ICELAND

Ice and Fire

From Saturday 24 July to Wednesday 04 August 2021

SUMMARY

In Iceland, the forces that have always shaped and drawn the landscape are the perennial forces of volcanism, torrential rivers and glaciers that on numerous occasions have poured downstream to the shores of the sea. In the small bays and sparse at the foot of the valleys once, the population practiced fishing and over the centuries were formed tiny villages that are now dominated by fjords and deep valleys excavated even today by white glacial streams.

But Iceland also hasflourishing towns, inhabited islands and lands being formed. Imposing mountains and ancient monumental mountain ranges cut by valleys. On them more recent rocky layers have accumulated, carved in more parts by the forces of the ocean that created dense cliffs. . It is the oldest plinth on the island, shaped for millions of years by glacial tongues, with magmatic mining veins dating back to many millions of years ago, which were once more than three kilometres deep. All this makes Iceland a world apart, a magnificent landscape of long, narrow fjords overlooking the ocean and jagged peaks! Nowhere else on the planet can one so distinctly admire the tectonic fault that separates the European and North American plates. But it is not only the landscape that attracts travellers to this region.The flora and fauna, mainly consisting of myriads of seabirds, will dominate our senses. Here the white-headed eagleis the queen of Icelandic birds and in the fjords are found the most imposing nesting cliffs of Europe. Not far away, whalesswim in the Arctic Ocean while in the mainland the horsehas always been man’s best friend.

A complete trip to Iceland of almost 2 weeks in a ring circuit that will not miss anything. We will visit the famous Geysers, the largest waterfalls in Europe, the largest glacier on the continent and drifting icebergs, natural pools of warm sulphurous water and we’ll go to sea in search of whales! Obviously by bike, in Iceland, where the grass is greener, the glacier is whiter, the sky is bluer and the sand is blacker.

Duration

12 days / 11 nights

km

about 2.700 km
(165 km off-road)

departure

Reykjavík

arrival

Reykjavík

daily avg

270 km

excursions

1 excursion whale watching a Husavik

1 excursion to the lagoon of Jokulsarlon

Travel program

Day 1, Saturday 24 July: Reykjavík

Departure in the morning and arrival by scheduled flight to Reykjavík in the middle of the afternoon. Transfer to the hotel in Reykjavík where we will find our bikes waiting for us. Rest of the afternoon available to participants.

Day 2, Sunday 25 July: Reykjavík – Stykkishòlmur (peninsula of Snaefellsness)

about km 300

The journey begins and just outside the capital we cross the submarine tunnel (now no longer charged) on the Borgafjordur to arrive in the peninsula of Snaefellsness, peninsula of which we will make the entire perimeter observing the volcano-glacier Snaefellsjokull, famous for being described by Jules Verne as the gateway to the journey to the centre of the earth. Arrival in the largest town on the peninsula.

 

Day 3, Monday 26 July: Stykkishòlmur – Isafjordur

km 125 (45km off-road)

At 9.00 a.m. a ferryawaits us to take us to the Western Fjord Peninsula. We’ll make an hour and a half stop at Flatey Island and then we’ll leave. The arrival is planned in Brjànslaekurat 4:45 p.m. to continue towards the final destination.

 

Day 4, Tuesday 27 July: Isafjordur – Hvammstangi

about km 370

We will follow theindented coast of the harshest region of Iceland, the area is almost uninhabited but populated by a multitude of seabirds and seals. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

 

Day 5, Wednesday 28 July: Hvammstangi – Husavik

about km 310

We continue eastwards through the delta of the Hèradsvotn rivernear Skagafjordur, we are in the area where the famousIcelandic horses are bred. Along the way there will be a stop and a visit to the farm of Glaumbaer, the pretty town of Akureyriand the spectacular waterfall of Godafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods.

 

Day 6, Thursday 29 July: Husavik – Myvatn

about km 95

Today a boatawaits us to take us to discover the world’s largest marine mammals, the whales! The boat trip will last about 3 hours, so a short stop is the one that separates us from the Myvatn Lakes, an area of authentic beauty. Dotted with over 50 islands and islets originating from the explosions of gas produced by the passage of molten lava in the water is a place of rare beauty. We’ll have almost all afternoon to explore it!

 

Day 7, Friday 30 July: Myvatn – Egilsstadir

about km 370 (55 km off-road)

There are two attractions that we’ll have the pleasure to visit today along the route: the Asbyrgi Canyon that extends for 3,5 km and the Dettifoss Waterfalls with their capacity of 500 mc per second raise a column of spray visible from some km. Dinner and overnight in the hotel.

 

Day 8, Saturday 31 July: Egilsstadir – Hofn

about km 240 (65 km off-road)

We will go around Lake Logurinn, the largest in Iceland and then we’ll cross the Hallormsstadur forest, the largest in the country before heading south through the Oxi Pass. Arrival in Hofn, a small town on the sea in a magnificent location.

 

Day 9, Sunday 01 August: Hofn – Vik

about km 290

We will reach the lagoon of Jokulsarlonwhere we will navigate between the icebergsthat detach from the Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. We will then cross the Skaftafell National Park admiring the waterfall of Svartifoss and a place with an unpronounceable name: Kirkjubaejarklausturas unpronounceable is the name of a wonderful canyon not far: Fjadrargljufur.

 

Day 10, Monday 02 August: Vik – Geysir

about km 320

A visit to the famous black beach of Reynisfjara and then off to the west, today we are heading to Geysirbut not without visiting the impressive waterfalls of Gulfoss and a stop along the way to the National Park of Thingvellir, place that boasts a fascinating beauty if not the seat of the first and oldest parliament of the planet.

 

Day 11, Tuesday 03 August: Geysir – Reykjavík

about km 250

Last day of stay in the island but with still some surprises! In the morning we will head to the Reykjanes Peninsula to enjoy the colors of Krysuvik’s sulphatare, we will go to the remote lighthouse of Valahnùkamol and then go to dive in the warm waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Afternoon available for last shopping and relax. Overnight at the hotel and farewell dinner.

 

Day 12, Wednesday 04 August: Reykjavík – departure

Transfer to Keflavik airport (50 km) and departure in the morning, arrival in Milan in the afternoon.

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The tour will be confirmed upon reaching 10 participants

Prices

  • Driver Euro 3.490
  • Passenger Euro 3.150
  • Single room surcharge: Euro 950

Return flight:

  • Euro 400 (price to be reconfirmed at the time of booking).

Motorcycle transport to Reykjavík and return

  • with a minimum of 10 bikes: Euro 1.990 . The price includes:
  • Issue of temporary import certificate in Iceland and Transport insurance
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The price includes

  • Italian guide on motorbike
  • Second tour guide on van assistance for luggage transport and motorcycle recovery in breakdown
  • Transfer from Keflavik airport to the hotel and vice versa
  • 11 overnight stays in 3- or 4-star hotels with B&B treatment (in Iceland there are no 5-star hotels)
  • 11 dinners
  • Ferry from Stykkshòlmur to Brjànslaekur
  • Whale Watching Excursion to Husavik
  • Amphibious excursion to the Jokulsarlon Lagoon
  • Personalized gadgets of the event
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    The price doesn’t include

    • All the lunches
    • Drinks with meals
    • Fuel for own vehicles
    • Possible road tolls
    • Parking
    • Tips and personal expenses
    • Everything not specified in “the price includes”

      Registration by 15 June 2021