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9 days - Small group tour of Iceland exploring Iceland's culture, history and nature
This 9-day tour explores Iceland during the warmest, brightest and most colourful season of the year. June, July and August are the "official summer months" in Iceland. The temperatures are mild, wildlife is most active and nature is in bloom. The Iceland Country Life tour is a round-the-island tour showing you the highlights of Icelandic nature, geological wonders, historical and cultural sites.
In activities, you will learn about the Icelandic horse, experience fish angling, visit a folk museum with its turf houses, visit a Viking Age Settlement museum and explore the natural habitat of whales on a whale watching tour. You bathe in a pool of geothermal water rich in minerals and silica, walk on black lava beaches and sail between floating icebergs on a glacial lagoon. You visit two of Iceland’s three national parks, and there are opportunities to do some walks in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodation is in a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels; all rooms are with private facilities.
- Complete circle small group tour around Iceland’s ring road
- Climb a small volcano crater
- Whale watching & sea angling
- Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon between floating icebergs
- Soak in the geothermal nature baths at Lake Mývatn
- Visit to two national parks, Þingvellir and Vatnajökull
- Day 1
- Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík city
- Day 2
- North-West Iceland; Borgarnes and Reykholt
- Day 3
- Whale watching & Sea Angling in Eyjafjörður
- Day 4
- Goðafoss Waterfall & Lake Mývatn area
- Day 5
- Hot Springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools
- Day 6
- Villages at East Fjords, Vatnajökull & Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
- Day 7
- Explore Vatnajökull National Park
- Day 8
- Admire the waterfall of Gullfoss, the active geothermal area and Þingvellir National Park
- Day 9
- Departure day
- Start Place
- End Place
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Country Visited
- 9 Days
- Group Size
- 1 - 20
Small coach (max 20 people on tour)
- Arrival & departure transfer by FLYBUS airport shuttle (no guide)
- 7-day escorted coach tour with an English speaking guide/driver-guide
- 8 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc
- 8 x breakfast
- 6 x 3-course dinners
- Entrance fees
- Visit to two National Parks
- Whale watching & sea angling tour (weather permitting)
- Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
- Icelandic horse show
- Mývatn Nature Baths, including towel
- Icelandic settlement centre on Viking Age Iceland
- Skógar folk museum on early Modern Iceland
- Any private expenses
- Dinners in Reykjavik
- Any additional services
- Single supplement (mandatory when in single room)
Day 1 - Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík city
The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland.
Day 2 - North-West Iceland; Borgarnes and Reykholt
Start your trip with a short Reykjavík city tour before heading north-west. Visit the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes and learn about the Viking Age and the Icelandic Sagas. In the afternoon, join a short hike up the Grábrók volcano crater from where you will have a perfect view over the region and its vast lava fields. Stop at the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver where you will learn about geothermal energy. We continue to Hraunfossar, a unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacier river. Nearby is Barnafoss waterfall. Later this day enjoy Medieval Icelandic history at the cultural site in Reykholt, which was the home of the 13th-century writer, scholar and chieftain Snorri Sturluson, who wrote many sagas. Visit Snorri’s pool, one of Iceland’s most important cultural and archaeological sites.
Day 3 - Whale watching & Sea Angling in Eyjafjörður
Drive over mountain passes, lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscape to North Iceland. Early afternoon go whale watching and sea angling for 2-3 hours in Eyjafjörður – Iceland’s longest fjord right below Arctic Circle. You will see humpback and minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins – The success rate to spot whales is 99%! Finish the afternoon at Akureyri – Iceland’s second-largest city – before reaching the picturesque village of Húsavík.
Day 4 - Goðafoss Waterfall & Lake Mývatn area
Start the day with a stop at Goðafoss, “the waterfall of the Gods”. Tour the Lake Mývatn area with its abundant birdlife and amazing volcanic landscapes: pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir, lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir, volcano cone of Hverfjall before bathing the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths.
Day 5 - Hot Springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools
In the morning, explore more volcanic and geothermal areas by visiting the hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð, the volcano of Krafla and the explosion crater of Víti. Continue to see Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. Stop at Möðrudalur to visit the church at the farm. Enjoy the view of the mountain Herðubreið. In the afternoon arrive in the fertile region of Fljótsdalshérað in East Iceland.
Day 6 - Villages at East Fjords, Vatnajökull & Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
Today admire the green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscape and tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Stop at the charming village of Djúpivogur. Observe the magnificent Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Embark on a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Walk along the black sands of the so-called Diamond beach. Spend your evening in Vatnajökull National Park.
AccommodationFosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Day 7 - Explore Vatnajökull National Park
In the morning continue exploring Vatnajökull National Park. See the stratovolcano and highest peak in Iceland: Hvannadalshnjúkur. Walk close to a glacial tongue, cross a sandy desert and embrace the beautiful lava field of Eldhraun covered with blue-green moss. Stop at the black lava beach of Reynisfjara. In the little village of Skógar learn about Iceland’s early Modern history at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Admire the waterfall Skógafoss. Travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Day 8 - Admire the waterfall of Gullfoss, the active geothermal area and Þingvellir National Park
Start the day by visiting the farm of Friðheimar where you will learn about Icelandic horses and greenhouse agriculture. Spend the rest of the day travelling along the Golden Circle: the waterfall of Gullfoss, the active geothermal area of Geysir and the National Park of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the first Parliament and now a UNESCO world heritage site.
Day 9 - Departure day
After breakfast, transfer to the airport.
Price per person.
Tour starts on Saturdays: 01, 15 & 29 June, 13 & 27 July, 10 & 24 August, 7 & 21 September
2 Sep 2019
2 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
30 Sep 2019
Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.
Accommodations are subject to change.
Children above the age of 8 can join this tour.