it’s easily accessible by car. There’s also walking paths all around the falls making it easy to take
fantastic photographs from different angles.

Myvatn Geothermal Lake Visit
Explore the beautiful scenery around Lake Mývatn. Formed during a volcanic eruption 2,300 yrs ago, the geothermal area is a haven
for a massive number of birds. The nutrient rich water also attracts over ten species of migrating ducks to the area. Atlantic salmon
and brown trout thrive in the river, feeding on the healthy midge fly population that swarm over the waters in the summer.
Dimmuborgir Lava Fields Visit

Mývatn
Walk the marked pathways to spot arches and pillars or check out lava caves. Meaning ‘dark forts’ in Icelandic, Dimmuborgir is an
area of lava fields with black lava formations on display in dramatic fashion.

Námaskarð Visit
Stop at Námaskarð to see the bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles. There are some wooden pathways around the area but
most visitors prefer to get up close to look at the pools, but be careful, the mud in this area is thick and sticky and the residue from the
steam can stain clothing.

Dettifoss Waterfall Visit
Stop at the Detiifoss Waterfall in northeast Iceland, rumored to be the most powerful in Europe, with an average water flow of 193
m3/s. Take in the view of 45m high and 100m wide falls and take some photos to show off back home.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4 Bakkagerdi/Hofn

Leave beautiful Borgarfjörður behind and travel down the coast driving through the beautiful and majestic eastern fjords. En route to
Hofn, catch a glimpse of Vatnajokull glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe. Höfn is known as the lobster capital of Iceland, so include a sample of this delicacy in your plans.
Private Vehicle
Bakkagerdi – Hofn
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5 Hofn/Vik

Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with a chance to see seals sun bathing on the bright blue ice. The massive icebergs
floating towards shore tower over visitors. Opt to check out the lagoon by boat. Continue to Skaftafell National Park and opt to take a glacier hike. Continue to Vík.

If you have pre-booked glacier hiking, you will be hiking today.
Private Vehicle
Hofn – Vik
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Visit
Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon with views of the ice cap. The lake is the lowest point in the country and filled with icebergs
drifting towards the sea, often with seals lounging on top. The blocks of ice coming off the glacier are typically 30m high, in dramatic
shades of white and bright blue.

Optional Activities – Day 5

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Ride
4500-7500ISK per person
Opt to take a boat ride around the lagoon to get closer to the floating icebergs with their seal passengers. With different options for
boats– Amphibian or Zodiac– there is no shortage of ways to view the highlights of this lagoon. This activity is available year-round.

Skaftafell National Park Glacier Hike
10990ISK per person
Hike some of the many maintained trails in Skaftafell National Park, famous throughout the country for its excellent weather and
sunny summer days. This preservation area in the southeast is now incorporated into the larger Vatnajökull National Park. The
diverse landscape here is often compared to certain parts of the Alps but, like most of Iceland’s incredible landscape, the region was
created by rivers, glaciers and volcanoes.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6 Vik/Reykjavik

Visit Reynisfjara Beach. Continue along the Golden Circle to Drumbo. Stop at the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Explore
the Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs and Þingvellir National Park. Arrive to Reykjavík in the early evening.
Private Vehicle
Vik – Reykjavik
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Reynisfjara Beach
Visit Reynisfjara Beach, just outside of Vík. Its black sand and ominous rock formations offshore make for stunning photos. Take
some time to watch the foaming white waves crash over the black sand (but don’t get too close, the waves here can be extremely
powerful), explore the shallow cave if weather and time permits, and get a photo of the basalt sea stacks.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Visit
Seljalandsfoss is a 60m (196 ft) tall waterfall located along the popular ring road. Behind the flow of water is a path, allowing visitors to
peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above.

Skógafoss Waterfall Visit
Visit Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. The 60m (200 ft) high falls forms a constant mist that
floats in the air, if viewed in the sunlight the mist can create rainbows. The sound and view of the thundering water cutting through the
green hills make the falls a must-see on any trip to Iceland.

Gullfoss Waterfall Visit
Discover one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss and complete the tourist circuit known as the Golden Circle. This
massive waterfall cascades over three “steps” before spilling into a large crevice. Fed by a glacier lake, the water passing through the
falls can be a dark grey depending on how much sediment gets pushed through the river.

Geysir Visit
See a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Geysir is one of the oldest geysers recorded in the world, but
is most often dormant. Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes.
Thingvellir National Park Visit

Stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the tectonic faults created by North American and Eurasian
tectonic plates shifting apart. The Oxara river cuts through the largest rift in the valley, Almannagja, and leads to the Oxarafoss
waterfall. Iceland’s parliament was also established in the area in 930. The park was later created to protect the remains of the
open-air assembly grounds. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland, the park is an excellent spot for camping, hiking and snorkelling
between the tectonic plates.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 Reykjavik

Depart at any time.
Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing:

$2599 per person based on double occupancy (solo travelers will be matched with same gender roommate)

$250 per person deposit will hold your space.

 

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