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Touring Iceland in Style with Gummi
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I just wanted to say what a fantastic holiday the Absolute Iceland trip was. Stunningly beautiful country, great places to stay, fantastic sights and walks, and last, but not least, the amazing guide, Gummi.
Mr Price, Absolute Iceland
The transport was excellent and we felt like celebrities whenever we arrived at places of interest as people wanted to have their photos taken with the bus.
Carolyn & David Mitchell, Absolute Iceland
This trip was without exception, outstanding and this was in part due to the excellence of our guide. He was exceedingly knowledgeable and conveyed to us both cultural information and a deep understaning of the land. His stories and anecdotes enlivened our tour and gave us a clear insight into Iceland and its people.
Michael & Pat Coxson, Absolute Iceland
Day 1: arrive in Keflavik - Hotel Frost & Fire Day 1 Fly to Iceland and transfer to Frost & Fire Hotel Arrive at Keflavík International Airport in the late afternoon and meet your group and driver/guide. Once everyone has assembled, climb into the luxury 4 wheel drive minibus and set off, at approximately 15:45 - 16:00, to Hotel Frost & Fire, your accommodation for this evening. Dinner this evening is at the hotels’ Restaurant Varmá with views over the river and hot springs. After dinner, why not take advantage of the evening light by taking a walk in the beautiful surroundings. The hotel also boasts a hot tub, swimming pool and even mud baths for those keen to simply relax. Days 2: Golden Circle - Snaefellsnes Peninsula The Golden Circle is a trio of natural wonders rather popular with visitors: see the much admired Gullfoss, a spectacular two-tiered waterfall; on day 2 watch the geyser Strokkur erupt time after time and explore Thingvellir National Park, where the historic ancient parliament assembled among tectonic rifts and brooding mountains. In the afternoon head towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula for an overnight stay and dinner. Day 3: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, ferry to the West Fjords and transfer to Flokalundur Travel around the base of Snaefellsjokull an ice-capped volcanic cone. See the cluster of shapely craters and rugged lava flows that were the inspiration for and setting of, the Jules Verne science fiction novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.
You will also have the chance to admire rock arches and look for sea birds and arctic foxes along the basalt cliffs, before travelling to the sleepy town of Stykkisholmur on the north of the peninsula. From here take the afternoon ferry over Breidafjordur, a calm bay dotted with many hundreds of islands (included). Today’s scenic journey ends in the Flokalundur area, your base for the next 2 nights. Day 4: Latrabjarg and Raudisandur At Iceland’s most westerly point, enjoy a hike on the coastal path along Latrabjarg’s 400m high cliffs and with a bit of luck, encounter an abundance of birdlife, including puffins, razorbills and guillemots. Later, stroll on a vast, deserted, sandy beach, lightly shadowed by imposing mountain sides. Day 5: Dynjandi Waterfall - Sudureyri Marvel at the sheer mountains, deep-blue fjords and tiny fishing villages of Iceland’s isolated West Fjords. Stop at Dynjandi (also known as Fjallfoss) and admire the region’s finest waterfall. The entire mesmerising cascade is made up of 7 falls, each with its own name, the most prominent of which is Dynjandi (meaning “thunderous”). Overnight in Sudureyri, a traditional fishing village. Day 6: Isafjordur and coastal road Trace the scenic fjords from Isafjordur to Laugarholl. On the way, enjoy short walks and potential views of seals near Litlibaer, a restored turf cottage and cafe with mouth-watering views across the sea to Drangajokull icecap. Day 7: Saudarkrokur Travel through fertile valleys and sheep country to Skagafjordur, visiting the historic Vidimyri Church, built from driftwood, en route. Accommodation tonight is in the peaceful town of Saudarkrokur. Day 8: Akureyri, Godafoss and Husavik Spend some time in Iceland’s most populous northern settlement, Akureyri, a town of fine timber homes, an attractive modern church and colourful botanical gardens. Then head for Godafoss, a symmetrical waterfall that combines 2 flows into one compelling spectacle, before visiting an original turf farmstead, en route to Husavik. This afternoon/evening you will have the chance to join an optional whale watching boat trip (pre-bookable - approximate cost of £81pp with North Sailing). Those not taking part in the whale watching excursion will be taken on a short hike in the local area - before transferring to your accommodation for the next two nights, a short drive away. Day 9: Myvatn exploration Spend the day exploring and walking amongst the volcanic and geothermal wonders surrounding Lake Myvatn, including lava flows, mud pools and craters. Look for Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and other wildfowl at this top birding location. There will also be a stop at the geothermal nature baths, where you can spend time bathing in the relaxing milky waters if you wish, (bathing fee payable locally - approximate cost of £35pp). Day 10: Jokulsa Canyon - Dettifoss - Borgarfjordur Eystri In the morning, explore the Jokulsa Canyon’s strange eroded landforms, abundant flora and waterfalls of all sizes. Witness the incredible power of Dettifoss, Iceland and Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Cross the inland desert to Borgarfjordur Eystri, recent recipient of the ‘European Destinations of Excellence’ award for sustainable tourism. Spend the next 2 nights in this charming village. Day 11: Borgarfjordur Eystri A relaxing day of walking and exploring the colourful rhyolite mountains, greatly praised by artists and photographers for their inspirational qualities. Day 12: East Fjords - Vatnajokull Witness the ice-scoured landscapes of the eastern fjords, on a dramatic coastal drive. Stops will be made for short walks at the more notable sites on the journey south to Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice cap. Overnight in the area. Day 13: Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell - Kirkjubaejarklaustur Start the day with a visit to the photo friendly lagoon at Jokulsarlon, an Iceberg filled lake created by the discarded remains of a glacier in retreat. A short walk from here will lead you to the black sand beaches where the icebergs that have been swept out to sea and whose appearance has been naturally re-sculpted by the waves, later wash back up on to the shore. Here you will be able to get a closer look at the ice and even break some off to taste the purity of the water held within. Later, continue along the southern rim of the National Park to Skaftafell where you can walk to a viewpoint over a glacier tongue riddled with deep crevasses. Then transfer to your accommodation near Kirkjubaejarklaustur, which will be home for the next 2 nights. Day 14: Laki craters Take a scenic highland drive to the Lakagigar craters. These were created in 1783 by the powerful eruption which is thought to have brought about a dramatic drop in global temperatures. The sudden climate change caused widespread crop failures throughout much of Europe and parts of both Africa and Asia, making the event possibly the most deadly volcanic eruption in world history. Walk through moss-clad lava from the 100 or more craters and (if you wish) climb up Mount Laki for a better view. Stop at Fagrifoss waterfall and a very spectacular gorge on the way back to the hotel. Day 15: Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Vik Gaze out over the black sand beaches and wave-lashed cliffs near Vik and feel the spray on your face as you stand at the foot of Skogafoss, a mighty 60m high waterfall. Continue on a challenging drive along the base of Eyjafjallajokull, the infamous glacier covered volcano which erupted in 2010, to the breath taking Thorsmork Valley. Here walk in a landscape of gorges, glaciers and torrents in what is one of Iceland’s true wonders. After a quick stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall , (which in the right conditions, it is possible to walk behind), head to Hotel Selid and celebrate the group’s last evening together with a farewell dinner at the hotel's restaurant. Day 16: Vik - Reykjanes Peninsula - Keflavik Airport Head along the south shore to the Reykjanes Peninsula and witness the dramatic landscapes before transferring to Keflavik airport for your flight home. Notes
- This itinerary is based around Icelandair flights between London Heathrow and Keflavik International arraiving around 15.00-16.00. Other flight options are available but may involve a short wait upon arrival in Iceland or require extra nights to be added in Iceland before and/or after the tour. Please contact our team of travel specialists to discuss the options available to you.
- The itinerary is a guideline only. Every effort will be made to adhere to the schedule stated, however, weather conditions and other factors may result in the need to make adjustments to the programme.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Discover the World