OVER 20 FANTASTIC PEARLS AROUND ICELAND IN JUST 4 DAYS
Let’s admit that we are all living in a world of big ambitions where experiencing something is not complete without telling everybody about it. This tour is perfect if you like to take lots of pictures or a Snapchat and pass it immediately on Facebook or Instagram. Iceland is one of the most photogenic destinations on earth. Its icy glaciers, active volcanoes, majestic waterfalls, eerie hot springs and deep fjords provide many opportunities to indulge in the modern trend of sharing great moments with others on social media. It is almost impossible to take a bad shot as you travel from stunning views to astounding landscapes in the so called Land of Fire and Ice.
The Express Iceland Tour is suitable for those who are big on ambition but short on time. The four-day trip around Iceland's ring road will have you ticking off the bucket list items faster than you can say “been there, done that”. Take in all the major highlights and some tucked-away gems of this fabulous country. Picture yourself in more than 20 fantastic sites around Iceland in just four days. Let’s go. Take lots of photos and share with the world how amazing Iceland is. We know you will be back!
HIGHLIGHTS and EXPERIENCES:
- Travel around Iceland’s ring road in only four days
- Visit over 20 fantastic locations around Iceland
- Bathe in a geothermal hot spring and sail between icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
- See waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, glaciers and fjords
- Free Wi-Fi on the minibus to instantly share your best times in Iceland on social media
- Lots of quick photo stops and on we go to the next spectacular nature site
- Small group travel, maximum 16 persons
OVER 20 FANTASTIC PEARLS AROUND ICELAND IN JUST 4 DAYS
Day 1: GOLDEN CIRCLE & SOUTH COAST (400 km/248 mls)
Early morning departure from Reykjavík bus terminal for the first 400 kilometers of our express tour around Iceland. The day is full of highlights as we travel the Golden Circle route and along the South Coast. The first 20-minute stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Þingvellir plain is situated on a tectonic-plate boundary where North America and Europe are slowly tearing away from each other. As a result, the plain is scarred by dramatic fissures, ponds, and rivers, including the great rift Almannagjá. We continue for two more 20 minutes stops: first at Geysir geothermal springs with 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. Nearby is Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river originating from the glacier Langjökull. Gullfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous nature sights. The next stop (10 minutes) is the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges 65 meters over the mountain. Say “been there, done that” at the thundering Skógafoss waterfall (10 minutes) which tumbles 62 meters over a rocky scarp, kicking up vast sheets of mist. The tour continues with another 20-minute photo extravaganza on the black lava beach of Reynisfjara, which 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. The last stop of today is in Vík (20 minutes), Iceland’s southernmost town before we reach our first overnight accommodation near Kirkjubæjarklaustur at the Vatnajökull National Park area. Estimated arrival time is 20:00.
Day 2: VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER & EAST FJORDS (400 km/248 mls)
The quick tour around Iceland continues. We spend the day exploring Europe's second-largest national park and driving along beautiful fjords and past small fishing towns in East Iceland. Today’s mileage is about 400 kilometers. We start with picture time at Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue (20 minutes), followed by a 90-minute stop to explore Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon by an amphibian boat among floating icebergs, one of the most beautiful and dramatic spots in the whole of Iceland. 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 lake 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, looking for seals, and sometimes there are stranded icebergs too. After a one-hour lunch break in the town of Höfn, we continue east with a stop in the charming village of Djúpivogur (20 minutes). Twisty roads take us along the dramatic fjord landscape and through tiny fishing villages in the East Fjords. Estimated arrival time at our overnight location in Fáskrúðsfjörður is 19:00.
Day 3: TRAVEL NORTH (400 km/248 mls)
Today, we travel 400 kilometers to our overnight location in Húsavík, North Iceland. From Fáskrúðsfjörður we drive along scenic roads to Egilsstaðir in East Iceland where we stop for 10 minutes. From there we travel north through the uninhabited highlands to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, located in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. The round-trip walk takes about 40-60 minutes. Your next stop is Námaskarð, where we explore hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools (20 minutes). After a lunch break, we reach Lake Mývatn, known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. First, we visit the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir (20 minutes), followed by a short walk in the mysterious lava fields of Dimmuborgir (30 minutes). We soak off our sightseeing and hiking in the geothermal Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn (1 hour). Estimated arrival time at our overnight location in Húsavík is 19:00. If you still have the energy, you might like to join an optional whale watching tour which starts at 20:00 (only between June 1 to August 10).
Day 4: TRAVEL SOUTH (500 km/310 mls)
Early morning departure from Húsavík in North Iceland for the final 500 kilometers of our express tour around Iceland. We start with Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, which is a beautiful sight to capture a couple of great moments on camera (10 minutes). You have one hour to explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. This town with about 17.000 inhabitants nestles at the head of Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord, at the base of snow-capped peaks. You might like to visit the botanical garden, walk up the stairs to the church, one of the landmarks of Akureyri or simply stroll along the pedestrian street with interesting shops and cafés. We travel south toward Reykjavík and stop for a hike on Grábrók volcano crater (40 minutes), formed about 3400 years ago. For anyone interested in geology, this is a "must-see". The crater is in the middle of a vast lava field and from the top, you have superb views of the beautiful landscape. The final stop is Borgarnes (10 minutes), a small town of fewer than 2000 people, located in West Iceland. The view over the fjord and its mountains is highly scenic. Estimated arrival and drop-off time at the Reykjavík bus terminal is 19:30.
Note - The small print is the big print:
Note that the total mileage is 1.700 km / 1.054 miles, which makes this tour suitable for travelers who like to see as much as possible in the shortest possible time and don’t mind traveling long hours by minibus. The Express Iceland tour is the fastest guided bus tour around Iceland; the complete circle in just 4 days. You visit over 20 must-see locations; often quick photo stops at each location with a couple of walks and hikes here and there. There is free Wi-Fi on the bus. If you prefer a more leisurely schedule we recommend our 8 to 12 day escorted tours around Iceland; www.gjtravel.is
All tours are guaranteed departures:
2018 Departures: small groups limited to 16 persons
* Available for private charter, min. 6 room - max. 10 rooms.
Tours listed with "On request" are almost sold out and therefore check with us regarding the latest booking status.
DURATION: 4 days / 3 nights
TOUR STARTS: At 09:00 from BSI bus station in Reykjavík
TOUR ENDS: Between 19:00-20:00 at BSI bus station in Reykjavík
LANGUAGES: English only
GROUP SIZE: Maximum 16 passengers. Once a booking is confirmed, the departure is guaranteed.
PRE & POST NIGHTS REYKJAVÍK: Not included in this tour program. Note that the Express Iceland 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 separately.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Not included in this tour program. Note that the Express Iceland 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.
2018 Price per Person
||Departures: May & September
|In double or twin room incl. breakfast
|In Single room
MEALS: 3x breakfast and 1x dinner (day 1)
- Fully escorted 4-day minibus tour with an English speaking driver-guide
- 3 nights hotel accommodation, rooms with shower/wc
- 3x breakfast
- 1x dinner (day 1)
- Visit to two national parks
- Entrance with towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn
- Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
PRE & POST NIGHTS IN REYKJAVÍK: Not included in this tour program. Note that the Express Iceland Tour starts and ends at BSI bus station in Reykjavík. No hotel pick up/drop off is available. Pre & post nights need to be arranged by you directly or the booking agent.
AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Not included in this tour program. Note that the Express Iceland 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 directly or the booking agent.
ACCOMMODATIONS: We overnight in comfort tourist-class hotels, many of them set in the most stunning locations. All rooms have private shower/wc.
- Southeast Iceland: Fosshotel Núpar at Vatnajökull national park
- East Iceland: Fosshotel Austur in Fáskrúðsfjörður
- Husavík: Fosshotel Húsavík
Note that above hotel list is subject to change and that double rooms in Iceland are usually twin beds. There are no triple rooms available for this tour.
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.
BOOKINGS AND FURTHER INFORMATION: Either via our international tour operator network or directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 tour. Final payment is due 4 weeks prior to 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, for no shows, or a tour begun, but not completed. The exchange of one arrangement for another must be agreed by us beforehand.
„I loved it! A lot of explanation and history was given. The Glacier Lagoon was a definite highlight!“ – Direct Client from the USA
„It was great, exactly what I was looking for! We covered the whole island and learned a ton about Iceland.“ – Direct Client from the USA
Very fun tour! If you don't have a week or more to spend in Iceland, this is a great alternative. We saw all of the highlights and more. It was efficient and fun! Booked through Nordic Saga Tours, USA