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 Storhofai and walk up the Eldfell volcano crater. Return by ferry to the mainland and travel to Hveragerði where you will stay overnight at the Hotel Örk (or similar). (B, D)
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 for the southern coast of the country. As you travel across glacial rivers, weather permitting it might be possible to glimpse the brooding Mount Hekla. Continue to 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 Edda Vik (or similar). (B)
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. Included excursion out on to the lagoon via boat or amphibious vehicle. 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.
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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.
Situated in the town of Vik on the rugged southern coastline of Iceland, in the shadow of the Myrdalsjokull glacier, Hotel Edda Vik has 32 comfortably furnished en suite rooms with televisions and telephones. There are also 10 rooms with private facilities in small summer cottages next to the main hotel. The hotel's restaurant, Strondin, is located a short walk from the main building with views of the ocean and the Reynisdrangar rock pillars. There is wireless internet available in public...
Hotel Örk is located in the greenhouse village of Hveragerði, approximately 45 km from Reykjavik. The property offers 85 simple yet spacious and comfortable rooms equipped with in room refrigerator, satellite television and complimentary WiFi access while a mixture of International and traditional Icelandic cuisine is served at Örk's restaurant. Other facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and on site geothermal...
The Hotel Reykjavik Natura first opened its door in 1964 as Hotel Loftleidir, located close to the domestic airport and revolving Pearlan restaurant. Newly named and renovated, the property now offers 220 elegantly decorated rooms with modern Scandinavian decor and pine wood floors. The hotel's Satt Kitchen restaurant, located on the ground floor, serves a variety of Icelandic specialities with a focus on fresh organic produce, while the Satt lounge provides comfortable sofas for guests to relax on with a bar serving cocktails. Other facilities include an indoor swimming pool, complimentary shuttle bus to Reykjavik city centre and spa offering a full range of treatments and therapies. Some rooms at this hotel overlook the domestic airport and as a result aeroplanes taking off and landing can sometimes be heard from the rooms during the...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
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