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Land of Fire & Ice
Reykjavik city tour; 'Golden Circle' tour: Geysers, waterfalls, hotsprings; Arctic terns, puffins, guillemots; Bubbling mud craters; Spectacular Snaefellsnes Peninsula
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Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before any applicable taxes. The pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person costs without airfare to/from the tour; however, we can book flights from your home airport for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Sat 07 Sep 2019||Wed 18 Sep 2019||$6630 USD$6230 USD||Discounted|
|Sat 25 Jul 2020||Wed 05 Aug 2020||$6630 USD|
|Sat 05 Sep 2020||Wed 16 Sep 2020||$6630 USD|
Optional Single Supplement: $1141 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $570 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.
In the land of fire and ice, one can expect a landscape of rugged mountains and swirling seas that will leave nature enthusiasts breathless. Discover a resilient and independent culture, descendants who escaped mediaeval Scandinavia and who defied all odds to survive in a harsh environment yet are known the world over as a hospitable people. Find a land that feels far from everywhere yet leaves each visitor with a warm memory of a sublimely beautiful landscape.
Many consider Iceland to be one of the world's most visually stunning countries. Our Iceland group tours move at a fast pace, trying to best capture the waterfalls, black sand beaches, hot springs, and rugged mountains that feature in nearly every postcard perfect scene. Join us as we take on the Golden Circle Route, and along the way find vast areas of fjords, glaciers, volcanoes with lava fields and more waterfalls than one could count.
Our Iceland group tours start in Reykjavik, a walkable capital that happens to be one of the youngest capitals in Europe after only being established in the 19th century. Iceland is also the last country in Europe to be settled, with nearly half of its inhabitants residing in or around the capital.
Between museum visits and seafront walks, the link between Iceland and Nordic cultures is easily visible. The capital also provides an excellent introduction to the hot springs around the island with a visit to the Blue Lagoon.
Travelling outside of the city, the naming of the land of fire and ice becomes instantly apparent. For the relevance of ice, we explore the giant ice caps found at Eyjafjallajokull, which feeds the enchanting waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, to the Vatnajokull, translating as 'glacier of rivers.'
It is the largest glacier in Iceland and is located in the southeast of the country. At 8,100 square kilometres it is the second largest glacier in Europe and the average thickness of the ice is an incredible 400m. We will board a boat to discover the breathtaking Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon also known as the birthplace of icebergs.
In terms of fire, volcanic action has shaped and continues to shape Iceland into the dramatic land it is. We will venture to the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the pseudocraters at Skutustaair. We will also see the volcano Krafla, famous for its 'Krafla Fires,' curtains of lava fountains from a system of fissures inside the huge caldera.
The combination of the two natural features of fire and ice is best discovered in places such as the East Fjords. This stunning mountain region has been sculpted as much by glaciers as volcanic activity. On the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the landscape is a gallery of strange and beautiful lava formations, the skies are filled with birds, and the sea is alive with marine life.
The abundance of marine life is what allowed settlement to thrive in this near-Arctic country. Small fishing villages still dot the landscape, and a trip to Iceland is not complete without a whale-watching trip to spy the Minke whales, humpbacks or even the giant blue whale.
Many come to Iceland for the scenery, fall in love with the culture and dream of returning again and again. Find out why on one of our Iceland group tours.
Arline K. (Escondido, CA, US)
We enjoyed the the National Museum of Icland, jeep glacier tour, the video at the site of the Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption, the boatride on the glacial lagoon, Myvatn Nature baths, Viking House tour, fermented shark museum, etc. Sigrud, our local guide throughout the trip was knowledgeable and was very receptive to questions. We had a skilled bus driver. Food was always wonderful because Laura sought out interesting places and menus. Our tour leader was Laura was the best. I would gladly go on any tour with her. She makes the experience fun and knowledgeable. Great tour and tour leader!
Elizabeth A. (Toronto, ON, CA)
The Blue Lagoon was a highlight as well as the glacier, iceberg and whale watching. I also enjoyed the off the road walks and the visit to the sod house. All local guides were very good and provided much info about the culture and history of Iceland. All evening meals were delicious and reflected the local cuisine. Iceland is an amazing country and our tour lived up to all of our expectations. We love small group tours and the chance to experience interesting activities.
Erle J. (Gloucester, ON, CA)
I enjoyed all the excursions on this tour. I thought the local guide Sigrun was very good. She gave good presentations and responded to peoples questions. The bus was comfortable and the driver did a good job. The evening meals were very good and exceeded my expectations. There was lots of variety and we got to try a number of local dishes. Our tour leader Laura was enthusiastic about the tour and helpful.. A very enjoyable tour.
Ginger R. (Richmond, BC, CA)
Every thing was excellent. We saw so much that you wouldn't see without a guide. Iceland was beyond my expectations. Such a beautiful country and lovely people . Our guide was exceptional and lots of fun. We couldn't have had better weather which helped the overall enjoyment. The travel gods were surely with our group and there always seem to be an unexpected highlight as was the sheep herding and watching them being loaded to various vehicles.
Jean W. (Sidney, BC, CA)
I enjoyed all of the excursions on this tour. Very good transportation and Roman was a good driver. Great to have a bus with more seats than people. The meal plan met my expectations. I know that our tour leader Laura is interested in food so expected the standard to be high and it was. It was a great trip.
Jill R. (Victoria, BC, CA)
Wonderful country, great itinerary, good quality hotels and excellent food. Wonderful local guide and excellent safe driver.
Joann M. (Pittsburg, US)
Trip far exceeded my expectations. It was the first group tour I have done and I couldn't have been happier with my choice.Hard to pick favorite elements of the tour but the glacier tour by four wheel drive cars. The glacier lake that had interesting Ice figures in it and whale watching were outstanding.Our local guide was fantastic. He was knowledgeable but had a very droll sense of humor. I loved him and would rate him highly.
Linda W. (Maitland, ON, CA)
I enjoyed all the excursions. The local guides were excellent, very knowledgeable. Our tour leader Laura's personality - always energetic, always smiling, always helpful. To me she has the perfect personality for the job. Excellent trip met and exceeded most expectations.
Martin R. (Delta, CA)
Excellent and very interesting trip. Enjoyed all elements of the tour. Some that stood out were the trip to the glacier, iceberg lagoon, whale watching, volcanos, and the many awesome waterfalls.
Phyllis M. (Toronto, ON, CA)
I particularly enjoyed the total scenery which was spectacular,whale watching,walking on the glacier,experiencing the power of the waterfalls,pounding surf, the lava formations,walking to the top of a volcano,a nature walk on Day7,the Icelandic Settlement Center. Our local guide was the most thoughtful and knowledgeable man, he just kept doing nice things and whatever we asked he accommodated. The transportation was totally comfortable. The meal plan exceeded expectations, dinner presentations very well done. Our tour leader was very attentive to our needs and always in good cheer, always helpful. A very good trip,the small size and compatability of the group was great.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Best Western Hotel Reykjavík is a three star hotel located just a few minutes' walk from Reykjavík's main shopping street ... most popular attractions. The neighborhood has numerous restaurants, cafés, shops, museums and art galleries. With 85 rooms, the team at Best Western Hotel Reykjavík strives to cater to the individual needs of our guests with friendly and attentive service.
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Situated in south-eastern Iceland, in the coastal town of Höfn, this hotel offers local cuisine and modern en-suite rooms with ... flat-screen TV. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi and free private parking.
All of Hotel Höfn’s guest rooms feature a work desk and cable TV access, and some also include a tea/coffee maker. Guests can enjoy glacier and sea views from most rooms.
Höfn Hotel’s restaurant serves lobster and other specialities from the surrounding area. During nice weather guests can dine on the furnished terrace.
The hotel is within 10 minutes’ walk of Höfn Harbour and Silfurnes Golf Club, while the Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon is less than 1 hours’ drive away. Staff can help organise hiking trips.
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Located in the heart of Akureyri, gateway to the rich natural splendor of northeast Iceland, Hotel Kea has been welcoming ... since 1944 with the same high standards of elegance, quality, service and comfort which would be expected of one of Iceland’s well-established hotels. The hotel offers four halls for meetings and conferences, bars and restaurant.
Comfort, rest and relaxation come easily in all of the 104 bedrooms. They all have private bathroom, coffee and tea, making facilities hairdryer, telephone, radio and satellite television. There is room service from morning till evening and same day dry cleaning, to mention but few of the benefits of staying with us.
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Breakfast and dinner (local restaurants & hotels) daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for driver, restaurant staff, porters (if available) Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates and for early / late arrivals who book their extra accommodation through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers.* Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
* Beware private airport transfers in Iceland are costly. Taxis are reliable and much cheaper.
Seasonality and Weather
The range of temperatures experienced on this tour will be WIDE. Though there will be many comfortable, summer-like days at locales visited, Iceland, as the name suggests, can still feel very wintery if you are near the sea, in a place exposed to winds, or near an icefield.
July / August is mid-summer in Iceland, and daylight hours are long and temperatures are at their most comfortable. That said, summer temperatures are still on the cool-ish side, ranging from 9-14 C (48-58 F) on average, though some days could be up to 20 C+ (68-70 F) depending on aspect.
Our September date will be slightly cooler, with shorter daylight hours and temperatures from 7-12 C (44-55 F), on average with some exceptions, and also depending on aspect.
There is no dry season in Iceland, with precipitation spread evenly throughout the year.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport provided by private heated motor coach, 25-40 seats depending on ultimate group size.
This is not a strenuous tour per se, but it is busy with lots of moving around, full travel days, and early starts. There are also sites that require a bit of walking in order to view the attractions (views, waterfalls etc) as they are usually located well away from parking areas.
Mid-range (3*), well-located, heated, simple hotels and inns throughout. Many are smaller properties (2-3 story) and, outside of the capital, may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some will have shower only (no tub). Porters may be available (see 'Inclusions'), though you must be prepared to manage your own luggage to and from your hotel room.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver/s, local step-on guides at some locales.
10-18 (plus Tour Leader)
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