Instant Iceland

Best of Iceland, in a hurry!
4 + days
May - Sep
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For those travellers with not a lot of time, you don't need to miss out! This super-speedy circle tour takes you around the 'must see' sights of Iceland, all within 4 days. Highlights include Borganes, Grábrók volcano crater, Akureyri, Godafoss Waterfall, Dimmuborgir Lava Fields & Craters, Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss Waterfall, Djúpivogur, Hofn, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the South Coast and the Golden Circle. 

Day 1 Reykjavik Departure:  Borganes, Grábrók volcano crater, Akureyri & Godafoss Waterfall
Early this morning make your own way to the tour departure point at the Reykjavík bus terminal. The tour departs from here at 09:00am sharp.The first stop on our express tour around Iceland is in the town of Borgarnes, in West Iceland about 75 km from Reykjavík.The approximate time spent here is 10 minutes. Next enjoy a hike on the perfectly shaped and well preserved Grábrók volcano crater. The approximate time spent here is 40 minutes.

We then continue on to Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Akureyri sits on the north coast under snowcapped peaks at the head of Iceland’s longest fjord, where signs of the earth’s power – glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields and stacks of basalt – are all around. This relaxed, small city is an easy-going place. Perhaps visit the Botanic Gardens, the Akureyri Museum with its well designed exhibitions, beautiful museum garden and 19th century church, or stroll Kaupvangsstræti, also known as 'Arts Alley', which curves through the middle of Akureyri and is the city's centre of cultural life.The approximate time spent here is 1 hour 

Our next stop is Goðafoss waterfall, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Here the water of the Skjálfandafljót River falls from a height of 12 metres, over a width of more than 30 metres.Goðafoss is called the 'waterfall of the gods' - in the year 999 the Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After his conversion, it is said that upon returning from the Parliament or Alþingi, Þorgeir threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall! The approximate time spent here is 10 minutes.

Our overnight location is in Húsavík, Iceland’s whale-watching capital, and easily the northeast's prettiest fishing town, with its colourful houses, unique museums and views of stunning snowcapped peaks across the bay. Our estimated arrival time is 20:00. 

Day 2 Travelling East: Lava Fields & Craters, Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss Waterfall
Today we travel east Iceland, starting with a visit to the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir. The craters were formed by gas explosions when boiling lava flowed over the wetlands near Lake Myvatn, and are now protected as a natural wetlands conservation area. On a clear day the view from the craters over Lake Myvatn is incredible. The approximate time spent here is 20 minutes. 

Next we take a walk in the lava fields and lava formations of Dimmuborgir, the 'dark castles', twisted towers of coagulated rock which have breached the earth’s surface to form a field full of giant pillars and arches. These dramatic structures are not known to exist anywhere else in the world on dry land, and you might get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live here! The approximate time spent here is 30 minutes. Now there is time to revive with a soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths, in waters that contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms and benefit both skin and spirit alike.The approximate time spent here is 1 hour.

In the afternoon we explore hot springs and bubbling mud pools (20 minutes) before visiting Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Dettifoss is situated on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum River, which flows from the Vatnajökull glacier and collects a  huge amount of water from a large area in north east Iceland. The falls are 100 metres wide, and have a drop of 45 metres down to the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. It is the largest waterfall in Iceland in terms of volume discharge, having an average water flow of 193 cubic metres per second. The approximate time spent here is 40 minutes.

From here we travel through the uninhabited highlands. For centuries, the interior of Iceland was virtually inaccessible, playing host only to outlaws in hiding. This untouched wilderness has rocky deserts, jagged peaks, volcanoes, ice caps, valleys and hot springs. Our next stop is at Egilsstaðir, where the approximate time spent is 10 minutes. 

We then continue over scenic roads to our next overnight location at Fáskrúðsfjörður, in the centre of the eastfjords. This area is very beautiful and the town offers great views to the hollow cliff island of Skrúður, home to colourful birdlife, with thousands of Puffins and Gannets in season. The town became a trading post in 1880 and for a long time was the main hub for French fishermen.  Fáskrúðsfjörður still has a strong French heritage. Our estimated arrival time is 20:00.

Day 3: Djúpivogur, Hofn, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Our first stop today is in the charming town of Djúpivogur, where fjords cut into the southeast coast, separated by magnificent and beautifully shaped mountains. On these black sandy shores, the waves of the North Atlantic Ocean break fiercely and rich birdlife flourishes. The recurrent Eastern fjords fog, sometimes dense, mystifies the magnificent landscape and has helped create a flourishing folklore of elves, trolls and ghosts, dating back many centuries. The approximate time spent here is 20 minutes.

We then contiue on to Höfn, located on a peninsula and surrounded on three sides by the sea, with beaches on a long shoreline to the southeast. Here you are at the base of Vatnajökull, and the scenery is breathtaking. We now have 90 minutes to explore the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon by boat. You may even see seals swimming in the arctic waters! 

We next visit Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue, a breathtaking outlet of the Vatnajökull glacier, with scenery and views that are simply stunning. The approximate time spent here is 20 minutes. After seeing the glacier we travel on to our overnight location in Southeast Iceland, with an estimated arrival time at 19:00.

Day 4 South Coast and Golden Circle & Return to Reykjavik
The last day of our journey around Iceland is full of highlights, as we drive along the South Coast and the Golden Circle, en route to Reykjavík. The first stop is in Vík, Iceland’s southernmost town, where the approximate time spent is 20 minutes. Vik is the only seaside settlement in Iceland now without a harbour, due to natural circumstances. The natural beauty of this area is spectacular.

We carry on to the world-famous Reynisfjara shore, with what many regard as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland. Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach with an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, and spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks called Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots. The approximate time spent here is 20 minutes.

The next waterfall is Skógafoss, 60 m high and 25 meters wide and one that you can walk right up to. Standing so close to a powerful waterfall is overwhelming. The approximate time spent here is 10 minutes. Then on to Seljalandsfoss, one of the best known waterfalls in Iceland, 60 metres high and breathtakingly beautiful. It is possible to walk behind this waterfall. The approximate time spent here is 10 minutes.

In the afternoon we reach the last waterfall of the journey, Gullfoss the 'Golden Waterfall' , an iconic waterfall offering a spectacular view of the forces and power of untouched nature. Fed by a river from the Langjökull glacier, the water plummets down 32 metres in two stages into a rugged canyon, with walls reaching up to 70 metres in height. On a sunny day a shimmering rainbow can be seen over the falls. The approximate time spent here is 20 minutes.

Our next stop is the Geysir geothermal fields- you will see steam rising as we approach the variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minutes intervals. The approximate time spent here is 10 minutes. Our final stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world, was first held. This is one of Iceland's most fascinating places, both geologically and for the role it plays in the country's history and sense of national identity. Thingvellir is also remarkable for reasons of natural science, as the site is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, and is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area provide clear physical evidence of the rifting of the earth's crust.

We then return to Reykjavík, where the tour ends with drop off at the central bus terminal at around 9:00 hrs.

Departures 2017: now all sold out

Departures 2018: May 01, 04, 06, 08, 11, 13, 16, 18, 21 and 27; June 01, 03 and 10; July 25; August 05, 22, 24 and 29; September 04, 12, 14, 16, 21, 24 and 27.

Includes: fully escorted 4 day mini bus tour with an English speaking driver/guide, 3 nights hotel accommodation all rooms with private facilities and breakfast Days 2-4; visit to two national parks, entrance with towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn, Boat trip on Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon

Group size: 16 persons

Please note this tour starts with departure from Reykjavik at 09:00hrs on Day 1 and ends with a return to Reykjavik at 19:00hrs on Day 4. Accommodation in Reykjavik is NOT included in the tour price.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2258.00
Single AUD$ 2714.00

Includes: fully escorted 4-day mini bus tour with an English speaking driver/ guide, 3 nights hotel accommodation all rooms with private facilities and breakfast Days 2-4; visit to two national parks, entrance with towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn, Boat trip on Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon.

The price shown is for 2017 departures - for 2018 departure prices please enquire. Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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