Instant Iceland

Around Iceland in just 4 days
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: Golden Circle and South Coast 
Make you own way to the  tour starting point - the early morning departure is from the central Reykjavík bus terminal. The day is full of highlights as we travel the Golden Circle route and along the South Coast. The first 20-minute stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Þingvellir plain is situated on a tectonic-plate boundary where North America and Europe are slowly tearing away from each other. As a result, the plain is scarred by dramatic fissures, ponds, and rivers, including the great rift Almannagjá. We continue for two more 20 minutes stops: first at Geysir geothermal springs with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant and has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Nearby is Gullfoss waterfall, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 metres into the Hvítá river originating from the glacier Langjökull. Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous nature sights. The next stop (10 minutes) is the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges 65 metres over the mountain. On to the thundering Skógafoss waterfall (10 minutes) which tumbles 62 metres over a rocky scarp, kicking up vast sheets of mist. The tour continues with another 20-minute photo extravaganza on the black lava beach of Reynisfjara, which is widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beach in Iceland and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. The last stop of today is in Vík (20 minutes), Iceland’s southernmost town before we reach our first overnight accommodation near Kirkjubæjarklaustur at the Vatnajökull National Park area. Estimated arrival time is 20:00.

Day 2: Vatnajokull Glacier and East Fjords 
Your fast tour around Iceland continues. We spend the day exploring Europe's second-largest national park and driving along beautiful fjords and past small fishing towns in East Iceland. Today’s mileage is about 400 kilometres. We start with picture time at Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue (20 minutes), followed by a 90-minute stop to explore Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon by an amphibian boat among floating icebergs, one of the most beautiful and dramatic spots in the whole of Iceland. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and out to sea. We also take a walk alongside the lagoon and on the black sandy shores, called Diamond Beach, looking for seals, and sometimes there are stranded icebergs too. After a one-hour lunch break in the town of Höfn, we continue east with a  stop in the charming village of Djúpivogur (20 minutes). Twisty roads take us along the dramatic fjord landscape and through tiny fishing villages in the East Fjords. Estimated arrival time at our overnight location in Fáskrúðsfjörður is 19:00.

Day 3: Travelling North 
Today, we travel 400 kilometres to our overnight location in Húsavík, North Iceland. From Fáskrúðsfjörður we drive along scenic roads to Egilsstaðir in East Iceland where we stop for 10 minutes. From there we travel north through the uninhabited highlands to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, located in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. The round-trip walk takes about 40-60 minutes. Your next stop is Námaskarð, where we explore hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools (20 minutes). After a lunch break, we reach Lake Mývatn, known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. First, we visit the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir (20 minutes), followed by a short walk in the mysterious lava fields of Dimmuborgir (30 minutes).  We soak off our sightseeing and hiking in the geothermal Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn (1 hour). Estimated arrival time at our overnight location in Húsavík is 19:00. If you still have the energy, you might like to join an optional whale watching tour which starts at 20:00 (only between June 1 to August 10).

Day 4: Return to Reykjavik 
Early morning departure from Húsavík in North Iceland for the final 500 kilometers of our express tour around Iceland. We start with Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, which is a beautiful sight to capture a couple of great moments on camera (10 minutes). You have one hour to explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. This town with about 17,000 inhabitants nestles at the head of Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, at the base of snow-capped peaks. You might like to visit the botanical garden, walk up the stairs to the church, one of the landmarks of Akureyri or simply stroll along the pedestrian street with interesting shops and cafés. We travel south toward Reykjavík and stop for a hike on Grábrók volcano crater (40 minutes), formed about 3400 years ago. For anyone interested in geology, this is a "must-see". The crater is in the middle of a vast lava field and from the top, you have superb views of the beautiful landscape. The final stop is Borgarnes (10 minutes), a small town of fewer than 2000 people, located in West Iceland. The view over the fjord and its mountains is highly scenic.  Then return to Reykajvik. Tour arrangements end with drop off at the Reykjavík bus terminal at around 19:00-20:00hrs.

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

Includes: fully escorted 4 day minibus tour with an English speaking driver/guide; 3 nights hotel accommodation all rooms with private facilities; daily breakfast; dinner on Day 1; visit to two national parks; entrance with towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn; boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.

Excludes: accommodation in Reykjavik, airport transfers, transfers to/from tour starting point

Group size:  maximum 20 persons.

Accommodation is at the following hotels or similar: Southeast Iceland Fosshotel Núpar at Vatnajökull National Park; East Iceland Fosshotel Austur in Fáskrúðsfjörður; and Husavík Fosshotel Húsavík.

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$ 2593.00
Single AUD$ 3109.00

Includes: fully escorted 4 day minibus tour with an English speaking driver/guide; 3 nights hotel accommodation all rooms with private facilities; daily breakfast; dinner on Day 1; visit to two national parks; entrance with towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn; boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.

The prices shown here are for departures in May and September.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 2574.00
Single AUD$ 3070.00

Includes: fully escorted 4 day minibus tour with an English speaking driver/guide; 3 nights hotel accommodation all rooms with private facilities; daily breakfast; dinner on Day 1; visit to two national parks; entrance with towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn; boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.

The prices shown here are for departures in June, July and August 

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