Northern Europe and Russia

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Natural Wonders of Iceland (Summer 2018)

Duration: 10 days Visiting: Iceland

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Experience a world of natural phenomena: gushing waterfalls, volcanoes and stunning landscapes at every turn. The overwhelming beauty of this country will ensure you will want to return again and again.

  1. Day 1

    Your Journey Begins

    Board your overnight flight to Europe (Please ask about our great deals).

  2. Day 2

    The Smoky Bay of Reykjavík.

    Welcome to Iceland. On arrival at Reykjavík’s Keflavík Airport, you will be welcomed and your transfer will depart for your hotel at either 08.00 or 16.30. Join your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:30 for a Welcome Dinner served with wine.

  3. Day 3

    Hot Springs and Waterfalls to Vík.

    Head east to visit Iceland’s newest geothermal and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Continue to the hot-springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss Waterfalls, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. Then travel on to the ancient bishopric of Skalholt and see the historic church set in a remote location amid magnificent natural scenery, before continuing to your hotel in Vík.

  4. Day 4

    By Glaciers and Icebergs to Höfn.

    Travel along the southern coast of Iceland, beside the black basalt sand beaches. The highlight of the day is the National Park at Skaftafell where you will see the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. Travel on to the luminous blue icebergs of Lake Jökulsárlón, the dramatic setting for scenes in two James Bond films.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    Eastern Fjords to Egilsstaðir.

    (Relaxed Start) Explore the eastern coastal region, where Irish missionary monks lived some 1,200 years ago. Travel up the fjords to the beautiful area around Egilsstaðir.

  6. Day 6

    By Desert, Lakes and Divine Waterfalls to Akureyri.

    Journey through the sand desert of Mödrudal to the Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. View the Godafoss, known as The Waterfall of the Gods. Continue on to the beautiful Lake Mývatn. This area offers a wide spectrum of geological formations and the concentrated geothermal activity produces mud pools and spectacular coloured deposits. Continue to Akureyri where you have the evening to relax or explore at your leisure. Perhaps embark on an optional whale watching experience (available during whale season)?

  7. Day 7 - Relaxed Start

    From the Capital of the North to Borgarnes.

    (Relaxed Start) Enjoy an orientation of Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland, first established as a trading centre in 1602. Travel past mountains, waterfalls and green coastal regions to Hvammstangi. Later, continue on to the south-west coast of Borgarnes.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    Exploring Snæfellsjökull National Park.

    (Relaxed Start) Travel along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Snæfellsjökull National Park known as the Jewel of West Iceland and home to the country’s most famous volcano. Enjoy a fascinating exploration of the park’s many famous sites, including the magnificent Snæfell Glacier and Búðir, a romantic landscape of white, sandy hills, black lava fields and a yellow beach. Walk along the sea-cliff at Arnarstapi with its spectacular columnar rock formations.

  9. Day 9

    Thingvellir, Blue Lagoon and on to Reykjavík.

    Journey south to Thingvellir, where the first meeting of the Icelandic parliament was held in A.D. 930. This remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge line where the American and European tectonic plates meet. Visit Iceland's world-famous Blue Lagoon, where you join your newfound friends and toast your Icelandic holiday with a cocktail. On return to Reykjavík, enjoy an orientation of the city. See the Old Harbour, National Museum, the Domkirk church and Höfði House. Pass Althingishusid, Reykjavik’s House of Parliament, and continue to the Hallgrímskirkja Church which can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.

  10. Day 10

    Farewell Reykjavík.

    Your departure transfer will arrive at Reykjavík Keflavík Airport at 05:00 or 12:30.

Highlights

 

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hellisheiðavirkjun: Visit Iceland’s newest geothermal heat and electric power station.
  • Geysir: Visit the famous spouting Geysir which has become synonymous with hot springs all around the world.
  • Gullfoss: The spectacular two-tiered waterfall, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara falls, drops a total of 32 metres, while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.
  • Skalholt: See the historic church.
  • Skaftafell: Visit the amazing alpine setting of the National Park and experience the might of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.
  • Lake Jökulsárlón: See the setting for the James Bond film ‘Die Another Day’.
  • Egilsstaðir: Visit this lakeside town.
  • Dettifoss: Visit the most powerful waterfall in Europe and see the Godafoss, known as The Waterfall of the Gods.
  • Lake Mývatn: Traverse spectacular landscapes of craters, boiling mud pots and geothermal hot springs shooting jets of hot water and steam into the air, at this renowned bird-watching site.
  • Akureyri: Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of the capital of northern Iceland, established in 1602.
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park: Enjoy a fascinating exploration of this magnificent park, home to lava formations, waterfalls and the most famous volcano in Iceland.
  • Búðir: Admire the sandy hill, black lava fields and the yellow beach.
  • Arnarstapi: Walk the sea-cliff and admire the rock formations.
  • Thingvellir: The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site in the country, as the meeting place of the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament that was founded in A.D. 930.
  • Blue Lagoon: Enjoy a truly indulgent, once in a lifetime experience, at the most visited attraction in Iceland. Its geothermal seawater flows from volcanic aquifers 2000 meters within the earth, emerging at the surface enriched with algae, silica, and minerals. With newfound friends, enjoy bathing in the lagoon in style, as you sip on a celebratory cocktail.
  • Reykjavík: Explore the capital during your orientation. See the Old Harbour, the National Museum, the Domkirk church and Höfði House. Pass Althingishusid, Reykjavik's House of Parliament, and continue to the Hallgrímskirkja Church which can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.
  • Scenic Drives: Witness spectacular scenery, like no where else in the world, as you travel along the South and East coasts, through the Scenic mountain pass of Almannaskard and the Mödrudal Desert, past Hvammstang, along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and into the Snæfellsjökull National Park.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Blue Lagoon: Enjoy a truly indulgent, once in a lifetime experience, at the most visited attraction in Iceland. Its geothermal seawater flows from volcanic aquifers 2000 meters within the earth, emerging at the surface enriched with algae, silica, and minerals. With newfound friends, enjoy bathing in the lagoon in style, as you sip on a celebratory cocktail.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 5 Dinners (D) and 1 Dinner with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Glacier Lagoon

This is an exciting boat trip on the lagoon. During the excursion you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. On the boat you get to taste the 1000 year old ice and if you are lucky you might even see some seals.

Adult Price: ISK 5700.00

Code: HOF0001

Petra's Stone Collection

We visit Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection which was her old home and now a museum. Petra amassed a rich collection of rocks and minerals in this active volcanic region. You can wander around rolling landscaped gardens admiring the collection as well as the displays in the house.

Adult Price: ISK 1500.00

Code: EGI0001

Whale Watching

The boat tour will take you to search for whales through a dramatic mosaic of stunning landscapes and beautiful coastlines. Rate of sightings makes this the perfect day trip for travellers in North Iceland. Due to seasonal operating times and weather conditions this optional will not always be available. Please check with your Travel Director at the beginning of the trip.

Adult Price: ISK 10990.00

Code: AKU0001

Accommodation

 

Fosshotel Reykjavik

Reykjavik (Traditional) - Iceland

Fosshotel Reykjavik offers exceptional service and stunning views of the city and the bay area, located only a short walk from the main shopping area. A true Icelandic landmark, your hotel offers modern accommodation based on quality, service and excellence.

Icelandair Hotel Vík

Vik (Traditional) - Iceland

Hotel Hofn

Höfn (Traditional) - Iceland

The Hótel Höfn offers modern rooms with glacier and sea views from most rooms.

Icelandair Hotel Herad Egilsstair

Egilsstaðir (Traditional) - Iceland

Scenically located in the peaceful town of Egilsstaðir, the Icelandair Hotel Herad features homely interior design with a splash of colour and simple, comfortable rooms.

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

Akureyri (Traditional) - Iceland

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri is your comfy base camp to enjoy and experience Iceland's beautiful North. Rooms are bright and comfortable with Icelandic design in the forefront.

Icelandair Hotel Hamar Borgarnes

Borgarnes (Traditional) - Iceland

The Icelandair Hotel Hamar is situated in a scenic location that showcases the natural beauty of the Icelandic surrounds. Each room is decorated in a minimalist style and features geothermal heated floors and direct access to outside.

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10959 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 17 September, 2018

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    Trip: Loved the tour and the spectacular scenery at every turn. Never been anywhere like this before and now recommending to friends as being somewhere stunningly different.

    Service: Rob, our Tour Director, was excellent and very knowledgeable about Iceland and its history. He was always available to assist and our tour ran without any problems.

  • 17 September, 2018

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    Trip: The standard or quality of food/dinner could have been better.

    Service: The program and timings were well observed and accurate

  • 17 September, 2018

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    Trip: Included a tour around the island, highlighting the wonders with comments, guided tours, and anecdotes which produced many “Wow” moments.

    Service: Great tour with excellent tour guide Rob Lintott! Summarized the history, culture and geography of Iceland beautifully. Very attuned to travellers’ requests and comments and kept us entertained. Highly recommend this tour!

  • 15 September, 2018

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    Trip: Everything is done with the traveler in mind

    Service: They do everything well and tour manager was very good

  • 12 September, 2018

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    Trip: The country was magnificient and the tour route was perfect. I am hopeful that we are able to return sometime to see the Northwest peninsula at some later date. The lodging and food was great.

    Service: The customer service was excellent. Our guides were the BEST. Metaja and Otto the driver. I would recommend them to anyone. Very knowledgeable and safety oriented. I am hopeful that we are able to take a trip to Slovenia with Insight and have Metaja as a guide in her own country.

  • 11 September, 2018

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    Trip: Nothing was I didn't want to see

    Service: Travel was smooth.choice of hotels was good, best of all our guide Mateiha was very informative.

  • 10 September, 2018

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    Trip: We visited all the major sites and a few lesser know stops that we really enjoyed.

    Service: Our tour director, Mateya, was terrific. She shared a wealth of info about Iceland as we drove from site to site. My husband had a trip to the hospital and she came to check on how we were doing. She had a pleasant personality and great sense of humor. We never received the Tour Package and felt we were at a disadvantage. Since we had no one to contact at Insight we contacted the travel agent, Patricia LoBracco, who confirmed that we did not receive the packet. She emailed us info. Because of this we started the trip without complete info. For example we did not know that we would have an opportunity to swim in the Blue Lagoon. The lack of contact from Insight was disconcerting.

  • 07 September, 2018

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    Trip: I thought it was great .. we covered a lot of ground in a comfortable coach .We saw all the highlights of Iceland

    Service: Very good

  • 04 September, 2018

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    Trip: The scenery in Iceland is magnificent -- dramatic! The itinerary, taking in waterfalls, glaciers, geysirs, quaint restaurants, etc. was well thought out. And our guide, Mateja, was VERY well informed, bringing us facts and even some of the sagas of Iceland.

    Service: The itinerary took full advantage of the dramatic scenery in Iceland; the hotels and food were very good, and best of all, our tour guide, Mateja, from Slovenia, was EXCELLENT.

  • 01 September, 2018

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    Trip: The tour of the country was very complete, covering the variety of sights and experiences. One glaring omission compared to other tours I have been on: Music, indigenous or imported. Maybe Icelanders are not musical? Also some more depth of the culture beyond trolls and elves.

    Service: Overall the service was very good. it would be better if the transfers to and from the Reykjavik Airport were coordinated better with the actual flight arrivals and departures, In both directions I had to arrange my own transfers and could not use the provided coupons.

  • 01 September, 2018

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    Trip: I assumed that we would get some history/cultural background of the people and country. Possibly an option to visit the Viking museum & see a viking ship. We were not exposed to art culture - past to present. I believe this would add to overall experience. Hotels/ dining/people were outstanding. Again, our tour guide was amazing. I was able to hike with others on the trip and I enjoyed that - time was allotted for us to do this. Overall, I was very happy with this adventure.

    Service: I felt very certain of the quality of the tour after experiencing a prior tour Italy in Spring of 2018. Details about the flight and trip itinerary was thoroughly explained. I had a great time! Our tour guide in Iceland was outstanding and she took great care with customers with special needs.

  • 01 September, 2018

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    Trip: It was great! Nice vacation from a hectic life.

    Service: We really enjoyed our trip. It was filled with as many adventures and sights as one could possibly pack into a day. The meals and accommodations were great too. Thanks for a wonderful 50th wedding anniversary vacation.

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