Iceland’s northern region ranges from a barren landscape akin that does not even look real to powerful waterfalls that are engrained in the cultural history of the nation. Your custom tailored tour will bring you through the fascinating natural landscape and the riveting history that intertwines to create a country that is unequaled in its allure. Tectonic plates visibly texture the scenery as geysers erupt with hot water and incredible power as lava fields blanket the plain to create unique towers...
Reykjavik – Arrive in Iceland and Enjoy a Private Tour of the Capital City
Your flight will land at Keflavik International Airport, and your private transfer will await your arrival. Outside of the airport, you will find grassy plains in the summer as the Atlantic Ocean laps at the shoreline. The country has a charming and relaxed atmosphere that you will immediately sense. Your driver will make your way to the heart of Reykjavik, Iceland’s largest city, and also the country’s capital. Colorful buildings will welcome you along the streets as people stroll down the main avenues of Old Reykjavik and the Old Harbor. Common eider and mallards swim on Tjornin Lake as the water divides the city in half, adding a suburban feel to the city-center with flourishing trees and vibrant cafes.
You will settle into your hotel before meeting your guide in the lobby for a private tour of the city’s history and culture. You will first notice the towering figure of a church spire as the entire edifice stands on a hill that overlooks the city. The Hallgrimskirkja is made of white concrete and makes the structure shine with opulence. The tower reaches a height of 244 feet above the streets and provides a remarkable panorama of the city. A statue of Leif Eriksson, the famous Viking explorer, adorns the stairs as the United States gifted the bronze statue to Iceland on the 1,000th year anniversary of the country’s founding in 1932.
People carry a friendly and welcoming air about them on the streets of the city as the aroma of freshly grilled sausages emanates from the many stands found around the city. You will continue to the Saga Museum, which is housed in a former warehouse at the harbor’s western edge where wax models depict the characters on reconstructed farms to bring the Icelandic medieval period to life. The tails of Iceland’s history are told with lifelike characters, including using synthetic aromas to recreate the scent of burning firewood and roasting meat.
Reykjavik – Discover Iceland’s History and Beauty on a Golden Circle Tour
Akureyri – Fly to Akureyri and Enjoy an Afternoon at your Leisur
Myvatn – Venture to Myvatn and Trek the Lava Shaped Scenery
Myvatn – Relish a Day at Leisure to Experience the Splendors of Myvatn
Reykjavik – Return to Reykjavik and Relax at the Celebrated Blue Lagoon
Reykjavik – Depart for Home
- Explore the coastline off of Husavik Village on a whale watching tour to find a dozen different species of whales
- Snorkel in crystal clear water located in the Silfra Rift inside Thingvellir National Park for a view of the prehistoric continental drift
- Travel to the island of Grimsey near the Arctic Circle to visit the tiny village and the cliffs inhabited by countless nesting birds
- Witness the remarkable landscape around Myvatn to find lava fields, basalt pillars, and pseudo craters in and around the lake
- Learn about the incredible medieval history of Iceland at the Saga Museum, to bring the past to life
- Soak in the soothing blue waters of the celebrated Blue Lagoon Spa, a geothermal bath outside of Reykjavik
The northern region of Iceland will bring you discovery and adventure unlike anywhere else in the world. On your 7-day tour of Iceland, you can edge the Arctic Circle to learn about the tenacity of Iceland’s first settlers and the continuous volcanic activity that continues to shape the scenery. Your journey will begin with your arrival at Keflavik International Airport where your private transfer will greet you and bring you into Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, to settle into your luxurious hotel in the heart of the city. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and then lead you on a private tour that will highlight the city’s beauty and culture, often intertwining in its architecture.
The next day, you will travel to the Golden Circle, a route renowned for its beauty and Icelandic heritage. At Thingvellir National Park, you can jump into the water for a unique snorkeling tour of a fissure caused by the continental drift and then follow the trails in the park to see the history of Iceland’s parliament and the shape of the land caused by the tectonic plates. Continue to see the geysers and the trundling water of Gullfoss Waterfall to finish out your day.
The next morning, your private transfer will escort you to the Reykjavik City Airport for your flight to Akureyri, and then you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure to discover both the charm and the contemporary feel of Iceland’s second largest city. In the summer, you could also travel to Grimsey for a tour of an island that straddles the Arctic Circle. Travel next to Myvatn for an unequalled discovery of the landscape’s diverse contours, and then trek the lava fields and walk along the rims of pseudo craters. Watch the bubbling hot springs and notice the basalt towers that rise out of Lake Myvatn, and relax to take it all in.
The next day will be yours to explore more of Myvatn at your preferred pace. Venture back around the lake to hike the active volcanoes or delight in a whale watching tour as it leaves from the charming village of Husavik. The next day, you will fly from Akureyri International Airport to Keflavik International Airport, and your private transfer will take you to the Blue Lagoon where you can relax in the healing properties of the milky blue water. Return to Reykjavik with the remainder of the day to enjoy the active, bohemian city, and then conclude the next day as your private transfer will collect you from your hotel and escort you to Keflavik International Airport for your flight home.
$3,180 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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