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Country Life Iceland

See Iceland by coach

What's included: 9 nights, return flights and tours

This incredible 7 night coach tour around Iceland is ideal for those who want to experience awhole variety of Icelandic landscape, culture, history, and nature. You visit two of Iceland’s three national parks, and there are opportunities to do some walks in the beautiful countryside.  This really is the ultimate Iceland package holiday. 

What's included:

  • Return flights from UK airport to Iceland
  • Return airport transfers from Reykjavik airport to city centre hotel and back again on departure day
  • 9 nights hotel including breakfast
  • Coach tour to visit Iceland's National Parks
  • Free Whale Watching tour (3 hours)

Flight depart times:

For schedules see our main web site using a desktop device. (Subject to change and availability)

What you'll do

Day 1:

Fly in from your chosen UK airport and land safely at Keflavik.

Get collected from the airport and transferred to your Reykjavik hotel

Take the afternoon to explore the capital and enjoy some tasty Icelandic food for dinner

Stay overnight in Reykjavik

Day 2:

The tour starts at 09:00 with pick up between 08:15-08:45 from your accommodation in Reykjavík.

The tour will start a short city tour of Iceland’s capital, and then we head to West Iceland. The first stop is the settlement center in Borgarnes where we are introduced to the Icelandic sagas and we start to understand their impact on Iceland through the ages. I

In the afternoon we see several impressive natural spots. There’s Deildartunguhver, one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe. Nearby is Hraunfossar “lava falls”, where crystal clear water pours into a river from beneath a lava field stretched over 1000 meters. As the clear water falls from underneath the 1000 year old lava into the muddy glacial river there’s an interesting “water fight” between the fresh and the glacial waters. A 10-minute walk up the river is Barnafoss “children’s falls” with its strange rock formations carved by the glacial river. The tiny village of Reykholt “the smoky hill” was the home of the 13th century writer/scholar and chieftain Snorri Sturluson, who collected the sagas. One of Iceland’s most important cultural sights, you can even still see Snorri’s hot pool.

Stay overnight is in West Iceland.

Day 3:

Some days in Iceland should start with a chance to climb a volcano! Today it is the Grábrók volcano crater, which offers great views over Borgarfjörður valley. Leaving West Iceland we drive north through green pastures, lava fields, sculpted valleys and fjords to Skagafjörður, known as the “valley of horses”. There’s a dramatic mountain pass and more valleys getting to Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland.
Here is the beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city. Then we stop at Goðafoss waterfall, “the waterfall of the Gods” before reaching our accommodation in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights.

Stay overnight in North East Iceland

Day 4:

From the picturesque fishing village of Húsavík we set sail on a wooden fishing/excursion boat to try our luck at whale watching.

Back on dry land, we visit Lake Mývatn “Midge Lake” with its many natural wonders. There are the pseudo craters to explore at the lake, and an unusual walk through the bizarre shaped lava formations at Dimmuborgir “dark cities”. The Mývatn area is known as a paradise for birds particularly ducks. 

The day ends as it should – with a soak in the warm mineral waters of Mývatn’s Nature Baths, before returning to our accommodation.

Stay overnight in North East Iceland

Day 5:

A special smell starts the day from the geothermal hot spring area of Námaskarð with its boiling grey mud pots! Our travels take us east through lava shaped land, and after a short walk to the spectacular Dettifoss waterfall “falling waterfall” in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. This is the most powerful waterfall in Europe falling 44 meters into the magnificent canyon of a glacial river, with onaverage 195m3/sek.

Leaving Dettifoss we continue east through bare and sometimes deserted landscape with mountains all around. Along the way, we make at least one stop at Möðrudalur, the all-year residence at the highest altitude in Iceland, 469m above sea level. On we go through more fascinating barren landscape, through the long valley of Jökuldalur (glacial valley) reaching the fertile region of Fljótsdalshérað with its narrow glacial lake, Lögurinn. 

Stay overnight in East Iceland

Day 6:

Route 1 takes us towards South Iceland, through green valleys, over twisty mountain roads, along the dramatic and scenic coast line to
Berufjörður, one of many fjords of the east. We stop in the small fishing village of Djúpivogur for a short visit. Along the coast, the road sometimes zigzags along the edge of big rockslides. Eventually, we start to see the flat, sometimes sandy plains of the south mixed with the mountains and the valleys.

We are getting close to Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe – 8400 square kilometers, covering about 8% of Iceland. If the weather permits, we have a fine view of many glacier tongues descending from the main ice cap – their ice and snow offers an amazing contrast to the green fertile areas we have driven through.

We get up close to the glacier with a boat trip through Jökulsárlón. Here ice breaks off the glacier, and floats through the glacier lagoon on
its way to the sea. After the boat trip, we continue along the south coast towards the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur,
2110m on our right.

Stay overnight in the Vatnajökull National Park or Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 7:

The day begins with a visit to Skaftafell at the southern end of the Vatnajökull National Park. The northern end being at Dettifoss, where
we were on Wednesday! The park offers amazing contrasts in landscape, with glaciers, moors, mountains, birch forest, glacial rivers, brooks and sandy outwash plains. Depending on time and weather we may have a short walk inside the park.

From Skaftafell we drive through the lava fields of Eldhraun "fire lava" from the year long Laki eruption in 1783. We will pass through the small village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur before driving through the black sands of Mýrdalssandur, and then arriving in the village of Vík. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs of Reynisfjara where the lucky ones may spot some puffins. Iceland’s past comes alive at the Skógar Folk Museum with its old turf houses.

Afterwards we stop at the waterfall of Skógar, falling gracefully 60m down the green mountain and often harbouring a rainbow.
On we go making our last stop at the narrow Seljalandsfoss, which falls 50m. We can see it from all sides as we can walk behind it –
with care and with the risk of getting wet! From there we drive through the biggest agricultural area in Iceland, the south low land to the
small village of Hveragerði.

Stay overnight in Hveragerði

Day 8:

The day starts with horses! At Friðheimar horse farm, you get to meet a special four footed player in Iceland’s history. This unique
breed has adapted to Iceland’s landscape in a way that made it a full partner in farm and city life. The educational and entertaining
horse show offers a professional display of the unique gaits and special qualities of this Icelandic magnificent horse.

Then onto hot water at the Geysir hot spring. This is the home of the original boiling waterspout - Geysir is an Icelandic word! The original Geysir has been calm since long ago but not far away is Geysir´s little brother, Strokkur “the Churn” which spouts every 5-10 minutes. Another natural wonder waits nearby, Iceland’s favorite waterfall named Gullfoss “the golden waterfall”. This double falls drop 32 meters and around a bend into the canyon of Hvítá “the white river” after having travelled 30 km from the glacier Langjökull to the north.

Our journey continues on through the agricultural area of the south, passing the small village of Laugarvatn before we reach the national park of Þingvellir. This UNESCO world heritage site is the most important historical place in Iceland. Þingvellir is not only important for Icelandic history, but also it is a place of unique geological interest, where the two continental plates can be seen slowly drifting apart. From Þingvellir we head back to Reykjavík in the late afternoon.

Stay overnight in Reykjavik

Day 9:

Spend your last full day enjoying free leisure of the capital

Stay overnight in Reykjavik

Day 10:

Get collected from your hotel and taken back to Keflavik airport

Fly back to the UK

It is possible to add a Blue Lagoon tour to the morning of Day 10 at an extra cost

  • Adults in Double or Twin Rooms

    7 Nights
    Prices from£1899.00each
  • Adults in Single Occupancy Rooms

    7 Nights
    Prices from£2199.00each
  • Children Sharing with Parents

    7 Nights
    Prices from£999.00each
  • Infants Sharing with Parents

    7 Nights
    Prices from£200.00each

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