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Iceland Luxury

Duration
7 Days
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US$ 24,378

This is a very special, luxury private tour offering the very best of Iceland with two seasons from which to choose. Summer offers whale watching, a scenic helicopter ride, and exploration of geothermal wonders including amazing glaciers, breathtaking fjords and active volcanoes. Winter includes the helicopter ride, a not-to-be-forgotten glacier walk, a private jeep ride, a snowmobile excursion and a gourmet lobster feast. The choice is yours.


The name Iceland may not be that appropriate. It has a surprisingly mild climate and countless geothermal hot-spots. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite its high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Above all, it is a stunningly beautiful place with unusual and dramatic landscapes and whether you decide to go there in winter or summer, you will have a fulfilling and amazing visit. These two exceptional itineraries have been carefully planned to not only give you the very best of Iceland but also, to ensure your utmost comfort and to travel in style. You will leave with not only extraordinary memories of this fairy-tale land but will marvel at the outstanding amount of discoveries and experiences you will have undertaken.

ICELAND LUXURY SUMMER ITINERARY (See Itinerary tab for hotel and dining options)

On arrival in Reykjavik, you are met by your own private driver/guide and taken to your luxury hotel where you will be staying for the next 3 nights. Your first day is spent in Iceland’s capital, a beautiful city which in many ways seems like a small community but at the same time, is a very cosmopolitan metropolis. The combination adds up to a charming and captivating destination.  The city centre is a fairly compact area made up of quaintly styled colourful houses, good shopping, dining, and drinking and you can add to this numerous cultural venues. In the background are snow-topped mountains and a silvery coloured ocean to complete the picture. In the afternoon, walk down to the nearby harbour to board your private boat with the objective of exploring the ocean life and looking out for whales which can often appear at the side of the boat. You and the crew will then participate in some sea angling. The fish that is caught becomes your on board mouthwatering dinner later. 

The next day brings the excitement of a helicopter flight to explore the inside of a volcano after which, head down the Reykjanes Peninsula to the geothermal area of Krysuvik and Lake Kleifarvatn with their hot springs and sulphurous mud springs.  Later, end the day at the famous Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa surrounded by lava fields and black sandy beaches. Luxuriate in the warm waters and revel in a therapeutic experience. During your time here, you will have an exclusive lounge with special VIP service. 

The next morning, head out of Reykjavik to the Snaefellsjokull Glacier considered to be one of the world’s seven most powerful sources of energy. This active volcano provided the setting for Jules Vernes' famous “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. Something special will be to meet and get to know some of the local inhabitants. To make your day complete, you will visit a small, hidden, hot natural pool and enjoy gourmet snacks in the middle of nowhere!

The following day, depart Reykjavik and drive out to the Golden Circle. Your first stop is the Thingvellir National Park, home to the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit the breathtaking and dramatic scenic Gullfoss Waterfall where you can descend steps to have close-up views of this thundering natural phenomenon. You are now in the Geysir geothermal area, where you will see hot springs and geysers that explode out of the ground and also, where boiling pools of mud bubble. Have your camera ready when Strokkur intermittently spouts boiling water up to a height of 30 metres/100 feet into the air. To add to the enjoyment of your day, you will have an ice cream at a local dairy farm, meet a local artist and visit a greenhouse to drink a glass of tomato and birch-infused schnapps.  During your tour, there are possible activities included such as horseback riding, snorkeling, diving, river jetting, ATV Quad biking and, snowmobiling. End the day at a secret lodge near Geysir where you will stay for the next 2 nights. 

Your next day brings you to the island of Heimaey reached by a 30-minute ferry ride. This was the site of a massive volcanic eruption in 1973.  You will have a boat trip around the island enjoying the beautiful scenery and observe the sea birds nesting in the cliffs. Later, visit the Eldheimar Museum for the full story about the eruption which devastated the island and its remarkable recovery.  Afterwards, have a private boat tour to view the impressive rock formations of the Westman Islands. A secret lunch is arranged which is guaranteed to be unforgettable!

The following morning, jump into a super jeep and drive via lava fields and the black ash from the Hekla Volcano out to Landmannalaugar, an area of great contrasts and a region of geothermal nature baths, renowned for its stunning beauty. Afterwards, visit the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, a haven for wildlife and vegetation. The untouched nature, rivers, craters, high mountains and massive lava fields will all give you a very special feeling. You can complete your day with a nice hot bath in a natural pool. Continue on to Reykjavik for one further night before the next day brings your luxury visit to Iceland to a close. 

Iceland Luxury Winter Itinerary

You might think of Iceland as a summer-only destination. But Iceland takes on an almost surreal beauty during its low-tourist season. In lieu of summer’s whales, you can watch for the Northern Lights. Best of all, temperatures will still be warmer than in many parts of the US and Canada!

On arrival in Reykjavik, you are met by your own private driver/guide and taken to your luxury hotel where you will be staying overnight. Your first day is spent in Iceland’s capital, a beautiful city which in many ways seems like a small community but at the same time, is a very cosmopolitan metropolis. The combination adds up to a charming and captivating destination.  The city centre is a fairly compact area made up of quaintly styled colourful houses, good shopping, dining, and drinking and you can add to this numerous cultural venues. In the background are snow-topped mountains and a silvery coloured ocean to complete the picture.

In the afternoon, get to know Reykjavik on a privately guided tour. Visit the Pearl, a unique building heated by natural hot water and offering exceptional views of the city. Drive through Reykjavik's colourful old quarter with its quaint wooden houses and narrow streets. Marvel at the unusually-designed Hallgrimskirkja Church, the largest in Iceland where, from the tower, you can enjoy more panoramic views of the surrounding area.  Then, obtain an understanding of the past, present and future at the highly-regarded National Museum. The Harpa Concert Hall is next with its contemporary design.  Then, visit the Aurora Reykjavik, the Northern Lights Centre, where you will learn the secrets of this natural phenomenon through interactive displays. 

The following morning, head out of Reykjavik with your private driver/guide to take part in a thrilling helicopter ride. You will fly directly over the Glymur Waterfall and the Thingvellir National Park with its spectacular valley containing Iceland's oldest parliament site. Other highlights will include geothermal springs, power plants, lava fields and a flight over Reykjavik. After the helicopter tour is finished, you will drive through the countryside stopping at the Fontana geothermal baths before continuing to your luxury hotel, 96 kilometres/60 miles east of Reykjavik in Hella, where you will spend the next 2 nights. 

Start your next day with a drive to the south-east of Iceland. You will visit the picturesque Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, where you can walk behind a curtain of thundering water. Also, visit the nearby Skogafoss
Waterfall with its awesome scenery and its legend of hidden gold. Continuing along Iceland's South Coast, you will view green majestic mountains and the highly active Hekla volcano.  You will see the glistening Eyjafjallajokull Volcano which erupted in 2010 and the Myrdalsjokull Glacier. A highlight today is a guided walk on the Solheimajokull Glacier, also known as "incredible shrinking glacier." This is followed by a private sauna session.

The following day, drive out to the Golden Circle. Your first stop is the Thingvellir National Park, home to the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit the breathtaking and dramatic scenic Gullfoss Waterfall where you can descend steps to have close-up views of this thundering natural phenomenon. You are now in the Geysir geothermal area, where you will see hot springs and geysers that explode out of the ground and where boiling pools of mud bubble. Have your camera ready when Strokkur intermittently spouts boiling water up to a height of 30 metres/100 feet into the air. The highlight of the day will be an hour-long snowmobile tour on Langjokull (the Long Glacier), driving around the stretches of snow and ice on the glacier located in the highlands above the Gullfoss and Geysir area. The Long Glacier is Iceland's second largest ice cap and the perfect location for a snowmobile adventure.

Have a relaxing free morning before going for lunch at one of Iceland's best lobster restaurants, the amazing gourmet restaurant "At the Seashore", well known for its lobster fresh from the ocean. Later, end the day at the famous Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa surrounded by lava fields and black sandy beaches. Luxuriate in the warm waters and revel in a therapeutic experience. During your time here, you will have an exclusive lounge with special VIP service. Afterwards, return to Reykjavik for one further night before the next day brings your luxury visit to Iceland to a close. 


 

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Duration
7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 24,378

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Day 1

Arrival - Whale Watching - Sea Angling

Early morning arrival at Leifur Eiriksson International airport in Keflavik. Upon your arrival in Iceland, your private driver-guide will meet you at the arrival hall at Keflavik airport and escort you to your private vehicle. Drive directly to Reykjavik. Check in at hotels is at 2pm but an early check in can be guaranteed by booking the prior night. Transfer time: Approx. 45min.

Day at leisure.

Afternoon Whale watching and Sea Angling and Dinner. Walk down to Reykjavik harbor where you board your private boat to explore the ocean life in the Faxafloi bay (3min walk). The aim for the day is to see whales in their natural environment. You are lucky that in Icelandic ocean there are around 20 species of whales. The whales often surface within few meters from the boat so you can see them up-close. Following you do sea angling. The crew will prepare the freshly caught fish for dinner onboard. There are many species of fish that can be caught in Icelandic waters such as the Halibut, Monkfish, Mackerel, Saithe, Haddock, Pollack, Ling and Catfish just to mention a few. Dinner is served on board. Tour time: Approx. 3 hrs.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Reykjavik Black Pearl

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    Reykjavik Black Pearl



    These luxury apartments in central Reykjavik are just 350 metres from Old Reykjavik Harbour. Each features free Wi-Fi, contemporary furnishings, along with an iPad and city-view balcony. The bright and spacious suites at Reykjavik Black Pearl all have large windows, blackout curtains and heated, marble ...

    These luxury apartments in central Reykjavik are just 350 metres from Old Reykjavik Harbour. Each features free Wi-Fi, contemporary furnishings, along with an iPad and city-view balcony. The bright and spacious suites at Reykjavik Black Pearl all have large windows, blackout curtains and heated, marble floors. Each apartment’s seating area has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

    Complimentary tea and Nespresso coffee are provided in Reykjavik Black Pearl’s fully equipped kitchen. Several restaurants and bars can be found in the surroundings, as well as the Reykjavik Art Museum and Volcano House Exhibition Cinema. Harpa Concert Hall is a 7-minute walk away, while Hallgrimskirkja Church and Reykjavik Swimming Pool are both 1.5km from the apartments. Free private parking is possible on site.

    Facilities

    • Children's Facility
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access - High Speed
    • Lift/elevator
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • TV

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Day 2

Volcano Visit to Blue Lagoon

Start the day with a helicopter flight to explore the inside of a volcano, followed by a tour of the Reykjanes peninsula, ending with a warm and relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon.

Explore the heart of Þrihnukagigur volcano. It is the only place on earth where you can enter a magma chamber. We recommend doing the tour via helicopter (instead of the hike), this will both save us the driving time as well as hiking time! After arriving on location, you will be informed about all safety procedures and how to behave in the area and when inside the volcano. You will be wearing a helmet and harness. Expert guides will be with you at all times, in the cable lift and on the ground in the magma chamber.

Head out to the peninsula of Reykjanes where you will visit the geothermal area of Krysuvik and Lake Kleifarvatn with its hot springs and solfataras. The moonlike surroundings of the lake never fail to leave a strong impression on visitors. Other interesting stops during the day include a stop at the fish racks to see the centuries-old method of drying fish in the lava fields, Krysuvik cliffs and Selatangar.

After your sightseeing you end the day in the famous Blue Lagoon. Blue Lagoon is a natural geothermal spa surrounded by lava field and black sandy beaches. Have "the swim of your life" enjoying the comfort of the warm lagoon water. Visiting Blue Lagoon Iceland becomes indispensable because of the variety of health and emotional benefits the destination offers. As the water comes straight from the depths of the earth, it is loaded with minerals, salts, blue-green algae and silica. These elements are believed to possess therapeutic powers. The view of the lagoon is spellbinding. The color of the water is frosty blue. However, this term is an oxymoron because the temperature of the water always fluctuates between 37 degrees and 40 degrees Celsius. With the other Icelandic and North European locales forcing you to cover your body head to toe, this destination provides the perfect atmosphere for the body to relax. Included in your stay is a stay in the Exclusive lounge, a private 6 room area with VIP service, located on the premises of the Blue Lagoon.

Day 3

Culinary focused Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The mystical aura of the Snaefellsjokull glacier seems to invade all senses- somehow weaving its powerful, magical spell over all who come close! It is actually considered to be one of the world’s seven most potent energy sources and you can feel the positive energy flowing as you drive around the peninsula. Throughout the day your culinary guide will take you off the beaten track to introduce you to some locals that call Snaefellsnes their home. Visit a small, hidden hot natural pool and enjoy gourmet treats as you relax and unwind in the middle of nowhere!

Day 4

Golden Circle to Geothermal Wonders

Of all the spectacular nature that resides in Iceland there are three "must see"highlights that are easily experienced in one day. Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) is Iceland’s greatest historical site and a jewel of nature. It is the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the N. American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. A short ride across the fertile farmlands in the south reveals the breathtaking Gullfoss 'Golden' Waterfall where traversing a narrow path provides close-up views of the thundering two-tiered cascade below. The Geysir geothermal area is where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and boiling pools of mud bubble. Although the great Geysir is not as active these days, its neighbor Strokkur is very active, spouting water 30 meters (100 feet) up into the air every few minutes..

During the day you will stop at interesting locations and you will get a chance to see the local gems that have come around the Golden Circle route. Enjoy an ice cream from a local dairy farm and chat with Sigurlina who uses her stable as her art studio. Visit a greenhouse to raise your glass of tomato and birch infused schnapps and say cheers to another amazing day in Iceland! Possible activities en route: Horseback riding, Snorkeling, Diving, River Jet, ATV Quad bike, snowmobiling.

Duration2 Nights
Day 5

Westman Islands to Private Lunch in Secret Location

Transfer to Landeyjarhofn harbour and from there you will have a 30 min ferry ride to Heimaey. Heimaey was the site of a massive volcanic eruption in 1973 that buried almost a third of the town under lava and the rest under ash and pumice. It has since recovered and is now one of Iceland’s most successful fishing ports. You will go on a boat trip around the island, enjoying the beautiful scenery and sea birds nestling in the cliffs. Afterwards you will visit Eldheimar museum, an exhibition that focuses on the 1973 volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar, without a doubt one of Iceland´s biggest natural disaster. Visitors get a glimpse into people’s lives on Heimaey before the eruption that would change their lives forever. The people of Heimaey had to leave their homes in the middle of the night and evacuate the island, many of them never saw their homes or any of their belongings ever again.

Take a private boat tour to see the impressive rock formations of the Westman Islands. If you are lucky you might even see whales during the tour. Lunch will be in a very special location in Heimaey in a secret place known to very few and we can promise you an amazing lunch that you will never forget!

Meal Plan Lunch
Day 6

Landmannalaugar Highland Excursion

After breakfast your guide will stand next to a super jeep/SUV. Some might think your guide has shrunken during the night but that’s not the case he is standing next to a monster vehicle on big tires making everyone little smaller. This vehicle is perfectly suited to take you safe into the central highland. Your destination for the day is Landmannalaugar or a quick visit to Mars or even the Moon. On your way you will pass by Hekla volcano before you arrive at the interior route, across lava fields, black ash and scoria deserts. Landmannalaugar is an area of great contrasts with black ridges and colorful mountains of green, red, yellow and orange.

The Fjallabak Nature Reserve derives its magnificence and diverse nature from Iceland’s active volcanic zone. Out of that spectacular and unstable base emerges a captivating beauty that lures people to it. Landmannalaugar, one of the gems of the reserve, possesses precious nature. All of the most impressive features of the nature reserve exist there: stupendous ravines, steep rhyolite screes, rocky slopes, mountains with views, boiling hot springs, hot pools, cold and clear springs, contiguous vegetation, light-colored alluvial plains and miscellaneous hydrological conditions. The fresh air with all the untouched nature, rivers, craters, high mountains and massive lava fields give you the feeling of something very special. We recommend you top the day off with a nice hot bath in a natural pool. Packed lunch included.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Reykjavik Black Pearl

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    Reykjavik Black Pearl



    These luxury apartments in central Reykjavik are just 350 metres from Old Reykjavik Harbour. Each features free Wi-Fi, contemporary furnishings, along with an iPad and city-view balcony. The bright and spacious suites at Reykjavik Black Pearl all have large windows, blackout curtains and heated, marble ...

    These luxury apartments in central Reykjavik are just 350 metres from Old Reykjavik Harbour. Each features free Wi-Fi, contemporary furnishings, along with an iPad and city-view balcony. The bright and spacious suites at Reykjavik Black Pearl all have large windows, blackout curtains and heated, marble floors. Each apartment’s seating area has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels.

    Complimentary tea and Nespresso coffee are provided in Reykjavik Black Pearl’s fully equipped kitchen. Several restaurants and bars can be found in the surroundings, as well as the Reykjavik Art Museum and Volcano House Exhibition Cinema. Harpa Concert Hall is a 7-minute walk away, while Hallgrimskirkja Church and Reykjavik Swimming Pool are both 1.5km from the apartments. Free private parking is possible on site.

    Facilities

    • Children's Facility
    • Concierge
    • Internet Access - High Speed
    • Lift/elevator
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • TV

    More Details

Day 7

Departure

This morining you wil be transferred to Keflavik Airport. Departure from Reykjavik should be approx. 2, 5-3hrs before flights departure time.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily from May 15 through Sep 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and Greet
  • Welcome kit including a small gift
  • Light snacks in vehicle during day tours
  • Water bottles in vehicles
  • 24/7 Emergency phone access
  • Accommodation
  • Meals as shown in the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Accommodation or room outside of normal check-in/check-out times
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Optional excursions, activities, museums or pre & post trips not mentioned
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS & 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 inquire.

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