Iceland: Reykjavik to the Glaciers6 days Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day
Board an overnight flight to Reykjavik.
Reykjavik4 nights Hotel info
Day 2: Arrival in Reykjavik
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Welcome to Iceland! Get a feel for Reykjavik, often called the greenest city on Earth, with your Tour Director leading the way.
• See the Höfôi House, Restaurant Perlan and the presidential residence at Bessastadir
• Visit Hallgrim’s Church and the University District
• Pass Old Town Center, Parliament and the modern City Hall
• Glimpse the artwork of Ásmundur Sveinsson and Einar Jónsson, both famous Icelandic artists
Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner this evening.
Day 3: The Golden Circle
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Leave the bustle of Reykjavik behind as you travel the Golden Circle, a ring of some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders.
• Stop at Thingvellir National Park to see the Althing, an open-air governmental assembly that was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798
• Explore the Great Geysir Geothermal Area, located in the Haukadalur Valley
• Discover Gullfoss, or the Golden Waterfall, a natural wonder and the most powerful waterfall in Europe
Day 4: The South Coast
Included meals: Breakfast
Embark on an excursion to the South Coast, a lowland region of lush farmland, striking waterfalls, beaches, glaciers and picturesque villages.
• Stand behind a gushing waterfall
• View the Eyjafjallajökull volcano
• Feel the power of a glacier beneath your feet (weather permitting)
• Stop in the village of Skógar to see recreated Viking houses
• Walk on the black sands of the country’s South Coast
Day 5: The Blue Lagoon
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Spend the morning exploring on your own or add an excursion.
This afternoon, travel to the Blue Lagoon, a famed geothermal spa known for its restorative properties.
• Float weightlessly in the ethereal light-blue waters
• Choose to purchase therapeutic spa treatments and massages
Say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.
Optional Excursion - Whale Watching Cruise $85*pp Details
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 through late September.
Day 6: Departure
Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Passport & Visa Requirements
In order to enter Iceland, 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
All destinations operate on the European standard 220 volts.
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.
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.
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.
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Gunnar the Guide
Our tour director was named Gunner, which he referred to himself as Gunnar the Guide. He was very knowledgeable about Iceland and knew all the places to go and see. He tried to get to know all of us and joked around with us on the bus trips to and from different places. He told us about places we should check out as well as eat and places to avoid. If you like being outdoors, this is the trip for you. You experience all of the seasons as well as different environments. We were on black sandy beaches one day, to seeing waterfalls the next, to being on a glacier, to being in the geothermal pools. Overall the Iceland trip was amazing. Go Ahead did a great job putting this together. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone and would definitely go back myself!
Iceland is absolutely wonderful. The landscape with mountains, glaciers, lava fields, black pebble beaches, waterfalls, is unbelievable. The tour was an excellent introduction to the western half of the country, and most definitely makes me want to return and travel around the entire country. The tour guide was very nice but not as attentive or as informative as our guide in Italy (he was excellent--so maybe I've been spoiled). But overall, an excellent experience, and I'm booking my next Go Ahead tour today.
Though briefer than I'd have liked, this tour of Iceland had it all: magnificent scenery, good companions in our group, a fantastic tour guide (Helga), and a wide range of good food. Iceland has waterfalls all over the place! Some are thin rivulets of water slipping down a hillside; others are thunderous streams diving over a cliff to the land below. Gullfoss was an incredibly powerful waterfall--truly majestic. We were there at just the right time of day: the sun and water combination offered a beautiful rainbow arching over the imposing falls. Unfortunately, our trip to the glacier was canceled because of the instability of the volcano bubbling away beneath it. However, we did travel to the coast near Vik where the beach has black sand. Nearby are unusual basalt columns. This is a "puffin area." I didn't get to see one up close and personal--as I'd hoped to do. But I DID see one . . . so I was happy! The old adage about "getting there is half the fun" is not true of this tour. BEING there is all the fun!
Very strange landscape is worth a visit
Iceland is an incredibly volcanic landscape that is worth a visit just for that. Even though we liked that it was a pretty short tour, still an extra day might have been useful -- when the group went whale watching and to the Blue Lagoon we did other things that might have been appealing to other members of the group if the opportunity was available to them.
Iceland, what a delightful trip! We loved the crisp cool air, volcanoes, glaciers, puffins, Arctic terns, whales, waterfalls, sheep, Blue Lagoon, and, of course, the food. One recommendation: change the whale watching optional to the early evening so that it does not interfere with the possibility of visiting museums, etc.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.