Iceland Highlights

Why is Iceland one of Europe’s top destinations? The beauty of Iceland speaks for itself! Be amazed by one of the world’s most beautiful places. On our Iceland Highlights Tour, we have created the ultimate Iceland Itinerary. Visit off the beaten path locations as well as some of Iceland’s most beautiful glaciers, hot springs, waterfalls, black sand beaches and fishing villages. See the best of Iceland with Carpe Mundo!

2020 Dates

June 22nd – 26th

June 30th – July 4th

July 16th – 20th

October 12th – 16th

October 19th – 23rd

*additional dates by request

Duration

5 Days/ 4 Nights

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

8 guests maximum

Price From

$1,895 per person – June/July Trips

$1,795 per person – October Trips

Iceland Tour Highlights

  • Kayaking among icebergs in a glacial lagoon (or enjoying a zodiac boat tour to view the icebergs)
  • Relaxing in hidden geothermal hot springs and hiking to a hot spring river
  • Strolling through the magical streets of Iceland's vibrant capital Reykjavik
  • Admiring some of the world's most majestic waterfall
Top Iceland Sights

Trip Difficulty

This is one of our leisure trips, designed for those who want to experience the beauty of Iceland in more comfort than our hiking trip. The activities included are not physically strenuous. You can easily opt out of these if you would like, and there are opportunities to do additional, more adventurous activities before or after the tour such as snowmobiling, paragliding, snorkeling, or whitewater rafting. You will enjoy many of the awe-inspiring sights that Iceland is known for, as well as some lesser known attractions, and you can relax in hot springs and hot tubs at comfortable hotels and guesthouses.  

Nature's Beauty

This trip is designed to show you the natural beauty that has made Iceland a must-see destination. We visit the more well known sites such as the Golden Circle, where you will see natural phenomena rarely found anywhere else in the world such as geysers that erupt every 5-10 minutes and the site of tectonic plates slowly separating. We also visit more remote and lesser known areas, letting you experience a side of Iceland that very few visitors know exist. Being able to see Iceland under the Northern Lights in the winter and the Midnight Sun in the summer are experiences that you will never forget!

Itinerary

This is the general itinerary that is used for the trip. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather and other circumstances. Click on each day to discover a more detailed description of the itinerary. 

Today we leave Reykjaviík to explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. You will be picked up from your Reykjavik hotel/guesthouse between 9 and 9:30 and our first stop is a delicious Icelandic bakery, followed by a visit to a hidden hot spring. The optional dip in the warm geothermal water next to an old lava flow is highly recommended, and this is definitely Iceland off the beaten path! We continue to the charming fishing village of Stykkishólmur for lunch, followed by a stop at Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall, one of Iceland’s most beautiful and photographed locations! As we cross to the southern coast of the peninsula, the gorgeous Snæfellsjökull volcano and glacier come into view, creating a dramatic backdrop. We will conclude the day with a beautiful coastal hike with amazing views of sea cliffs, basalt columns, and sea birds. Finally, enjoy an excellent dinner with fresh Icelandic dishes in the Hellnar/Arnarstapi area. (Total driving time today: ~4.5 hours)

In the morning we explore more of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, starting with an otherworldly black sand beach, Djúpalónssandur, where you can test your strength on the lifting stones that fishermen used to use to determine whether they were strong enough to go out to sea! We then head underground with a visit to a lava cave located at the base of Snæfellsjökull, the location for Jules Vernes’ famous Journey to the Center of the Earth. We then drive to the Golden Circle (one of the most popular areas in Iceland, and for good reason) where we visit Thingvellir National Park, the spot where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are drifting apart, an incredible phenomenon that you can only witness in Iceland! Dinner is at an “earth cooking” restaurant where your food is cooked using the geothermal steam from the earth, one of the only places in the world to use this method of cooking. We spend the next two nights at a comfortable farm stay. You can visit the animals, learn about life on a working Icelandic farm, or relax in the hot tub or sauna. (Total driving time today: ~4 hours)

After a delicious farm-fresh breakfast, we start the day with a beautiful hike to Reykjadalur, a hot spring river! After hiking for about an hour we will arrive at the hot spring to soak and enjoy the scenery. After returning, we will have lunch inside a geothermal greenhouse, one of the culinary highlights of the trip! We continue to two of Iceland’s most famous sights in the Golden Circle–the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland, as well as Geysir geothermal area, where Iceland’s most active geyser is located (it erupts every 5-10 minutes!). Tonight’s dinner is at a traditional Icelandic restaurant in Selfoss.
(Total driving time today: 3 hours)

Our drive today takes us along Iceland’s southern coast, visiting some of the country’s most well-known natural attractions. We will visit Seljalandsfoss, an incredible waterfall we can walk behind, as well as Reynisfjara, Iceland’s most famous and iconic black sand beach. After lunch, we spend some time in Vik where you can choose to go horseback riding, enjoy a lava show, or visit the town’s church or museum. In the afternoon we have a short hike along Fjaðrárgljúfur, a dramatic canyon with a breathtaking vista! Tonight we stay at one of Iceland’s nicest hotels with stunning modern Scandinavian architecture. Dinner will be a first-class meal at the hotel restaurant. (Total driving time today: ~4 hours)

Start the day off with a visit to Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s most famous glacial lagoon. The lagoon is filled with magnificent icebergs that broke off from the glacier in the distance, a part of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Get up close to the large blue and white icebergs as we embark on a kayaking excursion on the lagoon. If you would prefer, you can opt for a zodiac boat tour instead of kayaking (trips from October-April will go on a glacier hike in the afternoon instead of the kayak/zodiac tour). We then visit Diamond Beach, a black sand beach where icebergs, which appear like diamonds against the black sand, wash ashore allowing you to walk right up to them. These are once in a lifetime experiences that you can only have in a handful of places in the world, and Iceland is one of the best! We then head back to Reykjavik, stopping on the way to visit Skógafoss, another stunning and unique waterfall that you can walk up to! Near Skógafoss, we will have dinner at a wholesome and cozy farm to table restaurant for our last meal together before drop off in Reykjavik. This will be the perfect note on which to end our trip! (Total driving time today: ~5 hours)

There is so much to see and do in Iceland! Check out these additional activities we can help coordinate before, during, or after the trip!

Dates & Prices

2020 Trip Dates

June 22nd - 26th (Sold Out)

June 30th - July 4th

July 16th - 20th

October 12th - 16th

October 19th - 23rd

Custom Dates (Choose Your Own!)

Pricing

$1,895 per person - June/July*

$1,795 per person - October*

*Prices are in US Dollars, based on double occupancy.

We pride ourselves on offering one of the smallest group sizes and best leader to guest ratios in the industry. One leader accompanies a maximum of 8 guests, allowing us to personalize the trip to best suit your travel needs and preferences. Larger groups are available as a custom/private tour.

IncludeD:

  • Round trip private transportation from Reykjavik (in a Mercedes Vito, Renault Trafic or Similar)
  • Pickup/drop off from downtown Reykjavik accommodations
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Guided glacier activity (glacier lagoon kayaking for May-September trips, glacier hike for October-April trips)
  • Guided lava cave tour
  • Golden Circle tour (Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss)
  • Visits to Snæfellsnes Peninsula and South Coast attractions
  • Guided hikes
  • "Unofficial" Icelandic food tour
  • Online trip photo album & Carpe Mundo shirt

Not IncludeD:

  • Airfare (we can help!)
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals (not listed above)
  • Optional activities (horseback riding, lava show, pre/post tour activities, etc)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Leader gratuities

Supplemental:

  • Single supplement: Contact us for more information- pricing varies depending on time of year but the average is ~$300-400. 
  • Optional activities- horseback riding (~$80) or lava show (~$40).
  • Reykjavik airport transfers are available through Reykjavik Excursions or Airport Direct. Contact us for more information.

Additional Information

Accommodations: All of the accommodations we use are highly rated and very comfortable with private bathrooms. Properties are chosen based on their location, great customer feedback, and for the authentic Icelandic experience they provide. On this trip, the first night we stay at a highly rated seaside country hotel on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with beautiful ocean views. The following two nights we stay at a charming farmhouse/guesthouse close to the Golden Circle. This is a real working farm with comfortable guest accommodations and a delicious fresh breakfast. The last night of the trip is at a stunning hotel set off in the countryside located near the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

Payment Terms & Conditions: If you are thinking about signing up for a trip but are not yet ready to commit, we offer a 5 day courtesy hold. To secure your space on a trip, a $500 per person deposit is required and can be paid by check or credit card. The remaining trip balance is due no later than 90 days prior to the start of the trip. If you decide to cancel more than 45 days prior to the start of your trip, you will receive a Carpe Mundo credit that is transferable with no expiration for the amount paid, or we will refund your payment less a $250/person cancellation fee. If you decide to cancel less than 45 days prior to the start of your trip, no refunds or credits will be available.

Packing List: A suggested packing list as well as additional information on travel to Iceland can be found in our Customer Information packets. Here are links to the packets for our summer tours and for our spring and fall Northern Lights tours.

Release of Liability: We require that everyone participating in a Carpe Mundo trip completes and e-signs an Assumption of Risk/Liability Release waiver as well as a Medical Information Form. You will receive these after you have registered for a trip, and they must be completed prior to your trip.

Insurance: Due to the nature and locations of our trips, we highly recommend that everyone participating in a trip has medical insurance that provides coverage while abroad. Although not required, we highly recommend purchasing travel insurance or a travel protection plan for your trip. We adhere to our cancellation policy, and these plans will protect your trip purchase in the event you cancel under certain circumstances. 

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