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Best of Iceland

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If you're looking for a fast but full visit around Iceland, this seven-day trip fits the bill perfectly. It’s got tons of main highlights – whale-watching tours, visiting glacier lagoons, and taking glacier hikes – as well as plenty of hidden gems that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Be sure to pack your sense of adventure and get ready to feel Iceland under your feet.

Untourists Say:

We loved that it was a small group; we had an expert local tour guide; the sights were scheduled to avoid tourist crowds; tours were well paced; and the diversity of co-travelers. The hiking/activities matched fitness level needs described for trip.
P. Cipparrone, San Diego, CA
Adventure Details | Itinerary | Excursions | Pre-Post-Trip Options

About This Adventure

Itinerary Highlights

Reykjavík, Akureyri, Borgarfjörður, Höfn, Vík í Myrdal

Included:

  • An 7-day, 6-night adventure
  • Standard hotel (5 nights), local guesthouse (1 night)
  • Sleep in a local guesthouse in the eastern fjords region
  • This G Adventures group trip is accompanied by one of our group leaders, known as a CEO (Chief Experience Officer).
  • Marvel at the largest ice cap in Europe
  • Gape at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon with seals floating on icebergs
  • Photograph black-sand beaches and gushing waterfalls around this island nation
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
  • Private Vehicle

Air Options

While we have no specific air deals on this cruise, please call 1-888-868-6871 if you would like us to assist with your airfare.

Not included:



Solo Travellers
We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accommodation
Standard hotel (5 nights), local guesthouse (1 night).
About Accommodation
In Iceland we use small hotels, guest houses and inns. They are comfortable and clean but do not have many amenities. On occasion in remote areas or in order to stay somewhere unique and character-filled, we will have multi-share accommodations and/or shared facilities.
Joining Hotel
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
Joining Instructions
Please note that day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned on this day. Upon arrival to the city on day 1 (or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation), please make your way to the joining hotel (note that check-in time will be in the afternoon). Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note or bulletin board in the reception with a note from your CEO. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on day 1 (usually between 5pm and 7pm), where you will get a chance to meet your CEO and other travellers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!

If you are arriving later and will miss the Welcome Meeting, your CEO will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need, and with morning instructions for the next day.

We always recommend printing out the address of the hotel (in the native language as well as English if available), to show to your taxi driver.

Itinerary

Day 1, Reykjavík
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour.
Day 2, Reykjavík/Akureyri
Drive to Akureyri, stopping for lunch at a local cantina. Explore the town before an included whale-watching tour in the evening.

Explore the town in the afternoon before an included whale watching tour in the evening. Eyjafjörður is a scenic spot to enjoy the local wildlife and small villages in the area.

Accommodation
Country Hotel Sveinbjarnargerdi (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3, Akureyri/Bakkagerdi
Stop at Goðafoss Waterfall en route to Mývatn Lake. Explore lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal area of Námaskarð. Visit Dettifoss Waterfall before arriving in Borgarfjörður for a night in a local guesthouse.

Head to Mývatn Lake, stopping en route at Goðafoss Waterfall. In Mývatn, explore lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal area of Námaskarð.

Visit Dettifoss Waterfall, one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe.

Reach Borgarfjörður in the East Fjords region for a night in a local guesthouse.

Godafoss Waterfall Visit
Take an excursion to one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, the Goðafoss Waterfall. Measuring 12m high and 30m wide, the waterfall is a must see and a short drive from Akureyri. While Iceland is famous for its many spectacular waterfalls, Goðafoss is a favourite for visitors because it's easily accessible by car. There's also walking paths all around the falls making it easy to take fantastic photographs from different angles.

Myvatn Geothermal Lake Visit
Explore the beautiful scenery around Lake Mývatn. Formed during a volcanic eruption 2,300 yrs ago, the geothermal area is a haven for a massive number of birds. The nutrient rich water also attracts over ten species of migrating ducks to the area. Atlantic salmon and brown trout thrive in the river, feeding on the healthy midge fly population that swarm over the waters in the summer.

Dimmuborgir Lava Fields Visit
Walk the marked pathways to spot arches and pillars or check out lava caves. Meaning 'dark forts' in Icelandic, Dimmuborgir is an area of lava fields with black lava formations on display in dramatic fashion.

Námaskarð Visit
Stop at Námaskarð to see the bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles. There are some wooden pathways around the area but most visitors prefer to get up close to look at the pools, but be careful, the mud in this area is thick and sticky and the residue from the steam can stain clothing.

Dettifoss Waterfall Visit
Stop at the Detiifoss Waterfall in northeast Iceland, rumored to be the most powerful in Europe, with an average water flow of 193 m3/s. Take in the view of 45m high and 100m wide falls and take some photos to show off back home.

Accommodation
Alfheimar Guesthouse (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4, Bakkagerdi/Höfn
Leave beautiful Borgarfjörður behind and travel down the coast driving through the beautiful and majestic eastern fjords. En route to Höfn, stop at Vatnajökull glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe.

Höfn is known as the lobster capital of Iceland, so include a sample of this delicacy in your plans.

Vatnajökull Glacier Visit
Stop at Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe, covering over 8% of Iceland. There are multiple volcanoes underneath the glacier as well as over 30 outlet glaciers that stem from Vatnajökull.

Accommodation
Hoffell GlacierWorld Guesthouse (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5, Höfn/Vík í Mýrdal
Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with a chance to see seals sun bathing on the bright blue ice. Opt to check out the lagoon by boat. Continue to Skaftafell National Park for an included glacier hike. Continue to Vík.

Marvel at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with a chance to see seals sun bathing on the bright blue ice. The massive icebergs floating towards shore tower over visitors. Opt to check out the lagoon by boat.

Continue on to Skaftafell National Park and enjoy an included glacier hike before continuing on in the evening to the small town of Vík.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Visit
Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon with views of the ice cap. The lake is the lowest point in the country and filled with icebergs drifting towards the sea, often with seals lounging on top. The blocks of ice coming off the glacier are typically 30m high, in dramatic shades of white and bright blue.

Skaftafell National Park Glacier Hike
Hike some of the many maintained trails in Skaftafell National Park, famous throughout the country for its excellent weather and sunny summer days. This preservation area in the southeast is now incorporated into the larger Vatnajökull National Park. The diverse landscape here is often compared to certain parts of the Alps but, like most of Iceland's incredible landscape, the region was created by rivers, glaciers and volcanoes.

Accommodation
Steig Guesthouse (or similar)
Meals included: Breakfast
Day 6, Vik/Reykjavik
Visit Reynisfjara Beach. Continue along the Golden Circle to Drumbo. Stop at the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Explore the Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs and Þingvellir National Park. Visit a G Adventures-supported sustainable community dedicated to helping people with disabilities. Arrive to Reykjavík in the early evening.

Just outside of Vík, visit Reynisfjara Beach. Its black sand and ominous rock formations offshore make for stunning photos.

Continue to travel along the Golden Circle to Drumbo. Stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall for the opportunity to walk behind the large falls.

Stop at Skógafoss Waterfall. Explore the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs and Þingvellir National Park.

Arrive to Reykjavík in the early evening for a final night in the bustling capital.

Reynisfjara Beach
Visit Reynisfjara Beach, just outside of Vík. Its black sand and ominous rock formations offshore make for stunning photos. Take some time to watch the foaming white waves crash over the black sand (but don’t get too close, the waves here can be extremely powerful), explore the shallow cave if weather and time permits, and get a photo of the basalt sea stacks.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Visit
Seljalandsfoss is a 60m (196 ft) tall waterfall located along the popular ring road. Behind the flow of water is a path, allowing visitors to peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above.

Skógafoss Waterfall Visit
Visit Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. The 60m (200 ft) high falls forms a constant mist that floats in the air, if viewed in the sunlight the mist can create rainbows. The sound and view of the thundering water cutting through the green hills make the falls a must-see on any trip to Iceland.

Gullfoss Waterfall Visit
Discover one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss and complete the tourist circuit known as the Golden Circle. This massive waterfall cascades over three “steps” before spilling into a large crevice. Fed by a glacier lake, the water passing through the falls can be a dark grey depending on how much sediment gets pushed through the river.

Geysir Visit
See a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Geysir is one of the oldest geysers recorded in the world, but is most often dormant. Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes.

Thingvellir National Park Visit
Stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart. The Oxara river cuts through the largest rift in the valley, Almannagja, and leads to the Oxarafoss waterfall. Iceland’s parliament was also established in the area in 930, the park was later created to protect the remains of the open-air assembly grounds. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland, the park is an excellent spot for camping, hiking and SCUBA diving between the tectonic plates.

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 7, Reykjavík
Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast
All excursions are included in this tour.


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