Absolute Iceland

Extensive travel in South Iceland and the Westfjords
12 days
Jun & Jul
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Discover the magic of volcanoes, glaciers and other magnificent natural landscapes surrounding them. This tour starts with South Iceland's most spectacular attractions including Eyjafjallajokull volcano, glaciers, geysers, waterfalls and the beautiful Westman Islands. Continue to the west and Iceland's remote Westfjords, which offer the most unusual and untouched nature imaginable. Here you will hike along red sands, sail the fjords to deserted villages teeming with wildlife, see puffins on Latrabjarg cliffs and soak in hot springs under the Midnight Sun.

This tour is a combination of our Volcanoes & Glaciers and Mountains & Fjords tours. 

Day 1 Arrival in Reykjavik
On arrival, take the airport bus to your hotel for your first overnight. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping and dining. It has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Museums include the National Museum, Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum (based around a 10thC, Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001), the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.

Ingolfur Arnarson was Iceland's first settler and he built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavík (Smokey Bay), stands today. The town was named after the columns of steam rising from the hot springs in the area, which made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Day 2 Westman Islands
Waterfalls - Lava Fields – Puffin Island – Magnificent Lava Fields
Monring departure from Reykjavik and our first stop is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall, as well as around it. Then travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbour, from where we take the 30 minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands. The destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the islands and the only inhabited one. Here we visit Storhofdi Point, with its fantastic views over the area. From  mid-May to the start of August, it is also possible to see puffins. Take a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago, visit Eldheimar Museum and discover the flora growing in the new lava field. Afternoon at leisure, so you can explore the island on your own. Overnight in the Westman Islands. 

Day 3 South Shore - Skogar - Vik
Powerful Volcanoes – Folk Museum – Black Sand Beaches
The morning ferry takes us from the Westman Islands back to the mainland and then we travel further along the southern shores, past numerous glacial rivers, en-route to Skogafoss waterfall. Visit Skogar Folk Museum's great collection of turf-roofed buildings and artifacts of daily, Icelandic life, from across the centuries. Onwards to the new Lave Centre - an interactive, educational and high-tech exhibition depciting earthquakes, volcanic activityand how Icleand was created over millions of years. Continue on to the black sands of Reynisfjara beach, where you can witness the powerful waves and amazing basalt column features carved by the power of the sea. Dinner and 2 nights in Vik area.

Day 4 Vik - Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon
Europe‘s Largest Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs
Today we drive aross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth, before reaching the small town Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the former site of a 12thC Catholic convent. Onwards to Skaftafell National Park, one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Continue to stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. Optional excursion: take a boat trip and sail between floating icebergs. Throughout the day, enjoy magnificent views of mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. 2nd overnight in Vik area.

Day 5 Gullfoss - Geysir - Thingvelli - Reykjavik
Exploding Geysers - Beautiful Golden Falls - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Today head for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous great Geysir, as well as Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes. Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. The next stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. This is also where the European and North American tectonic plates are slowly pulling Iceland apart. After some time exploring Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik for overnight.  

Day 6 Borgarfjörður - Stykkishólmur - Flókalundur
Unique Waterfalls – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring – Ferry Ride Among 3,000 Islands
We drive along the scenic coastline of Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord), one of Icleand's longest and deepest fjords. In West Iceland, we explore Hraunfoss (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children’s Falls) known for their exceptional beauty and unusual natural phenomena. Stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, bubbling out of algae-covered boulders at a steamy 97°C. Afternoon arrival in Stykkishólmur and a lovely ferry ride across the spectacular seascape of Breiðafjörður Bay, dotted with 3,000 tiny islands. Encircled by mountains and Snæfellsjökull volcano, the dramatic bay is also home to 50 bird species, incluidng the rare white-tailed eagle, as well as gray seals who enjoy lounging on the islets. Overnight and dinner in Flókalundur area.

Day 7 Rauðisandur - Latrabjarg - Breiðavík/Patreksfjörður
Remote Westfjords – Stunning Bird Cliffs - Red Sand Beach – Quirky Folk Museum
Discover unique sights along Strandir Coast, one of Iceland's least visited places. Today's highlight is a stroll along Rauðisandur beach, a 10km cinnamon-coloured sculpture of sand and shell, unlike anything else in Iceland. The mesmerisingly beautiful beach shifts in colour from gold to orange and red, depending on the light. In this black setting, it shelters a large lagoon where curious seals and Arctic skuas are regular visitors. Afterwards, switch your focus from natural wonders to unusual local treasures at a quirky folk museum in Hnjotur. Also visit Latrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliff and Iceland's westernmost point, where you will see an amazing wildlife spectacle, as the stunning cliffs host a mind-boggling number of sea birds. Protected from Arctic foxes, the birds are fearless, providing plenty of close-up photo opportunities. Keep an eye out for playful puffins. Dinner and overnight in the Breidavik/Patreksfjörður area.

Day 8 Billdudalur - Isafjordur
Capital of the Westfjords – Thundering Waterfall – Outdoor Natural Spa
Travelling along the winding coastline of magnificent fjords, we reach the  vibrant  fishing village of Isafjordur, honorary capital of the Westfjords. Settled in the 1580's, it boasts a charming old town centre with fine, beautifully restored, timber buildings. The lively harbour is the town's bustling centre of commerce and provides a glimpse into the daily scene of rural life. En-route, stop at spectacular Dynjandi waterfall, a collection of seven cascades resembling a tiered wedding cake. We have the opportunity to take a dip in an outdoor, thermal hot spring with gorgeous vistas, along with a stop to enjoy some Icelandic specialities at historical, Hrafnseyri farm. 2 nights in Isafjordur area, with dinner (Day 8 only).  

Day 9 Isafjardardjup - Hesteyri Island
Fjord Sailing - An Abandoned Settlement - Arctic Foxes
This morning, travel to the fjord village of Bolungarvík, where you will board a boat to sail across Isafjardardjup, the largest fjord in the Westfjords, where steep mountains descend directly into the sea. Step ashore onto one of the most remote corners of Europe. Situated on a beautiful sandy beach, Hesteyri Island is an abandoned settlement where the elusive Arctic Fox roams among colourful, knee-high, wildflowers. Spend a few hours here, enjoying a breathtaking and lush, natural environment. In the afternoon, the sail back to Bolungarvik reveals panoramic views of Drangjokull glacier. Overnight in Isafjordur. 

Day 10 Holmavik - Laugar Saelingsdal
Arctic Fox Centre - Saga folklore - Thermal bathing
Start the day with a visit to the Arctic Fox Centre, Sudavik. From Isafjordur, the route provides coastal views of scenic fjords that were cut into the earth by glaciers during the last Ice Age. En-route to Holmavik village, stop at a quaint cafe where a local favourite, freshly baked waffles, can be purchased. Continue through green valleys to Laugar in Saelingsdalur Valley, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history. Here you have the opportunity to soak outside in one of the many, hidden, thermal pools. Overnight in Saelingsdalur area.

Day 11 Budardalur - Borgarfjordur - Reykjavik
Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson – Volcano Hike – Dairy Farm Delights
Drive along Iceland's West Coast to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir, the original homestead of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, who discovered North America. In a turf-covered longhouse replica, meet modern day Vikings and see a demonstration of a lifestyle lived almost 1,000 years ago. Later, we make a tasty stop at the local Erpsstadir dairy for an introduction to Icelandic farming life and to sample freshly-made ice cream. In Borgarfjordur, hike along moss-covered lava to 3,500 year-old Grabrok volcano cone, for incredible views of Glanni waterfall. It is thought that it is also home to elves and trolls. Late afternoon return to Reykjavik, for your final overnight.

Day 12: Reykjavík Departure
Airport coach, from your hotel to Keflavik Airport, where your arrangements end.

2018 departures: 10 June; 01, 15, 29 July

Maximum group size: 36 persons

Includes: Return airport transfers; 3 star hotels with private facilities - 3 nights in Reykjavik, 8 nights in the countryside, breakfast daily; 6 dinners in the countryside (Days 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10), 1 lunchbox (Day 9); roundtrip ferry to Westman Islands (Day 2); Entrance to Eldheimar Museum (Day 2); Entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (Day 3); Entrance to the Lava Centre (Day 3); Stykkisholmur-Brjanslaekur ferry (Day 6); Entrance to Hnjotur Museum (Day 7); Boat tour to Hesteyri (Day 9); Entrance to the Arctic Fox Centre (Day 10); Entrance to Eiríksstaðir Museum (Day 11); Tasting of Icelandic specialities (Days 8, 10, 11); coach tour (Days 2-11) with English-speaking guide.

Excludes: Optional tours purchased through your guide when the tour starts.
RIB Safari, small islands tour (1hr, Day 2) or Circle boat tour (Day 2).

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.  

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 7660.00
Single AUD$ 9558.00

Includes: Return airport transfers; 3 star hotels with private facilities - 3 nights in Reykjavik, 8 nights in the countryside, breakfast daily; 6 dinners in the countryside (Days 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10), 1 lunchbox (Day 9); roundtrip ferry to Westman Islands (Day 2); Entrance to Eldheimar Museum (Day 2); Entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (Day 3); Entrance to the Lava Centre (Day 3); Stykkisholmur-Brjanslaekur ferry (Day 6); Entrance to Hnjotur Museum (Day 7); Boat tour to Hesteyri (Day 9); Entrance to the Arctic Fox Centre (Day 10); Entrance to Eiríksstaðir Museum (Day 11); Tasting of Icelandic specialities (Days 8, 10, 11); coach tour (Days 2-11) with English-speaking guide.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.  

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