ICELAND IN A NUTSHELL 2018

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This is a quick and intensive exploration tour of South & West Iceland in just three days, ideal for a stopover or an extension program combined with other international destinations. Explore various hot springs, waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, mountains and fjords. Travel to fishing villages, view glaciers and get a quick peek into some of Iceland's highlights and beautiful scenery.

Tour Code: GJ-94
  • Tour Availability: Selected days
  • Seasons: May to September
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

New group program for 2018: Iceland in a Nutshell

Krysuvik hot springs, Reykjanes.JPGIceland is a unique country that offers the most breathtaking and contrast-filled landscapes with active volcanoes, bizarre-looking rock formations, majestic green mountains, amazing waterfalls, deep fjords and stunning glaciers. Iceland looks like another planet. It's no wonder it attracts the best photographers from around the world. Iceland in a Nutshell is a quick and intensive exploration tour of South & West Iceland in just three days, ideal for a stopover or an extension program combined with other international destinations.

Visit the Reykjanes Peninsula, the South Coast, the Golden Circle, Borgarfjörður Valley in West Iceland and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula; all that in just three days. Explore different hot springs, waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, mountains and fjords. Expect lonely lava plains, steaming hill rocks, spurty geysers, black sand beaches and sites where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide. Travel to fishing villages, view glaciers, go bird watching and get a quick peek into some of Iceland's highlights and beautiful scenery.

Highlights and Experiences

  • Excellent value for money
  • Walk the black lava beach with a basalt column cave
  • Visit the Reykjanes Peninsula, the Golden Circle, and the South Coast
  • Explore Snæfellsnes National Park with its beautiful glacier and volcano 
  • See hot springs, waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, glaciers, mountains and fjords
  • Ever-changing landscapes and countless of photo opportunities
  • Chance to see the midnight sun or the Northern Lights, depending on weather and season
  • Optional fjord and bird watching cruise
Tour Code: GJ-94

Iceland Mini Tour 2018.jpgNew group program for 2018: Iceland in a Nutshell

Day 1: REYKJANES PENINSULA & SOUTH COAST (350 km/217 mls)
At 08:30 meet your tour guide and fellow group members and travel to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, lava fields, mountains and moon-like landscapes. The first stop is at Kleifarvatn, the largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula situated on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It's picturesque and epic with black sandy beaches and steep rocks, cliffs and small caves. The soft green moss in between gives the lunar landscape some softness and color. According to legend, the lake is said to be inhabited by a monster, last seen in 1984. Nearby are the Krýsuvík geothermal fields with solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. You will smell the area long before arrival, and once you are there, it's like landing on a different planet. The soil is bright yellow, red and green, steamy and burning hot. On we go to Grænavatn, a small lake in an explosion crater with a distinctive green color caused by sulfur and the extreme depth of the lake. The trip continues towards the south through extensive lava fields, along with mountains and the Atlantic ocean. A short stop at the charming village Eyrarbakki with a large number of preserved houses from the period 1890-1920, and therefore a visit feels like a journey 100 years back in time. After a lunch break, we reach Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can follow a slick and wet trail and walk right behind the falls. Come prepared and bring a rain coat and good boots, as you will get wet. The southern-most point during our Iceland in a Nutshell tour is the village of Vík, surrounded by green mountains, black lava beaches, and impressive bird cliffs. We take a short walk along Reynisfjara beautiful black beach with amazing basalt rocks, caves, and crashing waves. Maybe you will see puffins from May to the beginning of August. Our journey takes us past two glaciers, Mýrdals- and Eyjafjallajökull. Our next stop is the gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall, another must-see location in South Iceland. The crashing water creates a mist that results in frequent and magical rainbows in sunny conditions, just adding some more memorable experiences to the sheer beauty of this stunning scenery and place. Welcome drink and overnight in South Iceland. If you fancy, we recommend visiting the local geothermal swimming pool and hot tubs. Icelanders love hot tubs, the same as the Finns love their sauna.
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Day 2: GOLDEN CIRCLE, BORGARFJÖRÐUR VALLEY & SELFIE WITH AN ICELANDIC HORSE (350 km/217 mls)
A day to visit three of Iceland's most famous spots: Gullfoss waterfall, Geyser hot springs, and Þingvellir National Park. Gullfoss, "the golden falls", is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts tourists and travelers all year. You see the 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 and has been replaced by Strokkur, "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Next stop is the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures make evident the rifting of the earth's crust. Our route brings us to the bottom of the picturesque Hvalfjörður fjord and on a gravel road over a small mountain ridge, passing farms and summer cottages. We continue to West Iceland, reaching Borgarfjörður, known as Iceland's Saga Valley because of its many important historical events. The Hraunfossar waterfalls, "the lava falls", are exceptionally beautiful. 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 originated from the glacier Langjökull. The next stop is at Deildartungahver, Europe's most powerful hot spring concerning the volume of water produced. The water that flows here is boiling and sizzling. Before we reach our overnight location in Borgarnes, West Iceland, we visit a local family and their horse farm, where you will be able to hug an Icelandic horse or take a selfie with your new friend. The family members tell us about living and farming in rural Iceland.
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Day 3: SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA (400 km/248 miles) 
We travel to the picturesque fishing town of Stykkishólmur on the north shore of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you have three hours leisure time for own explorations and sightseeing. We recommend visiting the local geothermal swimming pool, the Volcano Museum, and the museum about eider ducks. Another optional is the fjord & bird watching cruise which takes you around the small islands of Breiðafjörður Bay for just over two hours where you can observe seabirds and taste freshly caught scallops. Stykkishólmur is beautifully situated where you find charming and well-preserved old houses in the center of town, also known as the gateway to the innumerable islands of Breiðafjörður Bay, which is renowned for its natural beauty and remarkable wildlife. The church in Stykkishólmur is impressive architecturally. It makes a beautiful landmark both from land and sea. The view from the church over Breiðafjörður Bay is spectacular. In the afternoon we travel through friendly towns and villages, explore a region where volcanic craters, lava flows, an ice cap, mountains, fjords, sandy beaches and high cliffs shape its landscapes. The peninsula itself is also named Iceland in Miniature. We stop at Kirkjufell, one of Iceland's most photographed mountains. The Snæfellsnes National Park is the westernmost part of the peninsula, including the mystical glacier Snæfellsjökull, as well as other unique sites. We continue by the roots of the stratovolcano made famous by Jules Verne in his book "Journey to the Center of the Earth". We visit some of the nearby bird cliffs, basalt rocks, and strange lava formations before we reach Búðir, the setting of one of Iceland's most photographed churches. The tiny pitch-black wooden church from the 17th century, surrounded by ancient lava fields, is just a stone's throw from the pink beach decorated with black lava. Our journey takes us via the town of Borgarnes back to Reykjavík, Iceland's capital city. 

NOTE:
  • Total mileage in 3 days is about 1,100 km (682 miles), which is an average of 367 km (228 miles) per day. You spend about 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. 
  • The accommodations used on this tour are simple tourist class hotels, and all rooms offer private facilities. 
  • On September departures, there is a chance to see the Northern Lights.
  • When you visit Iceland between May and August, the sun barely sets - and even when it does go down, the sky remains eerily bright. 
Tour Code: GJ-94

New group program for 2018: Iceland in a Nutshell

2018 Departures
Tour Code From To Guided in  Chances to see Northern Lights Availability
GJ-94-030518 03.05.2018 05.05.2018 English only no Yes
GJ-94-170518 17.05.2018 19.05.2019 English only no Yes
GJ-94-310518 31.05.2018 02.06.2018 English only no Yes
GJ-94-040618 04.06.2018 06.06.2018 English only no Yes
GJ-94-140618 14.06.2018 16.06.2018 English only no Yes
GJ-94-290618 29.06.2018 01.07.2018 English only no Yes
GJ-94-040718 04.07.2018 06.07.2018 English only no Yes
GJ-94-210718 21.07.2018 23.07.2018 English only no Yes
GJ-94-030818 03.08.2018 05.08.2018 English only no Yes
GJ-94-170818 17.08.2018 19.08.2018 English only no Yes
GJ-94-060918 06.09.2018 08.09.2018 English only maybe Yes
GJ-94-130918 13.09.2018 15.09.2018 English only maybe Yes
GJ-94-210918 21.09.2018 23.09.2018 English only yes Yes

Tours listed with "On request" are almost sold out and therefore check with us regarding the latest booking status.

TOUR STARTS: At 08:30 from BSI bus station in Reykjavík (no hotel pick-up)

TOUR ENDS: Around 20:00 at BSI bus station in Reykjavík (no hotel drop-off) 

DURATION: 3 days / 2 nights

LANGUAGES: In English 

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 30 passengers. Once a booking is confirmed, the departure is guaranteed.

ACCOMMODATION: Simple but clean country hotels – rooms with shower/wc

PRIVATE CHARTER: It is possible to charter individual departures for private groups. Non-refundable deposits apply.

PRE & POST NIGHTS REYKJAVÍK: Not included in this tour program. Note that the Iceland in a Nutshell tour starts and ends at BSI bus station in Reykjavík. No hotel pick-up/drop-off is available. Pre & post nights in Reykjavík need to be arranged by you, the booking agent, or by the traveler directly.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Not included in this tour program. Note that the Iceland in a Nutshell tour starts and ends at BSI bus station in Reykjavík. No hotel pick-up/drop-off is available. Airport transfer between Keflavík and Reykjavík need to be arranged by you, the booking agent, or by the traveler directly.

NOTE: From May-August expect up to 24 hours of daylight, and in September there is a chance to see the Northern Lights.

Tour Code: GJ-94

New group program for 2018: Iceland in a Nutshell

2018 PRICE PER PERSON

Departures: June-August Departures: May & September 
in a double or twin room in a triple room* in a single room in a double or twin room in a triple room in a single room
EUR tba EUR tba EUR tba EUR tba EUR tba EUR tba

* 2018 rates will be available end of August 2017

* Triple room on request

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 30 persons

MEALS: 2x breakfast 

INCLUDED: 
  • 3-day escorted coach tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
  • 2 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc
  • 2x breakfast 
  • Welcome drink at the hotel in South Iceland
  • Visit to two national parks
  • Visit to a local family and horse farm
NOT INCLUDED: optional activities in Stykkishómur (need to be paid on location)
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PRE & POST NIGHTS IN REYKJAVÍK: Not included in this tour program. Note that the Iceland in a Nutshell tour starts and ends at BSI bus station in Reykjavík. No hotel pick-up/drop-off is available. Pre & post nights and airport transfer between Keflavík and Reykjavík need to be arranged by you, the booking agent, or by the traveler directly.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Not included in this tour program. Note that the Iceland in a Nutshell tour starts and ends at BSI bus station in Reykjavík. No hotel pick-up/drop-off is available. Pre & post nights and airport transfer between Keflavík and Reykjavík need to be arranged by you, the booking agent, or by the traveler directly.

NOTE: From May-August expect up to 24 hours of daylight, and in September there is a chance to see the Northern Lights.

NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the natural attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot when entering any of these natural sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at present and are subject to change.

ACCOMMODATION: Is provided in simple but clean tourist class hotels – rooms with private shower/wc. Most of our groups will stay at the following accommodations (subject to change):
  • 1st night: Hotel Hella in Hella, South Iceland or similar
  • 2nd night: Hotel Borgarnes in Borgarnes, West Iceland or similar
BOOKINGS & FURTHER INFORMATION: Either via our international tour operator network or directly by email gjtravel@gjtravel.is and we process your booking by personal email communication. We will send you a confirmation and invoice. GJ-Travel reserves the right to charge a non-refundable booking fee/payment deposit of up to 20% to secure space on the tour. Final payment is due 4 weeks before the tour start. We accept international bank transfer, Visa or MasterCard. Once paid in full, we will send the vouchers and travel documents. Unfortunately, we do not offer an online booking engine for this tour.

CANCELLATIONS: A cancellation fee of 20% of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made from 4 to 8 weeks before tour start. From 28 days until 7 days before tour start, the fee is 50%. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 7 days before tour start, or for no-shows, and a tour began, but not completed. The exchange of one arrangement for another must be agreed by us beforehand. 
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Tour Code: GJ-94