Natural Wonders of Iceland

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Natural Wonders of Iceland (Summer 2019)

Duration: 9 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

    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 15:00. Join your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:15 for a Welcome Dinner served with wine.

  2. Day 2

    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.

  3. Day 3

    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 of scenes in two James Bond films. Arrive in the small harbour town of Höfn, an active lobster fishing hub. Your Travel Director takes you on a short orientation.

  4. Day 4 - Relaxed Start

    Eastern Fjords to Egilsstaðir.

    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.

  5. Day 5

    By Desert, Lakes and Divine Waterfalls to Akureyri.

    Journey through the sand desert of Möðrudalur to the Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. View the Goðafoss, 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)

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    From the Capital of the North to Borgarnes.

    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.

  7. Day 7

    Exploring Snæfellsjökull National Park.

    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.

  8. Day 8

    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. On arrival in 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. Visit Iceland's world-famous Blue Lagoon, where you join your newfound friends and toast your Icelandic holiday with a cocktail. Enjoy relaxing in the mineral-rich geothermal waters, surrounded by lava fields and snowcapped mountains. The Lagoon is a wonder of nature and offers a unique experience for both body and soul.

  9. Day 9

    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.
  • Höfn: Your Travel Director takes you on a short orientation through this seaside village.
  • 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.
  • Akureyi: 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.
  • 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 Breakfasts (B), 5 Dinners (D) and 1 Dinner with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

STAY IN STYLE

  • Iceland Hotels: In Iceland, Insight Vacations stays at the best available properties. Hotels are typical of the region and much simpler in style with clean rooms and private facilities.

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 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 trip. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations.

Prices and availability of Optional Experiences are 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 Reykjavík.

Reykjavík (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, this hotel offers modern accommodation based on quality, service and excellence.

Hótel Kría, Vik.

Vik (Contemporary) - Iceland

Newly opened, Hótel Kría is surrounded by beautiful Icelanic landscapes, providing you with the perfect backdrop as you taste authentic Icelandic cuisine from their in-house restaraunt.

Hótel Höfn.

Höfn (Traditional) - Iceland

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

Icelandair Hotel Herad

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 (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
11450 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 14 November, 2018

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    Trip: Great Tour Guide and Coach Driver. Good hotels. Would have liked evening meals on all nights. They don;t have to be three courses.

    Service: Great Tour Guide and Coach Driver. Hotels were good. Would travel with Insight again.

  • 22 October, 2018

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    Trip: Excellent itinerary with regard to travel around the Ring Road. Accommodations were excellent as was the pace of the tour. As with many itineraries, I always wish we had more time at certain stops to explore and shop, but I understand the necessity in keeping to a schedule. Would recommend a guided tour in Reykjavik (perhaps as an optional tour at the start or end) with explanation of the history.

    Service: Having traveled with Insight previously, this tour met my expectations which is why I keep coming back. Our guide, Zsofi, was wonderful. She made the experience extra special with her professionalism, energy and attention to detail.

  • 16 October, 2018

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    Trip: It was such a surprise to see what Iceland was really like ! Enjoyed the trip very much even though it was very expensive.

    Service: The tour guide was so informative ... She was just great telling stories & the lore of Iceland ! Of course I would recommend Insight Vacations to all my friends.

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: Iceland has many natural and cultural experiences

    Service: The tour director conducted herself well and kept good controll over yhe group thus eliminating problems of travellers not adhering to the general needs of the group.

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: The Tour Director even though she had some good qualities she never went ‘the extra mile’!!! The arrivals at the airport was a fiasco. TD did not wait even 5 mins for folk who had landed but had not come through immigration by the specified bus leaving time. Even though the driver had excellent driving skills he completely lacked any people skills. Didn’t assist anyone, just sat in his seat.

    Service: The Tour Director was very knowledgeable, personable and organised. The bus driver being a local Icelandic person was an excellent driver and fully aware of the hazards of driving in that country.

  • 09 October, 2018

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    Trip: Itinerary was worked out so we arrived at the many sites as well as rest stops ahead or between other bus groups. Therefore we were able to enjoy our stops and spend less time waiting in lines.

    Service: I did not deal directly with Insight my self but worked thru my AAA agent who seemed to get excellent service from Insight.

  • 08 October, 2018

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    Trip: This tour was fairly relaxed but still managed to cover everything in the itinerary. Blue Lagoon: fantastic. The waterfalls, boiling mud pools and geysers were spectacular, even in the rain.

    Service: We have travelled with Insight several times and know that whatever tour we purchase will be good. Natural Wonders of Iceland was no exception. Zsofie was a great travel director: well organised, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. She even kept a daily diary which she gave to each of us to help us remember all the wonderful places we saw and the exciting things we did. Thank you Zsofie!

  • 08 October, 2018

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    Trip: Saw everything there was to see in Iceland including the Northern Lights.

    Service: Insight Vacations handled every detail! Great tour director and great trip!

  • 29 September, 2018

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    Trip: The places visited and the knowledge of the guide made this tour one to remember.

    Service: Excellent tour, some hotels could be improved.

  • 27 September, 2018

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    Trip: A couple of slow half days of sightseeing but understandable when traveling country by bus.

    Service: Tour guide excellent.

  • 26 September, 2018

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    Trip: All good - although we did strike beautiful weather.

    Service: The guide and the bus driver were excellent nothing was a problem always 5 moves ahead of all that was provided on my outstanding journey through Iceland. Mateja Rezek deserves a gold medal. Wonderful Yippee. Thanks.

  • 24 September, 2018

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    Trip: Just enough variety. Some trips to see the falls were more strenuous than expected, but okay.l

    Service: The guide was wonderful and provided several additional flourishes. Not so sure about the vodka, but the other things were great.

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