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Iceland: South Coast & Snaefellsnes

6 DaysStarting at $5,995

Overview

What must the first Vikings have thought of Iceland? They found Geysir (the original geyser) hurtling boiling water 200 feet into the sky. Great streams of lava…glaciers…fjords teeming with whales…a solitude that must have made the fjords of home feel crowded by comparison. We love traveling to Iceland because it’s still a land of chaotic, supremely beautiful nature. Whether you’re marveling at an endless colony of cartoonish puffins or watching the clouds turn shades of sherbet at sunset, you’ll experience this place with remarkable intensity. And today’s Icelanders are a colorful, cordial lot as you’ll discover at every stop, and when you’re invited into a family meal in the remote village of Bogarnes. Travel to Iceland on Classic Journeys’ cultural walking tour and you’ll dig into a lobster feast, soak in a geothermal spa and stay in luxury hotels that capture the island’s unique vibe.

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I had visited Iceland. But I never experiened Iceland until I explored it with Classic Journeys.”
Rachael Roth, Editor, Fodor's

Highlights

DAYS 1-3 - REYKJAVIK / HELLA
Our Iceland tours begin in Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital, where we meet for a privately guided walk and lunch in a private home. A short coastal drive takes us to our luxury resort, bounded on one side by a salmon river and on the other by a volcano. Dinner is at a legendary lobster restaurant in a fishing village.

A day in the wilderness includes beautiful walks in the highlands near Mount Hekla. Trails lead through lava fields surrounded by pink, blue, yellow and purple mountains. We’ll stop at the world’s first known geyser...see the tectonic rift valley in Þingvellir National Park...and learn about the world’s first parliament, founded here in the year 930. 

DAYS 4-6 - SNAEFELLSNES / REYKJAVIK
Out on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, our countryside hotel overlooks a glacier-capped volcano. Our meals here are in several of Iceland’s most renowned gourmet restaurants. And our daily expeditions include whale watching, fine coastal walks, and the chance to meet a shark fisherman. 

On the final day of our Iceland tours, we visit the remote village of Bogarnes where local police chief and his family invite us into their home for a traditional lunch overlooking the sea. We part company back at the Reykjavik airport.

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  • Starting Point:

    Reykjavik – 10:00 am – Alda Hotel lobby
  • Ending Point:

    Reykjavik – 5:00 pm – Keflavik Airport (KEF)

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Accommodations

Hotel Ranga

Built in log-cabin style, this hotel has an excellent reputation for accommodations and service. Named 'Best Hotel in Iceland' and 'Best Resort Hotel in Europe', it features an acclaimed riverside restaurant and outdoor geothermal hot tubs.

Hotel Budir

This countryside hotel sits in a lava field on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, with views of the glacier and estuary. Hotel Budir’s restaurant has been referred to as 'The Mecca of Icelandic cooking', due to its unique and delightful seasonal menu.

What’s Included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Full-time experienced guide(s) who are with you throughout the trip and handle behind-the-scenes logistics
  • Admissions to tastings, historic sites and other scheduled events as noted in the detailed daily itinerary
  • Gratuities for hotels, meals, and baggage
  • All land transportation during the trip

Above & Beyond Benefits

Invisible Check-In

  • When your group arrives, we whisk you and your bags to your room immediately. No waiting – no tipping.

Privileged Access Events

  • One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.