This tour is a fantastic combination of our absolute favorite things to do in Iceland, from the iconic sites of Iceland’s South and West Coasts to hidden treasures and uniquely Icelandic activities such as lava caving, Blue Lagoon bathing, traditional tastes, storytelling, and, of course, northern lights hunting. We are proud of our carefully selected local guides who bring their own charm and flavor to this tour.
Day 1: REYKYAVIK
If you arrive early in the day, you might want to explore Reykjavik’s old town area, location of many museums and galleries. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city’s outdoor geothermal swimming pools, where you can shake off your jetlag. In the afternoon you could take one of our day tours, such as whale watching or horseback riding, both bringing you close to Iceland’s nature and landscape.
Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price.
Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).
Day 2: REYKJAVIK – SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA – BORGARFJORDUR
Glacier-crowned Volcano – Volcanic Formations – Fishing Villages – Icelandic tales – Lava Cave
After breakfast complete check out procedures and meet your local guide in the hotel lobby. Before leaving the city, you will have the option to visit the interesting Aurora Reykjavik centre, where you can learn about northern lights and get tips for taking photos of auroras. (Admission not included but is paid on the spot). Travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay) on your way to the rugged coastline Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Continue along the coastline, making some amazing stops to admire columnar basalt formations and the crashing waves of the North Atlantic. The afternoon’s highlight is a visit to the spectacular Vatnshellir, an 8000-year-old lava cave located at the foot of the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier. An expert cave guide will show you the amazing and beautiful features of Vatnshellir. The road then leads to the Borgarfjordur, a scenic and historical area of West Iceland.
If weather conditions are favourable tonight, you may head out on foot with your guide to search for the elusive Aurora Borealis in the area of your hotel. Otherwise, the northern lights hunt would be on Day 3, 4 or 5 (subject to weather conditions)
Overnight: Borgarfjordur (BD)
Day 3: BORGARFJORDUR – THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK – GULLFOSS – GEYSIR
Ancient parliament and Mid-Atlantic Ridge – Golden Waterfall – Lively Geysers
After breakfast complete check out procedures and head on to the famous Golden Circle route. Iceland’s Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions. Start with a visit to Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930. This parliament has now become the world’s oldest ongoing. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet. You can walk along a path taking you between the canyon marking the location of the ridge. Head through scenic farmlands to the celebrated Gullfoss waterfall, believed by many to be Iceland’s most beautiful falls. Nearby is the Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers. The most famous of these is Strokkur, a high-spouting geyser that erupts every ten minutes. As a local and cultural treat today, you’ll stop at tiny Laugarvatn village for a taste of traditional “hot spring bread“ that has been cooked in the warm ground by geothermal hot springs.
Overnight: Gullfoss (BD)
Day 4: LAVA CENTRE – SELJALANDSFOSS – SKOGAFOSS – ELDHRAUN – SOUTHEASTERN ICELAND
Scenic Waterfalls – Lava Centre – Volcanic Views – Lava Flow – Magnificent Glaciers
After breakfast you will complete check out procedures. Drive along the iconic South Shore, an area of Iceland that is beautiful to view in the winter. This is one of the main farm regions of the country, and the road will pass by typical Icelandic farms, often with Icelandic horses in the fields. Depending on the weather, you might also get a glimpse of beautiful Mount Hekla, Iceland’s most frequently erupting volcano. South Iceland is home to the LAVA Centre, an interactive, high-tech educational exhibition depicting volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Enjoy both the exhibit and viewing an interesting film about Icelandic volcanoes at the Centre’s cinema. As you travel onwards, you might get a glimpse of Eyjafjallajokull, the famous ice-capped volcano whose 2010 eruption halted air traffic worldwide. Stop at two spectacular waterfalls, each with its own charm and character. Depending on the trail conditions you can walk behind Seljalandsfoss. Skogafoss is one of the country’s most photographed waterfalls and is said to be the hiding place for ancient treasure. Continue to Eldhraun, the surreal and vast lava landscapes that were created in one single flow – the largest known in history. You will start seeing views of glaciers as you head into the southeast Iceland, and the region of Vatnajokull.
Overnight: Southeast Iceland, Vatnajokull (BD)
Day 5: GLACIER LAGOON – VATNAJOKULL PARK – VIK
Western Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier
After breakfast complete check out procedures. Today you are in the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The entire park covers almost 14% of Iceland’s landmass, and it’s considered the largest national park in Western Europe.
Start your day with a visit to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the deep glacial waters. With luck, you might also see seals relaxing in the area. Nearby is the stunning Diamond Beach, where crystal clear remains of icebergs linger on the black sand before disappearing into the ocean. Then visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a beautiful “fire and ice” region created by volcanic activity and ringed by many glaciers. This is the home to Svinafellsjokull, one of the most beautiful of the glacial outlets emerging from Vatnajokull.
Head west, passing through vast sand plains created by glacial outwashes. The road leads to Vik, Iceland’s southernmost village. Visit Reynisfjara beach, where you can take a walk on the black sands, admiring the extraordinary rock formations and thundering waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Overnight: Vik (BD)
Day 6: REYKJANES-BLUE LAGOON-REYKJAVIK
Reykjanes Seacoast – Moon-like landscapes – Colorful Geothermal Area – Relaxing Spa After breakfast complete check out procedures. Today you take a beautiful coastal road that leads onto the breath-taking Reykjanes peninsula.
Visit Strandarkirkja, a pretty wooden church unique to those in rural Iceland. There is a long-standing tradition that prayers in the church have helped provide luck and success to fishermen working on the dangerous seas. The small church is built right into the coast with amazing views of the turbulent ocean waves meeting volcanic rocks and black sands. Look for a quaint set of painted elf houses nestled in the church grounds. Drive to Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon-like surroundings. This lake was the setting for a popular murder mystery, The Draining Lake, by renowned Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason. Near the lake’s southern end lies Krysuvik, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth’s crust and sulphurous steam rises from numerous geothermal vents. You can see small hot springs, brightly coloured mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shoreline to stop by craggy cliffs rising sheer from the sea. This is home to Grindavik, a town with a sizeable fishing fleet. After a lunch stop in Grindavik (lunch is on your own), head for the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. Set in a black lava field, this geothermal spa is a lagoon filled with warm mineral-rich seawater that provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Iceland’s raw nature.
Here you can enjoy a lovely soak in the healing waters of the lagoon a unique wonder of nature with pleasantly warm, mineral-rich water in the middle of a black lava field. Return to Reykjavik, where the evening is open to enjoy the lively capital of Iceland.
Overnight: Reykjavik (B)
Day 7: DEPART REYKJAVIK
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport. (B)