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Premium Iceland – Intrepid

Walk among the glaciers, mountains and volcanoes of Iceland.

Explore the beautifully rugged landscapes of Iceland’s western peninsulas with soaring coastal cliffs, centuries-old volcanic glaciers and idyllic waterfalls on a nine-day Premium adventure. Enjoy a boat cruise between icebergs at Glacier Lagoon, trek around vast waterside craters, visit local artisans in Grundarfjordur and charming fishing villages, and dip your toes in the Arctic Ocean. See the highlights of Iceland with expert local knowledge and time to explore – you’ll get a true taste of this Northern European outpost.

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Witness the diversity of Iceland’s natural phenomena – rootless craters, glacial lakes and geothermal lagoons. Visit Gulfoss, Iceland’s largest waterfall, the famous Blue Lagoon, and drive through fields of lava.
  • Get to know Iceland’s gentle giants on board an eco-friendly carbon neutral sailing boat. This Exclusive Experience allows you to respectfully and silently spot whales with the help of an expert guide.
  • Step into Iceland’s history during your Feature Stay at the country’s oldest hotel. Enjoy personal and friendly service and old-fashioned touches, from antique furniture to original architecture.
  • Gain an insight into how the eruption of Eyafjallajokull volcano in 2010 has affected the lives of the residents in the Hvolsvollur Valley, then take part in their tree planting project during this Exclusive Experience.
  • From a soak in the Deildartunguhver Hot Spring to a visit to a local artist’s stone carving workshops and a tasting session of Icelandic specialties, your Exclusive Experiences will deepen your understanding of Icelandic culture.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Iceland can be very cold at any time of year, so it’s important to bring appropriate clothing. On the rare occasion that your leader has to alter the itinerary due to adverse weather, alternative activities will be offered.
  • Many locations on this itinerary are remote, which means a few long drives of around 6 hours. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know your fellow travellers. Of course, you will stop frequently for photo opportunities.

 

 

Expired on Tuesday September 24th, 2024

Expired on Tuesday September 24th, 2024

Day 1: Reykjavik

Welcome to Iceland! Your adventure begins in Reykjavik, Iceland's quirky capital. You will be transferred from the airport to your hotel, where you will meet your group and tour leader for a 6pm welcome meeting. If you arrive early, take a stroll and acquaint yourself with the world's northernmost capital. Perhaps visit the National Museum to see the permanent exhibition on the history of Iceland. After your welcome meeting, head out with your leader and small group to get to know Reykjavik’s flourishing food scene. Enjoy dinner at one of the city’s fantastic local restaurants and learn about Icelandic produce and cuisine.

Accommodation
Hotel Reykjavik Saga or similar (1 night)

Included Activities
Reykjavik - Welcome Dinner
Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

Meals Included
Dinner

Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details 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.

The airport arrival transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through us. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 14 days prior to travel, as we may not be able to confirm a request made within 14 days of travel.

Today you’ll board a private vehicle and drive to Thingvellir National Park (Parliament Plains) – your leader will explain how this stunning spot is both the original location of Iceland’s first parliament from AD930 and a geological phenomenon. From here enter the Borgarfjordur area and visit the spectacular waterfalls of Hraunfossar (Lava waterfalls) and Barnafossar (Children’s waterfalls). Continue to Deildartunguhver – Europe’s hottest water spring. In the afternoon head to your overnight stay in the southern part of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Once settled in, meet up with your group for an included dinner.

Accommodation
Hotel Rjukandi Snaefellsbaer or similar (1 night)

Included Activities
Borgarfjordur - Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park (Parliament Plains)
Borgarfjordur - Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Special Information
Today's total driving time is approximately 5 hours.

Today you will continue around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and its magnificent glacier Snaefellsjokull, an icecap covering a dormant volcano underneath. Places you’ll visit today include the small town of Budir, basaltic pebble beaches framed by strange lava formations, and Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs gives you access to the rich birdlife and other wonders of nature. Continue to the pretty town of Grundarfjordur, where you’ll stop and meet a local artist by the name of Liston, who will show you his workshop. This is a great opportunity to admire his stone carving pieces and to find out about the life of a local artisan. Afterwards, drive to Saudarkrokur in Iceland's north, located on beautiful Skagafjordur Fjord. Here you will find the family-run Hotel Tindastoll, Iceland’s oldest hotel and your Feature Stay accommodation for the evening. You’ll experience a part of Iceland’s history as soon as you step through the door, and nods to the hotel’s past are everywhere; from antique furniture to original architecture. Enjoy personal and friendly service, a delightful courtyard with a thermal hot tub and absolutely incredible surroundings.

Accommodation
Hotel Tindastoll Saudarkrokur (feature stay) or similar (1 night)

Included Activities
Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Snaefellsjokull, Arnarstapi & Stykkisholmur
Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Liston's Stone Carving Workshop

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Special Information
Today's total driving time is approximately 5 hours.

Drive around the picturesque Trollaskagi Peninsula and visit the small fishing town of Siglufjordur. Explore the compact town centre, dwarfed by towering mountains on three sides, and opening up to the fjord on its northern side. Further along the stunning coast you’ll have the special opportunity to dip your toes in the Arctic Ocean and enjoy an Icelandic schnapps tasting, accompanied with some local delicacies. You group leader will offer you some specialties of the region – think shark, lamb’s head, liver sausage and dried fish. They’re not called delicacies for nothing! Continue to Hauganes, where you will getting to know the gentle giants of Iceland’s waters on board a carbon neutral whale watching tour. Minke and humpback whales are commonly spotted in these parts, and the boat keeps a respectful distance from the whales, allowing you to observe them in their natural environment without disturbing or distressing them. You’ll be joined on board by an expert whale watching guide who will help to spot these beautiful creatures while providing insight on their lives and habitats in Arctic waters. Continue to the town of Akureyri, Iceland's second town, where you will have an oriention walk. Perhaps visit the church – the unique building is an iconic symbol of the town. Next, drive to the mighty waterfall of Godafoss, also known as The Waterfall of the Gods, before continuing to your hotel in Husavik.

Accommodation
Husavik Cape Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities
Trollaskagi Peninsula - Siglufjordur
Trollaskagi Peninsula - Icelandic Specialties Tasting
Myvatn - Godafoss Waterfall
Hauganes Whale Watching Excursion

Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
Today's total driving time is approximately 4 hours.

Start the day with a journey to Lake Myvatn, one of the most interesting geological areas of the northern hemisphere. Visit a number of geological anomalies lining the lake’s shoreline, including the lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir and the pseudo-crater group at Skutustadir, and the boiling mud pots and sulphuric vents of Namaskard. Your leader will be on hand to explain how these natural wonders came to be. Drive via the highlands to your overnight stop at Egilsstadir.

Accommodation
Icelandair Hotel Herad Egilsstadir or similar (1 night)

Included Activities
Myvatn - Lake Myvatn
Myvatn - Namaskard Boiling Mud Pools, Dimmuborgir & Skutustadir Crater Group

Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
Today's total driving time is approximately 4 hours.

This morning after breakfast, continue along the beautiful coastal region of Iceland's East Fjords, taking in spectacular views of the varied landscape as soaring mountains give way to deep fjords. If you are lucky you may even spot a seal or two. Drive to the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon for an unforgettable boat tour on the milky blue waters. Get up close and personal with huge floating icebergs, originating from Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice cap. Carry on to some of the country’s most impressive, uninterrupted scenery to your hotel for this evening. This rustic farm hotel carefully considers its surroundings as its windows show off views of the mountains and sea. Enjoy the onsite cultural center and museum before enjoying a traditional dinner made with local ingredients.

Accommodation
Hali Country Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities
Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon Boat Ride
East Fjords - Scenic Drive

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Special Information
Driving time approximately 4.5 hours; 350 km. Today is a long day of travel, however the scenery and beauty of the coast makes up for this.

Visit Skaftafell National Park and walk to the tongue of the glacier of the same name. Drive over the black sands and lava formations caused by the Laki eruption of 1782-1783, an event that has shaped Iceland's history and culture. Visit the waterfalls of Seljarlandsfoss and Skogafoss, then stop off at an eco-farm in the Hvolsvollur Valley – the leader in responsible tourism and sustainability in Iceland. Since the arrival of the first settlers to Iceland, deforestation has taken place in order to make space for pastures. The owners implemented a planting project on their land to contribute to lowering CO2 and counteract soil erosion. Join the effort and head out into the hills surrounding the property to plant trees yourself. Later in the day, continue to your base for the evening near Hella.

Accommodation
Landhotel Hella or similar (1 night)

Included Activities
South Coast - Laki Lava Fields
South Coast - Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls
Hvolsvollur Valley - Responsible Travel Tree Planting Activity

Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Special Information
Today's total driving time is approximately 4.5 hours. Please note that the tree planting activity is only possible during the summer months from mid-May to mid-September and depends on weather conditions.

From Hella, drive to the geyser geothermal area for the spouting hot springs of Geysir (after which all other geysers were named) and Strokkur, the most reliable of the geysers, erupting every ten minutes, on average. Don’t stand downwind if you don’t want a hot shower! Then it’s on to Gullfoss (the Golden Waterfall) where, on a sunny day, you can see rainbows shimmer in the spray above the waterfall. Next up take part in one of Iceland’s most celebrated activities during a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa surrounded by a black lava field. Its warm waters are rich in minerals and silica mud, said to cleanse and soften the skin. Sit back and enjoy a relaxing soak against a remarkable mountain backdrop. Drive back to Reykjavik for a short tour with your leader to get to know the main sights of this eclectic city. The evening is free for you to explore the streets of Iceland’s capital – you may like to join your group for a final dinner together to round off your adventure.

Accommodation
Hotel Reykjavik Saga or similar (1 night)

Included Activities
Reykjavik - Walking Tour
Golden Circle - Strokkur Geyser & Gullfoss Waterfalll
Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon

Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
Today's total driving time today is approximately 3 hours. Arrival back into Reykjavik this afternoon will be at around 5pm.

Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast. As there is not much time spent in Reykjavik on this trip, you may want to consider booking some additional days in the capital. If you wish to spend more time here, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Optional Activities
Reykjavik - Perlan Museum - ISK4990
Reykjavik - Saga Museum - ISK3000
Reykjavik - Settlement Exhibition - ISK2500
Reykjavik - Whales of Iceland Museum - ISK3400
Reykjavik - Harpa Concert Hall - Free
Reykjavik - Maritime Museum - ISK2050
Nauthólsvík - Thermal Beach - Free
Laugarvatn - Fontana Geothermal Baths - ISK3950
Reykjavik - Lava Tunnel Tour - ISK11400

Meals Included
Breakfast

Departing Finishing Price
05, 11, 18, 25 May, 01, 03, 08 June 2024 12, 19, 26 May, 02, 09, 11, 16 June 2024 AUD $9,570
15, 22, 29 June 2024 23, 30 June, 07 July 2024 AUD $9,955
11, 18, 21, 25, 27 July, 03, 08 August 2024 19, 26, 29 July, 02, 04, 11, 16 August 2024 AUD $10,335
15, 18, 22, 24, 31 August 2024 23, 26, 30 August, 01, 08 September 2024 AUD $9,955
07, 14, 21, 28 September 2024 15, 22, 29 September, 06 October 2024 AUD $9,570

*Price are per adult in a twin share room

Want your own room?
From an extra $2,615

Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room?on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip?and is subject to availability. There are a limited number of single supplements available per trip departure. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. Travel is always an adventure and, as destinations reopen, there are a few challenges as everyone gets back up to speed and adjusts to the new normal. Our leaders are experts when it comes to dealing with anything unexpected along the journey, so pack your understanding and flexibility, sit back and relax while they take care of the rest.

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