ESN Denmark Iceland Explorer

Explore the island of fire and ice packed with unique and stunning experiences. This unbelievable landscape is full of fascinating volcanic and Viking history, adventures and sagas. Party in the capital of Reykjavik, go Whale watching, Relax in a hot spring thermal bath, Sample some local delicacies. If you're hungry for a real adventure then Iceland has it all.

Start: Reykjavik

Dates: 21 - 26 March 2019 (6 days/5 nights)

Price: with ESNcard 385 EUR / without ESNcard 395 EUR

Physical demand: medium, shorter walks for everyone.
 
Included
  • Accommodation for 5 nights in hostels
  • Bedlinen
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Guided walk in Reykjavik
  • All guided tours as per program
  • Service from Scanbalt tour manager
  • Transport in a tourist bus for 4 days
  • Entrance to a Shark Museum
  • Visit to Geothermal baths
NB! Flight tickets to Reykjavik are not included!
 
Highlights
  • Breathtaking and unique landscape
  • Relax in the thermal hot water springs
  • Go out on a whale safari
  • Explore Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Enjoy a taste of Hakarl shark
  • Speak Icelandic - the Language of the Vikings
  • Learn about the adventures of the Viking settlers
  • Reykjavik nightlife
 
Accommodation
  • Hostel accommodation in shared rooms for five nights.
 
Optional activity - Whale watching
Start:  Day 6 at 09:00
Price: 75 EUR
Duration:  about 3 hours
Description:  The tours sighting success on previous tours is 92%, however, the cetacean abundance is unpredictable and varies with the food availability of the shores. The most common cetacean in the area are the Minke whales, White-beaked Dolphins, and Harbour Porpoises and occasionally we see other species including the Humpback whales, Killer whales/Orcas, and even Fin whales. In case of a non-sighting tour, they offer guests to come again for free (within the next 2 years). Warm overalls available.
Activity provider: Elding     
         
What to bring
  • Hat, gloves, warm&waterproof jacket and pants
  • Boots for shorter hikes
  • Small backpack for shorter hikes
  • Towel and swimsuit
Status:
Full

Program

Day 1 Reykjavik
Welcome to Iceland! Meet your tour manager at the hostel. Enjoy an afternoon together for a walk around the capital while meeting the rest of the group. Later in the evening, we get a taste of the city’s famous nightlife.
 
Day 2 Reykjavik - Reynisfjara - Vik - Laugarvatn
We start with a trip to the South coast of Iceland and see Kerid volcanic crater lake,  two majestic waterfalls; Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss, the black sand beach Reynisfjara. We take a look at the glacier Sólheimajökull and pay a visit to the town Vík. We will finish the day in Laugarvatn, a village surrounded by magical misty fells.
 
Day 3 Laugarvatn - Golden Circle
Today we venture off to explore the famous Golden Circle with the majestic Gullfoss Waterfalls, The Great Geysir and Strokkur Geysir, which erupts in every eight minutes. We will finish the day by relaxing in the geothermal lagoon, the perfect temperature to 38-40 degrees.
 
Day 4 Laugarvatn - Stykkishólmur
Today we travel North towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula, also called - Iceland in Miniature, because of the variety of sights that can be seen there. We start with Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO protected site where the Vikings founded the first democratic parliament in 930.  On the 100 km long peninsula Snæfellsnes you will find stunning scenery with fjord's, old volcanoes, golden beaches, lava fields and all crowned by the glistering glacier Snæfellsjökull. The mountain Snæfell was torn apart when the volcano collapsed and is seen as one of the planets power centers. , Before ending the day in the seaside village of Stykkishólmur.
 
Day 5 Stykkisholmur - Reykjavik
Today we continue discovering Snæfellsnes. We start the day with a visit to Bjarnarhöfn, a local shark museum where you'll learn about the life of the local fishermen and if you're feeling brave, try some of the local delicacies such as dried fish and the famous shark Hakarl. In the evening we arrive in Reykjavik, where we spend the last night out with the group.
 
Day 6 Reykjavik
After breakfast, those who have booked can go Whale watching. Others can explore Reykjavik on their own or start heading back to the airport. Why not visit a Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport? Latest check-out 11.00 or book an extra night, if you wish to discover more of Reykjavik.