Grand Tour Around Iceland

Twelve days

Day 1, Arrival to Iceland


Welcome to Iceland. We will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your downtown Reykjavík hotel. Spend the day at leisure with recommendations from your guide.


Day 2, Reykjanes and Blue Lagoon


We start off with an early hotel pick-up in the morning to explore the volcanic peninsula of Reykjanes the UNESCO listed geopark. Your guide will take you around the highlights of the area, the Seltún hot springs, sulfurus mud pools and colorful mineral deposits, vast lava fields and the picturesque Reykjanes lighthouse. Visit the characteristic fishing villages of the area and enjoy Iceland’s best fried fish for lunch. Then have a relaxing dip in the Blue Lagoon with its glowing blue waters. Overnight in Reykjavík.


Day 3, Thingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss and Snowmobiles


Today we drive west, over to UNESCO designated cultural site, Thingvellir National Park, a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet and Icelands parliament was founded in 930 by the Viking settlers. We continue to the Geysir hot springs, the area hosts an impressive collection of bubbling mud pools, colorful clear hot-water springs and the erupting Strokkur hotspring, spewing boiling water tens of meters into the air every 10 minutes or so. On to great Gullfoss waterfall. The 3-tiered waterfall is one of the most powerful in Europe. After lunch at Gullfoss we continue with our 4×4 superjeep to Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier where we go for a thrilling snowmobile tour. Overnight in the countryside.

Calming warm blue water of the iconic Blue Lagoon

Day 4, South Coast Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches


Today we explore the dramatic scenery of the southern lowlands. We’ll see waterfalls and majestic sea-cliffs, home to the charismatic puffin. We explore the unique black sand beaches and see great views of glaciers and volcanoes. We’ll visit the unique waterfall of Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the cascading water among the magical ferns and the powerful Skógafoss waterfall framed by the infamous volcano of Eyjafjallajökull. Dinner and overnight in the area.


Day 5, Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


We continue along to the east through the vast sandy alluvial south where braided glacial rivers meander through the landscape. We stop at Skaftafell nature reserve, an oasis of green in the vast black flood plains. In Skaftafell we have can hike into the lush birch forest to see Svartifoss cascade with its beautiful basalt formations. After lunch we continue eastward beneath the highest peak of Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur at 2110m, and along to the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull slides into a vast lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Dinner and overnight in Höfn í Hornafirð.

The great glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón

Day 6, East Fjords


Today we explore the eastern coast of the Island, remote and mountainous. Here the wild raindeer of Iceland roam and a richness in mineral deposits has drawn geologists from around the world for centuries. We visit the towns and museums of the area and then make our way up to Egilstaðir. Dinner and overnight in Egilstaðir.


Day 7, Higlands and The Home of the Gods


We head out from Egilstaðir into the highland desert. Soon we reach the waterfall of Dettifoss, Europe’s largest and most powerful cascade. We continue north up to the sacred Ásbyrgi, the home of the Norse gods, from Ásbyrgi we continue to the fishing town of Húsavík. Here you can go for an evening whale-watching tour after dinner. Overnight in Húsavík.


Day 8, Mývatn Volcanic Lake


From Húsavík we head southward to one of the islands most enchanting places. Mývatn. Here we spend the day visiting the areas many sights. Starting with the steaming volcanic springs of Námaskarð we continue down to the lake and have a walk in between the impressive contorted lava pillars of Dimmuborgir. After dinner you can visit the geothermal baths of Mývatn, the Blue Lagoon of the North. Overnight in Mývatn.

The fjords of eastern Iceland and their unique and dramatic landscape

Day 9, Eyjafjörður and the Town of Herring


Today we leave Mývatn and head on toward Goðafoss waterfalls, we see the falls and continue through the scenic farmlands towards Akureyri, the Capital of the North. Lunch and visit around the town of Akureyri and then a scenic drive up the fiord to the herring colorful town of Siglufjörður, built up during the Klondike years of herring fishery during the latter half of the 20th century. Dinner and overnight in Siglufjörður


Day 10, Return to Reykjavík


Today we sit back and enjoy the scenic drive towards Reykjavík. Along the way we make a stop at the Grábrók lava field, one of the most beautiful and rugged lava fields in Iceland as well as Glanni waterfall, home to elves and trolls according to folklore. Arrival in Reykjavík in the afternoon.


Day 11, Free day in Reykjavík


Enjoy a free day to explore the capital with recommendations from us, go whale watching, a biking tour of the city center or just stroll around the city lake seeing the sights.


Day 12, Departure


On this, the last day of your visit we pick you up from your hotel three hours before your flight departure and bring you to Keflavík International Airport in time for your check-in.

Fishing town in northern Iceland of Siglufjörður

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