Around Iceland Adventure

Around Iceland Adventure

On the Around Iceland Adventure tour travel the ring road, that circles around Iceland and visit some of the best destinations the island has to offer in a small group guided by an experienced local guide.

This eight day Around Iceland Adventure tour is a great option for those who want to make the most of their stay in Iceland. Apart from all the spectacular locations that will be visited around the island there will be a possibility to be able to spot the Northern Lights from late August until April. During the summer months, when the arctic midnight sun reigns, puffins might be spotted along the coast line. And in the East we might cross paths with reindeer if we are lucky.
In September, if time is on our site, we will take some time to visit a sheep round-up somewhere in the country site.

Highlights

  • Ring Road
  • Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
  • Glacier Hike
  • South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
  • Skaftafell
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Mývatn (Myvatn)
  • Dettifoss and Goðafoss waterfalls
  • Siglufjörður (Siglufjordur)
  • Deildatunguhver hot spring
  • Hraunfossar
Detail Description
Destination Iceland
Holiday Type Tour
Start/Finish Reykjavik
Duration 8 Days
Season February –  October
Minimum age 10 years
Maximum numbers of participants 16 per guide
Solo travellers  are required to choose single room when they make their bookings.

 

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik
Transfer to hotel – check in. Rest of the day at leisure to explore Reykjavik.

Day 2: Golden Circle – South Coast
After pick up in Reykjavik at 8:45, the first day of this round tour will spend exploring the famous Golden Circle. To start with, we visit Þingvellir National park where Icelanders founded their parliament in the year 930. Þingvellir is unique in a geographical sense and is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites because of its historical significance. Geysir hot spring area is our next destination. Here the spouting hot spring Strokkur and bubbling fumaroles attract visitors all year round. The last of the Golden circle sites is the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. See the dreamlike golden hue rising from the spray of the glacier water rushing into the canyon. On our way to our accommodation, we have the chance to visit both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. We will spend the night in a country hotel close to the village of Vík.

Day 3: Vík – Skaftafell – Glacier Lagoon – Höfn
We start the day exploring Reynisfjara black sand beach with the glorious Reynisdrangar peaks and basalt column cave. After that, glaciers are on the agenda. We pass Mýrdalsjökull glacier having a possibility of a view of Katla Volcano and drive through Eldhraun lava field on the way to Skaftafell. Skaftafell is a part of Vatnajökull National park and is a true oasis in the black glacier sands with its green birch forest. We will take a three-hour glacier hike, lead by our skilled glacier guides, on one of Vatnajökulls many outlet glaciers. After an hours hike at Europe’s biggest glacier, we make our way to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where we will explore the lagoon as well as the black sand crystal beach filled with ice from the glacier. Our accommodation will be in a guesthouse in the town of Höfn, known as the lobster capital of Iceland.

Day 4: East fjords – Djúpivogur – Egilsstaðir
Today we will explore the East fjords of Iceland. We will continue threading our way along the coastline, driving narrow roads along Hvalnes- and Þvottárskriður landslides. We will stop at Djúpivogur village, a small fishery village that is the home of fine outdoor sculpture – Eggin í Gleðivík (e. The eggs of Marry bay). After that, we will go for an invigorating hike to Hengifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall (128m) and Litlanesfoss waterfalls. The hike takes about three hours in total and it takes you to a beautiful gorge where a colorful rock face displays layers from volcanic eruptions in ancient times. After the hike, we make our way to Egilsstaðir, where we will be spending the night in a country hotel.

Day 5: Dettifoss – Mývatn – Goðafoss – Akureyri
We are on our way to the northern part of the country. From Egilsstaðir, we drive over the wilderness of Möðrudalur, the highest inhabited place in the country, at 469 m. We will stop at Dettifoss, Iceland’s most voluminous waterfall before we go to the Mývatn area where we will explore the magnificent landscape around the lake. Here Námaskarð geothermal area, Hverfjall crater and Dimmuborgir formations will be among the highlights. Goðafoss waterfall is the last stop of the day before we make our way to Eyjafjörður fjord where we find our accommodation in a country hotel near Akureyri.

Day 6: Whale Watching in Dalvík – Siglufjörður – Tröllaskagi – Bifröst
In the morning, you will get a chance to explore Akureyri, the capital of the North, before we go for a whale watching tour from Dalvík. During the 3-hour sail tour, you can expect to spot humpback whale, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and sometimes even the majestic blue whale, you do also get a chance to try your luck at sea angling. When we come ashore, we drive to Siglufjörður a fishing village and around Tröllaskagi peninsula where you can get a good idea about the life in the small villages around Iceland. Before we reach Borgarfjörður where we spend the last night of this tour we will drive through a thriving agricultural area. The night will be spent in a hotel in the small university community at Bifröst.

Day 7: Borgarfjörður – Reykholt – Hraunfossar – Hvalfjörður – Reykjavík
On this last day, we will find ourselves in the west of Iceland – an area Lonely Planet voted as on of the best destinations in 2016. Borgarfjörður with all its splendid sights is our main focus. Deildartunguhver hot spring, Barnafoss waterfall and Hraunfossar cascade, flowing from underneath the lava fields are among our stops. As well is the historic site of Reykholt, featuring Snorralaug pool, the home of Snorri Sturluson who is the author of many of the Icelandic sagas. We will drive the picturesque Hvalfjörður Bay on our way to Reykjavík where we will end our tour at 5-6 PM. Check into Reykjavik hotel. Evening at leisure

Day 8: Transfer to Airport
End of holiday. Return home

Date Price per person sharing Solo supplement
February – May & October €1679 €365
June – September €2029 €395

Included: Pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavík, a guided tour in a minibus around Iceland included a glacier hike on Vatnajökull glacier, Hike in Egilsstaðir, whale watching tour from Dalvík,  hotel room with bathroom for 7 nights and breakfast.
Please note that food is NOT included on this tour, except breakfast.

Your Accommodation

Where you rest your head after an active day is hugely important to us. We go to great lengths to find properties that are unique expressions of the region you are travelling through. Think of them as the charming and intimate garnish atop your trip. 

Whether nestled in the heart of a village or lost in the countryside and surrounded by nature, all accommodations are chosen using a strict criteria of comforthospitality, and authentic charm. We like to use locally run independent small hotels, guest houses and B&Bs instead of the larger “chain” hotels.  All of them are hand-picked, visited, and re-visited by our local partners. On most of our holidays you will be staying in different hotels and their  uniqueness and individual character only adds to the enjoyment of your holiday. You will also benifit with knowledge that your trip is contributing to local economies, and supporting local family run businesses.

You will be welcomed in a double or twin room (2 beds) – based on double occupancy.
All of our rooms have private bathrooms.
Individual rooms are possible upon request when you book; they are subject to availability and incur a supplemental fee.
For biking trips, all of our inns have a safe place to keep bicycles for the night

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

Direct flights available from Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Price dependent on departure dates.

Airport transfers available with drop off and pickup from hotel: €21 each way.

From Price pp

€1,679

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