Destination

Destination

Iceland

Duration

6 Days

Price

From $2,798 pp

This exciting 6 Day itinerary combines the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with the Westfjords. Travel in a luxury 4X4 vehicle with one of Iceland's best local guides, who will connect you with geology, nature and history in his fun and unique way. This 5 Day Itinerary takes in the scenic backroad trails, visiting beloved and hidden natural wonders. The small group size and charming accommodations are sure to make a memorable experience. At Hrifunes guesthouse, welcoming hosts Haukur and Hadda will prepare lovely family-style meals for you, an important part of this local and unique experience.

Available dates: 2019 October 17, 24, November 7, 14, 2020 February 13 (limited), 20, March 5, 12, April 2

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Reykjavik
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
Radisson Blu Saga Hotel - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Snaefellsnes - Reykjavik
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Shared (Dinner Included)
Radisson Blu Saga Hotel - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Vik - Hrifunesvegur
  • 4 X 4 Adventure: Lava Cave - Black Sand Coast - Waterfalls (Group)
Hrifunes Guesthouse - Guest Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Hrifunesvegur
  • 4 x 4 Adventure: Eldhraun Lava Field, Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajokull, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon (Group)
Hrifunes Guesthouse - Guest Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Reykjavik
  • 4 x 4 Adventure: Eyjafjallajokull, Hekla, Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir National Park, Reykjavik (Group)
Radisson Blu Saga Hotel - Standard Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Keflavik
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Reykjavik

Welcome to Keflavik International Airport. Once you have cleared customs, a Travelous representative awaits your arrival holding a sign with your name printed on it. Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from the Airport to your Reykjavik hotel for overnight stay.

Depending on your arrival time in Iceland, you might consider a visit to the *Blue Lagoon on your way into Reykjavik.

Once in Reykjavik, if you arrive early in the day, you might consider exploring Reykjavik's old town, where many museums and galleries are located. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city's outdoor geothermal swimming pools where you can shake off your jetlag.

Reykjavik offers many restaurants and coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

*Note: Admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance.

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel - Standard Room

Day 2
Snaefellsnes - Reykjavik

Enjoy an awe inspiring trip to the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Journey to Djupalonssandur once home to around sixty fishing boats, these black sand beaches are some of the most beautiful in Iceland.

Arnarstapi is up next, also known simply as Stapi, a fishing village on the southern edge of the peninsula. This whole area is a living museum of Iceland's history, as well as its deep rooted connections to the fishing industry. Finally, the day would not be complete without an Icelandic home-cooked evening meal along with some local interaction, before returning to your hotel.

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel - Standard Room

Day 3
Vik - Hrifunesvegur

4 X 4 Adventure: Lava Cave - Black Sand Coast - Waterfalls

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel. Meet your driver-guide, who will brief you on the day's excursion. It's important to understand that your guide may adjust the itinerary based on weather conditions.

We will start the day with an easy caving expedition for those who are interested, into an ancient lava tube. These are created by volcanic eruptions and give a rare glimpse of how a volcano looks from the inside. After emerging from underground, drive along the South Shore using back roads and trails, enjoying the views of the rugged coast and isolated farms.

Along the way we will stop to view some of the beautiful waterfalls that decorate the South Shore including the mighty Skogafoss waterfall. If conditions are just right, we might also visit a hidden waterfall, a local gem accessible only to small groups.

Then climb aboard the 4 x 4 vehicle to explore the regions famous black sand beaches. At the end of the day we will visit a secret natural wonder on a black sandy beach.

Spend the evening at the Hrifunes guesthouse, located on a cozy farm just on the edge of the highland wilderness. if the weather conditions are right, you could see the northern lights.

Enjoy a home-made family-style dinner, hosted by Haukur and Hadda. Dinner is an especially fun part of the day, with lots of chatting and laughter about the day spent together.

Included this day
Breakfast
Lunch Box
Two-course family-style Icelandic dinner
Lava tube caving, including use of helmet and crampons
Distance traveled is variable- routes chosen based on the most scenic options each day

*Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, and seeing them cannot be guaranteed.

Hrifunes Guesthouse - Guest Room

Day 4
Hrifunesvegur

4 x 4 Adventure: Eldhraun Lava Field, Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajokull, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

After a hearty Icelandic breakfast, start the day by driving along the mountain road that crosses Eldhraun, a lava field caused by an eruption in the 18th century. Some historians believe this was a cause of the French Revolution.

Pass Lomagnupur bird cliffs with their incredible basalt columns and enjoy some of the hidden gems the area has to offer. Continue to the Skaftafell area of Vatnajokull National Park. The entire national park covers about 14 percent of Iceland, making it one of the largest parks in Europe. Here you will don crampons and with ice pick in hand, hike the wonderous Svinafellsjokull glacier. During the hike you will see amazing shapes in the ice and learn how glaciers are formed.

Afterwards, enjoy the famous Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon with its colorful icebergs and lazy seals, the picturesque Diamond Beach is close by. Plenty of photo opportunities here!

If the period is right and weather and conditions on the ice are safe, you will visit a natural ice cave on the South side of Vatnajokull glacier. These ice caves appear and disappear according to the movements of the glacier. Expert glacier guides in the area will assess the conditions and see if there is any suitable ice cave to visit while you're in the region.
After an exciting day of ice, icebergs and volcanic lava, return to your hotel for dinner and overnight at Hrifunes, your home away from home.

Included on this day:
Breakfast
Gourmet Lunch Box
Two-course family-style Icelandic dinner
Guided Glacier Hike, including use of helmet, crampons and ice pick
Visit to natural ice cave during trip (subject to weather and ice conditions)

Distance Travelled is variable - routes chosen based on the most scenic options each day

Hrifunes Guesthouse - Guest Room

Day 5
Reykjavik

Enjoy another delicious Hrifunes breakfast. Then you are off for another day's adventure in a trusty 4x4 Super Jeep.

Make your way towards the Golden Circle, passing through regions with views of volcanic mountains such as the famous Eyjafjallajokull (2010 eruption) and Mt. Hekla, Iceland's most frequently erupting volcano.

On the agenda today is a swim in the Secret Lagoon, a peaceful hot-spring fed lake. Created by local residents using the natural landscape and materials in 1891, it is Iceland's oldest geothermal swimming pool. The water has natural minerals that soothe your skin. Surrounding the pool are tiny bubbling mud pots and a little geyser that erupts regularly. Watching these as you soak in the Secret Lagoon is a special experience.

End the day visiting the three natural pearls that create the famous Golden Circle: the big waterfall Gullfoss, the spouting hot spring area of Geysir and the beautiful Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is the ancient location of Iceland's first parliament, as well as the meeting point of two tectonic plates that divide Europe from North America. Your guide will bid you farewell with a taste of Iceland's famous schnapps, brennivin, and a bit of fermented shark meat to go with it. It is a true Viking test and tastier than it sounds!

Return to Reykjavik where the evening is yours at leisure.

Dinner is on your own this evening.

Included on this day:
Breakfast
Gourmet Lunch Box
Entrance to Secret Lagoon
Taste of Icelandic shark and brennivin

Distance traveled is variable-routes chosen based on the most scenic options each day

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel - Standard Room

Day 6
Keflavik

Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to Keflavik Airport for your flight home. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you in Iceland again soon. Stay Travelous!

In Iceland, nature is your playground. In some places the country's natural environment is still being formed by volcanoes, glaciers and water. Inevitably, the immense power of nature is deeply rooted in the psyche of the inhabitants of Europe's second largest island. When in Iceland, the most magnificent landscapes are never far away. Iceland also offers an amazing array of activities to let you experience its nature in a different way: Snowmobiling on glaciers, horseback riding on lava fields, going on a cruise to see the whales, rafting down white water rivers, relaxing in the warm geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Whether it is real action or soft activities you are looking for, Iceland and its natural wonders is one of the world's most sought after and unique destinations.

Radisson Blu Saga Hotel

The Radisson Blu Saga Hotel in Reykjavik offers 235 rooms and suites with an iconic design and convenient location. Our guests enjoy modern amenities such as free high-speed Wi-Fi, complementary gym access, and stunning views of either the vibrant city center, Reykjavik's surrounding mountains, the stately University of Iceland campus or the sweeping seashore - making this the perfect base for your Iceland adventure or business trip.

Standard Rooms, offer everything you need for a comfortable stay and a good night's sleep. Enjoy the large bed, the in-room coffee and tea making provisions, and the free Wi-Fi. Other services include a TV with mirror casting and hairdryer. Choose between double or twin beds.

Hrifunes Guesthouse

At Hrifunes Guesthouse you will find cozy accommodation with dramatic views, delicious home-cooked meals, and authentic Icelandic hospitality. Hrifunes is located 230 km east of Reykjavik in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of Skaftartunga in South-Iceland, between the two towns of Vik and Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

Beautifully decorated in a rustic style located in the private annex building, behind the main guesthouse.

Terms and Conditions

What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

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A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

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H.     Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $250 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.

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