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Duration: 8 days Visiting: Iceland
Your Journey Begins
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The Viking City of Reykjavík
Welcome to Iceland. At Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport, transfers depart for your tour hotel at 08:00, 12:30 and 16:30. Later, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Afterwards, search for the most spectacular show on earth - the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). See the breathtaking night sky filled with an array of different colours. Please note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings, therefore, cannot be guaranteed.
South Shore Adventure to Vík
(Relaxed Start) Take a journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland‘s south coast to visit its newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Continue on to witness the majesty of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Stand awestruck by the beauty and powerful force of these thundering waterfalls before venturing on to view more phenomena. After seeing the magnificent Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes, arrive in the welcoming communtiy of Vík. Later, perhaps enjoy another chance to go in search of the mystical Northern Lights?
The Golden Circle to Flúðir
(Relaxed Start) Embark on a day of discovery around Iceland's Golden Circle, taking in some of the famous landmarks this magical country has to offer. Your first stop is in Fontana to visit a fascinating geothermal bakery. Sample the delicious rye bread, dug hot from the ground and served with butter. You will then experience the exploding hot springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss Waterfalls – the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. Next stop is Friðheimar, to find out about the processes in Icelandic greenhouse horticulture. Visit a family-run vegetable farm that specialises in tomatoes. Tour their greenhouses and sample the sweet, unique flavour of their lovingly-grown crop. Continue to your hotel in Flúðir, where there is again a chance to look to the night sky to watch nature's theatre unfold.
Thingvellir, Borgarnes and Húsafell
(Relaxed Start) Continue on to Thingvellir, where the first meeting of the Icelandic parliament was held in 930 AD. This remarkable natural site lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge line, where the American and European tectonic plates meet. Continue on the trail of Viking warrior and poet Egill Skallagrímsson to Borgarnes. En route, stop at the pretty village of Reykholt, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. On arrival in Borgarnes, learn about Iceland's history with a visit to the fascinating Icelandic Settlement Centre. Journey on through glorious landscapes taking in views of the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver - Europe's most powerful hot spring.
(Relaxed Start) Journey back to the capital - Reykjavík, where sightseeing shows you the old town centre, the 19th century parliament building, Höfði House (the location of the 1986 Reykjavík Summit meeting of presidents Ronald Reagan of the United States and Mikhail Gorbachev of the U.S.S.R.), the colourful harbour and the modern, landmark church - the Hallgrímskirkja. The afternoon is at leisure.
The Blue Lagoon
(Relaxed Start) Relax and enjoy your final day with a visit to Reykjavík's Blue Lagoon. Surrounded by lava fields and snow-capped mountains, the Lagoon is a wonder of nature and offers a unique experience for both body and soul. Choose to bathe in the pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal waters, or perhaps enjoy a water massage or spa treatment? Facilities also include an indoor geothermal pool, a winter garden and restaurants. With your new-found friends, toast the culmination of your fascinating journey of discovery with a celebratory cocktail. The rest of the day is free, perhaps spend time relaxing in a sidewalk cafe?
Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end, with transfers arriving at Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport at 05:00 and 12:30.
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.
The Secret Lagoon natural hot springs is located in the small village of Fludir and stay at 38-40 Celsius all year due to its location in the Golden Circle. The pool’s natural surroundings and the steam in the air give the place a magical feeling and a true Icelandic experience. There are also several geothermal spots and a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes year-round for the enjoyment of guests relaxing in the hot spring.
Adult Price: EUR 34.00
Enjoy the pure beauty of Icelandic nature from horseback. Whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced rider, this is a wonderful way to experience the Icelandic countryside. Starting from the Íshestar riding centre in Hafnarfjörður, you‘ll explore the lovely conservation area of Heiðmörk, with its numerous caves and canyons. Your tour will be led by experienced staff and the horses are used to riders of all levels.
Adult Price: EUR 92.00
Sailing away from the coastline of Reykjavik, we'll escape the lights of the city and begin our search for the northern lights. Seeing the aurora borealis, with a beautiful backdrop of mountains and city lights, is something you won't ever forget. In less than 30 minutes we'll be in a prime location, away from the city lights, perfect for viewing the auroras. This tour is subject to weather conditions.
Adult Price: EUR 89.00
Enjoy a visit to the home of the Viking Ship Íslendingur (the Icelander). You'll learn about Viking exploration, Norse mythology and the early settlement of Iceland. Normal opening hours are between 12:00-17:00
Adult Price: EUR 24.00
Reykjavik (Central) - Iceland
Inside Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura, you'll find a warm and inviting atmosphere, filled with thoughtful details inspired by the beautiful nature that surrounds the property.
Vik (Traditional) - Iceland
Flúðir (Scenic) - Iceland
Close to three National Parks (Gullfoss, Geysire and Thingvellir), the Icelandair Hotel Flúðir is a comfortable hotel offering views of Midfell Mountain. All rooms have a patio with garden access.
Húsafell (Scenic) - Iceland
Hótel Húsafell is located in an area rich in history and extraordinary natural wonders.
Our guests rate us
11509 independent user reviews received during the past year.
18 March, 2019
Trip: Great trip with plenty of top notch sites. Very well organized with plenty of things to do.
Service: Great trip with plenty of sights. Very well organized with plenty of things to do.
17 March, 2019
Trip: Last 2 days need additional things to do rather than free time
Service: Great tour and tour director
05 March, 2019
Trip: Itinerary, very good, no complaints except for lack of free/down time to explore
Service: My vacation was a dynamic experience. The tour guide was very good and knowledgeable. The only concerns I had were our accommodations that were very isolated from the center of town, with poor shuttle services. Also, the lack of free time to explore on our own
04 March, 2019
Trip: Even if we wouldn't have seen the Northern Lights, the stops throughout the week were wonderful. Beautiful scenery.
Service: Our tour director was outstandingly organized. Her guests' comfortwas top of mind. She made our arrangements seamless when it came to lugage portage, transportation accessibility as well as well planned and spontaneous excursions.
02 March, 2019
Trip: Winter is the best time to visit Iceland. Less tourists beautiful scenery...
Service: Excellent service and attention by tour director and bus driver... all amenities first rate
23 February, 2019
Trip: great stops,waterfalls, museums, thermo plant, bread baking,tomatoes growing,pools fun.
Service: Great guide and driver did an excellent job. People friendly
23 February, 2019
Trip: Maybe too many waterfalls. Too much bus time
Service: Good Itinerary. Great hotels/restaurants.
14 January, 2019
Trip: Great trip. Loved all of the waterfalls.
Service: Tried to be accommodating. Unable to control weather, so not their fault.
12 January, 2019
Trip: Visited great exhibits and the blue lagoon.
Service: Great customer service! The guide was knowledgeable and well spoken. He had great stories to share and always appropriate commentary.
12 January, 2019
Trip: There were other opprtunities in the area of the Iceland tour such as Snaefellness that could have been included. The inclusions themselves were very good. Wonderful scenery- waterfalls, volcanoes and a geologically developing land. We were provided with maximim opportunity to see the Northern Lights too. Despite the weather more time in the Rift valley would have been better. As we were on a New Years Eve tour an opportunity for a significant NYE function was missed as we had left Reykjavik.
Service: Most things were well done. Better accommodation in Reykjavik should be a priority. The guide and driver were very helpfull and accommodating. The coach was a tad cramped. We would recommend Insight again.
12 January, 2019
Trip: Due to poor weather, a trip was cancelled and went to a museum.
Service: Our tour guide, Rob was excellent. One hotel was only average, rest were fine. Weather was poor- rained all the time, no fault of the tour!
01 December, 2018
Trip: Comfortable coach for the driving required. Professional driver who attended to all details. Safely operated our coach. Tour Director as previously mentioned. Accommodations. itinerary.
Service: Our Tour Director was simply first rate. Attentive to every detail. Courteous, informative, personable, knowledgeable.