Icebergs, glaciers, hot springs and volcanoes are plentiful in Iceland being one of the most geologically young and active areas in the world. This tour gives you the perfect opportunity to witness and experience the marvels of mother nature in its purest form, while exploring the main attractions of South Iceland, including Westman Islands. Join this popular tour and discover the magic of these wonders and the magnificent natural landscape that surrounds them.
PRICES & DATES
Price includes flights, all airport taxes, 4 day guided tour as per itinerary, 5 nights accommodation with breakfast and facilities, 3 dinners in the countryside, entrance to Skógar Museum, entrance to Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Exhibition, roundtrip to Westman Islands with Ferry. From price is based on 2 people sharing and departure on low season (May and September). Supplement applies to June-August departures.
Departures in summer 2012:
13 May - guaranteed
20 May - guaranteed
3 June - guaranteed
10 June - guaranteed
17 June - guaranteed
24 June - cancelled
1 July - sold out
8 July - cancelled
15 July - cancelled
22 July - cancelled
29 July - sold out
5 August - guaranteed
12 August - cancelled
19 August - cancelled
26 August - guaranteed
9 September - guaranteed
Departures from Manchester/Glasgow may require extra nights pre/post-tour.
Offer: book by 31 May 2012 to travel in June-August and save up to £100 pp.
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 your hotel.
Day 2: Skógar – Sólheimajökull Glacier – Vík Restless Volcanoes – Folk Museum – Ice Walk
The tour departs from Reykjavík where you will travel south through the greenhouse town of Hveragerði. Fertile farmland and glacial rivers abound as we continue on through the south of Iceland on the way to Skógar and Skógafoss waterfall. We visit with the farmers of Þorvaldseyri Farm located at the foot of the world famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that last erupted in the spring of 2010. A visitors center/family run exhibit was opened in spring 2011, here guests can view a 20 minute film about the spectacular natural event. Next a stop will be made at she Skogar Folk Musem before continuing on to Sólheimajökull Glacier where an optional glacial walking tour is offered. Overnight in Vík area.
Day 3: Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón Europe’s Largest National Park and Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs
We travel through the Catholic convent at Kirkjubæjarklaustur towards Skaftafell National Park, one of Iceland’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty. The area is dominated by magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. We continue to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon. Back to Vík area for overnight.
Day 4: Westman Islands - Pompeii of the North Lava Fields – Puffin Island - Magnificent lava fields
We travel along the south coast to Landeyjarhöfn harbor. After arriving at the pier at Bakkafjara we take a 30 minute ferry to the Westman Islands. Once there the group will explore Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westman Islands. Other adventures of the day include: a visit to the puffins in Storhofdi, a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only a few years ago and exploring flora of the new lava field. After lunch the group will have some extra time to explore the Islands on their own. Overnight in Laugarvatn or Hveragerdi area depending on season.
Note: If the route to the Westman Islands is closed due to weather conditions (spring or early summer) the tour will then continue through lava fields and outwash sands formed by floods from the volcano Katla and onwards to Laugarvatn.
Day 5: Gullfoss – Geysir - Þingvellir – Reykjavík Exploding Geysers - The Famous Golden Falls - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)
We depart for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous great Geysir and Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes. Onwards we travel to Gullfoss one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. Your next stop is Þingvellir National Park, where the ancient parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake, before heading back to Reykjavik. Overnight stay in Reykjavík.
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.
Please note that Manchester/Glasgow flights may require extra nights pre- and/or post tour.