Experience the beauty of North and South Iceland on this all-encompassing 5-day tour. Explore glistening glacier lagoons, captivating ice caves, boiling geothermal springs and some of Europe's largest waterfalls. Learn about Icelandic history in charming villages, visit national parks and head to sea in search of whales, toping it all off with a craft beer tour. This tour is offered year-round and is ideal for those wanting to experience the land of fire and ice!
Tour Vatnajökull National Park
Experience a whale watching tour and try sea angling
Explore an ice cave on an exciting ice cave adventure
Join our tour at 9am, heading north along the scenic Ring Road. Stop first at Grábrók volcanic crater for a short hike, enjoying the fresh Icelandic mountain air and beautiful views from the top of the crater.
Rejoin the minibus and continue north toward Hvítserkur, the "Troll of Northwest Iceland". The massive basalt rock stack of Hvítserkur stands 15 meters (50 feet) high, and resembles a rhino emerging from the sea. We soon arrive at a local microbrewery, where we can relax with a tour of the distillery and taste Icelandic craft beer.
Take a short drive to the fishing village of Dalvík, where we will stop for the evening at a charming hotel. If conditions allow, head out in search of the Northern Lights.
Hotel subject to change.
Day 2: Goðafoss Waterfall | Lake Mývatn | Skútustaðagigar | Námaskarð
Our second day begins with a visit to the historic Goðafoss Waterfall. Otherwise known as the "waterfall of the gods", Goðafoss plunges from a height of 12 meters (40 feet) and over a width of 30 meters (100 feet), creating a beautiful semi-circle. Spend time photographing this unique waterfall before continuing on to Lake Mývatn. Lake Mývatn is the fourth largest lake in Iceland and an important natural reserve; tiny islands dot the surface of this volcanic lake, lending to a breathtaking scene.
On the way to the lake we stop at Skútustaðagigar pseudo craters and Dimmuborgir lava fields. Explore the complex hiking routes, lava rock sculptures, pillars, caverns, tunnels and lava bridges that make up these otherworldly volcanic landscapes. Hit the road once again, continuing west toward the stunning Víti Crater. This 300-meter-wide crater was formed in the early 1700s when the Krafla Volcano erupted for an astounding five years. Today, the crater is completely safe and filled with beautiful blue and green water.
Continuing on with our geothermal exploration, next up are the geothermal lava fields of Námaskarð. Although fresh lava doesn't surface here, the land is alive with bubbling hot springs, mud pots, and screaming fumaroles.
After a full day of exploration we set our sites on Dalvík village and our hotel. Take an optional stop at the Mývatn Nature Baths, often referred to as the Blue Lagoon of the North. Bathing here is an optional extra with an additional cost.
Hotel subject to change.
Day 3: Whale Watching | Glaumbær Turf Farm | Reykjavík
Rise early for your last day in North Iceland! Today we set out from Dalvík harbor in search of whales on an action-packed whale watching and sea angling tour. This tour boasts a 99% success rate, and you are likely to see humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises and minke. We will also have the chance to try our hand at some sea angling, and, depending on what we catch, a fresh fish barbecue upon return to the shore!
Head back toward Reykjavík, stopping along the way at Glaumbær turf farm. This historic farm is said to have been first constructed during the Age of the Settlements (900 AD) and is comprised of 13 age-old turf houses. Today you will see a newer version of the farm, with the oldest house built during the 18th century.
Arrive in Reykjavík and spend a restful evening in the Icelandic capital, resetting before the second part of our tour.
Today we head to South Iceland, best known for its magical landscapes of spacious lava fields, giant mountain ranges, cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches and blue glacier tongues. Our day begins with a visit to the rare Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Enjoy the view of the front of the falls, or wander behind the cascade for a different perspective. Continue on to another waterfall, the Hollywood favorite of Skógafoss. This fall is found at the base of the infamous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted spontaneously in 2010.
Soon we arrive at the Reynisfjara black beach, famous for the picturesque basalt column formations and the Reynisdrangar peaks towering in the background. Drive through the seaside village of Vík before reaching our hotel in the Vatnajökull area. If conditions permit, set out in search of the Northern Lights!
Hotel subject to change.
Day 5: Land of Ice
Today you will explore what Iceland is most famous for - its incredible glacial landscape! Visit the extraordinary Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and get an up close look at the glacier tongue of the massive Vatnajökull Glacier. Visit the Ice Lagoon, where large ice bergs have detached off the receding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, jostling one another in the lagoon as they make their way to the Atlantic. Some wash ashore at Diamond Beach, where the glittery ice bergs contrast beautifully against the darkness of the black sand.
If visiting in winter, you have the chance to explore a glacier even further by venturing into the secret world of an ice cave. This is a once in a lifetime experience as the cave's change with each season! If visiting in the summer we return to Vík, where we can explore the Katla Ice Cave located at Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Please note cave tours are weather dependent, and if there’s no ice cave accessible at the time, a glacier hike will be arranged for you.
Return to Reykjavik at 7pm, marking the completion of your tour in the land of fire and ice!
Initial deposit is 30% ($400 minimum), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card.
Final payment is due Final payment is due 70 days (10 weeks) prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge. prior to departure
Beyond expectations! Then again we weren't sure what to expect. Lovely stay at the lodge, met other like-minded travelers (many had their trips planned by Adventure Life) and the owner was a gracious hostess. It felt like you were one happy family, visiting with a favorite aunt.