Iceland Discovery

8 Days | Move on to greener pastures full of geothermal springs, glaciers and geysers

4.9 out of 5 based on 228 reviews submitted.
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Travel to Iceland and delve into the ancient tales of Vikings and volcanoes on this eight-day adventure to its heartlands. Marvel at geothermal hot springs, witness the steamy eruptions of a giant geyser, touch the tongue of Europe's biggest glacier at Vatnajokull and cruise the Jokulsarlong Glacial Lagoon, see lava that's still warm after decades and witness the giant Skogafoss and Detifoss waterfalls in all their splendour. Travel through Iceland's isolated corners and the land of the famous Blue Lagoon – so mysterious and ethereal that they have inspired artists, poets and musicians for centuries. Plus, with a local leader on hand to answer any questions and get you from place to place, you’ll be cruising around this icy isle in no time.

Trip overview

Map of Iceland Discovery including Iceland
Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Iceland
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
BMSI
This trip generates 16 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • There's a lot more to Iceland than ice (and Bjork). Ford the fjords, glaciers, volcanoes and black sand beaches, and consider adding on a visit to the renowned Blue Lagoon for a soak in the geothermal springs.
  • Spend the evening at the quirky farm town of Modrudalur – an isolated settlement and the highest inhabited place in Iceland and enjoy a home-cooked dinner at our guesthouse at Snaefellsnes.
  • Walk to the mottled blue, grey and black tongue of Vatnajokull glacier – an ice cap so large it covers eight per cent of the country – and discover the incredible Skogafoss Waterfall.
  • Glide past blue-white icebergs on an included boat tour of Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and soak up the silence of the surrounding grey sand desert..
  • Experience the unearthly scenery at Namaskard, where steam rises from the sulphuric terrain and take a walk around the lava stacks and caves of Dimmuborgir.

Is this trip right for you?
  • A remote location and high-performing currency are just two reasons Iceland can be an expensive destination. This affects things like museum entrance fees and outdoor activities, but is especially noticeable when eating out. Your leader will be able to advise on how to save money, but in remote areas the only option for dinner will be at the guesthouse we are staying at. Please stock up on food at a supermarket prior to arrival if you would like to opt out eating at the guesthouse's restaurant.
  • The extremity of the weather makes for incredible scenery, but it also means Iceland can be very cold, especially at the start and end of the season and at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. On the rare occasions your leader must alter the itinerary due to the weather which can cause roads being blocked, sites closure etc. Your leader will discuss the necessary changes and alternatives where possible.
  • In order to access what’s off the beaten track, a few long drives are in order. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know the other members of your group.
  • The facilities will be shared in some of the guest houses that you stay on this trip.

Itinerary

Map of Iceland Discovery including Iceland

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private minibus with free Wi-Fi

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Guest house & Farm stay with shared facilities (3 nights)

Activities
  • Golden Circle - Strokkur Geysir
  • Golden Circle - Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park
  • Skogafoss - Waterfall Visit
  • South Coast - Rocks of Reynisfjara
  • Vik - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall Visit
  • East Fjords - Scenic Drive with Stops at Djupivogur & Egilsstadir
  • Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour
  • Myvatn - Namaskard Boiling Mud Pools, Dimmuborgir & Skutustadir Crater Group
  • Dettifoss - Waterfall Visit
  • Myvatn - Lake Myvatn
  • Godafoss - Waterfall Visit
  • Akureyri - Walking Tour
  • Snaefellsnes - Home-cooked dinner
  • Snaefellsnes National Park
Add on activities
  • Fludir - Secret Lagoon - ISK3600
  • Hvolsvollur - Lava Center - ISK4890
  • Vatnajokull - Glacier Hike - ISK15500
  • Akureyri - Forest Lagoon - ISK6590
  • Lysuholl - Lysuholslaug Thermal Pool (seasonal) - ISK1500
  • Reykjavik - Whale Watching - ISK12990
  • Reykjavik - Maritime Museum - ISK2350
  • Reykjavik - Harpa Concert Hall - Free
  • Nauthólsvík - Thermal Beach - Free
  • Reykjavik - Perlan Museum - ISK5390
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon inc return transfer - ISK18980
  • Reykjavik - Settlement Exhibition - ISK2500
  • Reykjavik - Saga Museum - ISK3600
  • Reykjavik - Whales of Iceland Museum - ISK4300
  • Reykjavik - Silfra Fissure Snorkelling Day Trip inc return transfer from Reykjavik - ISK28490
  • Reykjavik - Fly-Over Iceland - ISK5950
  • Reykjavik - Sky Lagoon - ISK12790

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 228 reviews submitted.
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Daniel · Traveled June 2024
This trip was perfect to see the country and everything it has to offer from glacier hikes to waterfalls and the amazing scenery whilst learning about its history.
Review submitted 25 Jun 2024

SANDRA · Traveled June 2024
We had a wonderful trip in general, seeing some fantastic sites. Most accommodation is good. Feel that driving and guiding is hard on the leader.
Review submitted 30 Jun 2024

Maria · Traveled June 2024
Discovery Iceland was amazing and tour leader, Stefan Johansson was excellent beyond expectations, in my opinion.
Review submitted 30 Jun 2024

Jenna · Traveled June 2024
Stefan was an amazing guide and I left feeling like a local!
Review submitted 25 Jun 2024

Mary · Traveled June 2024
Recently we visited Iceland with intrepid. They were excellent with the places we visited and information given along the way. Our guide, Juri was excellent. She drove the small bus and was always very attentive and supportive of everyone!!! I will definitely be traveling with them again!!!
Review submitted 26 Jun 2024
Iceland Discovery
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