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Winter Retreat In East Iceland

(7 days / 6 nights)

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Explore the stunning nature of East Iceland

Experience an Iceland that few tourists get to see. This off the beaten track guided tour gives travellers access to the stunning landscape and natural wonders of East Iceland. Experience breathtaking winter scenery with local guides that are experts in local traditions, culture and cuisine. You will stay at carefully-selected boutique accommodation in Seyðisfjörður, a village that has become a retreat for artists, and Egilsstaðir town by the enchanting Lake Lagarfljót, and embark on exciting excursions.

Type

Partially Guided

Interest

Active, Culinary Experience, Northern Lights, Off the Beaten Path, Relaxation and Spa

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Thursday

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Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Iceland & Explore the Capital – Thursday

    On arrival to Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant city centre and its many museums, restaurants and bars for all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    In the evening, why not join an excursion in the search of the Northern lights? 

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

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  • Day 2: The Famous Golden Circle – Friday

    Visit some of Iceland’s most famous sights today on a guided bus tour of the classic Golden Circle route, starting with the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can walk along a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall along with the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and the more active Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. The tour takes about 7-8 hours and includes pick-up and return to your hotel.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

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  • Day 3: Fly to Exhilarating East Iceland – Saturday

    The first part of the day you can spend exploring Reykjavík at your leisure, or you can join an optional excursion of your choice from the city.

    In the late afternoon, head to Reykjavik Domestic Airport (Approx. 10-minute taxi transfer not included) for your 1-hour flight to East Iceland, departing at 18:00. You will be welcomed at the Egilsstaðir airport by your escort and transported over the breathtaking mountain road to the picturesque village of Seyðisfjörður. On the way, your escort will discuss the programme for the days ahead along with practical details.After settling in at your hotel, you will experience a taste of fresh fish caught from the fjord itself.

    Spend the night in Seyðisfjörður.

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  • Day 4: Enjoy a Tranquil Wonderland in Seyðisfjörður – Sunday

    This morning you will embark on a unique winter adventure to Skálanes, a nature and heritage centre located at the mouth of Seyðisfjörður fjord. Getting there is part of the adventure as a modified super-jeep is needed for the trail, and the very last leg of the journey includes a short walk on snow shoes. The journey is highly rewarding as at the end of the trail you will experience a truly remote and peaceful site, a tranquil winter wonderland displaying the best of East Iceland. 

    The journey takes five hours and once back at your hotel, you will enjoy some free time to relax.

    After dinner, which will include local cuisine, you will enjoy a one-hour walk around the old town with our local guide. You will learn about the people who live here, their livelihood and challenges. You will learn about the local art scene, culture and heritage and how the natural elements play a big role in people’s everyday lives

    Spend another night in Seyðisfjörður.

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  • Day 5: Action & Nature in the Eastern Vastness – Monday

    Today you will say goodbye to beautiful Seyðisfjörður. After breakfast, your guide will take you back across the winding road of the mountain pass to Egilsstaðir. You might get the opportunity to grab a few last pictures of the beautiful winter scenery in the fjord.

    The course is set for Lagarfljót lake, home of the mythical beast Lagarfljótsormurinn. You will be making the first stop on this 7-hour tour at Hallormsstaður, the largest forested area in Iceland. You will take an action-packed ride on an ATV quad bike through the forest, as well as a short guided walk. Afterwards, you will continue to the Wilderness Center where you will experience a visually stunning exhibition on life in and near the highlands. Lunch at the Wilderness Center is included. Then the tour continues through wondrous winter scenery and makes a stop at Snæfellsstofa, the visitor centre for Vatnajökull National Park, before driving towards Skriðuklaustur, a unique and beautiful house with a lot of history.

    In the late afternoon, you will return to Egilsstaðir for check-in at your hotel and free time to spend at your leisure. In the evening, you will have a delicious 3-course meal at your hotel.

    In the evening, relax and enjoy the stunning spa at Gistihúsið Lake Hotel.

    Spend the night in Egilsstaðir.

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  • Day 6: Return to Reykjavik – Tuesday

    Now it’s time to head back to the capital city after spending the morning in Egilsstaðir. At noon you will be picked up at your hotel and transported to Egilsstaðir airport for your flight back to Reykjavík.

    Back in Reykjavik, you can take a taxi from the domestic airport to your hotel (not included in the price), and you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure. There are many spots and places to discover in the city centre like Hallgrímskirkja church, Tjörnin pond and City Hall as well as Harpa Concert Hall to enjoy some of the exiting options on offer. You can also visit numerous cafes and shops along Laugavegur, the main street, as well as stopping by one of the city‘s many museums.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 7: Relaxing Blue Lagoon & Departure from Iceland – Wednesday

    No trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa renowned for its bright blue, mineral-rich waters and unique lava surroundings. Soaking in the lagoon with a silica mud face mask and a cocktail in hand is a memorable ending to your stay in Iceland and a fantastic way to relax before your flight. You can also enjoy the sauna, steam room, mini-waterfall, as well as the café and gift shop inside the facilities. You will be picked up at your hotel for the tour, and after your visit to the Blue Lagoon you will take a short bus ride to Keflavik International Airport for your journey home.

    Note: If your flight is in the morning, we will change your travel itinerary accordingly. In-water massages are also available at the Blue Lagoon, and we recommend booking those well in advance. Please note that the Blue Lagoon is closed 23rd – 27th of April 2017. 

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Accommodation

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

Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel or well-appointed guesthouse. All provide breakfast (in..

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  • The Blue Lagoon will be closed on April 23 – 27, 2017. Children younger than 2 years of age are not permitted in the lagoon.
  • As this is a winter tour, guests are required to bring appropriate clothing and gear. Good hiking shoes and warm water- and windproof clothes are a must.
  • Additional outerwear and safety gear will be provided for optional outdoor activities like snow shoe hiking, quad-biking, etc.
 
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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