12 Day Iceland, Natural Force & Beauty



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Iceland, Natural Force & Beauty
Hotel Arnarhvoll Reykjavik
Radisson Blu Saga Reykjavik
Hotel Hamar Borgarnes
Hotel Husafell Borgarbyggd
Hotel Kjarnalundur Akureyri
Siglo Hotel Siglufjordur
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri Akureyri
Fosshotel Husavik Husavik
Hotel Laxa Myvatn
Hotel Kea Akureyri
Fosshotel Hekla Selfoss
Hotel Selfoss Selfoss
Stracta Hotel Hella Hella

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Aug 27  (Sold Out) $5499 $5929*
Sep 03  (Sold Out) $5499 $5969*
Sep 10  (Sold Out) $5099 $5529*
Sep 15  (Sold Out) $5499 $6019*
Sep 29  (Sold Out) $5499 $6019*

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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include flight Akureyri-Reykjavik.

Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 8 am on Day 2.

Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms are not available for this package.

May 28 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Laxa in the Lake Myvatn area on Day 6, and at the Hotel Kea in Akureyri on Day 7.

Jun 4 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Hamar in Borgarfjordur & the Hotel Kjarnalundur in Akureyri instead of Husavik.

Jun 25 departure will be accommodated at the Icelandair Hotel Akureyri in Akureyri.

Jul 9 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Selfoss in Selfoss.

Jul 9 & Sep 10 departure will be accommodated at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel in Reykjavik.

Sep 10 departure the two-night stay in the Borgarfjordur region will be split between the Hotel Husafell on Day 3 and the Hotel Hamar on Day 4.

Sep 15 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Kjarnalundur in Akureyri instead of Siglufjordur.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is a moderately active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces. Some light hiking is required to access some sites. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking.

Flight Details

Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Reykjavik, Reykjavik-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight: Akureyri-Reykjavik
  • 10 nights accommodations
    • 3 nights Reykjavík
    • 2 nights Borgarfjordur
    • 1 night Siglufjörður
    • 2 nights Husavik or Akureyri
    • 2 nights Hella or Selfoss
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 23 meals: 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners with wine
  • Bottled water during sightseeing excursions
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Tour Reykjavík, a buzzing city combining cosmopolitan and traditional trends
  • Travel to the picturesque Borgarfjordur region, well-known for its astonishing natural beauty and historical heritage
  • Explore an Ice Cave inside Langjökull Glacier, a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Enjoy a unique perspective during a nature and birdwatching tour as you sail to the jagged and rocky islands of Breidafjordur Bay
  • Taste “hakarl,” Icelandic fermented shark, at the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Farm
  • Visit Snæfellsjökull National Park, dramatic setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður, the nearest town to the Arctic Circle
  • View Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods,” one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland
  • Pamper yourself with a soak in the warm geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths, with beautiful views over the Lake Myvatn area
  • Enjoy a whale watching expedition from Húsavík harbor, considered the Whale Capital of Iceland
  • Visit the remarkable geological and historical site of Þingvellir National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Tour Iceland’s most famous natural wonders in the Golden Circle, including Gullfoss Waterfall and the famous Strokkur Geysir
  • At Friðheimar Greenhouse, learn how pesticide-free tomatoes are grown with geothermal heat
  • Travel along the wondrous southern coast, with its stark black sand beaches and waterfalls, and stunning views of Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes
  • Attend a unique performance of the famed Icelandic horses
  • Visit the Hellisheidavirkjun Geothermal Power Plant and learn about geothermal power production in Iceland
  • Enjoy a soothing experience in the warm and mineral-rich geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon

Is This Trip Right for You?

This is a moderately active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces. Some light hiking is required to access some sites. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking.

DAY 1 - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Reykjavík, Iceland

DAY 2 - Reykjavik City Tour
Welcome to Iceland, the “Land of the Midnight Sun” - an island of dramatic contrasts forged by fire and ice. Upon arrival, transfer to Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital. After breakfast, your discovery of this modern city begins at Reykjavík University. Continue to view the Old Town center, Parliament, and the bustling harbor. On to the National Museum, the Pearl vantage point and Höfði House, site of the 1986 summit that ended the Cold War. Visit the sparkling Harpa Concert Hall glistening on the water’s edge. Drive past the city’s huge outdoor swimming pool heated by natural hot springs, the stunning Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church, whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark. The afternoon is at leisure to rest, relax or stroll the city’s main streets with its variety of shops, galleries, and coffee houses. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - Picturesque Borgarfjörður, Langjökull Glacier Ice Cave, Husafell
Depart Reykjavik and travel to the picturesque Borgarfjordur region in the western part of Iceland, renowned for its astonishing natural beauty and historical heritage. View Deildartunguhver springs, Europe's most powerful hot spring. See Reykholt and the former home of medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson, as well as Hraunfossar Waterfall. Afterward, enjoy an authentic and delicious Icelandic lunch. Then head into the uninhabited Icelandic highlands to the edge of Langjökull Glacier. From here, board a special snow truck that will drive on top of the glacier to the entrance of the Ice Cave. During this unforgettable guided visit, you'll enter the glacier to view a totally different world of blue ice, tunnels, and crevasses. Later, travel to the Húsafell area, characterized by dense woods, lava formations, crystal-clear mountain springs, magnificent ravines and rushing glacial rivers. At dinner tonight, share images of a memorable day
Overnight: Borgarfjordur
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 - The Snæfellsnes Peninsula
The exploration of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula begins in the charming fishing village of Stykkishólmur. From the harbor, set sail on a fjord boat tour to view the jagged and rocky islands of Breidafjordur Bay. Nearing the island cliffs, admire the colorful bird life and gorgeous natural rock formations. During your sail, a shellfish plough lowered into the ocean catches a selection of shellfish and other sea life for viewing and tasting. Later, on to the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Farm for a taste of the unique Icelandic delicacy, “hakarl,” fermented Greenland shark. The rest of the day is spent in Snæfellsjökull National Park. The park is home to the exquisitely shaped Snæfellsjökull Glacier, the dramatic setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth. Continue through the landscape of white sandy hills, black lava fields and yellow beaches to the Lóndrangar lava formations. Then visit the abandoned Arnarstapi fishing village in a striking setting before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Borgarfjordur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Skagafjörður, Glaumbaer Museum, Herring Era Museum, Siglufjörður
A change in scenery today as you travel through fertile farmlands to the Skagafjörður area, a major Icelandic horse breeding region with a strong agricultural history. Visit the Glaumbaer Museum, featuring a renovated turf farm and timber buildings, showcasing rural 18th and 19th-century life in Iceland. At the Tannery Visitors Center, see how a fish skin is amazingly processed to create high-quality leather. Lunch in Sauðárkrókur, a small town on a scenic fjord, with one of the busiest harbors in Iceland. This afternoon, arrive in the town of Siglufjörður, nestled in a dramatic fjord at the edge of Iceland's steep northern mountains. Siglufjörður was once the most famous herring fishing town in the world and had a great influence on the social and economic structure of Iceland. Visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum, a collection of five historic buildings housing exhibitions and artifacts related to the history of the herring industry. Evening at leisure to explore on your own
Overnight: Siglufjörður
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 - Akureyri, Godafoss Waterfall, Lake Mývatn, Nature Baths
After breakfast, depart Siglufjörður and drive through the Héðinsfjarðargöng tunnels and the villages of Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík to Akureyri, the unofficial capital of northern Iceland. Then continue to the Lake Myvatn area for a day of breathtaking vistas and fascinating landscapes. Stop at the majestic two-tiered Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. In this paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. Traverse spectacular landscapes of craters and geothermal hot springs shooting jets of hot water and steam into the air, see pseudo craters, the boiling mud pots at Namaskard, the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the explosive crater at Viti. Then visit Dettifoss Waterfall, reputed to be the most powerful and largest in Europe. Located in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, this waterfall is so thunderous that it makes the surrounding rocks vibrate. End the afternoon by pampering yourself in the warm geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths surrounded by fantastic views of mountains and the Lake Myvatn area. Afterward, continue to your hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Husavik or Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 - Husavik, Whale Watching Boat Tour, Ásbyrgi National Park
A fabulous adventure awaits you today! In Husavik, whale-watching capital of Iceland, view the colorful houses, unique museums, and stunning snow-capped peaks across the bay in one of the northeast’s prettiest fishing towns. Here, set sail on Skjalfandi Bay for an exciting whale-watching expedition. Several species of whales are often sighted near Husavik, including Humpback, Orca, Minke and Blue whales. Listen to informative commentary, from the ship’s expert guide, about the behavior and breeding habits of whales as you and the ship's crew search the bay for these massive mammals. After lunch in Husavik, on to Ásbyrgi National Park, one of nature’s marvels, with its horseshoe-shaped canyon and sheer steep cliffs. View the unusual and distinctive rock formation that rises from the center of Ásbyrgi, known as Eyjan or Rock Island. Road conditions permitting, on to Hljóðaklettar Echo cliffs to view the labyrinth of “echoing rocks” created by the spiral basalt formations of arches and canyons. Tonight, enjoy dinner together at your hotel
Overnight: Husavik or Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 - Historic Þingvellir, Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir, Friðheimar Greenhouse
A short flight from Akureyri takes you back to the Reykjavik area. Upon arrival, a visit to the remarkable geological and historical site of Þingvellir where the Vikings established the world’s first democratic parliament in 930 AD. In the canyon that runs through the park, stand at one of the globe’s most geologically significant places marking the crest of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Þingvellir National Park has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On to Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall,” where thousands of tons of icy water tumble majestically into a deep gorge. In the Geysir area with its many hot springs, fumaroles, and geysers, stop at the spouting Strokkur Geysir that spews hot water high into the air every few minutes. At the end of the day, an interesting meeting with entrepreneurs at the family-run Friðheimar Greenhouse, a unique cultivation center - you’ll be impressed by the simple magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of geothermal heat. Continue to your countryside hotel for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Hella or Selfoss
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - South Shore Adventure
Journey today along the rugged landscape of Iceland‘s wondrous southern coast, with its stark and stunning black sand beaches, hot springs, waterfalls, and volcanic landscapes, leading to the dramatic sea cliffs of Dyrhólaey and the Reynisdrangar basalt columns rising out of the ocean. Linger at the fairy-tale Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, tumbling over high rock escarpments. Then visit the fascinating Skogar Museum displaying artifacts from Iceland’s old farming and fishing era. Here, learn first-hand how Icelanders creatively adapted to their challenging environment. On a clear day, experience unforgettable views of snow-shrouded Hekla, the country’s most active volcano as you travel to Vik, Iceland’s most southerly village, an official trading post since 1887. Tonight, dinner together at the hotel
Overnight: Hella or Selfoss
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 - Icelandic Horse Performance, Geothermal Energy Exhibition, Reykjavik
Today, travel northward through "saga" country to a local horse farm where you have the chance to see purebred Icelandic horses. The Icelandic horse breed has remained virtually unchanged since the Vikings brought them to Iceland in the 9th century. Attend a powerful performance and riding exhibition that emphasizes the historic role of Icelandic horses. Next, you will visit the Hellisheidavirkjun Geothermal Power Plant where you learn how geothermal energy is utilized in Iceland by more than half of Reykjavik’s population. Evening is at leisure in Reykjavik to explore the city’s vibrant international restaurants, trendy cafes and harborside pubs on your own
Overnight: Reykjavík
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 - Blue Lagoon, Farewell Dinner
This morning a truly delightful experience awaits you at the spectacular Blue Lagoon, with its warm and mineral-rich geothermal waters. Bathe in the soothing milky blue-green water, relax in a steam bath, or invigorate yourself under a Blue Lagoon waterfall. The high natural levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its vibrant blue color. The facilities include modern changing rooms and showers, an indoor geothermal pool, an on-site restaurant featuring local favorites and boutiques with seawater products to take back home. The rest of the day is at leisure in Reykjavik. In the evening, bid farewell to your new-found friends at a Farewell Dinner and share memories together of your incredible journey in Iceland
Overnight: Reykjavík
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 - Depart Iceland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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