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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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OFFER ENDS 19 JUN

Touring the north of Iceland, from small towns and colourful villages to spectacular landscapes of mountains and waterfalls, fjords and lava fields, lakes and craters; and including a whale-watching cruise and time in the capital, Reykjavik; all Icelandic life is here

This tour of ravishing scenery and geological wonders begins and ends in the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik, seen from the air like a multi-coloured Lego town, experienced on the ground as a kaleidoscope of culture, cafés, classic galleries, and quirky street art. The days in between are an eye-opening reminder of the force of Nature, where tectonic plates are exposed, geysers and volcanoes litter the landscape, and it’s easy to imagine that this is where the barrier between the planet’s surface and the elements beneath is at its flimsiest. Jules Verne certainly had those thoughts when writing his classic novel, choosing to send his characters, on the pure-bred Icelandic horses, to the Snaefellsjokull crater, for their Journey to the Centre of the Earth. We follow their path (but stop short of penetrating the earth’s crust!). Just 30% of Iceland’s landmass is inhabitable, the rest a mesmerising mix of glaciers, mountains, hot springs, and lava fields. This tour takes in both the creativity of Man and the creation of Nature, united in the harnessing of geothermal resources for heating, and crafting houses from the turf; and visits the lands of legendary trolls, villages on the fjords, and whales in the waters around them.

Overview

  • Reykjavik  - 1 night
  • Hellnar  - 1 night
  • Akureyri  - 3 nights
  • Reykjavik  - 2 nights
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Tour Highlights

  • Cultural & Natural Wonders
  • Jules Verne Sightseeing
  • Local Expert Guide

Touring the north of Iceland, from small towns and colourful villages to spectacular landscapes of mountains and waterfalls, fjords and lava fields, lakes and craters; and including a whale-watching cruise and time in the capital, Reykjavik; all Icelandic life is here

Notes:

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

Optional tours are not always exclusive for JV groups.

Accommodation

Hotel Klettur - Reykjavik

A modern 3-star hotel, close to Laugavegur street and Hallgrímskirkja church. Breakfast room, bar and WiFi (free). 166 rooms with safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, and satellite TV.

Fosshotel - Reykjavik

A stylish 4-star hotel close to Laugavegur shopping street and great views to the city and sea. Restaurant, bar, gym and WiFi (free). 320 rooms with hairdryer, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

Fosshotel - Hellnar

A small 3-star hotel in a small fishing village, close to Snæfellsjökull glacier and volcano. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 35 rooms with hairdryer and satellite TV.

Hotel Norðurland

Akureyri Berjaya Iceland Hotels - Akureyri

A simple 3-star hotel located in the centre of Akureyri. Restaurant, bar and WiFi (free). 99 rooms with hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities and satellite TV.

CenterHotels Laugavegur

Extra Nights

Stay in Reykjavik before you start your tour or before flying back to the UK

Extra nights are on request, please call to discuss your requirements

Hotel Klettur
(per night) £155 (May £105; Oct £125)
Single supplement £115 (May £62; Oct £90)

Hotel Klettur - Reykjavik

A modern 3-star hotel, close to Laugavegur street and Hallgrímskirkja church. Breakfast room, bar and WiFi (free). 166 rooms with safe, mini-fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, and satellite TV.

Optional Excursions

Blue Lagoon

Travel by coach from Reykjavik and discover the waters of the Blue Lagoon. Experience a wonder of the world. Harmonize with nature.

Golden Circle

By a scenic route we reach Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park (1930) and UNESCO World Heritage Site (2004). We stroll around the country’s most sacred site, home of the oldest existing national parliament in the world, the Alþingi, and major events in the history of Iceland. Thingvellir is a place of fascinating natural beauty, a spectacular geological vista, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right by Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. The Mid-Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is forming as Iceland is being pulled apart by tectonic forces. Here the North-American and the Eurasian continental plates drift apart by 19mm a year and a rift valley is forming. Next we drive to the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss - the Golden falls - perhaps the most beautiful in the country. Here the glacial river of Hvítá (white river) tumbles 32 meters in a double cascade. On a sunny day a rainbow is very likely in the massive spray. After an optional lunch stop we explore the active geothermal area of Haukadalur which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur, and many other hot springs. Most active nowadays is Strokkur, erupting hot water and steam to elevation of 25 metres every 5-7 minutes. Then we drive on to Skálholt, an ancient bishopric, and for centuries the spiritual and educational heart of Iceland. We pass the greenhouse town of Hveragerði and continue over the mountain pass Hellisheiði, an area with large lava fields and steaming valleys.

Departures & Prices

per person in a twin/double room
Icelandair from Heathrow

September
September 10 (Tuesday)
  • Offer Ends 19 June

Was £2925

£ 2625

Price Includes:

Air travel and taxes, 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, a supplement may apply.

Not Included:

Travel insurance, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

Supplements per person

Single Supplement
  • 2024: Sep 10
  • £945
  • 2025: May 13
  • £765
  • 2025: Jun 03
  • £955
  • 2025: Sep 16
  • £1065
Flight Options
  • Icelandair Saga Class
  • On request, please call
  • Icelandair from Manchester or Glasgow
  • On request, please call
Optional Excursions
  • Blue Lagoon (2024)
  • £185
  • Blue Lagoon (2025)
  • £175
  • Golden Circle (2024)
  • £95
  • Golden Circle (2025)
  • £85
Tour Only
  • Save
  • £200
  • Arrival or departure transfer by Fly Bus
  • £42

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