Iceland Complete

Classic Circle Tour
9 days
Feb - Nov
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With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this comprehensive tour highlights natural wonders, majestic landscapes and unique character. The classic, circle route provides an ideal mix of culture and nature, with the opportunity to see the best that Iceland has to offer. For other escorted "circle" tours of Iceland see our Iceland Exploration and Classic Iceland tours. 

Day 1 Arrival in Reykjavik
Arrival in Reykjavík and coach transfer from Keflavík Airport to your hotel. R
emainder of day at leisure to explore this fascinating, far Northern city. The city centre is only small and is characterised by eclectic, colourful houses, good shopping and dining. Recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, numerous restaurants take advantage of an abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum and National Gallery. 
                                

Day 2 Reykjavik - Vik: Geysir - Gullfoss -  Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss - Dyrholaey - Black Sand Beaches
Start the day with a short sightseeing tour of Reykjavik, then head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi to 2 of the Golden Circle's natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the beautiful "Golden Falls" and the nearby geysir hot spring area and watch the famous Strokkur Geysir, which erupts every 10 minutes or so, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the South Shore and stop to admire Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, before visiting Dyrholaey nature reserve*. We reach the village of Vik, where you can stroll along the black sand beach beneath bird cliffs.  Dinner and overnight in the Vik area. *Please note Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season approx mid - May to late June.

Day 3 Vík – Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Höfn
Today we continue our journey east. We c
ross Eldhraun, a barren area covered by the largest lava flow ever recorded, and visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the pretty small town that is the former site of a 12th century Catholic convent. Then continue over the Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within the huge Vatnajokull National Park, and the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, the birth place of icebergs. Throughout the day you will enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier, which dominates south eastern Iceland. Dinner and overnight in the Höfn area.

Day 4 Höfn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir: Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline
Drive from Höfn through the Almannaskard pass with a stop to admire the majestic coastline. Continue through the  towering mountains, plunging vertically into the sea, which form the magnificent East Fjords, and pass through coastal fjord villages en-route to the Egilsstaðir area, where we stay overnight with dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 Lake Mývatn Area: Highland Desert - Lava Formations -  Volcanic Activity - Rich Birdlife
Today we explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi, as we head towards the Lake Mývatn area. After a stop at Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, we continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. We explore the natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area, 
with it's very diverse birdlife, the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and the Laxá salmon river. Dinner and overnight in the Mývatn area.

Day 6 Lake Mývatn Area - Akureyri - Siglufjordur: Waterfall of the Gods - Folk Museum - Troll Peninsula
Start the day by exploring the 
peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, then visit magnificent Godafoss Waterfall and the old turf farm, Laufas. Onwards to Akureyri, the capital of the north, with it's beautiful views along Eyjafjordur. After some time here, we continue along the coastal roads to the Troll Peninsula, a stunning place of black sand coastline with steep mountains and amazing views over the Arctic Sea. We reach Siglufjordur, set in a lovely fjord of the same name - the town has some of Iceland's best timber buildings, beautifully restored to their original glory, and is the perfect place for an evening stroll. Overnight in Siglufjordur.   

Day 7 Skagafjordur – Borgarnes: Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Unique Viking Horses
Morning visit to Siglufjordur's award winning Herring-Era Museum which recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when the town was transformed thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards we head past majestic mountains and along narrow passes to Skagafjordur, where you will visit a farm for an introduction to the charming Icelandic horse, and see a demonstration of it's unique fifth gait, the tolt. Continue towards Blonduos village built on both sides of the salmon river, Blanda, with Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, located in the middle. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Dinner and overnight in the Borgarnes area.

Day 8 Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavík: Hot Spring - Waterfalls - Thingvellir National Park
Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. Then stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar Waterfall, before continuing via Hvalfjordur to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake. On to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first outdoor parliament, founded in the 10th Century, and where the North American and European tectonic plates meet in a stunning setting. Then return to Reykjavík for overnight.

Day 9 Departure
Coach transfer to Keflavik Airport where your tour arrangements end. 

Departures Winter 2017 - 2018: 04, 11 and 18 October; 01 November 2017; 14 February; 21 and 28 March; 11 April  2018

Departures Summer 2018: 25 April; 02, 09, 16, 21, 23 May; 04, 06, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 June; 02, 04, 09, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 July; 01, 06, 08, 15, 22, 29 August; 05, 07, 12, 14, 19, 26 September.

Includes: Return airport coach transfers; accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities 2 nights in Reykjavik and 6 nights in the countryside; breakfast daily; 5 dinners (Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 7), entry to Laufás Folk Museum (Day 6); entry to the Herring Museum (Day 7); Horse show in Skagafjordur (Day 7); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking tour leader.

Group size: maximum 36 persons

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4744.00
Single AUD$ 6583.00

The prices shown here are for June - August 2018

Includes: Return airport coach transfers; accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities 2 nights in Reykjavik and 6 nights in the countryside; breakfast daily; 5 dinners (Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 7), entry to Laufás Folk Museum (Day 6); entry to the Herring Museum (Day 7); Horse show in Skagafjordur (Day 7); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking tour leader.
 

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4545.00
Single AUD$ 6053.00

The prices shown here are for September 2018

Includes: Return airport coach transfers; accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities 2 nights in Reykjavik and 6 nights in the countryside; breakfast daily; 5 dinners (Days 2, 3, 4, 5, 7), entry to Laufás Folk Museum (Day 6); entry to the Herring Museum (Day 7); Horse show in Skagafjordur (Day 7); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking tour leader.

 

 

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