Arrival at Keflavik Airport. Pick-up of rented vehicle and drive to Reykjavik for your first night’s stay in Iceland.
Depending on your arrival time, we recommend that you make a stop at the famous Blue Lagoon on the way and have a swim in the geothermal warm water.
Day 2: Reykjavik - Borgarfjörður - Akureyri (Driving distance approx. 420 km)
Start your roundtrip of Iceland by heading towards Borgarfjörður. Discover this interesting area, rich with cultural and historical heritage. To reach Borgarfjörður you can take the tunnel under Hvalfjörður. Hvalfjörður (‘whale fjord’) was an important naval station for the Allies during World War II. There was also a whaling station there until 1986. In Borgarfjörður you must visit the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where the water flows out of the lava into the river below. Continue and make a stop at Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring (in terms of water production per second).
From Borgarnes, continue to the North of Iceland through the Skagafjörður Valley in the Northeast of Iceland. This county is famous for horse breeding, so you will certainly see many of the charming Icelandic horses in the meadows. Take some time to visit the museum at Glaumbær, a beautifully restored turf farmhouse, one of the few that has been properly preserved in Iceland. Continue until you reach Akureyri the major town in the North of Iceland. Enjoy this beautiful town for 2 nights, you could take time to visit its beautiful church and botanical gardens or shop at leisure.
Two nights in the Akureyri area.
Highlights of this day:
Waterfall Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, Deildartunguhver, Glaumbær, Akureyri.
Day 3: Akureyri -Mývatn-Akureyri (Driving distance approx. 250 km)
Today this Iceland Tour
takes you to Lake Myvatn, known as one of Iceland’s most fascinating areas of natural beauty. On the way to Myvatn you must make a stop at the impressive waterfall Godafoss “The fall of the gods”.
Lake Myvatn is undoubtedly one of Iceland’s most renowned areas, due to its volcanic activity and its amazing bird life. Today you will spend the day at Myvatn exploring the wonders around the lake, there are various exciting places of interest that you can visit at your leisure, its abundant bird life, incredible variety of volcanic formations and geothermal activity and wealth of walking trails make it a particularly rewarding place for visitors.
Take a walk at the mysterious lava formations of Dimmuborgir and have a look at the Skútustaðir pseudo-craters. Visit the boiling mud pools and steam vents of Námskard, and the Krafla area where a series of volcanic eruptions took place from 1975- 1984.
Drive back to Akureyri for a second overnight stay.
Overnight in the Akureyri area.
Highlights of this day:
Akureyri, Waterfall Godafoss, Lake Myvatn, Skútustaðir, lava formations of Dimmuborgir, Námskarð, Krafla area.
Day 4: Akureyri- Tjörnes - Dettifoss - Ásbyrgi - Egilsstadir area (Driving distance approx. 360 km)
Start your Iceland Tour
today by driving to the charming fishing village of Husavik. Continue along the coastline of the Tjörnes peninsula and if the weather conditions are good you can make a small stop at the extremity of the peninsula to enjoy the view and spot some seabirds.
Ásbyrgi is your next stop. This horse shoe shaped gorge with its impressive rock walls and abundant vegetation is the ideal place to take a walk or have a picnic. Heading south from Ásbyrgi the road leads you to the mighty waterfall Dettifoss where you will feel the earth tremble beneath the force of the glacial water, but be careful not to get to close: the edges of the chasm are not fenced and the ground may be slippery. The road continues across the lunar landscape of Möðrudalur highlands until you reach the fertile valley of Hérað where the village of Egilsstadir lies.
Overnight in the Egilsstadir area.
Highlights of this day:
Husavik, Tjörnes peninsula, Ásbyrgi, Waterfall Dettifoss, Egilsstadir.
Day 5: Egilsstadir - East Fjords - Höfn area (Driving distance approx. 270 km)
Today it’s time to discover the splendid East Fjords. Follow the Ring Road (No. 1) to the fjord Reydarfjörður; in the village there is a small history museum about World War II. From there you can continue through the new tunnel to Fáskrúðsfjörður or take the more panoramic route, the old road along the coast. In Stöðvarfjörður there is an interesting place you can visit; Petra’s stone collection, a private collection which includes most of the Icelandic minerals.
As you continue you might want to make a stop in the village of Djúpivogur, located in a charming setting. Now you continue along the fjords towards Southeast Iceland; at times the road hangs precariously high on the mountain slopes.
Finally you drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region where you will stay for the night.
Overnight stay in Höfn area.
Highlights of this day: East Fjords, Petra´s stone collection, Djúpivogur, Almannaskarð, Höfn.
Day 6: Höfn - Skógar/Vík area (Driving distance approx. 320 km)
This Iceland Tour brings you today to an area with views of some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. Start with a drive along the southern side of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap until you arrive at the glacial lagoon, Jokulsarlon, an exceptional sight at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur. You can walk along the banks of the lagoon or take a 30-40 min. boat trip to admire the fantastically-shaped icebergs of different shapes and sizes that are constantly breaking off the icecap and drifting towards the sea nearby.
Skaftafell National Park is another area you should visit. This oasis surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains has many hiking possibilities. For example, you can walk through the birch forest up to the Svartifoss waterfall or approach the Skaftafell glacial tongue. From skaftafell you can join one of the most popular activities in Iceland a Glacier Walk (2 hours).
From Skaftafell you cross the immense black sand plain of Skeiðarársandur, through Kirkjubaejarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain before you arrive in the Vík area for your night’s accommodation.
Today you can continue towards Dyrholaey, a 120 meter high bird cliff from which you can enjoy a unique view over Iceland’s south
coast. Dyrholaey is also one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies in the summer time.
Overnight stay in the Vík / Skógar area.
Highlights of this day:
Vatnajokull glacier, Glacial Lagoon Jokulsarlon, Skaftafell National Park, Svartifoss waterfall, Skaftafell glacial tongue, Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Eldhraun lava field, Vík.
Day 7: Vík - Skógar - Geysir - Gullfoss waterfall - Thingvellir National Park - Golden Circle - Reykjavik (Driving distance approx. 300 km)
Today you start with a visi to the Skógar village. As you arrive at Skógar you will see the waterfall Skógarfoss, one of the highest in Iceland. After having a look at the waterfall you should visit the Skógar museum; a local folk museum which gives an excellent insight into Iceland’s history.
As you continue towards Hella you can stop at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss, but not only to have a look: this time you can actually walk behind the waterfall.
Now it is time to visit some of the most interesting and famous areas of Iceland. You can drive through the village of Flúðir to reach the famous geothermal area of Geysir where the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. After this you only have a short drive to reach Gullfoss, surely the country’s most famous waterfall. Then you drive back through the Geysir area towards Lake Laugarvatn.
From there you continue to Thingvellir (Þingvellir) consider one of the geological wonders of the world. At Thingvellir you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which have opened various cracks and fissures in the earth’s crust, and it was here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century. Take time to walk around in the unique landscape of Thingvellir. Continue to Reykjavik over the Mosfellsheiði moors.
Overnight accommodation in Reykjavik.
Highlights of this day:
Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, Geysir hot spring, Waterfall Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park.
Day 8: Departure
Drive back to Keflavik airport for your flight back home.
Or book an extra night in Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland!
Reykjavik is Iceland’s largest city and often called the capital of the north because of its location. With only approximately four hours of daylight in the wintertime, the city has a mysterious yet dynamic atmosphere, while in summer it is bustling and full of energy, with almost 24 hours of daylight!
Reykjavik offers a wide range of sights to visit and lots of activities.
Among the things you can visit in Reykjavík are the old city centre where you can walk by the lake, Tjörnin, visit the Town Hall, and walk around the Austurvöllur square, where the Parliament building stands, and down to the harbour. You can stroll along the main street, Laugavegur to have a look at the shops and the art galleries and find a restaurant or a café to your liking. Do not miss the church Hallgrímskirkja or the dome Perlan, a modern building from where you have a panoramic view over the whole city. It is also possible to go to the Laugardalur valley for a swim in the outdoor thermal pool or a walk in the botanical gardens.
There are several museums worth visiting in Reykjavík, for example the National Museum of Iceland near the University, the National Gallery of Iceland and the Reykjavík Art Gallery (includes 3 different collections).
A whale-watching tour from Reykjavik harbour is a wonderful experience: a trip out to sea to look at whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. An interesting half-day excursion from Reykjavik could be to the Reykjanes Peninsula, taking you to the geothermal springs in Krýsuvík. If you did not stop at the Blue Lagoon on Day 1, the highlight of the tour on your way back would then be a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing swim in the geothermal water. Approx. 120 km round trip.
Optional tours from Reykjavik :
Historical Tour of the Westman Islands
This tour takes you from Reykjavík to the volcano island of Heimaey in the Westman Islands archipelago.
In Heimaey you’ll be taken on a guided coach tour of the island, where you will get in touch with a volcanic crater, stillwarm
lava and half-buried houses from the island’s infamous 1973 volcanic eruption. You will spot some of the most interesting features of the island, where nature has sculpted a fascinating landscape teeming with diverse birdlife and animal life, including the world´s largest puffin colony.
Optional boat tour around the island
The boat circles the island of Heimaey, stopping briefly at places of interest where passengers can see various caves, witness
the birdlife, and are likely to see some whales. The trip ends by sailing into Klettshellir (Cliff Cave). A musical instrument is
played to showcase the cave’s stunning acoustics, creating a sensational experience. From there we re-enter the harbour.
The boat tour (optional) is only available during summer* and takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes
* If you choose not to go on the boat tour or it’s out of season, you will have some free time to expore the island. Your guide will tell you
about interesting areas to visit and meet up with you afterwards.
Departures: May and September : weekdays at 07:15am / June - August : weekdays at 07:15am and at 10:30am Sat & Sun
Pick-up: Reykjavik domestic airport
Included: Return flight to destination, English-speaking guide, Guided coach tour
Not included : Optional boat tour, Lunch and refreshments
Please note closed days : 25/7, 27/7, 29/7, 1/8-4/8, 8/8, 10/8, 14/8, 17/8, 22/8
Inside the Volcano
This will be for sure a trip you will never forget! If you have one extra night in Reykjavik, join us for this unique experience, this tour takes you literally inside a dormant volcano, through the top crater and to the bottom of its magma chamber - once filled with steaming hot lava.
Thrihnukagigur Volcano has not erupted for 4.000 years and shows no signs of coming to live again anytime soon. Hence, you are safe!
We depart from Reykjavik (ca. 30 minute drive). From there a moderate 45–50 minute hike (to get to the crater) and the guts to descend 120 meters/400 feet to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift.
- Operation dates: From 15 May – 10 September 2013 (ongoing tours all days within that period).
- Tour departures: 08:00 | 10:00 | 12:00 | 14:00
- Duration: 5–6 hours (about 40–45 minutes inside the volcano).
- Fitness level needed: Moderate (the difficulty is 2–3 out of a possible 5). No knowledge of hiking or climbing is required. It’s not an uphill walk, but the surface is hilly and uneven. This is NOT a tour for those in no or limited physical shape.
- Bring with you: Good hiking shoes and warm clothes. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable and can be very different from how it seems at ground level. Wear warm clothes (sneakers and jeans will NOT do you any good!).
- Distance walked: Approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times on the walk.
- Minimum age limit: 12 years.
Don’t worry, you will be surrounded by expert guides at all times and you can rest assured extreme safety precautions are taken at every step of the process.
- Rental car of your choice with unlimited mileage, GPS unit, CDW and VAT for 7 days
- Accommodation (budget/ comfort) for 7 nights with Continental breakfast
- Map of Iceland and detailed itinerary
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fee
- Flights to Iceland
- Meals and drinks at restaurants (unless otherwise stated)
- Personal travel insurance
You can reserve this package with only 20% deposit. See terms & conditions
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