Adventure Europe Small Group Tour Best of Iceland

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$2799 per person
Duration
10 days
Destination
Iceland
Travellers
6+

WILD & SPECTACULAR Best of Iceland Tour

See the best that Iceland has to offer and enjoy a more personal experience on this amazing small group tour. Head out from Reykjavik to admire the stunning waterfalls, see the largest glacier in Europe and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Black sand beaches, active geothermal areas, rugged mountains, jaw-dropping landscapes and more await you on this incredible tour of Iceland!
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Visit the best-known places in Iceland and stop at the best-kept secrets to avoid the crowds. Travel the south coast to famous waterfalls, explore the wildlife-rich northern region, see the natural wonders of the spectacular Golden Circle and more. This small group tour departs year-round, so it can be a magical winter experience or spectacular summer adventure.

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Reykjavik, Iceland
Return Location
Reykjavik, Iceland
Tour Start Date & Time
November 1, 2021 1:00 pm View other Times
Additional Information
Departs Mondays in 2021, 2022 & 2023: Contact us for your preferred departure date. Small Group Tour: Maximum 19 people & not suitable for children under 5 years.
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Airport transfers
  • Daily breakfast
  • Fully escorted tour
  • Observation and participation in included activities
  • Small group tour
  • Transport in air conditioned vehicles
Price does not include
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • International flights
  • Meals, unless expressly states
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates. Pre & Post Tour Accommodation: We can book hotels for you in Reykjavik. Flights: We can arrange international flights from Australia - please request a special airfare quote. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask us for a quote.

Tour overview

See the best that Iceland has to offer and enjoy a more personal experience on this amazing small group tour!

Visit many of the best-known tourist places in Iceland, but also stop at the best-kept secrets. Avoid the crowds and discover parts of Iceland that will form your own special memories.

Travel along the South Coast to admire the stunning waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Visit Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, and unique black beach Reynisfjara near the village of Vík. Witness more natural wonders and astounding jaw-dropping landscapes, like Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, the historic area of Borgarfjordur and the active geothermal area of Geysir.

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Special features

  • Departs year-round, so you can choose an amazing winter or summer adventure
  • Small group tour up to 19 people per departure
  • A comprehensive tour of Iceland’s famous sites & hidden highlights
  • Travel with a professional English-speaking tour guide in a touring minibus

During this tour, you will see all the best that Iceland has to offer! You will visit many of the best-known tourist places in Iceland, but you will also stop at places which are our best-kept secrets, where you can avoid the crowds and discover places in Iceland to call your own.

On your first day you will travel along the South Coast to admire the stunning waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, as well as the secret Gljufrabui. You will also visit Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, and unique black beach Reynisfjara near the village of Vík. From April to the end of October you can also experience what it is like to walk on a glacier under the care of an experienced glacier guide.

Second day continues through the East Coast. First on the itinerary is visit at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. During summer months (May-October) you can take a closer look at floating icebergs during an Amphibian boat tour, while during winter (November-March) you can jump in a superjeep on the journey to discover natural a Blue Ice Cave. The nearby Diamond Beach is a must-see-place while visiting this beautiful country – no matter the season the view over the satin black sand beach decorated by melting ice chunks looks equally stunning. On this day you will also visit the Vestrahorn Mountain, the Lagarfljot Lake inhabited by the Icelandic version of Loch Ness monster and Studlagil Canyon just to name a few attractions. Your journey through the coastline takes you along narrow fjords, endless green valleys and charming fishing villages.

On Day 3 you will travel through a totally unique landscape around Lake Mývatn, shaped by extremely high volcanic activity. There you will go for good hikes around geothermal fields with bubbling mud pots, countless craters, hot springs and even inside the geothermal cave of Grjotagja. During the scenic drive through northern parts of Iceland you will also stop to admire three amazing waterfalls; Dettifoss (the most powerful waterfall in Europe), Selfoss and Godafoss (waterfall of the Gods). The day ends in Akureyri – the capital of Northern Iceland.

You will start Day 4 by kicking off from Akureyri heading north to the village called Dalvik, where you can embark on a boat searching for whales in the beautiful Eyjafjordur. This area is known for its unusually high presence of many representatives of whales, unlike in many other parts of Iceland. You will also be able to admire the picturesque Hvitserkur rock and Kolugjlufur canyon.

For the next two days you will travel through the Western Parts of the island. Here you can discover the many wonders located in the historic area of Borgarfjordur, including Hraunfossar, a world-unique lava waterfalls (view over nearly 900 meters of rivulets streaming from the lava field) and Deildartunguhver – a hot spring with highest flow of hot water in Europe.

You will also have a chance to take an expedition inside Vidgelmir (the biggest know lava cave in Iceland). On the next day you will discover the amazing volcano Snaefellsjokull and you will also stop in some of the best coastline places that Iceland has to offer. Snaefellsjokull National Park is situated on the Snæfellsness peninsula, where you can find many famous sites including the magnificent glacier Snaefellsjokull, Djúpalónssandur beach, Lóndrangar (the two massive lava formations), Ytri Tunga, Arnarstapi and Hellnar.

On the last day you will see some real classics. You will drive following the Golden Circle route to admire Gullfoss the beautiful “Golden waterfall”, the active geothermal area of Geysir, where you can see Strokkur spout up to 25 meters every five to seven minutes, old Icelandic Parliament area in Thingvellir National Park and Kerid Volcanic crater that tops it off before returning to Reykjavík.

The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 19 which creates a more personal and enjoyable experience for our guests.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Minimum age: 5 years
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Availability: All year, departs Mondays
  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
  • DAY 9
  • DAY 10
DAY 1

Arrive Reykjavik

Arrive Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel.  Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, is the country's capital and largest city. It's home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Exemplifying the island’s volcanic activity is the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, near the village of Grindavik.

DAY 2

Walking Tour of Reykjavik

History and Culture Walk

The famous two hour walking tour focuses on the history of Iceland, the evolution of Reykjavík as a town and Icelandic culture in general, laid out in an informative and comic way by either Marteinn (Martin), Eiríkur (Erik), Sara, Jóhannes (Joe), Tómas, Þórdís (Disa) or Nanna. This tour has no fixed price, instead it runs on the great Free Walking Tour model found allover the world where each participant sets the price of the tour afterwards instead of in advance. As a result, the guide relies solely on your contribution and works hard for his share in the donations.

DAY 3

The South Coast of Iceland

Today we will discover the beautiful south coast of Iceland.

In this part of Iceland you can see many of the most beautiful places in the country. A great combination of Ice, lava fields, lagoons, huge mountains, volcanoes and rough black coastline. There are also plenty of great waterfalls in the area for example Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and the secret waterfall Gljubrabui, we will enjoy the pure nature and visit many places of interests. We will also stop at Reynisfjara Black Beach which is the most amazing beach in the whole country. Last stop on this day is Skaftafell National Park - a hiker´s paradise. 

Optional activity:

Glacier Hike  – minimum age 8 (available from April to October) – put the crampons on and enjoy the magnificent, raw views around you. Under care of an experienced, skilled and qualified glacier guide you will discover mind-blowing places, astonishing crevasses and unique ice formations. It is necessary to wear solid hiking shoes and highly recommend wearing warm, windproof jackets. That is basically all you need to bring – we provide the crampons and all necessary equipment to walk safely on glacier. This activity takes approximately 3 hours. 

DAY 4

Adventure in the East

This day starts with visit at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon – world famous glacial lake filled with floating ice bergs falling from the biggest glacier in Europe – Vatnajökull. Some of them are being washed back ashore and dazzling in contrast to the black sand beach called Diamond Beach – nearly as famous as the lagoon itself. This area is also known for reach wildlife, including grey and harbour seals swimming in ice-cold waters or resting on the shore.  

Then it is on to mountain Vestrahorn (which is one of the best spots for photos in Iceland) and continue along the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbors mean picture-postcard fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. One of the visited settlements is Djupivogur, located in Berufjordur – long and narrow fjord rich in birdlife. This charming fishing village had a long trading history dating back to 16th century. In present days, local harbour serves only fishermen, but you can still catch the spirit of this place while talking a short walk around the port buildings – including Langabud, old trading station build in 1790.

During spring and summer (from April to October) we also visit Studlagil Canyon – the hidden gem of Iceland. Turquoise waters originating in Vatnajokull glacier run between the biggest formation made of basalt columns in the whole country, that you can admire once taking just a short walk from the parking lot. 

This day ends at Egillsstadir – the capital of the East Iceland. 

Optional activities:

Blue Ice Cave visit – minimum age 8 (available from November to March) – start your day with super-jeep ride across the glacier to reach the natural phenomenon – Blue Ice Cave. This 3-hour long expedition will leave you with many, unforgettable memories. All the safety gear will be provided. Please make sure to wear warm clothing and solid hiking boots. 

Amphibian Boat Tour at Jökulsárlón (available from May to September) – take a 45-minute-long amphibian boat tour among floating ice bergs. Remember to keep your head up for seals swimming in the ice cold waters or resting on the shore.

Vök Geothermal Floating Pools – new geothermal SPA built on the beautiful Lake Urridavatn. Put your swimwear on, relax and enjoy the view over the untouched landscape. Pools are filled with warm waters streaming up from deeps under the lake. 

DAY 5

Lake Myvatn and Waterfalls

This part of Iceland is by many considered the most beautiful part of the country. Unfortunately, since located it a remote part of Iceland, few people have chance to explore this area. Lake Mývatn is one of the wonders if Iceland. It is a unique natural environment created in a lava eruption 2300 years ago. Here you can find geothermal hot springs, caves with steaming blue waters, big rock formations, unique bird life and fauna. The most remarkable point is the magnificent Dettifoss, which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Before jumping back on the bus, we will take you on the short hike to admire another waterfall called Sellfoss. Please note that both waterfalls are only accessible during summer (April-October). On that day, we go for visits in the area to the following places Hverir, Grjótagjá, Dimmuborgir and Krafla power station. Last stop on this exciting route is Godafoss – the waterfall of Gods. 

Optional activity:

Mývatn Natural Geothermal SPA – take a deep plunge into silky, blue waters reach in minerals, that will make you skin smooth and relaxed. Simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings of lake Mývatn – fourth largest lake in the country. 

DAY 6

North Iceland - region famous for wildlife

Last day starts from Akureyri – the capital of the North. This small, remote city is located in a stunning, deep fjord. The city center is located next to the harbor, where one will find both modern architecture, historical wooden houses and Akureyri church located on the hill serving as a viewing point at the same time. The day continues by going to the north coastline heading Dalvík – small fishing village. While driving through the North Coast you will easily realize how each region of Iceland differs from another – but still each one can amaze you equally. In the North we will be visiting the rock Hvítserkur which is a unique formation and a great place for photos,  and Kolugljufur Canyon with spectacular waterfall (accessible only from April to October). 

Optional activity:

Whale Watching Boat Tour – if spotting whales from the distance is not enough for you then you should secure your spot on this activity. The whale watching tour takes around 3 hours and the chances to see the huge mammals playing in the sea are very positive in this area of Iceland.

DAY 7

Borgarfjordur and Lava Themed Attractions

Today you will explore the Borgarfjordur area where you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 m (almost 300 ft!) across the Hallmundarhraun lava field, which flows from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá River from ledges created by less porous rock in the lava.

Literally a stone’s throw upstream from Hraunfossar, there is another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, “the waterfall of the children,” comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in a previous century. There was a natural bridge over the waterfall, and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-stricken mother had the bridge destroyed.

You will also stop at Husafell – magical place to unwind after a day of wonder, with birch tree woodlands, waterfalls, rugged lava fields, crystal-clear water springs, medieval remains and much more to see. 

The fairytale setting of Husafell has been home to many artists, and the modern-day sculptor Pall Gudmundsson now makes interesting faces and even rock harps, which he cuts out of local stones. The Husafell Stone can also be found here, a legendary lifting stone that has been used to test the strength of the locals and in international competitions too.

Finally, we take in the sights at Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe. We stay overnight in the Borgarfjordur area. 

Optional activity:

Lava Caving – visit to a colourful Vidgelmir Lava Cave. Just shy of 1600 meters the cave features amazing colours and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. During this 1,5 hour long expedition you will have a chance to see one of the largest lava caves in Iceland with its stunning lava stalactites and stalagmites. The area surrounding the entrance to the cave will allow you to realise how powerful eruptions of volcano can be. 

DAY 8

Black beaches, rough lava fields and Snaefellsjokull National park

Today you’ll view Snæfellsjökull volcano, wearing a magnificent crown of ice, the highest peak in this area of Iceland and is often visible on clear days from Reykjavik. It is this place that Jules Verne chose as the entrance to the earth’s core in Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

Ytri-Tunga is a charming farm with a nearby beach that is a popular seal colony. Animal lovers will enjoy seeing their cute faces as they sunbathe and play in the surf.

Arnarstapi and Hellnar are in a lovely coastal area with a natural harbor. Beautiful rock formations decorate the coastline, spotted with green-and-yellow moss, and you can stroll along the cliffs here to take in the refreshing sea air.

Look for Lóndrangar, two black basalt columns marking the coast, so tall they can be seen from the road! Djúpalónssandur is another gorgeous black beach, where the air is filled with the sounds of birds circling the cliffs and the ocean waves hitting the sand.

At Djúpalónssandur, you’ll find a curiosity on the beach: four large, smooth stones. They are “lifting stones,” used to measure the strength of fishermen who once worked and lived all along the coasts here.

At your last stop, Kirkjufell mountain rises out of the green hills, surrounded by trickling rivers. This is one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland, so be sure to get a picture for your own collection!

DAY 9

The Golden circle and Kerið volcanic crater

The Golden circle is the most popular day tour in Iceland. Geysers, The Golden waterfall and Thingvellir are classic destinations for any visitor to our island.

We want to add something unique to your experience and that´s why we will also visit the big volcanic crater called Kerid. The crater is 270 m wide and more than 55 m deep. There is a lake in the bottom of the crater which gives it a little bit of magic. The lake is almost 14 m deep.

Thingvellir National park is the National shire of all Icelanders. It lies within the belt of volcanic activity and fissures which pass across Iceland, a part of the mid-Atlantic ridge, the junction of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is a nice feeling to stand with your right foot in Europe and the left one in America.

Geysir – the biggest geysers of Haukadalur are Strokkur and Geysir itself, which gives the others their name. Strokkur erupts every 5 to 10 minutes, throwing a column of water into the air to a height of 20 to 30 meters. 

This tour ends with drop off in Reykjavík between 17-17:30 (5-5:30 PM)  Overnight Reykjavik.

Instead of going back to Reykjavík you can also extend your tour and head South to the world famous Blue Lagoon Spa. Transfer both ways and comfort admission included. By selecting this option your tour will commence in Reykjavik at around 20:00 (8:00 PM) 

DAY 10

Depart Reykjavik

This tour concludes today as we transfer to Reykjavik airport for your departure flight.

More about Iceland

The Nordic island nation of Iceland has recently become one of the world's hottest tourist destinations. In part, because of its remote allure and remarkable landscapes, but also thanks to the popularity of the Game of Thrones series that was filmed here. Renowned as the land of fire and ice, due to it having some of Europe's biggest glaciers and the world's most active volcanoes, it's really the natural wonders that are the star of show in Iceland. Admire the stunning waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, drive along the Golden Route or time it right to see the spectacular Northern Lights.
Visit the best-known places in Iceland and stop at the best-kept secrets to avoid the crowds. Travel the south coast to famous waterfalls, explore the wildlife-rich northern region, see the natural wonders of the spectacular Golden Circle and more. This small group tour departs year-round, so it can be a magical winter experience or spectacular summer adventure.

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This tour departs Reykjavik on Mondays in 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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      Best of Iceland

      Price
      $2799 per person
      Duration
      10 days
      Destination
      Iceland
      Travellers
      6+

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