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Iceland Circle Tour with Whale Watching
July 18 –26, 2015
$2659 Dbl Tpl $2569 Sgl +$750 (air not included in price)
Air currently at $799.00
Day 1,Sat Boston to ReykjavikOur flights depart Boston at 2:35 PM and arrive in
Reykjavik at 11:40 PM. Overnight Airport hotel
Day 2, SUN: LAND OF SAGAS, 170 km (105 miles)
After a Reykjavík city tour head north from Iceland’s capital to West Iceland where we are introduced to the Icelandic sagas in the settlement center in Borgarnes. The afternoon is filled with impressive natural spots: Deildartunguhver, one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe and Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into the river Hvítá. End the day with Icelandic history at the cultural site at Reykholt. Overnight is in West Iceland.
Day 3, MON: FROM WEST TO NORTH, 445 km (276 miles)
The day starts with climbing a volcano crater in an old lava field in West Iceland. Afterwards we travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland, and visit the beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city. We stop at Goðafoss, “the waterfall of the Gods,” before reaching our accommodation in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights.
Day 4, TUE: WHALE WATCHING, GEOLOGICAL WONDERS AND NATURE BATHS, 150 km (93 miles)
The day begins with a 3 hour whale watching cruise from Húsavík (weather permitting). We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile areas in the world so close to the Arctic Circle. The lake’s unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, pseudo craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds. We stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir and soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths.
Day 5, WED: FROM NORTH TO EAST, 330 km (205 miles)
We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð and seeing the impacts of volcanic activity at Krafla. Then we travel to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland, where we spend the night.
Day 6, THU: FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE, 460 km (285 miles)
It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon we see Vatnajökull - Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop for a boat ride amongst the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón. The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park.
Day 7, FRI: VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH, 340 km (211 miles)
Visit Skaftafell at Vatnajökull National Park, nestled below the glacier and Iceland’s highest mountain, the 2110 meter high Hvannadalshnjúkur. Cross the sandy desert of the south coast, and travel along mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík. Iceland’s past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Overnight in South Iceland.
Day 8, SAT: RING THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TO REYKJAVIK, 210 km (130 miles)
We see classics today. Start with a horse show that introduces the unique qualities of Iceland’s special breed. Golden Circle sights: follow Gullfoss, the beautiful double “Golden Falls”; the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur “the churn” spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park tops it off before returning to Reykjavík.
Day 9, Sun. transfer to the airport for 10:30 AM flight arriving back in boston at 12:00 Noon.
This tour has an average of 1-2 hours of walking each day, meaning several short walks of 10-30 minutes to see and explore the different nature and history sites. It is an easy tour for nearly everyone to participate in. This is not a hiking/walking tour.
The total mileage in 7 days is about 2.105 km (1.305 miles), which is an average of 300 km (187 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.
* Fosshotel Reykholt, West Iceland
* Fosshotel Húsavík, Northeast Iceland
* Hotel Hallormsstaður, East Iceland
* Hotel Skaftafell , Southeast Iceland
* Hotel Örk, Hveragerði, South Iceland
* Airport Hotel on arrival
* First class hotel in Reykjavik last night
* Round trip transfers Airport to Hotels
* 28 passenger tour bus Iceland
Meals: 6x breakfast and 6x dinner (3-course or buffet) from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day. Lunch stops are made at restaurants or café-shops en route. Dinner on Reykjavík nights not included.
Included on tour: Admission to Icelandic settlement center (day 1), Whale watching from Húsavík (day 3), Entrance fee & towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn (day 3), Boat tour at glacial lagoon (day 5), Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum (day 6) and Horse show in Friðheimar in South Iceland (day 7)
On tour: This tour gives you a good impression of the country life in Iceland, experiencing nature and culture, and we visit two national parks. This tour has an average of 1-2 hours of walking each day, meaning several short walks of 10-30 minutes to see and explore the different nature and history sites. It is an easy tour for nearly everyone to participate in. This is not a hiking/walking tour. Good walking boots are needed on all our tours, as well as waterproof clothing.