11 Day Tour of Iceland Including Flights

11 Day Tour of Iceland Including Flights

Escorted tour offering breathtaking landscapes & unique culture

Your adventure begins with a city tour of Reykjavik, including a stop at Perlan, located on the Öskjuhlid hill, which offers a spectacular view over the capital area. Then enjoy a dip in the pleasantly warm waters of the famous Blue Lagoon, reputed for its healing properties. Journey into the countryside at the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with its striking Snæfellsjökull Glacier, then on to the expansive black sea shore of Djúpalónssandur and the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi, with its magnificent columnar basalt rock formations.

Depart for Akureyri, cultural capital of the North, with stunning views of snow-capped peaks, and enjoy a city tour and a visit to the Botanical Gardens, featuring specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants. Travel through the Héôinsfjörôur Tunnel to the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörôur, the nearest town to the Arctic Circle. Tour the award-winning Herring Era Museum, depicting history of the very important herring fishing industry, before spending some time at leisure.

In Lake Myvatn, with its crystal-blue waters in one of Iceland’s prettiest areas, stop at the majestic two-tiered Goðafoss Waterfall, named the “Waterfall of the Gods”, and see the pseudo craters at Skútustaôi and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Then, head east to view the Dettifoss Waterfall, reputed to be the most powerful and largest in Europe, with sounds so thunderous that it makes the surrounding rocks vibrate.

Discover the might of the Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in all of Europe with several still-active volcanoes situated underneath the ice cap. Head to the unique alpine setting of Skaftafell National Park, shaped by natural forces acting together to create a park of unmatched beauty as a result of glaciers and volcanoes slowly interacting over time, then make your way to Dyrhólaey, a solitary cliff teeming with bird life and the grand Skógafoss Waterfall, rivaling Gullfoss as Iceland’s most famous waterfall.

Next, watch the Strokkur Geyser erupt every few minutes, spewing hot water high into the air, and marvel at the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls), with its 100 foot double cascade flowing into the Hvita River. You will also visit Thingvellir National Park and the Friðheimar Tomato and Horse Farm, where you will meet young Icelanders who innovated a process for growing tomatoes in bumble-bee nurtured greenhouses. Lastly, return to Reykjavik for one final night at leisure.

Trip Highlights

Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Montreal-Reykjavik, Reykjavik-Montreal. 
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights accommodations
    • 2 nights Reykjavik
    • 1 night Snæfellsnes Peninsula
    • 3 nights Akureyri
    • 2 nights Höfn
    • 1 night Selfoss
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • All transfers
  • 19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking driver-guide throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Visit Hofdi House, location of the 1986 summit that marked the end of the Cold War
  • 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
  • View Lake Mývatn with its crystal-blue waters, and Goðafoss Waterfall
  • 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 Strokkur Geyser and the geothermal Geysir area
  • Tour Thingvellir National Park, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1, Sunday – Depart for Iceland

Depart for Iceland

DAY 2, Monday – Arrive in Reykjavik, Morning City Sightseeing, The Blue Lagoon

Early morning arrival in Iceland, “Land of the Midnight Sun”. Transfer from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik where you will enjoy breakfast with your fellow travelers. Afterward, a morning city sightseeing tour of Reykjavik. The tour traverses the old town center to the Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbor, the National Museum and the Höfdi House, site of the 1986 Iceland Summit where Reagan and Gorbachev met. The tour also includes a stop at Perlan, located on the Öskjuhlid hill, which offers a spectacular view over the capital area. Pass by the outdoor swimming pool heated by geothermal waters and a museum dedicated to the renowned sculptor Asmundur Sveinsson. Stop at Bessastaðir, where you can see the residence of the Icelandic President. Next stop, visit the famous Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field. Enjoy a refreshing bath or swim in the pleasantly warm water reputed for its healing properties. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Drink and meeting with your guide
Overnight: Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3, Tuesday – Snæfellsnes National Park, Stykkishólmur Harbor

Begin your journey into the countryside at the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula with its striking Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Jules Verne’s mysterious entrance to the center of the earth. In this thriving community with rich cultural diversity, view the coastline dotted with small villages and bustling harbors. Then, on to the expansive black sea shore of Djúpalónssandur and the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi, with its magnificent columnar basalt rock formations. At the Stykkishólmur harbor, opportunity to join the unique optional Breidafjördur Fjord Boat Tour, including bird watching and tastings of scallops fresh from the sea. Dinner at the hotel later this evening
Please Note: The optional Breidafjördur Fjord Boat Tour is not available before May 15 or after Sep 30.
Optional: Breidafjördur Fjord Boat Tour (PM)*
Overnight: Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Wednesday – 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 city’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. Enjoy a visit to the Botanical Gardens featuring specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants. Then, walk through the energetic center of the city with its lively cafes and handicraft shops. Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Thursday – Héðinsfjörður Tunnel, Siglufjörður in North Iceland

Travel through the Héðinsfjörður Tunnel to the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður, the nearest 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, Friday – Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss Waterfall, Dettifoss Waterfall, Natural Baths

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 two-tiered 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 day of traversing spectacular landscapes of craters, boiling mud pots, and geothermal hot springs shooting jets of hot water and steam into the air, see the pseudo craters at Skútustaði and the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Then visit Dettifoss Waterfall, reputed to be the most powerful and largest in Europe. Located in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, this waterfall is so thunderous that it makes the surrounding rocks vibrate. The last stop of the day is at Myvatn Nature Baths where you will have free time to swim in the warm soothing waters. Tonight, dinner together at your hotel
Overnight: Akureyri
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Saturday – Hornafjörður

Today will be a long but rewarding day of travel. Drive along the barren highlands with their moon-like landscape to the sprawling town of Egilsstaðir, center for local activity. Stop for lunch in town before proceeding south through the breathtaking scenery of the remote eastern fjords to Hornafjörður. Arrive in this small fishing town dominated by large mountains, wide rivers and the ever-present and compelling Vatnajökull Glacier. Dinner together tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday – Vatnajökull Glacier, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Hoffell Farms

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 astonishing outlets including Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon. Season dependent, take a boat excursion that brings you face to face with these breathtaking natural wonders.* In the afternoon, visit to typical working farms in the Hoffell area, at the base of the mountain, before returning in time for dinner together at the hotel
*Please note: The boat excursion on the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon is not offered before May 1 or after Oct 15.
Overnight: Höfn
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9,  Monday – Skaftafell National Park, South Shore, Selfoss

Amazing scenery awaits you today in the unique alpine setting of Skaftafell National Park, a beautiful mountainous region on the edge of the Vatnajokull Glacier. This national park has been shaped by natural forces acting together to create a park of unmatched beauty as a result of glaciers and volcanoes slowly interacting over time. It’s a perfect place to view the great contrasts between active volcanoes, mighty glaciers, powerful rivers and endless flat sandy plains. 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 and the grand Skógarfoss Waterfall, rivaling Gullfoss as Iceland’s most famous waterfall. Then, a fascinating visit to the Skogar Folk Museum to see how Icelanders creatively adapted to their challenging environment. Dinner and overnight stay in the Selfoss area
Overnight: Selfoss
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Tuesday – Gullfoss Waterfall, Strokkur Geysir, Thingvellir, Reykjavík

This morning, stand upon one of the globe’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. Marvel at the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls) with its 100 foot double cascade flowing into the Hvita River. From there, on to Thingvellir National Park, the nation’s most historic area, where the world’s oldest existing Parliament met in 930 AD, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 lunch of tomato soup and fresh-baked bread. 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, Wednesday – Depart Iceland

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*For a price quote and availability please contact our office. Tour available year round and includes return airfare from Montreal or other gateway cities, airport taxes, transfers, accommodations, most meals, the services of an English-speaking tour manager throughout plus sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary. OPC Indemnity Fund fee of $1 per $1,000 of travel products and optional travel insurance cost additional. Limited space, other conditions and restrictions may apply. Not all travel dates available. Offer is subject to change or cancellation at any time.