Volcanoes & Glaciers

Explore nature's forces
6 or 7 days
May - Sep
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Icebergs, glaciers, hot springs and volcanoes are everywhere throughout Iceland, which is one of the youngest and most active geological lands in the world. This tour gives you the perfect opportunity to witness and experience the marvels of Mother Nature in its purest form, while also exploring the main attractions of South Iceland, including the beautiful Westman Islands. Discover the magic of these wonders and the magnificent natural landscapes surrounding them!

You can take this tour as a 6 day/5 night package or as a 7 day/6 night package. The itinerary for the 6 day tour is shown below - the 7 day tour has one extra night in Reykjavik at the end.

Day 1 Arrival in Reykjavik
On arrival in Reykjavik take the airport coach to your hotel. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping and dining. It has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Museums include the National Museum, Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum (based around a 10thC, Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001), the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2 Reykjavik - Westman Islands: Waterfall - Puffin Island - Magnificent Lava Fields
Morning departure from Reykjavik. Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall, as well as around it. Then travel through the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbour, from where we take the 30 minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands. Our destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the islands and the only inhabited one. Here we visit Storhofdi Point, with its fantastic views over the area - from  mid-May to the start of August, we may see puffins here. We take a walk up to the crater of the volcano that erupted only three decades ago, visit Eldheimar Museum and discover the flowers and grasses growing in the new lava field. The afternoon is at leisure, so you can further explore the island on your own. Overnight in the Westman Islands. 

Day 3 South Shore - Skogar - Vik: Powerful Volcanoes – Folk Museum – Black Sand Beaches
The morning ferry takes us from the Westman Islands back to the mainland. From here, we travel further along the south coast, past numerous glacial rivers en-route to our first stop at Skogafoss Waterfall. Next we visit Skogar Folk Museum with its great collection of turf-roofed buildings and artifacts of daily Icelandic life, from across the centuries. Onwards to the new Lava Centre - an interactive, educational and high-tech exhibition depicting earthquakes, volcanic activity and showing how Iceland was created over millions of years. 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. 2 nights in the Vik area.

Day 4 Vik - Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon: Glacial Beauty - Europe‘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 of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the former site of a 12th century Catholic convent. 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. Here you may be able to join an optional boat trip, sailing between the floating icebergs. Throughout the day, we will enjoy magnificent views of mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. 2nd overnight in the Vik area.

Day 5 Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Reykjavik: Geysirs - Golden Falls - Geological Wonders
Today we head for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes high into the air. Then we travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls and known as the "Golden Falls". Our 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 the European and North American tectonic plates are slowly pulling Iceland apart - a stunning sight. After some time exploring Thingvellir, we head back to Reykjavik for overnight.  

Day 6 Departure
Coach transfer to Keflavik Airport, where your tour concludes*. 

*if you are taking the 7 day/6 night package you have one more day at leisure and one more night in Reykjavik followed by an airport transfer.

2018 departures: 06, 13, 20, 27 May; 03, 14, 24 June; 08, 12, 22, 29 July; 09, 12, 19, 26 August; 02, 09, 16, 23 September. 

Includes 6 days/ 5 night package: Return airport coach transfers, 5 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels all with private facilities, daily breakfast, 2 dinners in the countryside (Days 3, 4); entrance to Eldheimar Museum (Day 2), ferry to/from Westman Islands, entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (Day 3), entrance to the Lava Centre (Day 3); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-5) with English-speaking tour leader.

Includes 7 day/ 6 night package: Return airport coach transfers, 6 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels all with private facilities, daily breakfast, 2 dinners in the countryside (Days 3, 4); entrance to Eldheimar Museum (Day 2), ferry to/from Westman Islands, entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (Day 3), entrance to the Lava Centre (Day 3); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-5) with English-speaking tour leader.

Excludes: Optional boat tour Day 4 - purchased locally only .

Group size: maximum 36 persons

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2408.00
Single AUD$ 2996.00

The prices shown here are for the 6 day tour with low season May 2018 departures. Please ask us for prices for other departures.

Includes: Return airport coach transfers, 5 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels all with private facilities, daily breakfast, 2 dinners in the countryside (Days 3, 4); entrance to Eldheimar Museum (Day 2), ferry to/from Westman Islands, entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (Day 3), entrance to the Lava Centre (Day 3); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-5) with English-speaking tour leader.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2726.00
Single AUD$ 3538.00

The prices shown here are for the 7 day tour with low season May 2018 departures. Please ask us for prices for other departures.

Includes: Return airport coach transfers, 6 nights accommodation in 3 star hotels all with private facilities, daily breakfast, 2 dinners in the countryside (Days 3, 4); entrance to Eldheimar Museum (Day 2), ferry to/from Westman Islands, entrance to Skogar Folk Museum (Day 3), entrance to the Lava Centre (Day 3); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-5) with English-speaking tour leader.

 

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