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YEAR-ROUND TOUR: Travel to Iceland and delve into the ancient land of Vikings and volcanoes on this 8 day in depth cultural Icelandic tour. Discover the unique beauty of this mysterious land visiting the major cities and sights, including the capital city of Reykjavík, the world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, and Akureyri, 'the Capital of the North.' Marvel at glacier lagoons, the beautiful Lake Mývatn, waterfalls, volcanoes, rural towns and countless other attractions.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

Trip Highlights

Reykjavik - Immerse yourself in the Capital of Iceland
Akureyri - Enjoy breathtaking views and witness the waterfall of the gods in Iceland's second largest city
Golden Circle - Visit Geysir geothermal fields, Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur geyser, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site
South Coast: Examine lava beaches, towering waterfalls, bird cliffs and a folk museum. Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier: Visit the home of the famous eruption of April 2010 that halted international air travel for a week
Borganes - Take a look at the Grabrok Volcano crater, fishing villages and turf churches in West Iceland
Lake Myvatn - Explore a unique natural lake & natural baths
Vatnajokull National Park - Tour the home to Europe's biggest glacier, Iceland's highest mountain & Europe's most powerful waterfall
Namaskard - Visit the Namaskard hot springs and hike through the lava fields at Dimmuborgir

Included

7 breakfasts
Keflavik Airport arrival and departure transfer (FlyBus shuttle)
2 Evenings northern lights programme (mid Sept - mid April)
Visit to Vidimyri turf church
Admission to Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a torch for winter departures
Transportation in heated coaches with free Wi-Fi on board
7 nights 3 star accommodation
Guided hike to Grabrok volcano crater
Visit to natural history and seal museum in Hvammstangi
Entrance with towel to Myvatn Nature Baths
Entrance and demonstration to Fridheimar Horse Stables and Geothermal Greenhouse in South Iceland
Services of an English Speaking Icelandic Guide
This tour is operated in conjunction with our trusted partner and you will join travellers from different operators, not solely On The Go. The sightseeing group may vary in size from 10 - 30 persons.

Not Included

International Flights and Visas
Gratuity for your tour guide. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture

Itinerary

Day 1

Reykjavik

Friday. Welcome to Reykjavik! On arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you'll be transferred by Flybus shuttle to our accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Reykjavik

Day 2

Grabrok Volcano Crater

Reykjavik - Grabrok - Akureyri. This morning we meet our tour guide and depart from the hotel. We travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and stopping to climb the Grábrók volcano crater. Further north we stop at the turf church of Vídimýri 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 landscapes and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland.
Overnight: Akureyri  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Lake Myvatn

Akureyri - Lake Myvatn. This morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17,000 inhabitants and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjördur fjord. From April-October optional whale watching tours are available from 09:00-12:00.

In the afternoon we visit spectacular Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods and Lake Mývatn, which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. Next stop is the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd to walk around the many pseudo craters. End an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths - the waters here contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike.
Overnight: Lake Myvatn  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Namaskard hot springs

Lake Myvatn - Namaskard - Egilsstadir. In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. Afterwards we visit the hot spring area of Námaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Continue through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer.

From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park.
Overnight: Egilsstadir  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Vatnajokull NP

Egilsstadir - Jokulsarlon . Today we admire the dramatic fjord landscape, twisty roads and tiny fishing villages in the East Fjords. En route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. This afternoon we see Vatnajökull - Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland.

We stop at Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and explore the extraordinary site where you might see seals swimming in arctic waters. From May through September, a boat tour between floating icebergs is included in the program. Just across the street, you can walk on the so-called Diamond Beach, where icebergs wash up along the shore.
Overnight: Hofn  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Icebergs & Waterfalls

Jokulsarlon - Skorgar - Hvolsvollur. We travel along the southern part of the giant Vatnajökull glacier and spend time exploring the stunning scenery of Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains and a beautiful alpine environment.

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. Stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skogar, there is Skogafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Iceland’s past comes alive at one of Iceland’s finest museums, the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses assemblage of traditions of territorial relics on display. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain.
Overnight: Hvolsvollur  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Horses & Golden Circle

Hvolsvollur - Golden Circle - Reykjavik. Today we explore Iceland's famed Golden Circle. We begin the day at Fridheimar learning about the special qualities and history of the Icelandic horse and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on we visit the Geysir geothermal fields to see a variety of hot springs, bubbling pools and the mighty 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. Continue inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour of the highlights of the world's northern-most capital.
Overnight: Reykjavik  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Reykjavik

Today our Icelandic experience comes to an end with included FlyBus transfer to Keflavik Airport.
Breakfast

Winter departures

Although this tour has winter departures please note that it is not a Northern Lights tour. Most hotels used on this tour are located in towns and villages and therefore not ideal for Northern Lights viewing due to light pollution. From some of the hotels it might be easy to walk to a darker location nearby to search for the Northern Lights but this cannot be guaranteed.

Prices & Dates

Departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 or 4 persons (dependent on tours). 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to those who don’t have anyone to share a room with or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
30 Aug - 06 Sep 28% off
AUD $7,165
AUD $5,159
AUD $9,955
AUD $7,168
13 Sep - 20 Sep 28% off
AUD $7,425
AUD $5,346
AUD $10,225
AUD $7,362
27 Sep - 04 Oct 28% off
AUD $7,425
AUD $5,346
AUD $10,225
AUD $7,362
11 Oct - 18 Oct 28% off
AUD $6,395
AUD $4,604
AUD $8,485
AUD $6,109
25 Oct - 01 Nov 28% off
AUD $6,395
AUD $4,604
AUD $8,485
AUD $6,109
08 Nov - 15 Nov 28% off
AUD $5,525
AUD $3,978
AUD $6,995
AUD $5,036
22 Nov - 29 Nov 28% off
AUD $5,525
AUD $3,978
AUD $6,995
AUD $5,036
06 Dec - 13 Dec 28% off
AUD $5,525
AUD $3,978
AUD $6,995
AUD $5,036
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
10 Jan - 17 Jan 28% off
AUD $5,815
AUD $4,187
AUD $7,425
AUD $5,346
24 Jan - 31 Jan 28% off
AUD $5,815
AUD $4,187
AUD $7,425
AUD $5,346
07 Feb - 14 Feb 28% off
AUD $5,815
AUD $4,187
AUD $7,425
AUD $5,346
21 Feb - 28 Feb 28% off
AUD $5,815
AUD $4,187
AUD $7,425
AUD $5,346
07 Mar - 14 Mar 28% off
AUD $5,815
AUD $4,187
AUD $7,425
AUD $5,346
21 Mar - 28 Mar 28% off
AUD $5,815
AUD $4,187
AUD $7,425
AUD $5,346
04 Apr - 11 Apr 28% off
AUD $5,815
AUD $4,187
AUD $7,425
AUD $5,346
18 Apr - 25 Apr 28% off
AUD $5,815
AUD $4,187
AUD $7,425
AUD $5,346
09 May - 16 May 28% off
AUD $6,245
AUD $4,496
AUD $8,415
AUD $6,059
06 Jun - 13 Jun 28% off
AUD $7,935
AUD $5,713
AUD $10,725
AUD $7,722
20 Jun - 27 Jun 28% off
AUD $7,935
AUD $5,713
AUD $10,725
AUD $7,722
04 Jul - 11 Jul 28% off
AUD $7,935
AUD $5,713
AUD $10,725
AUD $7,722
18 Jul - 25 Jul 28% off
AUD $7,935
AUD $5,713
AUD $10,725
AUD $7,722
01 Aug - 08 Aug 28% off
AUD $7,935
AUD $5,713
AUD $10,725
AUD $7,722
15 Aug - 22 Aug 28% off
AUD $7,935
AUD $5,713
AUD $10,725
AUD $7,722
29 Aug - 05 Sep 28% off
AUD $7,935
AUD $5,713
AUD $10,725
AUD $7,722

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - from
AUD $215
AUD $365
Post Tour Accommodation - from
AUD $175
AUD $285

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Icelandair Hotel Natura, Reykjavik

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The newly refurbished Icelandair Hotel Natura offers comfortable accommodation and excellent amenities. Guest rooms are simple and stylish with parquet flooring and impressive new interiors. Complimentary Wi-fi is available and the hotel also boasts a delicious restaurant - Satt as well as luxurious onsite Soley Natura Spa. Look out for daily special activities at the hotel including Bedtime Stories and cinema nights in both Icelandic and English!

Berjaya Reykjavik Natura Hotel, Reykjavik

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The eco-friendly Berjaya Reykjavik Natura Hotel offers a tranquil haven. Modern, soundproofed rooms equipped with a fridge, desk, and satellite TV ensure comfort, while the Satt Restaurant beckons with a delectable breakfast buffet and Icelandic daily specials. The stylish Satt Bar provides a relaxing ambiance for socializing. Embracing culture, the hotel boasts the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition, alongside practical amenities like a tourist desk and spa facilities. Complimentary WiFi and gym access complete this inviting retreat, promoting relaxation and connectivity in a sustainable setting.

Berjaya Akureyri Hotel, Akureyri

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Formally the Icelandair Hotel Akureyri, the Berjaya Akureyri Hotel is a tastefully decorated hotel with magnificent views of the city. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated with bright and airy rooms and excellent facilities. A delicious array of meals are served at the onsite restaurant - choose form local and international cuisine including Artic Char, Lamb Shank or Wild Goose from Eyjafjordur! The hotel is located just a short drive from the Hlidarfjall ski resort.

Myvatn Berjaya, Lake Myvatn

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Myvatn Berjaya Iceland Hotel offers a serene retreat in the heart of Iceland's stunning natural beauty. Located near the picturesque Lake Myvatn, the hotel provides comfortable accommodations with modern amenities, ensuring a relaxing stay. Embrace breath-taking views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes, geothermal springs, and lush greenery. Enjoy dinner and drinks in the modern restaurant, with emphasis on it's fresh ingredients. With its blend of comfort, convenience, and natural splendor, Myvatn Berjaya Iceland Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the wonders of northern Iceland.

Herad Berjaya , Egilsstadir

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Opened in 2000, the Icelandair Herad has recently undergone extensive renovations. Guest rooms are beautifully designed with comfy beds and excellent amenities. The hotel boasts an excellent restaurant serving a great selection of local dishes including reindeer steak! The onsite bar is also a great place to sit and relax in and sip on a delicious Icelandic beer! Well located in the heart of East Iceland's growing capital, Egilsstadir.

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

One of Fosshotel's newest additions, the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon has an envious position between Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and either ocean or mountain views. They are equipped with modern amenities and beautiful en suite facilities. The hotel has a restaurant and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout. There is also a bar to relax in at the end of the day.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.81 out of 5 based on 21 recent reviews

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Excellent tour of Iceland .We would highly recommend On The Go Tours as we had recommended to us by family members who had previously done this trip .

Everything was to our satisfaction & thoroughly enjoyed everything about the trip .

Even though the weather wasn’t always kind to us we still managed to have a wonderful time .

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I liked the itinerary very much. The guide also served as the driver, so it was a bit different from other tours I have taken.

The group was nice, but they were not all "On the Go" clients so it did not have the feel of a full on "On the Go" tour. But I understand this is the way it is in Iceland, usually.

• Submitted 09 May 2024
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Our tour guide was absolutely fantastic. So much knowledge about the history of the country,telling us the old fable’s,packing in as much as she could for our trip. Eyrun was very friendly and you could see she wanted us to enjoy this trip.Eyrun even

Made sure we saw the northern lights,she is also a very good driver!

There is not one bad word I can find about this trip,it’s probably the best trip my friend and I have had to date.

Eyrun is an asset make sure she knows that.

• Submitted 14 Nov 2022
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Our tour guide was absolutely fantastic. So much knowledge about the history of the country,telling us the old fable’s,packing in as much as she could for our trip. Eyrun was very friendly and you could see she wanted us to enjoy this trip.Eyrun even

Made sure we saw the northern lights,she is also a very good driver!

There is not one bad word I can find about this trip,it’s probably the best trip my friend and I have had to date.

Eyrun is an asset make sure she knows that.

• Submitted 07 Oct 2022
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Our tour guide was absolutely fantastic. So much knowledge about the history of the country,telling us the old fable’s,packing in as much as she could for our trip. Eyrun was very friendly and you could see she wanted us to enjoy this trip.Eyrun even

Made sure we saw the northern lights,she is also a very good driver!

There is not one bad word I can find about this trip,it’s probably the best trip my friend and I have had to date.

Eyrun is an asset make sure she knows that.

• Submitted 06 Oct 2022
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Our tour guide was absolutely fantastic. So much knowledge about the history of the country, telling us the old fable’s, packing in as much as she could for our trip. Eyrun was very friendly and you could see she wanted us to enjoy this trip. Eyrun even

Made sure we saw the northern lights, she is also a very good driver!

There is not one bad word I can find about this trip, it’s probably the best trip my friend and I have had to date.

Eyrun is an asset make sure she knows that.

• Submitted 27 Sep 2022
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Holiday was absolutely great if you didn't need a special diet. I am coeliac and can't eat gluten, (it makes me very ill), however I had a hard time in 2 of the hotels which really did n't cater for me at all. One of the hotels had nothing to give me for my breakfast and had to send out for some gluten free bread, unfortunately it arrived too late for me to enjoy it. It was very hit and miss regarding food for the whole holiday and the Guide didn't appreciate how important it was for me and failed to offer us any help with the Hotels. Excluding that the holiday was amazing, scenery is different from anything we have experienced before.The Group got on very well and the minibus was comfortable. Itinerary covered just about all you neded to see in Iceland. So I would recommend this holiday but only if you do not suffer from Coleiac disease. Great Tour if you don't need a special diet. The whole experience was good, efficient and I got exactly what I was expecting and wanted.

• Submitted 28 Sep 2021
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The guide was terrific!!! He was funny, knew a lot about Icelandic history, geology, wildlife and shared with us a lot of "sociological" elements that make the Icelandic identity/psyche I think. He gave a lot of information and anecdotes throughout the tour. and was always available to discuss things we wanted to know/understand either in the group setting or on an individual basis.

As for the tour, we were awestruck by the scenery and the sites that were visited - we even got to view a bit more waterfalls than expected.

Simply a fantastic experience and a tour/guide/Booking agency we would gladly recommend to anyone. The next guided tours will surely be booked through OTG from now on1 :0)

• Submitted 04 Nov 2019
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The tour was wonderful! Highly recommended. One of the best trips I've ever taken. Thanks.

Our guide Martina was awesome and very personable. Very knowledgable about Iceland's people and the land, including history, geology, culture, folklore, flowers, birds, Iceland's economy, and, of course, volcanoes and glaciers. She knew when to plan a waterfall visit so we'd see a rainbow. She knew old roads and side trips. She could recommend shops for hand-knitted goods, and restaurants for particular food preferences.

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This tour takes you around to all the spots plus more that I wanted to see in Iceland. We had enough time to see everything and learned so much about Iceland. I really enjoyed every moment of the trip.

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At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Reykjavik
Ends
Reykjavik
Departs
Fridays - year round
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 30
Hotel Rating
3 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7
Countries
Minimum Age
8 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes by Flybus shared transfer
Dep. Transfer
Yes by Flybus shared transfer
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains
Eyjafjordur, Icelands longest fjord, running alongside Akureyri
Volcanic slands jutting out of Lake Myvatn
Stunning natural landscape and lake in Egilsstadir
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Southern Iceland
The church and cultural centre surrounded by fields in Reykholt
Colourful houses of Reykjavik against a backdrop of snowy mountains

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30th December 2021

Excellent tour of Iceland .We would highly recommend On The Go Tours as we had recommended to us by family members who had previously done this trip .

Everything was to our satisfaction & thoroughly enjoyed everything about the trip .

Even though the weather wasn’t always kind to us we still managed to have a wonderful time .

Philip Chappel
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