Golden Circle Tour of Iceland
Iceland is a bucket list destination unlike any other in the world. Explore the diverse landscape featuring mountains, lakes, glaciers, beaches, and lava fields. Sooth your body and mind in the geothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon. Tour the island and visit the Skaftafell and Pingvellir National Parks. Take a photo of the magnificent waterfalls. Discover the serene beauty of the glaciers and the marine wildlife on the Glacier Lagoon and whale watching boat tours. Be immersed in history and culture at the Glaumbaer Turff House Museum. It’s your trip of a lifetime!
11 Days 1 Countries 22 Meals
Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik
Welcome to Iceland, Home of the Vikings. On arrival, at Keflavik Airport, you are transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is spent at leisure.
Day 2 - Reykjavik to Borgarbyggd Municipality
This morning we depart Reykjavik and head north into the Borgarbyggð municipality. Stop at Deildartunguhver, Hraunfossar & Barnafossar Waterfalls, before continuing to Reykholt where we visit its historical center. Later, visit the Kolugljúfur Canyon before arriving at the hotel.
Day 3 - Borgarbyggd Municipality to Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today we depart for Snæfellsnes Peninsula. A place where nature, history and folklore come together to form a place of rugged beauty and mysterious charm. Jules Verne used Snæfellsjökull glacier, the volcano at the western tip if the peninsula, as the gateway in his story “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Spend today exploring the peninsula in its entirety.
Day 4 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Akureyri
Make our way through the farmland of Húnavnssýsla to Akureyri. Different from the volcanic, glaciated landscape of the south, Húnavnssýsla can be considered more like the Scottish highlands, green and rounded. Stop at Glaumbær Museum to learn about the turf farmhouses, said to have stood on the hill at Glaumbær since the Age of the Settlements, 900AD. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a Whale Watching Tour off the northern coast.
Day 5 - Akureyri to Myvatn
Continue inland to the spectacular Goðafoss Waterfall, with water falling from a height of 40 ft over a width of 100 ft. Heading back to the coast, we stop at the old fishing village Húsavík, Whale Capital of Iceland. Our journey continues through the Tjörnes Peninsula, one of the best-known geological locations of the country.
Day 6 - Myvatin to Egilsstadir
This morning we head towards the lava field Dimmuborgir and the Námaskarð hot springs. Afterwards, we make our way to the Dettifoss waterfall, the second most powerful in Europe, and the wastelands of Möðrudalur, visiting the highest elevated farm in Iceland, before stopping at the banks of Lagarfljót glacial river for the night
Day 7 - Egilsstadir to Höfn
Today we traverse through the Eastfjords of Iceland, passing through the quaint villages of Reyðarfjörður, Stöðvarfjörður and Djúpivogur. Eastern Iceland has many narrow fjords surrounded by steep cliffs, boasts the sunniest weather in the country and is filled with some of Iceland’s most well-known and loved wildlife. Along the way we visit Petra’s Mineral Museum, a unique museum showing the mineral collection and life of Ljósbjörg Petra María.
Day 8 - Höfn to Vik
This morning we travel to Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull. Here we take a cruise on the glacier lagoon and drive across the black sand deserts. Travel through the Eldhraun lava flow towards Reynisdrangar and heading towards Vik. Arriving at Vik, we visit Reynisfjara Beach, a world-famous black sand beach surrounded by enormous basalt stacks.
Day 9 - Vik to Reykjavik
This morning we drive along the southern coast, stopping to see the Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls. After, we visit the famous Geysir Geothermal area with its Great Geysir and dotted with many other hot springs. Later, visit the massive Gullfoss Waterfall and the National Park of Þingvellir before travelling to Reykjavik.
Day 10 - Reykajavik
This morning is spent relaxing at one of the world’s 25 wonders, the Blue Lagoon. Later in the afternoon, we enjoy an in-depth City Tour of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, where we see many of the highlights the city offers, including the Museum of Perlan and its Observation Deck overlooking the city. In the evening we enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 11 - Depart Iceland
This morning you say your goodbyes and transfer to the airport for our flight back to Canada.
Secure your seat with a $700 refundable deposit! Get a jump on the crowd by making a risk free deposit. As this trip is still in the planning stage, your pre-reservation entitles you to be notified as soon as the dates and pricing is posted. We do this so you can see what will be offered in the coming months/year.
Prices are per person and include all taxes and fees. Prices are in CAD.
Not included in price:
- Airline baggage fees for additional or over-sized luggage
- Airline fuel surcharges if there is a change in fuel prices
- Gratuities for Tour Director and Driver
- Meals and activities not specified in the itinerary
- Any personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Pre or post tour arrangements
**Due to the remote locations of some hotels, baggage handling will not be available at those locations
**Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the completion of travel and must contain sufficient blank pages for entry and exit endorsements.
Kozak's Iceland Adventure
Shannon and Arnold Kozak love to travel and over the years, they have methodically fulfilled their travel bucket list. Their destinations have included: Australia, New Zealand, Central America and Hawaii.