Idyllic Iceland - 8 days land only

Your 11-day guided tour of Venice & Eastern Europe includes visits to beautiful coastal cities throughout four countries – Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, & Montenegro. You’ll discover natural, historical, architectural, & cultural beauty during your affordable European tour of the Adriatic coast.
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Price:
R35 760
DETAILS
Starting from
R35 760
Package ValiditySet travel date: 07 OCT 2018 .  *** Book & pay by 31 DEC 2017 & SAVE, discount already included in the price ***
Duration8 days
DestinationIceland
Starts inReykjavik
Ends inReykjavik

Description


- 7 nights accommodation
- Breakfast daily & 4 dinners
- Touring by air-conditioned coach 
- Assistance of a Tour Director & local guides
- Visits: Reykjavik, Snafellsnes, Arnarstapi, Grundarf Jordur, Eiriksstadir, Akureyri, Reykholt, Thingvellir, Geysir, & Gullfodd

 

Day 1

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland

Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start exploring the world's northernmost capital city. Tonight, meet your Tour Director & fellow Travellers. (D)

Day 2

Reykjavik - Snafellsnes - Arnarstapi - Grundarf Jordur

Rich fertile farmland & rugged cliffs greet you on your morning drive along the beautiful coastal road to the Sn?fellsnes Peninsula. See the SNAFELLSJOKULL VOLCANO, which can be spotted from Reykjavik on clear days, as well as the glacier that covers its summit. More than 4,700 feet (1446 metres) in elevation, the mountain gained notoriety as setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the centre of the Earth. Arrive in the small fishing village of Arnarstapi & walk around the harbor area to enjoy the fresh sea air & watch the antics of circling birds. Later, arrive at the dramatic black-pebble Djupalonssandur beach, where four lifting stones ranging from 50 to 340 pounds were once used to qualify men for work on fishing boats. Spend the night in quaint GRUNDARFJORDUR, where picturesque Mount Kirkjufell stands sentry nearby. (B,D)

Day 3

Grundarf Jordur - Eiriksstadir - Akureyri

Iceland's natural beauty unfolds as you drive through green pastures & meandering lava flows that have formed over the centuries. Via the colourful harbor town of Stykkisholmur, U.S. Marine landing site in the novel Red Storm Rising, reach the Haukadalur valley, home to some of the country's most famous geothermal features. At Eirikssta?ir, visit a replica of Norwegian Viking ERIK THE RED'S ANCIENT SOD-ROOFED HOMESTEAD, where his son Leifur Eiriksson (explorer Leif Erikson) was born. This afternoon, head into Skagafjorour, the renowned "Valley of Horses" & one of Iceland's most prosperous agricultural regions. Overnight in Akureyri, the "Capital of North Iceland." (B)

Day 4

Akureyri. Excursion to Godafoss & Myvatn

First stop this morning is at GODAFOSS, the "Waterfall of the Gods." Then, follow the shores of Myvatn Lake for vistas of the splendid volcano, peaceful wetlands, & abundant wildlife. Later, stop at Skutustaoir to see the intriguing volcanic pseudo-craters; DIMMUBORGIR, the "Catacombs of Hell," with its bubbling mud pools, volcanic caves & lava tubes, & unusual rock formations; & the Krafla caldera with its ochre-coloured glow of subterranean lava. Relax in the mineral-rich waters at the MYVATN NATURE BATHS before returning to Akureyri for another overnight. (B,D)

Day 5

Akureyri - Reykholt

Today features an introduction to the spectacular geothermal hot springs at DEILDARTUNGUHVER. Here, you'll find clusters of emerald-green deer ferns growing, a plant that grows nowhere else in the country. Next up is the tiny hamlet of Reykholt, former home of medieval Icelandic poet, historian, & politician Snorri Sturluson. Then, see the fascinating series of waterfalls at Hraunfossar before enjoying a stroll along the riverbanks to the BARNAFOSS waterfall, where the glacial cascade has carved out rock formations. (B,D)

Day 6

Reykholt - Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfodd - Reykjavik

Some of Iceland's most spectacular sights are on the agenda today as you visit THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK, a rift valley & boundary between the North American & Eurasian continental plates. See geysers as they erupt from the earth's geothermal vents, and later, see the famed GULLFOSS waterfall before heading back to Reykjavik. (B)

Day 7

Reykjavik. Excursion South Shore

Explore the South Shore today & have your cameras ready for the awe-inspiriing SELJALANDSFOSS & SKOGAFOSS waterfalls. Then, visit the tiny settlement of Skogar to admire turf farmhouses, a pioneer-era hydroelectric plant, & examples of many periods of Icelandic architectural history at the SKOGAR FOLK MUSEUM. On to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland, to see its black-basalt beach, counted as one of the 10 most beautiful beaches on Earth in Islands Magazine. The cliffs here are home to a large seabird population, including puffins. Finally, marvel & the Solheimajokull glacier before enjoying a stop in the village of EYRARBAKKI. (B)

Day 8

Reykjavik

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning. (B).