Iceland

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Reykjavík

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Goðafoss

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Gullfoss

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Geysir

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Mývatn

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8 Days Reykjavík to Reykjavík. Group Rates on Request

With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this comprehensive tour highlights the natural wonders, the majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. This is a classic circle tour that provides the perfect combination of culture and nature.

These are simply ideas to inspire you. This is just a suggested itinerary and you can switch it up any way you want, more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your clients’ interests.  You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you. Contact them at 1-855-220-6450, or simply complete the group request form, press send, and we’ll get back to you with your proposal.

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Scenic Iceland

DAY 1 ARRIVE REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND: Welcome greet at Keflavík airport. Drive to Reykjavík for check-in at the accommodation. Overnight stay in Reykjavík for the next two nights. Optional: Dinner at the historic site of Viðeyjarstofa.

Culinary Ideas:
Enjoy ”Local in Focal”, an after-noon hands-on cooking lesson, where you learn about Iceland’s unique culinary culture and New Nordic cuisine using fresh, Icelandic ingredients given by skilled professionals at Salt Kitchen (must be pre-booked).

Pop by Café Loki – a cute little family run restaurant/café located just across Hallgrimskirkja church in the center of Reykjavik offering a beautiful view across the city. The restaurant’s cuisine is inspired by traditional Icelandic recipes passed on from one generation to the next. Café Loki offers a variety of combination platters so you can taste all of the best food that Iceland has to offer.

DAY 2 REYKJAVÍK / GEYSIR / GULLFOSS / SKÓGAR / VÍK:  We travel to Iceland’s famous Gullfoss, or ‘Golden Falls’, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir , and numerous hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continuing along the south shore we stop to admire Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls before continuing to Dyrhólaey* nature reserve. We conclude our journey in the charming village of Vík. Dinner and overnight stay in the Vík area. (B/D)

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, middle May til June 23rd

Culinary Ideas:
Visit Fontana café where you can enjoy a taste of rye bread baked underground using geothermal heat.

Efstidalur II is a traditional cattle farm. The new restaurant, located on top of the old barn, offers local beef, local vegetables, as well as homemade dairy products such as ice cream, feta cheese and “skyr”.

DAY 3 VÍK / SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK / JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIAL LAGOON / HÖFN: Cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth, before reaching the small town Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent.  The tour continues over Skeiðarársandur sands to Skaftafell National Park.  Continue to the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs and curious seals. Enjoy a boat tour on the Lagoon, sailing among the majestic icebergs. Throughout the day we are afforded magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. Dinner and overnight stay in the Höfn area. (B/D)

Culinary Ideas: 
Here you have the oppurtunity to taste fresh trout caught in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area or enjoy Icelandic liquor served over glacial ice at Jökulsárlón.  The town of Höfn is known for it´s North Atlantic lobster, you can feast at the Lobster Harbor restaurant and relish in Icelandic gastronomy.

DAY 4 HÖFN / EAST FJORDS / EGILSSTAðIR: We drive from Höfn through Almannaskarð pass, stop and admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords.  Explore Petra’s renowned collection of local stones and minerals. Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstaðir area. (B/D)

Optional:  Visit to Maritime Museumin Fáskrúðsfjörður. Visit to the Icelandic Wartime Museum in Reyðarfjörður.

DAY 5 EGILSSTAðIR / LAKE MÝVATN AREA / AKUREYRI: Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Möðrudalsöræfi, heading to the Lake Mývatn area.  Visit Námaskarð pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area, including the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and Laxá salmon river. One of Mývatn area’s claims to fame is that it is home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth, with very diverse birdlife in general. Travel towards the bustling northern port of Akureyri making a stop at the magnificent Goðafoss waterfall.  Akureyri has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Dinner and overnight in the Akureyri area. (B/D)

DAY 6 AKUREYRI / SKAGAFJÖRðUR / BORGARFJÖRðUR: Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjörður, area famous for horse breeding.  On this day we will be given an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse that has a special fifth gait – the tölt. Towards the village of Blönduós built on both sides of the river Blanda with Hrútey Island a protected nature reserve located in this popular salmon river.  Cross the Holtavörðuheiði plateau to reach Borgarfjörður. Dinner and overnight in the Borgarfjörður area. (B/D)

Culinary Ideas:
Go local and stop for a traditional Icelandic coffee break at the cosy coffee-house Hlaðan, located right next to the Hvammstangi harbour.  Relish in fresh homebaked Icelandic pastries in a warm and inviting atmosphere.

DAY 7 BORGARFJÖRðUR / ÞINGVELLIR / REYKJAVÍK: We explore the fertile region of Borgarfjörður, visit the picturesque Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls and see Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. We travel on to Þingvellir National Park to explore the grounds of the ancient parliament site, Alþingi, on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Here we see the dramatic continental drift between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. We continue to Reykjavík. Overnight in Reykjavík. (B)

Optional:  Afternoon or evening whale watching tour from Reykjavík.

DAY 8 DEPARTURE: Transfer to Keflavík Airport for the return flight. (B)

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Please Call 1-855-220-6450 for Group Rates on this Custom Group Journey

Operates all-year. Since this is just a suggested itinerary you can switch it up any way you want, more or less meals, different cities and/or sightseeing based on your clients’ interests.  You name it, our expert group specialist professionals will put it together for you. Contact them at 1-855-220-6450, or simply complete the group request form, press send, and we’ll get back to you with your proposal.

Please Note: Luxury Custom Group bookings may require additional deposits which in some cases may be non-refundable.

Additional Information: * Above are Land Start Dates in Reykjavík. Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Above dates represent “land start” date.  Air: Please note that airfares are not included in the prices above. Journeys Connect can quote you the lowest possible GROUP airfare available on the day that you book. Single Room Supplement: On Request.  Triple Room Reduction: On Request.

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Inclusions

  • Private group airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 8
  • Twin-bedded rooms in 4-Star hotels; hotel taxes, service charges and baggage handling
  • 7 breakfast
  • 5 Dinners
  • Services of English-speaking local travel experts
  • Transfers by luxury coach
  • Sightseeing, special features and scenic highlights as indicated in the itinerary, including admission charges
  • Portfolio of travel documents
Group Discounts
On custom journeys, discounts vary depending on group requirements. Typically, travel with a group of 20 and the 21st traveler receives a 100% discount* off the land portion of the vacation price. A second traveler receives a 100% discount* off the land on a group of 40 paying passengers

Per person prices are land only and based on two people sharing a room. Above dates represent “land start” date. Air: Please note that International airfares are not included in the prices above. Journeys Connect can quote you the lowest possible GROUP airfare available on the day that you book. Minimum of 10 seats from same gateway. Less than 10 air seats will require full payment at time of booking. Single Room Supplement: On Request. Triple Room Reduction: On Request. Group discounts cannot be combined with our Triple Room discounts. Not valid on Specialty, Customized Vacations or River Cruises, optional extensions, extra nights, airfares, taxes and fees, flight supplements, or airport transfers. Other restrictions may apply. All passengers’ names must be advised before the discount is applied. *Group discount is on a twin-share basis only.