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Reykjavik and the Golden Circle

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,181

DELUXE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover trendy Reykjavik and the beautiful scenery of the Golden Circle and South Iceland on this introductory tour of Iceland. Based in Reykjavik, you’ll experience a taste of the city’s culinary scene before exploring Solheimajokull, the Golden Circle, and the subterranean chambers of Thrihnukagigur Volcano.


This 5-day Icelandic vacation takes you to Reykjavik as well as several of Iceland’s most popular landmarks, including the Golden Circle. It features first-class accommodations, a mix of shared and private tours, private transfers, and is a great introduction to Iceland.

Your journey begins in Reykjavik, Europe’s most northerly capital and the home to a third of Iceland’s population. Although Reykjavik is small and largely walkable in the downtown, it still has a cosmopolitan vibe that feels more akin to a city of two million, not one under 200,000. You’ll get a taste for its cultural power with a unique dining experience in the heart of the old town at the Fish Company, located inside the old Zimsen House not far from the waterfront. Feast on an assortment of fine Icelandic cuisine including an abundance of fresh seafood and enjoy a taste of Reykjavik’s celebrated culinary scene.

While based in Reykjavik, you’ll head on a series of day trips to explore some of the most popular sights in the country, all accessible by road from the capital. On your first day, journey along the Ring Road to the south shore where you’ll stop off at beautiful waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. You’ll then journey to the foot of Solheimajokull and head on a glacier walk across the icy landscape to discover a stunning assortment of ridges and crevasses. The next day, explore the Golden Circle, the most popular collection of attractions in the country. Venture northeast of Reykjavik to reach Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates create a series of stunning rocky gorges. Then head to Haukadalur, where you’ll see the exploding geyser of Strokkur as well as Geysir, which gave these water spouts their name. End at Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, with its impressive volume of water coursing down a wide river.

On your final full day, venture inside the volcano at Thrihnukagigur in the Blafjoll Mountains and journey through an underground world of magma chambers and lava tubes in the heart of the dormant volcano. Back in Reykjavik, toast your journey with a farewell dinner pairing local beers with an assortment of Icelandic delicacies, including lamb and fresh fish. At the end of your stay, head back along the highway to Keflavik International Airport, stopping off at the Blue Lagoon for a dip in its blue, silica-filled therapeutic waters, before reaching the airport and returning home.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,181

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Day 1

Reykjavik Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik Hotels

Duration45 Minutes

Sandhotel By Kea Hotels

Sandhotel is a community within the centre of Reykjavík where all the convenience of modern technology and design meets Reykjavík's rich heritage. The roots of Sandhotel lie 100 years deep and combine three important themes: food, literature and fashion. Everything our hotel has to offer, be it the quality fabrics we use for our sheets, the floors and the bathroom equipment, every little detail is there for a reason: making our guests' experience unique and memorable. Every detail is important. It's a moment in time. We want our guests to cherish every moment they stay at Sandhotel. Because we know time is precious.

Meal Plan BED, AND and BREAKFAST
Duration4 Nights

Perlan Museum: Wonders of Iceland

Perlan Museum is among the top attractions in Reykjavik, and is an interactive, family-friendly museum exhibiting a range of displays, largely focused on Icelandic glaciers, their history and future. Guests also have the opportunity to experience travelling through a real man-made Ice Cave, learn about the glacier's dangers, the secrets they keep, and how the disappearance of these glaciers is leading to an enormous change for both Iceland itself and around the world.

The 360 Reykjavik Museum and access to Observation Deck is included in the admission fee. The observation deck has 16 information signs that tell you the names of the points of interest on the horizon, from Keilir Volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula in the south, to the world famous Snaefellsjokull glacier that lies on the end of Snaefellsnes peninsula in the north. A large part of the horizon belongs to Esja, the mountain of Reykjavik, in all its glory. Next to the information signs there are rock samples from geological points of interests, so you can touch lava from the lava fields south of Reykjavik and the soft volcanic rock from the mountains east of the city and the hard basalt columns found north of the Capital area. An excellent museum for families or guests with an interest in science, the Perlan Museum should not be missed.

Please note, this is a self-guided activity without a guide or transportation. Guests must make their own way to and from the museum.

Duration3 Hours
Day 2

Pearl Tour - Golden Circle, Super Jeep and Snowmobile

Combine a Super Jeep Adventure with riding a snowmobile on Langjokull glacier, while visiting some of Iceland's most famous and exciting natural wonders.

Your first stop is at Thingvellir National Park, which is one of Iceland's most significant historical sites because it was there that Iceland's first parliament was founded in the year 930 AD. From Thingvellir you head along mountain tracks toward the world-renowned geothermal area around Geysir hot spring, the one spouting hot spring on Earth after which all other spouting hot springs are named.

From there continue on to Gullfoss ("the Golden waterfall") where your proximity to its edge is so close you can feel the spray of the glacial water on your face.

Next, kick the action into higher gear to get even closer to Iceland's nature and go for a snowmobiling tour on Langjokull, Iceland's second largest glacier.

Duration10 Hours
Day 3

Snorkel Between Tectonic Plates

Participants swim in specially made dry suits through the crystal clear water of Silfra, volcanic fissure located in Thingvellir National Park. Although the water in Silfra can go down to 2 C / 35 F our dry suits combined with warm clothing worn underneath makes this adventure possible. You will breathe through snorkels as you float along the fissure where you have an unobstructed view of the landscape beneath the water level. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float along with the lazy current. After an hour of snorkeling you will climb out and on to the riverbank to enjoy a warm cup of hot chocolate and some light refreshments.

Duration3 Hours
Day 4

Inside the Volcano

This incredible tour gives you the opportunity to descend inside the magmatic chamber of a dormant Icelandic volcano. Thrihnukagigur volcano lies in the Blafjoll Mountains, just a 30 minutes' drive from Reykjavik. Once you reach the Blafjoll Mountains' cabin, you'll leave your transportation behind and begin an easy and very scenic hike through the lava fields to reach the opening of the crater (approx. 40 minutes). At the basecamp you will be divided in smaller groups of 4-5 people. This is the maximum number allowed on the open elevator that will lift you inside the magma chamber of the dormant volcano. The descent is approx. 120m/400ft long and takes approx. 7-8 minutes each way. Once at the base, you will spend approximately 30 minutes on the ground in the magma chamber. If you are more than 5 people, don't worry, you can wait for your turn while enjoying a tasty bowl of traditional Icelandic meat soup, as well as hot coffee/tea/chocolate, offered free of charge at the nearby basecamp close to the crater's opening.

Duration5 Hours

Reykjavik Food Walk

On this delicious Reykjavik Food Walk, experience delicious Icelandic cuisine at its best, visit favorite local restaurants and hidden gems, meet a fun local guide and new friends, and see the highlights of Reykjavik!

Exploring downtown Reykjavik by foot with a friendly and fun local guide for approximately three hours, you'll see many of the city's most interesting highlights and attractions, discovering the city in the most fun way possible, through food, sampling 10 amazing local cuisines that you likely won't find anywhere else than in Iceland. The restaurants your tour visits are a variety of casual, fine dining and cozy family-run businesses. Some are well-known "must visit restaurants" in Reykjavik while other are secret local hangouts. This tour focuses on the country's delicious cuisines and leaves out some less mouth-watering traditional cuisines - no fermented shark, rams testicles and sour sheep heads on this tour! But your local guide will be more than happy to suggest to you where you can find such things. Instead, taste grass fed, free-roaming Icelandic lamb and fresh Icelandic fish, enjoy homemade Icelandic ice cream from a secret family recipe and, of course, visit the country's world famous Hot Dog stand.

The Reykjavik Food Tour is safe, family friendly and the perfect local introduction to delicious Icelandic food.

Duration3 Hours
Day 5

Private Transfer - Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport with Blue Lagoon (Comfort Entrance)

This non-guided airport transfer with a stop at the Blue Lagoon is ideal for departing passengers in order to maximize their time in Iceland. The lagoon's warm geothermal water and natural active ingredients; mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and unwind while the lagoon's distinctive white silica mud gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin. The mineral salts balance and relax body and soul.

The transfer from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon takes approx 40 minutes, while the drive from the Blue Lagoon to Keflavik International Airport takes approx 20 minutes.

Duration4 Hours

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Daily

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights in first-class accommodations in Reykjavik
  • Admission to the Perlan Museum
  • Shared Super Jeep tour of the Golden Circle (max 20 guests)
  • Small group "Snorkel Between Tectonic Plates" tour (max 8 guests)
  • Small group "Inside the Volcano" tour (max 10 guests)
  • Shared "Reykjavik Food Walk" tour (max 30 guests)
  • Comfort admission to the Blue Lagoon (2-hour entry)
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

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.

DP REYCITY5DIS
24 Oct 2022
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