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Iceland & Heimaey

This tour features glaciers, plate tectonics and geothermal activity as well as a fascinating trip to Heimaey Island

Here are more details of an example tour itinerary as a starting point, but at Kipling Tours, we can tailor-make any itinerary just for you.

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  • Day 1

    Fly to Reykjavik

    You arrive morning or mid-afternoon and will visit Reykjanes to see the volcanism and geothermal activity on the peninsular.

  • Day 2

    Golden Circle and South Shore

    The day starts with a visit to Helisheidi Power Station where you can see how geothermal energy is produced. You also visit the Eyjafjallajokull visitor centre where there is a presentation about the huge eruption of 2010. Moving on, you continue to the Solheimajokull Glacier where a 45-minute walk takes you to the snout of the glacier. The journey continues to the South Coast where you spend time exploring the Dyrholaey region with its black volcanic sand beaches, basalt columns, sea stacks and natural arch.

  • Day 3

    Hveragerdi & the Golden Circle

    This morning you hike for an hour up the Hvergerdi Valley to the hot springs which flow into the adjacent river and which create natural hot pools in the river itself. Your journey continues past the Kerid Volcano where the minerals in the bottom of the crater make the water appear a surreal blue-green colour. Travelling north you follow the Golden Circle tour which includes the water spouts of Geyser and Strokkur, the mightly Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir where the North Atlantic and Eurasian plates meet.

  • Day 4


    Today you travel by ferry to Heimaey Island, part of the Westmann Islands archipelago. Heimaey is an isolated fishing community with extensive puffin colonies. It has a fascinating exhibition about the 1973 eruption and about Surtsey. You can also visit the puffins in Stohordi and walk up the Eldfell which was the volcano which erupted without a warning in 1973. There is an aquarium which you could visit and also the geothermal swimming pool.

  • Day 5


    Today is spent in Reykjavik where you have a variety of local sights to visit, including the impressive Hallgrimskirkjar Cathedral. Other places to visit include Hofdi House, where Reagan and Gorbachev met at the famous Reykjavik Summit of 1986, and the Bobby Fisher museum which commemorates the famous USA vs USSR chess match between Fisher and Boris Spassky in 1972. You can also stroll around the older part of the city with its colourful painted wooden houses. An optional whale watching tour could also be organised today, or alternatively a visit to a Lava Tube cave.

  • Day 6

    Depart Reykjavik

    This morning we transfer to Reykjavik for our return flight home.

Prices start from

£795 for a 5 day/ 4 night tour

Full board basis based on flights with Easyjet.  We include local guides, all admissions and all local transfers by private coach

includes flights

  • Nordurey Hotel

    Comfortable Hotel just outside of central Reykjavik

    The Nordurey Hotel is located in the town of Hafnafjordur which is effectively a suburb of Reykjavik. It offers comfortable 3 star accommodation with buffet breakfast included.

  • Hotel Cabin

    Modern and functional hotel offering good value for money

    The Cabin Hotel is a favourite for schools groups as it offers the right combination of comfort and facilities with excellent value for money, a rare commodity in a country as expensive as Iceland. Rooms are general twin or triple for students.

  • Hotel Ork

    Delightful hotel with large swimming pool, located in the town of Hveragerdi

    The Hotel Ork is one of our favourite Icelandic properties. Situated in the town of Hveragerdi it is well placed to access both the Golden Circle and South Shore, and offers spacious accommodation with swimming pool, games room and large restaurant.

  • Reykjavik City Hostel

    Modern and comfortable hostel near the centre of the city

    The Reykjavik City Hostel is one of our most popular accommodations for student groups in Reykjavik. It is a very modern and clean hostel, more like a hotel in fact, and has a large number of rooms sleeping either 4 or 6 students to a room, mostly with private bathrooms. The hostel provides breakfast and dinners, and packed lunches can also be arranged.

  • Husid Guest House

    A friendly and traditional guest house near Hvolsvollur

    Husid house is a characterful guest house which is ideally placed for visiting the South Shore and Heimaey. For larger groups sole occupancy is possible.

  • Hotel Vogar

    Located conveniently close to the Blue Lagoon and the Airport

    The Hotel Vogar is located on the Reykjanes Peninsular about 10 minutes drive from the Blue Lagoon. Its location makes it a good choice if you have an early morning return flight

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