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Iceland Escape Summer

6 days, 1 city42
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From $2529 with flightsPayments as low as $135

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Overview

Why Go?

Iceland is so hot right now (figuratively speaking, of course). Travelers are flocking here thanks to its Instagram-worthy landscapes, eco-friendly attitude, and escape from the everyday. On this trip you’ll discover geysers, explore glaciers, and experience a place that feels as pure as it was 1,000 years ago.

What are the top highlights?

  • Travel around the Golden Circle, stopping at the Great Geysir, Thingvellir National Park, and Gulfoss
  • Discover what makes the Blue Lagoon so blue (hint: not Smurf related)
  • Walk along the black sand beach in Vík
  • Search for rainbows and gold behind Skogafoss waterfall
  • Try traditional Icelandic food like fermented shark or sheep’s head (or don’t)
  • Experience the vibrant art and music scene in Reykjavík city

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • 4 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Mixer with appetizers & drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Buffet Lunch
  • Guided sightseeing
  • Entrance to select attractions

Accommodations

You’ve selected an UltimatePlus departure. Nice choice! You’ll be staying at upgraded hotels throughout your trip. Each property is located in a safe and convenient area to ensure a comfortable stay, in rooms that are only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Actual accommodations will be made available to you 30 days before your trip.

Looking for our standard accommodations? Choose a departure date without the starburst icon, and you’ll stay at a combination of boutique hostels and hotels.

Flights

Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Iceland. Sit back, relax, and learn how to say ‘vaðlaheiðarvegavinnuverkfærageymsluskúraútidyralyklakippuhringur’, the longest word in Icelandic.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Reykjavík + Welcome Dinner

    Welcome to Iceland, the "Land of Fire and Ice", and home to active volcanoes, striking glaciers, and really tiny horses (but don’t call them ponies).

    Today's Highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative at the airport.
    • Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
    • Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
    • Meet your local guide for a walking tour during which you’ll get oriented to the city center in Reykjavík.
    • Walk through the old town and check out Hofdi House, a beautiful building in northern Reykjavík that is allegedly (definitely) occupied by a ghost.
    • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your new friends in Reykjavik.

    Free Time Suggestions
    Go Carnivore: Grab a dog with everything on it at the Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur hot dog stand for a true taste of Iceland.
    Micro-Manage: For the best craft beer in the city, look no further than Micro Bar, with 5-10 Icelandic beers always on draft.

  • Day 3: A Golden Experience

    Travel the Golden Circle, a route that hits Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders. Is there a waterfall? Yep. Geysers? Multiple. The meeting point of continental plates? Of course. Also, enjoy a delicious lunch buffet following this special adventure!

    Today's Highlights:

    • Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park, the boundary between the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates.
    • Visit the original site of the Althing, Iceland's national parliament that was founded in 930.
    • Explore the Great Geysir Geothermal Area, and watch the Great Strokkur geyser erupt like Diet Coke and Mentos.
    • Discover Gullfoss, better known as the "Golden Waterfall,” a natural wonder and one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe.
  • Day 4: Explore the South Coast

    Set your sights to the south coast, a lowland region of lush farmland, striking waterfalls, beaches, glaciers, and picturesque villages.

    Today's Highlights:

    • Find out what’s really on the other side of a waterfall by actually standing behind the powerful Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
    • Stick your feet in the black sand at Reynisfjara Beach.
    • Grab some gold from behind Skogafoss waterfall (according to legend, a Viking settler left some here around the year 900).
    • View the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which erupts once every few hundred years. Don’t worry—it erupted in 2010.
  • Day 5: Enter the Blue Lagoon + Enjoy a Farewell Dinner!

    Get ready to feel relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated at the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Then, cross off any remaining Iceland bucket list items you may have. Can you do it? Of course you can. You can do anything!

    Today's Highlights:

    • Float weightlessly in the warm, light-blue waters.
    • Remember to bring cucumbers for when you lather on a silica mud mask.
    • Sweat it out with friends in the sauna or steam rooms.
    • Kick back and take in the view from the relaxation area.
    • Enjoy a Farewell Dinner in Reykjavik.
  • Day 6: Fly Home

    Bless, vinir!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?

    –OR–

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Simple, flexible booking

Lock in your spot, then pay over time. If you change your mind, we’ll help you change your trip—no fees, no fuss. It’s really that easy.

Reviews


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 42 authentic traveler reviews
  • Thank you, David

      Sloane, traveled Sep. 2021

    I was initially hesitant to book this tour because it is a bit short and I was worried I was not going to get a good look at everything. The truth it, I saw more than I ever would have if I had traveled alone for twice as long. This is a fast-paced trip but that doesn't mean you don't have time to appreciate each and every excursion. David - thank you for... See more

  • AMAZING TRIP!!!

      Anna, traveled Sep. 2021

    The best trip I’ve ever been on! This was my first EF trip and I wasn’t sure what to expect. But right from the beginning at the airport I knew it was going to be good. Everything was super organized and our trip leader Karolina was amazing! She made sure she gave us all the details and what to expect at every stop. We always knew what we were doing next and... See more

  • This trip is ONLY 6 DAYS????

      Lauren, traveled Sep. 2021

    Iceland is simply BEAUTIFUL and STUNNING. This trip was worth every penny and I have so many GREAT memories with such amazing people that I am bringing back home. We saw so much in such a little time: blue lagoon, endless waterfalls, black sand beaches, whale watching, hiked to see a volcano, and we were blessed with seeing the northern lights on our last ni... See more

  • Loved it !

      Anonymous, traveled Sep. 2021

    Loved how we got to see all we wanted to see!

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