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, 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 3, 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 4, 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 5, Mývatn Volcanic Lake
From Egilstaðir we head westward 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.
Day 6, The Highlands
From Mývatn we enter the highlands. First stop is at Goðafoss waterfalls, the cascade of the gods. From there we turn south into the vast black highland desert. We sit back and enjoy the desert scenery with stops at waterfalls and scenic viewpoints. We come down from the desert through Nýidalur mountain hut and continue to Hrauneyjar Highland Hotel for dinner. Overnight in Hrauneyjar.
Lava lake of Mývatn
Day 7, Þjórsárdalur Valley and Colonial Farmstead
Today we head south-west back towards the capital. We drive through the lush and scenic valley of Þjórsárdalur where Iceland’s longest river, Þjórsá, runs. We’ll visit the colonial farmstead of Stöng before continuing south into Reykjavík. In Reykjavík we’ll recommend you one of the best restaurants in town for dinner.
Day 8, Departure and Blue Lagoon
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. If you depart in the afternoon consider taking a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon. We’ll pick you up at 11 am and take you to unwind in the glowing blue waters of the lagoon before your flight. Then we’ll drive you on to the airport after a soothing mineral bath.
Calming warm blue water of the iconic Blue Lagoon
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