8-day: Best of the North


Best of North Iceland 2013.jpgSample program for 8 days/7 nights

This tour focuses on guided excursions from Akureyri in North Iceland where you stay five nights. Staying in the same hotel for many nights means packing less and having more free time for you to enjoy. With about 17.000 inhabitants, Akureyri is pleasant and Iceland's largest town outside of the Reykjavík area. Its beautiful location near the head of the fjord and its small city centre make it popular with the visitors. This is an ideal unique tour to explore North Iceland and the interior highlands. See mountains, fjords, volcanoes and desert landscape.

Day 1: ARRIVAL DAY (50 km/31 mls)

Private transfer to Reykjavik. Overnight stay in a superior hotel in Iceland's capital. Welcome drink & gourmet dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Included choice of activities: Horseback riding or whale watching or visit the Blue Lagoon or extra sightseeing, depending on arrival or departure time.

Glaumbaer Folk Museum (2).jpgDay 2: WEST ICELAND AND OVER THE MOUNTAINS TO THE NORTH (500 km/310 mls)
After leaving Reykjavík, we explore Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a long row of lava fields into Hvítá River. Barnafoss "the Children's fall" is nearby and has its own tragic tale. Then we visit Europe's most powerful hot spring and climb the Grábrók volcano crater in West Iceland. We get an insight to Iceland's past at Glaumbær turf farm & folk museum. We continue along fjords and over mountains to Akureyri - the capital of North Iceland, our base for the next five nights. 

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Day 3: AKUREYRI AND HRÍSEY ISLAND (110 km/68 mls)
In the morning, you have a guided walk through Akureyri, which has a charming city centre and a fine botanical garden. The afternoon we travel by car and ferry to Hrísey Island, located in the middle of Iceland's longest fjord and home to thousands of seabirds.  This day excursion includes some walking/hiking.

Included choice of activities: Whale watching & sea angling in Eyjafjordur fjord or horseback riding.

Day 4: GEOLOGICAL WONDERS OF LAKE MÝVATN (230 km/143 mls)
We explore Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, and continue to Lake Mývatn, known for its rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes. Visit pseudo craters, walk in the lava field Dimmuborgir, climb up to the rim of the ash crater Hverfjall, see the hot springs and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð, and travel to Víti crater lake in the Krafla geothermal fields. This day excursion includes some walking/hiking.

Included choice of activities: Bird museum or mountain biking or Mývatn Nature Baths.

Siglufjördur (8).jpgDay 5: DAY TOUR TO SIGLUFJÖRDUR (300 km/186 mls)
Today we see spectacular fjord landscapes while travelling to Siglufjörður, Iceland's northernmost town and known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. Siglufjörður is located on the mountainous Tröllaskagi Peninsula. On the way, we pass small fishing villages and stop at a deserted valley that even most Icelanders have not seen. Near to Siglufjörður is Hofsós, a small and friendly village on the eastern shores of the Skagafjörður bay. Its natural harbour makes it one of the oldest trading ports in Iceland dating back to the 16th century. The Icelandic Emigration Centre focuses on the mass emigration from Iceland to North America in the late 19th century and is interesting to locals and visitors alike. If you feel like swimming in one of Iceland's most beautiful outdoor geothermal swimming pools, Hofsós is the place. The view is superb!

Included choice of activities: Hofsós geothermal swimming pool or a visit to small local turf church or visit to cultural site Holar.

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Day 6: WHALES, WATERFALLS AND EUROPE'S LARGEST NATIONAL PARK (360 km/223 mls)
Húsavík is a picturesque small fishing town only an hour from Akureyri, where you join a whale watching cruise and visit the whale museum. We continue to the northern part of the Vatnajökull National Park, stop at bird cliffs where puffins may be seen, and visit the huge canyon of Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. This day excursion includes some walking/hiking.

Day 7: KJÖLUR HIGHLAND ROAD AND RETURN TO REYKJAVÍK (490 km/304 mls)
We go through the heart of Iceland today – travelling on the Kjölur Trail, between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull. We stop at the hot springs of Hveravellir, where you can soak in a natural hot pool. This region is shrouded in mystery, with folktales of ghosts, giants and outlaws. You experience one of Europe's last wildernesses! Short stop at Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs before returning for the last overnight in Reykjavík.

Hveravellir hot springs (1).jpgDay 8: DEPARTURE DAY (50 km /31 mls)

Private transfer to Keflavík airport.

NOTE:

  • The tour includes about 1-2 hours of light walking each day, mainly several short walks from the vehicle to explore the different nature sights.
  • Total mileage is about 1990 km (1234 miles) for the tour (excluding airport transfers). You spend about 4,5 hours per day driving, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.
INCLUDED:
  • Private airport transfers
  • Private tour with English speaking, professional driver-guide for tour program as per itinerary
  • Best available hotels (4-star in Reykjavik, a mix of 3-star and 4-star in the countryside)
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Selection of activities as per tour itinerary
  • Parking and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Room & board for driver-guide outside Reykjavik

PRICE: contact our group department for an offer - email groups@gjtravel.is