The Best of Iceland 2021 – 7 Days – Small Group Max 12 Pax
Glaciers, geysers, waterfalls and whales, this exciting small-group tour will see you discover the gems in Iceland’s crown. Travelling in the company of an experienced CEO (Chief Experience Officer), you will experience incredible sights that are sure to live long in the memory. Travelling clockwise around this remarkable island that is filled with fascinating geology and history, rich culture and spectacular scenery, you will visit unforgettable destinations including The Golden Circle, Akureyri and Hofn. You’ll visit the glaciers of Vatnajökull and Jökulsárlón, the waterfalls of Dettifoss, Goðafoss, Gullfoss and Seljalandsfoss, as well as the Geysir Hot Springs, Mývatn lake, Reynisfjara beach and much more.
Staying in comfortable, tourist-class accommodations throughout, your group’s private minibus will transport you from destination to destination in comfort.
As part of the Travel with Confidence policy on this tour, groups are kept to a maximum of 12 people, transport vehicles will be used on an exclusive basis and will be cleaned daily, and all rooms will have en-suite facilities. If you are a solo traveller, you can also request a room to yourself for a 50% discount on the normal single supplement.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- A brief, but truly memorable, tour around the remarkable island of Iceland
- Enjoy a small-group experience with like-minded travellers, accompanied by a destination expert
- Golden Circle Tour with Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Þingvellir National Park
- Visit various enchanting waterfalls and spectacular glaciers, lakes and lagoons
- Optional whale watching tours and glacier hikes (costs apply)
- 5 nights’ standard hotel accommodation and 1 night in a local guesthouse
- 6 Breakfasts
- Private minibus transport between all destinations and included activities
- Local guides and dedicated CEO (Chief Experience Officer)
- Golden Circle Tour with Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Þingvellir National Park
- Visits to the waterfalls of Goðafoss, Dettifoss and Seljalandsfoss
- Visits to the glaciers of Vatnajökull and Jökulsárlón
- Visits to Mývatn lake, Reynisfjara beach, Dimmuborgir, and Námaskarð
ITINERARY6 Nights 7 Days
- Day 1 | Reykjavík
- Day 2 | Reykjavík to Akureyri
- Day 3 | Akureyri to Borgarfjörður
- Day 4 | Borgarfjörður to Hofn
- Day 5 | Hofn to Vik
- Day 6 | Vik to Reykjavík
- Day 7 | Reykjavík
Your itinerary begins in Reykjavik, the vibrant Icelandic capital, where after arriving independently you will make your way to the hotel for your first overnight stay. Today will be at your leisure, and there are countless things to do in Reykjavik to give you a taste of what Iceland has in store. You could choose to explore around the beautiful public gardens and parks, visit the Harpa concert hall and old harbour, see the famous Hallgrímskirkja Church or take an excursion to the nearby Blue Lagoon. Depending on the time of year you’re travelling, you may also be able to book a Northern Lights tour. Our team of destination experts will be more than happy to offer you some tips for your time here.
In the evening you will have the chance to meet up with your CEO and fellow travellers at the welcome meeting.
1 night’s accommodation at Hotel Cabin (or similar) with breakfast included the following morning.
Reykjavík to Akureyri
After breakfast at the hotel this morning you will hop into the minibus for the approximately 5 hour journey to Akureyri, soaking up the remarkable scenery along the way. You will also stop for lunch at a local cantina along the way. Upon arrival in Akureyri, the rest of the day will be free to do what you please. There are fantastic whale watching tours available which depart from nearby Dalvik and offer a thoroughly enjoyable scenic boat ride through Eyjafjörður in search of sightings of Bottlenose Whales, Minke, and Humpback Whales. These whale watching trips are not included as part of your package but can arranged when you book. Alternatively, you may wish to simply spend some time exploring around Akureyri at your leisure.
1 night’s accommodation at Sveinbjarnargerdi Country Hotel (or similar), with breakfast included.
Akureyri to Borgarfjörður
Today you will take a full day tour from Akureyri to Borgarfjörður, stopping at a number of fascinating areas along the way. First up will be the famous Goðafoss waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the whole of Iceland, where you can enjoy the walking paths that offer fantastic photo opportunities of the falls from every angle. Next up is the Myvatn Geothermal Lake which was formed during a volcanic eruption 2,300 yrs ago and offers unforgettable scenery and the chance for some birdwatching. In the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, you can enjoy a walk around looking for the dramatic arches, pillars and lava caves that are truly a sight to behold, before moving on to Námaskarð to see its bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles. The final stop of today will take you to another mightily impressive waterfall, Detiifoss, which is thought to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
After a busy day of exploring, you will arrive in Borgarfjörður in the evening to enjoy a stay in a local guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Borgarfjörður to Hofn
Leaving beautiful Borgarfjörður behind, you will now enjoy a very scenic drive along the coast through the majestic eastern fjords towards Hofn. On the way you will pass by Vatnajokull glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe. Upon arrival in the scenic fishing town of Hofn, the rest of the evening will be at your leisure.
1 night’s accommodation at Hoffell Glacier World Guesthouse (or similar) with breakfast included.
Hofn to Vik
Moving on from Hofn, today will be all about ice as you make your way to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon for tremendous views of the ice cap and the towering icebergs which have calved off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The lake here is the lowest point in Iceland and the imposing icebergs in striking shades of white and bright blue, often with seals lounging on top, make for dramatic scenery that is sure to fill your cameras. Optional activities are available here including a wonderful glacier lagoon boat ride, either by amphibian boat or Zodiac boat. (Costs apply)
You will then move on to equally scenic Diamond Beach before making your way to Skaftafell National Park for some exploration around the area’s diverse landscape. Here you can opt to join a thrilling and energetic glacier hike (costs apply). Please note, today’s optional activities should be booked in advance.
By early evening you will arrive in the small town of Vík for your overnight stay at Hotel Dyrholaey (or similar). Breakfast included.
Vik to Reykjavík
Today will see you fulfil the “Golden Circle” tick-list as you set off from Vík and make your way back to Reykjavik. The first stop will bring you to Reynisfjara Beach to see its famous black sand with foaming white waves crashing along it, ominous rock formations and shallow caves that make for impressive photo opportunities. Next up its time to visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and enjoy a walk along the path that allows visitors to peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above, before visiting Gullfoss, another hugely impressive waterfall that marks the start of the “Golden Circle”.
Continuing onwards you will then reach the famous Geysir Hot Springs to see a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Although Geysir is one of the best-known and oldest geysers recorded in the world, it is dormant more often than not, but Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes! We will wait around to try and catch this memorable sight.
The final adventure of your Iceland tour will bring you to the UNESCO world heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, where you can see the tectonic faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart, and the Oxarafoss waterfall. This area is one of the most-visited sights in Iceland and will offer the perfect ending to your action-packed itinerary.
By evening you will arrive back into Reykjavik and check into the Hotel Cabin (or similar) for the final overnight stay of your itinerary. Breakfast included.
After breakfast at the hotel this morning, your itinerary comes to an end and it will be time to head homewards or onwards. Should you wish to spend more time here to see more of this fascinating city, our team will be more than happy to help arrange this for you.
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