(Reykjavik, Ranga, Glymur, Akureyri)
As you journey through vast lava fields where twisted volcanic formations whisper stories of millennia past and erupting geysers carry long-forgotten messages from deep within the earth, a sense of timelessness pervades that will capture your imagination.
Immerse yourself in the old-warm charm and pristine beauty of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, on a private guided tour of the old town center; the outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur which is heated by the natural hot springs that run beneath the city; and the remarkable waterfalls and hot-spring geysers on the outskirts of the city. Elsewhere, take a Jeep tour through the surreal volcanic landscape where lush woodland valleys meet vast glaciers in Ranga; retrace Viking footsteps along the ancient Saga trails of the Borgarfjordur district; marvel at cold-spring Hraunfossar Falls that well up through the lava; explore Europe’s largest hot spring and the mile-long Surtshellier cave; visit the quaint fishing villages that hug the Snaefellsjokull glacier; take a whale-watching tour in an old oak fishing boat; and soak up the incredible lava formations and colorful sulfurous slopes of Namaskaro Pass.
Experience Iceland’s most beautiful, rugged and inhospitable environments in complete luxury on this extensive trip. Your experienced team of English-speaking guides and private drivers will ensure a seamless experience as you get an up-close view of the country’s twisted lava landscapes, vast frozen glaciers, lush valleys and charming fishing villages in a fleet of luxury vehicles. And your collection of premium accommodation compromises on nothing as it presents Iceland’s world-class cuisine and cutting-edge modern design in an absolute commitment to quality.
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Transfer between Reykjavik International airport and your hotel with private vehicle and driver. Your driver will make a stop at the Blue Lagoon (entrance fee not included) for you to enjoy the famous healing properties of the mineral waters. This makes a great final activity before carrying on to the airport to board your flight home.
Reykjavik is reknowned for its world class cuisine. Try one of these many restaurants, located in and around Reykjavik for a truly authentic Icelandic meal.
The Seafood Cellar a fusion style restaurant based in a newly renovated landmark building in the heart of the city. Restaurant Einar Ben is located in the city centre, close to the bright lights and all the entertainment. Serves delicious food made from quality Icelandic ingredients: fish, seabirds, wild game and lamb. Restaurant Silfur, located in the Art Deco Hotel Borg, right in the heart of Reykjavik. The menu is made up of the world’s best ingredients available and the wine list is known for its variety of excellent wines from around the world. The Fish Market one if Reykjavik`s most chic restaurants. In the kitchen, Chef Hrefna plays with Asian and American flavors, and creative presentations making the dining a true experience. By The Pond a small and unique restaurant is said to be the most novel fish restaurant in Iceland. Restaurant Square with a mountain view on one side and the city centre on the other, is likely to impress solely by its location. Square restaurant invites guests to experience food & drinks in a new way. The Fish Company is an eclectic restaurant located in the city centre. They offer a trip through a world of culinary adventures, which, as most good adventures do, begins under a bridge.Laekjarbrekka a restaurant in one of the oldest houses in Reykjavík, right in the centre of the old town, very Icelandic with a cosy atmosphere. Restaurant ReykjavIk is a large and spacious combination of restaurant, café and a unique bar, The Ice Bar. It is located in the very centre of Reykjavík in a 19th century former warehouse, which has recently been renovated. The house is on 3 floors. The brassiere, on the ground floor, is open for lunch, coffee and dinners. The Rainbow rooms are on the second floor and the Cabaret room is on the third floor. The restaurant offers a wide range of menus.Restaurant Perlan is one of the most exquisite restaurants in Iceland with highly unusual architecture. Perlan, or the "Pearl", rests on six huge storage tanks, each able to hold 4 million liters of geothermal hot water. The restaurant is on the top floor which slowly rotates, offering a magnificent panoramic view of Reykjavík and its surroundings as you dine. Nautholl Bistro is located by the thermal beach at Nautholsvik Bay in Reykjavik. The restaurant offers a great selection of 2 and 3 course lunch and dinner menus. Dill Restaurant is located in the Nordic House in Reykjavík, which was designed and built in 1968 by renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. The Gallery Restaurant has been renowned for its art, outstanding cuisine and impeccable service for over forty years. The Gallery Chefs offer a truly world class dining experience with their take on French cuisine, while the knowledgeable sommeliers will guide you through the feast of the senses. Restaurant Vox where the primary ambition is to use the best seasonal products and ingredients available at each time. The result is cosmopolitan cuisine with national roots, served by their expert staff.Grillid, French cuisine, superb food, fine wines, varied menus and excellent service, all set against one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of Reykjavik. Be ready for a once in a lifetime dining experience.The island of Videy is one of the most famous Icelandic historical sites through the ages. The view from the restaurant adds extra spice to a delightful meal.Fjorukrain a genuine Viking feast restaurant, something to be remembered. The décor is in the Viking style and they offer a true Viking feast with traditional meals served in old-fashioned Viking-style trays. Seaside Restaurant (40 minutes south of Reykjavik in Stokkseyri) by the seaside, in Icelandic; Við fjöruborðið, is a restaurant specializing in lobster, fresh from the ocean on the very doorstep. The restaurant looks to Italian influence when preparing their menu, incorporating Tunisian couscous, Mediterranean salads, tomatoes and greeneries, along with the ever so famous grilled potatoes.
Enjoy a half day tour visiting the most important sights of the City. You will see the old town centre, the Parliament, the Cathedral, the harbour, the Pearl and Höfði house, the summit site of 1986. During the tour you will drive past the city's salmon river (which is proof that Reykjavík is a pollution free capital) and the Árbæjarsafn outdoor folk museum, which offers an interesting contrast to the modern buildings of the most recent part of city, and an outdoor swimming pool in Laugardalur which is heated with water from natural hot springs under the city. Visit the Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church (whose steeple is a Reykjavík landmark). The tour includes private driver-guide for the tour and entrance fees to the National Museum, Sculpture Museum and Hallgrímskirkja Church.
Your private driver guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you on a full day private tour of the Golden Circle. Combining natural and historical wonders, you‘ll experience Iceland‘s landmark attractions in one incredible day: the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, the exploding hot springs of Geysir, and Þingvellir national park, site of the Viking parliament and over 1000 years of history. Please note: If you wish to enter the Geysir, Strokkur and Blesi hot spring area a new entrance fee of ISK600 per person (aged 16+) is payable locally to the land owners. You may still see the spouting geyser “Strokkur” from the road, if you wish to avoid the fee and do not enter the area.
Meet your private guide at the Hotel Ranga, who will take you on a private tour drive through some very rugged terrain in the southern highlands. Journey through unforgettable landscape with surreal beauty, steaming hot springs, explosive craters and an amazing range of colors on some of Iceland’s most spectacular jeep tracks. To top off the day, you visit Landmannalaugar, where it is possible to have a warm bath in a natural pool. Afterwards you will be transferred back to Hotel Ranga or to a hotel of your choosing in Reykjavik.
Today, enjoy a private guided tour of Thórsmörk Valley, a very famous and intriguing geological region in Iceland. Here you will experience unique views of stunning glaciers, rocks and woodlands. In addition to this, one can witness the remarkable aftermath of a volcanic eruption. The sight of what the unbridled power of a spouting volcano can do in a short time to its surroundings is breathtaking and leaves visitors awestricken. Afterwards you will be transferred back to Hotel Ranga.
Enjoy a private tansfer to Hotel Glymur.
Hotel Glymur is situated an hour from most of the tourist attractions in the country and options include 5 golf courses, horse back riding, kayaking, angle fishing, river fishing, bird watching, hiking. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these activities are of interest.
Enjoy a full day private excursion as you are brought from Reykjavik to Snaefellsness as you embark on a discovery of retracing Viking footsteps along the ancient Saga trails of the Borgarfjordur district. It is in this area that many of the famous Viking acts from the 13th Century Icelandic saga “Egils Saga” took place. Enjoy the views as you leave Reykjavik and follow the coastline north to the township of Borgarnes.
Enjoy a stop at the award winning Settlement Centre - and learn about the settlement of Iceland by way of a multimedia show case. The prime objective of the Icelandic Settlement Centre at Borgarnes is to dramatically recreate the fascinating sagas surrounding the birth of this island nation. It is not a museum but rather an installation. Multi-media and theatrical techniques are employed to help the visitor experience first hand the trepidation and excitement of setting off over the open ocean for lands unknown. Audio guides are available.
Continue in the Borgarfjörður district and make a stop at the hot spring Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Here you will witness 200 liters per second of 100°C water stream gush forth.
The day continues on to Reykholt where Snorri Sturluson, Iceland’s most celebrated writer, law speaker and historian of all time lived right up until his controversial death in 1241. Enjoy lunch followed by a drive to the picturesque waterfalls Hraunfossar, where the spring water is flowing from down under the lava.
The Hraunfossar Falls are clear, cold springs that well up through the lava and run in falls and rapids into the Hvita River. Barnafoss has been evolving through recorded history, as the river has dug itself down through the lava and runs in a deep and narrow ravine.
There is the option to visit Surtshellir cave if you are interested before being brought to your accommmodation in Snaefellsnes. Approximately a mile in length, it is the longest such cave in the country and is named after the fire giant Surtr, a prominent figure in Norse mythology, who is prophesied to one day engulf the world in the fire of his flaming sword. Being of volcanic origin, the walls of the interior are composed of vitrified layers of magma and basalt. The roof of the cave is about 10 metres high at the highest point, and the tunnels are around 15m broad at their greatest width.
Hotel Budir’s restaurant, arguably one of the most romantic restaurants in Iceland, has been referred to as "The Mecca of Icelandic cooking", due to its unique and delightful cuisine. The restaurant’s menu is seasonal and takes advantage of fresh local produce like seafood and fish from neighbouring villages such as Stykkisholmur, Olafsvik and Borgarnes.
You private guided tour today takes you along the rugged coastline of the peninsula, passing through the several small fishing communities that hug the lower regions of the famous Snaefellsjökull glacier. The first stop will be at Djúpalónssandur to explore the beach - see the large boulders that were used in former times to test the strength of fishermen. It may be hard to believe that this pebbled cove once housed around 70 fishing stations. There are also many beautiful and interesting rock formations to be discovered at this picturesque stop. Onwards to Hellnar for a short stop before continuing to the tiny fishing community of Arnarstapi passing the noticeable volcanic plug of Lóndrangar on the way. Many stories and Sagas are connected to this area, all which lend an even more mysterious appeal to these stunning surroundings. At Arnarstapi, a refreshing walk takes you along a pathway boasting many interesting geological phenomena and rich bird-life. Visit Stykkisholmur village for a short orientation of this charming town. Included in this day is a visit to a local shark farm.
Relax on your airport transfer in Reykjavik with a private vehicle and driver. Please note that a surcharge may be post billed to you if you require a transfer after 8pm or before 7am.
Relax on your flight from Reykjavik to Akureyki today. The direct flight takes approximately 45 minutes.
If you are not pressed for time to get back to Reyjavik today, consider a boat ride in Snaefellnes prior to your departure. Please speak with your Sales Advisor if you would like this added to your itinerary.
Transfer between airport and your hotel with private vehicle.
This morning, you will depart for a private transfer back to Reykjavik. Estimated arrival in Reykjavík is noon (approx. 2,5 hrs drive direct) leaving the possibility to catch an afternoon flight from KEF airport if necessary.
Meet your driver at your hotel for a private guided tour to Húsavík for a whale watching tour in an old oak fishing boat. You will have the opportunity to see a large variety of whales, dolphins and birds in their natural surroundings. Afterwards you are transferred back to your Akureyri hotel. Whale watching tour included.
Enjoy a wonderful tour with private vehicle and guide. Start with a short visit of Akureyri, continue to the Lake Mývatn area. Explore the natural wonder of the surrounding area, including fantastic lava formations, along with the colorful sulfurous slopes of Námaskarð pass. Proceed over the highland plateau to Dettifoss waterfall and back to Akureyri.
Relax on your flight from Akureyki to Reykjavik today. The direct flight takes approximately 45 minutes.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Hotel Borg (4*) overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik’s landmarks, is conveniently located within walking distance of variety of restaurants, souvenir shops, art galleries and specialty shops. The hotel's 56 rooms and suites, with Art Deco style throughout, are elegantly appointed yet offer an extensive array of modern amenities. The Silfur restaurant in Hotel Borg, offers exquisite Icelandic cuisine served in beautiful and stylish surroundings, along with a café and bar. Please note that the Hotel Borg will be expanding by adding a new wing of 43 rooms, next to the hotel, that will be connected to the main building on the first floor. The constructions are scheduled for completion in May 2015. As this project does not involve the main original structure, this should have minimal impact on their guests which is the main focus in all plans. During this period, the Borg Restaurant will be open only for breakfast and group caterings.
The Ranga Hotel (4*) was recently named one of 100 best hotels in Europe by the Sunday Times in Britain. The hotel is located in the South between Hella and Hvolsvallar. The view from the hotel is a magnificent, Hekla facing north, then the mountains to the east and northeast, to the southeast is the volcano and you can see the Ultimate islands in the South. The hotel recently joined the international hotel association "The Great Hotels of the World Premium Collection. The location of Hotel Ranga is excellent for viewing the Northern Lights, although there is never any guarantee of seeing the Aurora Borealis.
The Glymur Hotel (5*) is situated just a short drive from Reykjavik in a spectacular view over Whale fjord. The hotel is a relaxing environment and features a restaurant that offers exceptional local and international cuisine for even the hungriest of stomachs.
Hotel Budir is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countryside hotels in Iceland, just a short drive from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. The hotel sits in a lava field on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, in the western region of Iceland. Due to the hotel’s location, guests have an impressive view of the breathtaking Snaefellsjokull glacier and the Budir-estuary which meanders into the vast Faxafloi-Bay where a number of seals reside. Hotel Budir has it all, a world-class service, fine food and drink and luxurious rooms, making it ideal for get-togethers with friends and family, or a romantic weekend with a loved one – all of which can be enjoyed in an indescribably beautiful environment.
Hotel Budir is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countryside hotels in Iceland, just a short drive from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. The hotel sits in a lava field on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, in the western region of Iceland. Due to the hotel’s location, guests have an impressive view of the breathtaking Snaefellsjokull glacier and the Budir-estuary which meanders into the vast Faxafloi-Bay where a number of seals reside. Hotel Budir’s restaurant, arguably one of the most romantic restaurants in Iceland, has been referred to as "The Mecca of Icelandic cooking", due to its unique and delightful cuisine. The restaurant’s menu is seasonal and takes advantage of fresh local produce like seafood and fish from neighbouring villages such as Stykkisholmur, Olafsvik and Borgarnes. The hotel also organises and hosts a number of weddings, all of which are unique and tailor made with the wedding couple or their representatives. Many of the weddings ceremonies are conducted in the little church close to Hotel Budir or in the hotel reception; it is even possible to get married on the golden sand beach close to the hotel. In addition, the hotel also offers facilities for meetings and small-to-medium sized conferences thus making it ideal for business-meetings or conferences with colleagues. Hotel Budir has it all, a world-class service, fine food and drink and luxurious rooms, making it ideal for get-togethers with friends and family, or a romantic weekend with a loved one – all of which can be enjoyed in an indescribably beautiful environment.
The Kea Hotel (4*) is located in the heart of Akureyri, gateway to the rich natural splendor of northeast Iceland. Hotel Kea has been welcoming guests since 1944 with the same high standards of elegance, quality, service and comfort which would be expected of one of Iceland’s well-established hotels. The hotel offers four halls for meetings and conferences, bars and a restaurant.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
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April 21, 2014
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Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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