Iceland: Reykjavik to the Glaciers6 days Nature & Wildlife Tours
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Maximum tour group size: 35 travelers
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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: 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.
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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Excellent first tour!
This was my first time traveling with Go Ahead and I was very impressed. Even before leaving on the tour the phone center was more than helpful with any questions I had. The tour itself was great! Every place we visited was better than the previous location. My fiancé and I loved it and we look forward to booking more tours with Go Ahead.
Fabulous unless you have dietary restrictions
Almost everything about our tour of Iceland was fantastic. I was excited about having fresh fish and seafood along with locally grown vegetables. Despite the excellent chefs, my request for accommodation with dietary restrictions was not communicated successfully. I came home very sick and frustrated that something so preventable was not handled better.
Dear Kate, We are so pleased that you found your recent tour of Iceland to be fantastic! We regret to hear that you experienced difficulty with your personal dietary restrictions. We understand that our travelers have a wide variety of needs, and we do our best to accommodate those who may need alternate meals prepared. We are looking into the situation you encountered on tour, and are working diligently to ensure that such circumstances do not arise in the future. We are addressing your concerns with your Tour Director’s manager, as well as with our operations team. We once again would like to extend our apologies, and thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We do hope that you will travel with Go Ahead again in the future.
Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | July 30, 2015
Great tour, great tour director!
This was a fabulous tour. Our tour director was wonderful/fabulous! The places we went to see, the history and facts provided to us, the hotel, the restaurants included were fantastic. I totally love Iceland! I wish I had purchased more souvenirs for friends here in the U.S., particularly from the hotel gift shot and the Blue Lagoon shop. The hotel breakfasts were out of this world buffet, and of course included herrings and salmon. The included meals were great. I love fish, and all the fresh fish we had is incomparable to anything I've had before. Everything fresh, clean, no pesticides on the veggies grown in hothouses. First dinner in hotel was wonderful. Final dinner in restaurant downtown was great. Best water I've ever had, and I grew up in NYC where water is good. I purchased sushi in hotel for one dinner, and it was fabulous -- I think there was rhubarb in the sushi :-) The geysers, the waterfalls, the Viking history, the art in parks, watching residents bicycle, observing the sheep, going to lava beach, the blue lagoon.... all great.
Iceland is awesome
Iceland is an amazing place. We actually stayed an extra 9 days beyond the tour's end and rented a car and drove around the Ring Road. The sights are amazing. The people are very warm and friendly. Go Ahead Tours does an excellent job of finding lodging that is right in the middle of everything. Our hotel was within easy walking distance to great shopping, restaurants and bars. Overall it was an amazing trip.
An Icebreaker Tour - You will want to return for more
My only complaint about this tour is that it is too short! The hotel is located right in the heart of the city and you can walk to many restaurants, shops and museums. Our tour guide was informative and friendly. He included a few stops that were not on the agenda but we had the time to add them because we were a small group of 13 who were very punctual. Each day got progressively more fasciniating. We went from the city tour on our first full day to a magical day of touring waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, geysirs and black sand beaches on our second to last full day. On our last day we had the optional whale watch (no luck with the whales, but I did see 12 puffins). Later that day we went to the Blue Lagoon. Although the Blue Lagoon was a nice, different experience, I must admit it did not live up to my expectations. My most vivid memory will be of watching rainbows form at the waterfalls, including double rainbows. And the memory that makes me laugh is of me walking on a moss covered lava field and then falling. I feared the injuries I would sustain falling on sharp lava but I was so relieved when I landed. The moss had cushioned my fall and I only had 2 tiny scratches on my left pinkie finger. Even though I fell on lava, it felt like I had fallen on a cloud!
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.