9 Days ex Reykjavik
Coach Tour maximum 36 pax
Discover the incomparable natural beauty of Iceland with a chance to see the illusive Northern Lights on this 9 day coach tour around Iceland’s famous Ring Road. Experience thermal and geological wonders such as geysers, glaciers, lava flows, and waterfalls which have featured in many famous movies and TV shows, and walk from one continental plate to another at the place where the European and North American tectonic plates meet.
- Cross your fingers and watch out for the unforgettable spectacle that is the Northern Lights
- Discover the natural wonder of Skogafoss Waterfall, famed location from many movies and TV shows
- Explore other-worldly landscapes found only in the magical lands of Iceland
2020 Departure Dates:
- February 12
- March 18
- April 8
Day 1: Reykjavik
Upon arrival into Reykjavik please clear customs and make your own way to your accommodation. Once you are at your hotel and checked in, the remainder of the day is set aside at leisure to relax after your flight and begin soaking in the Icelandic culture.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport being 50km from Reykjavik, private transfers and taxis can be extremely expensive – up to €200. For this reason we recommend the shared bus transfer options which generally cost around €30.
Day 2: Reykjavik – Vik (BD)
Today you will join your travelling companions and start your discovery of Iceland with guided sightseeing of Reykjavik, the first permanent settlement of Iceland. From Reykjavik, pass through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi on your way to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, and the nearby 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 and the black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik for dinner and your overnight accommodation.
Day 3: Vik - Skaftafell National Park – Hofn (BD)
Following breakfast at your hotel, continue your journey around Iceland’s famous 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, before continuing over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, the birthplace of icebergs and backdrop to multiple Hollywood movies. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier. Dinner and overnight stay in the Hofn area.
Day 4: Hofn - East Fjords - Egilsstadir (BD)
Breakfast at your hotel. 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. Take in the amazing views but keep an eye out for wild reindeer which can sometimes be seen in the area during the winter months. Passing through quaint 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 monster first sighted in 1345.
Day 5: Egilsstadir – Lake Myvatn Area (BD)
Breakfast at your hotel. 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 most powerful waterfall. Continue onward to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.
Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area - Siglufjordur (BD)
Following breakfast at your hotel, begin the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir before a visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the old turf farm, Laufas. Afterwards visit Akureyri, the colourful “northern capital” of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a 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 of the Arctic Sea breaking on the 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 enjoyable and friendly town for an evening stroll. Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur.
Day 7: Siglufjordur – Borgarnes (BD)
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur’s Herring-Era Maritime Museum which recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century when Siglufjordur was transformed into a frontier boom town. 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. Hrutey Island a protected nature reserve sits within the centre of this popular salmon river. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Dinner and overnight in Borgarnes area.
Day 8: Borgarfjordur - Thingvellir – Reykjavik (B)
Following breakfast at your hotel drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake, and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where Iceland's parliament, the Althing, first began to meet in the year 930, making it the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. Overnight stay in Reykjavik.
Day 9: Reykjavik (B)
Following breakfast at your hotel make your own way to the airport for your onward flight.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport being situated 50km from Reykjavik, private transfers and taxis can be extremely expensive – up to €200. For this reason we recommend the shared bus transfer options which generally cost around e30.
- Accommodation in tourist class hotels with private facilities
- Daily Breakfast
- Other Meals as Specified in Itinerary (L = Lunch D = Dinner)
- Activities and Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
- A/C Coach
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Accommodation based on the below or similar:
Icelandair Hotel Natura
Icelandair Hotel Vík
Icelandair Hotel Hérað
Sel Hotel Mývatn
Icelandair Hotel Hamar
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