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The Great Round Tour - Around Iceland in 11 Days

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 - 13 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Iceland  
Specialty Categories: National Parks  
Season: May - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3390 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4290 US Dollar (USD)

Iceland Never Seizes to Amaze You! Iceland is not only closer than you think, but far different than you ever imagined. Iceland is an independent democratic republic with a short but colorful history, with its own language and rich cultural heritage, especially in literature. And an absolutely unique nature, land of ice and fire with active volcanoes, spouting geysers, extensive lava fields and deserts, waterfalls, mountains and glaciers. Enjoy the midnight sun in the summertime and the northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in winter. Experience an ever-changing landscape every day and learn about Iceland´s geology, culture, and history.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Keflavik airport.

Day 2: Reykjavik-Hvolsvollur
The first day of the round tour starts with a short (1 &1/2 hr) city tour around Reykjavik. Among places we will see are the old harbour, the city center and Hallgrimskirkja church. Then we continue to Þingvellir (Parliament Plaines), the location of the old parliament and a geological phenomenon. From there we drive to the Geyser geothermal area for a spouting hot spring and to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, where on a sunny day you can see a rainbow in the spray above the waterfall. From there we proceed to our overnight stay. Accommodation in Hvolsvollur area.

Day 3: Hvolsvollur - Vik.
We start our second day by visiting the waterfalls of Seljarlandsfoss and Skogarfoss. Then we stop to visit the museum at Skogar. From there we continue to the beautiful scenery of Iceland's South Shore such as bird life at Dyrholaey, the rocks of Reynisdrangar, Solheimajokull glacier and black sands.

Day 4: Vik - Hofn.
On the third day the trip continues over the lava of the Laki eruption in 1782-1783 and the black sands towards the oasis at Skaftafell national park close to Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier. At Skaftafell we take a walk towards the beautiful waterfall Svartifoss and another walk to the glacier tongue. From there we drive to the Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) for a boat tour between the icebergs (included in price).

Day 5: Hofn - Modrudalur.
Now the tour continues along the beautiful coastal region of the East Fjords, with spectacular landscape, high mountains and deep fjords. Then we drive to the town of Egilsstadir and from Egilsstadir we drive over mountain roads to Modrudalur valley, the highest inhabited place in the country, at 469 m (1,539 ft) above sea level.

Day 6: Modrudalur - Myvatn.
From Egilsstadir we drive over mountain roads to the magnificent waterfall Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. From there we visit the natural phenomenon Asbyrgi. Then we continue towards the town of Husavik before driving to Lake Myvatn, one of the most interesting geological and geographical areas of the northern hemisphere. At Lake Myvatn we will visit for example the lava labyrinth Dimmuborgir and the pseudo crater group at Skutustadir.

Day 7: Myvatn - Hrutafjordur.
Today we will continue to explore the Lake Myvatn area and visit lava that is still warm almost 30 years after the eruption. From the Lake Myvatn area we drive to Akureyri where we will spend few hours and from Akureyri the tour goes to Hrutafjordur for our overnight stay.

Day 8: Hrutafjordur-Isafjordur
From Hrutafjordur the tour goes to the remote Strandir area. Along the way, parts of the coastline are covered with driftwood, especially the differently small and black sandy beaches. We continue driving towards the village of Isafjordur before heading to the small fishing village of Sudureyri for our overnight stay. Accommodation in Isafjordur area.

Day 9: Isafjordur-Latrabjarg
Among places that we will see today are the magnificent waterfall of Dynjandi, located in the bottom of the Arnarfjord. It is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and the largest one in the West Fjords. Then we will continue towards the main goal of the day; Iceland's westernmost point, Latrabjarg, where we are going to enjoy seeing thousands of individuals of different bird species inhabiting this 14 km (9 miles) long and sheer cliff protruding 400 m. (1,320 feet) from the sea. Accommodation in Latrabjarg area.

Day 10: Latrabjarg-Bardastrond
The tour continues along the southern side of the West Fjords, which are among the most sparsely populated parts of the country and among places to see today is the red sand of Raudisandur (The Red Sands). Accommodation in Bardastrond area.

Day 11: Bardastrond-Snaefellsnes
Today the tour continues around the Snaefellsnes peninsula and its magnificent glacier Snaefellsjokull. Among places that we wisit are basaltic pebble beach, framed with strange lava formations, and Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs gives us access to the rich birdlife and other wonders of nature. Accommodation in Snaefellsnes area.

Day 12: Snaefellsnes-Reykjavik
Today we head towards Reykjavik to close our circle. First stop is at the old volcano Grabrok where we take a walk to the top. There we continue to Hraunfossar (Lava waterfalls) and Barnafossar (Children´s waterfalls). Then we will visit Deildartunguhver, Europe´s water most hot spring. From there the tour goes directly to Reykjavik trough the Whale fjord (Hvalfjordur). Accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 13: Departure

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
A guided tour according to the itinerary.
Accommodation for 12 nights with private bathrooms.
Dinners for 11 nights in the countryside.
Entrance fee to the Folk Museum of Skogar.
Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon.

Price Excludes:
Airfare to and from Iceland.
All services not mentioned above.