11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland

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11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland
Fosshotel Reykjavik Reykjavik
Reykjavík Natura Reykjavik
Storm Hotel Reykjavik
Hotel Stykkisholmur Stykkisholmur
Hotel Edda Akureyri Akureyri
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri Akureyri
Hotel Kea Akureyri
Hotel Laxa Myvatn
Hotel Höfn Höfn
Fosshotel Hekla Selfoss
Stracta Hotel Hella Hella

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Aug 31  (Sold Out) $4639* $3999
Sep 07  (Sold Out) $4189* $3789
Sep 14  (Sold Out) $4239* $3689
Sep 21  (Sold Out) $3999* $3479
Sep 28  (Sold Out) $3869* $3429

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 8 am on Day 2.

Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms are not available for this package.

Apr 12, May 25 & Jun 1 departures will be accommodated at the Storm Hotel on day 10.

May 4, 11, 18, Aug 31, Sep 7, 14 & 21 departures will be accommodated at the Fosshotel Reykjavik on day 10.

May 11, 18 & Jun 15 departures will be accommodated at the Fosshotel Reykjavik on days 2 & 3.

May 25 departure will be accommodated at the Storm Hotel on days 2 & 3.

Jun 1 departure will be accommodated at the Icelandair Hotel Akureyri in Akureyri.

Jun 15 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Edda Akureyri in Akureyri.

Aug 17 departure will be accommodated at the Hotel Laxa in the Lake Myvatn area instead of Akureyri.

Aug 17 departure will be accommodated at the Stracta Hotel Hella in Hella instead of Hvolsvöllur.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a good amount of ground each day. We can spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Some light hiking is required to access some sites. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking.

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DAY 1 - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2 - Arrive in Reykjavik, Morning City Sightseeing
Early morning arrival in Iceland, "Land of the Midnight Sun". Transfer from Keflavik airport to your hotel in Reykjavik. After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of the city. The tour traverses the old town center to the Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbor, the National Museum and the Höfdi House, site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met. The tour also includes a stop at Perlan, located on the Öskjuhlid hill, which offers a spectacular view over the capital area. Pass by the outdoor swimming pool heated by geothermal waters and a museum dedicated to the renowned sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson. Finally, visit the Saga Museum where you will learn about Iceland’s history through exhibits based on the legends of the Icelandic Sagas. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 - Reykjanes Peninsula, Blue Lagoon Tour
After breakfast, depart Reykjavik for the Álftanes Peninsula and pass Bessastaðir, the residence of the Icelandic President. Then on to the town of Hafnarfjörður, situated picturesquely on an ancient lava flow. Continue toward Lake Kleifarvatn, set in a stark moon-like surrounding. Near the lake’s southern end lies Krýsuvík with steam rising from numerous vents in the geothermal field. You can see innumerable small hot springs, mud pots, and boiling pools. After a drive through the town of Grindavik, you approach the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. Enjoy a refreshing bath or swim in the pleasantly warm water reputed for its healing properties. Return to your hotel in Reykjavik in the afternoon
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Snæfellsnes National Park, Stykkishólmur Harbor
Begin your journey into the countryside at the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula with its striking Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Jules Verne’s mysterious entrance to the center of the earth. In this thriving community with rich cultural diversity, view the coastline dotted with small villages and bustling harbors. Then, on to the expansive black sea shore of Djúpalónssandur and the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi, with its magnificent columnar basalt rock formations. At the Stykkishólmur harbor, opportunity to join the unique optional Breidafjördur Fjord Boat Tour, including bird watching and tastings of scallops fresh from the sea. Dinner at the hotel later this evening
Optional: Breidafjördur Fjord Boat Tour (PM)*
Overnight: Stykkishólmur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Akureyri, Botanical Gardens
Today, an early departure to Akureyri, cultural capital of the North, nestled at the head of Iceland’s greatest fjord, with stunning views of snow-capped peaks. An orientation tour familiarizes you with the city’s history as a trading center established in 1602. You can still see some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Enjoy a visit to the Botanical Gardens featuring specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants. Then, walk through the energetic center of the city with its lively cafes and handicraft shops
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 - Héðinsfjörður Tunnel, Siglufjörður in North Iceland
Travel through the Héðinsfjörður Tunnel to the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður, the nearest town to the Arctic Circle, clinging to a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland’s steep northernmost mountains. On the tour of the award-winning Herring Era Museum, you’re introduced to the history of the very important herring fishing industry. Sample traditional rye bread, local herring and also the famous iced Icelandic schnapps! Leisure time to explore Siglufjörður. Wander through the art galleries, cafes and shops. At the end of the day, return to Akureyri via the villages of Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss Waterfall, Dettifoss Waterfall, Natural Baths
Today head to lovely Lake Mývatn, with its crystal-blue waters, in one of Iceland’s prettiest areas, known for its geothermal activity. Stop at the majestic two-tiered Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. In this paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. After a day of traversing spectacular landscapes of craters, boiling mud pots, and geothermal hot springs shooting jets of hot water and steam into the air, see the pseudo craters at Skútustaði and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Then visit Dettifoss Waterfall, reputed to be the most powerful and largest in Europe. Located in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, this waterfall is so thunderous that it makes the surrounding rocks vibrate. The last stop of the day is at Myvatn Nature Baths,where you will have free time to relax, have lunch in the restaurant or perhaps join the optional tour to swim in the warm soothing waters
Optional: Myvatn Nature Baths (PM)
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 – Eastern Fjords, Icelandic Wartime Museum
Today will be a long but rewarding day of travel. Drive along the barren highlands with their moon-like landscape to the sprawling town of Egilsstaðir, center for local activity. Stop for lunch in town before proceeding south through the breathtaking scenery of the remote eastern fjords. In the afternoon, stop in Reyðarfjörður to visit the Icelandic Wartime Museum where you can travel back to the days of WWII and the military occupation here. The museum offers vivid insight into life during the war in Iceland and its effects on the Icelandic people. Tonight, arrive in the small fishing town of Höfn, dominated by large mountains, wide rivers and the ever-present and compelling Vatnajökull Glacier. Dinner together tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 - Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, South Shore, Hvolsvöllur
Discover the might of the Vatnajökull Glacier today, formed thousands of years ago, the largest glacier in all of Europe with several still-active volcanoes situated underneath the ice cap. Explore some of the glacier's many astonishing outlets, including Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon with its immense floating icebergs. Then visit Skaftafell National Park, a beautiful mountainous region on the edge of the Vatnajokull Glacier. This national park has been shaped by natural forces acting together to create a park of unmatched beauty as a result of glaciers and volcanoes slowly interacting over time. It's a perfect place to view the great contrasts between active volcanoes, mighty glaciers, powerful rivers and endless flat sandy plains. Watch the dramatic scenery of outwash plains and lava fields go by as you make your way to Dyrhólaey, a solitary cliff teeming with bird life and the grand Skógafoss Waterfall, rivaling Gullfoss as Iceland's most famous waterfall. Then, a fascinating visit to the Skogar Folk Museum to get a taste of how Icelanders lived in centuries past. Dinner and overnight stay in the Hvolsvöllur area
Overnight: Hvolsvöllur
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 - Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir, Thingvellir, Reykjavík
This morning, stand upon one of the globe's most geologically significant landscapes on the volcanic rift at the Strokkur Geyser, watch it erupt every few minutes spewing hot water high into the air. Marvel at the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls) with its 100 foot double cascade flowing into the Hvita River. From there, on to Thingvellir National Park, the nation's most historic area, where the world's oldest existing Parliament met in 930 AD, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then visit the Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm. Here, meet with young Icelanders who innovated a process for growing tomatoes in bumble-bee nurtured greenhouses. See the beautiful Icelandic Horses and watch them perform before continuing to Reykjavik. Evening at leisure to explore this energetic city on your own. Perhaps choose to dine in one of the world-class restaurants on traditional Icelandic fish, or visit a lively pub, stylish club or stop at a cozy cafe in the trendy harbor area
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 - Depart Iceland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

The optional Breidafjördur Fjord Boat Tour will not be available on the Apr 6, 12, 20, 27, May 4 & 11 departures.

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Featured Hotels

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Optional Tours

Join this nature and bird-watching tour for a unique perspective on Iceland, plus enjoy a special treat of fresh-caught shellfish at the end. Sail Breidafjördur Bay, navigating powerful tidal currents to discover the strangely shaped yet undeniably beautiful seascapes of the countless scenic isles. You will also have a chance to see some of Iceland's native birds, possibly including puffins, eider ducks, shags, and with some luck, even the majestic white-tailed eagle. This two-hour tour culminates with an opportunity to eat what might very well be the freshest seafood you'll ever have when the crew casts a small net-plough overboard to bring up delicious shellfish from the sea bed. All told, this tour offers a truly great opportunity for a bit of adventure mixed with an unparalleled culinary experience.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #4 15 May 2017 - 06 Oct 2017 $74.00
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The Nature Baths at Myvatn offers bathers a completely natural experience - a relaxing dip amidst clouds of steam and a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2.5 meters. The baths contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm, soothing waters of Myvatn Nature Baths are beneficial to skin and spirit alike, creating a sense of wellbeing and creating a lasting memory of your visit. Facilities include a reception area and cafeteria, changing rooms and showers for up to 120 guests, three natural steam baths accommodating up to 50 bathers at a time, and a 5000 square meter outdoor geothermal bathing pool maintained at a constant temperature of 38-40ºC.

Entrance fee and towel rental is included in the price.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #6 01 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017 $48.00
01 Sep 2017 - 05 Oct 2017 $43.00
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