Land of Fire and Ice, Flowers, Forests and Wildlife.
Botanic Gardens, Seabirds, Western Fjords, Geology
Late June - early July 2022
Prices and itinerary Autumn 2021
Join this small group tour (15 persons) driving through spectacular scenery, visiting less frequented locations and enjoy the horticultural wonder of a garden situated less than 60 miles from the Arctic Circle.
Visit the Botanical Gardens of Grasagardur in Reykjavik; Skrudur in the Western fjords and Akureyri on the north coast, marvelling at the woodlands, mixed herbaceous borders & small vegetable gardens before experiencing the Cucumber farms and Tomato restaurant
Full of colour and wildlife, history and culture, this tour will introduce you to a quite different side of Iceland.
Mid-morning transfer from Reykjavik international Airport to Botanic Garden of Reykjavik – a landscaped park of mature and ornamental trees, streams and pools, flowering shrubs, roses, rhododendron and herbaceous perennials plus Order beds of Icelandic plants and herbs.
We will be met by the Gardens Education Officer who will guide us through the flora of Iceland after which there will be plenty of time to amble at leisure and enjoy lunch in their splendid Café Florian.
Driving north to Hotel Varmaland, Borgafjordur for D, B & B with visit to nearby cucumber farm.
An early start to Viogelmir Cave / lava tunnel / glacier tunnel for guided tour.
Travelling west to Stykkisholmur we stop, in the middle of nowhere, to walk along the base of Gerðuberg Cliffs, towering columns of Dolerite . Arrive Stykkisholmur harbour (say goodbye to our small coach) for mid-afternoon ferry ( via Flatey to Brjanslaekur
Ten-minute transfer to Hotel Flokalundur, Western Fjords for D, B & B with evening stroll to natural hot spring bathing pool.
A one day excursion with Westfjords Adventures through dramatic landscape to Dynjandi waterfall, Hrafnseyri museum & turf-roofed buildings and Skrúður Botanical Garden the most Westerly Botanic Garden in Europe.
Skrúður is an absolute delight and the Meconopsis have to be seen to be believed. A small flowering oasis of herbaceous perennials, alder hedges, flowering rowan and mini museum / greenhouse set amidst a landscape of moss-covered boulder fields, sparse grasslands, wild lupins and mountains.
I visited on a beautifully sunny afternoon and was spellbound by the vision and courage of those original gardeners who created this award-winning garden.
Continue to Ísafjörður Airport (say goodbye to our Westfjords Adventures guide and driver) for a private 30-minute, scenic air transfer in Twin-engine, 16 seater Otter aeroplane to Akureyri. Two nights D, B & B.
A new small coach - Akureyri - Godafoss waterfall – Myvatn hot baths - Dimmuborgir Lava Fields....walk in the footsteps of "Game of Thrones"....... - Hverir sulphur mud pools and hissing geysers, return to Akureyuri for an evening exploring the town perhaps even indulge in a little retail therapy.
Akureyri Botanic Garden, it pored when I was there however the cakes were delicious. Order beds of Meconopsis and Poppies; Rockeries bursting with colour; tree-lined sinuous pathways and all the whilst realising you are only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle.
Though smaller than each of the RHS gardens in England I considered Akureyri Botanic Garden to be of an equal standard.
After this floral treat we start driving south to the Kidka Wool Factory / Shop for a short tour before our overnight stay in Hvammstangi D, B & B.
Continuing south to Reykjavik via Freidheima tomato greenhouses restaurant for included lunch, arriving at our hotel late afternoon (say goodbye to our small coach) check into hotel, 2 nts D, B & B
Evening at leisure.
Guided walking tour of Reykjavik (optional & no charge, approx. 1.5 hrs), remainder of day and evening at leisure.
Transfer from hotel to Reykjavik International Airport.
7 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
1 Lunch (Freidheima restaurant).
All coach travel including airport transfers and Westfjord Adventures.
Ferry to western fjords.
Private, 30-minute scenic air transfer.
Guided tour at Reykjavik Botanic Garden;
Viogelmir Cave / lava tunnel / glacier tunnel guided tour;
Cucumber farm; Museums; Natural hot pools; Myvatn pool;
Godafoss waterfall; Dimmuborgir Lava Fields; Hverir and Kidka Wool Factory.
Lunch at Freidheima tomato Restaurant.
N.B. If travelling ahead of our start date, arrangements can be made for "pick-up".
Please note, this holiday starts from Reykjavik - International flight not included.
To register interest in this exceptional tour please email firstname.lastname@example.org, places are limited.