Iceland Discovery – Intrepid

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Iceland Discovery – Intrepid

Move on to greener pastures full of geothermal springs, glaciers and geysers

Travel to Iceland and delve into the ancient tales of Vikings and volcanoes on this eight-day adventure to its heartlands. Marvel at geothermal hot springs, witness the steamy eruptions of a giant geyser, touch the tongue of Europe’s biggest glacier at Vatnajokull and cruise the Jokulsarlong Glacial Lagoon, see lava that’s still warm after decades and witness the giant Skogafoss and Detifoss waterfalls in all their splendour. Travel through Iceland’s isolated corners and the land of the famous Blue Lagoon – so mysterious and ethereal that they have inspired artists, poets and musicians for centuries. Plus, with a local leader on hand to answer any questions and get you from place to place, you’ll be cruising around this icy isle in no time.

Why you’ll love this trip

  • There’s a lot more to Iceland than ice (and Bjork). Ford the fjords, glaciers, volcanoes and black sand beaches, and consider adding on a visit to the renowned Blue Lagoon for a soak in the geothermal springs.
  • Spend the evening at the quirky farm town of Modrudalur – an isolated settlement and the highest inhabited place in Iceland and enjoy a home-cooked dinner at our guesthouse at Snaefellsnes.
  • Walk to the mottled blue, grey and black tongue of Vatnajokull glacier – an ice cap so large it covers eight per cent of the country – and discover the incredible Skogafoss Waterfall.
  • Glide past blue-white icebergs on an included boat tour of Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and soak up the silence of the surrounding grey sand desert..
  • Experience the unearthly scenery at Namaskard, where steam rises from the sulphuric terrain and take a walk around the lava stacks and caves of Dimmuborgir.

Is this trip right for you?

  • A remote location and high-performing currency are just two reasons Iceland can be an expensive destination. This affects things like museum entrance fees and outdoor activities, but is especially noticeable when eating out. Your leader will be able to advise on how to save money, but in remote areas the only option for dinner will be at the guesthouse we are staying at. Please stock up on food at a supermarket prior to arrival if you would like to opt out eating at the guesthouse’s restaurant.
  • The extremity of the weather makes for incredible scenery, but it also means Iceland can be very cold, especially at the start and end of the season and at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. On the rare occasions your leader must alter the itinerary due to the weather which can cause roads being blocked, sites closure etc. Your leader will discuss the necessary changes and alternatives where possible.
  • In order to access what’s off the beaten track, a few long drives are in order. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know the other members of your group.
  • The facilities will be shared in some of the guest houses that you stay on this trip.
  • On this trip you must pack as lightly as possible because you will be expected to carry your own bag and although you won’t be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we strongly recommend keeping the weight between 15kg / 33lb. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps to accommodate the cobbled streets, uneven surfaces, stairs and steps you are likely to encounter while carrying your luggage. You’ll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.

Expired on Thursday October 10th, 2024

Expired on Thursday October 10th, 2024

Day 1: Reykjavik

Hallo! Welcome to Reykjavik, which lies just below the Arctic Circle. The city sees around four hours of sunlight a day in winter and 22 hours or more in summer. Surrounded by volcanic peaks and crystalline ocean and boasting a vibrant arts and nightlife scene, Reykjavik's contrasts are utterly beguiling. Your adventure kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm at your accommodation. If you arrive early, why not head to the National Museum, which depicts the history of Iceland from the ninth century – when the first Vikings from mainland Scandinavia arrived and settled – to the present day. Or perhaps join locals who gossip and chatter in the Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information
You can check in at the joining point accommodation any time after 2 pm. While early check-in is not guaranteed, you can store your luggage until needed. It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Make an early start to beat the crowds on the Golden Circle route. Head to Thingvellir National Park, home to the Parliament Plains and location of Iceland’s first parliament. Thingvellir also contains the Silfra fissure, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly pulling apart. The resulting gap is partly filled with fresh water and is clearly visible. From here head to the Geysir geothermal area, checking out Strokkur and watching as the geyser swells with blue water before erupting and shooting some 20-30 metres in the air. Be spellbound by the immense beauty and sheer power of the Gullfoss (Golden) double waterfall on the Hvita River, before proceeding to a remote farm in the Hvolsvollur region, our overnight stop for the night.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities
Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall Visit
Golden Circle - Strokkur Geysir
Golden Circle - Gullfoss Waterfall
Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park

Optional Activities
Fludir - Secret Lagoon - ISK3300
Hvolsvollur - Lava Center - ISK4390

Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
Total driving distance today is approximately 300 kilometres, or 4-5 hours.
You may choose to cook your own dinner tonight with opportunity to stock up in a supermarket on the way before reaching the guesthouse

Begin the day with a visit to breathtaking Seljalandsfoss waterfall, followed by Skogafoss waterfall. At 25-metres wide with a 60-metre drop, this waterfall roars. You can feel its power up close with a strenuous walk up a windy set of stairs up to a stunning viewpoint. The black sands and bizarre, rectangular rock formations of Reynisfjara are up next. The last stop of the day is the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Make sure you head down to Diamond Beach, where some of the icebergs are washed onto the black sand. Your leader can help you book an optional walk on the mottled blue, grey and black face of one of the tongues of Europe's largest glaciers, the epic ice cap of Vatnajokull. From Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon it is not far to our overnight stay, located on another lagoon that is sheltered by a black sandbar.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities
South Coast - Skogafoss Waterfall
South Coast - Rocks of Reynisfjara
Vik - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Optional Activities
Vatnajokull - Glacier Hike - ISK13900

Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
Total driving distance today is approximately 300 kilometres, or 4 hours.

Start the day by returning to the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Cruise between jagged icebergs in an included boat tour. Then take a scenic drive along the rugged coast of the East Fjords. Enjoy spectacular views of high mountains, deep fjords, spectacular waterfalls, glaciers and quaint fishing villages. Make stops along the way at small but notable towns like Djupivogur, which became a member of the cittaslow movement in 2013 and is aiming to be the Happiest Town in Iceland, and drop by Egilsstadir, home to the mythic Lagarfljot Wyrm. Continue along mountain roads into the highland to the farm village of Modrudalur. At 469 metres (1539 feet) above sea level, Modrudalur is the highest inhabited place in Iceland, and snow can be seen almost year-round. Stretch your legs with a walk to the farm's church, built in 1949 by farmer Jon Adalsteinn Stefansson in memory of his wife. Spend the evening on this unique farm, which is small but rich in history.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities
East Fjords - Scenic Drive with Stops at Djupivogur & Egilsstadir
Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon Boat Tour

Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
Total driving distance approximately 400 kilometres and will take 5-6 hours. Today's drive is all about the stunning scenery with plenty of stops for sightseeing.
Please note that the Glacier Lagoon boat tour is not operational before May. Therefore, we'll arrange a great thermal bath experience at Vok Bath in the afternoon on Day 4 as an alternative. You’ll still have the chance to see the Glacier Lagoon, walk on the Diamond Beach or take up the option to hike on the glacier.

Set off for magnificent Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall at 100-metres wide and with a 45-metre drop into the craggy shores of Jokulsargljufur canyon below. It’s so powerful that it’s vibrations can be felt underfoot. Continue to volcanic Lake Myvatn. Next is Namaskard, where steam rises from the sulphuric terrain and it’s hard to believe you’re on Earth and not Mars. Take a walk around the lava stacks and caves of Dimmuborgir and then observe the massive pseudo craters of Skutustadir. Continue to the crescent shaped Godafoss waterfall, where legend says a lawmaker priest threw the idols of the Norse gods when Christianity became Iceland’s official religion in AD1000. Travel on to Akureyri and settle into your accommodation for the evening.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Myvatn - Namaskard Boiling Mud Pools, Dimmuborgir & Skutustadir Crater Group
Dettifoss - Waterfall Visit
Myvatn - Lake Myvatn
Godafoss - Waterfall Visit

Optional Activities
Akureyri - Forest Lagoon - ISK5990

Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
Total driving distance today is approximately 250 kilometres, or 3 hours.

Situated at the head of Iceland's longest fjord, Akureyri is the nation's second-largest city. Embark on a short walking tour of the town, taking in the striking church and other local sights. Later, continue to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, home to the magnificent Snaefellsjokull Glacier, which played a starring role in Jules Verne's 1864 novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Next up is Lysuholslaug, where you can bathe in thermal pools (depending on the season) or check out the Icelandic horses grazing in the fields. Look forward to an included home-cooked dinner this evening.

Accommodation
Guesthouse (1 night)

Included Activities
Akureyri - Walking Tour
Snaefellsnes - Home-cooked dinner

Optional Activities
Lysuholl - Lysuholslaug Thermal Pool (seasonal) - ISK1500

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Special Information
Total driving distance today is approximately 400 kilometres, or 6 hours.

Continue exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, beginning with the white beach at Budir, then go on to Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs exposes you to rich bird life and other wonders of nature. Continue on to the basaltic pebble beach Djupalonssandur. In the afternoon head back to Reykjavik to complete your circuit of Iceland. You may wish to book an optional whale watching tour for late afternoon if you are here between May and December. The rest of the evening is yours for the taking. Perhaps head out for dinner with your fellow travellers and toast with a glass of Brennivin, a savoury schnapps.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Snaefellsnes National Park

Optional Activities
Reykjavik - Whale Watching - ISK12490

Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
Total driving distance today is approximately 300 kilometres, or 4 hours.

Today is departure day and time to say sjaumst (see you soon)! Check out time is at midday. If you are departing later, you can arrange with reception to store your luggage at the hotel. If you wish to spend more time in Reykjavik, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Please speak to your booking agent at the time of booking. Perhaps browse some of the city's great art galleries. If you feel like something more active, book yourself on a Silfra Fissure snorkelling adventure, where you’ll discover this underwater ridge with water visibility of up to 120 metres. Alternatively, while away the hours with a soak in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.

Optional Activities
Reykjavik - Maritime Museum - ISK2050
Reykjavik - Harpa Concert Hall - Free
Nauthólsvík - Thermal Beach - Free
Reykjavik - Perlan Museum - ISK4990
Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon - ISK18980
Reykjavik - Settlement Exhibition - ISK2500
Reykjavik - Saga Museum - ISK3000
Reykjavik - Whales of Iceland Museum - ISK3400
Reykjavik - Silfra Fissure Snorkelling Day Trip - ISK21900
Reykjavik - Fly-Over Iceland - ISK5490
Sky Lagoon - ISK9990

Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
The Blue Lagoon has limited availability, and during peak times tickets sell out far in advance. We recommend you book your time slot online in advance if you would like to be sure of a certain time/date for your visit: bluelagoon.com.

Departing Finishing Price
15, 19, 22, 26 April 2024 22, 26 29 April,  03 May 2024 AUD $4,990
29 April 2024 06 May 2024 AUD $5,135
06 May 2024 13 May 2024 AUD $5,375
10 May 2024 17 May 2024 AUD $5,040
13, 15, 17, 20, 24, 27, 29, 31 May, 03, 05 June 2024 20, 22, 24, 27, 31 May, 03, 05, 07, 10, 12 June 2024 AUD $4,990
07, 08, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28 June 2024 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 26, 28 June, 01, 03, 05 July 2024 AUD $5,190
03, 05, 08, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31 July, 02, 05, 07, 09, 10, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 August 2024 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29, 31 July, 02, 05, 07, 09, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30, 31 August, 02, 04, 06 September 2024 AUD $5,390
02, 04, 06, 07, 09, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27, 28 September 2024 09, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 28, 30 September, 02, 04, 05 October 2024 AUD $5,190
30 September, 01, 02, 04, 05, 07, 09, 11 October 2024 07, 08, 09, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18 October 2024 AUD $4,990

*Price are per adult in a twin share room
*Want your own room?
From an extra $775

Important notes
1. A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

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