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8 Day Luxury Small Group Iceland

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8 Day Luxury Small Group Iceland

A small but captivating country, Iceland is unparalleled when it comes to dramatic landscapes and remarkable natural scenery. Like something out of a mythological fairy tale, Iceland’s collection of geysers, glaciers, waterfalls, and fjords are both awe-inspiring and unusual; the sharp contrast of fire and ice create an experience that can’t be matched. Add to that the abundance of authentic cuisine and fresh seafood, and you’ve got yourself one truly magical place.

Our adventure map

 Map of Essence of Iceland

Day by day

First Day travel from Reykjavik then Thingvellir National Park and onto Hveragerdi

The first leg of the journey takes us around the Golden Circle, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland. Start with a visit to the fascinating Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. At the Haukadalur geothermal area, where you can see Geysir – the original geyser, and its more active neighbour, Strokkur. At Geysir hot spring, the chef of Restaurant Geysir will be waiting to lead you over the geothermal areas where freshly baked hot spring bread awaits. Next we make our way to Iceland’s most famous waterfall: the powerful Gullfoss waterfall, before stopping at Fridheimar greenhouse to taste their perfectly-grown tomatoes. (D)

Hotel :   Frost and Fire Hotel 

Second Day visit Reykjanes Peninsula, Blue Lagoon and Hveragerdi

Today we check out the lava fields and volcanoes on Reykjanes Peninsula, which is almost completely covered with old lava flows, lava cones and craters. The first stop is at the geothermal area of Seltun-Krysuvik, with its shimmery, colourful hot springs. We continue to the nearby fishing village of Grindavik, where we visit a fascinating exhibition on geology, geothermal heat and the harnessing of energy in the area. After exploring the peninsula, it’s time to tick off the king of all bucket list items: the Blue Lagoon. With its mineral-rich, warm turquoise seawater, contrasted with the fresh Icelandic air and surrounding magical lava fields, bathing in this surreal environment is an experience no one should miss. For dinner, we head to Stokkseyri for a delicious langoustine feast – a great introduction to fresh Icelandic cuisine. (B, D)

Hotel : Frost and Fire Hotel 

Third Day we go to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall then onto Vik

Our first visit today is at the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where we can walk behind the icy cascade on a hidden path. Further along at the Thorvaldseyri farm, we browse the exhibit of the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption and its impact on the local residents. From fire to water, we make our way to the magnificent Skogafoss waterfall and the nearby Skogar folk museum that displays interesting artefacts from Iceland’s old farming and fishing days. Finally, we see the black volcanic beach near Vik i Myrdal which boasts views of the spectacular rock arch and steep cliffs of Dyrholaey, along with the Reynisdrangar basalt columns off the shore. (B, D)

Hotel :   Hotel Laki

Fourth Day its off to Vatnajokull Nationall Park and onto Hofn 

We’re off to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions today, starting with the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajokull National Park. Here, you have the option to experience walking on ice with crampons during a guided glacier hike. Alternatively, you may wish to roam about Skaftafell National Park at your leisure, taking in all this beautiful area has to offer. This afternoon, the journey continues to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, famous for its magnificent floating icebergs. From there we head to Hofn, with a short stop at a farm that produces its own ice cream. (B, D)

Hotel :  Hotel Jokull 

Fifth Day travel to Egilsstadir

Experience a lesser-explored part of the island on today’s drive along majestic East Iceland, with its tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. Stop in the small villages of Stodvarfjordur and Faskrudsfjordur, the latter originally settled by French seamen who came to fish the Icelandic coast between the late 19th century and 1914. (B, D)

Hotel :  Guesthouse Egilsstadir 

Sixth Day visit Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn and end up at Akureyri 

On the agenda for today is North Iceland, where you will be amazed by the raw power of Icelandic nature. See this firsthand at the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Next stop is the colourful geothermal area of Namaskard, with the bubbling mud pots at Hverarond. A much-needed lunch break calls for homemade local fare such as Geysir rye bread, smoked trout, ‘hangikjot’ (raw smoked lamb) and ice cream at Vogafjos Restaurant. From there, we head to the Skutustadagigar pseudo craters – a sight that is even more surreal in wintertime. Then we pass by the beautiful ‘waterfall of the gods’, Godafoss. (B, L, D)

Hotel : Icelandair Hotel Akureyri 

Seventh Day explore Akureyri 

This morning, enjoy some free time to explore Akureyri of your own accord. Later we join an exclusive gourmet tasting tour and discover the very best of local North Icelandic production. All the producers we visit are small family firms and have passed on their foodie knowledge from generation to generation, so expect out-of-this-world examples of fresh fish, beer and salted cod. (B, D)

Hotel :   Icelandair Hotel Akureyri 

Eighth Day we head to Deildartunguhver then return to Reykjavik 

Today we hit the road back to Reykjavik to close the circle, but not before a visit to Deildartunguhver. Here, a massive amount of water heated at 97°C is continuously pumped out of a terrifying crack that has opened in the earth. Finally, gaze in wonderment at the magnificent lava waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss – a pair of equally unique cascades, which emerge from under the moss-covered lava to tumble down into the churning river below. (B)

Travel Highlights

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Tour leader
  • Driver and mini-coach transportation 
  • European breakfast daily
  • 7 x evening meals, 1 x lunch
  • Rye bread, tomato and ice cream tastings
  • Private gourmet tour with tastings
  • Included Entrances: Fridheimar greenhouse, Grindavik exhibition centre, Blue Lagoon, Skogar folk museum and Thorvaldseyri volcano centre.

The Difference

Taste delicious produce and fresh Icelandic cuisine, guided by chefs, farmers and locals

Discover lesser-explored parts of Iceland and experience its raw beauty

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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