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Express Iceland | 4 Day Escorted Tour

Highlights:

  • Travel around Iceland’s ring road in only four days
  • Visit over 20 fantastic locations around Iceland
  • Bath in a geothermal hot spring and sail between icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
  • See waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes, glaciers and fjords
  • Free Wi-Fi on the minibus to instantly share your best times in Iceland
  • Lots of photo stops!
  • Small group travel, maximum 16 persons

Four days / Three nights

Starts / ends in in Reykjavík

This four-day trip around Iceland's ring road will have you ticking thing off your bucket list faster than you can say “been there, done that”. Take in all the major highlights and some tucked-away gems of this fabulous country. Picture yourself in more than 20 fantastic sites around Iceland in just four days. Be sure to take lots of photos to share with the world how amazing Iceland is. We know you will be back!

4 Day Itinerary

Day 1: Golden Circle & South Coast

Seljalandsfoss waterfall (20).JPGEarly morning departure from Reykjavík  bus terminal. The day is full of highlights as we travel the Golden Circle route and along the South Coast. The first 20-minute stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Þingvellir plain is situated on a tectonic-plate boundary where North America and Europe are slowly tearing away from each other. We continue for two more 20 minutes stops: first at Geysir geothermal springs with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. Nearby is Gullfoss, a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river originating from the glacier Langjökull. The next stop is the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges 65 meters over the mountain. We will then check out Skógafoss waterfall which tumbles 62 meters over a rocky scarp, kicking up vast sheets of mist. The tour continues with the black lava beach of Reynisfjara. The last stop of Day 1 is in Vík, Iceland’s southernmost town. We reach our first overnight accommodation near Kirkjubæjarklaustur at the Vatnajökull National Park area. Estimated arrival time is 8:00PM.

Day 2: Vatnajökull Glacier & East Fjords

Vatnajökull glacier lagoon (25).JPGWe spend the day exploring Europe's second-largest national park and driving along beautiful fjords and past small fishing towns in East Iceland. We start with picture time at  Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue,followed by a stop to explore Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon by an amphibian boat. This is one of the most beautiful and dramatic spots in Iceland. Many of you might recognize the glacier and ice lake from films such as Lara Croft:  Tomb Raider  and James Bond: Die Another Day! We also take a walk on the black sandy shores of Diamond Beach. Walk the beach looking for seals and you might even see a stranded icebergs too. After a lunch break in the  town of Höfn, we continue with a  stop in the charming  village of Djúpivogur. Twisty roads take us along the dramatic fjord landscape and through tiny fishing villages in the East Fjords. Estimated arrival time at our overnight location in Fáskrúðsfjörður is 19:00.

Day 3: Travel North

Today, we travel to our overnight location in Húsavík, North Iceland. From Fáskrúðsfjörður we drive along scenic roads to Egilsstaðir; in East Iceland. From there we travel north through the uninhabited highlands to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall located in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Your next stop is Námaskarð; where we explore hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools. After a lunch break, we reach Lake Mývatn,  known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. First, we visit the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir followed by a short walk in the mysterious lava fields of Dimmuborgir. We soak off our sightseeing and hiking in the geothermal Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn Estimated arrival time at our overnight location in Húsavík is 19:00. If you still have the energy, you might like to join an optional whale watching tour which starts at 8:00pm.

Day 4: Travel South

Mývatn - hot springs Námaskarð (1) - Copy.JPGWe will depart early in the morning for Húsavík in North Iceland which will start our final day of touring Iceland. We start with Goðafoss; the waterfall of the Gods, which is a beautiful sight to capture a couple of great moments on camera. You have time to explore Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland; this has about 17,000inhabitants nestles at the head of Eyjafjörður, Iceland's longest fjord,at the base of snow-capped peaks. You might like to visit the botanical garden, walk up the stairs to the church or simply stroll along the pedestrian street filled with interesting shops and cafés. As we travel south toward Reykjavík, we stop for a hike on Grábrók volcano crater,formed about 3,400 years ago. The crater is in the middle of a vast lava field and from the top, you have superb views of the beautiful landscape. The final stop is Borgarnes, a small town of fewer than 2,000people, located in West Iceland. The view over the fjord and its mountains is breathtaking. Our estimated arrival and drop-off time at the Reykjavík bus terminal is 7:30pm.

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