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Iceland Small Group Tour
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Day 1 – Arrival - Your private coach will be waiting for you at the airport, ready to deliver you to your accommodation in Reykjavík for check-in. The drive takes about 45 minutes and goes through the lunar landscape and moss-covered lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Please note: Normal check in hours at hotels in Reykjavík are between 14:00 – 16:00. (2:00pm – 6:00pm). Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner on your own
Day 2 – Reykjavik – Þingvellir National Park – Borgarfjörður - Laugarbakki - Departure from Reykjavik to Þingvellir National Park, remarkable for its geology and the most historic site on the island. Onwards to the fertil Borgarfjörður where we visit the spectacular waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. We visit Reykholt, home of the eminent 13th century scholar, politician and writer of sagas, Snorri Sturluson. The final stop of the day will be at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, before we continue our journey to the north of Iceland, and head on to Laugarbakki, a peaceful area steeped in old legends of outlaws, sorcerers and Medieval battles.
Dinner and overnight in the Laugarbakki area.
Day 3 – Vatnsnes – Skagafjörður – Siglufjörður - Check out and continue your journey in North Iceland. We leave road #1 and head towards Hvítserkur, one of the most unique rock stack formations in Iceland. It is located on the east shore by Vatnsnes peninsula about 30 km from the mainroad and rises about 15 meters high on the beach and gives the appearance of a dragon, drinking water. Continue to the beautiful Skagafjörður district, a place where many important historical events have occurred. You will visit the Icelandic Emigration Center in Hofsos, which is dedicated to commemorate Icelandic emigrants to North America and to promote connections between their descendants and the people of Iceland.
Onwards through a region of steep mountains and far-reaching ocean views en-route to the herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður. This pretty town is nestled in a dramatic fjord overlooking the vast Arctic Ocean. There is free time time to explore Siglufjörður. Points of interest include the harbour, the church and local art galleries, cafés and shops and even a microbrewery.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Sigló in Siglufjörður.
Day 4 - Siglufjörður – Akureyri – Húsavík - Check out after breakfast. Morning visit to the award-winning Herring- Era Maritime Museum. Here you will be introduced to the story of the 20th century herring migration “boom” that transformed Siglufjörður into a bustling community overnight. Some historians believe this is the event that helped modernise Iceland as a nation.
Afterwards, we visit the quaint fishing village and the family owned fish factory at Hauganes where you will learn about the interesting history which is entwined with the fish industry history in Iceland. Those brave enough could join “The Rotten Shark Club of Hauganes” by tasting fermented shark, washing it down with a special brew.
Onwards to Akureyri, the vibrant “Capital of the North.” Enjoy some free time in Iceland’s second largest community. Set in a scenic fjord, Akureyri is a town with a vibrant art and culture scene. Afternoon arrival at Húsavík, a pretty coastal town in the remote North of Iceland.Dinner and overnight in Húsavík.
Optional: 1) Visit to a local microbrewery, which brews Húsavík “öl”. 2)Visit to Geosea geothermal spa
Day 5. Húsavík – Tjörnes – Dettifoss – Lake Mývatn - Ahead is a fully-packed day of wildly varying landscapes.Drive along the fossil-rich Tjörnes peninsula to the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. This is the Jökulsárgljúfur region of the park, where glacial floods and volcanic eruptions have created a unique landscape.
Explore the lush vegetation growing in the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi. Vikings believed it was a hoof-print left by Sleipnir, Odin’s eight-legged flying horse from Norse mythology.The next stop is at the powerful Dettifoss waterfall, the largest one in Europe.Afternoon arrival by Lake Mývatn.
Dinner and overnight at hotel by Lake Mývatn.
Day 6. Lake Mývatn - Travel to the unforgettable Lake Mývatn area, a geological wonderland that includes the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo-craters at Skutustadir and Laxa Salmon River. Some of the most bizarre attractions in the region are the bubbling mud pits and vibrant colours of Namaskard geothermal area. Looming over the area is Krafla, the volcano that created this bizarre wonderland and whose energy provides power and hot water to the region. Mývatn’s fantastical landscapes have made it a filming location for the popular HBO Game of Thrones series, as well as several Hollywood movies.
Optional: Top off your amazing Mývatn visit with a relaxing soak in the geothermal Nature Baths before overnighting at your hotel.
Dinner and overnight at hotel by Lake Mývatn.
Day 7. Akureyri - Flight to Reykjavik - Breakfast at your hotel. On our way back to Akureyri we stop at Goðafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods). Here glacial water thunders around surrounding lava to create a beautiful half-circle shaped cascade.Then transfer to Akureyri airport for your flight( duration appr 45 min) back to Reykjavík.Transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík for your last night in Iceland.Dinner on own.
Day 8. Departure - Unguided transfer to Keflavík Airport for the return flight.
Please note: One Northern Lights tour as described here below is included but it will depend on conditions where and when we will operate it. When staying outside Reykjavik you can go outside, take a walk and search for the Northern Lights.
Northern Lights - Guide Coach tour. Watching the fantastic colours of the northern lights dance across the arctic sky is an unforgettable experience, and Iceland is one of the best places to see them! The northern lights are mostly observed on crisp, still evenings. This tour takes your group away from the city lights to give you the best chance of witnessing this spectacular natural phenomenon.(Please note: northern lights are a natural phenomena and sightings can not be guaranteed)
21/11/22 - 05/12/22
Set your focus on the north of Iceland and discover a truly special place, known for its diverse, otherworldly landscapes and incredible photo opportunities. This is an official Arctic Coast Way tour, perfect for exploring Iceland’s first scenic byway!
Each area is filled with activities and culture so you can enjoy North Iceland’s brand of outdoor fun, truly spectacular scenery, and local charm just south of the Arctic Circle.
Important Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions.
What is The Arctic Coast Way?
The Arctic Coast Way opened in June 2019 as Iceland’s first scenic byway. Lonely Planet chose the Arctic Circle Way as its Top 2019 Destination in Europe. This 900 km (559 mile) route follows the North Atlantic Ocean near the Arctic Circle and is ideal for people who enjoy taking their time while travelling. It’s a perfect opportunity for getting off the beaten track, discovering remote places and connecting with local cultures. The route includes six peninsulas reaching far out into the ocean, taking you from black sandy beaches to spectacular cliffs, along glacial river deltas and fjords to high mountains. Each of the little towns along the way tells a unique story about life on the edge of the Arctic.
*Limited to maximum of 18 guests
Meet and greet at Keflavík International Airport upon arrival and transfer to hotel in Reykjavík
Guided coach tour as per itinerary
Northern lights tour x 1 (not included in Sept)
Departure transfer without guide
Accommodation 2 nights with breakfast in Reykjavík
Accommodation 5 nights with breakfast in countryside
5 dinners in the countryside(3 courses or buffet dinners incl coffee, tea and natural spring water)
Entrance to the Icelandic Emigration Center in Hofsos(day 3)
Entrance to the Herring- Era Maritime Museum (day 4)
Visit to Ektafiskur in Hauganes including a shark taste and schnapps(day 4)
Domestic flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik incl apt tax
Lodging tax and VAT
Breakfast on arrival day
Dinners in Reykjavik
Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh Icelandic tap water
Guide at departure transfer
Porterage at airport and hotels*
Guaranteed early check-in or late check out
Optional tours and activities other than mentioned in the itinerary
Any service not specifically listed under "included"
*Luggage porter service is not available at many Icelandic hotels. Participants should pack light. A good rule of thumb is to bring no more than what you can comfortably carry between the bus and your hotel room.
Northern Lights tours are not recommended until end of Sept/beginning of Oct. Northern Lights tour is therefore not included in Sept rates.
Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking. If the suggested accommodation does not have availability at the time of booking, Iceland Travel reserves the right to re-quote and base prices on the actual, available accommodation.
For further details, please read carefully the Terms & Conditions and useful information.