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Tour Pace: Comfortable
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Tour Style: First Class
11 Days from $4,225 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. Welcome to Reykjavik. The capital of Iceland is yours to start exploring after you check-in to your hotel. Tonight meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:Grand Reykjavik
  3. First stop leaving Reykjavik will be at the historically significant Thingvellir National Park. Here you can see how the movements of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates created cracks on the Earth's crust. Enjoy great photo opportunities in the world-famous hot spring area of Geyser. Wait a few minutes for Strokkur to erupt and send a spectacular water and steam column high into the air. Close by is the majestic Gullfoss, the 'Golden Waterfall'. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before arriving in the Vík area for dinner.
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  4. This morning cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth, before reaching the Skaftafell National Park. Here you'll also start seeing the largest glacier in Iceland, the Vatnajökull that covers more than 8% of the island. Continue to the spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and see the birthplace of icebergs. You'll even have the option to take a trip on an amphibian boat and get close to the icebergs for a different kind of view. This afternoon enjoy a Cultural Insight at the Thorbergur Center where you'll learn about one of Iceland's most famous writers - complete with a cake and coffee or tea. Spend the evening in Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland.
  5. Make sure your camera is charged as you start the day with a drive through the Almannaskard pass where you can stop and admire the majestic coastline. Continue onto the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. You might decide to visit Petra's Mineral Collection in Stödvarfjördur. Learn about Petra, this well-known and beloved local while you wander amongst her vast collection. Tonight stay in the forest on the shores of Lake Lagarfljot in the Egilsstadir area.
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  6. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Mödrudalsöræfi, heading to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Continue towards Námaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area including the magical lava formations of Dimmuborgir. Head towards the bustling northern port of Akureyri with a stop at the magnificent Godafoss waterfall. Akureyri boasts some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Dine tonight at your hotel.
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    hotel:Kea Akureyri
  7. The town of Siglufjördur is nestled in a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland's steep northern mountains. You'll have the option to visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum, and have time to explore Siglufjördur at your leisure. Walk along the harbor, visit the church, one of the local art galleries, cafés and shops. Arrive back to Akureyri in the afternoon with time to explore further. Dinner is included at your hotel tonight.
    meal(s):BB, D
  8. Majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to the Skagafjördur area famous for horses and history. In this region enjoy a Be My Guest lunch on a horse farm and learn about the unique Icelandic horse breed. Overnight in the picturesque Stykkishólmur.
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  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.
    hotel:Grand Reykjavik
  10. Explore 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 the city's main landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja church standing on the top of a hill in the city center. This afternoon experience a Cultural Insight when you visit and bathe in the world-famous Blue Lagoon (please remember to pack you swimwear). Celebrate tonight with a Farewell Dinner.
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  11. Say goodbye to your travel companions after an unforgettable trip. Transfers are provided to Keflavik airport. Conditions apply.

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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 delicious 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
  • Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
26 Aug 17 5 Sep 17 checkmark $4,550pp Call 1-877-622-9109
2 Sep 17 12 Sep 17 checkmark $4,225pp Call 1-877-622-9109
9 Sep 17 19 Sep 17 checkmark $4,225pp Call 1-877-622-9109
16 Sep 17 26 Sep 17 checkmark $4,225pp Call 1-877-622-9109

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 $1,190 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.

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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 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.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017
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
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
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
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.
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:
We're glad you enjoyed our service and the special gift.  Thanks for traveling with us!
Friday, June 9, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
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.
Vacation : Beautiful raw country. Nice people and yummy food. Local guide and driver wonderful.
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

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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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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