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Into the Highlands


This guided small group tour takes you off well off the beaten path and showcases Iceland’s unique natural contrasts. Travelling around the country in a specially-modified bus, we combine Iceland’s most popular attractions along classic routes with the uninhabited volcanic highlands along exclusive mountain roads.

The group sizes are kept small, driving distances per day are moderate and accommodations are arranged in comfortable hotels, guesthouses and country cottages.


  • Product: ISIGGG-03
  • Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Season: 26 June - 4 Sept
  • Price from: €2375
  • Departure: Thursdays 

Included

  • 10 nights’ accommodation, breakfast included
  • Half board: 8 dinners included from Day 2 – Day 10
  • All transportation according to itinerary from Day 2 – Day 10
  • English speaking professional tour guide from Day 2 – Day 10
  • Entrance fee at Eric the RedMuseum
  • Taxes and service fee

Highlights

  • Reykjavik
  • Þingvellir
  • Geysir
  • Gullfoss
  • Skógafoss
         
  • Vík
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Mývatn
  • Akureyri
  • Snæfellsnes

Day 1: Arrival & Reykjavik

Arrive to Keflavík Airport in Iceland. For transportation to your accommodation in central Reykjavik, we recommend the Flybus shuttle service. After arriving to the city and storing your luggage, we suggest a stroll around the colorful city center, with visits to some of the many museums, shops and cafes. You’ll also find a wide array of restaurants to tempt your taste buds.

Spend the night in central Reykjavík.

Highlights

  • Reykjavik

Day 2: Wonders of the Golden Circle

The first leg of the journey takes us on the popular Golden Circle route, beginning with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first Parliament and an area of stunning geological features. Next, we head to the nearby Geysir geothermal area, where we can watch as the Strokkur geyser spews water several meters into the air every few minutes. Then we continue on to Gullfoss, considered by many to be the most impressive waterfall in Iceland, before making our way to the South Coast.

Spend the night in the Hvolsvöllur area of South Iceland.

Highlights

  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir
  • Þingvellir

Day 3: Waterfalls to Puffin Cliffs

On our way east today, we’ll stop to admire two of the South Coast’s most striking waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, before crossing the vast sand plains of Mýrdalssandur. Further along near Vík we’ll have a break to enjoy the endless views from Dyrhólaey, a steep promontory teeming with thousands of nesting puffins. Nearby at the black sand beach of Reynishverfi we can go for a stroll and enjoy the view of the Reynisdrangar sea pillars, said to be the petrified remains of trolls. Finally, our drive takes us through the immense Eldhraun lava field, the largest of its kind caused from a single eruption in Iceland.

Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area of South Iceland.

Note: *The puffin-season is from April until around mid August

Highlights

  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Skógafoss
  • Vík
  • Dyrhólaey
  • Reynisdrangar
  • Eldhraun lava field

Day 4: Glaciers & Icebergs

We begin the day with a visit to the picture-perfect Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of Iceland’s most remarkable sights, where icebergs of all shapes and sizes float peacefully in the cold, sparkling waters of the lagoon. Here, you can take an optional boat tour among the maze of ice, with occasional sightings of curious seals. We then spend the afternoon hiking near Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, in Skaftafell National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Spend another night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Highlights

  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Vatnajökull glacier
  • Skaftafell National Park

Day 5: Wilderness of Landmannalaugar

Today, we start off by following the Fjallabaksleið mountain road up to Landmannalaugar, a wilderness area surrounded by diverse landscapes, including deep valleys and colorful rhyolite mountains, formed in volcanic eruptions under the icecap during the Ice Age. Here, you have the option of bathing in a naturally heated geothermal pool—an experience not to be missed! This jewel of the interior highlands is also a popular hiking destination, giving you a great opportunity explore one the area’s many hiking trails, with options suitable for all fitness levels.

Spend the night in a cabin with shared facilities in the Þjórsárdalur area near Landmannalaugar.

Highlights

  • Landmannalaugar

Optional

  • Bathing in natural geothermal pool
  • Hiking

Day 6: Sprengisandur Highland Route

We’ll have another day to get off the beaten path and discover the hidden gems of the uninhabited interior as we make our way along the barren wilderness of the Sprengisandur highland route, the longest stretch between South and North Iceland passable only in summer. In Iceland’s earlier days, few dared to use this route as the area was thought to harbor outlaws along with ghosts, elves and other superstitious beings. Traversing this rugged track with its mystical scenery, we’ll ford un-bridged rivers and cross Iceland’s largest lava field at Ódáðahraun on our way to the Northeast.

Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area in Northeast Iceland.

Highlights

  • Sprengisandur route
  • Uninhabited highlands
  • Ódáðahraun lava field

Day 7: Jewels of Northeast Iceland

Today’s journey takes us around the stunning Tjörnes peninsula, with our first stop at Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Here, we’ll see the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon, which according to Norse legend was formed by a hoof print of Óðinn’s magical eight-legged horse. Also in the park, we’ll visit Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. We then continue on to the stunning area of Lake Mývatn, renowned for its moon-like volcanic landscapes and unique eco-system, including a thriving bird life. Here, we’ll have a look at the solfataras at Hverarönd and the peculiar lava formations and pseudo craters at Skútustaðir.

Spend another night in the Lake Mývatn area.

Highlights

  • Jökulsárgljúfur National Park
  • Ásbyrgi canyon
  • Dettifoss
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Hverarönd
  • Skútustaðir

Day 8: Capital of the North & Horses

The day begins with a visit to Goðafoss waterfall before continuing to Akureyri, the “Capital of the North”, Iceland’s largest city outside of the Capital region. In Akureyri, enjoy some free time to explore the city’s attractions, including the beautiful botanical garden. We then head to the scenic area of Skagafjörður, renowned as the center of the Icelandic horse as well as many significant sites from the classic Icelandic Sagas. In the evening, you have the option of joining a guided horse riding tour on or an invigorating hike in the surrounding hills.

Spend the night in the Hvammstangi area of North Iceland.

Highlights

  • Goðafoss
  • Akureyri
  • Skagafjörður

Optional

  • Hiking or horseback tour in Skagafjörður

Day 9: Vikings & Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Today, our journey continues through the rolling hills of Laxárdalsheiði heath to the ruins of Eiríksstaðir, the ancient home of the famous Viking Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif “The Lucky” Eiriksson, who is believed to be the first European to set foot in North America. At this living museum, we can explore a replica of Erik’s turf farm and interact with characters in Viking Age costumes. Afterwards, we’ll make our way through the small fishing villages of Northwest Iceland towards the scenic Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Spend the night on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland.

Highlights

  • Eiríksstaðir Museum

Day 10: Magical Snæfellsjökull Glacier

We begin the morning with a drive to Snæfellsnes National Park, home of the magical Snæfellsjökull glacier, the legendary entrance to the center of the Earth from Jules Verne’s classic novel. Continuing on to the dramatic rocky shoreline by Djúpalónssandur, we’ll make a stop at the charming hamlet of Arnarstapi with its interesting columnar basalt rock formations. Here, we can take an easy hike to the nearby village of Hellnar, a treat for bird lovers, before heading back to the Capital area. We’ll end the day in Reykjavik, where you can spend the afternoon/evening at your leisure.

Spend the night in central Reykjavik.

Highlights

  • Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Djúpalónssandur
  • Arnarstapi
  • Reykjavik

Day 11: Departure

Today it’s time to say goodbye to Iceland after your incredible journey. We recommend transferring to Keflavík Airport by Flybus in time for your check-in. If your flight is in the afternoon, a great option is a relaxing morning break at the Blue Lagoon for a therapeutic soak in the warm mineral waters.  

Highlights

  • Reykjavik
 

Group Accommodation Details

This package includes accommodation in comfortable tourist-class hotels and well-appointed guesthouses that include rooms with en suite bathrooms. Breakfast is provided and included in the price. In the more remote areas such as Landmannalaugar, lodging is in comfortably-equipped cottages that include rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

PRICES & BOOKING INFORMATION

All prices listed are per person and in Euros (EUR).
 
To check availability and prices of room combinations other than what is listed below, click book now. If you do not find prices for your ideal room combination then please contact us with your requirements and full details of your party.

Price per person 26. June - 04. September 2014

1 Adult 2 Adults
Prices € 2910 € 2375


Optional activities (at extra cost):
  • Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon -Day 4
  • Horse riding tour - Day 8
  • Whale watching trip from Reykjavik - Day 1/10
  • Non guided tour to the Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure - Day 1/10

Departures

  • June 26, 2014 | SOLD OUT 
  • July 10, 2014 | SOLD OUT 
  • July 24, 2014 | SOLD OUT
  • August 07, 2014 | SOLD OUT
  • August 21, 2014 | GUARANTEED | English
  • September 04, 2014 | GUARANTEED | English

Included

  • 10 nights’ accommodation (standard), breakfast included
  • Half board: 8 dinners included from Day 2 – Day 9
  • All transportation according to itinerary from Day 2 – Day 9
  • English speaking professional tour guide from Day 2 – Day 9
  • Entrance fee at Eric the Red Museum
  • Taxes and service fee

Not included

  • Flight to/from Iceland
  • Transport to/from airport in Iceland (Flybus recommended)
  • Dinners in Reykjavik    
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Optional activities
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Rooms

  • 1 Person = Single room
  • 2 Sharing = One twin/double room
Booking
  • We recommend booking at least four weeks in advance.
  • Extra nights can be added on request.

Other

  • Maximum number of passengers is 19, and minimum number of passengers is 8 (note: minimum number is 2 passengers for the guaranteed departures)
  • Activity level is easy. This tour includes some optional hikes that are suitable for everyone with no prior hiking experience necessary.
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended.
  • Please inform us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary needs (vegan, food intolerances, etc.) and we will do our best to accommodate them.
  • Please note that due to weather and road conditions, the itinerary may be subject to change.
  • This tour is operated both in English and in Scandinavian languages.
  • For departure dates other than those listed on this site, please contact us for availability. Private tours are also available at an additional cost.

Booking and confirmation

After booking a holiday package with Icelandguest.com, you will be contacted by email within two working days by your designated travel consultant, who will assist with your booking and serve as your point of contact for any travel needs during your stay. The email will include the full name and direct contact information for your travel consultant along with information about your booking, payment and what to expect during your holiday.

Travel Documents

For all bookings, we provide the following travel documents:
  • Pro-forma and confirmation invoices
  • Booking overview with information about all your services in Iceland
  • Electronic vouchers for each of your services
  • Full itinerary

Delivery of travel documents

Travel documents will be delivered as follows:
  • At time of deposit payment: You will receive the pro-forma invoice by email
  • Within 30 days of deposit payment: You will receive the full itinerary by email
  • At time of full payment: You will receive the confirmation invoice and all vouchers by email
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