Iceland At A Glance
Experience Iceland Like Never Before

Gullfoss, Golden Circle, Hofn, Dyrholaey, Akureyri
April 15 - 22, 2023
7 Nights
Starting at $5,538 /person

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2 Home bases
5 Destinations
Activity level
Moderate
Service level
Casual
Group size
Max
10
Journey designed by
Mikael Audebert
2 Home bases
5 Destinations
Group size : 10

Experience Iceland’s surreal beauty with Art in Voyage as we uncover this ornately lush region surround by rolling hills, active volcanoes, glaciers, fumaroles, and mud-pots.

From whale watching to puffin sighting, ice cave explorations to "ATV-ing" through geothermal landscapes, there are a vast amount of activities to delight in. Visit countless waterfalls, walk and fly over glaciers, encounter the local wildlife, and enjoy authentic Iceland delicacies like arctic char, trout, free-range lamb, and reindeer. Over the course of your journey, you will come across such highlights as the Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss and Dettifoss Waterfalls, one of the most charming towns in the country – Akureyri and many more.

Accompany us, while we embrace and delight in the region's endless beauty and explore Iceland’s finest and most memorable sites. With AIV, the possibilities surpass those of your wildest imaginings.

What is Included

Nights
3 nights in Siglufjörður

1 night in the eastern badlands

3 nights in the Golden Circle

Meals
7 breakfasts

3 lunches

5 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)

And More
Luxury transportation throughout

Services of an AIV host

Local professional guides where applicable

All taxes (sales, tourists and city taxes)

AIV 24/7 Concierge assistance

AIV Travel Journal

Highlights

Iceland's Majestic Beauty

This journey is designed to enable you to experience Iceland's beauty. From the divine collection of waterfalls to the northern lights, Iceland is a brilliant natural showcase. This time of year provides wonderful opportunities to spot the local whales with fewer tourists around, all while staying in the coziest accommodation.

Raising Awareness & Inspiration

Your appreciation of the beauty of our earth and the need for its utmost preservation, conservation, and nurturing will only be elevated. The Icelandic horizon will certainly ignite passion, awe, and gratitude in your heart and you will feel an overwhelming sense of fulfillment throughout the experiential travel moments.

A Perfectly Balanced Program

We take pride in designing itineraries and programs that combine flexibility with structured activities that are both meaningful and authentic. Our hosts consistently remain one step ahead so as to ensure that every experience is enhanced with suitable additions to the program. Group sizes are kept to a minimum which allows for an intimate and special atmosphere throughout the journey.

Beyond Luxurious Hospitality

While carefully selecting properties that offer comfort and luxury, we have ensured that each property is authentic and unique. As we experience Iceland, both properties we stay at are owned and operated by local families that pride themselves in demonstrating true Icelandic hospitality. Expect to hear riveting stories and folk legends about their beloved country.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
|The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
Welcome to Iceland

Day 1- Welcome to Iceland

Day 1 : Welcome to Iceland

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Upon your arrival in Reykjavik, you are greeted and warmly welcomed by your Art In Voyage host. We then make our way to the domestic airport where we embark on a flight to the Northland, which we call "home" for the next three nights. After we have checked-in and freshened up, we have some free time to explore the lovely town of Siglufjörður, known for its historic fishing industry and flourishing cultural life. An authentic welcome dinner is served and paired with wine this evening, followed by an expedition to view the renowned and breathtaking Aurora Borealis, or more commonly referred to as the 'Northern Lights'.

Whale Watching & Scenic Flight

Day 2- Whale Watching & Scenic Flight

Day 2 : Whale Watching & Scenic Flight

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This morning, depending on the weather, we embark on a whale watching and wildlife adventure. Brimming with unique fauna and flora, the fjord offers breathtaking mountain scenery, lush green valleys, and a unique coastal landscape peppered with iconic small farms and villages. After a whale watching experience amongst a diverse variety of whale species, we enjoy a scenic flight over the Diamond Circle, home to the famous Goðafoss waterfall - one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. On this excursion, we will be privy to a bird's eye view of the beauty. Dinner will be at leisure, with recommendations made by your host.

Siglufjörður

Day 3- Siglufjörður

Day 3 : Siglufjörður

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Today is yours to spend doing as much, or as little, as you would like. Sleep in, enjoy breakfast at your own pace, and indulge in a spa treatment, should you wish. A destination such as Iceland deserves the opportunity to be experienced with flexibility and a personal perspective, which we ensure on this journey, with the option of our guidance. Your hosts will gladly guide you to points of interest and appropriate transportation to the quaint coastal town of Siglufjörður. They will also be happy to take you exploring along the northern coastal roads. In the evening we have a delightful dinner in town and go on the hunt for more of the Northern Lights.

Lake Myvatn & Godafoss

Day 4- Lake Myvatn & Godafoss

Day 4 : Lake Myvatn & Godafoss

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Today, we make our way to Lake Mývatn, which is renowned for an array of water birds that nest in the area, particularly a large variety of rare ducks. Lake Myvatn also boasts the Dimmuborgir Nature Reserve, Hverfjall Volcano, pseudo-craters, nature baths in Mývatn, and the Krafla volcano which last erupted in 1984. Lunch will be held at a farm-to-table restaurant, where you will be treated to an opportunity to milk cows and sample the homemade mozzarella they are famous for. We continue to Dettifoss to see the waterfalls and end a fruitful day in the comfort of our accommodation in the Eastern fjordlands.

Glacier & Ice Caves

Day 5- Glacier & Ice Caves

Day 5 : Glacier & Ice Caves

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Glaciers, ice caves, and waterfalls are on the agenda for today. We embark on a journey to the southeastern side of Ring Road to visit the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, made famous by the James Bond franchise as well as to the unrivaled Diamond Beach. After we have explored the ice cave at Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, we make our way to the last place we will be staying at during our journey through Iceland - Gulfoss, or Golden Waterfall. Expect a day brimming with sheer beauty. After a visually enchanting and humbling day, choose to have dinner at an eatery that best suits your mood.

Thingvellir National Park

Day 6- Thingvellir National Park

Day 6 : Thingvellir National Park

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Being one of the best geological wonders in Iceland, Thingvellir National Park will certainly not be missed during our 'Iceland at a Glance' journey. Home to the Alþing (the site of Iceland's parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries), the Þingvellir Church, and the ruins of old stone shelters, you will appreciate why this was chosen as one of the Game Of Thrones film locations. We languorously spend time in the area, embracing the intriguing landscapes, unique buildings, and dramatic skylines. In the evening, another spectacular Icelandic dinner will be served at our accommodation.

Reykjavik & ATV Experience

Day 7- Reykjavik & ATV Experience

Day 7 : Reykjavik & ATV Experience

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En route to Iceland's biggest city; Reykjavik, we leave our luxury vehicle for a short time and ride All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) across the Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, Hengill Mountain Range, and the iconic Instidalur valley. We highly recommend taking a dip in the rejuvenating Geothermal pools along the way, but as with all of the activities on this journey, this is completely optional. We then have the afternoon and evening to experience the city, where we will enjoy our special farewell dinner.

Why not extend?

Day 8- Why not extend?

Day 8 : Why not extend?

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After a lengthy but satisfying week, this morning will be at leisure before we check out of our hotel. We're not done just yet! Before our international flights, we'll visit one of Iceland's Blue Lagoon. Enjoy relaxing in mineral-rich, warm pools, and have a face mask before heading to the international airport for your flight home. Thinking of extending? There is an abundance left to explore, Including the Reykjavik area and the western peninsula. All easily curated by the Art In Voyage Team!

Accommodations

Siglo Hotel

Siglufjörður, Iceland

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....

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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

Egilsstöðum, Iceland

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.

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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

Asborgir, Iceland

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 its setting on the River Sog, it is famous for fishing...

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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 its 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.

Your Host

Crystal Hochman
Crystal Hochman
Host & Wellness Coach

On Offer

Deluxe room | Siglo
Deluxe room | Siglo
Superior room | Egilsstadir
Superior room | Egilsstadir
Superior room | Golden Circle
Superior room | Golden Circle
Golden Triangle | Superior room
Golden Triangle | Superior room

Deluxe Package

$5,538 /person
Based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: $2,499
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

What is Included

Nights
3 nights in Siglufjörður

1 night in the eastern badlands

3 nights in the Golden Circle

Meals
7 breakfasts

3 lunches

5 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)

And More
Luxury transportation throughout

Services of an AIV host

Local professional guides where applicable

All taxes (sales, tourists and city taxes)

AIV 24/7 Concierge assistance

AIV Travel Journal

What guests have said

ICELAND AT A GLANCE
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Paul & Nancy Newman

Our trip to Maine with Art in Voyage was delightful! Our guide Kevin took us to a variety of places from a lighthouse to an excellent farm to table restaurant to a blueberry farm at which gin is made. We ate fresh oysters and lobster, made ravioli, and drank fine wines. Our accommodations were fabulous! In summary, AIV ensures that guests have a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

November 2021
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NEW ZEALAND AT A GLANCE
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Deryl & Andrea Couch

“Wow” is the single best word to describe our New Zealand trip. Everything was absolute perfection thanks to the knowledge, resourcefulness and attentiveness of Agrippina and Eric and the advance planning and thoughtfulness of Art in Voyage. Not only did Agrippina and Eric have fantastic recommendations for 5 star plus dining experiences, they were also adept at personalizing the trip for us. For example, while it wasn’t on the original itinerary, once they heard we enjoy hiking, they recommended a 12 mile hike known as one of the best one day hikes in the world—the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. It was the highlight of our trip. While the entire trip could be described as a “highlight”, there were several notable experiences in addition to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Hans Herzog winery/restaurant in Marlborough is not to be missed; the food, wine and service were top notch. The Picton seafood cruise was wonderful—not just for the scenery and dolphins—but the green lip mussels and clams (each of which were no less than triple the size of their American cousins) and the fresh salmon cooked on the grill by the captain were without rival. The Kaikoura whale watching flight was also a huge success, as we were fortunate enough to see a sperm whale, two humpback whales and literally hundreds of dolphins.  <br>An unexpected pleasure was meeting Prue, the chef for our two night stay at Lake Taupo—although she was much more than just a chef. Not only did Prue prepare the best lamb we ate in New Zealand (and we ate quite a bit), she also owned one of the best restaurants we experienced in New Zealand (The Brantley), and she added helpful hints, as well as prepared a phenomenal hamper of food, for our Tongariro hike. To sum up our experience, New Zealand is perhaps the most beautiful, enchanted place we have visited anywhere in the world. The trip was a fantastic introduction to the country, its natural beauty, culture, wines and cuisine, and we were particularly impressed by the friendliness of all the New Zealanders we encountered and the stunning, natural and sometimes rugged beauty of the entire country. <br>Art in Voyage made our trip especially memorable—so much so that we definitely plan to return one day. No detail was too small for Art in Voyage, and Agrippina and Eric exceeded our expectations in all respects. New Zealand was our second Art in Voyage experience (the first was Tuscany), and we look forward to many, many more in the future–including Portugal next summer! Kudos to Mikael, Agrippina, Eric and the entire Art in Voyage family, and thank you again for a wonderful introduction to New Zealand and another fabulous Art in Voyage experience! Your attention to detail is without compare

November 2019
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ICELAND AT A GLANCE
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David Nellis

My family and I have been working with and through Art In Voyage since 2000! Mikael and his team could give other travel pros a master class in research, creativity, planning, thoroughness, follow-through-follow-ups and CARING! We’ve had nothing but great trips to Italy, Iceland, Disney and more – all home runs. Grand slams, actually. About to leave for Sardinia on another custom trip put together by the team there, and it is looking good. Use them. TRUST THEM. We do, and they never fail to deliver.

August 2022
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Important Information

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All listed activities are optional in attendance

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

Smallprint

Our day-to-day itinerary may, from time to time and prior to departure, need to be altered or slightly modified to address possible unforeseen logistical and weather challenges. In such rare instances, Art In Voyage guarantees delivery of the content of the itinerary yet, in a different order.

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

In case of a cancelation at more than 60 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $500 per person administrative fee.

In case of a cancelation within the penalty period: Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $500 per person administrative fee.
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
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