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Iceland Complete Summer Tour
Come join us on our best-selling Ring Road tour! Youâ€™ll visit all the main attractions of the legendary Ring Road. Youâ€™ll find this classic circle tour provides the perfect mix of culture, nature and great value.
If you want to see the best of Iceland and enjoy great value, this is your trip! Youâ€™ll have a complete overview of â€śmust-seeâ€ś Ring Road attractions such as the Golden Circle, the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss and SnĂ¦fellsnes Peninsula. Youâ€™ll see the amazing diversity of Icelandâ€™s landscapes from volcanoes and glaciers to fjords and thundering waterfalls. Weâ€™ve also included some great experiences that show you Icelandâ€™s unique culture and geology. We offer this tour in two sizes: Classic and Small Group.
Maximum size: Classical: 36 participants;
Small Group: 16 participants
Small Group offered on May 2, Jun 6, 20, Jul 11, 25, Aug 8 and Sept 12, 26, 2023. Please inquire about price.
We support Icelandic nature! As part of our pledge to preserve Icelandâ€™s fragile nature, all our escorted tours include carbon offsetting through KolviĂ°ur, the Iceland Carbon Fund (ICF)
Good to Know: Generally, on Day 2 â€“ 9 there will be no more than 45 minutes to one-hour driving between each tour stop. Youâ€™ll arrive at each nightâ€™s accommodation in the late afternoon.
Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, the guide will meet your group on the evening of Day 1 according to the standard â€śIceland Completeâ€ť itinerary.
If you cannot make the information meeting on Day 1 you will meet your guide on Day 2 in the lobby of your hotel in the morning. Please check the â€śServicesâ€ť section in your travel documents to see how to meet your guide at the start of the tour.
Arrival at Keflavik airport. Transfers to Reykjavik are not included in the tour. We would be happy to arrange shared or private transfers for you, so let us know at booking time.
If you arrive earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. Weâ€™d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. Itâ€™s a great way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. Itâ€™s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy cafĂ©.
Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Icelandâ€™s capital.
Please note that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 2:00pm, and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.
Day 2 Thingvellir - Gullfoss Waterfall - HveragerdiAccommodation: Ork Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
205 km / 127 miles
National Park with Geological Wonders â€“ Exploding Geysers â€“ Waterfalls
Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide and start your Iceland adventure!
After a quick introductory of our home city of Reykjavik, head to Lake Thingvallavatn, Icelandâ€™s largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the worldâ€™s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. You will have the unusual experience of walking between two continents!
Next on your journey is Gullfoss, the â€śGolden Waterfallâ€ť, where various walking paths give you photo-worthy views of the beautiful double-ledged cascade. Youâ€™ll also visit the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools.
During the day youâ€™ll get a glimpse into Icelandic local life. Visit an Icelandic family farm where tomatoes are grown using organic geothermal energy. Tour the greenhouse and sample some of the farmâ€™s sweet Icelandic tomatoes.
The day ends in Hveragerdi, a pretty town located in an active geothermal area. The locals have made clever use of underground hot springs to provide heat for homes, as well as greenhouses that grow flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Dinner and overnight in the Hveragerdi area.
Thingvellir National Park
Geysir Hot Spring
295 km / 183 miles
Volcanic Valley â€“ Waterfall Duo â€“ Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore
Breakfast at your hotel. Explore enchanting Thjorsardalur valley and its ever-changing landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers, and waterfalls. If the skies are clear, youâ€™ll also see the impressive and beautiful Mt. Hekla volcano towering over the region. Visit Stong, where you can view a replica of a Viking-age longhouse that was buried by a volcanic eruption of Hekla. The area was a filming location for Game of Thrones Season 4.
Drive along the scenic farmlands of Icelandâ€™s South Shore. Stop to admire the scenic waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Each waterfall has its own charm. Continue to Dyrholaey* and the thundering waves of the Reynisfjara black sand beaches. End the day in Vik, Icelandâ€™s southernmost town.
Dinner and overnight in the Vik area.
*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed for the bird nesting season between mid-May and the 25th of June.
Vik i Myrdal
285 km / 177 miles
Lava Fields â€“ Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs â€“ Europeâ€™s Largest Glacier
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! Youâ€™ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europeâ€™s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial out washes as you head east. Visit the national parkâ€™s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy the views of rich green landscapes and black sands dominated by several magnificent glaciers. Youâ€™ll also see Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial â€śtonguesâ€ť that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull.
Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where youâ€™ll enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. You also have the option of enjoying a boat tour amid the ice bergs (must be booked in advance). Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, named for the shrinking icebergs that settle on the black sands before drifting out to sea.
Your overnight is in Hofn, a fishing port in the shadow of Vatnajokull glacier. Dinner is on your own. Hofn has a nice selection of restaurants and cafes. The local specialty is langoustines (Norway lobsters).
Overnight in Hofn.
OPTIONAL: MUST be booked and paid in advance to ensure a spot for you on the tour. Let us know if you want to take this tour during the booking process.
Day 4: Amphibian Boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon â€“ Sail among the drifting icebergs to see them from a different angle | Duration: 30 mins | Includes: Guided tour on amphibian boat
Vatnajokull National Park
Skaftafell National Park
Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
260 km / 162 miles
Narrow Fjords â€“ Steep Mountains â€“ Picturesque Coastline â€“ Local Microbrewery
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Weâ€™re sure youâ€™ll love the amazing views, so keep your camera ready. You will also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. One of these is the tiny village of Breiddalsvik. Your group will visit the Beljandi Microbrewery and sample some of the wonderful beer. The local community came together in 2017 to transform a rustic warehouse into a charmingly quirky brewery. Youâ€™ll meet one of the townsfolk and get a feel for life in a small Icelandic town, as well as see how great beer is made.
The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Icelandâ€™s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.
255 km / 158 miles
Highland Desert â€“ Bizarre Lava Formations â€“ Geothermal & Volcanic Wonderland
Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi, desolate and yet hauntingly beautiful, as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. Your route takes you by a historical Modrusalsoraefi; it is located at the highest altitude of any working farm in Iceland. Stop at Dettifoss, Europeâ€™s largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to the Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. We often feel like we are visiting another planet when we come here, and you may the same way. Itâ€™s such a surreal experience!
Walk along the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and peek into Grjotagja, a cave with underground hot springs. Explore the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. They look as if they were built by fantasy creatures. Legend has it that elves live here, so be respectful during your visit.
Youâ€™ll definitely see why the surreal Myvatn area has become so popular as a movie location.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area
Dimmuborgir Lava Pillars
Day 7 Lake Myvatn - Akureyri - Siglufjordur - SkagafjordurAccommodation: Hofstadir Country Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
245 km / 152 miles
â€śWaterfall of the Godsâ€ť â€“ The Beautiful Troll Peninsula â€“ Historical Museum
Breakfast at your hotel. Start your dayâ€™s adventure with a visit to magnificent Godafoss waterfall, one of North Icelandâ€™s most important symbols. Afterwards, youâ€™ll see Akureyri, the colorful northern â€ścapitalâ€ś of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur fjord. After spending some free time in Akureyri, youâ€™ll continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. Youâ€™ll surely be amazed at the steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and its black sand coastline.
Stop in Siglufjordur, a town with some of the countryâ€™s most beautiful timber buildings. Visit the townâ€™s award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a frontier-like boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. The museum will transport you back to that exciting time.
Head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to your overnight in Skagafjordur, a scenic region full of historical sites and folk tales.
Dinner and overnight in Northwest Iceland.
The Herring Era Museum
335 km / 208 miles
Viking Horse Demonstration â€“ Europeâ€™s Largest Hot Spring â€“ Picturesque Waterfalls
Breakfast at your hotel. Icelanders consider the Skagafjordur area to be one of the countryâ€™s finest places for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait â€“ the tolt. This horse breed has remained unchanged since Viking times.
Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau taking you into West Iceland. Drive through Borgarfjordur, a region that has been getting international recognition for its lovely volcanic and wooded scenery and for its Viking history. Walk up to the top of Grabrok crater for an amazing view. Listen to the powerful rushing waters of Deildartunguhver, Europeâ€™s mightiest hot spring area. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, where brightly blue water rushes through black lava formations. Nearby is Barnafoss, a waterfall with even more brilliantly blue colors. There is an interesting and poignant legend associated with this waterfall.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Borgarfjordur area.
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
405 km / 252 miles
Snaefellsjokull Glacier â€“ Pebble Beaches â€“ Sea Cliffs with Birdlife â€“ Quaint Fishing Villages
Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will explore the amazing variety of natural landscapes in Snaefellsjokull National Park. The parkâ€™s crown jewel is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself, which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. In addition, youâ€™ll also see Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi, you can observe magnificent basalt rocks in stacked formations.
One Icelandic Saga mentions that Snaefellsnes and its people are protected by a benevolent half troll who lives high on the glacier. You might even find a sense of magic and healing energy in this beautiful peninsula.
At the end of the afternoon, your journey leads back to Reykjavik. Your guide will bid you farewell at your hotel.
Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.
Snaefellsjokull National Park
Day 10 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning flight. Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. The airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.
We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant trip back to your homeland and hope to see you in Iceland again!
Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.
Price IncludesVisit to the Excavated Stong Viking-Age Longhouse (day 3)
Visit to Fridheimar Geothermal Greenhouse (day 2)
Icelandic Breakfast (except Arrival Day
Accommodation 9 Nights in a Standard Room With Facilities
Free Wi-Fi on Board Motor Coach
Expert Professional English-Speaking Local Guide from Day 2 to Day 8
Welcome Meeting With Guide at Hotel on Evening of Day 1
Guided Coach Tour from Day 2 to Day 6
Microbrewery Visit and Beer Tasting in Breiddalsvik (day 4)
Entrance to the Herring Era Maritime Museum (day 7)
Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)
Seat Rotation During the Tour
Price Does Not IncludeGuaranteed Early Check-in or Late Check-out
Round-Trip Transfers Between Airport and Hotel
Personal Travel Insurance (highly Recommended)
Baggage Porterage at Airport/Hotel
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