Best of South Iceland
6 days Escorted Tour with many options for independent exploration from Reykjavik, Hella, Westman Islands & the Golden Circle

Features and Inclusions

  • Transportation with modern motor-coach with WC

  • 5 nights in Hella

  • 5 breakfast

  • Bus and English speaking guide for 6 days

  • Ferry to/from Westman Islands

  • Please note that full day program on day 4 is optional and not included in tour price

  • There is a possibility that some of the nature 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 on the spot.

  • Not Included: Arrival & Departure Transfers, Lunch & Dinner

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Preferred Hotels

*Standard Hotels*

Hella: 

Hotel Hella or similar

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Preferred Hotels

*Superior Hotels*

Hella: 

Ranga Hotel or similar

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Departures and Prices 2016

Starting Dates

Terminating Dates

June 19

June 24

July 3

July 8

July 17

July 22

July 31

August 5

August 14

August 19

August 21

August 26

August 28

September 2

September 4

September 9

September 11

September 16

September 18

September 23

In Standard Accommodation

Per Person In Twin

$ 1275.00

Single Room Supplement

$ 300.00

In Superior Accommodation 

Per Person In Twin

$ 2160.00

Single Room Supplement

$ 855.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 1, Sunday: Pjorsardalur

We travel alongside the Hekla volcano and visit the Hjálparfoss waterfall. Nearby we explore the Viking farm ruins at Stöng and enjoy a leisurely hike to Gjáin, a green oasis in an otherwise rocky, barren moonlike landscape. Ţjórsárdalur is off-the-beaten-path and is dominated by Hekla and other volcanoes in the vicinity. Hekla is one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes; over 20 eruptions have occurred since 874. During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the “Gateway to Hell”. (O)

 

Day 2, Monday: South Shore

We visit the glaciers, waterfalls, bird cliffs and lava beaches of South Iceland. The highlights today include the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, the 60 meter high Skógafoss waterfall and the narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a trail that leads behind the fall – but you must be prepared to get wet! There is an optional glacier walk or a visit to Skógar village together with our guide. (B,O)

 

Day 3, Tuesday: Westman Islands

We take a short ferry ride to the Westman Islands. There will be a bus and walking tour of the village of Heimaey and this extraordinary island. The volcanic eruption in 1973 is, without doubt, considered the largest natural disaster in Iceland in recent history. The eruption begun on January 23rd on the island of Heimaey, the only populated island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. After the evacuation of the inhabitants, and during the 5 months while the eruption lasted, there was much uncertainty as to whether or not the island could ever be repopulated. During our tour to the Westman Islands we explore bird cliffs, walk up the volcano crater and visit “Pompeii of the North”, a volcanic excavation project. You will have the afternoon free to wander around the town of Heimaey, with its birds and signs of recent volcanic eruptions.  (B,O)

 

Day 4, Wednesday: Leisure Day or optional day tour to Vatnajokull National Park

Today is a free day, or you can join an optional day tour to the southern part of the Vatnajökull National Park, home of Europe’s largest glacier and including a visit to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon with floating icebergs. (B,O)

 

Day 5, Thursday: Golden Circle

A day to visit three of Iceland’s most important spots: Gullfoss waterfall, Geyser hot springs and Ţingvellir National Park. Gullfoss “the golden falls“, is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river, and attracts tourists and travelers all year. You‘ll see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as you arrive. Here there are a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools including the original geyser, which is now dormant, but which has been replaced by Strokkur „the Churn“, which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Next stop is at the ancient Viking Parliament area of Ţingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (B,O)

 

Day 6, Friday: Reykjanes Peninsula, Blue Lagoon & Reykjavik

We’ll take a less traveled route around Reykjanes Peninsula. Diverse geological features, the hot springs of Krýsuvík, mountains, lava fields, amazing bird cliffs, moon landscapes and fishing villages are on today’s itinerary. After an optional visit to the famous Blue Lagoon the tour ends after a Reykjavík city tour. (B)

 

 


B=Breakfast; D=Dinner; O=Overnight                                       
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