Absolute Iceland

Dynjandi
from £5496 15 nights | Jun - Sept Inc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • Jun - Sept

Overview

Explore Iceland in style on our flagship small-group tour. Travelling in a luxury 4WD vehicle, this superb holiday offers the ultimate Iceland guided experience. From the majestic West Fjords to the enigmatic volcanic Highlands, you’ll get well off the beaten track. Encircling Iceland on a relaxed itinerary, the 16-day odyssey features several two-night stops and plenty of opportunities for walks.

Highlights

  • Travel in a small group (maximum of 10 people)
  • Experience Iceland with a leading guide
  • Explore Highland tracks in a luxury 4WD vehicle
  • Enjoy stunning walks of around 1-2hrs on most days
  • Stay overnight in small, often family-run, hotels and guesthouses
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities

Your guiding star
The grandson of one of Iceland’s pioneers of Highland driving, Gudmundur Gunnarsson ‘Gummi’ is your experienced guide on this special holiday. Driving an amazing 4WD Mercedes Benz Supertruck, Gummi will not only show you many of Iceland’s iconic sights, but will also share some of its hidden treasures, tackling rugged Highland tracks to reach such revered spots as the Thorsmork valley and Lakagigar eruption fissure.

Local knowledge
Along with Gummi’s guiding expertise (both on the road and on the walking trails), the often family-run hotels and guesthouses on this trip ensure you experience Icelandic hospitality and delicious local food every day. On the first evening, you will be welcomed to Efsti Dalur
Farm – near Geysir – where the owners will give you a fascinating insight into life in rural Iceland.

The ultimate round-up
On this trip you will visit the following: Golden Circle (Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir), Snaefellsnes Peninsula, West Fjords, Akureyri, Lake Myvatn, Dettifoss, Borgafjordur Eystri and the East Fjords, Vatnajokull National Park and the Jolulsarlon glacial lagoon, Skaftafell, Lakgigar craters, Thorsmork and the South Coast.

I just wanted to say what a fantastic holiday the Absolute Iceland trip was. Stunningly beautiful country, great places to stay, fantastic sights and walks, and last, but not least, the amazing guide, Gummi.

Mr Price, Absolute Iceland

The transport was excellent and we felt like celebrities whenever we arrived at places of interest as people wanted to have their photos taken with the bus.

Carolyn & David Mitchell, Absolute Iceland

This trip was without exception, outstanding and this was in part due to the excellence of our guide. He was exceedingly knowledgeable and conveyed to us both cultural information and a deep understaning of the land. His stories and anecdotes enlivened our tour and gave us a clear insight into Iceland and its people.

Michael & Pat Coxson, Absolute Iceland

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Arrive in Keflavik - Efsti Dalur II
Arrive at Keflavik International Airport in the late afternoon and meet your group and driver guide, before climbing aboard the luxury 4x4 vehicle and travelling the back roads to Efsti Dalur II, the accommodation for this evening. The property is owned and run by a friendly local family, descendants of whom have been at the farm since 1850. They will be on hand to welcome the group and help to give an insight into the way of life in rural Iceland. After dinner, why not take advantage of the evening light by taking a walk in the beautiful surroundings, maybe even catching sight of the geyser Strokkur, erupting in the distance. The farm also boasts a hot tub for those keen to simply relax.
Days 2-3: Golden Circle - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Patreksfjordur/Flokalundur
The Golden Circle is a trio of natural wonders rather popular with visitors: see the much admired Gullfoss, a spectacular two-tiered waterfall; on day 2 watch the geyser Strokkur erupt time after time and explore Thingvellir National Park, where the historic ancient parliament assembled among tectonic rifts and brooding mountains. In the afternoon head towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula for an overnight stay and dinner.

On day 3 travel around the base of Snaefellsjokull an ice-capped volcanic cone. See the cluster of shapely craters and rugged lava flows that were the inspiration for and setting of the Jules Verne science fiction novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”.

You will also have the chance to admire rock arches and look for sea birds and arctic foxes along the basalt cliffs, before travelling to the sleepy town of Stykkisholmur on the north of the peninsula. From here take the afternoon ferry over Breidafjordur, a calm bay dotted with many hundreds of islands (included). Today’s scenic journey ends in the Patreksfjordur/ Flokalundur area, your base for the next 2 nights.
Day 4: Latrabjarg and Raudisandur
At Iceland’s most westerly point, enjoy a hike on the coastal path along Latrabjarg’s 400m high cliffs and with a bit of luck, encounter an abundance of birdlife, including puffins, razorbills and guillemots. Later, stroll on a vast, deserted, sandy beach, lightly shadowed by imposing mountain sides.
Day 5: Dynjandi Waterfall - Sudureyri
Marvel at the sheer mountains, deep-blue fjords and tiny fishing villages of Iceland’s isolated West Fjords. Stop at Dynjandi (also known as Fjallfoss) and admire the region’s finest waterfall. The entire mesmerising cascade is made up of 7 falls, each with its own name, the most prominent of which is Dynjandi (meaning “thunderous”). Overnight in Sudureyri, a traditional fishing village.
Day 6: Isafjordur and coastal road
Trace the scenic fjords from Isafjordur to Laugarholl. On the way, enjoy short walks and potential views of seals near Litlibaer, a restored turf cottage and cafe with mouth-watering views across the sea to Drangajokull icecap.
Day 7: Saudarkrokur
Travel through fertile valleys and sheep country to Skagafjordur, visiting the historic Vidimyri Church, built from driftwood, en route. Accommodation tonight is in the peaceful town of Saudarkrokur.
Day 8: Akureyri, Godafoss and Husavik
Spend some time in Iceland’s most populous northern settlement, Akureyri, a town of fine timber homes, an attractive modern church and colourful botanical gardens. Then head for Godafoss, a symmetrical waterfall that combines 2 flows into one compelling spectacle, before visiting an original turf farmstead, en route to Husavik. This afternoon/evening you will have the chance to join an optional whale watching boat trip (pre-bookable),- those not whale watching will be taken on a short hike in the local area - before transferring to your accommodation for the next two nights.
Day 9: Myvatn exploration
Spend the day exploring and walking amongst the volcanic and geothermal wonders surrounding Lake Myvatn, including lava flows, mud pools and craters. Look for Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe and other wildfowl at this top birding location. There will also be a stop at the geothermal nature baths, where you can spend time bathing in the relaxing milky waters if you wish, (bathing fee payable locally - approximate cost of £31pp).
Days 10-11: Jokulsa Canyon, Dettifoss - Borgarfjordur Eystri/Hallormsstadur
In the morning of day 10, explore the Jokulsa Canyon’s strange eroded landforms, abundant flora and waterfalls of all sizes. Witness the incredible power of Dettifoss, Iceland and Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Cross the inland desert to Borgarfjordur Eystri, recent recipient of the ‘European Destinations of Excellence’ award for sustainable tourism. Spend the next 2 nights in this charming village.

On day 11 take a relaxing walk and explore the colourful rhyolite mountains of Borgarfjordur Eystri, greatly praised by artists and photographers for their inspirational qualities.

Note - on the August departure both overnight stays are at Hotel Hallormsstadir. Day 11 will be spent in the Hallormsstadur area.
Day 12: East Fjords - Vatnajokull
Witness the ice-scoured landscapes of the eastern fjords, on a dramatic coastal drive. Stops will be made for short walks at the more notable sites on the journey south to Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice cap. Overnight at Glacier World (Guesthouse Hoffell), a family run country guesthouse with some great views of the nearby glacier.
Day 13: Jokulsarlon, Skaftafell - Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Start the day with a visit to the photo friendly lagoon at Jokulsarlon, an Iceberg filled lake created by the discarded remains of a glacier in retreat. A short walk from here will lead you to the black sand beaches where the icebergs that have been swept out to sea and whose appearance has been naturally re-sculpted by the waves, later wash back up on to the shore. Here you will be able to get a closer look at the ice and even break some off to taste the purity of the water held within.

Later, continue along the southern rim of the National Park to Skaftafell where you can walk to a viewpoint over a glacier tongue riddled with deep crevasses. Then transfer to your accommodation near Kirkjubaejarklaustur, which will be home for the next 2 nights.
Day 14: Laki craters
Take a scenic highland drive to the Lakagigar craters. These were created in 1783 by the powerful eruption which is thought to have brought about a dramatic drop in global temperatures. The sudden climate change caused widespread crop failures throughout much of Europe and parts of both Africa and Asia, making the event possibly the most deadly volcanic eruption in world history. Walk through moss-clad lava from the 100 or more craters and (if you wish) climb up Mount Laki for a better view. Stop at Fagrifoss waterfall and a very spectacular gorge on the way back to the hotel.
Day 15: Vik, Eyjafjallajokull and Thorsmork Valley
Gaze out over the black sand beaches and wave-lashed cliffs near Vik and feel the spray on your face as you stand at the foot of Skogafoss, a mighty 60m high waterfall. Continue on a challenging drive along the base of Eyjafjallajokull, the infamous glacier covered volcano which erupted in 2010, to the breath taking Thorsmork Valley. Here walk in a landscape of gorges, glaciers and torrents in what is one of Iceland’s true wonders. After a quick stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall , (which in the right conditions, it is possible to walk behind), head to Hotel Selid and celebrate the group’s last evening together with a farewell dinner at the hotel's restaurant.
Day 16: Reykjanes Peninsula - Keflavik
Leave the hotel after breakfast and follow the road to Keflavik, stopping en route to view waterfalls and other points of interest. Say goodbye to your guide before checking in for your flight back to your destination.
Notes
  • This itinerary is based around Icelandair flights between London Heathrow and Keflavik International. Other flight options are available from the UK but may involve a short wait upon arrival in Iceland or require extra nights to be added in Iceland before and/or after the tour. Please contact our team of travel specialists to discuss the options available to you.
  • The itinerary above is a guideline only. Every effort will be made to adhere to the schedule stated, however, weather conditions and other factors may result in the need to make adjustments to the programme.

Accommodation Options

This itinerary is based on the hotels shown below in rooms with private facilities. We offer a wide range of accommodation from farms to self catering cottages, budget hotels to luxury properties, ask our Iceland experts for recommendations.

Efsti-Dalur II Farm, nr Laugarvatn

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Farmstay

Enjoy a relaxing stay in the countryside at this family-…

Fosshotel Westfjords, Patreksfjordur

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Located in the small fishing village of Patreksfjordur.…

Fisherman Hotel, Sudureyri

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

The Fisherman Hotel offers a range of accommodation opti…

Hotel Laugarholl

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

A family-run hotel that is found in the green and sparse…

Country Hotel Alfheimar, Borgarfjordur Eystri

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Found in the tiny fishing village of Bakkagerdi in Borga…

Hotel Selid, nr Hella

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

A hidden gem in the heart of South Iceland.

Hotel Flokalundur, Vatnsfjordur

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Hotel Flokalundur is a small, family-run summer hote.…

Hotel Laki

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

At thefarm Efri Vik, 5km south of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, …

Hotel Hallormsstadur, Hallormsstadur

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Located around 25km south of Egilsstadir, the hotel’s …

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

  • Grade: Superior
  • Type: Hotel

Brand new hotel opened in summer 2016 and located betwee…

Prices & Dates

Departures - Summer 2017

10 June 2017 - Fully booked
12 August 2017 - Limited availability
02 September 2017 - Limited availability

Prices are from, in £ per person based on rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.

 JuneAugust September
Twin £5,630 £5,640 £5,496
Single £6,762 £6,706 £6,472

Prices include flight credit of £250*; airport transfers; 15 nights accommodation in rooms with private facilities, on a half board basis starting from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 16, (dinner is a 3 course set menu or buffet at all hotels/restaurants/homesteads). For most evening meals, arrangements are made for participants to dine as a group; ferry across Breidarfjordur Bay; services of a driver guide.

Prices exclude optional excursions listed on itinerary; all drinks with evening meals; lunch.

* Flight credit is based on a typical airfare for a budget airline with checked in luggage and the actual cost of the flight will be shown on your quotation. This may reduce or increase the cost of your holiday.


Please note
Departures are subject to minimum numbers
Groups will generally have a maximum of 10 participants

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