Grand Tour of Iceland

“This small group tour introduces you to Iceland's nature at its rawest: active volcanoes, thundering waterfalls, gushing geysers and lava-encrusted landscapes.”

Highlights

Thingvellir volcanic rift | Gullfoss Waterfall | Geysir | Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls | Skaftafell National Park | Egilsstadir | Dettifoss Waterfall | Asbyrgi Canyon | Dettifoss Waterfall; to Asbyrgi Canyon | Snaefellsnes Peninsula | Reykjavik | Blue lagoon | Krisuvik Hot Springs | Optional: whale watching trip, horse riding, sea kayaking, lava-tube caving

Description of Grand Tour of Iceland

An in depth small group holiday, this grand tour of Iceland circumnavigates the island on a two week adventure. Explore the dramatic landscapes and unusual geographical phenomena – from geysers to lava flows – that are everywhere here, learning about the natural forces that have shaped the island over millennia from one of our experienced guides. From the capital, travel to see the epic waterfalls and glaciers of the Golden Circle, explore the north of Iceland, where volcanoes stud the landscape and tour the spectacular Eastern Fjords.

This is a comprehensive tour, taking in all three of Iceland’s national parks and visiting the World Heritage Sites of Thingvellir, Skaftafell and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. See Europe’s largest ice cap Vatnajokull, and the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where weirdly shaped blue icebergs float.

Group size is between six and 16 people, plus the tour leader. Transfers to meet any flight are included and if you travel in June, you will have the benefits of 24 hours of daylight, too.

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27 May 2018
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Our top tip:
This is a summer tour but weather is still chilly - and unpredictable. Bring warm and waterproof layers, including trousers.
Trip type:
Small group tour
Activity level:
Leisurely/moderate.
Accomm:
Farms, hotels and simple guesthouses, some with shared facilities.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Included:
Accomm., transport in specialist bus, tour leader, listed activities, flights from London (if booked).
Meals:
All breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners.
Vouchers
Accepted
Holiday type
“Small group walking holiday featuring 4 nights in Torres del Paine National Park, 3 domestic flights from Chile to Patagonia, and 2 weeks of hiking heaven. ”

Highlights

Santiago | Valparaíso | Punta Arenas | Puerto Natales | Patagonian Chile | Torres del Paine National Park | Lake Pehoe | the Grey Glacier | Camino de los Vientos | the French Valley | catamaran across Lake Pehoe | Cuernos del Paine viewpoint | Calama | Valle de la Luna | Quebrada del Diablo | Salar de Atacama | Reserva Nacional de los Flamencos | El Tatio Geysers |

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Grand Tour of Iceland

Environment

Activity:
We are careful to operate with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, which involves being vigilant with proper disposal of litter and being mindful of wildlife. This is particularly pertinent whilst whale watching, which is closely monitored for the safety of clients and the whales. Optional activities in Reykjavik like horse riding, sea kayaking or lava-tube caving, can be arranged. These all have a limited impact on the environment and by taking these excursions, clients can support the local businesses that run them.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend 14 nights in a mixture of farms, hotels and simple guesthouses. Small, locally owned lodgings are used wherever possible, meaning that the community benefits from a rise in employment and income generated. In rural areas of Iceland, there are also a number of 'seasonal hotels', which could include day schools, boarding schools or social centres that offer accommodation. Where meals are provided, locally sourced ingredients are usually used to make a mixture of continental and authentic style dishes, such as freshly caught fish or smoked lamb with potatoes. Guides generally purchase snacks and picnic provisions from local shops along the way, which supports small businesses in the area. Clients are reminded to avoid whale meat if they encounter it.

Community:
Our Icelandic operators hire local guides for each trip and use a bus company from a small town in South Iceland for the driving in all of their trips. This is mutually beneficial in that the community benefits from employment opportunities, whilst clients gain an insight into the country from staff with valuable local expertise. Our operators are also eager to contribute to local organisations devoted to conservation and community efforts. They run various programs for local children with disabilities or disadvantages in conjunction with the Salvation Army, so that these children can take part in activities like caving, glacier walking and going on a rope course.

Local Craft and Culture:
Iceland has a rich history and interesting culture which we are keen to promote by including a range of small villages and towns on our route. For example, in Husavik it is possible for clients to visit a variety of cultural sites, including a fascinating whale watching museum and a natural history museum. We also take a sightseeing tour around Akureyri, which is the cultural, commercial and educational centre for northern Iceland. There are a number of galleries here showcasing local art, numerous museums and some beautiful botanical gardens. Any funds generated here through entrance fees, buying souvenirs or making donations go towards preserving these cultural facilities.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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