• 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 28, 2018
  • From $5,898 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

Walk with Giants through Folkloric Countryside

Experience the heat of active volcanoes and the chill of ancient glaciers on a mythical journey with our Iceland Vacation Package. Immerse yourself in the folklore of vikings, giants, and elves as you explore the land that houses more authors per capita than anywhere else in the world, and it’s easy to see why! The sights will be sure to inspire you as you hike Hvalfjörður Fjord and discover why its’ name means ‘Whale Fjord’, swim the pool of beloved viking Grettir the Strong, and sail alongside majestic humpback whales, playful dolphins, and the elusive blue whale. Complete your voyage to the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ after which you can reward yourself with a dip in the soothing waters of the Mývatn Nature Spa. Prove your culinary fortitude by feasting on fermented shark, or simply enjoy the hearty tradition of local meat soup. With this blend of myth and adventure, yourself reveling in the country’s unique beauty as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to unwind and soak in the wonder of a fabled Iceland Vacation.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Cultural
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Moderately Easy

This Tour

Awe-inspiring moments await the creative adventurer in the geological wonderland of wildly contrasting nature that is our Iceland Vacation. From picture-perfect fjord towns to uninhabited interior highlands to splendid natural hot springs, this country of raw, natural beauty, has it all. As the newest edition to our European tours, this fantastical eight-day Iceland Vacation Package will have you discovering the undiscovered through the mythic countryside.

  • Take in the highlights of Reykjavik, the northernmost capital of the world, including the colorful old town center and harbor, the Pearl, and the National Museum
  • Drive the coastline ofHvalfjörður Fjord, the longest and deepest in Iceland
  • Hike to Glymur waterfall, watching as it descends in ribbons some 650-feet into a moss-laden canyon below
  • Hunt for humpbacks, minke whales, dolphins, porpoises, and the elusive blue whale on an Arctic boating expedition
  • Step into a world of lava fields, fissures, boiling fumaroles, and bubbling mud pools in Mt. Leirhnjúkur
  • Rest your legs and rejuvenate your soul in some of Iceland's most stunning natural hot springs

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Tour Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

Reykjavi­k, Iceland (RKV)

Day 1: Reykjavi­k

You will be met by your guide in the arrival hall who will take you to a private coach that will escort you you through the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík.

There's no better way to get grips with what Reykjavík has to offer in just a few short hours:

During this tour you will see where more than a third of Iceland's population lives.

See key locations such as Parliament, the Cathedral, harbour, the Pearl, the National Museum and Höfði house.

Witness the city's salmon river - an indication of Reykjavík's low pollution levels, and the Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum.

Our scenic drive continues past Laugardalur, Reykjavik's largest outdoor swimming pool heated by natural hot springs, and Hallgrímskirkja Church, whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark.

The tour ends at the groups hotel for a check-in.

Day 2: Reykjavík / Hvalfjörður / Borgarfjörður
Reykjavík / Hvalfjörður / Borgarfjörður
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Hotel Á

This morning we start with a scenic drive along the coastline of Hvalfjörður Fjord, one of the longest and deepest fjords in Iceland

Hike up to Glymur, Iceland's highest waterfall which descends gracefully in streaming ribbons down a 200 meter (658 ft) drop into a massive canyon adorned in lush green moss.

Hear the local folk tale of the mythic whale that swam up Glymur to swim in the serene lake at the top, where whale bones were discovered.

Later we'll travel through Borgarfjörður Valley and admire the Hraunfossar waterfalls.

Day 3: Borgarfjörður / Hvammstangi / Hofsós / Siglufjörður
Borgarfjörður / Hvammstangi / Hofsós / Siglufjörður
Meals Included:  B, D

Spend your day taking in colorful viking folklore:

Our first stop is at Grabrok Crater where we can have a nice view over Borgarfjörður valley.

We'll continue our journey as we cross the Holtavörðuheiði plateau, the gateway between North and South.

Find informative exhibitions on seals and their habits at the Icelandic Seal Center in Hvammstangi.

Learn about Grettir the Strong, one of Iceland's most beloved Vikings at Grettislaug.

Take a short stroll down to Staarbjargarv­k inlet to admire the group of basalt columns located right at sea level in Hofss

Experience the illusion of swimming in a geothermal pool along the seashore and take in the view of Drangey Island before heading towards the night's accommodations.

Day 4: Siglufjörður
Meals Included:  B, D

Sail the Arctic Ocean aboard a whale watching vessel as you start your day in Siglufjrur.

Keep your eyes on the pristine, icy waters for humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, small harbour porpoises and if you're lucky, the majestic blue whale.

Return to the picturesque Siglufjrur and visit the award winning Herring Era Museum, where a 1950s harbour atmosphere is brought to life.

Enjoy a secluded hike over Siglufjrur mountain pass, accompanied by a local mountain guide.

Travel back to Siglufjrur for a hearty traditional meal of Icelandic Meat Soup made from local ingredients.

Day 5: Goðafoss / Hverfjall / Lake Mývatn
Goðafoss / Hverfjall / Lake Mývatn
Meals Included:  B, D
Overnight: Ongulsstaðir

The day begins with epic views of picturesque Goafoss,"Waterfall of the Gods".

Our journey continues with an exploration of Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, a geological wonderland of wildly contrasting nature.

Keep your binoculars handy for the chance to view diverse and rare species of birds such as the Barrow's Goldeneye flying around the rugged formations of towering rocks.

Next we hike up to Mt. Leirhnjkur hot spring area which is part of the Krafla volcanic area teeming with lava fields and fissures.

Visit the Nmafjall geothermal field and encounter boiling fumaroles and violently bubbling pools of mud.

End your day by taking in the benefits of this highly active geothermal area and to relax your muscles in the soothing waters of Myvatn Nature Spa.

Day 6: Kjölur / Hveravellir / Gullfoss / Geysir
Kjölur / Hveravellir / Gullfoss / Geysir
Meals Included:  B, L, D

Now it's time to discover the undiscovered!

Take the unique trail through vibrant thermal areas between Langjkull and Hofsjkull glaciers reveals Iceland's true remoteness and nature at its rawest.

Follow numerous walking paths dotted with hidden geothermal treasures and
strange oases of vegetation.

Stop at Hveravellir, one of the most beautiful geothermal areas in the world with a natural pool under open sky perfect for a relaxing break.

Arrive at the Gullfoss and Geysir area where we are introduced to the Queen of Icelandic waterfalls herself, Gullfoss, fed by Iceland's second largest glacier, Langjökull.

Day 7: Landmannalaugar / Reykjavík
Landmannalaugar / Reykjavík
Meals Included:  B, L

Iceland's uninhabited interior sets a surreal stage for today's adventures.

See the untouched nature areas of Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak Nature Reserves, geological wonders of volcanic craters, multicolored rhyolite mountains, steaming lava fields, and the ominous Hekla volcano.

Traverse scenic walking trails in the area and a crater filled with a lake, lush with brown trout.

Enjoy the benefits of this geothermal area with a refreshing dip in the Landmannalaugar Hot Spring, one of the less-frequented but most scenic springs in Iceland, before returning to Reykjavik for your last night.

Day 8: Reykjavi­k
Meals Included:  B

On your final day, transfer to Keflavik Airport for the return flight.

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  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 28, 2018
  • From $5,898 / person
  • (Varies single supplement)

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 28, 2018
  • Aug 11, 2018

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

  • Prior to the trip, meet at Keflavík International Airport and transfer to Reykjavík.
  • Walking/hiking: 1-5 miles, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Other activities: Swimming, sailing

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All designated meals.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • All activities, ferry crossings, wine tastings, etc.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment - all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Meals not designated.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. Leave the bug spray at home: the mosquito population on Iceland is non-existent, making this Iceland Vacation Package that much more enjoyable.
  • 2. Last Frontier: Iceland was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans.
  • 3. Ice and Fire: Witness 11% of the country's surface covered by glaciers and about 30% by lava fields.
  • 4. Unique culinary tastes: Step out of your comfort zone and try the Icelandic delicacy of fermented shark, and then chase it down with a special brew.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: Whether it's divulging rich mythology or leading breathtaking hikes, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home from this Iceland Vacation.

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