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Ultimate Iceland

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $6,550 per person
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Countries Visited

Iceland

Locations Visited

Reykjavik, Borgaernes, Akureyri, Lake Lagarfljot, Hofn
  1. Day 1 Arrive Reykjavik

    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.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Grand Reykjavik
  2. Day 2 Reykjavik – Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geyser area – Vík area

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Katla
  3. Day 3 Vík area – Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón – Höfn

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Höfn
  4. Day 4 Höfn – Eastern fjords – Lake Lagarfljot

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Hallormsstadur
  5. Day 5 Lake Lagarfljot – Dettifoss – Lake Myvatn – Akureyri (2 Nights)

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Kea
  6. Day 6 Akureyri – Siglufjördur Excursion

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  7. Day 7 Akureyri – Borgarnes

    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

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel B59
  8. Day 8 Borgarnes – Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Reykjavik (2 Nights)

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
    hotel Grand Reykjavik
  9. Day 9 Reykjavik Sightseeing and Blue Lagoon Visit and Bathe

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. Day 10 Depart Reykjavik

    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.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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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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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

Glacier Lagoon Experience

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!
Adult Price: Íkr5700

Siglufjordur

Herring Era Museum Visit

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.
Adult Price: Íkr1800

Akureyri

Whale Watching

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.
Adult Price: Íkr10990

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Harry Sheinfeld
Travel date: Friday, September 22, 2017
Service
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
Therese Silva
Travel date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Service
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!
Glenn Dobecki
Travel date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Service
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.
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Service
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
Trusted Customer
Travel date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Service
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
Mary Winkler
Travel date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Service
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.
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