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Cosmos escorted tours
Great value escorted tours in the world's most captivating places. No other travel company matches our expertise, on-trip experiences - with a great mix of included excursions and free time - and value.
Combining geysers, glaciers, volcanoes and waterfalls with fertile farmsteads and vibrant cityscapes, Iceland is an island of incomparable natural wonders.
With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.
You'll be picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point in a private, air-conditioned car, and we'll be waiting to take you home too.
Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.
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I very much enjoyed the tour. Although the guide was very knowledgeable about Iceland her verbal delivery was quite hesitant and did not retain my attention - particularly in the many sagas she told.
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Fly to Keflavik where you will be met by our representative. En route to your hotel, enjoy an included visit to the Blue Lagoon, a unique oasis-like pool and spa set in a large lava field edged by black sand beaches and brimming with geothermally heated sea water. Enjoy a relaxing dip in the warm, mineral-rich waters, which are thought to aid relaxation and relieve stress, whilst the white silica mud cleanses, tones and revitalises. The lagoon is fed by wells up to 2000 metres deep and reaches temperatures up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. We then take a short sightseeing tour around Reykjavik where you will travel past Hallgrímskirkja-Church, along the city pond to Lækjargata, into the heart of the capital city. We continue to the fishing harbour, past the Lutheran and Catholic cathedrals, the City Hall and the Icelandic Parliament, the Althingi.
Note: It is advisable to pack a swimsuit in your hand luggage or within easy access of main luggage for use on arrival at the Blue Lagoon. Towels are included in the admission.
Journey through richly fertile farmlands to the steep cliff stacks of Snaefellsnes Peninsula for a drive along the uniquely beautiful coastal road, overlooked by the Snaefellsjokull glacier made famous by Jules Verne in his novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. Enjoy plenty of stops to admire the cape's incredible natural wonders, including the harbour village of Arnastapi - for a walk along the cove to hear hundreds of seabirds singing, and the dramatic black basalt beach of Djúpálónssandur, before heading to Grundarfjördur for one night.
Admire Iceland's irrepressible beauty as you drive through a landscape of glorious green pastures and ancient crooked lava flows. Pass the colourfully picturesque harbour town of Stykkishólmur and journey amidst the rolling hills of Haukadalur Valley to the replica farmhouse of Erik the Red, significant in Viking history as the site from which Erik and his descendants first sailed to Greenland and Canada, for an included visit. This afternoon, head deep into the blissful Skagafjördur Valley, known as the Valley of the Horses, before driving to Akureyri, the largest town in northern Iceland, for two nights.
Visit Godafoss, the 'waterfall of the gods', before heading to the startling yet splendid volcanic vistas of Myvatn. Drive along the lakeshore, admiring the placid waters and abundant wildlife, before stopping at Skútustadir for a closer look at some intriguing volcanic pseudocraters. Next head to Dimmu Borgir's striking 'dark city', a dried up lakebed pierced by crooked yet haunting beautiful lava spires, before visiting the bubbling mud pools at Námaskard. Lastly, venture to the lake's true hot spot, Krafla, where volcanic eruptions have left the black, fissured landscape pocked with the brooding ochre glow of subterranean lava and dramatically veiled with swirling steam.
Drive to the spectacular geothermal hot springs at Deildartunguhver. Amongst the most powerful in the world, the springs are channelled through vents to heat farms and villages up to 60km away. Next, head to the appealing 'smoky hill' hamlet of Reykholt, set in a sweeping valley backed by dusky mountains and formerly home to the famed Icelandic writer Snorri Sturluson, before visiting the fascinating lava waterfall at Hraunfossar. Watch in awe as clear, fresh water seemingly 'appears' from the solid lava field before coursing down to mix with the glacial river water below. Later, stroll along the river shore to Barnafoss waterfall, where the glacial cascade has carved out eccentric rock formations, before returning to Reykholt for one night.
Today, visit some of Iceland's most spectacular sights. Begin in Thingvellir National Park, a rift valley produced by drifting continental plates and home to one of Iceland's most important historical sites, the old parliament, where the national assembly was founded in 930 AD to rule the country. Next, head to the fascinating geyser area to admire the clear, sapphire blue pool of Geysir and watch mesmerizing steam pillars erupt from the earth's geothermal vents. Reaching 30m in height, the mightiest plumes erupt from Strokkur every 5-10 minutes. Later, view the magnificent 70m plunging cascade of 'Gullfoss' - the Golden Waterfall, set against a backdrop of towering basalt columns, before heading to Reykjavik.
Explore the South Shore today including the graceful, ribbon-like waterfall of Seljalandsfoss and the awesome 60m cascade of Skógafoss waterfall. Visit the tiny settlement of Skogar, to admire turf-clad homesteads and perhaps view the delightful folk museum before continuing to the seaside village of Vik, where a lunar-like landscape of black sand beaches and surreal rock stacks is home to wildlife such as puffins, which are usually found in the summer, and seal colonies. Later, marvel at the beauty of the crisp ice of the Sólheimajökull glacier ice-wall and enjoy a visit to Eyrarbakki village before heading back to Reykjavik.
Transfer to Keflavik for your flight to the UK.
Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.
Please note that for your visit to the Blue Lagoon it is advised to have easy access to swimwear in your luggage. Towels will also be provided and are included in the price that you have paid.
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £100 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.
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Your budget travel adventure to Iceland is an amazing 8-day journey that begins and ends in the capital city of Reykjavik. You’ll discover that Iceland is one of the most fascinating countries in Europe as you experience its unique, almost lunar landscapes, as well as the simple but interesting culture of its people.
You will start your journey along the rugged coastline to Snæfellsnes peninsula to see the famed 700,000-year-old Snæfellsjökull glacier-covered volcano. You’ll also visit small fishing villages, including Djúpalónssandur – known for its legendary lifting stones to test the strength of fishermen.
Eiríksstaðir includes a replica of the sod-roofed home of Norwegian Viking, Erik the Red – also the birthplace of his son, legendary explorer Leif Erikson.
Travel through the renowned “Valley of Horses” – Iceland’s abundant agricultural region. You’ll stop at The Goðafoss – “Waterfall of the Gods” – and follow the shores of Mývatn Lake for stunning vistas of the volcano, wetlands, and wildlife.
You’ll see Dimmuborgir – the “Catacombs of Hell” – with its bubbling mud, volcanic caves, lava formations, and glow of subterranean lava. You’ll enjoy one of the local favourite activities soaking in the warm relaxing mineral waters of Mývatn Nature Baths.
Your affordable holiday in Iceland continues to the Deildartunguhver geothermal hot springs, and also takes you to Þingvellir National Park’s tremendous Gullfoss waterfall and erupting geysers.
Returning to Reykjavik, you’ll enjoy an excursion to the South Shore to capture photographs of awe-inspiring waterfalls. You’ll also learn about Icelandic architectural and engineering history in the Skógar Folk Museum.
Your Iceland budget travel adventure concludes with a priceless visit to the black-basalt beaches of Vik, ranked as one of the 10 most beautiful on Earth. The magical beauty of Iceland’s geology, nature, and culture is certainly a trip for the ages.
During the winter months, it will be likely for you to experience the spectacular natural wonder of the northern lights, or “Aurora Borealis.” The spectacular phenomenon of a stunning spectrum of light and shapes dancing against the backdrop of the night sky is sure to create indelible memories.
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