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SOUTH ICELAND & SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA
FROM € 3,299
WHEN 1st-8th September
Reykjavik, Golden Circle including Thingvellir National Park, GulldossFoss , Kerid Crater, Hjalparfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Vik, Diamond Beach, Svartifoss, Jokulsarlon, Reynisfjara, Dyrholaey, Skogafoss, Stykkisholmnur, Kirkjufell, Hellnar, Arnarstapi, Budir, Unique Amphibian boat experience, Blue Lagoon Spa
SUNDAY 1st SEPTEMBER
We meet at the airport at 14:30 for our Lufthansa flight departing at 17:00 and flying to Reykjavik via Frankfurt. We arrive at Reykjavik at 23:30 and we are transferred to our hotel in the city center of this beautiful city, which has a lot of character and is known for its many colors, museums, buildings, and beautiful surroundings. After check-in will go for a familiarisation walk with the tour leader around the centre and Laugavegur, where you will find numerous souvenir shops, restaurants and art studios.
MONDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
After Breakfast we will go for our first excursion, the Golden Circle, which is the most popular day trip in Iceland. We will start by visiting Thingvellir National Park, which is a UNESCO world heritage site, part of the Atlantic Ocean Ridge that runs through Iceland, where one can see the consequences of the erosion of the earth’s crust in the gorges and cracks in this area. We will then proceed to the second stop the Haukadalur Geothermal Valley (Geysir), which is one of the most impressive geological sights in the country where you can see the power of earth’s geothermal activity up close. This valley is filled with hot springs and boiling mud pots, Geysir being a hot spring that periodically erupts with water and steam, while a hot spring is a pool of hot water that does not erupt. The third stop is the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall, which is a two-tiered waterfall with a total cumulative height of 32 meters, is the largest volume waterfall in Europe. In our last stop, we will be visiting Kerid Crater which is a stunning volcanic crater lake. The crater is filled with milky blue-green water, surrounded by stark black and deep red slopes. We will return to Reykjavik’s hotel, where we will have free time to go for dinner and walk around the city.
TUESDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER
Following breakfast, we will take off to the South Coast, which is a unique day tour around active volcanoes, in sight of massive glaciers, beautiful waterfalls, and black beaches. We will start by visiting Sveitarfelagio Olfus area, where we will have the opportunity to hike in the magnificent Icelandic nature. The path will take us to the natural hot spring where we will be able to swim. Afterward, we will ride the famous Icelandic dwarf horses at a leisurely pace (included) while enjoying the bliss and beautiful mountain view of this area. We will then proceed to visit 2 marvelous waterfalls Hjalparfoss, which is a two-stepped waterfall that cascades down into a large plunge pool that is surrounded by very unique rock formations. The last stop will be at Seljalandsfoss which is one of the most famous waterfalls seen in Iceland’s adverts. This powerful waterfall cascades into a pretty meadow, having a path running behind the curtain of water, which makes it one of the top attractions as it allows you to walk behind it and able to take unique photos. This day will end in the scenic village of Vik, with its black sand beach and busy bird cliffs. We will then check in hotel located in Vik, where we will also be served dinner (included).
WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER
After breakfast, we will start our excursion by visiting Svartifoss, which is a waterfall fed by ice-cold meltwater from the Svinafellsjokull glacier and tumbles down 20 meters over a cliff. We will then proceed to Jokulsarlon, which is Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon we will be present to an amazing scene, seeing broken icebergs from the glacier, some of which are several stories high, drifting out to the sea and washed up on the nearby shore. Optionally you can opt to take the Amphibian boat tour (included), which is an unforgettable experience, as you will go round and very close to the huge icebergs. If lucky, might also be able to see some seals. The way these icebergs glisten against the black sands, this place has been nicknamed the Diamond Beach. We will later proceed to our hotel in Vik, where we will be served dinner (included).
THURSDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
Today after breakfast we will go for our Snaefellsnes Peninsula excursion which is located on the West side of Iceland. This peninsula offers one of the most iconic sights of Kirkjufell, where the TV show Games of Thrones was filmed, which looks like a church tower from certain angles. Arnarstapi coastal cliffs, and huge towers of lava that from a distance look like a fortress. Today we will enjoy the diverse landscape of mountains, lava fields, and coast. We will visit Stykkisholmnur a picturesque town, known for its harbor where people traded goods since the 1500s, most of whom were fishermen. We will also visit Hellnar, a charming fishing village with a few clusters of old houses and buildings. Last stop will be Budir, a small hamlet consisting of a small church situated in the lava field of Budahraun. We will then drive to Reykkjavik, where we will check in the hotel and have free time to go for dinner in the center afterward.
FRIDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER | Following breakfast, we will join the tour leader for a walking city tour of Reykjavik, to visit the main sites, such as the Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík’s Church which has become Iceland’s landmark due to its unique architecture and design which is influenced by the geological formations found in Iceland. Furthermore, being 74.5 meters tall this church is visible from all over the city. We visit the lake in the center of the city and the modern town hall, the famous Sun Voyager monument a large sparkling steel sculpture of a ship-like thing, located on the waterfront, and the Harpa Conference Hall unique and winner for its architecture. Afterward, you will have free time for personal sightseeing.
SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER
After breakfast, today’s excursion will take us to Reynisfjara beach, which lies along the open sea of the North Atlantic Ocean that brings powerful waves up the coast. The beach is in a lovely setting of sea stacks, columnar basalt, and glaciers. It is covered with black volcanic ash and dark rocks, hence its name ‘The black sand beach’. Next, we will visit Dyrholaey, which is a small peninsula famous for its prominent and natural arch. Another stop will be Skogafoss, which is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, with a width of 25 meters and drop of 60m. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single of double rainbow is normally visible on sunny days. Later in the afternoon, we will visit the Blue Lagoon (included), which is the place where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spa journeys.
SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER
We will leave our hotel and the coach will take us to the airport for our return flights to Malta via Frankfurt. The flight departs Reykjavik at 00:25 early Sunday morning and we will arrive in Malta at 11:55.
All excursions included
PRICE PER PERSON
Adult in Twin € 3,299
Adult in Single € 4,369
* Minimum of 25 passengers
Return Lufthansa flights to Iceland via Frankfurt including 7kg hand luggage & 1 piece checked in
5 nights in Reykjavik including breakfast
2 nights in Vik including breakfast & and dinner
Horse riding tour
Amphibian boat tour
Comfort entrance to Blue Lagoon
Rooms with private facilities
Return airport transfer and transportation for excursions
Services of a tour leader and local guide for excursions days 3 to 7
Airport taxes & and service charge
This tour entails walking, at times long walks on rough surfaces, therefore it is not suitable for babies and pushchairs or persons with knee/hip/heart problems.