11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland

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11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland

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Wednesday Departure
Fosshotel Reykjavik Reykjavik
Fosshotel Stykkisholmur Stykkisholmur
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri Akureyri
Icelandair Hotel Herad Egilsstadir
Hotel Hofn Hofn
Icelandair Hotel Fludir Fludir
Saturday Departure
Fosshotel Reykjavik Reykjavik
Fosshotel Stykkisholmur Stykkisholmur
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri Akureyri
Icelandair Hotel Herad Egilsstadir
Hotel Hofn Hofn
Icelandair Hotel Fludir Fludir

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Gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers should select flights that arrive no later than 8 AM on Day 2.

Passengers that have booked a pre night, will need to transfer by taxi to Viking World at their own expense.


Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms & twin with child rooms may be accommodated in a twin & single room depending on availability.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This fast-paced and active trip covers a lot of ground each day. Expect to spend two to three hours on your feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Some light hiking is required to access some sites. Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable even in the summer time. Be prepared for cold, wet and windy weather. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Meals not included in your package may be expensive as most of Iceland’s food is imported. Please be aware that Iceland is an expensive destination. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

Accommodation Details





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Flight Details




Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Reykjavik, Reykjavik-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Reykjavik
    • 1 night Snæfellsnes Peninsula
    • 2 nights Akureyri
    • 1 night Egilsstaðir
    • 2 nights Höfn
    • 1 night Flúðir or Hella
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Embark on a morning city tour of Reykjavik
  • Enjoy the warm soothing waters of the world-famous geothermal Blue Lagoon
  • Visit Snæfellsjökull National Park with its striking Snæfellsjökull Glacier
  • Tour Akureyri, nestled at the head of Iceland’s greatest fjord
  • Visit the historic town of Siglufjörður, the closest town to the Arctic Circle in Iceland
  • View Lake Mývatn with its crystal-blue waters and take a dip in the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Visit Goðafoss, the "Waterfall of the Gods"
  • See small fishing villages and rugged coastline of the remote Eastfjords region
  • Visit Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe
  • Explore Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon with its immense floating icebergs
  • Visit Skaftafell National Park, a beautiful mountainous region on the edge of the Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Visit Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, two awe-inspiring waterfalls on Iceland's South Coast
  • Visit Strokkur Geyser and the geothermal Geysir area
  • Tour Þingvellir National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This fast-paced and active trip covers a lot of ground each day. Expect to spend two to three hours on your feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Some light hiking is required to access some sites. Iceland’s weather can be unpredictable even in the summer time. Be prepared for cold, wet and windy weather. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. Meals not included in your package may be expensive as most of Iceland’s food is imported. Please be aware that Iceland is an expensive destination. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Keflavik, The Blue Lagoon, City Sightseeing
Early morning arrival in Iceland, "Land of Ice and Fire". Transfer from Keflavik airport to Viking World Museum where you will enjoy breakfast with your fellow travelers. Afterwards, visit the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. In the afternoon, drive through the capital for a sightseeing tour of Reykjavík. The tour traverses the old town center to the Alþingi Parliament, the Dómkirkjan Cathedral, city hall and the harbor. Then, drive by Höfði House, the site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met. Enjoy a stop at the viewing deck at Perlan, located on Öskjuhlíð hill, for spectacular views over the capital area, followed by a visit to Hallgrímskirkja church*, one of Reykjavík's landmarks, and the Sun Voyager sculpture. Tonight, at 5 PM, you join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting and drink with your fellow travelers
*Visitors will not be permitted to enter the church if mass is in session
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Wednesday - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today, embark on a full day excursion to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a Green Globe benchmark region, making it a model for sustainable tourism. Snæfellsnes is a unique area with a variety of geological features such as lava fields, volcanoes, glaciers, mineral springs, beautiful rock formations, and yellow and black sand beaches. Stop at a number of fascinating sites such as the Gerðuberg basalt columns, Arnarstapi Harbor and Ytri-Tunga beach to see the seal colony there. On a clear day, enjoy views of Snæfellsjökull Glacier atop a beautifully shaped stratovolcano. The glacier and the unspoiled natural wonders surrounding it are the setting of Jules Verne's classic novel Journey to the Center of the Earth and is rumored to be one of the seven most magical sites on Earth. Dinner is at the hotel later this evening
Overnight: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Thursday - Akureyri, Botanical Gardens
Today, an early departure to Akureyri, cultural capital of the North, nestled at the head of Iceland's greatest fjord, with stunning views of snow-capped peaks. An orientation tour familiarizes you with the town's history as a trading center established in 1602. You can still see some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Visit the Botanical Gardens featuring specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants.* Then, walk through the energetic center of the town with its lively cafes and handicraft shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel
*The Botanical Gardens are not visited before May 1 or after Oct 15
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Héðinsfjörður Tunnel, Siglufjörður in North Iceland
Travel through the Héðinsfjörður Tunnel to the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður, the closest town to the Arctic Circle, clinging to a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland's steep northernmost mountains. On the tour of the award-winning Herring Era Museum, you're introduced to the history of the very important herring fishing industry. Sample traditional rye bread, local herring and also the famous iced Icelandic schnapps! Leisure time to explore Siglufjörður. Wander through the art galleries, cafes and shops. At the end of the day, return to Akureyri via the villages of Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss Waterfall
Today head to lovely Lake Mývatn, with its crystal-blue waters, in one of Iceland's prettiest areas, known for its geothermal activity. Stop at the majestic Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. In this paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. After a morning of traversing spectacular landscapes, see the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Afterward, continue southeast to your hotel in the remote eastern fjords region for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Egilsstaðir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Iceland's Eastfjords, Icelandic War Museum
Today, explore Iceland's remote Eastfjords region, defined by breathtaking fjords and mountains, as well as charming fishing villages that dot the coastline. Look out for wild reindeer herds as you travel south through this colorful landscape. Visit the Icelandic War Museum in Reyðarfjörður, site of an Allied base during WWII, to learn about Icelandic life during this time. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then continue driving southward along the coast toward your hotel. En route, make several photo stops for unforgettable views. Upon arrival at your hotel, enjoy dinner together
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park
Discover the might of the Vatnajökull Glacier today, formed thousands of years ago, the largest glacier in all of Europe with several still-active volcanoes situated underneath the ice cap. Explore some of the glacier's many outlets including Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. The astonishing blue ice makes this one of Iceland's most iconic destinations. Season dependent, take a boat excursion that brings you face to face with these breathtaking natural wonders.* Afterward, more amazing scenery awaits you in the unique alpine setting of Skaftafell National Park, a beautiful mountainous region on the edge of the Vatnajökull Glacier. This national park has been shaped by glaciers and volcanoes slowly interacting over time, creating a place of unique beauty. It's a perfect park to view the great contrasts between active volcanoes, mighty glaciers, powerful rivers and endless flat sandy plains. Cap off this exciting day with dinner together at your hotel in Höfn
*The boat excursion on the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is not offered before May 1 or after Oct 15, therefore it will be replaced with Fjallsárlón Glacial Lagoon.
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - South Coast and Waterfalls
Depart from Höfn this morning and watch the dramatic scenery of outwash plains and lava fields go by as you make your way to Dyrhólaey*, a solitary cliff teeming with bird life for expansive views of the black sand coastline. Then visit Skógafoss to see the thundering falls plummet nearly 200 feet over a cliff to the valley floor. Continue on to Seljalandsfoss waterfall which you can walk behind if conditions allow (bring a raincoat!). Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in the Flúðir area
*Dyrhólaey is closed during the nesting season (early May to late June)
Overnight: Flúðir
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Wednesday - Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm, Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir, Þingvellir, Reykjavík
This morning marvel at Gullfoss waterfall where the mighty Hvítá river appears to simply vanish into the earth, but a closer look reveals gorgeous staggered falls plunging into a crevice over 200 feet deep. Then, stand upon one of the world's most geologically significant landscapes on the volcanic rift at the Strokkur Geyser. Watch it erupt every few minutes spewing hot water high into the air. Then, visit the Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm. Here, meet with young Icelanders who innovated a process for growing tomatoes in bumble-bee nurtured greenhouses. See the beautiful Icelandic Horses and watch them perform before enjoying a light lunch of tomato soup and fresh-baked bread. Continue to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on the plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, this is an ideal place to see evidence of the rifting of the Earth's crust. Þingvellir, literally "Parliament Plains", is also the site of the world's oldest existing Parliament, which first met here in 930 AD. Continue to Reykjavik where you will have an evening at leisure to explore this energetic city on your own. Perhaps choose to dine in one of the world-class restaurants on traditional Icelandic fish, or visit a lively pub, stylish club or stop at a cozy café in the trendy harbor area
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Thursday - Depart Iceland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Keflavik, The Blue Lagoon, City Sightseeing
Early morning arrival in Iceland, "Land of Ice and Fire". Transfer from Keflavik airport to Viking World Museum where you will enjoy breakfast with your fellow travelers. Afterwards, visit the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. In the afternoon, drive through the capital for a sightseeing tour of Reykjavík. The tour traverses the old town center to the Alþingi Parliament, the Dómkirkjan Cathedral, city hall and the harbor. Then, drive by Höfði House, the site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met. Enjoy a stop at the viewing deck at Perlan, located on Öskjuhlíð hill, for spectacular views over the capital area, followed by a visit to Hallgrímskirkja church*, one of Reykjavík's landmarks, and the Sun Voyager sculpture. Tonight, at 5 PM, you join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting and drink with your fellow travelers
*Visitors will not be permitted to enter the church if mass is in session
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Friday - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today, embark on a full day excursion to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a Green Globe benchmark region, making it a model for sustainable tourism. Snæfellsnes is a unique area with a variety of geological features such as lava fields, volcanoes, glaciers, mineral springs, beautiful rock formations, and yellow and black sand beaches. Stop at a number of fascinating sites such as the Gerðuberg basalt columns, Arnarstapi Harbor and Ytri-Tunga beach to see the seal colony there. On a clear day, enjoy views of Snæfellsjökull Glacier atop a beautifully shaped stratovolcano. The glacier and the unspoiled natural wonders surrounding it are the setting of Jules Verne's classic novel Journey to the Center of the Earth and is rumored to be one of the seven most magical sites on Earth. Dinner is at the hotel later this evening
Overnight: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Saturday - Akureyri, Botanical Gardens
Today, an early departure to Akureyri, cultural capital of the North, nestled at the head of Iceland's greatest fjord, with stunning views of snow-capped peaks. An orientation tour familiarizes you with the town's history as a trading center established in 1602. You can still see some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Visit the Botanical Gardens featuring specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants.* Then, walk through the energetic center of the town with its lively cafes and handicraft shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel
*The Botanical Gardens are not visited before May 1 or after Oct 15
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Héðinsfjörður Tunnel, Siglufjörður in North Iceland
Travel through the Héðinsfjörður Tunnel to the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður, the closest town to the Arctic Circle, clinging to a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland's steep northernmost mountains. On the tour of the award-winning Herring Era Museum, you're introduced to the history of the very important herring fishing industry. Sample traditional rye bread, local herring and also the famous iced Icelandic schnapps! Leisure time to explore Siglufjörður. Wander through the art galleries, cafes and shops. At the end of the day, return to Akureyri via the villages of Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Monday - Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss Waterfall
Today head to lovely Lake Mývatn, with its crystal-blue waters, in one of Iceland's prettiest areas, known for its geothermal activity. Stop at the majestic Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. In this paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. After a morning of traversing spectacular landscapes, see the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Afterward, continue southeast to your hotel in the remote eastern fjords region for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Egilsstaðir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Iceland's Eastfjords, Icelandic War Museum
Today, explore Iceland's remote Eastfjords region, defined by breathtaking fjords and mountains, as well as charming fishing villages that dot the coastline. Look out for wild reindeer herds as you travel south through this colorful landscape. Visit the Icelandic War Museum in Reyðarfjörður, site of an Allied base during WWII, to learn about Icelandic life during this time. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then continue driving southward along the coast toward your hotel. En route, make several photo stops for unforgettable views. Upon arrival at your hotel, enjoy dinner together
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park
Discover the might of the Vatnajökull Glacier today, formed thousands of years ago, the largest glacier in all of Europe with several still-active volcanoes situated underneath the ice cap. Explore some of the glacier's many outlets including Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. The astonishing blue ice makes this one of Iceland's most iconic destinations. Season dependent, take a boat excursion that brings you face to face with these breathtaking natural wonders.* Afterward, more amazing scenery awaits you in the unique alpine setting of Skaftafell National Park, a beautiful mountainous region on the edge of the Vatnajökull Glacier. This national park has been shaped by glaciers and volcanoes slowly interacting over time, creating a place of unique beauty. It's a perfect park to view the great contrasts between active volcanoes, mighty glaciers, powerful rivers and endless flat sandy plains. Cap off this exciting day with dinner together at your hotel in Höfn
*The boat excursion on the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is not offered before May 1 or after Oct 15, therefore it will be replaced with Fjallsárlón Glacial Lagoon.
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - South Coast and Waterfalls
Depart from Höfn this morning and watch the dramatic scenery of outwash plains and lava fields go by as you make your way to Dyrhólaey*, a solitary cliff teeming with bird life for expansive views of the black sand coastline. Then visit Skógafoss to see the thundering falls plummet nearly 200 feet over a cliff to the valley floor. Continue on to Seljalandsfoss waterfall which you can walk behind if conditions allow (bring a raincoat!). Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in the Flúðir area
*Dyrhólaey is closed during the nesting season (early May to late June)
Overnight: Flúðir
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Friday - Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm, Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir, Þingvellir, Reykjavík
This morning marvel at Gullfoss waterfall where the mighty Hvítá river appears to simply vanish into the earth, but a closer look reveals gorgeous staggered falls plunging into a crevice over 200 feet deep. Then, stand upon one of the world's most geologically significant landscapes on the volcanic rift at the Strokkur Geyser. Watch it erupt every few minutes spewing hot water high into the air. Then, visit the Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm. Here, meet with young Icelanders who innovated a process for growing tomatoes in bumble-bee nurtured greenhouses. See the beautiful Icelandic Horses and watch them perform before enjoying a light lunch of tomato soup and fresh-baked bread. Continue to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on the plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, this is an ideal place to see evidence of the rifting of the Earth's crust. Þingvellir, literally "Parliament Plains", is also the site of the world's oldest existing Parliament, which first met here in 930 AD. Continue to Reykjavik where you will have an evening at leisure to explore this energetic city on your own. Perhaps choose to dine in one of the world-class restaurants on traditional Icelandic fish, or visit a lively pub, stylish club or stop at a cozy café in the trendy harbor area
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Saturday - Depart Iceland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Iceland
Depart for Iceland

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Keflavik, The Blue Lagoon, City Sightseeing
Early morning arrival in Iceland, "Land of Ice and Fire". Transfer from Keflavik airport to Viking World Museum where you will enjoy breakfast with your fellow travelers. Afterwards, visit the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. In the afternoon, drive through the capital for a sightseeing tour of Reykjavík. The tour traverses the old town center to the Alþingi Parliament, the Dómkirkjan Cathedral, city hall and the harbor. Then, drive by Höfði House, the site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met. Enjoy a stop at the viewing deck at Perlan, located on Öskjuhlíð hill, for spectacular views over the capital area, followed by a visit to Hallgrímskirkja church*, one of Reykjavík's landmarks, and the Sun Voyager sculpture. Tonight, at 5 PM, you join your Tour Manager for an orientation meeting and drink with your fellow travelers
*Visitors will not be permitted to enter the church if mass is in session
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Monday - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today, embark on a full day excursion to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a Green Globe benchmark region, making it a model for sustainable tourism. Snæfellsnes is a unique area with a variety of geological features such as lava fields, volcanoes, glaciers, mineral springs, beautiful rock formations, and yellow and black sand beaches. Stop at a number of fascinating sites such as the Gerðuberg basalt columns, Arnarstapi Harbor and Ytri-Tunga beach to see the seal colony there. On a clear day, enjoy views of Snæfellsjökull Glacier atop a beautifully shaped stratovolcano. The glacier and the unspoiled natural wonders surrounding it are the setting of Jules Verne's classic novel Journey to the Center of the Earth and is rumored to be one of the seven most magical sites on Earth. Dinner is at the hotel later this evening
Overnight: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Tuesday - Akureyri, Botanical Gardens
Today, an early departure to Akureyri, cultural capital of the North, nestled at the head of Iceland's greatest fjord, with stunning views of snow-capped peaks. An orientation tour familiarizes you with the town's history as a trading center established in 1602. You can still see some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Visit the Botanical Gardens featuring specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants.* Then, walk through the energetic center of the town with its lively cafes and handicraft shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel
*The Botanical Gardens are not visited before May 1 or after Oct 15
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Héðinsfjörður Tunnel, Siglufjörður in North Iceland
Travel through the Héðinsfjörður Tunnel to the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður, the closest town to the Arctic Circle, clinging to a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland's steep northernmost mountains. On the tour of the award-winning Herring Era Museum, you're introduced to the history of the very important herring fishing industry. Sample traditional rye bread, local herring and also the famous iced Icelandic schnapps! Leisure time to explore Siglufjörður. Wander through the art galleries, cafes and shops. At the end of the day, return to Akureyri via the villages of Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Thursday - Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss Waterfall
Today head to lovely Lake Mývatn, with its crystal-blue waters, in one of Iceland's prettiest areas, known for its geothermal activity. Stop at the majestic Goðafoss Waterfall, named the "Waterfall of the Gods" according to Icelandic sagas. In this paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers, scenes were filmed for some of the Game of Thrones episodes. After a morning of traversing spectacular landscapes, see the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Afterward, continue southeast to your hotel in the remote eastern fjords region for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Egilsstaðir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Friday - Iceland's Eastfjords, Icelandic War Museum
Today, explore Iceland's remote Eastfjords region, defined by breathtaking fjords and mountains, as well as charming fishing villages that dot the coastline. Look out for wild reindeer herds as you travel south through this colorful landscape. Visit the Icelandic War Museum in Reyðarfjörður, site of an Allied base during WWII, to learn about Icelandic life during this time. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant and then continue driving southward along the coast toward your hotel. En route, make several photo stops for unforgettable views. Upon arrival at your hotel, enjoy dinner together
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park
Discover the might of the Vatnajökull Glacier today, formed thousands of years ago, the largest glacier in all of Europe with several still-active volcanoes situated underneath the ice cap. Explore some of the glacier's many outlets including Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. The astonishing blue ice makes this one of Iceland's most iconic destinations. Season dependent, take a boat excursion that brings you face to face with these breathtaking natural wonders.* Afterward, more amazing scenery awaits you in the unique alpine setting of Skaftafell National Park, a beautiful mountainous region on the edge of the Vatnajökull Glacier. This national park has been shaped by glaciers and volcanoes slowly interacting over time, creating a place of unique beauty. It's a perfect park to view the great contrasts between active volcanoes, mighty glaciers, powerful rivers and endless flat sandy plains. Cap off this exciting day with dinner together at your hotel in Höfn
*The boat excursion on the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is not offered before May 1 or after Oct 15, therefore it will be replaced with Fjallsárlón Glacial Lagoon.
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - South Coast and Waterfalls
Depart from Höfn this morning and watch the dramatic scenery of outwash plains and lava fields go by as you make your way to Dyrhólaey*, a solitary cliff teeming with bird life for expansive views of the black sand coastline. Then visit Skógafoss to see the thundering falls plummet nearly 200 feet over a cliff to the valley floor. Continue on to Seljalandsfoss waterfall which you can walk behind if conditions allow (bring a raincoat!). Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at your hotel in the Flúðir area
*Dyrhólaey is closed during the nesting season (early May to late June)
Overnight: Flúðir
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm, Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir, Þingvellir, Reykjavík
This morning marvel at Gullfoss waterfall where the mighty Hvítá river appears to simply vanish into the earth, but a closer look reveals gorgeous staggered falls plunging into a crevice over 200 feet deep. Then, stand upon one of the world's most geologically significant landscapes on the volcanic rift at the Strokkur Geyser. Watch it erupt every few minutes spewing hot water high into the air. Then, visit the Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm. Here, meet with young Icelanders who innovated a process for growing tomatoes in bumble-bee nurtured greenhouses. See the beautiful Icelandic Horses and watch them perform before enjoying a light lunch of tomato soup and fresh-baked bread. Continue to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Situated on the plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, this is an ideal place to see evidence of the rifting of the Earth's crust. Þingvellir, literally "Parliament Plains", is also the site of the world's oldest existing Parliament, which first met here in 930 AD. Continue to Reykjavik where you will have an evening at leisure to explore this energetic city on your own. Perhaps choose to dine in one of the world-class restaurants on traditional Icelandic fish, or visit a lively pub, stylish club or stop at a cozy café in the trendy harbor area
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Tuesday - Depart Iceland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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6 Day Essential Iceland, May 2022
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We had such a great trip to Iceland (6 days). I realize my responses on the survey were all 'Excellent', and that is because everything was Excellent! Our guide, RJ, was great and so informative. I have nothing negative to say about the trip at all!Food was incredible, locations were beautiful! We have recommended the trip and company to others. Thank you so much for providing such an incredible experience!!!!

Donna S.
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland, May 2022
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Trip was fantastic beyond my expectations! Many many thanks to our tour guide Oli, and our bus driver Gumi. Oli was so full of enthusiasm for every bit of Icelandic culture, history, geography, and geology that there was never a boring segment of his narration. He was also patient and positive in dealing with all of us very diverse travelers and went out of his way to make us all welcome and comfortable. Gumi was the most skilled driver I have ever encountered! He maneuvered us around impossibly tight turns and narrow roads with never a worry. He and Oli had such a good relationship they were able to take us easily to the most interesting places, even though they were not easy to get to. And he had connections that allowed my husband to get back his forgotten insulin from the previous hotel the very next day. We are so grateful to him and to Oli for making this a truly unforgettable trip!!!

Mary G.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, April 2022
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Just wanted to leave additional feedback on the exceptional quality of this Iceland adventure. The hotel qualities were very good in both locations and the Fosshotel is amazing. We were beyond lucky to have the superlative Sigridur - she made the whole trip a fantastic experience. All the hotel staff in both locations were also noteworthy. Fabulous trip!

Karen B.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, March 2022
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Can't say enough good things about our tour guide, Ingibjorg on our recent trip to Iceland - March 28-April 2. She went above and beyond to make our trip a wonderful experience. This was our 9th Gate 1 trip and we are always so happy with our guides. Also, kudos to our bus driver, Gummi. He did a great job. We loved this trip.

Suzanne F.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, March 2022
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I wanted to reach out and say how happy and impressed I was with my trip. This was my first Gate 1 trip and won't be my last. I had a bad experience with another operator on a large group tour and was hesitant to do another but Gate 1 showed me when done right, it is quite enjoyable. The guides, drivers, bus were all great (I knew the sites would be but worried about the specifics). Besides being so knowledgeable and helpful Hlif and Harpa were great with information. We always knew how long the next bus trip would be and when the next bathroom/food break was. These little things make a big difference! And the "surprise" extras - like the ice cream break at the creamery and water bottle every day. Thank you for an excellent experience!

Stephanie D.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, March 2022
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Iceland was our 1st ever group tour and EVERYTHING about it was just fantastic! We cannot stop talking about it. Looking forward to Germany in the fall and we thank you for making the trip an amazing vacation and lifetime memory.

Roberta M.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, September 2021
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Hoskuldur or Hersey as we fondly call him is quite professional. He is very knowledgeable. He even explained some history of Iceland which is quite informative. He is warm and compassionate. His performance is IMPECCABLE. Gate 1 needs more Tour Manager like Hersey. PROFESSIONAL, COMPASSIONATE, PERSONABLE. EXCELLENT communication skills. He performed beyond his responsibilities, he ensured we did not encounter any problem with COVID testing and obtaining results promptly. Daniel our driver is quite professional. He navigates our tours smoothly. He exhibits IMPECCABLE skills as a driver. He is very good in maintaining cleanliness of our tour bus constantly sanitizing the bannister, handrails and seats.

Ofelia B.
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, February 2020
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It was a beautiful and interesting trip indeed! Our tour guide Dagny was a fantastic guide full of knowledge and talent with the Northern Lights photography. Our driver Thor was an excellent driver, enabling us to relax while on the road. The history, museums and places we saw really made the trip informative.

Helene H. Philadelphia, PA
5 Day Iceland's Northern Lights Special, January 2020
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Our five-day Iceland adventure was spectacular! We cannot say enough great things about Gate 1 Travel, beginning with our initial booking back in August 2019, through every aspect of leading up to and our actual trip. Iceland Air flights from JFK-Iceland-JFK were on-time and comfortable. The Cabin Hotel was clean, modern and the Front Desk Staff were first-class and provided outstanding, professional customer service. The included European Breakfast was plentiful and tasty. The airport/hotel transfer to/from the Hotel was easy, comfortable and seamless. The trip to the Blue Lagoon was fabulous! Gate 1 provided a private taxi for us from the hotel to the Lagoon, and the bus ride back was on-time and safe. The weather was wintry and did not permit the Northern Lights' Bus Trip to operate; however, we visited the Northern Lights' Museum. They provided a spectacular video of the Lights from all over Iceland, and we took pictures. All of our Facebook followers are SO impressed and in awe. Although we experienced winter in Iceland, we walked many miles throughout the Old Town, enjoying many of the local restaurants, bars and the nice Icelanders. In addition, we visited The Perlan Museum, the Maritime Museum and the FlyOver Iceland Museum. Each provided an interesting and educational experience! Thank you SO much for your assistance. We will travel with Gate 1 again.

Rebecca & Alan B. New Concord, KY
9 Day Affordable Iceland with Akureyri & Northern Lights Pursuit, November 2019
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Our trip was fantastic! Everything went smoothly. Our guide Oli was knowledgeable, experienced and accommodating. Iceland is a breathtaking place! The hotels were clean and comfortable. The welcoming & farewell meals were delicious! Everyone in our group got along well. This is definitely one of my favorite trips!

Jennifer W. Pacifica, CA
5 Day Iceland's Northern Lights Special, September 2019
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We had an amazing trip! The airline was great and the hotel was wonderful! The staff were terrific and the bus stop was close. Breakfast was good too. The tour guide for our Northern Lights Tour was especially awesome! He really loved what he was doing and told funny stories and gave us lots of information about the lights: what caused them, why they were different colors, how they got their name, etc. Thank you again! We will definitely use Gate 1 for any future travel abroad!

Sandra K. New Milford, CT
9 Day Classic Iceland, August 2019
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It was an amazing trip. The Icelanders have done a great job in preserving the natural beauty of its country. The major sites were accessible with trails and viewing decks… enjoyed the boat ride, came face to face with large icebergs, the waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, Blue Lagoon bath... were all great! Our accommodations were all good specially Icelandic Hotel Notura with a free shuttle throughout the day to go downtown. That came in very handy since we did pre-accommodations. I can not ask for a better tour manager, Ingga, she was pleasant and knowledgeable. She was entertaining and had a good sense of humor. I really enjoyed it... I may go back!

Rosario V. Dublin, OH
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, March 2019
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Amazing! Oli is the best guide ever!! Friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. Made our trip even more amazing.

William M. Chester, VA
10 Day Affordable Norway with 5 Day Scenic Coast Cruise: Mountains, Fjords & Northern Lights Pursuit, March 2019
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It was a great trip! We saw a lot of snow, and best of all, saw the fantastical northern lights, with all of their colors, flights and shape. Our guide Matt was great. He displaced a nice personality with a sense of humor. Could not have had a better trip!

Siu M. San Francisco, CA
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, February 2019
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My trip to Iceland was awesome. We learned so much history and geology. Iceland is beautiful with its waterfalls, hot springs, geyers, horses and black beaches. The Blue Lagoon was a favorite. Our guide was helpful and informative ... And we did see the Northern Lights which was a thrill. The guide made every possible arrangement for us to see the lights. All is good.

Maureen S. Mount Laurel, NJ
6 Day Iceland's Northern Lights, February 2019
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Fantastic trip. This Florida girl was not looking forward to Iceland in February, but the cold was overcome by the warmth and friendliness of the Icelanders we encountered on this trip. It is truly a beautiful and magical landscape. Blue Lagoon was certainly a highlight as was the Northern Lights, which we got to see! We came away with an admiration for their conservation and use of their natural resources to enhance their every day lives. A great cultural, educational and enchanting experience. Can't wait to go back!

Lesley C. Ocala, FL
7 Day Reykjavik Special, November 2018
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Our trip was AMAZING! ... It would be the first trip that my sister and I have ever taken together and I felt, at the time, not knowing about the company- I would be taking a BIG RISK! However...what a pleasant surprise! Our ticket arrangements were accurate and without complications, the hotel accommodations at Hotel Klopp was perfect, location, staff, cleanliness and breakfast was all outstanding! The best part was that whenever I called, and I did so because I was nervous about the reservation being secure, someone personally responded to my call and answered my questions or needs with respect - taking time to ensure I understood the issue. There was never a long wait time, or numerous robot links to get a connection and I felt that the representative was not only patient but wasn't inconvenienced by the call. I now recommend Gate 1 Travel to everyone that asks about my trip to Iceland and I'm looking to book another trip soon! ... I can't imagine why I didn't travel this way earlier. Live and Learn!

Rochelle T. Tucson, AZ
5 Day Iceland's Northern Lights, October 2018
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The trip to Iceland was fantastic and we will definitely be using Gate 1 in the future for international vacations. Gate 1 takes care of everything and we were extremely impressed with how easy the trip was. Our tour guide Hanna made the trip even better with her vast knowledge and entertaining personality.

Derek C. Tyrone, PA
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, October 2018
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My trip was awesome and I saw the Northern Lights! Our tour manager, Helga was very, very good. She told us the history of every place we visited but not only that, while traveling on the bus, she shared very interesting information about Iceland and its progress over the years. Our tour guide, Stephan who escorted us the second time to see the Northern Lights was also very good. He was entertaining and patient. Thank you Gate 1 for a well organized tour.

Norma K. Astoria, NY
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, October 2018
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Our trip was fantastic! Our guide and driver were excellent!! So knowledgeable, caring, helpful and friendly. Will definitely book another trip with Gate 1. This was our first. Iceland was a beautiful and unique country.

Lorraine N. Sharon, MA
5 Day Iceland's Northern Lights Special - Centerhotel Plaza, October 2018
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We had an absolutely amazing experience! The country itself was gorgeous and we had such a great time! Gate 1 really took the stress and work out of planning the trip so we could just enjoy ourselves. The trip met and exceeded all of our expectations. We've already recommended to several friends and will continue to share the great experience we had! Thank you again Gate 1 for the amazing service!

Melonie N. Bayonne, NJ
9 Day Classic Iceland, August 2018
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The trip to Iceland was wonderful! We had only one day that was overcast/rainy. The rest of the trip was clear and sunny. Our Tour Manager, Gouny Margret Emilsdottir was great. She was very informative, knowledgeable and fun. We saw many interesting things, ate some exotic foods, and learned so much about the island and country of Iceland. We had a great time.

William P. Cutler Bay, FL
9 Day Classic Iceland (Friday Departure), May 2018
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Wonderful! Everything was great & program director was the best!

Nancy P. Waynesville, NC.
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland, May 2018
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Iceland was amazing...stunningly beautiful outdoors...glaciers, mountains, waterfalls. Our tour guide, Amara, was the right mix of easy-going for group travel as well as informative about all things Icelandic.

Debra Mc. Overland Park, KS.
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland, May 2018
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Great trip! Loved it! Hildur is a fantastic tour director- a great organizer, patient question answerer, and a wealth of information. The small group we traveled with was an unexpected pleasant surprise. Everyone got along great and some solid friendships were formed. Wonderful itinerary - very well planned. Augusta, our driver, was a very competent, safe driver and also very personable. We had a wonderful trip and I will highly recommend this tour to my family and friends.

Charles D. Battle Creek, MI
9 Day Classic Iceland, April 2018
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It was wonderful. Our Iceland guide, Godne, was fantastic, hotels were clean/convenient/comfortable, the Icelandic people are very friendly and the scenery was beautiful. Bravo Gate 1!

Lana A. Summerfield, FL
11 Day Kaleidoscope of Iceland, April 2018
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Our trip to Iceland was amazing, Helga, our guide, Fred, our driver, and the incredible scenery of Iceland were all wonderfully amazing. Each day was such a pleasure to see how it unfolded, the scenery was constantly breathtaking , the abundance of waterfalls, the immense lava fields, the geothermal areas and of course, the Icelandic horses, all were jaw dropping!

Lillian C. Parson, BC, CA
6 Day Affordable Iceland with Northern Lights Pursuit, April 2018
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The Iceland trip was outstanding! The tour, the guide (Gugga), the meals (especially at the tomato farm), and the hotels were excellent. Experiencing the Northern Lights, the Blue Lagoon, the Black Beach, and all the other wondrous sights was amazing! Gugga and our new friends, who we met on the tour, made the experience even more fun.

Bob H. Lawrenceville, GA
6 Day Iceland's Northern Lights, March 2018
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It was wonderful.....great guides; nice people and a beautiful country.......so glad I went!!

Susan D. St Petersburg, FL
7 Day Reykjavik Special, March 2018
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Our trip to Iceland was absolutely phenomenal. We cannot wait to return to Iceland, and we will definitely book another trip with Gate 1 in the future.

Anne R. Greenwood, IN
5 Day Iceland's Northern Lights Special, March 2018
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It was amazing! The hotel, people, sights and food were all two thumbs up! We had a great time!

Patricia T. N Brunswick, NJ
5 Day Iceland's Northern Lights, March 2018
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Iceland was fantastic! My daughter and I were VERY pleased with the tour. The guides, the drivers, and excursions taken were exceptional. We will definitely be using Gate 1 again. Thank you!

Karen M. Edgewater, FL
6 Day Iceland's Northern Lights, March 2018
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Trip was excellent, the tour guide was excellent, she left us in no doubt about what to expect, kept us up to date all the way through our trip. The coach driver was exceptional, he drove in some terrible conditions and got us to our destination safely, it was an experience. We have travelled a lot over the years, they were the best partnership I’ve ever encountered. I would travel with your company again, it was very well organised, we were kept up to date the whole way through.

Patricia S. Castle Hill, NSW, AU
5 Day Iceland's Northern Lights Special, March 2018
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The trip was amazing! Gate 1 provided us with an outstanding service! We are very happy with the customer service provided by your company. The guides in Iceland were very friendly and full of knowledge about the country to share with us.

Luiza C. Miami, FL

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