|23 Sep - 28 Sep|
Icebergs, glaciers, hot springs and volcanoes are plentiful in Iceland, being one of the most geologically young and active areas in the world. This tour offers the perfect opportunity to witness and experience the marvels of Mother Nature in its purest form, exploring the main attractions of South Iceland, including the Westman Islands. Discover wonders such as the Strokkur Geysir, Eyjafjallajokull volcano, the Gulfoss Waterfalls and Vatnajokull glacier, as well as the magnificent natural landscape that surrounds them.
Arrive at Keflavík airport and transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík. Wander around Iceland’s cultural capital which boasts dozens of fine restaurants, bars, museums and galleries.
Depart Reykjavik and travel along the south coast to Landeyjarhöfn harbour and then on to the pier at Bakkafjara. En route stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Board the ferry to Vestmannaeyjar (the Westman Islands), one of Iceland’s most distinctive locations and home to an abundance of wildlife, particularly birds. Explore the extraordinary volcanic landscape of Heimaey, the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago and the most populated island off the Icelandic coast. Visit the puffins in windy Storhofdi and enjoy fantastic views from the top of the ridge. Walk up to the crater of a recently erupted volcano, explore the flora of a new lava field and visit Eldheimar museum. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the islands at your leisure. Overnight in the Westman Islands depending on weather conditions. (B)
Optional excursions: Rib Safari boat tour - Small Islands trip; Viking tours boat tour – Circle boat tour.
Take the ferry back from the Westman Islands and travel further on through fertile farmland and glacial rivers before reaching the spectacular Skogar and Skogafoss waterfalls. Visit the nearby Skogar Folk Museum to discover a fascinating collection of historical Icelandic treasures, and the new Lava Centre - an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Continue to the black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Overnight in Vik area. (B,D)
Visit Vatnajökull National Park, one of Iceland’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty. The area is dominated by incredible views of mighty Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Cross Eldhraun lava fields before reaching the small town Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. Continue to Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, where huge icebergs float and grind together in the deep waters, and perhaps embark on an optional boat tour. Return to Vík for a stroll along the black sandy beach. Overnight in Vik area. (B,D)
Optional excursions: Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon boat tour.
Depart for the Geysir geothermal fields and view steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pools and the famous Strokkur geyser, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes. Continue to one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls, Gullfoss, before reaching the popular Þingvellir National Park, where the ancient parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest natural lake, Þingvallavatn. Late afternoon head back to Reykjavik for overnight stay. (B)
*Return Grayline Shuttle Bus airport transfers.
We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions. Icelandair offers flights to Iceland from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Aberdeen and Glasgow so please contact us for further information.
23 Sep 2018
28 Sep 2018
|Last few places remain|
Shane was a marvellous help with booking – especially the Greenland extension. Everything went so smoothly.
I can highly recommend both parts Iceland and Greenland.
Many thanks Shane.