South & West Iceland Introduction

Highlights of the South & West in just 3 days
3 days
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. 

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 BSI bus terminal in downtown Reykjavik. From there, travel 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. 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. Our stop for the night is in Hella.

Day 2 Golden Circle & Borgarfjordur Valley 
A day to visit 3 of Iceland's most amazing places: Gullfoss waterfall, Geyser hot springs and Þingvellir National Park. 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 then visit the Hraunfossar waterfall,  also called the lava falls and exceptionally beautiful - the water seems to magically appear from underneath the lava before cascading over a long and moss covered lava wall, and falling into a bright, turquoise-colored river. Our final stop for today is at Deildartungahver, Europe's most powerful hot spring by volume of water, and boiling hot! Overnight in West Iceland.

Day 3 Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Reykjavik  
We travel to the picturesque fishing town of Stykkishólmur on the north shore of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you have 3 hours at leisure to explore the village. Stykkishólmur is beautifully situated and is the gateway to the innumerable islands of Breiðafjörður Bay. It has charming and well-preserved old houses in the centre of town, 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 friendly towns and villages, to explore a region where volcanic craters, lava flows, an ice cap, mountains, fjords, sandy beaches and high cliffs shape its landscapes. We make a short photo stop at Kirkjufell, one of Iceland's most photographed mountains, and visit bird cliffs, basalt rocks and strange lava formations before we reach Búðir, the setting of one of Iceland's most charming churches- a tiny, pitch black wooden church from the 17th century surrounded by ancient lava fields, just a stone's throw from the ocean. Our journey takes us along Hvalfjörður fjord back to Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city. The tour ends with your drop off back at the BSI bus terminal in downtown Reykjavik in the late afternoon or early evening.

Departures 2018: May 03, 17 and 31; June 04, 14 and 29; July 04 and 21; August 03 and 17; September 06, 13 and 21.

Includes: 2 nights accommodation in simple tourist class hotels all rooms with private facilities;  2 breakfasts; welcome drink at Hotel Hella; visits to two national parks.

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

This tour starts and ends at the BSI bus station in downtown Reykjavík. No hotel pick-up/drop-off is available. 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. Group Size maximum 30 persons

                                              Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated.  

Includes: 3 day/2 night fully escorted coach tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide; 2 nights accommodation in simple tourist class hotels all rooms with private facilities;  2 breakfasts; welcome drink at Hotel Hella; visits to two national parks.

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