Kingdom of Volcanoes & Glaciers

Explore nature's forces
6 days
May - Sep
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Icebergs, glaciers, hot springs and volcanoes are plentiful in Iceland, one of the geologically youngest and most active areas in the world. This tour gives you the perfect opportunity to witness and experience the marvels of Mother Nature in its purest form, while exploring the main attractions of South Iceland, including the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano and the beautiful the Westman Islands. Discover the magic of these wonders and the magnificent natural landscape that surrounds them.

Day 1 Arrival in Reykjavik
On arrival in Reykjavik take the airport bus to your hotel for an overnight stay in Reykjavík. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. 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 archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.

Day 2 Westman Islands: Waterfalls - Lava Fields – Puffin Island – Magnificent lava fields
Depart Reykjavik this morning- the first stop will be made at 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, where we visit Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area.  From mid-May to the beginning of August it is also possible to see puffins here. Take a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago, visit Eldheimar Museum and explore the flora growing in the new lava field. The afternoon is 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
This morning take the ferry back from the Westman Islands, then travel further on along the south shore past numerous glacial rivers, en route to Skogafoss waterfall. Then visit Skogar Folk Museum, with a great collection showcasing the turf rooved buildings, and artifacts of daily life, of Icelanders in the past centuries.  Next travel to Thorvaldseyri Farm, located at the foot of Eyjafjallajokull volcano, where the visitor's centre/family-run exhibition tells the story of the eruption, with a 20 minute film and displays about the spectacular natural disaster. 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 the Vik area.

Day 4 Vik - Skaftafell - JokulsarlonEurope‘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 12th-century Catholic convent. Head onwards to Skaftafell National Park, one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. A boat trip takes you on a sail between the floating ice bergs. Throughout the day, enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. 2nd overnight in Vik area.

Day 5 Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Reykjavik: Exploding Geysers – The 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 you can see the meeting point where the European and North American tectonic plates meet.  After some time to explore Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik for overnight.  

Day 6 Departure
Arrangments end with your return coach transfer to Keflavik Airport.

Departures 2017June 04 and 11; July 02, 09, 23 and 30 August;  03, 10, 17 and 24 September.

Includes: return airport coach transfers, 5 nights accommodation with private facilities and daily breakfast, 2 dinners in the countryside (day 3 and 4), entrance to Eldheimar Museum (day 2), ferry to/from Westman Islands, entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (day 3), entrance to Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre (day 3), Jokulsarlon boat tour (day 4).

Excludes: Optional activities booked via your guide at the start of your tour being Small Islands Trip by RIB 1hr  or Circle Boat Tour 1.5hrs Day 2.

Maximum group size 36 persons

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1881.00
Single AUD$ 2409.00

Includes: return airport coach transfers, 5 nights accommodation with private facilities and daily breakfast, 2 dinners in the countryside (day 3 and 4), entrance to Eldheimar Museum (day 2), ferry to/from Westman Islands, entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (day 3), entrance to Eyjafjallajokull Visitor Centre (day 3), Jokulsarlon boat tour (day 4).