Iceland Complete

Escorted
Classic Escorted Circle Tour
9 days
Feb - Nov
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With so much to discover and explore, this comprehensive tour highlights natural wonders, majestic landscapes and unique character. The classic, circle route provides an ideal mix of culture and nature, with the opportunity to see the best that Iceland has to offer. For other escorted "circle" tours of Iceland see our Iceland Exploration and Classic Iceland tours. 

Day 1 Arrival in Reykjavik
Arrival in Reykjavík and coach transfer from Keflavík Airport to your hotel. R
emainder of day at leisure to explore this fascinating, far Northern city. The city centre is only small and is characterised by eclectic, colourful houses, good shopping and dining. Recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, numerous restaurants take advantage of an abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum and National Gallery. 
                                

Day 2 Reykjavik - Vik: Geysir - Gullfoss -  Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss - Dyrholaey - Black Sand Beaches
Today head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi to 2 of the Golden Circle's natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the beautiful "Golden Falls" and the nearby geysir hot spring area and watch the famous Strokkur Geysir, which erupts every 10 minutes or so, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the South Shore and stop to admire Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, before visiting Dyrholaey nature reserve*. We reach the village of Vik, where you can stroll along the black sand beach beneath bird cliffs.  Dinner and overnight in the Vik area. *Please note Dyrhólaey is closed during nesting season approx mid-May to late June.

Day 3 Vík – Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon – Höfn
Today we continue our journey east. We c
ross Eldhraun, a barren area covered by the largest lava flow ever recorded, and visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the pretty small town that is the former site of a 12th century Catholic convent. Then continue over the Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within the huge Vatnajokull National Park, and the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, the birth place of icebergs. Throughout the day you will enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier, which dominates south eastern Iceland.  Overnight in the Höfn area.

Day 4 Höfn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir: Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline
Drive from Höfn through the Almannaskard pass with a stop to admire the majestic coastline. Continue through the towering mountains, plunging vertically into the sea, which form the magnificent East Fjords, and pass through coastal fjord villages en-route to the Egilsstaðir area, where we stay overnight with dinner at the hotel.

Day 5 Lake Mývatn Area: Highland Desert - Lava Formations -  Volcanic Activity - Rich Birdlife
Today we explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi, as we head towards the Lake Mývatn area. After a stop at Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, we continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. We explore the natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area, 
with it's very diverse birdlife, the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and the Laxá salmon river. Dinner and overnight in the Mývatn area.

Day 6 Lake Mývatn Area - Akureyri - Siglufjordur: Waterfall of the Gods - Folk Museum - Troll Peninsula
Start the day by exploring the 
peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, then visit magnificent Godafoss Waterfall and the old turf farm, Laufas. Onwards to Akureyri, the capital of the north, with it's beautiful views along Eyjafjordur. After some time here, we continue along the coastal roads to the Troll Peninsula, a stunning place of black sand coastline with steep mountains and amazing views over the Arctic Sea. We reach Siglufjordur, set in a lovely fjord of the same name - the town has some of Iceland's best timber buildings, beautifully restored to their original glory, and is the perfect place for an evening stroll. Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur.   

Day 7 Skagafjordur – Borgarnes: Fertile Farmlands - Glacial Rivers - Unique Viking Horses
Morning visit to Siglufjordur's award winning Herring-Era Museum which recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when the town was transformed thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards we continue to the historical town of Hofsos with it's beautiful ocean views. Then continue to Skagafjordur, considered one of the finest places in Iceland for historical preservation and horse breeding. Stop at Holar, the cultural centre of Iceland for over 700 hundred years, with several fascinating buildings on site. Today it is home to a world famous agricultural university.  This afternoon, visit a local horse farm to learn about the unique Icelandic horse and it's unique fifth gait, the tolt. Continue towards Blonduos village built on both sides of the salmon river, Blanda, with Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, located in the middle. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.  Dinner and overnight in the Borgarnes area.

Day 8 Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavík: Hot Spring - Waterfalls - Thingvellir National Park
Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. Then stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar Waterfall, before continuing via Hvalfjordur to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake. On to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first outdoor parliament, founded in the 10th Century, and where the North American and European tectonic plates meet in a stunning setting. Return to Reykjavík for a short city sightseeing tour before your hotel drop off and overnight.

Day 9 Departure
Coach transfer to Keflavik Airport where your tour arrangements end. 

2018-19 Winter departures have only 1 group size (maximum 36 persons).
17, 31 Oct 2018;  13 Feb;  20, 27 Mar;  10 Apr 2019

2019 Summer departures have 2 group sizes. Regular (maximum 36 persons) or Small (maximum 16 persons).
Regular Group:  24 April; 15, 22 May;  12, 26 June;  03, 08, 15, 17,  24, 31 July;  07, 14, 28 August; 04, 13, 18 September
Small Group Size: 01, 08, 29 May: 03, 05, 19 June; 10, 22 July; 05, 21 August; 11, 20 September

Includes: Return airport coach transfers; accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities 2 nights in Reykjavik and 6 nights in the countryside; breakfast daily; 5 dinners (Days 2, 4, 5, 6, 7), entry to Laufás Folk Museum (Day 6); entry to the Herring Museum (Day 7); Horse show in Skagafjordur (Day 7); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking tour leader.
 

Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 3727.00
Single AUD$ 4839.00

Prices shown are for May 2019 departures (Regular Group Size) 

Includes: Return airport coach transfers; accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities 2 nights in Reykjavik and 6 nights in the countryside; breakfast daily; 5 dinners (Days 2, 4, 5, 6, 7), entry to Laufás Folk Museum (Day 6); entry to the Herring Museum (Day 7); Horse show in Skagafjordur (Day 7); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking tour leader.
 

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4580.00
Single AUD$ 5692.00

Prices shown are for May 2019 (Small Group Size)

Includes: Return airport coach transfers; accommodation in 3 star hotels with private facilities 2 nights in Reykjavik and 6 nights in the countryside; breakfast daily; 5 dinners (Days 2, 4, 5, 6, 7), entry to Laufás Folk Museum (Day 6); entry to the Herring Museum (Day 7); Horse show in Skagafjordur (Day 7); fully escorted coach tour (Days 2-8) with English-speaking tour leader.

Please note the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

 

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