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Must-See Series: Iceland in a Week

Classic Experience

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Season: April through September
  • Cities Featured: Reykjavik, Akureyri, and Surroundings
  • Price (Classic): from: $3,999 USD per person*
  • Price (Deluxe): from: $4,886 USD per person*
    * Based on Double Occupancy; Will vary based on actual dates and group size.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Reykjavik and Akureyri (“Capital of the North”)
  • See many waterfalls & black-sand beaches in the south
  • Experience the Golden Circle Tour & Blue Lagoon
  • Visit several Game of Thrones locations
  • Sample a variety of delicacies from the Icelandic cuisine

Tour Overview

Snow covered moutain range

Are the fascinating natural wonders of Iceland on your bucket list? Have only a week? We have the perfect Iceland experience for you! This 8-day Must-See Iceland Tour features the very best highlights of the country at a relaxed pace and no hectic, noisy, big bus tours to endure. Discover Iceland on your own, with just the right amount of local expert-led small group tours so the destination comes to life. Our Must-See Iceland is full of tastes, sights, and experiences you’ll treasure for many years to come.

This feature-packed tour reveals all the best of Iceland’s majestic scenery, amazing wildlife, and epic history, including Viking adventures, traditional sagas, and tales of mysterious hidden folk that continue to inspire modern sagas, like Game of Thrones and the Star Wars franchise.

Iceland is full of wide open and uncrowded spaces and exceptionally high standards of living. Its citizens consistently rank in the top 5 happiest people on earth. Discover incredibly this safe, clean and green land filled with friendly locals, most of whom speak English, and welcome you to their beautiful country.

NOTE: This is an INDEPENDENT tour, not a fully-escorted one. Click HERE for more details.
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Included in the Classic Experience

  • 7 nights at centrally-located, 3-star hotels with daily Scandinavian breakfast buffet for all guests;
  • Roundtrip flights between Reykjavik and Akureyri;
  • 4 guided tours led by the most friendly and knowledgeable local guides;
  • Hotel pick up and drop off for all tours out of Reykjavik;
  • Entrance tickets and transportation to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa;
  • Airport transfer via shuttle between Keflavik International Airport and your Reykjavik Hotel;
  • All of our services: preparing and implementing your entire trip (including your personalized travel book), addressing all your questions and taking good care of you while you are traveling, through our network of suppliers and our staff in the US.
*THIS IS NOT AN ESCORTED GROUP TOUR*

Upgrade to Deluxe

  • 4 Star Hotels
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • Private Tours
Sleeping traveler

Tour Gallery:

Waterfalls
Icy mountains behind water
Village and church building over water
Row of small cottages
Frozen and snowy landscape
Mountain range behind village
Geyser
Aerial view of city
Green hills and water landscape
Large church on hillside
Large blue lake
City overlooking water

Itinerary Highlights

Days 1 through 4 - Reykjavik, Golden Circle Tour, and the South Coast

Day 1

Arrival in Reykjavik

Day 2

The Golden Circle Tour: waterfalls, geysers & tectonic plates

Day 3

Reykjavik Sightseeing

Day 4

The Wonders of the South Coast

View of village over waterSettled by Vikings, on this tour you’ll soon come to realize why Iceland is called the Land of Fire and Ice. It is home to volcanos as well as glaciers like Sólheimajökull, and well over a thousand waterfalls, like multi-tiered Gulfoss, or ones that can be viewed on both sides, like Skógafoss. Be amazed by its black sand beaches, like Reynisfjara, along with the charming villages like Vik along its South Coast. Strokkur & Geysir hot springs and other geothermal features like the Blue Lagoon are just some of the many natural wonders here. Explore its 200-mile scenic route, the Golden Circle, visit Thingvellir National Park, home to the world’s oldest parliament, sitting atop the Eurasian and American tectonic plates, so you can stand on two continents while you visit. Reykjavik is a compact and colorful city, the world’s northernmost capital, featuring striking architecture like HARPA Concert Hall and Halgrimskirkja Church, which mirror the stark rock formations found along the island’s coast. Easily walkable, this young city is filled with an array of charming shops, quirky museums, lively restaurants, and exciting bars waiting right outside your hotel.

Day 1: Reykjavik• Arrival at Keflavik Airport;
• Transfer to Shuttle from the airport to Reykjavik city center.
• Check into the Storm Hotel by Kea Hotels (or similar) for 4 nights
• Your afternoon is free to explore

Day 2: Golden Circle• Full day, 8-hour guided small group tour

Day 3: Reykjavik• Morning 3-hour guided, small group tour of Reykjavik (walking or bike)
• Your afternoon is free to explore

Day 4: South Coast Treasures• Extended full-day, 10-hour guided small group tour

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Days 5, 6 - The North: Akureyri and Lake Mývatn

Day 5

AKUREYRI – CAPITAL OF THE NORTH

Day 6

LAKE MYVATN REGION – GEOLOGICAL EXTREMES

Row small cottagesDubbed the “Capital of the North,” Akureyri is Iceland’s 4th largest city and, despite being only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle, its temperature is relatively mild, owing to the surrounding mountains which protect the city from the country’s blowing winds, so that this city can even feature botanical gardens. Here is what many consider a more authentic and hidden away area of Iceland, fewer city-dwellers, small artisan workshops and farms, as well as more, wide-open spaces. Here you’ll also find more of the fascinating geological features that add to Iceland’s appeal. A full-day Lake Mývatn adventure through an area with active volcanic activity will reveal the undulating Skútustaðagígar, formed by gas explosions as boiling lava flowed over the wetlands and the boiling Hverir Mud Pools. But the earth isn’t always raging, there’s the lovely Grjótagjá Rift, a lava cave with hot springs tucked away inside, the Dimmuborgir Lava Fields like nature’s own sculpture garden and the Goðafoss Waterfall, known as the “waterfall of the gods” is a can’t miss. When you tour the area, you won’t want to miss a soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths, offering thermal relaxation with amazing views.

Day 5: Depart Reykjavik/Arrive Akureyri• Check out of hotel; travel light and take a smaller bag with you; you can check your luggage with the hotel
• Depart Reykjavik for 45-minute flight to Akureyri
• Check into Hotel Kea for 2 nights
• Your afternoon is free to explore

Day 6: Akureyri/Lake Mývatn• Full day, 8-hour small, guided group tour

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Days 7, 8 – Return to Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon | Click For Summary

Day 7

RETURN TO REYKJAVIK & ICELANDIC DELICACIES

Day 8

THE BLUE LAGOON & RETURN HOME

Snowy water landscapeBack to the vibrant Reykjavik to finish out your must-see week in Iceland. You’ll have more of an in-depth tour of Reykjavik with a key feature of Icelandic culture: its culinary appeal with a visit to – and tastings at several local restaurants. And, yes, we saved the best for last; Iceland’s most popular site, The Blue Lagoon, is on the way back to the airport and you’ll have a chance for another relaxing soak in its mineral-rich waters before you return home.

Day 7: Depart Akureyri/Arrive Reykjavik• Check out of your hotel and meet your driver for your transfer to the airport
• Leave Akureyri for 45-minute flight back to Reykjavik
• Take a 5-min taxi ride back to your hotel, where the remainder of your luggage has been stowed; Check into Storm Hotel by Kea for 1 night and claim bags
• Afternoon guided, small group tasting tour

Day 8: Blue Lagoon and Home• Check out of hotel
• Shuttle transfer to Blue Lagoon to enjoy (entrance included)
• Shuttle to Airport for your return home.

We hope Iceland’s beauty, culture, food, and people will make you want to return soon. Discover Scandinavia Tours will enjoy welcoming you back as we help you plan your next, in-depth Nordic journey.

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