Country
Iceland
Duration
6 Days/5 Nights
Travel Type
Escorted Tours
 

Interested in combining fiery volcanoes and frozen ice with adventure travel? Travel in the wake of Iceland’s most powerful volcanoes and glaciers and see first-hand the awesome powers of fire and ice. We’ve also included some awe-inspiring activities to bring you closer to some of Iceland’s most beautiful glaciers.

Inclusions

5 nights’ accommodation – 2 nights in a 3 * hotel in Reykjavik; 3 nights in a 3 * hotel in the countryside
6 meals – 5 Icelandic breakfast buffets; 1 three-course local-cuisine dinner in the countryside with coffee/tea
Roundtrip shuttle from/to airport
Guided Coach or small bus tour from Reykjavik from Day 2 to 5
Expert local English-speaking guide from Day 2 to 5
Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
Guide service during dinners
Exhibition and cinema at Lava Centre
Roundtrip ferry fare to Westman Islands
Entrance to Eldheimar Museum
Choice of glacier walking or kayaking tour at Sólheimajökull Glacier
Iceberg Lagoon Zodiac Tour
24-hour Iceland emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

Exclusions

International flights – Baggage porterage at airport / hotel – Personal travel insurance – Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels – Meals, beverages, snacks, lunches unless otherwise noted in the itinerary – Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm) – Guaranteed late check-out – Any other items not mentioned in the Inclusions.

Additional Information

EXTENSION TO SNAEFELLSNES INCLUSIONS:

Accommodation 1 night at hotel in Reykjavik
1 Icelandic breakfast buffet breakfast
Scheduled small group day tour to Snæfellsnes Peninsula with expert local English-speaking guide.

Note

– Please note triple rooms / double rooms with extra bed are always upon request and Iceland Travel cannot guarantee that these rooms will be available. Hotel rooms in Iceland are often smaller in size when compared to hotel rooms in countries such as the USA or Canada, and triple rooms will often be a double room with an extra bed with limited space in the room.
Minimum age for this tour is 8 years old due to activities involved.
– We reserve the right to alter routes, itineraries or timings without prior notice, should the necessity arise due to road or weather conditions.

Excursion Information

You can book and pay for these tours in advance for your convenience and to ensure a spot for you on the tour. Let us know during the booking process.

– Day 1, Day 5, Day 6: Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbor Look for whales, dolphins and sea birds on a guided boat tour
Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours
Includes: Guided boat tour, warm overalls during tour
$159 per person CAD

– Day 1, Day 5, Day 6: Blue Lagoon Comfort Experience.
Duration: flexible
Includes: Bathing fee, towel rental, silica mud mask, first drink of your choice.
Note: Blue Lagoon entrance fee is based on availability at the time of confirmation and prices can change throughout the day. (the price will be confirmed at the time of booking). The price does not include transfers to Blue Lagoon. You must also book an unguided Blue Lagoon shuttle between Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon
$90 per person CAD Shuttle transfer to the Blue Lagoon from either Keflavik airport or Reykjavik; $49 per person, per direction

– Day 3 or 4: Canyon Zipline Adventure – Take a hike through a breathtaking canyon, admiring views of rock formations and a waterfall. The hiking trail leads you to two different zipline platforms. You’ll feel your heart pump with excitement as you zip over amazing bird´s eye views of the canyon!
Duration: 1,5 – 2 hours
Includes: Transfer from Vik, safety equipment, hike with a certified hike, 2 ziplines
$190 CAD per person (minimum age: 8 years old)

– Day 3 or 4: Evening Black Beach Horseback Riding – Meet Iceland’s friendly horse breed on an easygoing and fun ride across the famous black sand beaches near Vik. There are few better ways to experience Iceland’s coastal nature than on horseback. Horses are available to suit all riding levels from novice to experience.
Duration: 1,5 hours
Includes: 1 hour guided riding tour, safety helmet, overalls
Weight limit: 110kg (242 pounds) Minimum age: 10 years old.
$140 per person CAD

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN REYKJAVIK

Arrival in Iceland. Shuttle transfer to your hotel. If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It’s a great way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It’s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café. Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

*Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).

Accommodation : Reykjavik for 1 night

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DAY 2 THE WESTMAN ISLANDS

Amazing Waterfall – Lava Fields – Volcanic Aftermath – Magnificent Lava Fields

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby and walk out to the area where your tour coach is waiting. Drive along the South Shore, one of Iceland’s most volcanic regions. Pass alongside farmlands built in the shadow of towering volcanic mountains. You’ll see many signs of how the volcanoes of the area have powerfully altered the landscape. If the skies are clear, you may even catch views of two of Iceland’s most famous volcanoes: Hekla (last eruption 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption 2010). In Hvollsvollur town, visit the LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech exhibition about volcanoes and earthquakes and how they have shaped Iceland. It’s a perfect introduction to the geological wonders you’ll see during your tour. Next, visit the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall. If you’re up for adventure and cool experiences you can take the trail that leads behind the waterfall.
Travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbor. Hop onboard a local ferry for a 30-minute trip to the Westman Islands. Enjoy the ride and the view of volcanic islands and seabirds. Your destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westman Island archipelago. Life here is quite a bit different from the “mainland” Iceland, and you’ll discover some of the unique culture and history on a drive around the area. Visit windy Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area (during mid-May through the beginning of August you might also see puffins here). Take a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago. The view from up here and over the sea and islands is simply stunning!
Next, take a trip back in time and visit Eldheimar Museum. You’ll learn about the catastrophic 1973 eruption that poured lava over many houses on Heimaey and changed the residents’ lives forever. You’ll see where lava covered houses and where grass and moss now grow among the lava. The volcanic flows also created an amazing time capsule; wandering through Eldheimar gives you a peek into Icelandic daily life in the early 1970s. The rest of the afternoon is open for you to explore the island on your own. Walk along the harbor and check out the 17th-century fortress built to protect the islands from pirate raids. Catch some interesting and timeless photos of a Viking-style stave church built in the year 2000. Take a swim in the public swimming pool, which uses geothermally warmed sea water. Soak in the vibes of the charming and lively fishing town, home to a micro-brewery and several restaurants known for great seafood. Overnight in the Westman Islands. Dinner on your own.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Westman Islands – Hotel Vestmannaeyjar or similar for 1 night

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DAY 3 SOUTH SHORE – SKOGAR – VIK

Amazing Waterfall – Unforgettable Glacier Experience – Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel. Yesterday’s focus was on volcanoes. Today the focus is on glaciers! Take the morning ferry back from the Westman Islands and continue your exploration of the south coast. Start with a visit to photogenic Skogafoss waterfall, where legends say an ancient treasure is hidden. The waterfall also makes the perfect backdrop for a selfie. Soon you will be in the area of Myrdalsjokull Glacier. Visit Solheimajokull, a glacier outlet flowing from Mydralsjokull glacier. Solheimajokull gives you a fantastic opportunity to discover glaciers up close. You can choose one of two unforgettable glacier experiences (both activities are great for beginners; no previous experience is needed).

Afterwards, you’ll head to the magical black sands of Reynisfjara beach. You’ll witness powerful waves and amazing basalt column structures carved by the power of the sea. Walking along the beach and hearing the thundering waves is a reminder of nature’s power. Head to the village of Vik for your overnight. Vik has become a base for a variety of activity tours. This evening you might like to try a Zip Line adventure (+$) or a horseback ride along the black sand beach (+$). Overnight stay in Vik. Dinner is on your own.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Vik 2 nights

Optional Excursions : Option 1: Glacier Hike - Strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and follow an expert glacier guide onto Solheimajokull glacier. You’ll explore the glacier’s surface, discovering amazing ice formations and learn interesting facts about how glaciers form.
Duration: 2-2.5hrs
Included: Guided hike and all necessary safety equipment (crampons, ice axe, and safety harness)
Note: Hiking boots are essential for this tour

Option 2: Glacier View Kayaking – Enjoy Solheimajokull from a different angle on an easy kayak tour. Paddle a special sit-on-top kayak in a natural lagoon that flows out from Solheimajokull glacier. Enjoy views of the glacier you can only see from the water.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Included: Guided kayak trio and all necessary safety equipment.

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DAY 4 VIK– SKAFTAFELL – JOKULSARLON

Volcano & Glacial Oasis – Europe’s largest Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. Vatnajokull National Park covers 14% of Iceland’s surface, making it the largest national park in Western Europe. Throughout the day you’ll also have views of massive Vatnajokull glacier. Start the day by crossing Eldhraun, the largest single flow of lava ever to flow on the face of the Earth. The cataclysmic eruption happened in 1783-1784 AD and affected the climate across mainland Europe. Your tour vehicle then crosses a landscape of black sand plains and braided rivers created when glacier capped volcanoes erupted. Visit Skaftafell, a beautiful glacier-ringed valley in Vatnajokull National Park. The contrast of black volcanoes, silvery glaciers and small green forests is strikingly beautiful. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon to see floating icebergs and maybe a curious seal or two. Spend a few moments here taking in this unforgettable site. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, a black sand area where broken bits of ice bergs come to rest before they eventually drift to sea. Now it’s time to enjoy the beauty of ice and water even more with a boat trip! Head to the Iceberg Lagoon, another (and more tranquil) glacier lagoon in the area. Take a Zodiac boat tour amid the floating ice bergs, viewing the different shapes and shades of blue. You’ll also surely enjoy the guide’s interesting insights about the glacier and the area’s history and nature. Return to Vik for your overnight. Dinner and overnight stay in Vik.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

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DAY 5 GULLFOSS – GEYSIR – THINGVELLIR – REYKJAVIK

Lively Geysers – Golden Falls – National Park with Geological Wonders

Breakfast at your hotel. We’ve reserved today for you to explore the Golden Circle region, perhaps Iceland’s most famous natural wonders. It’s also a fascinating place to discover more about Iceland’s volcanic and glacial powers, with a bit of Viking history on the side.
Start off by heading for the Geysir geothermal field. The very earth steams with volcanic heat. Underground hot springs shoot from the earth as geysers. The most famous spouting hot spring is Strokkur, which shoots high in the air every few minutes. But there are many other smaller yet very interesting geysers and bubbling mud pools (one of our personal favorites is the hard-working, tiny Geysir Litli. Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. Gullfoss is created by a glacial river, Hvita, that thunders over two ledges into a deep canyon. Several footpaths lead around the falls, each giving you a different view. The final stop of this amazing day is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Thingvellir is where Iceland became a nation, and many important decisions and historical events happened here. Thingvellir is also a fascinating place geologically; the North American and European tectonic plates meet, allowing you to walk between continents. After some time to explore the wonders of Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik, where your guide bids you farewell. Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

Meals : Breakfast

Accommodation : Reykjavik – Skuggi Hotel or similar for 1 night

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DAY 6 DEPARTURE FROM REYKJAVIK

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note if you have an earlier flight this could be a light breakfast. Shuttle transfer to the airport.

YOU CAN ALSO BOOK OUR SNÆFELLSNES EXTENSION, stay tonight in Reykjavik, and explore one of Iceland’s most beautiful and mystical places.

Meals : Breakfast

Optional Excursions : EXTENSION OPTION (+$) DAY 6 SNAEFELLSNES

Glacier-crowned Volcano – Volcanic Formations – Wild and Wonderful Seacoasts – Fishing Villages – Legendary Mountains

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide and tour vehicle at your hotel or the nearest City Tour Bus Stop (just a short walk from your hotel). Depart Reykjavik, traveling northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay) on your way to the rugged coastline Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The road leads to Borgarfjordur, a scenic and historical area of West Iceland. The Eldborg volcanic crater is the gateway to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Known as “Iceland in a Nutshell” Snaefellsnes will show you an astonishing variety of natural landscapes that can be seen in Iceland, but in one area. This is part of the remote and tranquil Snaefellsjokull National Park, named after the peninsula’s magnificent glacier-crowned volcano (last eruption: 250 AD). The mountain is said to be protected by a benevolent spirit, and you’ll surely feel recharged as you drive through this beautiful park. Make a stop at the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi, as well as the rocky beach of Djupalonssandur. Visit a beach with round lava pebbles and learn about the fisherman’s challenge that took place here in the old days. You’ll visit secluded and charming fishing villages such as Hellisandur and Grundarfjordur as you head along the northern peninsula. View Iceland’s most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell, and its surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales. After an amazing day return to Reykjavik for your overnight. Dinner is on your own.

HOTEL OPTIONS OR SIMILAR

Reykjavik – Hotel Storm
Westman Islands – Hotel Vestmannaeyjar
Vik – Hotel Vik

SMALL GROUPS (16  participants)

Rates per person, in $CA, starting from, double occupancy

Double Occ. Single Occ. Triple Occ.
Departures  dates 2022       
May 19 2650 3340 2650

June 16*
July 21
September 1 

2880 3650 2880

 

REGULAR GROUPS (max 36 participants)

Rates per person, in $CA, starting from, double occupancy

Double occ. Single Occ. Triple Occ.
Departures – 2022       

June 2
July 7, 14*
August 11*, 18

2535 3345 2525
September 15 2335 3075 2299

* Go solo and make friends as you please!

June 16, July 14 and Aug 11 departures offer a 15% discount for people travelling on their own.

 

Extension to Snaefellsnes 2 days/1 night (max 17 participants)

Rates per person, in $ CA, starting from,double occupancy

Double Occ. Single Occ. Triple Occ.
Departures- 2022       
May 515 630 485
June – September 565 715 525

 

*Go solo and make friends as you please! June 16th and Aug 11th departures offer a 15% discount for people traveling on their own.

**Prices in this document are for information only; they were issued at press time, for the current year. Please note that due to exchange rates and temporary promotions, they can increase or decrease at any time. Contact your travel agent for the price and promotion of the moment The prices indicated exclude the contribution to the Customer Compensation Fund of $3.50 per $1,000 of tourism product or service purchased from a travel agent in Quebec