Iceland Complete 10
Days(2024)

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival
Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, the guide will meet your group on the evening of Day 1 according to the standard “Iceland Complete” itinerary.

If you cannot make the information meeting on Day 1 you will meet your guide on Day 2 in the lobby of your hotel in the morning. Please check the “Services” section in your travel documents to see how to meet your guide at the start of the tour.

Arrival at Keflavik airport. Transfers to your hotel in Reykjavik.

If you arrive earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We’d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It’s a great way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It’s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.

Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

Please note that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.


Day 2: Thingvellir National Park – Geysir – Gullfoss
Approximate Distance:
205 km / 127 miles
National Park with Geological Wonders – Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide and start your Iceland adventure!

After a quick introductory of our home city of Reykjavik, head to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world’s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. You will have the unusual experience of walking between two continents!

Next on your journey is Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall”, where various walking paths give you photo-worthy views of the beautiful double-ledged cascade. You’ll also visit the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools.

During the day you’ll get a glimpse into Icelandic local life. Visit an Icelandic family farm where tomatoes are grown using organic geothermal energy. Tour the greenhouse and sample some of the farm’s sweet Icelandic tomatoes.

The day ends in Hveragerdi, a pretty town located in an active geothermal area. The locals have made clever use of underground hot springs to provide heat for homes, as well as greenhouses that grow flowers, fruits and vegetables.

Dinner and overnight in the Hveragerdi area.


Day 3: Thjorsardalur Valley – Skogar – Dyrholaey – Vik
Approximate Distance:
295 km / 183 miles
Volcanic Valley – Waterfall Duo – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore enchanting Thjorsardalur valley and its ever-changing landscapes of birch woods, sandy lava fields, rivers, and waterfalls. If the skies are clear, you’ll also see the impressive and beautiful Mt. Hekla volcano towering over the region. Visit Stong, where you can view a replica of a Viking-age longhouse that was buried by a volcanic eruption of Hekla. The area was a filming location for Game of Thrones Season 4.

Drive along the scenic farmlands of Iceland’s South Shore. Stop to admire the scenic waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Each waterfall has its own charm. Continue to Dyrholaey* and the thundering waves of the Reynisfjara black sand beaches. End the day in Vik, Iceland’s southernmost town.

Dinner and overnight in the Vik area.

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed for the bird nesting season between mid-May and the 25th of June.

Day 4: Vatnajokull National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Hofn
Approximate Distance:
285 km / 177 miles
Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! You’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east. Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy the views of rich green landscapes and black sands dominated by several magnificent glaciers. You’ll also see Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial “tongues” that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull.

Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you’ll enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. You also have the option of enjoying a boat tour amid the ice bergs (must be booked in advance). Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, named for the shrinking icebergs that settle on the black sands before drifting out to sea.

Your overnight is in Hofn, a fishing port in the shadow of Vatnajokull glacier. Dinner is on your own. Hofn has a nice selection of restaurants and cafes. The local specialty is langoustines (Norway lobsters).

Overnight in Hofn.

Optional Tour- You MUST book and pay for this tour in advance to ensure a spot for you on the tour. Let us know if you want to take this tour during the booking process. Day 4: Amphibian Boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon – Sail among the drifting icebergs to see them from a different angle | Duration: 30 mins | Includes: Guided tour on amphibian boat


Day 5: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir
Approximate Distance:
260 km / 162 miles
Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Local Microbrewery

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. We’re sure you’ll love the amazing views, so keep your camera ready. You will also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. One of these is the tiny village of Breiddalsvik. Your group will visit the Beljandi Microbrewery and sample some of the wonderful beer. The local community came together in 2017 to transform a rustic warehouse into a charmingly quirky brewery. You’ll meet one of the townsfolk and get a feel for life in a small Icelandic town, as well as see how great beer is made.

The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.


Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area
Approximate Distance:
255 km / 158 miles
Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Wonderland

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi, desolate and yet hauntingly beautiful, as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. Your route takes you by a historical Modrusalsoraefi; it is located at the highest altitude of any working farm in Iceland. Stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to the Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. We often feel like we are visiting another planet when we come here, and you may the same way. It’s such a surreal experience!

Walk along the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and peek into Grjotagja, a cave with underground hot springs. Explore the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. They look as if they were built by fantasy creatures. Legend has it that elves live here, so be respectful during your visit.

You’ll definitely see why the surreal Myvatn area has become so popular as a movie location.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area


Day 7: Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri – Siglufjordur – Skagafjordur
Approximate Distance:
245 km / 152 miles
“Waterfall of the Gods” – The Beautiful Troll Peninsula – Historical Museum

Breakfast at your hotel. Start your day’s adventure with a visit to magnificent Godafoss waterfall, one of North Iceland’s most important symbols. Afterwards, you’ll see Akureyri, the colorful northern “capital“ of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur fjord. After spending some free time in Akureyri, you’ll continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. You’ll surely be amazed at the steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and its black sand coastline.

Stop in Siglufjordur, a town with some of the country’s most beautiful timber buildings. Visit the town’s award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a frontier-like boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. The museum will transport you back to that exciting time.

Head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to your overnight in Skagafjordur, a scenic region full of historical sites and folk tales.

Dinner and overnight in Northwest Iceland.


Day 8: Skagafjordur – Borgarnes
Approximate Distance:
335 km / 208 miles
Viking Horse Demonstration – Europe’s Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls

Breakfast at your hotel. Icelanders consider the Skagafjordur area to be one of the country’s finest places for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait – the tolt. This horse breed has remained unchanged since Viking times.

Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau taking you into West Iceland. Drive through Borgarfjordur, a region that has been getting international recognition for its lovely volcanic and wooded scenery and for its Viking history. Walk up to the top of Grabrok crater for an amazing view. Listen to the powerful rushing waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s mightiest hot spring area. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, where brightly blue water rushes through black lava formations. Nearby is Barnafoss, a waterfall with even more brilliantly blue colors. There is an interesting and poignant legend associated with this waterfall.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Borgarfjordur area.


Day 9: Borgarfjordur – Snaefellsjokull National Park – Reykjavik
Approximate Distance:
405 km / 252 miles
Snaefellsjokull Glacier – Pebble Beaches – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Quaint Fishing Villages

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will explore the amazing variety of natural landscapes in Snaefellsjokull National Park. The park’s crown jewel is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself, which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. In addition, you’ll also see Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi, you can observe magnificent basalt rocks in stacked formations.

One Icelandic Saga mentions that Snaefellsnes and its people are protected by a benevolent half troll who lives high on the glacier. You might even find a sense of magic and healing energy in this beautiful peninsula.

At the end of the afternoon, your journey leads back to Reykjavik. Your guide will bid you farewell at your hotel.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.


Day 10: Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice
Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning flight. Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight. The airport transfer is included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant trip back to your homeland and hope to see you in Iceland again!

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DATES/PRICING/ACCOMMODATIONS

2024
Max grp. Size 36
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
May 07 - May 16 CAD 5,880 CAD 7,940
Jun 11 - Jun 20 CAD 7,270 CAD 10,400
Jul 02 - Jul 11 CAD 7,270 CAD 10,400
Jul 16 - Jul 25 CAD 7,270 CAD 10,400
Jul 30 - Aug 08 CAD 7,270 CAD 10,400
Aug 20 - Aug 29 CAD 7,270 CAD 10,400
Sep 17 - Sep 26 CAD 6,945 CAD 9,915
2024
Max grp. Size 16
Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ
Apr 30 - May 09 CAD 7,205 CAD 9,505
May 21 - May 30 CAD 7,205 CAD 9,505
Jun 04 - Jun 13 CAD 8,475 CAD 11,615
Jun 18 - Jun 27 CAD 8,475 CAD 11,615
Jun 25 - Jul 04 Sold Out
Jul 09 - Jul 18 CAD 8,475 CAD 11,615
Jul 23 - Aug 01 CAD 8,475 CAD 11,615
Aug 06 - Aug 15 CAD 8,475 CAD 11,615
Aug 13 - Aug 22 CAD 8,475 CAD 11,615
Aug 27 - Sep 05 CAD 8,475 CAD 11,615
Sep 10 - Sep 19 CAD 8,175 CAD 11,205
Sep 24 - Oct 03 CAD 8,175 CAD 11,205
Hotels:
Day 1 – Berjaya Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Day 2 – Hotel Ork
Day 3 – Hotel Vik
Day 4 – Hotel Hofn
Day 5 – Hotel Hallormsstadur
Day 6 – Fosshotel Myvatn or Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
Day 7 – Hofsstadir Country Hotel or Hotel Mikligarður
Day 8 – Fosshotel Reykholt or Hotel Hamar
Day 9 – Berjaya Hotel Reykjavik Natura
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INCLUSIONS

Inclusions:

  • 5 two-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside (main course and dessert) or buffet dinners, including coffee/tea, excluding days 4 and 7
  • Visit to Fridheimar Geothermal Greenhouse (day 2)
  • Visit to the excavated Stong Viking-age longhouse (day 3)
  • Microbrewery visit and beer tasting in Breiddalsvik (day 5)
  • Entrance to the Herring Era Maritime Museum (day 7) (Not included in Summer 2024 departures)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 8)
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
  • Summer 2024 departures: Visit to Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum (Day 9)

Exclusions:

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and
    16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under “Included”

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