Day 1 Reykjavík City Sightseeing
Your Iceland tour begins in the charming Arctic capital city of Reykjavík. The day is yours to explore as you wish, creating your own itinerary from the myriad of streets and cafes that compose the city. Walk the famous streets of Laugavegur and Skólavorðustígur, browse local boutiques, tour museums and visit the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church. Start or end your day with a dip in Rekjavík’s thermal swimming pools.
Return to your hotel for a restful evening before tomorrow’s adventures.
Stay at Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a guided tour of Rekjavík.
Day 2 Golden Circle and South Coast
Meet at the pickup spot early, and set out to explore the famous natural attractions of the Golden Circle. Our first stop Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with important geological, historical and cultural significance. It was here that the historic Icelandic Parliament was founded in 930 CE/AD. Our next stop is the Geysir geothermally active area, home to Great Geysir. This famous spouting hot spring gave us the English word ‘geyser’. We will have the chance to witness an eruoption of Strokkur, the most active hot spring in recent times, blasting powerful torrents of superheated water every 5 to 10 minutes. Our final Golden Circle attraction is the thundering Gullfoss waterfall. Explore this beautiful fall before heading south toward the town of Vík, visiting two more waterfalls along the way.
Stay at Hotel Dyrholaey or similar.
Day 3 Vík - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - Höfn
Our first stop today is the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. We will stretch our legs with a stroll along the beach, observing the impressive and unusual basalt column cave. Travel onward through extraordinary landscapes on the way to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Our journey will take us over the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell, a lush green oasis in the midst of black volcanic sand areas.
Upon arrival in Vatnajökull National Park, our specialist glacier guide will lead you on a three-hour glacier hike, giving you the opportunity to explore the stunning glacier tongue of Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. You will learn all about this sensational white blue ice world. Our next stop is the magnificient Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the filming location for scenes from James Bond. Feast your eyes on the jaw-droppingly beautiful iceberg-filled lagoon and visit the fabulous Diamond Beach. This coal-black beach glitters with shimmering blue/white icebergs washed ashore by the tide, taking extraordinary shapes. You will feel as if you stepped through a magic doorway into a mystical ice realm with otherworldly landscapes. Your accommodation will be in the Höfn area, a charming town known as the lobster capital of Iceland.
Stay at Hofn Inn Hotel or similar.
Day 4 East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Egilsstaðir
This morning we head east toward Iceland's sensational East Fjords. The narrow Ring Road winds through the mountains and past the ocean, flanked by contrasting and beautiful scenery around Lón, the Þvottárskriður landslides and Álftafjarðar fjord.
We will stop to stretch our legs a bit at Djúpivogur, a traditional fishing village known for its eco-conscious and welcoming ways. Then we embark on an exhilarating three-hour hike to Hengifoss, the second highest waterfall in Iceland (128 m). On the way you will pass a sensational gorge where the ash layers left by ancient volcanic eruptions can clearly be seen. Notice how the colorful rock makes this landscape all the more impressive. After a beautiful hike we set back out for Egilsstaðir. Spend the night in a country hotel in this area.
Stay at Hotel Valaskjalf or similar.
Day 5 Dettifoss - Mývatn - Godafoss - Akureyri
Today we explore the beauty of North Iceland. Our journey from Egilsstaðir takes us through the wilderness area around Möðrudalur, the highest inhabited place in Iceland. Located at 469 m, this farming community is now host to the highest coffee house in the country. Our first destination is the Dettifoss waterfall, boasting the most powerful flow rate in Europe. This waterfall is sure to humble even the most seasoned traveler to the power of Icelandic nature. Our next attraction, the mystical landscapes around Lake Mývatn, has an altogether different character than the Dettifoss. Continue onward to the steaming lunar landscapes and bubbling technicolor mud pots at the Námaskarð geothermal area.
Now, time for some relaxation! Bathe in the mineral-rich alkaline waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths (the entrance fee can be paid when booking or on site). Bathing is an optional extra activity, but we highly recommend you reserve beforehand to secure your spot! Those opting to not bathe in Mývatn can take a stroll around this fascinating area. Our final stop today is Goðafoss, a dreamy crescent-shaped waterfall. We continue onward to Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland. Spend the night at a country hotel.
Stay at Hotel Dalvik or similar.
Day 6 Whale watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Bifröst
Set out this morning for the charming fishing town of Dalvík. Here we embark on a three-hour whale watching tour starting from the bustling Dalvík harbor. You will skim over Eyjafjörður, searching humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and, occasionally, blue whales. Enjoy the spectacular views both in and around the water on this memorable boat trip. You will also have the opportunity to try your hand at sea angling, enjoying a fresh seafood grill upon return to shore.
Next we will visit another fishing community, Siglufjörður. Siglufjörður is a beautiful village with a rich history, giving us insight into how life is lived in isolated Icelandic villages. We continue around around the Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula), witnessing stunning ocean scenery and incredibly steep mountains. Pass through Iceland's farming heartland before arriving at our hotel in Bifröst, a small university community.
Stay at Hotel Laugarbakki or similar.
Day 7 Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Hvalfjörður - Reykjavík
Our final day is focused on the delights and wonders of West Iceland. Our first stop is Grábrók, a volcano crater surrounded by lunar-like lava. Our guide will lead us on a short hike to view the crater from the top – from here we will witness incredible, sprawling views. Other stops are made at Deildartunguhver hot spring, known as the most powerful hot spring in Europe, the incredible Hraunfossar cascade, and Barnafoss waterfall, meaning ‘the Children´s Falls’. At Reykholt we change gears and learn about the history of this gentle landscape, namely that of the famous Icelandic saga writer, historian, lawyer, and poet, Snorri Sturluson. You will see the pool where Snorri is reputed to have bathed, Snorralaug. We then set our sites back toward Reykjavík, passing by the scenic fjord of Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord).
We should arrive back in the city at approximately 5-6 pm. You are dropped off at the closest authorized point to your accommodation. Stay at Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar.
Day 8 Final Day - Reykjavik
Enjoy your final day in Iceland, wandering Reykjavík's charming streets and checking off things you may have missed on your first day. Explore the network of cycling and walking paths, which thread around the coast and criss-cross the city. Visit the area where the women of Reykjavík used to do their laundry in the hot spring pools. Enjoy the beautiful gardens situated next to Laugardalslaug, the largest swimming pool in Iceland. Shop and browse some more, laze in coffee shops or restaurants, visit another museum or gallery, or squeeze in one last amazing adventure activity tour – the choice is yours!
Depart on the flight of your choice today, or opt to extend your adventure.