This tour starts in Reykjavik, Iceland, then continues on to Tórshavn, in the Faroe Islands. Guided day excursions from both cities let you enjoy the highlights of these unique Arctic countries - plus you stay in just two hotels, so you can make the most of your time to further explore on your own!
Day 1 Copenhagen – Reykjavik, Iceland
Make your own way to the Copenhagen Airport for your flight to Iceland. Coach transfer from Keflavík Airport to your hotel or nearest bus stop in Reykjavik. Time at leisure. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Four nights in Reykjavik.
Day 2 Reykjavik: Golden Circle
Today a guided excursion to visit the three sights that make up Iceland's Golden Circle. First is Thingvellir National Park, where the Icelandic parliament Altinget was established in 930; here you can also see the amazing geological sight of the two continental tectonic plates that are slowly splitting Iceland. Continue on to the magnificent waterfall Gullfoss, called the "Golden Falls" and then finally visit Geysir, a geothermal area full of hot springs and bubbling pools of mud, and with Strokkur, the large geysir that erupts spectacularly every few minutes. Return to Reykjavik. 2nd overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 3 Reykjavik: Day at Leisure
Time on your own today to wander along Reykjavik's main shopping street Laugavegur, or see Hallgrímskirkja, the largest church in Iceland, which was inspired by Iceland's volcanic rock formations and is visible from almost everywhere in the town. Visit the Harpa Concert Hall, which is situated on the waterfront and was inspired by the northern lights and the dramatic Icelandic landscape - in the evening, the Hall is lit and turns into a large, luminous sculpture. Or perhaps take an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon to enjoy a relaxing dip in the thermally warmed, aquamarine water, which is rich in minerals and has a healing effect. Reykjavik also has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland's history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. 3rd overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 4 Reykjavik: South Coast, Waterfalls and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Today's guided excursion takes you along the south coast, with the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and lush green farmland, mountains and glaciers on the other. Discover natural treasures such as the iconic waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, Skaftafell National Park and Vatnajokull Glacier, where icebergs float in the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - the ice comes from the Vatnajokull glacier and flows continuously out into the cold lagoon, on its way to the sea. 4th overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 5 Reykjavik - Vágar - Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Coach transfer from your hotel or nearest bus stop to Keflavik Airport for your flight to the Faroe Islands. Upon your arrival at Vágar Airport, take the taxi transfer to your hotel in the small capital Tórshavn. After check in, perhaps take a stroll through the old part of town - as you wander, you will discover a maze of lanes and alleys, steps and protruding rocks, and small tarred timber houses, with white windows and grass roofs. There are many restaurants and cafés in Tórshavn, where you can try the excellent cuisine, both traditional and modern. Three nights in Tórshavn.
Day 6 Tórshavn: Island of Eysturoy and Gjogv
Today's excursion takes you by bus from Tórshavn along the coast, through colourful villages and across 'the bridge over the Atlantic' that connects the islands of Streymoy and Eysturoy. Continue to Gjógv, the northernmost village on Eysturoy, known for its unique natural harbour and for Crown Princess Mary's bench. Here you can also see classic sea cliffs and the unusual rock formations "the Giant" and "the Witch", as well as the highest mountain in the islands, Slættaratindur at 882m. Your tour then continues via Funningur village to Soldarfordur, then back to Tórshavn along the coast road. 2nd overnight in Tórshavn.
Day 7 Tórshavn: Day at Leisure
Day at leisure - explore the old part of Tórshavn, Tinganes & Reyn, with narrow alleys, and charming houses with grass roofs, then relax one of the many cafés. Or take an optional guided city walk in Tórshavn.
Perhaps visit Østrom, down by the end of the harbour, where you can browse and purchase contemporary Faroese art and fine craft. Back on the main street, have a closer look at the exquisite Faroese designed woollen wares and the latest fashions, at some of the great boutiques including 'Sirri' and "Guðrun and Guðrun". Wander past the cosy old bookstore and tourist office, and visit the art museum close to the park, where the permanent collection has a wide variety of Faroese art, showing how nature and landscape have been the dominant motifs throughout Faroese art history. You can also see the Nordic House, a Scandinavian culture centre, or the Art Museum and Gallery, with a wide range of more contemporary Faroese art. 3rd overnight in Tórshavn.
Day 8 Departure Tórshavn – Copenhagen
Transfer from your hotel to Vágar airport for your flight to Copenhagen. Your tour arrangements conclude upon your arrival at Copenhagen Airport.
2024 departures: every Thursday 04 April - 31 October
The price shown is based upon a certain class of flights to and from Iceland and the Faroe Islands; if this class has sold out, the final price may increase, depending on the availability and cost of other classes at the time of booking.