Destination: Iceland | Duration: 9 days | Call to Personalize your Custom Journey
You will experience the most amazing places in the “Land of Fire and Ice” on this Iceland adventure. Its stunning landscapes reveal many rugged and wild natural wonders like waterfalls, volcanic beaches, glaciers, ice caves and geothermal hot springs. It’s a perfect destination any time of year, with long, sunny days in the summer that make way for a fantastic aurora borealis light show in the winter (peak season for this phenomenon is September through March). Come visit the unique natural beauty that is Iceland!
Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavík
On arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will transfer you to your hotel in the center of Reykjavík. After settling in, head out with your guide to explore the vibrant capital city with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. Check out Icelandic design and experience the city’s thriving coffee culture in a cozy café on the main street of Laugavegur. Then visit the most important and interesting museums and sites the city has to offer.
Day 2: The Wonders of the Golden Circle
This morning your guide will pick you in the lobby of your hotel. The first leg of your private journey takes you around the famous Golden Circle, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural sites in Iceland. Highlights include Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site; the Geysir geothermal hot spring area and the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. The tour will also visit the geothermally heated greenhouses at the Friðheimar tomato farm where you can taste the fresh tomato products.
Day 3: Waterfalls and Northern Lights
Today you will explore majestic waterfalls, black sand beaches and learn about the unique geology of Iceland. Start with a visit to the Lava Centre, a one of a kind interactive exhibition about Iceland’s volcanic activity and how Iceland evolved over millions of years. Next, the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the icy cascade on a footpath. Nearby is Skógarfoss, an impressive 60-metre high waterfall located at the foot of a mountain range. Then, it’s on to the black sand volcanic beach near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. You will see the spectacular rock arch and steep cliffs of along with the Reynisdrangar basalt columns just off the shore.
If you travel from late August to mid-April, this is where we recommend a charming boutique hotel situated far from the city lights. This will give you the best chance of seeing the northern lights.
Day 4: Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach
It’s an early day with exciting icy highlights ahead like the spectacular Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon famous for its floating icebergs in shades of milky white and bright blue. On a clear day, you may even get a good view of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier behind the lake. Stop at Diamond Beach where you will see large chunks of ice that have washed up on shore after being shaped and polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon. In October, choose to do an optional glacier walk and from November-March, a combination glacier trek with ice cave tour.
This evening you’ll have another chance to gaze up at the starry sky waiting for the northern lights to appear.
Day 5: Mystical Fjords and Nature Baths
Experience a slice of Iceland that few travelers get to explore as you travel along majestic East Iceland with tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. You might even spot a reindeer or two as they come down from the mountains to stay close to the sea during the winter months. Stop in the small villages of Stöðvarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður, the latter known for its French heritage and a fascinating northern lights photo exhibit. At Lake Mývatn, you’ll have the option of relaxing at the hotel or going to visit the warm, alkaline geothermal lagoon and saunas at the Mývatn Nature Baths, with a view to mountains and lava fields. The Lake Mývatn area is known for being one of the best places in Iceland to view the northern lights due to the altitude and the lay of the land, so be on the lookout tonight.
Day 6: Lake Mývatn and Akureyri
Start the day by exploring the unusual, moon-like landscapes of the Lake Mývatn area, including the Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters—sights that are even more surreal in wintertime. You will also have a chance to see Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods, which is among the most beautiful falls in the country. While the waterfall is not very tall, the cascade is divided into two horseshoe-shaped falls, making it unique among Icelandic waterfalls. You will then have some free time in Akureyri to explore on your own. Akureyri is a charming town with museums, shops, cafes and a picturesque harbor area.
Day 7: Explore West Iceland
Before heading back to Reykjavík, you will get the chance to explore the incredible western part of Iceland along beautiful Borgarfjörður. Your guide will stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, the beautiful and the spectacular twin waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar is a thrilling series of waterfalls that seemingly originate in a field without a river or lake. The water is streaming through rivulets in the Hallmundarhraun lava field. Meanwhile, Barnafoss is more like a series of rapids caused by the water of Hvitá entering a narrow passage.
Next, you will be driven to the historical sites at Reykholt, which is rich in Saga history and home of 13th century writer, poet and scholar Snorri Sturluson. Spend the evening at your leisure in Reykjavík.
Day 8: Retreat to Blue Lagoon
Nestled in the lava fields of Grindavík, this essential Icelandic experience is the perfect way to unwind after touring Iceland. A soak in the steamy, milky aquamarine water will make you think you’re in another world. Ocean water seeps through the porous lava rock and combines with hot groundwater to create the mineral-rich water believed to have a positive effect on psoriasis and other skin diseases. Enjoy the lagoon with otherworldly landscape, sip a cocktail at the swim-up bar, let go with a professional massage in the spa. Afterwards, return to your hotel to freshen up for dinner and perhaps check out Reykjavík’s exciting music scene.
Day 9: The End of This Journey
Whether you’re traveling to another fantastic destination in Europe or heading back home, when it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from your hotel by your driver about three hours before your flight for the private transfer to the airport.