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Iceland North East Triangle

Take a triangular route capturing the sparkling colours and historical gems of Iceland´s wondrous East and North. Discover dramatic hues found in the reindeer-filled eastern wilderness highlands, the majestic glacial and volcanic creations of the Diamond Circle, steep fjords plunging sharply into the seas …and more. Tucked away in these amazing areas you´ll also discover cultural treasures bringing you closer to the fascinating heritage of this intriguing part of Iceland. Add in some tasty local treats and a few beloved West Iceland wonders, and you will experience a complete Icelandic spectrum.

Duration: 6 Nights, Summer 2017

Price: from $2,610 per person

Highlights

  • Fly to Northern Iceland and make your way back south on this fun escorted tour
  • Visit colorful and friendly fishing villages near the Arctic Circle
  • Discover the Eastern Highlands and Lake Mývatn
  • Tour the Fjords, Lava fields and hot springs

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INCLUDED:

  • 5-day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 2 nights w/facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 4 nights w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast every day except arrival day
  • 3 dinners in the countryside (day 2, 3 and 4)
  • Domestic flight to Egilsstadir, including airport tax
  • Entrance to the new Wilderness Centre and light refreshments (day 2)
  • Visit to a gourmet fish processing company (day 5)
  • Visit to a family-owned microbrewery (day 5)
  • Entrance to the award-winning Herring Era Museum (day 6)
  • Taste of herring (day 6)
  • Visit to a farmers market (day 6)

OPTIONAL AVAILABLE TOURS (Ask us to book them for you)

  • Day 3: Myvatn Nature Baths | 1-2 hrs
  • Day 3: Sigurgeir bird collection | 30 mins
  • Day 4: Húsavík Whale Museum | 30 min - 1 hr
  • Day 4: Whale watching from Húsavík | 3 hrs

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Transfers to and from Keflavik Airport
  • Airfare to and from Iceland
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any Optional Tours
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Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to Iceland

On your own transfer to Reykjavik, which we can make arrangements and book for you.  Depending on your arrival time you may want to visit The Blue Lagoon, which is on your way to your hotel (reservation is required/admission not included). Ask us to add this amazing stop to your trip. 

Once you check into your hotel (most hotels begin check-in at 2pm), you are free to enjoy Reykjavik and dine on your own.

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Day 2: Egilsstadir - East Iceland Mountains and Moors - Wilderness Center of Iceland

Legendary Lake - Secret Waterfall - Turf roofed mansion - Highland Wilderness Gateway

Breakfast at your hotel.  In the early morning, your guide will pick you up at your hotel to check in at the domestic airport in Reykjavik.  Catch a  one-hour flight to Egilsstadir, the capital of the East.  If the skies are clear, then you will have amazing views during your flight of the dramatic mountains and glaciers of the highland interior.

Upon arrival at Egilsstadir, you will drive to Fljotsdalur Valley, which rich green forest boardering the legendary Lagarfljót lake.  According to local folklore, the lake is home to a sea monster similar to the one in Loch Ness, Scotland, but with its own unique story.

Visit Hengifoss, a little-glimpsed silvery waterfall dropping down a multicolored cliff.  then discover local heritage at skriduklaustur, the turf roofed black and brown stone mansion of renowned Icelandic poet gunnar Gunnarsson.  This are was also the site of a medieval monastery that helped perserve Old Norse history and lore, and you can discover a few written treasures here.

Then it is time to head to the edge of the eastern highland wilderness a stunning area of vast green heaths, black mountains and rushing glacial rivers.  The Icelandic highlands are Northern Europe's largest wilderness area.  the new Wilderness Center is the gateway to the highlands, and it is also am experience of history.  Walk over a wooden bridge and into the past as you discover beautifully restored farm buildings from various periods in Iceland's highland history, including a turf roofed smoke house.  An interactive exhibit tells you the story of the highlands nature and the independent people who settled here.

As part of your experience, you will also enjoy coffee and home baked Icelandic refreshments in an old farmhouse kitchen along with a chance to chat with the area locals.  With luck, you may also catch a glimpse of reindeer, the symbol of East Iceland, as they wander in the mountains surrounding the Wilderness Center.

Dinner and Overnight in Egilsstadir

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Day 3: Lake Myvatn Area

Highland desert - Lava Formations - Pseudo Craters - Colorful Geothermal Area

Breakfast at your hotel.  Cross the vast black sand deserts of the Modrudalsoraefi highland wilderness, before heading to the Lake Myvatn area.  Today we explore the natural beauty of this world renowned volcanic area, including the mysterious black lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the Jade green and umber pseudo craters at skutustadir and the intense colors of Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and fumaroles.  One of the Myvatn area's claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on earth, with a very diverse birdlife in general.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area for the next 2 nights

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Day 4: The Diamond Circle, Dettifoss - Asbyrgi - Husavik

Europe's Mightiest Waterfall - Horseshoe Shaped Canyon - Charming Fishing Village

Breakfast at your hotel,  Myvatn makes up part of the magnigicent Diamond Circle route.  Today you will see other nature wonders on this route.  Cross a bridge over a powerful glacial river that flows through Jokulsargljufur, Iceland's longest river canyon the Viking settlers believed to be created be the legendary 8 legged horse Sleipnie.  The next stop will be in Husavik, Iceland's main whale watching town.  Enjoy a walk through the busy harbor area in town and admire the bright hued and charming buildings

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area

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Day 5: The Troll Peninsula - Akureyri - Siglufjordur

Waterfall of the Gods - Capital of the North - Fishing Villages

Breakfast at your hotel.  Travel west towards the bustling northern port of Akureyri, making a stop at the magnificent Godafoss, the waterfall of the Gods.  Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland, which was voted #1 in the Lonely Planet's Best Destinations 2015.  The town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory.  it sits in an amazing setting of glacier capped mountains and the blue waters of Eyafjordur.

Continue along Eyjafjordur with its magnificent views.  Take a tour of Ektafiskur, a family owned fish processing company that makes gourmet quality bacalao.  Continue through the fjords where black steep mountains drop into the vast blue seas.  Pass through the small fishing villages Dalvik and Olafsfjordur and onwards to Siglufjprdur, a very pretty town in a haunting fjord setting.  Visit Segull 67, a family owned microbrewery.

Overnight stay at the new Hotel Siglo in Siglufjordur.  Dinner is on your own and there are several delightful restaurants to chose from.

 

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Day 6: Siglufjordur - Deildartunguhver - Hraunfossar - Reykjavik

Award Winning Herring Era Museum - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - Lava Waterfalls

Breakfast at your hotel..  In the morning, explore Siglufjordur and visit the award winning Herring Era Museum, where a 1950s harbor atmosphere has been brought to life and taste herring as a part of the visit.

In the afternoon, drive through Skagafjordur, an area central to Icelandic history and culture.  It is also Iceland's main horse breeding area.  You will pass fields with horses of many colors grazing on the wild grasses.  Cross Holtavorduheidi plateau, the gateway between North and South, on your way to the West of Iceland, which is characterized by fjords, valleys, volcanos and craters.  Lonely Planet chose West Iceland as one of their Top Places to Visit in 2016.

In the West, water flows fir the earth in every form, from rivers of sparkling cool mineral water to Europe's most voluminous hot spring, Deildartungahver.  Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls seeping through black lava rock, before the last stop of the day in Borgarnes at the Farmers Market, Ljómalind.  The non profit market offers seasonal and regional produce and is run on a volunteer basis by local ladies.  Continue via Hvalfjordur tunnel back to Reykjavik.

Dinner in Reykjavik is on your own.

 

 

 

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Day 7: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.  Transfer to the airport is not included.  We advise departing your hotel no later than 3 hours before your international flight.

If you did not visit The Blue Lagoon (Reservation required) on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on the way to the airport.

Departure Dates and Prices:  SUMMER 2017 tours are selling out quickly. Please ask for availability.

*Price is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed until booking is confirmed by Nordika Travel.

 

Price Per Person Double room Single room
MAY 23 $2,610 $3,223
JUN 20 / JUL 18 /AUG 15        $2,960 $3,775
SEPT 05 $2,640 $3,000

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Views from Iceland North East Triangle

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Highlights

  • Fly to Northern Iceland and make your way back south on this fun escorted tour
  • Visit colorful and friendly fishing villages near the Arctic Circle
  • Discover the Eastern Highlands and Lake Mývatn
  • Tour the Fjords, Lava fields and hot springs

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