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Iceland Discovery Tour

(9 days / 8 nights)

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An Incredible Introduction to Iceland

Sit back and relax as this guided tour takes you on a ring around Iceland to see the country's most incredible natural phenomena! You will be amazed by the stunning diversity of sights, including gurgling geysers, powerful waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, surreal lava landscapes, fertile farmlands, and much more. This customizable tour is ideal for groups interested in geology, history, outdoor activities, bird watching, photography, or a wide variety of other interests.

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1:  Welcome to Reykjavik, Capital of Iceland! 

    After a “meet and greet” at Keflavik Airport, you are transferred to your hotel in central Reykjavík. After settling in, you have some free time for a leisurely stroll around the city centre before a short information meeting with your guide later in the afternoon. In the evening, enjoy dinner on your own at one of Reykjavik’s fine restaurants.

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  • Day 2: The Golden Circle

    The first leg of the journey takes you to one of the most popular tourist routes in Iceland, The Golden Circle,  which includes stops at some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland. Sights include Þingvellir National Park, the great Geysir at the Haukadalur geothermal area, and the stunning Gullfoss waterfall. Spend the night in the Hvolsvollur area. 

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  • Day 3: The Scenic South Coast 

    Today we start by visiting two picture-perfect waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss, before a short break at the nearby Skógar Folk Museum to view some interesting artefacts and old turf farm buildings. Then we drive to Vík, a village set near a gorgeous black volcanic beach. This is an ideal location for viewing the prominent rock formations of Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. Spend the night in the Skaftafell area.

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  • Day 4: The Great Glaciers

    We spend the morning exploring the Skaftafell area, a nature lover’s paradise with its variety of hiking routes (optional). Next, we continue on to the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, where we zigzag through the maze of floating icebergs with a guided boat tour (included in package). Finally, we head towards our night’s accommodation in the Djúpivogur area on Iceland’s southeast corner near Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.

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  • Day 5: East Fjords & Lake Mývatn 

    As we drive through the spectacular East Fjords towards Egilsstaðir, notable sights along the way include the majestic Mt. Búlandstindur and the charming fishing village of Stöðvafjörður. Once we reach North Iceland, prepare to be amazed by the unique landscapes of Lake Mývatn and its moon-like surroundings, including Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters. Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area. 

    NOTE! This is a long day of travelling and sightseeing.

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  • Day 6: Pearls of the North

    Today, we head to Húsavík, a lovely coastal village renowned for its excellent whale-watching tours, but first we pay a visit to the stunning Jökulsárgljúfur National Park north of Lake Mývatn. Here, attractions include the Ásbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Later in the afternoon, you can enjoy some free time the afternoon in Húsavík. Spend the night in the Húsavík area.

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  • Day 7: Akureyri & North-West Iceland

    Leaving the beautiful area of Mývatn, we visit Goðafoss waterfall on our way to Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city and the “Capital of North Iceland”. This charming city is full of life in the summertime, so we are sure to be busy during our short break here! We then head towards the north-western part of Iceland for an overnight stay. 

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  • Day 8: Return to Reykjavík 

    Today, we complete our loop around Iceland and return to Reykjavik. Along the way, our stops include Deildartunguhver, the most voluminous hot spring in Europe, the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, and the historic site of Reykholt. In the evening, after checking in to our hotel in central Reykjavik, the night is yours to enjoy at your leisure.

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  • Day 9: Departure 

    All good things must come to an end! When it’s time to say goodbye to beautiful Iceland, our guide will pick up the group at the hotel in time for departure check-in at Keflavik Airport. 

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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.

Jo Ann, United States

Iceland Grand Tour, August 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our travels

...Although we had to cut our trip short, we thoroughly enjoyed our travels and we immersed ourselves in the many natural beauties of Iceland. We have already praised your company and the services you provide and we will continue to promote Nordic Visitor as we share photos and travel stories with friends. THANK YOU ALL!

Karen, Australia

Highlights of Scandinavia by car, June 2014

Excellent assistance

Excellent assistance and communication from Jennie and wonderful accomodation. 
 
Outstanding thank you.

Accommodation

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

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (i..

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Quality

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Everything about this tour

Extra nights can be added by request; contact us for details This tour can be customized to include optional activities or combination tours; contact us for details
 
Special Interest: General Interest, Nature, Culture
 
Language: English/French/German/Spanish/Italian/Danish/Norwegian/Swedish. Other languages upon request
 
Group size: 10-45
 
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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