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Iceland Countryside Tour

This is a guided round-the-island tour. You see the ever-changing scenery of the Icelandic countryside: mountains and valleys, volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, hot springs and waterfalls. This is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the whole variety of Icelandic landscape, culture and history in one week. You visit two of Iceland's three national parks and there are opportunities to walk in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodations are in simple and clean country hotels, and all rooms are with private facilities.

Duration: 8 Nights, Summer

Price: From $3,685 per person

Highlights

  • Whale watching, weather permitting
  • Boat trip on glacial lagoon among floating icebergs
  • Enjoy an Icelandic horse Show
  • 1-2 hours of easy walking on average a day
  • Visit two national parks
  • Soak in the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
  • Visit to Skógar folk museum with turf houses
  • Learn about Icelandic sagas in the settlement center

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This is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the whole variety of Icelandic landscape, culture and history in one week. You visit two of Iceland's three national parks and there are opportunities to walk in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodations are in simple and clean country hotels, and all rooms are with private facilities.

Included:

- 8 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc
- 7-day fully guided tour with an English speaking guide
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)
- 8x breakfast and 6x 3-course dinner
- Visit to two national parks
- Whale watching tour (weather permitting)
- Boat trip on glacial lagoon
- Introduction to Icelandic horse
- Entrance fee to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
- Admission to Icelandic settlement center
- Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum
- Average of 1-2 hours easy walking per day

Not Included:

- Flights to and from Iceland
- Travel Insurance

MEALS: 8x breakfast and 6x dinner (3-course or buffet). Dinner on Reykjavík nights not included.

ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation is provided in simple and clean country hotels in rooms with private facilities. Most of our groups stay at the following hotels (subject to change):

Fosshotel Reykjavík, Reykjavík (first and last night)
Fosshotel Reykholt, West Iceland
Fosshotel Húsavík, Northeast Iceland, 2 nights
Hotel Hallormsstaður, East Iceland
Hotel Skaftafell , Southeast Iceland
Hotel Örk, Hveragerði, South Iceland

OPTIONAL VIP SEATING: Supplement for guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and next seat remaining empty (a passenger gets actually two seats) as well as a pillow and blanket for upgraded comfort. Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, first comes, first get.

NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.

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Day 1 SAT:

Welcome to Iceland

The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Driving distance: 50 km/ 31mls

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Day 2 SUN:

Land of Sagas

After a Reykjavík city tour head north from Iceland's capital to West Iceland where we are introduced to the Icelandic sagas in the settlement center in Borgarnes. The afternoon is filled with impressive natural spots: Deildartunguhver, one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe and Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into the river Hvítá. End the day with Icelandic history at the cultural site at Reykholt. Overnight is in West Iceland.

Driving distance: 170 km/105 mls

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Day 3, MON:

From West to North

The day starts with climbing a volcano crater in an old lava field in West Iceland. Afterwards we travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland, and visit the beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland's second largest city. We stop at Goðafoss, "the waterfall of the Gods," before reaching our accommodation in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights.

Driving distance: 445 km/276 mls

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Day 4, TUE:

Whale Watching, Geological Wonders and Nature Baths

The day begins with a 3 hour whale watching cruise from Húsavík (weather permitting). We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile areas in the world so close to the Arctic Circle. The lake's unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, pseudo craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds. We stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir and soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths.

Driving distance: 150 km/93 mls

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Day 5, WED:

From North to East

We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð and seeing the impacts of volcanic activity at Krafla. Then we travel to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland, where we spend the night.

Driving distance: 330 km/205 mls

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Day 6, THU:

Fjords, Glacier and Ice

It's a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon we see Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop for a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón. The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.

Driving distance: 420 km/ 260 mls

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Day 7, FRI:

Vatnajökull National Park and the South

Visit Skaftafell at Vatnajökull National Park, nestled below the glacier and Iceland's highest mountain, the 2110 meter high Hvannadalshnjúkur. Cross the sandy desert of the south coast, and travel along mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík. Iceland's past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Overnight in South Iceland.

Driving distance: 340 km/211 mls

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Day 8, SAT:

Ring the Golden Circle to Reykjavík

We see classics today. Start with a horse show that introduces the unique qualities of Iceland's special breed. Golden Circle sights follow: Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls"; the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur "the churn" spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park tops it off before returning to Reykjavík.

Driving distance: 210 km/130 mls

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Day 9, SUN:

Departure Home

The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport.

Driving distance: 50 km/31 mls

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Note:

- This tour has an average of 1-2 hours of walking each day, meaning several short walks of 10-30 minutes to see and explore the different nature and history sites. It is an easy tour for nearly everyone to participate in. This is not a hiking/walking tour.

- Total mileage without airport transfer is about 2.065 km (1.280 miles), which is an average of 295 km (183 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

Price per Person:

Service/Room Type Departures in
Jun/Jul/Aug 2017
Departures in
September 2017
In double, twin or triple room incl. breakfast $3,918 $3,685
In Single room incl. breakfast $4,961 $4,828
VIP-seating supplement $367 $367

 

Departures:

From To Availability
Saturday, 06.03.2017 Sunday, 06.11.2017 Yes
Saturday, 06.17.2017 Sunday, 06.25.2017 Request
Saturday, 07.01.2017 Sunday, 07.09.2017 Sold out
Saturday, 07.15.2017 Sunday, 07.23.2017 Yes
Saturday, 07.29.2017 Sunday, 08.06.2017 SOLD OUT
Saturday, 08.12.2017 Sunday, 08.20.2017 Yes
Saturday, 08.26.2017 Sunday, 09.03.2017 SOLD OUT
Saturday, 09.09.2017 Sunday, 09.17.2017 Yes
Saturday, 09.23.2017 Sunday, 10.01.2017 Yes

DURATION: 9 days / 8 nights
ARRIVAL DAY: Saturday
DEPARTURE DAY: Sunday
TOUR STARTS: On Sundays at 09:00 from Reykjavík
TOUR ENDS: On Saturdays in Reykjavík between 16:00-18:00
LANGUAGES: English only
GROUP SIZE: Maximum 28 passengers. Once a booking is confirmed, the departure is guaranteed.
PRE & POST NIGHTS REYKJAVÍK: Included in this tour program, ask if you require extension nights.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Included in the program and price.

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Views from Iceland Countryside Tour

  • Golden Circle Geysir - Strokkur.JPG
  • Around Lake Myvatn, Iceland.JPG
  • Glacial lagoon boat trip.JPG
  • East Iceland.jpg
  • East Iceland (1).JPG
  • Dimmuborgir, Lake Myvatn.JPG
  • Godafoss.JPG
  • Hraunfossar waterfall, West Iceland.JPG
  • Seljalandsfoss, South Iceland.JPG
  • Skagafjördur.JPG
  • Vatnajökull National Park.jpg
  • Skógar Museum.JPG
  • South Iceland.JPG
  • Reykjavik view from the pearl.JPG

Highlights

  • Whale watching, weather permitting
  • Boat trip on glacial lagoon among floating icebergs
  • Enjoy an Icelandic horse Show
  • 1-2 hours of easy walking on average a day
  • Visit two national parks
  • Soak in the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
  • Visit to Skógar folk museum with turf houses
  • Learn about Icelandic sagas in the settlement center

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