- Luxury Guided Travel around Iceland
- 15 Sightseeing Pit Stops in 5 Days
- 4 Breakfasts & 1 Valedictory Dinner
- JOKULSARLON SAFARI INCLUDED
- Bragging Rights Included
Our Unique Guided Private Group Road Trip taking in the WHOLE of Iceland in just 6 days for an epic Iceland Holiday with more than a dozen Pit Stops along the way including Husavik & Myvatn, the East coast’s Fáskrúðsfjörður, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Vik’s black sand beaches, Geyser’s hot springs and more. Travelling in a Mercedes Benz Sprinter with its ultimate combination of occupant comfort, rugged utility and speed and driven by a driver guide who knows every inch of the island, this is the holiday with Bragging Rights included. (All of Iceland in under a week).
A faintly surreal exterior with slate grey tile cladding (think NASA space shuttle) the Foss Reykjavik houses some of the city's largest rooms and on the tower floor one's with the best views of Faxaloi Bay and Mount Esja.The main rooms come in at a sizeable 22sqm up to floor 7, from there to the 13th they morph into de-luxe rooms with cityscape views with 10m2 more and then on top of that (pun intended) the upper floors have a mix of family rooms and suites right up to a ginormous 59m2. All come with shower/bathtub, bathroom underfloor heating, black out blinds , flat screen TV, free WI-FI and are fitted out in Scandivavian hardwood and light blue, purple and slate grey furnishings. In the public ares there is an innovative bar cum brasserie called the Beer Garden with a 25 strong list of beers on offer and a restaurant whose breakfast is getting good reviews from TA contributors who normally do nothing more than grumble!
The almost legendary Merceds Benz Sprinter with best in class occupant comfort (reclining seats, footrest, 3 point seat belt & WI-FI) and a suite of pre-emptive safety features is custom made for Iceland's sometimes tortuous roads and rocky terain.
fly from your chosen UK airport to Keflavik International Airport, transfer to and check in at Foss Hotel Reykjavik or similar.
take a short taxi ride (payable locally) to your pick up point, meet your guide and fellow traveller (of whom there will be no more than 14) and step aboard the legendary specially modified Mercedes Thunderbolt Sprinter that will whistle stop you round the island’s 1700 km ring road in the next 4 days. Head North for Borgarnes home to a settlement centre (10 min Pit Stop) and then to Grábrók the largest of a trio of craters along a short volcanic fissure for a 40 Minute Hike culminating with spectacular views over Borgarfjordur. Then along the North West of Iceland through the Öxnadalsheidi Pass to Akureyri (60 min Pit Stop); Innbærinn the Old Town with its carefully preserved and renovated buildings is little more than a stone’s throw from the centre. Then it’s a short last lap of the day to Husavik with its iconic wooden church Húsavíkurkirkjaon overlooking the harbour. Cross the Finishing Line at Overnight at Foss Hotel Husavik.
set off South for Lake Myvatn with its surreal landscapes sculpted by volcanic lava and a known habitat for an astonishing variety of bird life. Start the day with a (20 min Pit Stop) at the Skútustaðir pseudo craters followed by a 30 Minute Walk through the lava fields surrounding the contorted black towers of Dimmuborgir. Afterwards cleanse both body and soul with a (60 minute Bathe) at the Myvatn Nature baths an altogether more authentic geothermal pool than the B*** L*****. Then it’s a (20 Min Pit Stop) at the hot sulphurous springs of Námafjall and the smouldering sulphurous Krafla before a hike around Dettifoss whose slate grey torrents of water constitute the most powerful waterfall in Europe. The vast seemingly endless desert of glacially crushed rock leads to Egilsstaðir for a (10 min Pit Stop) before arriving at Fáskrúðsfjörður, a diminutive fishing village on its eponymous fjord. Cross the Finishing Line at 20.00. Overnight at Hotel Austur.
After breakfast set off along the contoured indented coastline dotted with fishing villages and overhung by rhyolite crags for your first (20 min Pit Stop) of the day at Djúpivogur a tiny ( pop 467 & falling) coastal village. Then to the positively metropolitan Höfn (pop 2000+) overlooked by Vatnajökull the largest Ice Cap in Europe for a (60 minute Lunch Stop). After an indulgent 90 minutes for lunch the highlight of the afternoon’s journey is the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, undoubtedly one of Iceland’s ‘wow factors’ where the bergs calved from the glacier melt down in size before drifting out to sea. Stop off and cruise amongst the Lagoon’s Bergs before getting up close and personal with the ice sculptures and ice ridges of Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue. Cross the Finishing Line at 19.00. Overnight at Hotel Núpar
Drive along the island’s southern shoreline to Vik in Myrdal Iceland’s southernmost tip and the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara and the vertiginous cliff of basalt columns resembling a rock step pyramid called Hálsanef. Out to sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar overflown by puffins, fulmars and guillemots. Continue to the melt water falls Seljandsfoss and Skogafoss for two separate (10 minute Pit Stops). Then to Geyser (20 min Pit Stop) geothermal area with its hot springs, sulphurous yellow fumaroles & Thykkuhverir’s mud pots; Gullfoss (20 min Pit Stop), whose waters flow down a 3 step staircase before plunging down a crevice at right angles to the flow of the river and Pingvellir (20 min Pit Stop), home to the Althing where the Vikings gave up rape and pillage in favour of democracy. Then it’s straight in to Reykjavik for a congratulatory night out in the City we dub Latitude with Attitude.
After breakfast, depending on your flight schedule leave relatively early for your return flight to the UK.
Return scheduled flights* from your choice of UK departure airport to Keflavik International Airport
All airport passenger service charges & departure taxes
Economy seating, complimentary beverages and Pay on Board cabin service
2 Nights’ (pre & post tour) accommodation at Foss Hotel Reykjavik
Lodgings in Tower Room with private WC/shower
3 nights’ countryside accommodation as specified in itinerary
Lodgings in twin rooms with private WC/shower
5 Breakfasts and 1 Valedictory Dinner (Day 4)
Internal travel from 08.00 on Day 2 to 19.30 on Day 5 by Mercedes Benz
Services of English speaking driver guide
MYVATN NATURE BATHS ENTRANCE INCLUDING TOWEL
JOKULSARLON LAGOON CRUISE
216 PAGE GUIDE TO ICELAND (PUBLISHED SEP 2016)
Sundays May 8th to September 24th inclusive
*Guide Prices are in part based on our mid-level contract air fares which are variable in real time unlike our ground supplier contract costs which are generally fixed. We don't do fancy lead in prices and at the time you confirm your booking always use the lowest air fare available.This may mean the confirmed price of your holiday being slightly less or more than the guide price in which case a proportionate reduction/supplement will apply. Carpe Diem = the earlier you book the better, especially for public & school holidays.