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Guided Iceland Circle - 8 days
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Mixed Groups | Age range: 35-55

8 Days / 7 Nights Trip | Town of Borgarnes, Hike on Grábrók Volcano Crater, Lake Mývatn & Geothermal Baths

Guided Iceland Circle - 8 days

Get up close to Iceland's sheer natural beauty and prowess, as you walk behind waterfalls, watch geysers erupt, relax in lagoons and more.
Explore a land of raw, natural supercharged splendour, studded with angry volcanoes, enormous glaciers and temperamental geysers, in the company of an adventurous group of travellers. 

Together, you’ll experience the thrill of exploring otherworldly landscapes, hidden waterfalls and grandiose mountains that stretch across the horizon.
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  • Duration
    8 Days
  • Starting From
    $1,752
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    GJ Travel
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Myvatn looks bizarre and wonderful!
Highlight #1
Myvatn looks bizarre and wonderful!
Otherworldly terrain, weird lava formations and a beautiful sapphire blue lake in its midst - Myvatn truly looks alien.
Iceland’s most instagrammable spot : Seljalandsfoss
Highlight #2
Iceland’s most instagrammable spot : Seljalandsfoss
Rainbows forming through mist clouds and a rare perspective of a waterfall - from within; there’s no better place to capture memories than Seljalandsfoss!
You could call Strokkur ‘a watercracker’! 
Highlight #3
You could call Strokkur ‘a watercracker’! 
Stand back and watch the geyser spray! Strokkur blows off steam (pun intended) every few minutes or so, erupting some 80 metres into the air - quite the spectacle.
Drive along the Golden Circle
Highlight #4
Drive along the Golden Circle
This scenic route shows off Iceland’s raw, rugged interior in all its glory, with one spectacular sight after another.
Bond wild Icelandic horses!
Highlight #5
Bond wild Icelandic horses!
Take a trip to the countryside and get to meet these gentle, beautiful, and sure-footed horses.
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Itinerary

Welcome to Iceland

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Volcano Crater, Seals, Fjords & Mountains

At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west along the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord and the town of Borgarnes. Easy hike on Grábrók volcano crater in the middle of a greenish lava field. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in the fishing village of Hvammstangi. Further north stop at the turf church of Víðimýri and then continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. The overnight location at Akureyri allows you to walk around the town.

The Capital of North Iceland, Lake Mývatn & Geothermal baths

In the morning explore the town of Akureyri, also called the capital of North Iceland: visit the botanical garden, walk the streets and admire the panoramic view over the Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon travel to Goðafoss – the waterfalls of the Gods. Then explore Lake Mývatn, known as a geological wonderland and for its abundant birdlife. See the strange lava formations at Kálfaströnd, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the tephra cone Hverfjall. End the afternoon relaxing in the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths with a fantastic view over the whole area.

There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from mid-September to mid-April.

Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs & Travel East

In the morning walk in the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. In the afternoon, visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Head through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surrounding to East Iceland. From June to August the tour includes a detour to the powerful waterfall Dettifoss.

East Fjords

It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on route visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon see Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland.

There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from mid-September to mid-April.

Vatnajökull National Park, Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach & South Coast

Start the day with a stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and explore the extraordinary site where you might see seals swimming in arctic waters. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. You can walk on the so-called Diamond Beach, where large icebergs get stranded. Travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier.
In the afternoon, a beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Further west stop at the Lava Centre and learn about Iceland’s volcanic activity.

Icelandic Horses & Golden Circle

Explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. Start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on, see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers in summer and winter. Travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world’s northernmost capital.

Northern Lights: From mid-September to mid-April optional Northern Lights evening tours can be booked at the lobby of your hotel, should weather conditions be favourable.

Departure Home

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport.

Inclusions

  7 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/WC

  6 days escorted bus tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide

  Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)

  7x breakfast

  Natural history & Seal museum in Hvammstangi

  Viðimýri turf church

  Mývatn Nature Baths including towel

  Visit to a stone collection

  Exhibition and 4K movie at Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur

  2x guided Northern Lights searches, subject to weather (mid-Sept to mid-Apr)

  Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse

Not Included

  Any private expenses

  Any additional services

  All meals not listed under “included”

  Single supplement (mandatory when in a single room)

 Additional 5% GST

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This Trip Is Operated By GJ Travel

For more than 85 years, GJ Travel (Guðmundur Jónasson Travel) has organized specialized tours for travellers from all corners of the world to experience Iceland’s beautiful nature and historical traditions. With a dedicated team that strives to offer varied and interesting itineraries for every kind of traveller, GJ works hard to ensure that every traveller has a unique and unforgettable adventure with them.

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