Iceland is known as one of the most unique and wonderous lands in the earth. From lava to ice, whales and puffins, this journey is one everyone should experience. During your time, you will see some of Iceland’s most infamous waterfalls, iceberg lagoons, and breathtaking cliffside vistas. You’ll spend a day hiking and ice climbing a glacier, whale watching, and relaxing in natural geothermal baths.
Today is left open for arrivals. You may wish to arrive a day or two earlier and explore the lively city of Reykjavik on your own. Be ready for pick up bright and early tomorrow morning, when the adventure begins with your fellow travelers!
Today, savor the true power of Icelandic nature. Like most tours, we begin with the famous Golden Circle. Points of interest include the geological wonder of Þingvellir National Park, where two tectonic plates slowly drifted apart, creating a rift valley. Also Gullfoss waterfall, which flows from Langjökull glacier, an erupting geyser at Geysir, and the two best known waterfalls on the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss is known as ‘the waterfall you can walk behind’ and Skógafoss is mysterious, vigorous and graceful. Mountain glaciers and volcanoes tower above this part of the coastline, and on a clear day the views are wonderful.
The day begins at the black sand beach of Reynisfara. Reynisdrangar basalt columns tower above ocean waves, where a famous troll legend began. Then, cross the Eldhraun lava field, before hiking the largest glacier in Europe. The glacier is a special and powerful place, always moving and changing. Glacier adventures continue at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The glittering, large icebergs calve off the receding Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, a tongue of Vatnajökull. These surreal natural ice statues float across the continually growing lagoon. Today is filled with unbelievable scenery and a wild mix of landscapes.
From Höfn, take a scenic route to Djúpivogur, a charming little fishing village in the wild and unspoiled East Fjords. Enjoy a bit of free time to explore traditional Iceland before traveling onwards, following the stunning Beruförður Fjord, then up across country to the Egilsstaðir area. Hike up to the exquisite Hengifoss waterfall, Iceland’s second highest waterfall and Litlanesfoss waterfall. Perhaps spot reindeer along the way!
The day begins with an early start to visit the powerful Dettifoss waterfall. Then, step into the wild at the geothermal landscape of Námaskarð. This unique area is complete with steamy puddles, sulfur scented steam, colorful boiling mud pots and moon-like landscapes. After several full days, we pause to relax at Mývatn Nature Baths. Soak in silica and mineral rich waters, relax, and unwind. We visit Dimmuborgir a wonderland of stunning lava formations which will leave you feeling mesmerized even before you go to the enchanting and mystical Goðafoss waterfall. These graceful crescent shaped falls on the Skjálfandafljót river rate very highly on lists of favorite waterfalls in Iceland. The day concludes in Akureyri, the Capital of the North. It is well-known for its stunning Fjord and mountain landscapes, downtown area and great restaurants.
A whale watching boat and sea angling tour from Dalvík kicks off the day. Cook your catch, savoring some of the freshest fish imaginable. Enjoy some time in the charming and traditional town of Dalvík before continuing around the peninsula to the colorful and vibrant village of Sigluförður. Few places have a harbor as beautiful as the one here, filled with brightly painted corrugated iron and old wooden houses, belonging to the town´s Herring Era past. Along the way is Skagaförður, a fjord with a few islands, including Drangey, an island with steep sea cliffs, formed from the remnants of a 700,000-year-old volcano.
A small hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater, giving you epic views over various craters and moss-covered lava fields is a great way to get the blood flowing. Reward yourself with a soak at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe, before moving on to Reykholt, and Snorralaug, the naturally warm pool. As the road goes on, so do the waterfalls, the next being Barnafoss, then Hraunfossar, which pours from the edge of the lava field. The final journey winds around beautiful countryside, coastal scenery and farmlands before arriving back in Reykjavík.
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