Scenic Iceland September 2019

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. We've also added some suggestions of culinary activities so you can sample delicious and intriguing Icelandic specialties along the way!

  • Estimated budget

    $3,800 per person*

  • Trip Type

    Private group, max 20 travelers

  • Duration

    8 Days, 7 Nights

  • Starting Location

    Reykjavik, Iceland

  • Final Destination

    Reykjavik, Iceland

Our Route

September 14: Arrive Reykjavik

You will be met by your guide in the arrival hall, who will take you to your private coach.  The route leads from Keflavik airport to the Blue Lagoon to enjoy a peaceful time.  It is a unique experience; a lagoon with pleasantly warm mineral-rich geothermal water in a middle of a black lava field.  The high natural levels of silica and minerals give the Lagoon its rich blue color.  A visit to the Blue Lagoon is invigorating whether one bathes there surrounded by snow in the middle of the winter or in the long summer daylight. Your day will then begin with City Sightseeing, from the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík, where more than a third of the Iceland's population lives. During this tour we will see the old town centre, the Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbour, the Pearl, the National Museum and Höfði house, the summit site of 1986. We drive past the city's Salmon River, an indication for Reykjavík´s low - pollution levels, and the Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum, which offers an interesting contrast to the modern buildings of the most recent part of Reykjavík. Drive continues past Reykjavik's largest outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur which is heated with water from natural hot springs under the city, the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark). The tour ends at the group’s hotel for a check-in. There’s no better way to get to grips with what Reykjavík has to offer in just a few hours.

Overnight in Reykjavík and dinner on own.

Nile Sunset

September 15: Exploding Geysers, Massive Waterfall, Puffin Colony & Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel.  Depart Reykjavík for South Iceland.  You will first view Iceland’s famous Gullfoss, or ‘Golden Falls’, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see numerous spouting hot springs and boiling mud pools.  Continue along the South Shore region, making a stop to admire Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls before arriving at Dyrhólaey* nature reserve.  Here you have a good chance of spotting puffin colonies and many other different seabirds. (Puffins are usually in Iceland between mid-May and early August.)  Conclude y our journey in the charming village of Vík, where you can take a walk on the beautiful black-sand beach with powerful waves thundering in the distance.

Overnight and dinner in Vík area.

September 16:  Lava Fields - Europe's Largest National Park - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Cross Eldhraun, an impressive lava flow. Eldhraun is the largest lava flow to have occurred on Earth in recorded history (1783 – 1783 AD). Make a stop in the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur and its green setting that contrasts with the surrounding lava fields and black-sand deserts. The tour continues over Skeiðarársandur volcanic sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area that is part of the vast Vatnajökull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon to see floating icebergs. You might also glimpse sunbathing seals on the ice. Enjoy a boat tour on the Lagoon, sailing among the majestic icebergs. Head to Höfn, enjoying magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe.

Overnight and dinner in Höfn area.

September 17: Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Collection of Minerals

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Höfn through Almannaskarð pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue for magnificent views of the East Fjords: towering mountains that plunge vertically into the sea. Visit Petra’s renowned collection of local stones and minerals. Here you can see a story told in stone about the East Fjords, one of Iceland’s most geologically ancient areas.

Overnight and dinner in Egilsstaðir area.

September 18: Highland Desert - Bizzare Lava Formations - Geothermal & Volcanic Activity - Rich Birdlife

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Möðrudalsöræfi as you head to the Lake Mývatn area. One of the first Mývatn sites you will visit is Námaskarð pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area, including the peculiar lava formations of Dimmuborgir, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, and the swift-flowing Laxá salmon river. One of the Mývatn area’s claims to fame is that it is home to more species of water fowl than any other place on Earth, as well as many other bird species. Travel towards the bustling northern port and town of Akureyri, making a stop at the magnificent Goðafoss waterfall. Akureyri is home to some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory.

Overnight in Akureyri and dinner on own.

September 19: Majestic Mountains - Fertile Farmlands - Viking Horses

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjörður, an area famous for horse breeding. Continue towards the village of Blönduós built on both sides of the river Blanda with Hrútey Island nature reserve located in this popular salmon river. Cross the Holtavörðuheiði plateau to reach Borgarfjörður, glimpsing a few volcanic craters along the way.

Overnight and dinner in Borgarfjörður area.

September 20: Picturesque Waterfalls - Europe's Most Powerful Hot Spring - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Breakfast at your hotel.  Explore the fertile region of Borgarfjörður, visiting the picturesque Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls as well as Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.  Travel on to Þingvellir National Park to explore the grounds of the ancient parliament site, Alþingi, on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Thingvellir also showcases the dramatic continental drift between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Overnight in Reykjavík and dinner on own.

September 21: Farewell to Iceland

With our tour coming to an end, enjoy a transfer to the Reykjavik airport for your return flight home.

Includes

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in Iceland with daily breakfast included

  • Airport meet and greet in Reykjavik upon arrival and return transfer to Reykjavik airport on departure day

  • Guided touring on group coach as described in itinerary

  • 5 dinners in countryside itinerary (outside of Reykjavik)

  • Boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon (Day 3)

  • Entrance to Petra stone collection (Day 4)

Excludes

  •  International and regional airfare not listed above or marked with an asterisk (*) on confirmation of services

  • Travel Insurance (quoted separately) to cover cancellation and curtailment, medical, baggage, money, and emergency evacuation back home.

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, gratuities, baggage handling, excess baggage fees, excess weight fees, communications charges, cost of passport or visa, airport departure taxes and airfares, any sightseeing, beverages or meals not included in the itinerary, optional activities.

  • Pricing based on double occupancy, single supplements apply