Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Wide Nature View of Reykjavík, Iceland

Guided Iceland Circle

GJ Travel Iceland
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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: $ 3,055 $ 382 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Reykjavík
  • Visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland
  • Visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjörður fjord
  • Admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages
  • Visit Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls

Short Description

Keep in mind that due to narrow streets in Reykjavík City Center many hotels do not have enough space for a coach to stop outside. Walking distance for passengers can be up to 10 minutes, depending on location. GJ Travel will use a shuttle to transfer the luggage that passengers need to pick up outside their hotel without any extra charge.

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 Only ground transport
Start City Reykjavik
End City Reykjavik

Trip Includes

  • Transfer Keflavík Airport-Reykjavík with guide
  • Accommodation for 7 nights (11% VAT) incl. breakfast
  • 2x Reykjavik, 5x outside of Reykjavik
  • 5x 3-course dinner including coffee/tea outside of Reykjavík
  • Coach and driver for 6 days as per program outside of Reykjavík, day 2-7
  • Maximum 1650 km in total
  • Maximum 9 hours per day between 08:00-19:00
  • Accommodation for the driver in single room incl. breakfast and dinner outside of Reykjavík
  • English speaking guide for 6 days as per program
  • Maximum 11 hours per day:  Accommodation for the guide in single room incl. breakfast and dinner outside of Reykjavík
  • Entrance to natural history & seal museum in Hvammstangi
  • Entrance to Viðimýri turf church
  • Entrance with towel at Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Entrance Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
  • Entrance to Lava center Exhibition in Hvollsvellir Entrance Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Transfer Reykjavík- Keflavik Airport without guide

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland (50 km/31 mls)

Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykjavík

Private transfer from the airport to Reykjavík where you spend the night.

Day 2: Volcano Crater, Seals, Fjords & Mountains (425 km/264 mls)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Fosshotel Reykjavík. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local 3arbor. Further north we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Overnight: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

Day 3: The Capital Of North Iceland, Lake Mývatn & Geothermal Baths (120 Km/75 Mls)

Accommodation: Sel Hotel Mývat

In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon we travel to an important spot in Iceland’s history, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Mývatn which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. We stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kálfaströnd followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike.

Day 4: Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs & Travel East (250 km/155 mls)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Hallormsstaður / Hotel Valaskjálf

In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch we visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park.

Day 5: Fjords, Glacier And Ice (470 Km/292 mls)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Fosshotel Núpar

It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier.

Day 6: South Coast (240 km/149 mls)

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Fosshotel Hekla

A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we stop at LAVA center in Hvollsvellir. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet!

Day 7: Icelandic Horses & Golden Circle (160 km/99 mls)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykjavík

We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. We start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. We continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls”, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travelers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world’s northernmost capital.

Day 8: Departure Home (50 km/31 mls)

Meals: Breakfast

Transfer from hotel in Reykjavik to Kelfavik airport.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Accomodations

  • Fosshotel Reykjavik
  • Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
  • Sel Hotel Mývatn
  • Hotel Hallormsstaður / Hótel Valaskjálf
  • Fosshotel Núpur
  • Fosshotel Hekla

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellations are only valid if reconfirmed in writing by GJ Travel. GJ Travel does not have to ask for rooming list first (or if group will be operated) in order for cancellation fees not to be charged. It is the responsibility of the tour operator to send cancellation in time.

10% cancellation fee for cancellation 9 to 12 weeks prior to arrival

50% cancellation fee for cancellation 5 to 8 weeks prior to arrival

Full charge for cancellation 0 day to 4 weeks prior to arrival as well as for no-shows.

Other cancellation policies may apply when packages include flights in Iceland, Faroe Islands or Greenland.

Cancellation policy for coach hire only:

Cancellations are only valid if reconfirmed in writing by GJ Travel.

10% cancellation fee for cancellation 8 weeks to 4 weeks prior to arrival.

50 % cancellation fee for cancellation 4 weeks to 2 weeks prior to arrival.

Full charge for cancellation within 2 weeks prior to arrival or no-shows.

Trip ID#:

GuiIceGjt

Trip Excludes

  • Drinks during dinner
  • Other not mentioned meals or refreshments
  • Other not mentioned tours, activities or extras
  • Guide during the departure transfer
  • Extra fee due to early breakfast or grab & go
  • Other unexpected costs for nature sights

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners

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