Complete Icelandic Experience
Complete Icelandic Experience (9 days)
With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this tour highlights the natural wonders, the majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. This tour provides the perfect mix of culture and nature.
8 nights accommodation
13 meals; 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Fees for all sightseeing referenced above excluding optional tours
Airport transfers in Iceland
Does Not Include:
Airfare to/from Iceland
Customary Gratuities to Guide and Driver
Customary Gratuities on Optional Tours
Meals other than those noted above
Items of a Personal Nature
Day 1: Arrive Keflavík
Arrive at Keflavík International Airport (KEF) and board the airport shuttle to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. If you arrive earlier in the day*, you may wish to explore Reykjavik’s old town area, location of many museums and galleries. Optional excursions can also be arranged for an additional cost such as whale watching, horseback riding or a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon. Dinner is on your own this evening and there are various options within walking distance of your hotel. Tonight, there will be an information meeting at your hotel; meet your local guide and travel companions and learn more about the journey ahead. Overnight Reykjavik. *Hotel check-in is 4:00pm
Day 2: Reykjavik to Vik (Breakfat, Dinner)
Start your journey by heading through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Drive on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall”, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey* nature reserve where you may see puffins. Continue to the village of Vik. Overnight Vik.
*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, approximately mid-May until June 25th.
Day 3: Vik to Hofn (Breakfast)
Continue your journey on the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier. Tonight dinner is on your own and Hofn has a nice selection of restaurants and cafes. The local specialty is langoustines – Norway lobster. Overnight Hofn Area.
Day 4: Hofn to Egilsstadir (Breakfast, Dinner)
Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Enjoy the amazing views: this is one of Iceland’s oldest regions with rugged mountain and coastal vistas. You’ll also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally sourced cuisine. Overnight Egilsstadir Area.
Day 5: Egilsstadir to Lake Myvatn (Breakfast, Dinner)
Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. Overnight Lake Myvatn Area.
Day 6: Lake Myvatn to Siglufjordur (Breakfast, Dinner)
Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the old turf farm Laufas. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, boasting charming buildings and beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord. After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Siglufjordur is a very picturesque and easily walkable town for an evening stroll. Overnight Siglufjorður.
Day 7: Skagafjordur to Borgarnes (Breakfast, Dinner)
This morning visit Siglufjordur’s award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a frontier boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait – the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos, built on both sides of the river Blanda. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau into Western Iceland, a region rich in tales of Viking explorers and mythical creatures. Head through the scenic Borgarfjordur area to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Overnight Borgarnes Area.
Day 8: Borgarfjordur to Reykjavik (Breakfast)
Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls where the brilliantly blue glacial water flows through black lava formations. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. Bid farewell to your local guide on arrival at your Reykjavik accommodations. Overnight Reykjavik.
Day 9: Depart Keflavík (Breakfast)
Board the airport shuttle to Keflavík International Airport (KEF). We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight. Continental breakfast only for early departures.
2020 per Person Rates in US Funds:
Small Group Departures (up to 16 passengers):
|April 29; May 6||$2664||$2566||$3324|
|June 3, 10, 24; July 15; August 10||$3184||$2941||$4163|
Regular Group Departures (up to 36 passengers):
|May 13; 20; 27||$2188||$2088||$2847|
|June 17; July 1, 8, 13, 20, 29; August 5, 12, 19||$2675||$2427||$3649|
|September 2, 9, 23, 30||$2484||$3357||$2292|