Iceland Sampler



Iceland Sampler

Join a comprehensive guided tour around Iceland taking in the country‘s top attractions and some remoter areas, with plenty of opportunities for fun and inspiring activities along the way. Explore a landscape of fjords, waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes, bathe in natural hot springs, see wildlife and get to know Icelandic culture - this tour has it all! 11 departures guaranteed with german and french speaking guide. Available from May to August. 

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Highlights

  • Go on a whale watching tour from Reykjavík's old harbour
  • Explore the picturesque Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Get to know the origin and gaits of the unique Icelandic horse 
  • View the natural wonders of Vatnajökull National Park and Lake Mývatn
  • Sail between the shimmering icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Bathe in natural warm springs at Landmannalaugar in the highlands

Included

  • 10 nights' accommodation in double rooms with private/en-suite bathrooms in guest houses
  • Half board (buffet breakfast and 3-course dinner)
  • Whale watching tour from Reykjavík
  • Horse show in Skagafjörður
  • Entrance to Glaumbær folk museum
  • Entrance (incl. towel rental) to the Blue Lagoon
  • Boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Transportation, guide and taxes
  • German or French speaking guide

The tour is available with a German or French speaking guide

Itinerary

Day 1 | Reykjavík - Whale watching

The tour sets off from Reykjavík with pick-up between 07:45 - 08.45. We start with a 3-hour whale-watching tour from Reykjavik's old harbour.

Day 1 | Golden Circle

After a lunch break we head to Þingvellir National Park, the site of the ancient parliament and Iceland's most renowned beauty spot. We will spend some time walking around the area. From Þingvellir we head to Gullfoss, the 'Golden Waterfall' and the famous Geysir hot spring area.

Accommodation in a guest house in the area.

Day 2 | Borgarfjörður

We drive to the village of Borgarnes in Borgarfjörður district, viewing the powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver and the cascading falls Hraunfossar en-route before continuing to Snæfellsnes.

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Day 2 | Snæfellsnes

Today we head west towards the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, an area known for its great natural beauty with the majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier reaching up into the sky.

Accommodation in a guest house in the area.

Day 3 | Snæfellsnes - Skagafjörður

We travel along the South Coast of Snæfellsnes Peninsula to its westernmost point where we turn northwards circling Snæfellsjökull Glacier. We stop at the picturesque village of Arnarstapi and walk along the sea cliffs. Along the way we will see the unique Lóndrangar cliffs (75m & 61m high) and walk around the beautiful bay at Djúpalónssandur. We pass fishing villages Hellissandur and Ólafsvík before continuing north to Skagafjörður.

Accommodation in the Skagafjörður area.

Day 4 | Skagafjörður - Akureyri - Mývatn

We spend the morning in Skagafjörður before continuing to Akureyri. Skagafjörður is known for horse breeding and we will have the opportunity to see a few of the best horses in an inspiring horse show. We visit Glaumbær farmhouse museum and then cross Öxnadalsheiði heath into Akureyri, the largest town of the North. We enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Akureyri and in the late afternoon our last visit will be Goðafoss, the 'Waterfall of the Gods'.

Accommodation in the Reykjadalur area.

Day 5 | Jökulsárgljúfur National Park

Today we explore Jökulsárgljúfur, the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. We start by driving to the powerful waterfall Dettifoss, an unforgettable experience. We then continue to Ásbyrgi, a horseshoe-shaped canyon, reputedly the hoof print of Odin's horse Sleipnir in Norse mythology. 

Day 5 | Tjörnes peninsula

We go for a walk in Hljóðaklettar ('Echo Rocks') and experience the strange acoustics of the rocks, before continuing westwards via Tjörnes Peninsula through Húsavík village.

Accommodation in the Reykjadalur area.

Day 6 | Lake Mývatn - Egilsstaðir

We spend the day exploring the many natural wonders of Lake Mývatn, including Dimmuborgir with its strange rock formations, the hot spring area Námaskarð with its bubbling mud pots and fumaroles and the pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir. We then head to East Iceland.

Accommodation in the Egilsstaðir area.

Day 7 | Egilsstaðir – Vatnajökull - Höfn

Today we travel through the Eastfjords, an area known for its winding fjords, fishing villages and wide variety of stones and minerals. On the way to Höfn in the Southeast we will enjoy a magnificent view of the largest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajökull.

Accommodation in the Vatnajökull Glacier area.

Day 8 | Jökulsárlón – Skaftafell - Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Our first stop is at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where we will go on a boat trip between the drift ice. We continue to Skaftafell, a nature resort where we spend some time walking close to the glacier. From Skaftafell we drive over vast sands to Kirkjubæjarklaustur village.

Accommodation in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 9 | Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Dyrhólaey

From Kirkjubæjarklaustur we head west over the Mýrdalssandur plains to the village of Vík. We stop by Cape Dyrhólaey (closed from May til end of June) with its varied birdlife and admire Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls further along the South Coast.

Accommodation in a guest house in South Iceland.

Day 10 | Landmannalaugar

Today we visit Landmannalaugar in Iceland's interior with its colourful rhyolite mountains and the possibility to bathe in a naturally warm river. Along the way we drive through Þjórsárdalur Valley, which has been devastated several times by eruptions of Hekla Volcano. Our last stop is by a beautiful small waterfall in the area.

Accommodation in a guest house in South Iceland.

Day 11 | Blue Lagoon - Reykjavík

We spend the day sightseeing in South Iceland and visit the charming coastal villages Eyrarbakki and Þorlákshöfn. We then go for a relaxing dip in the mineral rich waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Arrival in Reykjavík in the afternoon.

Reykjavík

Prices

Price from June to August
€3,771
 per person in double room
€772 per person single supplement

Price May 
€3,476 
per person in double room
€601 per person single supplement

   Guide          Departures 2017    
   French     16 - 26 May **
   French    6 - 16 June
   French    4 - 14 July
   French    8 - 18 August
   German     24 May - 3 June  **
   German     7 - 17 June  
   German     21 June - 1 July
   German    5 - 15 July
   German     12 - 22 July
   German      19 - 29 July
   German    9 - 19 August

 
All departures are guaranteed.
Maximum 28 persons for all departures.

** The highland road into Landmannalaugar (day 10) is not open yet in May and therefore it will not be possible for the May departures to go into Landmannalaugar, an alternative itinerary will be offered for this day. 

Hey Iceland reserves the right to change its rates without notice in relation to economic changes such as currency fluctuations, inflation, government taxes (including VAT), or any other cost increases that are outside Hey Iceland's control.

 

TripAdvisor reviews

These people are great! I have been bringing small groups of students to Iceland for the past decade as part of field studies of environments and the people who live in them. Hey Iceland (AKA Icelandic Farm Holidays) has provided us with amazing places to stay around the island that have met the needs we had perfectly. They are informative and accommodating and really understand the uniqueness of each of the farmhouse/ guesthouse/ accommodations they represent. Highly recommended for newbies headed to Iceland but also for those who have been to Iceland and have ventured beyond the Golden Circle. Note that these were high school groups of about 8 (not an option in the "What sort of visit was this")
Brad J, United States

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