Overview

Reykjavik - 1 night
Hellnar - 1 night
Akureyri - 3 nights
Reykjavik - 2 nights

Journey to the Centre of the Earth

A journey to Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the northern capital, Akureyri, exploring the cultural heritage and spectacular landscape full of waterfalls, mountains and lava fields

In our civilised society we rarely give thought to the mysteries of the forces within our planet but in Iceland these forces invade the imagination as they struggle to break through to the surface by means of volcanoes and geysers. Nature's exertions have not ceased since the time land was pushed up from the North Atlantic seabed by volcanic forces.

One can easily imagine that the barrier between the earth’s surface and natural elements beneath is at its flimsiest in Iceland and it is thus scarcely surprising that Jules Verne in his classic novel was inspired to choose the volcanic crater of Snaefellsjokull in Iceland as the entrance to the centre of the Earth. Following cryptic clues, the eccentric Professor Lidenbrock, his reluctant nephew and their phlegmatic Icelandic guide make their way on the pure-bred Icelandic horses from the capital to Snaefellsjokull. We follow their path but stop short of actually entering the crater and penetrating the earth's surface!

Journeying to the centre of the earth is of course impossible but sceptics should note that a book in Jules Verne's 'Voyages Extraordinaires' series was published in 1865 with the title 'From the Earth to the Moon'!

The land is so newly formed in geological terms that 70% of the country is not yet ready for human habitation, being still covered by glaciers, lava fields and harsh terrain – and the local people heat their houses from geothermal resources beneath them. The true fascination of Iceland lies in its dramatic and thought-provoking natural splendours outside Reykjavik so the arrangement first moves northwards along the west coast to the Snæfellsnes peninsula and Akureyri, capital of the north.

Close to the Arctic Circle, the landscape is wild, rugged and colourful, with black lava, red sulphur and green valleys, rivers and waterfalls with a coastline richly indented with fjords and bays. The wide range of Icelandic highlights bring many unexpected wonders: the fjord of Eyjafjörður, one of the longest fjords in Iceland; Akureyri, the capital of the north; the waterfalls of mighty Goðafoss, the natural wonders of Lake Mývatn; Dimmuborgir, a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Mývatn and Víðimýrarkirkja church, one of Iceland’s very few turf churches to be preserved.

Key Features

Cultural & Natural Wonders
New Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 8 – 22

Special Events

Herring Museum

Enjoy a tasting of herrings and a glass of schnapps at the Siglufjörður Herring Museum.

Day 1 Fly from your chosen airport to Reykjavik Transfer to the 3-star Hotel Klettur for overnight.

Day 2 Journey to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where according to Jules Verne in his classic novel, the centre of the Earth can be found. Visit the small town of Grundarfjörður to admire the Kirkjufell mountain and falls. Continue to the fishing village of Arnarstapi at the foot of Mt. Stapafell. Overnight at the 3-star Fosshotel Hellnar in an ancient fishing village on the westernmost part of the peninsula. (B, D)

Day 3 Drive over a mountain pass and fjord to the Vatnsnes area and to the northern part of Iceland. Visit a turf farm and folk museum at Glaumbær. It gives detailed insight into farm life in Iceland’s not so distant past. Stay three nights at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri. (B)

Day 4 Tour of Akureyri, the capital of the north, situated by Eyjafjörður. Travel to Goðafoss waterfall, the waterfall of the Gods and Lake Mývatn, which is known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. Visit the craters of Skútustaðargigjar and walk in the lava fields Dimmuborgir. View the Námaskarð hot springs and bubbling mud pool area. (B)

Day 5 Whale watching cruise from the small town of Hauganes. Visit to Kaldi microbrewery, includes a tasting. Visit the small, colourful fishing village of Siglufjörður and its large Herring museum. (B)

Day 6 Travel to Víðimýri to visit the turf church. Continue to Reykjavik via Gauksmýri to get to know the famous Icelandic horse. Enjoy a short horse riding demonstration. Tour of the capital to view the main landmarks: The Pearl, Hallgrímskirkja church, the National Museum of Iceland, the harbour and the famous 101 Reykjavik neighbourhood. Optional visit to the Blue Lagoon (£115). Spend two nights at the 3-star Hotel Klettur. (B)

Day 7 Day at leisure or optional Golden Circle tour to Gullfoss, Iceland’s mightiest waterfall, the hot spring area dominated by Geysir and Thingvellir National Park (£60). (B)

Day 8 Return flight. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

This is a full itinerary with most visits on foot and sites with steps/inclines and uneven surfaces.

2022

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
Icelandair from Heathrow

Date Price
May 17 £1645
June 7 £1925
September 13 £1895
October 4 £1645

2023

Tuesdays
per person in a twin/double room
Icelandair from Heathrow

Date Price
May 16 £1675
June 6 £1975
September 12 £1945
October 3 £1695

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £425
2022: Jun /Sep £615; Oct 4 £385
2023: May £415; Jun/Sep £595; Oct £395

Flight Options

Icelandair from Glasgow - nil
Icelandair Saga Class from £695

Optional Excursions

Visit to the Blue Lagoon £115
Golden Circle tour to Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park £60

Extension Options

Extra Nights – Reykjavik
Hotel Klettur
(per night) £105 (Oct 2022 £75; May/Oct 2023 £80; Jun/Sep 2023 £105)
Single supplement £85 (Oct 2022; May/Oct 2023 £50; Jun/Sep 2023 £70)

Independent Arrival

Save £200
Arrival or departure transfer by Fly Bus add £35

Price Includes
Air travel and taxes, Fly Bus transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking. 

Not Included
Travel insurance, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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