Iceland tour, 13 days
Iceland sits on a fault line between two tectonic crusts and close to the Arctic Circle. Thus you will find large glaciers and ice caps, while glowing lava, mud and sulphurous hot water bubble out of the ground at the same time. Iceland is a land of fire and ice, geysers, waterfalls and whales.
Join our international groups with active travelers, of all ages. Most will come from Holland and Belgium, but you will find they have an excellent command of English. Your tour leader addresses the group in Dutch and English. Our skilled land crew have worked with Djoser for many years and make sure things run smoothly.
There is ample time for group exploration. Count on lots of walking. But sometimes, it is great to be able to break off and explore on your own. Your guide can make some great suggestions.
Join us for unforgettable cultural, nature and local experiences!
- Reykjavik - Blue Lagoon
- Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss - Hrauneyar
- Hrauneyar, Landmannalaugar - Brjansstadir
- Brjansstadir - Skogafoss - Solheimajokull, opt. glaceir = Tyrholaey -
- Hvolsvöllur –Skogafoss- Dyrholaey - Lakagigar – Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Hörgstland
- Hörgstland, Skaftafell N. P., glacier tour-Hörgstland
- Hörgstland – Skaftafell N. P., Jökulsarlon (optional boat trip) - Höfn
- HReydar fiord - Deittfoss - Llid, opt. excur. Myvattn Nature Baths
- Hlid - Akureyri - Ólafsfjörður
- Ólafsfjörður - optional whale trip - Osar
- Osar - volcano crater -Grábrók- Bifröst - Reykjavik
- Reykjavik, optional excursion Blue Lagoon
Day by day
On the Road with Djoser
Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.
The day-to-day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.
We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.
Day 1 Reykjavik - Laugarvatn
Day 2 Laugarvatn - Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss - Hrauneyar
At the modern airport of Keflavik the group will be met by the bus driver where the tour starts immediately. The bus will transfer the group one hour to Laugarvatn. (Be sure to book your flight so that you arrive in plenty of time to meet the group arriving from the Netherlands, at the airpot in Reykjavik)
Soon after leaving the airport you will get a good impression of Iceland. The beautiful vast nature, you can look as far as the eye can see, makes an impression. We drive past Iceland's largest lake, the Thingvallavatn and spend the night in Laugarvatn, which lies on a smaller lake. Here is the first thermal bath that we encounter this trip, Laugarvatn Fontana, where you can relax.
Thingvellir literally means 'the plain of parliament', the national sanctuary of Iceland. In the Almannagjá Gap, created by the floating of the American and European tectonic plates, the parliament met annually from 930 onwards. They gathered here, spoke right and exchanged the latest news, everything in the open air. The fascinating environment of lava fields, rugged rock formations and mountains is part of a national park, which is on the Unesco World Heritage list.
Further inland we reach a geothermal area where the world's best known geyser and name giver of all geysers is located: Geysir. Occasionally Geysir sometimes bursts out, but not nearly as impressive as before. This area, however, has more bubbling pools and hot springs, some of them nicely colored and geyser Strokkur provides an impressive spectacle every ten minutes.
It is a short drive to the beautiful waterfall Gullfoss that falls down in two stages. A muddy path brings you close to the first decay. In good weather beautiful rainbows will form here.
We drive further inland and spend the night in the 'highland center' Hrauneyar
Hrauneyar - Landmannalaugar - Westman Islands
Day 3 Hrauneyar, Landmannalaugar - Brjansstadir
Day 4 Brjansstadir, excursion to Westman Islands and Seljalandfoss
We drive in an hour to the most beautiful hiking area of Iceland, Landmannalaugar . During the walk you can enjoy the different shades of color of the surrounding rhyolite mountains, fast flowing mountain rivers, lava fields, mud pools, craters and remains of vast snowfields. From the Brennisteinsalda you have a nice view of the surroundings.
Iceland Hekla volcano Djoser The next day our route takes us past the most famous volcano of Iceland, Hekla . This 7000 year old volcano is still active and erupted for the last time in 1991. The unearthly landscape around the volcano made people in the Middle Ages suspect that somewhere the gateway to hell was here. In clear weather, the 1500 meter high Hekla can be clearly seen above the southern lowlands.
We sail from Landeyjahöfn to Heimaey, the largest Westman Island , that originated from several submarine volcanoes. In 1973 the last volcanic eruption took place here and when we walk on the island you can still see the consequences. The island is rocky and sparsely vegetated. At Heimaey you can find the largest fishing fleet in Iceland and many seabirds nest. Both from the ring road and from the Westman Islands you can see the Eyjafjallajökul, the volcano that disrupted international air traffic with ash clouds in .
After returning to the mainland, we drive back past Seljalandfoss to our accommodation.
Skaftafell national park - Jökullsarlónlagune
Day 5 Brjansstadir - Skogafoss - optional glacier walk on the Solheimajökul- Dyrholaey - Hörgstland
Day 6 Hörgstland, Skaftafell NP - Jökulsárlón- Höfn
Day 7 Höfn- Reydarfjördur
Further on, on the coast, we take a look at the 60 meter high waterfall Skógafoss. According to legend, the settler Thrasi hid a box full of gold under the waterfall. So good looking! After this you have to make a choice: either you visit the Skogar museum, or you take part in the optional glacier walk. The Skogar museum consists of two parts: an ethnological museum and a transport museum, where you can easily entertain yourself for a few hours. During the glacier walk, you will go up the glacier with pickaxes and crampons under guidance of a guide. A unique experience!
After this we continue to Dyrhólaey, a 120-meter-high cape that protrudes into the sea and enters the Atlantic Ocean with an arched opening. It is the southernmost tip of Iceland. Here there are breeding colonies of different types of sea birds, including puffins.
From Vik the landscape becomes impressively gloomy and deserted. At the foot of the glaciers Myrdaljökkul and Vatnajökull are vast, partly moss-covered, lava fields and black sand plains that end in the sea. These fields and plains are the result of earlier volcanic eruptions.
The next day we take the time for Skaftafell national park, which lies at the foot of the largest ice cap in Europe, Vatnajökull. With an area of approximately 8500 km², this glacier is an impressive remnant of the last ice age. The beautiful national park Skaftafell shows a succession of very diverse landscapes. High mountains, glaciers, deep ravines, birch forests and clear streams provide strong contrasts. The well-known Svartifoss, the 'black' waterfall, plunges here from a wall of basalt blocks into the deep.
We continue our route to the Jökullsarlón glacier lagoon, an ice lake that has been the scene for some spectacular scenes in James Bond films. The large chunks of ice floating in the glacial lake have been demolished from the nearby Breidamerkurjökull glacier that is twenty kilometers wide. Because this glacier glides a few meters forward every day, into the lake, the ice mass calves. During an optional boat trip of half an hour you can photograph the icebergs up close. In the afternoon we drive to our overnight address in the town of Höfn.
On the route from Höfn to Reydarfjördur we come across the mountain pass Almannaskarð from where you can clearly see the glaciers of the south coast. We also visit one or more (fishing) villages: Djúpivogur, an old trading settlement,
the Faskrudsfjörður and / or Stöðvarfjöður, strongly influenced by French fishermen, with the small stone museum.
Vatnsnes - Bifröst - Reykjavik
Day 11 Vatnsnes - Bifröst - Reykjavik
Day 12 Reykjavik, optional visit Blue Lagoon
Day 13 Reykjavik
In the morning we follow the coastal road in a southerly direction, towards Bifröst. Here we visit the volcano crater Grábrók. Nearby is currently a brand new thermal bath built, 'Krauma geothermal nature baths'. Provided this is finished and there is time for it, this can be visited. Then we continue our journey to the south, to the capital Reykjavik. A nice, modern capital to browse through. For example, you can view the Volcano House and the Whale Museum. In the whale museum, full-size replicas of the whales and dolphins that swim in Icelandic waters. The special 73 meter high Hallgrimmskirkja church is also worth a visit and you can eat in one of the many restaurants.
You can also take a shuttle bus return to the thermal bath ' Blue Lagoon' arrange for. The Blue Lagoon is the most famous, busiest and most expensive geothermal bath in Iceland.
Vatnsnes - Grundarfjördur - Reykjavik
Day 11 Heidarbaer - Godafoss - Akureyri - Vatnsnes
Day 12 Vatnsnes – Grundarfjördur
Day 13 Grundarfjördur - Eldborg- Reykjavik
Day 14 Reykjavik (land ends)
In the morning we follow the coastal road westbound via Akureyri, an important place in Northern Iceland, to the town Osar on Vatnsnes peninsula. Along this rugged coast you find seals and seabirds. After the night in Hvammstangi we drive through the Hvamms fjiord to Stykkisholmur, where in the afternoon you can make a two-hour boat ride to the island archipelago Breiðafjörður to go looking for beautiful birds and perhaps tasty mollusks. You may see puffins, cormorants and terns and with luck you can catch a glimpse of the rare sea eagle. We then spend the night in the beautiful town Grundarfjördur. Through the Snæfellsnes peninsula with the imposing namesake glacier, described in the book "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" by Jules Verne), we drive to Reykjavik. You have the afternoon and evening time to visit this trendy capital with a number of museums, the Hallgrimmskirkja, many restaurants and entertainment venues. The program ends early the next morning.
Dates and prices
Departure dates 2020
|Land Begins||Land Ends||Price||Availability|
|Jun-15-20||Jun-27-20||$3,445||21 seats||book now >|
|Jun-22-20||Jul-04-20||$3,445||22 seats||book now >|
Conditions "Guaranteed leave"
- Tour Guide assistance (guide speaks English and Dutch)
- Transport by bus
- Overnight stays in inns and guesthouses / hotels with shared facilities
- Visit national parks Thingvellir, Skaftafell and Jokulsargljufur
- Visit geysers Geysir and Strokkur
- Visit waterfalls Gullfoss, Seljalandfoss, Skogafoss and Dettifoss
- Visit Westman Island Heimaey
- Visit Landmannalaugar
Excluded in our Iceland tour package:
- international flights meals, and optional excursions,
- entrance fees if not specifically named as included,
- tips, personal expenses,
- travel insurance,
- airport transfers at arrival & departure.
---- Single Room (Not available on this trip)
$480 . Out of Pocket Estimate - weekly
$30 . Tip pot
Reykjavik - Extension hotel room
$300.00 Double Room
$220.00 . Single Room
Deposit upon booking - 20% of total costs - Non-refundable
Balance due 60 days prior to trip
Accommodations & Meals
Accommodations - During our Iceland tour we stay mainly in hostels and guesthouses in rooms for two, four, six or seven persons using a limited number of shared showers and toilets. In some units there are bunk beds. In Heidarbaer you stay in a dormitory. Men and women in this sleeping not separated. For those nights you need a sleeping bag. In Reykjavik you stay in a guesthouse with double rooms.
Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)
|Grundarfjordus||Grundarfjordur Youth Hostel|
|Reykjavik||Salvation Army Guesthouse|
Single room - Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.
Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the '"Dates & Prices" page.
Meals - On our Iceland tour meals are not included. In the few larger towns there is a limited choice of restaurants with mostly European dishes and sometimes a broader international menu. In remote areas, however, you are bound by the simple map of the inn or guesthouse. For breakfast and lunch (where possible) there will be opportunity to visit supermarket to shop for true Icelandic specialties such as 'hákarl' shark meat or "súrsadir hrútspungar 'ramtestikels. The Icelandic seafood is reknowned worldwide and highly recommended.
Flights & Transportation
Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada.
Below are the schedule flights for the Dutch participants. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind. The listed flights have been already reserved by Djoser for the Dutch participants. Flight time changes would be based on airline deviations, which would be beyond our control. We will notify you of any schedule changes.
Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Iceland air
NL participants arrive: Reykjavik 3:15 PM
NL participants depart: Reykjavik 11:10 AM
As the group arriving from Amsterdam will take a bus transfer from the airport in Reykjavik, immediately to Laugarvatn (an hour away), you will need to meet up with the group at the airport for the transfer to Laugarvatn. Otherwise, you would need to arrange your own transfer which would be costly. We recommend that you book the same flight, with ICELAND AIR or arrange a flight that arrives with an ample window of time that allows you to clear customs and meet the group. Or, you might want to consider arriving a day early to stay in Reykjavik.
The tour leader will be aware that you will be meeting the group at international arrivals. The tour leader will wait for all the participants to gather together after collecting their luggage. He/she will be holding a DjOSER sign. We will update you later with meeting instructions and will give you the actual flight number so you can track the flight progress on the terminal boards.
You should book your own flights leaving a safe margin to meet the group at the airport. In the event there are flight changes, we will notify you prior to the trip. In the unusual event that there is an airline flight change that does not correspond with the flight you have booked, making it impossible for you to meet the group at the airport, we will discuss alternative arrangements , such as a monetary credit for a transfer to Laugarvatn. This can be discussed well before your departure.
When booking your return flight, if you book your flight to depart at the same time or shortly after the Dutch, you may take the bus with the group to the airport, free of charge. Otherwise, you will need to arrange your airport transfer at the hotel at your own expense.
Local transportation - During the tour we use a private bus, equipped with air and heating. We are free to stop for a photo or to stretch our legs.
A summary of all trip costs can be found on our 'Dates & Prices' page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.
Included in price of our Iceland tour package
- Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
- Tour guide (speaks Dutch & English)
- Transportation by bus
- Accommodation in hostels and guesthouses / hotels with shared facilities
- Visit national parks Thingvellir, Skaftafell and Jokulsargljufur
- Visit geysers Geysir and Strokkur
- Visit waterfalls Gullfoss, Seljalandfoss, Skogafoss and Dettifoss
- Visit Westman Island Heimaey
- Visit Landmannalaugar
When you book a trip
- Deposit of 20% of the minimum land price due upon booking. See Prices & Dates page for deposit amount.
- Payments by charge card or check are accepted
- Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date
While you are traveling
|ATM machines:||Widely available|
|Credit Cards||Widely accepted|
|Types of cash accepted:||Crowns & Lira|
Tipping - It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.
** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.
Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.
During our Iceland group tour, the following excursions are included in the program:
- Visit Blue Lagoon thermal bath
- Visit to the Golden Circle: Thingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss
- Excursion to the most beautiful hiking area in Iceland, Landmannalaugar
- Visit Westman island Heimaey
- Excursion to largest ice cap in Europe, Vatnajökull in Skaftafell National Park
- Visit Jökullsarlon glacier lagoon, an ice lake
When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.
No visa needed for the Iceland trip
Visa & Passport Expeditor – For an extra fee, you can hire an expediting service to process your visa application. They will look over your paperwork and they can offer a faster return of your visa or passport. We recommend TRAVISA.
Health Issues & Insurance
Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.
When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance. It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM) Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellant, salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.
Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.
No vaccinations are recommended for this trip.
South Africa is a modern country with excellent medical amenities. The tap water is drinkable everywhere and restaurants are good and clean. However, it is still advisable to drink bottled water. It is wise to somewhat watch what you eat. We also recommend that you bring a small medical kit include aspirin and anti-intestinal disorders.
Insurance - For peace of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses. Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.
You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792
Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).
Minimum group size: 8
Maximum group size: 20
What to expect when traveling with an international group - Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Iceland tour operator for over 15 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Iceland tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.
On our Iceland group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.
The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.
Tour Leaders & Support Staff
Our trips are guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver , hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.
Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.
Climate & Geography
Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org
The Icelandic climate is milder than the northern location suggests. The weather is unpredictable; blue skies can be displaced within half an hour by a hefty rain or hail. In spring and autumn you must take into account cool days and cold nights. The daytime temperature fluctuates during the summer around 59° F. In the period May to August there is on average about 20 hours of daylight. Between mid-June and mid-July the sun is barely out.
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