Escorted walking tour in Iceland with whale watching
The world at your feet, with an average of three hours walking a day in some of the most beautiful parts of Iceland. Highlights include visiting three National Parks Þingvellir, Skaftafell and Jökulsárgljúfur, the wonders of Landmannalaugar and Lake Mývatn, for its latitude the most fertile area in the world. There are waterfalls including the awesome Dettifoss, the most powerful in Europe. The tour includes, weather permitting, a 3 hour whale watching cruise sailing from Húsavík.
Lots to see but little to carry, as the tour bus will convey your luggage. We stay only in 4 hotels during the tour (day 2 to 11), which means less packing, visit 3 national parks and 2 nature baths. This tour involves approx 3 hours walking every day. This tour is not very difficult, but there is always the possibility of returning earlier back to base if someone does not want to walk the whole day.
PRICES & DATES
Price is based on 2 people sharing a room and includes return aconomy class flights from the UK to Reykjavik, all airport taxes, return airport transfers, accommodation for 2 nights at Guesthouse Borgartun in Reykjavik and 9 nights in hotels around Iceland, boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon (day 4), whale watching from Húsavík (day 7) and entrance fee to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn (day 7), half board (breakfast and 3 course dinner from day 2 to day 11), 2 picnic lunches (day 6 and 9) and guiding in English.
Departures in summer 2013:
24 June (guaranteed)
08 July (guaranteed)
22 July (guaranteed)
Departures from Manchester/Glasgow may require extra nights pre/post-tour.
Day 1: ARRIVAL TO ICELAND
Fly with a scheduled airline to Reykjavik.
Transfer to your hotel in central Reykjavik. Journey time about 50 minutes. If you fly out on the morning flight you can, on the journey into Reykjavik, make a stop at the famous Blue Lagoon (optional extra) before continuing to Guesthouse Borgartun for 1 night.
DAY 2: REYKJAVÍK-GULLFOSS-GEYSIR-SKAFTAFELL
The day starts with a drive to the famous Geysir and the Queen of Iceland´s waterfalls, Gullfoss. We then travel through the sandy desert of the south coast which is overlooked by mountainous cliffs and magnificent waterfalls. We stay for the next two nights near Skaftafell National Park.
DAY 3: WALKING IN SKAFTAFELL
The whole day is spent walking through the Skaftafell National Park.
DAY 4: SKAFTAFELL-FLJÓTSDALSHÉRAÐ
We drive south of Vatnajökull, Europe´s largest glacier which dominates the landscape with its glacial tongues calving into a glacial lagoon. Next, amongst the icebergs, a boat trip on the Jökulsárlón lagoon we then continue through the beautiful Eastern fjords. We spend the next two nights in the neighbourhood of Egilsstaðir.
DAY 5: WALKING THROUGH VIKING TRAILS
A full day walking in the beautiful Eastern mountains.
DAY 6: FLJÓTSDALSHÉRAÐ-ASKJA- HERÐUBREIÐARLINDIR-MÝVATN AREA
Today we travel through the uninhabited highlands to the Askja caldera which was formed when a volcano collapsed inwardly. Inside the caldera is Iceland´s deepest lake Öskjuvatn and beside the lake is the impressive explosion crater, Víti formed in 1875. We travel through Herðubreiðarlindir nature reserve before reaching our accommodation for the next three nights in the Mývatn area.
DAY 7: WHALE WATCHING - LAKE MÝVATN AREA
We start the day, with a 3 hour whale watching cruise, weather permitting, from the picturesque village of Húsavík. A short drive to Lake Mývatn, a unique area that features strange lava formations, attractive bays, pseudo craters and prolific bird life. We stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir, ending with a walk to the rim of the ash crater Hverfjall. We relax in Mývatns Nature Baths, before we head back to our accommodation.
DAY 8: WALKING IN HLJÓÐAKLETTAR-DETTIFOSS- ÁSBYRGI
We visit Hljóðaklettar with its strange formations and the magnificent and puzzling canyon Ásbyrgi, said to be a hoof print of the eight legged horse of the ancient God Óðinn. We walk along the west bank of the mighty Jökulsá river, not far upstream we see Europe´s most powerful waterfall Dettifoss.
DAY 9: LAKE MÝVATN AREA-HELLA
We visit Goðafoss and Aldeyjarfoss on our way south across the highland desert of Sprengisandur, with its views of the distant ice-caps Vatnajökull and Hofsjökull. We continue south through Sprengisandur to our accommodation for the next two nights in Rangárvallasýsla.
DAY 10: WALKING IN LANDMANNALAUGAR
The entire day is spent walking in the geothermal area of Landmannalaugar, a jewel in the Icelandic landscapes. The surroundings rhyolite mountains have the feel of another planet, ranging in colours from beige to red and from blue to black. We will have the opportunity to enjoy a bathe in a pool of warm spring water.
DAY 11: ÞINGVELLIR-REYKJAVÍK
Today we visit the historic sites of the first Icelandic Parliament at Þingvellir National Park where we enjoy the last walks of our tour before returning to Reykjavík. Overnight at Guesthouse Borgartun.
DAY 12: DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer back to the airport for your flight home. If you are departing on afternoon flight we recommend departure transfer via Blue Lagoon.