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Mountain & Fjords Iceland Coach Tour from Reykjavik

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,281

Home to 300,000 people and jaw-dropping scenery, Iceland is a world apart from the rest of Europe – or anywhere else for that matter.


Expore Iceland on this Locally Escorted Group Tour that includes specially selected accommodations, quality transportation, sightseeing, special culinary experiences and a knowledgeable Tour Escort.

Most people know Iceland as an island of stunning natural beauty… and Bjork. Get to know more on this 9-day coach trip through the country’s spectacular West Fjords.

Departing Reykjavik, travel north through a region of spectacular fjords, waterfalls and hot springs. Hot springs throughout Iceland provide many opportunities for a relaxing soak... Deildartunguhver just isn’t one of them, bubbling up at 200 degrees Fahrenheit! It does however provide hot water to the nearby towns. Native birds and seals also inhabit the surrounding islets.

You may not think of Iceland in terms of beautiful beaches, but Raudisandur Beach is a picturesque surprise. Seals are common visitors to this part of the country, along with unusually fearless sea birds, and there are few better places to see them than the cliffs of Latrabjarg. Stay in the charming and rarely visited town of Patreksfjordur before going on to Isafjordur, honorary capital of the West Fjords and your base for the next two nights.

Isafjordur is one of Iceland’s best walking towns, rich with traditional architecture and chic cafes. You’ll also visit natural attractions like The Thunderer, a distinctive seven-tiered waterfall, and have the chance to relax in an outdoor spring. A brisk boat ride takes you across Isafjardardjup to one of Europe’s most remote regions, where Arctic Foxes have happily usurped abandoned human settlements.

Enjoy the rich and sometimes dark folklore of Holmavik (a town with an unfortunate history of witch hunts), then stay overnight in Saelingsdal, a region that has inspired many an Icelandic Saga. Spend your final full day immersed in Viking history. Visit the birthplace of Leif Eiriksson, who discovered North America, then visit Grabrok volcano and Glanni waterfall, keeping an eye out for elves and trolls on your way back to Reykjavik!


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,281

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Day 1

Arrival in Reykjavik

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included).

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 2

Borgarfjorour - Flokalundur

Unique Waterfalls – Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring – Ferry Ride among 3,000 Islands

We drive along the scenic coastline of Hvalfjordur Fjord (Whale Fjord), one of the longest and deepest fjords in Iceland. In West Iceland we explore Hraunfoss (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children's Falls) known for their exceptionally beauty and unusual natural phenomena. We stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, which bubbles out of algae covered boulders at a steamy 97°C (200°F).

In the afternoon we reach Stykkisholmur village and take a lovely ferry ride across the spectacular seascape of Breidafjordur Bay dotted with 3,000 tiny islands. Encircled by mountains and the Snaefellsjökull volcano, the dramatic bay is home to 50 bird species, the rare white-tailed eagle, and gray seals who enjoy lounging about on the small islets.

Overnight stay in Flokalundur area.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Fosshotel Westfjords

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    Fosshotel Westfjords


    Fosshotel Westfjords is located in the small fishing village of Patreksfjordur. The area is known for its unique and breathtaking scenery, the location is the gateway to some of the greatest attractions in Iceland. Fjall og Fjara is the hotel's restaurant that specializes in fresh ...

    Fosshotel Westfjords is located in the small fishing village of Patreksfjordur. The area is known for its unique and breathtaking scenery, the location is the gateway to some of the greatest attractions in Iceland. Fjall og Fjara is the hotel's restaurant that specializes in fresh seafood.

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Day 3

Raudisandur - Breidavik/Patreksfjordur

Remote Westfjords – Stunning Bird Cliffs - Red Sand Beach – Quirky Folk Museum

Today we discover unique sights in one of the least visited places in Iceland. We stroll along Raudisandur beach, which shifts in color from golden to orange and red depending on the daylight. In a setting of black cliffs, Raudisandur shelters a large lagoon where curious seals and Arctic skuas are regular visitors. Afterwards we behold unusual treasures at a quirky folk museum in Hnjotur.

Reaching Latrabjarg, Europe's largest bird cliff and westernmost point, we encounter an amazing wildlife spectacle as the stunning cliffs host a mind-boggling number of sea birds. Safe from Arctic foxes, the birds are fearless, providing plenty of close-up photo opportunities including our playful puffins.

Overnight stay in Breidavik/Patreksfjordur area.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Breidavik

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    Hotel Breidavik


    Set in the quiet countryside of the Icelandic West Fjords, this guesthouse offers rooms with sea views and breakfast, as well as hostel-style self-catering rooms. The hotel is near the famous bird cliffs of Latrabjarg. The hotel offers 14 newly decorated, well appointed rooms with ...

    Set in the quiet countryside of the Icelandic West Fjords, this guesthouse offers rooms with sea views and breakfast, as well as hostel-style self-catering rooms. The hotel is near the famous bird cliffs of Latrabjarg.

    The hotel offers 14 newly decorated, well appointed rooms with private facilities and 16 rooms with shared facilities. It also offers a small restaurant serving typical home-cooked Icelandic dishes.

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Day 4

Bildudalur - Isafjordur

Traveling along the winding coastline of magnificent fjords you reach the vibrant fishing village of Isafjordur where, honorary capital of the Westfjords. Settled in the 1580s, Isafjordur boasts a charming old town center with some of the finest and most beautifully restored timber buildings in the country. The lively harbor is the town's bustling center of commerce and provides a glimpse into the daily scene of rural life in this northerly capital.

En route you stop at the spectacular Dynjandi Waterfall which is a collection of seven cascades resembling a tiered wedding cake. You will have the opportunity to take a dip in an outdoor thermal hot spring with gorgeous vistas along with a stop to enjoy some Icelandic specialities at Hrafnseyri.

Overnight stay in Isafjordur for the next 2 nights.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Horn

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    Hotel Horn


    This small hotel located in the scenic Westfjords village of Isafjordur. The 12 guest rooms at Hotel Horn have decor inspired by the surrounding nature. All include a work desk and a private bathroom with shower.

    This small hotel located in the scenic Westfjords village of Isafjordur.

    The 12 guest rooms at Hotel Horn have decor inspired by the surrounding nature. All include a work desk and a private bathroom with shower.

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Day 5

Isafjordur

Fjord Sailing - Abandoned Settlement - Arctic Fox

With an early morning boat ride we cross Isafjardardjup, the largest fjord in the Westfjords where steep mountains descend directly into the sea. We go ashore in one of the most remote corners of Europe for a full-day outing in the breathtakingly lush nature.

Situated on a beautiful sandy beach, Hesteyri is an abandoned settlement where the elusive Arctic Fox roams among the colorful wildflowers that grow knee-high. In the evening, our sail home reveals panoramic views of Drangjokull glacier.

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Day 6

Holmavik - Laugar Salingsdal

Arctic Fox Centre – Saga Folklore – Thermal Bathing

We start the day with a visit to the Arctic Fox Centre in Sudavik. From Isafjordur town, the route provides coastal views of the scenic fjords that were cut into the earth by glaciers during the last Ice Age. En route to Holmavik village, we stop at a quaint cafe to enjoy a local favourite, freshly baked waffles.
Our journey continues through green valleys to Laugar in Saelingsdalur Valley, an area rich in ancient Saga folklore and history. Here we have the opportunity to soak outside in one of the many thermal pools hidden in nature.

Overnight stay in Saelingsdalur area.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Edda Laugar Saelingsdalur

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    Edda Laugar Saelingsdalur


    In a lush grassy valley, surrounded by low mountains, the hotel offers peace and tranquility in the heart of the Icelandic countryside. This region's history is deeply rooted in the Icelandic Sagas, with Laugar near its centre. Laugar means "warm springs", and is still popular ...

    In a lush grassy valley, surrounded by low mountains, the hotel offers peace and tranquility in the heart of the Icelandic countryside. This region's history is deeply rooted in the Icelandic Sagas, with Laugar near its centre. Laugar means "warm springs", and is still popular in the Snaefellsnes peninsula's unspoiled surroundings. Another favourite is the Leifur Eiriksson museum, dedicated to the first European to visit America.

    Hotel Edda has a total of 45 rooms.

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Day 7

Budardalur - Reykjavik

Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson – Volcano Hike – Dairy Farm Delights

We drive along Iceland's West Coast to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir, the original home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson who discovered North America. In a turf-covered longhouse we meet modern day Vikings who demonstrate the lifestyle from 1,000 years ago.
We make a tasty stop at the local Erpsstadir dairy for an introduction to Icelandic farming life and sample freshly made ice cream. In Borgarfjordur we hike along moss-covered lava to the 3,500 year-old Grabrok volcano cone with incredible views of the Glanni waterfall, a suspected home of elves and trolls.

Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon. Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

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.

    Facilities

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

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Day 8

Departure

Transfer to the airport not included.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Please inquire

PRICE INCLUDES:

7 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik; Accommodation 2 nights w/breakfast and w/facilities in Reykjavik; Accommodation 6 nights w. breakfast and w/facilities in countryside; 5 dinners in the countryside (dinner in Isafjordur on day 6 not included); Packed lunch on day 4 and 6; Ferry from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur (day 2); Boat tour to Hesteyri (day 6); Entrance to the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft in Hólmavík (day 7); Entrance to Eirkisstadir Museum (day 8); All meals as indicated in the itinerary.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Airport transfer on arrival/departure days; Dinners in Reykjavik (day 1, 5 & 8) and in Isafjordur (day 6); Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water; Optional tours and activity; Any service not specifically listed under "Price Included"; Travel insurance, visa fees and items of a personal nature.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Can combine with the Volcanoes and Glaciers trip. Max 18 pax / no min

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share. Subject to availability.

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3 Aug 2017
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