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Iceland Western Wonders & Hot Springs: Keflavik to Keflavik

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,603

Hike glaciers, cross fjords, bath in hot springs, and acquaint yourself with Viking culture on this exploration of Iceland. Dip in the world-famous Blue Lagoon on the Reykjanes Peninsula before heading north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with its iconic volcano and ending your journey in the cosmopolitan capital of Reykjavik.


This 6-day tour takes you around Iceland’s western expanses, exploring hot springs and the rugged landscape of this northern island.

Begin your Iceland vacation on the Reykjanes Peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geopark located southwest of the capital of Reykjavik. Spend your time exploring the landscape, acquainting yourself with Iceland’s Viking heritage at the Viking World Museum or visiting Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction, the Blue Lagoon. Head north, skirting Reykjavik to head to the mighty Borgarfjord and the Hraunfossar, a series of cascading waterfalls formed atop a lava field. Further northwest, visit Langjokull, the second largest glacier in Iceland, and Deildartunguhver, hot springs that are too powerful to bathe in before stopping in Stykkisholmur, a gorgeously-preserved town centre and one of the first Viking settlements in Iceland. Pass into the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with Snaefellsnes National Park and its eponymous volcano that served as the gateway to the earth’s crust in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Dip back south to pass by Borgarnes and see Iceland’s original parliament building and learn about its settlement in the 10th century. End your trip in the capital of Reykjavik, a small city that boasts big culture. From the National Museum that tells the story of the nation’s founding to the smoky hot springs that surround the town to the vibrant nightlife and booming restaurant culture, Reykjavik is a happening city. Visit the Pearl, the dome-shaped glass landmark that is surrounded by six massive hot-water tanks. One of these tanks houses the Saga Museum, which recreates the ancient Icelandic sagas using state-of-the-art artistic recreations.

This exploration of glaciers, fjords, hot springs, and Viking culture gets at the heart of this incredible Nordic country.


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,603

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Day 1

Arrival - Keflavik

You will be transferred to your hotel on the Reykjanes Peninsula which makes a unique and exotic introduction to Iceland. The unusual lava features and rugged seacoast give the impression of being on a different and beautiful planet.

Today is open to relax. Perhaps you'll take a day tour of this peninsula, which is also a recognized UNESCO Geo-park for its volcanic features and tectonic ridge. You might take advantage of the hotel's complimentary transfer service to the Blue Lagoon (bathing fee not included; needs to be booked in advance.) If you want outdoor adventure, try an ATV ride in volcanic landscapes or hiking on the walking trails around the Blue Lagoon. If the weather cooperates, this is also a very good area for viewing northern lights. Activities mentioned are not included in the trip price. Ask you Iceland specialist for more information. Note: Check-in at most hotels begins at 2:00PM and most flights from North America arrive early morning.You will be transferred to your hotel on the Reykjanes Peninsula which makes a unique and exotic introduction to Iceland. The unusual lava features and rugged seacoast give the impression of being on a different and beautiful planet.

Duration1 Night
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Geo Hotel

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    Geo Hotel



    Geo Hotel is a new hotel in Grindavík village about 20 km from the Keflavik International Airport. The hotel opened on June 1st 2015. Within a 10 minute walk from the hotel you will find a supermarket, bank, outdoor thermal swimming pool, church, cafes, restaurants, ...

    Geo Hotel is a new hotel in Grindavík village about 20 km from the Keflavik International Airport. The hotel opened on June 1st 2015. Within a 10 minute walk from the hotel you will find a supermarket, bank, outdoor thermal swimming pool, church, cafes, restaurants, gasoline stations, a busy fishing harbour and many other interesting things.

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    • Dining Room
    • Lounge
    • Reception

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Day 2

Reykjanes Peninsula - Borgarfjordur Fjord - Hraunfoss Falls - Husafell

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before visiting the Viking World museum. The ideal West Iceland trip should begin with the Vikings; Western Iceland was one of the first places to be settled by Norsemen and you can still see their influence. This museum tells the tale of North Atlantic Vikings who settled Iceland and discovered Greenland and North America. View Settlement Age artefacts and the Islendingur Viking ship replica that sailed between Iceland and North America in 2000.

Travel along the rugged Reykjanes Peninsula, skirting around Reykjavik. Take a cleverly-designed undersea tunnel that leads to West Iceland. Enjoy the lovely cliffs and coasts of Borgarfjordur Fjord, one of Iceland's first Viking settlement areas. Drive by Borgarnes and Reykholt, home of a Medieval Chieftain and Saga writer. Stop for lunch (not included in trip price) at Bruaras Geo Centre, a new Information Centre with a focus on the area's geology and nearby natural attractions.

One of those natural wonders is nearby: Hraunfossar or the Lava Falls. Stop to admire the view of glacial water bursting through lava formations. Lava also has created many caves in West Iceland. Visit Vidgelmir Cave with a local guide, enjoying the amazing colours and shapes created by ancient volcanic activity. This cave also was known to Vikings; artefacts have been found here.

Afterwards, drive to Husafell, a beloved nature resort vacation destination for Icelanders. You will be staying at the Hotel Husafell, where you can enjoy the hot spring-fed swimming pool.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Husafell

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    Hotel Husafell



    Hotel Husafell is located in an area rich in history and extraordinary natural wonders. Known for its mild weather, the region offers surroundings and activities which cater to all groups of people; regardless of whether you prefer to relax in beautiful surroundings, have an action ...

    Hotel Husafell is located in an area rich in history and extraordinary natural wonders. Known for its mild weather, the region offers surroundings and activities which cater to all groups of people; regardless of whether you prefer to relax in beautiful surroundings, have an action packed adventure or spend time with your family outdoors.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Daily Maid Services
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Heating
    • Laundry Service
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Non-Smoking Throughout
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Restaurant

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Day 3

Husafell - Langjokull Glacier - Deildartunguhver - Stykkisholmur

Today's western wonder focus is on glaciers! The western edge of the highland interior is home to Langjokull, Iceland's second largest glacier. The glacier has shaped much of Western Iceland. Today you will visit a unique man-made ice tunnel built into the glacier. Drive into the highland wilderness and up to the foot of Langjokull. Board a uniquely-designed "monster" vehicle that will safely take your group up the slopes of the glacier and to the entrance of the Into the Glacier ice tunnel and ice caves. A local glacier-expert guide will bring you into the glacier itself and point out different features of the glacier. You will learn how glaciers are formed, why glacier ice is so blue and why glaciers are so important to Iceland's creation and the planet. You'll also learn why it is so important to protect glaciers.

After lunch at Husafell (not included in trip price), it's time to see the warmer side of glaciers with a visit to Deildartunguhver. Created by volcanically heated glacial water, these natural hot springs are the most powerful in Europe. Walk along the edge of Deildartunguhver and listen to the powerful rushing, churning water. It is not possible to bathe here.

Now it is time to head onto Iceland's longest peninsula, Snaefellsnes. The destination is Stykkisholmur, an eco-friendly town on the north side of the peninsula. The town looks over a bay dotted with thousands of tiny islands. The town centre has lovingly preserved historical buildings, giving it a feel of being from an older, simpler time. You will stay here for the next two nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Fosshotel Stykkisholmur

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    Fosshotel Stykkisholmur



    Fosshotel Stykkisholmur is a recently renovated 3-star hotel in a lovely little fishing village of Stykkisholmur, sometimes called the town of thousand islands. The atmosphere of this beautiful town is set by old houses that make you feel like a time traveler. The hotel restaurant ...

    Fosshotel Stykkisholmur is a recently renovated 3-star hotel in a lovely little fishing village of Stykkisholmur, sometimes called the town of thousand islands. The atmosphere of this beautiful town is set by old houses that make you feel like a time traveler. The hotel restaurant has a warm atmosphere, a modern bar and a superb conference room that welcomes up to 300 guests. It is an ideal destination for those who are visiting the Snaefellsnes peninsula or exploring the spectacular wildlife around the islands.

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    • Bar
    • Conference Facilities
    • Meeting Rooms
    • WiFi

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Day 4

Stykkisholmur - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Snaefellsjokull National Park - Stykkisholmur

Today's focus is on the crown jewel of Western Iceland: Snaefellsjokull National Park, named for its mysterious glacial volcano. Enjoy a combination of soft hiking activity, local culture and sightseeing for a special experience of this national park. Drive along the northern coast of Snaefellsnes Peninsula to Hellisandur village. Here you'll take a special off road vehicle into the nearby mountains. Put on snowshoes and enjoy a short guided hike between lava formations to a hidden wilderness dome tent. Take a break here with traditional Icelandic hot chocolate and flat bread before hiking back, experiencing great views of Snæfellsjokull and the coastline.

After lunch in a coastal village (not included in trip price), discover more about the history of Snaefellsnes with a clever one-man performance in a former freezer plant that is now a theatre and culture centre (one-hour performance in English).

Relax with a sightseeing tour through the varied landscapes of the national park, viewing wind-tangled sea cliffs, tiny villages and basalt columns. You'll also see the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier from different angles. Return along the south peninsula to Stykkisholmur for your overnight. Dinner is on your own. The town has several excellent restaurants reflecting its history and coastal heritage.

Snowshoe Hike information: Hiking level is easy to moderate. Total hiking time is around 1 hour. Hiking distance is about 1 km (a little over half a mile) with a total elevation gain of 100 meters (about 3 feet). Participants should be in reasonable physical shape.

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Day 5

Stykkisholmur - Borgarnes - Reykjavik

Start the day with a refreshing and interesting town walk led by a local guide. Stykkisholmur was one of the country's first towns to become completely sustainable, with a huge focus on environmental and historical preservation. On this tour you'll learn about how the town harnesses the area geothermal energy and visit some of the places involved in the process. Your guide will also tell you about the history of the town and life in a small coastal village. During the walk you'll take a break to enjoy a taste of Stykkisholmur with a small picnic.

Afterwards, there is the option to relax in the hot tubs at the town's geothermal pool. (Not included in trip price).

Then it is time to say goodbye to Snaefellsnes and West Iceland. Drive to Reykjavik, Iceland's vibrant capital city, arriving in the afternoon. The rest of the day is on your own to enjoy the museums, galleries and cafes of Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik has an amazing variety of restaurants, so it will be fun finding your perfect place.

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Duration1 Night
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Icelandair Hotel Marina

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    Icelandair Hotel Marina



    Icelandair Hotel Marina is located in the downtown harbor district, and just a few steps from downtown Reykjavik, Icelandair Hotel Marina is not just another hotel in Reykjavik. Instead, this hotel delivers a more authentic Reykjavik experience, by synthesizing the city's rich maritime history with ...

    Icelandair Hotel Marina is located in the downtown harbor district, and just a few steps from downtown Reykjavik, Icelandair Hotel Marina is not just another hotel in Reykjavik. Instead, this hotel delivers a more authentic Reykjavik experience, by synthesizing the city's rich maritime history with its vibrant present day culture..

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    • Bar
    • Flat Screen TV's
    • Internet Access

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Day 6

Departure

The morning is at leisure before being transferred to Keflavik airport for your flight home.

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DEPARTURES: 

2017: Oct 23; Nov 6, 13, 27

2018: Feb 7, 14, 21, 28; Mar 7, 14, 21; Apr 4

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Shared, scheduled arrival transfer from Keflavik airport to hotel
  • 1 night in hotel in in Reykjanes Peninsula
  • 1 night in hotel in Husafell
  • 2 nights' in a hotel in Stykkisholmur
  • 1 night in a hotel in Reykjavik
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Guided small group tour in small coach from day 2 to day 5
  • 2, 3 course dinners
  • Admission to Viking World Museum in Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Guided tour of Vidgelmir Cave
  • Into the Glacier Tour
  • Guided Snowshoe Hike with light refreshments in Snaefellsnes
  • One-Actor stage performance at the Freezer Theatre and Culture Centre in Rif
  • Guided Geothermal-Themed Walking tour in Stykkisholmur

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Swimsuit at Krauma (rentals available)
  • Departure day transfer from Reykjavik to international airport

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 inquire.

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