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ICELAND AT A GLANCE: SPRING 2021

18 April 2021 - 25 April 2021
Gullfoss, Golden Circle, Hofn, Dyrholaey, Akureyri and much more
  • Wildlife Encounter
  • Outdoors
  • Wild Escapes
7 Nights
From $4,949
3 Home bases
4 Destinations
Activity level
Moderate
Service level
Casual
Group size
Max
12

Experience Iceland’s surreal beauty with Art in Voyage as we uncover this breathtakingly lush land of verdant hills, active volcanoes, glaciers, fumaroles and mud-pots.

Join us to embrace and capture a never ending beauty while exploring Iceland’s finest and most memorable sites, visit countless waterfalls, walk and fly over glaciers, encounter local wildlife and even enjoy authentic Iceland delicacies like arctic char, trout, free-range lamb and reindeer.

Highlights

More than just a fun journey

This journey is designed to showcase Iceland's majestic beauty. From the gorgeous collection of waterfalls to the northern lights in the sky; Iceland is a natural showcase. October provides great opportunities to see the local whale population, light shows in the sky and less tourists at some of the favorite hot spots. We are thrilled to bring our guests back to one of our favorite destinations. This journey is diverse with activities from whale watching to ATV exploration through a lava field. All while staying in warm, comfy accommodations in the South and North of Iceland.

Raising awareness and inspiration

You will be able to take the time to appreciate the beauty of our world and the need for its utmost preservation, conservation and nurturing. The Icelandic horizon is sure to strike passion, awe and gratitude into your heart, while inspiring a sense of fulfillment and wonder via memories, photos and experiences. Whale watching, to puffin sighting; Ice cave exploration to atv-ing through geothermal landscapes. There is so much to appreciate.

A well balanced program

We take pride in designing itineraries and programs that combines flexibility and a sense of having experienced a memorable and fulfilling journey. Our hosts are constantly a step ahead to ensure that every experience is enhanced with last minute additions to the program, or, if needed, making time for more relaxation and time at leisure. Flexibility on all our journeys is key.

More than just luxurious hospitality

While carefully selecting properties offering comfort and luxury, we are featuring authenticity and great hospitality without excess. Both properties are owned and operated by local families that pride themselves in demonstrating true Icelandic hospitality while providing some of the best stories and tips about their beloved region.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Welcome to Iceland!

Welcome to Iceland!

Day 1

On arrival in Reykjavik, you are met and greeted by your Host. We make our way to the domestic airport to fly to the North land where we call "home" for the next 3 nights. After check-in and a wardrobe change, we have free time to explore the lovely town of Siglufjörður. Dinner is served with wine pairing this evening, with a hunt for the Northern Lights after.

Whale watching & Scenic Flight | Akureyri

Whale watching & Scenic Flight | Akureyri

Day 2

This morning (weather permitting), we embark on a full whale watching and wildlife experience. Brimming with wildlife, the fjord offers breathtaking mountain scenery, lush green valleys and a unique coastal landscape peppered with iconic small farms and villages. Several whale species can be spotted on the tour, such as Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, White Beaked Dolphins & Harbor Porpoise. After our whale watching rib boat ride we will enjoy a scenic flight over the Diamond Circle. You'll get a bird's eye view of the areas we visited previously. Dinner is at leisure, with recommendations from your Host.

Siglufjörður

Siglufjörður

Day 3

Today is yours. Sleep in. Enjoy breakfast. Check out the spa. Your host will be happy to provide you points of interest and transportation to the quaint coastal town of Siglufjörður. Your Hosts will be happy to take you exploring along the Northern coastal roads. We will enjoy dinner in town with a hunt for the Northern Lights in the evening.

Lake Myvatn | Godafoss | Dettifoss

Lake Myvatn | Godafoss | Dettifoss

Day 4

Today, we make our way to Lake Mývatn. Known all over the world due to the many species of water birds that nest in the area (especially large variety of rare ducks), it boasts several other surrounding sites that we include in this day trip: Dimmuborgir Nature Reserve, Hverfjall Volcano, pseudo-craters, nature baths in Mývatn and Krafla volcano which most recent eruptions were in 1975 and 1984. Lunch will be a fun experience at a local farm-to-table restaurant, up close and personal to the stars of their farm... Cows! You'll even have the opportunity to milk, and sample the home made mozzerella they are famous for. We will continue on to Dettifoss (waterfalls) and finally end a long day at our accommodation in the Eastern fjordlands. Dinner is included at our accommodation.

Jokulsarlon Lagoon | Vatnajökull Glacier and Ice Caves | Gulfoss

Jokulsarlon Lagoon | Vatnajökull Glacier and Ice Caves | Gulfoss

Day 5

Today, we leave our accommodation and head for the southeastern eastern side of the Ring Road to visit the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon (made famous by the James Bond franchise.) and also the imcomparable Diamond Beach. After we'll explore the ice cave at Vatnajökull - Europe's Largest Glacier. On the way to our final accommodation in Iceland, we'll experience Gulfoss (Golden waterfall), one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. It will be a full day of pristine beauty. Today requires us to cover a lot of road, but we promise it's worth it! Dinner will be at leisure.

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park

Day 6

Today we enjoy Thingvellir National Park. It is home to the Alþing, the site of Iceland's parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. On the site are the Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. We will spend time in the area at a leisurely pace, enjoying different sites. Dinner will be at our accommodation tonight.

Reykjavik and ATV Experience

Reykjavik and ATV Experience

Day 7

On the way to Iceland's biggest city; Reykjavik, we leave the comfort of our luxury vehicle for a little while, and ride ATVs, covering Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, Hengill Mountain Range, the iconic Instidalur valley up and its Geothermal pools (you can even take a dip in one). After we'll have the afternoon and evening to experience the city, where our farewell dinner will be enjoyed.

Why not extend?

Why not extend?

Day 8

After a long week, the morning will be at leisure before checking out of our hotel. We're not done just yet! Before our international flights, we'll visit one of Iceland's favorite excursions. The Blue Lagoon! Enjoy a few hours of relaxation and mineral rich, warm pools and a face mask before heading to the international airport for your flight home. Thinking of extending? There is much more to explore. Reykjavik area, western peninsula, more time exploring the southeastern coast? All easily curated by AIV!

Accommodations

Siglo Hotel

Siglo Hotel

The Siglo hotel is located on the fairly remote northern coast of Iceland. More specifically, it’s tucked into the harbor of former fishing town Siglufjörður, which was once proudly known as the 'herring capital of the world'. Today the village has a cute, friendly air with a few charming distractions including a local brewery, a chocolate shop and a herring museum. The surrounding scenery is the main allure – a compelling mix of coastline, lava fields and mountains.

The hotel is a long and low two-story building with a yellow-colored, wood-clad exterior that’s in keeping with Iceland’s traditional cutesy housing aesthetic. The interiors are impressively stylish, with eye-catching purple sofas and chairs surrounding the fireplace in the lobby, and minimal but cheerful blue and white color themes in the lobby area and rooms. Family run, the service is correspondingly warm and friendly. The small reception area, open around the clock, is manned by young and efficient staff who are happy to help with all kinds of queries and offer recommendations on local activities and attractions, such as hiking in the nearby forest or skiing at Skardsdalur. There is a bar on site, and a charming lounge area with a fire and board games; the hotel also offers an outdoor spa with a hot tub (open all year round) and a sauna with stunning views of the mountains and sea.

Lake Hotel Egilsstadir

Lake Hotel Egilsstadir

Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstadir is an established and renowned, family run, hotel in a farming district. It meets all modern requirements as to standards of services and amenities, quality, sophistication and comfort. Yet it faithfully maintains its ethnic origins as the hotel was founded in 1903 which provides its unique atmosphere. Guests can choose between residing in rooms decorated in a romantic style with antiques in the older part of the hotel or ones furnished in a contemporary stylish way located in the more recent part.

Hotel Grimsborgir

Hotel Grimsborgir

Surrounded by stunning mountain vistas and located on the banks of the beautiful River Sog, Iceland's largest freshwater river, Hotel Grimsborgir offers comfortable and stylish 4 star accommodation with an incredibly warm welcome. Sitting on the famous Golden Circle route, it makes a fantastic base from which to explore the highlights of Southern Iceland such as the waterfall Gullfoss, the hot water fountain Geysir and the historic site of Thingvellir National Park. Located in Grímsnes, about 45 minutes outside Reykjavik, the setting is both peaceful and beautiful; and due to it's setting on the River Sog it is famous for fishing Arctic char, Atlantic salmon and brown trout.

Accommodation is in ten comfortable apartments dotted around the property, most with their own private hot tub overlooking the river, fields and mountains beyond. The owners, Kristin and Olafur, have taken great care in the décor which has a stylish home-from-home feel and the welcome here is as warm as the cozy firesides in each apartment. The charming Grimsborgir Restaurant offers traditional Icelandic meals as well as other delicious, home-cooked dishes, all prepared from fresh, local products.

Far from the bright lights of the city and surrounded by open countryside, Grimsborgir is a great place from which to try and see the Northern Lights during the winter months. In summer, guests can choose to fish in the river that runs adjacent to the hotel.

The finer details

ICELAND AT A GLANCE: SPRING 2021

EARLY BIRD: Deluxe ensuite bedroom
$4,949
Deluxe ensuite bedroom
$5,199

Rates displayed are per person, based on double occupancy.

Journey directors

Nights

1 night in the eastern badlands

3 nights in the North (Akureyri region)

3 nights in the Golden Circle (south/southeast)

Meals

7 breakfasts

3 lunches

4 dinners (with wine pairings)

Activities

All tours as listed on the itinerary

Scenic flight (weather permitting)

Whale watching excursion

3-hour ATV (Volcano and Springs) excursion

Ice Cave guided experience (private)

Extras

Luxury transportation throughout

Services of professionally trained journey hosts

All taxes (sales, tourists and city taxes)

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Good to know

All listed activities are optional in attendance

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

How about extending?

We would be happy to assist you in making this journey a small part of a bigger picture. Consider adding a few days in the western part of Iceland, or somewhere else in Europe

Why travel with us?

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Smallprint

All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

A refundable deposit of $1250 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.

NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

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