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Ultimate Iceland

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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $6,233 per person

Roam through desolate landscapes and extraordinary natural wonders following in the footsteps of mighty Viking explorers. Iceland is a wonderland of fjords and waterfalls, geysers and glaciers. Explore the quirky capital, Reykjavik, cross the largest mass of lava to have ever flowed on the face of the earth and bathe in the healing waters of the geothermal Blue Lagoon.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Delve into a mythical land forged by fire and ice. Our epic journey through lush lava fields and the windswept landscapes of Iceland begins in the quirky capital of Reykjavik. On arrival at Keflavik Airport transfers will operate at 8 am and 4.30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Spend time exploring Iceland's Viking heritage and admire the beautiful natural backdrop before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Grand
  3. We leave the capital, journeying through Iceland's volcanic landscapes to Thingvellir National Park where we will see first-hand how the movements of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates have carved into the earth's crust. Visit the world-famous hot spring area of Geyser and see Strokkur shoot a spectacular plume of water and steam high into the air. Our next stop is the 'Golden Waterfall' of Gullfoss, saved at the turn of the last century by the tenacity of a farmer's daughter who threatened to throw herself into its depths if it was developed for hydroelectric power. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before arriving in the Vík area for dinner.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Katla
  4. This morning, we cross the vast expanse of Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth, before reaching Skaftafell National Park. See the largest glacier in Iceland, the Vatnajökull, before continuing to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, for magnificent views of the ice cap and drifting icebergs that melt into obscurity in the lake's waters. This afternoon enjoy a Cultural Insight at the Thorbergur Center where you'll learn about one of Iceland's most famous 20th century writers over cake, and coffee or tea. Later, we travel to Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Edda
  5. The mystical landscapes of Almannaskard Pass provide a spectacular backdrop for our leisurely meander along the majestic southern coast of Iceland. We continue to the East Fjords – towering mountains that plunge dramatically into the Norwegian Sea. Consider a visit to Petra's Mineral Collection in Stödvarfjördur, where you will learn about this much-loved local woman who collected stones in her house and garden for over 80 years. Tonight we stay on the shores of Lake Lagarfljot, in Iceland's biggest forest.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Hallormsstadur
  6. Explore the vast moonscape of Mödrudalsöræfi, a highland desert plateau astronauts once used as a practice ground for their voyage to the moon. Then journey to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful watefall, before continuing towards Námaskard Pass with its colorful bubbling mud pools. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn and see the twisted Dimmuborgir rock pillars, chimneys and towers that rise up from the surrounding lava landscape. We journey north to the bustling port of Akureyri with its fine timber buildings beautifully restored to their original glory, stopping en route at the magnificent Godafoss Waterfall.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Kea
  7. Spend the day in the quaint fishing town of Siglufjördur, nestled within a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland's steep northern mountains. Explore the town at your leisure or consider a visit to the award-winning Herring Era Museum, celebrating the role this industry played in the country's development over the centuries. Amble along the harbor lined with colorful façades or visit one of the local art galleries before returning to Akureyri in the afternoon for some time at leisure. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.
    meal(s):BB, D
  8. Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjördur, renowned for its horse breeding traditions, which we will have an opportunity to experience first-hand at a Be My Guest lunch on a local horse farm. Learn about the unique Icelandic horse breed and watch a short riding demonstration before journeying to picturesque Stykkishólmur, our home for the night.
    meal(s):BB, BG
    hotel:Stykkishólmur
  9. Snæfellsnes is a unique area with a variety of geological interest such as lava fields, volcanoes, glacier, springs, beautiful formed rock, yellow and black sand beaches and caves as well as interesting bird life. The main attraction is without a doubt Snæfellsjökull glacier, a beautifully shaped strato volcano at the very end of the peninsula. The glacier is also known as the location for Jules Verne's novel 'Journey to the Center of the Earth', captured in the unspoilt natural wonder surrounding it. This afternoon complete your circuit around Iceland as you arrive back in Reykjavik.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Grand Reykjavik
  10. Explore the small capital city of Reykjavik on a sightseeing tour this morning. See all the city's major attractions including the Parliament, the harbor, the National Museum, Laugadalur swimming pool and see the city's main landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja Church perched at the top of a hill in the heart of the city. Experience a Cultural Insight at the world-famous Blue Lagoon (please remember to pack your swimwear) - its steaming turquoise waters are said to have healing powers. This evening we reminisce over the quaint myths and legends we've encountered along the way, during a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends and your Travel Director.
    meal(s):BB, FD
  11. For now it's time to say a fond farewell to Iceland after an unforgettable trip. Return transfers on the last travel day will depart the hotel at
    4.15 am and 11.45 am and will arrive at Keflavik Airport approximately 50 minutes later. Conditions apply.

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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,500 p.p.

Triple Room share is not available on this trip.

Airport Transfers: On arrival at Keflavik Airport transfers will operate at 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will depart the hotel at 4:15 am and 11:45 am and will arrive at Keflavik Airport approximately 50 minutes later.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver, $97 per person.

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Meal Summary

9 nights, 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners, On-trip transport, .

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Visit a local horse farm where you'll learn about the pure Icelandic breed, visit the stables and enjoy a traditional homemade lunch

Cultural Insight

  • Learn about the legacy of the famous Icelandic writer Thorbergur Thordarson over coffee and cake and bathe in the warm waters of the geothermal Blue Lagoon

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Reykjavik
  • Visit the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik, the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa
  • View the Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, the Möðrudalsöræfi plateau, Dettifoss waterfall, boiling mud pools at the Námaskarð pass, lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the Godafoss waterfall
  • See Eldhraun lava field, Vatnajökull glacier, Eastern fjords, Lake Myvatn

Reviews

Friday, September 22, 2017
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Service rating : It was a terrific trip. Very comprehensive. As many stops as one could handle without being too extreme. Great guide. It was also an expensive trip so scheduling our transfer to the airport at 4:00 AM for a 10:30 AM flight would have left us sleep deprived unnecessarily. We asked your employee for a refund for later transportation and he agreed.
Vacation : Very repsonsive and knowledgable
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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Service rating : Tour guide unable to answer some basic questions....eg.What are the random stands of trees, is that part of a reforestation effort?....ans: could be. I had to google it at home. This is just 1 example! Stories dominated by mountain trolls..1 or 2 is fine..but not a dozen! NO sign board in lobby with departure times and dinner times, unlike previous tours we have taken. The Herring Museum at $10 should have been included as a regular part of the tour...it was great and that town had little to offer for someone to kill 2-3 hours.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about your disappointing experience with your Travel Director. We will be sure to pass your comments on to our Quality Control team for immediate review.  Thank you for taking the time to share your comments.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Vacation : The whale watch was great and didn't disappoint! Enjoyed to boat ride by Glacier lagoon!
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Service rating : Chosen better hotel and ones closer to the town's center. Dinners,where provided, with one exception,were forgettable. Stop for gas where there is more than 1 WC. Spend more time at sightseeing than comfort stops(We spent less time at the steam vaults(30 minutes) than we did at the aforementioned gas stop(45 minutes)). When making stops for lunch go to someplace other than cafeteria types.
Vacation : Tour Director could have been more informative, eg she showed us the Parliament building but did not tell us anything about the government. We walked through the City Hall in Reykjavik with nary a word about how the city was run. Be my guest and cultural insights were only fair, at best. The only reason I gave 3 stars was for the sights, otherwise it would have been less.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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Service rating : All the literature ahead of time was really helpful in getting to the trip and what to bring. The guide was over the top excellent, friendly, had all (48!) of our names by the 3rd day, and full of interesting tidbits to tell us. She just spoke some and was then quiet for a while--didn't have the need to be constantly talking. She even sang to us!
Vacation : I liked having the airfare included in the price. I liked the option of you selecting a roommate for me to avoid the single supplement. The tour was exceptional/Users/mac/Pictures/iphoto library.photolibrary/Previews/2017/08/16/20170816-214930/h1rtTwciT7G6f7u88km1bA/IMG_0074_2.JPG
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your thorough review and are pleased to know you had a fabulous trip! Iceland is a wonderful destination and it sounds like your guide really brought the country to life for you. We look forward to helping you plan your next vacation with Grand European!
Friday, August 25, 2017
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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Service rating : You were great! You sent us our receipt quickly, plus an updated receipt when we finished paying. You sent our tickets in a timely manner, as well as a complete itinerary. I called to see what adapter I should pack. The agent told me you would send us an "all country adapter" when they sent the tickets. We can use it for not only this trip, but any other we may take. I checked the price between you and the tour company and you saved us money.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're glad you enjoyed our service and the special gift.  Thanks for traveling with us!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Vacation : We enjoyed our trip, but I would recommend going in June or July. We had hail, a lot of rain, wind and sun. Our guide checked out last year's May trips and found that they also had snow last year. Since Iceland is on the Gulf Stream the weather was not terribly cold. I still recommend you take a warm coat, rain gear and money. Besides the Puffins hadn't migrated yet. The reindeer were down from the glaciers, in the Eastern part. The sheep are released to graze in the mountains in June. On just one day in September, the dogs round them up from the mountains for the farmers. Most of the time it was cloudy. We had a great tour guide and bus driver. We also had a wonderful time. Everyone was so nice. Our traveling companions were from Australia, Singapore, US and Canada — a terrific bunch. I was pleased to find out that students in Iceland are required to learn English. I could speak to anyone. Be sure to take a CC or a lot of cash. Iceland is not cheap, a wool cap for my son was $51. The cotton shirts for my elementary age grandsons were $36 each. I purchased a 3" glass angel for my angel tree for $30. Food is also pricey. You'll love the trip. Iceland is unique. The volcanic layers are very visible in the mountains under the glaciers. Loved the waterfalls. Some are named because they are full time; others only show up when the glaciers melt in summer.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for the thorough review! This will be very helpful to other customers looking for a trip to Iceland.  
Friday, June 9, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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Service rating : Excellent service from Kari Nixon during booking process. Documents received in timely manner. Local guide and driver were helpful and friendly and knowledgeable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much. We will share your remarks with Kari who will be thrilled to see that you had a great trip.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Vacation : Beautiful raw country. Nice people and yummy food. Local guide and driver wonderful.
  • U.S. citizens traveling to Iceland must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Iceland.

  • The currency in Iceland is the Krona.  While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Iceland, you can use your debit or credit card to pay in most places and you’ll likely find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Iceland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • Icelandic cuisine offers an abundance of fresh seafood.  Enjoy dishes prepared with fresh herring, salmon, and trout as well as a variety of Icelandic specialties.

  • We suggest packing a variety of clothing layers for Iceland’s cold oceanic climate. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping at restaurants is appreciated but never expected. If you would like to reward good service it’s appropriate to round up your bill or leave up to 10 percent for excellent service.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend the equivalent of $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is the equivalent of 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions. 

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.

Akureyri

Whale Watching

Adult Price: 11000 krónur

Enjoy a boat tour that will take you on a search for majestic whales through stunning landscapes and beautiful coastlines. The frequency of sightings makes this the perfect day excursion for travelers in North Iceland.

Egilsstadir

Petra's Stones

Adult Price: 1000 krónur

Join us on a visit to Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection, formerly this local legend's home and now a museum. Petra amassed a rich collection of rocks and minerals during her lifetime in this active volcanic region. Admire her unique collection wandering the beautiful landscaped gardens and displays in the museum.

Hofn

Glacier Lagoon Experience

Adult Price: 5000 krónur

During this exciting boat trip on the lagoon, we'll sail among huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. We'll also taste the 1000-year-old ice and, if we're lucky, might even see some seals!

Siglufjordur

Herring Era Museum Visit

Adult Price: € 10

Visit Iceland‘s largest maritime museum, formerly an old salting station which was abandoned after the collapse of the herring stock in 1969. Siglufjordur was once the center of the herring fisheries in Iceland, and the herring played a very large role in the nations economy and industry, providing as much as 44% of the nations export income during some years.

Stykkisholmur

Taste of Iceland

Adult Price: € 79

On this incredible boat tour you'll view scores of birds, sail around numerous islands, explore strangely-shaped cliffs, and experience exceptionally-strong tidal currents. The first taste of Iceland will be fresh shellfish and delicacies we'll catch straight from the sea - the freshest appetizer possible! The next taste will be a wonderful-light dinner in the ship's restaurant.

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