The Natural Wonders of Iceland 2021

This guided small group tour takes you on a classic route around the island, with an emphasis on Icelandic nature. Each day of this journey offers unique insights into the culture, new adventures and a fascinating diversity of landscapes. Starting from Reykjavik, an experienced local guide will take you to Iceland’s most talked about attractions along with some hidden gems you may not find in the guidebooks!

Maximum group size is 16 participants. Small group sizes mean these tours fill quickly, booking early also gives you the best chance of securing your desired departure date.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
• Circle Iceland on the Ring Road, one of the best road trips in the world
• Explore the famous Golden Circle route, including hot springs and cascading waterfalls
• Sail among the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
• Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
• Tour the south coast, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
• Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
• Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
• Survey the splendid Snćfellsnes peninsula • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
• Enjoy an optional whale watching tour froHúsavík
• Taste Icelandic cuisine with local, fresh ingredients from restaurants, farms & greenhouses

Overview

Map for The Natural Wonders of Iceland 2021 tour
  • Duration:10 days, 9 nights
  • Season:May 6 to September 16
  • Tour ID:LB04

Included

  • One way private transfer from KEF Airport to Reykjavik on arrival
  • Accommodation with private bathroom facilities for 9 nights with breakfast
  • Six dinners
  • Welcome drink on the day of arrival
  • Group information meeting with your tour guide
  • Professional English-speaking guide, as per itinerary
  • Transportation in a premium mini-coach, as per itinerary
  • Entrance to Friđheimar Farm
  • Entrance to the Lava Centre
  • Entrance to the Skógar Folk Museum
  • Guided boat tour of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Local Ice Cream at Brunnhóll
  • Entrance to the Herring Era Museum
  • One semi-private transfer from Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport on departure
  • Map of Iceland and personal itinerary
  • Iceland Travel Guide
  • 24/7 helpline
  • Taxes & service fees

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any services not listed as "Included"
  • Optional Extras

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival to Iceland and Reykjavik


• On arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes—all within an easy walk.

• Spend the night in Reykjavik.

Included:
• Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival
• Welcome drink and group information meeting with your guide

• Average Driving Distance: 49km / 30 mi.
• Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

Optional activity of the day:
Whale Watching from Reykjavík - 3 hours
Reykjavík city Walk - Small Groups - 3 hours
The Tasty Reykjavík Food Walk - 3 hours 30 minutes
Upgrade to The Blue Lagoon on arrival - 2 housr 30 minutes
Wonders of Iceland & Áróra Plenetarium Show - 3 hours
The Lava Tunnel - From Reykjavík - 3 hours
FlyOver Iceland - 35 minutes


Day 2. Golden Circle and geothermal farm visit


• This morning you will be picked up by your guide. Then the first leg of our journey takes us around the Golden Circle, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland.

• Starting at the UNSESCO-listed Ţingvellir National Park, we will see the site of the ancient assembly grounds as well as the visible rift where two tectonic plates are slowly separating.

• We will also visit the Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area, where the Strokkur geyser spouts hot water every few minutes.

• The last stop in this area will be at the Friđheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from one of their greenhouse and their delicous tomato soup. We will also meet Icelandic horses, famous for their diversity of gaits, strength and good spirit.

• Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

• Spend the night in Selfoss.

Included:
• Visit to the Friđheimar Greenhouse
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Hotel Selfoss

• Average Driving Distance: 195km / 121 mi.
• Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours


Day 3. Volcanoes, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches


• This morning you and your fellow travellers will learn about Iceland‘s unique geology. You will visit the Lava Centre, an interactive exhibition about Iceland’s volcanic activity, its frequent earthquakes and how Iceland evolved over millions of years. The next leg of the tour is along the south coast, below the majestic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. You will stop at the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall. At Skógar, we will stop at the charming Skógar Open Air Museum, a cultural heritage collection including turf houses.

• The last stop today is at the black volcanic beach near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. Here we will be able to view the rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar.

• Next, our journey continues to our charming accommodation in Kirkjubćjarklaustur where you will enjoy dinner with the group.

• Spend the night in the Kirkjubćjarklaustur area.

Included:
• Entrance to the Lava Center
• Entrance to Skógar Museum
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Hótel Klaustur

• Driving distance approx. 225 km / 140 mi.
• Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours


Day 4. Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


• Today’s drive takes us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, including a visit to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier.

• Next, the journey continues to the well-known Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided amphibian boat tour*. Next to the glacier lagoon we will stop at the Diamond Beach where you will see big chunks of ice that have washed up on shore after being polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon.

• After our ice experience at the glacier lagoon, we will stop for some homemade ice cream before driving along the majestic East Fjords on our way to our next accommodation.

• Dinner at the hotel.

• Spend the night in the Breiđdalsvík area.

*Please note that the Glacier Lagoon boat tour is not available in April. Instead the group will enjoy lunch together in the area, included in price.

Included:
• Local Ice Cream Stop
• Guided boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Hotel Bláfell

• Driving distance approx. 375 km / 233 mi.
• Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours


Day 5. Rugged East Fjords to Moon-like North Iceland


• This is a long day with a lot of diverse sights! Today’s scenery in East Iceland includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. After reaching North Iceland, prepare to be amazed by the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. There is a 1 km walk from the parking lot to the waterfall on a gravel road, definietly worth the trip.

• Next we will explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn and its lunar landscapes with visits to the Námaskarđ pass the lava formations at Dimmuborgir and Skútustađagígar pseudo craters. This is a great day for geology enthusiasts! Our journey ends in the seaside village of Húsavík, known locally as “Europe’s Whale Watching Capital."

• In the evening the group will dine together at the Salka Restaurant.

• Spend the night in Húsavík.

Included:
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Salka Restaurant

• Average Driving Distance: 425 km / 264 mi.
• Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 Hours


Day 6. Ásbyrgi Canyon, Hljóđaklettar & leisure time


• We start the day by driving to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Here we will visit the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon, which according to legend was formed by a footprint from the Norse god Odin's eight-legged horse.

• The next natural wonder on our list is Hljóđaklettar, the „echo rocks“, which are a collection of great basalt columns lying in every direction to create unique formations arched caves that are known to create eerie echoes and reverberations. There we will do a short hike to explore the area.

• In the afternoon we will return to Húsavík, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. You can relax and stroll around the harbor or perhaps join one of the excellent whale watching tours (optional).

• Dinner will be on your own this evening in the village.

• Spend another night in Húsavík.

• Included:
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

• Driving distance approx. 150 km / 93 mi.
• Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 4-5 Hours

Optional activity of the day:
Whale Watching from Husavik - 3 hours


Day 7. Highlights of the Great North


• Leaving the Húsavík area today, our first highlight of the journey is Gođafoss, “The Waterfall of the Gods”.

• We will then make our way to the charming town of Akureyri, where we will take a stroll through the town centre that is always full of life during summer.You will have some leisure time to explore the town on your own and grab a lunch, before we head to our next stop.

• Next, the tour will drive around Tröllaskagi, where you can enjoy fantastic views of beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords. We will make a stop in the scenic Siglufjörđur, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet. Here, we will visit the Herring Era Museum and taste some local treats.

• The journey continues to the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörđur, where you will enjoy dinner at the guesthouse.

• Spend the night in the Skagafjörđur area.

Included:
• Visit to the Herring Era Museum including a local treat
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Hofsstađir Guesthouse

• Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 mi.
• Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours


Day 8. Hidden Gems of The West Coast


• Today we will drive through Skagafjörđur, towards the Snćfellsnes peninsula. This is a scenic drive on a beautiful stretch of Iceland. Your guide will pass sweeping farmlands of the northwest that are dotted with Icelandic horses.

• You will also get to see spectacular views of the islands of Breiđafjörđur just before reaching Stykkishólmur in the early afternoon, where you will have time to explore on your own.

• Tonight, you will enjoy dinner with the group.

• Spend the night in Snćfellsnes area.

Included:
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Dinner at Stykkishólmur village

• Driving distance approx. 275 km / 171 mi.
• Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours


Day 9. Natural Wonders of Snćfellsnes Peninsula


• Today we will explore the beautiful Snćfellsnes peninsula, starting with a visit to Kirkjufell, one of the most photogenic mountains of the area.

• Next up we will head toward the tip of the peninsula where you can measure your strength at Djúpalónssandur, by the lifting the large stones on the beach. Who will be the strongest?

• Nearby, we will find Hellnar and Arnarstapi, with it´s unique rock formations, before heading back to the capital and completing our circle around Iceland.

• After beeing dropped off at your hotel for the night, you will have the rest of the evening in the city at your leisure.

• Spend the night in Reykjavík

Included:
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

• Driving distance approx. 315 km / 196 mi.
• Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours


Day 10. Departure Day


• When it’s time to depart, you will transfer from the hotel to Keflavik Airport transfer by bus about three hours before your flight. If your departure is in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

Included:
• Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
• Shuttle Transfer to Keflavík International Airport on Departure

• Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
• Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra night and activities in the Reykjavík area

Optional activity of the day:
Upgrade to The Blue Lagoon on departure - 2 hours 30 minutes


Tour Dates

May 06, 2021 English
May 13, 2021 English
May 20, 2021 English
May 27, 2021 English
June 03, 2021 English
June 10, 2021 English
June 17, 2021 English
June 24, 2021 English
July 01, 2021 English
July 08, 2021 English
July 15, 2021 English
July 22, 2021 English
July 29, 2021 English
August 05, 2021 English
August 12, 2021 English
August 19, 2021 English
August 26, 2021 English
September 02, 2021 English
September 09, 2021 English
September 16, 2021 English

Price Information

May 06, 2021 - May 26, 2021:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 462927 ISK (3068 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 555670 ISK (3682 EUR)
May 27, 2021 - August 31, 2021:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 503950 ISK (3340 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 641161 ISK (4249 EUR)
September 02, 2021 - September 16, 2021:
Price per person in a Double/Twin room 484744 ISK (3212 EUR)
Price per person in a Single room 594946 ISK (3943 EUR)

Payments & Terms

  • 30 % Deposit
  • A non refundable deposit on 30% should reach Iceland RoadTrip within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, Iceland RoadTrip will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.

Other Information

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

ACCOMMODATION:
The accommodations for this tour include comfortable three-star (or similar quality) hotels or well-appointed guesthouses that have been hand-picked by our local travel experts for quality and location. The rooms all have private WC and shower or bath. All provide breakfast (included in the price).
Triple rooms are not available in this tour, only single and double rooms. Please contact us for booking assistance if your travelling party contains three or more people.

This tour is not recommended for families with young children.

FITNESS & ACTIVITY LEVEL: Please note that this tour includes quite a lot of walking during tours. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk between 3-5 kilometres during days where sightseeing tours are included. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the mini-bus and at each hotel.

FOOD & DRINK:
A daily breakfast buffet is included at your booked hotels for the duration of your stay. You will also enjoy six included dinners during your travel around the country. They will include either a set 2-3 course dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients. You can choose meat, fish or vegetarian dishes by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Other meals are not included, but the guide will make sure to stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch. Drinks are also not included during the trip. You will find a great selection of restaurants in Reykjavik during your stay for the first and last night in the city.

ABOUT THE GLACIER LAGOON BOAT TOUR
We include an amphibian boat tour in your package*, where you will sail among the massive icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The excursion takes roughly 40 minutes and includes an English speaking guide who will explain to you the geology of the region and interesting facts about the lagoon. Everyone on board will receive a life vest which they must wear during the cruise.

*Please note that the Glacier Lagoon boat tour is not available in April. Instead the group will enjoy lunch together in the area, included in price.

WHAT TO PACK:

• A small backpack to store your items on the bus
• Waterproof jacket and pants
• Sturdy hiking boots
• Camera
• Lip balm and moisturiser
• Sunglasses and sunscreen
• Swimsuit and towel are recommended
• Water bottle to enjoy the clean Icelandic water

LUGGAGE INFORMATION:
To ensure comfortable seating for everyone on our tour, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage on the van. Each guest is allowed one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the van and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or daypack) to keep inside the van for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medications and so forth. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store inside the van in the overhead racks.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS:
Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and might be altered if conditions are not favourable. In the case of major changes to the programme, you will be notified and we will do our best to make sure that your experience will not be affected. F

Payment:
A non refundable deposit of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.
Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for TOURIS to ensure efficiency, including the passengers name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

Travel Insurance:
To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

Please note that this tour fills up quickly so we recommend booking with advance. An update on availability may not appear immediately at our website after the tour fills up. Kindly contact us to check for availability before making an online booking.

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