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    6 days - Small Group Summer tour of South Iceland and Reykjavik

    Experience Iceland’s wonders and adventures like a local. Visit the most fascinating and scenic highlights of South Iceland on this guided small group tour with only 25 fellow travellers.

    This tour is a fantastic introduction into Iceland’s volcanoes and glaciers. You visit Reykjavík, the Westman Islands, and the South Coast and explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar. The tour includes short walks here and there, bathing in the unique Sky Lagoon, whale watching, a lava show, and a local brewery visit.

    Day 1
    Arrive Reykjavík
    Day 2
    Reykjavik City Tour, Whale Watching & Sky Lagoon
    Day 3
    Westman Island's ferry trip and guided full day exploration
    Day 4
    South Coast & Lava Show
    Day 5
    Drive the rough unpaved road to Landmannalaugar and bathe in natural geothermal stream
    Day 6
    Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice
    Start/End Place
    Reykjavik, Iceland
    Country Visited
    Iceland
    Duration
    6 Days
    Start Date
    Scheduled
    Group Size
    3 - 25
    Suitability
    Group tour with easy walks, activity components and no porterage
    Code
    50DN1065

    Please note that all our itineraries, inclusions, dates and prices displayed on this website may change at any time. If you book an itinerary today and have this confirmed it will be the itinerary that is delivered to you. However, the online itinerary on our website may change in the meantime.

    As a Certified B Corporation, 50 Degrees North has designed this tour using handpicked local hoteliers and suppliers who share our ethos of delivering services and activities of high social and environmental standards.

    The CO2-e per person per day of all tours is carefully measured following each season. We fully offset all emissions of our tours on your behalf, and we constantly look at ways to reduce emissions where possible.

    Details

    Transportation

    Motor coach

    Included
    • Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)
    • Guided mini-bus tour from day 2 to day 5
    • Professional English-speaking local driver-guide from day 2 to day 5
    • Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
    • Accommodation 5 nights in a standard room with facilities
    • Guided Whale Watching tour from Reykjavík
    • Entrance to the Whales of Iceland exhibition
    • Entrance to the Sky Lagoon geothermal spa, including a rental towel
    • Return ferry trip to Westman Islands
    • Entrance to Eldheimar exhibition
    • Entrance to Lavashow
    • Entrance to Skógasafn Folk museum
    • Taxes and service fees
    • 24-hour assistance while you are in Iceland
    Not Included
    • Breakfast on arrival day
    • International airfare
    • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
    • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
    • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
    • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
    • Guaranteed late check-out
    • Any service not specifically listed under “Included”

    We can arrange a private airport tranfer for you.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavík

    On arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will be welcomed and driven to your accommodation in Reykjavík.

    If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We’d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It’s a great way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It’s also nice to take a stroll in the old city centre, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.

    Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

    Accommodation
    4-star Fosshotel Reykjavik or similar in Reykjavík

    Day 2 - Reykjavik City Tour, Whale Watching & Sky Lagoon

    At 09:00, meet your tour guide, who will show the group the highlights of Iceland’s exciting capital. Learn about life in the city from the very beginning of settlement in Iceland to the present day. Stop by the church of Hallgrímskirkja and drive through the university district, past the Nordic house and the National Museum. In the city centre, stop by the City hall, which juts into the small lake of Tjörnin. Nearby are the Lutheran Cathedral and the House of Parliament. Drive by the harbour to observe fishing vessels of different sizes, whale hunters and whale watchers. In Reykjavík are many public works of art, mainly sculptures. The latest addition to Reykjavík is the concert/conference hall of Harpan (the Harp), built on the town centre’s northern waterfront, whose dramatic design captures and reflects the city’s light, ocean and sky with a thrilling effect.

    In the afternoon, enjoy the spirit of whale watching, getting as close as possible without disturbing the animals. You might see dolphins, humpback, orca, blue, and minke whales during this 3-hour cruise. Let a guide direct your attention as you travel across Faxaflói Bay, where a blend of warm and cold ocean currents creates spectacular whale-watching opportunities. Afterwards, visit the Whales of Iceland exhibition with life-sized whale models and a virtual reality experience.

    The Sky Lagoon is Iceland’s latest geothermal lagoon spa experience, where the ocean meets the sky. Immerse yourself in the warm and rejuvenating waters of an oasis near the city centre of Reykjavík. Enjoy this authentic and remarkable place through an unforgettable and inspiring spa experience.

    Return to Reykjavik and dinner on your own.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    4-star Fosshotel Reykjavik or similar in Reykjavík

    Day 3 - Westman Island's ferry trip and guided full day exploration

    Ahoy! Today you will take a short ferry ride to the Westman Islands. There is a bus and walking tour of the village of Heimaey and this extraordinary island. The volcanic eruption in 1973 is, without doubt, considered the largest natural disaster in Iceland in recent history. The eruption began on January 23rd on the island of Heimaey, the only populated island of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. After the evacuation of the inhabitants and during the 5 months while the eruption lasted, there was much uncertainty as to whether or not the island could ever be repopulated.

    Explore bird cliffs during our tour to the Westman Islands, walk up the volcano crater, and visit "Pompei of the North“ (Eldheimar museum), a volcanic excavation project. You have the afternoon free to wander around the town of Heimaey, with its birds and sign of recent volcanic eruptions.

    Finally, return to the mainland and stay for 2 nights in South Iceland. Love saunas and hot tubs with a view? Your hotel has barrel saunas just outside!

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Stracta Hotel, Hella or similar, South Iceland.

    Day 4 - South Coast & Lava Show

    Your first stop of the day will be at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which plunges over the mountains and where you can follow a slick and wet trail right behind the falls. Pass the glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull on the way to the village of Vík, where you attend the stunning Iceland lava show, the only exhibition in the world where you can experience actual flowing lava! By melting lava and pouring it on ice in a room full of people, you will be able to see the lava flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the heat that radiates from it. We walk along the black lava beach and bird cliffs at Reynisfjara and see exciting basalt columns and rock formations.

    In the afternoon visit Skogar, the folk museum with its turf houses and the thundering Skógafoss waterfall, which is 60 meters high and belongs to the most impressive waterfalls in the country or join an optional glacier hike at Sólheimajökull glacier tongue. It‘s an informative and easy glacier walk through a frozen wonderland of different shades of glacier ice.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Accommodation
    Stracta Hotel, Hella or similar

    Day 5 - Drive the rough unpaved road to Landmannalaugar and bathe in natural geothermal stream

    Today we drive the rough unpaved road to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands surrounded by vivid rhyolite mountains. The highlight is a 90-minute round-trip hike up toward Brenninsteinsalda, the rainbow mountain of Iceland, which is still “hot” and where you can see sizzling sulfur springs and vapor at its sides. It could very well be the most colourful and spectacular volcanic mountain of Iceland, and so its picture is often found in books and calendars. After a picnic lunch, you have free time to enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural geothermal stream. Next, we take a short stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss, surrounded by unusual basalt rock formations.

    Return to Reykyavik in the late afternoon.

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    1 Lunch
    Accommodation
    4-star Fosshotel Reykjavik or similar in Reykjavík

    Day 6 - Farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice

    Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning flight.

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    Meals
    1 Breakfast
    Dates & Prices

    All prices listed are per person, twin share (double room).

    Dates
    Start Date
    End Date
    From Price
    Status
    Accommodation
    13 Jun 2024
    18 Jun 2024
    13 Jun 2024
    18 Jun 2024
    AUD 3,931
    Available
    Standard
    13 Jun 2024
    18 Jun 2024
    13 Jun 2024
    18 Jun 2024
    AUD 1,286
    Available
    Extra for Single
    27 Jun 2024
    2 Jul 2024
    27 Jun 2024
    2 Jul 2024
    AUD 3,931
    Available
    Standard
    27 Jun 2024
    2 Jul 2024
    27 Jun 2024
    2 Jul 2024
    AUD 1,286
    Available
    Extra for Single
    11 Jul 2024
    16 Jul 2024
    11 Jul 2024
    16 Jul 2024
    AUD 3,931
    Available
    Standard
    11 Jul 2024
    16 Jul 2024
    11 Jul 2024
    16 Jul 2024
    AUD 1,286
    Available
    Extra for Single
    25 Jul 2024
    30 Jul 2024
    25 Jul 2024
    30 Jul 2024
    AUD 3,931
    Available
    Standard
    25 Jul 2024
    30 Jul 2024
    25 Jul 2024
    30 Jul 2024
    AUD 1,286
    Available
    Extra for Single
    8 Aug 2024
    13 Aug 2024
    8 Aug 2024
    13 Aug 2024
    AUD 3,931
    Available
    Standard
    8 Aug 2024
    13 Aug 2024
    8 Aug 2024
    13 Aug 2024
    AUD 1,286
    Available
    Extra for Single
    22 Aug 2024
    27 Aug 2024
    22 Aug 2024
    27 Aug 2024
    AUD 3,931
    Available
    Standard
    22 Aug 2024
    27 Aug 2024
    22 Aug 2024
    27 Aug 2024
    AUD 1,286
    Available
    Extra for Single

    Important Information

    This tour stays in 4-star comfortable hotels with private bathrooms, generally quality class hotels. There is an option for a 3-star hotel. Single, twin and triple rooms are available. The price per person is the same for twin and triple rooms.

    Minimum age for children on this tour is 12 years. Somewhere between 8.000 and 10.000 ISK per person per day is a good budget for lunch and dinner while on tour. There will make stops during the tour at restaurants, supermarkets and gas stations where meals, drinks and snacks can be purchased while on tour. You will spend about 40 minutes at each attraction when you stop.

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