BEST OF SOUTH ICELAND 2018

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Explore the most famous sights in South Iceland from the countryside instead of taking long drives from Reykjavík. This 8-day tour focuses on guided tours and explorations, while staying only at 3 different locations. Highlights are the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Vatnajökull glacier and the south coast.

Tour Code: GJ-56
  • Tour Availability: Sun
  • Seasons: June to September
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

New small group program for 2018: Best of South Iceland

Explore the most famous sights in South Iceland from the countryside instead of taking long drives from Reykjavík. This 8-day tour focuses on guided day excursions and explorations from only 3 different overnight locations in Southern Iceland. You visit the Golden Circle sites, explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar, the glacial valley of Þórsmörk, and the glacial wonders of Vatnajökull national park. Your Icelandic adventure includes short walks here and there, bathing in the geothermal Blue Lagoon, climbing volcano craters, walking on glaciers, a boat trip between floating icebergs and lots of time to take pictures. With a maximum group size of 20 persons, this program includes six full days of touring, exploring and adventure in South Iceland and the interior highlands. You discover national parks, green valleys, high mountains, moon landscapes, lava fields, waterfalls, hot springs and glaciers. You explore Icelandic highlights and secrets. Accommodation is provided in simple and clean hotels and cottages with private facilities.

Highlights and Experiences

  • Small groups, maximum 20 persons
  • Excellent value for money
  • Bathe in the Blue Lagoon, walk on lava and explore two national parks
  • Short hike on Europe's largest glacier
  • Boat trip between floating icebergs
  • Ford glacial rivers by bus and explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk 
  • Easy tour and suitable for nearly everybody
  • 2 nights in Reykjavik, 3 nights in Hella, South Iceland and 2 nights at Vatnajökull national park 
  • Accommodation is provided in simple and clean hotels and cottages with private facilities
  • On September departures there is a chance to see the Northern Lights
Tour Code: GJ-56

New small group program for 2018: Best of South Iceland

Best of South Iceland 2018.jpgDay 1, SUN: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls) 
The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.
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Day 2, MON: THE BLUE LAGOON & REYKJANES PENINSULA (200 km/125 mls)
At 09:00 meet your tour guide and fellow group members and travel to the Reykjanes Peninsula with its hot springs, mountains, bird cliffs, moon-like landscapes and fishing villages. We warm up in the geothermal mineral rich waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. In the afternoon we explore Krýsuvík, an area with solfataras, fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs. The soil is coloured bright yellow, red and green. We continue through lava fields and coastal landscape to Strandarkirkja, a Lutheran parish church on the southern coast of Iceland. This small, beautiful wooden church, has been a beacon for those travelling at sea and is often referred to as the "miracle church" with the locals' longstanding belief that it has profound, divine powers. Next stop is the charming fishing village of Eyrarbakki with a large number of preserved houses from the period 1890-1920 and therefore a visit is like a journey 100 years back in time. We visit the local Maritime and Folk Museum. In the evening we reach Hella, a small village in South Iceland, where we stay for three nights in simple cottages.
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Day 3, TUE: LANDMANNALAUGAR & ÞJÓRSÁRDALUR (290 km/180 mls) 
Today we drive to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands, surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains. Group members have the options to explore the area on their own or join the guide for a short hike through a rough lava field and up the slopes with incredible spectrum of colours. In Landmannalaugar there is also a natural geothermal stream where you can enjoy a refreshing bath. Have swimwear and towel ready. On the way back to our accommodation we stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss in Þjórsárdalur valley, surrounded by extraordinary basalt rock formations. Nearby we explore the Viking farm ruins at Stöng and enjoy a leisurely hike to Gjáin, a green oasis in an otherwise rocky, barren moon-like landscape. Þjórsárdalur is off-the-beaten-path and is dominated by Hekla and other volcanoes in the vicinity. Hekla is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes; over 20 eruptions have occurred since 874. During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the "Gateway to Hell". 
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Day 4, MON: GOLDEN CIRCLE (230 km/143 mls)
A day to visit three of Iceland's most important 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 been replaced by Strokkur „the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Next stop is at the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Day 5, WED: ÞÓRSMÖRK & VATNAJÖKULL (300 km/187 miles) 
We start the day at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall and continue to Þórsmörk, a wide valley named after Thor, the Viking God of Thunder. This beautiful valley is surrounded on three sides by steep mountains and glaciers. Fording raging glacial rivers and gentle streams is a big part of the great adventure. The landscape is dramatic with Eyjafjallajökull volcano towering on one side and the massive glacial river Markarfljót flowing on the other. We walk to explore the aftermath of the immense fast flowing flood, caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in April 2010, which destroyed a glacial lagoon and left a blackened area.
Þórsmörk is one of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland. Depending on weather we enjoy an easy hike through nature. You see the rumored Icelandic highlands at its best - volcanoes, glaciers, high mountains, glacier made valleys and canyons, glacier rivers, lava fields and many more gems that the Icelandic nature holds captured. After our Þórsmörk adventure trip, there is a long drive to our next overnight location at Vatnajökull National Park. We stay for 2 nights at the simple but well located Hotel Skaftafell, next to Europe‘s largest glacier and beneath Iceland‘s highest mountain.
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Day 6, FRI: GLACIER HIKE & GLACIAL LAGOON (140 km/87 miles) 
This is a day packed with fun activities and breathtaking sceneries. We start with a moderate 1,5 hour glacier hike in the majestic surroundings of Svínafellsjökull. The glacier is hemmed in by some of Iceland´s most spectacular peaks. An experienced glacier guide leads you safely through the glacial wonderland of strangely shaped ridges, deep crevasses, huge water cauldrons and different ice formations. In the afternoon we head over to the famous glacier lagoon for a cruise, sailing between the icebergs of all shapes and sizes, which float in the clear blue water. After the glacial lagoon experience there is time to go down to the black sand beach to take a closer look at the icebergs that have floated all the way from the glacier lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean.
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Day 7, SAT: THE SOUTH COAST & REYKJAVÍK (350 km/220 miles) 
We cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík, travel to the lighthouse and bird cliffs at Dyrholaey and stop at 60 meter high Skógafoss waterfall. The Best of Iceland program ends with a Reykjavík city tour before we reach the hotel in Iceland's capital.
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Day 8, SUN: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport.

NOTE:
  • Total mileage in 6 days is about 1,510 km (942 miles) which is an average of 252 km (157 miles) per day. You spend about 3,5 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days, especially in the interior highlands, the driving might be longer than on some other days. 
  • The hotels and cottages used on this tour are simple but clean, and all rooms offer private facilities. 
  • On September departures there is a chance to see the Northern Lights
Tour Code: GJ-56
2018 Departures
Tour Code From To Guided in  Chances to see Northern Lights Availability
GJ 56/G Sunday, 24.06.2018 Sunday, 01.07.2018 English only no Yes
GJ 56/I Sunday, 08.07.2018 Sunday, 15.07.2018 English only no Yes
GJ 56/K Sunday, 22.07.2018 Sunday, 29.07.2018 English only no Yes
GJ 56/L Sunday, 29.07.2018 Sunday, 05.08.2018 English only no Yes
GJ 56/M Sunday, 05.08.2018 Sunday, 12.08.2018 English only no Yes
GJ 56/N Sunday, 12.08.2018 Sunday, 19.08.2018 English only no Yes
GJ 56/O Sunday, 19.08.2018 Sunday, 26.08.2018 English only maybe Yes
GJ 56/P Sunday, 26.08.2018 Sunday, 02.09.2018 English only maybe Yes
GJ 56/Q Sunday, 02.09.2018 Sunday, 09.09.2018 English only yes Yes
GJ 56/R Sunday, 09.09.2018 Sunday, 16.09.2018 English only yes Yes

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

PRIVATE CHARTER: It is possible to charter individual departures for private groups

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY: Sundays

TOUR STARTS: On Mondays at 10:00 from Reykjavík

TOUR ENDS: On Saturdays between 17:00-19:00 in Reykjavík

DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights

LANGUAGES: In English (see travel dates and languages above)

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 20 passengers. Once a booking is confirmed, the departure is guaranteed.

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

Tour Code: GJ-56

2018 PRICE PER PERSON

Departures: June-August Departures: September 
in double or twin room in triple room* in single room in double or twin room in triple room in single room
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* Triple room on request

* On September departures there is a chance to see the Northern Lights

GROUP SIZE: Small group travel with maximum 20 persons. Minimum age: 10 years due to glacier hike

MEALS: 7x breakfast and 2x 2-course dinner or buffet (day 5 & 6)

INCLUDED: 
  • Arrival & departure transfer by FLYBUS airport shuttle (no guide)
  • 6-day escorted coach tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
  • 7 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc
  • 7x breakfast and 2x 2-course dinner or buffet (day 5,6)
  • Visit to two national parks
  • Entrance & towel to Blue Lagoon
  • Boat trip on glacial lagoon
  • Vatnajökull 1 - 1,5 hour glacier hike
  • Entrance fee to Eyrarbakki Maritime and Folk Museum

PRE & POST NIGHTS IN REYKJAVÍK: Included in this tour program, ask if you require extension nights.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Included in the program and price.

NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the nature 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 nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.

ACCOMMODATION: Is provided in simple but clean hotels and cottages  – rooms with private shower/wc. Most of our groups will stay at the following accommodations (subject to change):
  • First and last night: Hotel Cabin in Reykjavík (small standard rooms - 10m2)
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th night: Árhús Cottages in Hella, South Iceland
  • 5th and 6th night: Hotel Skaftafell, Vatnajökull National Park
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. In general there is a non-refundable booking fee/deposit of up to 20 % in order to secure space on the tour. Final payment is due latest 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 and online-payment system 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 begun, but not completed. The exchange of one arrangement for another must be agreed by us beforehand. GJ-Travel reserves the right to charge a non-refundable bookings fee/payment deposit of up to 20 % in order to secure space on the tour. Final payment is due 4 weeks prior to the tour start.
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Tour Code: GJ-56