- Duration: 10 Days
- Location: Iceland
See as many of the country’s natural wonders as can be fitted into ten days, including the capital city of Reykjavík, the world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, and Akureyri, ‘the Capital of the North.’ You’ll also visit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the beautiful Lake Mývatn, waterfalls, volcanoes, rural towns and countless other attractions.
Nature enthusiasts can join the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon boat tour, go whale watching off Húsavík town, ride an Icelandic horse through the countryside, explore the dark places of the Earth on a caving tour, or venture inside the glistening white halls of a glacier.And if you want to relax, you can book a trip to the world-famous Blue Lagoon, so you can bask in its soothing azure waters while you’re here.
Day 1 – Arrival in Reykjavik
Pick up your car at the international airport in Keflavík before driving through the lunar landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík. After settling in at your hotel in Reykjavík, make the most of your proximity to the vibrant city centre, and discover the multitude of museums, galleries, restaurants, and bars on offer. Spend your first night in this beautiful, quirky city.
Overnight at Reykjavik
Day 2 – Golden Circle
On day two after breakfast proceed to some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland via the sightseeing route known as the Golden Circle. The first stop is Þingvellir National Park. Here, you can walk along the rift valley of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, all the while exploring an area which plays a huge role in Iceland’s heritage; parliament was founded here in 930 AD, and it is also where Iceland converted to Christianity and declared its independence from Denmark.
The geothermal valley of Haukadalur is the next stop, where you can see the geysers Strokkur and Geysir, amongst many bubbling hostrokkur-503-1t springs. Strokkur puts on an unforgettable display every 10 minutes or so, erupting to heights that exceed 20 m (66 ft).
Just a few kilometres away is Iceland’s most popular attraction, the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss. A pathway takes you to the water’s edge, where you can get a real sense of the incredible power of these enormous falls. From Gullfoss, those with a good sense of adventure can jump on an snowmobiling tour on Langjökull glacier.
Another popular sight of the area is the volcanic crater Kerið, which is well worth a visit before continuing to the Capital. The rocks of this crater are coloured rusty red and fiery orange, and the water that permanently sits within its basin is an incredible, vivid blue. The colour contrast, especially when you add green-growing moss, is simply stunning.
Overnight at Reykjavik
Day 3 – South Iceland
After breakfast you move onto the Ring Road to the South. You will see Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you can walk all the way around for some great photos behind its curtain of water. A little further down the road is the mesmerising and mightily powerful Skógafoss waterfall, a roaring beast with a 60 m (197 ft) drop and a width nearly half its height.
(Optional) After lunch reach the base for ATV tour. After gearing up and going over the tour plan and safety instruction we head down to the black sand and the coast line. On the way we cross a few small rivers. When we are down at the black sand we head across the coast line towards the old plane wreck. From there we drive across the black sand and return to the base. This tour will give you the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent and unique landscape formed by the volcano Katla which now lies dormant under the icecap Mýrdalsjökull. Weather and visibility allowing, the great view to the glacier and along the coast line to Dyrhólaey can be enjoyed.
After the thrilling experiance move along the coast near the village Vík, take a slight detour to stop and admire the black volcanic beach Reynisfjara, the dramatic Dyrhólaey rock arch and the eerie Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Be very careful of the ocean, however, as the waves along this stretch of coast are notoriously unpredictable and dangerous―all part of the allure of travelling in Iceland.
At the end of your first-rate third day, you’ll spend the night in Vík.
Overnight at Vik
Day 4 – Glacier lagoon – Diamond Beach
On day four, get ready to head to a Nature Reserve within the greater Vatnajökull National Park. Continuing , you’ll find yourself by one of Iceland’s most famous and dazzling attractions, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here, you can embark on an cruise on the water, bringing your closer to serene floating icebergs of all shapes and sizes, onboard an amphibious boat.
Even from the shore, however, the lagoon is stunning, and you have a good chance to see seals playing amongst the ice. After you have enjoyed the lagoon, take the short walk to the nearby Diamond Beach, where many ice-flows wash up on the shore and sparkle like gemstones in the sun.
Then, drive back, and spend the night in Vik
Day 5 – Reykholt Area – Ice Cave
On day 5, explore West Iceland with its diverse attractions, including the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes, which details the history of the settlement of our land, and Deildartunguhver, the hot spring with the highest flow in Europe. Further along, be sure to visit the captivating Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. History buffs may also enjoy a detour to Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute in Reykholt, where Iceland´s most famous Viking poet, politician, and historian, Snorri Sturluson, wrote the saga Heimskringla in the 13th century. He is also the author of the bible of old Norse mythology, the Edda.
Visit a unique and remote man-made ice cave in Langjökull, one of Iceland’s largest and most spectacular glaciers. Arrive at Húsafell area with stops at Europe’s most powerful hot spring Deildartunguhver and the beautiful Hraunfossar lava waterfalls. After a lunch break in Húsafell, we head on up to Langjökull, partly in a specially modified glacier vehicle (Monster Truck). It will take us almost to the top of the glacier, where we enter the magnificent cave.
Going Into the glacier is an unforgettable trip which takes place in one of the world’s greatest wilderness.
Overnight at Reykholt Area
Day 6 – Akureyri
On day Six, continue to the charming ‘capital of the north’, Akureyri
(Optional) Whale watching tours. Here is your chance to see the incredible Eyjafjord Humpbacks in their natural habitat. The warmth of the summer sun brings vibrant life and platitude of food to the fjord and following it, in a feeding frenzy, come the larger-than-life Humpbacks.
Spend the day enjoying Akureyri, a charismatic town hosting plenty of unique shops and museums. It also has one of the world’s northernmost botanical gardens, which is well worth a stroll through Or spend the rest of the day at leasure
Day 7 – Lake Mývatn Area
On day 7, Move forward to the renowned Lake Mývatn. Your first stop The Goðafoss waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.
The Lake Mývatn area is simply stunning. It is known for its geothermal landscapes, including the Námaskarð Pass, the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and Mt. Krafla, one of Iceland’s most iconic volcanoes. Later on, visit Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.
Afterwards, go back to Akureyri, where you will spend the night.
Overnight at Akureyri.
Day 8 – Snæfellsjökull – Reykjavik
On day 8 move on back towards the capital Reykjavik. On your way to Reykjavik experience The Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland is almost a miniature version of the island. In addition to its characteristic Snæfellsjökull glacier, there are black sandy beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters. On this tour, we will, for example, stop at the small fishing village Arnarstapi, the ancient fishing village Hellnar, visit Djúpalónssandur beach and pass by the iconic Kirkjufell mountain. The stunning landscape of the peninsula has captured the imagination of people all over the world, ever since Jules Verne wrote the famous science fiction novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” but the journey begins at Snæfellsjökull glacier.
Overnight at Reykjavik
Day 9 – Reykjavik City tour & Blue Lagoon
After Breakfast explore the highlights of the history and culture of Reykjavík, Iceland’s beautiful capital. Important places of Reykjavík, includes the famous Hallgrímskirkja church, named after the 17th-century poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson. It is the highest church in Iceland at 74,5 metres high (244 ft.) and it took 41 years to build. Construction began in 1945 and didn’t end until 1986. It additionally houses the largest church organ in Iceland; it has 5275 pipes, is 15 metres high and weighs 25 tons. Other stops are, for example, Höfði, where the US President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev President of the Soviet Union met to end the Cold War, and Bessastaðir, the official residence of the Icelandic president located at the beautiful Álftanes peninsula. Bessastaðir was first settled in the year 1000 and has since then been an important place in Iceland. Snorri Sturluson, the author of Snorra-Edda, lived there in the 13th century and later on it became a Royal Fortress and the residence of the Norse King’s highest ranking officers and officials living in Iceland. The tour ends at the beautiful Harpa concert hall and conference centre in downtown Reykjavík, which was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson. The guide will provide you with all the essential information regarding Reykjavík‘s rich culture, history and natural environment. This is the essential introduction to Iceland‘s capital!
Alternatively, you can explore the many geological wonders of the Reykjanes peninsula, or simply indulge in some last-minute shopping in Reykjavík.
Later in the day fit in one last fantastic Icelandic experience―a revitalizing visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. It is a great way to end your Icelandic adventure. The geothermal water is rich in minerals, giving it a turquoise glow, as well as many reputed health properties for your skin and soul.
Overnight at Reykjavik
Day 10 – Drive to the airport and have a safe journey home.
Have a safe journey home.