Northern Europe and Russia

Northern Europe & 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

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

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10664 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: Spectacular scenery and views.

    Service: Excellent tour Guide and Driver. Scenery was great. Hotels were not great but were probably the best available.

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: They are always on time and the tour director was very pleasant also the bus driver

    Service: everyone was very helpful and friendly and yes I would go with Insight again

  • 16 July, 2018

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    Trip: Amazing desinations of waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers, geothermal mud pits, glaciers, icebergs and black sand beaches. Reykjavik and Akureyri cities and blue lagoon were incredible. On travel day from Akureyri to Borgarnes would have liked to have stopped on volcano rim you could walk up to and crevice/cave in mountain. Hotel Borgarnes was below standard. Definitely not a 4 or 5 star hotel, very run down and old. Since only 50 min to Reykjavik would have preferred to stay in a nicer hotel these 2 nights. Also, disappointed we were moved to Hilton instead of Foss Hotel in Reykjavik. Overally trip of a lifetime. Tour guide and driver were amazing.

    Service: Yes, I would recommend or go on another Insight tour.

  • 11 July, 2018

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    Trip: The trip is over-rated and over-priced for what we saw. Drove (rode the bus) for 1429 miles in eight days. Iceland is not prepared for the influx of tourists. Not many places to stop between schedules stops...no pull over areas along the roads to stop and take photos. Hotels were simple, clean. Their restaurants were very nice...breakfast buffets over the top, dinners were great. Luggage porterage not always available, or delivered to room in a timely manner. We paid for portage, but it was not always very timely.

    Service: Kept things moving along. Included extra stops not on itinerary. Bought treats like lava bread for us to try.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: We saw more of Iceland than any of our friends traveling with other companies. You miss many wonderful experiences on shorter trips.

    Service: Our Tour Director Ruth Ridgway was amazing. She made sure all problems were addressed and questions answered. Iceland is a natural wonder and as such is unpredictable. Ruth and our driver "Raven" worked together to be sure we got the most from our trip.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: I would like to have visited an archaelogical site or two, and also have gone to a horse show. The only real problem with the itinerary was the overnight and "free" morning in Akureyri, with the hotel outside of town and nothing relly to do.

    Service: Yes, I would recommend them and buy from them again. I had only a few issues with their itinerary and choice of hotels.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: Really appreciated seeing the whole island. Many tours didn't give this option. Would have liked the tour to include: visit to see/ride Icelandic horses, visit to learn more about the Icelandic sheep, tour of the man-made cave in Langjokull glacier and Viogeimir lava cave. Our tour guide, Ruth Ridgeway, was excellent.

    Service: Appreciated getting lots of organized materials ahead of time.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: Could have done a horse farm since Iceland is famous for them

    Service: Tour guide was excellent.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: This was a great itinerary hitting most of the highlights of Iceland. It would have been nice to visit a horse farm since we were repeatedly told about the Icelandic horses. We went a day early and took a puffin tour from Reykjavik otherwise we would not have seen puffins. The hotel was able to organize that for us.

    Service: Our tour guide and driver were both excellent. The driver even took us on dirt roads to see some extra sights. The hotel meals were great, making sure to focus on Iceland foods but also serving the needs of those with dietary restrictions. Even though some of the hotel rooms were pretty basic, all had TVs, hairdryers and kettles. Our tour director, Ruth, organized an extra airport transfer for those of us with late morning flights that didn't want to take the 4:15 am scheduled transfer!

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: Very good itinerary. Get to see a lot.

    Service: Very good.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was clearly communicated allowing advanced information on the day’s events

    Service: The trip was well organized from pre to post trip. This organization was clearly communicated to the travelers. It is important to know exactly what each day holds. Ruth, our leader, kept us well- informed without the monotony of “touristy” details. The bus was clean and comfortable and the driver superb.

  • 09 July, 2018

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    Trip: Iceland was beautiful. The food was good. Lunch stops were very good. Rooms were better than I expected. And Ruth was an excellent guide.

    Service: The tour guide is what makes the tour excellent. We know before what to expect in the ithinary. I also had a problem with one of the hotels but they gave me another room and were VERY nice about it. I do feel that it would be nice to have a hotel in town if we do not have the meal included. Ruth was an excellent guide.

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