Day 1: March 3
- Depart for your overnight flight to arrive into Keflavik, Iceland (KEF) on March 4, 2023
Day 2: March 4
- Arrival into Keflavík airport (Reykjavic) – With early morning arrivals you will head to the "Blue Lagoon
". It is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, a natural geothermal pool in the middle of a large and dramatic lava field and an oasis that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant. You will stop for a refreshing soak in the inviting, rejuvenating and pleasantly warm mineral rich waters (36°C-38°C/100-110°F), famed for its reputed healing properties. An indoor pool and geothermal sauna are also on the site as well as massages. Bathing in this surreal environment is a unique experience no one should miss. The Blue Lagoon’s warm water and natural active ingredients like mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and escape the stress and strain of daily life. You may book an optional massage (additional $)
After your "Blue Lagoon" Experience you will transfer to the Hotel in Reykjavík’s down town.
Enjoy an introductory tour of the city's main highlights. Lake Kleifarvatn, Krysuvik, Gunnuhver, Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, Bridge between two continents. Welcome dinner tonight. Hotel Marina for 1 night (D)
Day 3: March 5
- Check out of the hotel and depart for the Golden Circle tour and Snowmobiling
Main sights: Thingvellir National Park, Silfra Fissure Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, Faxifoss waterfall, Kerið Crater
Our first stop will be Thingvellir National Park, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for both its historical and geological importance. There you will see the historic site of Althingi, site of the world’s oldest operational parliament: Thingvellir also straddles two continents: with the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates lying at the center of it. These two plates continue to edge apart, with the gap widening by about 2cm a year. This creates some of the most awe inspiring geology that can be found anywhere on Earth and it is the perfect way to kick off the trip of a lifetime!
From there we will travel to the world-renowned Geyser hot springs area where you will see the incredible Geysers throw water and steam up to 25 meters into the air. Then we will move on to the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall (golden falls), so named because on a sunny day the water takes a golden-brown hue as it cascades down to the Hvita (White River) below. If you are really lucky, a stunning rainbow will form over the canyon: providing an amazing photo opportunity. Gullfoss, Thingvellir and the Geyser hot spring area are all things that everyone who visits Iceland should see and on this tour, you will cross each one off your bucket list in one incredible day!
This day will also include an exhilarating ride across the snow and ice as we go snowmobiling on Langjokull glacier. Truly a highlight experience of the tour.
Accommodation at Hotel Land (B)
Day 4: March 6
- South Coast and Glacier Hiking
Main sights: Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skogafoss waterfall, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík, Dyrhólaey, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
Our first stop will be the incredible Reynisfjara black sand beach "Diamond Beach", famous for being the best black sand beach in all of Iceland. Of particular interest are the two Reynisdrangar peaks, which local legend claims are two petrified trolls. We will also visit an amazing basalt column cave: the perfect start to your second day of fun!
We will then move on, from volcanic beaches to actual volcanoes, as we pass the legendary Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which contains one of the most notorious volcanoes in all of Iceland beneath its Ice: the mighty "Katla". If you are lucky to get a glimpse of Katla, you will truly begin to understand Iceland’s nickname: the land of Ice and Fire!
From there we will drive across the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell in the Vatnajökull National Park. Eldhraun is amazing and you will gain a new insight into how volcanic activity has crafted its stunning landscape.
Next we will take a magical glacier hike up Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in all of Europe. This hike will be guided by one of our specialist glacier guides, ensuring that you are safe throughout the climb: they will also be on hand to teach you more about this incredible outlet glacier and all the amazing things that you will see from it.
We will then go to our accommodation Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon and Spa (B, D)
Day 5: March 7
- Jökulsárlón and East Fjords
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Djúpivogur, Hengifoss waterfall, Litlanesfoss waterfall
Today you will marvel at the Eastern fjords of Iceland: as we thread our way along the coastline, we will see Hvalnes a remote and beautiful peninsula and the stretch of coast around the Þvottárskriður landslides between Lóns and Álftafjarðar. All of which is stunningly beautiful and we guarantee that your eyes will be glued to the incredible views all around you.
Our first stop of the day will be Djúpivogur, a traditional fishing village which is also home to a fine outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík (meaning The Eggs of Merry Bay). The sculpture has become iconic within Icelandic culture and consists of 34 eggs.
We will finish by visiting the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon: a truly mesmerizing sight and another great place for a photo or two. You will gaze in wonder at its jaw dropping beauty: crystal clear, sapphire water; lapping up against coal black sands, which are peppered with pearl white and ocean blue icebergs that have been washed ashore. It is a supernatural sight, which will send shivers down your spine. You may also recognize it from a couple of films: the most famous of which is the James Bond movie that was shot there.
Then we will take an invigorating hike to Hengifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall (standing an impressive 128m). Hengifoss is an amazing place and you will marvel at the water as it cascades down the giant steps. Then we will see the unique Litlanesfoss waterfall, whose cascade is framed by giant hexagonal basalt columns: imagine a mini Giant’s Causeway, with a waterfall in the middle. All of this is absolutely amazing and you will marvel at the beautiful gorge where the layers from volcanic eruptions across the millennia can be seen within the multi-colored rock face. Accommodation at Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir (B)
Day 6: March 8
- Mývatn - North Iceland.
We will head towards the north of Iceland, travelling to Möðrudalur: Iceland’s highest farm. Here you can relax and grab a quick bite to eat in Iceland’s highest restaurant: standing a mighty 469m off the ground and offering stunning panoramic views over the incredible wilderness below.
Then we will stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, the violent cascading water is truly awesome and will give you a new perspective on the power of nature. We will make the short journey to the steaming lunar landscapes of the Námaskarð geothermal area. Námaskarð is like nothing else on this planet: an arctic desert replete with boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and technicolor bubbling mud pots. Following this alien world we will travel on to the Hverfjall crater and the unique Dimmuborgir formations, known as the Dark Castles: these strange lava formations are steeped in mythology and our tour guide will tell you all about them.
Our final stop of the day will be the Goðafoss waterfall, a crescent shaped fall, famous for being the place where the pagan idols were destroyed when Iceland converted to Christianity. Then we will travel to Eyjafjörður, an outstandingly beautiful fjord with high mountains. Hotel Myvtan and Spa (D)
By now all your senses will have been titillated, meaning it is time to take a break from sightseeing in an incredible natural bath: the Myvatn Nature Baths. They are known as Jarðbóðin in Icelandic because the hot water comes straight up out of the earth and their mineral rich alkaline water (36-40 C) is the perfect way to relax. Those who do not fancy bathing can take a relaxing stroll around Myvatn and enjoy the amazing views; or grab a bite to eat in the café there.
This day of the tour is a photographer’s dream and you will see more genuinely unique natural sights than you can count. Accommodation (B)
Day 7: March 9
- Whale watching - Dalvík – Bifröst
Today we head to the waters for a whale watching tour. Experience the powerful and majesty of the whale in person. You can usually see minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, and humpback whales, with some lucky travelers managing to see the biggest animal to ever live: the Blue Whale! Seeing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an experience that will last you a lifetime. They often swim close to the boat: frolicking around you and guaranteeing you get a new perspective on the natural world.
Next we will visit Vidimyri turf church, Glaumbaer heritage museum and the Reykjafoss waterfall. Hotel Bilifrost(B)
Day 8: March 10
-Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Reykjavik Return
Main sights: Djúpalónssandur, Mount Kirkjufell, Arnarstapi, Berserkjahraun, Miðgjá stone bridge, Gerðuberg
Once awake and spoiled with a generous breakfast, we’ll head towards Djúpalónssandur Beach. On the way there, you’ll be able to soak in the beautiful alpine and coastal scenery of western Snæfellsnes. Djúpalónssandur used to be a flourishing fishing village with around 60 fishing boats. You might notice a handful of huge stones on the shoreline. At the top of the beach, we’ll come across a picturesque view of Iceland’s most photogenic mountain, Kirkjufell. Snæfellsnes is known for its diverse and artistic landscapes, and is often referred to as “Iceland in a nutshell.” We’ll cap the day off with spectacular views of Snæfellsjökull, the monumental glacier, made famous by Jules Verne’s book “Journey to the Center of the Earth.” We arrive back in Reykjavík for our farewell dinner. Accommodation in Reykjavik Hotel Marina (B, D)
Day 9: March 11
- Departure Day
Private pick up from your hotel and transfer to the Keflavík airport in Reykjavík for your return flight home. Please note One transfer will be offered the departure time will be dependent on flight times. Earlier or later flights will require a private transfer at an additional cost. (B)