13 Day Grand Tour of Iceland

1 Reykjavik, 1 Borgarnes, 2 Patreksfjordur, 1 Vogur, 2 Akureyri, 1 Myvatn, 1 Borgarfjordur, 1 Hnappavellir & 1 Reykjavik
8 nights accommodation, all transfers, Daily breakfast and sightseeing
Price Includes
  • 11 nights accommodations in comfort tourist class hotels with breakfast
  • 1 night at the [Klettur Hotel] or similar, Reykjavik
  • 1 night at the [Icelandair Hamar Hotel] or similar, Borgarnes
  • 2 nights at the Hotel Fosshotel Westfjords or similar, Patreksfjordur
  • 1 night at the Hotel Vogur Country Lodge or similar, Vogur
  • 2 nights at the Hotel Kea or similar, Akureyri
  • 1 night at the Hotel Fosshotel Myvatn or similar, Myvatn
  • 1 night at the Hotel Alfheimar Country or similar, Borgarfjordur
  • 1 night at the Hotel Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon or similar, Hnappavellir
  • 1 night at the [Klettur Hotel] or similar, Reykjavik
  • Transfer Keflavik Airport - Reykjavik with guide
  • English speaking guide for 10 days as per program
  • Pingvellir national park, Seljalandsfoss & Skaftafell national park
  • Entrance to one exhibition at the Settlement Center
  • Vatnshellir Cave Tour with activity guide (appr. 1 hour)
  • One-way ferry to the Westfjords incl coach, driver & guide
  • Entrance to the Hnjoti transportation and folk museum
  • Entrance to Eiriksstadir museum
  • Horse show visit (15 minutes show)
  • Beer tasting at a local micro-brewery minimum 3 pax
  • Entrance to the Herring Era museum
  • Entrance with towel at Myvatn Nature Baths (1.5-2h stop)
  • Entrance Petra Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
  • Boat tour at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with activity guide (45 minutes)
  • Entrance to Lava Center Exhibition in Hvollsvollur
  • Transfer Reykjavik - Keflavik Airport without guide
Day By Day Itinerary
DAY 1: Departure from USA

  • Board your international flight from the USA to reach Iceland in the next day. Meals will be served on board of the flight.
DAY 2: Welcome to Iceland

  • Private transfer from the airport to Reykjavik where you spend the night.
  • Overnight: Reykjavik
DAY 3: Golden Circle

  • We see classic highlights today. We explore Gullfoss, the beautiful double Golden Falls and we walk through the active geothermal area of Geysir, where Strokkur &ldquothe churn&rdquo spouts up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to ten minutes.
  • The next stop is the ancient Viking Parliament area and UNESCO world heritage site of pingvellir National Park. The pingvellir plain is situated on a tectonic plate boundary where North America and Europe are slowly tearing away from each other. As a result, the plain is scarred by dramatic fissures, ponds, and rivers, including the great rift Almannagja.
  • We continue our journey along the scenic Hvalfjordur fjord.
  • Overnight: Borgarnes
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 4: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Lava Caves and Ferry trip to the West Fjords

  • Today, we explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, which juts out from Iceland West Coast. A rugged mountain chain runs its length, capped by the 1,446-meter Snaefellsjokull glacier, a mystical coneshaped stratovolcano. We travel around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, through lava fields, and along the ocean with many classic Icelandic photo opportunities. We see the most popular sites at the Snaefellsnes National Park where volcanic craters, lava flows, an ice cap, glaciated peaks, fjords, sandy beaches, and high cliffs shape its landscapes.
  • We follow the adventure of Jules Verne classic science fiction novel about The Journey to the Center of the Earth. Do not miss your chance to go on a trip to the interior of the earth under the glacier Snæfellsjokull This lava cave tour takes you 35 meters underground and about 200 meters into the lava tube called Vatnshellir.
  • In the afternoon, we catch the car ferry Baldur from Stykkisholmur to Brjánslaekur in the West Fjords. On the 2,5-hour journey over Breidafjordur Bay, we pass the island of Flatey, which is inhabited only during the summertime. If the weather is nice, you enjoy a magnificent view of the bay countless isles as well as the glacier Snaefellsjokull.
  • Overnight: Patreksfjordur
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 5: Iceland Westernmost point

  • We follow the coastline and stop at the folk and transport museum in Hnjotur. We continue through a very remote and sparsely populated region to the bird cliffs of Latrabjarg, the most abundant seabird cliff and the westernmost point of Iceland and Europe where you can see puffins from mid-May till mid-August. We take a walk in the wilderness to the top of the highest bird cliff in Iceland.
  • Latrabjarg is known in the world for its density of Nordic birds. Puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, cormorants, kittiwakes and other cliff birds flock either in hundreds, thousands and even in millions.
  • Latrabjarg is a place where you can get very close to the seabirds, and even if you&rsquore not into bird watching, you are entertained by the comic puffins and mesmerized by the sheer number of birds. If weather and road conditions allow we travel to Raudisandur beach with endless red sand. Well, not endless but 10 km is a lot. The magnificent hues of the sand differ with daylight, tides, and weather. This pure sand beach is home to countless seabirds and seals and is an oasis of unique tranquillity. Forget everything, except maybe getting the perfect shot of the ever-changing hues of yellow, orange and red.
  • Overnight: Patreksfjordur
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 6: Beautiful Westfjords

  • We travel over mountains and along the shore of scenic fjords until we reach the majestic fjord Arnarfjordur, surrounded by high mountains. At the bottom of the fjord, we come across the unique waterfall Dynjandi with its seven levels of plunging water, declared the country most beautiful waterfall by the people of Iceland.
  • We continue over a mountain pass and along the southern shores of the West Fjords which is a route less travelled and is characterized by sheer cliffs, deep cut bays and narrow stretches of coastal lowland.
  • We overnight at the remote Vogur Country Lodge in West Iceland. This overnight location is a truly peaceful and beautiful place close to Breidafjordur Bay, giving you the feeling of being all alone in Iceland.
  • Overnight: Vogur
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 7: Heading North

  • In the morning we travel mostly off-the-beaten-path, see abandoned farms, beautiful little country churches, and Icelandic horses. At Haukadalur, there a rather authentic-looking replica of the homestead of Erik the Red, the famous explorer who founded the Icelandic colony in Greenland. His son Leif-the-Lucky, born in Haukadalur, Iceland, was the first European to set foot in North America.
  • Now the excavated and reconstructed farm in Haukadalur is a living Viking museum, a fun, informative and a photogenic place. The landscape is dominated by mountains, lakes, valleys, sea and wide open spaces. We head north and stop at a local farm for lunch and a horse show where we learn about the unique qualities of Iceland special breed.
  • Afterwards, we travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland before we reach the charming town of Akureyri, Iceland second-largest city. We will stay two nights in the capital of North Iceland.
  • Overnight: Akureyri
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 8: Northernmost Town

  • During a 6-hour excursion, we see spectacular fjord landscapes while travelling to Siglufjordur, Iceland northernmost town and known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. Siglufjordur is located on the mountainous Trollaskagi Peninsula.
  • On the way, we pass small fishing villages and stop at a deserted valley that even most Icelanders have not seen. Included is a visit to the Herring Museum and also beer tasting at Kaldi, a local micro-brewery.
  • The rest of the day is free at leisure. Maybe you like to go shopping, visit a geothermal swimming pool, stroll through the local botanical garden or try an optional whale watching or horseback riding tour at 17:00.
  • Overnight: Akureyri
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 9: Geological Wonders and Nature Baths

  • We explore Godafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, and continue to Lake Myvatn, known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. We see pseudo craters, walk in the mysterious lava field Dimmuborgir, see the tephra cone Hverfjall, explore the hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools of Namaskard, and travel to the explosion crater lake Víti in the Krafla geothermal fields. In the afternoon relax and soak at the Myvatn Nature Baths.
  • Overnight: Myvatn
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 10: The Secret of The East

  • We travel to Dettifoss, Europe most powerful waterfall, in the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park. The round trip walk takes about 40-60 minutes.
  • We continue east through the bare and sometimes deserted landscape with mountains all around. Along the way, we stop at Modrudalur the all year residence at the highest altitude in Iceland, 469m above sea level. In the summertime, an onsite service centre is a perfect place to enjoy the view of Herdubreid, the queen of the Icelandic mountains. We visit the church at the farm, built by hand in 1949 by the former farmer in the memory of his late wife.
  • From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. We explore the northernmost fjord on the East Fjord mountain range. The isolated village Bakkagerdi at Borgarfjordur-Eystri has only 120 inhabitants and is a charming village, built snugly next to the steep mountainside. Driving to there is dramatic and rewarding. The colourful mountains are unique and impressive.
  • Overnight: Borgarfjordur
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 11: Fjords, Glaciers and Ice

  • Its a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords, and en route we visit Petra&rsquos fascinating rock collection. A naturalist and a collector are two terms that have been used to describe Petra since she was a little girl.
  • From the day she opened her eyes for the first time she perceived her surrounding differently from most of her compatriots, and it is almost as her parents knew when they named her. The word Petra simply means stone in Greek. Petra collected for nearly 80 years this unique treasure of rocks, crystals, zeolites, quartz and more, all from the nearby area in the Eastfjords. The rocks and stones are beautifully laid out in her home and garden. Her descendants proudly take good care of this unique exhibition.
  • In the afternoon we see Vatnajokull, Europe biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop for a boat ride amongst the floating icebergs on the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, considered one of the highlights on tour around Iceland.
  • We spend the night near Skaftafell in the southern part of Vatnajokull National Park.
  • Overnight: Hnappavellir
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 12: Vatnajokull National Park & The South

  • Today we visit Vatnajokull National Park which covers about 14 of Iceland, making it Europe 2nd largest national park in terms of area after Yugyd Va in Russia. We explore the region of Skaftafell that is nestled below Iceland highest mountain and the second biggest stratovolcano in Europe, the 2,110-meter high Hvannadalshnjukur.
  • We walk close to one of the many glacial tongues in the area a Kodak moment. We cross a sandy desert and drive along the South Coast, always between the sea, rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík. We stop at the Skógafoss waterfall, another must-see location in South Iceland.
  • The crashing water creates a mist that results in frequent and magical rainbows, just adding some more memorable experiences to the sheer beauty of this stunning scenery and place.
  • Afterwards, we reach Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can follow a slick and wet trail and walk right behind the falls. Come prepared and bring a raincoat and good boots as you will get wet.
  • Then we visit the Lava Center in Hvolsvollur, where we watch a documentary film about volcanic eruptions in the past years in Iceland. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Reykjavik and we will
  • spend the last night of the Grand Tour in Iceland&rsquos capital.
  • Overnight: Reykjavik
  • Meal: Breakfast
DAY 13: Departure

  • Transfer from hotel in Reykjavik to Kelfavik airport.
  • Meal: Breakfast

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Notes :
  • This itinerary for 15 passengers and more for inquiries, please email us at res2@right-travel.com 
  • Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates.
  • All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.
Not Included
  • Drinks during lunch & 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

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