Iceland: Reykjavik to the Glaciers

6 days / Nature & Wildlife Tours
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About This Experience

Inhale fresh Icelandic air; discover geysers and waterfalls; tap into the restorative powers of the northern isle. Your home base is Reykjavik, famed for progressive thinking and high standards of living. From here, you can see the best of Iceland, including the enticing Blue Lagoon, the inspiring Golden Circle and the otherworldly beauty of South Iceland.

Your Tour Includes

  • Round-trip airfare & transfers

  • 4 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing

  • Multilingual Tour Director

  • Select entrance fees

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  • Reykjavik, Iceland
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Overnight Flight1 night

Day1

Set sail for an Icelandic adventure

Board an overnight flight aboard an internationally recognized airline to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.

Reykjavik4 nights - hotel info

Day2

Admire the green architecture and abstract art in Reykjavik

Breakfast, Dinner

Restaurant Perlan, Hallgrim's Church

Welcome to Iceland! A Go Ahead representative will greet you after you clear customs and escort you to your hotel. This afternoon, your Tour Director will introduce you to Reykjavik, often called the greenest city on Earth (green as in energy-conscious, that is). You’ll see the Presidential residence at Bessastadir, the Restaurant Perlan (the Pearl), and Höfôi House, which was the location of the 1986 summit between President Regan and Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev. Next, you’ll visit the towering Hallgrim’s Church, the University District, the Old Town Center, Parliament and the new City Hall. You’ll also catch a glimpse of the artwork of Ásmundur Sveinsson and Einar Jónsson, two famous Icelandic artists. Get to know your fellow travelers at this evening’s Welcome Dinner.

Day3

Marvel at Iceland’s natural magnificence around the Golden Circle

Breakfast, Lunch

Thingvellir National Park

On today’s full-day excursion, you’ll leave the bustle of Reykjavik behind as you travel the Golden Circle, a ring of some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders. Your journey begins with a stop at Thingvellir National Park, where you’ll get to see the Althing, an open-air governmental assembly that was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. For two weeks each year, the assembly would set laws—defined as a covenant between free men—and settle disputes. As you can imagine, the Althing has deep historical and symbolic meaning for the people of Iceland. Next, it’s off to explore the Great Geysir Geothermal Area, located in the Haukadalur Valley. Derived from the Icelandic word gjósa, meaning “to erupt,” the word geyser now describes every erupting gusher of water the world over (including Old Faithful). Try not to stand too close. This geyser has been known to shoot boiling water up to 200 feet in the air. Finally, you’ll end your tour of the Golden Circle at Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall. Europe’s most powerful waterfall, it is one of the natural wonders of the world.

Day4

Explore waterfalls, cliffs and glaciers on the South Coast

Breakfast

This morning, embark on a full-day excursion to the South Coast. A lowland region of lush farmland, striking waterfalls, beaches, glaciers and picturesque towns and villages, South Iceland is a region replete with great historical significance—those who have studied the Icelandic saga of the burning of Njáll will be enthralled—and even greater natural beauty. Stand behind a gushing waterfall, gaze at natural rock formations and feel the awe-inspiring power of a glacier beneath your feet (if conditions allow). Then stop in the village of Vík, where you’ll have time for lunch and a chance to take in the impressive bird cliffs and walk on the unique black sands of the South Coast. This excursion is a breathtaking and fulfilling experience you will not want to miss.

Day5

Soak up the revitalizing sulfurs of the Blue Lagoon

Optional Excursion - Whale Watching Cruise

Breakfast, Dinner

The Blue Lagoon

Spend a free morning exploring Reykjavik at your leisure, taking in its quaint homes and wonderful shops and galleries. Alternatively, you can opt to depart on a three-hour whale watching expedition (seasonal), where you’ll catch a glimpse of such great whales as minkes, orcas and humpbacks. This afternoon, rejoin your group for one of the most anticipated excursions on your tour: the Blue Lagoon. A large sulfurous lake, a swim in the Blue Lagoon will leave you feeling as if you’ve just floated in on a cloud. Promoting the harmony of body, mind and spirit, a soak in the Blue Lagoon will renew your kinship with nature—thanks to the stunning scenery all around you—and leave you with a lasting feeling of peace. And if you wish, you can purchase spa treatments and massages that take place both in and out of the water. Tonight, relive memories from your Icelandic journey over a Farewell Dinner.

Optional Excursions

Whale Watching Cruise $85* pp

On this three-hour cruise, you’ll journey into the aquatic world of whales. Keep an eye out for minke whales, orcas, humpback whales and playful dolphins and porpoises. Where there are whales, sea birds are never far behind, including the gannet, puffin, guillemot razorbill, cormorant, kittiwake, sea gull, tern and many more. Please note: This excursion runs from early May to late September.

Day6

Pack up your memories and return to the mainland

Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

A Go Ahead representative helps you transfer to the airport to board your return flight home.

Passport & Visa Requirements

This tour includes Iceland. In order to enter these countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport. The expiration date must extend at least six months beyond the date of your return home. No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your particular entry requirements.

Baggage Allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & Packing Tips

Iceland tends to be cool and often damp at certain times of year. Loose-fitting, layered clothing that can accommodate varying temperatures will probably be most comfortable. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are recommended for sightseeing. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any eventuality—a lightweight sports jacket and rainwear are advised. If you plan to visit an elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable with something formal to wear. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).

Health

There are no major health risks when traveling to Iceland. However, it is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates.

Cuisine

Every island nation should be known for its seafood— and Iceland is no exception. Wherever you go, you’ll find the freshest fish and seafood offerings as well as many delightful Icelandic offerings.

Transportation

Flights arrive in and depart from Reykjavik. Included transportation on “Iceland: Reykjavik to the Glaciers” is by private motorcoach. In your free time, most locations are best accessed on foot.

Electricity

All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.

Time Zones

Iceland is one hour behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time (EST). When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5 p.m. in Reykjavik.

Currency

The Icelandic Krona is the currency you will be using on your tour. Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it is worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive. We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed. You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. We suggest that you inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it is customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’scurrency, the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD/CAD per local guide. Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Super Experience

Iceland is beautiful and intreaging. The people are open, friendly and speak English! That certainly helps. But the catalyst for turning interesting into memorable was our tour guide, Gunnar. His professionalism, ability to detail everything from flora and geology to folk lore and his wit truly enhanced the experience. Although I am not new to traveling, this was my first rip alone--without family or friend. I must admit that I was aprehensive. There was no need! Everyone was wonderfully friendly and inclusive. There were so many interesting experiences to share that you were drawn to speak and "ooo and ah" with everyone else.


4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/6/2013

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NJ

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour minus Icelandair

The tour was great! Seeing the geysers, the Blue Lagoon (heavenly!), the waterfalls...not to mention hearing about the impact of the 2010 volcano eruption on the family who live on the farm below the volcano-just amazing! It was unfortunate that everything was so expensive (!) there. I was not impressed with Icelandair....at all! Our original flight was cancelled u to "mechanical difficulties"--I'm not faulting that--I wasn't to be safe. But thy failed to communicate with us what about what was going on until we pressed them for information. Then we had to stand in line for three-and-a-half hours to be rescheduled when they led us to believe we would be expedited. And the cost of food in-flight!!! I have never been on an international flight where you had to pay for food ( I flew to Europe twice last year and several times previously)

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 5

From: NY

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Fantastic Trip

This trip was beautiful. We saw waterfalls, caves, black sand and much more. The guide was very knowledgeable about the history and land formations of Iceland. The downfall of this trip was the air transportation. We had layovers that were 5 hours and 4 hours long. It took us 12 hours to get to New York and we live in Wisconsin. I would definitely suggest going on the Iceland tour. You might want to book your own flight.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: WI

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Tour Start to Finish

Excellent trip! The overnight flight from NY was like taking a red eye from LA to NY, not too bad as long as you are prepared for it and the following day. We arrived in Iceland around 9a and were immediately greeted by Gunnar and led to the bus. Our hotel rooms were ready later in the day, following the city tour but before lunch. The hotel was nice & clean, and perfectly located in the center of town. Each day was filled with fun activities, the waterfalls and the Blue Lagoon were amazing. More time at some of the stops, the waterfalls & the lagoon would have been nice but the time spent at each stop was ample. We skipped the whale watching tour, which apparently did not have much to see. Gunnar was an excellent, friendly and accommodating guide, and the bus driver was courteous and most importantly, safe. The film "Land Ho!" is about to be released and appears to include many of the stops on this trip. Take advantage of this tour before it becomes too popular.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: NY

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

Beautiful But Breezy

Even though I read all I could about Iceland, I was not prepared for the weather in July being so windy. I mean so windy that I could hardly walk. Thankfully this lasted just one day. I thought overall the weather would be a little warmer. A lot of clouds and breeze kept the temperature from feeling warm. So fellow travelers bring extra layers even if traveling in July. I bought a hat (not for sun) and I did bring gloves which I needed. I am not from a warm climate. As for the tour itself it was wonderful. I was a little disappointed that the tour director did not post times for meeting. I missed my first day tour as I arrived a day early and there was no information for me. This could have been avoided and is really my only complaint. The food on the tour and purchasing in town is much better than I thought. Most food was just delicious especially chicken dishes. I was disappointed we did not visit a Glacier but we did see everything else as outlined in the tour. I did not go on the whale watching tour because of the weather and there were no whales. We were told this was the first time ever. The tour operate did give a voucher good for 2 years for another free whale watching trip. The hotel was great for location and very comfortable. The reviews I read on other websites did not do this hotel justice. This was my first tour with Go Ahead and I look forward to many more.

4 / 5

Traveled On: 7/4/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: NY

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Beautiful Location, Great Tour Director

Iceland is a very beautiful place to travel with plenty of sites to see. This tour is nice for a short, week long getaway. You get to see many of the big highlights, but don't have time to see everything. The Blue Lagoon is must see. The waterfalls and geysers are wonderful. The tour director was great and very knowledgeable. Reykjavik in a nice city and the food is good. I went in July and saw 24-hour sunlight for the first time. That can be very rough on your sleep habits. The weather was good, mostly sunny with highs in the 50's the whole time. The optional excursion for Whale Watching was a dud on this trip, we did not see anything. Our tour director said that was the first time he'd ever taken the Whale Watching trip and not seen anything.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 7/5/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: CO

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A "Buy" Signal

I was amazed that we were able to fit so much into such a short time. This tour is the best getaway ever. GoAhead did an excellent job of booking the flights with adequate time between connections. Our guide, the hotel and the included meals were outstanding. Reykjavik is very walkable. Our hotel was centrally located. There may be rain. Take a raincoat with a hood, in addition to an umbrella, as there can also be wind. I didn't join the crowd around the bar in the Blue Lagoon. I wish I had because, besides serving drinks, they take free photographs of you in the Lagoon and email them for you. When you see the prices in Iceland you will realize what great value Go Ahead provided. Don't miss the fish and chips!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 7

From: CA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Gunnar is wonderful

We normally do not travel on tours but decided to try one for Iceland. I was pleasantly surprised and think Gunnar did a wonderful job.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 6/21/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: PA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Iceland, a place of relaxation

My trip to Iceland was one of great beauty and time to slow down and see what was around me. The tour started with a tour of the city of Reykjavik. It was a city of moderate size and with plenty to see. One forgets that Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed a treaty in Reykjavik to reduce nuclear arms or that Bobby Fisher won the Chess World Title. Also, one gets to see one of the tallest churches in the world. One that stands out against the landscape of the city. Our tour guide, Ingge, was extremely knowledge about it seems everything. There wasn't a question that we asked that he didn't know the answer to it. The rest of the week was filled with sites of waterfalls, volcanoes, geysirs, geothermal ponds, and the black volcanic beaches of Iceland. The scenery was extremely breathtaking and relaxing. The time spent at the Blue Lagoon was so relaxing, it beacons you not to leave. At the end of the tour, I was ready to move to Iceland and live a life of slower pace that what I am accustomed to. So if your looking for some relaxation and a slower pace then Iceland is definitely for you.

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

What an amazing country!

I can't say enough about this tour! If you have't been to Iceland yet, you must GO! The geography and history of Iceland is just astounding. I saw so many amazing natural wonders...between the waterfalls, and the volcanoes.....!!! And oh my, I would have moved into the Blue Lagoon if they would have let me. Our hotel was in a superb central location, and our your guide Ingi, was just the best!

5 / 5

Traveled On: 5/10/2014

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

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