Iceland’s Arctic Gems
11 Days | May to Sept 2018 & 2019
Starting At $Custom
Discover the wonders of North and South Iceland and visit Iceland’s most famous attractions. You’ll get an excellent overview to what makes Iceland so unique. A special feature of this tour is a day trip to the newly-popular northern town of Siglufjörður, nestled in a dramatic fjord on the edge of steep mountains.
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Day 1 – Depart for Iceland – Today, you depart for Iceland on a flight from your airport of choice.
Day 2 – Reykjavik – Arrive in Reykjavik, the capital and largest city of Iceland. You will be met by a professional tour director who will be with you for the entire trip. A motorcoach will then transfer you to your Reykjavik area hotel for an overnight stay. Tonight, enjoy a free evening to explore Reykjavik on your own. From a vibrant art and music scene to a treasure trove of world renowned cultural and historical attractions, Reykjavík boasts endless opportunities for fun and adventure.
Day 3 – Reykjavik – Snæfellsnes Glacier National Park – Stykkishólmur – Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. First stop is the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Snæfellsjökull National Park. The main attraction of the Snæfellsjökull national park is Snæfellsjökull glacier that dominates the surroundings and it is the only national park in Iceland that stretches to the coast. Mount Snæfellsjökull is an active volcano which has molded the landscape with moss covered lava fields, craters, caves, sea cliffs full of birds and black sand beaches.
Next, you stop at the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi with its magnificent columnar basalt rock formations. Enjoy some free time here for lunch on own. You will also visit the uniquely pebbled Djúpalónssandur Beach. You continue travel this afternoon to Stykkisholmur where you will be staying for the night. Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 4 – Stykkishólmur – Akureyri – Depart Stykkishólmur after breakfast. Today, you visit Akureyri, “The Capital of the North,” a town in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. It lies just 60 miles away from the Arctic Circle. Akureyri is a town with a vibrant art and culture scene. You will be staying two nights in this charming town.
Take enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city to include the brand-new Hof concert hall and Akureyri’s many museums, The Nature Museum, Nonnahus, a.k.a. Jon Sveinsson Memorial Museum, David’s house or David Stefansson Memorial Museum, & Akureyri Art Museum. There is also Akureyrarkirkja Church as well as beautiful botanical gardens. The old town is particularly charming and ideal for a nice evening stroll. Tonight, dinner is included at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 5 – Siglufjörður, North Iceland – After breakfast this morning, you head to the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður. This pretty town is nestled in a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland’s steep northern mountains. Visit the award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. Here you will be introduced to the story of the 20th century herring migration “boom” that transformed Siglufjörður into a bustling community overnight. Some historians believe this is the event that helped modernize Iceland as a nation. Sampling traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps!
You will then have some free time in Siglufjörður for exploring and lunch on your own. Points of interest include the harbour, the church and local art galleries, cafés and shops and even a microbrewery. You then return to your Akureyri hotel for dinner this evening. (B, D)
Day 6 – Lake Mývatn – Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning. Travel today to the natural and volcanic wonderland of the Lake Mývatn region. Stop at the awe-inspiring Goðafoss waterfall before continuing on to the stunningly beautiful area of Lake Mývatn, a paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. Here you can explore pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall Crater, the Nature Baths, solfataras in the Hverarönd geothermal region and Krafla volcano. Then you check into a local Myvatn area hotel for the night. Dinner is included at a local restaurant this evening. (B, D)
Day 7 – Mývatn – Ásbyrgi – Dettifoss – Egilsstaðir – Following breakfast, you depart for a visit to Húsavík, a charming fishing town close to the Arctic Circle. Next, you visit the fossil-rich Tjörnes peninsula en route to the northern section of Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Western Europe. Visit the park’s magnificent Ásbyrgi, a forested canyon said to be formed by a hoofprint from the god Óðinn’s (Odin) horse.
Continue travel over the barren highland areas of Möðrusdalsheiði to the town of Egilsstaðir, the gateway to the stunning highland wilderness and the East Fjords. This is the home to Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðir, and to a legendary sea monster. The region is also getting a reputation for its excellent local-based cuisine using game, organic farm products and wild berries. After checking into your Egilsstaðir hotel for the night, dinner is included tonight at a local restaurant. (B,D)
Day 8 – Egilsstaðir – Höfn – Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before checkout. Today, you travel through breathtaking landscapes of the remote East Fjords. Enjoy the amazing views of steep mountains plunging toward the sea. Each fjord village has its own beautiful
natural setting and special heritage. Reyðarfjörður has connections to World War II history. Faskruðsfjörður has a definite French influence from its days as a base for French fishermen in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Djupivogur, the southernmost town in the East Fjords, is a little fishing village in an area rich in birdlife.
You will also see the Vatnajökull Glacier. The Icelandic word jökull means glacier and the National Park contains the largest glacier in the world outside the Arctics, called Vatnajökull. This massive glacier has many subsidiary glacier tongues, each of which has its own name and distinct characteristics. Then check into a local Hornafjorður area hotel, located in the shadow of the vast glacier. Tonight, dinner is included at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 9 – Höfn – Glacial Lagoon – Skaftafell – South Shore – Hvolsvöllur – After breakfast, you stop at Vatnajökull National Park. Visit the Skaftafell area of the national park, a beautiful green oasis ringed by glaciers and volcanoes. You will also visit Dyrhólaey, a solitary cliff teeming with bird life against a black sand beach. Then stop at the mighty Skógarfoss Waterfall. Skógarfoss is unique because the waterfall comes directly from two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. Continue travel to Hvolsvöllur where you will be staying for the night. Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 10 – Hvolsvöllur – Gullfoss – Geysir – Þingvellir – Reykjavík – Enjoy breakfast this morning before checking out. Today, you will have some great photo opportunities in the world-famous spouting hot spring area of Geysir. You only need to wait a few minutes for Strokkur geyser to erupt and send a magnificent water and steam column high into the air.
Then you visit the magnificent Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall,” believed by many to be the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. You will also stop at Þingvellir National Park the ancient site of Iceland’s first parliament. This is also where the North American and European tectonic plates meet, giving you the chance to walk between two continents.
This afternoon you return to Reykjavík for the night. Enjoy another free evening and dinner on your own in downtown Reykjavik. (B)
Day 11 – Departure Day – After breakfast at your hotel this morning you will be transferred to Keflavík International Airport for your return flight home. (B)