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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Stunning view of reykjavik city, Iceland

Iceland: Reykjavík & National Parks

Country Walkers
4.2 . Great
83%
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 7,498 $ 937 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Near the basalt sea columns of Vík, enjoy a memorable walk along the headlands above Reynisfjall cliffs, spotting puffins and kittiwakes.
  • Discover many of Iceland’s traditions on your visit to a folk museum in Skogar complete with old turf farmhouses and antique fishing boats.
  • Learn about the fascinating and distinctive Icelandic horse when you visit a farming family near Hella, who takes you through their stables to show you the unique gaits of these pony-sized creatures.

Short Description

The “Land of Fire and Ice” offers spellbinding landscapes unlike any on Earth: plummeting waterfalls ringed with green hills, iceberg-dotted lakes, smoking lava fields, and stark coastlines of black-sand beaches. In this unique country of Viking traditions, you explore deep fjords plied by minke whales and seals, walk silver-green heathland to majestic waterfalls, and relax in natural hot tubs heated by underground magma chambers. Enjoy highlights like the steaming volcano craters and bubbling mudpots of the north, the fishing villages and wild reindeer of the picturesque east, the dramatic glaciers of the south, and the fashionable city of Reykjavik to the west. You explore Europe’s largest migratory-bird sanctuary at Lake Mývatn, a peaceful oasis for red-breasted merganser, Eurasian teal, and eider that’s surrounded by steaming earth. In Þingvellir National Park, stand on the meeting site of Iceland’s thousand-year-old parliament, a dramatic rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart—a testament to the country’s natural and cultural riches.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Reykjavík
End City Reykjavík

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights at the Radisson Blu 1919 in Reykjavík
  • Two breakfasts
  • 8-day/7-night Iceland: Reykjavík & National Parks guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

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Itinerary

Overnight: Flight from USA to Reykjavík, Iceland

Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.

Arrival: Arrive in Reykjavík, Iceland

Accommodation: Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavík

Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, after retrieving luggage and passing through customs, a Country Walkers representative holding a sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are guests arriving within the same time frame. A small-group transfer is provided to your hotel in Reykjavík. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival, you may store luggage in the event that your room is not ready. The remainder of the day is at leisure (no meals or activities included).

Day 1: Join Your Country Walkers Iceland: Reykjavík & National Parks tour

Accommodation: Hotel Rangá, Hella

Meals: Breakfast

Your guide(s) will meet you at the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavík at 8:30 a.m. in the lobby. Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt. Please be dressed for walking.

From Reykjavík, head for Þingvellir National Park, home to Iceland’s ancient parliament and an important traditional site for games, feasts, marriages, and trade. After lunch at a local farm, visit the geothermal waters of Geysir and the famous Gullfoss waterfall en route to your hotel in Hella.

Day 2: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls; Vík cliff/beach walk

Accommodation: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Hnappavellir

Follow the Ring Road east, admiring the south coast’s dramatic black-sand beaches, soaring mountains, and glacier-fed waterfalls. Visit Skógar’s folk museum and enjoy a spectacular coastal walk under the Reynisfjall cliffs, then cross the moss-covered Eldhraun lava field to your hotel near Vatnajökull Glacier.

Day 3: Vatnajökull National Park

Accommodation: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Hnappavellir

Enjoy breathtaking scenery on today’s loop walk through Vatnajökull National Park, including waterfalls, heath, black sand desert, and Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. This afternoon, visit the striking Ingólfshöfði headland, where a local farmer will regale you with tales of shipwrecks and ancient Norse settlers.

Day 4: Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon to Seyðisfjörður

Accommodation: Hótel Aldan, Seyðisfjörður

Gaze at blue-tinted natural ice sculptures and crystal turquoise waters during this morning’s stop at Jökulsárlón lagoon. After a delicious lunch of langoustines in Höfn, continue to your historic hotel in Seyðisfjörður.

Day 5: Skálanes Nature Reserve

Accommodation: Hótel Aldan, Seyðisfjörður

Snowcapped mountains, sandy beaches, lush meadows and the deep blue Seyðisfjörður Fjord create a magical backdrop for today’s walk in the Skálanes Nature Reserve. Watch for seals, whales, reindeer, and abundant birdlife.

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Mývatn

Accommodation: Hótel Reynihlíð (or equivalent), Reykjahlíð

Cross Iceland’s fascinating interior, stopping to admire the extraordinary scenery of Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon Park. This afternoon, proceed to the geologically active Mývatn/Krafla region, home to volcanic craters, lava fields, bubbling mud flats, and Europe’s largest migratory-bird sanctuary.

Day 7: Lake Mývatn

Accommodation: Hótel Reynihlíð (or equivalent), Reykjahlíð

Explore the Lake Mývatn region, visiting the awe-inspiring Hverfjall crater, the Dimmuborgir lava pillars, and the unique Mars-like geology of the Skútustaðagígar craters. Tonight, enjoy a celebratory farewell dinner.

Day 8: Your Country Walkers Iceland: Reykjavík & National Parks tour concludes

Accommodation: Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavík

After enjoying your tour’s final lunch, you’re provided a small-group transfer to the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel in Reykjavík for your post-tour night. (Dinner is on your own.)

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6 Country Walkers Travel Reviews & Ratings

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4.3
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4.3

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Excellent local guides,TERRIBLE customer service

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I’ve travelled with CW three times. This last trip is my last. You know how you can tell how good a business is when a crisis occurs? Such was the case on my last trip. Mega hurricane in Florida caused all flights to cancelled in Miami—just the place where many of our tour group had to fly through. Not only were the staff not ahead of the game (American airlines alerted us that flights were being cancelled, and that we needed to rebook ASAP, but CW REFUSED to take responsibility). After spending the night trying to handle things on our own (which we couldn’t do because CW booked our flights), finally, the next morning someone with authority finally said they would handle it—after an employee verbally stated several times (and in writing) that they WEREN’T responsible?! Over the next few days I tried in vain to reach anyone at the office that would acknowledge what occurred was really poor. I did get to hear how this employee was “a really good longtime employee.” No apology; but an offer of $500 was made “make me happy.” Wow—my whole point was missed. We were ignored, then patronized, how utterly frustrating.

Grrr! This experience was so bad that it’s taken me several months to write this review. Frankly, I kept thinking CW wasn’t worth it he time it would take me to write it. But, on the off-chance anyone reads these reviews, I actually felt responsible to warn anyone considering a booking with CW. DON’T.
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We loved our CW trip to Peru!

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We loved our CW trip to Peru! We had wonderful guides who were helpful, knowledgeable, and fun to be with. We especially liked the special cultural immersion opportunities created by CW such as the weaving demonstration, family visits and home-cooked meals, corn beer and coin toss recreation stop, etc. This made the trip much more meaningful and gave us more of a flavor of Peru than hiking and sight seeing alone. Everything was top notch and we knew we were in good hands for the week. Thank you for an extraordinary experience.
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Phone interactions are exceptional

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Phone interactions are exceptional. Employees are well informed about travel in general and your tours in particular-they speak with authority and from personal experience with your offerings. They call back promptly with answers and even help with the occasional related but not tour specific problem. The materials sent are helpful. I especially like the suggested reading materials. Have enjoyed all of our trips and have recommended CW in the past and will continue to do so
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CW is a great company

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CW is a great company. I have been on two adventures with CW and both have exceeded my expectations. I only have two slightly negative things: 1. the levels of difficulty are not really accurate. For instance, both trips I took were rated easy to moderate and both were easy to challenging. This was a topic of conversation among my fellow hikers and they all agreed. One hiker said that he heard that CW rates them as easier than they are as they wouldn't get the participation they need if they rated them more realistically. 2. I would prefer to stop along the way more than is programmed. I understand that the itinerary drives the distance but there are so many things I didn't get to see as my head was down while walking instead of being able to look up and take it all in.
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not 5 star

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While the CW team was good, it was not 5 star as the client team relationship was limited with no follow up. Other travel companies use a more connected approach. I don't see me using CW again.
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worst thing that you have done was merge with VBT

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I think the worst thing that Country Walkers has done was merge with VBT. I don't get a real person when I call, I get agents that have no idea about what country walkers is or should be. It has turned into a numbers game and your guests are the losers. The damnation of a once good company.
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Small Group - 24 max

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