of Icelandic minerals. Overnight in the Egilsstadir area.
Highlights of this day:
Petra´s Stone Collection, The East Fjords, Egilsstadir.
Day 5: Egilsstadir - Myvatn (Driving distance approx. 320 km)
In the morning you drive through the lunar landscape of Möðrudalur highlands to the mighty Dettifoss, Iceland’s most powerful waterfall which thunders 44 m down into a deep gorge, at Dettifoss you will feel the earth tremble beneath the force of the glacial water.
Continue your drive, and explore Ásbyrgi, 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.
Drive along the picturesque stretch of coast line of Tjörnes peninsula until you arrive in the charming fishing village of Husavik. Overnight in or near the Myvatn area.
Highlights of this day: Waterfall Dettifoss, Ásbyrgi, Tjörnes peninsula, Husavik.
Day 6: Myvatn - Akureyri (Driving distance approx. 140 km)
Today you will have time to explore the marvels of Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve. Myvatn is undoubtedly one of Iceland’s most renowned areas, due to its volcanic activity and its amazing bird life.On the way to Myvatn, you will have the opportunity to take a look at the picturesque Godafoss waterfall. At Myvatn there are various exciting places of interest that you can visit at your leisure. One of its main attractions is the Námaskarð geothermal area where you will find bubbling mud pools and hissing steam vents.
You must not miss the Krafla area situated north of the Krafla power station with the crater Víti and the Leirhnjúkur area. The walk towards Leirhnjúkur area is worth while since it leads you to a small geothermal area and then to a line of craters surrounded by chaotic black lava fields, resulting from a series of volcanic eruptions that took place in 1975 – 1984.
Later on you can venture a walk up to the top of Hverfjall crater or dip into the geothermal water of the natural baths located east of the Lake.
On the way to Akureyri you must make a stop at the waterfall Godafoss “The fall of the gods”. In Akureyri, the capital of the north, you can walk around this charming town, have a look at the extraordinary botanical garden, go to the outdoor swimming pool, go shopping, sit down at a café or at a restaurant. Overnight stay in the Akureyri Area.
Highlights of this day:
Lake Myvatn, Dimmuborgir, Skútustaðir, waterfall Godafoss, Akureyri.
Day 7: Akureyri - Skagafjörður - Borgarfjörður (Driving distance approx. 350km)
Today you drive through the Skagafjörður 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, and you should take time to visit the museum at Glaumbær Museum, a beautifully restored turf farmhouse ,one of the few that has been properly preserved in Iceland. Continue driving through the Holtavörðuheiði moors to the southwest of Iceland.
Today you will be discovering an interesting area, rich with cultural and historical heritage Borgarfjörður. Borgarfjörður county Hvalfjörður (‘whale fjord’) was an important naval station for the Allies during World War II. In Borgarfjörður you must visit the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where the water flows out from beneath a lava field into the river below, Reykholt, where the 13th century author Snorri Sturluson lived, and Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring (in terms of water production per second). Overnight stay in the Borgarfjörður area.
Highlights of this day:
Skagafjörður, Glaumbær Museum, waterfall Hraunfossar, Reykholt, Deildartunguhver.
Day 8: Borgarfjörður - Snaefellsnes (Driving distance approx. 120 km)
Today you will be exploring the natural wonders of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, which is known for the stunning Snaefellsjökull National Park and the Snaefell Glacier that towers above the region. Drive through the north part of the peninsula passing through Stykkishólmur, a charming fishing village beautifully situated overlooking the Breidafjörður bay.
From Stykkishólmur you will have the possibility to sightseeing among the uncountable islands, and explore the unique nature and bird life Breidafjörður has. Overnight stay in the Snaefellsnes area.
Highlights of this day:
Snaefellsnes peninsula, Snaefellsjökull National Park, Stykkishólmur, Breidafjörður bay.
Day 9: Snaefellsnes - Reykjavik (Driving distance approx. 280km)
Today’s itinerary takes you through lava fields and fertile farming land. Driving around the unique Snaefellsnes peninsula has many sights you should not miss, such as Snaefellsjökull glacier, Hellnar, Djúpalónssandur, and the crater Eldborg. Explore the charming village of Arnastapi where basalt columns have been eroded by the pounding waves. There are also bird cliffs, home of kittiwakes and arctic terns.
During the summer Snaefellsnes offers you a vast variety of activities such as horse riding tours, hiking, and many walking tours. We recommend you book in advance as many of the tours may get fully booked over the summer time.
Drive back to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik
Highlights of this day:
Snaefellsjökull glacier, Hellnar, crater Eldborg, Arnastapi.
Day 10: Departure (Driving distance approx. 50 km)
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 Reykjavik 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 take a walk in the botanical garden. There are several museums worth visiting in Reykjavik, for example the National Museum of Iceland near the University, the National Gallery of Iceland near lake Tjörnin and the Reykjavik 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 of 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 9 days
- Accommodation (budget/comfort) for 9 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)
- Entrance to museums
- Personal travel insurance
You can reserve this package with only 20% deposit. See terms & conditions
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