Iceland’s Summer Explorer – Escorted Tour

  • Tours & Multi-centres in Iceland

Iceland’s Summer Explorer escorted tour really takes you to all the places this country has to discover. Starting your Iceland holiday in the city of Reykjavik complete the Iceland Ring Road and embrace all the sights along the way, including the famous Golden Circle, Lake Myvatn and Vatnajökull National Park.

Maximum Group Size: 16

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Tour highlights

  • NEW - Microbrewery visit and beer tasting in Breiddalsvik
  • Journey across the Golden Circle to take in its breath taking natural beauty
  • From ducks to horses: discover the wildlife of Iceland
  • Admire waterfalls, springs, fjords and glaciers
  • Visit the award-winning Herring-Era Museum
  • Experience an Icelandic Horse Show
  • Explore the magnificent UNESCO heritage site of Thingvellir National Park
  • Optional sailing/sea angling/whale watching (pay locally)

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Day 1: UK to Reykjavík

Flying to Keflavik Airport and hop on the FlyBus shuttle to the city ofReykjavík. Enjoy a day in Reykjavík at your own leisure. Meet your Tour Guide at the welcome meeting in the evening.

Approx. distance travelled: 31 miles

Day 2: Reykjavík to The Golden Circle

Today you will start your tour by travelling straight to the Golden Circle. Here you will be able to visit the three most famous natural wonders that Iceland has to offer, Gullfoss, Geyser hot spring area and Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. These three equally stunning and unique locations will teach a lot about the geology and history of this area. Have your cameras at the ready when at the Geyser geothermal area as the Strokkur geyser erupts every 6 – 10 minutes. The afternoon of travelling will be broken up by stops to the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss spectacular waterfalls and then to see some puffins, with black-sand beaches in view, at the Dyrholaey nature reserve.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Approx. distance travelled: 30 miles

Day 3: The Golden Circle to Höfn 

After breakfast at the hotel in Vik the drive along the Ring Road continues. This morning you will travel across the Eldhraun which is the largest single lava flow field in the world. The town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur awaits your visit until continuing onto the Skeidararsandur sands to the glistening glacier of Skaftafell. This is not the last glacier of the day, as the next sight is Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and Europe's largest glacier of Vatnajökull. The seacoast village of Höfn is the final destination for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast

Approx. distance travelled: 280 miles

Day 4: Höfn to Egilsstadir

There will be incredible changes in scenery as you travel from the Almannaskard pass, from glacial landscapes to fjords and coastline. Experiencing the vast mountains of the East Icelandic Fjords and passing through many traditional and enchanting villages until you reach Egilsstadir, located on the banks of river Lagarfljót. You'll stop on your way at Breiddalsvik for a tour of the quirky Beljandi microbrewery and sample some of their beer.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Approx. distance travelled: 159 miles

Day 5: Egilsstadir to Lake Myvatn

On your journey to Lake Myvatn there will be a stop at Europe’s most powerful waterfall called Dettifoss, dropping into the Glacier River. Namaskard pass has the diversity of boiling mud pools and the vibrant red terrain of this geothermal area. Reaching Lake Myvatn you will have the rest of the day to explore the natural beauty that this area boasts, including the large amount of duck species.  

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Approx. distance travelled: 108 miles

Day 6: Lake Myvatn to Siglufjörður 

To start your day you will explore the Dimmuborgir lava formations, followed by the spectacular Godafoss waterfall. Moving on to Akureyri, which is known as the ‘capital’ of Northern Iceland, you will have time to look around this colourfully enchanting town but make sure you take in the view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord. From here the drive to the final destination of the day, Siglufjörður, is extremely beautiful it is hard to not look out the window.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Approx. distance travelled: 97 miles

Day 7: Siglufjörður to Borgarnes 

After a morning visit to the award- winning Herring-Era Museum, you will be able to sit back and admire the marvellous mountains and changing landscape to the historical town of Hofsos, which is located perfectly on the ocean front. The next stop on the tour will be at Skagafjordur, one of the best places for horse breeding and historical preservation. Then explore one of the country’s most historical villages of Holar. You will go on to visit a local farm where you will get an engaging introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed. Travelling on to Borgarnes, cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau to reach this picturesque town, where you will be staying for the night.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Approx. distance travelled: 192 miles

Day 8: Borgarnes to Reykjavík

The morning will be spent at the most powerful thermal spring in the world, Deildartunguhver. Stop to appreciate the Hraunfossar waterfalls where the water runs down from steaming lava fields, of around 900 meters wide, and flows into the Hvitá glacier river. Drive along the Hvalfjordur fjord to visit Lake Thingvallavatn that is located in the beautiful UNESCO heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, and is the largest lake in Iceland. Return to the Capital of Reykjavik where you will have a short sightseeing tour and spend the rest of the evening at your own leisure.

Meals included: Breakfast

Approx. distance travelled: 48 miles

Day 9:Reykjavík to UK

After your night’s stay in Reykjavík, you will get a transfer by Flybus shuttle to the airport.

Meals included: Breakfast

Approx. distance travelled: 31 miles

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Your holiday includes

  • Return flights from the UK
  • All airport transfers
  • 9 days total, with 7 days escorted tour with English speaking guide
  • Accommodation with private facilities throughout
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum and refreshments
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur
  • Entrance to Herring-Era Museum

Your holiday excludes:

  • Blue Lagoon transfer and entry (pre-bookable)
  • Any extras, drinks, gratuities and personal expenses

Optional Tour Activities- Book with your Guide locally:

  • Boat tour on the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon(Day 3, 45 mins, ISK 5,800).
  • Super jeep tour on Vatnajökull glacier(Day 3, 4 hrs, ISK 26,000).
  • Myvatn Nature Baths(Day 5, ISK 5.000, 3.300 for 65 years or older).
  • Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar (Day 5, 1-2 hrs, ISK 7,500-11,000). 
  • Sailing / Sea angling / Whale watching (dep. on season) in Akureyri(day 6, 3 - 3.5 hrs, ISK 11,000- minimum 6 people required to guarantee departure).

Prices shown are TBC and subject to change.

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★★★★ Icelandair Hotel Reykjavík Natura, Reykjavík (1 night either side of the tour)

★★★ Icelandair Hotel Vik or Hotel Kria, Vik (1 night) 

★★★ Hotel Höfn , Höfn (1 night) 

★★★ Icelandair Hotel Herad, Egilsstadir (1 night) 

★★★ Sel-Hotel Myvatn, Myvatn (1 night) 

★★★★ Hotel Siglo, Siglufjörður (1 night)  

★★★ Icelandair Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes (1 night)

Please note that if any of the above are not available, they will be changed to hotels of a similar standard and location. If you'd like to extend your stay with an extra night in Reykjavík before of after the tour please speak to our Reservations Team who will be happy to request this for you.

Departure dates

  • 05 May 2021
  • 09 June 2021
  • 14 July 2021
  • 09 August 2021
  • 15 September 2021

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Please note that this tour is not exclusive to Inghams and there may be guests from other tour operators. Tours and their itineraries may be subject to change. Where this becomes necessary, and where practicable, we will take the steps as outlined in clause 5 of ourterms and conditions.

This accommodation is not available to be booked online, please call our Reservations Team on 01483 791111 to book or for further information

Due to the constantly changing nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we may need to change or withdraw at short notice some advertised accommodation facilities and resort services to help keep everyone safe.

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