Eruption at Strokkur | Golden Circle | Iceland
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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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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
Namaskard: visit the Namaskard hot springs and hike through the lava fields at Dimmuborgir
South Coast: Examine lava beaches, towering waterfalls, bird cliffs and a folk museum. Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier: Home to 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: home to Europe's biggest glacier, Iceland's highest mountain & Europe's most powerful waterfall
Golden Circle: Grab the chance to see Geysir geothermal fields, Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur geyser, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site

Included

7 breakfasts
Arrival and departure transfer by FLYBUS shuttle
Visit to natural history and seal museum in Hvammstangi
Entrance with towel to Myvatn Nature Baths
Multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Information Centre
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 Vidimyri turf church
Admission to Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
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. This afternoon we visit a natural history and seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland, then enjoy a stroll around the local harbour. 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. Visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjördur fjord. In the afternoon we travel to an important spot in Iceland’s history, Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Mývatn which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. Stop at 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. After an optional lunch 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 - Vatnajokull - Kirkjubajarklaustur. 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. Passing the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Explore the extraordinary site, stroll on black sandy beaches and look out for seals swimming in the freezing arctic waters. Depending on the season, optional boat trips are available.

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.
Overnight: Kirkjubajarklaustur  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Waterfalls & Volcanoes

Kirkjubajarklaustur - Vik - Reykholt. A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today 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. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Centre and learn about what it's like to live next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There's an interesting trail that goes behind the fall - feel free to walk along it, but prepare to get wet!
Overnight: Reykholt  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Horses & Golden Circle

Reykholt - 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 noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' is compulsory for solo travellers or if your booking party cannot reach the minimum of 2 persons in a room and the amount needs to be added to the per person price. The single supplement offers the comfort of your own room and is also available to any other person wanting their own room.

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2020
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NZD $3,945
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NZD $330
NZD $175
Post Accommodation - Iceland Circle
NZD $330
NZD $175
Post Accomm - High - Iceland Circle (Jun - Sep)
NZD $475
NZD $360
Pre Accomm - High - Iceland Circle (Jun - Sep)
NZD $475
NZD $360

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!

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri, Akureyri

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Opened in 2011, Icelandair Hotel Akureyri 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.

Hotel Reynihlid, Lake Myvatn

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located in the heart of the Myvatn area, Hotel Reynihlid offers comfortable accommodation at one of the best hotels in the area. Guest rooms are spacious with simple facilities. The hotel also has an onsite restaurant - Myllan which specialises in lamb and Artic Char. Guests can also take advantage of the close location of the famous lake - the hotel backs on to it!

Icelandair Hotel Herad, 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.

Icelandair Hotel Klaustur , Kirkjubajarklaustur

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Set in spectacular surroundings, Icelandair Hotel Klaustur is a comfortable country hotel. Guest rooms are smartly furnished with modern colours and excellent amenities. The hotel also boasts a first class restaurant serving up a variety of local and international cuisine. The restaurant is set in a beautiful terrace area which is lovely during summer days. Why not try the signature 'Fire and Ice' desert which is a hot fruit suit combined with ice cream - delicious! Well located in Kirkjubaejarklaustur, halfway between Myrdalsjokull and Vatnajokull.

Icelandair Hotel Fludir, Reykholt

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Ran by Magga and Gummi, the Icelandair Fludir offers guests a relaxing break in beautiful southern Iceland. Guest rooms are designed in modern colours, have high ceilings and rich furnishings with all amenities you would expect. The onsite restaurant takes full use of the region's organic produce and all vegetables used in cooking are locally grown. After dinner why not head to the hotel bar and grab a local beer to enjoy in the relaxing outdoor hot tubs!

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.8 out of 5 based on 15 recent reviews

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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 Mar 2020
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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.

• Submitted 14 Jun 2019
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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.

• Submitted 16 May 2019
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We really loved the tour. The pace was good. The hotels & meals were good. We enjoyed seeing the smaller towns and villages. Of course the sights were amazing.

• Submitted 15 Oct 2018
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We absolutely loved the tour. Our tour guide, Freyja was fantastic. She was extremely knowledgeable & was great to be with.

We have told our friends how much we enjoyed ourselves & how much we loved seeing such a wonderful, beautiful country.

• Submitted 13 Sep 2018
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Thor was extremely knowledgeable and personable.

He ensured that everyone was comfortable, happy, and achieving all that they wanted to on their tour.

I loved this trip! Being in a small group and travelling around the entire country, was both enlightening and exhilarating.

Our transport, accommodation, guide, and daily 'excursions' made this trip a dream come true.

• Submitted 12 Apr 2018
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Absolutely first class tour. The guide, itinerary, transport arrangements excellent. Katherine the guide is an absolute GEM. So knowledgeable and helpful, really helped to make the tour a wonderful experience. Thanks to Sarah Bansgrove, who made booking the holiday so simple and easy. Be prepared to budget for food which like everything in Iceland is expensive. However Iceland is a unique country. It has so much to offer and is so diverse it's unbelievable. One of the best holidays i've ever had. We will be going back.

• Submitted 07 Apr 2017
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Wonderful tour. Really appreciated the planning that went into this tour.

• Submitted 29 Nov 2016
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We had an absolutely fabulous trip. The guide and drive were great, as was accommodation and having a smaller party of 28 was great.

• Submitted 22 Sep 2016
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In Brief

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
Visiting
Reykjavik, Akureyri, Lake Myvatn, Egilsstadir, Kirkjubajarklaustur, Reykholt, Seljalandsfoss
Countries
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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4th September 2017

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.

Paul Long
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