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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: 22 Jun - 31 Aug
  • Price from: €3110
  • Departure: Thursdays
    22.06.2017
    29.06.2017
    06.07.2017
    13.07.2017
    20.07.2017
    27.07.2017
    03.08.2017
    05.08.2017
    10.08.2017
    17.08.2017
    19.08.2017
    24.08.2017
    31.08.2017

Included

  • 9-day tour with driver-guide from/to Reykjavík
  • 2 hotel nights w/facilities in Reykjavík
  • 8 nights w/facilities in the countryside
  • 8 dinners in the countryside
  • Breakfast daily except arrival day
  • Participation in Iceland Travel's Reforestation Project in Haukadalur (day 2)
  • Entrance to Eriksstadir Museum (day 9)

Highlights

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

Day 1: Arrival in Iceland

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik.  We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel.  If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavík, the largest municipality in Iceland.

There are many great museums, art galleries and attractions in the city.  If you want to stretch your legs, the city has many scenic walking trails,

Dinner is on your own.  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). 

Overnight stay in Reykjavík (airport transfer not included). Dinner on own.

Highlights

  • Reykjavik

Day 2: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir

UNESCO World Heritage site with Geological Wonders – The beautiful Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers - Plant a birch tree

Breakfast at your hotel.  The first day begins with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first parliament. Here you can see the dramatic continental drift between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. An hour's drive away the popular Geysir geothermal area awaits. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes but you'll also witness boiling pools and hot springs. 

Next your group will take part in Iceland Travel's reforestation program, located in Haukadalur valley. Help plant a total of five trees, which not only allows you to leave your mark in Iceland but also for your tour group to reduce your carbon footprint!

Then it‘s onwards to Iceland's most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stage Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”).

Dinner and overnight stay in Hvolsvöllur area.

Highlights

  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir
  • Þingvellir

Day 3: Vik – Dyrholaey – Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore – Lava Fields

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by driving along the highway, making a stop at two impressive waterfalls; Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.  Head to the black sand beaches to enjoy the far-reaching views from Dyrholaey headland, where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest until mid-August. Enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Vik before crossing the Myrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains. The day ends after passing through the vast Eldhraun lava field, the world’s largest recorded single lava flow in the last 10.000 years.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for the next two nights.

Highlights

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

Day 4: Jokulsarlon – Skaftafell

Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Scenic Glacial Park – Europe's Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel.  The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, and the country´s highest peak of Hvannadalshnjukur. The highlight of the day is surely Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater. An optional boat tour among the icebergs is available.  Continuing on your way, pass by several outlet glaciers from Vatnajokull, visiting at least one of them. Along the route you also will get magnificent views of Skaftafell, a glacier-crowned wonderland within Vatnajökull National Park. 

Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

Highlights

  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Vatnajökull glacier
  • Skaftafell National Park

Day 5: Landmannalaugar

Multi-colored Mountains of the Interior – Lava Fields – Hot Springs with Bathing – Hekla Volcano

Breakfast at your hotel. It's finally time to leave the asphalt behind and meander along the Fjallabaksleid interior track to Landmannalaugar, an astonishing area surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains. The surreal beauty of the uninhabited interior reveals deep valleys and sculptured mountains, many formed in volcanic eruptions under glaciers during the Ice Age.

After a nice walk (optional) enjoy a relaxing swim in a warm brook created by the convergence of hot and cold springs.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Thjorsardalur area.

Highlights

  • Landmannalaugar

Optional

  • Bathing in natural geothermal pool
  • Hiking

Day 6: Sprengisandur Highland Route

Wild Heart of Iceland and Black Sand Desert

Breakfast at your hotel.  It´s time to head north through the very heart of Iceland.  Discover hidden treasures of Iceland's uninhabited interior traveling along the Sprengisandur highland route, a vast, barren, black desert connecting the north and south. With only rough tracks and un-bridged glacial rivers, your group will rely on your experienced driver to navigate the rugged passage between the glaciers. (Note: If Sprengisandur is closed, we take the Kjolur highland route instead.)

Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area for the next 2 nights.

Highlights

  • Sprengisandur route
  • Uninhabited highlands
  • Ódáðahraun lava field

Day 7: Tjornes – Asbyrgi – Dettifoss – Lake Myvatn

Glacial River Gorge – Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall – Geothermal Wonderland– Rich Birdlife

Breakfast at your hotel. After traveling on the gravel roads of the highlands the past couple of days, the smooth highways of the North make the fully-packed day ahead more comfortable. Travel through the town of Husavik and around the Tjornes peninsula, the northernmost point of your journey. Discover the impressive 100 meter (328 feet) high walls of the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi. According to Norse mythology, the canyon is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Odinn. The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, which is located in the awe-inspiring Jokulsargljufur canyon. Next travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland and paradise for bird watchers. Some of the most visually bizarre attractions in the region include the mud pits of Hverarond and the still-warm lava fields of Krafla, teeming with lava flows, fissures and explosion craters.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area.

Highlights

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

Day 8: Akureyri – Skagafjordur

Waterfall "Of the Gods" – The Capital of the North – Viking Horses

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start the adventure today with a visit to Godafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Continue to Akureyri, the vibrant "Capital of the North". Enjoy some free time to explore this colourful and charming town.  Some activities might include a visit to the delightful botanical garden, a swim in the local geothermal pool, or perhaps enjoying the atmospheric Listagil neighborhood dedicated to culture, art and fine food. The route then continues to the Skagafjordur district, known as the traditional heart of horse breeding in Iceland.  This area also boasts many historical sites from the classic Sagas. In the evening, horseback riding on a purebred Viking horse is an appealing option, as is an invigorating walk in the picturesque surroundings.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area.

Highlights

  • Goðafoss
  • Akureyri
  • Skagafjörður

Optional

  • Hiking or horseback tour in Skagafjörður

Day 9: Hvammstangi – Eiriksstadir – Fellsstrond

Historical Farmlands – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson

Breakfast at your hotel.  The journey continues around Vatnsnes Peninsula, which reveals the extraordinary rock formation of Hvitserkur which is a 15 meter (49 ft) tall cliff jutting out straight from the sea.  You might see seals resting close to the beach.  In the after-noon, drive through rolling farmlands and across Laxardalsheidi heath to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir.  This was the original homestead of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. In a replica of a grass-roofed house, meet modern day Vikings who demonstrate the lifestyle from 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Fellsstrond area.

Highlights

  • Eiríksstaðir Museum

Day 10: Snaefellsjokull National Park

Snaefellsjokull Glacier – Pebble Beaches – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Quaint Fishing Villages

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today is spent exploring the amazing variety of natural landscapes in Snaefellsnes National Park. Undoubtedly the crowning jewel is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself, which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. Walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi, you can observe magnificent basalt rock in stacked formations and take a unique walk along the hiking trail linking the settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar.  Afterwards drive back to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik.  Dinner is on your own.

Highlights

  • Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Djúpalónssandur
  • Arnarstapi
  • Reykjavik

Day 11: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.  Transfer to the airport not included.  We would be happy to book a transfer for you.  We recommend departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.

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 22 June - 31 August 2017

1 Adult 2 Adults 3 Adults 4 Adults
Prices €3900 €3110 €3373 €3110


Optional activities (at extra cost):
  • Day 1: Tour to Blue Lagoon | Flexible time
  • Day 1: Whale watching from Reykjavík | 2.5 - 3 hours
  • Day 4: Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon | 30-40 mins  
  • Day 8: Horse riding tour in Gauksmýri | 1.5 hours

 

Departures 2017

  • 22 June, 2017 | English
  • 29 June, 2017 | English / Dutch
  • July 6, 2017 | English 
  • July 13, 2017 | English / Dutch 
  • July 20, 2017 | English  
  • July 27, 2017 | English / Dutch 
  • August 3, 2017 | English 
  • August 5, 2017 | English / Dutch 
  • August 10, 2017 | English  
  • August 17, 2017 | English 
  • August 19, 2017 | English / Dutch 
  • August 24, 2017 | English 
  • August 31, 2017 | English 

 

Included

  • 9-day tour with driver-guide from/to Reykjavík
  • 2 hotel nights w/facilities in Reykjavík
  • 8 nights w/facilities in the countryside
  • 8 dinners in the countryside
  • Breakfast daily except arrival day
  • Participation in Iceland Travel's Reforestation Project in Haukadalur (day 2)
  • Entrance to Eriksstadir Museum (day 9)

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.
  • Children 6-11 years sharing a room and/or traveling with a guardian will receive 50% discount from the listed price, valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults.
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on this tour.

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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