Our tour guide, Hjalti Bjordsson, was the best. He made the adventure so personal, educational and fun. We had a 'family' for a week and it was a joyous time. The 6 day tour was just the right amount of time. I am not a...More
Day 1: Reykjavik - Golden Circle - South Coast
After a morning Reykjavik pickup, explore the famous Golden Circle, including the historical UNESCO-listed site of Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s first parliament was founded in 930 AD.
Next, visit Geysir hot springs and magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, and continue to the beautiful south coast. Stop at the scenic Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls, and finally, the unique black sand beach of Reynisfjara with Reynisdrangar peaks and basalt column cave.
Afterwards, make your way to a your accommodation for the night, a country hotel in Vik area.
Day 2: Vik - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - Hofn
Travel along the south coast towards Skaftafell and Vatnajokull National Park. In Skaftafell, take a short glacier hike on one of the Vatnajokull outlet glaciers led by a skilled glacier guide. Then, drive to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, home to floating icebergs and occasional seals. Nearby is a black sand crystal beach usually filled with clear icebergs.
Spend the evening and overnight in the town of Hofn.
Day 3: Höfn - Egilsstadir - Hengifoss area
Start with a scenic drive along the coastline of the eastern fjords to Egilsstadir. Here, enjoy a short hike to the 419-feet (128-meter) Hengifoss waterfall, which gushes into a beautiful gorge.
Afterward, check in at a cozy country hotel for the night.
Day 4: Hengifoss area - Lake Myvatn - Akureyri
Stop at the stunning Dettifoss waterfall and then head to the Lake Myvatn area. Explore the volcanic Namaskard geothermal area to see its mud pools and visit Myvatn Nature Baths, where you have the opportunity to bathe in the hot spring pools or stroll around the area. The entrance fee to the baths is not included but can be added as an extra.
Call at Hverfjall and Dimmuborgir to explore on foot, and drive toward Akureyri with a stop on route at Godafoss waterfall. Tonight, stay in a country hotel nearby Akureyri.
Day 5: Akureyri - Eyjafjordur - West Iceland area (B)
Explore the town of Akureyri and then take a 3-hour whale watching cruise in Eyjafjordur, looking for humpback whales and white-beaked dolphins, and trying some optional sea angling.
Then, travel along the Trollaskagi peninsula and visit the quaint village of Siglufjorður before continuing to west Iceland for overnight.
Day 6: West Iceland area - Deildartunguhver - Reykholt - Reykjavik
Today, explore west Iceland, voted one of the best destinations for 2016 by Lonely Planet. Stop at Deildartunguhver and the Barnafoss waterfall and pause to see Hraunfossar, where the falls flow from beneath the lava field.
Your final stop is at the historic site of Reykholt before you return to Reykjavik, where your tour concludes.