Mountains, Fjords, Volcanoes and Desert Landscape - 8 days/7 nights
This 8 day tour focuses on guided excursions from Akureyri in North Iceland where you stay five nights. Staying in only one hotel 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 center make it popular with the visitors.
This tour is an ideal short break to explore North Iceland and the interior highlands. The Best of North Iceland tour offers an excellent touring experience combined with exceptional value for money.
Day 1: Welcome to Iceland (50 km/31 mls)
Private airport transfer by coach & guide from Keflavík International airport to Reykjavík where you spend the night.
Day 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.
Day 3: AKUREYRI AND OPTIONAL TOUR TO HRÍSEY ISLAND (20 km/12 mls)
In the morning, you have a guided walk through Akureyri, which has a charming city center and a fine botanical garden. The afternoon is free to either explore on your own, or to join an optional excursion by bus and ferry to Hrísey Island, located in the middle of Iceland's longest fjord and home to thousands of sea birds (driving about 90 km/56 mls).
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.
Day 5: DAY TOUR TO SIGLUFJÖRDUR (300 km/186 mls)
Join an excursion to 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.
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 can join an optional whale watching cruise or visit museums. 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.
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! We stop at Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring before we return to Reykjavík in the evening. Overnight in Iceland's capital.
Day 8: Departure home (50 km/31 mls)
Private transfer by bus (no guide) from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík airport.
Departure Dates: This itinerary is ideal from end of June to mid-September
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Accommodation: This tour can be offered in 2 star, 3 star or 4 star hotel
Meals: 7x breakfast + 5x dinner
Group Size: ideal for groups 10-50 persons.
- Arrival airport transfer by private bus & guide
- Fully escorted 6 day coach tour with a professional guide
- Departure airport transfer by private bus (no guide)
- 7 nights accommodation, rooms with shower/wc
- 7x breakfast + 5x dinner
- Vist to Herring Museum in Siglufjördur
- Entrance fee and towel rental at Myvatn Nature Bath
- Entrance fee to Glaumbaer folk museum with turf houses
- Average of 1-2 hours walking per day
Optionals, depending on season:
- Whale watching from Húsavík
- Excursion to Hrísey Island
- About 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 is about 1.900 km (1.180 miles) for the tour. You spend about 4,5 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, especially on day 2, 6 & 7.
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