South & West Iceland Introduction

Highlights of the South & West in just 3 days
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May - Sep
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This fully escorted tour is a quick and intensive exploration of the highlights of the south & west in just 3 days. Travel to the Reykjanes Peninsula, the South Coast, the 3 sights of the famous Golden Circle, the Borgarfjörður Valley in West Iceland, and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Explore hot springs, waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, mountains & fjords. Marvel at lava plains, steaming hill rocks, erupting geysers, black sand beaches and the site where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide. Travel to fishing villages, view glaciers, and get a taste of Iceland's magnificient and beautiful scenery. A lot within a short travel time!!

Day 1 Reykjanes Peninsula & South Coast: Lakes, Craters, Geothermal Fields, Beaches & Waterfalls 
At 08:30am meet your tour guide and fellow group members at the central Reykjavik bus terminal. From there, we start our tour by travelling to the Reykjanes Peninsula, with its hot springs, lava fields, mountains and moon-like landscapes. The first stop is at Kleifarvatn, the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula, situated on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a stunning place of black sandy beaches, steep rocks, cliffs and small caves. According to legend, the lake is said to be inhabited by a monster!  Nearby are the Krýsuvík geothermal fields, with numerous solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. Here you enter another world - the soil is bright yellow, red and green, steamy and burning hot.

From here we continue to Gænavatn, a lake formed in an explosion crater, and travel towards the south through large lava fields, past mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Short stop at Eyrarbakki village with its preserved houses from 1890-1920. In the afternoon, we reach Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, where you can walk right behind the falls. Then on to the southern-most point of Iceland, the village of Vík, surrounded by green mountains, black lava beaches and interesting bird cliffs. Here we walk along Reynisfjara beautiful black sand beach,  with it's amazing basalt rock formations and crashing waves. From May to the beginning of August see puffins may be seen here. Our journey then takes us past the glaciers Mýrdals and Eyjafjallajökull, and on to the gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall, where the crashing water creates a mist that results in frequent and magical rainbows. Overnight in South Iceland.

Day 2 Golden Circle, Borgarfjordur Valley & Icelandic Horses
Today we explore 3 of Iceland's most amazing places: Gullfoss waterfall, Geyser hot springs and Þingvellir National Park. We start with a visit to Gullfoss "the golden falls", a beautiful double waterfall that tumbles 34 metres into the Hvítá river. From here, we continue to the Geysir geothermal fields - you will see the steam before you arrive! There are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools and whilst the original geyser is now dormant, it has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Next stop is the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge makes evident the splitting of the earth's tectonic plates.

From here we continue to West Iceland, reaching Borgarfjörður, known as Iceland's Saga Valley because of the many important historical events which occurred here. We visit the Hraunfossar waterfall,  also called the lava falls and an exceptionally beautiful fall- the water seems to magically appear from underneath the lava before cascading over a long, moss covered lava wall, into the bright, turquoise-coloured river. The next stop is at Deildartungahver, Europe's most powerful hot spring by volume of water produced - the water that flows here is boiling and sizzling. Next we visit a local family and their horse farm, where you will meet the horses; the family members will tell you about living and farming in rural Iceland, and about this unique breed. Overnight in Borgarnes, West Iceland

Day 3 Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Reykjavik  
We travel today to the picturesque fishing town of Stykkishólmur, on the north shore of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Here you have about  3 hours at leisure to explore the village; Stykkishólmur is beautifully situated on the shores of Breiðafjörður Bay and has charming and well-preserved old houses, a remarkable church renowned for it's quirky architecture and spectacular views. Or you can join an optional cruise on the bay.

In the afternoon we travel through small towns and villages, to explore a region where volcanic craters, lava flows, an ice cap, mountains, fjords, sandy beaches and high cliffs have shaped the landscape. After a short photo stop at Kirkjufell, one of Iceland's most spectacular mountains, we visit bird cliffs, basalt rocks and strange lava formations before reaching Búðir, where one of Iceland's most charming churches - a tiny, pitch black wooden church from the 17th century - sits surrounded by ancient lava fields, just a stone's throw from the ocean. Our journey then takes us along Hvalfjörður fjord back to Reykjavík, where the tour ends with your drop off back at the Reykjavik central bus terminal at approx. 20:00hrs. 

Departures 2018:  03, 17, 31 May ; 08, 14, 29 June; 06, 19, 24, 29 July; 03, 15, 17, 25, 29 August; 01, 03, 05, 06, 09, 13, 21, 29 September 

Group Size: Maximum 30 persons

Includes: 2 nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts; 3 day escorted coach tour with English speaking guide or driver-guide; welcome drink at Hotel Hella; visits to two national parks; visit to a local family and horse farm.

Excludes: Airport transfers, accommodation in Reykjavik, transfers to/from the tour starting and finishing point at Reykjavik central bus terminal; optional cruise Day 3 (purchased locally).

Accommodation is in simple tourist class hotels and all rooms have private facilities; 1st night Hotel Hella (or similar)  in Hella South Iceland; 2nd night: Hotel Borgarnes (or similar) in Borgarnes West Iceland. 

Please note this tour starts with departure from BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik at 09:00hrs on Day 1 and ends with a return to BSI Bus Terminal Reykjavik at 19:00-20:00hrs on Day 4. Accommodation in Reykjavik is NOT included in the tour priceNo hotel pick-up/drop-off is available.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1107.00
Single AUD$ 1326.00

Includes: 2 nights accommodation in simple tourist class hotels all rooms with private facilities;  2 breakfasts; 3 day escorted coach tour with English speaking guide or driver-guide; welcome drink at Hotel Hella; visits to two national parks; visit to a local family and horse farm.

The prices shown here are for departures in May and September. Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1274.00
Single AUD$ 1592.00

Includes: 2 nights accommodation in simple tourist class hotels all rooms with private facilities;  2 breakfasts; 3 day escorted coach tour with English speaking guide or driver-guide; welcome drink at Hotel Hella; visits to two national parks; visit to a local family and horse farm.

The prices shown here are for departures in June, July and August. Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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