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Grand Tour of Iceland

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Grand Tour of Iceland - Exodus Travels
Grand Tour of Iceland - Exodus Travels
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19 reviews
Starts
Keflavik
Destinations
+23
Ends
Keflavik
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Highlights

  • Visit the Skogafoss waterfall
  • See the Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon
  • Travel through Fjord country
  • Discover Lake Myvatn
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Overland Truck
Travel style
Adventure, Hiking & Trekking
Start and end in Keflavik! With the adventure tour Grand Tour of Iceland, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Keflavik, Iceland and 21 other destinations in Iceland. Grand Tour of Iceland includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.

19 Reviews

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  • Grand Tour of Iceland reviewer 1
    Written on July 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent tour, we enjoyed it thoroughly. Our only concern was that there were probably a few too many people so the bus was a bit crowded, luggage didn't fit and there were apparently last minute changes to accommodation.  We expected about 16, there were 21.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were many. The scenery was great and we were constantly surprised and amazed. We loved the many thermal pools, hot tubs and lagoons. What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was knowledgeable, helpful and responsive.  she tried very hard to do the best job she could.  She had a good sense of humour and worked well with the driver to give us the best possible experience.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?To get the best out of the trip you need to be fit and able to walk 4 - 5 hours a day, frequently up hills in all weathers.  having the right clothing is important, stout waterproof shoes with good soles, and water and windproof trousers, jackets, hat, scarf and gloves.Warm undergarments are also needed.  Expect a basic standard of accommodation with comfortable but plain rooms, en suite sometimes but usually shared facilities. Is there anything else you would like to add?This was a wonderful experience.  Our fellow travellers were generally very positive and everyone tried to contribute to making the trip run smoothly.  Iceland has much to offer: volcanoes, geothermal activity, glaciers, amazing waterfalls, fjords, geological features as well as friendly people with fascinating history and rich culture.  We would like to return at some point to explore even more...

  • Grand Tour of Iceland reviewer 2
    Written on July 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent trip around Iceland, scenery always spectacular.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?jokulsarlon lagoon, but it was all excellent.glacier hike was also a new experience, and is not difficult, you should opt for it.What did you think of your group leader?tour leader and bus driver were both organised and a pleasure to be with.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?full rain gear - top and trousers, waterproof boots too if possible, it WILL rain, and you will still want to go walking (or already be walking!).Go for a hike after dinner too, to walk it off - it's not like its going to get dark! Hot pots are all excellent, take advantage when you have time.Is there anything else you would like to add?very recommended!I was very happy with the standard of accommodation used - mostly boarding schools run as hotels in the summer, will be some shared bathrooms, but generally a good ratio of bathrooms to people.Only hairdryers sometime, might want to take one.

  • Grand Tour of Iceland reviewer 3
    Written on July 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    To quote,'Grand Tour delivers exactly what it says on the tin' i.e. a comprehensive insight into the island's flora, fauna and ecology. The success of the holiday is particularly weather dependent and we were blessed in this regard. We have no hesitation in awarding 5 stars to this holiday.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Waterfalls, geysers, whales, puffins, skuas, icebergs, more waterfalls...it's all wonderfull!What did you think of your group leader?David Kelley was knowledgeable, well organised, flexible and fun; everything that could be asked for from a leader.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for all types of weather and take heed of the comments in the Tour Notes regarding costs in Iceland.Is there anything else you would like to add?Along with some other members of our tour, we would like to have sacrificed at least one and possibly two of the final three nights in Reykjavik so as to be able to see a little of the North Western fjord region.

  • Grand Tour of Iceland reviewer 4
    Written on January 6, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    This was a comprehensive tour of Iceland; great for seeing all the main sights and locations.  The best thing about this was getting to see parts of the country that a lot of tourists don't have the time or inclincation to see - the real gems were outside the Reykiavik area.   What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were many, but those standing out:- Seeing the humpback up close in Husavik.- The Lake Myvatn area, including the soltafara field. - The beautiful sunlight, well into the evenings. - The rich, varied wildlife.  What did you think of your group leader?David's knowledge of Iceland was outstanding and his passion for the country was obvious.   Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Most of the time we were very lucky with the weather, however, we did get a lot of rain in the last few days.  Waterproof trousers are essential!  I think I am right in saying that the trip notes didn't state this, so a few of us were caught out. 

  • Grand Tour of Iceland reviewer 5
    Written on July 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Brilliant holiday. Utterly, totally brilliant. Great group, wonderful place - a very peaceful country with the most amazingly violent geology. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The whale-watching trip of a lifetime. I doubt it can be repeated and I'll never forget it. I also loved the of sunshine  - we were lucky (I understand) to have buckets of sunshine and I found it really energising.What did you think of your group leader?Funny, very knowledgeable and willing to 'phone a friend' when he didn't know the answer. Great bloke with exceptionally cute kids :0)Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The accomodation is more like a normal hotel than the warning on the trip notes might have you believe (in many cases, it pretty much is a normal hotel)! Is there anything else you would like to add?I'll be back!

  • Grand Tour of Iceland reviewer 6
    Written on July 9, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A well organized, ably led tour of Iceland, in excellent weather. The tour leader went beyond the basic requirememts of a group leader, the accompanying driver very easily blended in with the group and helped greatly with the running of the tour. The highlights were plentiful.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The visits to Jokalsarlon (glacial lagoon and close encounters with the bird life); and Hofn (with fantastic views under the "night-time" daylight!!, as well as early morning daylight);  followed by the whale-watching in Husavik, and the visit to Snaesfellness Peninsula were all inspiring. A varied set of experiences from many square Km of lava, to ice-fields, glacier walking, extensive bird life, whale-watching,all in outstanding scenic surroundings. The excellent weather was a bonus, with the "extra" bonus of seeing the sun dip below the horizon only to return a few minutes later without us going into darkness.I asked Exodus to organize, for me, a visit to the Westmann Islands for our "free day in Reykjavik". This visit (The Pompeii of the North) exceeded all expectations--a full day of exhilarating trips; excellent organization to get to the ferry; a "sea" tour of Heimaey Island with the boat going into 2 caves, and a musical performance in one of them, followed by lunch, then a "land" tour of the Island, including a walk into the Eldfell Crater which erupted in 1973 destroying a large portion of the Town, and nearly closing the Harbour which is so vital to the survival of the community. I recommend that Exodus list this as a possible option for the "free day in Reykjavik" in their brochures.What did you think of your group leader?The tour leader (David) was born (and brought up) in Britain. He married an Iceland girl and they are raising  their young family in Iceland. His enthusiasm for the Country and its' way of life was clearly evident.Is there anything else you would like to add?This was my 2nd (Exodus) visit to Iceland, and it won't be my last.

  • Grand Tour of Iceland reviewer 7
    Written on July 4, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Brilliant trip especially for anyone interested in landscape, scenery and birds, accommodation is as advertised i.e. basic in places (although clean and comfortable) and slightly inconvenient in one which the leader is intending to address.  If you didn't know beforehand how many types of volcano and lava there are, you'll return having seen them all.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The historic and geological context of Thingvellir. The concept of the 'democratic' and pragmatic decision making that went on there, coupled with its significance as the place where the North American and European plates are forced apart, amply demonstrated by the appearance of new large holes being actively bridged during our visit.What did you think of your group leader?Very sociable and helpful, nothing too much trouble, took us on some interesting side tracks.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We mostly had warm dry sunny weather (90%) but apparently it can rain (or snow) a lot as well.  Plus it's not midnight sun, but it is 24hr daylight in June, take eye shades for sleeping (the sort you sometimes get on long distance flights).Is there anything else you would like to add?When on offer walk behind the waterfall, and the optional whale watching I did was excellent (but that's not guaranteed).

  • Grand Tour of Iceland reviewer 8
    Written on August 8, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    If you haven't been to Iceland - go! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The scenery is just stunning - I particularly loved the waterfalls.What did you think of your group leader?The Icelandic tour leader was fab which of course really helped.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for shared rather than en suite facilities most nights - our trip notes didn't really make this very clear. Good standards of cleanliness etc though.Is there anything else you would like to add?Do a shorter trip if you have to, but this was a good length trip to get more of a feel for the country.

  • Grand Tour of Iceland reviewer 9
    Written on August 8, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    If you haven't been to Iceland - go! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The scenery is just stunning - I particularly loved the waterfalls.What did you think of your group leader?The Icelandic tour leader was fab which of course really helped.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for shared rather than en suite facilities most nights - our trip notes didn't really make this very clear. Good standards of cleanliness etc though.Is there anything else you would like to add?Do a shorter trip if you have to, but this was a good length trip to get more of a feel for the country.

  • Grand Tour of Iceland reviewer 10
    Written on December 7, 2010
    5.0 - Excellent

    I have travelled a lot during my life and thought I couldn't be that easily surprised anymore.This was one of the best trips if not The Best What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Can't single one out . They were all absolutely marvelous .What did you think of your group leader?Gunnar . Fantastic leader and so easy going and practical . Proud of his country and knowledgeable .Exodus usually has the best local leaders . Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go - and go soon !Is there anything else you would like to add?Would like to stay in a centre based accommodation and explore the locality in more depth .In the middle of the country ? 

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Reykjavik.
  2. Day 2: Visit Thingvellir volcanic rift, Geysir waterspouts and Gullfoss Waterfall; to Hella.
  3. Day 3: Across southern Iceland towards the Eyafjallajokull Volcano Ice Cap, visiting Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls plus sea-cliffs, famous for puffins.
  4. Day 4: Into Skaftafell where glaciers tumble down from Vatnajokull Ice Cap; to Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon for exploration and optional boat trip.
  5. Day 5: Drive through stunning eastern fjords to Egilsstadir.
  6. Day 6: Inland through volcanic landscapes to Dettifoss Waterfall; to Asbyrgi Canyon.
  7. Day 7: To Husavik for optional whale watching trip, then to Lake Myvatn, an area of pseudo craters, lava flows and hot springs.
  8. Day 8: More time in Myvatn including Krafla Volcano; to Akureyri.
  9. Day 9: Free day to explore Akureyri.
  10. Day 10: Long drive west to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with stop at the reconstructed 'turf house' of Erik the Red.
  11. Day 11: Day to explore Snaefellsnes N.P., home to Snaefellsjokull Ice Cap, fishing villages, old lava flows and abundant birdlife.
  12. Day 12: To Reykjavik, stopping for walk at Eldborg Crater.
  13. Day 13: Day exploring Reykjanes Peninsula: Blue Lagoon, cliffs at Reykjanes and Krisuvik Hot Springs.
  14. Day 14: Free day in Reykjavik; optional horse riding, sea kayaking or lava-tube caving.
  15. Day 15: End Reykjavik.

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    • Is the airfare included on this trip?

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    • If we are travelling with a group of 9 people, could you taylor arrange a mini bus for us?

      This tour is a group tour for a maximum of 16 people. We would not be able to make it a private tour for 9 people.

    • What is the age range on this trip?

      The travellers are 40 - 70 with the average age being 57.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 1,504 km.
    • Keflavik (Iceland)
    • 40 km
    • Reykjavik (Iceland)
    • 40 km
    • Thingvellir (Iceland)
    • 37 km
    • Geysir (Iceland)
    • 13 km
    • Gullfoss Waterfall (Iceland)
    • 57 km
    • Hella (Iceland)
    • 45 km
    • Eyjafjallajokull (Iceland)
    • 19 km
    • Seljalandsfoss (Iceland)
    • 26 km
    • Skogafoss (Iceland)
    • 28 km
    • Vik (Iceland)
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