Iceland: Reykjavik to the Glaciers6 days Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Overnight Flight 1 night
Day 1: Travel day
Board an overnight flight to Reykjavik.
Reykjavik 4 nights Hotel info
Day 2: Arrival in Reykjavik
Included meals: 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 the gushing Seljalandsfoss waterfall
• View the Eyjafjallajökull volcano
• Marvel at the beauty of the Sólheimajökull glacier (weather permitting)
• Walk on the South Coast’s black sands
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.
Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $95)
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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I loved Iceland!
This trip was a great overview of the country. Anyone who loves beautiful scenery and natural, untouched landscapes will enjoy this trip. Go Ahead did a great job of packing in a tremendous amount of sights in a short time period. Our Tour Guide Gunnar has a true love of his country that was so expressed in all he told us about Iceland, its customs and even its elves and trolls! The hotel was in a perfect location which made meals and shopping very easy. The hotel staff was great and so was the food there. I have a few suggestions to improve on this trip. First, the title, “Reykjavik to the Glaciers” is misleading. We only saw one glacier and that was from a distance due to the weather and slippery conditions. It should be changed to something like “An Introduction to Iceland” which is really what the trip was. Second, there was only one optional excursion to go Whale Watching. Since the weather in Iceland changes so often, this excursion was cancelled. That was disappointing. It would have been nice if a rain-substitute was in place. I enjoyed shopping in Reykjavik, but would have preferred to fill that time with the opportunity to do something else in the country. Finally, there was no trip extension. Trip extensions seem to be the rule for the majority of Go Ahead tours, but not this one. Since the trip was so short, I would have loved to extend my stay there to see more of the island. Many of my tour companions felt the same way. All in all, I still recommend this trip. Iceland was beautiful!
Thank you very much for traveling with Go Ahead, and for taking the time to provide this thoughtful review. Iceland is one of our favorite destinations, and we are so glad that you loved the beautiful scenery visited. Thank you for the suggestions that you mention in your review. We are always looking for ways to improve our tours, and do so based on our traveler feedback. We are also always looking for new and exciting itinerary opportunities to offer, and have sent your feedback to our Product Development team, who are in the process of building a more extensive Iceland tour! Thank you again for sharing your observations, and we hope to welcome you onto a future Go Ahead tour!
Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 29, 2015
What an Adventure!
This was a fantastic short trip !!! From the Continental Divide, to the Great Geysers, Glaciers, and Waterfalls; from the ferocious southern beach waves and black sands to the tranquil, peaceful blue waters of the Blue Lagoon, there is so much to see in Iceland. The tour director once again highlighted this trip and made it extremely enjoyable. A bit on the pricey side but totally worth it. If you have a limited amount of time and want an "out-of-the-box" experience, this is the trip for you! Thank you Go Ahead once again for an unforgettable adventure.
Unique and Beautiful
Unique and beautiful, Iceland is geological wonder-volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers, and continual drift to name a few. Iceland is at the juncture of two tectonic plates - the North American plate and the Eurasian plate. Iceland also has glaciers from which they get all of their fresh water. The only place I have visited where I was comfortable drinking the water. The hotel was centrally located. Food was great—never a bad meal. I really enjoyed the trip in spite of the wind and rain EVERY day. We were disappointed that the whale watch was canceled due to the weather but maybe next time.. Gunner, our tour director, was personable and full of knowledge. Although bad weather curtailed a few activities, we had an outstanding experience . My only wish (other than the weather) would have been to have more time at some of the spectacular locations. I would suggest that the tour be increased to an entire week. The only negative was the weather.
Iceland... nature's forces at work
Our four full days on Icelandic soil provided an excellent introduction to some of the amazing natural wonders for which the country is famous. After having landed in Reykjavik early Sunday morning, we were ready to begin touring with our congenial group of 28 travelers. The Hotel Reykjavik Centrum was very comfortable; breakfast buffets provided a bountiful supply of foods; the staff was helpful; the location was truly unbeatable... near restaurants, souvenir shops, several grocery stores, a post office, a large bookstore, and a number of museums and places of interest. Daily tours were well planned. In spite of daily intervals of drizzle and turn-your-umbrella-inside-out winds, we enjoyed all of the places listed on the itinerary, enthralled with the beauty of the many areas that highlighted nature's forces at work: the dramatic fissure caused by the movement of tectonic plates, the lively Strokkur geyser spouting water high into the air every few minutes, the beauty of Gullfoss with its double cascades and elusive shimmering rainbows, Seljalandsfoss for which there is a pathway behind the falls, majestic Skógafoss waterfall, the waves pounding the beautiful basalt beach at Reynisfjara with its puffin cliffs, sea stacks, and view of the rocky sea arch of Durhóhaey, and the iconic Blue Lagoon. We enjoyed touring Reykjavik with the group and on our own during our free time. Our driver transported us with safety in mind. Our Tour Director, Gunnar, was so personable and knowledgeable! Additionally, during longer portions of our bus rides, he recounted delightful fairy and folk tales filled with elves and trolls, as well as a famous saga. In the bus and at our farewell dinner, he played the guitar and regaled the group with Icelandic songs. The meals provided during the tour were varied and of high quality. A few additional notes: 1. No water to buy! The water is potable so fill a water bottle and save money. 2. The high gusts of wind we experienced made carrying an umbrella pointless. The weather was quite changeable but having a water repellent jacket with a hood did the trick (for rain showers and for spray from waterfalls!) 3. The view from the top of the tower of Hallgrimskirkja (church) is absolutely unbeatable... well worth the price of a ticket. Don't miss it! 4. Reykjavik was a great town to explore by walking. We enjoyed the bright house colors and surprising murals and statues at almost every turn. At no time did we not feel safe.
Iceland was above my expectation. This was the only European country I could drink the water anywhere (all the water is from natural source), I didn't buy any bottle water!!! Saved $$$. The scenery was wonderful. Many waterfalls, cliffs, Puffins, geothermal hot spots, volcanic fields, etc. Very friendly people and English was spoken by all. Look forward to visiting again. Tour director (Gunnar) was very knowledgeable and went the extra the mile to ensure we all had a good trip.
Wonderful Country- Iceland
Iceland was a wonderful country to visit, clean, safe, the air is so fresh and the water so pure. The city of Reykjavik has a lot of things to do and see. The natural wonders of the country were magnificent. Our tour director was the best.
great overview of Iceland
There is so much to see in Iceland. 4 days gets you to see most of the text book sites. This tour did cover all of this very well. I suggest that this tour be extended a few more days or add an extension so that you can cover NW Iceland and other more remote locations. I hopped over to Bergen from Iceland which is a very short trip and so convenient. At the very least I hope to go back and see some of the sights I didn't see the first time around and possibly team that up with other European cities - check out Icelandic air and their free stopover policy - great value. The hotel was conveniently located, the tour director did a great job and there were fun people to travel with.
Mystery and Beauty Awaits
The journey commenced on July 18, 2015 with the first leg originating at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and ending at JFK International Airport in Jamaica, New York. From there we had an overnight flight to Reykjavik, Iceland. All flights were smooth and uneventful. We arrived in Reykjavik at about 8 am after accounting for a four hour time difference. In other words, they are four hours ahead of us in the eastern US. We were met at the Reykjavik Airport by our tour director, Helga H. Helga was everything you have always read about Scandinavian women stereotypically. She was blonde, blue-eyed and attractive. Maybe I should stop right there with my description. Helga turned out to be like all the tour directors we have had with Go Ahead in the respect that she was personable, knowledgeable and very efficient in her guidance. Our first stop was at City Center in downtown Reykjavik. This is the historic area and the location of our four-star hotel the Reykjavik Centrum. The Centrum was a comfortable, somewhat quaint hotel with a great restaurant. Location was one its greatest assets. It was within a few blocks of many shops and restaurants. We always felt safe in this city. I sensed an attitude of pride which was echoed by the comments of Helga. After all, it is known as the greenest city on earth. After getting checked in at the hotel, we were taken on a jaunt in and around the city. We saw so much that it’s hard to enumerate. Among the most outstanding to me were: Restaurant Perlan, better known as “The Pearl”; Hofoi House, the location of the Reagan/Gorbachev summit in 1986; Hallgrim’s Church, shaped like the space shuttle; and the Old Town Center with its many unique structures. All travelers met in the Centrum restaurant for the welcome dinner. What a wonderful first day! Two words…Golden Circle! What a golden circle this turned out to be. The Golden Circle is a ring of some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders. The journey began with a stop at Thingvellir National Park. Next was the Great Geyser Geothermal Area where the Great Strokkur geyser put on a show for us shooting some 200 feet into the sky. Gullfoss deserves its title as the Golden Waterfall. This was a beautiful, awe inspiring work of natural art. The size of it is magnificent as it plunges over multiple landings giving a “staircase” effect. It also turns and meanders to its eventual bottom. To see this alone made the trip worthwhile. Only God could make something so magnificent. In fact, it had to be saved from being developed to produce electricity by a sane person. Iceland has as many waterfalls per square mile as anywhere on Earth. We were treated to many of them…mostly not named…as we rode along on this wonderful Golden Circle. Just as I thought it couldn’t get any prettier, we headed out on our day four outing to the south coast. The southernmost tip of Iceland is the location of some of the world’s most magnificent scenery. Today we got to go behind a towering waterfall and get a totally unique perspective as the waters roared over the cliff in front of us. When we reached the southernmost tip of the country, I finally saw what I considered to be the single most breathtaking sight of this long list. The mountainside that faced the Atlantic Ocean was covered with rock formations resembling a huge collection of quartz crystals reaching toward the heavens. Cave entrances were covered in dark colored rocks. And the green cliff faces contrasted beautifully with the black onyx-colored beach that was made of slick, flat pebbles. I could not believe my eyes. Just to top off the day was a visit to the giant glacier near the village named Vik. How could so many wondrous sites be packed into one day? It was a day that made you feel you were honored to return to your hotel exhausted and inspired. The last day of the trip…more fun to be had. First, we headed out into the Atlantic Ocean to do some whale watching. The mighty creatures did not disappoint us as they partially surfaced many times. We really looked cute in our protective gear. The last item on this packed itinerary was a visit to the large sulfurous lake known as the Blue Lagoon. The lagoon is made up of a state of the art changing and bathing area and a large pool filled with light blue, therapeutic water. Each visitor was required to bathe before entering the lagoon for sanitary reasons. Since the pool contained no caustic chemicals, each person was expected to maintain the purity of the geothermal waters by cleansing their bodies before entry. The waters are supposed to have therapeutic effects on both mind and body. The jury is still out for me on that issue. Regardless, it was a fun experience for all who went in. Like all tours, this one ended with a sumptuous farewell meal. All extended a hand in friendship and wishes for good fortune in the future. It was a fitting ending to a great adventure for the mind’s eye. I would say to one and all, if you ever have an opportunity to travel to this special place, do all you can to make it happen. Thanks to Iceland for all the beauty you showed to us on this wonderful adventure.
Add Iceland to your bucket list!
My husband I went to Iceland and highly recommend it to everyone! The country is so beautiful, with natural wonders such as water falls, volcanos, glaciers and spectacular views and cool/clean air/weather. It was like a dream... almost like being on a foreign planet. The people were also very friendly, helpful and everyone spoke English.
Iceland is amazing!
Another great Go Ahead Tour. Iceland has been on my bucket list since I was a kid and we finally made it happen. We were in France for a week, so this was a logical stopping off place on the return back to the States. We were fortunate to have such nice weather during our stay, which accentuated the incredible scenery. Where else can you go to find ancient and recent lava flows, geysers, waterfalls and glaciers, whales and puffins all in the same proximity?! The trip was definitely worth it. Our tour guide, Helga H., was the best you could hope for. Very caring, knowledgeable and spoke excellent English and she went out of her way to answer any questions or to assist anyone in the group who had special requests. The itinerary is full with very little free time. Our only suggestion would be to add an extra full day that could be used for optional tours and just free time to visit museums and shop. Although it is advertised as a six day tour, you arrive on Day 2 in the early morning and leave early on Day 6, so there are only 4 days to actually experience the many wonders of Iceland. An extra day would fit well. The accommodations at the Hotel Centrum were fine, the meals that were provided were very good, and the excursions were well-planned using a very comfortable bus. If you have never considered Iceland as a destination, you should do your research and see what is there. It is well worth the trip and Go Ahead makes it do easy.