Iceland Exploration

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Explore the island of fire and ice, discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes. Enjoy the unspoiled Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. This locally guided tour takes you to the best loved natural wonders, plus some lesser-known sights. 

Day 1  Welcome To Iceland
On arrival transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík. Time to explore Iceland's capital on your own. 

Day 2  Volcano Crater, Seals, Fjords & Mountains 
Pick up from your hotel this morning and depart Reykjavik. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbour.  Further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri 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 past scenic fjord landscapes and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Overnight in Akureyri.

Day 3  Akureyri, Lake Mývatn & Geothermal Baths
In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17,000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon we travel to an important place in Iceland’s history, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Mývatn which is known for its geological wonders and (seasonal) active bird life. We stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd followed by a walk around the many pseudo lava craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths, in waters that contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Overnight nearby. 

Day 4  Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs & Travel East 
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. In the afternoon  we visit the hot springss area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surroundings 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 in the area.

Day 5  Fjords, Glacier And Ice
Today admire the dramatic fjord landscapes and the many tiny fishing villages at the end of twisted roads in the East Fjords. En route we visit the interesting Petra's stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary sight and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 6  South Coast 
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, across 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 metres high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Overnight in the area.

Day 7  Icelandic Horses & Golden Circle 
We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. We start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by 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 metres into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show you the highlights of the world's northern-most capital. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 8  Departure
Transfer by Flybus airport shuttle from your hotel to Keflavík Airport for your onward flight.

Departures 2017: every Friday  all year round, plus also every Tuesday in May, October, November & December
Please note the following 2017 departures are now sold out: June (all departures); July  07 & 14,  September 01 & 15.

Departures 2018:  every Friday and Tuesday all year round

Group Size:  max 30 passengers

Includes: Accommodation in tourist-class hotels, all with private facilities; Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle;  Fully escorted 6-day coach tour with an English speaking guide;  Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi;  Visit to Viðimýri turf church;  Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths;  Admission to Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords;  Multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center;  Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse;  Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a flash light for winter departures.

Excludes: optional activities, optional meal package of 3 course dinners for 4 nights during your stay in the countryside

Accommodation: Reykjavik - Icelandair Hotel Natura 1st & last nights;  North Iceland - Icelandair Hotel Akureyri 1 night: Lake Myvatn - Sel-Hotel Myvatn 1 night; East Iceland - Icelandair Hotel Hérað 1 night;  Vatnajökull Region - Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur 1 night; South Iceland - Icelandair Hotel Flúðir 1 night. Note that these hotels are subject to change.

Your time in Reykjavik can be extended, or you can add the following 2 night stays (May to September). Please enquire for further details.

Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar): includes return flights Reykjavik- Westman Islands, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.  

Hofn: includes return flights Reykjavik- Hofn, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast

Egilsstadir: includes return flights Reykjavik- Egilsstadir, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.

Akureyri: includes return flights Reykjavik- Akureyri, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, guided coach tour to Lake Myvatn 8-9hrs.

Husavik: includes return flights Reykjavik- Husavik, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, whale watching excursion 2-3hrs.

Isafjordur: includes return flights Reykjavik- Isafjordur, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3662.00
Single AUD$ 4952.00

Includes: Accommodation in tourist-class hotels, all with private facilities; Arrival & departure airport/hotel coach  transfers;  fully escorted 6-day coach tour with English speaking guide; visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi;  visit to Viðimýri turf church;  entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths;  admission to Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords;  multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center;  visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse;  use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a flash light for winter departures.

The price shown is for 2017 departures- please enquire for 2018 prices.

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