The areas of west and southern Iceland incorporate a host of natural wonders and stunning scenery to explore, all shaped by the country's most powerful natural phenomena, its active volcanoes and vast glaciers. From the Westman Islands, known as the 'Pompeii of the north', to the Skaftafell National Park, part of the largest national park in Europe, the Eyjafjallajokull glacier and the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, these competing forces of fire and ice have shaped and carved the landscape of Iceland. There is also a wealth of Icelandic history to explore as you travel through part of the Icelandic heartlands of Reykjavik and Thingvellir, the site of the world's oldest still-existing parliament established in 930AD and the meeting point of the North American and European tectonic plates. This non-exclusive 6-day group itinerary explores some of the main natural and historical attractions of both western and southern Iceland.
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Afternoon flight from London Gatwick to Keflavik International airport with Iceland Air. Transfer from the airport to Reykjavik by Flybus shared coach and stay overnight at the Hotel Reykjavik Natura (or similar). (N)
This morning, head back along the south coast to Landeyjarhofn harbour and make the 30-minute crossing to the Westman Islands. Explore the main Heimaey island, visit the puffin colonies at Storhofadi and walk up the Eldfell volcano crater. Visit Eldheimar Museum and explore the lava field. Lunch at leisure. Continue to the Westman Hotel for overnight stay. (B)
Please note: If the route to the Westman Islands is closed due to weather conditions (spring or early summer), the tour will continue along the south coast through the lava fields and outwash sands formed by floods from the Katla volcano, one of the largest volcanoes on the island, and onwards to Laugarvatn.
This morning after breakfast, depart by ferry to Landeyjahofn harbour and continue to Vik via the Thoraldseyri Farm, which houses an exhibition of photos and films chronicling the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. Further along Route 1 are the Skogar waterfalls and Folk Museum, where the first wooden house in Iceland can be visited, built entirely of driftwood. Stay 2 nights at the Hotel Dyrholaey (or similar). (B, D)
Drive via the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Skaftafell National Park, part of Iceland's largest and best-known national park. Visit the Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest glacier, and the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, which was created by the meltwater from the nearby Breidamerkurjökull glacier. Optional excursion out on to the lagoon via boat. Return to Vik and stay overnight. (B, D)
Today, return to Reykjavik stopping at points of interest en-route via Iceland's Golden Circle. The day begins with a visit to the geothermal area of Haukadalur, known for the geysers of Stokkur and Geysir and the thundering Gullfoss waterfalls. You will then retrace your steps to the Thingvellir National Park and see the site of the world's oldest parliament and the meeting point of the North American and European tectonic plates. Continue to Reykjavik and stay overnight at the Hotel Reykjavik Natura (or similar). (B)
Early morning transfer to Keflavik airport by Flybus shared coach for your flight back to London with Iceland Air. (B)
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals
in remote areas, Cox & Kings uses the best available accommodation. However, outside Reykjavik, facilities should be regarded as basic and comfortable.
Cox & Kings is acting as an agent on behalf of Iceland Travel and its cancellation conditions will apply. Please contact Cox & Kings for details. This is a non-exclusive group tour.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3411 2135 or email email@example.com.
Your arrival and
departure transfers may be shared with other
parties and, when on board, all transfers and
excursions are operated as a group with other
passengers who may not be Cox & Kings clients.This tour is led in each
destination en route by a local tour escort. The maximum number of passengers on each departure will 36.
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