Iceland Encompassed - 12 days

Iceland Encompassed - 12 days

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Iceland Encompassed - 12 days

12 Days Starting and ending in Reykjavik

Visiting: Reykjavík, Geysir, Gullfoss Falls, Borgarnes, Snæfellsnes, Brjanslaekur, Patreksfjörður, Dynjandi, Laugarbakki, Hvammstangi, Vatnsnes, Akureyri, Siglufjörður, Goðafoss Waterfall, Mývatn, Dettifoss, Bakkagerði, Vatnajokull, Höfn, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Tours and Cafe, Skaftafell, Vik, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2576/IENC

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 20

Age range:

Child: 8 - 11.99yrs. Adult: 12 yrs+

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Tour Overview

SUMMER TOUR: Explore the best that Iceland has to offer on this 12-day summer tour around the country. From lava fields to magnificent fjords, you will begin with Iceland's Golden Circle. Highlights include UNESCO heritage-listed Thingvellir National Park, a journey into an underground lava cave tube, whale watching along Eyjafjordur, Iceland's longest fjord and a soak in a geothermal float pool.

Highlights

  • Reykjavik: immerse yourself in the Capital of Iceland

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula & West Fjords: Enjoy an escorted tour around this wonderous landmark and a ferry trip

  • National Parks: Discover the wonders of three amazing national parks - Þingvellir National Park, Snæfellsnes National Park and Vatnajokull National Park

  • Snæfellsjokull: Explore an 8000-year-old natural wonder Lava Cave

  • Golden Circle: Take in some of Iceland's main attractions, including Gullfoss and the Geysir Geothermal Area

  • Dynjandi Waterfall: The Crown Jewel of Westfjords

  • Vok Baths: relax in the floating series of geothermal pools

  • Jokulsárlón: Sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of glacier lagoon

  • Experience authentic culture, visit small local museums and take a selfie with Icelandic horses

  • Wildlife: See more sea-cliff birds than you can ever count, spot wild seals, and go whale-watching on Iceland's longest fjord

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Day 1: Reykjavik
Location: Reykjavík

Welcome to Iceland! Upon arrival at the airport you will take the Flybus shuttle from Keflavík International airport to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day 2: Borgarnes
Location: Reykjavík, Geysir, Gullfoss Falls, Borgarnes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Reykjavik - Gulfoss - Borgarnes. Get ready to explore the beauty that Iceland has to offer! Today, we uncover classic highlights as we embark on Iceland's famous Golden Circle Route. Starting with a visit to a geothermal greenhouse, we will watch how Icelanders grow tomatoes. Afterwards, learn about the unique history of the Icelandic horse, and be sure to take plenty of selfies.



Then, explore Gulfoss, home to the beautiful double "Golden Falls," and walk through the active geothermal area of Geysir, where Strokkur "the churn" spouts hot water up to 25 metres (70 feet) every five to seven minutes.



Next stop is an ancient Viking Parliament area, Þingvellir National Park. The UNESCO World heritage site is situated on a tectonic plate boundary where North America and Europe are slowly tearing apart from each other. This has resulted in plains scarred by fissures, ponds, and rivers, including the great rift Almannagjá.

Day 3: Borgarnes
Location: Borgarnes, Snæfellsnes, Brjanslaekur, Patreksfjörður
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Borgarnes - Snæfellsnes - Patreksfjörður. Today, we will explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which juts out from Iceland’s West Coast. A rugged mountain chain runs its length, capped by the 1,446-meter Snæfellsjökull glacier, a mystical cone-shaped stratovolcano. There are plenty of photo opportunities here, so don't be shy!



As we travel through the Snæfellsnes National Park, make sure to check out the natural wonders encapsulating the area. From lava flows to volcanic craters, to an ice cap, glaciated peaks and fjords, to sandy beaches and high cliffs along the landscape.



If you've ever read Jules Verne's science-fiction classic, "The Journey to the Center of the Earth," get ready to join the adventure. The National Park visit will culminate with a trip to the interior of the Earth, under the Snæfellsjökull glacier. The lava cave tour will take us 35 metres underground, and a whopping 200 metres into the lava tube called Vatnshellier.



The afternoon will conclude with a car ferry Baldur from Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur in the West Fjords. The scenic 2.5-hour journey will take us over Breiðafjörður Bay, passing the island of Flatey, which is inhabited only during the summertime. If the weather permits, you will enjoy a magnificent view of the bay’s countless isles as well as the glacier Snæfellsjökull.

Day 4: Patreksfjörður
Location: Patreksfjörður
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Patreksfjörður. Today we follow along the coastline. Our first stop will be the Folk and Transport Museum in Hnjótur. Afterwards, we continue to the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg, passing through a remote and sparsely populated region along the way.



Látrabjarg is home to the most abundant seabird cliff and is the westernmost point of Iceland and Europe. Embrace the wildlife as we walk through the wilderness to the top of the highest bird cliff. You may spot an array of Nordic birds, including puffins, razorbills, guillemots, fulmars, cormorants, kittiwakes and more.



If weather and road conditions allow, we will then travel to the breathtaking red sand at the tranquil Rauðisandur beach. The magnificent hues of the sand differ depending on daylight, tides, and weather. It is also home to countless seabirds, but if we're lucky we may even spot a seal!

Day 5: Patreksfjörður
Location: Patreksfjörður, Dynjandi, Laugarbakki
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Patreksfjörður - Hvammstangi. Today will take us on a journey over mountains and along the shores of scenic fjords, until we reach the Arnarfjörður fjord. Surrounded by high mountains, we venture to the bottom of the fjord and view the Dynjandi waterfall. Declared the country's most beautiful waterfall, it features seven levels of plunging water, making for a breathtaking view.



We continue over a mountain pass and then along the southern shores of the West Fjords. The route we take is stunning; characterized by sheer cliffs, deep cut bays, and narrow stretches of coastal lowland.



Our final stop of the day is Erpsstaðir, a family run dairy farm. Famous for their delicious ice cream and various dairy products, you will learn about the milk production world. The best part is when you get to sample their unique ice cream directly from the farm! Make sure to have a taste of the local seasonal flavours.


Day 6: Akureyri
Location: Hvammstangi, Vatnsnes, Akureyri
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hvammstangi - Akureyri. Today's adventure will take us off the beaten track and around the Vatnses Peninsula. Passing through the fishing village of Hvammstangi, a gravel road will take us around the pensinsula to Hvitserkur.



Hvitserkur is a mass of igneous rock that sits along the seashore and measures at around 15 metres high. Legend has it that Hvitserkur is actually a petrified troll that forgot to retreat from the light, therefore turning to stone at sunrise.



Our journey continues to Kolugljúfur canyon, where we can watch waterfalls cascade into the deep, rugged gorge. Walk on the viewing platform, and gaze in awe as the calm river waters suddenly tumble onwards over the impressive falls.



We then continue further north, stopping at Víðimýri to visit one of the few preserved turf churches in Iceland. The church was built in 1834 and has turf walls, but timber gables both back and front. We continue along a high mountain road to Akureyri, also called the capital of North Iceland, where we stay for two nights.



Day 7: Akureyri
Location: Akureyri, Siglufjörður, Akureyri
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Akureyri. Your day starts with breakfast in Akureyri's botanical gardens. After breakfast, enjoy a 2-3 hour long whale watching tour in Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord - located right below the Arctic Circle. If you're feeling lucky, you can try your luck at sea angling.



In the afternoon, we will travel to Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northernmost town, known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic and located on the mountainous Tröllaskagi Peninsula. The journey along the way is particularly scenic, boasting spectacular fjord landscapes, and passing by quaint fishing villages. We will stop at a deserted valley, which is unseen even by most Icelanders.



Once in Siglufjörður, we will visit the Herring Era Museum, Iceland's largest maritime museum and the only Icelandic winner of the European Museum Awards. Be sure to taste the herring during our stay, best paired with Brennivin, Icelandic schnapps.

Day 8: Geological And Volcanic Lava Wonders
Location: Akureyri, Goðafoss Waterfall, Mývatn, Dettifoss, Bakkagerði
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Akureyri - Bakkagerði. Get prepared for a jam-packed day of sightseeing, starting with Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods. We continue to Lake Mývatn, known for its abundant bird life and home to amazing volcanic lava landscapes. Here, we can spot pseudo craters, walk through the mysterious lava field of Dimmuborgir, see the tephra cone Hverfjall and explore the hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð.



Then, we travel to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Located in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park, the round-trip walk will take us around 40-60 minutes.



As we continue east, we will travel through bare, deserted landscape surrounded by mountains. Detouring through the uninhabited highlands of East Iceland, we will explore the northernmost fjord on the East Fjord mountain range.



The isolated village Bakkagerði at Borgarfjörður-Eystri has only 120 inhabitants; offering an end of the road location. This charming village is built snugly next to the steep mountainside and getting there is a dramatic but rewarding drive. We will settle here and unwind for the journey ahead.

Day 9: Borgarfjörður Eystri
Location: Bakkagerði, Vatnajokull, Höfn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Bakkagerði - Höfn. Venture across the twisty roads in the East Fjords, admiring the landscape and tiny fishing villages along the way. The first stop is at Vök baths, a geothermal floating pool. Located in Lake Urriðavatn, this is the perfect time for rest and relaxation. Soak in the hot water and enjoy the views from the surrounding lake.



Afterwards, get ready to visit Petra's fascinating rock collection. Petra was a local that collected all the interesting rocks she could find in the nearby Eastfjords. Now, almost 80 years later, the naturalist's collection of unique treasures includes rocks, crystals, zeolites, quarts and more, in a museum for all to enjoy.



In the afternoon we will visit Vatnajökull, Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all-over Southeast Iceland.

Day 10: Vik
Location: Höfn, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Tours and Cafe, Skaftafell
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Höfn - Vik. Day 10 begins with a visit to Vatnajökull National Park. Covering around 14% of Iceland's land mass, this is Europe's second largest national park in terms of area.



We will take a picturesque boat ride amongst floating icebergs on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. This is considered one of the biggest highlights on this tour!



Next, we walk along the black sands of Diamond Beach and explore the region of Skaftafell, nestled below Iceland's highest mountain. In fact, the 2.110-metre high Hvannadalshnúkur is the second biggest stratovolcano in Europe. There are lots of photo opportunities as we walk close to one of the many glacial tongues in the area.



Our last mission of the day is across a sandy desert, where we will reach the southernmost village in island, Vik. This is where we will be spending the night.

Day 11: Reykjavik
Location: Vik, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Reykjavík
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Vik - Reykjavik. Today is our last full day in Iceland together, so let's make the most of it! We'll begin by travelling along the beautiful South Coast of Iceland, between the sea, rugged mountains, glaciers and waterfalls.



We will spend time exploring the black lava beach, Reynisfjara, and bird cliffs, before stopping at the Skógafoss waterfall. The crashing water creates a mist that results in rainbows. This magical sensation adds to the sheer beauty of this stunning destination.



Afterwards, we visit Skógar Folk Museum which displays traditional turf houses and relics.
Later, we stop by Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which has an encircled trail that will take you behind the waterfall! Make sure you bring a raincoat and some boots, as you will definitely get wet.



Finally, we visit the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Centre that focuses on geology and active volcanoes. Our visit includes a documentary film about volcanic eruptions in Iceland.



Our tour group will have one last hoorah with a farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Reykjavik, Iceland's capital.

Day 12: Reykjavik
Location: Reykjavík
Meals Included: Breakfast

Today our Icelandic experience comes to an end with included FlyBus transfer to Keflavik Airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    3 star hotels

  • 11 breakfasts and 10 three course dinners

  • 11 nights 3 star accommodation

  • Keflavik Airport arrival and departure transfer (FlyBus shuttle)

  • Whale watching tour in Eyjafjörður fjord

  • Vök Baths, including towel

  • Visits to three national parks

  • Ferry trip to the West Fjords

  • Entrance to Folk and Transport Museum at Hnjótur

  • Farm visit

  • Visit to a geothermal greenhouse and horse stables

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What's Not Included

  • International Flights and Visas

  • Tips for your guide - this is an entirely personal gesture

  • Pre and post-tour accommodation in Reykjavik

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    Since 1998

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Jamal is our tour guide. Right from the start, he created a group chat in whatsapp and if any issues to make sure we contact him. He was on the ball with every issue thrown at him. Luggage being left behind, stragglers wondered off in a different path, hotel room etc. He explains the various site along our route to give us a better understanding of the local cultures. We had a great time, thanks to Jamal.

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Gallipoli tour. The guide was awesome. Everything went like clockwork.. My complaint is that you expect 4 people to cramp together on the back seat of the van for 4 hours. That is poverty travel. Not really acceptable for the price paid. So uncomfortable. If was to do this trip again I'd just rent a car. Although the guide was amazing, but that's 3 hours of the trip.

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27-Dec-2023

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09-Aug-2023

I had used them once before and loved them. I decided to try them again for a Baltic tour not knowing that they put me on another Tour group- Baltic vision. Loved that tour but was not impressed they marked up the cost for me over 100%. I understand taking some for yourself because of paperwork, but over double the cost everyone else paid on the tour. Just double check before you book with them that you’re not over paying.

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19-Aug-2023

I booked three tours with this agency. While the first two experiences were very nice, with well-thought-out itineraries and knowledgeable guides, the third tour was an absolute nightmare for us. Due to the unavailability of an hotel from the trip notes, the agency opted to replace it with another they claimed was "similar." To our dismay, this alternative was nothing short of a decrepit, filthy establishment that threatened to ruin our entire safari experience in South Africa. But the fiasco didn't end there. This so-called hotel began proposing and organizing activities starkly different from what we were promised in the trip notes, together with an awful services of their guides and vehicles. And when this disaster struck and we desperately needed their support? The agency ghosted us. It took them an entire day to respond, and when they did, they simply shrugged off our concerns, asserting it was too late to fix anything, even though three nights of our trip were still ahead. The level of unprofessionalism was staggering. Forced to salvage our experience, we took matters into our own hands, leaving that awful place to book another hotel and activities for the remainder of our trip—all at my own expense. Based on my experience, I suggest travelers to think twice before considering this agency. Seek out reputable companies known for their commitment to customer service and integrity.

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