Icelandic folklore maintains there are clans of elves and trolls living in the country’s extraordinary hills, rocky outcrops, and lava fields. Will you meet these “Huldufólk” or “Hidden People” said to dislike churches, daylight, and electricity? Hard to say. But here’s what you will see on this breathtaking tour of Iceland—active volcanoes, roaring waterfalls, jagged glaciers, floating icebergs, black-sand beaches, and brilliant-blue geothermal springs. Unique, local experiences await in the “Land of Fire and Ice,” including tasting piping hot bread baked by the heat from the hot springs, sipping Geysir schnapps served at freezing point, and standing in awe before the spectacular Lake Jökulsárlón, home to Europe’s largest glacier and the site of some of the most dramatic scenes from the James Bond movie Die Another Day. The gargantuan sights in the land of the elves will surely leave you stirred, not shaken.
Highlights of Iceland Adventure
6 guests in a party: $2,087*18 guests in a party: $644*
We’ve packed everything you need for the perfect vacation—from hand-selected hotels and dining to the friendly expertise of Globus Tour Directors and Local Guides (with headsets to hear every word), to seamless transportation between destinations and VIP access to the world’s most iconic sites! Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi.
Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select Europe dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus Europe escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized European tour—without the crowds.
Thingvellir National Park
Full buffet breakfast daily; 7 three-course dinners
ARRIVE IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND Welcome to Reykjavik! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
REYKJAVIK–HELLISHEIÐARVIRKJUN–GEYSIR–GULLFOSS–THINGVELLIR–BORGARNES Incredible Iceland REYKJAVIK Orientation drive.HELLISHEIÐARVIRKJUN Visit the geothermal heat and electric power station.GEYSIR Stop at the hot springs and [LF] taste local specialties with a glass of Geysir Schnapps.GULLFOSS Take pictures at the Gullfoss waterfalls.THINGVELLIR [LF] Walk through the rift valley en route to Borgarnes.(B,D) 180 mi / 290 kmLOCAL FAVORITE NATURAL WONDERS Iceland is the only place in the world where separation between the North American and European geological rift (tectonic plates) are above sea level, and nowhere in the world are the edges of both plates as clearly visible than the rift valley in Thingvellir National Park. Here, you can stand on two continents at the same time!
BORGARNES–HAUGANES–AKUREYRI Giant Love HAUGANES Take a [LF] whale-watching cruise before continuing to Akureyri. (B,D)217 mi / 350 kmLOCAL FAVORITE WILD & WONDERFUL Take a whale-watching cruise from Hauganes for the chance to spot humpback and minke whales and dolphins surfacing on the glassy waters of Eyjafjordur bay.
AKUREYRI–GOĐAFOSS–LAKE MÝVATN–DETTIFOSS–BORGARFJÖRĐUR EYSTRI Heavenly Sights AKUREYRI Take an orientation walk that includes the botanical gardens.GOĐAFOSS Take pictures of the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Scenic drive to the lovely blue Lake Mývatn.LAKE MÝVATN Stop at the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths.DETTIFOSS Take photos of the most powerful waterfall in Europe (road conditions permitting) before continuing to Borgarfjördur Eystri. (B,D) 190 mi / 305 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTPICTURE PERFECT Take the photographs of a lifetime with a stop at North Iceland’s historic and magnificent Goðafoss waterfall, stretching 90 feet across dramatic rock formations to deliver its spectacular cascades along the glacial-fed Skjálfandafljót River.
BORGARFJÖRĐUR EYSTRI–HÖFN AREA Warm Friends on an Icelandic Fjord BORGARFJÖRĐUR EYSTRI Take a walking tour, followed by a scenic drive en route to Höfn. (B,D)159 mi / 256 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURE & TRADITION Enjoy a walking tour of Borgarf Jördur Eystri and hear about life in the rural Icelandic countryside over the centuries. Take in the natural beauty of this fjord town where sheep farming, fishing, and music festivals are all part of the culture.
HÖFN AREA–LAKE JÖKULSÁRLÓN–SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK–VIK AREA Icy Beauty LAKE JÖKULSÁRLÓN [LF] Take photos of the Vatnajökull Glacier (weather permitting). Scenic drive through Skaftafell National Park en route to Vik. (B,D) 169 mi / 272 kmLOCAL FAVORITE PICTURE PERFECT Drive through the national park at Skaftafell and stop at Lake Jökulsárlón. Snap photos to capture the astonishingly beautiful glacier Vatnajökull (the Water Glacier) which flows into the lake for a spectacular sight to see at Iceland's largest ice cap.
VIK AREA–SELJALANDSFOSS–REYKJAVIK Earthly Powers VIK AREA Scenic drive with views of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. SELJALANDSFOSS Take photos of the waterfall.REYKJAVIK Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D) 118 mi / 190 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHTNATURAL WONDERS Eyjafjallajökull is one of Iceland’s few stratovolcanoes (with an ice cap covering the caldera). When the volcano erupted in 2010, the glacier topping also broke, and the plume of ash rose over five miles into the sky – interrupting European air travel for almost a month!
REYKJAVIK Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
|#||Air Start Date||Land Start Date||Land End Date||Land Only Price||Discount||Final||Departure Code||Status|
|1||Hilton Reykjavik Nordica||Contemporary concrete & glass hotel in the heart of business district, near shopping, sports facilities & exhibition hall.||Reykjavik||Sudurlandsbraut 2||First-Class|
|2||Icelandair Hotel Hamar||At Icelandair Hotel Hamar you can relax and rejuvenate in peace and tranquility, with every comfort available. Enjoy magnificent views of the Borgarfjordur fjord while you indulge in the personal service and delicious, locally-sourced meals.||Borgarnes||Hamar Golf Course||First-Class|
|3||Hotel Kea||Kea has been welcoming guests since 1944 with the same high standards of elegance, quality, service and comfort which would be expected of one of Iceland's well-established hotels.||Akureyri||Hafnarstraeti 87-89||First-Class|
|4||Alfheimar Country Hotel||Álfheimar Country Hotel will be your relaxed home away from home. This family run property offers simple and functional modern comforts in harmony with the environment. The restaurant focuses on ingredients supplied by local fishermen and farmers, and guests can enjoy local specialties cooked in Icelandic-style. Free access to high-speed wireless Internet is available.||Borgarfjordur Eystri||Álfheimar||First-Class|
|5||Fosshotel Vatnajokull||Fosshotel Vatnajökull is a modern hotel situated in the southeast of Iceland with a spellbinding view of the magnificent glacier Vatnajökull. The building was designed to create a perfect integration with the surrounding environment, making sure to offer the most peaceful and relaxing stay to all guests. Guestrooms feature a modern design with hardwood floors, stylish interiors, and a view over Vatnajökull Glacier and the surrounding mountains, making the Lindabakki area one of the most exciting locations in Southeast Iceland. A TV, fridge, bathroom, and free Wi-Fi are included.||Hofn||Lindarbakki||First-Class|
|6||Katla||Hotel Katla is an ideal location for short trips to explore some of the most spectacular places in Iceland, like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Dyrholaey, Westman Islands, Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon and Skaftafell National Park.||Vik||Mýrdalur||Moderate First-Class|