Departures: All 2017 departures dates listed on the Price tab are guaranteed and based on
departure day from North America. Departures require a minimum of 2
passengers to guarantee tour. Please note departures are dependant
on each Icelandair's unique flight timetable.
Hotels: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura (or similar); Icelandair Hotel Vik;
Icelandair Hotel Herad; Sel-Hotel Myvatn; Hotel Siglo;
Icelandair Hotel Hamar; Hotel Hofn
Note: The tour operator has the right to change hotels in package based on
availability. Substitute hotels are of similar quality.
There's no better way to become completely captivated by Iceland’s majestic landscapes than on this classic 9-night guided motorcoach circle tour (the first night of your vacation package is your overnight flight to Iceland). Following your arrival day you will depart from Reykjavik to journey the Ring Road, known officially as Route 1, which circumnavigates the entire island country, taking you through the natural and historical highlights of south Iceland, along with the rugged eastern fjords and the magical north. Included in your Iceland vacation package is accommodation at hotels and summer hotels throughout Iceland (all with private bathroom facilities), daily breakfast, and dinner during five nights of your itinerary. Please note that the size of the groups is limited to 36 people, and the tour is conducted in English.
- Portland (PDX) flights resume April 7, 2017
- Philadelphia (PHL) service begins May 30, 2017, operating through September 20, 2017
- Click on the gold "Book Now" button above. You can also use the package drop down menu on the right side of the page by selecting your departure details
- Once booked, you will receive two emails. One containing your electronic air ticket, and the other your package Booking Confirmation and general information. Approximately three weeks later, you will receive additional information containing specific details about your travel arrangements from the Icelandair IHUSA Confirmation email box
1 Akureyri, the charming capital of North Iceland 2 Godafoss waterfall 3 Skaftafell Glacier Park
4 Laufas History Museum
Evening departure from North America
Day 2 - Arrival in Iceland - overnight in Reykjavik
Early morning arrival in Iceland. Use the Flybus airport transfer voucher from your Booking Confirmation to transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik. Please note that breakfast is not included on your arrival day, and early check-in is not guaranteed. If your room is not ready at the time of your arrival, you can store your luggage at the hotel check-in desk until such time. The remainder of your day is open for your own activities. For a very Icelandic way to shake off the jetlag, we suggest a visit to one of the local geothermal pools! You might also explore Old Town Reykjavik, a prime location for charming buildings, cafes and museums; or a walk to the nearby Pearl attraction for a great view of the city. Hotels used: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura
Day 3 - Journey to the southernmost Tip - overnight in Vik
Enjoy morning breakfast at the hotel, followed by your tour pick-up which begins between 8:30am and 9am. Your tour guide will come into the hotel with a sign saying "Iceland Complete" in addition to the motorcoach outside which will have a sign in the window stating “Iceland Complete Tour”. Start the day with a short city sightseeing of Reykjavik. From Reykjavik head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Visit the nearby Fákasel Icelandic Horse Park where you can get to know a little more about the unique Icelandic horse breed. Head on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall", and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir (Iceland's "Old Faithful) and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey* nature reserve. Continue to the village of Vik. If you are in the area from late June, perhaps bring your binoculars to view the legendary treasure of seabirds in the Dyrholaey area, including the popular puffins which are usually found nesting in the cliffs and crevices. Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season from the middle of May until June 25th. Other bird watching opportunities are available on all tour dates. Hotels used: Icelandair Hotel Vik, Hotel Dyrholaey or Hotel Laki. Total distance covered approximately 208 miles (335 km). (B,D)
Day 4 - Black Sand and Glacial Lagoon - overnight in the Hofn area
After breakfast you'll start your day by seeing Cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth, followed by a visit to the small town Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over the black sands of Skeidararsandur to Skaftafell National Park, then to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to marvel at the lake's collection of gorgeously-colored icebergs newly formed off the nearby Vatnajokull glacier. You can even opt to take a boat tour through the lagoon (not included in tour; booked in Iceland)! Throughout the day you also will see magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull, one of the largest glaciers in Europe. The day's dinner and overnight stay will be in the Hofn area. Hotels used: Hotel Hofn. Total distance covered approximately 190 miles (305 km). (B,D)
Day 5 - The Southeast - Ancient Iceland - overnight in Egilsstadir
Start your morning - after breakfast of course! - marvelling at the magnificent rock formations of the nation's oldest region, Eastern Iceland, as you head up north. After heading over a mountain pass with spectacular views of Europe's largest glacier (weather permitting), the scenery changes to bare rock faces plunging into the sea of the East Fjords. Today you will also visit Petra’s Stone Collection, a unique display of minerals and stones from the area, which has some of the most varied types of rocks in Europe. Hotels used: Icelandair Hotel Herad, Hotel Valaskjalf or Hotel Hallormsstadur. Total distance covered approximately 193 miles (310 km). (B,D)
Day 6 - Highland Desert and Volcanoes - overnight in the Myvatn area
Before heading to the Lake Myvatn area, explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi; Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall; and Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Next is the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and Laxa salmon river. One of the Myvatn area's claims to fame is that it's home to more species of ducks than any other place on Earth, with very diverse birdlife in general (best seen in May and June). During your stay, you'll visit a natural history museum displaying the type of birds found in the area. You might opt to visit the Myvatn Nature Baths, a relaxing natural hot-spring lake and steam baths (not included in tour price; booked in Iceland). Hotels used: Selhotel Myvatn. Total distance covered approximately 190 miles (305 km). (B,D)
Day 7 - Northern Brilliance - overnight in Siglufjordur
Following breakfast you'll head west, stopping en route to see the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, to visit Laufas, a 19th century farmhouse and rectory preserved by the National Museum of Iceland, as well as Godafoss falls, nestled amid brilliant foliage and stern rock faces. Drive along the scenic gorge of a fjord to Akureyri. the capital of North Iceland, and home to some of the most beautiful wooden buildings in the country. Though small, Akureyri is quite active with museums, gardens and art galleries, and has become known as the capital of North Iceland because of its many services and excellent harbor. After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. The evening and dinner is on your own at one of the town´s restaurants. Siglufjordur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an evening stroll. Hotels used: Hotel Siglo.
Day 8 - Mountains and Valleys - overnight in the Borgarnes area
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur‘s award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes lead to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait - the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos built on both sides of the river Blanda. Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, sits within the centre of this popular Salmon River. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes. Hotels used: Icelandair Hotel Hamar or Hotel Bifrost. Total distance covered approximately 224miles (360 km). (B,D)
Day 9 - Hot Springs and Waterfalls- overnight in Reykjavik
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. Arrive in Reykjavik in the afternoon. Hotels used: Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura. Total distance covered approximately 140 miles (225 km). (B)
Day 10 - Departure from Iceland
Start the morning with a Scandinavian buffet breakfast, then use the Flybus airport transfer voucher from your Booking Confirmation to transfer to Keflavik airport for your late afternoon departure to North America. (B)
(B= Breakfast, D= Dinner)
Note: The tour operator has the right to change hotels in package based on availability. Substitute hotels are of similar quality.
ICELANDIC TOURIST BOARD HOTEL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
Five star | *****
All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, movie channel, radio, desk and safe compartment. Luxurious interior decor & furnishings, including bathrobes at each bedside. Room & turndown service, a restaurant and laundry services are available, as well as an indoor swimming pool and/or exercise facilities.
Four star | ****
All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, movie channel, radio and desk. There is room service, a restaurant and laundry services available.
Three star | ***
All rooms include private bathroom, telephone, TV, radio and desk. There is a breakfast room and service counter to buy snacks and small items.
Two star | **
Bar & dining room facilities (including breakfast), public telephone access and 24 hour check-in available. Rooms may be equipped with a private bathroom, but this is not a condition.
More information on the Tourist Board Hotel Classification System can be found here.