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The Natural Wonders of Iceland

(9 days / 8 nights)

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See Iceland’s treasures through the eyes of a local

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! 100% Guaranteed Departures.

Type

Guided Small Groups

Interest

Best Seller, Classic, Culinary Experience, Midnight sun, Soft Activities

Season

14 April - 22 Sep

Details

Small group sizes mean these tours fill quickly, booking early also gives you the best chance of securing your desired departure date. 100% Guaranteed Departures.

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

Notes:

  • 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.

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  • 13.04.2017
  • 20.04.2017 - SOLD OUT
  • 27.04.2017 - 1 seat left
  • 04.05.2017
  • 11.05.2017
  • 18.05.2017 - 3 seats left
  • 25.05.2017 - SOLD OUT
  • 01.06.2017
  • 08.06.2017 - 1 seat left
  • 10.06.2017
  • 15.06.2017 - 2 seats left
  • 17.06.2017
  • 22.06.2017 - 1 seat left
  • 29.06.2017 - 1 seat left
  • 06.07.2017 - SOLD OUT
  • 13.07.2017 - 4 seats left
  • 27.07.2017
  • 03.08.2017
  • 10.08.2017
  • 17.08.2017 - 1 seat left
  • 24.08.2017
  • 31.08.2017
  • 07.09.2017
  • 14.09.2017
  • 21.09.2017

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

  • 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.

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  • Day 2: Golden Circle and Geothermal Farm Visit

    This morning you and your fellow travellers 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 Þingvellir 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 Friðheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from their greenhouse. 

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

    Spend the night in Selfoss.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 3: Volcanic Wonders of the South Coast

    We will start the day at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where we can walk behind the misty cascade on a footpath. Further along at the Volcano Visitor Centre at the Þorvaldseyri farm, we will browse the exhibit about the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption and its impact on the local residents. Next is a stop to the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar folk museum that displays interesting artefacts from Iceland’s old farming and fishing days.

    The last stop today is at the black volcanic beach near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. Here we will be able to see the spectacular rock arch and bird nesting cliffs of Dyrhólaey and the Reynisdrangar basalt columns rising out of the ocean.

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

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Note: The cliffs at Dyrhólaey are closed from mid-May until late June due to puffin nesting season.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • 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. Here you have the option of hiking to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which drops over a wide cliff of basalt columns that resemble organ pipes. After lunch, the journey continues to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided boat tour. Afterwards we will begin driving along the majestic East Fjords on our way to our next accommodation.

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

    Spend the night in the Breiðdalsvík area.

    Driving distance approx. 357 km / 221 mi.

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  • 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. Next we will explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn and its lunar landscapes with visits to the Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters. This is a great day for geology enthusiasts! After our sightseeing you will have the option of relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and saunas at the Mývatn Nature Baths, with a view to mountains and lava fields. Our journey ends in the seaside village of Húsavík, known locally as “Europe’s Whale Watching Capital."

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

    Spend the night in Húsavík.

    Driving distance approx. 320 km / 198 mi.

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  • Day 6: Ásbyrgi Canyon and the Whale Village

    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.

    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 harbour or perhaps join one of the excellent whale watching tours (optional). Dinner will also be on your own this evening in the village.

    Spend another night in Húsavík.

    Driving distance approx. 125 km / 78 mi.

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  • Day 7: Capital of North Iceland - Akureyri

    Leaving the Húsavík area today, our first highlight of the journey is Goðafoss, “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.

    After lunch you will have some free time to explore on your own for a while, and then we will continue onwards through the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörður on our way to our next accommodation.

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

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 8: Hidden Gems of West Iceland

    Today our drive takes us down through West Iceland, with a few stops at some lesser-known attractions along the way. On return to Reykjavik, you will be dropped off at your hotel. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 308 km / 191 mi.

  • Day 9: 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.

    Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra night and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or our other Nordic destinations.

    Note: The professional guide for each of our tours is very experienced with Iceland‘s weather conditions. In rare cases, due to bad weather or other unpredictable events, the guide reserves the right to alter routes, departure times or other parts of the itinerary to ensure the best experience for the group.


    * Due to renovations the Blue Lagoon is closed from the 24th through the 27th of April 2017 (both days included).

Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Alice, United States

The Natural Wonders of Iceland, July 2016

Breath-taking natural wonders!

Our guide/driver was friendly, knowledgable, and a delight, sharing sagas and stories, which added to our knowlege and enjoyment tremendously... sites were all wonderful... Iceland is such a hidden treasure we'd never known about and are happy to share our experiences with others and encourage them to visit your wonderful country of 

Charles and Janis, United States

The Natural Wonders of Iceland, July 2016

Friendly people

We were very impressed by the friendliness of all the Icelandic people we came in contact with.  Everyone was helpful, and anxious to please.  Our guide was excellent, personable, helpful and knowlegeable in all areas. An added bonus was his guitar playing at our farewell dinner! 

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

The accommodations for this tour include comfortable three-star (or similar quality) hotels or well-appointed guesthouse..

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Everything about this tour

Extra nights can be added by request, optional activities and combination tours are available with this tour.
 
Meals during the tour
Included in this package are 5 evening dinners with the group, as listed on the detailed itinerary. Menus are set menus or buffets. Your guide will inform you about the menus and dinner time each day. The dates of the dinners included are subject to change, but the number of dinners included is set.
 
Lunches are not included in this tour but the group will be stopping at locations where lunch and snacks can be purchased.
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day. 
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

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