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ICELANDIC EXPLORER

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Walking in Iceland offers a fascinating land sculpted by millions of years of volcanic and glacial activity.

Guided Walking Holidays - Icelandic Explorer

Setting foot in the land of ice and fire is like taking a deep breath of fresh air into oxygen starved lungs. Iceland has vast open spaces and a landscape that pulses with continent dividing energy. Our paths take us through rocky lava fields, past active volcanoes and rushing rivers. Feel the spray from powerful waterfalls and walk through surprisingly verdant mountain highlands. Relax in a hot spring or delight in bubbling mud pools and witness unpredictable geysers. Simply put, Iceland invigorates your senses.

Our first centre is Bifrost, minutes from western Iceland's main walking highlights. The basalt landscape of the wide valley floor with its rivers and lakes is flanked by long mountain ridges and volcanic cones. The centrepiece is the three million year old near perfect volcanic cone of Baula.

Next we move north to historic Akureyri, at the head of Eyjafjördur, opening to the ocean just 25 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The surrounding flat-topped mountains are formed from ancient lava, carved by vast glaciers into steep-sided ridges, some still topped with ice. We walk from Akureyri and can make trips further afield to the tiny coastal towns of Olafsfjördur or Husavík and include a day trip to My´vatn, a beautiful lake in an active volcanic area, a bird watchers paradise and surrounded by geothermal landscapes.

From Akureyri, we cross the Interior Highlands, passing hot springs, majestic mountains and vast expanses of snow topped wilderness. We descend to the magnificent Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall). At Geysir ‘Strokkur’ shoots boiling water into the air every few minutes. Our day’s journey ends at Hveragerði, Iceland’s ‘flower town’ edged by steaming geysers and mud pits. Our final night is spent in the capital, Reykjavík.


Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the active volcanic area of Lake My´vatn – volcanic craters, lava fields and bubbling mud pools – the landscape here is simply out of this world!
  • Visit Gullfoss – Iceland’s Golden Falls are a magnificent example of the power of nature.
  • Unique opportunities to swim in hot springs and warm streams.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Keflavík (Icelandair)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Keflavík (Icelandair)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 2 hours 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Hotel Ork

One of the hotels we stay in is the four star Hotel Ork, that is well located in the centre of Hveragerdi to access the hot springs and the surrounding countryside. The hotel has its own hot tubs, geothermal sauna and even a large water slide that shoots into the outdoor pool! Other features are the restaurant serving healthy Icelandic food, some of which is grown right next-door in geothermally heated greenhouses. Breakfast is a buffet with a good selection of freshly baked bread, hams, cheeses, jams, cereals and more. Bedrooms include fridge, telephone, TV, en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.


FOSSHOTEL

Fosshotel Reykjavík, Iceland’s largest hotel stands prominently in Reykjavík’s business district, only a short walk from the main shopping area. Here, from the heart of the city, you can easily explore Reykjavík's magnificent architecture, captivating history, vibrant markets and rich culture – ideal starting point for experience the best of everything the city has to offer. With 16 floors, many of our rooms offer magnificent views of the city and the bay area. The top floor features seven suites, 2 that can be used as meeting rooms and on the second floor you will find first class conference facilities. Unwind at the Beer garden with local Icelandic draught beer and enjoy select dining at Fosshotel Reykjavík's restaurant, Haust.






Hotel Nordurland

The simple Yosemite Cedar Lodge offers fresh air and acres of pure natural wonder with the Yosemite National Forest just 8 miles away. All guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, access to a private sandy beach on the Merced River and an American family-style restaurant, plus a sports bar and grill.