Circuit of Iceland holiday, small group

“An eight day circuit of this stunning island, starting in Reykjavik in the south, heading to Akureyri, capital of the north, then the East Fjords, and so much more. With plenty of hikes en route. ”

Highlights

Reykjavik | Golden Circle | Grábrok Volcano crater | Akureyri | Eyjafjörður fjord Goðafoss | Lake Mývatn | Dimmuborgir hike | Egilsstadir | Vatnajökull National Park | Skaftafell National Park | East Fjords | Skógafoss waterfall | Eyjafjallajökull

Description of Circuit of Iceland holiday, small group

This eight day circuit of Iceland holiday is a chance to marvel at the extraordinary landscapes that this small but perfectly formed country is famous for. It also takes you well off the beaten track as the majority of tourists only visit the south of the island, and with places like the East Fjords, Lake Mývatn and the northern capital of Akureyri to visit, you will be glad that you explored further afield.

Although this is a quick circuit, it is in no way a trip where you see the island from behind a coach window. We take hikes through this magnificent land of fire and ice, whether it is along black volcanic beaches, the lava fields at Dimmuborgir or up to one of many stunning waterfalls. We will also visit several glaciers including Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest.

On our return to Reykjavík we follow the touristic route known as the Golden Circle, taking in the great sights of Gullfoss Waterfall and Hvitargljufur Gorge. With plenty of time to enjoy the cosmopolitan capital at the end of the tour too.

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Responsible tourism: Circuit of Iceland holiday, small group

Environment

On our tours in Iceland we strive to maintain the landscapes that make the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ so famous. Environmental responsibility is of utmost importance to Iceland and we make sure this is also translated to our passengers. We operate a leave nothing but your footprint behind policy, ensuring no waste is littered along the way. On our Circuit of Iceland tour we visit a Geothermal Greenhouse which educates clients on the geothermal energy used in horticulture. On our Northern Lights tour we visit a geyser geothermal field which also showcases the use of geothermal energy in the country which reduces electricity waste.

Community

We use an established Icelandic supplier who has been in business for around 80 years. We encourage our passengers to eat locally produced Icelandic food and visit restaurants native to the region. We also visit the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center which shows how locals live next to active volcanoes and glaciers and how this affects their communities.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Some of the sights in the "Golden Circle" area around Reykjavik.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Not to book it - go instead on a shorter tour (4 days maximum) of the Golden Circle area only; the rest of the island is basically more of the same and rather bleak. Also to realise that Iceland has virtually no historic architecture or charm, that the popular tourist sights are over-visited and in the season very overcrowded, and that everything is extortionately expensive - no holiday in
Iceland will give value for money.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It doubtless benefited some local people financially (even more - the country already has the lowest unemployment and highest per-capita income in Europe), but like any mass-tourism it is very unlikely to have any beneficial effects on the environment - quite the opposite. The detrimental environmental impact of mass tourism in Iceland is all too visible, and worsening by the minute.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


A well-organised, well-led and enjoyable enough tour, but too long (for the amount of interest on offer) and, as a holiday destination, Iceland is somewhat over-hyped.

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