Volcanoes and Glaciers in Iceland

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With Iceland being one of the most geologically young and active areas in the world volcanoes are plentiful! This tour gives you the perfect opportunity to witness and experience the marvels of mother nature in its purest form, while exploring the main attractions of South Iceland, including the unique Westman Islands.

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Highlights
  • Skógar Folk Museum, Eldheimar Volcano Museum, and Lava Centre
  • Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon with option to add on a boat tour
  • The site of a former 12th-century Catholic convent in the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • Visit the multi-tiered “Golden Falls” and the geothermal area of Geysir
  • Ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Details

Group Size: Min 2 / Max 36

2018 Departures:
English only
May: 06, 13, 20, 27
June: 03, 14, 24
July: 08, 12, 22, 29
August: 09, 12, 19, 26
September: 02, 09, 16, 23

French only
June: 10, 17
July: 01, 15

2018 Pricing:
May:
US$1,655 – twin
US$2,077 – single
June – August:
US$1,940 – twin
US$2,595 – single
September:
US$1,910 – twin
US$2,565 – single

Prices are shown in US$ per person based on indicated room type, two people sharing a twin room, one person in a single. Triple rooms are not available on this tour.

Children 6-11 years sharing a twin room with two adults receive a 25% discount off listed prices. Children 12 and older pay full adult price. This tour is not recommended for children 5 years of age or younger.

The tour operator reserves the right to increase prices already quoted or published in their price list without notice in the event of currency fluctuation, government tax increases or due to any other cost increases that are outside their control. We will pass on any such increases as soon as we are made aware of them by the tour operator.

Tour Code:
008202C-25

Itinerary
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Day 1: Arrival Reykjavik

Transfer to Reykjavik. We can pre-book a coach or private transfer for you in advance and combine it with your tour. There is also the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon on your way from Keflavik to Reykjavik. Early check-in at your hotel is not guaranteed and most hotels begin check-in around 2:00 p.m. However, you can leave your luggage in storage at the hotel and go out for a walk and some lunch before returning for check-in. The balance of the day is yours to explore Reykjavík, the largest municipality in Iceland. Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavík stands today. The town got its name “Smokey Bay” after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital. Overnight stay in Reykjavík.

Day 2: Westman Islands – Pompeii of the North

Breakfast at your hotel.  The first stop today will be made at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall. Travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbor. After arriving at the Bakkafjara pier, take a 30 minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands. The destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westmans and the only inhabited one. Visit the island´s  Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area. During mid-May through the beginning of August it is also possible to see puffins here. Take a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago.  Visit Eldheimar Museum and explore the flora growing in the new lava field. Afternoon at leisure to explore the island and enjoy a local dinner on your own. Overnight in the Westman Islands.

Day 3: Skógar - Sólheimajökull Glacier - Vík - Folk Museum - Ice Walk

Breakfast at your hotel. Take the ferry back from the Westman Islands and travel further on along the south coast. Pass numerous glacial rivers en route to Skogafoss waterfall. A famous folk museum is nearby, showcasing the buildings and daily life of Icelanders in the past centuries. Continue on to the black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Here you can witness the powerful waves and amazing basalt column features carved by the power of the sea. Dinner and overnight stay in Vik area for the next 2 nights.

Day 4: Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Skaftafell - Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll be in the area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth before reaching the small town Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. Head onwards to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacier-ringed valley in Vatnajökull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. An optional boat trip (extra charge) takes you on a sail between the icebergs. Return to Vík for dinner and overnight.

 

Day 5: Gullfoss - Geysirs - Thingvellir National Park - Reykjavík

Breakfast at your hotel. Start with a visit to the new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Afterwards head for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous great Geysir as well as Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes. Travel onward to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. The next stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. This is also where you can see the meeting point where the European and North American tectonic plates meet. After some time to explore Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik. Dinner on your own and overnight stay in Reykjavík.

Day 6: Departure

Transfer from your Reykjavik hotel to the international airport at Keflavik. The transfer is not included in your tour but we are happy to book it for you and add it to your tour. If you didn’t already visit the Blue Lagoon you have a final chance today, if you are on a late day flight.

This day by day itinerary is subject to change by the tour operator without advance notice. The tour operator’s itinerary takes precedence over this outline.

Included
  • 4 day guided tour from/to Reykjavik
  • 2 nights moderate accommodation with private facilities – Reykjavik
  • 3 nights moderate accommodation with private facilities – Countryside
  • Breakfast daily except Day 1
  • 2 Dinners in the countryside, Day 3 & 4
  • Entrance to Skógar Folk Museum
  • Exhibition and cinema show at Lava Center
  • Entrance to Eldheimar Museum
  • Roundtrip ferry fare to Westman Islands, Day 2
Not Included
  • Airfare to/from Iceland
  • Round trip transfers between Keflavik airport and downtown Reykjavik hotels (option to do a one-way transfer and a one-way Blue Lagoon transfers, including admission)
  • Optional tours
  • Meals, drinks and refreshments not indicated
  • Travel insurance, gratuities and items of a personal nature
  • Passport and visa fees, if necessary
Tour Notes

Optional Tours: Book with your tour guide at the beginning of your trip
Day 2 – Rib Safari boat tour – Small Islands trip | 1 hr | Price for summer 2018: 11.900 ISK
Day 2 – Viking tours boat tour – Circle boat tour | 1.5 hrs | Price for summer 2018: 5.500 ISK
Please note, optional tours listed are at the discretion of the tour operator and are subject to change at any time without notice.

Combo Tour 12 day/11 night
Combine this tour with the Mountains and Fjords tour for a 12 day program, with 10 days of guided touring.
Departure details – English guiding on both tours:
July: 29
French on Volcanoes & Glaciers and English/French on Mountains & Fjords:
June: 10
July: 01, 15

Pricing:
US$5,427 – twin
US$6,789 – single

Prices are shown in US$ per person based on two people sharing a twin room and one person in a single room. Triple rooms are not available on this tour.

Children 6-11 years sharing a twin room with two adults receive a 25% discount off listed prices. Children 12 and older pay full adult price. This tour is not recommended for children 5 years of age or younger.

The tour operator reserves the right to increase prices already quoted or published in their price list without notice in the event of currency fluctuation, government tax increases or due to any other cost increases that are outside their control. We will pass on any such increases as soon as we are made aware of them by the tour operator.

Disclaimer: We do our utmost to ensure that information posted on our website is correct at the time of publication, however trip details are subject to change without notice by the suppliers and operators involved. We update the information as soon as possible when changes are advised to us, however, we cannot assume responsibility for such changes made by the suppliers and operators.

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