About this Tour

Oh Iceland. One of the most astonishing countries on planet earth. From its legendary landscapes to its natural wonders, it will truly take your breath away upon first, second, and tenth glance. We will visit renowned destinations like the Blue Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, and we’ll even take you to gaze at the Great Geysir. On this tour you’ll see lakes, waterfalls, Europe’s largest hot spring, and with the best local guides in the country, all you’ll need to do is sit back and relax as you take in the profound experience of one of the prettiest countries that the world has to offer.

Activity Level

Very little physical activity is involved other than boarding the coach, city walks and short walks to dinners and sites of interest, some of which are large and may have uneven surfaces and steps.

What's Included

  • Round trip airfare
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Akureyri
  • Godafoss waterfall
  • Husavik
  • Dettifoss
  • Glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon (boat trip)
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Skogarfoss waterfall
  • Hallgrímskirkja Church
  • Whale Watching tour (boat trip)
  • Great Geysir
  • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

Dates & Pricing

July 11, 2019 – July 21, 2019 Space Available

Weather Varies

We wish we could control the weather, but on the day this tour begins you can expect temperatures (°C) within this range:

Reykjavik

Highs15
Lows10

Reviews of this tour

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. When they travelled to Ukraine, they connected with Arnold’s family. They’ve also toured historic Israel, witnessed the splendour of Europe, cruised the Panama Canal and camped in Alaska.

In 2017, the Kozak’s next adventure led them to Iceland with WestWorld Tours. Iceland was of interest to Shannon as she wanted to meet with members of her paternal side of the family. Shannon contacted a cousin from Iceland prior to the trip and planned to get together during their travels. “The trip really came to life when we met not just one but 15 family members. It was amazing,” exclaimed Shannon. The Kozak’s visited the places where the family homesteads once stood, and learned how the families lived in this diverse climate and landscape. Shannon’s grandparents immigrated from Iceland to Canada in the summer of 1892.

The WestWorld Tours group journeyed across the picturesque island on the “Ring Road” which is the main highway reaching the iconic landmarks at Reykjanes Peninsula, Northern Iceland, the Eastfjords, Jokulsarlon, and Skaftafell (Vatnajokull National Park). “Iceland has a little bit of everything - volcanoes, sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers, rivers and waterfalls, coastal views and quaint fishing villages, as well as geysers, mud pools, and geothermal pools and springs,” explained Arnold. He was particularly interested in the geography, fauna and culture of the island. “At the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, we boarded an amphibious vehicle where we toured on land and sea viewing the monstrous chunks of magnificent blue-coloured ice,” said Arnold. “We also saw seals and whales that had migrated into the fjords.”

At Gauksmyri, they attended an Icelandic horse show. Arnold commented that the horse’s famous “tolt” gait (unique to the Icelandic horse) was so smooth that the rider could easily carry a glass of water and not spill it. Speaking of water, the cascading Dettifoss waterfall in northern Iceland is Europe’s most powerful waterfall where up to 1,500 tons of water, mud and sand fall 44 metres into the canyon below. This is just one of the many waterfalls that the Kozak’s saw on their island adventures.

There are approximately 800,000 sheep in Iceland. They graze in the mountains over the summer and in the fall, they are brought back to the lower lands where they are housed during winter and spring months. The approximately 330,000 Icelanders benefit from the sheep’s wool and meat. Another interesting fact that Arnold also shared is that Icelanders use geothermal energy to heat their homes and to generate electricity. This makes it possible to grow fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes in the green houses all year. Fresh cold water comes from the glaciers. Shannon and Arnold were astonished at how soft their hands were from washing in the water.

A trip to Iceland would not be complete without a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik. One of the 25 wonders of the world, the geothermal lagoon contains unique water and silica mud which is great for your skin. Shannon commented that the water was “warm and welcoming”. When you arrive at the lagoon, guests are given an electronic wristband which acts as a key for the electronic lockers, and an in-water credit card to buy refreshments while you are at the spa which you pay for when you leave.

“Our vacation to Iceland was fabulous,” said Shannon. “WestWorld Tours did a great job of organizing the tour and the tour guides were wonderful. We will always remember the beautiful scenery, fine food and friendly people.”

To fulfill or start your bucket list destinations, visit westworldtours.com or call 1-800-564-6222 (Press 4).

 

Arnold and Shannon Kozak overlook Reykjavik, Iceland

Viewing glaciers from the amphibious cruiser

 

Fulfilling Their Bucket List - One Destination at a Time!

Itinerary

Oh Iceland. One of the most astonishing countries on planet earth. From its legendary landscapes to its natural wonders, it will truly take your breath away upon first, second, and tenth glance. We will visit renowned destinations like the Blue Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, and we’ll even take you to gaze at the Great Geysir. On this tour you’ll see lakes, waterfalls, Europe’s largest hot spring, and with the best local guides in the country, all you’ll need to do is sit back and relax as you take in the profound experience of one of the prettiest countries that the world has to offer.

Day 1 – Overnight flights from Canada to Reykjavík/Borganes

Overnight flights from Canada to Reykjavík/Borganes

Day 2 – Borganes

Meet and greet at the airport. On the scenic drive to Borganes we will see Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartununguhver. We will also see Hraunfossar (which translates in english to ‘lava waterfalls’) and the Barnafossar waterfall. Hraunfossar is best described as a collection of waterfalls formed by rivulets out of lava which streams over a 900m distance. Barnafossar, which translates to ‘childrens waterfall’ gets its name from an old Icelandic tale, and is another beautiful hidden gem along the way. (L, D)

Day 3 – Snæfellsnes

The Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland is almost a miniature version of the island. Its stunning landscape has captured the attention of people all over the world. The peninsula was made famous by Jules Verne's famous science fiction novel "Journey to the Centre of the Earth", which takes place at the Snæfellsnes peninsula, where the story begins. 

Today you will be surrounded by black sandy beaches, spectacular glaciers and volcanic craters. We will also stop at the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, as well as the ancient fishing village Hellnar. We will visit Djúpalónssandur beach and the iconic Kirkjufell mountain as well. (B, D)

Day 4 – Hvammstangi - Vatnsnes Peninsula -Skagafjordur-Eyjafjörður-Akureyri

From Laugarbrekka we'll see the Vatnsnes Peninsula, before heading to the folklore museum Glaumbaer. From Glaumbaer we drive past Hofsós, Siglufjörður and Dalvík, eventually stopping Akureyri. Akureyri is the largest town outside Greater Reykjavík and is an old trading station, the oldest references being from 1602. Today, Akureyri is still the centre for trade, services and communications in north Iceland. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Tjörnes-Húsavík-Ásbyrgi-Goðafoss

From Akureyri we drive to peninsula Tjornes. On our way we stop at Godafoss waterfall. We visit Husavik, famous for whale watching tours, and make a brief stop at the Ásbyrgi canyon.  Our last stop for the day is Mývatn where we spend the night. (B,D)

Day 6 – Dettifoss - Eastfjörds – Breiðdalsvík

We will stop at waterfall Dettifoss, Europes most powerful waterfall, 44 m high where up to 1500 tonnes of water, mud and sand rumble into Iceland´s most impressive canyon. From there we head to Egilsstadir and drive along the east fjords. One of the many east fjords we will see is Stöðvarfjordur which is a settlement that began approximately one century ago. The fjord is short and open to easterly weather.

We then drive to Hofn, Hornafjordur, located on the headland between Hornafjordur and Skardsfjordur fjords. These fjords, along with the neighbouring communities, form the municipality of Hornafjordur. Settlement began late in the 19th century. By the end of today, you’ll want a good meal, and a place to rest your head… don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Breiðdalsvík – Jökulsárlón – Vík

From Höfn we drive to glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon, where we enjoy a boat tour on the lagoon. From Jökulsarlon the route takes us along the south coast to Skaftafell. Skaftafell National Park was designated one of Iceland’s three national parks in 1967. Skaftafell is a masterpiece of seemingly impossible contrasts of nature. The most majestic of its several waterfalls is Svartifoss (“Black Falls”). If there´s interest, we can walk up to Svartifoss. From Skaftafell we drive via Kirkjubaejaklaustur to Vík a village east of Mt. Reynisfjall in Myrdal. It´s the southernmost village in Iceland. (B, D)

Day 8 – Vík-Skógar-Gullfoss-Geysir-Þingvellir-Hveragerði

Today we drive along the south coast stopping to see Waterfall Seljalandsfoss and waterfall Skogarfoss. Seljalandsfoss is a narrow but high waterfall, plunging over the mountainside of West Eyjafjöll. The Skogarfoss waterfall is approximately 60 m high, and is one of the most impressive in the country, the final in a series of 20 on Skogaá river. Next, the route takes us to the famous Great Geysir area with many hot springs, mud pools and geysers, of which Strokkur, the world´s most active, is likely to spout several times. Then to Gullfoss Waterfall, often described as Iceland´s most beautiful waterfall. Continue to Thingvellir, the great lava arena in a rift valley, where the Icelandic parliament met for centuries. In Thingvellir we will see the world´s oldest still-existing national parliament which was founded by the Norse settlers in 930 AD. This is where the North American and European plates meet; an interesting historical and geographical area that is also astoundingly beautiful. (B, D)

Day 9 – City Sightseeing - Reykjavík & The Blue Lagoon

Today we’ll take a 3-hour City tour with an experienced local guide to see the highlights of Reykjavik. We’ll visit the main landmarks, such as The Pearl and Hallgrímskirkja church. A tour where Reykjavík’s renowned charm and bustling life is brought to light. The afternoon the group visits one of the world's 25 wonders, The Blue Lagoon. (B, D)

Day 10 – Free day

Not everything in life is free, but during those rare times when something is… we ought to enjoy it. Our last full day in Iceland is yours to spend however you’d like! (B)

Day 11 – Transfer from Hotel to Keflavik airport (B)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home

What you will experience on this tour

Oh Iceland. One of the most astonishing countries on planet earth. From its legendary landscapes to its natural wonders, it will truly take your breath away upon first, second, and tenth glance. We will visit renowned destinations like the Blue Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, and we’ll even take you to gaze at the Great Geysir. On this tour you’ll see lakes, waterfalls, Europe’s largest hot spring, and with the best local guides in the country, all you’ll need to do is sit back and relax as you take in the profound experience of one of the prettiest countries that the world has to offer.

9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 8 dinners

Don't worry, we take care of most of the food on this tour so you can focus on all the amazing sites.

Round trip airfare

Minimum connection time, schedule changes, and price jumps got you down? Rest easy, we take care of the airfare on this tour.

Akureyri

Akureyri has no shortage of amazing things to see and do, stroll through history, explore culture, or take in your natural surroundings.

Godafoss waterfall

Godafoss waterfall loosely translates to waterfall of the gods. Stand in awe as you watch the waters of river Skjálfandafljót create this majestic waterfall.

Husavik

Husavik is famous for whale watching but its vibrant houses, unique museums and striking snowcapped peaks sitting across the bay make it easily the prettiest fishing town in Iceland.

Dettifoss

Dettifoss is famed as the most powerful waterfall in Europe and one of the most epic locations in Iceland.

Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon (boat trip)

This glacier filled lagoon is one of the most immensely beautiful natural sites in Iceland.

Skaftafell National Park

Now a part of the larger Vatnajokull National Park, Skaftafell will take your breath away as you wander through the park taking in the amazing scenery.

Skogarfoss Waterfall

Skogarfoss isn’t just any another waterfall, it is fed by two glaciers and if you make it to Its peak you will see the most stunning views of southern Iceland’s coastline.

Great Geysir

Up until the 19th century Geysir erupted every 3 hours, then after sporadically until stopping completely.  Still surrounded by hissing steam vents, sulphurous mud pots, and primitive plants, no one knows if its silence is eternal or temporary.

The Pearl & Hallgrímskirkja Church

The Pearl and Hallgrimskirkja Church are the two most iconic buildings in Reykjavik. Perlan (‘The Pearl’) features a rotating glass dome sitting on top of six water tanks housing a museum, restaurant, and 24 million liters of Reykjavik’s hot water. Hallgrimskirkja Church is this immense, architecturally beautiful concrete church that took 40 years to build.

The Blue Lagoon

Located in the lava field of Grindavik, this geothermal spa will leave your skin and soul feeling fantastic.

Dates & Pricing

Oh Iceland. One of the most astonishing countries on planet earth. From its legendary landscapes to its natural wonders, it will truly take your breath away upon first, second, and tenth glance. We will visit renowned destinations like the Blue Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, and we’ll even take you to gaze at the Great Geysir. On this tour you’ll see lakes, waterfalls, Europe’s largest hot spring, and with the best local guides in the country, all you’ll need to do is sit back and relax as you take in the profound experience of one of the prettiest countries that the world has to offer.

July 11, 2019 – July 21, 2019 Space Available


Canadian Dollars

$6,899 Double Occupancy

Single $8,599

*All prices are per person and include flights from Regina, Saskatoon & Winnipeg

Add $200 for flights from Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton & Calgary

Not included in Price:

  • Taxes and fees of $495.00 per person
  • Airline baggage fees for additional or over sized luggage
  • Airline fuel surcharges if there is a change in fuel prices

*Baggage handling not available for all hotels.

Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the completion of travel and must contain sufficient blank pages for entry and exit endorsements

*If VAT tax changes in Iceland amount of increase will be added to tour pricing.


U.S. Dollars

$5,324 Double Occupancy

Single $6,674

*All prices are per person and include flights from Regina, Saskatoon & Winnipeg

Add $129 for flights from Vancouver, Victoria, Edmonton & Calgary

 Not included in Price:

  • Taxes and fees of $395 per person
  • Airline baggage fees for additional or over sized luggage
  • Airline fuel surcharges if there is a change in fuel prices

* Baggage handling not available for all hotels.

Passports must be valid at least 6 months after the completion of travel and must contain sufficient blank pages for entry and exit endorsements

*If VAT tax changes in Iceland amount of increase will be added to tour pricing.

Reviews

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. When they travelled to Ukraine, they connected with Arnold’s family. They’ve also toured historic Israel, witnessed the splendour of Europe, cruised the Panama Canal and camped in Alaska.

In 2017, the Kozak’s next adventure led them to Iceland with WestWorld Tours. Iceland was of interest to Shannon as she wanted to meet with members of her paternal side of the family. Shannon contacted a cousin from Iceland prior to the trip and planned to get together during their travels. “The trip really came to life when we met not just one but 15 family members. It was amazing,” exclaimed Shannon. The Kozak’s visited the places where the family homesteads once stood, and learned how the families lived in this diverse climate and landscape. Shannon’s grandparents immigrated from Iceland to Canada in the summer of 1892.

The WestWorld Tours group journeyed across the picturesque island on the “Ring Road” which is the main highway reaching the iconic landmarks at Reykjanes Peninsula, Northern Iceland, the Eastfjords, Jokulsarlon, and Skaftafell (Vatnajokull National Park). “Iceland has a little bit of everything - volcanoes, sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers, rivers and waterfalls, coastal views and quaint fishing villages, as well as geysers, mud pools, and geothermal pools and springs,” explained Arnold. He was particularly interested in the geography, fauna and culture of the island. “At the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, we boarded an amphibious vehicle where we toured on land and sea viewing the monstrous chunks of magnificent blue-coloured ice,” said Arnold. “We also saw seals and whales that had migrated into the fjords.”

At Gauksmyri, they attended an Icelandic horse show. Arnold commented that the horse’s famous “tolt” gait (unique to the Icelandic horse) was so smooth that the rider could easily carry a glass of water and not spill it. Speaking of water, the cascading Dettifoss waterfall in northern Iceland is Europe’s most powerful waterfall where up to 1,500 tons of water, mud and sand fall 44 metres into the canyon below. This is just one of the many waterfalls that the Kozak’s saw on their island adventures.

There are approximately 800,000 sheep in Iceland. They graze in the mountains over the summer and in the fall, they are brought back to the lower lands where they are housed during winter and spring months. The approximately 330,000 Icelanders benefit from the sheep’s wool and meat. Another interesting fact that Arnold also shared is that Icelanders use geothermal energy to heat their homes and to generate electricity. This makes it possible to grow fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes in the green houses all year. Fresh cold water comes from the glaciers. Shannon and Arnold were astonished at how soft their hands were from washing in the water.

A trip to Iceland would not be complete without a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik. One of the 25 wonders of the world, the geothermal lagoon contains unique water and silica mud which is great for your skin. Shannon commented that the water was “warm and welcoming”. When you arrive at the lagoon, guests are given an electronic wristband which acts as a key for the electronic lockers, and an in-water credit card to buy refreshments while you are at the spa which you pay for when you leave.

“Our vacation to Iceland was fabulous,” said Shannon. “WestWorld Tours did a great job of organizing the tour and the tour guides were wonderful. We will always remember the beautiful scenery, fine food and friendly people.”

To fulfill or start your bucket list destinations, visit westworldtours.com or call 1-800-564-6222 (Press 4).

 

Arnold and Shannon Kozak overlook Reykjavik, Iceland

Viewing glaciers from the amphibious cruiser

 

Fulfilling Their Bucket List - One Destination at a Time!

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