Iceland, the Complete Tour
June 12 – 22, 2023 (11 Days)
Roundtrip airfare ABQ to Reykjavik (not including baggage and in-flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
9 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
8 breakfasts, 7 dinners
Admission to all listed attractions
Your professional Icelandic Tour Director – Arni!
Your SUN TOURS Escort (with 15 or more passengers)
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
$6,945 Double occupancy, per person
$7,995 Single occupancy*
DEPOSIT: $250 per person NOW holds your place
FINAL PAYMENT DUE: February 7, 2023
None – Through February 7, 2023
$250 – February 8 - March 6, 2023
$3,600 – March 7 - May 6, 2023
100% – After May 6, 2023
TRAVEL PROTECTION STARTS AT $747
Iceland was born through volcanic action. The resulting land of peaks, geysers, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, and astonishing scenery is breathtaking. Here nature is unspoiled by pollution or development. Iceland is so magnetic that it lures visitors back again and again. This definitive tour circles the island to see all the best sights at the season of maximum daylight.
Included meals are denoted: Breakfast: B, Lunch: L, Dinner: D
We depart from Albuquerque on our flights, taking us overnight and into Reykjavik, Iceland.
DAY 2 D
We arrive in Reykjavik, then begin a guided city tour. We learn the history of Reykjavik as we see its historic and modern sights. We stop to stroll through a botanical garden and see a sculpture display. From Oskjuhlied Hill we see the Pearl, a fantastic dome-shaped glass building, and have a fantastic view of the city where we lodge two nights.
DAY 3 B
We drive across the vast lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula to the lighthouse at its tip, then along the south coast to the busy fishing village of Grindavik. Fish accounts for 75% of Iceland’s exports. The Blue Lagoon is a pool of mineral-rich geothermal water with an amazing blue color located in a lava field. We can soak or just enjoy the view.
DAY 4 B,D
Our circle tour of Iceland begins today as we cross the spectacular Kaldidalur Highland Trail to the woods of Husafel, Hraunfossar Falls, and historic Reykholt, home of the medieval chieftain, Snorri Sturluson. We continue along lovely Borgarfjoredur Fjord, past the volcanic craters at Grabrok and across the Holtavoreduheiedi plateau. We stop at the Gauksmyri Horse Farm to see an Icelandic horse demonstration. We lodge one night in Blӧnduόs.
DAY 5 B,D
In Glaumbaer, where America’s first European settlers came from, we visit the Sod Church and the Folk Museum which explores life in ancient rural Iceland and features a unique old turf farmhouse. We then cross the valleys of Skagafjordur to reach Akureyri, capital of the North. After a stroll around town, we head to the “Falls of the Gods” and then reach Lake Myvatn where we lodge two nights. Our tour along the lakeshore features teeming birdlife and contorted rock formations.
DAY 6 B,D
From the coastal fishing village of Husavik, we board a boat to go whale watching. Many species of whales summer here. Then we explore this picturesque village on our own. Don’t miss the Whale Museum, the Cultural/Maritime Museum, and the unique Church.
DAY 7 B,D
Leaving the oasis of Lake Myvatn, we visit sulfur slopes, boiling mud pools, and recent lava flows in the colorful landscape. We stop to marvel at the Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Then we cross Namaskard Pass and the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau to the town of Egilsstadir to lodge one night.
DAY 8 B,D
Towering mountains with bare rock faces plunge vertically into the sea to form Iceland’s magnificent East Fjords. We drive along between the steep mountains and the North Atlantic passing small villages. In one village we see Petra Sveinsdottir’s stone collection. We pass through the Lonsoraefi region renowned for its wild and dramatic landscape with extinct volcanoes and rushing glacial rivers. We lodge one night in Hofn, a coastal town nestled in the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier.
DAY 9 B,D
We drive along the coast to Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon. Huge icebergs calve into the lagoon providing a surreal backdrop for our cruise. We continue through the alpine setting of Skaftafell National Park, the Eldhraun lava flow and the vast tract of black sandy desert called Skeidararsandur. We lodge one night in Vik.
DAY 10 B
We drive along a narrow strip of farmland between the black sand coast and the rugged cliffs. We stop in Skogar to see the Folk Museum, a photogenic waterfall, and the gushing hot springs at Geysir. We visit Pingvellir, where the first democratic parliament in the world met in 930 A.D. The canyon here is the meeting line of two of the earth’s tectonic plates. We return to Reykjavik to lodge one night.
This morning we head to the airport to catch our flight home.
Itinerary subject to change