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Idyllic Iceland - 3 Days - (Land Only)

Idyllic Iceland - 3 Days - (Land Only)

Reykjavík, Iceland

From: R 14,890.00
 
  • Prices

    From: R 14,890.00
  • Trip Reference

    #8335
  • Flights

    No Flights Included
  • Duration

    3 days
  • Valid From

    3rd of May 2018 (Thursday)
  • Valid To

    29th of September 2018 (Saturday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: No
    European Union: No
    American: No
Quick Holiday Overview

A Summer Tour visiting some of Iceland's most picturesque locations on this 3 day tour of the western & southern parts of the country. Travel through incredible landscapes of lava fields, geothermal hot springs & towering waterfalls.

HIGHLIGHTS: Reykjanes Peninsulam, Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls, the Golden Circle & Snæfellsnes Peninsula

About the Holiday

*Please Note* This tour starts at 8.30am on day 1 from the BSI bus terminal. You will need to make your own way to the BSI bus terminal and we recommend you being at the BSI bus terminal no later than 8am to meet the group in preparation for departure. Therefore you will either need to arrive into Reykjavik early on the morning of day 1 or arrange your own accommodation when arriving before this tour starts. Overnight: Hella

Itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjanes Peninsula

Reykjavik - Reykjanes Peninsula - Hella. Departing Reykjavik this morning we head for the Reykjanes Peninsula, with stunning landscapes characterised by hot springs, lava fields and mountains, the view is like something from another planet. Our first stop this morning in Kleifarvatn, a large lake with black sand beaches, dramatic cliffs and steep rocks. We then continue to Krýsuvík geothermal fields, with it's steaming colorful soil and hot springs, before we visit the beautiful green lake of Grænavatn, green because of it's high sulfur levels and the extreme depth of the lake.

This afternoon we continue through ancient lava fields stopping at Eyrarbakki to see some well preserved houses dating back to the early 1900's. We then head for Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This imposing cascade of water can be seen from both sides as you can walk round the side of the waterfall and behind it. Next stop is the village of Vik and the adjacent Reynisfjara black lava beach with incredibly beautiful natural rock formations and caves. Later this afternoon we make our last stop of the day, to one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, Skogafoss, the crashing water often creates amazing rainbow patterns in sunny weather.

Day 2 - Golden Circle

Hella - Golden Circle - Borganes. This morning we start with a visit to Gullfoss waterfall, often referred to as 'the golden falls'. A hugely powerful double waterfall it drops 34 metres down to the Hvita River. We continue to Geysir Hot Springs, from where the english word Geyser comes from. The original Geysir is now dormant, however, you'll be sure to see the impressive Stokkur erupt every 5-10 minutes. Next stop is Thingvellir National Park, which was once the Viking Parliament area and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. It's a picturesque part of Iceland and sits within a valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates. You'll see ragged cliffs and rocky terrain.

Heading to the west of Iceland we make our way to Hraunfossar waterfalls, also know as the 'lava falls'. This beautiful waterfall sees the water 'magically' appear from under the lava and cascade down under a bed of moss covering the top of the wall. We then visit Deildartungahver, the largest hot spring in Europe when measured on volume of water. Watch the various pools and openings bubble with boiling hot water. Before we make our way to our overnight spot of Borgarnes we will stop to visit a local horse farm, here you'll be able to learn about the local way of life and interact with the horses. Overnight: Borgarnes  |  Breakfast

Day 3 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Borganes - Stykkishólmur - Snæfellsnes National Park - Reykjavik. After breakfast we travel to the scenic fishing village of Stykkishólmur, located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with beautiful views across the bay. You'll have 3 hours free time here, with the local geothermal swimming pool, the Volcano Museum and the museum about eider ducks all worth visiting. There will also be the option to take a 2 hour fjord and bird watching tour of Breiðafjörður Bay.

This afternoon we travel through landscapes and villages that have been shaped by the environment. The region we explore is full of Volcanic craters, historic lava flows, mountains and fjords. We will stop at the beautiful and photogenic Kirkjufell mountain. We then head to the most westerly part of the Snæfellsnes peninusla to the Snæfellsnes National Park, home to the 700,000 year old Snæfellsjökull a glacier capped stratovolcano. We then continue to the 17th century church of Budir, this beautiful black church has a very remote location and is contrast to the imposing mountains behind it. We returning back into Reykjavik around 8pm this evening.

*Please Note* This tour ends at around 8pm at the BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik. No accommodation in Reykjavik is provided on the evening of day 3 of the tour and we recommend arranging accommodation for this evening or choosing a suitable flight that departs later in the evening or the early hours of the following morning. Breakfast

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • 2 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome drink in Hella
  • Visit to a local family & horse farm
  • Assistance of English Speaking Icelandic Guide
  • Visit to two national parks
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Visa cost
  • Travel and Medical insurance
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Items of personal use
Package Conditions:

Valid for set departures between 03 - 31 MAY 2 018 & 01 - 29 SEP 2018

The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.

Reykjavík

Reykjavík is the capital of Iceland, and the world's most northern national capital.

The first permanent settlement in Iceland by Nordic people is believed to have been established in Reykjavík by Ingólfur Arnarson around AD 870. Reykjavík is not mentioned in any medieval sources except as a regular farm land but the 18th century was the beginning of urban concentration there. The Danish rulers of Iceland backed ideas of a domestic industry in Iceland that would help generate some much-needed progress on the island. Nationalist sentiment gained influence in the 19th century and ideas about Icelandic independence became widespread. Reykjavík, as Iceland's only city, was the melting pot of such ideas in the country. In the 1920s and 1930s, most of the growing Icelandic fishing trawler fleet sailed from Reykjavík and salt-cod production was the main industry but the Great Depression hit Reykjavík hard with unemployment and labour union struggles that sometimes became violent.

Reykjavík is located in southwest Iceland. The Reykjavík area coastline is characterized by peninsulas, coves, straits, and islands. Despite its extreme north Atlantic location, Reykjavík is much warmer than most locations at similar latitudes. The average mid-winter temperatures are no lower than those in New York City. The climate is subpolar oceanic. The city's coastal location does make it prone to wind, however, and gales are common in winter. Summers are very cool, while spring tends to be the sunniest season. Winters are long and bleak, with just four hours of daylight on some days, although the chance to view the spectacular Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights makes up for this. Summer, by contrast, brings the famed midnight sun with the city's inhabitants at their most colourful and the streets taking on a much lighter atmosphere at night.

Reykjavik has two landmarks that offer views over the city to aid orientation: Perlan (the Pearl), on �skjuhl�d Hill, and the 75m-high (230ft) Hallgrímskirkja church in the centre of town. A visit to the top of either of these is the best way for visitors to become acquainted with the city's layout. The very heart of Reykjavik lies between the Atlantic Ocean and the pleasant Tjörnin Lake to the north. In-between lies the centre of the city with flat, wide streets housing bars, cafés, hotels, museums and art galleries. The modern Icelandic National Gallery lies right on the edge of the lake, while the National Museum lies just to the south. Just north of Tjörnin is Austurvollur, an attractive square popular with sun worshippers in the warmer months.

Over the last decade, Reykjavikís nightlife has been hyped up by the enthusiastic tourist board and a stream of travel writers. Reykjavik, however, is a small city and those arriving expecting to find a large-scale (Ibiza of the North) may be a little disappointed as most of the action takes place in a very small central area. All of the Reykjavikís nightlife centres on the main street, Laugavegur, and the roads leading off it. The cafés and bars in Reykjavik tend to have a Jekyll and Hyde character - serving beer and coffee throughout the day, before transforming into buzzing drinking and dancing venues in the evening.

Terms and Conditions

Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 23 March 2018.

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