Idyllic Iceland

Introduction

Your budget travel adventure to Iceland is an amazing 8-day journey that begins and ends in the capital city of Reykjavik. You'll discover that Iceland is one of the most fascinating countries in Europe as you experience its unique, almost lunar landscapes, as well as the simple but interesting culture of its people.

Highlights

  • SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA Scenic drive, see Snaefellsjokull Volcano
  • ARNSTAPI Walk around the harbor
  • EIRIKSSTADIR Visit the homestead of Erik the Red
  • GODAFOSS Stop at the Waterfall of the Gods
  • SKUTUSTADIR See the volcanic pseudo-craters
  • DIMMUBORGIR Visit the bubbling mud pools
  • MYVATN Take a dip in the thermal Nature Baths
  • DEILDARTUNGUHVER See the geothermal hot springs
  • ÞINGVELLIR Visit the National Park
  • GULLFOSS See the famed waterfall
  • SOUTH SHORE Excursion including waterfalls, the Skogar Folk Museum, Vik and Eyrarbakki
  • Hotels outside of Reykjavik may not always be of the standard usually expected.
  • On Day 2 and Day 5 of winter excursions (from October to April) we include evening Northern Lights excursions.

 

Inclusions

  •    Accommodation   
  •    Meals   
  •    Sight Seeing Tours  
  •    Transportation   
  •    Tour Manager   
  •   Taxes  

Tour Itinerary

Check in at your hotel may not be possible until the afternoon. You will however be able to leave your luggage at the hotel and spend the rest of your day exploring Reykjavik. Your Tour Director will be happy to assist with some suggestions.

Rich fertile farmland and rugged cliffs greet you on your morning drive along the beautiful coastal road to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. See the SNÆFELLSJOKULL VOLCANO, which can be spotted from Reykjavik on clear days, as well as the glacier that covers its summit. More than 4,700 feet (1446 meters) in elevation, the mountain gained notoriety as setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Arrive in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and walk around the harbor area to enjoy the fresh sea air and watch the antics of circling birds. Later, arrive at the dramatic black-pebble Djupalonssandur beach, where four lifting stones ranging from 50 to 340 pounds were once used to qualify men for work on fishing boats. Spend the night in the quaint Snaefellsnes area.
Breakfast and Dinner

Iceland's natural beauty unfolds as you drive through green pastures and meandering lava flows that have formed over the centuries. Via the colorful harbor town of Stykkisholmur, U.S. Marine landing site in the novel Red Storm Rising, reach the Haukadalur valley, home to some of the country's most famous geothermal features. At Eiriksstaoir, visit a replica of Norwegian Viking ERIK THE RED'S ANCIENT SOD-ROOFED HOMESTEAD, where his son Leifur Eiriksson (explorer Leif Erikson) was born. This afternoon, head into Skagafjorour, the renowned "Valley of Horses" and one of Iceland's most prosperous agricultural regions. Overnight in Akureyri, the "Capital of North Iceland."
Breakfast

First stop this morning is at GODAFOSS, the "Waterfall of the Gods." Then, follow the shores of Myvatn Lake for vistas of the splendid volcano, peaceful wetlands, and abundant wildlife. Later, stop at Skutustaoir to see the intriguing volcanic pseudo-craters; DIMMUBORGIR, the "Catacombs of Hell," with its bubbling mud pools, volcanic caves and lava tubes, and unusual rock formations; and the Krafla caldera with its ochre-colored glow of subterranean lava. Relax in the mineral-rich waters at the MYVATN NATURE BATHS before returning to Akureyri for another overnight.
Breakfast and Dinner

Today features an introduction to the spectacular geothermal hot springs at DEILDARTUNGUHVER. Here, you'll find clusters of emerald-green deer ferns growing, a plant that grows nowhere else in the country. Next up is the tiny hamlet of Reykholt, former home of medieval Icelandic poet, historian, and politician Snorri Sturluson. Then, see the fascinating series of waterfalls at Hraunfossar before enjoying a stroll along the riverbanks to the BARNAFOSS waterfall, where the glacial cascade has carved out rock formations.
Breakfast and Dinner

Some of Iceland's most spectacular sights are on the agenda today as you visit ÞINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK, a rift valley and boundary between the North American and Eurasian continental plates. See geysers as they erupt from the earth's geothermal vents, and later, see the famed GULLFOSS waterfall before heading back to Reykjavik.
Breakfast

Explore the South Shore today, and have your cameras ready for the awe-inspiriing SELJALANDSFOSS and SKOGAFOSS waterfalls. Then, visit the tiny settlement of Skogar to admire turf farmhouses, a pioneer-era hydroelectric plant, and examples of many periods of Icelandic architectural history at the SKOGAR FOLK MUSEUM. On to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, to see its black-basalt beach, counted as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches on Earth in Islands Magazine. The cliffs here are home to a large seabird population, including puffins. Finally, marvel at the Solheimajokull glacier before enjoying a stop in the village of EYRARBAKKI.
Breakfast

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
Breakfast


Pricing

  • Starting from AED 9431* per adult on Twin / Triple Sharing
  • Child above 8 years are allowed on this tour

Departure Dates

Jan 19: 27
Feb 19: 17
Mar 19: 17 & 24
Apr 19: 21 & 28
May 19: 12 & 19
Jun 19: 16, 23 & 30
Jul 19: 7 & 28
Aug 19: 4 & 25
Sep 19: 1, 15 & 22
Oct 19: 6, 10 & 13
Dec 19: 12
Jan 20: 26
Feb 20: 16
Mar 20: 15

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION DETAILS

  • Reykjavik: Fosshotel Lind / Fosshotel Baron or similar
  • Snaefellsnes: Fosshotel Hellnar or similar
  • Akureyri: Kjarnalundur Hotel or similar
  • Reykholt: Fosshotel Reykholt or similar



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