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Ultimate Iceland

Duration 10 days

Destinations visited :
  • Iceland
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Roam through desolate landscapes and past natural wonders, following in the footsteps of Vikings – from Reykjavik to the largest lava mass to have flowed on the face of the earth.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Arrive Reykjavik
Delve into a mythical land forged by fire and ice. Our epic journey through lush lava fields and the windswept landscapes of Iceland begins in the quirky capital of Reykjavik. Spend time exploring Iceland’s Viking heritage and admire the beautiful natural backdrop, before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Grand Reykjavik
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Reykjavik – Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geyser area – Vík area
We leave the capital, journeying through Iceland’s volcanic landscapes to Thingvellir National Park, where we will see first-hand how the movements of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates have carved into the earth’s crust. Visit the world-famous hot spring area of Geyser and see Strokkur shoot a spectacular plume of water and steam high into the air. Our next stop is the ‘Golden Waterfall’ of Gullfoss, saved at the turn of the last century by the tenacity of a farmer’s daughter who threatened to throw herself into its depths if it was developed for hydroelectric power. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, before arriving in the Vík area for dinner.
Hotel: Katla
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 3

Vík area – Skaftafell – Jökulsárl��n – Höfn
This morning, we cross the vast expanse of Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth, before reaching Skaftafell National Park. See the largest glacier in Iceland, the Vatnajökull, before continuing to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, for magnificent views of the ice cap and drifting icebergs that melt into obscurity in the lake’s waters. This afternoon, ‘Dive Into Culture’ at the Thorbergur Centre, where you’ll learn about one of Iceland’s most famous 20th-century writers over cake, and coffee or tea. Later, we travel to Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland.
Hotel: Höfn Hotel
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 4

Höfn – Eastern fjords – Lake Lagarfljot
The mystical landscapes of Almannaskard Pass provide a spectacular backdrop for our leisurely journey along the majestic southern coast of Iceland. We continue to the East Fjords with their towering mountains that plunge dramatically into the Norwegian Sea. Tonight, we stay on the shores of Lake Lagarfljot, in Iceland’s biggest forest.
Hotel: Hallormsstadur
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 5

Lake Lagarfljot – Dettifoss – Lake Myvatn – Akureyri (2 Nights)
Explore the vast moonscape of Mödrudalsöræfi, a highland desert plateau which astronauts once used as a practice ground for their voyage to the moon. Then journey to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, before continuing towards Námaskard Pass with its colourful bubbling mud pools. See the natural beauty of Lake Myvatn and the twisted Dimmuborgir rock pillars, chimneys and towers that rise from the surrounding lava landscape. We journey north to the bustling port of Akureyri with its fine timber buildings beautifully restored to their original glory, stopping en route at Godafoss Waterfall.
Hotel: Kea
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 6

Akureyri – Siglufjördur Excursion
Spend the day in the fishing town of Siglufjördur, nestled within a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland’s steep northern mountains. Explore the town at your leisure or consider a whale watching excursion for a chance to see these majestic creatures up close. Amble along the harbour lined with colourful façades or visit one of the local art galleries before returning to Akureyri in the afternoon for some time at leisure. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 7

Akureyri – Borgarnes
Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjördur, renowned for its horse breeding traditions. Here, we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ over a Be My Guest lunch on a local horse farm. Learn about the unique Icelandic horse breed and watch a short riding demonstration, before journeying to Borgarnes, our home for the night.
Hotel: B59
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 8

Borgarnes – Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Reykjavik (2 Nights)
Connect with the geological wonders of Snæfellsnes and admire its lava fields, volcanoes, glacier, springs, beautifully formed rock, and yellow and black sand beaches. The main attraction is Snæfellsjökull glacier, a beautifully shaped stratovolcano at the very end of the peninsula. The glacier is also known as the location for Jules Verne’s novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. This afternoon, complete your circuit around Iceland as you arrive back in Reykjavik.
Hotel: Grand Reykjavik
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

DAY 9

Reykjavik Sightseeing and Blue Lagoon Visit and Bathe
Explore the small capital city of Reykjavik on a sightseeing tour this morning. See all the city’s major attractions including the Parliament, the harbour, the Harpa Concert Hall, and see the city’s main landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja Church perched at the top of a hill in the heart of the city. ‘Dive Into Culture’ at the world-famous Blue Lagoon (please remember to pack your swimwear) – its steaming turquoise waters are said to have healing powers. This evening we reminisce over the myths and legends we’ve encountered along the way, during a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends and your Travel Director.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

DAY 10

Depart Reykjavik
For now it’s time to say a fond farewell to Iceland after an unforgettable trip. Transfers are provided to Reykjavik airport. Conditions apply.
Meal: Buffet Breakfast

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Reykjavik
  • VISIT the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa
  • VIEW Námaskarð pass, lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the Godafoss waterfall
  • SEE Eldhraun lava field, Vatnajökull glacier, Eastern fjords and Lake Myvatn

Dining Highlights

  • 9 hot buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 6 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and a professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Ultimate Iceland

Roam through desolate landscapes and past natural wonders, following in the footsteps of Vikings – from Reykjavik to the largest lava mass to have flowed on the face of the earth.