Iceland Deluxe


THE MOST EXCLUSIVE GROUP TOUR IN ICELAND - 11 days/10 nights

Iceland Deluxe.jpgExperience the most impressive locations and best hotels in Iceland. Travel in a small group with the comfort of two seats per person in a modern and bright Mercedes motor coach. Savor world class fine dining and plenty of Icelandic specialties and treats. Engage in conversations with the locals and relax in private cultural events, just for you. Iceland Deluxe is a group tour for the demanding traveler looking for the most unique combination of what Iceland has to offer. Make sure that you sign up in time and secure hotel space for the most exclusive group tour in Iceland. 

HIGHLIGHTS and EXPERIENCES included:

  • Private music concert in Reykjavík and other private cultural events 
  • Welcome cocktail in the famous Blue Lagoon 
  • Meet the locals 
  • See waterfalls, lava fields, fjords, geysers, hot springs, glaciers and black lava beaches 
  • Enjoy open spaces and high mountains 
  • Learn about life next to the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano 
  • Wild life experience: birds, seals and whales 
  • Best hotels and best hotel locations 
  • Exciting dining with combination of local treats and gourmet 
  • 8x8 glacier truck tour 
  • Flight to Grímsey island on the Arctic Circle 
  • Experience sustainability and eco-friendly Iceland 
  • Plenty of details, little surprises and unique treats throughout this tour

Day 1: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km(31 mls)
Private airport transfer by coach & guide to Reykjavik, welcome cocktail and overnight in a junior suite at Radisson 1919, in the center of Reykjavík 

Blue Lagoon Tour Iceland (6).jpgDay 2: REYKJAVIK CITY TOUR, BLUE LAGOON & REYKJANES PENINSULA (225 km/140 mls)
We start the tour with a short city walk through the historic part of Iceland’s capital. Enjoy the view from the tower at Hallgrímskirkja-Church. We then board the bus and visit a local art & sculpture museum where we enjoy our own private concert, and are introduced to famous Icelandic folk songs. Lunch is included at a small restaurant at the downtown harbour. Then it’s out to the Reykjanes peninsula, to visit the famous Blue Lagoon, and sip a welcome drink while we have time to soak in the geothermal water. We take a less traveled route around Reykjanes, to explore diverse geological features, the hot springs of Krýsuvík, mountains, bird cliffs, and fishing villages. Then travel to South Iceland and spend two nights in a deluxe room at one of the best hotels in South Iceland – the Hotel Rangá. 


Reynisfjara beach with view to Dyrholaey.jpgDay 3: NATURAL WONDERS OF SOUTH ICELAND & EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO 
(200 km/124 mls)
Today we take you out along the south coast. You start with the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center to learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Skógafoss waterfall is 60 meters high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. It‘s near one of Iceland's finest folk museums. This museum contains an outstanding collection of farm and domestic artifacts typical of Iceland’s past, as well turf-built houses. Afterwards we put on crampons and do a short private glacier hike of 45-60 minutes or you can spend the time taking photos of this unique landscape. You take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the amazing bird cliffs at Reynisfjara near Vík, where also puffins nest in summer. The last stop is at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountain. There‘s a trail that goes behind the fall which is interesting – if you are prepared to get wet! 

at Strokkur.jpgDay 4: GOLDEN CIRCLE, GEOTHERMAL TASTE & ICELANDIC HORSES (250 km/155 mls)
In the morning, you learn about the Icelandic horse and its history and special qualities, and also visit a geothermal greenhouse. You continue to Gullfoss “the golden falls“, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river, and attracts tourists and travelers in summer and winter. You see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. There are 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. When you get to Geysir, the chef of the Restaurant Geysir takes you to the geothermal areas were you can taste freshly baked hot spring bread, served with Icelandic butter, geothermally boiled eggs, and herring. It is best served with a small glass of Geysir Schnapps, very cold – nearly freezing. Next stop is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After a stop at the park, we travel along the scenic coast of Hvalfjörður fjord to our next overnight location, Hotel Glymur. After a gourmet dinner you are invited to a special cultural experience in the small country church and meet some locals to chat about life and about environmental issues of Iceland, if that’s of interest to you. 


Iceland - Trip into the galcier.jpgDay 5: 8x8 GLACIER TRUCK, GLACIER CAVE & BORGARFJÖRÐUR SAGA VALLEY (300 km/186 mls)
You start the day with a small surprise treat and then we you get warmed at Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring which produces 180 liters per second of water which at 97°Celsius is nearly boiling. After lunch we board an 8-wheel drive monster truck to Langjökull glacier, Iceland's second largest glacier, for a once in a lifetime adventure deep inside one of the world's largest man made ice caverns. The caverns are composed of an extensive system of tunnels and chambers that stretch close to 300 metres into the solid ice cap towards a breath taking 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 colour gradually changes from white to deep-blue. The Ice Explorer 8x8 monster truck takes us from an altitude of 500 m to the top of the glacier, about 1.400 m above sea level. In clear weather, the view over the glacier and the interior highlands is breathtaking. At some places, the ice is between 500-700 meters thick - here we are able to walk on the glacier and spy into the crevasses. Nearby, we see Hraunfossar a series of waterfalls pouring from beneath a long row of lava fields into the Hvítá River. Barnafoss “the Children’s falls” is nearby, with its own tragic tale. We spend two nights in a deluxe room at Hotel Budir, one of Iceland’s nicest hotels in a most scenic location. 


Images of Snaefellsnes Peninsula (5).JPGDay 6: SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA & BIRD WATCHING FJORD CRUISE (220 km/137 mls)
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula “the peninsula of the snowy mountain“, juts out from Iceland’s west coast, like a long arm with a clenched fist at its tip, and is, in many ways, a microcosm of the whole island. A rugged mountain chain runs its length, capped by the 1,446m Snæfellsjökull, a mystical cone-shaped strato volcano that Jules Verne’s pictured as the entrance to the centre of the earth. We travel to the charming fishing town of Stykkishólmur for lunch and bird watching cruise in the Breiðafjörður fjord. Afterwards there’s time to stroll around the sheltered harbor which provides a good place for fishing vessels to anchor, and then explore this charming town with its many old wooden houses. A uniquely Icelandic “treat" awaits us at Bjarnarhöfn, where they make Hákarl - the fermented shark. We travel around the Snæfellsnes peninsula through lava fields and along the ocean with many classic Icelandic photo ops. We visit the most popular sites at the national park where volcanic craters, lava flows, an ice cap, glaciated peaks, fjords, sandy beaches, and high cliffs shape its landscapes. The south side of the peninsula is farming country but also has extensive marshlands, which are an important habitat for birds during the summer season. Fringed by golden sand beaches, the wild and windswept coast is pounded by surf as it faces the full onslaught of an unforgiving Atlantic. The north side of Snæfellsnes is more sheltered and has fjords, which make a good anchorage for fishing vessels. 

Vidimyri.jpgDay 7: TRAVEL NORTH & SEAL WATCHING CRUISE (460 km/286 mls)
We head to the north with a first stop offering a chance to climb the Grábrók volcano crater. After lunch, we go on a seal-watching cruise with the opportunity to see seals in their natural environment. We visit the local seal museum. The turf church of Víðimýri has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional architecture. The timbers of the church were selected from the driftwood coming ashore along the Skagafjörður peninsula. The churchyard gate with its bells is situated exactly where it was originally built – which is said to have been since Christianity was adopted in Iceland, around the year 1000. We travel along fjords and over mountains to Akureyri - the capital of North Iceland. The four star Hotel Kea will be a comfortable base for the next two nights. 

Puffins in Grimsey.jpgDay 8: AKUREYRI, GRÍMSEY ISLAND & FARM GOURMET (120 km/75 miles)
We start the day with a city tour of Akureyri and a visit to its lovely botanical garden. After lunch, there’s a flight excursion to Grímsey Island, located on the Arctic Circle, home of one hundred people and one million seabirds. Afterwards join an exclusive gourmet tasting tour and discover the very best of local North Icelandic production. It’s a pretty trip to destinations through the Akureyri countryside and coastline where we meet enthusiastic local food producers, farmers, anglers, and brewers who share their gastronomic knowledge and expertise. We are able to sample as we go mouth-watering local treats sourced especially for us. Depending on season, we may also be involved in collecting the raw materials! All the producers we visit on the tour are small family firms, many using knowledge that has travelled from generation to generation. We can taste some of Iceland’s heritage as we try blue mussels, beer, cod, beef, lamb, and ice-cream. 

Namaskard in Iceland (3).JPGDay 9: LAKE MÝVATN (120 km/75 miles)
We explore Goðafoss waterfall and Lake Mývatn, known for its rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes. After a short walk in the lava field Dimmuborgir, we climb up to the rim of the ash crater Hverfjall, see the hot springs of Námaskarð, and travel to the Crater Lake Víti in the Krafla geothermal fields. Before heading to our accommodation, we get to soak off our travels in the Mývatn Nature Bath. Overnight is at Hotel Reynihlíð, the best hotel in the region. 

Whale watching Husavik -Humpback blowing.JPGDay 10: HÚSAVÍK WHALE WATCHING & FAREWELL DINNER IN REYKJAVÍK (160 km/100 mls)
We start the day with a 3-hour whale watching tour from Húsavík, weather permitting. After lunch and a visit to the local whale museum there is a presentation about whale research and the Icelandic whale conservation program. We leave the north, on an afternoon flight, and head back to Reykjavík for the Farewell Dinner at the revolving gourmet restaurant at the Pearl. Overnight in a Junior Suite at Hotel Radisson 1919 in downtown Reykjavík. 

Day 11: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
Private transfer by bus & guide from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport.

Note: 

  • Average of 1-2 hours light walking each day, mainly several short walks from the bus to the different nature sights.
  • It is an easy tour in which nearly everyone can take part.
  • Total mileage in 9 days is about 2.055 km (1.275 miles) for the tour, excluding airport transfers and domestic flights

DEPARTURE DATES: 

This itinerary is ideal for the period June 15th to August 20th due to the flight excursion to Grimsey Island. Possible also before and after without flight excursions to Grimsey Island. Wild life activities are best between May-August.

  
DURATION: 11 days / 10 nights 

RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATIONS: 
Reykjavik: Radisson 1919 in junior suites for first and last night 
South Iceland: Hotel Rangá in deluxe rooms for 2 nights 
Whale Fjord: Hotel Glymur in executive ocean view rooms for 1 night 
Snæfellsnes: Hotel Búðir in deluxe rooms for 2 nights 
Akureyri: Hotel Kea in superior rooms for 2 nights 
Lake Mývatn: Hotel Reynihlið in standard rooms for 1 night 

GROUP SIZE: Ideal for 10-20 persons due to limited hotel space / room categories

MEALS: 10x breakfast, 9x lunch and 9x dinner and several drinks and small treats here and there 

INCLUDED: 
  • Private arrival & departure airport transfer by coach and guide
  • Fully escorted 9 day coach tour with guide 
  • Two seats per person, meaning guaranteed window seat in the motor coach (maximum 20 persons per group)
  • 10 night’s accommodation in the best hotels and best-located hotels in Iceland (limited number of rooms)
  • 10x breakfast, 9x lunch and 9x dinner and several drinks and small treats here and there 
  • 3 bottles of water per day while touring by motor coach 
  • Visit to art & sculpture museum with private concert 
  • Entrance with towel at Blue Lagoon and Mývatn Nature Baths 
  • Visit with multi media presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center 
  • Entrance to Skógar Folk Museum and Turf Houses 
  • Short private glacier hike in South Iceland 
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse 
  • Hot spring Tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs 
  • Private cultural treats and meet the locals’ event at Hvalfjörður Fjord 
  • 8x8 truck tour on Langjökull glacier 
  • 3 boat trips for bird watching, seal watching and whale watching 
  • Admission to seal museum, whale museum and Viðimýri turf church 
  • Visit to traditional shark curing farm 
  • Flight excursion to Grímsey Island 
  • Domestic flight Akureyri-Reykjavík 
  • Farm gourmet tasting tour 
  • Plenty of small details, little surprises, meet the local events, some lectures & presentations and unique treats throughout the tour. 


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