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Ultimate Iceland

10 Days from $5,445 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Roam through desolate landscapes and past natural wonders, following in the footsteps of Vikings—from Reykjavik to the largest lava mass to have flowed on the face of the earth.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

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Overview

Roam through desolate landscapes and past natural wonders, following in the footsteps of Vikings—from Reykjavik to the largest lava mass to have flowed on the face of the earth.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. 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 3 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):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Grand Reykjavik
  2. 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):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Katla
  3. 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 dive into culture 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):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Höfn
  4. The mystical landscapes of Almannaskard Pass provide a spectacular backdrop for our leisurely journey along the majestic southern coast of Iceland. We continue to the East Fjords with their towering mountains that plunge dramatically into the Norwegian Sea. Tonight we stay on the shores of Lake Lagarfljot, in Iceland's biggest forest.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Hallormsstadur
  5. Explore the vast moonscape of Mödrudalsöræfi, a highland desert plateau which astronauts once used as a practice ground for their voyage to the moon. Then journey to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, before continuing towards Námaskard Pass with its colorful bubbling mud pools. See the natural beauty of Lake Myvatn and the twisted Dimmuborgir rock pillars, chimneys and towers that rise 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 Godafoss Waterfall.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Kea
  6. Spend the day in the 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 whale watching excursion for a chance to see these majestic creatures up close. 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):Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjördur, renowned for its horse breeding traditions. Here, we'll connect with locals over 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 Borgarnes, our home for the night

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:B59
  8. Connect with the geological wonders of Snæfellsnes and admire its lava fields, volcanoes, glacier, springs, beautifully formed rock, and yellow and black sand beaches. The main attraction is Snæfellsjökull glacier, a beautifully shaped stratovolcano 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.' This afternoon, complete your circuit around Iceland as you arrive back in Reykjavik.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
    hotel:Grand Reykjavik
  9. 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 Harpa Concert Hall, and see the city's main landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja Church perched at the top of a hill in the heart of the city. Dive into culture 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 myths and legends we've encountered along the way, during a Farewell Dinner with newfound friends and your Travel Director.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. For now it's time to say a fond farewell to Iceland after an unforgettable trip. Return transfers will arrive at Keflavik Airport at 5 am and 12:30 pm. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Buffet Breakfast
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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 $1,260 per person

Triple Room share is not available on this trip.

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

Airport Transfers: On arrival at Keflavik Airport transfers will operate at 8 am and 3 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Keflavik Airport at 5 am and 12:30 pm.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

16 meals: 9 hot buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners.

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

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

Dive into Culture

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

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Reykjavik
  • Visit the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa
  • View Námaskarð pass, lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the Godafoss waterfall
  • See Eldhraun lava field, Vatnajökull glacier, Eastern fjords, Lake Myvatn
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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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  • 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 24 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.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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

Glacier Lagoon Experience

Adult Price: ISK5000.00

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!

Egilsstadir

Petra's Stones

Adult Price: ISK1000.00

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.

Akureyri

Whale Watching

Adult Price: ISK11000.00

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.

Siglufjordur

Herring Era Museum Visit

Adult Price: €10.00

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: €79.00

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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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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