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Duration: 7 days Visiting: Iceland
The Viking City of Reykjavík.
Welcome to Iceland. At Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport, transfers depart for your hotel at 08:00 and 16:30. Join your Travel Director and travelling companions at 18:15 for your Welcome Dinner and enjoy the opportunity to get to know each other over a pleasant evening of good food and wine. Afterwards, search for the most spectacular show on earth - the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. See the breathtaking night sky filled with an array of different colours. Please note: The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings cannot be guaranteed.
South Shore Adventure to Vík.
Take a journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland's south coast to visit its newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Travel to the modern Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur. Opened in 2017, it is dedicated to Iceland's riveting volcanic activity and earthquakes. Your journey continues as you 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.
Embark on a day of discovery around Iceland's Golden Circle, taking in some of the famous landmarks this magical country has to offer. In Fontana, visit a geothermal bakery to sample the delicious rye bread, dug hot from the ground and served with butter. 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. Explore 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 and watch nature's theatre unfold.
Thingvellir, Borgarnes and Húsafell.
Continue to Thingvellir, a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site that lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge line, where the American and European tectonic plates meet. The first meeting of the Icelandic parliament was held here in A.D. 930. In Borgarnes, learn about Iceland's history with a fascinating visit to the Icelandic Settlement Centre. Your travels continue to Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring. Journey along the trail of Viking warrior and poet Egill Skallagrímsson and stop at Reykholt for an orientation with your Travel Director. Enjoy views of the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls as you drive through glorious landscapes.
Journey back to the capital of Reykjavík, where sightseeing shows you Old Reykjavík, the 19th century parliament building and Höfði House. In 1986, US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev met here for the famous Reykjavík Summit. Continue to see the colourful harbour and the modern, landmark church, the Hallgrímskirkja, which can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. The afternoon is at leisure.
The Blue Lagoon.
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 newfound 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 23.00
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 72.00
Reykjavík (Traditional) - Iceland
Icelandair Hotel Natura, Reykjavík.
Vik (Traditional) - Iceland
Flúðir (Traditional) - Iceland
Húsafell (Scenic) - Iceland
Hótel Húsafell is located in an area rich in history and extraordinary natural wonders.
Our guests rate us
11520 independent user reviews received during the past year.
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.
01 December, 2018
Trip: In addition to the above comments, I would say going to the Blue Lagoon was the highlight of the trip.
Service: The 7 day trip was the right amount of time for touring the Golden Circle. The hotels were nice and the guides at the facilities we toured were excellent. Our tour guide was exceptional. We travel quite a bit and she was one of the best we've ever had. She made the trip so enjoyable and has a wealth of information about Iceland. There was not a question she could not answer.
01 December, 2018
Trip: Varied itinerary was extremely interesting
Service: Answered question when asked
22 November, 2018
Trip: It was everything I hoped for in a tour: wonderful people , great food and an exciting culture.
Service: Our tour guide Susie and driver were both amazing! Susie made the most of every opportunity to make the trip fun! We got history and culture at every turn. I have recommended the tour to all my friends and will continue to do so! The hotels were well chosen.
19 November, 2018
Trip: So much packed in to the tour. We were on the winter itinerary and only did the south of the island, but we saw so much and travelled extensively through the Golden Circle.
Service: Our tour director Susie is an amazing young woman and looked after everyone's needs on the trip. She goes above and beyond her job description. Our bus driver Hrapn (apologies of his name is misspelt) was always there waiting for us and delivered us door to door, even reversing the bus so we could get straight off into the reception instead of walking around the bus - extremely thoughtful
17 November, 2018
Trip: The country itself in 5 stars. The tour locations could not have been better.
Service: Everything was done well. I would recommend them completely.
17 November, 2018
Trip: Gave great insight needed to appreciate the diversity, the depth of history, and the natural beauty of this land.
Service: Very thorough and fun tour of Iceland. Would gladly tour with them again/
17 November, 2018
Trip: Enjoyed the entire experience and definitely getting to see the northern lights. A fantastic experience. The walking tour guide in Reykjavík was excellent. Tour guide and the bus driver made the experience wonderful for all of us.
Service: Tour guide was awesome. She was very customer driven - making certain each of guests enjoyed our experiences in Iceland.