Wonders of Iceland

Code: ICWHW

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Activity types:

  • Hills & moorland
  • Rural peace
  • Wildlife

Level

  • Easy
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Like nowhere else on Earth, Iceland offers wide open landscapes and great walking through ever-changing scenery.

This is a land of glaciers, waterfalls, spectacular geysers and long summer days where you’ll encounter tales of Viking exploration, mythical sagas and splendid arctic wildlife.

Holiday highlights

  • Varied walks through constantly changing scenery
  • Amazing geology and natural features - hot springs, glaciers, volcanoes and geysers, and a wealth of wildlife
  • Walk to the spectacular double waterfall of Gullfoss and the regularly erupting Strokkur geyser
  • Great coastal walks at Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Hear the history of Viking settlement and the Icelandic Sagas
  • Stunning scenery of Skaftafell, Europe’s largest national park, with ice caps, canyons and gorges
  • A true outdoors experience with long hours of summer daylight

Price includes:

  • 10 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks, led by an experienced local tour leader
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel in private minivan

Accommodation

We stay in comfortable 3-star hotels, making use of some of the excellent facilities of the Fosshotel chain of hotels that are located around Iceland. All hotels feature comfortable rooms, welcoming dining and lounge areas and are well set up for walking and outdoor groups. They also enjoy wonderful locations surrounded by the stunning Icelandic scenery and national parks.

 

2017

On arrival in Iceland we spend our first night in the Fosshotel Reykjavik, the largest hotel in Iceland. Opened in 2015, the 4 star hotel is located a short distance from Laugavegur, the main shopping street. It affords wonderful views over the bay and city of Reykjavik.

Our next two evenings are in Hvolsvollur, at the Hotel Hvolsvollur. Rooms are very spacious, comfortable and the location is an excellent base for our walking. (18 July and 8 Aug groups will stay at the Stracta Hotel Hella, designed in typical Nordic style, with outdoor hottub and sauna)

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is our base for the next 3 nights. This 4 star hotel opens in June 2016, ideally located between Skaftafell and Jokulssarlon glacier lagoon. The deluxe rooms have a contemporary design and a bay window to enjoy the view. In the evening relax in the lounge bar and enjoy traditional Icelandic food in the restaurant.

On to Selfoss, for one night at the modern, 4-star Hotel Selfoss, before continuing to the Snæfellsness Peninsula, and Fosshotel Reykholt (2 nights).  4 July group will stay at Hotel A, Reykholt.

Our final evening takes us back to the Fosshotel Reykjavik, in Reykjavik.

 


 

On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.

Itinerary

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Walks are a mixture of part-day and full day, and are between 1 and 10 miles (1.5-16km), mainly on well-marked paths. There are some sections over rockier terrain on the harder walks. 

Day 1: To Reykjavik - Fly to Reykjavik (1 night) and begin your holiday with a soak in the hot springs of the Blue Lagoon (included in holiday cost for 2017), or a short mountain stroll on Thorbjorn,  before heading to Reykjavik and dinner. 

Day 2: Thórsmörk - Explore this popular walking area with its gorges, glaciers and protected birch forests, including the moss green gorge of Stakkholtsgjá, before continuing to our evening's accommodation in Hvolsvollur (2 nights).

Day 3: Landmannalaugar - Travel over the black volcanic sands of Hekla volcano and walk in this volcanic zone with contrasting colours and rock formations. It’s possible to relax in the natural hot springs after the day’s walk.

Day 4: To Skaftafell - Journey along the south coast, with a stop at the dramatic seashore of Reynisfjara. We continue along the south coast passing the small village of Vik and the black sandy plains south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, before reaching Skaftafell National Park, for walks to admire the impressive Svartifoss (black waterfall). Afternoon arrival at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon for 3 nights in a great location on the edge of the national park. 

Day 5: Glacier Lagoon - Skaftafell - East to Glacier Lagoon, Jökulsárlón and Breidarlon. Our walks disover the wilderness desert region of Öræfasveit, and tour Breidarlon. There's also plenty of time left, for some optional visits including: boat tours among the icebergs, and slightly quirky birdwatching tours to Ingolfshofdi Cap by tractor-drawn wagon!

Day 6: Skaftafell National Park - Stunning walking in Europe’s largest national park, with views on a clear day of Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, and trails across Skaftafell moor to a lookout over the immense glacier.

Day 7: To Selfoss - Heading west again we stop at Fjadrargljufur canyon and Skogar to admire the Skogar waterfall, at 60m high, one of the highest in Iceland. Afternoon visits include Thorvaldseyri, where we learn about the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull. We spend the evening in Selfoss (1 night).

Day 8: The Golden Circle - A day of amazing sights in Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’. See the regular eruptions of Strokkur geyser and Gullfoss, one of the world’s most dramatic waterfalls, with walks in the Thingvellir National Park. Evening arrival at our hotel near Borgarnes (2 nights), the Hotel Hamar.

Day 9: Snæfellsness Peninsula - Today we visit the peninsula and the National Park area around the glacier. This is a day of excellent walking in an area that is said to resemble a mini-Iceland.

Day 10: Borgarfjordur & Hvalfjordur - Beginning our day at Grabrok, we visit the must see waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, before driving along Hvalfjordur (fjord of the whales), to begin our hike to the beautiful Glymur waterfall. We return to Reykjavik for our final evening.

Day 11: Reykjavik & departure - transfer to Keflavik airport for your return flight home.

General Information

Passport
A full passport is required, valid for at least three months.

Visas
No visa is required by citizens of member states of the European Community, nor for citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For other nationalities please check with your nearest Iceland consulate or embassy.

Health advice
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk  www.traveldoctor.co.uk

Climate
All our tours depart in the summer months when we hope to have some warm sunny days, although rain can fall at any time. Being close to the Arctic Circle, the weather can be unpredictable and changeable within the course of a day. During the summer months we will have long hours of daylight, up to midnight and longer in high summer. Midges will be present

Money
The unit of currency is the króna (kr). Icelanders use credit and debit cards even for small purchases and you will find ATM machines across much of the country. Major credit and debit cards are accepted in most shops, restaurants and hotels, although some cash is useful for small purchases of drinks, etc. Most meals are included in the price of the holiday although some spending money will be required for personal expenses such as extra drinks, snacks and souvenirs and for lunch on departure day. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

Tipping
As guidance, we would recommend you allow £30 per person for tips on this holiday to cover local staff and services.

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab

Leaders

Dóróthea Siglaugsdóttir

Dóróthea has been a tourist guide in Iceland since 2000. Apart from her guide training she has a degree in linguistics from the University of Iceland and during winter she teaches Icelandic at a secondary school in Reykjavík.

Dóróthea is very fond of her guiding which she does during the summer, the main tourist season in Iceland. She loves hiking, exploring and observing nature and geological formations from up close. She also has a keen interest in folklore and all the old stories from Nordic mythology, of which there are many in Iceland.

Dóróthea has been leading groups for HF Holidays since we first introduced our Icelandic itinerary, and looks forward to sharing this spectacular country and its culture with you.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
4 Jul 2017 ICWHW - Wonders of Iceland 10 £4,329.00 Book Now
4 Jul 2017 ICWHW - Wonders of Iceland
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

ICELANDAIR

  • Depart: 4 Jul 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Arrive: 4 Jul 2017, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Keflavik

Flight - Return

ICELANDAIR

  • Depart: 14 Jul 2017, 4:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 14 Jul 2017, 8:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Keflavik
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
10 £4,589.00 Book Now
18 Jul 2017 ICWHW - Wonders of Iceland
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

ICELANDAIR

  • Depart: 18 Jul 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Arrive: 18 Jul 2017, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Keflavik

Flight - Return

ICELANDAIR

  • Depart: 28 Jul 2017, 4:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 28 Jul 2017, 8:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Keflavik
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
10 £4,499.00 Book Now
18 Jul 2017 ICWHW - Wonders of Iceland 10 £4,239.00 Book Now
8 Aug 2017 ICWHW - Wonders of Iceland 10 £4,239.00 Book Now
8 Aug 2017 ICWHW - Wonders of Iceland
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

ICELANDAIR

  • Depart: 8 Aug 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Aug 2017, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Keflavik

Flight - Return

ICELANDAIR

  • Depart: 18 Aug 2017, 4:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 18 Aug 2017, 8:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Keflavik
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
10 £4,499.00 Book Now
29 Aug 2017 ICWHW - Wonders of Iceland
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

ICELANDAIR

  • Depart: 29 Aug 2017, 1 p.m.
  • Arrive: 29 Aug 2017, 3 p.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Keflavik

Flight - Return

ICELANDAIR

  • Depart: 8 Sep 2017, 4:10 p.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Sep 2017, 8:10 p.m.
  • Depart from: Keflavik
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
10 £4,259.00 Book Now
29 Aug 2017 ICWHW - Wonders of Iceland 10 £3,999.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: from £660 
  • Allow £30 for tips
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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