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GUIDED ICELAND CIRCLE

The best complete circle tour of Iceland, a bestseller for both Summer and Winter! Hunt the Midnight Sun in the Summer and the Northern Lights in the Winter. Follow Iceland’s Ring Road and visit all the highlights of Iceland: discover the major towns of Reykjavík, Akureyri & Egilsstaðir, the Golden Circle, the Mývatn area, bathe in Mývatn Nature Baths, climb a volcano, enjoy Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Góðafoss and in the summer Dettifoss, explore two national parks, the black lava beach, stop at the seal museum & Iceland’s biggest mineral collection, meet Icelandic horses on a farm, see turf farmsteads and churches. This complete circle tour of Iceland offers excellent value for money!

  • DEPARTURES: 2019: Every Friday all year
  • MIN. NR OF PARTICIPANTS 1 


Itinerary: Guided group travel 8 days / 7 nights 

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

  • Overnight location: Icelandair Hotel Natura. Dinner is on your own. (50km / 31mls)


Day 2: Volcano Crater, Seals, Fjords & Mountains
At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west along the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord and the town of Borgarnes. Easy hike on Grábrók volcano crater in the middle of a greenish lava field. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in the fishing village of Hvammstangi. Further north stop at the turf church of Víðimýri and then continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. The overnight location at Akureyri allows you to walk around the town.

  • Overnight location: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri. Breakfast included. Dinner is on your own. (425km / 264mls)

Pictures from the tour. 

Day 3: The Capital of North Iceland, Lake Mývatn & Geothermal baths
In the morning we explore the town of Akureyri: visit the botanical garden, walk the streets and admire the panoramic view over the Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon we travel to Goðafoss – the waterfalls of the Gods. Then we explore Lake Mývatn, famous for its strange lava formations at Kálfaströnd, its pseudocraters at Skútustaðir and its tephra cone Hverfjall. We end the afternoon relaxing in the Mývatn Nature Baths with a fantastic view over the whole area.

There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from October to mid-April.

  • Overnight location: Sel Hotel Mývatn or similar. Breakfast included. Dinner is on your own. (120km / 75mls)

Day 4: Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs & Travel East
In the morning we walk in the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. In the afternoon, we visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surrounding to East Iceland. From June to August the tour includes a detour to the powerful waterfall Dettifoss.

  • Overnight location: Icelandair Hotel Hérað (Oct-Apr) or Álfheimar Guesthouse (May-Sept). Breakfast included. Dinner is on your own. (250km / 155mls)

Day 5: East Fjords
It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland.

There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from October to mid-April.

Please note that itinerary on this specific day can change due to seasonal factors, such as daylight.

  • Overnight location: Hotel Höfn. Breakfast included. Dinner is on your own. (260km / 161mls)

Day 6: Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach & South Coast 
We start the day with a stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier.

In the afternoon, a beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Further west we stop at the Lava Centre and learn about Iceland’s volcanic activity.

There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from October to mid-April.

Please note that itinerary on this specific day can change due to seasonal factors, such as daylight.

  • Overnight location: Hotel Eyjafjallajökull. Breakfast included. Dinner is on your own. (380km / 235mls)

 

Day 7: Icelantic Horses & Golden Circle Guided Iceland Circle | GJ Travel
We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. We start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world’s northernmost capital.

Northern Lights: From September to mid-April optional Northern Lights evening tours can be booked at the lobby of your hotel, should weather conditions be favourable.

  • Overnight location: Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar. Breakfast included. Dinner is on your own. (160km / 99mls)

Day 8: Departure Home
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport.

  • Breakfast included. (50km / 31mls)

Price per person in double room from 

 

EUR 2.330 (Jun-Sep 2019) 

EUR 1.990 (October 2019)

EUR 1.710 (Nov-Dec 2019)

Price includes: 

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)
  • 7 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/WC
  • 7x breakfast
  • 6 days escorted bus tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide
  • Natural history & Seal museum in Hvammstangi
  • Viðimýri turf church
  • Mývatn Nature Baths including towel
  • Visit to a stone collection
  • Exhibition and 4K movie at Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur
  • 2x guided Northern Lights searches, subject to weather (Oct - April)
  • Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse 
     

Complementaries

  • Entrance fees
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus
  • Use of snow & ice grippers spike (for winter departures)
  • Use of flashlight (for winter departures)
     

Not included in the price

  • Flights to and from Iceland - We can assist with flight booking please contact us at info@greengate.fo
  • Any private expenses
  • Any additional services
  • All meals not listed under "included"
  • Single supplement (mandatory when in single room)

Good to know

LANGUAGES: English only

TOUR START: Arrival in Iceland is on Fridays. Guided bus tour starts on Saturdays at 09:00

END OF TOUR: The guided tour ends on Thursdays between 16:00-18:00 for the last overnight in Reykjavík. Departure from Iceland is on Fridays.

NOTE: If you like to have more time to explore Reykjavik, then we suggest adding a pre- or post-night in Iceland's capital.

IMPORTANT: There is limited daylight, about 5-6 hours, for departures mid-November to end of January. For your information, the shortest daylight in Iceland is on the 21st of December, about 4 hours.

NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the natural attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot when entering any of these natural sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at present and are subject to change.

CANCELLATIONS: A cancellation fee of 20% of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made 4-8 weeks before departure. A cancellation fee of 50% will be charged for bookings cancelled 8-28 days prior to tour start. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 8 days before departure, or for no-shows, and a tour begun but not completed.

DAILY DRIVING: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.665 km (1.032 miles), which is an average of 278 km (172 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic, and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Accommodations are subject to change.
  • During the off-season, from September to May, in rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary especially for winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities/day trips might be canceled. In this case, no refund will be given, but we will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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