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Itinerary

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Tour the Golden Circle and see the geological wonders here, Head to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and view the icebergs floating by, Hike in Skaftafell National Park, Explore the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

  1. Day 1
    Reykjavík
    Arrive at any time.
    Activity: The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.
    Accommodation: Hotel Klettur (or similar)
  2. Day 2
    Reykjavík/Skaftafell
    Discover the beauty of Iceland's south shore, catching views of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Its eruptions in 2010 produced massive clouds of ash that disrupted air travel throughout Europe for several days. See the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and follow a hidden path through a canyon to the secluded falls of Gljúfrabúi. Stop in Hveragerði, a hot spring village, where you will have the opportunity to taste bread baked in a hot spring. Then visit the Lava Center for an overview of how Iceland's volcanoes and earthquakes shaped this island.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Seljalandsfoss is a 60m (196 ft) tall waterfall located along the popular ring road. Behind the flow of water is a path, allowing visitors to peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above.
    Activity: Visit the geothermal garden of Hveragerði, a hot spring village, where you have the opportunity to taste black bread and eggs baked directly in a hot spring. Learn how locals use the geothermal elements in daily life and have developed the community gardens and greenhouse to grow their town and promote green living.
    Activity: Visit this stunning interactive exhibition to learn about all aspects of Icelands unique geography, including volcanoes, earthquakes and geothermal attributes.
    Accommodation: Hali Country Hotel (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast
  3. Day 3
    Skaftafell
    Continue exploring the south shore, passing sandy plains and moss-covered lava fields and stopping along the way at historical and geological sites. Visit Crystal Beach, scattered with icebergs that wash up on the black sands, and see iridescent ice formations in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Hike in Vatnajökull National Park to Svartifoss waterfall, framed by basaltic lava columns. Stop at the historic farmstead Hof in Öræfi, home to one of Iceland's best-preserved turf churches.
    Activity: Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon with views of the ice cap. The lake is the lowest point in the country and filled with icebergs drifting towards the sea, often with seals lounging on top. The blocks of ice coming off the glacier are typically 30m high, in dramatic shades of white and bright blue. Stop by Diamond Beach, which gets its name from chunks of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier that float down to the coast's black sand shores.
    Activity: Stop at Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe, covering over 8% of Iceland. There are multiple volcanoes underneath the glacier as well as over 30 outlet glaciers that stem from Vatnajökull.
    Activity: Enjoy a hike in Vatnajökull National Park to view Svartifoss waterfall. Also known as the black falls, the stunning site is surrounded by dark basaltic lava columns.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Accommodation: Hali Country Hotel (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Skaftafell/Vik
    Embark on a guided walk atop a glacier in Skaftafell National Park. Strap on a pair of crampons and get up-close views of intriguing ice formations, deep sinkholes, and rugged crevasses. Later, stroll along the black sands of Reynisfjara Beach.
    Activity: Hike some of the many maintained trails in Skaftafell National Park, famous throughout the country for its excellent weather and sunny summer days. This preservation area in the southeast is now incorporated into the larger Vatnajökull National Park. The diverse landscape here is often compared to certain parts of the Alps but, like most of Iceland's incredible landscape, the region was created by rivers, glaciers and volcanoes.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Visit Reynisfjara Beach, just outside of Vík. Its black sand and ominous rock formations offshore make for stunning photos. Take some time to watch the foaming white waves crash over the black sand (but don't get too close, the waves here can be extremely powerful), explore the shallow cave if weather and time permits, and get a photo of the basalt sea stacks.
    Accommodation: Hotel Dyrholaey (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Vik/Golden Circle/Selfoss
    This morning, learn about Icelandic cultural heritage at the Skôgar Folk Museum and visit the picturesque Skogafoss waterfall. Opt to climb 400 steps to the top of the falls for spectacular views. Then set out on a tour of the celebrated Golden Circle. Visit the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, and then see Geysir, the hot spring for which all other geysers are named.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Skogar Museum, is a cultural heritage collection of 15,000 regional folk craft artifacts exhibited throughout 6 historical buildings.
    Activity: Visit Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. The 60m (200 ft) high falls forms a constant mist that floats in the air, if viewed in the sunlight the mist can create rainbows. The sound and view of the thundering water cutting through the green hills make the falls a must-see on any trip to Iceland.
    Activity: Discover one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss and complete the circuit known as the Golden Circle. This massive waterfall cascades over three "steps" before spilling into a large crevice. Fed by a glacier lake, the water passing through the falls can be a dark grey depending on how much sediment gets pushed through the river.
    Activity: See a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Geysir is one of the oldest geysers recorded in the world, but is most often dormant. Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes.
    Accommodation: Hotel Ork Selfoss (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  6. Day 6
    Selfoss/Snæfellsnes
    Begin the day with a walk in Thingvellir National Park, the last stop on our Golden Circle tour, where we'll see the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Continue to a traditional Icelandic farm — located in the narrow fjord of Hvalfjörður — where we'll learn about rural Icelandic life and enjoy a traditional farm-to-table lunch. Continue to the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland.
    Activity: Visit a traditional Icelandic farm in the narrow fjord of Hvalfjörður or 'Whale Fjord'. Enjoy a visit and learn about local farming practices and daily life then sit down for a local lunch from the farmers' own produce, including Icelandic lamb.
    Activity: Stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the tectonic faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart. The Oxara river cuts through the largest rift in the valley, Almannagja, and leads to the Oxarafoss waterfall. Iceland's parliament was also established in the area in 930. The park was later created to protect the remains of the open-air assembly grounds. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland, the park is an excellent spot for camping, hiking and snorkelling between the tectonic plates.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Accommodation: Fosshotel Stykkisholmur (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  7. Day 7
    Snæfellsnes
    Spend the day exploring the peninsula, including Snæfellsjökull National Park and its mystical glacier-topped volcano, which Jules Verne wrote about in his novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. See Búðir Church, the Lóndrangar sea stacks, Djúpalónssandur pebble beach, and the iconic peak of Kirkjufell. We'll also visit the Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum, founded and run by world-renowned volcanologist and National Geographic grantee Dr. Haraldur Sigurðsson.
    Activity: Visit the Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum which features the unique collection of Professor Haraldur Sigurðsson, who received grants from the National Geographic Society. His research spanned 40 years, studying volcanoes around the world publishing 160 articles in scientific journals, numerous books and winning many scientific awards. Later in life, he developed an interest in volcano art, the representation of volcanic eruptions in artworks. An outcome of that is the collection that is exhibited at the Museum.
    Activity: Explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, visiting places such as Búðir Church, Arnarstapi and Hellnar villages, the Lóndrangar sea stacks, Djúpalónssandur pebble beach, Mt Kirkjufell and take a walk around the charming town of Stykkishólmur, the largest town of the peninsula.
    Activity: Established in 2001 to protect the area's unique landscape, indigenous plants and animal life as well as the important historical relics, the park is the only Icelandic national park that stretches to the sea. Within the park is the Snæfellsjökull Glacier, a 700,000-year-old glacier-capped stratovolcano which Many believe is one of the seven main energy centres of the earth. Surrounded in myth, the glacier also plays a big role as "the Center of the Earth" in Jules Verne's famed novel Journey to the Center of the Earth.
    Accommodation: Fosshotel Stykkisholmur (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    Snæfellsnes/Reykjavík
    Continue to Borgarfjörður, where many Icelandic sagas have taken place. See the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls; and step into Reykholt, the homestead of the 12th-century writer Snorri Sturluson. We'll also visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring whose water heats most buildings in western Iceland. Continue to Reykjavík for our final evening.
    Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
    Activity: Explore the Borgarfjörður region which was the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. The area's landscape, nature and culture heritage seemingly bring history to life.
    Activity: Visit Deildartunguhver hot spring, the most powerful hot spring in Iceland whose water heats most buildings in the West of Iceland.
    Accommodation: Hotel Klettur (or similar)

    Meals: Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    Reykjavík
    Depart at any time.

    Meals: Breakfast
Countries Visited

Iceland

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Inclusions

Meals:
8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner

Transportation:
Private minivan/bus, walking.

Inclusions
Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Icelandic Farm Experience, Hvalfjörður Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum, Snæfellsnes. Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Visit the LAVA Centre. Hveragerði geothermal garden. Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon. Take an ice walk on a glacier in Skaftafell National Park. Visit black sand beaches. Explore Vatnajökull National Park. Golden Circle tour including Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs. Explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula including Snaefellsjokull National Park, Sagaland and Deildartunguhver Hot Spring. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts).

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
3.9
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
3.7
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
4.3
Value for Money
3.7

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Ratings based off 3 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

This was a great intro to Iceland. We really enjoyed the itinerary and our guide was fantastic!

one hotel was below our expectations, the hotel Vik near the town of Katla,, there was a never wing at the hotel and the tour should probably try to ensure the rooms are booked in it. the last day was a little slow with mostly driving we passed a volcano I think this would have been great, even if the geo tour were replaced with it.


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