8 DAYS 7 NIGHTS ICELAND CIRCLE OF REYKJAVIK, AKUREYRI, LAKE MYVATN & HOFN
GJ92&93 8D7N REYKJAVIK 08 MAR 2019 - 24 APR 2020
TRIP DESCRIPTION

Tour available on selected Tuesday & Friday only.

 

Amazing escorted tour around Iceland, weekly departures, all year-round! Travel on Iceland’s ring road and discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes: volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers, glacier lagoon and waterfalls. Enjoy a leisurely group tour on Iceland’s ring road, combining nature, soft adventure, and cultural experiences. Chances to see the Northern Lights during departures from October to mid-April.

1
Reykjavik (Arrival)

Welcome to Iceland! On arrival at the airport, individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Upon check in hotel, at own leisure.

The name of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, literally translates to 'Smoky Bay'. The origins can be traced to the first permanent settler in Iceland. Reykjavík is the natural starting point for any visit to Iceland, and not undeservedly so. The capital is world-renowned for its culture, history and natural beauty.

Transfer by Flybus Airport shuttle. Pick-up from designated pick-up zone and location to be advised once booking has been made.
Hotel Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar
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Reykjavik - Grabrok Valcano - Akureyri

At 09:00am meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura.
Travel west along the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord and the town of Borgarnes. Easy hike on Grábrók volcano crater in the middle of a greenish lava field.
In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in the fishing village of Hvammstangi. Further north stop at the turf church of Víðimýri and then continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland.
The overnight location at Akureyri allows you to walk around the town.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar
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Akureyri - Lake Myvatn

In the morning we explore the town of Akureyri: visit the botanical garden, walk the streets and admire the panoramic view over the Eyjafjörður fjord.
In the afternoon we travel to an important spot in Iceland's history, Goðafoss – the waterfalls of the Gods. Then we explore Lake Mývatn, famous for its strange lava formations at Kálfaströnd, its pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and its tephra cone Hverfjall.
We end the afternoon relaxing in the Mývatn Nature Baths that contain a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisme with a fantastic view over the whole area.

There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from October to mid-April.

Overnight at Lake Myvatn or in Husavik

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Sel Hotel Mývatn or similar
4
Myvatn - Lava Labyrinth - Egilsstadir

In the morning we walk in the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. In the afternoon, we visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surrounding to East Iceland.

From June to August the tour includes a detour to the powerful waterfall Dettifoss.

Overnight in Egilsstabir or in Borgarfjorour-Eystri.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Icelandair Hotel Hérað (Oct-Apr) or Álfheimar Guesthouse (May-Sept) or similar
5
Egilsstadir - East Fjords - Hofn

It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection.
In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded.
Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier.

We overnight in the town of Höfn or Klaustur.

There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from October to mid-April.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Hotel Höfn or Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubæjarklaustur or similar
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Hofn - Vatnajokull - Vik - Hvolsvollur

A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls.
We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country.
We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Further west we stop at the Lava Centre and learn about Iceland’s volcanic activity.

Overnight location is near Hvolsvollur, South Iceland.

There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from October to mid-April.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Hotel Eyjafjallajökull or Icelandair Hotel Flúðir or similar
7
Hvolsvollur - Golden Circle - Reykjavik

We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights.

We start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals.

We continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world’s northernmost capital.

Overnight in Reykjavik

Northern Lights: From September to mid-April optional Northern Lights evening tours can be booked at the lobby of your hotel, should weather conditions be favourable.

Transfer by GJ Travel coach tour
Meals Breakfast
Hotel Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar
8
Reykjavik (Departure)

After breakfast, end of our services. Hotel check out time 1000am.

Your arrangements conclude today with a individual transfer by Flybus shuttle to Keflavik airport.

Transfer by Flybus Airport shuttle
Meals Breakfast
Print Trip Details
Trip Inclusive
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Natural history & Seal museum in Hvammstangi and Viðimýri turf church
  • Entrance to Petra's Stone Museum and Mývatn Nature Baths including towel
  • Exhibition and 4K movie at Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur
  • 2 x guided Northern Lights searches, subject to weather (Oct - April)
  • Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • 6 days escorted bus tour with English-speaking guide/driver-guide
  • Arrival & Departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)
  • Free Wi-Fi on the GJ Travel coach
Trip Exclude
  • International and/or Domestic air ticket
  • Personal Expenses
  • Lunches, dinners, morning and afternoon tea, boat cruises unless specified
  • Travel Insurance
  • No Compulsary Tipping - If you feel your Guide/Driver Guide has delivered an outstanding level of service throughout your trip you may wish to tip them.
Trip Mandatory
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Optional Addon
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Private airport transfer per way per car (1- 3 persons) 742.50 -
Private airport transfer per way per car (4 - 6 persons) 990.00 -
General Terms
  • Rates quoted are subject to change without prior notice and/or upon hotel confirmation. This may be due to any special event and any immediate room surcharges implied by the hotel.
  • Package tour seat are subject to availability.
  • Itinerary may vary slightly depending on group size, group pace and other external factors beyond our control.
  • By booking with us, you are accepted GJ Travel’s booking term & conditions, https://www.gjtravel.is/terms-conditions/
  • Tours in general not recommended for children younger than 08 years.
  • Children 08-11 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, who will be responsible for their welfare and supervision.
  • Full payment is required in order for process booking if booking received less than 50 working days prior to departure. Seat subject to availability.
  • 12fly of Malaysian Harmony shall not be liable for any loses or expenses incurred due to delay, sickness, weather, strikes or any other causes beyond its control, such losses and expenses shall be borne by the clients.
  • Others 12fly terms & conditions applies.
Payment Terms
  • Deposit for this package is minimum MYR 2500.00 per person.
Package Remarks
  • General travel period: 05 March 2019 until April 2020 (Travel must be completed by 01 May 2020).
  • Triple Room share for 3 adult is not available on this trip
  • Guided Tours operated by GJ Travel on seat-in-coach basic. Please log in at www.gjtravel.is for up-to-date itineraries.
  • We guarantee trips will depart as soon as enough guests are booked. Please check with us for guaranteed departure dates and information.
  • Airport shuttle transfer are included if to add pre/post night.
  • Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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