Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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Adventure in Iceland

Smithsonian Journeys
3.0 . Average
Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
11 days
From: $ 4,998 $ 454 / day
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  • Explore the natural beauty and geological wonders of this amazing island.
  • Massive glaciers, powerful waterfalls, volcanoes, spouting hot springs.
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park, where the world’s oldest parliament was established.

Short Description

Iceland is a land of massive glaciers, rumbling volcanoes, spouting hot springs, lava fields, and powerful waterfalls. Join us for an 11-day journey to enjoy its geological wonders, gracious hospitality, and relaxed pace. Begin in Borgarnes, where you learn about the renowned Icelandic saga writers, then tour the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, stroll through small fishing villages, gaze upon bizarre rock formations, and marvel at thousands of nesting cliff birds. In northern Iceland, spend three nights in the region’s vibrant capital of Akureyri, situated at the base of a fjord and ringed by snowcapped mountains.

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
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
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 Borgarnes
End City Reykjavik

Trip Includes

  • Expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys Expert, Tour Director, and local guides throughout the tour.
  • All accommodations (based on double occupancy).
  • Airfare from your departure city (for air inclusive guests only).
  • Airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees, and port charges and cruise line fees (where applicable), which are subject to change until final payment has been made.
  • Meals as indicated on the tour itinerary, including special welcome and farewell dinners.
  • Baggage handling for one bag per person.
  • Service charges and gratuities, except some cruise and rail programs.
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel for travelers on, or meeting, group flights (for most international tours).

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Day 1: Depart U.S. for Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 2: Reykjavik and Borgarnes

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Arriving early morning in Iceland’s capital, meet your Tour Director and enjoy a scenic drive to the hotel in Borgarnes, stopping for breakfast along the way. After some free time to rest, take an afternoon excursion to the thermal areas of Deildartunguhver and also to Hraunfossar Falls. Visit the Reyholt Cultural Centre, a historic site based on the life and residence of saga writer Snorri Sturluson who lived here between 1206 and 1241. Tonight gather at the hotel for a briefing on the journey ahead followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Borgarnes and Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Encounter the stupendous scenery of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Begin with a walk along the shell sand beach at the abandoned fishing village of Budir, surrounded by a vast lava field. Explore the caves and bizarre rock formations along the rugged shore at Arnarstapi, site of thousands of nesting cliff birds. After stopping for lunch at a rustic oceanfront restaurant, a renowned volcanologist will provide a guided tour at a volcano museum in Stykkishólmur. Learn about past and recent eruptions and their effects on the environment and Icelandic culture.

Day 4: Akureyri

Meals: Breakfast

Travel towards the northeast corner of Iceland today, and to the fjords of Akureyri, Iceland’s northern capital. Along the way visit Grasbrok Crater for scenic views. Call on a Gauksmyri farm featuring famed Icelandic horses. In Akureyri, enjoy free time for lunch on your own then take a guided coach and walking tour of this urban gem before checking in at the hotel. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Day 5: Akureyri and Lake Myvatn

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Travel to beautiful Lake Myvatn. One of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Myvatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters comprise a stunningly beautiful national park. The explorations begin with a stop at Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods” named for the carvings of Norse gods discarded here when the country was declared Christian a thousand years ago. Walk up to the fascinating Hverfjall crater, a local landmark. Later see the region’s unique “pseudo craters,” the boiling mud pots at Namaskard, the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir, the explosive crater at Viti, and the flat volcano system at Krafla. The last stop is the incredible "Glacial River Canyon" National Park, which includes a walk to jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall and Iceland's "Niagara." Return to the hotel in time for dinner on your own tonight.

Day 6: Akureyri and Jökulsárgljúfur National Park

Meals: Breakfast

This morning, traverse Hljodaklettar, the labyrinth of “echoing rocks” created by the spiral basalt formations of arches and canyons here. Continue on to Asbyrgi, a huge canyon enveloped by towering walls; in the middle of the partially wooded canyon sits a huge hoof-shaped rock called “The Island.” Continue to Husavik, embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island to see the thousands of seabirds here (based on seasonality): puffins, black guillemots, fulmars, Arctic terns.

Day 7: Reykjavik, Thingvellir National Park, Hella

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning transfer to the airport for the flight to Reykjavik. Upon arrival drive to Thingvellir National Park, known both for its historic import and as the place where the fissure between the geological plates of North America and Europe is most evident. Learn about the historic parliament founded here in A.D. 930, and walk along a gorge into the rift valley itself. After a lunch of wild freshwater trout at a lakeside hotel, depart for Great Geysir, the most famous of the geysers here; and Gullfoss, Iceland’s immensely popular “golden” waterfall. Drive down to the country’s southern coast to the beautiful agricultural area of Hella, one of three main regional centers in South Iceland.

Day 8: Hella and Vik

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Take a walk along the black-sand beach at Reynisfjara, lined with columnar basalt-filled caves. Visit picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall, followed by a stop at the Skogar Folk Museum, which depicts traditional life in Iceland. Walk to nearby Skogafoss waterfall, known for its rainbows on sunny days. Continue to lovely Vik, Iceland's southernmost town, and explore or shop for items of locally produced wool. Dine at the hotel this evening.

Day 9: Reykjavik

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Traveling back to Reykjavik through “saga” country, the setting of one of the country’s famous medieval stories. Upon arrival in Reykjavik, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then embark on a city tour of the Icelandic capital, home to more than half of Iceland’s population. Meet with a local expert to learn about the 2008 bank crisis and its effects throughout Iceland. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Day 10: Reykjavik

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today is at leisure to explore and enjoy Reykjavik as you please; those who wish can join in an optional tour to the Blue Lagoon for a soothing bath in geothermal waters rich with silica, sulfur, and other minerals. Tonight celebrate over a farewell dinner.

Day 11: Depart for U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

This morning is at leisure, perhaps for some last-minute shopping for such local specialties as handicrafts, woolens, and gourmet foods. Early this afternoon depart for the airport and your return flights to the U.S.


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Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

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Trip Excludes

  • Passport fees, visas, and visa photos as required.
  • Personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, meals other than specified.
  • Room service and valet/laundry service.
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operators in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour.
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers when purchasing “land only” package.
  • Additional baggage fees levied directly by the airline(s) may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should conform directly with your airline(s) prior to departure.
  • Airfare from your hometown to your departure city (for air inclusive guests only).

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