• Duration: 5 Days
  • Easy
  • Free: wifi

  • Pick up available
  • All year
  • 19 guests

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Description

On the first day you will travel along South Coast of Iceland – by far the most well-known area of the island. Its relative proximity to the capital and picture-perfect worthy, diverse scenery dotted all around the region - from world renowned admired waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, to stretches of unique black beach coastlines and enigmatic moonlike formations at Reynisfjara, make it a top favourite. On your first day you will travel all the way to Skaftafell National Park, where you can participate in a very unique activity – Glacier Hike. Admiring a glacier from a distance is one thing but exploring them by foot, using provided safety gear, is a completely different world a part. 

Second day starts with the visit at the Glacier Lagoon – unique glacial lake powered by melting ice from the outlet of Vatnajokull Glacier – the biggest one of its kind in Europe. There, depending on the season, you can enjoy either ice caving or an amphibian boat tour among ice bergs floating towards Atlantic Ocean. Then we turn East again travelling further to remote parts of island, where you will find solitude with nature. Enjoy scenic drive though East Fjords with stops at Vestrahorn, Djupivogur, Egillstadir and Studlagil Canyon (April-October). Remember to keep your head up not only to enjoy the beauty of the landscape, but also for unique fauna – wild reindeers are very commonly spotted in this area. 

During Day 3 tour continues North though moon-alike landscapes surrounding Lake Myvatn. This area is known for its high geothermal activity, numerous hot springs and mud lakes. There you will go for good hikes and explore amazing places like Grjotagja Geothermal Cave, Dimmuborgir or Hverir just to name a few. Northern Iceland is also famous for stunning waterfalls – just soak up with the view of Godafoss, Dettifoss (April-October) and Selfoss. 

Fourth day starts in Akureyri – the capital of the North. This small, remote city is located in a stunning, deep fjord. The city center is located next to the harbour, where one will find both modern architecture, historical wooden houses and Akureyri church located on the hill serving as a viewing point at the same time. In the nearby town called Dalvik you can enjoy a boat tour searching for whales. Their diversity and frequent sightings make this part of the country the European hotspot, if not the world, for whale watching activities both winter and summer alike. Then it is time to jump on the bus again and turn direction to Reykjavik. Along the way we will visit the rock Hvitserkur, the Icelandic Seal Center near Hvammstangi and Kolugljufur Canyon.

Itinerary for your last day is to be chosen by you – explore other parts of Iceland not located by the ring road, but equally stunning and worth visiting. You can visit either the Golden Circle Route – a real classic when visiting Iceland, Snæfellsnes Peninsula – called Iceland in miniature or Borgarfjörður filled with lava themed attractions including world-unique lava waterfalls spread on a distance of nearly 1 kilometre. 

The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 19 which we believe creates a more personal and enjoyable experience for our guests.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – South Coast of Iceland

Today we will discover the beautiful south coast of Iceland.

In this part of Iceland you can see many of the most beautiful places in the country. A great combination of Ice, lava fields, lagoons, huge mountains, volcanoes and rough black coastline. After driving from Reykjavik through lovely villages in the South, Seljalandsfoss waterfall is the first sight of the day greeting you from the distance. This is by many considered the most picturesque waterfall in Iceland and must be visited while in Iceland! Its most distinguishing feature is a pathway that you are so lucky to be able to walk behind. But please be careful, as it can be a slippery slope. Be prepared to get a little wet as well, but the view is totally worth it. Then it is onto Gljufrabui Waterfall - often called the “Hidden Waterfall” since it is mostly obscured by the tall cliffs, so many travellers tend to skip it. A short drive from Seljalandsfoss takes you to another beautiful waterfall – Skógafoss nestled in the cliffs of the once existing coastline. Skógafoss, or “Forest waterfall” if directly translated for Icelandic is an impressive 60-meter tall, 15-meter wide waterfall that takes its waters from both Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. We will also stop at Reynisfjara Black Beach which is the most amazing beach in the whole country. Last stop on this day is Skaftafell National Park – a hiker´s paradise. 

Optional activity:

  • Glacier Hike (3 hours) - minimum age 8 (available from April to October) – put the crampons on and enjoy the magnificent, raw views around you. Under care of an experienced, skilled and qualified glacier guide you will discover mind-blowing places, astonishing crevasses and unique ice formations. It is necessary to wear solid hiking shoes and highly recommend wearing warm, windproof jackets. That is basically all you need to bring – we provide the crampons and all necessary equipment to walk safely on glacier. This activity takes approximately 3 hours.

DAY 2 – Adventure in the East

The eastern part of the country has a calmer and quieter vibe about it. This region of the country is characterized by smaller picture-perfect pocket-sized towns and villages, each having their own particular charm. The day starts in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and nearby Diamond Beach. It’s the deepest lake in Iceland, reaching a depth of around 250 meters and has doubled its surface within the last 15 years, increasing from 9 to 18 km2. Numerous chunks of ice with different shapes and sizes that have been recently broken off the glacier forming smaller icebergs, can be seen quietly floating towards Atlantic Ocean. Some of them, washed ashore, stand on the black satin beach like diamonds.

Then it is on to mountain Vestrahorn – proudly rising from the ocean and being most istagrammable one in Iceland, and then continue along the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. For the lunch we will stop in town called Djupivogur, located in Berufjordur – long and narrow fjord rich in birdlife. This charming fishing village had a long trading history dating back to 16th century. In present days, local harbour serves only fishermen, but you can still catch the spirit of this place while talking a short walk around the port buildings – including Langabud, old trading station build in 1790.

During spring and summer (from April to October) we also visit Studlagil Canyon - one of Iceland’s newest findings and best-kept secrets. Turquoise waters originating in Vatnajokull glacier run between the biggest formation made of basalt columns in the whole country, that you can admire once taking just a short walk from the parking lot. 

This day ends at Egillsstadir – the capital of the East Iceland. 

Optional activities:

  • Blue Ice Cave visit - minimum age 8 (available from November to March) - start your day with super-jeep ride across the glacier to reach the natural phenomenon - Blue Ice Cave. This 3-hour long expedition will leave you with many, unforgettable memories. All the safety gear will be provided. Please make sure to wear warm clothing and solid hiking boots. 
  • Amphibian Boat Tour at Jökulsárlón (available from May to September) - take a 45-minute-long amphibian boat tour among floating ice bergs. Remember to keep your head up for seals swimming in the ice cold waters or resting on the shore.
  • Vök Geothermal Floating Pools – newest geothermal destination set on the beautiful Lake Urriðavatn. Hot springs scattered deep underneath the lake heat these exquisitely designed man made formations allowing its guests to take full advantage of the geothermal waters and their natural healing properties from deep within Iceland’s grounds.

Day 3 - Lake Mývatn and Waterfalls

Iceland’s Northern territories are characterised by cosmic landscapes, world-renowned natural backdrops merged with rich geology and Norse history. Lake Mývatn is one of the wonders if Iceland. It is a unique natural environment created in a lava eruption 2300 years ago. Here you can find geothermal hot springs, mud pots, caves with steaming blue waters, big rock formations, unique bird life and fauna. The lake itself was formed by the eruption of a vast lava fissure deep within the country’s grounds that resulted in the eruption of numerous crater volcanoes, whose lava fields blocked a river’s pathway 2300 years ago.  

Between lake Mývatn and Akureyri lies the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, or, in Icelandic, Goðafoss. Its crystal-clear waters flow from Skjálfandafljót River, high up in the Highlands through Bardadalur valley to reach its grounds and cascades off a 12-meter drop creating swirling green-coloured forms into the waters below. 

During summer time (April-October), when days are longer and paths no longer icy, we give a visit to Dettifoss - considered as Europe’s most powerful waterfall with 500 cubic meters of water flowing over its 45 meter drop. 

This day ends in Akureyri – the capital of Northern Iceland. 

Optional activity:

  • Mývatn Natural Geothermal SPA - also known as the ‘Green Lagoon’- the second most visited Icelandic man-made hot pool. Soak in silky waters to feel the positive impact on your skin and spirit, while enjoying magnificent views over the lake. 

Day 4 – North Coast and Whale Watching

The city of Akureyri is the country’s northern gateway, which home to a little over 20.000 inhabitants, making it the second largest city in Iceland after Reykjavik. Akureyri is considered as its own distinctive mini version of Reykjavik, being the central business, cultural and service hub for the northern territories. When leaving city boundaries, we will drive further North to the village called Dalvík – one of the best spots for watching whales in Iceland. 

While driving through the North Coast you will easily realize how each region of Iceland differs from another - but still each one can amaze you equally. In the North we will be visiting the rock Hvítserkur which is a unique formation and a great place for photos, Seal Center in the small fishing village Hvammstangi where you will get information about these beautiful animals and Kolugljufur Canyon with spectacular waterfall (accessible only from April to October).

Optional activity:

  • Whale Watching Boat Tour – the best way to spot the way is obviously from the sea level. Iceland is truly the place to be if you want to responsibly get up close and personal with these animals in their natural habitat and learn more about them.

Day 5 (Option A) – The Golden Circle

If this is your first visit in Iceland than this part is definitely not to be missed. Golden Circle Route is the most popular tourist attraction in Iceland. The Golden Circle encompasses three of Iceland’s key landmarks – Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss all of which contain their specific yet distinct beauties, characters and wonders. In addition to the main three attractions, we also stop at colourful Kerid Volcanic Crater. 

Thingvellir National park is the National shire of all Icelanders. It lies within the belt of volcanic activity and fissures which pass across Iceland, a part of the mid-Atlantic ridge, the junction of the american and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is a nice feeling to stand with your right foot in Europe and the left one in America.

Geysir – the biggest geysers of Haukadalur are Strokkur and Geysir itself, which gives the others their name. Strokkur erups every 5 to 10 minutes, throwing a column of water into the air to a height of 20 to 30 meters.

Gullfoss is one of the most amazing waterfalls in Iceland. Its name, translated into English, means Golden Waterfall. Power by waters originating from Langjökull glacier in the highlands of Iceland before disappearing deep within the waterfalls canyon 32-meter drop. During summer, when glacial water from Langjökull melts at a higher volume due to the rise of the earth’s temperature, the average flow of the waterfall’s water reaches an impressive 140 cubic meters per second!

Optional activity:

  • Blue Lagoon Visit – soak in warm, silky-blue geothermal waters at the world´s renowned SPA. Enjoy the charming atmosphere of these baths located in the heart of black lava fields. Comfort admission included (entrance to the SPA, welcome drink and silica mud mask included). 

Day 5 (Option B) – Snæfellsnes National Park

There are not some many places here in Iceland where you can see so many kinds of geology packed into such a small area. Once the bus will reach peninsula it is easy to be amazed by the sites around. 

In this place you will enjoy the views over tall cliffs reach in birdlife at Londrangar, charming fishing villages, black sand beach of Djupalonssandur, Ytri-Tunga Seal Colony and many more. The highlight of this day is a Kirkjufell Mountain (Church mountain) – the most famous one in Iceland. This is one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland, so be sure to get a picture for your own collection!

Day 5 (Option C) – Borgarjörður

Due to its unusual microclimate this is one of the warmest parts of Iceland and (what is most important for local people) has a forest, lovely lava waterfalls, hot springs and dozens of walking paths ideal for short hiking trips. The day starts with hike to the top of Grabrok Volcanic Crater located at Bifrost (known from mythology as the rainbow bridge that connects Asgard, the world of Gods, with Midgard, the world of humans). One of the key reasons why it is worth to visit this part of Iceland are the lava waterfalls – Hraunfossar. While you can find hundreds of “classic” waterfalls in Iceland and across the globe, the ones you will see in Borgarfjordur are really unique. Rivulets streaming from the lava field create one of the most breath-taking views in Iceland. Then we hike a bit to enjoy another waterfall – Barnafoss (Child´s Waterfall) that received its name after a terrible accident that happened there in the past. Borgarfjordur is also home to Deildartunguhver – the most powerful hot spring in Europe. 

Optional activities:

  • Lava Caving - visit to a colorful Vidgelmir Lava Cave. Just shy of 1600 meters the cave features amazing colors and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. During this 1,5 hour long expedition you will have a chance to see one of the largest lava caves in Iceland with its stunning lava stalactites and stalagmites. 
  • Krauma Geothermal SPA - Krauma natural geothermal baths & Spa is located next to Deildartunguhver and powered by its waters. This brand-new beautiful Spa offers five relaxing geothermal baths, a cold tub, two steam baths and more, all in a very natural environment.

What's included

  • Professional tour guided in English on a minibus
  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
  • Accommodation for 4 nights in a double/twin room with private bathroom and breakfast included
  • Entrance fee to Hvammstangi Seal Center
  • Free Wi-Fi and USB chargers on a bus

What's excluded

  • Lunch and Dinner – we make scheduled stops so that guests can buy lunch and dinner during the tour 

What do I need to bring

  • Warm and water/windproof clothes
  • Good hiking shoes (if you do not have hiking shoes then we offer these for rent)
  • Camera

Important information

  • Pickup takes place between 08:30 – 09:00 – so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.
  • This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 5 at around 8 PM (5 PM if Option A is chosen - The Golden Circle & Kerið without Blue Lagoon added as an extra) 
  • If you are a single traveler then a Single Room Supplement is mandatory.
  • IMPORTANT: It can happen that the optional activities can be cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible and refund the amount paid for the cancelled activities or the price difference between new activity and cancelled one

Tour information:

Available: All Year

Duration: 5 days - 4 nights

Activities: Glacier Hiking, Ice Caving, Lava Caving, Hiking, Sightseeing, Whale Watching, Hot Springs Bathing

Difficulty: Easy

Minimum age: 5 years old 

Cancellation policy

  • 7 days notice: 100% charge

Guided Language

  • English

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