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Stay in the heart of Iceland's Golden Circle and have the opportunity to see the best of what this incredible country has to offer.
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3 nights standard yurt accommodation, 3 breakfasts, 1 dinner, transportation by bus, services of an Explore Worldwide tour leader.
Select Mondays and Fridays, 10 Apr - 4 Dec '20
Nattura Yurtel - Spend three nights sleeping in comfortable custom-made Mongolian yurts located on a working horse farm. The yurts have views of Strokker Geyser, a constant reminder of why Iceland is called 'the land of fire and ice'
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Discover the thundering Gullfoss waterfalls and the black basalt cliffs at Vik I Myrdal
Travel in summer to experience the midnight sun, or in winter to search for the Northern Lights
Visit the Eyjafjallajokull region
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Arrive at Keflavik Airport and meet your Explore Leader before driving along the coast road to Reykjavik, Iceland's capital.
The city is a wonderful mix of traditional houses clad in corrugated iron and modern architecture. There are plenty of green spaces yet the highlight is without doubt walking along the waterfront. Fishing has long been Iceland's main industry and watching the ships coming in and out of the harbour shows us the lifeblood of this small, island nation.
A must-see for any visit to Reykjavik is Hallgrimskirkja, the Lutheran church that can be seen throughout the city. The dramatic design resembles the basalt columns we'll see later on at Vik I Myrdal beach. We'll take in the views from the top of the church before stopping for lunch.
After lunch we'll leave the city and head inland. The drive to Nattura Yurtel takes just over two hours.
Nattura Yurtel was built in 2019 and is set on a working farm, close to Gullfoss Falls. The accommodation consists of 10 custom-made yurts, which are traditional Mongolian in structure but have been designed with an Icelandic twist. These round tents are comfortably furnished with twin beds, toilets and sinks with the added comfort of under floor heating. Showers are located in a separate block and there are two large communal yurts to relax in.
After a busy day you may choose to spend time chatting over a drink in one of the communal yurts - we'd recommend that you purchase duty free drinks on arrival in Iceland, there's a large duty free shop just before baggage claim in the airport. Alternatively you may decide to stretch your legs and go for a walk around the farm.
There are a number of small restaurants within a short drive so we'll head out to one of them this evening for dinner. (D)
Today we have a packed day exploring the best of southern Iceland.
This morning we drive through the Eyjafjallajokull region, where in 2010 a volcanic eruption here caused the now infamous ash cloud, disrupting worldwide air travel for several days. The volcano is now quiet again and your Explore Leader will be able to talk about the impact the eruption had on the local community.
We'll spend time at Vik I Myrdal, a rocky beach with its incredible basalt cliffs which are said to have inspired the church we visited yesterday. The beach is often incredibly windy and there are great photo opportunities of the waves crashing against the cliffs.
After some lunch we'll see one of Iceland's tallest waterfalls, Skogafoss. Standing at 62 metres tall it's an impressive sight, and if we are lucky with the light we should spot rainbows in the spray. We'll also stop at the Skogar Folk Museum. This quaint museum is home to 12,000 artefacts as well as life-size examples of traditional Icelandic houses with turf roofs, a church and school.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is almost as tall as Skogafoss but, weather permitting, we'll have the chance to walk behind the curtain of water! The pathway shows off the falls from the front, circling around the back and emerging on the other side. Because of the constant spray the path is always slippy and can be closed in winter when the path freezes over.
We'll make our way back to our yurts for an evening spent relaxing and making the most of the beautiful, rural setting. (B)
Today we explore the famous Golden Circle, which includes three of Iceland's most iconic sights.
Staying at Nattura Yurtel is the ideal location for visiting the magnificent Gullfoss waterfalls. It's a popular day trip from Reykjavik so we'll have an early breakfast and get there before the crowds arrive. Gullfoss is known locally as the 'Golden Waterfall', due to the way it cascades into a deep gorge with tremendous force. They may be biased but locals regard it as one of the most beautiful falls in the world!
Close by is Haukadalur, home of the Great Geysir. With the claim to fame as the first spouting spring known to Europeans, it gave all such springs their name. However, it is the Strokkur, meaning 'The Butter Churn', which is the main attraction these days, due to its impressive 30 metre eruptions every few minutes.
Continuing the focus on Iceland's incredible landscape we visit Thingvellir National Park, a rare site of both historical and geological importance. Meaning 'Parliament Plains', this was the location of Iceland's first National Assembly from 930AD for 800 years and as such, is hugely significant in the country's cultural heritage. The impressive landscape sits on a unique spot where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge can be seen on dry land before disappearing to the ocean floor. This provides the quirky opportunity to place one foot on the North American tectonic plate and one foot on the Eurasian plate.
We'll return to our accommodation in the afternoon and there will be a chance to try the most traditional transport method, the Icelandic horse. We'll ride across open land at a relaxed pace, ideal for beginners with the focus being on taking in the vast landscape. If horse riding doesn't appeal then do as the locals do and visit the Secret Lagoon, a natural geo-thermal pool perfect for relaxing.
Although each day of the trip is busy, there will be time to spend wandering around the farm, which is home to over 100 horses. The Icelandic horse is a unique breed which is fiercely protected in Iceland. Local law prevents any horses from being imported into the country, and any horse that leaves is prevented from returning. (B)
We'll have a very early start this morning. After a light breakfast we'll say farewell to our hosts and travel back to Keflavik Airport where the trip ends.
To maximise time the itinerary is based on arriving in Reykjavik on the morning of Day 1, and departing in the early morning of Day 4. If you would like to add more time to explore Reykjavik we would encourage you to book additional nights either before or after the tour, please chat to our travel experts who can help arrange this for you. (B)
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