Group Iceland Tour

STORIES OF ICELAND

THE SOUTH, SPRING & SUMMER

Duration: 10 Days 

Season: May – September

Regions Featured:
Reykjavik, Westman Islands, South Coast, East Coast, Reykjanes Peninsula

2022 Prices: from $6,861 USD Per Person*

Capacity: Max 12 People Per Group

Vacation Type: Fully Escorted Vacation Package

Program Overview

Our “Stories” tour series™ presents each Scandinavian destination like a book of endless, fascinating stories. In these books, unlike all other books, the stories are written and rewritten, endlessly. The writer – you – merges their own journey with the country’s traditions and way of life, line by line, experience by experience. Each region is a chapter and each chapter is full of discovery and enrichment. Marvel at the scenery, savor the local cuisine, meet the locals and hear their stories.

In Stories of Iceland – The South™ you will be immersed in 11 days of black-sand beaches, geothermal spas, majestic waterfalls and landscapes of color and terrain that come together in ways only seen in Iceland. You will travel in the company of a local Tour Director and as part of a group of no more than 12 travelers, as you discover the south coast of Iceland in the most worry-free way possible. New friendships will be formed and wonderful memories will be created.
Are you ready to write your own Icelandic story?

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Included in this Fully Escorted Iceland Vacation Package

10 nights at high-end hotels with daily Icelandic breakfast buffet;

The company and guidance of an experienced Tour Director throughout the entire length of the program;

20 meals (10 authentic dinner experiences, 10 fit-for-a-king breakfasts);

All transportation required in you Iceland vacation (private coach, Super Jeep or equivalent);

Several sightseeing tours and experiences showcasing the best gems of the Reykjavik area, the south coast and east coast as well, all led by experienced local guides;

As with any of our programs, our signature customer care is always included!

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Pricing & Booking 2023

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Timeline

Day 1

Sky Lagoon & Kick-off Dinner

After landing at Keflavik airport, you will travel to Reykjavik to check in to your hotel before enjoying a visit to the Sky Lagoon.

Main Attractions: 
Sky Lagoon (geothermal spa)

Accommodation: Hotel Apotek

Day 1

Day 2

Discovering Reykjavik

Join a driving tour of Reykjavik and take in some of the city’s attractions. You’ll have the afternoon to explore at your leisure.

Main Attractions: 
Hallgrímskirkja Church
Harpa Concert Hall
Sun Voyager Sculpture
The Perlan
Laugavegur Street

Accommodation: 
Hotel Apotek

Day 2

Day 3

Golden Circle For Foodies

Embark on a guided tour of the Golden Circle attractions. Later, board a ferry for a scenic journey to the Westman Islands.

Main Attractions: 
Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir Geothermal Area
Thingvellir National Park
Fridheimar Tomato Farm
Ferry to Westman Islands

Accommodation: 
Hotel Vestmannaeyjar

Day 3

Day 4

Discovering The Westman Islands

Learn more about the 1973 volcanic eruption of Eldfell at the Eldheimar Museum, plus a visit to the Beluga Whale Sanctuary.

Main Attractions: 
Eldheimar Museum
Beluga Whale Center
Eldfell Vocano
Ferry to Landeyjahöfn
Drive to Vik

Accommodation:
Hotel Kria

Day 4

Day 5

Thorsmork: Valleys & Volcanoes

Visit the snow-covered Eyjafjallajökull volcano-glacier–the very same that erupted in 2010. Followed by a trip to Thorsmork Valley, a famous Icelandic valley filled with astounding natural beauty.

Main Attractions: 
Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
Stakkholtsgjá Canyon
Krossá River

Accommodation:
Hotel Kria

Day 5

Day 6

Landmannalaugar: The Colors Of The Highlands

Explore the Landmannalaugar area, an off the beaten path natural landmark filled with hiking trails and geothermal activity.

Main Attractions: 
Álftavatn Lake
Bláhnjúkur Volcano
Raudufossar Waterfall

Accommodation:
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Day 6

Day 7

East Iceland Highlights

Learn about Iceland’s Viking heritage with a visit to the Viking Village. Other highlights of the day include Vestrahorn mountain and the charming fishing village, Hofn.

Main Attractions:
Fishing Village of Hofn Vestrahorn
Mountain
Viking Village

Accommodation:
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Day 7

Day 8

Diamond Beach And Glacier Lagoon

Experience jaw-dropping blue icebergs up close on a Zodiac boat ride at the Glacier Lagoon.

Main Attractions:
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach
Skogafoss (waterfall)
Seljalandsfoss (waterfall)
Dyrholaey (rock formation)
Reynisfjara (black sand beach)

Accommodation:
Frost & Fire Hotel

Day 8

Day 9

The Blue Lagoon & Return Home

Hike to “The Eye of the World” an impressive volcanic crater shaped like a human eye. Enjoy a final group dinner and exchange stories and memories with co-travelers.

Main Attractions:
Kerid Crater

Day 9

Day 10

Reykjanes Peninsula & The Blue Lagoon

The final day of the tour has arrived, but it isn’t over before a visit to the Blue Lagoon – Iceland’s most famous attraction.

Main Attractions:
Blue Lagoon
Reykjanes Lighthouse
Krysuvik and Seltun Geothermal Areas

Day 10

Itinerary

After landing at Keflavík Airport, you will travel to Reykjavík and check in to Hotel Apotek. Located in the heart of Iceland’s capital city, Hotel Apotek offers the best in both style and comfort. Following check-in, connect with your Tour Director before a visit to the Sky Lagoon. Relax in the geothermal lagoon and soak off your jet lag as your gaze upon incredible views of the North Atlantic. End your day with a gourmet kick-off dinner where you will get to know your fellow travelers and taste delicious Icelandic dishes.

Welcome to your dream Icelandic vacation!

On the second day, after enjoying a delicious breakfast at your hotel, join a driving tour of Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital. Notable sights include the famous Hallgrímskirkja Church, Harpa Concert Hall and the unique Sun Voyager sculpture. Following your tour, you will have free time to experience the city on your own. As you explore, you will notice that nature is never far from view; peeking between city streets you can spot far-off mountains rising high above the nearby ocean. End your day with a delectable dinner and experience Reykjavík’s at night.

On day 3, visit the golden circle. Iceland’s Golden Circle is made up of three must-see sights: Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and Þingvellir National Park. Nearby, at Friðheimar, you will enjoy a beautiful show with Icelanic horses and some organic, tomato-based delicacies as well. Following your guided tour of the Golden Circle, we will drive to Landeyjahöfn harbor and board a ferry to the Westman Islands. The short 45-minute boat ride will give you a new perspective of Iceland’s south coast. Be sure to get a good view as your ferry docks on the main island, Heimaey – you might even spot a brave sheep grazing on the rocky cliffs surrounding you! Enjoy a delectable dinner at Hotel Vestmannaeyjar, your cozy accommodation for the evening.

Iceland’s Westman Islands are famous for their incredible bird and sea life. Begin day 4 with a trip to the Beluga Whale Center and a visit to a local bay where you have the opportunity to see some of the majestic creatures themselves. The Westman Islands are also known for the 1973 volcanic eruption of Eldfell on the main island of Heimaey. Eldfell is currently dormant, and visitors to the island can actually hike up its summit. You will learn more about the volcano and the island’s brave response to this event on a visit to Eldheimar Museum. Following your day of adventures, the group will board the ferry back to the mainland and drive to Vík where you will end your evening at Hotel Kria.

On day 5 visit the snow-covered Eyjafjallajökull volcano-glacier–the very same that erupted in 2010. From there, you will travel to Þórsmörk, a famous Icelandic valley filled with astounding natural beauty. Catch gorgeous views from high above of the river Króssa threading its way across the valley. Spend another night in Vík–a town known for its black sand beaches and unique rock formations made of columnar basalt. End the evening with another fantastic gourmet meal and the company of your fellow travelers.

On day 6, experience the incredible colors of the highlands on a guided tour into Iceland’s interior. Landmannalaugar is off the beaten path, a natural landmark filled with hiking trails and geothermal activity. Known for its mountains that are colored with rainbow hues, we will explore some of the area and enjoy lunch at the Volcano Huts–a basecamp located in the highlands. From Landmannalaugar, we will travel on to Öræfi and spend the night at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.

Many Icelanders consider East Iceland to be the most interesting area in the country, given the variety of landscape and activities that can be found there. On day 7 we will visit some of those attractions and dive a bit deeper into some of the Viking Sagas, which are key for understanding the Iceland of today. While touring the East Fjords we will face Vestrahorn, a very impressive mountain which commands respect from its uniquely dark and jagged appearance. We will also explore the charming fishing village of Hofn (“harbor” in Icelandic) and pay a visit to the Viking Village, a place originally built as a movie set which gained notoriety from its majestic surroundings and the level of attention to detail applied when building it. It was so well built, in fact, that it is now a rich source of information to anyone interested in life during the Viking Age.

On day 8, before leaving the east coast we will witness two of the most popular attractions in Iceland. Diamond Beach gains its name from the blocks of ice contrasting against the black sand where they sit. Nearby Glacier Lagoon offers the opportunity for an exciting Zodiac boat ride which will take us very close to jaw-dropping blue icebergs living in its waters. On our way back west we will visit several waterfalls and other landmarks that make the south of Iceland known for its unique beauty. Our day ends with a delicious meal at the Fire & Frost, a hotel surrounded by magnificent nature.

Day 9 calls for a mixture of relaxation, enjoyment of your (very accessible) surroundings and a light hike. You will find a variety of unique experiences in the immediate vicinity of your hotel, such as hot-spring cooking and geothermal horticulture to thermal bathing and earthquake tourism. If you are looking for a truly immersive Icelandic experience, today you will find it. We will also hike up to Kerid, an impressive volcanic crater and home to a lake. Kerid is shaped like a human eye, therefore called “The Eye of The World.” We will wrap up this special day with a fantastic closing dinner, the perfect opportunity to exchange stories and memories with your co-travelers

Day 10, visit Reykjanes Peninsula Home to Keflavik airport, Iceland’s largest, the Reykjanes Peninsula is also home to possibly the most famous attraction in the country: the Blue Lagoon. Before heading out to the airport we will enjoy bathing in its waters heated by geothermal energy.

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FAQs

Our group tours allow travelers to explore Scandinavian destinations in the company of a very experienced Tour Director and a small group of fellow travelers. Group sizes are limited to 12 travelers and a limited number of departure dates are offered for each tour throughout the year. The Tour Director accompanies the group from beginning to end of the tour and often a private driver and vehicle (luxury mini coach) are also employed for maximum comfort. Additionally, we count on the expertise of several local guides at each of the destinations visited, further enhancing the experience. Our group tours typically include most dinners, in order to better showcase local cuisines, and allow for the exploration of more remote destinations.
This option is ideal for travelers who enjoy traveling in the most worry-free manner possible while discovering destinations in the company of others, making new friends along the way.

Our private tours allow travelers to explore Scandinavian destinations with programs offering a great balance between pre-arranged activities and free time to explore. When implementing one of our private programs for you, we handle all the logistics involved, including: hotels, airport transfers, transportation from city to city and all guided activities and excursions. You will not be with a Tour Director throughout the program, but you will enjoy a number of sightseeing experiences led by experienced local guides. We can work with your desired dates, provided that availability exists at the many services involved in your program.
This option is ideal for travelers who enjoy traveling independently and with a higher degree of flexibility to explore each location on their own.

Technically, Scandinavia refers primarily to Norway, Denmark and Sweden. When thinking of Nordic Countries, add to the list Finland and Iceland as well. Discover Scandinavia Tours can take you to any location in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Currently we also offer extensions in Estonia, which is of particularly convenient access when visiting Finland, given that Tallinn – Estonia’s beautiful capital – can be reached by a short ferry ride from Helsinki.

Simple: just call us at 800-936-2814 and talk to one of our Scandinavia specialists. Alternatively, you can email us at
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If you are interested in a group tour, you can book any departure as long as there are seats available (but remember: we have a maximum of 12 seats per departure, so booking early is recommendable). If you want a private tour, you can book as far as 2 years in advance. For last-minute travelers, please keep in mind that we need a minimum of 30 days to implement a private program.

With our group tours of Scandinavia you can choose from a number of fixed departures throughout the year. If you need more flexible dates, our private tours allow us to work with any dates you have in mind, provided that we find adequate availability at all hotels and other services included in your particular program.

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In short, you can typically view the Northern Lights between September and March. But if you really want a memorable Northern Lights vacation, we created an entire blog post dedicated to this question, which you can read RIGHT HERE.

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