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Iceland Exploration

(11) 4.4 reviews  
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PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
  • WELCOME & TRANSFERS
  • HOTELS
  • BREAKFASTS
  • GUIDED TOUR
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CAD $2998*
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Reviews for Iceland Exploration

 4.4 out of 5
Based on 11 customer reviews
4.7

December 2, 2019

The tour was truly outstanding with a knowledgeable local guide and all transportation and accommodation arrangements were seamless. We would have liked a clearer voucher and perhaps an explanation of what to expect on arrival (for example, the FlyBus is a two-step process andthe trip to our hotel required a Red Zone pass as well as a pass for the return to the airport...our printout was finally accepted as proof of purchase). Thanks for an excellent experience. Iceland is definitely a must-see destination and we were not disappointed.

4.1

November 8, 2019

4.1

November 8, 2019

4.6

October 18, 2019

My only complaint was not being offered meal choice at dinner. Some people do not eat lamb or fish. Their should be choices provided. Other than that the trip, driver and tour guide was amazing.

4.4

June 30, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyable trip. Would use you again. Thank you.

4.9

June 28, 2019

4.3

June 27, 2019

4.7

June 27, 2019

4.3

June 27, 2019

4.3

June 27, 2019

4.0

June 27, 2019

Witness amazing natural forces and hunt for the elusive Northern Lights on this wonderful hassle-free 8-day organized package including international flights, airport transfers, accommodation in good 3* hotels with 9 meals included and interesting visits of the country’s most spectacular sites with an English-speaking guide.

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6 NIGHTS / 8 DAYS

 

Day 1: Canada - Reykjavik (Iceland)
Flight with a good itinerary.


Day 2: Reykjavik
Upon arrival at the airport in Iceland, make your way toward the bus terminal for your transfer to your hotel. Airport shuttles (Flybus) depart every 30 to 40 minutes and seats are always available on board. The rest of the day is free for you to start your exploration of Reykjavik, the capital and largest city in the country.

 

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first Icelandic settler, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik is today. The city owes its name, "Bay of Smoke", to the steam jets that could be seen rising from hot springs in the region and which probably impressed the first european settlers.


Day 3: Reykjavik - Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss
After breakfast, you will meet your guide in the lobby of the hotel. Today, you will start with the visit of the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre where you will get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. You will also get tips about how to capture northern lights on film. It’s also possible to get assistance from the staff to adjust your camera’s settings for northern lights pictures. Then, you will head toward Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. You might even have the rare chance to walk between two continents as the national park is located where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet!


In the afternoon, you will continue on to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring. Last but not least, you will see the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. During the day you will also visit the town of Laugarvatn which is built around three hot springs, and where the residents have cleverly harnessed the hot springs for heating, greenhouses and even cooking. You’ll visit a unique outdoor geothermal bakery where sweet Icelandic rye bread is baked in the hot sands. You’ll have the chance to taste some of the freshly baked bread, hot from the ground. It’s delicious slathered in sweet Icelandic butter. In the evening, if weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside of your hotel, or on the evening of Day 4 or 5. (Breakfast-Dinner)


Day 4: Iceland’s South Shore
Breakfast and departure toward Vik. You will drive along the South Shore, one of the main farm regions of the country, and pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses roaming in the fields. This part of Iceland is home to the wonderful LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the Centre’s cinema.


If the skies are clear you might see the area's two most famous volcanoes in the distance: Mount Hekla (last eruption in 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption in 2010). You will stop at the spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. If trail conditions are right, walk behind the ribbon-like Seljalandsfoss falls. A few kilometers away, Skogafoss is a beautifully shaped waterfall, with an interesting geological history, that makes it a perfect backdrop for a photo. Heading onward and passing Myrdalsjokull Glacier, you will visit Reynisfjara Beach. Take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean. You will then drive through Eldhraun, a vast lava field created from a very destructive 18th-century eruption. The snows of winter turn this landscape into something very mysterious. Dinner and overnight in Kirkjubaejarklaustur. (Breakfast-Dinner)


Day 5: Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be in a world of glaciers! You will be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe. You will see vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes as you head east for the visit of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you will enjoy the breathtaking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon. Make sure your camera is loaded and ready! Nearby, you will witness the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.


On your drive back to Vatnajokull National Park, you will see Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful glacial "tongues" that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajokull. In the park, you will walk around the Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. After an amazing day, you will return to the hotel in Kirkjubaejarklaustur for your dinner and overnight. (Breakfast-Dinner)


Day 6: Hveragerdi - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
After breakfast, you will head back to Reykjavik. Along the beautiful south coast of Iceland, enjoy different views of the winter landscapes. En route, you will visit the village of Hveragerdi which is one of the few sites in the world located directly in the middle of a geothermal area. Hveragerdi is often called "The Flower Village" because of its many flower greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs.


Before arriving in Reykjavik, you will turn onto a southern coastal road and follow the shoreline with its breathtaking sea waves, passing through a deserted community that once was a flourishing center for the region. This road will take you through the surreal landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula where you will spend the rest of the afternoon swimming in the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Overnight in Reykjavik. (Breakfast)


Day 7: Reykjavik
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, enjoy a full day at leisure to continue your exploration of Reykjavik and the region around the capital city. You can also choose from a wide variety of optional excursions ($) at your hotel. (Breakfast)


Day 8: Reykjavik - Canada
Following breakfast, enjoy some free time to wander around the old town of Reykjavik. You are registered for a transfer to the airport. First you will be transferred from your hotel to the central bus station in Reykjavik. Then, you will board an airport shuttle (Flybus) to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)


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January 2021
Departure Date Return Date Starting rate    
Departure Return Price
Wed Jan/13 Wed Jan/20 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Wed. Jan/13
Flight back
Wed. Jan/20
$2998.00 p.p.
Wed Jan/20 Wed Jan/27 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Wed. Jan/20
Flight back
Wed. Jan/27
$2998.00 p.p.
Mon Jan/25 Mon Feb/01 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Mon. Jan/25
Flight back
Mon. Feb/01
$2998.00 p.p.
Wed Jan/27 Wed Feb/03 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Wed. Jan/27
Flight back
Wed. Feb/03
$2998.00 p.p.
February 2021
Departure Date Return Date Starting rate    
Departure Return Price
Wed Feb/10 Wed Feb/17 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Wed. Feb/10
Flight back
Wed. Feb/17
$2998.00 p.p.
Mon Feb/15 Mon Feb/22 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Mon. Feb/15
Flight back
Mon. Feb/22
$2998.00 p.p.
Wed Feb/17 Wed Feb/24 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Wed. Feb/17
Flight back
Wed. Feb/24
$2998.00 p.p.
Mon Feb/22 Mon Mar/01 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Mon. Feb/22
Flight back
Mon. Mar/01
$2998.00 p.p.
Wed Feb/24 Wed Mar/03 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Wed. Feb/24
Flight back
Wed. Mar/03
$2998.00 p.p.
March 2021
Departure Date Return Date Starting rate    
Departure Return Price
Wed Mar/03 Wed Mar/10 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Wed. Mar/03
Flight back
Wed. Mar/10
$2998.00 p.p.
Mon Mar/08 Mon Mar/15 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Mon. Mar/08
Flight back
Mon. Mar/15
$2998.00 p.p.
Mon Mar/15 Mon Mar/22 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Mon. Mar/15
Flight back
Mon. Mar/22
$2998.00 p.p.
Wed Mar/17 Wed Mar/24 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Wed. Mar/17
Flight back
Wed. Mar/24
$2998.00 p.p.
Mon Mar/22 Mon Mar/29 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Mon. Mar/22
Flight back
Mon. Mar/29
$2998.00 p.p.
Wed Mar/24 Wed Mar/31 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Wed. Mar/24
Flight back
Wed. Mar/31
$2998.00 p.p.
April 2021
Departure Date Return Date Starting rate    
Departure Return Price
Wed Mar/31 Wed Apr/07 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Wed. Mar/31
Flight back
Wed. Apr/07
$2998.00 p.p.
Mon Apr/05 Mon Apr/12 $2,998 p.p.
Departure flight
Mon. Apr/05
Flight back
Mon. Apr/12
$2998.00 p.p.
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*The advertised starting rate is available from Toronto on 2021-01-13

INCLUDES

-Round-trip international flights between Canada / Reykjavik with good itineraries
-Round-trip transfers between the airport and the hotel in Reykjavik

-All breakfasts + 3 dinners (9 meals)

-Transportation in a deluxe motor coach with Wi-Fi included from day 3 to day 6

-English-speaking local guide from day 3 to day 6

-Visits and entrance fees as per itinerary
-Visit and introduction to an Icelandic Search Rescue Team Base on one of the days during your trip
-Blue Lagoon admission including bathing fee, towel rental, silica mud mask and one drink
-Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening with hunting kit (use of blanket and headlight)
-All taxes and fees and OPC

 

STANDARD HOTEL CATEGORY:

-3 nights in Reykjavik at the Fosshotel Raudaura 3* (or similar) in a standard room
-1 night in the South Shore area at the Hotel Selfoss 3.5* (or similar) in a standard room
-2 nights in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area at the Hotel Kria 3* (or similar) in a standard room

EXCLUDES

-Travel insurance
-Baggage fees (if applicable)

-Tips: Guides, bus drivers and hotel staff

-Meals and beverages unless otherwise mentioned
-Personal expenses and optional activities
-Swimsuit at the Blue Lagoon (rentals available)
 

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How much of a deposit is required?

You need to make a 50% deposit upon reservation to secure your seats. If your departure is in less than 60 days, the full amount is due when booking.

When is the balance due?

The balance is due 60 days prior to the departure date.

Is it a guaranteed departure?

Yes, all our departures are guaranteed.

What is the group size?

The maximum is 36 people on the tour, it could be less.

Is triple occupancy available?

For this package, triple occupancy is on request. This means that we have to check the price and availability upon reservation.

Will there be someone waiting for us at the airport?

Airport transfers include shuttle passes. The shuttles leave the airport every 30 to 40 minutes and they are easy to locate from the arrival gate. You will just have to show your vouchers, no need to book your seats. The ride to Reykjavik is about 45 minutes.

Are the hotels far from the city?

The hotel in Reykjavik is conveniently located close to the city. Within 15 minutes of walk, you will be in the heart of the city. Reykjavik city center can all be done walking.

Is it possible to book additional tours?

You can book extra tours with your guide at destination and pay in cash or credit card. Also, your hotels will suggest a variety of excursions that you will be able to book directly with the tour desk. Additionally, there are several tour agencies on Reykjavik's main street, you may visit them on your arrival day.

Are tips included?

In Iceland, all bills include gratuity so tips are not expected. However, feel free to tip if you receive a great service!

What is the average cost of a meal?

All your breakfasts (buffets) are already included as well as the dinners on the days you are in the countryside (3). Lunches on the first 3 days of the tour - not included -will be taken at local restaurants that offer a wide selection of food. For the other meals, you are free to taste  the local gastronomy on your own. The cost of a lunch starts at $15 CAD / $11 USD if you eat light (like a sandwich) but can go up to $35 CAD / $25 USD. We suggest using the local stores to get snacks and sandwiches for your lunches in order to eat supper at a restaurant without exceeding your budget. It is important to know that the cost of living in Iceland is higher than in North America.

Is the bus equipped with toilets, AC, Wi-fi?

The bus has Wi-Fi and AC. As for toilets, the driver makes frequent stops.

When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?

This is the perfect tour to see the magical Northern lights! They can best be seen between October and until mid-April. Keep in mind that we are talking about a natural fenomenon that we cannot guarantee! Your guide will take any opportunity to show the lights to you while you are in the region, even wake you up at night if you wish so. By being outside of the city for a few days, you will explore all the beauty of Iceland's nature and most probably observe the famous Northern lights.

Other useful information:

Currency: Icelandic Krona
Visa: No visa is required for Canadian or US citizens.
Language: Icelandic - English
Vaccine: No vaccine is required. Check with your travel clinic to make sure your health condition allows you to travel.

 

ORGANIZED PACKAGE

Our Organized packages are the perfect combination of freedom and organization. They include all transportation, transfers, accommodation and more. Our packaged getaways remove the hassle of planning for you to admire all the highlights of each destination.

Reviews for Iceland Exploration

 4.4 out of 5
Based on 11 customer reviews
4.7

December 2, 2019

The tour was truly outstanding with a knowledgeable local guide and all transportation and accommodation arrangements were seamless. We would have liked a clearer voucher and perhaps an explanation of what to expect on arrival (for example, the FlyBus is a two-step process andthe trip to our hotel required a Red Zone pass as well as a pass for the return to the airport...our printout was finally accepted as proof of purchase). Thanks for an excellent experience. Iceland is definitely a must-see destination and we were not disappointed.

4.1

November 8, 2019

4.1

November 8, 2019

4.6

October 18, 2019

My only complaint was not being offered meal choice at dinner. Some people do not eat lamb or fish. Their should be choices provided. Other than that the trip, driver and tour guide was amazing.

4.4

June 30, 2019

Thoroughly enjoyable trip. Would use you again. Thank you.

4.9

June 28, 2019

4.3

June 27, 2019

4.7

June 27, 2019

4.3

June 27, 2019

4.3

June 27, 2019

4.0

June 27, 2019

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