CLASSIC GROUP TOURS
Our classic group programs allow the traveller to visit most of Iceland‘s main attractions while enjoying the support and security of escorted group travel. The tours range from classic coach tours to more adventurous tours that require 4x4 vehicles to access the highland tracks of Iceland. Our classic programs are designed to suit a range of ages and interests.
The classic programs give our tour managers enough flexibility to go off-script when he or she sees a unique opportunity along the way but at the same time delivering a program full of highlights from the main tourist trail.
Sample: 6-day Adventure program: 4x4 Adventure Express
This is a full 6-day adventure program that covers the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, and the main points of interest on the south coast of Iceland, such as Thingvellir National Park, Katla Geopark, Vatnajokull National Park: Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. What is unique about this 6-day program is that it also includes two exciting attractions, Landmannalaugar and Westman Islands. These are two locations that are truly off the beaten path. Landmannalaugar is a geothermal area in Fjallabak nature reserve that not many get the chance to visit. Westman Islands is also an exciting destination. The populated island of Heimaey had a volcanic eruption in 1973 and it is interesting to discover how the eruption affected the island and the inhabitants.
Day 1 • Arrival / Reykjavik
Arrival at Keflavik International Airport, transfer by Flybus to Reykjavik for overnight.
Day 2 • Westman Islands
We leave Reykjavik to start the route along the south coast until boarding a ferry to the Vestmann Islands.
The navigation lasts about a half an hour, in the final stretch the ferry passes high and barren cliffs, populated by thousands of puffins, symbol of the small archipelago. The archipelago is composed of 15 small islands of which only one is inhabited, the island of Heimaey. The island was affected by a long eruption in 1973, which covered almost the whole village of lava. Some of the partially buried houses are visible along the edge of the casting and in some areas the heat can still be felt coming from the ground below. We return to the mainland by ferry and continue along the coast, with stops at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. We continue to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 • Vatnajokull National Park: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
The journey continues along the south coast of the island, an area belonging to “Katla Geopark” which includes, among others, Katla and Eyjafjallajokull volcanoes. Along the way we will find the headland of Dyrholaey, long stretches of black sand called Myrdalssandur and the lava fields of Eldhraun.
We continue east and visit Skaftafell, which is part of Vatnajokull National Park (Europe’s largest national park). Skaftafell is a green oasis surrounded by contrasting landscapes of majestic mountains, glaciers and black sands. We continue our journey and stop at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where huge icebergs, which have broken off Breidamerkurjokull glacier, float in the lagoon. Experience the lagoon up close with a short boat tour between the ice of the lagoon, on board an amphibian boat. We continue to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4 • Landmannalaugar
The day is dedicated to the discovery of the mountainous region located between the volcano Hekla and the western part of Vatnajokull glacier. An area of breathtaking landscapes. We will see mountains characterized by particular shades of color which they get from the volcanic rock rhyolite. Following the wonderful Domadalur valley, we reach the geothermal area of Landmannalaugar where we stop for an unforgettable moment of relaxation in nature before heading to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 • Golden Circle
Departure for the "Golden Circle", one of Iceland's best-known tourist routes. This includes Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites). Before we start the Golden Circle there is an exciting discovery, hidden in a canyon. This is the spectacular waterfall Haifoss (122 m in height) which is the 2nd highest waterfall in Iceland. Our first stop on the Golden Circle is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, the 'Golden Waterfall' generated by Hvita river. Next we go to Geysir geothermal area. Geysir itself is no longer active. Instead the geyser next to it, the famous Strokkur, spouts boiling water every 5 to 15 minutes which can reach 30 meters in height. Our final stop on the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park both known for historic and geological significance. Thingvellir area, is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, and is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Arrival in Reykjavik in the late afternoon. Time on own to explore the vibrant capital.
Day 6 • Reykjavik / Departure
Transfer by Flybus from hotel to Keﬂavik International Airport.