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West, South and Interior of Iceland

West, South and Interior of Iceland

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Price
From £2,815

Duration
7 Nights

Departures
June and August

NEW! Small group coach tour Enjoy the essential places of West & South Iceland and the interior highlands. Explore incredible sights and natural wonders. Touring includes a visit to Kerlingarfjöll, one of Europe's last true wilderness locations and an overnight in the Westman Islands, one of Iceland's best-kept secrets. The tour is for everyone that enjoys the outdoors, flora, fauna, nature photography, short hikes in the wild, connecting with nature and experiencing a spectacular scenery.

TOUR ITINERARY
7 NIGHTS

Day 1, SAT: WELCOME TO ICELAND
(50 km/31 miles)

The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Day 2, SUN: BLUE LAGOON & WESTMAN ISLANDS (235 km/146 miles)
At 09:00 meet your tour guide and fellow group members. We head out to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, lunar landscapes and fishing villages. Our first stop is the famous Blue Lagoon, where we get to soak for about 2 hours in the warm mineral-rich waters. After a lunch break, we continue to Grænavatn, a small green lake in a very deep explosion crater. Next, we explore Krýsuvík, an area with solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. The soil is colored bright yellow, red and green. We travel towards the south through large lava fields, along with mountains and the Atlantic ocean. Around 5 pm we take a short ferry ride to the Westman Islands and stay for one night at Hotel Vestmannaeyjar. Welcome drink & dinner is included.

Day 3, MON: WESTMAN ISLANDS & VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK (230 km/143 miles)

Today we explore the town of Heimaey and this extraordinary island by foot and by bus. The volcanic eruption in 1973 is considered the largest natural disaster in Iceland in recent history. The eruption began on January 23 in the outskirt of the town of Heimaey, the only populated island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. After the evacuation of the 5300 inhabitants, and during the 5 months while the eruption lasted, there was much uncertainty as to whether or not the island could ever be repopulated. During our tour to the Westman Islands, we explore bird cliffs, walk up a volcano crater and visit "Pompeii of the North", a volcanic excavation project. There you observe a "house" which was dug up from the thick layer of pumice after 40 years. There is also an exhibition about Surtsey Island that was born by volcanic eruptions between 1963-68 and preserved today by UNESCO. You have the afternoon free to wander around the town of Heimaey, with its birds and signs of recent volcanic eruptions. We travel with the 4 pm ferry back to the mainland and a long bus journey takes us to Hotel Skaftafell at the Vatnajökull National Park, where we stay for two nights. Tonight a 3-course dinner is included.

Day 4, TUE: VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK (120 km/75 miles)

We start the day with a visit to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most beautiful and dramatic spots in the whole of Iceland, and enjoy an amphibian boat ride among floating icebergs. Huge pieces of ice calve from the glacier and end up floating in the lagoon and out to sea. Many of you might recognize the glacier and ice lagoon from films such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and James Bond: Die Another Day! We also take a walk alongside the lagoon and on the black sandy shores, called Diamond Beach, and look for seals and stranded icebergs. In the afternoon we visit the tiny turf church at Hof and spend time at Europe’s second largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. We hike up to the waterfall Svartifoss, which is surrounded by black basalt columns. From there we walk to Sjónsker cliff, where we have a magnificent view of Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland's highest peak with 2110 meters, and the area that was flooded during an eruption under the ice cap of Vatnajökull in the year 1996. The area has a lot to offer for nature lovers. Overnight at Hotel Skaftafell and dinner on your own.

Day 5, WED: SOUTH COAST (310 km/192 miles)

Fjaðrárglúfur Canyon is an amazing and spectacular gorge and has the WOW factor. There is an easy walk on a good path to the right of the gorge, taking you up high to the top end of the canyon. There are spectacular views at several places on the way. The scenery is breathtaking. The next stop is the Vík in Mýrdalur, which is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars, and guillemots. The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vík, is widely regarded as the most impressive black sand and pebble beach in Iceland and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. According to folklore, two night-trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach. Further west we reach the 62-meter high Skógafoss waterfall. We travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and visit the narrow and 65-meter high Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a trail that leads to the fall – but you must be prepared to get wet! We end the day at the new and interesting Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. For the next two nights, we stay at Hotel Örk in Hveragerði, known for its outdoor geothermal swimming pool and hot tubs. Dinner on your own.

Day 6, THU: GULLFOSS, GEYSIR & KERLINGAFJÖLL (300 km/186 miles)
We start the day by exploring Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls" that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travelers all year. Our Essential Iceland tour takes us into the Icelandic Highlands, somewhere in the middle of nowhere and where not too many tourists go. The Kerlingarfjöll rhyolite mountain massif is colorful and rich in contrasts with its peaks and valleys, glaciers and snowfields and all that lively geothermal activity. This colorful nature pearl is tempting both hikers and photographers alike. We hike about 2 hours and discover fuming steam vents, boiling mud pots and hot streams close to snow and ice. Once a year, Italian researchers and cryptographers come to Kerlingarfjöll to search for ancient manuscripts and "the Holy Grail" which by the story was buried there 1217. In the evening we visit the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur, "the churn", spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to ten minutes. Overnight in Hveragerði and dinner on your own.

Day 7, FRI: ÞINGVELLIR, KALDIDALUR, GLACIER CAVE & WEST ICELAND (300 km/186 miles)
In the morning we travel to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and an area of exceptional geological and historical interest. The gravel mountain road Kaldidalur takes us to Húsafell in West Iceland for a once-in-a-lifetime tour to visit the man-made ice tunnel and caves located on one of Europe's largest glaciers, Langjökull. The caverns are composed of an extensive system of tunnels and chambers that stretch close to 300 meters into the solid ice cap towards a breathtaking natural ice cave at the heart of the glacier. Making your way inside the glacier you are able to explore various nooks and chambers and see a huge ice crevasse. As you walk further along the tunnel, the ice gets older and its color gradually changes from white to deep blue, and also the acoustic changes. The trip includes an 8-wheel drive monster truck expedition on the glacier. In the afternoon we visit the magnificent Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. The water seems to magically appear from underneath the lava cascading over a long and moss-covered lava wall, falling into a bright turquoise-colored river which is meltwater from Langjökull glacier. Our final stop for today is at Deildartungahver, Europe's most powerful hot spring in terms of volume of water produced. The water that flows here is boiling and sizzling, quite unique. We travel along Hvalfjörður fjord and reach Reykjavík in the evening. Overnight in Iceland's capital and farewell dinner in a downtown restaurant.

Day 8, SAT: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 miles)
The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport.

NOTE:

  • Total mileage in 6 days is about 1.495 km (928 miles), which is an average of 250 km (155 miles) per day. You spend about 3,5 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic, and daily distances. On some days, especially in the interior highlands, the driving might be longer than on some other days.
  • This tour includes some hiking and walking on uneven terrain and natural trails.

Travel dates: Saturdays, June and August 2018

Price: from £2,815 per person based on 2 sharing a double twin room
Single supplement: from £745* per single room
VIP Seating: from £289* per person (get 2 seats for yourself throughout the tour, not applicable for airport transfer).

*Price is subject to availability and is based on two people sharing a double/twin or three people in a triple room

Included:

- Return flights from the UK including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes, and fees
- Arrival & departure transfer by FLYBUS airport shuttle (no guide)
- 6-day escorted coach tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
- 7 nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities
- 7x breakfast
- 3x 3-course dinner on day 2, 3 and 7
- Welcome drink on the Westman Islands
- Visit to two national parks
- Entrance & towel to Blue Lagoon
- Ferry to/from Westman Islands
- Entrance to Pompeii of the North Exhibition
- Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
- Admission to Lava & Volcano Exhibition in Hvolsvöllur
- Monster truck tour on Langjökull glacier and ice cave visit

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
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Departure Dates 2018
Group Size:
20 passengers

Saturday 23.06.18 - 30.06.18 Available
Saturday 30,06,18 - 07,07,18 Available
Saturday 07,07,18 - 14,07,18 Available
Saturday 21,07,18 - 28,07,18 Available
Saturday 11.08.18 - 18.08.18 Available
Saturday 18.08.18 - 25.08.18 Available
Saturday 25.08.18 - 01.09.18 Available

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in simple but clean hotels with private facilities, mix of 3 and 4 star hotels. Most of our groups will stay at the following hotel (subject to change):
* First and last night: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Reykjavík
* 2nd night: Hotel Vestmannaeyjar, Westman islands
* 3rd and 4th night: Hotel Skaftafell, Vatnajökull National Park
* 5th and 6th night: Hotel Örk, Hveragerði, South Iceland


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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 -

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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