12D/11N Favorite Grand Tour of Iceland

Fully escorted bus tour around Iceland, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the magical West Fjords. Experience the spectacular splendour and untamed beauty of Iceland´s nature, breathtaking scenery and unique Icelandic history and culture.

12D/11N Favorite Grand Tour of Iceland
Starting (/person):
IDR 68.115.230
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Day 1
Arrival Keflavik International Airport - Reykjavik
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik. You may explore Iceland’s capital city on your own if time allows. Overnight location: Hotel Klettur.
Day 2
Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Borgarnes (B, D)
We see classic highlights today, the Golden Circle Route. We start with a visit to a geothermal greenhouse and watch how Icelanders grow tomatoes. Next door, we can take a selfie with an Icelandic horse and we learn about its unique qualities and history. We explore Gullfoss, the beautiful double “Golden Falls” and we walk through the active geothermal area of Geysir, where Strokkur “the churn” 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 Þingvellir National Park. The Þingvellir 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 Almannagjá. We continue our journey to our overnight location in Borgarnes, a small town at the shore of Borgarfjörður. Overnight location: B59 Hotel, Borgarnes
Day 3
Borgarnes - Patreksfjordur (B, D)
Today, we 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. We travel around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, through lava fields, and along the ocean with many excellent Icelandic photo opportunities. We see the most popular sites at the Snæfellsnes 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’s 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 Snæfellsjökull! 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 Stykkishólmur to Brjánslækur in the West Fjords. On the 2,5 hour journey over Breiðafjörður Bay, we pass the island of Flatey, which is inhabited only during the summertime. If the weather is beautiful, you enjoy a magnificent view of the bay’s countless isles as well as the glacier Snæfellsjökull. Overnight location: Hotel Flókalundur, Patreksfjörður.
Day 4
Iceland`s Westernmost Point (B, D)
We follow the coastline and stop at the folk and transport museum in Hnjótur. We continue through a very remote and sparsely populated region to the bird cliffs of Látrabjarg, 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. Látrabjarg 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. Látrabjarg is a place where you can get very close to the seabirds, and even if you’re 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 Rauðisandur 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 location:
Hotel Flókalundur, Patreksfjörður.
Day 5
Patreksfjordur - West Fjords - Hvammstangi (B, D)
We travel over mountains and along the shore of scenic fjords until we reach the majestic fjord Arnarfjörður, 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’s 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 reach Haukadalur, where there’s 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.

Overnight location:
Hotel Laugarbakki, Hvammstangi.
Day 6
Hvammstangi - Heading North - Akureyri (B, D)
Today’s journey is a little bit of the beaten track, around the Vatnsnes peninsula. We pass the fishing village of Hvammstangi, also called the seal capital of Iceland. A gravel road takes us around the peninsula to Hvítserkur, a highlight on the east coast of the region; a mass of igneous rock, about 15 meters high, situated on the seashore. Fulmars and gulls live on Hvítserkur. An old story has it that Hvítserkur is a petrified troll that intended to stone a nearby cloister, but dawn arrived before he could succeed. Later take a short walk up to Borgarvirki, on a 180-meter ridge. The ruins of Borgarvirki are a circular, fort-like stone enclosure rising above 10-15 meter basalt columns. Inside are the remains of a well and some dwellings. We continue to Kolugljúfur canyon, where waterfalls cascade into the deep, rugged gorge. It is a breathtaking sight to walk on the viewing platform and watch the calm waters of the river suddenly leap and tumble onwards over so many impressive falls – a sight which will leave no one unmoved. Further north we stop 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 visit Glaumbær, one of Iceland’s most beautiful turf house farm and folk museum. We continue along a high mountain road to Akureyri, also called the capital of North Iceland, where we stay for two nights.

Overnight location:
Sæluhús Studio Apartments, Akureyri.
Day 7
Akureyri - Northernmost Town - Akureyri (B, D)
Enjoy breakfast in the beautiful surrounding of the botanical garden in Akureyri. Afterwards enjoy a full-day tour, seeing spectacular fjord landscapes while travelling to Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northernmost town, known as the herring capital of the North Atlantic. Siglufjörður is located on the mountainous Tröllaskagi 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 Era Museum in Siglufjörður. It is Iceland’s largest maritime museum and the only Icelandic museum who has won the European Museum Award. We won’t miss the opportunity to taste the herring along with Brennivín, Icelandic schnapps. Early afternoon we go whale watching for 2-3 hours in Eyjafjörður – Iceland’s longest fjord right below the Arctic Circle. For an added bonus and fun, try your luck at sea angling towards the end of the tour.

Overnight location:
Sæluhús Studio Apartments, Akureyri.
Day 8
Akureyri - Borgarfjörður Eystri (B, D)
We explore Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods, and continue to Lake Mývatn, 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 Námaskarð, and travel to the explosion crater lake Víti in the Krafla geothermal fields. We travel to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, in the northern part of Vatnajökull 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 and head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. We 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. The colourful mountains are unique and impressive.

Overnight location:
Guesthouse Álfheimar, Borgarfjörður Eystri.
Day 9
Borgarfjörður - The Secret of the East - Höfn (B, D)
It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Our first stop will be at Vök baths, a geothermal floating pools in Lake Urriðavatn where guests can soak in the hot water, within and surrounded by the lake. Later  we visit Petra’s fascinating rock collection. A naturalist and a collector are two terms that have been used to describe Petra since she was a little girl. Petra collected for nearly 80 years this unique treasure of rocks, crystals, zeolites, quartz and more, all from the nearby area in the Eastfjords. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull, Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland.

Overnight location:
Hotel Edda Höfn, Höfn in Hornafjörður.
Day 10
Höfn - Vík (B, D)
Today we visit Vatnajökull National Park which covers about 14% of Iceland, making it Europe’s 2nd largest national park in terms of area. 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. Next, we walk along the black sands of the so-called Diamond beach. We explore the region of Skaftafell that is nestled below Iceland’s highest mountain and the second biggest stratovolcano in Europe, the 2.110-meter high Hvannadalshnúkur. We walk close to one of the many glacial tongues in the area – a true photo moment. We cross a sandy desert before reaching our overnight location Vík, the southernmost village in Iceland.

Overnight location:
Hotel Vík, Vík in Mýrdalur.
Day 11
Vik - Reykjavik (B, D)
Today we travel along the South Coast of Iceland, between the sea, rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. We explore the black lava beach, Reynisfjara, and bird cliffs before stopping 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 it. Come prepared and bring a raincoat and good boots as you will get wet. Then we visit the Lava & Volcano Exhibition Centre focused on geology and active volcanoes and watch a documentary film about volcanic eruptions in the past years in Iceland. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital.

Overnight location:
Hotel Klettur, Reykjavík.
Day 12
Reykjavik - Keflavik International Airport for Departure Home (B)
Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport.

  • 11 nights accommodation, in rooms with shower/WC
  • 11x breakfast, 1x lunch (day 6) and 10x dinner
  • Arrival and departure transfer by FLYBUS airport shuttle (no guide)
  • 10 days escorted Iceland tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
  • Visit to three national parks
  • Lava cave in Snæfellsnes
  • Ferry trip to the West Fjords
  • Folk and transport museum at Hnjótur
  • Visit to Erik the Red homestead
  • Icelandic horse show
  • Herring museum
  • Visit to a micro beer brewery
  • Mývatn Nature Baths, including towel
  • Petra`s stone collection
  • Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Lava Centre museum
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus

                        • International Air ticket and Taxes
                        • Visas Fee
                        • Tips Guide and Driver
                        • Lunch
                        • Dinner on the first night in Reykjavík
                        • Nature Fees
                        • Personal expenses
                        • Travel Insurance
                        • VIP-seating supplement (optional): EUR 450/person
                        • Any private expenses
                        • Any additional services
                        • Whale watching in Akureyri on day 7
                        • Extra night in Reykjavik before/after the tour - on request

                        • Packages valid for World Wide
                        • NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded, but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible
                        • Accommodations are subject to change
                        • Tour is not recommended for children younger than eight years of age
                        • Arrival day: Monday
                        • Departure day: Friday
                        • Tour Starts: On Tuesdays at 09:00 from Reykjavík
                        • Tour Ends: On Thursdays around 18:00 in Reykjavík followed by a farewell dinner on the same evening
                        • Tour Languages: English only
                        • Group size: Maximum 20 passengers. Once a booking is confirmed, the departure is guaranteed
                        • Nature Fees: There is a possibility that some of the natural 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 natural sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at present and are subject to change.
                        • Cancellation Policy apply 
                        • Rates are subject to change and availability upon confirmation
                        • Accommodation: We overnight in simple but charming guesthouses, farms and tourist-class hotels, many of them set in the most stunning locations. All rooms have private shower/wc
                        • Optional VIP Seating: Supplement for a guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and the next seat remaining empty (a passenger gets two seats). Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, on first comes - first served basis

                        Starting (/person):
                        IDR 68.115.230
                        Tour Duration:
                        11 malam
                        Minimum Pax:
                        2 orang
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