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Natural Wonders of Iceland

Operated by: Insight Vacations

9 Days
APR - OCT 2023
Natural Wonders Of Iceland

Countries Visited

Iceland ...more Iceland

Locations Visited

Reykjavik, Hellisheidavirkjun, Gullfoss Falls, Vik, Skaftafell, Lake Jokulsarlon, Hofn, Egilsstadir, Lake Myvatn, Húsavík, Akureyri, Hvammstangi, Borgarnes, Snaefellsjokull, Thingvellir National Park ...more Reykjavik, Hellisheidavirkjun, Gullfoss Falls, Vik, Skaftafell, Lake Jokulsarlon, Hofn, Egilsstadir, Lake Myvatn, Húsavík, Akureyri, Hvammstangi, Borgarnes, Snaefellsjokull, Thingvellir National Park
  1. Day 1 The Smoky Bay of Reykjavík

    Welcome to Iceland. On arrival at Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel on your complimentary Insight shuttle operated by Gray Line. Join your Travel Director and travel companions at 18:15 for a Welcome Drink served with canapés.

    hotel Fosshotel Reykjavík.
  2. Day 2 Hot Springs, Waterfalls and Vík

    Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, heading east to visit Iceland’s newest geothermal and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Later, explore a local farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes. Meet the family to learn about Icelandic horticulture and growing the tastiest tomatoes. Continue to the hot springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss waterfalls, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. In the afternoon, visit the majestic south coast waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before continuing to your hotel in Vik.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hótel Kría, Vik.
  3. Day 3 By Glaciers and Icebergs to Höfn

    Travel along the southern coast of Iceland, beside the black sand beaches and basalt rock formations.Continue through the National Park at Skaftafell and see the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull.Travel on to the luminous blue icebergs of Lake Jökulsárlón, the highlight of the day. This dramatic setting was featured in two James Bond films.Arrive in the small harbour town of Höfn, an active lobster fishing hub. From here, your Travel Director will lead a short orientation.Dine at your hotel's restaurant tonight and experience what the local produce has to offer.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hótel Höfn.
  4. Day 4 Eastern Fjords to Egilsstaðir Relaxed Start

    Explore yet another face of Iceland, as you drive through narrow fjords surrounded by steep cliffs and past small fishing villages. Catch a glimpse of Papey Island, once the home of Gaelic monks who settled here before the arrival of the Vikings. Continue to the lakeside town of Egilsstaðir where upon arrival relax in the untouched nature at Iceland’s only geothermal floating pools. Vök Baths harnesses the natural geothermal power of the area to create a unique bathing experience with amazing views of the Lake Urriðavatn. The architecture of the hot springs are designed to complement the unspoiled beauty of the Icelandic environment. Continue onto your hotel for an included dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Icelandair Hotel Herad, Egilsstadir.
  5. Day 5 By Desert, Lakes and Divine Waterfalls to Akureyri

    Continue on to the beautiful Lake Mývatn and explore a wide spectrum of geological formations and the concentrated geothermal activity produces mud pools and spectacular-coloured deposits. Continue to the charming fishing village of Husavik for free time to explore this whale watching capital of Iceland. Perhaps embark on an optional whale watching experience (available during whale season) or explore The Whale Walk in the Husavik whale museum. This evening is at your leisure in Akureyri to relax or explore.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hotel Kea, Akureyri.
  6. Day 6 From the Capital of the North to Borgarnes Relaxed Start

    Enjoy an orientation of Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland, first established as a trading centre in 1602. Travel past mountains, waterfalls, and green coastal regions. Later, continue on to the southwest coast of Borgarnes. This evening consider joining the optional experience to one of the oldest houses in Borgarnes and enjoy dinner at The Settlement Centre restaurant which is home to an exhibition telling the story of The Settlement Era in Iceland.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borganes.
  7. Day 7 Exploring Snæfellsjökull National Park

    Travel along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Snæfellsjökull National Park, known as the Jewel of West Iceland and home to the country’s most famous volcano. See the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. En route, admire the impressive landscapes of Búðir, offering a mixture of sandy hills, black lava fields and a yellow beach. Next, take a stroll along the sea cliffs of Arnastapi with its unique column rock formations and take in the beautiful scenery.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borganes.
  8. Day 8 Thingvellir and on to Reykjavík

    Journey south to Thingvellir. This remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Explore Reykjavik with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Perlan Museum with the Wonders of Iceland one of a kind exhibition to experience Iceland´s natural beauty. Alternatively, experience the magic of Iceland on an exhilarating flight-ride at FlyOver to see incredible scenery from sweeping glaciers to stunning fjords. This afternoon you may decide to visit the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon on our optional experience. Round off your journey through one of the world's most naturally beautiful places with a delicious Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Fosshotel Reykjavík.
  9. Day 9 Farewell Reykjavík

    Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end, with a transfer to Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport.

    meals Breakfast
Natural Wonders of Iceland Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Dining Summary

  • 8 Breakfast (B)
  • 4 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Dinner with Wine (DW)

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Reykjavik: Experience the magic of Iceland on an exhilarating flight-ride at FlyOver. This seated ride combines state-of-the art technology and special effects to show you Iceland's spectacular scenery, it really feels like you are flying!
  • Reykjavik: Experience the natural wonders of Iceland on a visit to the Perlan Museum. Learn about glaciers, volcanoes and the Northern Lights through interactive displays.

Additional Included Highlights

  • : Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • : We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • : From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • : Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • : If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

  • Reykjavik: This evening, delight in a delicious Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant where you round off your journey through one of the world's most naturally beautiful places.

Insight Experiences

  • Fridheimar: Explore a local farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes. Meet the family to learn about Icelandic horticulture and growing the tastiest tomatoes, all the while respecting the surrounding nature.

Make Travel Matter

  • Hellisheidavirkjun: Visit Iceland's newest geothermal heat and electric power station in Hellisheidi, the second largest of its kind in the world. During this Make Travel Matter experience learn why Hellisheidavirkjun is a world leader in the utilisation of geothermal energy. The Power Plant has helped Iceland achieve 70% of the country's energy consumption through renewable energy sources. Hellisheidavirkjun Power Plant, advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Gullfoss Falls: The spectacular two-tiered waterfall, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara falls, drops a total of 32 metres, while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.
  • Skogafoss: Admire the majestic beauty of these two impressive waterfalls.
  • Vik: Enjoy an orientation of Vik, Iceland's seafront village home to black pebble beaches and offshore rock formations.
  • Skaftafell: Visit the amazing alpine setting of the National Park and experience the might of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier.
  • Lake Jokulsarlon: See the setting for the James Bond film 'Die Another Day'.
  • Hofn: Your Travel Director takes you on a short orientation through this seaside village.
  • Egilsstadir: Visit this lakeside town, the largest on Iceland's East Coast.
  • : Experience the age-old Icelandic tradition of bathing in a natural geothermal pool. Indulge your muscles and mind in the country's only floating infinity pools. Or try the onshore hotel pools, sauna and the cold-water spray tunnel.
  • Lake Myvatn: Traverse spectacular landscapes of craters, boiling mud pots and geothermal hot springs shooting jets of hot water and steam into the air, at this renowned bird-watching site.
  • Akureyri: Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of the capital of northern Iceland, established in 1602.
  • Borgarnes: Enjoy an orientation of Borganes, located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður coastal region.
  • Snaefellsjokull National Park: Enjoy a fascinating exploration of this magnificent park, home to lava formations, waterfalls and the most famous volcano in Iceland.
  • Arnarstapi: Walk the sea-cliff and admire the rock formations.
  • Thingvellir National Park: The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site in the country, as the meeting place of the Althing, the world's oldest parliament that was founded in A.D. 930.
  • Reykjavik: Experience the magic of Iceland on an exhilarating flight-ride at FlyOver. This seated ride combines state-of-the art technology and special effects to show you Iceland's spectacular scenery, it really feels like you are flying!
  • Reykjavik: Experience the natural wonders of Iceland on a visit to the Perlan Museum. Learn about glaciers, volcanoes and the Northern Lights through interactive displays.

Well-being

  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.

Dates & Prices

Thank you for your interest in this tour. If no dates are displaying, please call our reservations line at 1-877-622-9109 for more information

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Hofn

Available on Day 3

Glacier Lagoon

This is an exciting boat trip on the lagoon. During the excursion you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. On the boat you get to taste the 1000 year old ice and if you are lucky you might even see some seals.
Adult Price: € 49

Egilsstadir

Available on Day 4

Vok Baths Geothermal Floating Pools Experience

Spend your afternoon relaxing in untouched nature at Iceland’s only geothermal floating pools. Vök Baths harnesses the natural geothermal power of the area to create a unique bathing experience with amazing views of the Lake Urriðavatn. The architecture of the hot springs are designed to complement the unspoiled beauty of the Icelandic environment. Entrance, towel rental and a hotel transfer are included.
Adult Price: € 57

Akureyri

Available on Day 5

Whale Watching

Enjoy a boat tour that will take you searching for whales through a dramatic mosaic of stunning landscapes and beautiful coastlines. This relaxed cruise takes you into Eyjafjörður looking for humpbacks, minke whales and harbour porpoises with commentary from knowledgeable guides.
Adult Price: € 91
Note: Due to seasonal operating times and weather conditions this optional will not always be available. Please check with your Travel Director at the beginning of the trip.

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Stephen Raymond
Monday, August 8, 2022
Service
Our tour run by Maja was well done from start to finish. Many interesting sites to see and the professionalism of Maja made everything very pleasant. Fellow travelers were very nice as well. Hemmi our driver was a very good driver as well as providing extra knowledge about Iceland. Will be traveling with Insight again very soon.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip to Iceland. It's such a fascinating country! We would love to help you plan your next adventure when you are ready to travel again. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We truly appreciate your kind words. Happy Travels!
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Vacation
Very pleased with our travel experience start to finish including the booking group.
Trusted Customer
Friday, June 3, 2022
Service
They were always courteous and helpful; the delivery of our final travel documents was delayed until just a few days before our trip, but I understand why.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy you enjoyed your Natural Wonders of Iceland tour, and we hope you made lifelong memories during your vacation. Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate it!
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Vacation
Iceland was a very interesting place to visit and we had no complaints with our itinerary or guide.
Trusted Customer
Monday, May 30, 2022
Service
This was the second trip my wife and I have used GET. Both have been very good, this trip to Iceland was tops.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like your trip to Iceland was magical! We are so glad you enjoyed it. We very much appreciate your repeat business and your glowing review. Please think of us again if you are planning another trip. We'd love to help you make more memories!
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Vacation
Tour leader Magdi and driver Polley were excellent. We were on the go, but I never felt rushed. Accommodations and meals were very good. It would be impossible to see all of Iceland's scenic wonders in one trip, but we sure saw a lot of the beauty of the islamd.
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Service
Staff was very helpful and when we had questions and concerns about Covid, they were informative and reassuring.
Vacation
The Natural Wonders of Iceland tour could not have been better...it was awesome! Special kudos to Zsofi, our tour leader, who had knowledge, enthusiasm, was organized, attentive, and just plain great! Kudos also to our health coordinator, Sabrina, who made us feel safe and was a hoot to be around! Our driver, Karl, was amazing throughout and we had confidence in him as we traversed numerous one-lane bridges! The places of interest were gorgeous (so many waterfalls!), pacing was good, the coach was comfortable, hotels super, and meals were delicious. Everything went so smoothly. You could not have improved upon this tour, so thank you!!!!
Erna Prieto
Monday, August 23, 2021
Service
Very satisfied with my booking experience with Dave. He did an excellent job and he needs a raise 😀😀😀. Will not hesitate to recommend Grand European Ttavel to my friends and others. We enjoyed every minute of our tour of the natural wonders of Iceland. Thank you.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience about your trip and the lovely comments about booking with Dave. We will be sure to share them with him.
Friday, August 27, 2021
Vacation
Enjoyed every minute of it -from the different falls,glaciers,geysers,lava fields,icebergs whale watching (would be great if the boat was closer to the whales),black sandy beaches, tectonic plates,the icelandic culture,food and the delicious dinner. Hats off to Lana Armstrong,travel director,Big G,driver and the wellness director Eva for making our trip enjoyable and hassle free. Thanks a lot.
Samuel Burstein
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
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I have used GET for a number of years and they have never failed to provide accurate information concerning tours from all the companies they represent. Service is rapid, questions always answered and pricing issues accurate. They did especially well during Covid when several of my tours were postponed. Special thanks to Alyssa Rucker who has handled a number of tours I’ve been on expertly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and for sticking with us through a difficult 18 months while navigating the pandemic. We are so glad you were finally able to enjoy this trip and we will share your comments with Alyssa who will be thrilled to see them.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Vacation
This tour was led by a fantastic tour director Lana Armstrong, one of the most knowledgeable directors of tours I have taken. The country is beautiful, the sights visited were all terrific and the hotels chosen were fine.
Shirley Burkard
Monday, June 12, 2017
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