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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Accommodations in well-located, atmospheric small hotels
  • Stunning, unique natural scenery
  • Touring the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Charming Akureyri
  • Godafoss, “waterfall of the gods”
  • Visit to Icelandic Breed horse farm
  • Lake Myvatn’s mud flats, lava fields, and volcanic craters
  • Dettifoss, Iceland’s “Niagara”
  • Glacial River Canyon National Park
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Dramatic bird-watching coastal cruise
  • Popular Skogafoss waterfall
  • Sophisticated Reykjavik
  • Hellisheidi geothermal power plant
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 2: Arrive Reykjavik/Borgarbyggo Upon our early morning arrival in Iceland’s capital, we meet our Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and enjoy a scenic drive north, stopping for breakfast along the way. Then we take an excursion to the thermal areas of Deildartunguhver and Hraunfossar Falls; and visit the Settlement Center, an interactive museum detailing the story of Iceland’s earliest settlers, including that of famed 10th-century Viking Egil Skallagrimsson. After reaching our hotel mid-afternoon, we have time to relax before this evening’s briefing on the journey ahead followed by a ­welcome dinner. B,D

Day 3: Borgarbyggo/Snaefellsnes Peninsula Today we encounter the stupendous scenery of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We begin with a walk along the shell sand beach at the abandoned fishing village of Budir, surrounded by a vast lava field. We also explore the caves and bizarre rock formations along the rugged shore at Arnarstapi, site of thousands of nesting cliff birds. After stopping for lunch – a traditional fresh seafood soup – at a rustic oceanfront restaurant, we visit Djupalonssandur where we see the haunting remains of abandoned coastal farms. B,L,D

Day 4: Borgarbyggo/Akureyri We travel towards the northeast corner of Iceland today, and to Akureyri, Iceland’s northern capital situated at the head of the island’s longest fjord. Along the way we stop at Grabrok Crater for scenic views, and at a Gauksmyri farm featuring famed Icelandic horses – small, hardy, and with long manes. We also tour Glaumbaer, a folk museum featuring authentic turf houses. Upon arrival in Akureyri, we take a guided coach and walking tour of this urban gem before checking in at our hotel. B,D

Day 5: Akureyri/Lake Myvatn Today we travel to beautiful Lake Myvatn. One of the world’s natural wonders, Lake Myvatn and its environs of bubbling mud flats, lava fields, and lunar-like volcanic craters comprise a stunningly beautiful national park. Our explorations begin with a walk up to the fascinating Hverfjall crater, a local landmark. Later we see the region’s unique “pseudo craters,” the boiling mud pots at Namaskard, the bizarre lava formations at Dimmuborgir, and the flat volcano system at Krafla. Our last stop is the incredible Glacial River Canyon National Park, yet another of Iceland’s natural wonders, where we walk to jaw-dropping Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall and Iceland’s “Niagara.” After this day of stunning scenery, we return to our hotel ­in time for dinner on our own tonight. B,L

Day 6: Akureyri/Jökulsárgljúfur National Park This morning we visit Hljodaklettar Echo Cliffs where we explore the labyrinth of “echoing rocks” created by the spiral basalt formations of arches and ­canyons here. We travel next to Asbyrgi, a huge canyon en­­veloped by towering walls; in the middle of the par­tially wooded canyon sits a huge hoof-shaped rock called “The Island.” We continue on to Husavik, where mid-afternoon we embark on a bird-watching cruise to Puffin Island to see the thousands of seabirds here (based on seasonality): puffins, black guillemots, fulmars, and Arctic terns. Then en route back to Akureyri, we stop at Godafoss, the “waterfall of the gods” named for the carvings of Norse gods discarded here when the country was declared Christian a thousand years ago. B,D

Day 7: Akureyri/Reykjavik/Selfoss This morning we fly to Reykjavik; upon arrival we coach to Thingvellir National Park, known both for its historic import and as the place where the fissure between the geological plates of North America and Europe is most evident. It’s also a gem of nature, with canyons, caves, waterfalls, and ponds surrounded by snowcapped mountains. We learn about the historic parliament founded here in 930 CE, and walk along a gorge into the rift valley itself. After lunch at a local restaurant, we depart for famed Great Geysir and Gullfoss, Iceland’s immensely popular “golden” waterfall. Then we drive down to the southern coast to the beautiful agricultural area of Selfoss. B,L

Day 8: Selfoss/Vik This morning we walk along the black-sand beach at Reynisfjara, lined with columnar basalt-filled caves. Next we visit picturesque Seljalandsfoss, Iceland’s most visited waterfall, followed by a stop at the Skogar Folk Museum, which depicts traditional life in Iceland. From here we walk to nearby Skogafoss, one of Iceland’s most popular waterfalls, known for its rainbows on sunny days. After lunch on our own at the museum, we continue on to lovely Vik, Iceland’s southernmost town, where we’re free to explore on our own and to shop for items of locally produced wool. En route to our hotel, we stop by the Solheimajokull “sliding” glacier, so named for its rapid advance in the 1990s. B,D

Day 9: Selfoss/Reykjavik Heading back to Reykjavik today we travel through “saga” country, the setting of one of the country’s famous medieval stories. We stop along the way to see the geothermal exhibit at the Hellisheidi Power Plant, Iceland’s largest. Upon arrival in Reykjavik, we have lunch at a local restaurant then embark on a city tour of the Icelandic capital. Home to more than half of Iceland’s population, Reykjavik ranks as one of the world’s safest and cleanest cities. Later, we check in at our well-located hotel in the city center. Dinner tonight is on our own in this stylish city. B,L

Day 10: Reykjavik Today is at leisure to explore and enjoy Reykjavik as we please; those who wish can join in an optional tour to the Blue Lagoon for a soothing bath in geothermal waters rich with silica, sulfur, and other minerals. The city is a sophisticated European urban center with museums and galleries; theater, symphony, and dance; boutiques and restaurants. Tonight we celebrate our adventure over a farewell dinner. B,D

Day 11: Depart for U.S. Today we depart for the airport and our return flights to the U.S. B

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain in a natural environment. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy this tour to the fullest.

Iceland’s Northern Lights

Although many factors, including local weather conditions, contribute to the chances of seeing this natural phenomenon, generally the best opportunities for witnessing the Northern Lights in Iceland occur between mid-September and mid-April. Our September and October tour dates offer a good combination of touring conditions (still warm enough for outdoor activities/excursions) and shorter daylight hours with darker nights (prime elements for the aurora borealis).

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; flight within itinerary
  • 9 nights’ accommodations in First Class hotels
  • 20 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next ­Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

May 5
May 8
Oct 4
Oct 9^
Oct 11
Oct 18
Oct 25
May 15
May 19
May 26
Sep 25
Sep 27
Sep 29
Jun 5*+
Jun 7*
Sep 1
Sep 4
Sep 8
Sep 11
Sep 15
Jun 19*
Jun 28*
Jun 30*+
Jul 3*

Aug 2
Aug 18
Aug 21+
Aug 28*+
Boston, New York,
Washington, DC
Balt, Den, Minn,
Phil, Seattle
Atlanta, Char, Chi,
Cincinnati, Cleve,
Detroit, Miami,
Orlando, Tampa
Dallas, Houston,
Los Ang, Phoenix,
Port (OR), San Fran

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $402, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $995 May, Oct; $1,395 all other dates. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days prior to departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Accommodations in Reykjavik: *Grand Hotel; ^Saga Hotel

Itinerary (Days 4 to 6): +1 night Siglo (Siglo Hotel), 2 nights Akureyri (Hotel Kjarnalundur); 1 night Siglo (Siglo Hotel), 2 nights Myvatn (Hotel Laxa)

Business Class upgrade on round-trip international flight: $1,495 per person from Boston, New York, Newark, Wash, D.C. (Dulles); $2,195 per person from Chicago, Minneapolis; $2,395 per person from Denver, Seattle

A visa is not required for this tour.

    Hotel Husafell, Borgarbyggo / Days 2-3 / First Class 

    Situated at the edge of Iceland’s central highlands, this luxury hotel offers stunning views.  Hotel Husafell is located in the heart of Husafell, and offers a restaurant and bar, laundry service, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each of the 36 guest rooms has a private bath with hair dryer, mini-refrigerator, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Kea, Akureyri / Days 4-6 / First Class 

    Opened in 1944, Hotel Kea stands in the heart of Akureyri, the capital of Northern Iceland, and offers a restaurant and bar, Internet access, and laundry and dry cleaning services. Each of the 104 guest rooms has a private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Selfoss, Selfoss / Days 7-8 / First Class 

    This bright, modern 99-room lodging is located on the banks of the Ölfusá River amidst the stunning natural beauty of South Iceland.  The hotel offers a restaurant; bar and lounge with fireplace; café; spa with steam room, sauna, thermal hot pool, and massage services; laundry and dry cleaning services; and internet access.  Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Reykjavik / Days 9-10 / First Class 

    Opened in 2005, the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum comprises three renovated historic houses in Reykjavik’s historic city center. Designed in early 20th-century Icelandic fashion, the 89-room hotel offers a restaurant, bar, and café; Internet access; and laundry and dry cleaning services. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Tour Directors for this Journey
Margret Einarsdottir

“A wonderful tour director who is so proud of her country. She is very articulate, knowledgeable and has a fantastic sense of humor.”
Audrey Brady
Huntington Beach, CA

Gudny Margret Emilsdottir

“Just fantastic!! Wow!!”
George & Shael Nozick
Alpharetta, GA

Steingrimur Gunnarsson

“ ‘Steine’ was a superb guide – at the very top of all the guides we’ve had in some 15 overseas tours. A really delightful man, a font of information … Absolutely the best!”
Janet Bedell & George Nelson
Adams, MA

Oskar Guolaugsson

“Oskar’s daily commentary covered every aspect of living in and touring Iceland. This is why we love Odysseys! We can look around with someone describing everything rather than having one eye on scenery and the other in the guide book!”
Carl & Elaine Martin
Denver, CO

Sigridur Guomundsdottir

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director


Ragnar Hauksson

“Our director/guide was excellent! Very friendly, personable, and accessible. He paid attention to the numerous small details along with the big ones.”
Audrey Adrezin
Kerrville, TX

Hrafnhildur Helgadottir (“Raven”)

“Raven was exceptionally good – best I have experienced.”
Karen Gundel
Temecula, CA

Gudlaug Jonsdottir

“Gudlaug absolutely made this trip exceptional – she was knowledgeable, amusing, and caring. We enjoyed her stories.”
Amy McKelvey
Kittanning, PA

Helga Kristjansdottir

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Olafur (“Oli”) Magnusson

“‘Oli’ is the ‘best of the best’ tour leaders. He loves his country and shows it in as broad and balanced a spectrum as humanly possible. He is exceptionally knowledgeable and personable. Fortunate, indeed are persons who travel with Oli.”
Joanne & C. LeRoy Anderson
Missoula, MT

Sigrun Sol Olafsdottir

“The best guide I have ever had.”
Barbara Bernstein
New York, NY

Soffia Alice Sigurdardottir

“Soffia was the best!! Her love for the country and knowledge were genuine. She is a lovely person and knew how to relate to everyone on the tour.”
Mark Tenenhaus
Oceanside, NY

Arngunnur Yr

“Outstanding tour director!! Best we’ve had.”
Corinne Kiriluk
Inverness, IL

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