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Scenic South Iceland

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 2,310

FIRST-CLASS | SMALL GROUP: Experience Iceland's wonders and adventures like a local. Visit the most fascinating and scenic highlights of South Iceland on this guided small group tour. A fantastic introduction into Iceland's volcanoes and glaciers, learn from a professional local guide as you visit unique natural attractions including black sand beaches, hot springs, waterfalls, vast volcanic areas and jagged bird cliffs.


This 5-day small group tour of Iceland invites you to see many popular highlights throughout the southern regions of the country. Begin with a night in Reykjavik before discovering the black sand beaches, glaciers, and waterfalls that define this magical landscape.

Land in Reykjavik and settle in with a day at leisure. A soak in the famous Blue Lagoon is a great way to shake off the flight, or you can embark on a sightseeing tour around the capital, including the incredible Hallgrimskirkja. After breakfast at your centrally located hotel, meet your group to begin your tour of southern Iceland. There will rarely be more than an hour’s drive between each stop, so the geothermal park at Hveragerdi is the first of many chances to get out and stretch your legs. Explore Iceland’s thrilling volcanic landscape at Hvolsvollur’s LAVA Center, then take in the beauty of Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Visit black sand beaches and see the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano before reaching your hotel in Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

You’ll have the chance to ace a pronunciation test over dinner (kidding!).

Your next full day is devoted to exploring Vatnajokull National Park and the Glacier Lagoon, one of the most spectacular regions of Iceland. Explore the Skaftafell area and see the basalt columns of Dverghamrar canyon. After another night in Iceland’s southeast, visit an Icelandic farm en route to the classic Golden Circle region, where several of Iceland’s most famous attractions including the Gullifoss waterfall and the Geysir area are located. Finish with a visit to Thingvellir, where independent Iceland began, and the site of the world’s oldest national parliament.  Return to Reykjavik, see any sights you might have missed, or explore its many cafes, small bars, and bookshops before departing the following day.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,310

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Day 1

Arrival

Welcome to Iceland! On arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will be welcomed and driven to your accommodation in Reykjavík. If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. A favorite activity 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 cafe.

Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and 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.

Good to Know: Generally, on Days 2 - 4, 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 Day 2 according to the standard "Scenic South Iceland" itinerary. Approximate Distance: 50 km (32 miles).

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

CenterHotel Midgardur

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    CenterHotel Midgardur



    CenterHotel Midgardur offers accommodation in Reykjavík, 2,297 feet from Hallgrímskirkja Church. Laugavegur is 329 feet from CenterHotel Midgardur, while Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre is 0.8 miles from the property. Reykjavík Domestic Airport is 1.2 miles away.

    CenterHotel Midgardur offers accommodation in Reykjavík, 2,297 feet from Hallgrímskirkja Church.

    Laugavegur is 329 feet from CenterHotel Midgardur, while Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre is 0.8 miles from the property. Reykjavík Domestic Airport is 1.2 miles away.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Bar
    • Breakfast buffet
    • Elevator
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Hairdryers
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Pets Not Accepted
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 2

Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, you'll tour along the South Shore, a region of volcanic mountains and waterfalls. You'll get a taste of how Icelanders have harnessed volcanic energy with a visit to the geothermal park in the town of Hveragerdi. Your group will boil eggs in a hot spring and taste fresh rye bread that has baked overnight in geothermal steam. Next you'll drive through scenic farmlands to Hvolsvollur town. There you'll discover more about volcanoes and earthquakes with a visit to the LAVA Center's interactive exhibits.

Your journey continues to the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall-the only one in Iceland where you can walk behind the roaring cascade on a footpath, followed by the magnificent 60-metre (197 ft) free-falling Skogafoss waterfall known from Iceland travel blogs. Journey past the beautiful Eyjafjoll mountain range, including Eyjafjallajokull volcano towards volcanic black sand beaches. One of these beaches is Reynisfjara, known for its black volcanic sands, smooth pebbles, and unique rock formations. Dinner and overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area. Approximate Distance: 290 km (180 miles).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Magma Hotel

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    Magma Hotel



    Located within 3 km of Kirkjugólf and Systrafoss twin waterfalls, Magma Hotel offers accommodation in Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Rooms are modern with Nordic design and free WiFi. Views of the lava-fields, black sand river and even Vatnajäkull Glacier can be enjoyed from the hotel. Rooms come with …

    Located within 3 km of Kirkjugólf and Systrafoss twin waterfalls, Magma Hotel offers accommodation in Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Rooms are modern with Nordic design and free WiFi. Views of the lava-fields, black sand river and even Vatnajäkull Glacier can be enjoyed from the hotel.
    Rooms come with a flat-screen TV and private bathroom. Some room feature a patio looking out towards the impressive South Iceland nature.
    Vik is 72 km from Magma Hotel. Skaftafell and Svartifoss waterfall are about a 50-minute drive away.
    This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Restaurant(s)

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Day 3

Vatnajokull National Park and the Glacier Lagoon

Breakfast at your hotel. Today's drive takes you to some of Iceland's most photogenic attractions. The incredible views start with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where you will enjoy a morning guided amphibian boat tour among the floating icebergs. Near the Glacier Lagoon the Diamond Beach awaits, where you will see chunks of sparkling ice dotting the black sands like diamonds.

Next, your group will head to the smaller (but no less scenic) Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon, a great location for a lunch break (lunch is not included, but there are food options in the area). Continue to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named after Iceland's largest glacier. On your way back to the hotel your group will stop at Dverghamrar, a small but impressive canyon full of unusual hexagonal basalt columns. Dinner and overnight in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area. Approximate Distance: 255 km (157 miles).

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 4

Farm Visit and the Classic Golden Circle

Breakfast at your hotel. Today the journey takes you back along the south coast. The route may be the same, but you'll find the views from this direction are very different. Along the way, you'll will stop at a local farm, where you'll learn about daily life at an Icelandic farm. Meet the family and some of their farm animals, including horses, sheep, goats, chickens, cats and the family dog.

No trip to Iceland is complete without the Golden Circle, so your group will head to this area with some of Iceland's best-known natural sites. Your first stop is the picture perfect two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, where you can see the water thrash and tumble before falling meters below into a canyon.

Next, you will visit the nearby Geysir area and explore the bubbling mud pots and spouting Strokkur geyser, which erupts steam and boiling water high into the air every few minutes. End your day with a visit to Thingvellir National Park. This beautiful volcanic plain is the heart and soul of Iceland. The Viking settlers founded a national parliament here in the 10th century, creating Iceland as an independent nation. Thingvellir is also where the North American and European tectonic plates meet, giving you that rare chance to walk between two continents. After this exciting day, head back to Reykjavik, where your driver-guide bids you farewell. The evening is open for your own activities. Overnight in Reykjavik. Approximate Distance: 380 km (236 miles).

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

CenterHotel Midgardur

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    CenterHotel Midgardur



    CenterHotel Midgardur offers accommodation in Reykjavík, 2,297 feet from Hallgrímskirkja Church. Laugavegur is 329 feet from CenterHotel Midgardur, while Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre is 0.8 miles from the property. Reykjavík Domestic Airport is 1.2 miles away.

    CenterHotel Midgardur offers accommodation in Reykjavík, 2,297 feet from Hallgrímskirkja Church.

    Laugavegur is 329 feet from CenterHotel Midgardur, while Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Centre is 0.8 miles from the property. Reykjavík Domestic Airport is 1.2 miles away.

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Bar
    • Breakfast buffet
    • Elevator
    • Free WiFi
    • Garden
    • Hairdryers
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Pets Not Accepted
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 5

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. When it's time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight. If you're flying in the afternoon, consider a visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa (not included) to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport, which is just a short drive away. Approximate Distance: 50 km (32 miles).

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DEPARTURES:

2023: May 3, 10, 17, 24; June 7, 21, 28; July 6, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9, 16, 30

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • One private arrival transfer from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik
  • Semi-private departure transfer from Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations in Reykjavik
  • 2 nights in first-class accommodations near Kirkjubaejarklaustur
  • Small group tour from day 2 to day 4 (max 16 guests)
  • Professional English-speaking local driver-guide from day 2 to day 4
  • Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
  • Entrance to the Hveragerdi Geothermal Park
  • Entrance to the LAVA Centre
  • Guided boat tour on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Visit to a family farm
  • Breakfast daily (excluding Day 1), 2 dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare and airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not specifically listed as included
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities
  • 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.

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24 May 2023
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