Why we love this tour
Ring road Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir) Vatnajökull Glacier South coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara) Skaftafell Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon Mývatn (Myvatn) Dettifoss and Goðafoss waterfalls
Day 1: Golden Circle and South Coast
The first day is focused on exploring the attractions of the Golden Circle. We visit Þingvellir National Park which is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its geological and historical significance. It was here that the Icelanders founded their historic Parliament in 930 CE, Alþingið. The Geysir hot spring area will be our next destination. Geysir is the spouting hot spring. Watch the Strokkur hot spring erupt great jets of hot water and steam every few minutes and see the bubbling fumaroles. The mighty Gullfoss waterfall is the final Golden Circle attracted. See the dreamy golden-hued mist rising from the spray as the Hvítá (the White River) pours down from Langjökull (the Long Glacier) roaring through the rugged canyon.On the way to our accommodation, we will visit both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is a very unusual waterfall because it is possible to walk behind the cascade.
Day 2: Vík – Skaftafell – Glacier Lagoon – Höfn
We explore the atmospheric Reynisfjara black sand beach with the glorious Reynisdrangar peaks and visit the basalt column cave.We pass the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which houses one of the most famous and feared volcanoes beneath its ice, the capricious Katla. In good visibility you will get a glimpse of the great fire maestro! Witness the results of previous volcanic eruptions as we drive across the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a true oasis, with green birch forests and lush vegetation.We will take a glacier hike, guided by our specialist glacier guide, on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. Next is the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Gaze in wonder at the magical iceberg filled lagoon and see the famous Diamond Beach. Our accommodation will be at a guesthouse in the Höfn area, as the lobster capital of Iceland.
Day 3: East Fjords – Djúpivogur – Egilsstaðir
We will explore the East Fjords of Iceland. We continue threading our way along the coastline, driving some narrow roads around Hvalnes, a very beautiful and remote peninsula, and the stretch around the Þvottárskriður landslides between Lóns and Álftafjarðar.We will stop at Djúpivogur, a traditional small fishing village which is also home to a fine outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík. There is then an invigorating hike to Hengifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall (128 m), we will also see the towering Litlanesfoss waterfall, the cascade is framed by giant hexagonal basalt columns.You will see a beautiful gorge where the layers from volcanic eruptions in ancient times can be seen in the colorful rock face. After that we travel to Egilsstaðir, the night will be spent in a country hotel.
Day 4: Dettifoss – Mývatn – Goðafoss – Akureyri
We are on our way to the north of the country. From Egilsstaðir, we drive over the wilderness around Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland for generations, at 469 m. We will stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. We then explore the mystical landscapes around the lake at Mývatn. See boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and technicolor bubbling mud pots. The wonders continue when we visit the Hverfjall crater and the amazing Dimmuborgir formations, known as the Dark Castles!The next stop is at Mývatn Nature Baths, these are called Jarðbóðin because the hot water comes straight up out of the earth. Bathe in the mineral rich alkaline water (36 – 40 C), the entrance fee can be added when booking or paid on site. For those do not wish to bathe, there is the option to stroll around and enjoy the exceptional views or relax in the cafeteria. The wide and dreamy crescent shaped waterfall, Goðafoss, is the last stop before we journey to Eyjafjörður, an outstandingly beautiful fjord with high mountains. Our accommodation will be at a hotel near Akureyri.
Day 5: Whale watching in Dalvík – Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi – Bifröst
We make a stop at Akureyri, the Capital of the North. We drive through this charming town, passing through the mesmeric scenery along Eyjafjörður (the Island Fjord) on the way to the little fishing town of Dalvík. Your whale watching boat trip departs from the traditional working harbor. During the boat trip you can expect to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and even a majestic blue whale.You can also try your luck at sea angling, and a taste of the freshest fish imaginable. When we step ashore, we drive to Siglufjörður, a charming fishing village with a rich history. Your journey around Tröllaskagi will show you some of the best ocean scenery and skiing areas in Iceland. The characterful small villages will give you a good insight. Our drive will take us through some thriving agricultural areas on our way to Bifröst, a small university centered community.Your accommodation will be at a hotel in Bifröst.
Day 6: Borgarfjörður – Reykholt – Hraunfossar – Hvalfjörður – Reykjavík
On final day, we will in West Iceland – an area which Lonely Planet voted as one of the best destinations in 2016. Your day will begin with a short hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater. Borgarfjörður has many splendid sights. We stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the legendary waterfall, Barnafoss, and the Hraunfossar cascade, the atmospheric very low and wide falls where the water emerges, literally straight out of the lava field. Next is the historic and picturesque site of Reykholt, home to Snorri Sturluson. We will drive around scenic fjord, Hvalfjörður, on our way to back Reykjavík.
- Pick up between: 8:00-8:45am from the bus transfer to Reykjavik city hotel
New regulations have been implemented regarding the shuttle traffic in the downtown Reykjavik. We have therefore offered 12 pick up points instead of directly picking up guests from accommodations . Please click here for further information.
- 6 days
- Accommodation with Breakfast – 5 Nights
- Guided tour in minibus
- Glacier hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
- Hike at Egilsstaðir
- Whale watching in Dalvík
- Meals are not included on this tour, except breakfast.
Accomodation And Meals
On journey, we’ll be staying at various country hotels and guesthouses. We have hand-picked a selection of accommodation places, our main priority is booking comfortable places which suit our carefully planned itinerary.Some hotels and guesthouses might be located in or close to towns and villages but others could be situated in more remote areas out in the countryside. Accommodation options are also subject to availability, so the places where we stay will vary between tour departures. Examples of the areas we stay in are Vík, Höfn, Egilsstaðir, Akureyri and Bifröst, all of these places offer amazing views from or around the places where you will stay.However, all of the country hotels and guesthouses where we stay have some things in common, they offer standard comfortable rooms with made up beds and provide towels. They all have free WiFi for guests and a daily breakfast buffet. We are often asked if hair dryers are available, and they certainly are.
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. Crampons will be used during glacier hiking, please make sure you have good hiking shoes. We recommend hiking shoes that are thick, sturdy and waterproof.
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