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Price
From £1,585

Duration
7 Nights

Departures
All Year

Travel on Iceland's Ring Road - Weekly departures Fridays or Tuesdays all year round

Join an amazing escorted bus tour around Iceland. Explore the island of fire and ice and travel with an international group on Iceland's ring road. Discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes. A local expert guide helps you explore the unspoiled Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls.

This escorted tour takes you both to classic nature hotspots and lesser-known sights. The tour includes several soft adventures and cultural visits. Some outdoor activities might differ between seasons depending on weather and road conditions.

Highlights

  • Escorted coach tour around Iceland's ring road, some great attractions such as Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss Waterfalls, Goðafoss Waterfall, Geyser hot spring area, Gullfoss Waterfall, Glacier Lagoon and Reykjavik City.
  • Bookable with or without dinner
  • Visit two National Parks
  • Included are visits to small local museums, cultural experiences and soft adventures
  • Weekly departures all year round
  • Excellent value for money!

ITINERARY - 7 NIGHTS

Day 1 - FRIDAY: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well!

Day 2 - SATURDAY: VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS (425 km/264 mls)
At 9:00 am meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbour. Further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.

Day 3 - SUNDAY: THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND, LAKE MÝVATN & GEOTHERMAL BATHS (120 km/75 mls)
In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon we travel to an important spot in Iceland's history, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Mývatn which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. We stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Overnight location is at Hotel Reynihlíð.

Day 4 - MONDAY: LAVA LABYRINTH, HOT SPRINGS & TRAVEL EAST (250 km/155 mls)
In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch we visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Hérað.

Day 5 - TUESDAY: FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE (470 km/292 mls)
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. Past the town of Höfn, we 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. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Day 6 - WEDNESDAY: SOUTH COAST (240 km/149 mls)
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. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. 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! Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir.

Day 7 - THUESDAY: ICELANDIC HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE (160 km/99 mls)
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 travelers 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. Overnight is at Icelandair Hotel Natura.

Day 8 - FRIDAY: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavík Airport.


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.

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

NOTE: 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 might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but we will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible. Note that there is limited day light, about 5-6 hours, for departures mid November to End of January. For your information the shortest day light in Iceland is on the 21st of December, about 4 hours.

Travel dates: Daily departures all year round 2017-2018

June - August 2017: From £2,095* per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room
Single room supplement from £465*
September 2017 - May 2018 From £1,749* per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room
Single room supplement from £395*

*Price is subject to availability

This offer includes:
- Return flights from the UK including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
- 7 nights accommodation in 3* hotels including breakfast
- Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English speaking guide
- Visit to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi
- Visit to Viðimýri turf church
- Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
- Admission to Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
- Multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
- Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
- Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and a flash light for winter departures

Optional Add-ons for extra cost:
- Optional 3-course dinner package for 4 nights, from £275 per person

Additional Fees:
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person (only applicable if flights are booked through All Iceland)
- Debit/credit card fees

Not included:
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Anything else not specifically listed under "This Includes"


English guided tours: Friday to Friday or Tuesday to Tuesday (max group size 30 people)

Departures Winter / Spring 2017

Departures Summer / Autumn 2017

30.06.17 - 07.07.17 - SOLD OUT! 11.08.17 - 18.08.17 22.09.-29.09.17
07.07.17 - 14.07.17 - SOLD OUT! 18.08.17 - 25.08.17 29.09.-06.10.27
14.07.17 - 21.07.17 - SOLD OUT! 25.08.17 - 01.09.17
21.07.17 - 28.07.17 01.09.17 - 08.09.17 - SOLD OUT!
28.07.17 - 04.08.17 08.09.17 - 15.09.17
04.08.17 - 11.08.17 15.09.17 - 22.09.17 - SOLD OUT!

Departures Winter 2017-18

03.10.-10.10.17 07.11.-14.11.17 12.12.-19.12.17 30.01.-06.02.18 06.03.-13.03.18
06.10.-13.10.17 10.11.-17.11.17 15.12.-22.12.17 02.02.-09.02.18 09.03.-16.03.18
10.10.-17.10.17 14.11.-21.11.17 02.01.-09.01.18 06.02.-13.02.18 13.03.-20.03.18
13.10.-20.10.17 17.11.-24.11.17 05.01.-12.01.18 09.02.-16.02.18 16.03.-23.03.18
17.10.-24.10.17 21.11.-28.11.17 09.01.-16.01.18 13.02.-20.02.18 20.03.-27.03.18
20.10.-27.10.17 24.11.-01.12.17 12.01.-19.01.18 16.02.-23.02.18 23.03.-30.03.18
24.10.-31.10.17 28.11.-05.12.17 16.01.-23.01.18 20.02.-27.02.18 27.03.-03.04.18
27.10.-03.11.17 01.12.-08.12.17 19.01.-26.01.18 23.02.-02.03.18 30.03.-06.04.18
31.10.-07.11.17 05.12.-12.12.17 23.01.-30.01.18 27.02.-06.03.18 03.04.-10.04.18
03.11.-10.11.17 08.12.-15.12.17 26.01.-02.02.18 02.03.-09.03.18 06.04.-13.04.18

Tours listed with "on request" are operated but have only 1-2 rooms available or unsold rooms had been returned to hotels.


Accommodation: Superior tourist-class hotels with shower/wc

Note that hotel list is subject to change.

Night 1 - Icelandair Hótel Natura Reykjavík
Night 2 - Icelandair Hótel Akureyri
Night 3 - Hótel Reynihlíð (Hótel Sel for winter 2017-18)
Night 4 - Icelandair Hótel Hérað
Night 5 - Icelandair Hótel Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Night 6 - Icelandair Hótel Flúðir
Night 7 - Icelandair Hótel Natura Reykjavík


Why book with All Iceland?

All Iceland is a UK based travel company that specialises in Iceland
Book with the Icelandic experts!

Our office is staffed and run by Icelanders, we promise intimate local knowledge from where to stay to places to eat and the hidden gems that you will not find in tourist guides. We will help you get the holiday you want and we can adapt this package. Book through us and your holiday will also be fully ATOL and ABTA protected. Travel with confidence! 


Contact us and we can help you:

- to stay longer and discover more, this package can be extended -
- to book additional excursions -
- if you have specific accommodation requirements -
- to book this package with or without flights -


FLIGHT OPTIONS


All Iceland cooperates with all the airlines that fly to Iceland, Icelandair, Wow air, easyJet and British Airways. We can assist you to find the optimal flight package. The airlines fly to Keflavik International airport.

Icelandair operates flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast City. Icelandair offers 3 classes, Economy, Economy Comfort and Saga Business Class.
WOW Air operates flights from London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Dublin and Bristol 
EasyJet offers flights from London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh.
British Airways offers flights from London Heathrow

We can provide a package with or without flights. When enquiring about a specific holiday package, let us know what airport you prefer to fly from.

Air Iceland
offers Domestic flights between Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Akureyri, Egilsstaðir, Ísafjörður, Vopnafjörður, Grímsey and Þórshöfn.
Fugfélagið Ernir offers Domestic flights to Vestmannaeyjar, Höfn, Húsavík, Bíldudalur and Gjögur.


 

All Iceland offers holiday packages to Greenland and Faroe Islands in addition to Iceland. We work with the following airlines that offer flights to these destinations.

Atlantic Airways offers flights from Edinburgh to Faroe Islands
Air Greenland offers flights from Copenhagen to Greenland
Air Iceland offers flights from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Faroe Islands and Greenland

Icelandair, British Airways, Wow Air, EasyJet

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With this in mind you cannot book this holiday directly on the website but please send us an enquiry or give us a call and we will help you to create your once in a lifetime holiday. Contact our team of Icelandic Experts today and start planning with us!

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