Enchanting Iceland

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per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

8 Days

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Introduction

Iceland, “The Land of Ice and Fire,” is as dramatic as it is beautiful. You will never forget the impressive displays of Mother Nature’s might that still dominate the landscape of this remote country, the home of ancient Vikings, friendly locals, and stunning nature.

Trip includes

  • Hotel Accommodations: Includes 6 nights of hotel accommodations based on twin/double occupancy in moderate hotels.

  • Sightseeing: and special events as listed in the tour itinerary.

  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 1 dinner provided on tour.

  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.

  • Service: Your tour is accompanied throughout by a professionally trained tour director who is knowledgeable on the local area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active


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Trip Highlights

  • Tour the iconic Golden Circle
  • Enjoy lunch overlooking the Blue Lagoon
  • Stroll the black sand beaches of quaint Vík
  • Tour the greenhouses and watch the Icelandic horses at award-winning Fridheimar farm
  • Learn about Iceland’s thrilling Viking history at the Settlement Center
  • Stop at waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, and exposed continental plates
  • Take a late-night Northern Lights outing to chase the spectral natural phenomenon
  • One hotel for your entire tour, which means no packing and unpacking

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Enchanting Iceland

Tours Starts: Reykjavík, Iceland

Tours Ends: Reykjavík, Iceland

Day 1

Depart for Iceland

Your journey begins on your overnight flight to Reykjavík. Hope for clear weather, because Iceland is absolutely spectacular from the air!

Day 2

Arrive in Reykjavík

Welcome to Reykjavík, one of the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world. This tiny Nordic nation is renowned for its dramatic landscapes and near continuous summer daylight. Iceland has grown into one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world in recent years, and for good reason. Meet at the airport this morning to begin your guided tour of Iceland's capital city, Reykjavík. The evening is yours to enjoy at your leisure until guests are invited to sit down for dinner at the hotel. Get acquainted with your traveling companions and learn about the exciting days ahead. (D)

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Day 3

Golden Circle Tour

Experience the rugged natural beauty of Iceland on its most popular day trip—the legendary Golden Circle tour. See Thingvellir National Park, where evidence of Iceland’s dramatic geological and cultural past is laid bare. Thingvellir is a rift valley, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide. It is also the meeting place of Iceland’s parliament, the first in the world, established by 10th century Viking settlers. Strokkur Geyser is the next stop, and one of the most active geysers in the world, where you can watch volcanically heated glacial water explode up to 130 feet in the air several times an hour. Finally, see Gullfoss, the socalled Golden Waterfall that shines a coppery brown on sunny days. Gullfoss is located in the canyon of the Hvítá river, and its dual stage, 105-foot drop, is an impressive conclusion to the Golden circle tour. Your final stop of the day is more focused on Iceland’s innovative people than its jawdropping scenery. Take a tour of Fridheimar geothermal greenhouse and horse farm, where you will see how Icelandic farmers utilize technology and inventive techniques to grow food year-round. You will also have the chance to watch a horse show starring a team of Icelandic horses—petite yet lionhearted steeds that have been raised throughout Iceland since the 10th century. (B)

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Day 4

Reykjanes and Lunch at the Blue Lagoon

Today will take you to the Reykjanes peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geopark famous for its geothermal activity and unusual geological formations including a variety of different volcano types, open faults and fissures, lava stacks, hot springs, mud pools, and steam vents. There is abundant bird life, an especially striking sight against the jagged backdrop of the volcanic rock formations surrounding you. You will then travel to the Blue Lagoon for an included lunch with a truly wonderful view (lagoon entrance not included). The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa rich with minerals that turn the hot water a vivid aqua blue, the ideal backdrop for a nice included meal. (B, L)

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Day 5

South Coast and Seljalandsfoss

The South Coast of Iceland is full of outstanding scenery, much of which you will observe today! You'll travel to Vík, a village located on the very tip of Iceland, dramatically flanked between two mountains and distinguished by its tiny size, sparse development, and deep black sands. Vík is a stunning small town that will show you the less touristy side of Iceland. Today also includes a trip to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, one of the best-known waterfalls in the country and an awe-inspiring display of the power of water. On a sunny day, you’ll likely see a rainbow in the 200-foot tall wall of cascading water. (B)

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Day 6

Icelandic Saga History and Europe’s Largest Hot Spring

Today you will witness Europe’s largest and most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. It sits on farmland and has long been a vital resource for neighboring towns—providing enough hot water for homes and businesses within a 40-mile radius. Its scalding water bubbles out of a rough, algae covered outcrop of rocks, creating a steamy source of power whose might you can see and hear. You'll also visit the spectacular 0.5-mile wide Hraunfossar waterfall, the Hvanneyri Agricultural museum, and an informative local wool center. During your stop at the Settlements Center, learn about Iceland’s early history, and the story of Egil, the Icelandic poet, farmer, and legendary fighter who has become one of Iceland’s most famous “tall tales.” (B)

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Day 7

Leisure Day with Northern Lights Pursuit

Your last full day in Iceland will give you the perfect chance to relax and take in the splendor of Reykjavík, or to participate in an exciting optional day trip (additional cost). But before your tour comes to an end, you'll enjoy one final special night out — the included Northern Lights pursuit! Note that the bus will depart after 8:00 PM and return after midnight tonight. While this natural phenomenon may be elusive, the brilliant view will be the highlight of your trip! (B)

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Note: The Northern Lights pursuit may be moved to another day, if conditions allow for optimal viewing then. Seeing this natural phenomenon cannot be guaranteed.

OPTION: BLUE LAGOON DAY TRIPOPTION: BLUE LAGOON DAY TRIP:

Visit one of Iceland’s top tourist attractions! The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is a therapeutic wonder, promoting harmony between body, mind and spirit, enabling bathers to soak away life’s daily stresses. The modern facilities have been developed into a wellness complex including saunas, a warm flowing waterfall, and in-water treatments and massages using the all-natural Blue Lagoon skin care products. This option allows guests to enter the lagoon and includes a guide, comfort package, entrance fee into the lagoon, a towel, algea mask, and one drink of choice for just $184 pp. Please note that The Blue Lagoon requires all bathers to shower before they enter the water. The bottom of the lagoon is rocky and uneven; this event is not recommended to guests with mobility concerns.

Day 8

Depart for Home

After a magnificent trip to remember, today is the day you'll depart for home. (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

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