Idyllic Iceland


  • 8 days

  • Iceland

  • Steady pace

Tour : 6990

Up to 10% off on 2020

From

£1,849 pp

Tour only

Based on 16th Feb 2020

From

£2,071 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Gatwick

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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.

*Please note that 2021 departures might be subject to itinerary and price changes, but by booking now, you will lock in your price. Should your booking be affected by an itinerary change, we’ll offer you the chance to change or cancel your booking with no penalty. Full itinerary details will be available in September 2020.

Highlights

SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA Scenic drive, see Snaefellsjokull Volcano

ARNSTAPI Walk around the harbor

EIRÍKSSTAÐIR Visit the homestead of Erik the Red

GOÐAFOSS Stop at the Waterfall of the Gods

SKÚTUSTAÐIR See the volcanic pseudo-craters

DIMMUBORGIR Visit the bubbling mud pools

MÝVATN Take a dip in the thermal Nature Baths

DEILDARTUNGUHVER See the geothermal hot springs

ÞINGVELLIR Visit the National Park

GULLFOSS See the famed waterfall

SOUTH SHORE Excursion including waterfalls, the Skogar Folk Museum, Vik and Eyrarbakki

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners

ARRIVE IN REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND

Day
1

Welcome to Iceland! If you arrive early, leave your luggage at the hotel and go out exploring Reykjavik, as check in may not be possible until the afternoon. Use your CosmosGo app for inspiration on what to see and to find your bearings. You will meet your Tour Director in the evening.

REYKJAVÍK–SNÆFELLSNES–ARNARSTAPI–SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA.

Day
2

Rich fertile farmland and rugged cliffs greet you on your morning drive along the beautiful coastal road to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. See the SNÆFELLSJÖKULL VOLCANO, which can be spotted from Reykjavík on clear days, as well as the glacier that covers its summit. More than 4,700 feet (1446 meters) in elevation, the mountain gained notoriety as setting for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Arrive in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi and walk around the harbor area to enjoy the fresh sea air and watch the antics of circling birds. Later, arrive at the dramatic black-pebble Djúpalónssandur beach, where four lifting stones ranging from 50 to 340 pounds were once used to qualify men for work on fishing boats. Spend the night in the quaint Snaefellsnes area.
Today’s Distance: 96 mi/ 155 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA–EIRÍKSSTAÐIR–AKUREYRI.

Day
3

Iceland’s natural beauty unfolds as you drive through green pastures and meandering lava flows that have formed over the centuries. Via the colorful harbor town of Stykkishólmur, U.S. Marine landing site in the novel Red Storm Rising, reach the Haukadalur valley, home to some of the country’s most famous geothermal features. At Eiríksstaðir, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and scents of ERIK THE RED’S FARM which is also the birthplace of Leif the Lucky, said to have discovered America. This afternoon, head into Skagafjörður, the renowned “Valley of Horses” and one of Iceland’s most prosperous agricultural regions. Overnight in Akureyri, the “Capital of North Iceland".
Today’s Distance: 241 mi/ 388 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

AKUREYRI. EXCURSION TO GOÐAFOSS & MÝVATN

Day
4

First stop this morning is at GOÐAFOSS, the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Then, follow the shores of Mývatn Lake for vistas of the splendid volcano, peaceful wetlands, and abundant wildlife. Later, stop at Skútustaðir to see the intriguing volcanic pseudo-craters; DIMMUBORGIR, the “Catacombs of Hell,” with its bubbling mud pools, volcanic caves lava tubes and unusual rock formations; and the Krafla caldera with its ochre-colored glow of subterranean lava. Relax in the mineral-rich waters at the MÝVATN NATURE BATHS before returning to Akureyri for another overnight.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 210 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

AKUREYRI–REYKHOLT

Day
5

Today features an introduction to the spectacular geothermal hot springs at DEILDARTUNGUHVER. Here, you’ll find clusters of emerald-green deer ferns growing, a plant that grows nowhere else in the country. Next up is the tiny hamlet of Reykholt, former home of medieval Icelandic poet, historian, and politician Snorri Sturluson. Then, see the fascinating series of waterfalls at Hraunfossar before enjoying a stroll along the riverbanks to the BARNAFOSS waterfall, where the glacial cascade has carved out rock formations.
Today’s Distance: 238 mi/ 383 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

REYKHOLT–ÞINGVELLIR–GEYSIR–GULLFOSS–REYKJAVÍK

Day
6

Some of Iceland’s most spectacular sights are on the agenda today as you visit ÞINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK, a rift valley and boundary between the North American and Eurasian continental plates. See geysers as they erupt from the earth’s geothermal vents, and, later, see the famed GULLFOSS waterfall before heading back to Reykjavík.
Today’s Distance: 163 mi/ 263 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

REYKJAVÍK. EXCURSION TO THE SOUTH SHORE.

Day
7

Explore the South Shore today, and have your cameras ready for the awe-inspiring SELJALANDSFOSS and SKÓGAFOSS waterfalls. Then, visit the tiny settlement of Skógar to admire turf farmhouses, a pioneer-era hydroelectric plant, and examples of many periods of Icelandic architectural history at the SKÓGAR FOLK MUSEUM. On to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, to see its black-basalt beach, counted as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches on Earth in Islands Magazine. The cliffs here are home to a large seabird population, including puffins. Finally, marvel at the Sólheimajökull glacier before enjoying a stop in the village of EYRARBAKKI.
Today’s Distance: 71 mi/ 114 km

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

REYKJAVÍK.

Day
8

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Please note that hotels outside of Reykjavik may not always be of the standard usually expected. Porterage is not included.

Departures from October to April include evening Northern Lights Hunt excursions on day 2 and day 5.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

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£1,849 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach

Tour with flights

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£2,071 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes

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