This USA multi-centre holiday combines the natural wonders of Iceland with three American cities; Seattle, Portland and Boston. Take a road trip from Reykjavik to discover Iceland’s mesmerising waterfall, geysers and fresh seafood, before flying on to the States. In Seattle, stroll along the waterfront and stop in at the thriving Pike Place market before driving on to nearby Mt Rainier National Park. Continue to the city of Portland, home to exceptional craft beer and coffee before flying on to Boston for an east –coast city break and a spot of whale watching! Enjoy the contrasts of cities, national parks and natural wonders on this trip!
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Depart the UK from your chosen airport. On arrival in Reykjavik, you’ll pick up your hire car at the airport and begin your road trip through Iceland. Drive along the southern coast of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards the charming village of Hveragerdi, often known as the “flower village” due to the many greenhouses heated by hot springs nearby. You’ll check into your hotel here for one night.
Today you’ll head off along the coast, stopping in at the various natural wonders along the way. Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss are two of Iceland’s most scenic waterfalls, huge cascades of water pouring over the green cliffs. Head inland to see the famous Geysir, shooting up from the ground in a mass of boiling water – this is the phenomenon that all other geysers are named after. You’ll also spot the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, part of the volcano that caused air travel chaos across Europe in 2010. As you get close to Vik, you can stop in Dyrholaey, where thousands of puffins and other seabirds next each year and take a stroll along Reynisfjara Beach, where black volcanic sand and tall basalt stacks out to sea make for a beautiful sunset. You’ll check into your hotel in Vik for two nights.
Today you can explore the area around Vik further, starting with Skaftafell National Park – the largest in Europe. The park has many glaciers so why not spend the morning hiking between them for a glimpse of the bright blue ice, before heading to the Jökulsárlón Lagoon, where huge icebergs float in the water. After today you’ll understand why the country is called Iceland!
After breakfast you’ll head off towards Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic Parliament, situated in the middle of a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows by the largest lake in the country. After exploring the park all morning, you’ll continue to Borgarfjordur Fjord and visit the historical Reykholt, where Iceland’s most famous author Snorri Sturluson lived in the 1200s, one of the country’s rare preserved medieval sites. Stop in at the pretty waterfalls Barnafoss and Hraunfossar before visiting Deildartunguhver, the hottest spring in Europe, heating showers and taps for 50 miles from its 97°C. You’ll check into your hotel in West Iceland for two nights, in one of the small towns of this area.
Explore the countless natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula today, starting with the bird covered cliffs of Arnarstapi and the rocky beaches of Djupalonssandur before driving along the coast stopping at various quaint fishing villages. In Stykkisholmur, we’ve included a boat tour, where you can admire the bird life from the water (look out for white-tailed eagles) before a shellfish plough is lowered into the ocean, revealing a wonderful selection of shellfish for viewing and tasting: scallops, sea urchins, crabs, starfish and sea cucumbers. This is the freshest sushi you’ll ever eat!
Today you’ll be heading down towards Reykjavik but head past the city and onto the Reykjanes Peninsula to visit the moon-like Lake Kleifarvatn with its bubbling mud pools and spend a few hours relaxing in the famous waters of the Blue Lagoon. If you want to add an entrance to the Blue Lagoon, just ask, as it must be pre-booked. In the afternoon, drive into Reykjavik and have a wander around this small city – visit the enormous Hallgrimskirkja Church and try a famous Icelandic hot dog before having dinner by the harbour and toasting a great trip discovering the natural wonders of this incredibly diverse country.
Spend the morning enjoying the city before driving back to the airport and dropping off your hire car in time to catch your flight to Seattle.
On arrival, you’ll make your way into the city and check into your hotel for two nights.
Wander along the waterfront where you can enjoy views across the Elliott Bay to the Olympic Mountains on clear days before touring the Seattle Aquarium, where you can learn about the marine life in this region. Make sure you explore Pike Place Market as you start getting hungry – you can visit the first Starbucks before grabbing coffee in one of the neighbouring independent cafes. The market is full of artisan food stalls – you can try bowls of garlicky mussels, dig into a catfish sandwich and finish off with a sugary cinnamon roll. In the late afternoon take a ride to the top of the Space Needle to watch the sunset over the water.
This morning you’ll drive to Mount Rainier National Park, a two-hour drive to the south. On arrival at your hotel, you will check in for two nights.
Spend the day exploring this stunning national park where you can hike to the Grove of the Patriarchs, where some of the oldest trees in the Washington Cascades have lived for over a thousand years or along the Snow Lake Trail, ending with spectacular views over the blue-green water. The best time to visit this park is in August when the subalpine meadows of Paradise Valley are carpeted in wildflowers, and the snow has retreated to the mountain tops.
This morning you’ll drive onwards to Portland, the capital of Oregon, a city with a small-town feel, full of restaurants, breweries and cycling locals that make it a popular place to visit. On arrival, you’ll check into your hotel for two nights.
Portland is a city that loves to eat – the best way to spend your time here is to hop between cafes, breweries and restaurants, tasting the delicious fare on offer. Portland champions ‘farm-to-fork’ food, grown in the lush farmland of Oregon and served up beautifully in restaurants like Clyde Common so why not enjoy lunch before taking a walk through the Hoyt Arboretum and stopping in at the popular Portland Zoo.
Later grab a snack from Voodoo Doughnuts before heading to one of the many craft breweries that make their home in Portland and enjoy an evening tasting and learning about beer! If you’re more of a wine aficionado, there are many vineyards in the hills surrounding the city so you could either drive over and wander through the vines or simply settle into one of Portland’s slick wine bars to try them out!
Spend the morning in Portland before driving over to Cannon Beach, one of the nicest stretches of the Oregon coastline. On arrival, you’ll check into your hotel for two nights.
Spend your day here enjoying this beautiful beach. Made famous by an iconic scene in the Goonies movie, this long stretch of sand is perfect to try to stand up paddle boarding or kayaking. At low tide, you can walk right out to Haystack Rock, where pink and purple starfish cling to the sides usually hidden under the water. You could also take a stroll through this tiny beach town, past picturesque shops and cafes before taking a picnic to the beach and watch the sun set into the sea.
Your road trip through the Pacific Northwest has come to an end – today you’ll take one last walk along the beach before driving back to Seattle Airport where you’ll return your car hire and catch your flight to Boston. Here you’ll make your way into the city and check into your hotel for three nights.
You have two days to explore the city of Boston, and there’s so much to see! We recommend that you start by following the Freedom Trail, which will guide you around the historical highlights of the city, including Old North Church and Boston Common. Grab a lobster roll or a bowl of New England clam chowder for lunch before wandering the pretty streets of Beacon Hill and heading over the river to Cambridge, home to Harvard University and MIT. Try and catch a baseball game at Fenway Park – the field is iconic, as well as the hot dogs!
On your second day, we’ve included a whale watching tour to lovely Cape Cod. You’ll head out to the Stellwagen Bank, where humpback, finback and minke whales are found in their natural habitat. Hopefully, you’ll spot some of these beautiful creatures in the waves. Whether it’s a tail splash, a fin slap or a full breach – any glimpse will be a thrill!
Today is your last day in Boston – spend the morning with one last stroll around the harbour before making your way to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK.
Iceland enjoys a milder climate than many people think, meaning the summers should be warm and sunny, while winters are as cold as they come. Due its location just where the Gulf Stream and Arctic Air meet, the weather is extremely changeable so make sure you bring a range of clothing, even if you are there in midsummer. The midnight sun shines between late May and August, which means you can maximise your time here by exploring until late at night. In the winter however, the sun doesn’t rise until 11am and disappears around 3pm, perfect for aurora spotters out to see the northern lights.
The Pacific Northwest is famously rainy but, in reality, this area has cold, snowy winters and mild, pleasant summers. The coast can get foggy out of nowhere, but when the sun shines, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a nicer climate in the USA. There’s no need to plan for a constant deluge but keep an umbrella handy.
New England enjoys glorious summers and cold winters. If you want to visit the Cape to enjoy the pretty beaches, then it’s best to arrive between May and October, and while Boston is a year-round destination, you’ll need a very warm coat and hat in preparation for some snowy days.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
17 nights in 4* standard accommodation.
Outside of Reykjavik, Iceland is made up of small villages and towns. There is a limited amount of accommodation in each area, which means we do not specify hotels until you have booked with us.
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