East Iceland is a beautiful region of vast reindeer-filled highlands and rugged fjords. The terrain has shaped a people with a unique heritage. Travel to the edge of the untamed highlands, meet the locals with visits to charming fishing villages and farms, and discover the strong traditions of the arts and folklore.
Maximum group size: 16 persons
Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik
On arrival in Reykjavik transfer by airport coach to your hotel. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 2: Reykjavik – Egilsstadir – Hallormsstadur – the Wilderness Centre
Early breakfast at hotel then meet in the hotel lobby for the transfer to nearby Reykjavik Domestic Airport, and check-in for your flight to Egilsstadir, the largest town in the East fjords region with a population approx. 2,250. Meet your local guide at Egilsstadir Airport and set off. This area of East Iceland is fast becoming known for grain cultivation, thanks to its ancient volcanic soil and mild summers. Your first visit is to Vallanes, an organic family farm. After a tour of this eco-friendly farm, join the family for a delicious mid-morning Icelandic brunch with produce from the farm. Then travel along the Lagarfljot River, keeping an eye out for its legendary sea monster, as you head into the Hallormsstaðarskógar National Forest. From the forest, the road climbs towards the starkly beautiful highlands. This uninhabited wilderness is home to wild reindeer, the symbol of East Iceland. Visit the interactive new Wilderness Center, located where the road ends and the highlands begin, and walk over a bridge that takes you more than 100 years into the past. The Wilderness Center has carefully recreated the homes of Icelanders who settled in and around the remote highlands. You‘ll get a glimpse of what daily life was like for these brave frontier families. Return to modern times and to Egilsstadir where you will check into your hotel. You have the rest of the day on your own to relax and explore the town. Egilsstadir has several excellent restaurants focusing on ingredients sourced from local farms and rivers as well as wild game. Overnight in Egilsstadir. Tonight you have the option of having dinner with a local family to enjoy a typical East Iceland style dinner at their home.
Day 3: Seydisfjordur and Northern Lights Hunt
This morning, drive along fjord roads with breathtaking views of the sea and mountains. Visit Seydisfjordur, known for its beautifully preserved wooden buildings - once a major port city, today Seydisfjordur is the region‘s art and cultural centre. Admire the historical architecture, visit the beautiful blue church and stop at the Technical Museum of East Iceland. Return to Egilsstadir with the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Tonight head out to Faskrudsfjordur, a town with historical French connections, to visit the Auroras Exhibition and learn about the northern lights. A local photographer will show you how to best photograph the lights, then, weather permitting, head out on a northern lights hunt in this beautiful fjord. Return to Egilsstadir around midnight.
Day 4: Neskaupsstadur, Eskifjordur and return to Reykjavik
Mid morning departure to the Nordfjordur fjord, passing through Fagridalur (the Beautiful Valley) en route to Neskaupsstadur, a quirky fish processing town with an interesting local music scene. An easy hike takes you to view the town‘s clever avalanche defence system. In the afternoon drive to the fishing town of Eskifjordur, which has beautiful views to the sea. Visit Randulfshus, the 19th-century wooden Norwegian-style building where herring was once processed. Today it holds many artifacts of the area's fishing heritage. Sample some locally-made fish products such as dried fish and cured shark. Afterwards, relax and float in the town‘s geothermally-heated swimming pool with hot tubs, sauna and an amazing view of the mountains. Then back to Egilsstadir airport for the evening flight to Reykjavik, and transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Day 5: Departure
Arrangements end with your transfer by airport express bus back to Keflavik Airport.
October 03 and 10
March 20 and 27
Includes: 2 nights at hotel in Reykjavik, 2 nights at hotel in Egilsstaðir, daily breakfast, return transfers to Reykjavik Domestic Airport, return flights Reyjavik-Egilsstadir including taxes, guided coach tour Days 2-4, visit to an organic farm including breakfast, admission to the Wilderness Centre and the Technical Museum of East Iceland, visit to the Auroras Iceland Exhibition, Darkest Winter Night Experience (night-time winter photography and Northern Lights), admission to Randulfs Sea House including tastings of local fish products, admission to geothermal swimming pool, return Keflavik Airport/hotel transfers.
Accommodation is in 3 star standard hotels, all with private facilities.
Excludes: Breakfast on arrival day, optional home visit with dinner
Your stay in Reykjavik can be extended either before or after the tour - please enquire
The spectacular sky-light shows known as the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis are frequently seen in Iceland from September through April, on clear and crisp nights. White and green are usually the dominant colours, but sometimes there are traces of red and blue also. The appearance of the Lights is of course at the discretion of Mother Nature, and sightings are not guaranteed.
Please note the itinerary may be subject to change at short notice due to weather conditions, causing certain outdoor excursions/ activities to be cancelled or modified. If so, your guide will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible, but the cost for any such cancelled or modified excursions/activities will not be refunded.
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Includes: 2 nights at a hotel in Reykjavik, 2 nights at hotel in Egilsstaðir, daily breakfast, return transfers to Reykjavik Domestic Airport, return flights Reyjavik-Egilsstadir including taxes, guided coach tour Days 2-4, visit to an organic farm including breakfast, admission to the Wilderness Centre and the Technical Museum of East Iceland, visit to the Auroras Iceland Exhibition, Darkest Winter Night Experience (night-time winter photography and Northern Lights), admission to Randulfs Sea House including tastings of local fish products, admission to geothermal swimming pool, return Keflavik Airport/hotel transfers.
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