At the place where two continental plates brush up against each other is Iceland, land of fire and ice. Get up close to this unique country on a seven-day exploration of its natural highlights. Make your way through lava tube caves, watch the living Earth in action at some of the island’s volcanoes, relax in incredible hot springs, and keep your eyes peeled for whales off the coast. Find your element in a place of extreme elements
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome
meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. 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.
No meals included.
Day 2: Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Selfoss
Explore the geological wonders that have shaped
Iceland on a tour of the Golden Circle, including a walk in Thingvellir
National Park and visits to the Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir hot
springs. Also visit a farm to learn about the use of geothermal heat in
Icelandic horticulture and enjoy a lunch of local produce, then visit a
local power plant to gain a better understanding of how geothermal
energy is used throughout the country. Spend the evening relaxing at the
geothermal hot tubs and sauna at our hotel.
National Park is the meeting place of the two tectonic plates on which
America and Europe rest. This rift is clearly visible in the huge
fissures that scar the landscape surrounding the lake and lava fields.
Continue on to Geysir, the world famous spouting hot spring, which gave
all others its name, then Gullfoss waterfall, the Golden Falls,
thundering down 32 meters into the Hvítá River Gorge.
Breakfast & lunch included.
Day 3: Selfoss - Vik I Myrdal
Discover the beauty of Iceland’s south shore,
catching views of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Visit the
picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall and follow our CEO along a hidden
path to the secret waterfall of Gljúfrabúi. Also explore the black sand
beach at Reynisfjara and surrounding coast in search of birds and
Depending on the season and
nesting habits of birdlife, we may also visit Dyrhólaey Cape. As well,
it is possible to see puffins at Reynisfjara beach, Dyrhólaey Cape or
near Vík in the summer months (15 May - 15 August).
Day 4: Vik I Myrdal - Skaftafell
Continue exploring the south shore, past sandy
plains and moss-covered lava fields, stopping along the way at various
historical and geological sites. Visit Crystal beach and Jökulsárlón
glacier lagoon, to view icebergs which get carried out to sea, often
washing back ashore on the black sand beach. Later, visit the Thorbergur
Cultural Heritage Museum and enjoy a traditional dinner. Opt for a boat
ride on the lagoon (May-October).
make various stops today along the South shore including; The Church
Floor underground basalt columns, Dverghamrar "Dwarf Rocks" basalt
columns, Eldhraun "Fire Lava" lava field (created in one of the greatest
eruptions in recorded history in 1783-1784, affecting not only
Icelanders but Europeans as well), Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, Skeiðarábrú
twisted bridge (the remains of the bridge destroyed in a massive flood,
caused by an sub-glacier eruption, that brought huge icebergs - some as
big as a house).
Breakfast & dinner included.
Day 5: Skaftafell
Embark on a scenic glacier hike in Skaftafell
National Park with an expert guide. Take in the impressive icy
formations and hike to a water fall to learn more about the Vatnajokull
glacier and National Park.
Skaftafell National Park for an incredibly scenic hike on the glacier,
feeling the ancient ice under our feet. Above us rises the massive
Vatnajökull glacier in all its magnificence. Walking on crampons (metal
spikes for the soles of our shoes), we'll safely traverse the ice
viewing ice formations, deep sink holes and rugged crevasses. On winter
departures (November - March), depending on weather conditions we also
will visit an ice cave on our hike. Our highly qualified glacier guides
will educate you about the Vatnajökull Glacier and the rough outlet
glaciers, such as Virkisjökull, which descend from the main hub, towards
Day 6: Skaftafell - Reykjavik
Travel back to Reykjavik stopping to visit the
Skogarsafn Museum, and the famous Skogafoss waterfall. Opt to climb the
400 steps next to the falls and take in spectacular views.
the summer months, keep your eyes open for Reindeer, who come down to
the lowlands and can often be seen grazing with sheep and cows.
Day 7: Depart Reykjavik
After breakfast, you are free to depart at any time.
Departs - Selected dates (listed below)
Vik I Myrdal
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
*Please note hotels are subject to change due to availability.
Activities as specified
Meals as specified
Transport by minivan/bus
Tours led by experienced Guide(s)
What's not included?
International and internal airfares
Arrival/departure taxes or reciprocity fees, visa fees where applicable
Any items not mentioned as included
Warm clothing that will protect you from wind and rain i.e. coats, cotton pants, gloves, socks
Protection from sun and sweat i.e. thermal clothing, short sleeves, hat/cap, small towel
Appropriate footwear i.e. hiking boots for treks and shoes/sandals for warm weather
Hiking poles, torch/headlights, binoculars, pocket knife, water bottles, day backpacks
Plastic bags for dirty/wet clothes, and for battery storage