Iceland: Reykjavik to the Glaciers6 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
Multilingual Tour Director
Select entrance fees
Why You'll Love It
Reykjavik’s vibrant art & music scene
The relaxing, rejuvenating Blue Lagoon
Great Geysir—namesake of all other geysers
Golden Waterfall—the most powerful in Europe
South Iceland’s stunning glaciers
Black sand beaches & towering bird cliffs
Overnight Flight1 night
Reykjavik4 nights - hotel info
Admire the green architecture and abstract art in Reykjavik
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.
Soak up the revitalizing sulfurs of the Blue Lagoon
Optional Excursion - Whale Watching Cruise
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 sulphurous 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.
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.
Marvel at Iceland’s natural magnificence around the Golden Circle
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 geysir now describes every erupting gusher of water the world over (including Old Faithful). Try not to stand to close. This geysir 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.
Explore waterfalls, cliffs and glaciers on the South Coast
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 of the South Coast. This excursion is a breathtaking and fulfilling experience you will not want to miss. Tonight, relive memories from your Icelandic journey over a Farewell Dinner.
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.
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.
86.7% of reviewers recommend this tourRead Reviews 
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.
Only negative about the trip was arrival early in the morning. Would have been much better if rooms were available upon arrival. Rest up from the plane ride and then tour the town.
Very Good Tour
I enjoyed everything about the tour from the hotel, to the sights, to the food.
Iceland was more than I expected. The views and landscapes were glorious. We had a situation with the bus one day and the driver quickly made the repairs and we were back on our way. Ingenuity strikes again. Also due to some inclement weather, days were switched to accommodate everyone. Great trip period!
We had such a great time on this tour. The airline lost our baggage for a day and a half. It was early May and still very chilly but our tour director let us borrow clothes so we could still participate on the whale watching tour! Our director had a great knowledge of the country and answered every question we could throw at him. Iceland has some of the nicest people around. We talked to many people just walking around and everyone was very friendly and helpful. Even got some chocolate from someone when waiting for a bus! The best parts of the trip were the visits to the glacier, hot springs, and waterfalls. The hot springs were really interesting with the sulfur water. Try not to get your hair in the water. It took 5 washes to get it back normal! My friend and I also did an extra tour on a day with some downtime where we got to go inside a dormant volcano. That was one of the most unique things I've ever done. I'm a vegetarian and the food was amazing over there. Not one bad eating experience. I highly recommend Iceland as a place to visit and this tour really did a great job showing what Iceland has to offer.
Iceland is a fabulous place to visit.
If you are looking for a place where nature is pretty much unblemished then Iceland is for you. My wife and I were blown away by the picturesque topography which included: beautiful waterfalls, jagged peaks, lush green countryside and nice people. Travel in August was nice but a bit chilly 50- 60 degrees F and with a steady to heavy breeze you need to pack appropriately. The drinking water is some of the best in the world! In Reykjavik, two blocks from the Centrum Hotel is the Volcano House-- a neat coffee house type place run by geologist and volcanologist, must visit.
good but not best
The Icelandic flight was poor. I would recommend a different airline. Iceland was interesting but not my best tour. It was very expensive. Most of what I saw was volcanic rock & lupins (beautiful purple flower). The waterfalls & geysers were beautiful but we have those in the USA. The history & legends about elves was interesting. The food was excellent.
Love waterfalls, this is for you!
Our tour director was excellent, knowledgeable about the history of the Vikings, and the scenery, especially the waterfalls were breathtaking. The thermal water of the Blue Lagoon is not to be missed. Gunner, our guide, is also a folk singer, and sang to us on route to the airport. Nice touch! Rain and fog blocked our view of the volcano which would have been fabulous to have seen. But our guide did his best, by showing us photo's and "real ash" from the volcano! Unseasonal heavy rain for July made traveling somewhat soggy. The one sunny day was gorgeous and the waterfall we saw that day was magnificent.
My first trip with Go Ahead
Overall this was a great experience. The hotel was clean, quiet, centrally located and the cuisine was excellent. Our local tour guide, Gunnar, was very knowledgeable. Reykjavik was a walkable and charming city.