Best of Iceland tour explores north and south parts of the country with plenty of free time
This twelve day Iceland tour focuses on guided day tours from Akureyri in the north and Hella in the south. You will stay five nights in Akureyri and six night in Hella; staying in only two hotels means a lot less packing and more free time to enjoy yourself. With a choice of accommodation from tourist class hotels to superior class hotels, you will have the perfect stay in Iceland. You can decide when you meet up for the tour which activities you would like to do, where you would like to dine, and if you would prefer some time on your own. It is possible to book just the North Iceland tour or the South Iceland tour making an ideal short break. These tours offer an excellent experience combined with exceptional value for money – the choice really is up to you with this Best of Iceland tour package!
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 1
MON: WEST ICELAND AND OVER THE MOUNTAINS TO THE NORTH
Your Iceland tour stars today after leaving Reykjavík. We will explore Hraunfossar waterfalls, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and climb the Grábrók volcano crater in West Iceland. We will see some of Iceland’s past with a visit to Glaumbær Turf Farm Museum, and travel along fjords and over mountains to Akureyri – the capital of North Iceland, our base for the next five nights.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 2
TUE: AKUREYRI AND OPTIONAL TOUR TO HRÍSEY ISLAND
In the morning, you will have a guided walk to explore Akureyri, which has a charming city center and a fine botanical garden. The afternoon is free to explore on your own, or join an optional excursion by bus and ferry to Hrísey Island.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 3
WED: GEOLOGICAL WONDERS OF LAKE MÝVATN
Enjoy a full day excursion to towering Goðafoss waterfall and beautiful Lake Mývatn with its rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic landscapes.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 4
THU: LEISURE DAY OR OPTIONAL DAY TOUR TO SIGLUFJÖRDUR
Explore Akureyri on your own or join our optional excursion to see some spectacular fjord landscapes while traveling to Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northern most town.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 5
FRI: WHALES, WATERFALLS AND EUROPE’S LARGEST NATIONAL PARK
Húsavík is a picturesque small fishing town only an hour from Akureyri where you can join an optional whale watching cruise or visit some of the many museums. Then we travel to the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park, stop at bird cliffs where puffins may be seen, and visit the huge canyon of Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 6
SAT: KJÖLUR HIGHLAND ROAD
We go through the heart of Iceland today traveling on the Kjölur Trail between the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers. We will stop at the hot springs of Hveravellir where you can soak in a natural hot pool. Hella in South Iceland is our base for the next six nights. The Best of North Iceland ends today, as travelers return to Reykjavík.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 7
SUN: ÞJÓRSÁRDALUR (180 km/112 mls)
The participants of Best of South Iceland join the Best of Iceland group for the rest of the tour. We travel alongside the Hekla volcano and visit the Hjálparfoss waterfall. Nearby we explore the Viking farm ruins at Stöng and enjoy a leisurely hike to Gjáin, a green oasis in an otherwise rocky, barren moonlike landscape.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 8
MON: SOUTH SHORE (200 km/124 mls)
We visit the glaciers, waterfalls, bird cliffs and lava beaches of South Iceland. There is an optional glacier walk or a visit to Skógar village together with our guide.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 9
TUE: WESTMAN ISLANDS (100 km/62 mls)
Ahoy! We take a short ferry ride to the Westman Islands. There is a bus and walking tour through the town of Heimaey. You have the afternoon free to explore the island, with its birds and signs of recent volcanic eruptions.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 10
WED: LEISURE DAY OR OPTIONAL DAY TOUR TO VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK (600 km/372 mls)
Today is a free day. You can join an optional day tour to the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park, home of Europe’s largest glacier and Jökulsárlón, a glacier lagoon with floating icebergs.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 11
THU: GOLDEN CIRCLE (230 km/143 mls)
A day to visit three of Iceland’s most important spots: Gullfoss waterfall, Geyser hot springs and Þingvellir National Park.
Best of Iceland Tour: Day 12
FRI: REYKJANES PENINSULA, BLUE LAGOON AND REYKJAVÍK (200 km/124 mls)
Hot springs, lava fields, amazing bird cliffs and moonlike landscapes are on today’s itinerary. The tour ends with a Reykjavík city tour after an optional visit to the famous Blue Lagoon.
Best of Iceland Tour: It is possible to book just the North option, days 1-6 with five nights in Akureyri or the South option, days 7-12 with five nights in Hella.
Tours depart throughout June to August each year.
Best of Iceland Tour: What’s Included:
11 nights accommodation
Bus and guide for 12 days
Ferry to/from Westman Islands
Entrance to Glaumbær folk museum
Best of Iceland Tour: Hotels
We only stay at 2 hotels during the tour
5 nights in Akureyri, North Iceland with the following accommodation choices:
Edda Hotel Akureyri, in rooms with shared facilities (budget-class)
Edda Hotel Akureyri, in rooms with private facilities (tourist-class)
Hotel Kea Akureyri, Akureyri with private facilities (superior hotel)
6 nights in Hella, South Iceland with the following accommodation choices:
Hotel Hella, in rooms with shared facilities (budget-class)
Hotel Hella, in rooms with private facilities (tourist-class)
Hotel Rangá, in rooms with private facilities (superior hotel)
Best of Iceland Tour: What’s NOT included:
There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change
Pre and post tour hotel in Reykjavik is not included. We offer a wide selection of accommodations & hotels in Reykjavik. Contact us for further information and prices.
Please note, that afternoon program on day 2 and full day program on day 4 and 9 are optional and not included in the tour price.
Best of Iceland Tour: Optional tours:
Day 2: Hrisey Island including ferry, 4-5H: $90
Day 4: Siglufjörður, Iceland’s most northern town, 8H: $150
Day 10: Vatnajökull National Park, 12H: $210
Whale watching in Husavik (day 5): $87
Glacier hike during South Shore Tour (day 8): $72
Boat Tour on Glacial Lagoon (day 10): $39
Blue Lagoon entrance & towel (day 12): $68
Blue Lagoon visitor fee: $15
Different museums: between $7 to $15 entrance
Airport transfers are not included
Baggage handling & luggage forwarding
Best of Iceland Tour: Accommodation changes and upgrade are available for all our Iceland Tour, make an inquiry now
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