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From £5,133 per person for 6 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
See Iceland’s incredible wildlife and landscapes in the sunshine of summer on this must-do seven-day experience

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Summary

Iceland

Contrary to what its name suggests, Iceland isn’t all snow and tundra climates. On this summer journey, you’ll explore remote areas of this beautiful country by specially modified Arctic Truck. Take in glaciers and remote mountain roads, stopping to see incredible wildlife and scenery, on this once in a lifetime trip. 

What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with personal guides and private transport included
  • Wander the streets of Reykjavik with a knowledgeable local
  • Visit remote glacial lagoons by Arctic Truck
  • Get behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall for a unusual view
  • Take a RIB on a puffin-watching adventure
  • Sail across the Reykjanes Peninsula in search of whales, dolphins and porpoises
  • Watch Geysers dramatically erupt in the Golden Circle
  • Float in the Arctic Truck on top of the Langjökull Glacier 
  • Soak in the milky blue waters of the Blue Lagoon 

Start your adventure with a RIB Boat out of Reykjavik, on a trip to spot native puffins, before seeing the city’s secrets with a knowledgeable local. In the following few days, you’ll explore the South and West of Iceland, visiting glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and mountains aplenty in the comfort of your Arctic Truck.* Next, it’s time for Whale Watching and a relaxing soak in the famous Blue Lagoon. Or, end with a bang on an optional trip into a dormant volcano. 

*Arctic Trucks specialises in modifying 4WD vehicles especially for use in tough environments such as mountains, glaciers or deserts. Not many people get the opportunity to take the wheel of an Arctic Truck vehicle in one of the world’s most incredible landscapes: on this trip, you’ll have that chance, making it possible to explore rarely visited, remote areas of Iceland. 

Overview


Accommodation

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole holiday.


Please click the Full Itinerary tab at the top for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers. 


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GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London to Reykjavik cost around £100 per person and take approximately three hours. 

Experience start point: Reykjavik (KEF).

End point: Reykjavik (KEF). 

All tour departures up to 30th June 2019 are part of our Pioneers' Club promotion. Click here for more information.

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Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Iceland

Day One: Arrive in Iceland

Arrive in Iceland by lunchtime, ready for your first exciting experience – puffin watching on the islands outside Reykjavik. Puffins, Auks, Gannets and an incredible variety of other seabirds dominate the skies and cliffs just a few minutes by sea from the city and the RIB boat we use is designed specially to get you as close as possible to the islands. Next, get ready to explore colourful, quirky Reykjavik with your private guide, an English-speaking Icelandic local. If there’s anything you specifically want to see, your guide will be happy to adapt the tour to your interests. You’ll have the evening free to explore and have dinner at one of Reykjavik’s outstanding restaurants. 

Overnight in Reykjavik

Classic - Fosshotel Buron

Premium - Hotel Borg

Meals included: None

Streets


Day Two: Floating Icebergs 

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up in your Arctic Truck for a full day of adventuring through Iceland’s most famous sights. You’ll get behind the wheel of your powerful truck on this privately-guided tour (but if you don’t fancy driving or want to take a look at the scenery, your guide will be happy to drive for you). Heading east out of the city, you’ll make for Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where shimmering icebergs float on the water like jagged diamonds. On route, you’ll stop for lunch and experience the off-roading abilities of the Arctic Truck as you make for an isolated glacier lagoon. You’ll arrive at Jökulsárlón in the early afternoon, with plenty of time to explore before you head to your hotel for the night.  

Overnight in South East Iceland

Classic - Hali Country Hotel

Premium - Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch 

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Day Three: Golden Circle, Gullfoss and Geysers

This morning you’ll head back westwards with your guide, visiting all the highlights of the South Coast on the way – the black volcanic beach at Reynisfjara, uniquely shaped Dyrhólaey Peninsula and the dazzling 60-metre Skógafoss waterfall. Your afternoon will continue with the journey to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the cascading waters to really experience the crashing falls. After this, watch the Strokkur Geyser magnificently spout boiling water to a height of 35 metres and head up to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall with its multi-step cascade. 

Overnight in South Iceland

Classic - Hotel Borealis

Premium - Hotel Grimsborgir

Meals included: Breakfast

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Day Four: On top of the Glacier 

After breakfast you’ll head out to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was home of the Icelandic Viking Government from 930 AD to 1798. Following a mountain road, you’ll arrive at Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjökull, for a one-of-a-kind experience. Driving directly on top of the glacier, your guide will deflate the truck tyres so you can feel yourself floating – this otherworldly experience is possible due to the special modifications of the Arctic Truck, allowing it to drive in extremely challenging conditions. Afterwards, you’ll get the chance to explore the Ice Tunnels inside the glacier, followed by an optional snowmobiling experience (see Extras tab for details). Finish your day with a drive to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, your home for the night.

Overnight in Stykkishólmur area

Classic - Fosshotel Stykkishólmur

Premium - Hotel Egilsen

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

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Day Five: Snæfellsnes sightings

Today you’ll be exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, starting with a short tour of Stykkishólmur – a fishing village full of quaint old houses. Next, you’ll journey on to the majestic Mount Kirkjufell, the dramatically formed coastal mountain in the nearby village of Grundarförður. Continue driving along the peninsula, scanning the bay for elusive Orcas. Depending on weather conditions, you might get to drive around the peninsula across a mountain road which has dramatic views of Snæfellsjökull – a glacier-topped stratovolcano. Before heading on to west Iceland, you’ll also visit the Arnarstapi cliffs and Djúpalón beach, a beautiful black sand beach. The unusual cliff formations and shipwrecks dotted along the sand make this beach a must-visit! 

Overnight in Reykholt area

Classic - Fosshotel Reykholt

Premium - Hotel Husafell

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Mountain


Day Six: Whale watching 

Today you’ll make your way back to Reykjavik, stopping for lunch on the way before heading to the old marina (location weather dependent) for some whale watching. Iceland’s waters harbour tasty prey for Humpback Whales, Orcas, White-Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises, all of which you might spot on this adventure. Afterwards, you’ll be transferred to the Blue Lagoon for an afternoon relaxing in its famous neon waters. We’ve secured Premium admission, which includes two treatment masks of your choice, robe, slippers and sparkling wine. To finish off your tour with a bang, you can choose to take part in the Into the Volcano experience (See Extras tab). The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano is a unique natural phenomenon, and on this optional extra you’ll have the chance to see it from the inside - all you need is the willingness to hike for 45 minutes and the guts to descend 120 metres to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift. Be prepared to be awed by nature on this experience of a lifetime. After all that excitement, you’ll transfer back to your hotel for your final night in Iceland. 

Overnight in Blue Lagoon area

Classic - Northern Light Inn

Premium - The Retreat at Blue Lagoon

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch

Whalesss


Day Seven: Home time

After a final breakfast it’s time to transfer to Keflavik Airport for your flight back to the UK. 

Meals included: Breakfast

GoldenCircle


Whats included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Private air-conditioned transport throughout tour

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Tips for guides, drivers, porters, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • We cannot guarantee the included hotel breakfast for early departures
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here

To check other European trips, click here!

To check all of our Iceland trips,click here!


Accommodation

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London to Reykjavik cost around £100 per person and take approximately three hours. 

Experience start point: Reykjavik (KEF)

End point: Reykjavik (KEF). 

All tour departures up to 30th June 2019 are part of our Pioneers' Club promotion. Click here for more information.

Extras

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Many of our experiences have optional features available at an added cost. Please see below for available extras for this experience. Please continue to checkout to select any optional extras and to see pricing information.

Optional Extras

To customise your experience, you can select any of theses extras at an additional cost during the basket stage.

Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier

Turn your visit to Langjökull Glacier into an experience to remember with the chance to snowmobile on it.

Into the Glacier Ice Cave Experience

See Langjökull Glacier from a unique perspective - beneath the surface. Go inside and discover one of Iceland's most incredible ice caves.

Snowmobiling & Ice Cave Combined Experience

Get the best out of your visit to Langjökull Glacier: this optional extra combines going inside Langjökull to explore one of Iceland's most incredible ice caves with snowmobiling over its surface.

Inside the Volcano

The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano is a unique natural phenomenon, and on this optional extra you’ll have the chance to see it from the inside - all you need is the willingness to hike for 45 minutes and the guts to descend 120 metres to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift. Be prepared to be awed by nature on this experience of a lifetime.

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