Land of Fire and Ice, Flowers, Forests and Wildlife.
Botanic Gardens, Seabirds, Western Fjords, Geology
11th - 17th July 2022
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. Experience a Tomato restaurant set within Fridheimar tomato & cucumber farm
Full of colour and wildlife, history and culture, this tour will introduce you to a quite different side of Iceland.
Depart Reykjavik International airport / town centre for the Botanic Gardens, Grasagardur – 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.
Following on we travel north via Meltunga Arboretum and Rose Gardens of the Icelandic Rose Society
to Hotel "A" , Kirkjuból, Reykholt for D, B & B .
Our first stop today will be Viogelmir Cave / lava tunnel for a 1.5 hour guided tour.
Next stop, Borganes at The Icelandic Settlemnent Centre ; a lunch opportunity and two excellent exhibitions offering an insight into the birth of this Island Nation plus an account of the Egils Saga.
We continue our journey west to Stykkisholmur across the Snaefells Peninsular, stopping, in the middle of nowhere, to walk along the base of Gerðuberg Cliffs, towering columns of Dolerite, a coarse grained Basalt .
Arriving Hotel Fransiskus, Stykkisholmur, for an overnight stay and dinner out in this harbour side village
Immediately after breakfast we take a five minute walk, downhill, to Stykkisholmur harbour and sail with Eimskip on the Ferry Baldur (cafeteria on board and we will have a packed lunch) via Flatey to Brjanslaekur.
Westfjord Adventures will meet our ferry and drive us through dramatic landscape to Dynjandi waterfall and then to Skrúður Botanical Garden the most Westerly Botanic Garden in Europe.
Skrúður is an absolute delight with Meconopsis of such an electric blue they must be seen to be believed. A small flowering oasis of herbaceous perennials, alder hedges, vegetable garden, 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 for a private, 30-minute, scenic air transfer in Twin-engine, 16 seater Otter aeroplane to Akureyri. Transfer to hotel (t.b.c.) two nights D, B & B.
Remember, it will be daylight until 01.00 hrs and the town and shops are yours to explore.
This morning, 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 a second evening.
Immediately after breakfast, set off, on foot to Akureyri Botanic Garden.
It poured 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 continuing south to Bifrost/Varmaland,
hotel (t.b.c.) just north of Borganes, for D, B & B.
Continue south to Reykjavik via Freidheima tomato and cucumber greenhouses restaurant for lunch, arriving at our hotel (t.b.c.)mid afternoon for D, B & B
Evening at leisure.
Dependent on your homeward flights join a Guided walking tour of Reykjavik (optional & no charge, approx. 1.5 hrs), remainder of your time at leisure.
Transfer from Reykjavik on scheduled service to International Airport.
Price : from £2,350 per person (based on two people sharing)includes:
6nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
1 Lunch (Fridheima restaurant).
All coach travel and scheduled airport transfers .
Ferry to western fjords.
Private, 30-minute scenic air transfer.
Guided tour at Reykjavik Botanic Garden;
Viogelmir Cave / lava tunnel guided tour, Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borganes; Natural hot pools; Myvatn pool;
Godafoss waterfall; Dimmuborgir Lava Fields; Kidka Wool Factory.
A deposit of £450.00 per person to be paid before January 11th 2022.
Please go to Bookings to read Terms and Conditions and for Payment details.
N.B. If travelling ahead of our start date or remaining in Iceland afterwards, suggestions can be made for visits to other places of interest.
Scheduled airport transfers will be honoured.
Please note, this holiday starts from Reykjavik, your International flight is not included.
Some information can be offered on flights to Iceland which, in July, are timetabled to operate from Edinburgh, Manchester, Luton, Stanstead and Heathrow.
For the latest (Dec 2021) on Icelandic Entry Requirements please go to our Terms and Conditions; items of particular interest are in red.
It is a requirement of Inspiration Garden Tours that you hold comprehensive travel insurance.
To register interest in this exceptional tour please email email@example.com places are limited.
You will be required to pay a deposit.