REYKJAVIK, VIK, WESTMAN ISLANDS, SELFOSS AND BLUE LAGOON
Despite its name, Iceland offers warm and bright adventures in the months of May, June, July, August, and September! On our air-inclusive Iceland Summer Adventure tour you get to see the country’s most scenic sights, along with the best landmarks and museums. Take a panoramic Reykjavik tour and visit this capital city’s top attractions, including the Hallgrimskirkja church, and enjoy views of the beautiful harbor. We’ll take you down the South Coast, stopping at the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls along the way, and bring you to the sea cliffs of Dyrholaey, Black Sand Beaches (Reynisfjara), and the quaint coastal town of Vik. You’ll also explore the picturesque Westman Islands, where you’ll most likely see cute puffins flying about. Next, discover the rocky landscape of Thingvellir National Park, erupting Geysir hot springs, and rushing waters of the Gullfoss Waterfall. Plus, no trip would be complete without a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon.
- Overnight flight on Icelandair
- 1 night in Reykjavik
- 2 nights in Vik
- 1 nights in Selfoss
- 2 nights in Reykjavik
- Return flight on Icelandair
- Round-trip, non-stop flight on Icelandair from New York
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation
- Accommodations at centrally-located, Scandinavian-style hotels (simple)
- 12 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
- Comprehensive sightseeing as per itinerary
- Experienced, English speaking guides
* Note: Icelandair does not provide meal service on the flight. You may purchase a meal on the flight, or eat dinner prior to departure. Also, as the flight is only 5 hours, try to sleep as much as possible on the flight as to avoid jet lag.
Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your journey to Iceland begins with a non-stop overnight flight from the U.S. to Reykjavik, Iceland on Icelandair.
Arrive in Reykjavik/Welcome Breakfast/Reykjavik City Tour
An early morning arrival in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital that is known for its creative soul and eye-popping design. With a population of around 120,000, Reykjavik is one of the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world. You’ll be greeted at the airport and escorted to a local museum displaying the Viking Ship Icelander (Islendingur), where you will enjoy the exhibition and breakfast. During breakfast, you’ll also receive an orientation briefing and get introduced to your group. Following breakfast, you’ll head straight to the capital for your panoramic…
Reykjavik/Eyjafjallajokull/Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls/Black Sand Beaches/Vik
After breakfast, begin your journey through the stunning landscapes of Iceland’s south coast. This is the land of Njal’s Saga, a region of breathtaking scenery and legendary stories. During your guided excursion, you’ll encounter the wonderful variety of the south: from the wide plains formed by glacial rivers to the towering (and infamous) strato-volcano Eyjafjallajokull to the dramatic sea cliffs of Dyrholaey to the spectacular waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Arrive at your countryside hotel in the beautiful village of Vik, where you’ll check in and then enjoy an…
The spectacular beauty of the Westman Islands has to be seen to be believed. This day tour is your chance to experience the stunning landscapes, dramatic volcanic history and rich bird life (including puffins) of this remote island paradise. After taking the ferry to this magnificent island, your experience will include a sightseeing tour of Heimaey (the only inhabited island), and the site of the great eruption of 1973 that almost destroyed it. The eruption left the town dramatically changed and formed the Eldfell crater. The island is also one of the best places in the world to see…
Gullfoss/Geysir/Thingvellir National Park/Selfoss
Following breakfast this morning, depart Vik for a journey through some of Iceland’s most spectacular and noteworthy sights. Your first highlight of the day is Thingvellir National Park, where the ancient Viking parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. Here, you can also witness the geological phenomenon of tectonic plates coming apart. Onwards to Laugarvatn Fontana, where you’ll experience a geothermal bakery firsthand and dig up (and then eat) bread that has been cooked underground by the warmth of the earth. Continue to the hot spring area to see the…
Depart Selfoss for the village of Hverageroi, often known as the “flower village,” one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area. You’ll continue to Strandarkirkja, a church believed to have a special power to provide good luck, and then along the coast towards the volcanic peninsula of Reykjanes, an area with several dormant volcanoes and lavafields. to one of the highlights of the Iceland experience – the world-famous Blue Lagoon. This amazing natural spa is based around the unique properties of the geothermal seawater in the lagoon. The geothermal…
Reykjavik/Optional Excursions/Farewell Dinner
Wake up in Iceland’s capital city and enjoy a buffet breakfast at your centrally-located hotel. You can enjoy a day at leisure for independent sightseeing in or around Reykjavik, or perhaps you’ll join the optional Snaefellsnes Peninsula excursion. Experience spectacular fjords, majestic volcanic peaks, beautiful golden beaches, and more on this full day adventure to the western most tip of Iceland. This evening, enjoy an included farewell dinner with your group. (B,D)
Reykavik/Harpa Museum/Return to USA
After breakfast, enjoy a tour of the breathtaking Harpa Concert Hall, winner of the 2013 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, and visit areas that are not open to the general public. Your guide will share some of Harpa’s secrets, stories of odd incidents and the struggles during the economic crisis. Learn how Icelandic nature, volcanoes and the Arctic light inspired the unique design and the amazing glass facade of the house – and be able to photograph it from new intriguing angles; allowing you to explore the less visible brilliance of this world renowned architectural…
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
To enhance and make your visit to Iceland more complete and memorable, your tour guide will offer optional tours during your stay. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. Payment should be made by cash in U.S. dollars or local currency. You may also pay with credit card, which may result in service fees. All rates are approximates and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and supplier rates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.
Wonders of Snaefellsnes Excursion
- Day 7
- From approx. $195, per person, transfers included
Join a fascinating full day optional excursion where you’ll discover the Snaefellsnes peninsula in the west of Island with its white and black sand beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains, volcanic craters and charming fishing villages. The spectacular Snaefellsnes peninsula has captured the attention of people across the globe, as it was featured in the famous science fiction novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and in the critically acclaimed move “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” starring Ben Stiller.
Panorama ATV/Quad Tour
- Day 7
- From approx. $140, per person, transfers included
An amazing experience awaits for you to go Quad biking between moss-covered lava and black sands, a true mountain safari. The routes are safe (yet challenging), and a guide will be escorting you the whole way. Drive around majestic Icelandic mountains, lava, and black sands. Two people will share each ATV/Quad, and drivers need to present a valid driver’s license in order to operate the vehicle.
A five-minute walk from Reykjavik’s main shopping street, this recently refurbished hotel offers free WiFi, daily happy hour and a lounge/game room.
Mjoelnisholti 12-14, Reykjavik, Iceland
Laugavegur 22a, 101
Hotel Dyrholaey (Superior Rooms)
Eyravegi 2, 800
NOTE ON TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE
Iceland is one of the most spectacular destinations on earth, yet the tourism infrastructure remains underdeveloped relative to other European destinations and typical American standards. In particular, the hotels in Iceland are much more basic in their amenities and typically have smaller rooms than what you might be accustomed to. That said, smarTours has planned an exciting, breathtakingly beautiful trip to Iceland with clean, comfortable, and centrally-located hotels to help you enjoy your stay!
Your flights from the USA to Iceland and back are on Icelandair. We recommend that you check-in 3 ½ hours before departure.
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Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Icelandair does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignment can only be arranged upon check -in at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start with your independent check in at your hotel in Reykjavik on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only services end after the guided tour of the Harpa Concert Hall on Day 8 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. If you wish to join the welcome breakfast and orientation briefing followed by a panoramic Reykjavik city tour, we recommend that you make your own arrangements to arrive at the Restaurant Vitinn (address: Vitatorg 7, 245 Sandgeroi, tel: ( +354 423 7755) by 7:30am on Day 2 of the itinerary.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
During the summer months, the temperature in Iceland ranges approximately from 50 degrees to 60 degree Fahrenheit. In terms of daylight, in May through August, daylight will range from 15-22 hours, and in September, daylight will range from 9-13 hours.
Your tour guide will be happy to offer suggestions for restaurants for non-included meals. The average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in a restaurant is about $40 – $80 per meal per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and most stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase maximum 44 pounds) and one carry-on piece not to exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.
Due to a new Reykjavik City Ordinance, certain parts of the downtown area are not permitting buses to park in front of hotels. Several hotels are affected by this new ordinance, so porterage will not be available.