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Iceland Complete: Reykjavik, Akureyri, Hofn & More

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10 Days
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FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH: On this immersive exploration of Iceland, discover myriad natural wonders as well as the jovial spirit of the Land of Fire and Ice. With fellow travelers in tow, you'll stay in first-class and moderate accommodations, enjoy tasty local meals, and visit a range of remarkably scenic locations, perfect for those with an adventurous spirit.


This 10-day Locally Escorted Group Tour includes specially selected accommodations, quality transportation, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Escort. The tour of this fairytale land is filled with exquisite natural scenery. You will spend the first night in the capital, Reykjavik. The following morning, you will commence your tour through Iceland’s wonders. 

During your week in Iceland you will see geothermal regions with geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers, coastal fjords, volcanic formations and exotic National Parks. You will have the opportunity to visit the Geysir hot springs and the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. You will see the largest mass of lava on earth at Eldhraun, and visit the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, the birthplace of icebergs.

Other highlights include Dettifoss, home to Iceland’s most powerful waterfall and the peculiar lava formations at Dimmborgir. Akureyri holds some of the finest examples of timber buildings in the country, while Hrutey Island nurtures a protected nature reserve where salmon swim freely. You will see Iceland's largest lake, Lake Thingvallavatn and in Thingvellir National Park, visit the ancient site of the world’s first outdoor parliament.

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,245

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Day 1

Arrival and Reykjavik

Upon arrival, make your way into Reykjavik for your first night in Iceland. There are no scheduled activities today though there is an evening orientation meeting, and your escorted coach program will begin in earnest the following day. Please note that your arrival transfer is not included in the package price. A shared transfer or private transfer can be added; please speak to your Destination Specialist. Generally, on Day 2 - 9 there will be no more than 45 minutes to one-hour driving between each tour stop. You'll arrive at each night's accommodation in the late afternoon.

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, the guide will meet your group on the evening of Day 1 according to the standard "Iceland Complete" itinerary. If you cannot make the information meeting on Day 1 you will meet your guide on Day 2 in the lobby of your hotel in the morning.

If you arrive earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We'd be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It's a great way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It's also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.

Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital. Please note that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.

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Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura

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    Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura



    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, …

    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, Oskjuhlid Hill's quiet woods and the Nautholsvik geothermal beach.

    The 220 guest rooms and 2 suites feature Iceland-inspired themes.

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    • Air Conditioning
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Reception
    • Spa
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Day 2

Thingvellir National Park - Geysir - Gullfoss

Approximate Distance: 205 km / 127 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide and start your Iceland adventure!
After a quick introductory of our home city of Reykjavik, head to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world's oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. You will have the unusual experience of walking between two continents!

Next on your journey is Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall", where various walking paths give you photo-worthy views of the beautiful double-ledged cascade. You'll also visit the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools.

During the day you'll get a glimpse into Icelandic local life. Visit an Icelandic family farm where tomatoes are grown using organic geothermal energy. Tour the greenhouse and sample some of the farm's sweet Icelandic tomatoes.

The day ends in Hveragerdi, a pretty town located in an active geothermal area. The locals have made clever use of underground hot springs to provide heat for homes, as well as greenhouses that grow flowers, fruits and vegetables. Dinner and overnight in the Hveragerdi area.

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Ork Hotel Hveragerdi

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    This countryside hotel is located in the village of Hveragerdi and offers friendly accommodation and well-equipped facilities in beautiful surroundings. Guests can enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine served at Ork's restaurant. There are 85 well furnished guest rooms at Hotel Ork. The rooms have simple yet …

    This countryside hotel is located in the village of Hveragerdi and offers friendly accommodation and well-equipped facilities in beautiful surroundings. Guests can enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine served at Ork's restaurant.

    There are 85 well furnished guest rooms at Hotel Ork. The rooms have simple yet classic furnishings and feature private bathrooms with a bathtub with shower.

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Day 3

Thjorsardalur Valley - Skogar - Dyrholaey - Vik

Approximate Distance: 295 km / 183 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore enchanting Thjorsardalur valley and its ever-changing landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers, and waterfalls. If the skies are clear, you'll also see the impressive and beautiful Mt. Hekla volcano towering over the region. Visit Stong, where you can view a replica of a Viking-age longhouse that was buried by a volcanic eruption of Hekla. The area was a filming location for Game of Thrones Season 4.

Drive along the scenic farmlands of Iceland's South Shore. Stop to admire the scenic waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Each waterfall has its own charm. Continue to Dyrholaey and the thundering waves of the Reynisfjara black sand beaches. End the day in Vik, Iceland's southernmost town. Dinner and overnight in the Vik area. Please note that Dyrholaey is closed for the bird nesting season between mid-May and the 25th of June.

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Hotel Vik i Myrdal

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    Discover the land of fire and ice in unforgettable fashion at Hotel Vik i Myrdal! Tucked within the captivating village of Vík in South Iceland's verdant Myrdalur Valley, the hotel places the best of the region at your fingertips - from the world-renowned volcanic beaches …

    Discover the land of fire and ice in unforgettable fashion at Hotel Vik i Myrdal! Tucked within the captivating village of Vík in South Iceland's verdant Myrdalur Valley, the hotel places the best of the region at your fingertips - from the world-renowned volcanic beaches of Reynisfjara to recreational activities including birdwatching, glacier hiking and trekking through the two-million-year-old Fjadrargljufur canyon.

    Designed with an eye for detail, the Vik hotel offers 78 tastefully furnished rooms with modern amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. You can also choose to stay in one of their five quaint cottages or 15 self-catering apartments, depending on what best suits your needs.

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Day 4

Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - Hofn

Approximate Distance: 285 km / 177 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! You'll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe's largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east. Visit the national park's famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy the views of rich green landscapes and black sands dominated by several magnificent glaciers. You'll also see Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial "tongues" that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull.

Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you'll enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. You also have the option of enjoying a boat tour amid the ice bergs (must be booked in advance). Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, named for the shrinking icebergs that settle on the black sands before drifting out to sea.

Your overnight is in Hofn, a fishing port in the shadow of Vatnajokull glacier. Dinner is on your own. Hofn has a nice selection of restaurants and cafes. The local specialty is langoustines (Norway lobsters). Overnight in Hofn.

Optional Tour: Amphibian Boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon - Sail among the drifting icebergs to see them from a different angle | Duration: 30 mins | Includes: Guided tour on amphibian boat. You must book and pay for this tour in advance to ensure a spot for you on the tour. Please let you Destination Specialist know if you want to take this tour during the booking process.

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Hotel Hofn

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    Situated in south-eastern Iceland, in the coastal town of Hofn. The hotel is within 10 minutes' walk of Hofn Harbour and Silfurnes Golf Club, while the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is less than 1 hours' drive away. This hotel offers local cuisine and modern en-suite rooms …

    Situated in south-eastern Iceland, in the coastal town of Hofn. The hotel is within 10 minutes' walk of Hofn Harbour and Silfurnes Golf Club, while the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is less than 1 hours' drive away. This hotel offers local cuisine and modern en-suite rooms with a flat-screen TVs.

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Day 5

Hofn - East Fjords - Egilsstadir

Approximate Distance: 260 km / 162 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. We're sure you'll love the amazing views, so keep your camera ready. You will also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. One of these is the tiny village of Breiddalsvik. Your group will visit the Beljandi Microbrewery and sample some of the wonderful beer. The local community came together in 2017 to transform a rustic warehouse into a charmingly quirky brewery. You'll meet one of the townsfolk and get a feel for life in a small Icelandic town, as well as see how great beer is made.

The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland's largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.

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Hallormsstadur Hotel

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    Hallormsstadur Hotel


    Beautifully located in a forest area by Lake Lagarfljot, 25km south of Egilsstadir, is the Hotel Hallormsstadur, close to hiking trails and various recreational opportunities. This hotel is located near the east entrance of one of the largest nature reserves in Europe, the Vatnajokull National …

    Beautifully located in a forest area by Lake Lagarfljot, 25km south of Egilsstadir, is the Hotel Hallormsstadur, close to hiking trails and various recreational opportunities. This hotel is located near the east entrance of one of the largest nature reserves in Europe, the Vatnajokull National Park. The surrounding area has many scenic trails and guests are welcome to rent mountain bikes from the hotel. Horse riding is also available nearby during the summer.

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Day 6

Lake Myvatn Area

Approximate Distance: 255 km / 158 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi, desolate and yet hauntingly beautiful, as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. Your route takes you by a historical Modrusalsoraefi; it is located at the highest altitude of any working farm in Iceland. Stop at Dettifoss, Europe's largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to the Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. We often feel like we are visiting another planet when we come here, and you may the same way. It's such a surreal experience!

Walk along the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and peek into Grjotagja, a cave with underground hot springs. Explore the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. They look as if they were built by fantasy creatures. Legend has it that elves live here, so be respectful during your visit.

You'll definitely see why the surreal Myvatn area has become so popular as a movie location. Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.

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Icelandair Hotel Myvatn

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    Icelandair Hotel Myvatn


    The tradition of receiving and serving travelers in the Myvatn area is long, and Icelandair Hotels are enthusiastic about continuing the legacy. Icelandair Hotel Myvatn's superb location makes it the place to stay when touring the Myvatn area. Relaxed atmosphere where you will enjoy kicking …

    The tradition of receiving and serving travelers in the Myvatn area is long, and Icelandair Hotels are enthusiastic about continuing the legacy. Icelandair Hotel Myvatn's superb location makes it the place to stay when touring the Myvatn area. Relaxed atmosphere where you will enjoy kicking back and relaxing after a day of exploring. Recharge with your fellow travelers or inhale your experience in the comfortable, unconventional rooms.

    Myvatn is undoubtedly one of the best-known tourist destinations in Iceland and indeed a phenomenal place. Unparalleled nature has charmed tourists, naturalists, and scientists alike. In the Myvatn district and near vicinity there are many natural pearls and best to experience them in person. Visitors find places like Dimmuborgir, Skútustaoir, Hverfjall and Krafla especially alluring.

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Day 7

Lake Myvatn Area - Akureyri - Siglufjordur - Skagafjordur

Approximate Distance: 245 km / 152 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your day's adventure with a visit to magnificent Godafoss waterfall, one of North Iceland's most important symbols. Afterwards, you'll see Akureyri, the colorful northern "capital" of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur fjord. After spending some free time in Akureyri, you'll continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. You'll surely be amazed at the steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and its black sand coastline.

Stop in Siglufjordur, a town with some of the country's most beautiful timber buildings. Visit the town's award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a frontier-like boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. The museum will transport you back to that exciting time.

Head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to your overnight in Skagafjordur, a scenic region full of historical sites and folk tales. Dinner and overnight in Northwest Iceland.

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Hofsstadir Hotel

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    This family-run guest house's rooms include tea/coffee facilities, a patio and panoramic views of Skagafjordur Fjord. Boats to Drangey Island depart from Saudarkrokur, 20km away. Wi-Fi is free. Guesthouse Hofsstadir's summer restaurant uses seasonal produce from the farm and local region in its dishes. Breakfast …

    This family-run guest house's rooms include tea/coffee facilities, a patio and panoramic views of Skagafjordur Fjord. Boats to Drangey Island depart from Saudarkrokur, 20km away. Wi-Fi is free. Guesthouse Hofsstadir's summer restaurant uses seasonal produce from the farm and local region in its dishes. Breakfast includes homemade bread and jam. Geothermal swimming pools in Hofsos and Varmahlid are within 20 minutes' drive. The 18th century Holar Cathedral and Icelandic Horse History Center are similarly close by.

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Day 8

Skagafjordur - Borgarnes

Approximate Distance: 335 km / 208 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Icelanders consider the Skagafjordur area to be one of the country's finest places for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait - the tolt. This horse breed has remained unchanged since Viking times.

Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau taking you into West Iceland. Drive through Borgarfjordur, a region that has been getting international recognition for its lovely volcanic and wooded scenery and for its Viking history. Walk up to the top of Grabrok crater for an amazing view. Listen to the powerful rushing waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe's mightiest hot spring area. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, where brightly blue water rushes through black lava formations. Nearby is Barnafoss, a waterfall with even more brilliantly blue colors. There is an interesting and poignant legend associated with this waterfall. Dinner and overnight stay in the Borgarfjordur area.

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Icelandair Hotel Hamar

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    The hotel restaurant serves traditional Icelandic food and international dishes made from fresh, locally produced ingredients. Guests can also enjoy views of the Borgarfjordur Fjord or have a drink on the patio. Icelandair Hamar is found 3 kilometres north of Borgarnes, just off Iceland's main …

    The hotel restaurant serves traditional Icelandic food and international dishes made from fresh, locally produced ingredients. Guests can also enjoy views of the Borgarfjordur Fjord or have a drink on the patio.

    Icelandair Hamar is found 3 kilometres north of Borgarnes, just off Iceland's main road, Route 1, also known as the Ring Road.

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Day 9

Borgarfjordur - Snaefellsjokull National Park - Reykjavik

Approximate Distance: 405 km / 252 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will explore the amazing variety of natural landscapes in Snaefellsjokull National Park. The park's crown jewel is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself, which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. In addition, you'll also see Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi, you can observe magnificent basalt rocks in stacked formations.

One Icelandic Saga mentions that Snaefellsnes and its people are protected by a benevolent half troll who lives high on the glacier. You might even find a sense of magic and healing energy in this beautiful peninsula.

At the end of the afternoon, your journey leads back to Reykjavik. Your guide will bid you farewell at your hotel. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

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Icelandairhotel Reykjavik Natura

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    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, …

    Located in one of the greenest areas of Reykjavik, this first class hotel enjoys easy access to expansive stretches of biking, running and walking trails and pathways. The hotel is home to the Icelandic Modern Art Exhibition. It is also close to the city centre, Oskjuhlid Hill's quiet woods and the Nautholsvik geothermal beach.

    The 220 guest rooms and 2 suites feature Iceland-inspired themes.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Hairdryers
    • Internet Access - Wireless
    • Reception
    • Spa
    • TV

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Day 10

Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning flight. Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. The airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to arrange shared or private transfers for you. We recommend you arrive at the airport three hours before your departure flight.

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DEPARTURES:

2023: February 15; March 15; April 5; May 9, 23; June 13, 27; July 4, 18;
August 1, 15, 29; September 19

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 2 nights in a moderate accommodations in Reykjavik
  • 7 nights in a moderate accommodations in the countryside
  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 8
  • Welcome meeting with guide at hotel on evening of day 1
  • Professional English-speaking local guide from day 2 to day 8
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • Visit to Fridheimar Geothermal Greenhouse
  • Visit to the excavated Stong Viking-age longhouse
  • Microbrewery visit and beer tasting in Breiddalsvik
  • Entrance to the Herring Era Maritime Museum
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 6 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers (available for purchase)
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • Visa fees if applicable

OPTIONAL TOURS (Summer Departures):

  • Amphibian Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon

OPTIONAL TOURS (Winter Departures):

  • Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon
  • Evening super jeep or snowmobile tour on Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Mývatn, Nature Baths
  • Horse riding (1 hour)

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire. Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults. It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on group tours.

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