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7-Day The Golden Circle, Northern Lights, South Coast, Eastfjords, North Iceland, Akureyri with Flight Back to Reykjavik

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Key Highlights

  • Marvel at the wonders of the Golden Circle's national park, geysers and waterfalls
  • Behold the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano which erupted in 2010
  • Visit the serene lake called Lagarfljót said to hold a terrible beast older than The Loch Ness Monster!
  • Bask in the Mývatn Nature Baths and soak in the mineral-rich waters
  • Game of Thrones fans will rejoice from a trip to the Grjótagjá hot-spring cave as seen on the show
  • Come across an abundance of marine life
  • Departing from Reykjavík to experience some incredible sightseeing over this week
  • Add on tours during booking such as a glacier hike up Sólheimajökull, horse riding, and uniqie ice cave exploration
  • Get the most out of the Icelandic winter as possible
  • Overview

    Jump aboard this seven-day winter minibus tour around Iceland, from Reykjavík to the most iconic sites such as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Lake Mývatn. Explore incredible waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs and more on the Golden Circle. See some of Iceland’s most iconic sights, from the floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón, to the serene lava fields of Lake Mývatn and the world renowned Golden Circle while enjoying the evening glow of the Northern Lights above.

    Travel to unique, lesser-known locations where you can truly immerse yourself in the untouched nature, far from the crowds. This tour finishes with a flight from Akureyri back to the capital.

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Sep to Apr: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

    Duration

    7 days

    Start time

    8am

    Meeting Point

    Good news! You can get picked from your hotel, just give us the details at the time of booking. Don't worry if you haven't booked your hotel yet, you pass them onto the operator.

    Ending Point

    Itinerary

    Day 1- The Golden Circle

    Marvel at the wonders of the Golden Circle starting with Þingvellir National Park, a site located between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. You may choose to visit Silfra, a site filled with crystal clear glacial water which makes it a popular snorkelling and diving site. Head next to Geysir geothermal area where the impressive Strokkur geyser erupts every five to ten minutes, creating a water column that can reach heights of up to 40m! Then visit Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most iconic falls in Iceland and watch the Hvítá glacier river cascade into an ancient gorge in two tiers with enormous power. If you are an animal lover, you can add on a horse riding tour during the booking process where you'll meet the friendly Icelandic horse and ride around the beautiful countryside. You will spend your first night at accommodation in the Golden Circle area or the nearby town of Hella.

    Day 2- South Coast

    Immerse yourself in the waterfalls, glaciers and coastal wonders of the South Coast and drive past the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano which erupted in 2010. The first site you will reach is Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall you can fully encircle for some wonderful views. Also visit the Gljúfrabúi, another beautiful waterfall which is not seen by many as it is hidden in a cleft in a mountain before heading to the famous Skógafoss waterfall renowned for its awe-inspiring power.

    Next on the itinerary is a visit to the glacier Mýrdalsjökull where you explore the landscape atop an ice cap in two different ways. You can choose between a tour atop this great glacier or a visit to the nearby Sólheimajökull. If you elected to, during the booking process, you can embark on a glacier hike up Sólheimajökull where you can trek past blue crevasses and high peaks that are blackened by the ash from nearby volcanoes.
    Journey along the South Coast and reach Reynisfjara black-sand beach and admire the geological wonders here such as the Dyrhólaey rock arch and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks. You will spend this night close to the picturesque village of Vík.

    Day 3 - The South Coast

    Cover the remainder of the South Coast as you pass the lush Skaftafell Nature Reserve which has now been absorbed by the beautiful Vatnajökull National Park. Explore this verdant, forested area which has many hiking trails, including the start of the trail to Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur in Öræfajökull glacier.

    Your first destination of the day will be Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where you can marvel over icebergs breaking from a glacier and cruising towards the ocean. Watch as icebergs wash up and glisten in the surf on a nearby beach aptly called the Diamond Beach.
    A true highlight of this day would be a visit to a natural ice cave in Vatnajökull which you can reach by a super jeep. You can reserve this experience when booking. Spend the night in the south-east.

    Day 4- The Eastfjords

    Drive through the little-travelled Eastfjords and explore the remote and beautiful area, with dramatic mountains, deserted inlets, a wealth of wildlife and brimming with incredible, diverse landscapes. Since the Eastfjords are incredibly remote, they have more wildlife than the rest of the country. It is also the only place in Iceland where you can find wild reindeer.

    Visit Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, where there are many trails for avid hikers. The second is a serene lake called Lagarfljót, said to hold a terrible beast, legends of which far out-date those of the Loch Ness Monster! Finally, you will reach your accommodations in the area.

    Day 5 - Lake Myvatn and its surroundings

    Travel through the rest of the Eastfjords to the Lake Mývatn region, winding between great peaks and a beautiful stretch of coast. Once you reach Lake Mývatn, bask in the Mývatn Nature Baths and take your time soaking in the mineral-rich waters, surrounded by nature. If the night is clear you might be able to enjoy the northern lights while relaxing in this geothermal paradise.

    You will have a chance to visit steaming geothermal areas, such as those on the Námaskarð Pass; bizarre geological formations, such as those which resemble a fortress of lava at Dimmuborgir; and the perfectly formed pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar. Spend the night in Mývatn.

    Day 6- The North of Iceland

    Get to know the great Eyjafjörður and all its quirky attractions as you drive along its fertile farmland and spectacular coastal scenery. See some of the best vantage points before heading to the 'Capital of the North', Akureyri, and explore this vibrant town. You'll see the beautiful Akureyri Church, Hof Culture Centre and many other interesting locations. Familiarise yourself with the town and discover its many charming shops and restaurants. In Akureyri visit the world’s most northerly botanical gardens, a festive Christmas House, excellent ski slopes, and a geothermally heated pool. Retire for the night in Akureyri.

    Day 7 - Flight to Reykjavik

    If time permits, you can explore Akureyri a little better before heading to Reykjavík by plane. Once you reach the destination, you may pick up souvenirs for friends and loved ones back home.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • 7 day guided tour to the south and east coast of Iceland, travelling from Reykjavík to Akureyri via the southern ring route.
    • 6 nights of accommodation in various country hotels with private bathroom and breakfast each morning.
    • Flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík
    • Northern Lights hunting
    • Taxes

    Exclusions

    • Any additional activities (can be added when booking)
    • Flights others than stated
    • Lunch and dinner
  • Please note

    Voucher Information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). AT this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator's contact details. They're a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organised activity to reconfirm. Minimum age required to undertake this tour is 8 years.

    For activities like ice caving, jeans are not recommended because denim, once wet, will spread moisture and take a long time to dry, leaving the wearer extremely cold!

    We suggest, wear hiking shoes, outerwear suited to chilly and rainy weather. Don't forget to being camera.

    Due to increased demand for travel services in Iceland and low availability, travel companies in Iceland can not guarantee specific accommodations. However, we can always provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking.

    The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows.

    It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

    Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.

    For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for this tour. If you wish to repack to a smaller suitcase or backpack before your journey, a luggage storage will be available to you.