Iceland Tour

   
 
 

Across the Wilderness of Iceland

A Tour of North, South and West Iceland

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Traveling in a 4x4 vehicle enables us to combine classical routes with the desolated volcanic highlands. This tour takes you out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary allowing you to witness the endless contrasts in the Iceland nature. This adventurous tour was a huge success with our clients last summer.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Reykjavik
Accommodation: Cabin Hotel

Arrive in Reykjavik and transfer to hotel on your own.

 
Day 2     Thingvellir - Gullfoss Waterfall - Geysir
Accommodation: Hvolsvollur
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

UNESCO World Heritage site with Geological Wonders - The Famous Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers

An easy first day begins with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first parliament and a jewel of nature. Next we travel to the nearby Geysir geothermal area and witness boiling pools and hot springs. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes. Onwards to the beautiful Gullfoss (“Golden”) waterfalls, amongst the most impressive in Iceland. Overnight in Hvolsvöllur. Dinner at the hotel.

 
Day 3     Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Accommodation: Laki Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Thundering Waterfalls - Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore - Lava Fields

Admire the two classic waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss before enjoying great views from Dyrhólaey* headland where thousands of puffins nest during the summer. A stop in the quaint village of Vík follows before crossing the Mýrdalssandur outwash plains of Katla volcano. The day ends by passing through the vast Eldhraun lava field, the largest on earth since the end of the Ice Age. Dinner and overnight at Laki Hotel in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

 
Day 4     Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell National Park
Accommodation: Laki Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest National Park - Europe's Largest Glacier

The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards the Vatnajökull ice cap, by far the largest in Europe. We circumnavigate the Öræfajökull volcano with Icelands highest point, Hvannadalshnjúkur. The turn-around point today is Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float in water full of life. An optional boat tour among the icebergs is possible. At Svínafellsjökull close encounters with a glacier tongue are on offer. On the way we pass by Skaftafell national park. Dinner and overnight at Laki Hotel.

 
Day 5     Landmannalaugar - Hella
Accommodation: Leirubakki Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Multicoloured Mountains of the Highlands - Lava Fields - Hot Springs with Bathing - Hekla Volcano

Meander along the primitive Fjallabaksleið interior track to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains with the option of bathing in a naturally warm geothermal pool. This pearl of the interior consists of deep valleys and sculptured, often mossy mountains, many formed in volcanic eruptions under ice-age icecaps, forging a powerfully colorful experience. Dinner and overnight in the Þjórsárdalur area.

 
Day 6     Sprengisandur - Lake Myvatn
Accommodation: Guesthosue Narfastadir
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Uninhabited Interior and Highland Desert

Discover hidden parts of the Icelandic interior, exploring the vast and desolate wilderness of the Sprengisandur highland route. Sprengisandur is the longest stretch between the South and North and is passable only during the late summer months. We must bring our own lunch to the Nýidalur mountain hut in the country’s centre, as no services are available on the way. No bridges over the rivers means several river crossings on this rough track. Dinner and overnight in the Lake Mývatn area.

 
Day 7     Husavik - Dettifoss - Lake Myvatn
Accommodation: Guesthosue Narfastadir
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Glacial River Gorge – Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife

An absolutely packed day with a wild variety of landscapes. We travel through Húsavík town and around the Tjörnes peninsula, the most northern point of our journey. Discover the serene horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi National Park that according to myth, is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the Norse god Óðinn. Continue to thundering Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, located in the expansive Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. The uniquely beautiful nature reserve of Lake Mývatn follows, a paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. On the “to-do list” are the solfataras at Hverarönd geothermal region, peculiar lava formations and explosive craters at Krafla. Dinner and overnight in the Lake Mývatn area.

 
Day 8     Lake Myvatn - Skagafjordur
Accommodation: Gauksmyri
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Waterfall “Of the Gods” - Iceland’s Second Largest City - Viking Horses

Goðafoss waterfall visited before continuing to Akureyri, the vibrant “Capital of the North” and the second largest urban area in Iceland. Spend some free time in Akureyri, which can include a visit to the amazing botanical gardens, the geothermal pool complex, go shopping or just chill in a local café. Continue to the Skagafjörður area, renowned for horse breeding as well as being home to many important sites relating to the classic Icelandic Sagas. In the evening, a horseback riding tour on locally bred Iceland horses is optional, or take a regenerating walk in the picturesque surroundings. Dinner and overnight in the Hvammstangi area.

 
Day 9     Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Olafsvik
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Fertile Farmlands - Birthplace of Leif Eiríksson - Quaint Fishing Villages

The journey continues through rolling farmlands and across Laxárdalsheiði heath to the Viking Age house at Eiríksstaðir, the original home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leifur Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. Then we pass through a series of small fishing villages on the northern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Dinner and overnight in the Snæfellsnes area.

 
Day 10     Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Arnarstapi - Reykjavik
Accommodation: Cabin Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Snæfellsjökull Glacier - Sand Beaches - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Quaint Fishing Villages

A day in Snæfellsnes National Park. Circle around the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier, where, according to Jules Verne, is the entrance to the center of the Earth. Continue to the expansive black sea shore of Djúpalónssandur. Stop at the picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi with its magnificent columnar basalt rock formations. Take a unique walk between the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar before driving to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavík.

 
Day 11     Reykjavik
Meals: Breakfast

Arrangements end after breakfast.

 

Notes

We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice should the necessity arise due to road conditions.

Rates quoted are for standard rooms, some with private facilities and some with shared facilities. Other hotels, including superior rooms, are available in Reykjavik only at an extra charge.

As of March 1, 2014 a fee of ISK600 per person (about $5) will be collected to enter the geysir area.

Price Includes
Transportation
Dinners As Mentioned
Daily Breakfast
Tour Escort
Sightseeing and Entrances Per Itinerary
Hotel Accommodation As Indicated in Itinerary
Entrances Per Itinerary
Price Does Not Include
 Optional Excursions
 Air
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