Circle Tour Whale Watching

   
 
 

Country Life Iceland Tour

Circle Tour With Whale Watching

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CIRCLE TOUR OF ICELAND EXPERIENCING NATURE, CULTURE, HISTORI AND WHALE WATCHING

This round-the-island tour shows you the ever-changing scenery of the Icelandic countryside, through mountains and valleys, with volcanoes, glaciers, rivers, hot springs and waterfalls. This is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the very best of the variety of Icelandic landscape, culture and history in one week. You will visit two of Iceland’s three National Parks and there are opportunities to do some walking in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodations are in country hotels, simple and clean, and all rooms are with private facilities.

HIGHLIGHTS and EXPERIENCES included:

Whale watching, weather permitting

Boat trip on glacial lagoon among floating icebergs

Introduction to the Icelandic horse

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

Tour Code: GJ-90

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Reykjavik
Accommodation: Reykjavik Fosshotel

Arrival Keflavik Airport. 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.

 
Day 2     Reykjavik - Borgarnes - Reykholt
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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.

 
Day 3     Akureyri - Husavik
Accommodation: Fosshotel Husavik
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

FROM WEST TO NORTH (445 km/276 mls)

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.

 
Day 4     Akureyri - Lake Myvatn
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

WHALE WATCHING, GEOLOGICAL WONDERS AND NATURE BATHS (150 km/93 mls)

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.

 
Day 5     Dettifoss - Vatnajokull Glacier
Accommodation: Hallormstadir Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

FROM NORTH TO EAST (330 km/205 mls)

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.

 
Day 6     Hofn
Accommodation: Hotel Skaftafell
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE (420 km/260 mls)

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.

 
Day 7     Vatnajokull Glacier - Vik - Thingvellir
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (340 km/211 mls)

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.

 
Day 8     Geysir - Gullfoss Waterfall - Reykjavik
Accommodation: Reykjavik Fosshotel
Meals: Breakfast

RING THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TO REYKJAVIK (210 km/130 mls)

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.

 
Day 9     Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

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

 

Notes

Max. 28 Participants

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 Includes
11 Nights Accommodation in Rooms With Shower/Wc
Entrance Fee to SkóGar Folk Museum
Admission to Icelandic Settlement Center
Entrance Fee to the Nature Baths at Lake MýVatn
Introduction to Icelandic Horse
7-Day Fully Escorted 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
Price Does Not Include
 Optional Tours
 Air
GJT-0717