Summer tour: Complete a circle of Iceland seeing the beautiful ever-changing countryside of mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs & waterfalls. Visit two of Iceland's three national parks and go whale-watching in Husavik.
Reykjavik. Welcome to Iceland and the start of your adventure! Your transfer to your accommodation is by Flybus shuttle. The remainder of the day is at leisure.
Reykjavik - Borgarfjorour Valley - Reykholt. This morning we meet our tour guide and depart on a Reykjavik city tour exploring some of the highlights of Iceland’s capital.
The Borgarfjorour valley is known as the Saga valley of West Iceland because many important historical events took place there. You get a chance to climb the Grabrok volcano crater and warm up at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, producing 180 litres of nearly boiling water (97°c) per second! Next we head to Hraunfossar, full of waterfalls that pour from beneath a kilometre wide lava field.
We end the day learning about Icelandic history at the cultural site at Reykholt.
Overnight: Reykholt | Breakfast, Dinner
Reykholt - Akureyri - Husavik. The day starts with climbing a volcano crater in an old lava field in West Iceland. Afterwards we travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland, and visit the beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city. We stop at Godafoss, “the waterfall of the Gods,” before reaching our accommodation in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights.
Overnight: Husavik | Breakfast, Dinner
Husavik - Lake Myvatn - Husavik. The day begins with a 3 hour whale watching cruise from Húsavík (weather permitting). We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile areas in the world so close to the Arctic Circle. The lake’s unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, pseudo craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds. We stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir and soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths.
Overnight: Husavik | Breakfast, Dinner
Husavik - Namaskard - Hallormsstadur. We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskard and seeing the impacts of volcanic activity at Krafla. Then we travel to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland, where we spend the night.
Overnight: Hallormsstadur | Breakfast, Dinner
Hallormsstadur - Vatnajökull - Skaftafell. 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. Soon we see Vatnajökull - Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop for a boat ride amongst the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón. The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.
Overnight: Skaftafell | Breakfast, Dinner
Skaftafell. - Vik - Hvergerdi. Visit Skaftafell at Vatnajökull National Park, nestled below the glacier and Iceland’s highest mountain, the 2110 meter high Hvannadalshnjúkur. Cross the sandy desert of the south coast, and travel along mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík. Iceland’s past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses.
Overnight: Hvergerdi | Breakfast, Dinner
Hvergerdi - Golden Circle - Reykjavik. We see classics today. Starting with a horse show that introduces the unique qualities of Iceland’s special breed. Golden Circle sights: follow Gullfoss, the beautiful double “Golden Falls”; the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur “the churn” spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Thingvellir National Park tops it off before returning to Reykjavík.
Overnight: Reykjavik | Breakfast
Today our Icelandic experience comes to an end with included FlyBus transfer to Keflavik Airport. Pick up time is according to reservation arrangements that you made with the receptionist at your hotel on the evening prior to flight departure. Your travel documents should include a separate voucher for your transfer to the airport.
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.
Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik
Recently opened (2015) and now the largest hotel in the whole of Iceland, Fosshotel Reykjavik is in a great location just a short walk to famous Laugavegur - the main shopping street. All guest rooms are designed with hard wood floors, sophisticated interiors and magnificent views of the city and bay area. The hotel also has an onsite beer garden, gymnasium and complimentary Wi-Fi. Why not sample some tasty Icelandic cuisine at the Haust restaurant - specialities include Grilled Goose, Reindeer Carapaccio and Lamb Shank!
Fosshotel Reykholt, Reykholt
Set in beautiful Reykholt in Borgarfjordur, Fosshotel Reykholt is a quiet country hotel. Guest rooms are well presented with all necessary amenities. In May 2015 the nearby Icecave in Langjokull glacier is due to open - which will be the largest man made ice structure in the world and is expected to house restaurants, exhibitions and even a chapel. Fosshotel also benefits from a restaurant and bar as well as out door hot tubs for relaxing in.
Fosshotel Husavik, Husavik
Located in the heart of Husavik, the Fosshotel Husavik is probably the only whale-themed hotel in the world! Guest rooms come in standard or superior levels, all have modern interiors and private en-suite facilities. There is an ocean and whale theme seen throughout the hotel and guests can take advantage of complimentary wi-fi as well as the in house Moby Dick Restaurant and Bar. Perfectly located in the centre of Husavik, the whale watching capital of Europe!
Hotel Hallormsstadur, Hallormsstadur
Located in a beautiful forest area, Hotel Hallormstadur offers comfortable accommodation close to Vatnajokull National Park. Guests stay in either cosy guest rooms or private cottages. All rooms and cottages have ensuite facilties. The hotel also benefits from two restaurants serving up delicious meals in an idyllic setting. Wi-fi is available in public areas and there is also an indulgent onsite spa that guests can use.
Hotel Skaftafell, Skaftafell
Set amongst stunning scenery, the Hotel Skaftafell offers comfortable accommodation close to some of Iceland's star attractions. Guest rooms are well furnished with tvs and private en suite facilities. The hotel also has Wi-Fi available for its guests and there is an on site restaurant that offers a delicious a la carte menu. Perfectly located in Skaftafell with stunning views of Iceland's highest mountain Hvannadalshnjukur and near to Europe's biggest glacier - Vatnajokull.
Hotel Ork, Hveragerdi
Located in the hot springs capital of the world, Hotel Ork offers comfortable accommodation in a country style hotel. Guest rooms are bright and well equipped with en suite facilities and complimentary wi-fi. The hotel also has an outdoor pool with water slide, a number of hot tubs as well as a geothermal spa. Guests can also take advantage of the onsite restaurant that serves up a delicious array of local dishes. Perfectly located in the centre of Hvergerdi - 30 minutes outside of Reykjavik.