• Uncover Iceland’s extraordinary natural history through visits to several of the country’s glaciers, waterfalls and steaming vents – including its largest ice cap, Vatnajökull
• History and legend come alive at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, and at UNESCO-listed Thingvellir, home to one of the oldest parliaments in the world
• Look out for puffins and other birdlife at the cliff faces of Dyrhólaey, where a naturally-formed archway serves as shelter
MA, MSc, PhD
geographer and Fellow and Director of Studies at Girton College, Cambridge
geologist and teaching fellow in the department of Earth Sciences, Cambridge.
Depart London Heathrow 1310, arriving Keflavík 1510. Transfer to Hotel Bifrost, Borgarfjördur for two nights.
Morning: Settlement Centre in Borgarnes (introduction to Iceland’s Viking history). Afternoon: explore the birds and flowers amongst the moorland, lagoons and tundra of the Borgarfjördur region.
Whole day excursion to Thingvellir (historic parliament site and crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge), Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. Continue to Hotel Selfoss for overnight.
Whole day excursion to the mountain ridge landscape of Thórsmörk (subject to confirmation). Continue to IH Klaustur for overnight.
Exploration of the coastal and glacial landscape dominated by the Vatnajökull ice cap, including an easy walk to view the snout of the Skaftafell glacier and its lagoon. Continue to Hotel Skaftafell for two nights.
Further explorations of Skaftafell and Vatnajökull, including Jökulsárlón (glacier lagoon) and Ingólfshöfdi bird reserve (weather and birds permitting).
Travel west with possible stops at Vík, Dyrhólaey cliffs, Lava Centre at Hvolsvöllur and Seljalandsfoss (waterfall). Continue to Hotel Selfoss for overnight.
Morning: visit to Krysuvík geothermal area. Transfer to Keflavík Airport for 1610 departure, arriving Heathrow 2010.
5 Jul — 12 Jul 2020
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This was a very good Tour, thoughtfully prepared, and skilfully delivered by Harriet and Morag. It was an excellent introduction to Iceland.
A good level of fitness is required for this tour, which will involve significant amounts of walking and standing, including over steep and uneven terrain. Steep walks will be taken at a slower pace.
Cost of £3595 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, seven packed lunches, dinner with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, single room supplement £460.
Own flight reduction: £300.