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Duration: 9 days Visiting: Iceland
The Smoky Bay of Reykjavík.
Welcome to Iceland. On arrival at Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel on your complimentary Insight shuttle operated by Gray Line. Join your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:15 for a Welcome Drink served with canapés.
Hot Springs and Waterfalls to Vík.
Head east to visit Iceland’s newest geothermal and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Then travel on to the ancient bishopric of Skalholt and see the historic church set in a remote location amid magnificent natural scenery. Continue to the hot springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss waterfalls, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. In the afternoon visit the majestic south coast waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before continuing to your hotel in Vik.
By Glaciers and Icebergs to Höfn.
Travel along the southern coast of Iceland, beside the black sand beaches and basalt rock formations. 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. Dine at your hotel's restaurant tonight and experience what the local produce has to offer.
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.
By Desert, Lakes and Divine Waterfalls to Akureyri.
Journey through the sand desert of Möðrudalur to see Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. 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)
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.
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. See the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. On route, admire the impressive landscapes of Búðir offering a mixture of sandy hills, black lava fields and a yellow beach. Next, take a stroll along the sea cliffs of Arnastapi with it's unique columnar rock formations while taking in the beautiful scenery.
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 North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. On arrival in Reykjavík, enjoy an orientation of the city with a Local Expert. See the Old Harbour, National Museum, the Hallgrim 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 to 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. This evening, delight in a delicious Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant where you round off your journey through one of the world's most naturally beautiful places.
Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end, with a transfer to Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport.
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.
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: EUR 48.00
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: EUR 85.00
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, this hotel offers modern accommodation based on quality, service and excellence.
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.
Hofn (Traditional) - Iceland
The Hótel Höfn offers modern rooms with glacier and sea views from most rooms.
Egilsstadir (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.
Akureyri (Contemporary) - Iceland
Located in the heart of Akureyri, the Hotel Kea is within walking distance of the towns tourists sites including the iconic church of Akureyri.
Borganes (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.