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Guided Iceland Circle
Escorted bus tour around Iceland, weekly departures, all year-round. Explore the island of fire and ice and travel with an international group on Iceland's ring road. Discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes. A local expert guide helps you explore the unspoiled Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers, and waterfalls. Enjoy a leisurely group tour on Iceland's ring road, combining nature, soft adventure, and cultural experiences.
Max. 30 passengers
WELCOME to ICELAND
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjav√≠k where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well!
VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (425 km/264 mls)
At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Gr√°br√≥k volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbour. Further north we stop at the turf church of V√≠√įim√Ĺri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.
THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND, LAKE M√ĚVATN & GEOTHERMAL BATHS (120 km/75 mls)
In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafj√∂r√įur fjord. In the afternoon we travel to an important spot in Iceland‚Äôs history, Go√įafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to lake M√Ĺvatn which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. We stop at the bizarre lava formations at K√°lfastr√∂nd followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at M√Ĺvatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Overnight location is at Hotel Reynihl√≠√į.
LAVA LABYRINTH, HOT SPRINGS & TRAVEL EAST (250 km/155 mls)
In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir ‚Äúthe dark castles‚ÄĚ, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch we visit the hot spring area of N√°maskar√į with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnaj√∂kull National Park. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel H√©ra√į.
Day 5 Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Jokulsarlon - HofnAccommodation: Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE (470 km/292 mls)
It‚Äôs a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnaj√∂kull ‚Äď Europe‚Äôs biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of H√∂fn, we stop at J√∂kuls√°rl√≥n, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnaj√∂kull and spend time at Europe‚Äôs largest national park, which has Iceland‚Äôs highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjub√¶jarklaustur.
SOUTH COAST (240 km/149 mls)
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near V√≠k. In the small village of Sk√≥gar there is Sk√≥gafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallaj√∂kull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall ‚Äď if you are prepared to get wet! Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Fl√ļ√įir.
ICELANDIC HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE (160 km/99 mls)
We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. We start the day at Fri√įheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We continue to Gullfoss, ‚Äúthe golden falls‚Äú, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hv√≠t√° river and attracts travelers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjav√≠k, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world's northern-most capital. Overnight is at Icelandair Hotel Natura.
Day 8 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflav√≠k Airport.
From October onward: Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubaejarklaustur is replaced by Hotel H√∂fn and Icelandair Hotel Fludir is replaced by Hotel Eyjafjallaj√∂kull in order to increase the chances to see Northern Lights
Eyjafjallaj√∂kull volcano center is replaced by Lava Exhibition in Hvolsv√∂llur (day 6)
Change In Summer 2021
Day 6 Boat trip on Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in included May through September 2021
Price IncludesArrival & Departure Airport Transfer by Flybus Plus Shuttle (no Guide) ‚ÄĘ
Escorted Coach Tour With an English Speaking Guide
Visit to Natural History & Seal Museum in Hvammstangi
Visit to Vi√įim√Ĺri Turf Church
Entrance With Towel at M√Ĺvatn Nature Baths
Admission to Petra‚Äôs Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
Multimedia Presentation at Eyjafjallaj√∂kull Volcano Information Center
Visit to Icelandic Horse Stables & Geothermal Greenhouse
7 Nights Accommodation in Iceland, in Rooms With Shower/Wc
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