Iceland Complete

Classic Circle Tour
9 days
Apr - Sep
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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. 

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: Geysir - Gullfoss - Skogar - Dyrholaey - Vik
Start the day with a short city sightseeing of Reykjavik, then head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi and to the Golden Circle's natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss (Golden Falls) and nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, 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 continuing to Dyrholaey* and black sand beaches. Continue to Vik village. Dinner and overnight stay in Vik area. *Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season approx mid-May to late June.

Day 3: Vík – Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Höfn
Today continues along the
Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12thC, Catholic convent. The tour continues over  Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier. Dinner and overnight in Höfn area.

Day 4: Höfn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir
Drive from Höfn through Almannaskard pass and stop to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains, plunging vertically into the sea, which form the magnificent East Fjords. Pass through coastal fjord villages en-route to Egilsstaðir area, where we enjoy dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Lake Mývatn Area
Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi, as we head towards Lake Mývatn area. Stop at Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, then continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn area, the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and Laxá salmon river. One of Mývatn area’s claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth, with very diverse birdlife in general. Dinner and overnight in Mývatn area.

Day 6: Lake Mývatn Area - Akureyri - Siglufjordur
Start the day by exploring the 
peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, 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, continue along the coastal roads and Troll Peninsula, with steep mountains and amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. Arrive in Siglufjordur, set in a lovely fjord of the same name. This 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
Morning visit to Siglufjordur's award winning Herring-Era Museum which recreates the atmosphere of the earlier 20th century, when it was transformed into a boomtown thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards head past majestic mountains and along narrow passes to Skagafjordur for an introduction to the Icelandic horse, with 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 Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Dinner and overnight in Borgarnes area.

Day 8: Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavík
Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. A stop will be made 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. It is also where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. Overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 9: Departure
Airport bus transfer to Keflavik Airport where your tour ends. 

Group size: maximum 36 persons

2018 departures: 25 April; 02, 09, 16, 21, 23 May; 04, 06, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27 Jun; 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 transfers; 3 star hotels with private facilities - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 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); coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking guide.

Excludes: Optional tours - purchased through your guide when the tour starts.
Blue Lagoon (Day 1 on arrival or Day 9 on departure - flight time dependent), Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon (45mins, Day 3), Super Jeep tour on Vatnajokull Glacier (4hrs, Day 3), Mývatn Nature Baths (Day 5), horse-riding in Mývatn (1-2hrs, Day 5); Sailing, sea angling or whale watching from Akureyri (3-3.5hrs, Day 6). 

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$ 4582.00
Single AUD$ 6359.00

The prices shown are for June - August 2018

Includes: Return airport transfers; 3 star hotels with private facilities - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 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); coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking guide.

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

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4390.00
Single AUD$ 5847.00

The prices shown are for September 2018

Includes: Return airport transfers; 3 star hotels with private facilities - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 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); coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking guide.

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

 

 

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