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Journey Around Iceland | 8 Day Escorted Tour

 

Highlights:

  • Fully escorted 6-days tour with English and Scandinavian local guide
  • Accommodation for 7 nights in hotels including breakfast
  • 5 Dinners
  • Entrance to Glaumbær museum and Lava Center

 

Eight days / Seven nights

Starts / ends in in Reykjavík

This 8-day tour highlights Iceland’s most memorable attractions including Lake Mývatn, Geyser hot spring area, both Gullfoss and Dettifoss waterfalls and Glacier lagoon to name a few. Our experienced local guide will make sure you will have a memorable tour beyond your expectations.

 

8 Day Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik Centerhotel Plaza

Arrival transfer from Keflavik airport to your hotel in Reykjavik (optional transfer).

Day 2: Farmlands and Mountains of the North West

Our guide meets the group the hotel in Reykjavik at 8:45 am. We drive northwards via the tunnel of Hvalfjördurto Borgarnes and Skagafjördur, the valley of horses. A visit to the folk museum of Glaumbær (entrance included), an ancient farm with a turf roof, before continuing via highlands, Öxnadalsheidi, to the capital of the north of Iceland, Akureyri. Overnight and dinner in hotel in Akureyri for two nights.

Day 3: Lake Mývatn Area

Mývatn is a shallow eutrophic lake in a dramatic landscape dominated by volcanic land forms such as pseudo craters and the lava pillars in Dimmuborgir. Mývatn is a geothermal area with high activity and a place where all your senses will be called upon as we stop at Námaskarð’s bubbling sulfur mud-pits and steaming vents. We visit Jardbödin, the Blue lagoon of the North, where it is possible to bathe. Entrance is not included but can be booked beforehand. On our way back to Akureyri, we stop at Goðafoss Waterfall. Optional Whale Watching tour from Akureyri in the afternoon.

Day 4: Powerful Waterfall and East Iceland

Leaving Akureyri, we drive to the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. We then drive through the highland Plateau Mödrudalsöræfi via Egilsstaðir town towards the sparsely populated and very beautiful Eastfjords with its small fishing villages and magnificent mountains. Our accommodation for the night is in Breiðdalsvík area.

Day 5: Fjords, Glaciers and Glacier Lagoon

Today we travel along the East Coast with its many fjords and dramatic coastline, passing the villages Djúpivogur and Höfn. We drive along Vatnajökull glacier before getting to the magnificent Jökulsarlón Glacier lagoon. Here you have the opportunity for an optional boat tour for a closer look at the icebergs in the lagoon.From this icy area, we drive to Skaftafell National Park, an enchanting green oasis flourishing between many surrounding glaciers. Overnight in a hotel in the area.

Day 6: South Shore Black Beaches and Lava Fields

Today we cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava to have ever flowed on the face of the earth to the famous black beach of Reynisfjara, known for its colony of puffins and unusual rock formations. Along the South shore, we view the fantastic Skógafoss waterfall and the picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall. We learn about the forces of volcanic activity at Lava Center before getting to our accommodation in Hotel Selfoss. Optional horseback riding tour in the evening.

Day 7: Golden Day

The first highlight of the day is Gullfoss, Golden waterfall, which is considered by many to be the most beautiful in the country. The neighboring Geyser hot spring area with the world famous Geysir and Strokkur hot springs and boiling mud pools. Then we continue to visiting Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park where the forces of the Great Atlantic Rift are clearly visible with the North American and European tectonic plates, drifting apart at a rate of 2-6 cm per year. It is an area of truly outstanding beauty, as well as geological and historical significance.

Day 8: Fjords, Glaciers and Glacier Lagoon

Breakfast in hotel. The transfer to the airport is not included but can be arranged on request.

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