Viking Lands and Legends

West Iceland + Snaefellsnes Peninsula
6 days
Apr - Oct
Itinerary
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With a focus on West Iceland, this 6 day tour boasts beautiful landscape, panoramic bays, lush valleys, snowcapped glaciers and two of Iceland’s national parks. The route travels through thriving farming regions, cirlcing legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier, where you will experience incredible coastal scenery.                             

Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik or anywhere else already on the itinerary.

For travel between 01 June and 07 September this tour is now sold out.

     

Day 1 Arrival Iceland 100km: Geothermal Lagoon – Flower village – Geothermal Greenhouses
Pick up the car at the airport and start your Iceland experience. From Keflavik International Airport we recommend driving the southern coast of the Reykjanes peninsula towards your first overnight stay in the charming village of Hveragerdi. The village is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs it is often called the flower village.Depending on your arrival time in Iceland we suggest a visit the renowned Blue Lagoon to relax in the geothermal water.The Lagoon is only a short drive from the airport. Overnight in Hveragerdi.

Day 2 Gullfoss – Geysir – Thingvellir – Borgarfjordur 290km: Exploding Geysers – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Massive Waterfall
The celebrated natural wonders along the 'Golden Circle' route are an absolute must for nature and history lovers alike. Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) provides a visually stunning lesson in plate tectonics and is a historical treasure as the site of the world's oldest parliament. Nearby is the newly opened Fontana Nature Spa where you have the option to relax in the peaceful Lake Laugarvatn environment.

A drive along scenic Hvalfjörður (Whale) Fjord reveals Bjarteyjarsandur, a working horse and sheep farm where you may choose to stop for a friendly visit or even participate in fun farm activities. Driving further into West Iceland brings you to Borgarnes known for Iceland's beloved Sagas where you can go on a voyage of discovery at the Settlement Center which uses the Sagas to explore the history of Iceland's early settlement by Nordic Vikings. Overnight in West Iceland.

Day 3 Snaefellsnes Peninsula   230km: Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Rock Formations – Quaint Fishing Villages
Explore the countless natural phenomena of Snaefellsnes National Park from pebbled beaches to wonderful hiking at Arnarstapi sea cliffs with incredible birdlife. The beach near the farm of Ytri Tunga is famous for colonies of curious seals known to climb up on the rocks and well worth a visit. Many visitors to this area like to visit the Shark Museum at Bjarnarhofn for a courageous taste of 'rotten' shark meat, a local delicacy, and a fascinating lesson on shark fishing. Overnight in West Iceland.

Day 4 Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Laugar Saelingsdalur  110km: Coastal Route - Viking Heritage – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson - Icelandic Farm Life
Begin the day by exploring Stykkisholmur with its beautifully preserved town centre, before driving the scenic route towards Budardalur village. At the nearby Erpsstadir dairy farm you can stop for an introduction to Icelandic farm life, pat the bunnies and taste freshly made ice cream. If you continue to Eiriksstadir, you'll see the Viking Age home and turf-covered replica longhouse of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. In this area there is also the option to take a lovely ferry ride across Breidarfjordur Bay and discover the incredible birdlife, jaw-dropping seascapes and playful seals among the 3000 tiny islands dotting the glistening waters. Overnight in West Iceland.

Day 5  Borgarfjörður – Reykholt – Hvalfjörður – Reykjavík   290km: Picturesque Waterfalls – Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring
A drive through Borgarfjordur reveals a region proud of its legacy, serving as the setting for most of the Icelandic Sagas with the landscape, nature and culture reflecting this heritage and bringing history to life. While in Reykholt you'll be walking in the footsteps of Snorri Sturluson, famed Saga poet and author. A drive further reveals two adjacent waterfalls, each with very different characters. At Hraunfoss (Lava Falls) the water seems to magically appear from the moss covered lava rocks and shiver down into the rushing turquoise blue waters below, while Barnafoss (Children's Falls) resembles a pale blue milkshake of short, fierce rapids that cut through a narrow canyon. Nearby is Europe's most powerful hot spring, Deildatunguhver, where visitors can purchase tomatoes that are organically grown using geothermal heat, in the nearby greenhouses.Continue on to Reykjavik for overnight.

Day 6  Departure
Arrangements end with the return of your rental car to the airport.

Departures: daily 1 April - 30 September

For travel between 01 June and 07 September this tour is now sold out.

Includes: Accommodation* for 5 nights including breakfast; Rental car for 5 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT; GPS system and no charges for an additional driver; Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport; Detailed road map (1:500 000); Detailed Travel Booklet – 45 page guide on travelling in Iceland; Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version; Emergency phone line available 24/7; Service fee and taxes.

Excludes: petrol, meals, optional activities Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths Day 2, Viking Sushi Boat Tour from Stykkishólmur Day 4, The Settlement Center Day 5, Into the Glacier Day 5, Blue Lagoon Day 1 or 6: these can be purchased locally.

Tour Notes:

*  Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the end or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.

* Choose from 3 different levels of accommodation:
Budget: standard rooms with shared facilities in budget hotels, farm houses and guesthouses
Economy: standard rooms with private shower/wc in simple hotels, farm houses and guesthouses with last night in 3 star hotel in Reykjavik
Comfort: standard rooms with private shower/wc in quality hotels and guesthouses with last night in 4 star hotel in Reykjavik

Please note:  for travel in peak season from June to August 2017 there is limited hotel availability.  Whilst every endeavour will be made to book the accommodation level requested, a mixture of accommodations only may be available.  If so, the final price for the tour would be adjusted accordingly.

* The first night of your tour is spent in the Hveragerdi area, a small town about 45km from Reykjavik, to enable you to then head off into the countryside the next day without having to go through Reykjavik.
 
* The names for individual accommodations are not available prior to booking, as the tour package is based on specific hotel/price categories and not on specific hotels/accommodations and the exact location of your hotel will vary according to availability. The itinerary indicates the region only for each overnight stay (with the exception of the last night which is always in Reykjavik itself)

* The price is based on  5 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of car pick up and finishing at the same time. Additional use of the car beyond this time frame will incur additional days rental fee.

* We recommend a Group 2.0 car or higher- the price of the tour will vary according to the car category selected.

* The price shown is for a Group 2.0 car and Economy accommodation. For other car types and accommodation prices please enquire.

* You must be 21 years of age to rent any car, and 23 years of age to rent a car category 5.0 or higher; and have a valid driver's license with photo ID (an international driver's licence is not otherwise required)    

* The suggested route for this tour has ideas for sights  and activities but please note these are NOT included in the tour price                         

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1876.00
Single AUD$ 3334.00

Early Bird booking specials and discounts for travel in May and September may apply – please enquire.

Includes: Accommodation for 5 nights including breakfast; Rental car for 5 x 24 hour days starting from time of pick up with CDW, theft protection, unlimited mileage, VAT; GPS system and no charges for an additional driver; Car pick up/drop off at Keflavik International Airport; Detailed road map (1:500 000); Detailed Travel Booklet – 45 page guide on travelling in Iceland; Detailed Travel Booklet – Electronic version; Emergency phone line available 24/7; Service fee and taxes.

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